Women’s Tennis Closes Play At Gopher Invite

first_imgStory Links Junior Joely Lomas and freshman Liza Petushkova dropped their first match but bounced back to close out their weekend with a 6-2 win over South Dakota’s Kollarova/Lazarevic. Senior Mela Jaglarz and junior Kenya Williams lost both of their doubles matches.  Print Friendly Version Jaglarz fell 6-2, 6-2 in the championship match of her singles draw to Minnesota’s Kalyssa Hall to round out the team’s effort for the weekend. Gopher Invite Singles Results center_img Gopher Invite Doubles Draw the Bulldogs will have a few weeks to prepare for the MVC Individual Championships on Oct. 7-9 at Normal, Ill. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Drake University women’s tennis team closed out play at the Gopher Invitational on Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn.last_img read more

Plants Heal Humans and Vice Versa

first_imgFlowers in your hospital room do actually make you heal faster.  A study by Kansas State researchers reported by PhysOrg found that more patients recovered from abdominal surgery faster with flowers in the room.  It may be due to more than the psychological benefit of enjoying their colors, fragrances and the get-well wishes behind them: plants also moisten and clean the air of mold and germs.  Potted plants are more beneficial than cut flowers, the article said.  Patients also benefit from the positive activity of pruning and caring for their plants.    Once out of the hospital, you might want to keep it up.  PhysOrg also reported that gardening is a good way for older adults to stay fit.    Humans might be able to return the favor by donating a renewable resource to plants: their hair.  Another article on PhysOrg said that waste hair from barber shops and beauty salons can be packed into nutrient-rich cubes as fertilizer for crops.  It doesn’t help that much without other fertilizers but it works better than nothing.  Hair degrades into nutrients plants can use.Here’s a science project you can do at home.  Use an electric razor or brush over one potted plant; leave another as a control.  If the plant dies, it might not falsify the theory; it just might mean you use too many chemicals on your hair.  Your precocious kid could do a science project testing different hair colors or animal furs.    If this theory is right, we might get a nice symbiosis going with our house plants.  When you feed the plant your hair, it grows more vigorous, it cleans and humidifies the environment, making you healthier and thereby growing your hair faster.  It’s a win-win situation.  Love a potted plant today while you can; someday soon, you may be pushing daisies with more than just hair, or whatever is left of it.  Hair today, gone tomorrow.  We hope by then you will be doing fine in a better place (Warning: don’t assume!).(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 12

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Eastern Cape province: Early morning on a beach in Nature’s Valley. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Early morning on a beach in Nature’s Valley. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Nature’s Valley, with the Tsitsikamma National Park in the background. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Tourists in the indigenous forest at Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Tourists travel by boat up the Storms River mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province:Tourists travel by boat up the Storms River mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The Storms River mouth inthe TsitsikammaNational Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: A fisherman walks to the sea near Coffee Bay, on the Wild Coast. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: A display at the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum houses historical texts on and photographs of the former prisoner, president, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s life, as well as a large collection of gifts, degrees and citations made to him. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 12:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Cartoon: Proposed Session

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Rob Cottingham is cartoon-blogging the Real-Time Web Summit – keep checking back for updates! Related Posts center_img rob cottingham 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Cartoons#web last_img

