Related Shows Inspired by Stephens’ own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock explores contemporary adolescence at the breaking point as a group of seventeen-year-olds in Manchester, England flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal. Screen star Douglas Smith is among the performers to join the cast of the previously announced New York premiere of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock. The MCC Theater production will begin performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on October 29 and run through December 7. Opening night is set for November 17. Additional cast members of the Trip Cullman-helmed production include Pico Alexander, Lilly Englert, Annie Funke, David Greenspan, Colby Minifie, Will Pullen and Noah Robbins. Smith, who stars as Ben Henrickson on the HBO series Big Love has appeared on screen in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Stage Fright. Alexander’s stage credits include Our Town and Much Ado About Nothing. Englert has appeared on stage in King Lear and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Funke appeared on Broadway in Hairspray and off-Broadway in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. Greenspan returns to MCC after presenting the musical Coraline alongside collaborator Stephin Merritt. Minifie appeared on Broadway in The Pillowman; her off-Broadway credits include Close Up Space, Landscape of the Body and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Pullen can currently be seen in The Wayside Motor Inn off-Broadway. Robbins made his Broadway debut in Brighton Beach Memoirs and also appeared in Arcadia. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014 View Comments Punk Rock
The full time result was Cahir 2-2 Loughmore-Castleiney 0-9. Loughmore-Castleiney made history by retaining the O’Dwyer Cup for the first time in their history after the Mid-Tipp side overcame a resilient Cahir team by the narrowest of margins. Noel, who played a vital role in their one point win, lined out in centre field and managed two crucial points during the decider. Speaking after the match he said his side are relieved to have just pipped Cahir at the post, but said all credit to Cahir who never gave up.
What happened to the Sahara desert? What’s going on in Java, man? Geologists are surprised sometimes by recent major changes.Sahara Grassland?Science Daily asks an intriguing question about something most people probably don’t know: “6,000 years ago the Sahara Desert was tropical, so what happened?”As little as 6,000 years ago, the vast Sahara Desert was covered in grassland that received plenty of rainfall, but shifts in the world’s weather patterns abruptly transformed the vegetated region into some of the driest land on Earth.For scientists trained to think in millions of years, that’s a huge change in the ‘geological blink of an eye,’ as they are wont to say. Scientists from Yale and from Texas A&M think it’s due to changes in prevailing winds that affected rainfall, but why so permanent? This is climate change you can’t blame on fossil fuels. “We know that 6,000 years ago, what is now the Sahara Desert was a rainy place,” says Robert Korty from Texas A&M.Java CrystalsScience Magazine discusses one Fidel Costa—not Castro—who reads crystals. He is studying a volcanic eruption that occurred 4,000 years ago in Indonesia. Costa tries to read clues from crystals as small as lentils about why the Gede volcano erupted so quickly, to figure out when it might erupt again.Already, the few researchers adept at using the technique have found that magma can tear through the crust at searing velocities, and that volcanoes can gurgle to life in a geologic instant. Instead of taking centuries or millennia, these processes can unfold in a matter of decades or years, sometimes even months, says Kari Cooper, a volcano geochemist at the University of California, Davis.How quickly can things change underground to affect the surface? In just months or days, magma lurking in chambers can “mobilize rapidly,” the teams reported in the article say. Just because scientists can’t detect magma chambers easily doesn’t mean volcanoes like Mt. Hood don’t endanger nearby population centers. Within a century or less, magma from long-dormant volcanoes can start moving. In fact, “vats of liquid magma may only exist immediately prior to an eruption.”They have found that slugs of magma can rise 10 kilometers in roughly 10 minutes. “It’s like a freight train,” she says.The new “mush model” represents a change in thinking less than a decade old. It “suggests that magma may liquefy and erupt even more quickly than many researchers thought.” Reporter Julia Rosen quotes scientists calling