NASA announced a problem on Wednesday that threatens to cripple one of its highest-profile missions, the Kepler Space Telescope, an instrument dedicated to finding Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Since its launch in 2009, Kepler has found 130 planets orbiting other stars and 2,500 planet candidates requiring further investigation. The space telescope has pulled back the veil on the true nature of the Milky Way, showing it to be a galaxy rich with planets, and potential homes for life outside of Earth. Gazette staff writer Alvin Powell discussed the problem with one of Kepler’s co-investigators, Astronomy Professor Dimitar Sasselov, asking what the glitch means for Kepler, for the quest for extra-solar planets, and for the search for life outside the solar system.GAZETTE: Can you tell us what is going on with Kepler?SASSELOV: The telescope needs to point very precisely in the direction in which it takes images. That pointing has been compromised by the breakdown of one of the reaction wheels — or gyroscopes — which keep it aligned.The wheels come in packages of four, with three needed and one a spare. We lost one last July, so we have been without the spare since then. Losing a second one means that the telescope cannot point, and hence the images are not precise enough for us to continue the scientific mission of the telescope.GAZETTE: Are there potential fixes or workarounds being considered?SASSELOV: What is happening now is an immediate assessment, and within a few days we’ll know the results. It’s very likely the engineers will test and implement some new workarounds in the coming weeks, trying to recover the wheel functionality. So they’re not going to write it off.However, there is no obvious workaround. We were forewarned that this may happen when the spare stopped working last July. So I don’t think there was a clear path to solve this if the second wheel really got stuck.GAZETTE: What are the implications for Kepler’s scientific mission?SASSELOV: We have collected data for a little bit more than 17 quarters. Only about two-thirds of that has been analyzed or downloaded to the ground. Inevitably, there is always a delay between what the telescope has obtained — in the can, so to say — and that data having been fully reduced and analyzed.In the next year and probably more, there will be analysis of data that is currently on the spacecraft. When that is done, you can say the scientific mission has been completed. You will continue hearing about Kepler discoveries at least for the next two or three years. It is not over yet.GAZETTE: Will the problem interfere with transmission of data already collected to the ground?SASSELOV: The satellite has two functional wheels and thrusters powered by hydrazine fuel. Those thrusters allow the telescope to point in different directions. It doesn’t allow the telescope to point precisely enough to allow for data collection, but under normal conditions it would be enough [to relay data to Earth].GAZETTE: Just about a year ago, NASA extended Kepler’s mission through 2016. What had scientists hoped to learn during the additional time?SASSELOV: The telescope would gather additional data that would improve dramatically our statistical confidence of our final results. It was also kind of a no-brainer. The telescope was working fine and taking great data. At a minimal expense, you continue to use it.GAZETTE: Can we say Kepler has been successful, whatever the outcome of attempted workarounds for the balky wheel?SASSELOV: It’s been a resounding success. Not only because you hear about it in the news all the time, but because when you look at what we knew [before it launched] and what we know about exoplanets from all our other efforts combined, Kepler stands way above all of them.So just by sheer volume, it provided us new insights and data to understand how planets form, what they are, and where they are. [Kepler] has provided us with a mother lode of planetary systems that we will be exploring for decades in the future, not just a few years, but decades. Kepler has already delivered beyond expectations. So it was worth every penny.Artist’s composite of Kepler viewing a small planet. Since it launched in 2009, Kepler has found 130 planets orbiting other stars. Credit: Ames Wendy Stenzel/NASAGAZETTE: What’s the feeling of the scientific team now?SASSELOV: Obviously, we were very excited about the extension, and we did expect to find exciting new things in the additional four years. You shouldn’t be surprised that the team would feel that we have the best telescope working, and it’s a shame if it cannot deliver more.On the other hand, if this had happened two years ago, it would have been really a disaster for our efforts. We would have essentially failed if it were two years ago.Now we can forge ahead and plan our next steps. Kepler was able to accomplish two things. One was the research and new discovery. The other was helping prepare so the next step in our exploration is successful. That has been done, and, for posterity, that’s probably the most important thing. Now we have TESS [the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite] already approved.GAZETTE: Is TESS the next step or is the James Webb Space Telescope?SASSELOV: Both. They go hand in hand. Kepler was supposed to deliver the numbers, the frequency of planets the size of the Earth around solar-type stars in the habitable zone.Now, we want not simply to improve the number, we want to find those planets we can study directly with high precision. Now we want to find the nearest ones. There, we need TESS to discover them, and then we need James Webb to analyze them.GAZETTE: Any possibility of a Hubble-like rescue for Kepler?SASSELOV: The answer is very clearly no. Kepler is in an orbit around the sun, very far from the Earth and the moon. It’s trailing behind the Earth, and no human has gone that far from the Earth before. You’re talking about capability similar to going to nearby asteroids, which we’re talking about developing, but we’re not there.GAZETTE: How does this change the work of researchers at Harvard?SASSELOV: A lot of this does relate to our efforts here at Harvard. Last summer, we installed a new spectrograph on the Canary Islands, together with our colleagues from Geneva. It is currently the highest-precision spectrograph in the world, and it has the specific goal to observe the planets that Kepler has discovered.The demise of the Kepler telescope would have very little effect on our plans for the work with the spectrograph because we already have the data. Once you identify the planets with Kepler, then you pick the best candidates and spend one to four years observing them with the spectrograph to determine the planet’s precise parameters.So in a certain sense, that second step has been happening for the past year. The original plan was that Kepler would gather data for four years, and then we’d continue with HARPS North, our spectrograph, for another four years. So from that point of view, our work here at Harvard is going on as scheduled.
