Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Blue Angels Fly in Diamond Formation The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 68 demonstrations at 34 locations across the U.S. in 2014.The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron which was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world. The Blue Angels’ six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet throughout the United States each year.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 24, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Blue Angels The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in the Diamond Formation during the Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. July 24, 2014 View post tag: Image of the Day View post tag: News by topic Image of the Day: Blue Angels Fly in Diamond Formation View post tag: Fly View post tag: Diamond Formation
Flooding from a summer storm on Thursday (July 10) in Ocean City, NJ, covered streets and swamped cars.Despite National Weather Service watches for severe thunderstorms and flash floods throughout the region on Tuesday evening, Ocean City weathered the storm with no major rainfall, wind or hail.In a special weather statement issued on Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service had warned that a line of powerful thunderstorms could pass over coastal New Jersey between 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday (July 15).The NWS issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Ocean City through 9 p.m. Tuesday and a flash flood watch remains in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday.Forecasters predicted 1 to 3 inches or more of rain could fall in a brief period of time and that the storm could be accompanied by lightning, damaging wind and hail.But by the time the severe thunderstorm watch was lifted at 9 p.m. less than a half-inch of rain had fallen in Ocean City after a brief round of thunderstorms passed. Areas of Ocean County appeared to be hit much harder with heavy rain.A “severe” thunderstorm includes wind gusts of at least 58 mph and/or hail of at least one inch in diameter, according to NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon. A “watch” indicates possibility/likelihood, while a “warning” indicates the actual presence or imminent threat.Ocean City saw extensive street flooding in a summer storm that dumped about 4 inches of rain in a few hours on Thursday, July 10.The storms on Tuesday night passed at a mid-tide. Low tide on the flood-prone bay side of Ocean City came at 5:31 p.m. and high tide at 11:41 p.m.The Mummers Night entertainment on the Ocean City Boardwalk scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday was cancelled due to the weather.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook
Supermarket bread on sale in London is cheaper than bread on sale in Cairo, Bangkok, Beijing and even Manchester, latest figures from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) reveal.The data, supplied exclusively to British Baker, shows a standard kilo of bread cost 61p in a London supermarket.That meant London’s supermarkets ranked 114th on bread prices out of the 130 cities the EIU tracks in its Cost of Living survey.A kilo of bread sold in a Manchester supermarket, the other UK city in the survey, came in at 69p.The data was gathered in September 2006 when the EIU sent shoppers to buy bread in three different types of retailer: a cheap outlet (a supermarket), a mid-priced outlet (for example Marks & Spencer) and an upmarket food hall or niche retailer, for example Selfridges food hall in London.The EIU’s data suggests London supermarkets are the cheapest in the EU for bread apart from Budapest (Hungary) and Sofia (Bulgaria), where a kilo of supermarket bread cost 35p and 38p respectively.The ’old’ EU countries closest in price to London are Dublin (number 77), where a kilo of bread costs 92p and Copenhagen, Denmark, (number 74), where a kilo costs £1.01.However, while London supermarket bread was comparatively cheap, bread on sale in its higher end retailers was less so at £1.64 a kilo. In this category London was ranked the 66th most expensive in the world.Based on average prices, London ranked 81st in the world and Manchester 103rd – due to London’s more expensive top-end bread.For the survey, mystery shoppers bought a standard loaf of whatever the standard weight is in a country. In the UK, a white sliced 800g loaf was used. The weight is multiplied to work out the cost of 1kg of bread.Food and drink analyst and survey editor Jon Copestake commented: “Clearly, supermarket-bought bread in the UK is a different quality to some of the commonly eaten breads in other countries. And there are also economies of scale – in the UK a typical loaf is 800g, while in Northern Europe it may be 400g.” Exchange rate fluctuations also had an impact on the comparative costings.See next week’s British Baker for the full list.
A real time facility – DataTrace RF Temperature Logger – is now being offered by monitoring solutions company Wessex Power. The MPRF temperature loggers provide accurate data across a wide temperature range, -80?C to + 400?C, and come with either a rigid or bendable probe length.”Real-time data enables adjustment to the process as it happens, so this is a major breakthrough,” said marketing director Nigel Barfoot. “It ensures you can maintain best control over the quality and consistency of the product at every stage and the data can be visually displayed and logged for ease of tracking.”The logger can collect up to 8,000 data points.[http://www.wessexpower.co.uk]
The MOD has been made aware of a possible phishing fraud. Targets of the fraud have received emails purporting to originate within the MOD attempting to make contact or seeking money.Anyone who receives suspicious emails that might match this profile should take the following action: Not to respond to the suspicious communication, or cease all further correspondence if they have already responded Report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre which can be contacted at www.actionfraud.police.uk or on 0300 123 2040.
