Iheyaspira bathycodon sp. nov. is described from the Von Damm Vent Field on the world’s deepest spreading centre, the Mid-Cayman Spreading Centre (MCSC), Caribbean, at 2300 m depth. The new species is defined and illustrated from 11 specimens, with brief notes on habitat and known distribution. Molecular phylogenetic data from partial COI mDNA, 16S rDNA and nuclear 18S rDNA regions are used to analyse the species’ phylogenetic position and its morphology is compared with previously described skeneid and vent taxa. The new species is distinguished from the most closely allied vent species, Iheyaspira lequios Okutani, Sasaki & Tsuchida, 2000 by morphological differences in radula diagnosis and appendage structure of the head-foot. Iheyaspira bathycodon sp. nov. is the tenth turbinid to be described from a hydrothermal-vent environment and the second species to be named from recently discovered hydrothermal vents on the MCSC. Determining the faunal composition of assemblages at the vent fields of the MCSC will help to elucidate the vent biogeography of the region.
Magdalen College were crowned University Challenge champions on Monday night, after a clear victory over York University.Starting off with a question on Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great, York initially appeared strong, with their Captain, Andrew Clemo, answering questions with a disconcerting \”Cheshire-cat grin\”.However, as the questions roamed from mammalian hormones to game theory, Magdalen quickly took a decisive lead, taking 200 points to York\’s 50 after only 19 minutes.Whilst at one point it appeared that an impressive comeback could be launched off the back of a round on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody\’ characters, York simply could not keep up once Magdalen were in full swing again, thanks to some well-timed questions on the solar system.The gong finally sounded with Magdalen reaching 290 points to York\’s 85. Whilst York had gone for a more casual appearance, Magdalen\’s formal choice of outfits, complete with Captain Matthew Chan\’s impressively bright yellow trousers, appeared to have made the difference.Historian and author, Anthony Beevor, was on hand to present the trophy, highlighting the range of knowledge displayed, praising the quality of the current education system, and dismissing claims that the academic quality of the university experience was being watered down.The victorious Magdalen team was headed by Chan, a History undergraduate from Leamington Spa, and also included Will Cudmore, an English undergrad from Lincolnshire, and Kyle Haddad-Fonda and James McComish, postgraduates from Seattle and Melbourne. Haddad-Fonda in particular stood out from the other competitors, with a breadth of knowledge that spanned all realms of academia. Magdalen\’s victory proved to be the fourth for the college, who also top the Norrington Table, finished as Head of the River in this year\’s women\’s Torpids Regatta, and have five alumni in the cabinet, having previously won University Challenge in 1997, 1998 and 2004. No other college or university has won more than twice.Chan told Cherwell how, despite the unpredictable nature of the University Challenge style of questioning, the team had still believed that there was \”a definite possibility\” that they could win the tournament.He added that although they had little knowledge of the skills of the other competitors, it was fact this randomness that \”makes the experience particularly nerve-wracking, but also particularly engrossing\”.Whilst Chan did warn that a large ego would be required to deal with the shower of mixed reactions to participation in the competition, particularly as \”being from Oxford, [one] will inevitably be hammered about being posh and/or smug\”, he would \”definitely recommend the experience\”.Cherwell was also told that the team enjoyed a celebratory dinner at the President\’s Lodgings in Magdalen, followed by \”attempts to have it large\” with \”Oxford\’s Monday out-of-term nightlife\”.However, despite the \”Matthew Chan: phwoar\” facebook group having 317 ‘likes\’, some have said that this year\’s contest lacked some of the more memorable contestants of previous years, such as winning captains Gail Trimble and Alex Guttenplan. Furthermore, there was a noticeable lack of any female contestants in this year\’s final.Nevertheless, with Matthew hoping to take up a place at Princeton next year, Will working as an assistant to a Conservative MP and James and Kyle working towards completing further academic work, who knows what the future will hold for these champions?Â
Saturday, May 13, 2017, amid heavy rain and rising tides, the Ocean City Post Office held their 25th annual National food drive. The Postmen traversed the streets of Ocean City to pick up donations of non-perishable food items for the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard. Our many volunteers assisted with the off-loading, weighing, sorting and shelving the 4,157 pounds of donations from our community. It is with grateful thanks that we acknowledge the efforts of the postal workers, community, volunteers and all those that assisted in this wonderful drive. Gratefully,Dorothy Cianci, Coordinator of the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard
A reinforcing shot of bitter cold air will come in time for the new year and we are looking at a little snow to coat the ground as well. High temperatures have been in the 20s most of this week with wind chills in the single digits. Now another, even colder, shot of air will be arriving on New Years Eve. A cold front will be moving through on Saturday which will bring a shot of some light snow. With ground temperatures below freezing, any snow will easily stick to the ground.Computer models show a period of light snow during the morning and early afternoon hours on Saturday. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)Snow will fall mainly between 7am-3pm Saturday with a coating to 1″ expected. High temperatures on Saturday may briefly creep above the freezing mark but that will be the last time for a while.Forecast Snow Amounts around 1″ possible on SaturdayBehind the front, blustery conditions for New Years Eve as highs will not get out of the low 20s and winds chills will be in the single digits all day.Forecast Highs on New Years Eve.It will be downright frigid if you are going out for First Night in Ocean City. Coldest temperatures that we have seen in a long time will settle in. Winds will still be busy as temperatures drop into the teens and wind chills will drop below zero.Wind Chills at or below Zero New Years Eve night.We will start the New Year just like we finished it. High temperatures will be in the low 20s with brisk northwest winds around 20mph which will make temperatures feel like its in the single digits despite the sunshine.Wind Chills during the day on New Years Day will remain in the single digits.Not much relief the remainder of the week as frigid air will hang around and temperatures will mostly remain below the freezing mark all week. For those snow lovers out there, despite all this cold weather, no snow is expected through the period. (Except this Saturday of course). A “thaw” could come by next weekend as highs could reach into the low 40s.Happy New Year!
Carr’s Flour has added a premium grade pizza flour to its range.Called Amore Farina, which translates to ‘love flour’, it is milled at Carr’s site in Maldon, Essex. The flour creates strong, white, elastic dough that can be used for both authentic deep pan and thin & crispy pizzas, the company said.It was created in Carr’s test bakery and underwent a three-stage scientific development process which the miller said would “ensure consistent taste and quality for every pizza made”.“Our new traditional Carr’s Pizza Flour has been developed by experts to produce the best pizza base and we’re delighted to be able to offer this to our customers,” said Allan Burns, sales and marketing director at Carr’s Flour.The launch will be supported with a ‘heavyweight’ promotional campaign and giveaways of pizza making equipment, he added.
Look out music fans–tonight, Colorado-based afrobeat-funk force The Motet is embarking on a 20+ date nationwide fall tour in support of their latest release, Totem.Live For Live Music will be following the Motet every step of the way as they head out on tour, bringing you exclusive behind-the-scenes video, playlists, band member interviews and more along the way. As the band gets the ball rolling tonight in Hartford, CT, enjoy this newly released video of their headlining Red Rocks performance from this past summer, which featured support from Medeski, Martin, & Wood and Vulfpeck. The tour will see the band play dates throughout the Northeast during the first half of October, including a highly anticipated performance with the funky METERS at Port Chester, NY’s beloved Capitol Theatre this Saturday, October 8th. “We’re having a real hard time containing our excitement for the next two months,” says vocalist Lyle Divinsky, “We can’t think of a better way to start off than by funkifying the fall foliage in the northeast as we play alongside some of our heroes in the funky METERS, as well as our family in Mammal Dap, Sophistafunk, and The Funky Dawgz Brass Band. Also, for the first time, The Motet will play to my hometown, Portland, Maine (and yes, there will be a lobster bake involved), and we just can’t wait to see so many old and soon-to-be friends along the whole run.”Following the Northeast run, the band will head south for a run of Halloween shows under this year’s “Mixtape 1979” theme, continuing their tradition of special themed Halloween performances that dates back more than 15 years. “We’ve been digging in the crates for months on end, and cannot wait to get turnt on a time-warp back to the age of platform shoes and undeniable grooves” says an excited Divinsky, “We have so much in store for you, so pay attention, because more will be revealed!!!” The “Mixtape 1979” shows will see the Motet perform sets of hits from the music-rich year of 1979 for audiences in Dallas, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, and Asheville (on Halloween night), as well as a much-anticipated showing with Big Gigantic at this year’s Suwannee Hulaween at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on October 30th.The tour continues from there with performances in Carrboro, NC, Richmond, VA, and Ardmore, PA (right outside Philadelphia) before heading to the Big Apple for two shows at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl. From there, the band heads west, with two hometown shows in Denver and a three-night, three-city run in Oregon to round out November. Finally, the band will play a one-off in Grand Junction, CO on December 10th, before their 4-night New Years run takes them from Minneapolis to Milwaukee to Chicago (with Umphrey’s McGee) to Atlanta to close out 2016 with a bang.Catch the Motet on the road this fall, coming to a city near you, and check back as the tour goes on for exciting content and updates from the road. You can check out the full list of dates below. Tickets are available for all dates via the band’s website.