By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo September 29, 2020 The Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) is keeping the pressure on illicit drug trafficking.SENAD agents seized 425 kg of cocaine in Toro Pampa, where an organization used a clandestine airstrip that was more than 1 km long. (Photo: Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat)On August 16, with the assistance of Brazil’s Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) and as part of Operation New Alliance XXII (Operación Nueva Alianza XXII in Spanish) SENAD agents destroyed marijuana production and storage centers in the Paraguayan border area of Pedro Juan Caballero, on August 17.“On the operation’s first day, two narco-camps were found and destroyed as well as 2,200 kilograms of marijuana,” SENAD reported. Agents also destroyed 19 hectares of cannabis crops, enough to produce at least 57 tons of the illegal substance.During another operation on July 17, Paraguayan agents caught narcotraffickers who were loading a light aircraft with 425 kg of cocaine in the town of Toro Pampa, in Alto Paraguay department.Authorities detained three crew members, including the Paraguayan leader Sergio Rotela, who coordinated aircraft arrivals on a clandestine airstrip that was more than 1 kilometer long. The cocaine seizure is SENAD’s largest so far this year.In a joint operation, units of SENAD and the Paraguayan Navy seized more than 643 kg of marijuana on a speedboat coming from Brazil. (Photo: Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat)“As we do not produce cocaine hydrochloride, [the substance] had to have come from some producing country, such as Peru, Bolivia, or Colombia,” Elva Cáceres, prosecutor at the Specialized Unit against Narcotrafficking of the Attorney General’s Office of Paraguay, told the TV channel GEN.According to Cáceres, the aircraft was registered in Paraguay and had departed from the city of Pedro Juan Caballero. “The shipment was already here and was bound for Argentina,” the prosecutor said.Three other members of the group fled the scene after exchanging fire with the authorities.On July 5, SENAD agents seized 643 kg of marijuana aboard a speedboat coming from Brazil in Ciudad del Este, in the Tri-border area. The operation began when a Paraguayan Navy patrol detected the vessel on the Paraná River. Upon noticing the patrol agents, the individuals on board fled and abandoned the speedboat.“The marijuana seemed to have been bound for Brazil,” SENAD reported in a press release. With these two operations, SENAD seized more than 1 ton of drugs in less than two weeks.
Authorities noted that officers found a window has been struck by a bullet at 110 Chenango St. The bullet then traveled through the apartment before coming to rest in a closet. Police said the resident inside the apartment was not hurt by the bullet and no injuries were reported. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department is asking the public for help looking for two suspects involved in a shooting where at least one bullet entered someone’s apartment. The news release stated a crowd left the area as the officers arrived. According to a news release, police determined two people were shooting at each other. Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 41 Prospect Ave. around 1 a.m. on Sept. 27. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact detectives at 607-772-7080.
