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first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 What has become known as “climate science” offers an opportunity to investigate the sociology of science and ask how political biases influence individual scientists.  Since the lukewarm political response to the Rio conference, news articles indicate that climate science has a climate of its own – one that’s heating up over the inability to convince the public.Punk eek in the data:  Even before the Climategate scandal, skeptics of human-caused global warming pointed to historical warming trends that preceded factories and SUVs.  Another paper in Science this past week added to the ways that non-anthropogenic factors can cause major climate changes.  Wortman and Paytan published a paper proposing “Rapid Variability of Seawater Chemistry Over the Past 130 Million Years” that “are likely to affect ocean productivity, the global carbon cycle, and climate,” even though humans were not around then in the evolutionary timeline (Science 20 July 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6092 pp. 334-336, DOI: 10.1126/science.1220656).   The fluctuations they found could be true of the entire geologic column.  “The record is characterized by long phases of stasis, punctuated by short intervals of rapid change,” they said, reminiscent of punctuated equilibria (“punk eek”) in Stephen Jay Gould’s biological theory of evolution.  The paper was summarized by Science Daily.  “Humans get most of the blame for climate change, with little attention paid to the contribution of other natural forces,” the summary began.  “Now, scientists from the University of Toronto and the University of California Santa Cruz are shedding light on one potential cause of the cooling trend of the past 45 million years that has everything to do with the chemistry of the world’s oceans.”  Whether cooling trend or heating trend, the point is that humans didn’t do it.Laughing gas:  Another factor in the battle for public acceptance of anthropogenic global warming is the apparent silliness of some of the scientific claims.  On New Scientist, for instance, Michael Marshall headlined his latest article, “Belch of laughing gas could heat up our planet.”  He wasn’t talking about climate skeptics laughing over the latest claims, releasing carbon dioxide in their breath, but natural releases of nitrous oxide after the ice age.  Even so, part of the problem for skeptics is making sense of the conflicting data.  Each new revelation is greeted with a tentative announcement: it “could” heat up our planet.  But how would anyone test the idea?  This natural gas release, long before the industrial revolution, opposes putting humans at fault: if ancient warming released laughing gas, why should we be blamed if current ice sheet melting releases it again?Drastic actions: A third factor antagonizing the public is the extremity of proposed measures to fight global warming.  The proposed redistribution of wealth by taxing of industry is well known, but some measures are even more severe.  National Geographic listed “6 Extreme Climate Fixes” that “geoengineers” are proposing to reverse human-caused warming, including dumping vast amounts of iron into the ocean to promote plankton blooms, creating “artificial volcanoes” to pump reflective particles into the atmosphere, creating seaweed farms, cooking agricultural waste, “greening” the desert, and building an armada of cloud-making ships.  Most of these ideas would barely make a dent in the problem as climate scientists fear it.  What’s more, they fail to ask the logical follow-up question, “At whose expense?”Presumably, it is concern for the biosphere driving the urge to stem global warming, yet some of the proposed measures could be extremely harmful to species or could shift the food chain in unexpected ways.  Environmentalists have a reputation for stopping private construction projects and preventing landowners from making decisions about their own property out of concern for endangered species.  Where were they when it became widely known that “green energy” windmills were killing thousands of birds and bats each year?  Where are they now with the proposal to alter the world’s oceans?Selective evidence:  Members of the public might be understandably forgiven for expressing doubt when anything and everything is summoned as evidence for anthropogenic global warming: cold winters and warm winters, wildfires and excessive rains.  Are the fearmongers crying wolf too often?  Nature News held up the ominous spectre of wildfires to human guilt: “As temperatures soar, forests blaze and houses burn, the media and public may be forced to face up to the reality of a changing climate, says Max A. Moritz.”  Moritz did not put wildfire statistics into any historical context, nor did he take into account the encroachment of human habitation into forested areas.  For these and other reasons, one commenter didn’t buy it: “Once again Nature editors are pushing the catastrophic man made global warming mantra,” he complained.Selective indignation:  At the BBC News, reporter Richard Black was apparently more concerned over the news that the Norfolk police force, after two and a half years, is dropping its investigation into the release of the emails in the Climategate affair, than he was of the lies and coverups by the IPCC exposed in those documents:Here was a crime with international ramifications that happened on their patch – the theft and release of more than 6,000 e-mails and other documents that lit a fire under mainstream climate science, perhaps contributing to the torpor in the UN climate process and raising the level of doubt in public minds.Yet despite engaging help from the UK’s specialist e-crime unit, IT security consultants and police forces in other countries, they’ve identified not a single suspect.This kind of selective indignation understandably rankles climate skeptics who want the focus to be on the data, not the leakers.  