In America, safe from Nazi power, Martin Karplus began on a Nobel Prize journey quickened by intuition Nobel winner began with a destination in mind but found something important along the way ‘I had the conviction that my ideas were correct’ How a single floor in a single building fostered extraordinary scientific talent A 5 a.m. phone call rewards restless night Kremer received both his 1985 undergraduate degree in social studies and 1992 Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Presidential Faculty Fellowship. In 2010, he was named the Scientific Director of Development Innovation Ventures for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in 2013-2014, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Duflo got her doctorate at MIT. At 46, she is the youngest to win the prize and only the second woman after Elinor Ostrom, who received the honor in 2009. Duflo and Banerjee helped found at MIT the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a global network of poverty researchers.The three winners introduced a new rigorous, practical, and incremental approach to fighting poverty. Starting in the mid-1990s, Kremer began testing ways to improve school results in western Kenya. Banerjee and Duflo later worked on similar studies, sometimes with Kremer, on a variety of problems in other countries, including access to credit and agricultural fertilizer subsidies.“Our goal is to make sure the fight against poverty is based on scientific evidence,” Duflo said by telephone to reporters during a press conference after the award announcement. “Often the poor get reduced to caricatures,’’ and those seeking to help them “do not understand the deep roots of what is making them poor.”Their work in agriculture, education, and health has led to direct benefit for millions of poor people worldwide. More than 5 million Indian children have been helped by remedial tutoring in schools owing to their research. And their studies have also resulted in major increases spending on preventive health care in several nations.“It can often seem like the problems of global poverty are intractable, but over the course of my lifetime and career, the fraction of the world’s people living in poverty has dropped dramatically,” said Kremer. “Over the years, we have learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t work, and why. Governments and nonprofit organizations have become much more effective in addressing, and there is much wider recognition of how researchers and policymakers can work together in the fight against poverty.”Kremer says he has always conducted his research with an eye toward collaboration. His initial projects in Kenya came about from conversations with friends at nonprofit organizations who wanted to better understand the effectiveness of their programs.Kremer suggested that if they randomized the order in which they phased in new programs, they could measure the impact of their programs and isolate it from other confounding factors.“Economics has been learning a lot from other fields,” said Kremer. “People in our field are working with other researchers across disciplines and with practitioners on the ground. It’s wonderful that we can work together on these issues.”The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was established in 1968 by the Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden’s central bank) in memory of Alfred Nobel. In 1971, Simon S. Kuznets was the first Harvard faculty to receive the prize. Kuznets was recognized for developing the concept of using GNP as a measure of change in a nation’s economic growth.Kremer’s win marks the third Sveriges Prize awarded a Harvard faculty member in the past decade and the 11th overall. It is also the second Nobel won by a Harvard professor in the past week. On Oct. 7, William G. Kaelin Jr., the Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, was one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.More recently, Harvard Professor Oliver Hart, the Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics, was honored with the economics prize in 2016 for his contributions to contract theory. Hart shared the award with Bengt Holmström of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Alvin E. Roth won in 2012 for his work on practical applications of mathematical theories, which have transformed markets ranging from public school assignments to kidney donations to medical resident job placements.With today’s prize, 50 current and former Harvard faculty members have now received Nobels for wide-ranging work including the tissue culture breakthrough that led to creation of the polio vaccine, negotiations that led to an armistice in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the first description of the structure of DNA, pioneering procedures for organ transplants, poetry, and much more.For a full list of Harvard Nobel laureates, visit the website. Related A Nobel incubator Michael Kremer received what seemed to be a very suspicious communication over Skype Monday morning.