What does your family like to do for recreation in the field of sports? Can you afford to go to more than one Reds ball game a year? Do you have Bengal or Colts tickets or do you like pro-basketball, such as the Pacers and the Fever?No matter which one of these is your favorite, a calculated guess is that a family of four cannot go to one of these for less than a couple hundred dollars unless you are able to take in the Cincinnati Reds’ Sunday Family Special. That truly is still a bargain.When I was a kid, you could take your own snacks into the games. Now you are lucky if you can get into the game with your purse (if you are a lady). Coolers are a thing of the past. This means you are subject to their concessions which are at least double the price of normal everyday outlets.This has made taking the family to a great, wholesome outing a once-a-season event at best. For a good portion of the working public, I doubt that they can do it even once.
The Wisconsin men’s basketball team defeated Xavier in St. Louis with a final second buzzer beater Sunday evening. With a 66-63 final score, the Badgers will keep on dancing in the 2016 NCAA March Madness Tournament.The game overall was full of nail-biting plays, but the outcome couldn’t have been sweeter. The Badgers face the Fighting Irish in a Sweet Sixteen matchup March 25.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldBronson Koenig sinks his last second three-point shot to secure the win over Xavier.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger Herald read more
If you enjoy comedy, thought-provoking drama and fairy tale romances then Patrick Brown’s ‘Right Girl, Wrong Address,’ is a must see.The play is set for May 13th at the Coral Springs Centre For The Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, Florida at 6 p.m. sharp. It tells the story of Charmaine Ned, a bright young woman who has kept her head in her books and her feet out of the dancehall to achieve academic success but who just can’t improve her economic circumstances because of her urban ghetto home address. Desperate to leave the ‘patty pan’ that she and her family live in, Charmaine takes a moral risk which may damage her chance for true love. The multi-layered self-improvement plot also tells the stories of Charmaine’s co-workers, Ras Iley, who is trying to ‘buss’ in the music business and Nicey, the cleaner at the studio. The action never stops in this easy to follow, hilarious and thought-provoking production.The play stars glen ‘Titus’ Campbell, Sakina Deer, Keniesha Bowes, Courtney Wilson, Shree Elise and Akeem Mignott and is co-directed by Trevor Nairne. Tickets can be obtained now at thecentercs.com/events/ read more
Three different astronomy teams have announced findings that upset long-held beliefs. What does this portend about the confidence we can have in other theories?Galaxy growth: direct challenge: “Galaxies are thought to develop by the gravitational attraction between and merger of smaller ‘sub-galaxies’, a process that standard cosmological ideas suggest should be ongoing,” announced the Royal Astronomical Society. “But new data from a team of scientists from Liverpool John Moores University directly challenges this idea, suggesting that the growth of some of the most massive objects stopped 7 billion years ago when the Universe was half its present age.” How serious is this claim? “The lack of growth of the most massive galaxies is a major challenge to current models of the formation and evolution of large scale structure in the Universe,” commented Claire Burke, team member. “Our work suggests that cosmologists appear to lack some of the crucial ingredients they need to understand how galaxies evolved from the distant past to the present day.”Star spin: poking holes: Researchers at the University of Michigan have poked holes in a “century-old astronomical theory.” The theory, called the von Zeipel law, “has been used for the better part of a century to predict the difference in surface gravity, brightness and temperature between a rapidly rotating star’s poles and its equator.” Doctoral student Xiao Che and other astronomers on the team found that the data from Regulus don’t fit the theory. “It is surprising to me that von Zeipel’s law has been adopted in astronomy for such a long time with so little solid observational evidence.”Impossible wet comet: shattering paradigms: “Current thinking suggests that it is impossible to form liquid water inside of a comet,” states a press release from University of Arizona. But lo and behold, Comet Wild-2 explored by the Stardust spacecraft found minerals that could only have formed in the presence of water. This is a shattering find: “For the first time, scientists have found convincing evidence for the presence of liquid water in a comet, shattering the current paradigm that comets never get warm enough to melt the ice that makes up the bulk of their material.” The press release was echoed on PhysOrg.When a paradigm gets shattered in one area of science, there can be ramifications for others, depending on how foundational it was. The American