Our (info)graphic, short history of the Industrial Internet of Things

first_img5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Tony Paine How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… [VIEW FULL INFOGRAPHIC HERE]The Internet of Things (IoT) is touted by many as the next industrial revolution. The IoT has become increasingly mainstream in recent years, and leading analyst firms predict that the next decade of continuous IoT development will spur global revenue growth of more than $2-3 trillion. Industry experts also agree that the industrial sector has the most to gain from this technological revolution, and that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will likely drive the lion share of overall IoT revenue growth.It has been a long road to today’s IIoT revolution, and while consumer innovation has played a large role, much of that road was paved with industrial sector innovation. As technology continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace, the future of IIoT is on the minds of investors and technology end users alike. But we can’t know where we’re going until we know where we’ve been, and to understand the future of the IIoT we must start way back in 1968.Humble beginningsDespite a hangover from the previous night’s New Year’s Eve festivities, engineer Richard (Dick) Morley drafted a memo on January 1, 1968 that ultimately led to the invention of the programmable logic controller (PLC). His creation, the Modicon, contributed greatly to General Motors’ manufacturing capabilities and significantly influenced the future of the automation industry.Dick was not the only one busy in 1968. With hopes of creating an “apparatus for generating and transmitting digital information,” American inventor and businessman Theodore G. Paraskevakos was working on the world’s first machine to machine (M2M) devices. Morley’s PLC and Paraskevakos’s M2M were the first baby steps taken on the long road to today’s IIoT.Laying the foundation for connectivityFast-forward to the 1980s and two critical IIoT milestones. The standardization of Ethernet connectivity in 1983 laid the groundwork to physically connect machines from different manufacturers. Six years later, Sir Tim Berners Lee, computer scientist at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, strengthened this multi-network management with the invention of a little thing called the World Wide Web. Lee conceived and developed the Web to meet the demand for automatic information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world.While the “web” was still in its infancy, the industrial sector set its sights on interoperable connectivity on the plant floor. A group of vendors assembled to address growing concerns, referred to as the “Device Driver Problem.” This group included a half dozen companies, including Fisher-Rosemount, Intellution, and Rockwell Software, among others. This was the first meeting of what we know today as the OPC Foundation.Connectivity, collaboration, and cooperationWhen these industrial solution vendors first convened, their human machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solutions were developed with proprietary communication protocols or driver libraries. As best-of-breed solutions emerged, and end user industrial operators began to build integrated architectures with solutions from multiple vendors, the need to enable communication across traditionally disparate machines became clear. Vendors had to either invest resources in developing application-level functionality or start creating more inclusive connections across solutions—including competitors’.Some vendors decided to create their own Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) or Driver Toolkits. Although this solved their own connectivity issues, it limited how end users could integrate additional solutions. Luckily, the market soon persuaded the vendors to collaborate and make changes that were in the end users’ best interests.The OPC Foundation forced many competing vendors to work together to solve connectivity problems perpetuated by proprietary communication protocols. The need for more interoperable solutions was further highlighted in 1995, as Microsoft Windows gained dominance of the plant floor. Windows 95 was the first Commercially Available off the Shelf (COTS) Operating System (OS) with plug-and-play capabilities to support easy integration with hardware, and it allowed users to interact with graphical units and controls similar to HMIs already being used in the factory. Windows 95/NT 4.0 were also more developer-friendly and cheaper than their Industrial Automation counterparts. As it became clear that Microsoft Windows was the ubiquitous OS to build around, all industrial software development began targeting Microsoft Windows as the platform of choice.The late 1990s also included major advancements in wireless M2M technology. Ethernet, then a quarter of a century old, emerged as the universal connectivity standard in industrial settings. Interface standards began to differentiate by industry—the DNP and IEC 61850 that now dominate the Power industry; BACnet in Building Automation; and additional standards like Profibus, CC-Link, HART, and more. Consortiums for each of these standards began to form. The industrial sector was rapidly evolving towards the IIoT that we know today.Taking IIoT to the massesWith a ubiquitous OS and Ethernet backbone in place, more and more industrial devices became connected. In 1999, Kevin Ashton, a British technology pioneer, continued the connectivity tone into the new millennium, coining the term “Internet of Things” to describe a system where the Internet is connected to the physical world via sensors. Connectivity was even made possible for legacy devices, a trend that would prove key in industrial settings, where equipment is expensive and considered a longer term investment.Perhaps the most significant IIoT milestone of the early 2000s was the advent and widespread adoption of cloud technologies. The introduction of Amazon Web Services in 2002 brought the cloud to the masses and forever changed the way enterprise and industrial architectures were built and utilized. Fourteen years later, the cloud and virtual machines are still presenting new opportunities for the IIoT.In the mid-2000s, as the consumer world acquired smartphones, the industrial world was getting smaller and more intelligent PLCs and Distributed Control Systems (DCSs). Hybrid controllers and Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) emerged, and legacy hardware evolved as battery and solar power became more reliable and economical. Manufacturers could power sensors across a distributed architecture, like an oil pipeline, to empower intelligence and connectivity at the farthest reaches of an organization. The combination of widespread power sources and connectivity with smart devices began to add meaningful context to industrial data.Data transforms into informationContext transformed data into information, and the industry turned again to the OPC Foundation to solve emerging challenges around communicating this contextual data. In 2006, the Foundation responded with OPC UA protocol that many rely on still today. The new OPC UA protocol was built on existing standards, but addressed the development of new technology and advancements. OPC UA decoupled the API from the wire and was designed to fit into Field Devices, Control Layer Applications, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications. Its generic information model supported primitive data types (such as integers, floating point values, and strings), binary structures (such as timers, counters, and PIDs), and XML documents. To this day, OPC UA delivers an interoperability standard that provides data access from the shop-floor to the top-floor.By 2010, machine and operational data began to yield real value, and more organizations sought to store and analyze their data over time. In response, the data historian market took off and sensor technology experienced significant price drops. This affordable and flexible intelligence and connectivity would bring many “brownfield” (pre-existing) industrial architectures into the IIoT age, as more and more legacy devices were bolstered with sensor intelligence and connectivity. Additionally, advances in personal computing and edge devices provided even more flexibility in organizations’ ability to access and analyze data from anywhere and at anytime. IT industry leaders, including Citrix and Intel, began openly discussing best practices for the growing bring your own device (BYOD) trend.IIoT today, tomorrow, and beyondOver the last six years, all the pieces have fallen into place to solidify a real and meaningful vision for the future of the IIoT. Robust industrial connectivity, advanced analytics, condition-based monitoring, predictive maintenance, machine learning, and augmented reality—these are the future of IIoT concepts, backed by viable technology that’s available today. Technology leaders—including GE, IBM, PTC, and many more—are betting on the future of the IIoT in a big way. Over the last two years, major investments in innovation and acquisitions have further refined these emerging IIoT platforms.It has been a long road since Richard Morley’s hangover-resilient idea for the PLC, but as more attention and resources are dedicated to the advancement of the IIoT, even bigger things are expected across wider markets. According to a recent business intelligence report, nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years and businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions.With so much at stake, there will undoubtedly be major shifts in the industrial world. As rules change and technology develops, roles will evolve and business structures will adjust. For example, traditionally disparate operations technology and IT divisions are starting to collaborate and even merge. We hear about these roles shifts from our customers, and the increasing use of traditional IT standards—such as MQTT, WAMP, and XMPP—within the industrial sector are further evidence of this transformation. And as integrated, accessible data becomes the norm, data scientists who can interpret that data are increasingly moving into decision-making executive leadership roles.While it is difficult to predict exactly how the IIoT will evolve, it is clear that we are reaching a tipping point in this new industrial revolution. As more devices become connected and more data is created to feed into increasingly powerful analytics and artificial intelligence programs, there is seemingly no limit to the advances that can be made around the IIoT.center_img Related Posts Tags:#Citrix#GE#IBM#IIoT#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#PTC Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

