Titan’s Land-o’-Lakes Found

first_imgThe Cassini spacecraft has found features that look like methane lakes in the northern latitudes of Titan (see JPL press release).  The large dark patches, some about 30 miles across with rounded edges, appear to be associated with fluid channels.  Radar echoes cannot determine for sure whether the surface is liquid (dark means smooth, light means rough); the dark features could represent dry lakebeds like those found by the Huygens Probe.  Still, the surfaces appear extremely flat, although some of them may show evidence of waves.  Since these large, rounded dark features did not appear at equatorial latitudes, a comparison with the south pole at a future flyby will be instructive.  The radar images were obtained during the T16 flyby on Saturday, July 22.  Amateur enthusiasts are abuzz with excitement and interpretations at Unmanned Spaceflight, and Emily at the Planetary Society is sure they are lakes, comparing them to other lakes in the solar system.  They could be calderas from cryovolcanism – or just remnants of long-gone lakes.  A report on Science Now says the dark areas show higher temperatures, as would be expected from liquids, and reside north of 70° where methane rains would more likely occur.    Another Titan story comes from the European Space Agency.  By analyzing interference patterns in the radio signal from the Huygens probe to the Cassini orbiter, researchers calculated that the surface the probe landed on is covered with pebbles 5-10cm in diameter.    Also from the Saturn system, another view of Enceladus was released, paired with the moon Rhea.  Taken from 2.5 million miles away, the jets of Enceladus (en-SELL-a-dus) are clearly visible (see 07/11/2006 story).  A processed image was released July 21 allowing details of the outer plume to be shown feeding the E-ring.  The next close flyby won’t be till March 12, 2008 near the end of the prime mission (see timeline).  Since Enceladus has proven extraordinarily interesting, it will doubtless become a prime target for any extended mission if the spacecraft continues its nine-year record of good health.    Heads Down:  Cassini is now increasing its inclination over the next few orbits (plot, the 180-degree transfer).  By fall through spring, we should get unprecedented views looking down over Saturn’s rings from high overhead.  This will provide a welcome change of view after months of seeing the rings as thin lines (example).  The edge-on views have reminded us that, for all their vast extent, the rings are only about 100m thick.  The new vantage point, showing the ring system’s full breadth and detail of color and structure (example) is sure to inspire artists and poets as well as scientists (see overhead diagram).Titan appears to be showing a distinct regional difference between the equator and the poles.  Being cooler, the poles may be condensing out more of the liquid methane and ethane that is believed to be constantly produced in the upper atmosphere.  The current radar SAR image strip represents only a tiny fraction of Titan’s surface, so it is impossible to say if this region with its dark patches represents much of the polar regions or not.  The last two radar passes have been exceptionally intriguing (see also the July 19 press release about the April 30 flyby).  Titan presents a few familiar landscapes, but many unique ones.  Impact craters are rare, and there are no high mountains (as detected on the smaller moons like Iapetus).  It’s going to take awhile to sort all this out.  Too much theorizing too early might spoil the fun of discovery.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

