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St Edmund Hall elects new Principal

first_imgProfessor Katherine Willis has been elected the new Principal of St Edmund Hall.She will succeed the current Principal, Professor Keith Gull, on 1st October. Professor Gull has been Principal since 2009.Willis has been Director of Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, since 2013. While there, she coordinated Kew’s over 370 scientists and its research projects in more than 101 countries. She also oversaw creation of Plants of the World Online, an online portal detailing Kew’s 8.5 million botanical record entries.She was previously a tutorial fellow at St Hilda’s and Jesus, before holding the roles of Tasso Leventis chair in Biodiversity, Head of the Oxford Long-term Ecology Laboratory, and Professorial Fellow at Merton College.While at Kew, Willis led several initiatives promoting public understanding of science. Among them is a 25-part series for BBC Radio 4, Roots to Riches.A press release said that Willis “greatly looks forward to meeting the alumni, Fellows, students and staff in October and building further the Hall’s strength as a vibrant, forward-looking, diverse and inclusive society that strives for excellence in all that it does.”last_img read more

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Emissions force Talen to take Colstrip coal units offline

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:Colstrip Power Plant, one of the largest electricity generators in the northwestern United States, has been shut down for at least a month because of air pollution problems, The Billings Gazette has learned.Talen Energy, which operates the plant, is trying to dispel rumors that newer portions of the four-generator power plant have been permanently shut down after failing to comply with the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. None of the power plant’s four units are effectively functioning currently.The details were disclosed to The Gazette in a leaked email, which was written by Colstrip Plant Manager Neil Dennehy. “There is no truth in the rumor that the units will be permanently shut down due to this issue,” Dennehy wrote.Neither Dennehy nor Talen Media Relations Manager Todd Martin responded to Gazette interview requests Tuesday. But Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality confirmed Colstrip’s shutdown over air pollution problems that began at least 28 days ago. That’s when Talen notified the state that its newer generators, Colstrip Units 3 and 4, were emitting Hazardous Air Pollutants, or HAPs, at unsafe levels.Talen shut the units down so it could figure out what went wrong. Since then, the units have fired up only for testing. On July 10, Talen informed the state that its HAPs were still too high. HAPs are pollutants that are known to cause cancer or suspected of causing cancer or other serious health problems like birth defects. The toxic ingredients include lead, cadmium, chromium and other compounds.Dennehy said in his email that Talen would not operate the units out of compliance. By coincidence, Colstrip’s two other generating units are shut down for scheduled maintenance, leaving the power plant completely nonoperational.Right now without Colstrip electricity, those utilities are buying electricity on the spot market and doing so without interruption, sometimes at prices lower than the cost of Colstrip power. All six of Colstrip’s owners own other generating facilities, ranging from hydroelectric dams to wind farms and natural gas plants.More: Colstrip Power Plant shut down to address unsafe pollution emission, scheduled maintenance Emissions force Talen to take Colstrip coal units offlinelast_img read more

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First U.S. utility scale offshore wind farm will cut Massachusetts customer bills by $1.4 billion

first_imgFirst U.S. utility scale offshore wind farm will cut Massachusetts customer bills by $1.4 billion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:Massachusetts electricity users will save about $1.4 billion over 20 years from the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S.Avangrid Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, joint developers of the 800-megawatt project south of Martha’s Vineyard, expect to provide power and renewable energy credits for 6.5 cents a kilowatt-hour according to a letter Wednesday from the state Department of Energy Resources.That’s a levelized price in 2017 dollars over the term of the contracts, and makes the Vineyard Wind project about 18 percent cheaper than other alternatives, according to the letter. It’s also lower than the wind industry expected and shows that offshore wind can be a competitive source of clean energy as costs continue to come down.“That’s pretty shocking for us,” said Tom Harries, a wind analyst at Bloomberg NEF. “I think the wider industry expected much higher prices. The repercussions of this are it will probably awaken a lot of other coastal states to the value of offshore wind.”As prices continue to fall, offshore wind is expected to grow by 16 percent annually through 2030, driven by installations in the U.K., Germany, Netherlands and China, according to BNEF. The U.S. is a latecomer to the market, and early projects may cost more than those in Europe, in large part because developers will need to import components for the massive offshore structures, which can be as big as 600 feet (183 meters).With Vineyard Wind, the U.S. is starting to close the gap, Harries said. While offshore wind is still more costly than onshore wind and solar, it offers other advantages, notably that the turbines will generate power in the winter when prices are high.Federal tax credits and a long-term power-purchase agreement were part of the equation that helped the wind project “offer an attractive price to the benefit of consumers,” Lars Thaaning Pedersen, chief executive officer of Vineyard Wind, said in a statement.“The general consensus was that it would take a while for new markets to reach levels we’ve seen in Europe and the U.S. seems to be doing this pretty fast,” he said. More: First Big U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Offers $1.4 Billion to Customerslast_img read more

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Top 5 inspirational quotes from holiday films

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details If you’re like me, one of your favorite things about the holiday season is enjoying Christmas films with family. I have many great memories in my life that involve these classics. And, no matter how our lives or the world changes, these movies stand the test of time. Here are a few favorites and the words of wisdom we can remember from each, many of which remind us of the true reason for the season.“It came without ribbons. It came without bows. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas is a little bit more.” – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas“If you won’t use your heart, who cares if it gets broken? If you just keep it to yourself, maybe it’ll be like my rollerblades. When you do decide to try it, it won’t be any good. You should take a chance. Got nothing to lose.” – Kevin McAllister in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” – Clarence the angel in It’s a Wonderful Life“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere.” – The Prime Minister of England in Love Actually “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” – Fred Gailey in Miracle on 34th Streetlast_img read more