“A friend in Sweden sent me a message saying ‘I need to speak to you urgently,’” said Kremer from London, where he is visiting friends and family this week. “Having been warned of phishing attempts by Harvard’s IT department, I thought it might be one of those. Soon enough, I realized it was real and why it was sent to me. I’m stunned.”It was a fitting way for the economist, who employs strict, real-life logic in battling global poverty, to figure out that the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences had awarded him the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.Kremer, the Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics, shared the honor with Abhijit Banerjee, Ph.D. ’88, and Esther Duflo of MIT. The award recognizes their work on reducing poverty by breaking down larger problems, such as deficiencies in education and child health, into component pieces, then designing targeted field experiments to determine the most effective solutions.Over the course of his career, Kremer has watched the discipline change dramatically into one in which researchers engage with teachers, farmers, nonprofit organizations, and governments to develop and test innovative approaches to social problems and to whittle away at inequality and poverty around the world.“The combination of deep engagement on the ground with intellectual rigor is producing very exciting work, both in terms of understanding the world and in helping to provide practical solutions to problems affecting some of the poorest people in the world,” said Kremer.“Michael Kremer’s path-breaking work not only opened up new ways to think about development economics, it has helped alleviate poverty for millions around the world and shown the power of economics to make a tangible, positive difference in people’s lives,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “All of us at Harvard are grateful for Michael’s contributions. We congratulate him and his colleagues at MIT on this great day.”Jeremy Stein, Moise Y. Safra Professor of Economics and chair of the Economics Department, declared the news to be very exciting “for the department and for economics in Cambridge.”“The fact that the Swedish Academy of Sciences has chosen to recognize the work at this relatively early stage is a fitting testament to the effect that they have already had in the field,” he said. “It can often seem like the problems of global poverty are intractable, but over the course of my lifetime and career, the fraction of the world’s people living in poverty has dropped dramatically.” — Michael Kremer The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Harvard’s Oliver Hart wins Nobel in economics The magic of the unexpected
FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Wicked ($1,803,846) 2. The Book of Mormon ($1,705,114) 3. The Lion King ($1,570,787) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,431,140) 5. Motown The Musical ($1,197,720) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. All The Way (71.67%) ** 4. The Phantom of the Opera (71.37%) 3. Jersey Boys (66.15%) 2. Machinal (64.70%) 1. Bronx Bombers (62.57%) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Rock of Ages ($369,131) 4. Outside Mullingar ($362,896) 3. The Bridges of Madison County ($348,594)* 2. Machinal ($216,017) 1. Bronx Bombers ($177,559) Broadway audiences made Beautiful: The Carole King Musical their Valentine this week, as it set a new box office record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, despite the blizzard conditions on the Great White Way. Over at the Belasco Theatre, those two plays in rep, Twelfth Night and Richard III, took their final Main Stem bow, breaking the house box office record for the seventh time. Meanwhile, Wicked took the top spot from The Book of Mormon, with The Lion King coming in third. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 16: View Comments FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1.The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2.Twelfth Night/Richard III (102.13%) 3.The Lion King (97.82%) 4. Wicked (95.43%) 5. Outside Mullingar (94.54%) *Number based on 8 preview performances **Number based on 8 preview performances
