The exciting YarmonyGrass returns to Rancho Del Rio, CO from August 10-13, bringing along a slew of wonderful artists for the 12th annual festival event. Though the headliners have yet to be announced, the lineup is filled with great performers, including Todd Snider & Great American Taxi, Head For The Hills, The Drunken Hearts (x2), Coral Creek (x2) and more.The full lineup features The Grant Farm ft. Andy Thorn, Bonfire Dub, Kitchen Dwellers (x2), Liver Down The River, Brad Parsons Band, Jay Roemer Band ft. Dave Carroll, Yarmony All-Stars, The RunniKine, Emily Clark & The Passing Fancy, Uptown Toodeloo String Band, The Sweet Lillies, Timber! and Sixty Minute Men. With more artists to be named later, this is one festival you won’t want to miss.For fans of this style of music, be sure to check out the upcoming Drunken Hearted Medicine Show at Cervantes Masterpiece & The Other Side on March 24th, featuring many of the same performers! Victor Wooten will be headlining, and Band of Heathens, Drew Emmitt & Andy Thorn Duo, Drunken Hearts, Brad Parsons Band and Coral Creek are all performing! Tickets and more info can be found here.See the full lineup announcement below, and find out more about the festival on their official website.
A team of engineers and computer scientists have unveiled the latest robotic and materials marvel: a flat sheet that folds itself into a robot that then walks away.The advance, overseen by Robert Wood, the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences who previously brought us flying robotic insects, was accomplished with the help of colleagues at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically-Inspired Engineering, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Gazette spoke with Wood late Thursday about the self-made robot, the broader industrial implications to the project, its potential practical applications, and what might be coming next.GAZETTE: Can you describe the advance? What is unique about this particular kind of robot?WOOD: Well, it’s not necessarily the robot that is unique. The robot is meant to embody some of the key findings we’ve had in this general body of work.We investigated cheap, fast, and easy ways of being able to build machines and robots based on folding. We worked with our collaborators at MIT, who broke that down into a number of key features that are basically different ways to fold things. They can prove, algorithmically, that you can combine them in different ways to make anything, any sort of complex structure, any complex mechanism that you want. All through folding. So the robot itself is just an embodiment of those things.GAZETTE: So the folding is really just a manufacturing process that could be applicable in a broad array of settings?WOOD: That’s sort of our underlying, big-picture goal, to make a very accessible, highly functional manufacturing process based on these folding techniques.GAZETTE: About the robot itself, what can it do, and why is it a good thing to use to illustrate this process?WOOD: Well, robots in general are complex mechanisms: They have articulation, some number of degrees of freedom, they must interact with the world. So we picked a robot not just because we work on robotics, but because they are traditionally difficult to make and control. In this case, it is just a four-legged robot whose body and mechanisms are assembled through this folding process.GAZETTE: What does it do?WOOD: Upon self-assembly, it just turns itself on and walks away.Photo by Seth KrollGAZETTE: It’s a pretty dramatic illustration.WOOD: Well, that’s been a goal, I guess, because of the dramatic nature of it. Imagine printing something that then walks away.GAZETTE: Is 3-D printing involved in the process?WOOD: It has some analogies to 3-D printing in the sense that you’re building up a structure layer by layer, but it’s not. It’s folding. We use printing more as a metaphor because the processes are just like standard paper printing. We want to make something that is accessible, cheap, and ubiquitous. We want to use inexpensive tools to make the process itself more accessible.GAZETTE: What is it printed on?WOOD: It’s printed on a composite material that’s made of multiple layers — polymers, paper, flexible circuit layers — that are stacked into a quasi-2-D composite that folds itself. The folding is induced by the materials in the composite, and the sequence in which you activate the materials is controlled by an on-board microcontroller. In this case the self-folding is thermally induced. It’s a polymer which just so happens to be the thing that Shrinky Dinks are made of.GAZETTE: Is it the actual Shrinky Dink material, or is it just something chemically similar?WOOD: It’s called prestretched polystyrene, which I believe is exactly what Shrinky Dinks is.GAZETTE: Are there possible applications for this now?WOOD: We’re thinking about applications in two classes. The first class is when you might need deployability, in terms of logistics or applications like space exploration or going into hazardous environments or confined environments — places where you’d actually