Around the Schools: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

first_imgA collaboration by the Foundation Alícia (Alimentació i Ciència), headed by chef Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame, and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has led to the creation of an undergraduate course on science and cooking.Debuting next fall, “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter” will be part of the new program in General Education at Harvard College. The course will bring together eminent Harvard researchers and world-class chefs, including Wylie Dufresne of wd-50 and Dan Barber of Blue Hill, as well as food scholar and writer Harold McGee, one of the leading authorities on kitchen science.Adrià is considered a pioneer of exploiting scientific principles to push the limits of modern cuisine, manipulating the physical and chemical processes of cooking by using substances such as hydrocolloids, or “gums,” that enable a delicate fruit purée to be transformed into a dense gel, and deconstruction techniques such as spherification, creating a resistant skin of liquid (as in a pea soup held in a pod of nothing more than itself).­If you have an item for Around the Schools, please e-mail your write-up (150-200 words) to georgia_bellas@harvard.edu.last_img read more

Stabilizing grasses

first_imgAccounting for half of seed salesSome turfgrass seed companies are now selling as much as half oftheir seed for land stabilization and reclamation uses, he said. Another UGA turfgrass is being promoted for reclamation, too.Seaspray, a seashore paspalum grass, was co-developed by UGA andTurf Seeds of Oregon. The world’s first seeded seashore paspalum,Seaspray is available now in limited quantities. “Seaspray’s parent grasses originated along coastlines,” saidPaul Raymer, a UGA agronomist and one of the grass’ breeders.”The new seeded variety should be a natural fit for reclamationprojects in coastal areas or were salt is a problem. And itsoriginal selling point was that it is very salt tolerant.”Raymer says Turf Seed representatives see the potential for thisgrass in reclaiming and stabilizing soils in coastal areas.”Seaspray’s perfect for areas where the ground cover has beenlost from saltwater storm surges like hurricanes or even therecent catastrophic tsunami,” Carrow said. Perfect for neglected areasCarrow said seed companies are marketing tall fescue for plantingin harsh environments.”It’s being used to rebuild areas after fires and for highwaystabilization to prevent erosion,” Carrow said. “Landmark SeedCompany is using our tall fescue releases to rebuild the westernU.S. after fires and they’re using it in China where there aresevere erosion problems.”UGA turf breeders discovered the alternative uses for theturfgrass during research trials. “We found, and the seed companies obviously agree, that thesetall fescues are perfect for areas that you don’t maintainoften,” he said. “The Southeast tall fescue variety in particularis perfect for planting along roadsides.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen University of Georgia researchers bred their latestturfgrass varieties, they had home lawns, athletic fields andpastures in mind. Now grasses they bred are also being used toprevent erosion and rebuild land after wildfires and hurricanes.”When we bred our new tall fescues, we bred them to be suited forGeorgia and to be drought tolerant,” said Bob Carrow, anagronomist with the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “Now the seed companies’ major business with thesegrasses is in land reclamation.”last_img read more

Insurers, pension funds ramp up efforts to shift assets away from fossil fuel industries

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Insurers and pension funds managing $2.3 trillion pledged on Monday to shift their portfolios away from carbon-heavy industries in the hope of triggering snowballing climate commitments from other big investors.German insurer Allianz, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), and Swedish pension fund Alecta were among the founders of the new “Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance” launched at a United Nations climate summit.As accelerating climate impacts become increasingly apparent via heatwaves, wildfires and receding coastlines, the financial sector is under growing pressure from activists, shareholders and regulators to respond.Members of the new grouping pledged to align their portfolios with a goal enshrined in the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat global warming to limit the increase in average temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Under current emissions pledges by governments, the Earth is on track for well over 3 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century — an outcome that scientists say could put the survival of modern industrial societies at risk.The pension funds and insurers said they would rebalance their portfolios to ensure their investments were carbon neutral by 2050, with intermediate targets set for 2025, 2030 and 2040. They also pledged to make regular public progress reports.The nucleus of founding members hope they will influence an ever-growing proportion of the world’s other big pension funds and insurers to push high-carbon companies towards more sustainable economic activities. The new coalition was organized by groups including the Geneva-based United Nations Environment Finance Initiative and Mission2020, a network to spur faster climate action led by Christiana Figueres, a former U.N. climate chief. Among the other founding members are PensionDanmark, Swedish pension manager AMF, Nordea Life & Pension, Norwegian insurer Storebrand, and Swiss RE.More: Pension funds and insurers pledge climate action at U.N. summit Insurers, pension funds ramp up efforts to shift assets away from fossil fuel industrieslast_img read more