Jun 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza virus that struck chickens on a farm in England this week has been identified as highly pathogenic H7N7 and is probably related to viruses that have sometimes surfaced in other European countries, British officials said today.”Preliminary analysis . . . indicates that this H7N7 strain is likely to be related to viruses which have occasionally been detected in domestic poultry and wild birds elsewhere in Europe,” the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said in a statement.DEFRA said further laboratory tests were under way. The statement did not suggest how closely related the virus may be to the H7N7 strain that caused a series of major poultry outbreaks and forced the destruction of millions of birds in the Netherlands in 2003. That virus also infected at least 89 people, causing mild conjunctivitis in most cases but killing a veterinarian.First reported Jun 3, the latest outbreak occurred on a farm near Banbury, Oxfordshire, about 80 miles northwest of London. A flock of 25,000 chickens is being culled.”The Health Protection Agency has advised that H7N7 avian flu remains largely a disease of birds and the risk to human health is low,” a DEFRA statement said. The agency set up protection and surveillance zones around the outbreak site and said a full epidemiologic investigation was under way.Richard Court, the owner of the farm, said the source of the outbreak was unknown, according to British newspaper reports today.The United Kingdom has had some previous avian flu outbreaks involving H7 viruses, but World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) records show no previous H7N7 outbreaks in the country.In May 2007, a low-pathogenic H7N2 virus surfaced on a chicken farm in northern Wales. Four people who had contact with infected birds tested positive for the virus, but symptoms were mild, according to reports at the time.About a year earlier, in April 2006, a low-pathogenic H7N3 virus turned up on three farms in Dereham, northeast of London. One farm worker was found to be infected.See also: Jun 5 DEFRA statementOIE reports on 2008 H7N7 outbreak
The aim of the project is to popularize rural tourism in Zagreb County, stay in the countryside, as well as the promotion of domestic products. A list of all partners in this promotion, which includes 30 percent discounts, can be found on the website www.idemoneselo.hr. When we talk about continental and rural tourism, there is a chronic lack of promotions and tourist offers. Precisely in this segment, although this is only the first year of the project, this is an extremely important step forward, solely due to the positioning and promotion of rural tourism in Croatia. The first prerequisite is communication and focusing on the target group. Because if we don’t invite tourists to visit us through the promotion, they won’t even come. Certainly, the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB should be more actively involved in the development of continental tourism, as well as its promotion, because it is a totally different type of tourism from sea tourism, and a different approach to it is needed. And that is why every honor on the initiative of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association, which, in addition to all the possible problems of rural tourism, took the initiative and launched this project. Also, the Zagreb County Tourist Board and other partners should be publicly praised for recognizing this project, because in the very beginning of a project, financial assistance is needed for the project to come to life. By the way, the Croatian Rural Tourism Association was founded in 2016 and brings together agricultural producers from all over Croatia who provide catering and tourist services, as well as all other lovers of rural tourism. Unfortunately, so far we have not created the habit of going to the countryside and continental Croatia on weekends, but this is the first step, so support it because every visitor who visits Zagreb County in the above period will support rural ambassadors of our tourism to pay for investment in tourism. and stay in a rural area. Zagreb as the primary market Zagreb County is an excellent weekend destination for all residents of Zagreb, especially because it offers excellent content in nature in just ten minutes by car. And as this is the largest domestic market, the city of Zagreb, this campaign and project hit the right motive – and that is a departure from the city bustle and only a few kilometers from the Croatian capital. As part of the project “Let’s go to the village” which lasts from 02-08.09.2019. in Zagreb County, will be offered a 30% discount on products and services from members of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association such as: overnight stay, wine tasting, sale of local products and culinary workshops of Traditional Žumberak cuisine. Find out the list of partners involved in this great project on the website: www..idemonaselo.hr “Since the founding of the Association, we have been advocating for more active promotion and popularization of rural tourism and going to the countryside as an excellent motive for spending free time. With a local eno and gastronomic offer, healthy life, nature and fresh air and other offers of active tourism in the entire destination, Zagreb County offers an excellent distance from the bustle of the city, and only a few kilometers from Zagreb. points out Aleksandra Kuratko, head of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association. The first step towards the popularization of rural tourism Rural tourism is a synergy of agriculture and tourism, which through a multiplier effect directly encourages stable and lasting economic growth because by placing their own products farmers introduce tourists to local gastronomy, culture and customs, says Ivana Alilović, director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board and adds: “Trends in tourism are changing at a rapid pace. Experiences are more important than ever, people are looking for experiences that will change them and enrich their lives. I see great potential in the popularization of products in rural areas and the idea of living in the countryside. Therefore, I am very proud of the project “Zagreb County Rural Tourism Week” because in the vicinity of Zagreb, far from the daily hustle and bustle, in the peace of greenery, our hosts of rural estates are waiting for their guests. I am sure that with the well-known hospitality and a table full of delicious specialties of the autochthonous, local cuisine of Zagreb County, the expectations of both young and old will be met. And not only during the “Zagreb County Rural Tourism Week” but throughout the year ” Alilovic pointed out. Photo: URTH “Visit the farms around the city of Zagreb and enjoy top quality wines, local products and culinary workshops. Book a night in the countryside and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city”- is the message of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association, which in cooperation with the Zagreb County Tourist Board and other partners is organizing the Zagreb County Rural Tourism Week through the slogan“Let’s go to the country”.
Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille opened up a six-point lead over third-placed Rennes, who lost 1-0 at Lille on Tuesday, by bouncing back from successive goalless stalemates against Bordeaux and Angers. Saint-Etienne rarely threatened, although Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda had to be alert to keep out Lois Diony’s effort shortly before half-time.The away side made the points safe in the 85th minute, as Nemanja Radonjic drilled a fine left-footed shot into the bottom corner.Earlier on Wednesday, Lyon failed to close the gap to the top three as they were held to a goalless draw at home by lowly Amiens.Rudi Garcia’s side sit sixth in the table, seven points adrift of Rennes, who occupy the third and final Champions League qualification spot.Rayan Cherki, 16, came off the bench but was denied a winner when his effort struck the post. Dimitri Payet scored a brilliant goal as second-placed Marseille claimed a 2-0 victory at Saint-Etienne on Wednesday to cut the gap to Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain back to 12 points although hundreds of their diehard fans were stopped from watching the game.Advertisement Read Also: Ligue 1: PSG move 15 points clear with tight Nantes win“Too many players have been below their normal level,” said coach Garcia. “We gave our best and it wasn’t much.”Elsewhere, bottom club Toulouse were cut further adrift with a 1-0 loss to Strasbourg, while Montpellier moved into fifth despite a 1-1 home draw with Metz.On Tuesday, PSG edged to a 2-1 victory at Nantes to strengthen their position at the top of the table.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The match was delayed by 15 minutes after clashes between the two sets of fans outside the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.According to firefighters and the Saint-Etienne prosecutors’ office, there were no injuries or arrests.However, the game was played without visiting supporters – believed to number around 400 – who left under police escort despite making a round trip of around 650km.Payet gave Marseille a seventh-minute lead with a magnificent individual goal, shaping to cross before cutting onto his left foot and hammering the ball past bewildered home goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier from what seemed an impossible angle.The former West Ham United star has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season.“I was looking for the cross, but I saw that he (Ruffier) wasn’t in his goal at all, so I took the opportunity to hit it hard,” Payet told Canal+.“I will dedicate this match to our supporters who unfortunately this evening made the round trip but couldn’t reach the stadium.” Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 10 Most Costly Liquids In The WorldThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year
Former Inter Milan striker, Hernan Crespo, admits he’s a big fan of Lautaro Martinez. Loading… He’s not as sharp in his dribbling, but he is more of a team player than Kun, who too often gets distracted and looks disinterested. read also:Italian press unveils Barça’s offer for Lautaro Martinez “Lautaro is always participating in the move, so he can play as a lone centre-forward or with another striker like Romelu Lukaku, even in a trident. I really like his mentality.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Crespo feels Lautaro can emerge as the best striker Argentina has. He told Sky Italia: “We know Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala, while we’re getting to see what Lautaro Martinez can do. Lautaro could well be the new Sergio Aguero.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Shows That Overstayed Their Welcome10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top
For her part, Cadiao appealed to allAntiqueños to finish all personal business outside of the province and returnon or before Monday prior to the implementation of border restriction. To date, the Philippines has recorded 111cases of COVID-19, including 8 fatalities as of March 14. This prompted health authorities toplace travelers who are outside the National Capital Region as persons undermonitoring. Meanwhile, all those with medical needs willbe provided assistance through the free medical aid programs of Legarda andCadiao. The virus, which originated in theChinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 132,000 and killed nearly 5,000in 122 countries and territories, latest data from the World HealthOrganization (WHO) showed. /PN Travel – whether by land, sea ordomestic air – in and out of the country’s capital will be prohibited. She said that border restriction isconsistent with the national policies and guidelines set by the national governmentin order to help prevent the spread of the disease. “I decided with Cong. Loren Legarda nga may 14 days kami nga lockdown or border restrictions. Kadamo sang mga Antiqueños nga nagpauli halin sa Manila,” Gov. RhodoraCadiao said, adding this move is necessary to curb spread of coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). ILOILO City – The provincial governmentof Antique will seal its borders starting Tuesday until the next 14 days in abid to safely control movement in and out of the province. Cadiao also said that she will enforcemeasures that other government officials in Panay Island and Guimaras will takeshould the province’s 14-day community quarantine lapsed. But before Metro Manila is sealed off onSunday, several people chose to return to their home provinces. President Rodrigo Duterte earlierannounced that Metro Manila’s 12 million people would be placed under“community quarantine” to contain the fast-spreading disease. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao is appealing to all Antiqueños to finish all personal business outside of the province and return on or before border restrictions take place. PIA
