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Climate Change Could Affect Future Of Lake Michigan Basin

25.11.2014 12:00 Age: 7 min A new report highlights the impact of climate change on Lake Michigan The USGS report. Courtesy: USGS. From the US Geological Survey Climate change could lengthen the growing season, make soil drier and decrease winter snowpack in the Lake Michigan Basin by the turn of the century, among other hydrological effects. A new U.S. Geological Survey precipitation and runoff model shows that by 2100, maximum daily temperature in the Lake Michigan Basin could increase by as much as seven degrees Fahrenheit, and the minimum daily temperature by as much as eight degrees. A new USGS report published today summarizes the potential hydrological effects of these increases on the basin through 2099. The tools can aid restoration efforts in the basin.  “Warming climate in the Lake Michigan Basin could affect agriculture and crops, recreation, flood and drought risks and ecological processes like fish spawning,” said Daniel Christiansen, a USGS scientist and the lead author of the study. “Our model can help guide water management and restoration decisions related to climate change for the basin.”  Air temperature increases in the Lake Michigan Basin, which includes western and northern Michigan, eastern Wisconsin, northern Indiana and northeastern Illinois, could have numerous effects on water, including: ...  

Digital Health IPOs Continue To Disappoint

Venture funding continues to pour into digital health start-ups, surpassing last year’s record to reach $2.3 billion by mid-year 2014, according to Rock Health. IPOs of companies that operate at the intersection of health care and technology have not fared as well, however. Digital health bellwether Castlight Health, which brandished itself as “the enterprise healthcare cloud,” wasn’t able to sustain a run-up in the stock which valued the price transparency tools company at $3 billion on its first day of trading this past March. Its shares recently traded at nearly $12, a 35% drop from its IPO price.  A look at eight venture-backed initial public offerings of companies since 2009, the year the HITECH Act opened the flood gates for entrepreneurs in health care, shows that only two trade above their IPO price: Medidata Solutions Medidata Solutions and Veeva Systems. They have also outperformed the S&P 500. Both companies sell cloud-based software to the life sciences industry, and were profitable when they went public.  Medidata, which had its IPO in 2009—seven years after its first round, has since more than tripled its net earnings to $16.6 million last year on revenues of $228 million. The company, which counts Johnson & Johnson Johnson & Johnson as its biggest customer, helps drug companies manage their clinical trials in the cloud. Veeva, which raised only $4 million in venture capital before going public a y...  

Lawmakers in US Push for More Iran Sanctions

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Republicans in the U.S. Congress stepped up calls for new Iran sanctions after negotiators extended nuclear talks until July, ensuring an uphill fight next year against opposition from some Democrats and a threatened presidential veto. The American lawmakers were urged to act yesterday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the failure to reach a deal “gives an opportunity to continue the economic pressures that have proven to be the only thing that brought Iran to the table, to continue them, to toughen them.” While a number of Republicans called for speedy action on sanctions legislation after the new Congress is seated in January, even some top Republicans stopped short of demanding a new round of penalties unless Iran violates an interim accord or the talks between Iran and world powers collapse. “If there’s a sense of overreach on the part of the Congress, there could very well be a backlash.” Suzanne Maloney, Brookings Institution “Congress must have the opportunity to weigh in before implementation of any final agreement and begin preparing alternatives, including tougher sanctions, should negotiations fail,” said Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who’s in line to become chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Iran yesterday agreed with six world powers -- China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. -- to extend talks on its nuclear program, which had be...  

European Markets And US Futures Up Ahead Of GDP Data

The equity markets have eliminated many doubts which existed among a few people during this year with a series of a record closes. This optimism is mainly due to the presence of low interest rates and availability of cheap money. The recent drop in the fuel prices has also boosted the consumer confidence who are not afraid to spend more. Nevertheless, the ultimate award could be given to the expectations which are breathing on the hopes that it is the European Central bank’s turn to step up and unleash more measures to ignite the growth in the region. Investors have heavily bought into the idea of further easing coming from the ECB which has pushed the yield of certain countries within the eurozone where the unemployment is still stubbornly high, for example Spain’s yield has fallen below the 2% level. If Spanish ten year can fall to this level, this makes you think how far the 10 year yield for the German bonds can go. It is not difficult to think of a scenario where the German bond yield can fall even lower than the Japanese bond yield. However, traders should not emphasise too much on Mr Draghi’s speech delivered on Friday because there was a clear clash of buying the sovereign bond’s idea and for the need of more QE when some other members of the ECB delivered their speeches yesterday. The economic docket does tell us that we do have an important peace of data to be released today which can help us to understand the stronger party in the above ...  

What's Next for the Rosetta Mission and Comet Exploration

This mosaic of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko contains four images taken by Rosetta’s NAVCAM navigational cameras ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM Somewhere dark and icy on a comet 320 million miles away, the history-making, comet-bouncing Philae spacecraft is sleeping. Its batteries are depleted and there isn’t enough sunlight to recharge. But while the lander finished its primary job, collecting invaluable data on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta mission is far from over. For many scientists, the excitement is just beginning. Philae’s landing two weeks ago was a wild one. The washing-machine sized spacecraft dropped right onto its intended landing site, but the harpoons designed to anchor it into the ground didn’t fire. Without anything to latch onto the surface, the spacecraft bounced back up a kilometer into space, soaring for nearly two hours before returning to the ground. After another smaller bounce, Philae settled somewhere in the shadow of a cliff, at least 1 kilometer from where it was supposed to be. Mission engineers are now scouring the comet for signs of the lander. They’re using the OSIRIS camera onboard the Rosetta spacecraft that’s orbiting the comet to look for any glint of brightness reflected by Philae, says planetary scientist Sebastien Besse, a member of the OSIRIS team. They’re also using data from the CONSERT instruments on Rosetta and Philae, which send radio signals between the...  

