Five SEAS computer science students named 2011 Siebel Scholars

first_imgFive students dedicated to the study of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) were named among the recipients of the 2011 Siebel Scholars awards.Karim Atiyeh (M.S. candidate), Michael Lyons (Ph.D. candidate), Geoffrey Mainland (Ph.D. candidate), Rohan Murty (Ph.D. candidate), and Yinan Zhu ’11 (joint A.B./S.M. candidate) will all receive a $35,000 award for their final year of graduate studies. From facial recognition to CPU brains to novel wireless networks, the scholarship winners are exploring the frontiers of computer science.The students are among other honorees hailing from Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Tsinghua University in China, University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.Siebel Scholars are selected from among students who rank in the top of their class and are chosen by the dean of their respective schools on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated qualities of leadership.SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray will host a reception for the winners later this fall. To read more on the students and their projects, visit the SEAS website.last_img read more

Plaza WinterFest 2018 begins Jan. 22

first_imgHarvard Common Spaces announces the second annual Plaza WinterFest. Enjoy the outdoors with easy to play games, a wide variety of food to sample, and fire pits to keep warm all at the Plaza, located just outside the Science Center..Beginning Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 enjoy ice lane games; gather around the toasty fire pits; play games like ping pong, foosball, and cornhole; and sample some of the tasty treats courtesy of the Common Spaces food truck program including Bon Me, Rhythm ‘N Wraps, Tenoch, Stoked, and more.  Zinneken’s will specialize in WinterFest s’mores and other wintery delights, and hot chocolate will be available through Harvard Student Agencies.Plaza WinterFest opens daily at noon and is open until 8 p.m.  On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, fire pits are lit starting at 3:00 p.m. and WinterFest is open late, until 9 p.m.The program is collaboratively managed by Common Spaces and Harvard Student Agencies. For more information about the WinterFest schedule, special events, and the food truck schedule, visit www.commonspaces.harvard.edu and Facebook.last_img read more

Experts say global coal industry will not recover from Covid-19 pandemic

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The global coal industry will “never recover” from the Covid-19 pandemic, industry observers predict, because the crisis has proved renewable energy is cheaper for consumers and a safer bet for investors.A long-term shift away from dirty fossil fuels has accelerated during the lockdown, bringing forward power plant closures in several countries and providing new evidence that humanity’s coal use may finally have peaked after more than 200 years. Even before the pandemic, the industry was under pressure due to heightened climate activism, divestment campaigns and cheap alternatives. The lockdown has exposed its frailties even further, wiping billions from the market valuations of the world’s biggest coal miners.As demand for electricity has fallen, many utilities have cut back on coal first, because it is more expensive than gas, wind and solar. In the EU imports of coal for thermal power plants plunged by almost two-thirds in recent months to reach lows not seen in 30 years. The consequences have been felt around the world as well.This week, a new report by the US Energy Information Administration projected the US would produce more electricity this year from renewables than from coal for the first time. Industry analysts predict coal’s share of US electricity generation could fall to just 10% in five years, down from 50% a decade ago. Despite Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to “dig coal,” there are now more job losses and closures in the industry than at any time since Eisenhower’s presidency 60 years ago. Among the latest has been Great River Energy’s plan to shut down a 1.1-gigawatt thermal plant in North Dakota and replace it with wind and gas.More importantly, in India – the world’s second-biggest coal consumer – the government has prioritised cheap solar energy rather than coal in response to a slump in electricity demand caused by Covid-19 and a weak economy. This has led to the first year-on-year fall in carbon emissions in four decades, exceptional air quality, and a growing public clamour for more renewables.“The economics of coal were already under structural pressure before the pandemic,” said Michael Lewis, the head of climate change investment research at French bank BNP Paribas. “And coming out of it these pressures will still be there – but now compounded by the impact of the pandemic.”[Jonathan Watts and Jillian Ambrose]More: Coal industry will never recover after coronavirus pandemic, say experts Experts say global coal industry will not recover from Covid-19 pandemiclast_img read more