US airline groups already have Trump on their radar

first_imgUS President Donald Trump. THE US airline industry has urged President-elect Donald Trump to make the nation’s air traffic control a priority as part of any plan to boost infrastructure.It  remains unclear  what aviation policies, if any, the private aircraft operator and former owner of the failed Trump Shuttle has up his sleeve.But that didn’t stop airline lobby groups from moving quickly to establish a position in the wake of his protectionist campaign and his comments about boosting American industry.In a congratulatory statement, industry lobbyist A4A noted comments in the billionaire’s acceptance speech and during his campaign that a $US1 trillion plan to improve infrastructure would by priority in the first 100 days.“We look forward to working with the Transition Team on strengthening our infrastructure in the sky to meet the nation’s growing demands on the ground,” said A4A chief executive Nicholas E. Calio. “The current U.S. Air Traffic Control system, while safe, is an inefficient relic of the 1940s.“We’re eager to work with President-elect Trump to transform it to reduce delays for the 2.2 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo that fly every day, while accommodating future growth and demand for travel and shipping.”A4A estimates the US  airline industry supports 10 million jobs and drives 5 percent of the total U.S. economy each day.“Our ability to create more jobs and help fuel economic growth is possible only if we’re operating within a National Airspace (NAS) infrastructure that is designed for the future,” Calio said.  “Our vision for a modernized NAS includes reforming the Air Traffic Control (ATC).“A service provided under appropriate authority to promote the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air  system so that politics don’t impede hiring and training more air traffic controllers and equipping our facilities with technology used by more than 50 countries around the world.“We want to see a reliable ATC funding model – funded by the system users, not political gamesmanship – so that we can plan for the long-term capital improvements the system needs to grow.”Air Traffic control improvements are not the only  issue about which US airlines will be lobbying: passenger rights regulations and access by foreign carriers are also on the agenda.The “big three”’ — Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines — have been conducting a running battle  with Gulf carriers with allegations of  billions of dollars of unfair subsidies.  Gulf airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar has rejected the allegations and launched counter accusations that US airlines were protected by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.A lobby group formed by the US carriers and labor unions, the Partnership for Fair and Open Skies, has quickly seized on Trump’s rhetoric about protecting US industry against unfair competition.“We look forward to briefing President-elect Donald Trump and his new administration on the massive, unfair subsidies that the UAE and Qatar give to their state-owned Gulf carriers,”  spokeswoman  Jill Zuckman  said in a statement.  “The Gulf carrier subsidies threaten the jobs of 300,000 U.S. aviation workers and the American aviation industry as a whole, and we are optimistic that the Trump administration will stand up to the UAE and Qatar, enforce our trade agreements and fight for American jobs.”However, an analysis by the CAPA Centre for Aviation warned that a move toward greater protectionism could hurt US carriers.It estimated the abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Agreement could see the industry forgo new route developments and 5 to 10 per cent in traffic growth the trade deal would have otherwise have generated.And it cautioned that the already clouded open skies issue could “darken further’’ if a Trump administration accepts the premise that open skies have passed their zenith.“Aviation policy typically does not feature high in the priorities of prospective Presidential candidates,’’ it said “” Yet the nationalistic appeal of the airline pilots’ unions struck a chord with both populist candidates – both Mr Trump’s and Mr (Democratic contender Bernie) Sanders’ campaigns expressly attacked Norwegian Airlines International’s moves to operate into the US.“The often-misplaced arguments fell squarely into the category of appealing to voters concerned for their jobs, and who see all the perceived negatives of foreign trade – without recognising the positives.“For US airlines and the US industry generally this is dangerous territory as it is the US airlines who have – at least in the medium term – the most to gain from liberal market access. The likely overall outcome: slower growth and less foreign airline competition.’’CAPA also warned that Trump’s aggressive stance against China could undermine the ability of US airlines to capitalise on one of the world’s biggest aviation markets and said “shotgun effect” of proposed visa restrictions could not avoid affecting air traffic, particularly from Mexico.last_img read more

10 months agoYoung happy Solskjaer keeping Man Utd coaching team together

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Young happy Solskjaer keeping Man Utd coaching team togetherby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United captain Ashley Young is happy to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keep together the majority of the coaching staff after Jose Mourino’s sacking.Solskjaer has retained the services of coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, who were both promoted to the senior side’s coaching set-up by Mourinho in the summer.Goalkeeper coach Emilio Alvarez, who was drafted in to the club in 2016, has also stayed at the club on the basis of his strong bond with David De Gea.”Carras, Kieran and Emilio have been fantastic,” Young, who has made 16 appearances this season, said.”The training sessions they’ve put on have been fantastic, top notch.”I can definitely see Carras being a manager one day and Kieran has been brilliant stepping up to the first team [from the Under-18s].”He’s taken to it like a duck to water and Emilio is a fantastic goalkeeping coach. It’s nice for them to be here and work under Mick and Ole as well.” last_img read more

a month agoNorwich boss Daniel Farke: Players didn’t let me down today

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich boss Daniel Farke: Players didn’t let me down todayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke says they must learn from defeat at Crystal Palace.Farve says that everyone must stick together to make Carrow Road a fortress, following the club’s 2-0 away defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.“It was clear that there would be difficult periods during this season,” he said. “To be competitive at this level is so difficult for us, especially with such a harsh injury situation. We have to stick together and show great commitment and desire.“The players didn’t let me down today, they tried everything and gave their heart. We just weren’t effective enough in using our chances. Carrow Road will be a fortress again next week. We have to go through this difficult time together.”He added: “There were some crucial periods in the game. We had to stand strong in the first 15 minutes and not allow them to have many chances. There was no need to concede the penalty because the striker was facing away from our goal. We have to be a bit more calm.” last_img read more

