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Grace Potter & NASA Team Up For New Music Video Collaboration

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first_imgToday, NASA‘s Johnson Space Center released a new outer space-themed video collaboration with rocker Grace Potter. The video, shot at Johnson, uses scenes of Potter performing her song “Look What We’ve Become” in addition to footage of women engineers, scientists, and astronauts at work.The performance footage acts as the thread between several story lines that highlight the power of women at NASA–past, present and future–and the important role of each in human spaceflight.Potter explained that the song and the video carry a strong message of female empowerment: “So much of this song is about when you are coming up through any part of your life and you face challenges, there are so many different ways that that can affect you and change the course of your life. I think that it creates a strength within you if you do make the choice to push onward and say, ‘I know that this might be more difficult than another path. That’s why I want to do it.’”NASA’s hopes the video will help to inspire young women everywhere to plot a course for a career in science, technology, engineering and math, and then stay on that trajectory, no matter the challenges, and become a part of something historic.last_img read more

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GRiZ Announces Fall Tour Dates

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first_imgToday, the electronic producer and DJ GRiZ announced his upcoming fall tour. Dubbed the Good Will Continue Tour, this October will see the DJ hitting cities across the West Coast, kicking things off with a number of dates across California. GRiZ’s tour opens on October 11th at The Observatory in Orange County. The next night, he hits The Observatory in San Diego ahead of two nights at San Francisco’s The Warfield on October 13th and 14th and a show at Santa Barbara Bowl on the 15th. With the California leg of this tour completed, GRiZ will continue northward along the West Coast, with stops in Eugene, Portland, and Vancouver before setting his eyes east. The producer will then hit Sandpoint, Idaho, and Missoula, Missouri on October 21st and 22nd, respectively. GRiZ’s fall tour will continue with a number of unannounced shows leading up to and following his performance at Hulaween at Suwanee Music Park on October 29th.Soulive Brings GRiZ, Son Little, And The Shady Horns To Wednesday Bowlive [Photos]Limited fan club pre-sale tickets go on-sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. PST with the access code of GOODWILLCONTINUE. Those who miss out on tickets will be able to swoop them this Friday, June 30th, at 10 a.m. (local).last_img read more

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Methane-powered laptops may be closer than you think

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first_imgMaking fuel cells practical and affordable will not happen overnight. It may, however, not take much longer.With advances in nanostructured devices, lower operating temperatures, and the use of an abundant fuel source and cheaper materials, a group of researchers led by Shriram Ramanathan at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are increasingly optimistic about the commercial viability of the technology.Ramanathan, an expert and innovator in the development of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), says they may, in fact, soon become the go-to technology for those on the go.Electrochemical fuel cells have long been viewed as a potential eco-friendly alternative to fossil fuels—especially as most SOFCs leave behind little more than water as waste.The obstacles to using SOFCs to charge laptops and phones or drive the next generation of cars and trucks have remained reliability, temperature, and cost.Fuel cells operate by converting chemical energy (from hydrogen or a hydrocarbon fuel such as methane) into an electric current. Oxygen ions travel from the cathode through the electrolyte toward the anode, where they oxidize the fuel to produce a current of electrons back toward the cathode.That may seem simple enough in principle, but until now, SOFCs have been more suited for the laboratory rather than the office or garage. In two studies appearing in the Journal of Power Sources this month, Ramanathan’s team reported several critical advances in SOFC technology that may quicken their pace to market.last_img read more

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Tour of the James to Capture 360-Degree View of the James River