need things to be shipped in small volumes and then sort of fold themselves up to assemble. But the broader implications come in thinking about this as just another tool to make manufacturing of complex electromechanical devices easier and more accessible.GAZETTE: Have you had any interest from industry?WOOD: No, we only just filed for patent protection on it today, literally, before it came out, so we’re looking into that.GAZETTE: How important is cost? Is doing things cheaper and easier important here?WOOD: Absolutely. Think about robotics. They’re typically quite expensive and difficult to make. So this is really democratizing the access that people can have toward, not just robotics, but any complex electromechanical device. It’s not going to solve everything. But it is another tool — that happens to be cheap and relatively easy — to make it more accessible. So for educational purposes, custom robots for your home, personalized medical devices, whatever it would be, they would inherently be cheaper made this way as opposed to through some highly specialized manufacturing methods.GAZETTE: What was everyone’s reaction in the lab when it finally came together?WOOD: It was sort of a eureka moment, in the sense that the dramatic moment of the robot walking away is something that we’ve been dreaming about for a while. We were very excited about it, obviously, but we’re also in the mode where we’re saying, “Wow, this is really cool, what else can we do with it?” This is probably not the most complicated thing that we could make. We’re in the mode of exploring the other options for stuff we could make.GAZETTE: What comes next?WOOD: Multiple things, many in terms of scale, both large and small, trying to make the process create smaller devices, perhaps more akin to the some of things my lab has worked on in the past. Larger and perhaps more functional load-bearing structures can be made in this way, perhaps things like shelters or Ikea-style furniture, that kind of thing. [We can look at] expanding the scope of materials that are used. And I think, perhaps most importantly, what comes next is more automation in terms of design. If we want them to be accessible and usable and people making things with this, we don’t want it to be just engineers [using the process]. We want it to be anybody, and so there would have to be some way to translate the desired function into form. 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A full after-school schedule may keep your kids occupied, but it’s not necessarily the healthiest option. It turns out kids need a little unstructured “play time” for healthy development as well. Research has shown that children can develop a lot of necessary skills, such as working with others and learning how to make decisions, through child-led or unstructured play time. “The worrisome thing we’re starting to see from research is that kids now have their lives so structured that they don’t know how to play independently,” said Diane Bales, a child development specialist with University of Georgia Extension. “Teachers are reporting things like kids (constantly) need adults to tell them what to do. The kind of creativity that comes from play leads to a lot of other abilities like creative problem solving. Children are more lacking in that when they haven’t had the opportunity to make decisions on their own.” Parents should pay attention to cues such as their child’s stress levels during the school year, Bales said. When kids go from school to T-ball practice to a youth group meeting and then to soccer camp all within a few hours’ time, the child doesn’t get the needed break. Bales likens it to an adult going to 12 consecutive workshop sessions without a break: you likely wouldn’t benefit much from the last three or four sessions. “One thing we all need to have, children and adults, is quiet time,” Bales said. “You need that quiet, unstructured time to really consolidate your learning before you’re able to learn something else new. Going from activity to activity without no break, no pause, does not give you the down time to make sense of it.” Parents today feel pressure to enroll their kids in as many activities as possible, Bales said, most of it out of good intentions of wanting to expose their children to a wide variety of options. Sometimes, there’s an element of competition involved, the ancient notion of wanting to “keep up with the Joneses.” Often, the result is a crammed schedule and an exhausted child (and parents). The key, Bales said, is to seek balance — a goal she noted is easier to set than to achieve. Structured activities are fine within reason, but make time for individual or group play dates where children get to decide what to play. When kids play, they get to make all the decisions themselves, Bales said, which is a valuable skill that they need to learn. “Things like solving a disagreement with a friend over what game they’re going to play is what prepares the brain to deal with bigger life stresses,” Bales said. “Kids who never deal with little stresses have a harder time when faced with the bigger ones.”
