Political strength

first_imgThe Economist: Male Harris sparrows are pugnacious beasts. They signal their status by the darkness of their plumage, and woe-betide any male whose signal is false—for if an itinerant ethologist blackens a subordinate’s feathers, the dominant birds recognise it as a fraud and beat it up. Normally, though, behaviour and outward appearance are in alignment, having been arranged that way by evolution, and subordinate birds do not push their luck. For female Harris sparrows, however, plumage does not matter in this way. And a paper just published in Psychological Science, by Michael Petersen of the University of Aarhus in Denmark and Daniel Sznycer of the University of California, Santa Barbara, suggests that in both respects people are similar to these birds.Read the whole story: The Economist More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Chart 16: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

first_imgChart shows the cumulative cases of COVID-19 by county in New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naim Chart shows total cumulative counts for tests, diagnoses, and deaths, as well as the number of hospitalizations per day of COVID-19 statewide in New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naimlast_img

Fishing For The One

first_img Share I have one burning question for men concerning online dating — what is with the fish pictures?Did I miss the memo that men holding fresh caught fish is an aphrodisiac? Is this supposed to appeal to our DNA like the caveman holding a bison head? I surmise that the number of women who are into sport fishing isn’t huge. Maybe they are Hemingway fans? Pescatarians who think this grilled with a bit of rosemary and lemon will make a lovely dinner?A much safer bet is a boat — sailboat, motor boat, luxury yacht. A chance to be on the water is certainly romantic and a way to leave land-locked worries behind.The good thing about online dating is that you aren’t depending on a chance meeting or fix up or leaving your Jimmy Choo behind at a ball. If you are within a certain mile radius and age range — boom, there may be a match.For my first online date I was in Florida and having a hard time finding parking in a trendy, crowded resort town. My date met me on the street corner, asked if he could jump in, directed me to a perfect parking place on the next street, and, on the way, noticed the tire pressure warning on my console. “Hold on,” he said and ran to his car to get his pocket tire pressure measure.He proceeded to fix all four tires then took my arm to lead me to his favorite watering hole. He gave me a tour of the cute neighborhood including a historic hotel where he cued up his iPhone to Sinatra to spin me around the deserted ballroom floor. While he wasn’t ultimately the guy for me, I appreciated this heavy dose of chivalry and considered a second date when the engine light came on.“Catching” someone’s attention online has to happen in an instant. Humor can be successful. One guy I gave a chance because he said he worked at the Ministry Of Funny Walks (that’s Monty Python to you Millennials). I think my entrance with my personal interpretation was, however, less successful and undeniably dangerous in platform heels. But the guy who said he was “seeking a wealthy, lonely, European super model” fell flat. Of course, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt that he was indeed joking.It helps to be sharp yourself. My profile references Lady Chatterley and when I asked a date what he was doing and he said, “Watching the game,” I asked if it was the Yankees. Unfortunately, he had to remind me Lady C. had a thing for the game keeper. Literary gaffe.The one line, men, I would lose from your profile is, “You’d better look like your picture or pay for drinks until you do.” I agree pictures should be recent and accurate but when your profile has a fuzzy picture of a selfie in a bathroom mirror, I think you are living in a glass house and maybe don’t toss that first stone.Ultimately online dating is a leap of faith but it proves that there are still plenty of “fish” in the virtual romantic sea.You can send comments to [email protected]last_img read more

Legal: Making BIM better

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Angola’s first satellite to enter orbit on Dec. 26

first_imgAngola’s first satellite “AngoSat-1” will enter orbit on December 26 at 7 p.m, after the conclusion of the satellite’s integration to the launcher module, to be made via the Ukrainian rocket carrier Zenit from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.This was told on Thursday in Luanda at a press conference by the Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Jose Carvalho da Rocha, as the coordinator of the National Space Program.Built by a Russian state consortium, AngoSat-1 will cover part of Africa and Europe and at least 47 Angolan aerospace engineers, trained in China, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and Russia, will guarantee the functioning of the satellite.The AngoSat-1 project has been underway since 2012.last_img read more