Elementary school bathroom art meant to inspire positivity

first_imgWhile the students admit the idea was out of the ordinary at first, the purpose has already proved to be helpful. Faculty at the school say they hope to spread this idea to other bathrooms in the building, and even throughout the district. “We wanted to create a sense of positivity. Kindness has really been, we have a lot of character traits, but kindness has really been one that we focus on. And we thought that by painting the bathroom, it would really lift the kids’ spirits,” said fifth grade teacher Emily Rebello. “Some kids, when they feel anxious or nervous, they go to the bathroom, and then when those quotes are there, it’s just that they’re there so they feel better,” said fourth grader Calyn Wells. “If it’s the quotes they picked, it would make them feel better and if they were the ones that picked the quote, then obviously it’s something that tugs at their heart or there’s a purpose for that,” said Rebello. “It’s just nice to have something there when you go in so you can see it and be happy,” said fifth grader Gabby Fledderman. “It kind of gives the kids ownership because we all helped paint them. We all painted one word or a couple of letters,” said fifth grader Tommy Judge.center_img And it’s turned the bathroom into a work of art. But it doesn’t stop there. Now you can find quotes of inspiration in the bathroom, too. “And it doesn’t seem like the bathroom is the best spot, but if you think about it too, it just gives you a minute to be by yourself, be alone, and regroup, then be able to push through or just have a smile,” said Rebello. The stalls and the walls say things like, “she said she could, so she did,” and “winning doesn’t always mean being in first.” All quotes voted on by fourth and fifth grade students. (WBNG) — When you take a step inside TJ Watson Elementary School in the Union-Endicott School District, you can find motivational messages lining the halls.last_img read more

France industrial: Too much Toulouse

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People with COVID-19 symptoms still need to perform full tests: Health Ministry

first_imgRead also: Indonesia late to respond to COVID-19 pandemic, former VP Kalla saysRecently, the government mulled a plan to perform mass rapid tests in all laboratories across Indonesia in a bid to expedite the detection of the disease. The rapid tests are deemed more convenient and can promptly detect whether a specimen is positive for COVID-19 compared with the PCR test.Rapid tests only require blood serum as a sample, meaning the tests can be performed at all health laboratories across the country. Everyone, whether they have shown COVID-19 symptoms or not, can undergo the test.The testing method is easier to implement, as the regular tests have to be performed in level-two biosafety laboratories, since nasal fluids or larynx substances — in which the virus is contained — are used as the main specimens. Topics : The Health Ministry has said that people showing COVID-19 symptoms still need to undergo the regular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to determine their next medical treatment despite having previously taken rapid tests — which will be provided by the government in upcoming days.Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said that PCR tests were more accurate in detecting the disease since the tests thoroughly examined molecular reactions in samples. Such a feature, he said, was the main benefit of the tests even though the examination process could take some time.“The regular test is still mandatory for anyone who has tested positive but has shown mild symptoms of the disease. This is because the severity of the disease is supposed to be known after a person has performed the test,” Yurianto said in a press conference on Thursday.center_img The government remains tight-lipped on when the tests will be available in the country.Read also: House urges COVID-19 rapid response team to work fasterHowever, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed his subordinates to quickly perform rapid tests across the country during a limited meeting at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Thursday.While people showing symptoms of the disease should take two tests, people who test positive from the rapid tests but show no symptoms will be asked to self-isolate to stop the virus from spreading.Yurianto said the government would also publish guidelines on how to perform self-isolation at home since the purpose of the tests is to encourage people to self-isolate once they know they have been infected with the virus.“Not all people who have tested positive should be treated in hospitals after taking rapid tests,” he said. “The rapid test will act as a screening as to whether we should self-isolate ourselves or not,” Yurianto added. (glh)last_img read more

