A new bipolar ice core record of volcanism from WAIS Divide and NEEM and implications for climate forcing of the last 2000 years

first_imgVolcanism is a natural climate forcing causing short-term variations in temperatures. Histories of volcanic eruptions are needed to quantify their role in climate variability and assess human impacts. We present two new seasonally resolved, annually dated non-sea-salt sulfur records from polar ice cores—WAIS Divide (WDC06A) from West Antarctica spanning 408 B.C.E. to 2003 C.E. and NEEM (NEEM-2011-S1) from Greenland spanning 78 to 1997 C.E.—both analyzed using high-resolution continuous flow analysis coupled to two mass spectrometers. The high dating accuracy allowed placing the large bi-hemispheric deposition event ascribed to the eruption of Kuwae in Vanuatu (previously thought to be 1452/1453 C.E. and used as a tie-point in ice core dating) into the year 1458/1459 C.E. This new age is consistent with an independent ice core timescale from Law Dome and explains an apparent delayed response in tree rings to this volcanic event. A second volcanic event is detected in 1453 C.E. in both ice cores. We show for the first time ice core signals in Greenland and Antarctica from the strong eruption of Taupo in New Zealand in 232 C.E. In total, 133 volcanic events were extracted from WDC06A and 138 from NEEM-2011-S1, with 50 ice core signals—predominantly from tropical source volcanoes—identified simultaneously in both records. We assess the effect of large bipolar events on temperature-sensitive tree ring proxies. These two new volcanic records, synchronized with available ice core records to account for spatial variability in sulfate deposition, provide a basis for improving existing time series of volcanic forcing.last_img read more

Russia to Revamp Its Akula Class Submarines

first_img Authorities View post tag: its Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia to Revamp Its Akula Class Submarines Russia to Revamp Its Akula Class Submarines March 20, 2013 View post tag: Submarines View post tag: Revamp View post tag: class View post tag: Naval Russia will modernize its fleet of the third-generation Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarines, Vladimir Dorofeyev, head of the Malakhit Design Bureau, said…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, March 20, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Akula View post tag: Russia View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img

Kership to buy STX France Lorient shipyard

first_img Authorities View post tag: KERSHIP Kership to buy STX France Lorient shipyard May 25, 2016 French shipbuilder STX France has decided to sell its Lorient shipyard to Kership, a joint venture company set up by French companies DCNS and Piriou in 2013.STX France said the decision was based on strong commercial setbacks and that the take-over should take place in fall this year.While the arguably most prominent naval vessel STX France built was the 199-meter Mistral-class ship, the Lorient site was specialized in the construction of ships up to 100 meters in length.The company said it had considered two proposals for the yard – one by Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN) and the other one by Kership.DCNS welcomed the acquisition saying that it reinforces the consolidation of the French naval shipbuilding industry.center_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Kership to buy STX France Lorient shipyard View post tag: STX Francelast_img read more

