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Amazing Mammals


first_imgAs the Superbowl approaches, millions of spectators will enjoy the feats of our own sports heroes.  But what if animals put on games with their capabilities?  Human athletes would find it hard to compete. Swimming:  A polar bear performed a phenomenal feat of endurance swimming, reported the BBC News.  According to a zoologist who observed the animal, the bear “swam continuously for 232 hours” (almost 10 days) “and 687 km” (412 mi) “and through waters that were 2-6 degrees C” (36-43?F).Hunting:  “Dogs have such a phenomenal sense of smell,” an article on PhysOrg said, that they are increasingly being used by conservation biologists to locate information on other animals in the wild.  Even dogs rescued from shelters can be trained and given a valuable career.Shooting:  “It sounds like something a guided missile would do,” began a report on New Scientist.  Like marksmen with a high-tech scope, “Foxes seem to zero in on prey using Earth’s magnetic field.  They are the first animal thought to use the field to judge distance rather than just direction.”If humans had to compete with these animals, without benefit of external tools, it would be no contest.Those are just the most recent news articles in one group of animals, to say nothing of reptiles, amphibians, and birds.  Animals’ abilities to sense and utilize information in the environment and to cover vast distances by land, air and sea is a testament to the engineering design superiority of their Creator.  That’s why more and more scientists are keen on imitating animal engineering (12/10/2010).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Wippel named American Star Farmer


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Austin Wippel, of the Westfall FFA Chapter in Ohio was named the American Star Farmer at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.The American Star awards — including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience — are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning or operating an agricultural business, working or serving in an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.Here is more from Wippel.last_img read more


Don Boehm named CCA of the Year


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseDon Boehm of Findlay was named the 2019 CCA of the Year by the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Program at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada yesterday.Boehm now serves as the crop protection manager at Legacy Farmers Cooperative with more than 30 years of crop advising experience and service in the Hancock County area. He is currently responsible for weed management recommendations, soil sampling and scouting, and implementation strategies for the 4R principles at Legacy, which was among the first facilities certified in the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program. Throughout his career he has been involved with sales, management and direct work with farmers in his role as a CCA. Boehm has also worked to implement new technology for farmer customers and on his own farm.“The thing that has been the most rewarding to me is that God has blessed us with the opportunity to farm. So I get to use a lot of these same things I talk about on my own operation. I have learned a lot on my farm to help educate others. It has been a great experience,” Boehm said. “For our own operation we bought a strip-till unit last fall. For the first time we have strip-tilled our nutrients below ground. We are trying to do the things we know are beneficial. Legacy Farmers Cooperative has been one of the key partners for the 4Rs. We just do a lot of things to be sure we are good stewards. We pride ourselves that with what we do, the ground we work with is better tomorrow than it is today.”Boehm also heads up the Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s agronomy subcommittee and serves on the industry education planning committee.“Don leads the agronomy employees at Legacy to get their CCAs and follow good recommendations and practices,” said David Wurm, who nominated Boehm for the award. “He practices what he preaches — implementing nitrogen and phosphorus efficiency practices on his own farm.”Sponsored by the Ohio CCA Program, the state award recognizes an individual who is highly motivated, delivers exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, and crop production, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio.As CCA of the Year, Boehm received a plaque and a $1,500 cash award, courtesy of the Ohio Association Independent Crop Consultants, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nutrien. Other recent honorees include: John Fritz, The Andersons, Inc.; Timothy Berning, Precision Agri Services, Inc.; Matthew VanTillburg, VanTillburg Farms; and Chuck Gates, Seed Consultants Inc.“Don represents the very best of Ohio CCAs,” said Logan Haake, chairman of the Ohio CCA board. “We are proud to add his name to the list of CCAs of the Year, as one of our longest serving Ohio CCAs.”To view the full list of past award recipients, visit oaba.net/cca_award. For more information about the Ohio CCA Program, visit oaba.net/cca.last_img read more


How Green Is Your Car?


first_imgConsumer Reports magazine is well known for its quality and resale rankings of cars and trucks. Now, there’s a website where you can look up the green performance of a vehicle you’re interested in.The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) launched a website called GreenerCars.org on February 5. The website launch was coordinated with the publication of the ACEEE’s newest list of the most environmentally friendly vehicles on the road.At the top of the this year’s “Greenest List” is the Mercedes-Benz Smart Fortwo electric drive convertible/coupe. The Lilliputian two-seater retails for between $25,000 and $28,000, according to the website AutoGuide.com. The Chevrolet Spark EV was second, along with the Fiat 500E, while Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf and other familiar names filled out the rest of the top 12.In addition to creating the “greenest” list, the website keeps a “greener choice” selection, which includes vehicles that are more widely available and in a size more buyers will be interested in.At the other end of the spectrum, there’s a “meanest” list of the vehicles that do the most damage to the environment. This year’s top pick is the Ram 2500 pickup with a score of 17 (the Smart Fortwo was scored at 61). How the scores are calculatedCars are rated on a scale of 0 to 100; the average score is 37. Evaluators use a variety of metrics that go beyond fuel efficiency and emissions, as reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Other factors are vehicle mass (the curb weight) and the mass and composition of batteries for hybrids and plug-in vehicles.“Tailpipe emissions and fuel efficiency are clearly important, but impacts also depend on the type of fuel used and the materials that go into manufacturing the vehicle,” the website explains. “A scientific approach for estimating the environmental impacts of a product is known as lifecycle assessment, since it traces the impacts of a product from ‘cradle to grave’: materials production and product manufacturing; emissions and other effects when the product is in use; through end-of-life effects of disposal and recycling.”The system takes into account the environmental damage done by each type of pollutant the vehicle generates, including societal costs of illness and premature deaths, and produces a cost per mile (cents/mile) for each vehicle. (A complete explanation of the methodology is available at the website.)GreenerCars offers free access to all scores from the 2000 model year forward. This is the 18th year ACEEE has rated vehicles.last_img read more


