Law School Study: Smart Grid collaboration needed to re-power US

first_imgVermont Law School,The United States needs unprecedented collaboration among electric utilities, government, industry and academia to create a smart grid with clear policies, empowered customers, demonstrated cost savings and a greener environment, according to early results in Vermont Law School’s national smart grid research project. Researchers at VLS’s Institute for Energy and the Environment are studying the legal, policy and regulatory hurdles to upgrading the US electric system with smart grid technology. The federal government has awarded $3.4 billion in stimulus funds to utilities and other entities, making the smart grid a key part of the US clean energy agenda. Vermont, California, Texas and a handful of other states have taken the lead in finding a well-balanced approach to demonstrating and implementing a smart grid system. VLS is conducting case studies of seven diverse utilities across the country in order to recommend best practices that can be replicated nationwide: Commonwealth Edison, Central Vermont Public Service Company, Long Island Power Authority, Pecan Street Project, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Salt River Project and San Diego Gas and Electric.VLS’s final report isn’t due until 2012, but the study’s early results suggest: Clear state policies will speed smart grid results: California and other states that have set clear policies are moving steadily toward their goals rather than getting bogged down in debate over what the goals should be.Statewide collaboration can spur progress and innovation: Unprecedented collaboration among Vermont’s utilities, government, industry and academia has secured federal stimulus money for the rollout out of a statewide smart grid and broadband system. The unique linking of broadband for underserved areas and a smart grid communications network is achieving state policy objectives with noteworthy efficiency.Delivering smarter rates: The Salt River Project’s success with time-of-use rates and customer pre-pay service offers clear promise for voluntary dynamic pricing. The project’s pre-pay program experience’giving customers timely information about their electric usage and letting them control their consumption’has resulted in satisfied customers and a 12 percent drop in power use.Demonstrating the smart grid’s future: The Pecan Street Project’s focus on how a smart grid can provide value to customers and the environment demonstrates the new technology’s end-use potential.Uncertainty will impede the smart grid: Without clear cost recovery policies for utilities, the smart’s grid’s reliability and environmental benefits won’t be fully realized. VLS’s final report will address legal, regulatory, structural and other barriers, including privacy concerns; policy requirements; energy efficiency and demand response; distributed generation and storage; electric vehicle integration; and distribution automation. More information about VLS’s Smart Grid Research Project is available at: is external)Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers). The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit is external).last_img read more

Arsenal consider swapping two players in bid to sign £40m Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Aaron Wan-Bissaka is on Arsenal’s radar (BPI/REX)Arsenal are considering using Reiss Nelson or Ainsley Maitland-Niles in their bid to sign Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to reports.Wan-Bissaka has been in sublime form for Palace this season and his impressive performances have reportedly attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham.But The Sun on Sunday report that Arsenal scout Brian McDermott is keeping tabs on Wan-Bissaka and the Gunners are ‘desperate’ to sign the 21-year-old.Palace are reporting asking for a £40 million transfer fee but Arsenal want to lower that asking price by offering players in exchange.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNelson, who is currently on loan at Hoffenheim, is reportedly a potential candidate. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Mar 2019 2:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Arsenal consider swapping two players in bid to sign £40m Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka Wan-Bissaka is reportedly valued at £40m by Crystal Palace (BPI/REX)As is Maitland-Niles who has deputised at both left-back and right-back for Inside Emery this season.The report claims that Arsenal’s recruitment team are ‘convinced’ that Wan-Bissaka is the player they want to sign this summer.Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson admitted this week that he was not surprised after Wan-Bissaka failed to make England’s senior squad for the upcoming international break.‘My eyebrows weren’t raised, I don’t see why they should be,’ said the Crystal Palace boss.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He is picked for the England Under-21s which in itself is a very, very big honour.‘It is good to know that, reading Gareth’s comments, he is obviously aware of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and what he can do.‘I don’t think Aaron, myself or anyone at the club should start jumping onto media speculation regarding the player. It is up to him to keep playing well.‘We believe in him. We believe he has a very, very good future at the age of 21.‘At that age, you have got an awful lot of football and an awful lot of time to play for England in the future. It has no effect on us whatsoever.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorslast_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff Weekly Bookings for Oct. 14 – Oct. 21, 2013