Calcutta HC stays West Bengal Govt curbs on Durga idol immersion

first_imgThe Calcutta High Court on Thursday issued a stay on the West Bengal government notification imposing curbs on Durga idol immersion on account of Muharram after 10 p.m. on September 30 (Vijay Dashami Day) and October 1.Hearing three public interest litigation petitions, a Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwari and Justice Harish Tandon said that immersion would be allowed on all days as per almanac till 12 o’clock in the night.The court asked the police administration to chart out separate route for processions for Durga idol immersion and Muharram. The matter, however, has not been disposed by the court.During arguments in the Court Justice Tiwari wanted to know from counsel representing the State to come up with instances in the past where disturbances had erupted because of Durga Puja immersion and Muharram on the same day.“If there is nothing in the past and you say I have apprehension or dream that some problem may occur. This will not do,” Justice Tiwari observed.last_img read more

No stones replaced at Konark Sun Temple: ASI

first_imgThe ASI on Monday clarified that not a single stone carving has been replaced at the Sun Temple in Konark and denied allegations of replacement of artistic stone works at the world heritage monument. The clarification comes two days after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, taking cognisance of media reports, wrote to the Central government urging it to direct the ASI to probe the allegation. The ASI is the custodian of the 13th Century shrine. “Not a single piece of stone has been removed from any portion of the surviving structural remains of the Sun Temple, Konark,” ASI’s Superintending Archaeologist Arun Malik said in a statement here. “Also, no replacement of stone has been done there for conservation or repair of any other purpose in last more than a decade’s time,” he said. With effective implementation of advanced techniques of scientific preservation, the rate of erosion of surface stones of the temple has been considerably controlled, the official said. Creation of a green belt to protect the temple stones from saline breeze and sand blasting from the nearby Bay of Bengal has further contributed to the retarded rate of deterioration of stones, he said in the statement.last_img read more

London Olympics: Team Britain wins gold in men’s team sprint cycling

first_imgBritain won gold at the velodrome in world record time on Thursday, beating France in the men’s team sprint final. Britain’s Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won in a time of 42.600 seconds, knocking 0.147 seconds off the world record they had set earlier in the day, and beating France’s Gregory Bauge, Michael d’Almeida and Kevin Sireau by 0.413 seconds.With the win, Hoy picked up his fifth Olympic gold and sixth overall, and secured a place in history for winning medals at four consecutive Olympics.Germany’s team of Rene Enders, Robert Forstemann and Maximilian Levy won the bronze medal, edging out Australia’s Matthew Clatezer, Shane Perkins and Scott Sunderland.The Germans won the bronze medal match in a time of 43.209 seconds, with the Australians 0.146 seconds behind.The women’s team sprint earlier saw controversy when Germany took the gold after their Chinese opponents’ winning performance in the final was disallowed for an illegal changeover.The same fault had previously seen the British team disqualified, allowing the Germans to take the hosts’ place in the final. Australia took bronze, beating Ukraine.last_img read more