Trail Mix – Che Apalache

first_imgBRO – How hard was it to find common ground, musically, between two influences that seem incredibly disparate? Che Apalache is breaking new ground at every turn. The band unabashedly takes on hot button issues like immigration in multiple songs on the new record, and Che Apalache is the first bluegrass band to be featured on Billboard Pride. Che Apalache, a Latin-infused acoustic quartet – complete with bluegrass instrumentation – based in Buenos Aires, Argentina did just that when I gave their new release, Rearrange My Heart, which was produced by banjo maestro Bela Fleck, its first spin. “Well, heck. I haven’t heard that before.“ BRO – Got a traditionally Latin instrument that you haven’t worked into a bluegrass tune that you really want to? You got all that right, too. Argentina. Bluegrass. Latin influences. It sounds crazy, but it works so right. BRO – We are featuring “Rearrange My Heart” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song? JT – Of course. I would not have tackled this subject if I hadn’t met the subjects of this song. I met Moises and his mom at a conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2017. I wrote the song with Moises’s permission and worked with him closely to accurately tell his story.  I myself am an immigrant. I have permanent residence status in Argentina and have lived there for a decade. This has allowed me to foster empathy for those that have chosen to immigrate to where I’m from. JT – It was an exploration, both fun and challenging. Fusion requires intense experimental knowledge of each thing you’re trying to combine. If your human spirit can feel both of those things viscerally, only then can you fuse. So, to answer your question, it wasn’t necessarily hard, because we’d already lived the separate ingredients. Then we just let it flow. You can catch Che Apalache in North Carolina, New York, Washington, D.C., Philly, and Nashville in the first couple weeks of September. JT – The first part of this song is the result of attending a Moravian church as a child and singing Bach chorales. Just fiddle and voices is a cool concept. It reminds me of the organ. I wrote the second part at a late-night party in Buenos Aires, singing as I banged on a dunbek. Turns out it is in 9/8 time. It has a ton of influences: Rajasthani folk, British Isles ballad singing, bluegrass, pop. It’s the kind of mystical world music I feel directly results from a deep respect for all folk music traditions while using one as your guiding light, in our case bluegrass. We were wrestling with several possible titles for the album, and Béla suggested this being the title track. We got to thinking and realized it captures the overarching theme of the album; belief in the potential evolution of the human spirit. BRO –  I found the mother in “The Dreamer” to be an incredibly empathetic figure. Is there any sense of hesitancy before tackling a powerful social issue like immigration in a song? It’s rare for that thought to bounce around in my head when I pop a disc in and listen for the first time. I have the good fortune to listen to lots and lots of records, and many of them are nuanced in such a way as to offer something new and inventive from time to time, but rare is the occasion that I hear something completely out of left field that totally knocks me out. JT – We are interested in incorporating percussive instruments into the mix in the future, the bombo legüero, for starters. For more information on the band, their new record, and where else they will be on tour, please surf over to the band’s website. I recently caught up with singer/fiddler Joe Troop to chat about the new record, his band’s cross cultural sound, and getting political through song. BRO – A bluegrass band with Latin influences? A Latin band with bluegrass influences? Why do you guys have me so confused? JT – We started as a bluegrass band in Buenos Aires, which was fun for a number of years. We were able to introduce tons of people to the genre, and I got to maintain my musical roots and take the edge off the homesickness. But, in 2017, we decided to get fresh and expand our repertoire. The idea was to paint landscapes from all across the Americas, but with this peculiar combination of bluegrass instruments. I’m glad we made that shift. It feels more authentic. And be sure to check out “Rearrange My Heart,” along with new tunes by Jason Hawk Harris, L.A. Edwards, Eilen Jewell, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

How To Remove A Cabinet Drawer With Alure Home Improvements

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsAre you wondering how to remove your cabinet drawer? Well, wonder no more! Thanks to Doug Cornwell, chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, you will quickly learn all you need to know about how to properly remove a cabinet drawer. And, just as important, he’ll instruct you on the right way to put it back.You think it’s easy? Maybe it used to be, but not since progress made the life of the cabinet drawer far more complicated. Today, many modern drawers—especially those in higher-end cabinets and fancy furniture—have a pair of under-mounted drawer slides that are fully concealed in order to showcase the quality of the wooden drawers’ construction. These slides glide along tracks, also known as runners, which hold the slide’s rollers into place to promote smooth-running action.The old drawer assemblies didn’t rely on these advancements.“The way drawer runners are made today a lot of them are bottom-mount,” Cornwell explains.“You used to be able to just tilt it and pull it out,” he adds. “These actually have a connection underneath.”In this recent installment of Alure Home Improvements’ “60-Second Fix: How To Remove Your Cabinet Drawers,” Cornwell begins by reaching under the fully extended drawer with both hands.As the video shows, underneath the drawer are two orange locking devices. They are positioned on each runner near the front of the cabinet drawer. Their purpose is to prevent someone from unthinkingly opening the drawer so fast it slides all the way out and spills its contents on the floor by your feet. If it’s a kitchen drawer filled with knives, that removal can be a little dicey. So there’s a reason drawers have adopted this technology. But mastering the technique may take a few more moments of your precious time than you ever thought you’d spend on thinking about cabinet drawers.Thankfully, given his expertise, Cornwell makes it seem like a no-brainer. He tells you to grab these devices, grasp their handles in your fingers, and release their spring latches.“Once you click them,” he says, “that releases the drawer.”Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsTo return the drawer to its original position in the cabinet, first line up the two notches at the end of the drawer so the slides can rest snugly on the track runners.“Slowly push the drawer back in,” he says with a smile. “Push it all the way back in until she clicks—and then you’re locked on track.”last_img read more