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first_imgThe James River Association (JRA) and Richmond-based Outside Ventures, LLC, have embarked on a digital filming project to capture the scenery of the James River in a completely new way.For the first time, online viewers will be able to explore the entire 340-mile length of the James River through high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic images. The Tour of the James will be the first comprehensive photo documentary of an entire river and will allow viewers to travel from the headwaters of the James to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay.Six cameras mounted on a stainless steel housing 10 feet above the water’s surface will capture panoramic photos every 30 feet from a custom-made pontoon raft floating down river. These high-resolution photos will then be stitched together to create a 360-degree augmented reality map of the river corridor.james-river-project-panoThe Tour of the James was initiated as a result of Envision the James, a collaborative effort between National Geographic, the Chesapeake Conservancy and JRA. It is the hope that the Tour of the James will share the river experience with a wider audience, empowering Virginians to further explore the wild beauty of the James River.The project will include a virtual and interactive interpretation of natural, recreational and historic features in the river corridor, such as notable rapids, boat ramps and Civil War sites.“The project is going well, though slower than anticipated due to lower water in the James. In deeper sections, we can use the 2.5-horsepower gas motor, and we make really good time. But with the lack of rain throughout the watershed, we’re scraping the bottom a bunch and we can’t use that more powerful motor,” said Outside Venture’s Andy Thompson.“It’s important for a couple of different reasons,” said Thompson. “First, it’ll be the first entire river mapped in this way. Google did about 200 miles of the Colorado River. We’re doing the whole James — 340-ish miles — and we’re doing it with better cameras and higher-resolution images. Second, the finished tour will be like a base map that will allow us to create what we call “augmented reality” maps of the river. Imagine a regular 2D map with clickable waypoints (that give you more information/images/video about a given sight) but in 3D. So, for instance, you could use our tours to create a panoramic image map of bald eagle nests in the tidal James River. Or a map of historical sites, boat ramps, fishing holes, etc. The tour of the river and all the sections that we break it up into will be cool, but the really neat aspect of all this going forward will be the maps we can create with those panoramic scenes.”Follow along with the trip via Twitter (#mapJR and #EnvisionTheJames) and Instagram at @Terrain360. To see examples of Outside Ventures’ other 360-degree tours, visit www.terrain360.com.last_img read more

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Trail Mix – The Maggie Valley Band

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first_imgBeing in a touring band can make one pine for home.Good remedy for that? Name your band after your hometown and bring those good feelings and memories on the road with you.That’s exactly what Caroline and Whitney Miller, the sister duo behind Western North Carolina’s Maggie Valley Band, have done. The sisters took the name of their hometown for their band and, after being raised in a house full of music after dabbling with busking, have hit the road.The Maggie Valley Band recently released their debut record, The Hardest Thing, which features harmonies that only sisters can make together and noted guitarist and songwriter David Mayfield in the production booth.I recently touched based with the Miller sisters to chat about the new record, working with Mayfield, and the best things about their hometown.BRO – Let’s go opposite the record title. What’s the easiest thing about making music with your sister?CM – When it comes to the actual music, we never disagree. It’s incredible we don’t have differing opinions on whether it should be softer of more aggressive. She’s my best friend, she’s the only one I don’t have to impress or fear losing.WM – She’s always got my back on stage! We both have the same passion and same level of commitment. I never have to second guess her commitment and work ethic for the band. It really helps to have the same philosophy.BRO – I am very familiar with David Mayfield as a songwriter and a performer. How was it working with him as a producer?WM – It was absolutely amazing. He had so many great ideas, but he was always careful to make sure we got our say on it. The entire time we were recording was so much fun and such a positive experience. I don’t think there is a nicer or more humble person out there.BRO – Favorite sister band?CM – Rising Appalachia.WM – The Lewis Family comes to mind.BRO – “The Hardest Thing” is a featured track on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?WM – Well, it definitely started with a relationship I hated to see go, but it’s about doing the right thing even when it’s hardest. That might be leaving a relationship, depending on the level of commitment or if it’s truly the best for someone, or retiring from a career if it’s the right time. Sometimes, doing the right thing has no immediate pay off until so much later and it’s hard to see.BRO – I love it when a band pays homage to its hometown in the band’s name. If I end up in Maggie Valley, where is my can’t miss/have to visit spot?CM – Thanks so much. We wanted to give back to the valley that raised us. We’ve lost a lot in the valley in the last couple of years, but for me it would be Raymond Fairchild’s Maggie Valley Opry. Where else can you pay $5 and see a national banjo champion four times a week?WM – Yes, and I would add The Stompin’ Ground to join in on the clogging tradition. It opened in 1982 and has held square dances about every weekend since.Caroline and Whitney have a pretty quiet tour schedule for the rest of February, but they will be all over North Carolina come March. For more information on the band, the new record, or when they will hit a stage near you, please check out the band’s website.Be sure to check out “The Hardest Thing,” along with tunes from Caleb Caudle, Morgan Wade & The Stepbrothers, The Oh Hellos, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