philosopher Willard Quine noticed that when faced with potentially falsifying data, scientists often absorb the shocks into their “web of belief” without changing the web.There are several dynamics at work here. One is that scientists enjoy finding flaws in earlier beliefs because it makes their research seem important. They usually limit their hole-poking to small claims that can be absorbed by the web of belief without tearing it. Another dynamic is that beliefs and “laws” like the von Zeipel law are often taken on faith – yes, even scientists have faith. Nobody has the time to check out the validity of every claimed law, so they are assumed to be laws of “nature” rather than the sausage-type laws of legislature. We see often that long-held beliefs in science are vulnerable to new evidence. What’s next to go? Darwinism? Unlikely. Darwinism’s web of belief is so paramount to the cultural world view, its supporters are ready with reinforcements any time falsifying evidence comes along. All the original web is long gone. It is now a steel framework of belief, protected behind a Berlin Wall with machine-gunners ready to mow down any creationists trying to cross the line.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio farmers will soon have access to a newly revised tool that can quickly and easily tell them their risk of agricultural phosphorus runoff that could potentially move into Ohio waterways such as Lake Erie.The revised Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index is a program developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to help farmers assess their risk of phosphorus moving off farm fields. It will soon allow farmers to input their farm-specific data to generate their risk of phosphorus in agricultural runoff through an online program.The revised index is the result of the multiyear On-Field Ohio project led by Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, a researcher in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. The index has significant water quality implications statewide, considering that misapplied phosphorus has a high likelihood of degradation Ohio’s surface water and is a major contributor to harmful algal blooms.The revised phosphorus risk index can help Ohio farmers better work toward meeting the 40% phosphorus reduction target in the Western Lake Erie Basin, said Dayton, a soil scientist in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. That is the target agreed to in the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada.Scientists believe that a reduction of this size would keep algal blooms at safe levels for people and the lake.“The index provides a long-term, average estimate of field-scale phosphorus loss based on farmer specific inputs,” Dayton said. “It gives farmers the ability to compare crop management scenarios and evaluate changes in phosphorus runoff, allowing them to prioritize time and resources when making management decisions.“The index quantifies how voluntary changes in agricultural practices contribute to achieving target phosphorus runoff reduction goals. If you multiply that by the millions of crop acres in Ohio, the 40% reduction target appears achievable,” she said.The need to reduce phosphorus is significant because harmful algal blooms are dangerous to both the Lake Erie ecosystem and human health. In 2014, for instance, toxins produced by a severe bloom in western Lake Erie shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply for two days.The On-Field Ohio project included runoff monitoring on 29 farm fields in the Scioto River, Grand Lake St. Marys and Western Lake Erie Basin watersheds. The project collected data on more than 2,000 runoff events and more than 14,000 runoff water samples, resulting in more than 42,000 analyses. It also collected 2,000 soil samples, resulting in more than 8,000 analyses.Some of the management practices that were evaluated included tillage, soil type, fertilizer placement, soil phosphorus content, field topography, soil infiltration rate and cover crops.In addition to revising the Phosphorus Risk Index, Dayton’s project found that maintaining agricultural soil phosphorus levels in accordance with the Tri-State Fertility Guidelines helps lower the concentration of phosphorus that is dissolved in agricultural runoff.And because erosion contributes to the issue, phosphorus associated with eroded soil can be curtailed by reducing soil disturbances with practices such as reduced tillage and by maintaining crop residue or a growing crop on the field at all times.“By inputting different crop management scenarios into the index, farmers can determine what will work best to reduce their soil disturbance,” Dayton said. “Reductions in soil disturbance translate into large reductions in soil erosion and surface runoff of phosphorus that is attached to eroded soil, which is the biggest risk driver for surface phosphorus runoff in Ohio.”The On-Field Ohio project was funded through a $1 million USDA Conservation Innovation Grant and $1 million in matching donations from Ohio farmer groups. read more