Catholic Church excludes adult women in talks about protecting sexual abuse victims

first_imgTop officials in the Catholic Church have said that they are coming up with a protocol to protect minors and vulnerable adults, but they reiterated that physically and mentally able adult women who have sexual relations with clergymen – consensual or otherwise – will not be the beneficiary of the protocol.While admitting there were power dynamics and cases of power abuse between clergymen and laywomen or nuns, Father Sunu Hardiyanta, who has been working on a system to prevent and handle cases of sexual abuse at the Catholic Church since 2012, told The Jakarta Post and Tirto.id that the topic of handling cases involving adult women was different and required “a separate protocol”.“Adult relationships are more an ethical matter, code of conduct, a wrong behavior,” he said. “The most important thing here is correct authority, correct leadership.” Some people who know of cases in which an adult woman has been in a relationship with a clergyman refuse to go into semantics over what constitutes vulnerability. To them, women who are suffering need help from the Church to gain justice. But often times, these women do not get it from the Church and have to bear the brunt of any burdens that might arise from the relationship.Sister Chatarina Supatmiyati said in a public discussion held by independent Catholic media outlet Katolikana that “patriarchy in the Catholic Church” had led to refusal from the Church’s elites or officials to regard adult women as victims of sexual abuse. Most of them see the problem as a mere violation of the chastity oath.In a rare bold admission, however, Chatarina discussed the sufferings of women who got involved in relationships with priests. She has witnessed several cases in which a woman had to raise her children alone while being ostracized from society, while the priest who fathered the children continued on as respected figure in a different place.“Ordained priests that have high status in the society can easily ‘manipulate’ their target of lust,” said John Mansford Prior, an ordained member of the Society of the Divine Word. (JP/Hengky Wijaya)Human rights activists have called on the Church to help these women more. One of them is Iswanti, an activist with church lay group Mitra ImaDei. She argued that women could be in a “vulnerable condition” even if they were physically and mentally able, as they could face certain problems or mental health issues, such as depression.“Even when the women are not having problems, they are still in a vulnerable situation due to the power dynamics,” Iswanti said, explaining how such dynamics could occur in “a very subtle way” such as through deception or manipulation, with the person in power abusing their authority toward unethical ends.Another activist, Mike Verawati Tangka, who on several occasions has helped victims of sexual abuse by clergymen, said that power relations played a significant role in special relationships between religious leaders and adult women.“[These relationships] would have never happened in the first place if the clergymen, who are the powerful parties, did not start them,” Mike said.“People always say it’s the woman’s mistake for being willing to enter a relationship with a religious leader, while in fact these women are the vulnerable ones.”Activist Damairia Pakpahan further underlined that the presence of an authority figure in these cases had prevented women from achieving a “fair solution” to the sexual abuse they experienced.‘He doesn’t deserve respect’In some cases, victims who report abuse to Church leaders or institutions are silenced, with the accused priest only facing mild punishment, such as the transfer to another parish. “It is not a solution. It is merely a means of transferring a problem to another place,” said Damairia.One woman, who has chosen to go by the alias Dea to protect her privacy, has sought justice over a relationship with a Catholic priest at Santo Aloysius Gonzaga Church in East Jakarta in 2008. She has called for the priest to be stripped of his religious title because she believes that “he does not deserve such respect anymore”.When contacted for clarification over the issue on July 23, the priest did not respond.About two weeks after Dea was introduced to the priest, identified only as Father M, he went to her new restaurant with three young Catholic activists. “Kiss me,” he is alleged to have said to Dea when no one was listening. Dea just smiled and ignored him. In the following days, the priest allegedly continued to pursue a sexual relationship with Dea by playing footsie, tugging her arm, attempting to hug her, asking for kisses and engaging in verbal sexual coercion. He promised marriage despite Dea’s reminder that he took a chastity oath.Dea said she was manipulated by Father M to engage in sexual intercourse with him as he offered to marry her only within a month after the priest was appointed the new head of the parish. But the priest later denied his words when she asked him about marriage.The news eventually reached the ears of the priest’s order leader at the Redemptorist Congregation in Indonesia (CSsR), who later visited Dea and asked for an explanation of the allegations. Dea later made a written testimony in 2008 and she reported her case to several authorities, including an official at the Jakarta Archdiocese.“They, however, did not provide me with any solution,” she said.Not long after, the priest was transferred to Indonesia CSsR’s headquarters in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Dea said. She hoped that he would be dismissed as an ordained priest but, as of today, Father M is still a priest, although, to Dea’s knowledge, he does not have any duties at the Church.The Post and Tirto.id did not receive a response after contacting CSsR leader Wilhelmus Ngongo Palla for comment.An ordained member of the Society of the Divine Word, John Mansford Prior, who has worked as an educator for almost 40 years, has criticized the common practice of transferring “priests in trouble” to other places, and therefore urged the Church to uncover and settle all cases of alleged abuse.“The practice of hiding such cases to protect the Church’s reputation will only exacerbate this scandal,” Prior said.He said in an email sent to the Post and Tirto.id on July 20 that based on his observations as an educator in many places – including Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and numerous locations in Indonesia – only around 50 percent of ordained priests “never got entangled in [cases of] sexual harassment or intimate relationships that violated their calling”.Prior has worked in eastern Indonesia since 1973 and is currently a lecturer at the Ledalero’s School of Theology and Philosophy in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara.He said even though relationships between priests and adult women were different than those involving minors or vulnerable adults, he insisted that unequal power relations in patriarchal society rendered these adult women victims and the priests perpetrators.“Ordained priests that have high status in society can easily ‘manipulate’ their target of lust,” Prior said.Topics : Sunu’s statement is in line with Ignatius Cardinal Suharyo’s statement in December: “[The Pope] is very strict toward priests who have sexually abused minors and adults with disabilities. Women are not included on the list. That’s because cases of abuse among adults are different,” Suharyo, who is also the Archbishop of Jakarta, said.The Vatican’s definition of vulnerable adults has been the subject of heated debate globally. It defines a vulnerable adult in the context of abuse cases as anyone who is “in an infirm state, of physical or mental deficiency, or deprivation of personal freedom, that in fact, even occasionally, limits their capacity to intend or to want or in any way to resist the offense”. The definition was issued in March last year.Father Sunu said an adult woman who was having a temporary psychological problem (undergoing a serious problem at home, for example) and involved in a sexual relationship with a priest to which she sought help when she was down did not fall into the category of “vulnerable adult”.‘Patriarchy in the Catholic Church’last_img read more