Open banking: User experience over technology

first_img continue reading » What is it? There’s a lot of chatter about ‘Open Banking’ in the UK, a new world where our banks and other regulated organisations will be able to share, access and orchestrate our banking information to help us make better product decisions, save money and reduce unnecessary administration.Just as importantly, it is aimed to dilute the control of the major banking players and allow smaller challenger banks and other 3rd party financial organisations to compete and offer innovative solutions.Opening Banking has been live since the first half of 2018 and in January 2019 alone, over 23m successful Open banking API calls were made, representing around 30% growth over the previous month.However, a survey from consumer group Which? found that 92% of respondents hadn’t even heard of it. Other polls suggest people find the idea of data sharing scary. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Niche market

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Britain bans China’s Huawei, handing US big win

first_imgThe politically-fraught change in Britain’s digital future was made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a meeting with his cabinet and National Security Council.It requires companies to stop buying new 5G equipment from Huawei starting next year and strip out existing gear by the end of 2027.”This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy,” digital minister Oliver Dowden told parliament. Britain on Tuesday bowed to growing US pressure and ordered the phased removal of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G network despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.The policy reversal hands a long-sought victory to US President Donald Trump’s administration in its geopolitical tug-of-war with China.The White House said the decision “reflects a growing international consensus that Huawei and other untrusted vendors pose a threat to national security, as they remain beholden to the Chinese Communist Party”. Diversification Johnson has challenged the Trump administration to come up with a reliable and cost-effective alternative to the Chinese firm.Britain is pushing for the creation of a 5G club of nations that can pool their resources and provide individual components for an alternative solution that could be applied across the world.The UK government said the process would begin with South Korea’s Samsung and Japan’s NEC — two veterans with broad production capabilities — while offering protection for Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson to ensure they remained viable players in the field.Ericsson’s regional head Arun Bansal said his firm was “ready to work with the UK operators to meet their timetable, with no disruption to customers”.Nokia’s chief executive for UK and Ireland, Cormac Whelan, said the firm also has “the capacity and expertise to replace all of the Huawei equipment in the UK’s networks at scale and speed”.But UK officials caution that all existing players have some Huawei equipment in their supply chains that needs to be taken into account. Topics : But the move threatens to further damage Britain’s ties with the Asian power and carry a big cost for UK mobile providers that have relied on Huawei equipment for nearly 20 years.Huawei called it “politicized” and likely to put Britain “in the digital slow lane”.China’s ambassador in London, Liu Xiaoming, called it a “disappointing and wrong decision”.”It has become questionable whether the UK can provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for companies from other countries,” he wrote on Twitter.  ‘Outages’ Johnson had come under intensifying pressure to not only dump Huawei but also adopt a tough line with China for its treatment of Hong Kong and repression of ethnic Uighurs in the western Xinjiang region.But he also pledged to voters last year to bring broadband access to all Britons by 2025.British telecoms companies had lobbied strongly against the policy reversal because of the cost of taking existing equipment out and finding untested alternatives.Dowden conceded Britons will now have to wait longer to get full access to the rapid new network.”This means a cumulative delay to 5G roll-out of two to three years and costs of up to £2 billion [$2.5 billion, 2.2 billion euros],” he said. “This will have real consequences for the connections on which all our constituents rely.”But officials insisted that Huawei had managed to install only a “small amount” of equipment since the 5G system began being offered to UK consumers last year. US sanctions Johnson infuriated Trump and upset some members of his own Conservative party by allowing the Chinese leader in global 5G technology to help roll out Britain’s speedy new data network in January.The UK was then completing its tortuous departure from the European Union and looking to establish strong ties with powerful Asian economies that could fulfill Johnson’s vision of a “Global Britain”.But the Trump administration told the UK government that its choice imperiled intelligence sharing because British signals could be intercepted or manipulated by China.Washington believes the private company can also shut down rival countries’ 5G networks under Beijing’s orders in times of war.Huawei has always denied this and pointed to two decades of cooperation with British security agencies that checked on the safety of its existing 3G and 4G networks.The British review was triggered by Washington sanctions in May that blocked Huawei’s access to US chips at the heart of 5G networks.The sanctions did not impact older 3G and 4G providers and Britain left its guidance for those networks unchanged.last_img read more