Wide speculation spread in March when the Center for Astrophysics announced it was holding a press conference. What news would the announcement bring about space, or possibly about the origins of life?News spread, with many predictions centering on the discovery of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. It was believed the waves had been created by the enormous forces at work during cosmic inflation, which scientists say occurred in a fraction of the first second of the universe’s existence, when it expanded billions of times over. The process was first proposed by MIT scientist Alan Guth in 1981.Those predictions were right.John Kovac, Harvard associate professor of astronomy and the project leader of the BICEP2 telescope at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, had identified the effects of gravitational waves for the first time. Now, Time magazine has named Kovac to the 2014 Time 100, its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.The discovery of the waves had been “one of the most important goals in cosmology,” said Kovac. At the news conference, he credited the work of the dozen people in his laboratory and those at the collaborating labs.Kovac had spent the past 12 years trying to confirm gravitational waves. When he saw them revealed in the data, he said he felt a “mixture of awe and elation,” quickly followed by a determination to ensure they hadn’t been produced by an error somewhere.“We are extremely cautious scientists, and detecting this signal, honestly, produced a mixture of … awe and elation, and intense stress. We want to get this right,” Kovac said. “And that’s been our state for quite a long time. We’ve been extremely cautious in our approach to analyzing this data.”Marc Kamionkowski, a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins who was not part of BICEP2 but who attended the news conference, said the discovery was “cosmology’s missing link” that has been sought for 20 years. The findings, he said, will require “new physics” beyond the currently understood Standard Model.Time’s list of its 100 most influential people will be in its May 1 issue, which appears on newsstands Friday. Kovac also joins American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Artistic Director Diane Paulus on the list.
Those born with and without hands represent tools the same way in the brain, study finds How the brain handles tools Why do our eyes tend to be drawn more to some shapes, colors, and silhouettes than others?For more than half a century, researchers have known that neurons in the brain’s visual system respond unequally to different images — a feature that is critical for the ability to recognize, understand, and interpret the multitude of visual clues surrounding us. For example, specific populations of visual neurons in an area of the brain known as the inferior temporal cortex fire more when people or other primates — animals with highly attuned visual systems — look at faces, places, objects, or text. But exactly what these neurons are responding to has remained unclear.Now a small study in macaques led by investigators in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School has generated some valuable clues based on an artificial intelligence system that can reliably determine what neurons in the brain’s visual cortex prefer to see.A report of the team’s work was published today in Cell.The vast majority of experiments to date that attempted to measure neuronal preferences have used real images. But real images carry an inherent bias: They are limited to stimuli available in the real world and to the images that researchers choose to test. The AI-based program overcomes this hurdle by creating synthetic images tailored to the preference of each neuron.Will Xiao, a graduate student at Harvard University, designed a computer program that uses a form of responsive artificial intelligence to create self-adjusting images based on neural responses obtained from six macaque monkeys. To do so, he and his colleagues measured the firing rates from individual visual neurons in the brains of the animals as they watched images on a computer screen.Over the course of a few hours, the animals were shown images in 100-millisecond blips generated by Xiao’s program. The images started out with a random textural pattern in grayscale. Based on how much the monitored neurons fired, the program gradually introduced shapes and colors, morphing over time into a final image that fully embodied a neuron’s preference. Because each of these images is synthetic, Xiao said, it avoids the bias that researchers have traditionally introduced by only using natural images.“At the end of each experiment,” he said, “this program generates a super-stimulus for these cells.”The results of these experiments were consistent over separate runs, explained senior investigator Margaret Livingstone: Specific neurons tended to evolve images through the program that weren’t identical but were remarkably similar.Some of these images were in line with what Livingstone, the Takeda Professor of Neurobiology at HMS, and her colleagues expected. For example, a neuron that they suspected might respond to faces evolved round pink images with two big black dots akin to eyes. Others were more surprising. A neuron in one of the animals consistently generated images that looked like the body of a monkey, but with a red splotch near its neck. The researchers eventually realized that this monkey was housed near another that always wore a red collar.“We think this neuron responded preferentially not just to monkey bodies but to a specific monkey,” Livingstone said.Not every final image looked like something recognizable, Xiao added. One monkey’s neuron evolved a small black square. Another evolved an amorphous black shape with orange below.Livingstone notes that research from her lab and others has shown that the responses of these neurons are not innate — instead, they are learned through consistent exposure to visual stimuli over time. When during development this ability to recognize and fire preferentially to certain images arises is unknown, Livingstone said. She and her colleagues plan to investigate this question in future studies. Auditory cortex nearly identical in hearing and deaf people Related Study shows architecture of audition likely based on innate factors Learning how the visual system responds to images could be key to better understanding the basic mechanisms that drive cognitive issues ranging from learning disabilities to autism spectrum disorders, which are often marked by impairments in a child’s ability to recognize faces and process facial cues.“This malfunction in the visual processing apparatus of the brain can interfere with a child’s ability to connect, communicate, and interpret basic cues,” said Livingstone. “By studying those cells that respond preferentially to faces, for example, we could uncover clues to how social development takes place and what might sometimes go awry.”The research was funded by National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.
