Into the deep

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgOn the third floor of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), a student leaned forward and asked: Will the future of deep-sea technology be human or robotic?More than 1,000 miles away, in the Gulf of Mexico, Bruce Strickrott stood next to the Alvin, the deep-sea research submersible, and answered simply: both.Comparing human and robotic exploration was unfair, said Strickrott, the chief Alvin pilot with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, because both have great value. But, he added, “Every time I’ve taken someone down in the submarine who’s only worked with [marine robotics], they always say, ‘I never knew it looked like that.’”Rindge and Latin students in Cambridge were communicating with Harvard researchers and scientists who were in the Gulf conducting a “verification cruise” — the first of its kind — on the Alvin sub, which had undergone a comprehensive upgrade over the last three years to expand its capabilities.Commissioned in 1964 as one of the world’s first deep-ocean submersibles, the vehicle had been out of service since December 2010. Having already completed more than 4,600 dives, Alvin’s upgrade now allows the sub to safely operate to more than 14,000 feet below the surface, 2,300 feet deeper than it could previously. Able to carry two scientists and a pilot on dives lasting up to 10 hours, the Alvin has located lost hydrogen bombs, explored hydrothermal vents, and surveyed the wreck of the RMS Titanic.With its new upgrade, the sub now has “all the bells and whistles,” said Peter Girguis, a professor in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.  Girguis proposed the verification cruise, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. Joining forces with Paul McGuinness, the marine biology teacher at Rindge and Latin, Girguis gathered Alvin researchers, scientists, and crewmen to talk with the students about their work and discoveries, even sharing new images and videos not yet released to the public.Speaking in an interview a week prior to the Gulf expedition, Girguis stressed that “we need to begin doing a better job of engaging students” in marine science. “By the time students go to college, many see some career paths as impractical. We want to show [them] that marine science has many viable career options, not just being a professor. We need ocean engineers, captains who can pilot the ships, researchers who work in fisheries. We want to give students an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the people who are doing those jobs.”“The opportunity for all kinds of students to talk face-to-face to the people on a vessel like that, answering questions in the moment, is really valuable,” said Caspian Harding, a Rindge and Latin senior and an intern with the Girguis lab through the CRLS Marine Science Internship program at Harvard. “It shows you can be a pilot, an engineer, a videographer. All these options are open. It shows you really can pursue what you love.”The verification cruise included six to eight dives over several days. The trip tested the sub’s new upgrades and allowed researchers to complete “incidental science,” exploring the Gulf’s diverse ecosystems and further examining effects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.Responding to a student asking about “the next big questions” for marine science, Harvard graduate student and Girguis lab member Heather Olins said the possibilities were endless. “It’s a hard question to answer,” she said. “We know so little about the floor of the deep sea that all the questions are big questions.”At the end of the day, “out here at sea, a lot of people pitch in to help,” Girguis said. “The fact is, it really takes a team of people working together to get things done.”This collaboration is one of many between Harvard and the Rindge and Latin.  To learn more about the University’s partnerships with local schools, visit Harvard Community Connections on the Web.last_img read more