A dive into the Depp end

first_imgWhen upcoming starlet Abbie Cornish recently had the good fortune of being compared to Hollywood personality du jour, Nicole Kidman, her response was somewhat unexpected. She would much rather, she stated, follow in the footsteps of Cate Blanchett. What’s the difference? Well while Kidman has become a ‘star’ – if not a legend, Ms Bacall – invariably headlining films, Blanchett is one of a number of young actors who are happy to share top billing, take small parts, and star in independent films, all in order to play more interesting roles. It’s a rare thing to have a strong character actor who can also open a film (and who is camera-friendly to say the least), but Blanchett seems to be on her way to attaining a goal arguably only having been achieved by one other actor, the chameleon-like Johnny Depp.That Depp has become something of an anomaly in Hollywood terms is evidenced by the fact that this month the National Film Theatre is dedicating a season of films to him, a privilege rarely granted to so young an actor, going instead to classic icons such as Cary Grant. The programme has been designed to showcase Depp’s range as an actor. Along with the recent Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003) and Finding Neverland (2004), the two films which have garnered Depp Oscar nominations and cemented his reputation as one of the most talented actors of his generation, the season features a number of lesser-seen films which have contributed to his current critical acclaim.Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Dead Man (1996), Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998) see Depp play a number of oddball outsiders in surrealist settings, working with such cult directors as Tim Burton, Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam. Although only Edward Scissorhands fared well at the box-office, all four films have become cult hits, and the idiosyncrasy of the roles transformed Depp from a teen heartthrob to respected actor. Through them, Depp carved a niche for himself as a serious, somewhat spiky performer, willing to take risks with parts that other actors might consider damaging to their star personae.It is, however, all too easy to pigeonhole Depp as an offbeat actor. To do so is a great disservice to such a versatile screen presence. One of his biggest strengths is to consistently select roles that surprise critics and audiences alike. Pirates Of The Caribbean and Ed Wood highlight his humour, proving that Depp acquits himself equally well in comedies as he does in drama. Parts in the factually-based Donnie Brasco (1997) and Lasse Halstrom’s whimsical Chocolat (2000) see him playing it straight, the latter demonstrating that Depp still has the straight-up sex appeal that he displayed in his early TV parts, and which won him the role of Don Juan in the film of the same the same name. And the jewel in the programme’s crown is What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993). Critical reaction to the film centred on Leonardo DiCaprio’s convincing portrayal of a mentally- handicapped teen, but Depp’s performance as his older brother, the eponymous Gilbert, is as understated in its deilvery as it is poignant in its address.The success of the actor, and the desire of young upstarts such as Cornish to emulate it, may well be indicative of a new approach to acting amongst Hollywood’s luminaries. While the reputations of icons such as Grace Kelly and James Stewart was premised upon the conflation of the actor with their characters (as Hitchcock famously stated), a new generation of performers, spearheaded by Depp, are looking to extend their range and durability by becoming as versatile as possible. Instead of being stars, they want to be actors, who can transform themselves with each part.The current trend for ‘uglying up’ amongst Hollywood actresses, including recent Academy Award-winners Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron and Halle Berry, is in no small part due to Depp’s influence; and the industry’s eagerness to reward this nouveau method acting is proof enough of the extent to which his practises have become standardised. A decade before Tom Cruise dyed his hair silver and Nicole sported that nose, Depp was deforming himself with regularity, with little impact on his enduring appeal to female audiences.Comedian, tragedian and heartthrob, Depp’s distinction lies in the very indistinction of his career. And if proof positive were needed of how many incarnations Depp has taken, it’s now possible to take an online quiz: ‘Which Johnny Depp are You?’ (www.quizilla.com). Cary Grant never managed that.The Johnny Depp season continues at the NFT until 30 April. Finding Neverland is out now on DVDARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

University announces new college

first_imgGreen Templeton College must be breathing a sigh of relief: no longer will it have the distinction of being Oxford’s newest college. Instead that honour will be held by a new college, the first since the merger of Green and Templeton Colleges in 2008, and the first built since Kellogg College was constructed in 1990.The new college, to be named ‘Wartshog’ is projected to cost nearly £1b over the course of its construction. Though most of this, about £600m, will come from the coffers of the University and its constuent colleges, much of the rest will be donated by Joanne ‘Jo’ Rowling, perhaps better known by her penname ‘JK Rowling.’Worcester Professor Josephine Quinn, a Buildings and Estates Subcommittee member, told Cherwell that Rowling was highly involved in the project’s conception and committed to building a college explicitly for the ‘gifted.’“Her idea was fully fleshed out,” Quinn said. “And I must say it was brilliant – flew past the committee without a modification. Despite being new, the college will be built in the style of outdated architecture – Rowling showed us photos of an old Scottish castle – and open only to those who deserve to be there by dint of birth.”Quinn explained that Wartshog College will take a revolutionary approach to determining admissions. Rather than requiring the ‘talented’ apply, it will send out postcards – to be returned by July 31 – to those whom the college deems to have just the right attributes for study at the University. Those students will be offered a one-of-a-kind education, all the while cloistered off away from the prying eyes of the masses.The University said in a statement, “We view the creation of Wartshog as a way to truly begin moving forward into the 21st century. Oxford is continuously in the process of modernisation and advancement in order to stay truly competitive as the world continues to globalise. Accordingly, we are in full agreement with Ms Rowling’s plans to build a college where you will be able to graduate without having spent anytime interacting with anyone who is not in some way fundamentally similar to you.”Students have lauded the University’s announcement. David Lawton, a second year at St Hilda’s told Cherwell, “I am shocked and impressed by the foresight of the University. In announcing that the new college would be built exactly in the model of pre-twentieth century architecture, they subvert our understanding of what modern truly is. And the decision to only accept those with certain ‘abilities’ means that Oxford will continue to maintain its firm hold at the top of whatever university rankings are next scheduled to come out.”When asked whether he thought it was problematic that most of those who would attend Wartshog came from families that also attended Oxford, Lawton said, “Well, that’s only most, right? Every year I’m sure there will be at least a few who come from families in which neither parent attended a similarly presitigious institution.”When contacted, Rowling told Cherwell, “I have always found Oxford a beautiful, magical place, perfect for nurturing ‘special skills.’ Not just that, but the University is the ideal mingling ground for bright young people and I’m sure that the relationships they form here will continue to shape their personal and professional lives for decades to come.”In addressing the fears that students from atypical backgrounds could face discrimination and mudslinging, Rowling said, “It’s possible – but I think the education Wartshog will provide will be more than commensurate for any such problems. After all, they could always choose not to attend, couldn’t they?”At press time, the University was announcing plans to identify potential applicants to Wartshog and other colleges as early as birth and make sure to accept them when they were old enough for admission.last_img read more