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Wall Street Journal:UBS Group AG said Thursday that it would no longer finance new offshore-oil projects in the Arctic, thermal coal mines or oil sands on undeveloped land as banks tighten their restrictions on fossil fuels amid pressure from environmentalists and investors.The Swiss bank declined to provide figures on previous projects it financed, but pointed to how its investments in carbon-related industries are falling. Assets on the bank’s $972 billion balance sheet tied to the energy and utilities sectors, excluding renewables, water and nuclear, shrunk more than 40% last year to $1.9 billion, representing 0.8% of the bank’s product exposure. It added that it would take a closer look at the environmental impact of liquefied natural gas and ultra-deepwater drilling projects before committing financing.The bank also hit its three-year sustainable-investment goal one year ahead of schedule, as measured by supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Core sustainable investments rose to $488 billion last year, more than doubling from 2017 to reach 13.5% of its invested assets.UBS is among banks that are ramping up their environmental pledges as governments and corporations seek to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change. Last month, Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC said it would end financing for coal by 2030 and halt lending to oil-and-gas majors by 2021 unless they have a transition plan in line with the Paris Agreement.The bank already pledged to ban financing for any new coal-fired power plants last year. There are some 115 banks and insurers that have placed restrictions on thermal coal, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.Estimates from the nonprofit Rainforest Action Network also showed that other European financiers have outranked UBS when it comes to funding controversial fossil-fuel projects between 2016 and 2018. UBS was Europe’s fourth-biggest coal-mining financier with $320 million in lending and underwriting, while it was the fifth-largest lender for Arctic oil-and-gas with $300 million, followed by $170 million in financing for tar sands production and pipeline companies that made them the ninth-biggest European lender in the area.[Dieter Holger]More: UBS exits Arctic oil, coal mines and tar sands projects UBS Group says it will no longer finance Arctic oil, thermal coal or tar sands projects
December 27, 2017 Economy, Infrastructure, Innovation, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed a $15 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing transaction that will support the adaptive reuse and redevelopment of “Mill 19,” a riverfront brownfield site that is part of the planned Hazelwood Green project in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood community.Mill 19 will be redeveloped by Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania into a light-industrial, research and development, and flexible office space attractive to technology companies.The redevelopment project will consist of three phases that will restore the 264,000-square-foot former steel mill building. It features a “building within a building” concept by including a new, high-tech, three-story building under the old mill’s existing steel skeleton.The cutting-edge facility will house research, development and office space for the non-profit Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, a $250-million public-private collaborative led by Carnegie Mellon University, and for CMU’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative. Additional flex space will be made available to the university’s partner organizations. Work at the site is expected to produce significant job opportunities.“This project has great potential for revitalizing an unused brownfield site and bringing jobs and additional high-tech employers to Hazelwood,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re excited about the business synergies that could be created here to benefit the local community and the entire region.”A special feature of this project is its goal of meeting LEED gold standards for the building’s core and shell construction. The building will implement a large 2 megawatt rooftop solar array, as well as reduce indoor water usage. The end result should be a site that boasts net-zero energy usage and is environmentally sustainable.“Hazelwood was hurt when the steel mill there closed in the 1990s,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chairman and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). “This project holds tremendous promise for not only bringing back jobs but attracting good-paying technology positions. We also think this project could be a regional model for smart energy usage.”CCG was created in 2004 by PHFA to serve as a nonprofit community development entity.“The Regional Industrial Development Corporation’s mission is to support economic development in communities around the region by breathing new life into facilities that housed the great companies of Pittsburgh’s past,” said Donald Smith, president of RIDC. “This tax credit program is crucially important in enabling us to apply state-of-the-art design and development strategies to bring this property back to life.”This project is expected to create 132 temporary construction jobs. The developer already is working the Trade Institute and the A. Philip Institute to place low-income residents in apprenticeship and construction jobs. Additionally, the project will create 116 full-time permanent jobs and retain 63 full-time positions. Carnegie Mellon University and its partners are working on a workforce development center in connection with this project that would help train low- and moderate-income residents with entry level technology skills that could be used by employers at the site.In addition to New Markets Tax Credits from Commonwealth Cornerstone Group, the developer also received tax credits from Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, Telesis, and PNC Bank.About Regional Industrial Development CorporationThe mission of RIDC is to catalyze and support economic growth and high-quality job creation through real estate development and finance of projects that advance the public interest. A not-for-profit entity with a 60-year history, RIDC owns over 2,800 acres of land in 11 industrial parks and manages over 50 buildings. Its properties house more than 100 companies employing 5,600 workers that add more than $3 billion to the region’s economy on an annual basis.