“Isn’t that special.” The remark, in common parlance, is a generic way of avoiding a judgment call. When astronomers were confronted with the sight of a galaxy too mature for its age, Space.com reported the response: “And that makes it special, researchers said.” The headline was, “Surprise! Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Looks Young.” Actually, that is backwards. It should read, “Young Galaxy Cluster Looks Mature.” The import of the story is that a remote mature-looking cluster has been found, dating from a time, according to big-bang cosmology, when the universe was in the adolescence of its presumed 13.7-billion-year age. “The surprising thing is that when we look closely at this galaxy cluster, it doesn’t look young,” an astronomer said; “many of the galaxies have settled down and don’t resemble the usual star-forming galaxies seen in the early universe.” The cluster, labeled CL J1449+0856, was observed by the European Southern Observatory’ Very Large Telescope (VLT), at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.” It had “all the hallmarks of being a very remote galaxy cluster,” but looks like “a mature object, similar in mass to the Virgo Cluster, the nearest rich galaxy cluster to the Milky Way, researchers said.” They based their age estimate on the cluster’s ability to trap hot gas near its center – gas that gives off characteristic X-rays. How to explain the anomalous age? Space.com quoted Raphael Gobat from Paris:“These new results support the idea that mature clusters existed when the universe was less than one quarter of its current age,” Gobat said. “Such clusters are expected to be very rare according to current theory, and we have been very lucky to spot one. But if further observations find many more, then this may mean that our understanding of the early universe needs to be revised.”Gobat did not explain why any mature galaxies would exist at that young age, or how any theory predicted how rare they might be. One thing they agreed on, though, was that the cluster’s maturity “makes it special.”This announcement is another in a long tradition of anomalous sightings of early maturity (01/08/2002, 09/21/2005, 04/02/2009). It’s like finding an old man in the maternity ward (10/14/2005). If this keeps up, the infants in the maternity ward are going to be the “special” ones. Yes indeed; if that happens, “this may mean that our understanding of the early universe needs to be revised,” Gobat said, going to bat for his colleagues. The dubious word there is understanding. Do revisions include overhauls or scientific revolutions? And to whom does his pronoun our refer? Maybe some mavericks already have more understanding not at risk of revision.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Continued problems with marestail and ragweeds this year have a number of growers considering the switch to LibertyLink soybeans for 2017. The LibertyLink system can certainly be a good choice for management of glyphosate-resistant populations of these weeds, along with waterhemp and Palmer amaranth. It’s essential to use the appropriate approach to LibertyLink soybeans to get the most out of it and avoid potential problems. Some things to consider as you make seed-buying decisions and think about your herbicide costs for next year:• The active ingredient in Liberty — glufosinate — is available in a number of products now. The glufosinate products that are listed in this year’s weed control guide, Liberty, Cheetah, and Interline, have similar loading, rates, and labels. There is also a premix of glufosinate and fomesafen, Cheetah Max, that could be helpful for bigger ragweeds or waterhemp.• POST glufosinate applications in LibertyLink soybeans should be part of an overall comprehensive herbicide program that includes a preplant herbicide treatment containing effective burndown herbicides and broad-spectrum residual herbicides. Do not shortcut the burndown program on marestail and other weeds and expect the POST glufosinate treatments to clean up a less than weed-free start. The POST glufosinate should be targeted for weeds that eventually emerge through the residual herbicides. Also avoid use of glufosinate in the burndown treatment, since this can limit how much glufosinate can ultimately be applied POST.• Omitting residual herbicides from LiberyLink soybeans is generally a good way to ensure problems. Any number of residual premix products can fit into the LibertyLink system. Glufosinate can be weak on lambsquarters, larger pigweed species (including waterhemp and Palmer), and certain grasses — yellow foxtail and barnyardgrass. The residual herbicides should cover these broadleaf weeds for sure, which is not a problem for most premix products. Residual activity on ragweeds and marestail is also desirable. With regard to marestail, our current recommendations for Roundup Ready soybeans are to use several non-ALS herbicides and higher rates, with the goal of not having to treat marestail POST. It’s probably not necessary to go to extremes on the residual program in LibertyLink, since the POST glufosinate can control later-emerging marestail.• Avoiding problems with POST grass control in LibertyLink soybeans can be achieved in one of two ways: 1) use a residual herbicide premix with substantial activity on annual grasses; or 2) include a grass herbicides such as clethodim or Fusion in the POST glufosinate application. The latter approach may be most cost-effective and will also control volunteer corn, which often is not adequately controlled by glufosinate alone. This has become a routine practice for some growers and dealers to ensure effective grass control.