Ice Volcano Seen on Titan

first_imgPlanetary scientists are reporting the possible discovery of an ice volcano on Saturn’s large moon Titan.  A large circular feature, 18 miles across, appears to have a caldera at the top, is surrounded by stress fractures, and appears warmer than the surroundings (warmer, relatively speaking: the mean surface temperature is -290° F).  The infrared pictures are somewhat indistinct due to the smoggy haze that obstructs views of the surface.    The discovery, announced in Nature,1,2 might explain the origin of the methane observed in Titan’s atmosphere.  The paper states that “a widespread methane ocean does not exist” on the surface.  Instead, cryovolcanism might provide a mechanism that could resupply the methane from below.  See also press releases from the Cassini website, JPL and the BBC.  [email protected] remarks that scientists were disappointed to find that Titan is as dry as a bone.1Louise Prokter, “Planetary science: Shades of Titan,” Nature 435, 749-750 (9 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435749a.2Sotin et al., “Release of volatiles from a possible cryovolcano from near-infrared imaging of Titan,” Nature 435, 786-789 (9 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature03596.The lack of oceans of ethane and methane was a huge disappointment and surprise to planetary scientists.  They know that atmospheric methane is destroyed by the solar wind in short order – 100 million years as an upper limit (that’s only 1/45 the assumed age of Titan).  But they also expected the photolysis of methane to lead to the accumulation of hydrocarbons on the surface in the form of huge deposits of liquids.    Another surprise is the rarity of impact craters.  What keeps the methane supplied, and what keeps the surface smoothed over for long ages, are now major puzzles for those accustomed to thinking in terms of billions of years.  Trying to get all that methane out of one volcano seems a stretch.  Even with hundreds of such vents, how long could that continue?    The thought of a volcano erupting ice onto the surface of an alien moon, though, is pretty cool.(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Falcons become butt of the joke after Super Bowl collapse

first_imgJustin Hardy #16, and Matt Ryan #2 celebrate with Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons after he scored a touchdown on a 82 yard interception against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARYFLOWERY BRANCH, Georgia — Hey, did you hear the one about Choking Awareness Day?It’s held on 3-28.ADVERTISEMENT Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has pushed his team to look forward, not backward.He keeps insisting there will be no hangover from the devastating loss.“When we came back, I knew there was going to be questions like, ‘OK, how much more work do we have to do to talk about last year?’” Quinn said. “I got my answer pretty early in training camp when I saw us go for it in the biggest way.”But he understands that plenty of Atlanta fans are a bit sensitive to all the barbs.“I love our fans,” Quinn said. “For them to get (ticked off) about it, that’s cool with me.”That means you, Peyton Manning, who got in on the act at the ESPY Awards.“I believe in the Falcons. I believe in (MVP quarterback) Matt Ryan and Dan Quinn, and I know in my heart the Falcons will be back,” the former NFL great said, setting up his zinger. “I wanted the Falcons to hear that from me now, at the beginning of the show, because they’re going to stop paying attention three-quarters of the way in.”Even two other NFC South rivals, teams the Falcons will face twice this season, couldn’t resist the chance to pile on.On March 28 — yep, 3-28 — the Carolina Panthers tweeted a picture of four players. But only two were tagged: No. 3 (Derek Anderson) and No. 28 (Johnathan Stewart). Clearly, that was no coincidence, which became apparent when the tweet was quietly deleted a few hours later.A couple of months later, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet pitching their team-logo fidget spinners. When the Falcons’ account chimed in with a GIF of cornerback Desmond Trufant asking if the Bucs were “nervous about something,” the Bucs quickly responded by tweeting a picture of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (No. 28) celebrating with quarterback Jameis Winston (No. 3). View comments Lots and lots of jokes.Even now, as Atlanta prepares to open the season Sunday with a road game against the Chicago Bears, there’s no sign of the jabs letting up.Just last weekend, when Texas A&M squandered a 34-point lead in the second half and lost 45-44 to UCLA, a Lou Holtz parody account on Twitter claimed the Aggies were unveiling a new logo. Naturally, it was the Falcons’ distinctive emblem.In New Orleans, home of the Falcons’ biggest rival, the Dirty Coast shop on Magazine Street has been offering T-shirts with a scoreboard-like design “28-3, 3rd, 2:12” — when Atlanta was still up by 25. As if that wasn’t enough to bring a smile to Saints’ fans, the store also has been raising money to put up a billboard with the same design outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons’ new stadium.“I don’t pay attention to that,” Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones said with a shrug. “It happened. We can’t go back and change it. So, I mean, you lick your wounds a little bit, then you have to get on with your life.”ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter, a former Falcons’ offensive coordinator, wound up apologizing for that little back-and-forth.No need, said Falcons safety Ricardo Allen.This team can take it.“It does nothing for us,” he said Wednesday. “This world is so lost in staying in the past… Yes, we lost that game. They won that game. That’s last year. This is a new year. This team, we have the mindset of next-play mentality.“If you have a bad play, OK, next play. They’re going to make plays. Bad game? Next game.”Ryan, in a way, addressed the issue head-on by taking part in a Gatorade television commercial that featured, among others, Michael Jordan and Serena Williams talking about their biggest disappointments. Titled “The Secret to Victory,” it ends with a recreation of the Falcons quarterback dejectedly leaving the field after the Super Bowl, a voiceover describing his “utter disbelief,” before he stares into the camera and says one word.Defeat.Then it shows Ryan getting back to work, throwing one pass after another on the practice field, ending with the mantra, “Make Defeat Your Fuel.”“It’s about moving forward,” Ryan said. “To me, that’s what made sense. You learn from all these things throughout your life. Different things happen to you along the way. You learn from them and try to use them as motivation.”And the jokes? Is he using those as motivation? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “No,” Ryan shot back, managing a weak smile. “I don’t pay much attention to it.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Of course, that punch line references the score late in the third quarter of last season’s Super Bowl, when it looked as though the Atlanta Falcons would finally win their first championship.Then, as they remember all too painfully in these parts, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scored 31 consecutive points to pull off the greatest comeback in the title game’s 51-year history, winning 34-28 in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrady collected his fifth ring.The Falcons became the butt of the joke. 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New smart clothing can adjust itself to your needs