first_imgMoldovan, Jill42Wichita, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington KsSUSOProbation Violation10/16/13 Jeffrey, William50Van Buren ArFt Smith, AR JailSUSOFailure to appear10/19/13 Stallings, Jason M.36Wellington, Ks1311 E. 16th, Wellington, KsWPDProbation Violation10/16/13 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Mulvane2 Karanja, Eunice24El Dorado, KsButler County JailSUSOProbation Violation10/15/13 Belle Plaine0 Gibson, Randy41Wichita, KS700 E 90th Ave Belle PlaineSUSODriving under the influence10/15/13 Corter, Jeremy W.E.27Wellington, Ks824 N. Woodlawn, Apt. 124 Wellington Ks.WPDF.T.A.10/14/13 Trumpower,Anthony35Wellington, KS801 E 16th Wellington, KSSUSODWS10/14/13         Slates, Sierra27Wichita, KS2410 N A Wellington KSWPDDWS, Libility Insurance10/15/13 KRGC2 Schmidt, John48Caldwell Ks212 S Chisolm Caldwell, KsCAPDDomestic battery10/19/13 Modlin, Marvin22Wichita, KS800 E US 160 WellingtonSUSODriving under the influence, Driving while suspended, Liability insurance, 2 warrants (BUCO Probation Violation / Derby Muni Failure to Appear)10/18/13 Arebalo, Steven Jacob32Wichita, KS501  N Washington Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence10/17/13 Chandler, Derick22Wellington, Ks1805 N B WellingtonWPDAbuse of a child, Aggravated battery10/18/13 Cornwell, Ashley Zenobia30Derby, KS900 E K-53 Hwy Mulvane, KSSUSODWS, Libility Insurance10/14/13 Sipes, Ryan E.20Wellington, Ks1402 N. F., Wellington, Ks.WPDTheft10/14/13 Vanderhoof, Liah24Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star Drive MulvaneKRGCTheft10/19/13 Evans, Camisha38Wellington, Ks714 E. Harvey, Wellington, KsWPDF.T.A.10/20/13 Sanders, Jenny L.31Wellington, Ks1600  E. 16th, Wellington, KsWPDProbation Violation10/16/13 Dwyer, Adam34Wichita, KS3316 S Broadway Wichita, KSSUSOF.T.A.10/15/13 McKellip, Shaun Raymond45Wellington, Ks501 N washington Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence10/17/13 Martinez, Crystal19San Benito TxI35 MP 16 Wellington, KsKHPOperating vehicle w/out a valid license10/18/13 Huakap, Jesika24Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star Drive MulvaneKRGCTheft10/19/13 Monday 0800  to  Monday 0800  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 10/14/2013 thru 10/21/2013  KHP2 Thomas, Jacky60Wellington, Ks610 E HillsideWPDServing 5 Days10/17/13 Daly, Eric43Barberton, OH20653 SW Sunset Ridge Rd Rose Hill KS 67133SUSODUI10/15/13 Sumner Co12 McCray, James Alexander24Haysville, KS500 N Seneca Wellington, KSSUSODWS10/17/13 Monahan, Jerald59Okeene OkI35 Wellington, KsKHPDriving under the influence (Warrant out of Woodward OK for Aggravated battery)10/20/13 Bookings Haley, Samuel32Wichita, KS141 W Elm Wichita KSMPDF.T.A.10/15/13 Sedgwick Co32 Wellington PD11 Stallings, Traci N.34Wellington, Ks1311 E. 16th, Wellington, KsWPDProbation Violation10/16/13 Bail Bondsman0 Laham, Derrik22Wellington, Ks722 W Harevy WellingtonWPDDomestic Battery, Disorderly Conduct10/19/13 Myers, Thaddeeus40Wellington, Ks1800 E 16th WellingtonWPDDriving while suspended10/17/13 Caldwell PD1 Benefield, Kelby20Kechi KsCentral and Pearl Mulvane KsMPDDriving under Influence, Transporting open container10/19/13last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Olympics viewing question

first_img Loading …Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. How much of the Olympics are you watching? As much as I can. When I have the time. Very little. Not at all. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 209 weeks ago Only the out-takes, crashes, or broken bone videos. Report Reply 0 replies · active 209 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Sign of the Times? Politics Gets Ugly in Little Silver