X-COM Systems Introduces Version 3.0 of RF Editor Graphical RF Signal Editing Software

first_imgX-COM Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of Bird Technologies, has introduced Version 3.0 of its RF Editor graphical signal editing software. The new release includes significant new features and enhancements that make the software an even more powerful tool as well as easier and faster to use. RF Editor is the only commercially-available software that offers comprehensive editing capability for waveforms and waveform segments that have been captured over the air, offloaded from a signal analyzer, or created in programs such as MATLAB. It allows users to easily manipulate I&Q data files for RF signals of any length. Its operation is very similar to digital audio editing tools. It provides the ability to mix, trim, cut, join, repeat, and splice RF files using multiple tracks that align to create virtually any type of RF signal with high precision. The software also allows filters and frequency shifts to be applied and interferers and noise to be introduced to create test scenarios ranging from ideal to worst-case. It is an invaluable tool for modifying and building signal waveforms in the time and frequency domains, and is integrated with X-COM’s Spectro-X signal analysis software. Typical applications for RF Editor include creating simulated signal threat scenarios and laboratory, production and field testing of communications, EW, and radar systems, using custom stimulus signals. Some of the new features in RF Editor 3.0 include: • Support for .xdat files: This file type is the native format used by X-COM’s VSG5000A multichannel signal generator and IQC5000A RF capture, recording, and playback system. RF Editor 3.0 seamlessly uses files from either instrument to create files that include much more information than .dat files, including markers, center frequency, span, sample rate, date, time, and GPS positional data. • Group modify function: Significantly reduces the operator time required to modify the attributes of large numbers of signal capture files, which previously had to be performed individually. The user now need only select a group of files to be modified, indicate the desired modifications from the many choices provided by RF Editor (such as shifting frequency, resampling, filtering, or changing attenuation or gain), and the software will make the modifications without operator intervention. • Stitching: Allows unwanted portions of spectrum capture files identified in X-COM’s Spectro-X analysis software to be eliminated or replaced with data from a different file and the remaining portions connected, producing files with only the desired characteristics and significantly reducing file size. • Scale factor calculation: Allows modifications to the scale factor parameter that RF Editor uses to determine signal power in order to add or subtract attenuation or gain without making modifications to the file.last_img read more

Check out Motomice: A children’s book about motorcycling!

first_imgMost motorcycle enthusiasts who have made the journey into parenthood have the tendency to get their children into the same love and passion for motorcycling. While there are many ways to do, there’s no better way to do so then to begin with a storybook filled with colourful characters.When one particular Paul Owen Lewis had the same epiphany when he walked in into a Harley-Davidson showroom and saw a whole line-up of children’s products – but not a single book in sight. Upon further research, it was actually quite difficult to find a children’s book about motorcycling. In fact, the latest book he found on that particular genre was from 50 years back! That’s when he decided to solve the matter with his own hands.After two years of intensive editorial work, his dreams became reality when he finally published Motomice to celebrate how bikers really are in real life. There are seven main characters in total (mice bikers, not to be confused with Biker Mice from Mars) that revolves around fun animal characters, adventures and of course, motorcycles.This is Roxy, the superbike racerThe book has the usual characters in the world of motorcycling such as Rat the bad-to-the-bone chopper biker, Glide the old-school classic enthusiast, Roxy the superbike racer, Knobby the enduro rider, and many more! There’s even Sparky where the author mentioned that his character makes the world a “greener place” so we’re guessing he rides an electric bike. BRILLIANT.Sparky and his electric motorcycleWhile it’s all good and all for kids, it’s the parents that need to be convinced. The author assures everyone that Motomice is all about teaching kids not just about motorcycling but also family, diversity and unity in a world of peace and harmony.The 32-page hardcover picture book is meant for children aged between 3 and 8 but we’re pretty sure that adults of all ages will definitely enjoy this book just as much. We know we will. Motomice is priced at $16.99 which is around RM68.20. Not a high price to pay to ‘start ‘em young’.To know more about Motomice (or if you want to buy straight away), CLICK HERE.–Ads– Looking for a perfect way to get children into bikes? Look no further than Motomice: A children’s book about motorcycling!Written by American author Paul Owen Lewis, the picture book revolves around biker mice of all kinds from old-school choppers, superbike racers and even classic bike enthusiasts.Priced at $16.99 (RM68.20), it’s also perfect to teach children about family, diversity and unity using the world of motorcycles as examples.last_img read more