the new model a “game changer” and a “surprise” that indicates to laypeople that even the experts can undergo rapid changes in thinking.See also Calvin Miller’s paper in PNAS, “Eruptible Magma,” about geophysicists’ frustration trying to locate magma chambers under volcanoes. There are “Key questions to be addressed if we are to understand magma systems and the eruptions that they produce,” he says. Some geologists are suspecting that “durations within the eruptibility window are interpreted to be short to extremely short” on the range of one to 10,000 years.Madagascar TestSo when volcanologists find anomalies, we begin to understand that maybe there’s a lot they don’t understand. For instance, a press release from Washington University in St. Louis wonders “What’s up with Madagascar?” Specifically, “Why are there volcanoes on an island that isn’t near any tectonic boundaries?” That’s a clue of an impending eruption in a dormant paradigm. The article speaks of millions of years, but how certain can anyone be with this kind of talk?Madagascar, the big island off the east coast of Africa with the lemurs and baobabs, is thought to be sitting in the middle of an old tectonic plate, and so, by the rules of plate tectonics, should be tectonically quiet: few earthquakes and no volcanoes.But it’s not. The island has been away from tectonic action for the past 80 million years, said Martin Pratt, research scientist in earth and planetary sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, yet it experiences about 500 earthquakes per year.The island also has volcanoes that have been active within the recent geologic past. “Having active volcanoes in Madagascar is like having erupting volcanoes in St. Louis,” said Michael Wysession, professor of earth and planetary sciences. “You have to ask yourself, ‘What are they doing there?’”The hero of the story is quick on his storytelling: “150 million years ago,” blah blah blah, then “90 million years ago,” stuff happened. An invisible slab fell off the mantle. He’s got it all figured out – till the next paradigm shift.Update 12/07/16: Greenland lost up to 90% of its vast ice fields several times for extended periods, according to an article on Live Science. Although the article mentions millions of years, it also speaks of “massive and rapid ice loss.” Once again, this kind of change was unexpected; “its surface ice was more variable than once thought.” The article does not mention warm periods from history in the time of the Vikings, who lived and farmed along Greenland’s coast. Long before the Industrial Revolution, these times of “green land” could not have been due to anthropogenic global warming.For more on Greenland’s ice sheet dynamics, see Phys.org, Science Daily, and another Science Daily piece. Two papers in Nature go into detail: #1 about extended ice-free periods in the Pleistocene, and #2 about “rapid and global changes” in the Greenland ice sheet.And Greenland is not alone. Another research summary in Nature says “As Earth emerged from the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago, West Antarctica … warmed two to three times faster than the rest of the planet.” See also Science Daily‘s report, “Information theory offers new way to read ice cores.” Readers may not be aware that ice core data is “packed with noise and error, making the climate story hard to read.”Update 12/16/16: The BBC News makes an astonishing claim about one of the driest places on earth: Chile’s Atacama Desert. It once had lakes and wetlands. Was that millions of years ago? No; just thousands. In fact, “the region may have been habitable for early settlers.” Live Science says there is new archaeological evidence for settlements there that no one had bothered to look for before. There are also fossils of marine life deep in the sediments. See photos on Phys.org of how the desert looks today. It gets 15mm of precipitation per year now; some parts get none.You can measure crystals in the lab today, and hike around Madagascar in the present. That doesn’t give you a crystal ball into mythical worlds in deep time. There’s something really significant about that phrase, “than many researchers previously thought.” Remember, what they previously thought was gospel truth, taught in the textbooks. So when is the next “whoops” moment? (Visited 81 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Time for insight and learning helped to kick off the 71st annual Ohio Farm Bureau County Presidents’ Trip to Washington D.C. on Monday.Each year leaders from Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus to come together and carry out the mission of their grassroots organization by voicing the thoughts and concerns of agriculture to the various areas of D.C. that play a role in the industry, especially that of elected officials.The group converged at the American Farm Bureau Federation headquarters to hear from a number of experts in agricultural matters to prepare for meetings with representatives later in the trip. Tax policy specialist Pat Wolff was on hand, touching on various parts of tax reform. A unique subject, she noted, as the Republican led House, Senate, and White House all want tax reform — something that hasn’t been on the agenda for quite some time.