Seaspan Prepays Credit Facility on Six Vessels

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hong Kong-based Seaspan Corporation has prepaid a credit facility which was secured by six of its vessels. The company said that, upon completion of the collateral release documentation, this will expand Seaspan’s pool of unencumbered vessels from 18, as reported in its third quarter of 2018 earnings report, to 24 vessels.“Seaspan continues to add flexibility to the company’s capital structure by de-leveraging and unencumbering vessels. We are firmly committed to strengthening the balance sheet as one of the company’s strategic priorities,” Ryan Courson, Chief Financial Officer of Seaspan, said.Seaspan’s operating fleet consists of 112 containerships with a total capacity of more than 900,000 TEU, an average age of around 6 years and an average remaining lease period of 5 years, on a TEU-weighted basis.last_img read more

Sally Field To Host 2016 Womens Media Awards

first_imgThe Women’s Media Center is proud to announce our host and honorees for the 2016 Women’s Media Awards, to be held on September 29, 2016, at Capitale in New York City.The event will be hosted for the first time by Sally Field, the two-time Academy Award-winning and multiple Emmy-winning star of “Hello, My Name is Doris,” who will be returning to Broadway in March 2017 starring as Amanda in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” Gayle King, co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” and three-time Emmy winner, will give the opening remarks at the awards.The honorees will be:Samantha Bee, host of TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”; longtime correspondent on “The Daily Show”; co-creator of the upcoming sitcom “The Detour”; and author, who will receive the Women’s Media Center History Making Award.Salma Hayek Pinault, Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG, and BAFTA nominated actor; Emmy-winning director; award-winning producer; co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE; and activist, who will receive the Women’s Media Center Sisterhood is Global Award.Joy Reid, political analyst for MSNBC; host of “AM Joy”; and author, who will receive the Women’s Media Center Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award.Anita Sarkeesian, award-winning creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency; host of video series “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games”; media critic; blogger; and public speaker, who will receive the Women’s Media Center Digital Media Award.Regina K. Scully, three-time Emmy-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated producer; executive producer, founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation; founder and CEO of RPR Marketing Communications; and activist, who will receive the Women’s Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award.The announcement was made by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, co-founders of the Women’s Media Center.The Women’s Media Awards recognize and honor game-changers for women in media. By deciding who gets to talk, what creates the debate, who writes, and what is important enough to be visible, the media shapes our understanding of who we are and what we can be. The Women’s Media Awards shine a light on this important issue.“I am delighted that Sally Field will be joining us to host our gala this year,” says Women’s Media Center co-founder Robin Morgan. “Not only is Sally a brilliant actor who has been deservedly honored with awards for her unforgettable portrayals of women whose strength shines through the most trying of circumstances, she is also a director and producer who has created outstanding work, and a consistent, outspoken activist for women’s rights. I can’t wait to welcome Sally and am proud to have her take the stage for our Women’s Media Awards.”The Women’s Media Center History Making Award will be presented to Samantha Bee. “I am so glad that we will be honoring Samantha Bee, a center of energy, enlightenment and intelligence in political comedy,” says Gloria Steinem, a co-founder of the Women’s Media Center. “The power to make people laugh is also a power, which means comedy hasn’t always been equally open to women. Samantha brings with her the rarest of powers — she makes us laugh and learn at the same time.”The Women’s Media Center Sisterhood is Global Award will be presented to Salma Hayek Pinault. “Salma Hayek Pinault is an amazing example of the worldwide impact that can be made by a woman of talent, generosity, and courage,” says Women’s Media Center co-founder Jane Fonda. “Even beyond her beautiful and deeply vulnerable work as an actor, Salma has broken so many barriers with her bold enterprise as a producer, pushing through fierce challenges to bring to fruition works of deep integrity and meaningful impact. In addition, Salma continues to bravely speak out for women and the underserved around the globe, fighting powerfully against discrimination and domestic violence. I can’t imagine a better example of an honorable, empowered woman than Salma Hayek Pinault.”The Women’s Media Center Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award will be presented to Joy Reid. “Joy Reid is an outstanding journalist,” says Carol Jenkins, founding and former president of the Women’s Media Center. “In a tough political season, she is one of the few who asks the hard questions and insists on honest answers. Talk about visible and powerful—she has carved out and offers a rare space of truth for viewers and voters. Brava!”The Women’s Media Center Digital Media Award will be presented to Anita Sarkeesian. “Anita Sarkeesian is a powerful example of a woman boldly challenging and changing our culture,” says Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center. “In exposing misogyny in video game culture and promoting alternatives, she has bravely taken on the multi-billion dollar gaming industry, a highly influential media form in the shaping of imaginations. Despite being sexually harassed, doxed, and subjected to mob attacks that include violent rape and death threats, she continues to challenge media sexism and to produce innovative story-telling content depicting strong women characters. Anita is doing crucial work re-examining and creating today’s media.”The Women’s Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Regina K. Scully. “For over 30 years, Regina K. Scully has been a shining light and a true leader in the media field,” says Pat Mitchell, founding co-chair of the Women’s Media Center. “The incredible range of films that she has boldly produced have led us to essential and challenging truths about our society, while her insightful philanthropy has continually looked to build new opportunities for reform in education, women in film, and transformative art. Regina is truly a powerhouse, whose outstanding life’s work we are proud to honor.”“I am so proud that the Women’s Media Center will be honoring such a diverse range of accomplished women this year,” says Women’s Media Center co-founder Robin Morgan. “These women, in the courage and skill of their achievements, and in their bold speaking out against bigotry and for empowerment, have been challenging how we all see the world and are changing the world itself for the better.”To buy tickets or for more information about the 2016 Women’s Media Awards and the ongoing work of the Women’s Media Center, go to: www.womensmediacenter.com.last_img read more