During today’s tempo run, I got to thinking about the topic for my next blog (this itself is a lesson in lack of focus). I always come up with metaphors about how running relates to life. This time I was thinking about how a car transmission and running are quite similar.As I’ve mentioned before, there are three basic components of running. These are speed, strength and endurance. Training consists of a mix of these three components, depending upon what running distance one chooses to excel at. During today’s workout, I checked my mile splits and became frustrated with how much speed I have lost over the last couple of years. So instead of beating myself up over this earth shattering news, I started to shift my thinking about how running is like the gears in a car.Gears one and two are for speed running. I think of these gears as used for those runners who excel on the track or at shorter road races. These gears use a lot of fuel and one is depleted of energy quickly. Using these gears would be like driving a Porsche all the time. Gears three and four are the strength gears. These gears are used for runners who excel at distances from the half marathon up to the marathon distance. These gears still burn a lot of fuel but are more efficient and one can go longer before running out of gas. A good car comparison would be a muscle car like a Mustang or Camaro. Gears five and six are for endurance running. These gears are definitely used for ultra distances. These gears are energy efficient and get good mileage like a Hybrid car.One thing to remember is that you need to practice using all six gears no matter what distance you like to run. You will just need to rely more heavily on one or two sets of gears more than the other. Basically, the longer you want to go the more efficient you need to be. You also have to take into account the weather conditions and your age. This is something I’m becoming more aware of after every speed workout.So in a nutshell, my running career started out as a sexy Porsche and now I’m driving around in a Hybrid. I was never very fast and running speeds are all relative but I’d still like to be able to test drive that Porsche every now and then. So if you fly by me on the road or trail just realize I’m going green!
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala swore in three new ministers on May 14, amid questioning of the administration’s strategy against the Shining Path guerrilla group. The new members of the administration, who were sworn in at a ceremony held in the Gilded Hall (Salón Dorado) of Government Palace, were retired general Wilber Calle Girón, as Interior Minister, member of Congress José Antonio Urquizo, as Defense Minister, and small-business specialist Gladys Triveño Chan Jan, as Production Minister. Urquizo replaces Alfredo Otárola, who resigned, while Calle Girón, who was serving as deputy minister for policy at the Defense Ministry, is taking over the Interior portfolio from Daniel Lozada, who also resigned. The new ministers are the third to occupy their respective posts in only ten months since President Humala has been in office. The resigning ministers were sworn in on December 11, 2011. According to analysts, Humala seeks to calm the political atmosphere –heated by questioning of the administration’s strategy against the Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path, with these appointments. Only weeks ago, Shining Path caused the deaths of ten members of the security forces in coca-growing areas of the country. By Dialogo May 17, 2012
The credit union world has descended upon Washington! Maybe it’s the good weather, the boost in the economy, or the just a reminder that we do in fact work in the greatest industry imaginable; but this GAC just feels amazing.Jim Nussle, CUNA CEO, has dictated that this GAC marks a new chapter of advocacy, and that we need to embrace the fact that we are living in a fast-paced, social world. He’s been making the rounds himself with a GoPro attached to his tie to reinforce the point. His request to credit unions is simple – step up your game! Need inspiration or ideas? You need only look back to CUNA, as they are a prime example of practicing what they preach.Innovation is seen in every nook and cranny of the exhibit hall, as everyone has pulled out all the stops this year. It’s such a unique experience to stand at the entry doors and realize that no matter how big or small your credit union is, how fancy your booth is, what state you are from, we are here on the same team. WE are making an impact on our communities, WE are providing financial education, and WE are 100 million members strong.This week we will reignite our passion. Say hello to old friends and make lifelong new ones. We will learn and grow; taking concepts and ideas back to our homes to add more fuel to the credit union fire. We will unite as one and make our voices heard on Capitol Hill while fighting back attempts to eliminate our tax exemption. If you are attending, savor every moment and make the most out these few days, and if you weren’t able to attend involved yourself anyway! As mentioned earlier, it’s a social and digital world! Add #CUNAGAC to your twitter feed, check out the news, and immerse yourself from afar; after all the fight doesn’t end in Washington this week, so start the fires at home.More from day one at CUNA GAC from Credit Union Magazine:Matz Calls 2015 the Year of Reg ReliefMore Scenes from CUNA’s 2015 GACDennis Pierce: ‘Members Must Be Advocates’‘Hello, the Foundation Loves you’Ari Fleischer: D.C. Gridlock an ‘Aberration’Your Say: How Do You Remove Barriers, Foster Service Excellence?Nussle: Engage Our MembersScenes from the GAC Exhibit HallAdvocacy Gives CUs, Members a United VoiceLegislators Address #CUNAGACPromote the CU Difference 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: www.CUInsight.com Details