first_imgLondon, Mar 10 (PTI) Scientists in Finland have developed a new technology for smart clothing that automatically adjusts its temperature depending on the wearers actual needs.The technology can be utilised in smart fabrics and clothing that are able to calculate whether the wearer needs to be cooled or warmed based on initial data measured from the person and the environment.Furthermore, this technology is able to determine the needed warming or cooling power so that the thermal sensation of the person wearing the smart clothing remains optimal in varying conditions, according to researchers VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.The smart fabrics and clothing currently on the market faces the challenge of adjusting the individual temperature of a human body rapidly and automatically according to the wearers actual need.The technology is based on the Human Thermal Model calculation tool, enabling the calculation of a persons individual thermal sensation from the prevailing conditions.Individual thermal sensations are ultimately caused by differences in body composition. There are significant differences between men and women, for example, because men have on average 5 to 15 kg more muscle mass than women.The wearable smart technology sustainablycan be applied extensively even in demanding conditions, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and different consumer groups such as police officers, firemen, soldiers, outdoor workers, athletes and small babies.In hospitals, the technology enables new solutions and makes individual treatment more effective. Wearable technology helps surgeons if they get too hot during an operation.The clothing is constantly calculating and adjusting how much the surgeons body needs to be cooled.advertisement”Hospital patients have been asked about their most unpleasant experience, and the most common answer is feeling cold ? pain comes only second”, said Principal Scientist Pekka Tuomaala from VTT.For example, patients often feel cold after surgery. Body temperature can be individually adjusted, when a smart blanket identifies the person, measures the ambient temperature and adjusts the blankets temperature to meet the patients actual needs.The technology can also be utilised when developing solutions for the individual recovery after a sporting event. PTI MHN AKJ AMSlast_img read more

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Ronaldo got me with a bullseye: Chievo goalkeeper after suffering broken nose

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo made his Serie A debut for Juventus on Saturday, as the Turin came from behind to beat Chievo 3-2, despite a good perforamce from veteran Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.Sorrentino though suffered a broken nose, bruised shoulder and whiplash when he collided with Ronaldo, the Verona-based club said on Sunday.The pair collided during a Juventus attack late in the game which ended with Mario Mandzukic heading the ball into the net.The goal was initially awarded but then disallowed after a VAR review showed that Ronaldo, making his Serie A debut following his move from Real Madrid, had handled the ball as he and Sorrentino smashed into each other.READ – Juventus beat Chievo as Cristiano Ronaldo makes Serie A debutSorrentino, 39, was briefly knocked out and there were chaotic scenes as he was treated on the pitch while Juventus players celebrated the initial awarding of the goal.Sorrentino, who had defied Ronaldo a goal with several good saves, was still able to see the funny side after he was released from hospital on Sunday.”Thank you for all your messages of affection and respect,” Sorrentino wrote on Twitter.GRAZIE per i vostri messaggi di vicinanza, affetto e stima. Siamo un gruppo fantastico e ieri abbiamo sfiorato limpresa: mentre CR7 mi ha preso in pieno! #ChievoJuve pic.twitter.com/gVZ9uU6YL5Stefano Sorrentino (@Sorrentino) August 19, 2018″We are a fantastic squad and yesterday we had a brush with greatness, while CR7 got me with a bulls-eye.”Juventus forward Paulo Dybala apologised for celebrating the goal — before it was ruled out — while Sorrentino was unconscious.advertisement”You’re right,” he said on Instagram. “I didn’t realise what was happening at that moment. I was wrong.”The score was 2-2 when the incident happened but Juventus scored in their next attack to win 3-2.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Stage is set for State of Origin 2014

