Targeted SETI Search Hears Nothing

first_img(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 For this search, a team targeted 104 stars with planets discovered by the Kepler Telescope.  Still nothing.Space.com told how veteran SETI queen Jill Tarter was among the team using the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia to look for radio signals between 1.1 and 1.9 GHz – a range SETI enthusiasts believe would be the most likely for alien broadcasts, because it includes the range used by humans for cell phones and television.MIT Technology Review’s ArXiv Blog discussed an upcoming paper for the Astrophysical Journal available as a preprint on ArXiv.  “No signals of extraterrestrial origin were found,” the paper states tersely.  The blog comments:The results allow the team to put important limits on the likelihood of Kardashian [sic] Type II civilisations. Tarter and co say that the negative result implies that the number of these civilisations that are loud in the 1-2GHz range must [sic] less than one in a million per sun-like star.PhysOrg defined the term: “a Kardashev type II civilization ([is] named after Nikolai Kardashev, who came up with a 3 tiered scale of intelligent existence: those that use the resources from a planet, their sun, or a galaxy, respectively)….”  Apparently the blogger had a certain celebrity socialite in mind; that alien has been found, but her intelligence is questioned by some.Imagine a planet filled with Kim Kardashian types!  Yikes!  That’s a really funny Freudian slip.  Maybe the Type II Kardashian civilization is when a Kim babe marries a Carl Sagan type, and they search happily ever after.We can’t be too hard on the SETI believers, if they are using private funding, because they really are looking for a needle in a million haystacks, having to make lots of assumptions.  Remember that “less than one in a million” includes “less than one in a gazillion” given zero results. They can argue that silence is to be expected given the nature of the search.  It’s still silent, though, even when looking at the best candidate stars.  Let them look; it keeps them out of trouble, and their methods give backhanded support to intelligent design theory.last_img read more

Fewer South Africans going to bed hungry

first_img19 June 2014South African households’ access to food has improved dramatically since 2002, although it has remained more or less static since 2011, according to Statistics South Africa’s latest General Household Survey.Conducted annually since 2002, the survey measures changes in the living conditions of South African households, including access to services and amenities including housing, water, electricity, food, health care and education.According to the 2013 survey, released on Wednesday, the percentage of households that experienced hunger dropped by more than half, from 23.8% to 11.4%, between 2002 and 2013, while the proportion of individuals that experienced hunger fell from 29.3% to 13.4%.However, the figures are more or less static between 2011 (11.7% for household hunger, 13.1% for individual hunger) and 2013 (11.4% and 13.4% respectively).A separate, more complex measure of access to food, the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale – which asks households about modifications they make in their diet because of limited available food sources – was added to the survey in 2010.According to this measure, the percentage of households with inadequate access to food dropped slightly, from 23.9% to 23.1%, between 2010 and 2013, while the percentage of individuals with inadequate access to food dropped from 28.6% to 26.0%.According to the survey, difficulties with getting food in 2103 were worst in North West province, where 37.3% of households struggled, followed by the Northern Cape (31.7%), Eastern Cape (29.4%) and Mpumalanga (29.4%).The survey also showed that almost one-fifth of households in the country were involved in cultivating crops or raising livestock in 2013 – the great majority (87.8%) in backyard gardens rather than on farmland (14.2%).Of these households, the survey found, more than three-quarters (76.9%) were farming for an additional source of food.Of all the households involved with agriculture, 51.7% cultivated grains, 45.2% grew fruit and vegetables, 40.8% farmed poultry, and 51.5% also raised livestock.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Rams’ Todd Gurley says he doesn’t care about Super Bowl role