Louis van Gaal aware of fans’ anger as Manchester United lose to Southampton

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgManchester United fans vented their anger towards Louis van Gaal after watching their team slump to a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat to Southampton. “You cannot say that they (the fans) are not right,” he said. “Nevertheless we have won three times in 2016 and a draw so we have very good results in January but we could not show it in this game. I did not see that confidence today.” Woodward has backed Van Gaal to the tune of £250million since appointing him as Moyes’ successor in the summer of 2014. United could stomach another season without Champions League football in a financial sense, but every defeat or insipid display deals a blow to the club’s prestige and standing in the game. Van Gaal knows that too, but he does not appear to be aware of whether his job is now in serious jeopardy. “I cannot answer that because normally I communicate everything with everybody so it is not for me to answer these kinds of questions,” the former Ajax manager said when asked whether he feared for his future. It would be wrong to say Saints played United off the park, but the team from the south coast looked the more likely team to find the net. Sadio Mane, a transfer target for United last summer, fluffed a good chance when bearing down on goal in the first half and Shane Long sent a free header wide after the break. Austin had no such trouble finding the net. Eight minutes after replacing Mane, the 26-year-old found space in the box and powered in James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick. Ronald Koeman was delighted to see his £4million signing score the goal that earned Saints just their second win at Old Trafford since 1988. The Southampton boss said: “I mentioned to Charlie when he came on the pitch for a free-kick, go to the box and make a good header. “That is the reason we wanted to sign Charlie Austin, a great numbers of goals.” Koeman, who has had a long-running feud with Van Gaal since they fell out at Ajax, said he expected United to put on an edgy display. “We knew they are under pressure if you keep the organisation in your team, they will be nervous,” said Koeman, who went on to describe reports in Holland that he had asked Guus Hiddink to put in a good word for him about the Chelsea job as “bull***t”. United’s defensive crisis worsened, meanwhile, after Matteo Darmian came off clutching his chest following an aerial collision with Long. “Darmian is bad because he is now in hospital,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “He was spitting blood so we have to wait and see. It was not nice for the players to see that.” Van Gaal’s claim last week that United were still in the hunt for the title now seems pure fantasy. The 64-year-old observed his team slip five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and 10 points adrift of leaders Leicester thanks to Charlie Austin’s 87th-minute winner on his Saints debut. United supporters booed their team off at half-time and following the conclusion of the game. The United fans have largely backed Van Gaal during matches, but the Dutchman was heckled like never before as he walked down the tunnel following Saturday’s damaging defeat. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward heard the boos and the abuse Van Gaal received as he trudged off the pitch and will surely now be considering whether to back or sack the man he appointed manager 18 months ago. Van Gaal admitted after the final whistle that fans’ support for him had sunk to an all-time low. “Yes, because it was very clear,” the United manager said when asked if it was the worst reaction he had heard to a result during his time in charge at Old Trafford. “I can understand also because I have seen also a poor match. “I cannot change that feeling. I can only work hard with my players to improve our game. “I am disappointed. We have to change this. That is my job and not an easy job at the moment.” Van Gaal had no qualms with the supporters who aimed their fury at him during and after the match. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bernie Fine denies allegations in statement Friday

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Published on November 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Comments Bernie Fine, the Syracuse basketball associate head coach who has been accused of molesting two former team ball boys, has denied the allegations in a statement released by his lawyer, Karl J. Sleight, on Friday: ‘Simply put, these allegations are patently false in every aspect. The fact is these allegations have been thoroughly investigated multiple times. When evaluating the veracity of these accusations, please keep in mind that credible media outlets were approached in the past to publicize these false allegations and declined to do so. I fully cooperated with all past inquires. ‘Sadly, we live in an allegation-based society and an Internet age where in a matter of minutes one’s life long reputation can be severely damaged. I am confident that, as in the past, a review of these allegations will be discredited and restore my reputation. I hope the latest review of these allegations will be conducted expeditiously. ‘Finally, I appreciate the Chancellor’s statement that I should be accorded a fair opportunity to defend myself against these accusations. I fully intend to do so. There should never be a rush to judgment when someone’s personal integrity and career are on the line.’ [email protected] is placeholder textcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trojans fall victim to Gauchos’ power