By Matthew ChappellUniversity of Georgia Large trees (over 30 feet tall)Betula nigra (river birch), ‘Little King’ (Little King river birch), ‘Dura Heat’ (Dura Heat river birch)Gleditsia triacanthos var. intermis ‘Shademaster’ (Shademaster honeylocust), ‘Skycole’ (Skycole honeylocust)Liriodendron tulipeifera (tulip poplar), ‘Fastigiatum’ (columnar tulip poplar) Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwood)Quercus acutissima (sawtooth oak)Quercus lyrata (overcup oak)Quercus shumardii (shumard oak), ‘Panache’ (Panache shumard oak)Taxodium distichum (bald cypress)Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’ (Princeton elm), ‘Valley Forge’ (Valley Forge elm)Ulmus parviflora ‘Bosque’ (Bosque Chinese elm)Zelkova serrata (zelkova)Cedrus deodara (deodara cedar), ‘Spring Grove’ (Spring Grove deodara cedar), ‘Bracken’s Best Deodar’ (Bracken’s Best deodara cedar)Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’ (Yoshino Japanese cedar), ‘Ben Franklin’ (Ben Franklin Japanese cedar)Cupressus arizonica var. glabra ‘Carolina Sapphire’ (Carolina Sapphire Arizona cypress)Juniperus chinensis ‘Kaizuka’ (Hollywood juniper)Junipiris virginiana ‘Burkii’ (Burkii eastern red cedar), ‘Manhattan Blue’ (Manhattan Blue eastern red cedar), ‘Glauca’ (Glauca eastern red cedar)Magnolia grandiflora (magnolia), ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’ (Bracken’s Brown Beauty magnolia), ‘Edith Bogue’ (Edith Bogue magnolia)Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay magnolia)Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’ (Emerald arborvitae), ‘Dragon’s Spire’ (Dragon’s Spire arborvitae), ‘Mission’ (Mission arborvitae) Just like automobiles, houses and people, trees come in many shapes and sizes. Before adding a new tree to your home landscape, make sure you select the right tree for the right site.First determine what size and shape tree you want for the particular area. For example, if you have a courtyard, you may want a small tree such as a dogwood rather than a stately yet large sawtooth oak. Next, determine what ornamental features you would like your tree to have, such as fall color, blooms and/or bloom color, ornamental bark and evergreen or deciduous leaves. The following is a short list of fast growing trees that can be planted virtually anywhere in Georgia. The majority of these tree species and cultivars are readily available at retail garden centers or from your preferred landscape contractor. Please note some species also list cultivars (clones) that typically perform well. Small trees (under 30 feet tall)Acer buergerianum (trident maple), ‘Aeryn’ (Aeryn trident maple)Cercis canadensis (redbud, Judas tree)Cercis reniformis ‘Oklahoma’ (pink Oklahoma redbud), ‘Texas White’ (white Oklahoma redbud)Magnolia x soulangiana (saucer magnolia)Prunus cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ (Thundercloud ornamental plum)Pinus nigra (Austrian pine)Pinus thunbergii (Japanese black pine)
Governor Peter Shumlin today took a strong position in support of fuel security, jobs, and a healthier future for Vermonters and all Americans, writing to President Barack Obama to voice support for a single, national emission standard for passenger vehicles and light trucks. California and the federal government are in negotiations to harmonize their standards in to a single national standard. Governor Shumlin wrote the President and California Governor Jerry Brown to express Vermont’s commitment to efforts to fight climate change. ‘As governor, it is a priority of my Administration to work towards stricter regulations for greenhouse gas standards. Your efforts to merge California’s greenhouse gas standards with federal standards â ¦ are vital,’ Shumlin wrote to the President. He said states like Vermont lack the authority to establish emissions standards, making a tougher national standard an imperative. He also voiced concern that California’s standard not be weakened at the national level. ‘I care about this issue for Vermonters, but also for all Americans. Our nation’s dependence on oil for transportation continues to pose a serious threat to our economy, security, public health and environment,’ Shumlin wrote. Vermont is one of 13 states and the District of Columbia which have voluntarily adopted California’s vehicle emissions standards. The governor stated in a similar letter to Gov. Brown, ‘In the state of Vermont, we are watching with interest as you propose changes to California’s standards for this September and continue negotiations over the standards for model year 2017-2025 passenger vehicles with federal officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation. “We can all enjoy the benefits of cleaner air, lower carbon emissions, and healthier communities, and at the same time make life simpler for auto manufacturers by having national vehicle emission standards.” Shumlin said. Cleaner cars and cleaner fuels are particularly important for Vermonters because emissions from vehicles make up more than 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.Soruce: Governor’s office, 7.7.2011