first_imgShaffery added that,though no criminal charges have been filed by authorities, the Garcias werereferred to contact private legal counsel regarding the complaint. On Friday afternoon,while her husband Will investigated engine troubles under the hood of a Dodgepickup truck, Ingrid sat beside her two young children behind the front desk ofExpert Detail and Auto Repair, the couple’s auto body shop situated insideLittle Silver’s Sycamore Avenue Shell Station, across from the train station. Brandt was challenging sitting mayor Robert Neff, who the Monmouth County Republican Party endorsed earlier this year. “It’s not right.Regardless of who we support, we shouldn’t have to answer for it like this.This is supposed to be a democracy. There’s supposed to be freedom of choice.And they’re both Republican candidates. It just makes no sense,” Garcia said. The Garcia’s 9-year-oldson Evan, who competes with his school’s debate team, said, despite theincident, he hopes to enter the politic arena someday and make a difference. Since the video wasreleased and the backlash has come, Ingrid said others have reached out insupport, including residents from neighboring towns who have come to thestation for gas, stopped by the shop for work or those simply driven in toshare a few kind words. “I don’t like to saythings like this in front of my children, especially my 9-year-old son, becausehe really understands what’s going on. But they’re talking about boycotting us.They’re talking about ruining our livelihood. If they do that, we’ll lose itall. How would we live? Nobody thinks about those things,” Ingrid said. “The PoliceDepartment unequivocally respects the First Amendment rights of all citizens,and asks all residents and business owners, regardless of political ideology,to respect the First Amendment rights of their neighbors,” he added. A week prior, theGarcias claim they were harassed by two leaders of the Little Silver RepublicanParty, former council member David Gilmour and GOP chairman Stuart Van Winkle. According to astatement emailed to The Two River Times by Chief Daniel Shaffery, “the LittleSilver Police Deparmtent has received and investigated the Garcias’ complaints,but those complaints do not meet the threshold for probable cause to sign criminalcomplaints for harassment.” “I want to use mywords to change the world and be fair to everyone. My mom and dad feel likethey’re being bullied. You shouldn’t have to bully people to get your messageheard. You should tell people what you think and let them decide,” he said. This article was first published in the June 6-13, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. Despite the visits,the police report, the video and Ingrid’s claims of social media harassment andadditional negative feedback on consumer review sites like Yelp, the LittleSilver Police Department said it will not move to issue criminal complaints.center_img Ingrid said an hourlater Van Winkle entered the shop posing a similar question to her husband in asimilarly aggressive manner, prompting her to pull out her cell phone andrecord a video that was uploaded to YouTube with the title “Political Extortionand Harassment,” and later circulated to area media outlets by the Brandtcampaign. “We love making our living in this town. For the most part I believe people here are good. But some have tried to bully us for voicing an opinion. We’re not going to be bullied. I’ll do what I have to do to protect my family,” Ingrid said. “When I asked thatquestion, I think there was a lot more going on with them in the day than Iknew about it, because the degree of anger they displayed just didn’t fit,” VanWinkle said, calling the back-to-back visits by him and Gilmour a coincidence.“Looking at the situation now, I can understand their reaction.” Ingirid quicklyphoned the Little Silver authorities for assistance and filed a police reportalleging harassment against both Gilmour and Van Winkle. “If the owners feltharassed by my question to her husband, I am truly sorry for that. It was notmy intent. If they feel threatened in any way, I’m sorry,” Van Winkle added.“Having said that, to keep it all in perspective, we’ve had signs go up oncommercial properties around town without permission. I simply asked if theyhad given the Brandt campaign permission.” In the video, VanWinkle is heard asking Ingrid, “Do you have permission to put your signs up?”adding, “We have had complaints in town about signs being put up withoutpermission.” In a June 3 interview with The Two River Times, Van Winkle said his intent was not to make the Garcias feel uncomfortable, but rather to combat what he referred to as a “campaign sign circus” in the borough, referring to the copious lawn signage littering properties throughout Little Silver. Will Garcia said hebelieves the visits were coordinated. “The business owneradditionally reported a negative online review of the business due to politicalsupport of a specific candidate. The review in question falls under theregulations set forth by the Congress in the Consumer Review Fairness Act,which protects people’s ability to share in any forum their honest opinionsabout a business’ products, services, or conduct,” Shaffery wrote. According to Ingrid,Gilmour entered the shop first, “screaming and yelling and demanding to know” whoauthorized the Garcias to place a large campaign sign for Republican mayoralcandidate Rick Brandt on shop property. LITTLE SILVER –As the primary election approached, borough business owner Ingrid Garcia saidshe felt a growing fear of the future.last_img read more