first_imgBy BEN HARRISWhat will the 2014 State of Origin series deliver?That is the question many are wondering as the hours tick down to the opening games of the 11th series.Australia’s greatest sporting rivalries – New South Wales and Queensland – go head-to-head across 14 divisions, three matches in each grade and over two days of exhilarating, adrenaline-charged touch football of the highest order.Sunshine Coast Stadium will not know what has hit it as mateship is put aside and replaced by state pride.Much like Queensland in that “other” State of Origin series during the rugby league season, it has been a domination for one state.New South Wales have won the past four State of Origin series, however, the 2012 series in Port Macquarie saw the rise of the Queenslanders.New South Wales won the series seven divisions to six but lost the open divisions 2-1 with Queensland winning men and women’s open competitions.It was the first time Queensland took the men-women open double in 10 years.Across the 14 divisions, there are four divisions that are separated by one win – mixed open, women’s 20s, women’s 35s and men’s 45s.Queensland lead 11-10 in the head-to-head stakes in mixed open and women’s 20s, while it’s the reverse for women’s 35s and men’s 45s.So tight the mixed open, women’s 20s and women’s 35s competitions have been, not a lot separate the teams in terms of touchdowns in those particular divisions.Queensland have scored three more touchdowns than New South Wales in women’s 20s and women’s 35s, while they have scored four more than the players in blue in the mixed open.So whoever you support, two questions will be answered at the conclusion of the series – Will New South Wales continue their domination? Can Queensland win on home soil?There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseries Related LinksState of Origin previewlast_img read more

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a month ago​Man Utd could take pay cut from Adidas over Champions League no-show

first_img​Man Utd could take pay cut from Adidas over Champions League no-showby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United stand to lose out on significant sponsorship revenue from Adidas should they fail to qualify for the Uefa Champions League this season, claims the Manchester Evening News (MEN), reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.According to the Manchester daily, there is a clause in Adidas’ contract with United that states that if the club fail to secure a place in European club soccer’s elite tournament for two consecutive seasons the sportswear brand reduces its payment by 30 per cent.United’s deal with Adidas was signed back in 2015 and brings in UK£75 million (US$91.9 million) per season. A 30 per cent reduction on that figure would be UK£55.2 million (US$68.4 million). Whilst still a substantial amount, that would drop the club behind Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea in terms of annual revenue from their kit deal.The contract with Adidas is one of the club’s main sources of revenue alongside their principal partnership with Chevrolet, worth UK£64 million (US$80 million) per season, and their sleeve sponsorship with Kohler, which club sources claim is worth UK£20 million (US$27.5 million) per season. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State Fan Gets “85 Yards Through The Heart Of The South” Tattoo

first_imgezekiel elliott runs the ball during the sugar bowl win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State and Alabama met in the Sugar Bowl this past January, and, as we all know, the Buckeyes emerged victorious behind a 230-yard rushing performance from running back Ezekiel Elliott. One OSU fan has decided to ink herself in honor of Zeke’s big day.The Ohio State fan, Veronica Chapa, went a bit of a different route, though. Chapa got a tattoo that mimics a tee shirt that Eleven Warriors sold in the aftermath of the contest. It’s titled “85 Yards Through The Heart Of The South.” It honor’s Elliott’s 85-yard run that gave Ohio State a 42-28 lead late in the fourth quarter.Tattoo perfect, still number 1!!#GoBucks #BuckeyeForLife #BuckeyeNation #Buckeyes #Zone6 pic.twitter.com/CWDWiXwdUY— Veronica Chapa (@veronicalchapa) October 22, 2015The wait is over. Get your “85 Yards Through the Heart of the South” tee now. http://t.co/igvja54KZd pic.twitter.com/GmRzIuHhOE— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 20, 2015Ohio State fans – what do you think?last_img read more

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Report LeBron James Could Replace Kobe Bryant When He