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley celebrates after scoring against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half in an NFL divisional football playoff game in Los Angeles. Gurley loved to attend the Super Bowl as a fan the past few years. Now that he finally gets to play in it with the Rams, the star running back doesn’t even care if he’s sharing carries with C.J. Anderson. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Todd Gurley is a serious sports fan who loves going to the Super Bowl each winter, attending all of the decadent parties and soaking up the game-day atmosphere.The Los Angeles Rams’ superstar running back will miss out on most of those wild parties this year in Atlanta, but he doesn’t mind too much.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town RJ Barrett, No. 2 Duke pull away to beat Georgia Tech Nobody saw it in New Orleans, where Gurley made almost no impact on the Rams’ 26-23 overtime victory. The highest-paid running back in NFL history touched the ball only five times, albeit scoring a TD on one of those touches, rushing just four times and failing to catch two of the three passes intended for him.He was mostly a spectator down the stretch while watching Anderson, the veteran running back acquired by Los Angeles to fill in while Gurley missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury.Unlike some elite running backs, Gurley has repeatedly said he doesn’t care how many touches he gets as long as the Rams are winning. He appears to have a harmonious vibe with Anderson, who predicts a bounce-back performance by Gurley in the Super Bowl.He also still remembers the Rams’ miserable 4-12 season in 2016, when his ability was widely questioned. Being one part of a winning team is infinitely more appealing than being a star on a loser.“This whole game is bigger than me,” Gurley said. “It’s not just about me. Why is Todd not getting the ball? Why is that? Because there’s only one football and there’s 11 guys.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Still, Gurley is a major reason why the Rams were in position to reach the Super Bowl in the first place, thanks to his latest outstanding regular season. He finished third in the league with 1,251 yards rushing and racked up an NFL-best 21 touchdowns, excelling as a runner and a receiver for the second straight year in Sean McVay’s offense.But Gurley’s up-and-down form and usage since early December has been surprising and potentially troublesome for the Rams.Although he was effective as a receiver, Gurley managed just 76 combined yards rushing in his final two regular-season games in early December before sitting out the Rams’ last two games. He returned with a 115-yard rushing game against Dallas in the divisional playoff round, but Anderson put up 123 yards — and then Gurley barely factored in the Rams’ game plan in New Orleans.McVay has attempted to take the blame for this series of quiet performances by his franchise running back.“Any time that you have a player like Todd Gurley on your team, I’ve got to do a better job of getting him involved and getting him into the flow of the game,” McVay said this week, lamenting Gurley’s lack of touches against the Saints. “That’s something that I have to be accountable for.”But if McVay goes to Anderson early and often again in Atlanta, Gurley insists he won’t mind watching another Super Bowl.“You live for moments like that,” Gurley said. “But like I said, you live, you learn. I don’t give a damn what I do (in the game), honestly. I just want to win, so I don’t really care. You always want to do good, but you just want to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I’m used to going to the Super Bowl, being with my boys, hanging out,” Gurley said. “But we actually get a chance to play in it this year, so it’s cool, man. It’s a great feeling. We’re all happy. I’m happy. It’s no better feeling than how we’re feeling right now.”The Rams (15-3) want Gurley to be more than a spectator against the New England Patriots, and they’ll probably need much more from the 2017 Offensive Player of the Year than he was able to provide in his unusually quiet NFC championship game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGurley is not a boastful person in most public settings, but he is confident in his ability to finish the season with a bang. He also insists he doesn’t mind if C.J. Anderson or somebody else does his job, as long as the Rams are all getting rings.“We’re all going to have our downs, but you enjoy it even more when you do something great, or you have that success,” Gurley said. “I know who I am. I’m comfortable with myself. I’m the best. I’m the best at my position. I’ve been that way all my whole life, so it’s like I’m going to keep striving. I know what I can do.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton marks 200th race with victory