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Carpe Diem! The NCUA deadline for comment on bailout funds merger is here

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first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA headquarters The NCUA has given credit unions a rare opportunity to let the regulator know what they think about its plans for the system’s money.The NCUA proposes to merge the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund into the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund and is accepting comments through Tuesday, Sept. 5.Although the merger idea on the surface is a good one, the devil is in the details.The regulator proposes to hold back from credit unions perhaps $1.8 billion of the $2.2 billion to $2.4 billion the corporate bailout fund would be worth at that point.NCUA staff says that would be prudent, protecting the share fund against the liabilities it would take on from the corporate credit union bailout fund. continue reading »last_img read more

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Biden’s Dogs to Return Presidential Pets to the White House

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first_imgUpdated Nov. 8, 2020, 4:35 p.m. ET In 2016, Lois Pope, a philanthropist for veterans and animals in Palm Beach, Fla., said she had offered Mr. Trump a goldendoodle puppy named Patton, after George Patton, the World War II general that Mr. Trump has said he admires, The Washington Post reported.- Advertisement – President Trump was the first president in more than a century not to have a pet of any kind, Andrew Hager, the historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, said.In 2008, the Biden family got a German shepherd puppy from a breeder after Mr. Biden was elected vice president, according to Politico. The Bidens named the dog Champ because Mr. Biden’s father had told him growing up, “Get up, champ,” when his life was challenging. At a February 2019 rally in El Paso, Mr. Trump said that he didn’t have a dog because he didn’t have time, and felt it would be “phony” for him to get one for political reasons. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected to restore a time-honored tradition of having a presidential pet at the White House.Starting in January, the Biden family’s two German shepherds, Champ and Major, will roam the executive residence.- Advertisement – “You do love your dogs, don’t you?” Mr. Trump said. “I wouldn’t mind having one, honestly, but I don’t have any time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?”Mr. Biden’s dog Major reflects a broader trend of Americans adopting pets from shelters and how they feel about animal rights, Mr. Hager said.- Advertisement –center_img “In a way, I’ve made the argument that you can look at the history of Americans and animals by looking at the president and their pets,” he said.Mr. Biden occasionally posts about Champ and Major on social media.“No ruff days on the campaign trail when I have some Major motivation,” Mr. Biden wrote on Instagram last month. One of the oddest White House pets was a raccoon later named Rebecca that was sent to President Calvin Coolidge to be served at Thanksgiving dinner. In November 1926, Mr. Coolidge pardoned the raccoon and adopted it.Pets humanize the presidency and help people relate to their owners. Dogs make for cuddly presidential props and provide companionship when presidents make tough decisions, Ms. Pickens said.During President Richard M. Nixon’s vice-presidential bid in 1952, he weathered a financial-improprieties scandal, partly because he spoke about his dog, Checkers.President Herbert Hoover’s stuffy, stilted image improved when he humanized himself by releasing a photograph in which he held his German shepherd, King Tut.President Barack Obama and his family brought Bo, and then Sunny, Portuguese water dogs, into the White House. They were beloved, even after Sunny knocked down a 2-year-old visitor.“Americans have always had pets, so the White House has always had pets,” Ms. Pickens said. There was even a separate campaign called Dog Lovers for Joe. Its slogan: “Choose your humans wisely.”“Red state or Blue state, we all can agree on the power of dogs,” the website said. “It’s time we had a dog-lover back in the White House.”From the earliest days of the country’s formation, pets have been a tradition for presidents.President Theodore Roosevelt owned dozens of animals, including a one-legged rooster, snakes, guinea pigs, kangaroo rats and horses, said Jennifer B. Pickens, the author of “Pets at the White House.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Leaving rivals in the shade

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Small firms invited to drop in, plug in and chill out

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London office market at ‘bottom’

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