Rep. Larry Bucshon Recognized for Steadfast Commitment to Cardiothoracic Surgery

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Legislator of the Year Award Honors Visionary Leadership And Outstanding AchievementWASHINGTON, DC (June 14, 2016) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN) was named “Legislator of the Year” by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons on Monday evening, in recognition for his extraordinary efforts promoting issues of importance to cardiothoracic surgeons.“Rep. Bucshon has shown an unwavering commitment to defend cardiothoracic surgery in the face of significant regulatory challenges,” said Douglas J. Mathisen, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Health Policy and Relationships. “He is a champion for surgeons and patients alike. We are proud to acknowledge him with the inaugural award for his noteworthy work and dedication to cardiothoracic surgery.”As one of only two cardiothoracic surgeons in Congress, Rep. Bucshon led the fight last year to ensure that language to prohibit the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from unbundling global surgical payments was included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Without Rep. Bucshon’s intervention, the CMS policy to eliminate global surgical payments would have been detrimental to beneficiary care, hindered efforts to improve and coordinate health care, and increased administrative burdens.“It’s very important to be engaged, not only at the federal level, but also at the state and local levels,” said Rep. Bucshon. “The voices of surgeons in practice do matter, and people are listening. Without that engagement, our voices would not be heard. Trying to advance the goal of our specialty to ensure our continued ability to provide high quality medical care to our patients would be hampered without these efforts.”Rep. Bucshon, a third-term representative from Indiana’s 8th Congressional district, is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he serves on the Health Subcommittee. Among his top legislative priorities is enacting true patient-centered health care reforms that protect the doctor-patient relationship.Prior to being elected to Congress, Rep. Bucshon specialized in cardiothoracic surgery and performed hundreds of heart surgeries. He and his wife Kathryn reside in Indiana with their four children.The STS Legislator of the Year Award acknowledges a person who has made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts in promoting issues of importance to cardiothoracic surgeons through legislation, successful defense of funding, or other legislation related to cardiothoracic surgery that supports STS’s mission and membership.last_img read more