Lubin scores twice to power the Rebels past Comox Valley

first_imgCastlegar out shot Comox Valley 28-21 to make a winner out of Conner Beauchamp in the Castlegar nets.In the other contest, five different Richmond players scored to lift the PJHL champs past the Island winners from Victoria.Richmond erased a 1-0 deficit with four consecutive goals.The Sockeyes play host Comox Valley Friday.Richmond meets Castlegar Saturday afternoon.The two winners advance to the gold medal match Sunday afternoon.The other two teams meet for the bronze medal.The Cyclone Taylor Cup winner represents the province at the Keystone Cup next week in Manitoba. Bryan Lubin scored twice to spark Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Castlegar Rebels to a 3-1 win over the host Glacier Kings in opening day action at the 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup Championships Thursday at the Comox Sports Centre.Castlegar held period leads of 2-0 and 3-1.The Rebels now play Victoria Cougars Friday at 3:30 p.m.The Cougars lost 5-2 to Pacific Junior Hockey League winner Richmond Sockeyes.Lubin scored both of his goals in the first period as the line of Lubin, Travis Wellman and Stuart Walton combined for two markers in a span of just over two minutes.Jeremy McGregor upped the Castlegar lead to 3-0 in the second before Steven Garcia scored on the power play for the Glacier Kings.last_img read more

42nd Annual City of Arcadia Mayor’s Community Breakfast Friday, April 1, 2016, FrontRunner Restaurant at Santa Anita Park

first_imgThis year’s event features the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, Alex Kajitani. Creator of the “Rappin’ Mathematician,” Alex offers techniques to teachers nationwide in ways to engage students and make math cool! This same skill set extends to the business world, where Alex delivers fresh strategies that give positive results among business leaders. To purchase tickets please call the Mayor’s Office at 626-574-5403, or email [email protected] Tickets are $20 each. Breakfast buffet included. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Foothill Unity Center, Arcadia Educational Foundation, Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation, and the Assistance League of Arcadia.center_img About the City of ArcadiaNestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Arcadia is an 11.38 square mile community with a population of just over 56,000. Located approximately 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Arcadia is known for combining small-town charm with the conveniences and amenities of a mid-size city. Arcadia is a full-service charter city governed by a five-member City Council, elected at large. Recognized for exceptional education and recreation opportunities and beautiful neighborhoods, Arcadia is also defined as the “Community of Homes” and has twice been designated the “Best City in California in which to Raise Kids” by Business Week Magazine.last_img read more

Donegal Medical Centre wins top Healthcare Award

first_imgThe Medical Centre at Maginn Avenue Buncrana won an award at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2019 alongside Dr Seamus Clarke’s GP surgery in Clones, Co Monaghan and the National Ambulance Service.The centre was involved in a pilot project in association with the National Ambulance Service and Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), a cross border health and social care partnership.The project is piloting the introduction of community paramedics to reduce the need for patients to be transferred from the community to hospital. Paramedics are trained by the ambulance service and at Maginn medical centre to be able to assess and treat selected patients in the community – thus avoiding the need for transfer to hospital and saving valuable ambulance and hospital time. This project also prevents some vulnerable patients from having to endure long delays at ED departments. The project was selected as the winner of the Sustainable Healthcare Project of the Year 2019 at the Irish Healthcare Awards. Dr Paul Grant received the award on behalf of the centre at a gala presentation in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin.The Buncrana Medical Centre was delighted to be involved in this ground breaking project and are pleased to continue developing this project in conjunction with the national ambulance service. Two new paramedics have recently joined the team at Buncrana Medical Centre and the team are looking forward to further improving the development of healthcare in the region.Donegal Medical Centre wins top Healthcare Award was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