When Kobe Bryant retires, presumably after two more seasons, LeBron James could be the Los Angeles Lakers’ next megastar to sign with the team. Preposterous? Maybe? Interesting? Definitely.Yahoo Sports went through great lengths to paint the scenario where James would leave the Miami Heat and continue the Lakers’ extended run of megastar players by signing as a free agent with Los Angeles. Shake your head all you want. Here’s Yahoo Sports’ position:“The Lakers are always thinking a few years down the line, but just about any NBA GM with a scintilla of job security is always thinking one or two or three offseasons ahead.“And what is also true is the fact that, sure, the Lakers are leaving that option open. That doesn’t mean James is using the Lakers as an option, or even a hoped-for destination; and it certainly wouldn’t preclude Los Angeles from re-signing both Pau and Kobe for any number of years at any point between now and then. The Lakers are going to go after  LeBron James in some capacity in 2014, much in the same way the Grizzlies and Rockets will when James opts out of his contract that season. Maximum cap space or not, you always have to send a feeler out.“The reason for the opt-out from LBJ has nothing to do with any perceived animosity between the Heat and James, or LeBron worrying about his supporting cast (from Dwyane Wade’s knee to the roster that will have to be completely overhauled when each — read that again, “each” — of the team’s contracts could be knocked off the books in 2013-14 due to various player and team options.“It has to do with money, and flexibility. James can make more money from the Heat with a new contact in place of his current one — recall that he took slightly less than the max to join the team in 2010 — and he can wield a greater influence (either by turning down more money, again, or taking all he can, or signing for any number of years to retain free agent flexibility) within the team’s personnel structure. The Lakers, potentially free and clear of Kobe and Pau’s salary, will be one of his options.“That’s taking on the notion that LeBron James, after working for years to tone down the vitriol sent his way following the much-reviled Decision in 2010, would join the NBA’s most-loathed team. It’s fun to love the Lakers, we certainly do, but they’re also the newest team that er’ryone loves to hate because of Bryant’s haughty presence, and the way they were able to dupe lesser lights on their way towards fielding Kobe, Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.“Nash will still be under contract in 2014-15, and it seems close to certain that Dwight Howard   will re-sign with what amounts to his hometown team (he grew up around Atlanta, but has called Los Angeles home for years) this summer when his contract expires. With several other Lakers besides Kobe and Gasol hitting the skids that summer, the team would have enough space to pair Howard (making over $20 million that season as a max player), a 40-year old Nash, and James.“They’d also have to ensure that Kobe Bean Bryant, who has never met a bug he hasn’t wanted to crush, would be A-mother[bleepin’]-OK with willingly handing the reins to a team he would have called his own for 18 years over to his greatest rival. One that, if our projections are correct, he’ll have faced in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals.”That was a mouthful, yes. It could be as far-fetched as anything you have read about player movement. But if you read to this point, that means it at least merited your attention. Bottom line: We will see. read more

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Athletic department centennial celebration delayed for Obama

The Ohio State athletic department was prepared to kick off its centennial celebration commemorating 100 years as a department and as a member of the Big Ten conference this week. That was until President Barack Obama announced his plans to visit the OSU campus on Saturday. The athletic department’s yearlong celebration was slated to begin at the Buckeye baseball and softball home games. Fan festivities were planned, with several baseball and softball alumni scheduled to attend. In an email to The Lantern, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said he and several members of the committee involved in the celebration planning decided that it was best to postpone the events to minimize traffic concerns in the area around the Schottenstein Center. “The presidential visit is complex with security,” Smith said. “Our priority is to ensure the games themselves go smoothly, softball and baseball, and make it as easy as possible for the fans to enjoy the contests our student-athletes compete in.” Janine Oman, assistant athletic director for sport performance and head of the committee overseeing the centennial celebration, said everything was set to begin this week, but the unexpected circumstances forced a change in the schedule of events. “We were originally planning on doing kickoff games this weekend,” Oman said. “However, the president is coming right at the same time.” While the games will still take place Saturday, the fan activities will be rescheduled due to the arrival of the president and his subsequent speech Saturday morning at the Schottenstein Center. Oman said the first kickoff games will take place Sept. 21 at the field hockey and women’s volleyball games. Austin Stewart, a first-year in international studies, said he was unaware the athletic department was planning a celebration set to begin this week. With the president coming though, he said it’s probably a good idea that it has been moved back. “The president is gonna take a lot of attention away … that would be with the 100-year celebration,” Stewart said. While he admitted he is not really a fan of the president, Stewart said he would rather go see him speak Saturday than attend the anniversary festivities because of the rare experience it presents. “It’s the president of the United States coming to campus. That doesn’t really happen all that often,” Stewart said. “I would probably rather go see him just because that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Obama will speak at the Schottenstein Center Saturday at 1:25 p.m., with the doors opening at 10:30 a.m. First Lady Michelle Obama will join her husband in support of his campaign. The public event on OSU’s campus is the official beginning of the 2012 election, and Obama has a rally planned at Virginia Commonwealth University later on Saturday. This rally marks the second visit Obama has made to OSU’s campus in about two months. Republican candidate Mitt Romney has also been in central Ohio in the past week. Romney spoke at Otterbein College last Thursday about the economy and his plan to bring the nation back to a world leader. read more

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