• Use of comprehensive residual herbicides usually creates a situation where one POST application of glufosinate is sufficient on many weeds. One exception is giant ragweed, which is best managed with two POST applications — the first when ragweed is 4 to 10 inches tall, and the second about three weeks later. Unless the ragweed population is very low, trying to get by with one glufosinate POST application will mean having to treat large plants that glufosinate can fail to control, which then regrow into late-season. Our research with giant ragweed clearly shows that the best approach for reducing populations is to bite the bullet and make two POST applications for several years (in rotation with an effective corn program), after which it may be possible to make one application work.• POST application timing on waterhemp and Palmer amaranth is also an issue. For these weeds, the preplant residual herbicides should have substantial activity, and the POST glufosinate should be applied to small plants – less than 4 inches tall. A residual herbicide such as Zidua, metolachor, or Warrant can be included with the POST to minimize the need for a second POST application.• Glufosinate is a contact herbicide, and it’s essential to optimize the application parameters to ensure maximum activity. Labels specify a minimum application volume of 15 gallons per acre, and some applicators have found 20 gallons per acre to be more effective. Nozzle and adjuvant selection should be geared toward production of primarily medium-sized droplets, avoiding a nozzle droplet distribution that is biased too much toward fine or large droplets. Applying in volumes too low is another good way to have problems with the LibertyLink system.• Glufosinate activity can be reduced in cool, cloudy conditions, and there can be a need to base application decisions on weather. Many applicators try to apply primarily during periods of relatively warm and sunny weather to avoid performance problems. Using enough residual herbicide should result in enough flexibility in the POST application window to manage weather issues.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 version of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule must be permanently rescinded, and the prior version of the regulation re-codified, to provide certainty for dairy farmers, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said.In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) this week, NMPF outlined its support for both agencies’ proposal to repeal the current definition of WOTUS and rewrite it to reflect common-sense approaches to protecting the environment. In addition, NMPF joined numerous farm and food organizations to submit an additional 22 pages of comments that provided an extensive legal and technical assessment of what the two agencies did wrong three years ago in an attempt to update the regulation.“Dairy farmers undertake extensive efforts to manage the natural resources that are critical to their livelihoods,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO. “WOTUS must provide proper clarity on what falls under its jurisdiction so that farmers can better meet the industry’s shared commitment to clean water.”In early 2017, the Trump Administration ordered a review of the WOTUS rule in response to concerns many farm groups had raised since the measure was finalized in 2015. Because the WOTUS regulation significantly expanded the EPA’s authority over waterways used by farmers for drainage and irrigation, the measure was challenged in a federal appeals court and ultimately put on hold.“The 2015 Rule should be repealed and, for absolute clarity, done so permanently,” NMPF said. “We believe the 2015 rule failed to provide regulatory certainty and consistency and exceeded the Agencies’ legal authority under the [Clean Water Act].”The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 gave the federal government jurisdiction over navigable waters but left the regulation of non-navigable waters to the states. However, over the years, the federal government has continually and wrongfully expanded its authority over these non-navigable waters, according to NMPF.NMPF said the two agencies need to apply the definitions of the WOTUS rule in ways that are consistent with recent Supreme Court decisions and long-standing farming practices. Re-codifying the regulations that existed before the 2015 rule was developed will provide continuity and certainty for dairy farmers, other regulated entities, states governments, agency staff, and the public, the comments said.The EPA and ACE should proceed with a notice-and-comment rulemaking process, in which two agencies re-evaluate the definition of WOTUS. NMPF said this must be done to correct the 2015 rule’s lack of clarity on key terms, such as “adjacent,” “floodplain,” and “significant nexus.” Dairy producers must be able to understand what constitutes federally-regulated waters of the United States, so they can better manage water quality on their farms.With the repeal docket now closed, it is likely that the 2015 rule will be repealed permanently. NMPF will now focus on suggesting modifications to the pre-2015 rule and how it can be changed to provide the necessary clarity and certainty.
Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Microsoft may be planning to invest between $1 billion and $3 billion into Dell as part of a leveraged buyout that would take the company private, CNBC reported Tuesday. The report claims that Silver Lake Partners is acting as matchmaker, negotiating an investment between Dell and a special committee representing Dell’s shareholders. The Wall Street Journalconfirmed CNBC’s report, suggesting that any Microsoft investment could be on the order of a couple billion dollars. Microsoft and Silver Lake’s relationship dates back to May 2011, the WSJ reported, as the equity group architected the $8.5 billion deal for Skype.(See Secrecy: The Real Reason Taking Dell Private Makes Sense.)Dell has been said to be negotiating a deal that would take the company private, valued at about $23 billion to $24 billion. Under the new ownership, Dell would be owned by founder Michael Dell as well as Evercore Partners and Silver Lake, according to Bloomberg. Mr. Dell himself owns about 15.7% of the company’s shares, worth $3.45 billion at today’s deflated prices.Dell, of course, made its mark by stripping costs out of the PC supply chain and persuading customers to pay up front for a personal computer that it hadn’t even built yet. Over time, however, the trend of PC commoditization it helped establish caught up with the company, and the balance of power in PC manufacturing has swung toward Asian countries with lower labor costs.So Why Microsoft?Microsoft, of course, is facing its own pressures, as customers shift away from Windows and to smartphones and tablets. Under this scenario, one analyst explained, Microsoft would essentially be buying a customer base. And with $5 billion in cash on hand at the end of the September quarter, Microsoft could theoretically afford it.“Microsoft, with a $3 billion investment, would get a certain amount of control and influence over Dell,” wrote Patrick Moorhead, a former corporate fellow with AMD and now principal of his own analyst firm, Moor Insights, in an email. “Dell has pulled back from the PC business as of late and that is not good for Microsoft as its cash cow is Windows. An investment of this size could guarantee a longer term Windows customer.”Dell, unfortunately, has never had much luck in either tablets or smartphones. After periodically trying and failing to launch a tablet and phone, the company has always returned to its bread-and-butter product: the PC.It’s not hard to believe that Microsoft might also be trying to pursue the sort of deal that brought Motorola under Google’s fold. Ironically, Google has done everything but tap into Motorola’s manufacturing; the word was that Google bought Motorola for its patent portfolio, and every Nexus device that Google announces without a Motorola logo on it gives more credence to that theory.Today, however, Dell is more than just an expert in cost-cutting; the company has been working hard to beef up its services business. And cost-cutting is a service: in a meeting last week, Tracy Davis, vice president of Dell’s data-center solutions group, explained that if customers wanted to build Open Compute servers based on the Common Slot or “Group Hug” board, they should turn to Dell – the only company with the global supply-chain expertise to search out the best deals.Misery Loves CompanyBut if the PC really is on the wane, just as desktops eventually gave way to laptops and so on to tablets, then a Microsoft-Dell relationship might by trying to prop up a pair of companies facing the same underlying problems. It’s a little hard to believe that a company as large as Dell would go out of business, but to that I would say two words: Creative Technology. More than a decade ago, the company’s sound cards were in virtually every PC. Then sound functions became integrated into PC motherboards and processors and the company’s music business was steamrolled by the Apple iPod. Today, Creative Labs, its U.S. subsidiary, sells the sort of headphones you can find in the back aisles at Target.Microsoft hasn’t commented on any particular investment, and I don’t expect it to. But with the company’s quarterly earnings call due Thursday, Wall Street analysts will undoubtedly broach the subject, especially if Microsoft has nothing to say before then.Image source: Dell.com. markhachman IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#dell#Microsoft
BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Justin Brownlee scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds and the Gin Kings had little trouble thwarting the Floodbuster, who failed to make it past the eliminations for the second straight conference after a 3-8 record, good for 10th spot.Ginebra will thus await the winner of the knockout clash between the Batang Pier and Alaska for No. 8 on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, while the Beermen will be clashing with seventh-ranked Phoenix Petroleum in the quarterfinals.The Fuel Masters, GlobalPort and the Aces all finished with 4-7 records, but Phoenix grabbed No. 7 because of having the best quotient.TNT KaTropa finished No. 4 and will clash with fifth-ranked Meralco in a best-of-three series. Defending champion Rain or Shine, No. 6 with a 5-6 record, will battle the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer accomplished the first thing it set out to do in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, and coach Leo Austria knows the question on everyone’s minds.“It won’t be easy,” Austria said on Friday night, moments after his Beermen claimed the first twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs after a 112-101 decision of GlobalPort at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “We now have the opportunity, but it will entirely be up to us,” he said when asked if he can see a clearer road to the Finals—and a shot at the second jewel of the coveted Triple Crown. “But we will be playing (solid) contenders (in the playoffs). It will be hard.”After getting 34 points from import Charles Rhodes and twin digits from five locals, San Miguel closed out its elimination round stint with a 9-2 card, tying idle sister team Star and Barangay Ginebra at the top and finishing No. 2 in the rankings behind the Gin Kings after the quotient system broke the tie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra also finished with a 9-2 record and grabbed the second quarterfinal bonus after a 94-80 whipping of Mahindra later in the night, and since they and the Beermen were the only teams to defeat the Hotshots in the eliminations, they knocked Star out of the twice-to-beat privilege.