These same people did not show similar outrage over Wikileaks actions that jeopardized national security; some of them actually cheered it.As an academic discipline, the sociology of science seeks to uncover non-empirical factors that cause scientists to behave the ways they do: peer pressure at conferences, consensus construction and maintenance, treatment of maverick views, and more.  Empirical scientists have just as much right to return the ball and question the sociological biases of the sociologists and the validity of their data.  Onlookers can watch and decide whether any human being acting in the role of scientist is free of bias.Climate change (a.k.a. global warming) is off-topic for CEH except in the fact that the same doctrinaire warming advocates tend to be doctrinaire Darwinians.  They also tend to be political leftists by virtue of the fact that they expect the government or the UN, not the people, to make decisions for everyone else, with no regard to individual rights, private property or the burden on taxpayers.  Incidentally, some of them display the same carelessness with data – willingness to ignore data that contradicts their ideology.  Understanding the political dynamics of this parallel issue can go a long way to interpreting the next news from the Darwin Party.last_img read more

first_imgThis is South Africa in the 21st century: modern, vibrant and productive, rooted in Africa – and in close touch with the world at large.A minibus taxi rank in Johannesburg. In order to get rid of unsafe taxis on the roads, the Department of Transport is implementing its R7.7-billion taxi recapitalisation programme. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa ReporterThe southernmost tip of Africa is home to a nation on the rise – a place where a warm-spirited and inventive people, great natural wealth and breathtaking landscapes come together to create fresh opportunities and new ways of doing things.This is South Africa in the 21st century: modern, vibrant and productive, rooted in Africa – and in close touch with the world at large.Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the consolidation of democracy and enviable economic stability has created both a new set of opportunities, and challenges all aimed at social transformation.Taking local conditions and international best practice into account, South Africa has launched a range of strategic initiatives to accelerate development and growth that will benefit the entire population and defeat poverty and the legacy of under-development.The programme of reconstruction and development complements its vision of a world characterised by democracy, peace, prosperity and social progress for all.Economic growthSouth Africa is now entering the ninth year of the longest economic upswing since national accounts have been recorded, and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) now ranks the country among the E7 – or Emerging 7 – group of nations comprising the strongest economies of the South.National income has risen by 22% per person since 1999, with increases across all income groups.Employment is rising faster than at any point since the 1960s. Fixed investment has increased sharply since 2002, by over 10% a year.The economy is expected to grow by 4.5% in 2008, before returning to about 5% a year in 2009 and 2010.South Africa is committed to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). The continent is a key trading partner for South Africa.South African trade with Africa has grown by roughly 659% since 1994. Exports to the continent increased from Us$1.3-billion in 1994 to $7.6-billion in 2006, while imports increased from a low base of $0.4-billion to $4.2-billion.South Africa is the single largest source of foreign direct investment in Africa.Domestically, investment as a percentage of GDP has already risen above 21%, from 15% in 2002. This is a result of fixed investment growing by well over the 10% target set by the national economic plan known as the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).Government infrastructure expenditure and spending on preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup – the first football World Cup to take place in Africa – has made a significant contribution to domestic investment.2010-related investments make up less than 10% of government expenditure, which means investment acceleration is intrinsic to but not monopolised by the 2010 Fifa World Cup.It is the most sustained, broadest and greatest investment surge in South Africa’s recorded economic history, and it will continue long after the biggest sporting event in the world in 2010.For South Africa, hosting the best ever World Cup will be part of building a nation united in its diversity, living the values of equality, non-racialism, non-sexism and human solidarity.2010 World Cup and beyondThe government has invested in the 2010 Fifa World Cup because doing so will build a better life for all. In the 2007/08 Budget, the government allocated $1.3-billion for transport and supporting infrastructure for the World Cup. A further $1.25-billion will be used for stadiums. The Budget also provides for sports and recreation programmes, volunteers, arts and culture programmes, costs associated with safety and security, and emergency medical services.This investment in 2010 projects will ensure that the government fulfils its guarantees to Fifa, and allow the country to take advantage of the opportunity to leave a developmental legacy, speed up economic growth and halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Between 2006 and 2010 the government will invest more than $59-billion in infrastructure, from rail freight services and energy production to communications, airports and upgrading of ports of entry. It will also spend more on health, housing, safety and security and education.An important element of the 2010 legacy for South Africans and post-World Cup visitors to the country is a range of public transport systems that will benefit major urban centres and communities that need to access such centres.Priority has been given to World Cup-related projects, with the public and private sectors currently collaborating on a range of