Glenn Demoss Moore, 91, Greensburg, passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. Born, April 22, 1927 in Fayette County, Ohio, he was the son of Albert Demoss and Nona Faye (Wolf) Moore. Glenn graduated in 1945 from Washington Court House High School in Washington Court House, Ohio. On June 6, 1948 he married Mary Joan Babb at the Grace Methodist Church in Washington Court House. Glenn and Joan moved to Greensburg in 1955 when they purchased the Moore’s Store. They expanded this store three different times eventually incorporating the store into Moore’s True Value. Glenn also acquired a True Value store in Madison and started the NAPA Store in Greensburg. In 1967 he bought the Minears Clothing Store in Greensburg and in 1991 the Minears Store in Rushville. Glenn was a member of the United Methodist Church in Greensburg and a former member of the Kiwanis, Elks, Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Retail Merchants. He loved boating, spending winters in Florida, and especially loved spending mornings with his coffee buddies. He is survived by four children, Larry Demoss (Beverly) Moore, Pamela Jo (Richard) McCalvin, Jeffrey Wayne (Cindy) Moore, Melanie Ann Moore, all of Greensburg; one sister, Helen Jones, Washington Court House, OH; 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Joan in 1998; two sisters, Marjorie Wilt and Ercil Lewis. Visitation will be held on Monday from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018 at the funeral home with Rev. Rick Bell officiating. Internment will be held in the South Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mary Joan Babb Moore Scholarship Fund through the Community Foundation or to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ogenekaro Etebo’s Getafe hopes of finishing in La Liga’s top four took another knock on Saturday as their disappointing return from the three-month suspension continued with a 1-1 draw at home to Eibar.Advertisement Peter Etebo’s smart finish put Getafe in front at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez before Eibar’s Charles equalised from close range on the stroke of half-time.Eibar might even have snatched victory, only to have a late goal from Pedro Bigas ruled out for offside.Getafe have now taken just two points from three games since the restart, with Atletico Madrid primed to take advantage when they host struggling Real Valladolid later on Saturday.Victory for Atletico would send them four points ahead of Getafe and five clear of Real Sociedad, who have also lost momentum and face Real Madrid on Sunday.“It’s clear we needed to win to give us a boost,” said Getafe’s Jaime Mata.“It would have kickstarted us after the break but we have to keep fighting until we get that win. People say our ambitions are too high but we are going to keep fighting.”Getafe are punching above their weight towards the top of the table, having enjoyed a remarkable four years under coach Jose Bordalas.They were only promoted to the top tier in 2017 and missed out on Champions League qualification on the final day last year, edged out by Valencia.But their challenge may not extend so far this term given this draw followed a stalemate at home to struggling Espanyol and defeat by newly-promoted Granada.It contributes to a more prolonged dip in form that has included only two wins in nine.Eibar are without a victory themselves in five matches but this was a valuable point that gives them something to build on in their battle to avoid relegation. They sit 16th, three points above the bottom three.With their coach Jose Luis Mendilibar serving a touchline ban, Eibar fell behind after half an hour when Marc Cucurella’s deep cross was volleyed back in by Angel Rodriguez and Etebo steered the ball first time into the corner.But Eibar responded and when Getafe’s defence failed to push out together after a botched Eibar free-kick, Bigas was left free to nod across to Charles, who had a simple finish.Neither team really deserved to win it in the second half but Eibar thought they had when Pape Diop’s cross grazed the top of Bigas’ head and bounced in. But Bigas had strayed just offside and Eibar had to settle for a point.Earlier, Espanyol were beaten 3-1 at home by Levante, a blow to their morale after they resumed with an impressive win over Alaves and hard-fought draw against Getafe.Getafe’s Mathias Olivera (right) and Xabier Etxeita (left) challenge Eibar’s Brazilian forward Charles during the teams’ 1-1 draw on Saturday.Read Also: Video: Crazy Sevilla defending from Lionel Messi free kickEspanyol stay bottom, three points adrift of safety.Athletic Bilbao climbed to ninth after Inigo Martinez’s flicked finish was enough to beat Real Betis 1-0.Betis’ Sergio Canales missed an 85th-minute penalty in the defeat, which leaves coach Rubi on the brink of the sack. Loading…