For the Love of Trees

first_imgYou don’t have to be a proverbial tree-hugger to love trees and wonder at all the things they can do, and do for us.India just broke a world record by planting 50 million trees in one day, National Geographic reported. Wow! Other countries are on the tree-planting binge, too. Why would people do such a thing? “Trees sequester carbon dioxide from the air, thereby reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” but they provide many other benefits, too. Besides, they are wonders of engineering in their own right, and often beautiful.Google Tree: You may have marveled at how trees find ways to grow out of the poorest of soils—even out of bare rock, it appears sometimes. That’s because trees have a search strategy: actually, several strategies. If there’s a nutrient hotspot around, PhysOrg says, they will find it. How can they do this without eyes and ears and noses? Well, they have help. Fungi are their partners. But fungi don’t have those things, either. A new paper in PNAS shows how “Root morphology and mycorrhizal symbioses together shape nutrient foraging strategies of temperate trees.” For the curious,Here, we show that in 13 sympatric temperate tree species, when nutrient availability is patchy, thinner root species alter their foraging to exploit patches, whereas thicker root species do not. Moreover, there appear to be two distinct pathways by which thinner root tree species enhance foraging in nutrient-rich patches: AM trees produce more roots, whereas EM trees produce more mycorrhizal fungal hyphae. Our results indicate that strategies of nutrient foraging are complementary among tree species with contrasting mycorrhiza types and root morphologies, and that predictable relationships between below-ground traits and nutrient acquisition emerge only when both roots and mycorrhizal fungi are considered together.River tree: What transports 8 to 10% of the Yukon River’s annual discharge? It’s the trees in boreal forests, Science Daily reports. A team from the University of Alaska made measurements and found that trees, by soaking up snowmelt and transpiring it into the atmosphere, play a larger-than-expected role in the boreal water cycle, especially between late winter and spring. Even deciduous trees before they leaf out in the spring do a lot of water transport work, releasing 21-25% of the available snowmelt water.Coconut homes: The fruits of coconut trees, as we all know, have hairy, waterproof husks that allow the seeds to float across oceans. Science Daily says that the “specialised structure of coconut walls could help to design buildings that can withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters.” Those coconut palms are quite the structural engineers:Their investigations found that within the endocarp layer — which consists mainly of highly lignified stone cells– the vessels that make up the vascular system have a distinct, ladder-like design, which is thought to help withstand bending forces. Each cell is surrounded by several lignified rings, joined together by parallel bridges. “The endocarp seems to dissipate energy via crack deflection” says Stefanie. “This means that any newly developed cracks created by the impact don’t run directly through the hard shell.” It is thought that the angle of the vascular bundles helps to “divert” the trajectory of the cracks. The longer a crack has to travel within the endocarp, the more likely it is that it will stop before it reaches the other side.Other PlantsThe wonders of plant biology extend down to smaller species, too. Here are some more plant wonders:Plants as chemistry labs: Most people probably are unaware of the thousands of the complex organic chemicals manufactured by plants. The refreshing pine-scented air we enjoy when walking in the woods doesn’t just happen. Volatile compounds, particularly terpenes, are made by plants for themselves and for the whole forest community. PNAS gives us a glimpse into the remarkable complexity of processes that go on daily in the laboratories inside plant cells:The triterpenes are a large and highly diverse group of plant natural products. They are synthesized by cyclization of the linear isoprenoid 2,3-oxidosqualene into different triterpene scaffolds by enzymes known as triterpene synthases. This cyclization process is one of the most complex enzymatic reactions known and is only poorly understood. Here, we identify a conserved amino acid residue that is critical for both product and substrate specificity in triterpene synthases from diverse plant species. Our results shed new light on mechanisms of triterpene cyclization in plants and open up the possibility of manipulating both the nature of the precursor and product specificity, findings that can be exploited for the production of diverse and novel triterpenes.The plant that solves Rubik’s cube: Science Daily tells about an enzyme in plants that solves puzzles. “Scientists at the John Innes Centre have discovered a key ‘twist’ in a Rubik’s cube-like plant puzzle, which could pave the way to new, or more effective pharmaceuticals,” the article begins. To make one of the many complex chemicals plants are famous for, called heteroyohimbine, the plant has to twist and turn the molecule. “The puzzle is not a simple jigsaw in which the picture becomes clearer with each new piece discovered; it’s more like a Rubik’s cube.”Sunbathing plants: Why don’t plants get sunburn? They stand out there making shade for others, but are exposed to the hot sun all day. Nigel Paul explores this question on The Conversation and reports that plants make their own sunscreen. Clever! They are, after all, good organic chemists as stated above. The dangerous ultraviolet-B rays (UVB) act as a signal to a protein named UVR8 to turn on their sunscreen production. How many plants had to burn up before that system evolved?Drought-resistant corn: Californians know about this one, looking at their brown lawns after years of drought. Grass isn’t entirely helpless under the onslaught of dry conditions. A paper in PNAS says that grasses like maize are able to suppress shoot-borne roots during drought to conserve water. To do this, the roots and the top of the plant have to talk to each other—and they do, with chemical messages traveling through the pipelines.Nitrogen fixing skill: Many plants (especially legumes, like beans and peas) help the whole planet by “fixing” nitrogen—that is, making the molecular nitrogen gas in the atmosphere available in the form of ammonia and other compounds. N2 in the atmosphere, being triple-bonded, is a tough nut to crack. Current Biology reveals a few more details about the process in soybeans. It “requires complex adjustments of nodule nitrogen metabolism and partitioning processes,” the paper says. If and when scientists can ever replicate what plants do every day, it could revolutionize agriculture.The force: When plant cells divide, they have a problem. Stiff cell walls don’t make way for new cells easily. What to do? Chilean scientists took a look at the forces involved in cell division in plants. Writing in PNAS, they report on recent work that helps resolve a long-standing debate between two hypotheses. It appears now that “the cell will align its division plane with the direction of greatest tension as a whole.” Even so, the scientists are still not sure the process is understood. Maybe both hypotheses are partly right.Light food: The greatest benefit to man and to all animals is plants’ ability to make food from sunlight. Scientists still struggle to understand photosynthesis in detail. Science Daily reported new clues that could help scientists harness the potential of this amazing ability. The clue involves enzymes and signals and wavelengths of light beyond the scope of a quick summary. Too bad they didn’t thank the Creator.“Photosynthesis usually ranks about third after the origin of life and the invention of DNA in lists of the greatest inventions of evolution,” said Bryant. “Photosynthesis was such a powerful invention that it changed Earth’s atmosphere by producing oxygen, allowing diverse and complex life forms — algae, plants, and animals — to evolve.“Incredible egg: Speaking of “plant evolution,” detail freaks may be curious how Current Biology answers the question, “What does it take to be an egg?” In his latest book Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis, Michael Denton pointed to plant reproduction as a prime example of “baroque” architecture too elaborate to submit to a Darwinian mutation-selection explanation (Discovery Institute’s short video “Biology of the Baroque” explains what that means). The authors of the new paper point to a conserved transcription factor in liverworts that appears to be implicated in cell fate during egg cell production, but they admit, “The genetic regulation of cell patterning within plant gametophytes remains poorly understood.”Anyone see Darwin contributing anything worthwhile to the findings of science listed above? Anyone?(Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Meet South Africa’s Queen of Boerewors