“This is real and this hasn’t happened since 1986,” Wolff said. “The bill is not written yet. It may be written in pencil somewhere, but definitely not pen.”Wolff highlighted positive and negative areas of the tax reform “blueprint” so far.“One thing that’s in the proposal that’s not so friendly to farmers is the loss of deduction of business interest. So we’re asking farmers to tell their members of Congress why it matters whether or not they can deduct interest,” she said.Listen to Pat Wolff speak to Ohio Ag Net on AFBF’s tax reform stance.170313_PatWolff_AFBF_WEBSpeaking on regulatory reform was Paul Schlegel, director of environment and energy policy with Farm Bureau. He focused on attempting to keep regulations similar to Waters of the United States (WOTUS) from happening again by trying to have a more open and transparent process of rulemaking.“The system is out of whack and that’s what we’re trying to fix,” Schlegel said.WOTUS looked to give EPA power to regulate bodies of water not traditionally in their scope. Many in agriculture felt it to be government overreach, being railroaded through Congress to the ire of many farm groups.Shlegel especially noted that Ohio looks to play a big role in the effort as Sen. Rob Portman wants to introduce a reform bill, an area of the highest priority for the Farm Bureau. Schlegel also helped clarify to members exactly what the recent Executive Order by President Trump on WOTUS actual did as he has no power to repeal the current law. He pointed out how the EO directs EPA to certain actions to start the repeal process.“He can’t legally yank it. You can’t just do that,” Schlegel said.Director of market intelligence John Newton looked to the 2018 Farm Bill and the changes to safety net programs Farm Bureau is advocating for — specifically in dairy after the failed Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) of the 2014 Farm Bill.“Participation in MPP, because people really aren’t happy with it, has declined,” he said.AFBF has suggested the inclusion of an MPP alternative in the next farm bill called Dairy-Revenue Protection. The new safety net program, which is still in its infancy, would boil down to four decisions that would need to be made by the dairy farmer: 1. Milk price 2. Amount of milk to cover 3. Coverage level (60-100%) 4. Which quarters to coverIf enacted, an indemnity would be paid to the dairy farmer if actual revenue falls below the guarantee. The program looks to be submitted to USDA in April for consideration.Hear Newton speak on the changes that AFBF hopes to see down the road for safety net programs.170313_JohnNewton_AFBF_WEBAlso on the day, Matt Roberts of the Kernmantle Group, spoke on the state of the ag economy. Keith Stimpert, Ohio Farm Bureau VP gave a state organizational update.Tuesday and Wednesday will be busy for trip attendees with legislator meetings and other D.C.-exclusive activities, all with the hope of spreading agricultural information.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market klint finley Ryan Lane, an operations engineer at the Wikimedia Foundation, wrote a blog post about how he is using OpenStack to build a cloud infrastructure for testing and development. OpenStack is the open-source initiative that provides an infrastructure for building cloud environments.Lane wants an infrastructure that does not require operations to manage user accounts, virtual machines, DNS entries or IP addresses. Lane also wants an environment in which developers can add additional infrastructure without operations support. Sound to good to be true? Lane seems to have it all worked out.Here’s what Lane has in place:OpenStack as the virtualization technologyPowerDNS with an LDAP backend for DNS entriesPuppet with an LDAP backend for puppet nodesMediaWiki as the virtual machine managerUsing MediaWiki as a virtual machine manager is pretty interesting. Lane has written an extension, OpenStackManager, specifically for this. He’s also written an LDAP Authentication extension which is being employed in this stack as well.Is this a picture of a cloud stack we will see in 2011? What do you think? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#Virtualization Related Posts