In Focus: Touch World Cup – Germany

first_imgIn the lead-up to the 2015 FIT Touch World Cup, we catch up with Bob Kalman from Germany as they embark on their second World Cup campaign.How big is Touch in Germany?Touch Germany now has over 400 active players and this is growing on a daily basis.The national champions for 2014 are “TiB Berlin” who went through the 2014 season with an unbeaten record against German teams.Who is a player from Germany that is one to watch out for at the 2015 TWC?Touch Germany will be missing a few key players from the previous European Championships in Wales in 2014. However the strength of the Germans always has been the girls. This year, captain Yvonne Giesen will return as well as Svenja Strotta, Lena Dietz and Ute Kohlheim, making up some of the best ladies in continental Europe.Germany are currently sending one team (Mixed Open) to the 2015 TWC, what are your goals for the event?Germany has several strong veteran players in the team for 2015, but also several players who will be making their international debuts.  The goal of the German squad this year is to turn the rookies into veterans so that they can take back to their local clubs all the experience that comes with playing in Oz.What are you most looking forward to for your trip to Australia?I will be traveling with a 2 year old toddler on the 30 hour trip over to Australia, so one thing that I am personally NOT looking forward to is the flight over, but the whole team is looking forward to the tournament and learning as much as they can whilst they are out there.If you want to keep in touch with Germany in the lead-up to the 2015 TWC, visit the following:WebsiteFacebookRelated LinksGermany: 2015 TWClast_img read more

9 months agoBarcelona exploring prospect of signing Chelsea striker Morata

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona exploring prospect of signing Chelsea striker Morataby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are exploring the prospect of signing Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Sport says Barcelona are pondering a loan swoop for Morata.The out-of-favour Blues forward has just five goals in 16 Premier League games this term.Barca are undecided over whether to sign a striker in the winter window but Morata is among the names they are considering should they decide to bolster their frontline.The Catalan giants have apparently already enquired about Morata’s situation but are yet to make a formal offer to the Blues.Barcelona have allowed Munir El Haddadi to leave for Sevilla, which could open the door for them to swoop for Morata. last_img read more

August 23 2006 We last reported on July 12 on

first_imgAugust 23, 2006 We last reported on July 12. on interior construction in the lightscoop apartment of Unit 10 in the East Crescent Complex. Tilework in the bathroom had progressed to installation of very small tiles in the shower pan. The pattern for shower walls are layed out here. [Photo & text: sa] As tilework progresses in the shower, a larger set of tiles are layed in the main room. Closet doors are ready to be installed. [Photo & text: sa] Tilework on the floor of the main room is finished. This report will continue on 8/25 with more on tile installation in the bathroom. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Nickelodeon UK has partnered with management compa

first_imgNickelodeon UK has partnered with management company and video network Viral Spiral, in a bid to bring viral online videos to the Viacom-owned kids network.The deal will see Viral Spiral shortlist potential clips to be used on Nickelodeon as interstitials, packaged and banded on air as L.Y.P.O. (Laugh Your Pants Off).Nickelodeon is due to launch the clips from this week, with one new video to premiere on the network every week with clips also available on Nick.co.uk.“We know that our kids go online to look for entertaining clips and to share the funniest things that they find with their friends. Through Viral Spiral we hope to bring content that is immediate, relevant and most importantly, hilarious to our audience; adding something unexpected to the Nick schedule,” said Tim Patterson, VP, director of programming, Nickelodeon UK.Viral Spiral exclusively represents, monetises and grows online channels with large followings – including many of the world’s best-known and most shared viral videos. Founder and CEO Damian Collier said: “We’re delighted to announce this project with Nickelodeon which will ensure that Nick remains the talk of the playground, serving up the most-current age-appropriate trending content to its young viewers.”last_img read more

