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Many factors make flows unpredictable once lava erupts from the Hawaii hot spot deep in the Earth POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 30, 2014 LAST UPDATED: 01:35 a.m. HST, Oct 30, 2014 The drama playing out in Pahoa is part of a natural process ongoing since before the dawn of civilization. The Hawaiian Islands are at the southeastern end of a string of volcanoes that began erupting more than 70 million years ago, and each island is made up of one or more volcanoes that emerged from the sea floor over many thousands of years. Most of the volcanic activity known to man has occurred on Hawaii island, the youngest isle, composed of five volcanoes. Scientists say at least two of them, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, are far from finished. While most eruptions around the world occur where the Earth's tectonic plates grind together, the volcanoes here are driven by the Hawaii hot spot deep in the Earth. The Hawaii hot spot pushes red-hot basaltic magma through the Earth's crust until it spills onto our landscape as molten rock at 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit, said Janet Babb, spokeswoman for t...  

Forex - Euro off lows vs. dollar after euro zone data

Investing.com -Investing.com - The euro pulled back from three-and-a-half week lows against the broadly stronger dollar on Thursday after Spain reported third quarter growth and Germany said the number of people unemployed fell in this month.EUR/USD was down 0.41% to 1.2580, off session lows of 1.2555.The single currency found support after official data showed that the number of people unemployed in Germany fell by 22,000 this month, compared to expectations for a gain of 5,000.The country's unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7%.The report came after data showing that Spain's economy grew 0.5% in the three months September, and expanded 1.6% on a year-over-year basis, both in line with forecasts.A separate report showed that the annual rate of inflation in Spain remained below zero this month, falling 0.1% after declining 0.2% in September.Germany was to release preliminary data on consumer prices later in the day.The dollar remained broadly stronger after the Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it is winding up its quantitative easing program, signalling that it was confident the U.S. economic recovery would continue.The Fed said targets for inflation and a reduction in unemployment were on track, but added that interest rates would remain close to zero for a "considerable time".The U.S. central bank said that although the jobs market is strengthening, there is still room for improvement, but not "significant improvement," as it has said previously, in the labor market p...  

Microsoft opens up Office 365 functionality, announces new SDKs

Microsoft launched new tools, including a number of APIs to enable developers to tap into the functionality of the Office 365 productivity suite.The APIs provides access to mail, files, calendar and contacts data.Examples of how the technology could be used include a travel reservation app that connects with Office 365 calendars and contacts, or a sales automation app that fully integrates with mail and files.Microsoft noted that 70 per cent of Fortune 500 companies use Office 365, meaning the APIs present developers with an opportunity to reach a large and highly-engaged user base.More Office 365 APIs are promised in the future, including tasks, Office Graph and the Yammer enterprise social network.Microsoft also announced new SDKs for Android, iOS and the Visual Studio development environment. The iOS SDK supports Apple’s Objective-C with support for the recently-launched Swift programming language in the pipeline.In addition, the computing giant announced the extensibility of the Office 365 app launcher, which provides a customisable single point of access for Office 365 users to access the apps they use every day. Developers can now have other products appear alongside Outlook, Yammer and OneDrive. ...  

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Abelardo and Luis Enrique have led almost parallel lives. They both began at Club Deportivo La Braña, both played for the Sporting reserves, and both finished up playing for FC Barcelona. Abelardo arrived in 1994/95 and Luis Enrique two years later ...  

Profile of NJ's 12th Congressional race: Who will replace Rush Holt?

One outcome is nearly certain in New Jersey's 12th District race for Congress: A woman will win the election. Both major-party candidates are women, and barring an upset from an independent, one of them will become the first to represent New Jersey in Washington, D.C., in more than a decade. The election also presents an opportunity for one candidate to break through a race and gender barrier: If Democratic frontrunner Bonnie Watson Coleman wins, she'll be the state's first female African-American in Congress. Yet despite their shared gender, Watson Coleman, who serves Central Jersey's 15th district in the General Assembly, and her Republican challenger, Dr. Alieta Eck, who practices medicine in Piscataway, strongly disagree on women's issues and almost every other. Watson Coleman prides herself on her progressive credentials and outspokenness against Gov. Chris Christie's administration, while Eck espouses strictly conservative ideals on issues like reproductive health, role of government, and viability of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "At the end of the day we've got one candidate who thinks the federal government has a responsibility to its citizens and one candidate who thinks the federal government is of little use," said Watson Coleman. If past equals prologue, Watson Coleman's philosophies will prevail this election cycle. She's running in a safely Democratic Central New Jersey district to replace popular Democratic Congressman Rush Holt, who endorsed her ...  

Microsoft Band is a Windows Phone fitness tracker that works with Android and ...

The Microsoft Band packs in a range of features including a colour touchscreen, heart rate tracker and GPS. Microsoft So far Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system has missed out on the smartwatch and fitness tracker fun, but with the new Microsoft Band it's finally in the game. And what's more, the Band actually works with more than just Windows-based mobiles: it syncs with your iPhone or Android phone too.In terms of features, the Microsoft Band covers the whole field. It has common fitness tracker features like step tracking and more premium features such as GPS and a heart rate monitor. And it also offers features more usually found in smartwatches such as a colour touchscreen, notifications and payments when you're in Starbucks.If that sounds good to you, then there's more good news: it's available today. That's if you're in the US and you have a spare $199; UK and Australian prices haven't been announced but the US price converts to around £125 or AU$360.The plastic band boasts an adjustable strap and a full-colour touchscreen. It's dust and splash-resistant, and powered by two 100mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer batteries that give you 48 hours on standby. Don your running shoes or hop on your bike and the Band uses GPS to record the route you've run, biked, or hiked. There's a stopwatch and lap timer when you're on the track. You can set a target for the number of steps or calories you want to burn through in a day, or follow guided workouts set by expert...  

Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8 – which is best?

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are here and with them comes iOS 8, which is also available on older devices dating back to the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Meanwhile, Google is gearing up to release Android 5.0 Lollipop, the biggest overhaul of its mobile operating system since Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was launched almost three years ago. With iOS 8.1 now being available, and with Android 5.0 about to appear on devices any day, now's a good time to see how the two stack up, and what their differences say about the ambitions of the companies behind them. Android 5.0 vs iOS 8 design Android 5.0's new 'Material' design makes everything onscreen look more physical and real, thanks to the shadows cast by every object. As you tap things they give off little rings of colour or shade to show where you've pressed and provide greater feedback. There's also much greater use of transparency with more transparent menus – such as the notifications pulldown – and also items fading away as they're swiped off the screen. Even based on early video demos the operating system is looking fantastic. iOS 7's graphical overhaul was well overdue and the operating system is now looking sharp and modern. Apple hasn't seen the need therefore to change anything very much, but we shouldn't knock iOS 8 for that, just because the look is now familiar doesn't make it any less well designed. It's clean, simple and sleek, with a lively colour palette that pops off the screen. It's interesti...  

The Scene: Celebrate fright night at five area haunts

PortCityDaily.com is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.Southern Culture on the Skids gets zombified for a performance at Stage 13 Friday. Photo courtesy Southern Culture on the Skids. It’s time to get spooky–maybe a little kooky–with a host of Halloween-themed events throughout the weekend. So, don your superhero mask or glam up in elegant attire. Prepare to be dazzled, even downright scared. Or just dance the night away–in costume, of course–to some of the region’s most lively and unique musicians. We’ve compiled a list of five haunts you might want to hit up this weekend for a unique spin on the traditional fright night. You can find more Halloween happenings, as well as a host of other area events, on The Scene, our free community events calendar. Supercon! Calling all wanna-be Batmans (and Jokers)–The Juggling Gypsy wants you to join forces tonight (Thursday) at an assemblage of superheroes, heroines and villains for Wilmington’s first-ever Supercon!, a flash mob of epic proportions. Part masquerade party, part bar crawl–with a little flash mob action thrown in–Supercon! converges on The Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St., at 6 p.m., with lots of socializing and theme-appropriate games–feats of strength, super-villain maniacal laugh-off and superpower show and tell and more, to name a few. From there, the “Supe...  

Grad student dances into creative component directing "Six Dance Lessons in ...

"Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” directed by Susan Webb, plays in the Oklahoma State University Jerry L. Davis Studio Theatre at Gundersen Hall at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8 with a 2:30 matinee performance Nov. 9. Susan Webb Susan Webb, an Oklahoma State University graduate student, is directing "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks." Posted on Oct 30, 2014 by Elizabeth Keys When Susan Webb got serious about what she wanted to be when she grew up, she enrolled in the Oklahoma State University master’s degree program in theater at 50 years old. Her creative component debuts Nov. 7 in the form of a play she directs: “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.” “I knew my dancing days were over,” said the mother of two who danced in New York and worked in character roles for the Oklahoma City Ballet. She earned a dance performance degree from Oklahoma City University. “After managing the dancing for the Oklahoma City premiere of ‘CATS,’ I knew I wanted to know more about the craft of directing,” Webb said. She chose OSU with the encouragement of Maria Beach, who guided her through the process along with Lloyd Caldwell, Peter Westerhoff and Jodi Jinks. Other mentors have included Judith Cronck, visiting professor Susan Felder and the new department head Andrew Kimbrough. Webb has commuted from Oklahoma City for two years, serving as a graduate assistant for the theater department. “It has certainly made me stretch, grow an...  

Weather Channel backpedals after co-founder said humans aren't causing rise ...

Group claims temperatures have risen 0.6°C to 0.9°C in last 100 yearsFuel emissions from humans activity are making planet warmer, it saidStatement contradicts views of John Coleman, co-founder of channelHe says science does not back up belief humans cause climate changeComments made by John Coleman in an open letter attacking the IPCCEarlier this year, the IPCC warned that no one will be untouched by climate change with storm surges, flooding and heatwaves among the key risks The Weather Channel has released an official statement arguing that man-made global warming is real, just days its co-founder said it does not exist.The group claims said the planet is 'indeed warming,' with temperatures increasing 1 to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.6°C to 0.9°C) in the last 100 years.The Atlanta-based channel also states humans are helping make the planet warmer as a result of burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.Scroll down for video  The Weather Channel has released an official statement arguing that global warming is real, just days its co-founder John Coleman (pictured) said it does not exist. In a letter attacking the UN, the 80-year-old from San Diego, said that what 'little evidence' there is for global warming points to natural cycles in temperature'Potential outcomes range from moderate and manageable to extreme and catastrophic,' it said in its statement.'Impacts can already be seen, especially in the Arctic, with melting glaciers, thawing permafros...  


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