A splash with the spleen

first_imgThe Harvard takeoff uses the same music to ask “What Does the Spleen Do?” and speculates, through similar dance numbers and equally absurd lyrics, about the possibilities: secret male uterus, backup tongue, vestigial fin.“The Spleen” was created by a team that involved dozens of members of the second-year class in front of and behind the camera, Rome said. The spleen was selected because it’s a major organ whose functions — filtering the blood, among others — are a mystery to a lot of people.The video was created for 107th annual second-year show, which ran for three nights in December. After the show, Rome said, the creators posted the video online. Though participants mentioned the video to family and friends over Facebook, there was no effort to garner publicity. Despite that, within five days, the video had a million hits.Though dozens of students were involved, the video’s core team was Rome, Will Lewis, Lydia Flier, Eddie Grom, Ariana Metchik-Gaddis, Richard Ngo, Lenka Ilcisin, and Emily Simons, contributing writing, editing, filming, choreography, and costume design.Rome joined “The Spleen” project after helping out on a previous video, called “The Gunner Song,” a takeoff of 2012’s “Thrift Shop,” poking fun at overachieving students at HMS and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The videos, Rome said, are a lot of work, but they’re also a lot of fun and allow members of the class to interact in a different way.“It’s such a fun project,” Rome said. “The best part is to work with so many members of the class. It was a blast.” <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEi_4Cyx4Uw” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/aEi_4Cyx4Uw/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Who knew the spleen was so funny? And popular?A parody video by a group of Harvard Medical School students went viral in December, garnering a million YouTube hits in just five days and surpassing 1.7 million since.The video’s creators were astounded at its popularity, according to Ben Rome, a second-year student who filmed and edited the video. Rather than just basking in their 15 minutes of fame, however, the students are trying leverage the video’s popularity for a good cause: science education. They launched the HMS/HSDM Organ Challenge, a contest for primary and secondary school students to create a music video highlighting one of the body’s organs.The challenge, launched this month, runs through March 15. Entries will be posted online and judged by members of the second-year class, Rome said. Entrants will be judged according to accuracy and originality, not production values, so students, teachers, and families don’t need to spend a lot of money to win.“Technology today is so easy and accessible, you can make a video on your smartphone,” Rome said.The HMS student video “What Does the Spleen Do?” is a takeoff of last year’s “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?),” which itself was a music parody by a pair of Norwegian comedians, part of the comedy group Ylvis. The slickly produced original discusses animal sounds and the mystery of fox sounds, setting a catchy beat against simple and absurd lyrics. The video went viral, getting hundreds of millions of hits on YouTube.last_img read more

NextEra CFO: Battery storage is starting a ‘real revolution’ in electric industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. That’s how much NextEra Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jim Ketchum estimates that batteries will add to the cost of solar and wind projects that the company has built over the last six to 12-months, as revealed in the company’s results call yesterday.But that’s not all. Ketchum further added that he expects this cost to fall to around half a cent per kilowatt-hour in the middle of the next decade. “Early in the next decade, mid-next decade, it’s going to probably be about $0.005 a kilowatt hour add, maybe $0.01, but probably closer to about $0.005. And so if we find ourselves in a marketplace where we are selling wind right around $0.02, I mean, a combined wind and solar product probably looks roughly around $0.025. Solar, into the next decade, probably looks more like a $0.03 product, sub-$0.03 in some markets. You add half a penny on that on the high end, you’re probably at about $ 0.035 a kilowatt hour.”NextEra CEO Jim Robo added to this, noting that batteries are allowing the company to provide “firm” power. “We’re right at the beginning of, I think, a real revolution in this country in terms of how electricity is – how storage interacts with electricity on the grid, and how we’re going to start delivering much different, firm, renewable products to our customers going forward,” stated Robo on the results call.CFO Ketchum elaborated on that statement, noting that the economics of wind and solar are going to allow these resources to out-compete existing conventional power plants – and potentially knock them off the grid. “As battery cost declines and efficiency gains are realized during the four-year start of construction period, we continue to expect that in the next decade new nearly firm wind and solar, without incentives, will be cheaper than the operating costs of traditional inefficient generation resources, creating significant opportunities for new renewables growth going forward.”These confident statements about the costs and abilities of solar and wind plus storage come as the company has reached a record backlog of 7.4 GW of solar, wind and energy storage projects. This includes nearly 2 GW of solar projects that the company has contracted to put online through 2020. During the quarter NextEra added 692 MW of solar projects and 90 MW of battery storage to its backlog.The large majority of this, at 1.48 GW of solar and 75 MW of battery storage, is planned for the 2019-2020 timeframe, however NextEra is also planning projects after 2020, and notes that the new IRS guidelines on the beginning of construction allow the company to claim the full 30% Investment Tax Credit for projects that it puts online as late as 2023, as long as they have started construction in 2019.More: NextEra expects storage to add half a cent to solar in mid-2020’s NextEra CFO: Battery storage is starting a ‘real revolution’ in electric industrylast_img read more