Biofilm reorganization Back to the theoretical drawing board

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778EMAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Biofilm reorganization: Back to the theoretical drawing boardMicrocinematic image analysis finds existing theories of bacterial self-organization are lackingIn a surprising new study, researchers using image-analysis methods similar to those employed in facial-recognition software have made a startling discovery that rules out the two main theories scientists had created to explain how bacteria self-organize into multicellular aggregate mounds. The study by researchers from Rice University and the University of Georgia appears online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The find is important for the study of biofilms — slimy colonies of bacteria that form on everything from teeth to pacemakers. Federal health officials have estimated that as many as 80 percent of all microbial infections arise from biofilms, and scientists know that the same bacteria can be up to 1,000 times more resistant to antibiotics if they’re living inside a biofilm rather than living on their own. To better fight biofilms, scientists have been scrambling to understand the biochemical and biophysical mechanisms that allow bacteria to form aggregates, reorganize and interact.“The results of our analysis were really surprising,” said study co-author Oleg Igoshin, assistant professor in bioengineering at Rice. “Our results didn’t support either of the major competing theories people have come up with. Those theories were each predicated on the idea that as the bacterial mounds were forming and reorganizing, the individual bacterium were drawn toward one or another of them by some sort of chemical signal.“That doesn’t appear to be the case at all,” Igoshin said. “We didn’t find any neighbor-related factors between the groups at all. Instead, there seems to be a signaling mechanism within the group itself that trumps everything else.”The study involved the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus, a common soil bacteria that’s often studied for its ability to self-organize into various patterns. In the wild, M. xanthus are content to collectively hunt other bacteria. But when food is scarce, they stream together into aggregates containing up to 100,000 cells and form spores. The resulting aggregate mounds are large enough to be carried away to better environs by the wind or passing insects.To study this behavior in the lab, Igoshin and Rice co-authors postdoctoral fellow Chunyan Xie and graduate student Haiyang Zhang created a computer program that could analyze thousands of still frames from microcinematic movies of M. xanthus. The movies were created in the laboratory of University of Georgia collaborator and co-author Lawrence Shimkets. The movies showed how M. xanthus streamed together to form “aggregates.” One hallmark of the M. xanthus streaming process is that less than half of the aggregates that initially form will survive through the end of the process. The factors that control this ripening are not understood.In designing their image-analysis application, Igoshin’s team had the computer scrutinize every aggregate — frame-by-frame — throughout the streaming process. The computer cataloged 33 properties for each aggregate, including things like area, perimeter size,.distance to and size of the nearest neighbor. After all the data were collected, the team ran a statistical analysis to find out if any feature or combination of features could be used to predict which aggregates would eventually win out over their neighbors.“We found that size mattered most,” Igoshin said. “Not size in relation to neighbors, which is something people had previously thought might matter, but size of the aggregate itself. We found that if we answered one question — is the size of an aggregate beyond a certain threshold — then we could accurately predict whether the aggregate would survive with 90 percent accuracy.”Igoshin said some of the image analysis methodologies that the team applied to study M. xanthus are similar to ones that Chunyan Xies used for facial recognition analyses in her previous work. He said scientists have only recently begun to apply these sorts of image analysis techniques to fundamental biological questions like bacterial self-organization.“One of the most exciting aspects of this study is the fact that we can apply these methods much more broadly to study self-organization in other bacteria and unicellular organisms,” Igoshin said. “In fact, this kind of analysis is sorely needed, because most of the existing methods to study these phenomena are qualitative rather than quantitative. As a discipline, we need quantitative methods if we want to conduct side-by-side comparisons between real-world and computer-generated results.”last_img read more

Montana energy storage project lines up financial partner

first_img Citation: Montana energy storage project lines up financial partner (2019, July 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-montana-energy-storage-lines-financial.html Explore further Construction on a $1 billion energy storage system in central Montana could start as soon as next year after its sponsors said Friday they reached a financing agreement with a Danish firm that invests in renewable energy. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Carl Borgquist, president of Bozeman-based Absaroka Energy, said the involvement of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners of Denmark marks a significant step forward for the 400-megawatt project near Martinsdale.Next up, he said, is to make arrangements with utilities or others interested in using the Montana facility to complement their own electricity generation.”That’s our last step before we’re able to go under construction and start putting concrete and steel in the ground,” Borgquist said.The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro Project was first proposed in 2010 and is intended to make wind turbines and other renewable energy sources more reliable , by storing the electricity they produce until it’s needed.Described as a “hydro battery,” it would use excess power produced by wind farms or other sources to pump water from a reservoir uphill to a second reservoir. The water would be released during periods of high electricity demand, turning hydropower turbines to generate power.Many utilities use power plants fueled by natural gas to fulfill a similar role. They’re needed to balance electricity across the power grid as demand rises and falls over time.A spokeswoman for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners confirmed the firm’s involvement in the project. Senior Partner Christian Skakkebaek said in a statement that pumped storage hydro “will be a key resource as the global transition to renewable energy continues to accelerate in states such as Montana.”Construction could take up to four years and require 300 to 400 workers, Borgquist said. Once the project is operational, it will have a permanent workforce of two- or three-dozen employees, he said.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a license for the facility in 2016.There are more than 20 gigawatts of pumped storage capacity across the U.S., according to the National Hydropower Association. An additional 31 gigawatts of capacity have been proposed, primarily in Western states, according to the association. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Pumped storage hydropower a ‘game-changer’last_img read more