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, and Schmucker Hall in Gettysburg. Learn more at: www.commonwealthcornerstone.org/.About the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits to Revitalize ‘Mill 19’ – Site of Former Steel Mill in Hazelwood
AFTER: The living room in the house after the rebuild. Picture: Scott Burrows.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago The living room opens out to the backyard. Picture: Scott Burrows. The back of the house, named Laurent, at 44 Reading St, Paddington. Picture: Scott Burrows. Darius and Kayla Boyd’s home at 78 Harding St, Hendra. Picture: Instagram. The home purchased by Erin McNaught and husband “Example”.They have also built homes for Broncos captain Darius Boyd and his wife, Kayla, former Wallabies’ captain Stephen Moore and Channel 9 presenter Alison Ariotti.The Boyds’ four-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 78 Harding St, Hendra, is currently for sale and is expected to fetch a price in the early $2 million range. Andrew and Rob Gray at one of their projects in Paddington. Image: AAP/Claudia Baxter.THEY build homes for some of Brisbane’s biggest stars, so it’s no wonder their latest masterpiece has got tongues wagging.Builder brothers, Rob and Andrew Gray, of Graya Construction have teamed up with emerging developer, Frank Developments, to create their biggest project to date. BEFORE: The living room in the house at 44 Reading St, Paddington, before it was transformed. BEFORE: The front of the house at 44 Reading St, Paddington, before it was transformed. BEFORE: Inside the house at 44 Reading St, Paddington, before it was transformed. BEFORE: The original kitchen in the house at 44 Reading St, Paddington, before it was transformed. AFTER: Inside the house after the rebuild. Picture: Scott Burrows. The outdoor entertaining area. Picture: Scott Burrows.Frank Developments director Frank Licastro said the team “pushed the bar” on a lot of features within the house.“Having four levels with an internal lift which goes to your own private rooftop, plus we also turned the lift into a feature — it’s actually a glass enclosure on the ground floor so you can see out to the garden,” Mr Licastro said.“Having a basement in Paddington is quite rare.“And we’ve really stepped it up with the technology.” The kitchen opens out to an indoor/outdoor entertaining area. Picture: Scott Burrows.They have completely redesigned and rebuilt it to represent one of Paddington’s most iconic homes.The six-bedroom, five-bathroom residence has a four-level internal lift, providing access from the five-car basement car park to the rooftop sky garden terrace.There’s also a family-sized pool, smart home technology, an electric car charger and city views. AFTER: The front of the house after it was rebuilt. Picture: Scott Burrows.The luxury home, named Laurént, has just hit the market in one of Paddington’s most sought-after streets. RELATED: What you get for about $3700/week Erin McNaught relaxing with her boys Ennio, 18 months, and Evander, 4, in their new Brisbane home. Picture: Luke Marsden. Graya Construction and Frank Developments director Frank Licastro bought the property at 44 Reading Street last year when it was just a quaint, three-bedroom Queenslander. AFTER: The kitchen after the rebuild. Picture: Scott Burrows.The Control4 home automation system controls the lighting, security, access, audio and technology within the home using voice activation that can be used anywhere in the world via smartphone, iPad or smartwatch.The property is for sale via an expressions of interest campaign through Matt Lancashire and Josh Brown of Ray White – New Farm.Graya Construction recently sold one of their projects at 33 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington, to model, Erin McNaught and her rapper husband, Example. Broncos captain Darius Boyd and his wife Kayla at their Hendra home. Photo: Mark Cranitch.
Tonight most high school football teams play a scrimmage game. Next week the real season begins. For us football fans, it means eating hot dogs or popcorn, watching the game, the half-time band shows, and cheerleaders.It also means people standing along the fences rather than sitting in the bleachers. Those of us who do this consider ourselves assistant coaches, of course! Tailgating has even reached the high school level, so the portable grills will be out on some of those cool Friday nights of fall. At this time of the season everyone is still undefeated, so the enthusiasm is running high.By the way, on Monday night I will be starting my Coaches’ Corner Show for another season. Tune in WRBI at 5:45 and see who my guests are.
Bath, In. — The 22nd Annual State Line Country Garden Club plant sale will be held May 3 and 4 at the Bath Store. There plenty of perennials, annuals, hanging baskets and great Mother’s Day gifts. All proceeds benefit local horticulture.