'No Shave November' raises awareness about men's cancers

Brons Skinner talks about his battle with cancer and his decision to remove his prostate. Mary Anderson is the director of the Prostate Cancer Coalition. Her father, in this photo, started the non profit in 2001 and died two years later after a 7-year battle with prostate cancer. RALEIGH, N.C. - If you've noticed that there seems to be more men with beards and mustaches around town in November, there's a good reason for it.November is now a month dedicated to men's cancer awareness. The Movember and No-Shave November movements seek to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer and to encourage men to be more proactive about their health.According to the No-Shave November website, the idea behind the campaign is “…to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.”Participants are encouraged to donate the money usually spent on grooming for a month to fighting cancer.The Movember campaign is basically the same as No-Shave November, except that men are encouraged to grow their best mustache.While some of the beards and mustaches you see may be funny, cancer clearly is not.According to the Prostate Cancer Coalition of North Carolina, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death among men and just under 20 percent of men (1 in 6) will be diagnosed. In fact, prostate cancer kills a man every 13 minutes in the United States.The executive director of the PCCNC, Mary Anderson, said the camp...  

Messi, Neymar and Rakitic in UEFA XI

Three are regulars in such lists: Touré Yaya (Manchester City), Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) while there is a newcomer in former Barça B player Jonathan Soriano (Red Bull Salzburg), who is excelling as a striker in the Austrian ...  

Luminato losing CEO Janice Price to Banff Centre

zoom The CEO of Toronto’s Luminato Festival, Janice Price, is leaving to move to Banff, the Star has learned. After helming Toronto’s annual arts festival for its first seven years, Price will leave in the spring to become CEO of the Banff Centre. That centre’s board has been in search mode for months, after former CEO Jeff Melanson moved back to Toronto for personal reasons and was quickly signed as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s chief executive. Clearly the competition for top-flight cultural executives is fierce, resulting in what sometimes seems like an ongoing game of musical chairs. Running the sweeping, multidisciplinary hub of Alberta creativity is a perfect fit for Price, who at 58 is the right age for one more mountain to climb. Luminato has an annual budget of $11 million. The Banff Centre, one of Canada’s largest arts organizations, has an annual budget of over $50 million. That includes major funding from the Alberta government. And Banff is hungry for expansion to enhance its profile way beyond the Rocky Mountains. An official announcement about Price’s future is expected within days, but the move has already caused a buzz among arts-world insiders. Price, who grew up in a middle-class Scottish Canadian family in Agincourt, returned to Ontario in 2006 after a decade in New York (at the Lincoln Center) and Philadelphia (running the Kimmel Center). She was chosen by co-founders David Pecaut and Tony Gagliano, who knew...  

Tropical parasite uses swim stroke not shared by any other creature

Enlarge Infectious Cercariae filmed at high speed as the parasite moves from "right to left" in T-swimming modality, with the visualized surrounding flow field. For many bacteria and parasites looking to get a load of the fresh nutritional bounty inside your body, the skin is the first and most important gatekeeper. Schistosomas, however, scoff at this barrier and burrow right on through. These waterborne blood flukes, which are responsible for nearly 200,000 annual deaths and 200 million total worldwide cases of Schistosomiasis, are driven by the powerful thrusts of their unique forked tails and chewing enzymes. The parasite's swimming patterns are crucial for its human-seeking chemotactic activity - and are the focus of researchers at Stanford University who ultimately seek to break the chain of infection. Manu Prakash, an assistant professor at Stanford University, will present his research on the parasite's 'T-joint' swimming patterns at the upcoming 67th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics in San Francisco. Prakash's lab work runs the gamut from small-scale problems to field work. The researchers at Stanford were puzzled, however, when they filmed the parasite swimming at high speeds. Cercaria, the free-swimming form of schistosoma, gets around by beating its forked tail back and forth. According to mathematical theories developed over the past 50 years, this...  

New Raspberry Pi Mobile Phone Tutorial Published By Adafruit (video)

Hobbyists and makers that would like to build their own Raspberry Pi mobile phone may be interested in the new tutorial that has been published on the Adafruit website, which has been written by David Hunt the original developer that created of the PiPhone. The Raspberry Pi mobile phone is made using a Raspberry Pi mini PC, Adafruit PiTFT touchscreen display, and a SIM900 GSM/GPRS module which is all powered by a DC-DC conveyer and a Lithium Polymer battery. Check out the video after the jump to learn more. You can read the full tutorial that has been uploaded to the Adafruit website by following the link below and allows you to either use a Resistive 2.8″ PiTFT or Capacitive 2.8″ PiTFT depending on your preferences. Adafruit explains a little more : “Raspberry Pi computer, the Model B or Model B+ is probably easier to set up and get going, but if you are comfortable with the Model A, then that will work fine. You don’t need any USB ports, and once set up, you don’t need the Model B’s ethernet port. The Model A save you on power, allowing you to have more talk time  The Model B+ will also work, if you’re ok with the PiTFT being slightly offset from the Pi, as the GPIO pins are in a slightly different place. It’s also worth noting that the Model B+ uses quite a bit less power than the Model B, so it’s probably better suited to a portable application like the PiPhone.” Adafruit ...  


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