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgLast week USC rallied, scoring nine unanswered runs against UC Santa Barbara’s bullpen to slip by 9-8 at Dedeaux Field.Tuesday, the Gauchos (18-17) got their revenge as the roles were reversed in UCSB’s 5-4 win at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.Focused · Sophomore first baseman Ricky Oropesa was the only Trojan to have more than one hit on Tuesday while also drawing a walk. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan The Trojans (17-23, 3-12) fell to 4-11 in their last 15 games after allowing an early lead to slip away. The Gauchos used the long ball and a stellar performance from their bullpen, allowing only three hits in eight innings, to knock the Trojans off.USC jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning. Senior centerfielder Mike O’Neill opened the game with a double to right-centerfield followed by a soft single to centerfield from junior shortstop Joe De Pinto. Sophomore first baseman Ricky Oropesa drove in the game’s first run when his single to right field scored O’Neill and advanced De Pinto to third base.The Trojans then got tricky, scoring a run on a double-steal of home to make the score 2-0. Sophomore right fielder Alex Sherrod, in his return from a four-game suspension after being ejected for intentionally throwing at an Arizona State batter, added a RBI single scoring Oropesa.Sherrod came around to score later in the inning on a bases loaded single by senior centerfielder Kevin Roundtree, but O’Neill was unable to add to the lead, grounding out to pitcher Greg Davis to end the inning.Unfortunately for the Trojans, Davis didn’t return to the mound the second inning. Instead, USC ran into a four-man buzz saw. UCSB relievers Matthew Brady, Sam Phippen, Connor Whalen and Nick Loredo held the Trojans scoreless for the final eight innings.  Whalen recorded the win.The USC offense essentially shut down after the first inning, recording only three hits in the final eight frames. But the Trojans weren’t without opportunities — they had runners reach base in every inning but the eighth.USC left the bases loaded in the third inning, stranded a pair of runners in scoring position in the sixth inning and couldn’t capitalize on a leadoff double by freshman Cade Kreuter in the seventh inning.While the Trojans were sputtering offensively, UCSB combined four hits with a pair of USC errors in the third inning to cut the lead to 4-2 on a pair of unearned runs off USC junior starter Logan Odom.The Gauchos jumped on senior reliever Shuhei Fujiya the next inning, tying the game on a Gunnar Terhune two-run homer to left field.It was another big fly that proved to be the difference. In the seventh inning, UCSB outfielder Ryan Tregoning hit a solo home run to left field off southpaw reliever Brad Douthit.The loss drops USC to 7-2 in midweek contests this season. The Trojans return to Dedeaux Field to open a weekend series with Pac-10 foe No. 19 Arizona at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.last_img read more

Crack Christmas now – join the Tinney’s Toys Christmas Club

December 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIt’s no coincidence that thousands of people across Donegal join Christmas clubs.Christmas clubs have been a favourite of canny shoppers in one form or another for a great many years.They reduce the financial burden of the season by spreading payments over time and if you choose your club wisely, it can also guarantee availability of items which might become difficult to find during the hysterical and panicked shopping frenzy that heralds in the season of goodwill. And one of Donegal’s best stores, Tinney’s Toys, now has its Christmas club well and truly open for business!The idea is a very useful and practical one. Select a shop where you will definitely be spending money at Christmas, apply to join the club and pay into the scheme at regular intervals.The best Christmas clubs allow you to reserve products and let’s face it, there is a huge relief in knowing that the longed for toy is safely secured in hiding till you, or Santa produce it at Christmas.Smart parents are reserving products early and spreading the payment to ensure a happier, stress free Christmas shopping season. Anything that avoids the wrestling the last torn box containing this year’s most wanted toy from the hands of another stressed parent has got to be good. Christmas Clubs all but disappeared in the boom times of the 1990s’ when no one baulked at the idea of carrying debt into the next infinite number of years. Thankfully, good sense and a more practical approach has returned and with it, the Christmas Club is once more a popular and sensible idea for those wanting to avoid the last minute rush. The most popular Clubs are those run by the local butcher shop (turkey and ham sorted!) and toy shops.Thankfully, good sense and a more practical approach has returned and with it, the Christmas Club is once more a popular and sensible idea for those wanting to avoid the last minute rush. The most popular Clubs are those run by the local butcher shop (turkey and ham sorted!) and toy shops.Irish parents spend an average of €254 on each child at Christmas. This can be managed better by joining a club and choosing toys wisely to avoid that last minute expensive ‘compensation present’ when the one on the wish list has been sold out. It also makes sense to manage the child’s expectations and point them towards sturdy well made products from a reputable supplier.A note of caution if you are thinking of joining a club as they differ greatly in operation. Some large retail stores allow you to amass credit in their club, but do not put toys on hold for you.This could result in you being forced to spend in-store credit on something other than the child’s dream gift. Tinney’s Toys in Letterkenny are one shop who operate a simple, no-nonsense Christmas Club where your chosen toy is held for you while you avail of the easy financial plan.Reserved products will be held until mid-December and you can make payments at any time to ease the burden on Christmas wallets. Payments to their Christmas club can be made through the shop, by phone or online.The countdown to the Festive Season is already on. Let’s make it as stress-free, as organised and as happy as possible. The well organised and simply operated Christmas Club definitely has a part to play in that dream scenario.For more information on Tinneys Toys Christmas club click here Crack Christmas now – join the Tinney’s Toys Christmas Club was last modified: September 19th, 2017 by StephenShare 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)Tags:christmas clubTinneyslast_img read more