Phish And Their Crew Rented Out An Arena In Wisconsin For The Week For Tour Rehearsals

first_imgWhile Phish has made a habit out of playing incredible shows in Wisconsin over the years, the band’s unusually truncated 2017 summer tour will not hit the midwest state this year. However, ahead of their tour-opening three-night run at Chicago’s Northerly Island this weekend, the band is using Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center for a week of production and musical rehearsals.As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today, “Lighting, sound and stage crews arrived Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for a week of rehearsals in advance of a short summer tour. The band’s unusual visit to Milwaukee came to light in a Reddit thread over the weekend, and was eventually confirmed by a truck driver taking a break among a half dozen semis parked outside the Bradley Center…The musicians, including singer and guitarist Trey Anastasio, are expected later this week. However, no public performances are scheduled.”Bradley Center president and CEO Steve Costello had said in an interview that a major touring act had rented out the arena for the week, but he wasn’t authorized to identify the band. “This is about us being a good partner in the business that we’re in,” he said. “It was the right time and it was the right place for them,” as it gives them the space for their pre-run tune-up relatively close to their first scheduled dates in Chicago.Costello also explains that it is quite unusual for a band to come to town for rehearsals but not actually schedule a performance there. “You can be sure that it was the first thing that we asked when they approached us,” Costello said of a potential Milwaukee performance. That request, as we know, did not come to fruition. With Phish’s usual Wisconsin stop at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, where they’ve played 17 times over the years, closed this year for renovations, most fans expected that the band would not return to the state this year. However, while Wisconsin fans may be frustrated by their “Phish tease,” they surely also agree with fans everywhere that large-scale official rehearsals like this bode very well for the upcoming shows. Of course, rehearsals before a tour are nothing all that surprising, but with the uncharted and uncertain terrain of Phish’s upcoming summer “tour” (comprised predominantly of 13 straight shows in a single room), it’s exciting to hear that the band is hard at work making sure these shows live up to their considerable hype. We couldn’t be more excited. Bring on summer tour!You can watch fan-shot video of Phish’s last performance in Wisconsin (8/9/15 at Alpine Valley) below, courtesy of Bill Walton’s Right Hand Man:Set One:Set Two:[via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel][Cover photo (Trey) via Chad Anderson and (Trucks) via James B. Nelson/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights  for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party  – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Highline Ballroom (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 –  “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 –  Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)last_img read more

Dopapod’s Eli Winderman To Join Swift Technique At Bowery Ballroom In NYC

first_imgPhilly funk and soul powerhouse Swift Technique has been a steady player on the Northeast scene over the past decade. With vocalist Chelsea ViaCava leading charge, the band is headed to New York City for their first headlining performance at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, November 8th. To spice things up, Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman will be joining them, along with support from NYC-based world beat fusion act Drumadics and rock act Denizen (purchase tickets here).The group recently released the video for their original song “Annawanna,” highlighting their seamlessly blended brand of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop. Swift Technique has been making the rounds on a busy Fall tour, recently coming off a summer full of performances and festival appearances that saw the group share the stage with acts such as Orgone, The Fritz, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, and more. If you are a viewer of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, you may have even caught the band performing on the show in the season finale back in 2016.“Annawanna”:[via Swift Technique]Straight from the underground of the NYC streets, 5-piece beat-n-brass band Drumadics, led by percussionist William B. Johnson, have performed down in the subways to international clubs, for the New York Knicks, the U.S. Open, SuperBowl 48 and Cirque du Soleil, and have even opened for such artists as Eve, Raphael Saadiq, Wyclef Jean, Lenny Kravitz and Janelle Monáe. The accomplished act plays everything from their own original to unique covers of artists such as Curtis Mayfield to Kanye West. They even were called upon to lay down the beat for the most recent World Baseball Classic in 2017.34th Street Underground NYC:[via Drumadics Beat-n-Brass Band]With two EPs under their belt and a full-length album scheduled for release in 2019, New York rockers Denizen have paid their dues as an everyday touring American rock band, and are poised to take their road show beyond the East Coast.“Carried Away”:[via Am Media Group]Tickets for Swift Technique’s performance at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom with Denizen and Drumadics on Thursday, November 8th are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Event page.last_img read more