Beach paradise home to A-listers hits the market

first_imgA pocket of paradise that has hosted international celebrities has been listed for sale.The resort-like ‘Trinity Beach Palace’, 15 minutes’ drive north of Cairns, offers the ultimate in luxury living, with a pristine beach right outside the front gate. Gallery (5 images)Step out your front gate onto pristine beach. Picture: Queensland Sotheby’s International RealtySelling agent Simon Cowan, of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty, says the home has been rented by A-listers.“There’s also been a couple of very famous bands stay there as well and one band in particular wrote some of their music there,” Cowan says.“Some renowned chefs have stayed there as well – Michelin star chefs.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe Courier Mail’s Amanda Lucas05:22The property has already attracted significant interest, with a few interested buyers, including a mining consortium and a potential buyer from Melbourne.The current owners bought the property in 2007 but are selling up after moving to Brisbane, and have rented it out for $10,000-$15,000 a week.The home is spread over one single storey, with high cathedral ceilings to add a spacious feel and ensure flow-through ventilation.The enormous open plan living area incorporates sitting and dining zones, a commercial-sized bar and gourmet kitchen.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoA pool with an ocean view. Picture: Queensland Sotheby’s International RealtyThe home’s decor combines African South Sea Island themes, accentuated by columns of quartz from the nearby Atherton Tablelands.There are five king-sized bedrooms, six bathrooms (including four ensuites), a safari-themed den and library, gymnasium, sauna and golf practice range. A resort-style pool with open bath-house and two outdoor bars overlooking the Coral Sea complete the amenities.The home is for sale with price on application.last_img read more

World Athletics deficits revealed as sport’s long trudge to transparency accelerates