projects, including:Inner-city mobility systems;Links between airports and city centres, and the integration of different modes of transport;Bus Rapid Transit systems;Preferential facilities for high-occupancy vehicles; andCall centre services and information technology and telecommunications systems to support the planned infrastructure.Between the government and the private sector, the transport sector is committed to ensuring that the event in 2010 takes place in a seamless and error-free transport system.In November 2007, South Africa made a strong, positive impression on the Fifa family and the world’s media as it hosted the Preliminary Draw for 2010.Staged in the Indian Ocean city of Durban, the Preliminary Draw was the first official Fifa event connected to Africa’s historic first World Cup, and showcased South Africa’s organisational and logistics capacity, as well as its ability to work efficiently with international partners in various sectors.Attracting investmentWhile South Africa pursues its growth objectives, a growing number of foreign investors share South Africans’ own confidence in the growing economy.South Africa ranks 52nd out of 157 countries in the world in terms of economic freedom, according to the Index of Economic Freedom 2007, while global management consulting firm AT Kearney regards the country as the 18th most attractive foreign direct investment destination worldwide.Public spending has doubled in real terms since 1994, at an annual rate of 9.4%.Foreign investment has grown robustly in recent years. 2007 produced China’s largest foreign investment in the banking sector – a 20% stake in South Africa’s Standard Bank bought by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the largest single FDI deal ever done by China. This follows an earlier investment in a major South African banking group by the UK’s Barclays Bank.The economy also attracted investment in the automotive, hospitality and business processing sectors during the last 12 months.Tackling povertyCreating more jobs is the central challenge in reducing poverty. South Africa therefore takes pride in the fact that unemployment has fallen by about 6% between March 2003 and March 2007. This marks the strongest job creation performance since 1994.In terms of social transformation and creating a better life for all its people, South Africa faces significant challenges but has also recorded significant successes.Rising employment, rising wages and tax relief for lower income earners due to efficient tax collection are among the factors responsible for reduced poverty. This is alongside the provision of social grants to 12-million vulnerable South Africans. This is four times the number of grants provided just eight years ago.As life has improved for the poor, the proportion of households who use electricity increased from 56% in 1996 to 80% in 2007.The proportion of households who have access to piped water in their homes or on site increased from 61% in 1996 to 70% in 2007.South Africa’s investment in education has tripled since the end of apartheid in 1994. As a percentage of total government spending, the country’s education budget is among the highest in the world.Of South Africa’s over 12-million potential learners, more than 90% are in school – a far higher enrolment rate than in most developing countries.Overcoming skills shortagesProfessional skills in engineering, science, finance and management, as well as technical and artisan skills, are critically needed as the South African economy expands.The government, business and labour unions have come together to identify how to overcome skills shortages. This collaboration has identified key measures such as mentoring, fast-tracking trainees with overseas job placement, special training programmes, re-employing retired persons and expatriate South Africans, and drawing in immigrants.Targeted interventions in the key areas of mathematics and science have steadily been recording good progress. Five hundred and thirty schools have been targeted to double the maths and science graduate output to 50 000 this year.Other challengesSouth Africa’s economic growth demands a healthy population and workforce. To address the challenge created by HIV/Aids, the government has a comprehensive plan that is the largest programme of its kind in the world.Providing safety and security for citizens, visitors and investors is another major priority for South Africa, with the police service building and revitalising partnerships with all sectors of society to combat crime.The South African Police Service budget has grown by 58% since 2003, enabling reductions in certain key categories of serious crime.Currently, the police service has a personnel of just over 160 000, which will grow by more than 30 000 by 2010. This will ensure safe communities in South Africa and create a secure environment for the football World Cup.In the sports, social and cultural arena, South Africa’s victory in the 2007 Rugby World Cup and other achievements in these areas have built an enormous sense of national pride, supported by business confidence.South Africa’s performance in recent years has yielded an emerging economy and force for good in the world that offers opportunity at home and to those around the world in search of new horizons and markets.South Africa is a nation where opportunity outstrips challenge, but where challenges are clearly understood, faced and solutions are found.South Africa is Alive With Possibility.