RW10: A Decade Of Spotting The Future Taking Form


first_imgReadWrite celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 20, 2013. For the occasion, we’re running a series of articles  looking back—and looking forward.Ten years ago, I published the first post on this weblog. Entitled simply “The Read/Write Web,” it was a manifesto of sorts. The first era of the Web, from the 1990s to the early 2000s, had been largely read-only. It was stuck in the old broadcast model: professionals published the content, the rest of us merely read it.But in 2002 and 2003, I could sense that a sea change was near. Tools were being developed that empowered everyone—including me—to publish to the Web.“The goal now is to convert the Web into a two-way system,” I wrote in that debut post. “Ordinary people should be able to write to the Web, just as easily as they can browse and read it.”ReadWrite’s Predictive PowersWell, that goal was well and truly achieved! While nobody could have predicted in 2003 the scale of innovation that would occur, I’m proud that over the years ReadWrite did predict many technologies that people take for granted today.For example, I remember writing a lot about the Web Office over the first five years of this blog. In our end-of-year predictions post in 2006, I wrote: “The consumerization of the enterprise trend will start to infiltrate corporate IT, in the form of Web-based office apps and more collaborative systems.” Scan your typical office in 2013 and you will see Google Docs, corporate versions of Twitter, Evernote Business, and many more applications that came from the consumer world.Also look at the rise of Amazon Web Services, a cloud-computing platform from the online retailer that was well ahead of its time and which we wrote about extensively (mostly thanks to Alex Iskold, one of our earliest feature writers).Our 2006 predictions post stated:“We also think there will be moves toward an Amazon-like web services stack from other players, particularly Google. For example Google may want to catch up with Amazon’s S3 – EC2 services. And where Google goes, you can expect Microsoft to go too.”Since 2006, not only have Google and Microsoft created cloud-computing platforms, but so have Apple, Oracle, HP, Rackspace and many other companies.I’m also proud that ReadWrite wrote about some trends long before they became popular. For example, The Internet of Things—when real-world objects get connected to the Internet. ReadWrite was the only tech blog exploring that trend back in 2009, when only a few brave developers and startups were building consumer products. Fast forward to 2013 and the market for Internet-connected cars, thermostats, security systems, watches and other real-world objects is thriving.A Decade of Astounding InnovationIn April 2003, I was an unknown 31-year old website manager from New Zealand, about as far away from Silicon Valley as you can get. I may not have been in the right place, but I was certainly at the right time. Over the next ten years, I got to explore and help chronicle the emergence of first the Social Web (2003-2005), then the Mobile Web (2007-2008)—arguably the two biggest waves of technology innovation over the past decade.ReadWrite has witnessed—and written about—the creation of many revolutionary technologies:MySpace, the first mass-market social network, launched in August 2003.Flickr, which became the leading photo-sharing website of the era, launched in February 2004.Facebook launched to Harvard students in February 2004 and eventually opened to the wider public in September 2006.YouTube, the video-sharing phenomenon, opened as a beta site in May 2005.Twitter was created in 2006 and had its first tipping point in March 2007 at SXSW.The iPhone was unveiled by Steve Jobs in January 2007.Google announced its open-source mobile operating system, Android, in November 2007.Apple launched the App Store in July 2008.The first Android phone, the HTC Dream, was released in October 2008.The iPad was released in April 2010.Google+ launched in June 2011.Here’s To The Next Decade!When I started ReadWrite in 2003, the Web was primarily about what was happening on your home computer. And as outlined above, a lot of innovation happened in that era of the Web—Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and more.But today, the Internet is everywhere. As Owen Thomas wrote in his introductory post as ReadWrite’s new editor-in-chief, the Internet is now in our pockets, on our bodies, scattered around the physical world. So I’m thrilled that the blog I founded will chronicle this new era of the Read/Write Web—a world where everything is read/write.Photo composite by Madeleine Weiss. richard macmanus Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#ReadWrite#Richard MacManus#RW10#ten last_img read more


Air India Limited is hiring graduates: Hiring on for Supervisor post, apply now!


first_imgThe Air India Engineering Services Limited has released an employment notification inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the positions of Assistant Supervisor on fixed term employment (FTE) contract basis.The present vacancies are as under:Hyderabad: 16Bangalore: 4Chennai: 4Cochin: 1Vacancy details Total posts: 25Name of the posts:Assistant SupervisorEligibility criteriaEducational qualification:The candidates interested in applying for this post should be graduates from a government recognised university in any discipline and must have pursued diploma in computer application or certificate course from a recognised university or BSc/BCom/BE/BTech having computer application course of minimum one-year duration.Age limit:The age of the candidates applying for these posts must not exceed 33 years. Relaxation in age will be provided as per the government norms.(Read: Sports Authority of India notifies recruitment: Apply before October 28) Selection procedure:Candidates will be selected on the basis of a skill test and an interview.Pay scale:Selected candidates will be getting a monthly salary of Rs 15,180.How to apply:The candidates interested in these posts are required to send their applications in the prescribed format along with all other relevant documents to ‘The General Manager (Engineering), Air India Engineering Services Limited, MRO Complex, Near RGIA Gate No-3, Shamshad, Hyderabad-500409.’Important dates:Last date for the submission of an application is October 31.Read: Military Engineer Services Recruitment 2016: Apply now for Stores Officer, other posts For information on more latest government jobs, click here.last_img read more