Liverpool appear to have overtaken Manchester United in the race for Lille star Victor Osimhen.The forward looked all set to join Napoli earlier this week until reports in Italy suggested Premier League outfits were aiming to hijack the bid. Reports from claimed one phone call from Jurgen Klopp has totally changed the state of play, with Liverpool now in pole position to land the 21-year-old.“New and perhaps decisive steps forward in Liverpool’s purchase of Osimhen,” an Italian journalist Ciro Venerato stated.Venerato added: “His new agent seems to have left little margin for the Blue management after a telephone talk.“There are signs of cosmic pessimism mixed with resignation coming from Castel Volturno. After Pépé, Osimhen seems to have vanished too.“The change of agent has proven decisive. But we mustn’t forget the past. The boy had long had doubts about his destination. He dreamt of the Premier League. “Naples was his alternative choice in the absence of concrete offers. Now that Klopp has officially asked for him, it’s all over.“The appeal of the European champions, the Reds is too strong, money aside. There’s not only economic reasons for Oshimen.“The Premier League is the dream of all Nigerian boys.”As mentioned, earlier this week it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that looked as though they would stop Napoli securing a deal.Venerato added: “A few hours ago Manchester United phoned Osimhen’s new agent to find out if he had signed with Napoli. “If an offer from United comes, there would not be many possibilities because they have an economic power superior to that of Napoli.”Osimhen recently changed agents following an incredible season in Ligue 1, which has seen him attract interest from across Europe.And Napoli chiefs admitted they may have to miss out on the player.“Osimhen is a very good player, but there are lots of other teams who want him and we’re working on other fronts too,” Napoli sporting director Cristiano Guintoli told Dazn.RelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says “He changed his agent, so now we have to start all over again.“It’s a complex and difficult set of negotiations.”Tags: Jurgen KloppLOSC LillePremier LeagueVictor Osimhen
Joe Schmidt believes England set the RBS 6 Nations “benchmark” with victory over Wales, leaving Ireland already chasing to keep up and hold on to their title. Ireland boss Schmidt believes his side must improve “between 30 and 40 per cent” from their 26-3 win over Italy to stand any chance of reaching England’s early level. Stuart Lancaster’s side set the standard with a 21-16 victory in Cardiff, and head coach Schmidt conceded Ireland are already playing catch-up. Former schoolteacher Schmidt offered up a must-do-better report after tries from Conor Murray and Tommy O’Donnell while Leonardo Ghiraldini was in the sin-bin sealed victory in Rome. “The benchmark was set by England last night: England just kept the pressure right on Wales and the physical nature of that battle means we’ve got a bit of work to do without a doubt,” said Schmidt. “And we’ll have to roll our sleeves up early on next week and hopefully put together a sufficiently-improved performance to be competitive against France. “We were between 30 and 40 per cent off that against Italy: we wouldn’t have lived with them last night. And I thought Wales were pretty good. “For us we certainly need to up our game. I do think that part of it was the pressure Italy put on us but, at the same time, I know we can do better than that and we’re going to have to. “I think Italy will improve through the tournament as well, they showed glimpses of what they are capable of. But you pick up two months after November with a number of changes: we had six of the starting 15 that we had this time last year, so that in itself presents a challenge.” Luckless flanker Sean O’Brien suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up and was forced out of his first Test action since November 2013. Ireland boss Schmidt lamented O’Brien’s loss, with the Leinster back-rower only just fit after 14 months of shoulder problems. Press Association Schmidt remains hopeful that O’Brien will be fit to face France in Dublin next weekend however, with hooker Rory Best also expected to be available. Best was withdrawn in the second half as a precaution after taking a knock to the head. “It was the very last thing Sean did in the warm-up: he just put his foot down, it slid out from under him and he twinged his hamstring,” said Schmidt of O’Brien. “His power’s really good, it was probably a marginal decision at the time, but we didn’t want a repeat of what happened when we came here last time where we lost a few. “It was great he was able to be replaced by Tommy O’Donnell and the manner Tommy played. “I’d be hopeful, I’d be quietly confident, but we will scan him when we get back to Dublin, probably tomorrow evening. “Rory’s fine, he did get a knock and we decided to err on the side of caution with him as well. He’ll follow the return to play protocols, just because we want to be fairly careful there.” Schmidt admitted he felt 27-year-old Six Nations debutant Ian Keatley was “nervous”, but praised the Munster man’s flawless goal-kicking. Keatley’s four penalties kept Ireland in front in the stodgy, try-less first hour at the Stadio Olimpico. “Obviously he kicked 100 per cent from the tee and that allowed us to establish some scoreboard pressure, and without that it would have been difficult,” said Schmidt. “In the game I felt at times he was probably a little nervous at times and we’ll have a chat about that. “That experience will help him acquit himself in the future.” Flanker Alessandro Zanni and centre Michele Campagnaro are doubts for Italy’s clash with England next weekend. Italy bosses confirmed both men suffered knee problems against Ireland and will face further assessment. Italy captain Sergio Parisse called on the Azzurri to overhaul their failing lineout or face serious punishment against the English at Twickenham. “We only had 30 per cent possession and that’s not enough,” said Parisse. “I didn’t think Ireland put us under huge pressure but they were better in the lineout and they had the ball most of the time. “You can’t defend for 80 minutes against a team like Ireland. “Next week we must improve our lineouts and have more possession if we want to be competitive at Twickenham.”