Hornsea One Digs Up Lincolnshire’s Past

first_imgWessex Archaeology has unearthed numerous archaeological remains in Lincolnshire, UK, and the surrounding area as part of the onshore construction works for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.Post-excavation assessment and reporting are currently in process, with over 27,827 artifacts recovered weighing 569kg in total, along with approximately 8,000 liters of soil.Key finds from the scheme include two human burials (medieval and Roman), animal bone, metalwork, quernstones, recovery of Bronze Age pottery, further Romano-British settlement activity, as well as two medieval/ early post-medieval salt production sites.“Most people wouldn’t associate renewable energy sources with historical artefacts, but it just goes to show the variety of activities needed to build an offshore wind farm,” Bronagh Byrne, Environment and Consents Manager from Ørsted, said.The archaeological excavation has been completed before cable installation. Archaeological monitoring during the excavation of the cable trench is ongoing and further monitoring will be carried out during reinstatement works in key areas, with monitoring fieldwork scheduled to be completed this year.The results of the excavations will be published in due course providing an insight into how the landscape of this part of Lincolnshire has been utilized and transformed from prehistory through to the present day.The Wessex Archaeology team has been working with Ørsted since August 2015, alongside staff from consultants Royal Haskoning DHV and contractors J. Murphy & Sons Limited. The work has included trial trenching, excavation, watching brief, earthwork survey and historic building recording during pre-construction and construction phases of the project.The works have been monitored for three local planning authorities by archaeologists from North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and Lincolnshire County Council, as part of planning conditions.“Large linear schemes like this can be challenging; we’ve had seventy people working on the scheme over two years with some pretty inclement weather at times,” Richard O’Neill, Project Manager from Wessex Archaeology, said.Images: Wessex Archaeologylast_img read more