Paul Scholes United are dull to watch

first_imgPaul Scholes has revealed that Manchester United’s performances are making it difficult for him to watch his former club playUnited once again failed to win any of their last 4 games across all competitions and are struggling to win a home fixture since their triumph over Leicester City.However, Red Devil’s legend Paul Scholes went further to suggest the Old Trafford outfit are no longer an exciting side to watch.“We talk about them being dull and we talk about the first 10 games (of this season), but you go into last season as well,” he said.“It’s been dull to watch. I don’t know how many times we’ve sat in the studio watching games and we end up watching the other screens looking at the other games to find some goals. That’s just the way it is.“But they’re still in a strong position in the group, they’ll still go through the group. But hopefully, that Juventus game (the next one in the group) will liven it up a bit.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Before the match, Scholes was critical of Mourinho’s tactics for the defeat at West Ham on Saturday.“I’m surprised he survived after Saturday,” he said.“The performance was that bad. The attitude and performance were nowhere near.“He’s coming out in press conference, he is constantly having a go at players, he’s having a go at people above him because he is not getting what he wants.“I think his mouth is probably out of control and I think he’s embarrassing the club.”last_img read more

Valverede skeptic of Barcas chances to rehire Neymar

first_imgBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde doesn’t seem convinced by the possibility of his side bringing Neymar back to Camp Nou anytime soon.The 26-year-old Brazilian part company with the Catalans last year to join Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record busting transfer just when Valverde took charge of the team.The Parisians had to splash out a staggering €222 million to secure the services of tricky forward, who at the time wanted to escape Leo Messi’s shadow.However, it seems that Neymar’s fortune let him down again, as he now finds himself in a shadow of Kylian Mbappe, the most talented youngster on the planet.Therefore, the ex-Santos star would like to leave Parc des Princes, and it appears that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has put a release clause in his contract, which will become active in the summer of 2020.According to the Spanish news outlet, Marca, Valverde is still skeptical about Blaugrana’s chances of landing the former talisman in the forthcoming period.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I coached him for 15 days.“Any time of the season is a good one to ask these questions but Neymar is at another team, it’s all speculation.“We aren’t in the market to sign players.“It’s a good topic for speculation, but we don’t know what could happen.“It’s difficult, I don’t know… We’ll see.”As things stand, in case the current La Liga holders decide to rehire Neymar, they would have to allocate nothing less than £190 million to make the deal go through.last_img read more

Pochettino demands determination and hard work from squad

first_imgAfter a positive season such as Tottenham’s 2017/18 campaign, Pochettino explains that the determination to be better is paramount.The 46-year old Tottenham manager insists that working hard together as a squad is very important as they hope to produce the same result as they did in last season.“Across all areas, we need to improve [at Tottenham],” Pochettino says via Skysports.“It’s a very powerful thing to keep all the squad together but at the same time you need to understand that the power is only important if you are clever and use that power to push harder, work harder and to be better.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“When you add new players and some players leave, it is easy to refresh the squad and to have a different challenge.“Because last season we were good or the World Cup was good, we are going to repeat the same this season? It’s not like this in football. You always need to try to improve and that is the challenge that we need the players to realise: they need to work harder than last season.“Of course, there are the different circumstances and the World Cup and the pre-season was completely different. But that makes us as coaches think and provide the best tools to them to keep them performing in the way we need to win games.”last_img read more