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_img21 October 2011 Trade between Sweden and South Africa has increased significantly over the past couple of years but has the potential to grow further, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told the 7th South Africa-Swedish Binational Commission in Stockholm on Thursday. Motlanthe said trade between the two economies offered many growth opportunities for increased investment and technical cooperation. The Deputy President said that since the last meeting of the commission two years ago, the international arena had changed significantly, and that the current deliberations were taking place during extraordinary times. “As you are aware, we have witnessed various challenges arising out of social conflicts in North Africa and some countries in Middle East; thus adding new challenges to an already burdened multilateral system of governance. “These challenges are further compounded by uncertainties in the global economy and their negative impact, requiring that we all work together to develop a response,” he said. Motlanthe reaffirmed the government’s view on the importance of a continued international humanitarian effort to tackle global poverty. South Africa and Sweden’s joint commitment to stability, progress and sustainable development should serve as the basis for equal and constructive partnerships in the two countries’ multilateral efforts, he said. The Deputy President acknowledged the Swedish government’s ongoing support for institution building in Africa. “We are happy that we can count on the support of your country in fulfilling our vision to make the 21st century, the African Century.” The two countries also shared interests in areas such as education, research and development; investment in food processing; and developing the “green” economy to create jobs and to mitigate the effects of climate change. “We also hope that this meeting will unlock further opportunities for cultural exchanges in order to promote our respective tourism industries and to strengthen our people-to-people contact,” he said. “I am aware that we are both determined to review the implementation of commitments made before and to develop further programmes of cooperation between our countries.” Motlanthe was optimistic that at the end of his visit, both sides would have completed a clear roadmap to take the countries forward on the enhancement of their political and economic relations. Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

first_imgMany Solar Decathlon designs are elaborations on the cube, in part because houses conforming to that shape tend to be relatively simple to dissemble, transport, and reassemble. Team Belgium, representing Ghent University, saw the cube as a starting point — but also as a destination — for its Solar Decathlon 2011 entry.Simplicity is a watchword for Team Belguim’s project, E-Cube, which is in fact designed to be a build-it-yourself starter home that, as its occupants’ needs change, can be enhanced relatively easily with an addition or reconfiguration, upgraded finishes, or a bigger photovoltaic system. The two-story, two-bedroom home’s metal skeleton — along with windows, floor, wall, and roof components engineered and factory-made to fit together in predictable tile-like patterns — is designed to be shipped and assembled efficiently by the owner.Another goal for E-Cube’s creators is to make the house affordable. Project manager Michael Arens tells GBA that “currently we are aiming at $200,000 to $250,000. We’re trying to be the most affordable house of them all.”Celebrating right angles and an open interiorE-Cube rests on a steel frame leveled by a system of adjustable foundation jacks. Once the frame is placed on site and adjusted to level, structural insulated panels — rigid polyurethane sandwiched between two MDF plates — are slid into place to create the floor of the house. An all-steel pallet-rack skeleton is then bolted together and anchored to the floor plates, defining the building’s cube shape. For an overview of the Solar Decathlon teams, see GBA’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Resource Guide Follow Team Belgium if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(’69e8aecc-fd2e-4bbd-bb70-6bd97f749cab’); Get the Ghent University Solar Decathlon 2011 – widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)SIPs and Saint-Gobain triple-glazed windows are secured to the frame in a uniform-tile pattern, creating both the exterior walls and the roof and, to reduce thermal bridging, fully enclosing the steel frame. The SIPs on the exterior walls will be clad in Eter-Color fiber-cement panels, and the roof will be sealed with a layer of EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer, or M-class) rubber. The home’s all-electric mechanical systems will be powered by photovoltaic modules mounted at very slight angles over almost the entire roof surface.Arens says the E-Cube interior – with a large open area crisscrossed by skeleton braces and bordered by steel-grate walkways on the second floor – is 1,000 sq. ft., the competition maximum.The team has no definite plans for the house once Solar Decathlon 2011 is over. “We haven’t decided yet,” Arens says. “All options are still open for now.”last_img read more

first_img Free Infographic! Download my “8 reasons your sales opportunity stalled” infographic A super-cool, professionally-designed infographic shows the 8 reasons your opportunity stalled. Use this infographic and get back on track. Download Now Prospecting isn’t an event. Prospecting isn’t something that you do one time in an attempt to open an opportunity in a relationship with your dream client. Prospecting is a campaign.You know I’m still a big fan of cold calling (download my free e-book here). But cold calling by itself isn’t the best of plans. Instead, you might think of a prospecting as a campaign, as component parts that together allow you to open a relationship.Maybe you start by connecting to your dream client contact on LinkedIn. Maybe you ask someone within your network that knows your perspective dream client to make an introduction. Maybe you follow that up with a “no-ask” value-creating email that provides information that would normally be part of your nurture toolkit (you know the ideas that you share with your dream clients so they know you’re someone worth doing business with). When you send that email, write a note explaining why you think the idea is valuable to your dream client.Instead of making a call your very next move, maybe send an additional email a week or two later and ask your dream client contact to set-aside 20 minutes for an exploratory conversation to determine whether or not there’s an