first_imgLewis Hamilton celebrated his 200th Formula One race in style on Sunday with a pole-to-flag Belgian Grand Prix victory for Mercedes that halved Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to seven points.The Briton’s fifth success in 12 races this season, and 58th of his career, came a day after he equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 pole positions.”Sebastian put a great fight on but this is what I said I was coming to do so I did it,” Hamilton told the crowd from the podium.Vettel finished second for Ferrari, 2.3 seconds behind, after pushing his rival all the way without being able to get close enough to make a move stick in what amounted to a two-horse race of relentless pressure.”It was really intense because every lap I was waiting for Lewis to do a mistake. He didn’t,” said Vettel, whose next race is Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix at Monza.3rd win in Spa 58th career victoryA memorable 200th race for @LewisHamilton#BelgianGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/zJWKFE9Gx3- Formula 1 (@F1) August 27, 2017″He was probably waiting for me to make a mistake. I didn’t,” added the German, who set a race lap record of one minute 46.577 seconds in the closing stages.With eight races remaining, four-times champion Vettel has 220 points and Hamilton 213.pic.twitter.com/3EQPWuNHum- Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) August 27, 2017Australian Daniel Ricciardo took third place for Red Bull after a storming re-start following a late safety car period that had closed the gap to the frontrunners and triggered a flurry of pitstops.advertisementRicciardo, on fresh ultra-soft tyres, passed Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas to surge into the top three, with the Finn also losing out to the Ferrari of compatriot Kimi Raikkonen as he ran wide.Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth for Renault, Romain Grosjean was seventh for Haas and Brazilian Felipe Massa took eighth for Williams.Reuters Photo MAX RETIRES”It’s pretty much for all the Dutch here, so thanks for hanging around,” said Ricciardo, whose teenage team mate Max Verstappen retired shaking his head in sheer frustration after eight laps.It was his sixth retirement in 12 races.”There are so many fans paying a lot for the tickets and you finish like this. That cannot happen with a top team,” said Verstappen, whose orange-clad compatriots accounted for a majority of the crowd.LAP 9/44: Heartbreak for @Max33Verstappen’s fans ??The Dutchman has to retire after losing power… #BelgianGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/W3YLUUYGO4- Formula 1 (@F1) August 27, 2017While Hamilton and Vettel played out their own private duel, there was plenty of action further down the field with the Force India duo of Mexican Sergio Perez and Frenchman Esteban Ocon playing a starring role.The simmering pair clashed twice, the second time bringing out the safety car when Ocon — who finished ninth — tried to get past on the run down to Eau Rouge and was almost squeezed into the wall.”I can accept the first one — perhaps he couldn’t see me but the second one was ridiculous. He was risking our lives. He risked my life,” said a furious Ocon.Debris from his car’s broken front wing littered the track while Perez’s right rear tyre was punctured, leaving him limping back to the pits on a rim.”It looked like Sergio squeezed Esteban into the wall and came out the loser of that scrap,” the team’s chief operating office Otmar Szafnauer told Sky Sports television, warning that the team would read the riot act.”We’ve let them race up until now. If they can’t do it in a manner which is good for the team, then they won’t be racing any more,” he said.Spaniard Fernando Alonso was also an unhappy man in the McLaren, the double world champion making a storming start but his Honda-powered car’s lack of speed leaving him with an impossible task and increasingly frustrated before retiring.”Embarrassing, embarrassing,” he had said earlier.last_img read more

Lukaku has no Man Utd release clause

first_imgManchester United Lukaku reveals no release clause was included in £75m Man Utd transfer Last updated 2 years ago 04:14 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United West Ham United Premier League 08132017 Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Premier League The Belgium international joined the Red Devils from Everton during the summer window and is intending to spend “a very long time” at Old Trafford Romelu Lukaku has revealed that there is no release clause in his Manchester United contract as he intends to spend “a very long time” at the club.The Belgium international secured a £75 million switch to Old Trafford during the summer transfer window.Red Devils 9/4 to win the title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina That move has allowed him to fulfil his ambition of gracing the Champions League and challenging for top honours.At 24 years of age there is the possibility that he could go chasing further dreams elsewhere in the future, but Lukaku insists he is planning to stick around with the Red Devils for some considerable time.Pressed on whether a release clause was included in the deal which took him to the Theatre of Dreams, the powerful striker told DH: “I don’t have one, but I’m very happy. I hope I stay there for a very long time.”United’s deal for Lukaku has been made to look like very shrewd business, given the start to life he has made at Old Trafford – with four goals in as many games.His price tag also appears favourable, with the record-breaking €222 million move of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain raising asking prices across the board.Manchester United celebrate Romelu LukakuLukaku is reluctant to speculate to what he could be worth in the future, when supposedly at the peak of his powers, with a proven frontman eager to avoid putting a price on his own head.He added: “I’m not going to leave. I’m happy over there. Manchester United is a big club.”Lukaku has helped United to set the early pace in the Premier League title race, with Jose Mourinho’s side yet to drop a point or concede a goal.He has carried his fine form into the international break, with a hat-trick netted in a 9-0 demolition of Gibraltar on Thursday.last_img read more