Butch Jones: Losing ‘galvanized’ Vols

first_imgCoach Butch Jones hugs Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (34) after the University of Tennessee beat Georgia 38-31 Saturday Oct. 10, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.Coach Butch Jones hugs Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (34) after the University of Tennessee beat Georgia 38-31 Saturday Oct. 10, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee coach Butch Jones hugs linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (34) after the University of Tennessee beat Georgia 38-31 Saturday Oct. 10, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.Tennessee coach Butch Jones hugs linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (34) after the University of Tennessee beat Georgia 38-31 Saturday Oct. 10, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. KNOXVILLE — In recent weeks, following devastating losses to Oklahoma, Florida and Arkansas, the Tennessee football team downplayed the effect the rough start was having on it.Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett (9) and defensive back Brian Randolph (37) push back Georgia running back Sony Michel on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett (9) and defensive back Brian Randolph (37) push back Georgia running back Sony Michel on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.Following Saturday’s come-from-behind win over then-No. 19 Georgia, which made those losses feel at least temporarily like distant memories, the Vols spoke with candor about the frustration that had been building inside the program lately.With one pass breakup on a last-second desperation heave by Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert, all of that pent-up frustration evaporated.“It galvanized us and brought us closer,” said Tennessee coach Butch Jones, who had found himself at the center of a national conversation surrounding his job security. “For them to feel this way (Saturday) and our fans to feel this way is very rewarding.”This time, Vols don’t blinkVols over Georgia: 5 observationsAfter the game, Jones embraced his quarterback, Josh Dobbs, while Dobbs was interviewed on national television. Jones also found athletics director Dave Hart amid the chaos on the field at Neyland Stadium. According to Jones, their conversation was about how resilient the players were Saturday night, having suffered three crushing defeats and having once trailed Georgia 24-3.“We’ve been through so much in the last few weeks,” Jones said. “It’s all about the kids and just seeing the look in their eye and their resiliency. That’s what it was about.”Offensive lineman Kyler Kerbyson spoke openly about how the win over the Bulldogs, who were projected to win the SEC East before the season began, will serve as confirmation that the Vols are as talented as they believed.“It just felt like everything was slipping away in those three losses,” he said. “But this one really changes your mindset as a player and lets you know you’re a really good team and you guys mesh really well. So this was definitely huge for us.”Vols find a finishing touch to beat GeorgiaHad Tennessee folded when facing a three-touchdown deficit, a bowl game would have suddenly become iffy with a matchup with Alabama waiting after an open week. But because of the comeback, the Vols are in good position to play in the postseason for the second consecutive season, and an 8-4 finish seems possible and maybe even probable because of how the schedule shapes up. Three of Tennessee’s last four games are against teams with sub-.500 records.“It was extreme to get this win,” running back Jalen Hurd said. “When the score was like that all of us were like, ‘No, this can’t happen. This is the win that we need.’ “As the Tennessee coaching staff headed down to the locker room from the press box after the game, the coaches shouted with joy, the relief evident in their voices.“Obviously, we have been through a lot the last couple weeks,” Jones said. “It has hurt. We have all bled together. It’s still a long, long season. It is just one win, but it was well needed for everyone.”Reach Matt Slovin at [email protected] and on Twitter @MattSlovin. NEXT GAME TENNESSEE (3-3, 1-2 SEC) at NO. 10 ALABAMA (5-1, 2-1) When: Oct. 24 TV/radio: TBA/104.5-FMlast_img read more

Senior Wickers put through their paces

first_imgBERWICK Netball Club’s three senior teams played Keysborough in an away round on the weekend while the junior teams had…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img