first_img Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub Ever12 Countries With Higest Technology In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMysterious Astrological Discoveries That Left Scientists Baffled8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth The mysterious and potentially all-embracing “other” spending category is said to have accounted for $10.9 million (£8.6 million/€9.6 million) – again, a hefty sum. It seems possible that some of the federation’s legal costs might be bracketed in this item, but this can be no more than speculation at this point. The report also suggests that the body’s revenues may have climbed to some $55 million (£43.4 million/€48.7 million) last year, which was, to repeat, a World Championship year. To speculate further, these leaked figures suggest that World Athletics’ revenues over a full Olympic cycle may amount to something in the order of $200 million (£157 million/€177 million). It received $40 million (£31.5 million/€35.4 million) as its share of the broadcasting revenues generated by the Rio 2016 Olympics, down from $45.2 million (£35.6 million/€40 million) for London 2012. This in turn suggests that the subsidy World Athletics receives from the International Olympic Committee in exchange for the sport’s contribution to the Olympic programme amounts to somewhere in the vicinity of 20 per cent of quadrennial revenues. read also:World Athletics set 2030 target to become carbon neutral The leaked figures put the athletics body’s end-2018 reserves at $45.2 million – high enough to indicate that it probably retains a reasonable cushion to help see it through the present coronavirus crisis, notwithstanding the Tokyo 2020 postponement. World Athletics provided a lengthy statement to The Sports Examiner, but told insidethegames it could not comment on the figures themselves. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In 2018, the organisation’s revenues are put at $47.5 million (£37.4 million/€42 million), compared with expenses of $66.8 million (£52.7 million/€59.1 million), to leave an apparent deficit of $19.3 million (£15.2 million/€17 million). In 2017, revenues were said to have amounted to $40.5 million (£31.9 million/€35.8 million) and expenses of $60.1 million (£47.4 million/€53.2 million), an apparent deficit of $19.6 million (£15.4 million/€17.3 million). The figures were obtained by The Sports Examiner, which reports having received a phone call from an unidentified individual claiming to have knowledge of financial information provided to delegates at the Congress in Doha that preceded last year’s World Athletics Championships. Following the recent publication of accounts by the International Modern Pentathlon Union, World Athletics is believed to have been the only remaining Summer Olympic International Sports Federation (IF) for which essentially no financial information was in the public domain. An official of what was then the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) told insidethegames in 2015 that: “The IAAF since its move from London in 1984 is established under the laws of Monaco – see Article One of our constitution – and is not obliged and has never published its audited accounts beyond its national members.” The new report gives a breakdown of 2018 expenses. Administration was said to have accounted for $17.3 million (£13.6 million/€15.3 million) of the $66.8 million (£52.7 million/€59.1 million) total, with events absorbing $16.7 million (£13.1 million/€14.7 million), federation support $10.4 million (£8.2 million/€9 million), development just over $3 million (£2.3 million/€2.6 million) and communications $1.3 million (£1 million/€1.1 million). Costs associated with the Athletics Integrity Unit were put at a substantial $7.1 million (£5.6 million/€6.2 million). Loading… Figures detailing the financial performance of World Athletics have at long last emerged, showing that the body made hefty deficits in both 2017 and 2018.last_img read more

Director of Sport hands over gear to Victoria Community

first_imgDIRECTOR of Sport, Christopher Jones,last Tuesday made a stop at the Victoria Community Centre where he handed over a number of Sports equipment and gear to members of the community.In making the presentation,the head of the National Sports Commission declared that it was a small contribution and promised more in the future.“I want to assure you, here (and)now, that this here is what I consider very minor, a very minute donation…so you can rest assured that the National Sports Commission (NSC) and by extension the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture will make further contributions to the development of your Village through the year.I understand that there is a proposal to enhance your ground to the tune of $3.5m GY…I want to say this now, that once that proposal is submitted to me,that would be on the priority list for 2017”, Jones promised to loud cheers from the villagers gathered.“Our aim at the NSC is to do everything possible to ensure that every village throughout the length and breadth of this country, the young people have a recreational space that they can go run, frolic, learn a particular sport and of course have an enclosed environment that is safe;so we are working on ensuring that these facilities are available in every community and village. Be assured that support will always be forthcoming from the NSC in the development of your community,” the Director reminded.Junior Minister within the Ministry of Health, Dr. Karen Cummings,who hails from that village thanked the Director for the kind gesture and urged the members to “care the equipment and make good use so that Victoria can move from one level to the next…think big,the sky is the limit.”Long-standing Club official of the Community’s pride – Victoria Kings FC – Calvin Marks introduced the Director and told the gathering that it was a historic moment for the village as it is the first time any Government official came to present any sport equipment to the village and that he was thankful.Marks also mentioned the exploits of the Victoria Kings FC and reminded that without the support of the Community there would be no Victoria Kings.The equipment received were for: Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Basketball, Football, Volleyball and Chess. (Ras Wadada)last_img read more