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‘The Challenge’ Season 36 Cast: Meet the ‘Double Agents’

first_imgBefore the premiere, MTV will air The Challenge: Double Agents Declassified on Monday, December 7, which will provide an inside look at the season and the cast — including two returners who have since taken time off.Darrell Taylor, who was last seen on XXX: Dirty 30 in 2017, and Theresa Gonzalez, who most recently competed on The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II in 2015, are both back and ready to take home the cash prize.- Advertisement – In the words of C.T., let’s f–kin’ go! Season 36 of The Challenge has arrived. On Thursday, November 12, MTV announced the cast for The Challenge: Double Agents, set to premiere next month.In addition to 20 returning competitors, 10 rookies will be joining the season, which will return to a partner format. Filmed in Iceland, the 30 reality stars will compete “in a game of secrets, spies and lies for their share of one million dollars.”- Advertisement – This season is also introducing stars from other shows — and other walks of life — including Amber Borzotra from Big Brother 16, Gabby Allen from Love Island 3, Amber Martinez from Are You the One? 8, Mechie Harris from Ex on the Beach 3, former WWE star Lio Rush and former Olympian Lolo Jones.America’s Got Talent alum Joseph Allen, Ultimate Beastmaster star Nam Vo, Shipwrecked‘s Liv Jawando and Survivor winner Natalie Anderson will also compete.Scroll through the gallery below to meet the cast.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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NPD Analyses Norwegian Shelf Seabed Minerals

first_imgThe Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has conducted a chemical analyses of sulphides and manganese crusts from the Norwegian shelf and revealed that the sulphides contain a high content of copper, zinc and cobalt.The sulphis contains mostly contain iron, but also have a relatively high content of copper (up to 14 per cent in some samples), zinc (3 per cent) and cobalt (less than 1 per cent).These are important metals as society moves towards increasing electrification. They are also in demand from the industrial sector.The content of metals in sulphides and manganese crusts from the Norwegian shelf is higher than what is found in samples from other parts of the world.On the Norwegian continental shelf, it is a known fact that seabed minerals occur in the deeper parts of the Norwegian Sea.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has been assigned the task of mapping the extent of such seabed minerals, and systematizing data from the collected samples. Several occurrences of sulphides and manganese crusts have been proven, most recently during the NPD’s voyage in the summer of 2018.The sulphides were found along the volcanic Mohns Ridge between Jan Mayen and Bjørnøya. Manganese crusts have been proven in several locations along the Vøring Spur and around Jan Mayen.The manganese crusts in the Norwegian Sea fall into two groups. One of these contains around double the amount of REE – Rare Earth Minerals, as compared with samples from the Pacific Ocean and the rest of the Atlantic Ocean.The other group has lower concentrations. Both groups contain substantially more lithium (20-80 times) and scandium (4-7 times). All of these elements are metals that are important in the green transition.last_img read more

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What channel is Georgia vs. Baylor on today? Time, TV schedule for Sugar Bowl 2020

first_imgGeorgia hopes this Sugar Bowl appearance goes better than the last one.The Bulldogs’ 2018 season finished with a decisive loss to Texas in which it trailed 28-7 early in the fourth quarter. This one will conclude with a Jan. 1 matchup against Baylor that figures to be a similarly difficult task. MORE: Georgia vs. Baylor odds, predictions, betting trendsWhat channel is Georgia vs. Baylor on today?TV channel (national): ESPNLive stream: WatchESPNGeorgia vs. Baylor is televised nationally on ESPN. Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge will call the game from the TV booth, and Holly Rowe will offer additional reporting from the sideline.What time does the Sugar Bowl start?Date: Wednesday, Jan. 1Start time: 8:45 p.m. ETThe Sugar Bowl meeting between Georgia and Baylor starts at 8:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The Bulldogs are 4-0 all-time against the Bears, though the schools haven’t played one another since 1989.New Year’s 6 bowl scheduleSaturday, Dec. 28BowlTeamsCotton Bowl ClassicPenn State 53, Memphis 39Peach Bowl (CFP semifinal)LSU 63, Oklahoma 28Fiesta Bowl (CFP semifinal)Clemson 29, Ohio State 23Monday, Dec. 30BowlTeamsTime (ET)TVOrange BowlFlorida vs. Virginia8 p.m.ESPNWednesday, Jan. 1BowlTeamsTime (ET)TVRose Bowl GameWisconsin vs. Oregon5 p.m.ESPNSugar BowlGeorgia vs. Baylor8:45 p.m.ESPNMonday, Jan. 13BowlTeamsTime (ET)TVCollege Football Playoff championshipLSU vs. Clemson8 p.m.ESPN Like No. 5 Georgia (11-2), No. 7 Baylor (11-2) spent much of the year in the College Football Playoff discussion. Despite falling short of that destination, claiming the Sugar Bowl would mark a successful campaign for each team and a building block for the future.Here’s a guide to everything to need to watch the Sugar Bowl matchup between Georgia and Baylor, including start time, TV channels and a full New Year’s Six bowl schedule.last_img read more

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