opportunity for you to meet and share a few additional ideas. Instead of making the ask, end that email by telling your dream client that you’re going to call them in an attempt to schedule that short phone meeting.And you don’t have to stop there either. Because you’re connected on LinkedIn, and because you have social tools, you can monitor your dream client contact’s activities. If you notice they’re going to a conference or interested in some particular idea, you can suggest a meet and greet or coffee.It’s a campaign. Think of it as one.When my primary role was individual contributor I could relentlessly dial the phone and make call after call without ever losing my discipline or enthusiasm for the task. But I understand why this isn’t true for other people. In sales there is no right or wrong; there’s only effective and ineffective. You make choices.You don’t always have to choose just the telephone and, in fact, that’s not the best idea. Instead think of prospecting as a campaign and build five or six touches in front of that cold call. You may still need to ask five times for the appointment. But you don’t have to make all of those asks one cold call after the next.QuestionsWhat are the component parts of your prospecting campaign?Why did you choose that order?How do you open and begin to develop a relationship of value?Why is a campaign more likely to succeed than a single prospecting method?last_img read more

first_imgA Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to Arunima Sinha, the national-level volleyball player, who had lost her left leg after being thrown out of a moving train near Bareilly.  A petition had been filed by a local lawyer in this case. Arunima is currently undergoing treatment at the AIIMS trauma center. This comes close on the heels of the sports ministry announcing a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the injured player. Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken had earlier announced an immediate ex-gratia of Rs 25,000 for the treatment of the athlete. A team of officials also had been rushed to the hospital where Arunima was admitted.Arunima was also offered a job by the state government. Though her condition is stable, doctors at the hospital have observed a fracture in Arunima’s spine. Arunima was admitted to AIIMS after her amputated left leg had developed infection.last_img read more

first_imgThey opted for biorobots made of sperm cells and turned to bull sperm cells, Schmidt said, according to New Scientist, that reasons why sperm cells were an attractive choice were that they were harmless to the body, they could swim through viscous liquids, and they did not need any external power source. The researchers produced microtubes and worked with thawed-out bull sperm cells, remaining viable for several hours. According to New Scientist, the microtubes are made from iron and titanium nanoparticles. Scientists have shown how controlled sperm cells inside tubes can be driven to target destinations using magnetic control. The significance of their investigation lies partly in what may be in store for in vitro fertilization. “Eventually,” said a report in New Scientist, “these biobots could be used to shepherd individual sperm to eggs or to deliver targeted doses of drugs.” The researchers, from the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences (IIN) in Dresden, Germany, demonstrated how remote-controlled “sperm-bots” can be used to fertilize eggs. A paper on their work was published last month in Advanced Materials and the topic continues to draw interest in this month’s technology and science news sites. The December paper, “Development of a Sperm-Flagella Driven Micro-Bio-Robot,” is by Veronika Magdanz, Samuel Sanchez, and Oliver G. Schmidt. They developed “a new biohybrid micro-robot” by capturing bovine sperm cells inside tubes that used the motile cells as the driving force. An external magnetic field controlled the robots. More information: Press release in GermanPaper: Development of a Sperm-Flagella Driven Micro-Bio-Robot, Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201302544AbstractA new biohybrid micro-robot is developed by capturing bovine sperm cells inside magnetic microtubes that use the motile cells as driving force. These micro-bio-robots can be remotely controlled by an external magnetic field. The performance of micro-robots is described in dependence on tube radius, cell penetration, and temperature. The combination of a biological power source and a microdevice is a compelling approach to the development of new microrobotic devices with fascinating future applications. Journal information: Advanced Materials Researchers discover sperm move along a ‘twisting ribbon’ Credit: Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden Schmidt, the Institute’s director, and his IIN colleagues combined the cells with magnetic metal tubes. Basically, the investigation involved live flagella from bull sperm to maneuver nanotubes in a desired direction using magnets. Changes in temperature were able to control their speeds.According to a report on their work in Gizmag, the team intends to try assisted fertilization with animals before starting experiments with human sperm. One additional possibility is that their research might impact future investigations in targeted drug delivery, where drugs may be ferried along within the body. Another interesting feature about this research is how it involves use of “biobots” as opposed to artificial engines. As Gizmag noted, a concern in research is that a nanobot intended to move through bodily fluids should not be toxic to the human body and should not cause harm to cells, affecting their functioning. The IIN scientists discussed safe “nano-engine” alternatives, or suitable “biorobots.” Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Credit: Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden Citation: Sperm-bots are made to move in desired direction (w/ Video) (2014, January 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2014 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more