Vermont approves new sugaring licenses on state land

first_imgSource: Vermont F&W The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has approved three new applications for maple sugaring licenses on state lands. The sugaring sites are located in the Town of Groton on Groton State Forest, in the Town of Stowe on Mt. Mansfield State Forest, and in the Town of Mt. Holly on Okemo State Forest.In May of this year, the department announced that eight new sugaring sites were being made available on state forest and state park land to interested sugar makers. The department received a total of six applications for three of the eight sites by the July 10th deadline.A Maple Advisory Board has been established to advise the commissioner on this new program. The board is composed of department representatives, independent sugar makers, and representatives from UVM Extension, and the Vermont Forests Products Association. The board reviewed all applications received and forwarded its recommendations to department commissioner Jason Gibbs for approval.   Approved applicants include Glenn Goodrich of Cabot, Lewis Coty of Stowe, and Mark Turco of Mt. Holly.“I was really impressed with the qualifications and experience of these sugar makers and look forward to working with them on this new program”, said Commissioner Gibbs.  Over the coming weeks, department staff will work with these sugar makers to delineate the sugarbush and agree on how it will be accessed and managed. “We hope to get much of this work completed in the next couple of weeks so sugar makers will have ample time this fall to get the sugarbush ready for the 2010 sugaring season”, said state lands director Mike Fraysier.License agreements will be developed for each of the approved applicants outlining site-specific conditions and requirements and approved tapping guidelines. License terms will be for a five-year period with the option to renew for two additional five-year periods.License fees will include a standard $50 one-time administrative fee plus an annual fee based on the number of taps in the sugarbush. The per-tap fee will be 25 percent of the average of the previous year’s price per bulk pound of Vermont fancy grade syrup and Vermont commercial grade syrup.  last_img read more

Trail Mix – Jesse Payne

first_imgAlabama singer/songwriter Jesse Payne returns with another collection of sonic paintings.Birmingham, Alabama, is fast becoming one of my favorite Southern musical cities.St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires. Banditos. Duquette Johnston. All of these artists hail from Birmingham. This blue collar town in central Alabama – also home to the Sloss Music & Arts Festival – is now a hot bed for some of the best in Southern music.Go ahead and add Jesse Payne to the list above.Payne will be releasing his latest record, Heirloom, on August 14th. A self-described “audio painter,” Payne treats his guitar more like a paint brush. His songs are sonic landscapes, vivid and lush, nearly tactile in their depth.Having spent much time with Jesse Payne’s new record, I can attest that it is aptly named. This is certainly a collection of tunes that will be willingly passed on for years to come.I recently chatted with Jesse about heirlooms, the new record, and favored outside spaces.BRO – This record was a long time in the making. How does if feel now that it is coming out?JP – Yes, it was! It’s a bit surreal, and the excitement has been building for quite some time. I can’t wait for it to finally see the light of day!BRO – Your music makes me want to get outside. Do you have a favorite outdoor getaway?JP – Smith Lake in Alabama is a place that my family has gathered for years. A lot of good memories and beautiful scenery. I feel at peace when I am there.BRO – We are featuring “Ravens” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?JP – I’m fascinated with birds, specifically owls and corvids. While I was writing for Heirloom, I had listened to a report done on a study that explains how corvids can understand the concept of time passing. One of the observations was that ravens would stash food in a secure location and would return to it after a period of time. If the bird noticed someone or something untrustworthy watching while it buried the stash, it would return fifteen minutes later and move the stash. I felt this was quite apropos to some things that I have recently survived. This song is about me realizing that it’s time I moved my stash.BRO – The title of the record is Heirloom. Have any family heirlooms in your possession that you hold dear?JP – I have quite a few. My family is big on passing down history from one generation to the next. I was raised in this atmosphere, so even me believing in passing down history is a family heirloom within itself. One of my favorite heirlooms that I have is my great-grandfather’s Masonic ring. My grandmother gave it to me just before she passed. I think of her every time I see it.BRO – Along the same lines, what might an heirloom be that you would like to leave behind?JP – My brother gave me a beautiful book with an owl head on the cover a few years ago. It was full of blank pages. I use it to write down all of my finished lyrics from songs that have been released. Hopefully, by the time I leave it behind, there won’t be as many blank pages.Want to hear a little of what Jesse Payne is offering on the new record? Bounce on over to this month’s Trail Mix and take a listen to “Ravens.”Plans for a big tour celebrating the release of Heirloom are coming together. However, if you are in or around Birmingham on August 15th, you can catch Jesse at Saturn Birmingham.For more information on Jesse, tour dates, or how you can find a copy of the new record, check out his website.last_img read more