“We didn’t play that well. We didn’t have the flow we wanted to play with,” Ginebra’s Tim Cone said after steering the Ginebra franchise to its first No. 1 finish in 20 years—the last time that happened was when Gordon’s Gin was reinforced by Chris King in the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ceres eyes another celebration at home Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed “We’re continuously taking steps to improve officiating through reviews and regular practices,” operations and technical director Eric Castro told the Inquirer at the heels of the league’s admission of the wrong call on Thursday.“Upon review of the video of the February 27, 2019 game between Northport Batang Pier and Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters, the PBA Technical Group had come to the conclusion and admits that the Offensive Foul called by one of the referees against Northport’s Sean Anthony, during the last 47.8 seconds of the 4th quarter of the game, was a wrong call,” the league said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe statement added that the erring official will also be sanctioned.Castro and supervisor of officials Bong Pascual hold regular practices for referees every Tuesday and Thursday and will increase review sessions to make referees aware of mistakes they make during games. Even Wright felt NorthPort drew a bad break.“It was ugly. I honestly felt we deserved to lose that game,” he said. “I didn’t see a foul when Sean Anthony hit the shot. I guess when they called a foul on me, that was a make up call.“But I feel like it was a very strange game, very inconsistent but someone had to win and I’m just happy that we were lucky enough to win this game even without Stanley (Pringle) playing,” he added.“Rest assured that the PBA Technical Group holds impartiality, transparency, fairness and integrity as prime values in officiating and with only what is best for the league and its fans in mind,” the league said in its statement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coach Pido Jarencio was highly critical of the call, telling reporters after the match: “Referees don’t decide the game. Let the players win the game and lose the game.”“Last one minute then you call offensive foul? And in the video, it’s so clear that there was none,” added Jarencio.NorthPort would have led by three after Anthony’s triple. Instead, possession went to Phoenix. Matthew Wright was later slapped an offensive foul in the next play, but the Batang Pier could not convert after that.Jason Perkins sealed the victory with two free throws.“It’s a lose-lose situation so I’d rather not comment on it. I’m trusting the PBA office to look into it. I got to reserve my comment because nothing I can say can change anything and I don’t want get in trouble,” Anthony told the press.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Ilagan ready for twin track tournaments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sean Anthony (middle) of NorthPort had a crucial three-pointer disqualified in his team’s close defeat to Phoenix. —PBA IMAGESThe Philippine Basketball Association will continue to work on its officiating even as it admitted that one of its officials erred in making a crucial call during Wednesday night’s match between Phoenix and NorthPort.Batang Pier forward Sean Anthony’s three-point shot was nullified with 48 seconds remaining and he was charged with an offensive foul—his sixth—as Phoenix escaped with a 98-96 victory.ADVERTISEMENT
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer already spoken with mentor Fergusonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he spoke with “mentor” Sir Alex Ferguson before taking over as caretaker manager of Manchester United. The Norwegian, who played for 11 years at Old Trafford under Ferguson, says he will take what he’s learned from the Scot as he manages the club until the end of the season.”He’s influenced me with everything,” Solskjaer said in his first press conference at United, ahead of facing Cardiff on Saturday.”The way he’s dealt with people, the way he was manager of the club, how he kept 25 international players happy and hungry, wanting to improve, and the staff.”He’s been my mentor. I didn’t understand early on he would be my mentor. Ever since my injury in 2003, I was making all the notes what he did in certain situations.”I’ve already been in touch with him – there’s no one better to get advice from.”
Liverpool attacker Mane cleared to face Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool star Sadio Mane has been cleared to face Manchester City. The Senegalese attacker put his hands around the neck of Arsenal’s Stephan Lichtsteiner during the 5-1 win at Anfield on Saturday.Match referee Michael Oliver saw the incident and awarded a free-kick. And Mane will face no further action from the FA, who have the power to charge someone with retrospective action. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel: Ajax attack a real threatby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel says they must be wary tonight at Champions League opponents Ajax.Still recovering from knee surgery, Van Ginkel was on-loan with PSV Eindhoven last season.He told De Telegraaf: “With the boys who can make a difference, such as Dusan Tadic, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek, who often scores in Champions League matches – Chelsea has to watch out for those three.”But collectively Ajax is good and in the back it is also fine. Although I do not know if it is as good as last year.”I have been in the Netherlands for the past ten days, not at the club. And Chelsea has a larger team of analysts than we are used to in the Netherlands. So they really have a good idea of Ajax and know how or what to do.”