first_imgLimpopo butchery manager Queen Mathebula is the winner of the 2017 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors competition, the annual heritage event dedicated to finding the country’s best boerewors recipe while benefiting local communities.Limpopo butcher and boerewors innovator Queen Mathebula won the 2017 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors competition at a braai-off event held in Langa, Cape Town during September 2017. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonThe competition, now in its 25th year, celebrates South Africans’ diverse heritage in their shared love of boerewors, pitting some of the country’s best boerewors innovators at a braai-off charity event to benefit youth development programmes.Mathebula, from Jilongo Village outside Malamulele, won the grand prize of a new 4×4 and the honour of having her winning boerewors sold at Shoprite Checkers stores nationwide. The two finalists were James Lebepe from Atteridgeville, Gauteng and Moses Mathebula (no relation), also from Limpopo.A four-year veteran of the event, Mathebula said of her win “it is fourth time lucky for me. I feel so privileged and honoured to have been a part of this esteemed competition and to have made it to the top.”Boerewors and rugby for a good cause(Image: Shoprite Checkers)The final braai-off was held in Langa in Cape Town, at the beginning of Heritage Month, September 2017. The event included a charity rugby match between former Springbok players and up-and-coming rugby talent.Proceeds will be used to benefit youth sport and education upliftment programmes in the area, including the Vusa Rugby Academy.(Image: Vusa Rugby Academy)Shoprite Checkers supports the academy, supplying the 80 children in the programme with daily meals. The next step for the partnership will be the establishment and maintenance of a community food garden for four local schools.In addition to grassroots rugby development, Vusa offers academic bursary support for outstanding players.Queen of the worsMathebula believes her win came from sticking to three essential rules of good boerewors – quality meat, a good blend of spices and patient braaing until tender and juicy.Her special spice blend? Mathebula won’t give away her secret, but said the right amount of coriander made the difference. She believes, despite the trend of more modern side dishes for award-winning boerewors, good old fashioned pap and sauce will always be an indispensable ingredient to the entire experience.While the honour of the win was a testament to her boerewors-making talent, the 4×4 grand prize, she said, would make it easier for her to get her children to school on time, which was much more important to her.Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more