Arsenal’s stunning new Adidas shirts for 2019-20 season leaked

first_img / Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 May 2019 9:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Arsenal’s stunning new Adidas shirts for 2019-20 season leaked More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Coming Next Skip Ad Arsenal will return to Adidas for the 2019-20 season (Instagram)Arsenal’s new Adidas home and away shirts for the 2019-2020 season have been leaked – and Gunners fans are delighted with the new design.Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright posted the picture of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette wearing the new shirts on Instagram on Wednesday evening.The picture was subsequently deleted but fans who have got a quick glimpse liked what they saw.Arsenal’s home Adidas shirt – which will be their first from the German kit manufacturer since 1994, features a v-neck collar with the traditional red and white colours.ADVERTISEMENT Video Settings Read More Skip Not an arsenal fan but I love the home shirt, early 90s vibe to it.— Daniel foster (@Danielf77514105) May 23, 2019 Top articles Read More by Metro I haven’t been able to stop looking at this image all day. Everything about it is immaculate and I’ll be devastated if these aren’t Arsenal’s shirts for next season. pic.twitter.com/6cielv5Ws5— Tom Powell (@Tom__Powell) May 23, 2019 Read More 1 min. storycenter_img Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling SPONSORED Read More For the away shirt, Adidas have gone back to a yellow colourway and appear to have taken some inspiration from their iconic away strip which Arsenal players wore from 1991 to 1993. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 1/1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have modelled the two shirts (Instagram)Arsenal have been wearing Puma kits for the last five years but signed a five-year deal with Adidas in October worth £300m.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Gunners are set to earn £60m per season from Adidas, which makes the kit deal one of the most lucrative in world football. Arsenal’s away shirt from 1991-93 is one of their most iconic jerseys from Adidas (Allsport)Meanwhile, Arsenal fans are delighted with Adidas’ efforts. The Arsenal Adidas shirts are beautiful— Wavey (@afcstupidteam) May 23, 2019 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More PLAY Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

The $2.4m ultimate birthday present

first_imgAnd one after the renovation“And the vendors, they are delighted,” Ms Rudolph said. “I think what makes it special for them is that they hoped it would be bought by someone who appreciated all the effort they put in.”And those vendors were fashion and interior stylist Natalie Winter and her husband Gerry Heffernan, who bought the property in 2013 and tripled its size. A bathroom before the renovationShe said the family inspected the house again on Tuesday, and signed on the dotted line that day, with the house going unconditional today. The house during the renovationIt was purchased by a local Brisbane family, who recently sold their own renovator’s delight at Red Hill and were looking for the perfect home. RELATED: WORKERS COTTAGE TRANSFORMED IN TO A STATEMENT HOME MORE: THE QUEENSLAND PROPERTIES HOTTER THAN THE HEATWAVE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe kitchen after the renovationMs Rudolph said that she then ran in to the family having breakfast on Monday, with the husband whispering that it was his wife’s birthday and they wanted to have another quick look with the entire family. MORE: THE BEST BEACH HOUSE IN AUSTRALIA IS UP FOR GRABS 45 Hayward St, Paddington, has sold to a local family for $2.4 millionONE lucky Brisbane mum has received the ultimate birthday present, albeit a day late.Ray White New Farm agent Christine Rudolph confirmed that 45 Hayward St at Paddington, a property dubbed The White House, has sold for $2.4 million. Post the sale, Ms Winter said she was delighted with the result, but were sad to leave it. The kitchen before the renovation“It was love at first sight,” Ms Rudolph said. “The new owners are a young professional couple with a little boy.“They had a look (last Saturday) and their little boy was asleep in the car but she wanted to have a quick look to see if it looked as good as it did in the pictures.“She did a quick scout, then hubby came in … they were in there probably 10 minutes and just fell in love.” “We are now scoping around for another project,” she said. “We had a lot of families through so would possibly make a few more areas for smaller kids, tick a few more boxes, like an extra bedroom, but other than that we are very happy.” MORE: CLIVE PALMER’S HEIR LOSES SMALL FORTUNE ON SALE Interior stylist Nat Winter at her renovated Paddington house. Photo: Glenn Hunt / The AustralianWhen the property hit the market, Ms Winter said there was just “100m under roof” and that it wasn’t much to look at.“But we fell in love with the house for its good bones and we have 40 linear metres of street frontage which is amazing,” Ms Winter, who owns Chasing Winter, an interior styling business, said at the time.last_img read more