COVID-19: Kenya confirms 183 new cases, 82 recoveries and 5…

first_imgThe youngest case in the last 24 hours is a 7-month-old child while the oldest is an 80-year-old.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Distribution of the cases by counties is as follows, Nairobi 54 cases, Kisumu 26, Mombasa  20, Kericho 11, Nakuru 10, Kisii 7, Machakos 6, Meru 5, Turkana 5, Lamu 3, Nyeri 3, Siaya 3, Kiambu 2, Kajiado 2, Busia 2, Homabay 2, Kilifi 2, Samburu 2, Kakamega 1 and Embu 1.Also Read  Cardinal Njue condemns conduct of leaders in the countryIn terms of sub-county distribution, the 54 cases in Nairobi are from Starehe and Westlands 10 cases each, Kibra 6, Embakassi East 5, Dagoretti North and Lang’ata 4 each, Roysambu 3, Dagoretti South, Embakasi North, Embakasi West, Kamukunji, Kasarani and Madaraka 1 case each.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deathsIn Kisumu, the 26 cases are from Kisumu East 20, Kisumu Central 5, and Nyando 1 while in Mombasa the 20 cases are from Kisauni 10, Jomvu 6, Changamwe, Likoni, Mvita and Nyali 1 case each.The CAS on a positive note said that a total of 82 people had recovered from the virus, 33 from home-based care, while 49 were from various health facilities bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 23, 611.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentIn the last 24 hours, Kenya has recorded 5 deaths bringing the cumulative number of fatalities in the country to 642.Mwanganagi during the brief also said that since the onset of the pandemic, at least 945 healthcare workers have been infected with the virus with 16 having succumbed across 35 counties in the country. Kenya has Thursday confirmed 183 new COVID-19 cases out of a sample size of 4,188 bringing the cumulative number of positive cases in the country to 36,576.Out of the 183 new cases, 169 are Kenyans while 14 are foreigners.Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing at Afya House, CAS Mercy Mwanganagi said males continue to lead in the daily positivity rate at 131 while females stand at 52.last_img read more

Mike Tyson hints at comeback in fresh video

first_imgRelatedPosts Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed WBA Champion Charr to hold Ruiz Jr talks Mike Tyson beats up seven prostitutes Mike Tyson has promised to return to boxing with the “spirit of Chairman Mao” in a video showing off his impressive hand speed.The 53-year-old made shockwaves with a video showing off his training for an unlikely comeback and he has added more fuel to the fire in a by announcing his return to the Chinese social media platform Weibo. While nothing has been made official yet, longtime rival Evander Holyfield is also flirting with a return to boxing as is ex-heavyweight slugger Shannon Briggs.In the video, a topless Tyson says: “Hey I’m Mike Tyson, I’m on Weibo now, I’ll let you know there’s a possibility I might come back, but if I do I’m going to fight with the spirit of Mao.”He then flexes his right arm, where he has a tattoo of the former Chinese dictator, before throwing a series of his trademark power punches with impressive speed.His pugnacious display is cut short when a fluffy white dog jumps up at him next to a swimming pool and he bursts into a smile before asking the person recording how the clip looked.Weibo users were quick to comment on the boxer’s clip, which has received over 1.4 million views, with Xibeiqu Keke writing: “‘I’ll fight with the spirit of Mao.’ Mike Tyson has a portrait of Chairman Mao on his right shoulder.” Mike Tyson should take note of Baishui Yangtou-young’s writing: “He may have gained a few years, but he looks a lot kinder than before.”Liu Zhuang Beijing added: “Forever boxing king. Idol.”Tyson now has 1.4 million followers on the platform, which he was previously a member of in 2013 before his account was deleted.His profile picture on the platform features a cartoon version of his face with an ear in his mouth, a reference to him biting off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear in their infamous 1997 rematch.UFC President Dana White is concerned that Tyson might be making a mistake by donning his gloves once again. “I love Mike Tyson, I’m begging him not to go fight,” White told Sportsnet. “I said ‘you look awesome, you’re still explosive, you’re obviously still powerful, you’re one of the all-time greats.“But Mike, you’re 53, please don’t do it, please.’ Bottom line is I don’t want Mike to fight. If it comes down to where he is about to do something crazy, I might have to jump in and figure out something for him not to do it.”Tags: BOXINGComebackmike tysonlast_img read more