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Listen To This Artist Create Music From Sonified Astrophysics Data

first_imgIn the past year, researchers have made strides in recording the sounds of distant physical phenomena, helping to shed some light on as-of-yet mysterious functions of the universe. Bodies from giant stars to subatomic particles have been captured as whistles, chirps, and mystical swells. Lightning over the surface of Jupiter manifests as descending tones — like a cartoon character falling off a cliff. The sound of two black holes colliding deep in space was heard on Earth — like a drop of water in a bucket.However, as Ryan Mandelbaum explained in a recent Popular Science article, these thing can only be heard as sounds once they are “sonified.” Sonification is the representation of information as sound–information which may or may not actually relate to sound in any way. The technique is used to make complicated data sets more accessible to the masses. But since even sonified data is still just scattered sounds, Popular Science asked musician and biomedical scholar Simmone Jones to take these sounds and turn them into music, which she did to powerful effect with her new song, “Alchemy”. You can listen to the song below:The song fuses together some of the important sonifications created this year. That includes the chirp of colliding black holes’ gravitational waves, and the ethereal tones created by converting live data from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom smasher, into sound. Sound is just a disturbance that travels through a medium, usually the air. When someone plays a song on a speaker, the speaker creates vibrations in the air molecules, which move wildly and crash into each other. The dance of these air molecules presses forward until the molecules hit your eardrum. Your brain recognizes the vibrations as beats and notes and translates them into noise. By “sonifying” readings of any kind of wave, observers can examine the makeup and details of the given wave by listening, and can often discern things that they missed by simply observing a visual chart or measurement. Not all sonification is derived from waves. Says Mandelbaum, “You can map any data into noise as long as you can tell a sound synthesizer what note to play and how loud it should be. As I can tell a computer ‘play a C when blue cars pass by, a D for black cars, and an E for red cars,’ and play ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ by sending the right combinations of cars at the right times.’“Alchemy’s” title comes from science’s magical perception in the Middle Ages, which often still holds true today. “Essentially we’re still trying to take these mystical ideas and turn them into an understanding of the world,” Jones told Popular Science. Scientists, like alchemists, are doing “a spooky thing that could be easily confused with witchcraft or something taboo.” Jones hopes that songs like “Alchemy” will put science in front of the masses to make folks more comfortable with the ideas.To learn more about the processes of sonification, check out the original PopSci article. [h/t/ – Popular Science]last_img read more

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Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike Asks ‘What If’ & ‘Why Not’ In First Trailer For New Netflix Series [Watch]

first_imgRun The Jewels rapper Killer Mike is coming to Netflix next month with a six-part docuseries titled, Trigger Warning With Killer Mike. The new show is produced and hosted by the rapper and will provide viewers with a new spin on some of the unusual norms and cultural taboos that exist in today’s society.A statement shared by Killer Mike to go with the show’s first trailer on Wednesday mentions that the series looks to provide “viewers the space to examine the ‘what ifs’ and ‘why nots’ that limit how some people move and operate in the world.”Some of the talking points discussed between Killer Mike (real name, Michael Render) and his interview subjects will range from a Crips-branded soda drink to black Jesus to racism. Some of show’s topics are bound to make viewers slightly uncomfortable, but surely no worse than how Killer Mike must have felt when he first saw the trailer’s clip of a white woman confidently stating how she thinks most shootings and robberies are done by black people. Oof… Watch the trailer below:Trigger Warning with Killer Mike – Teaser Trailer[Video: Netflix]“In six episodes, we explore the human condition using nontraditional approaches,” Killer Mike continued. “Not everyone will agree with my methods (and some of what we’re putting out is fucking crazy), but this show is about embracing your freedom to challenge societal expectations and conformity. This show is if an anarchist determined the status quo.”This will not be the first time Killer Mike has used television to open up the discussion on some of the more controversial talking points of today. He’s appeared on talk shows like Real Time With Bill Maher, in addition to sitting down with then-Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders back in 2015 as part of the rapper’s Talking Shop series.Speaking of Run The Jewels, Mike’s partner in the hip-hop duo, El-P, recently gave fans an update as to when their follow-up to 2016’s RTJ III might arrive. In a post shared to his Twitter on Tuesday, El-P mentioned, “At the risk of losing the mystery of it all, RTJ4 will probably hit around summer time. I’m sorry if that schedule disappoints anyone but we need the time to make sure the music doesn’t.”Run The Jewels is currently scheduled to co-headline a concert with the Foo Fighters leading up to the Super Bowl in Atlanta come February. Trigger Warning with Killer Mike is scheduled to arrive on Nextlix January 18th.last_img read more

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NDSP, South Bend PD share student safety tips

first_imgAt Wednesday evening’s Student Safety Summit, local and campus police offered advice to students on how best to ensure their safety both on and off campus.The seven officers on the panel represented both the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and the South Bend Police Department (SBPD). Associate vice president of campus security Mike Seamon began the discussion by acknowledging the emphasis campus and local police place on student security.“Our top priority is the safety of all our faculty, staff, students and guests,” Seamon said.The panelists stressed the importance of using common sense to avoid unnecessarily dangerous situations. South Bend Police Captain Jeff Rynearson said taking preventative measures is essential.“Be smart. Have a plan in place before you go out,” Rynearson said.Walking alone is never a good idea, Rynearson said, and students should always have a plan to get home and a group or buddy to walk home with.“We have done a fantastic job of revitalizing the area, but there are still some higher crime areas, especially at night ” Rynearson said.In light of this, Lieutenant Tim Williams said it is imperative that students remain vigilant both on and off-campus.“Crime is all about opportunity,” Williams said. “We don’t want you to be an easy target.”According to NDSP Deputy Chief Keri Kei Shibata, the most prevalent crime on campus is theft of unattended property. Cases of forced entry in dorm room burglaries are extremely rare, so the best prevention is to lock doors.In the wake of recent active shooter situations like last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Shibata also discussed the measures that are in place should such a situation arise at Notre Dame. NDSP officers are trained annually on how to respond to active violence on campus, she said. The ND Alert system is also an essential part of the response to possible violence on campus as it allows information to reach students within seconds, she said.St. Joseph County Sheriff Mike Grzegorek spoke about basic safety knowledge for off-campus students. He said in addition to keeping doors and windows locked, keeping curtains drawn to prevent people from looking into homes is an often-overlooked safety measure. He said reaching out to neighbors can also be a useful step in protecting home when you are not there.“Build strong relationships with your neighbors so that when you are gone, they can help,” Grzegorek said.The panelists ended their presentation by emphasizing the importance of looking out for others in the community.“The best way to promote safety is for everyone to help each other,” Williams said.Rynearson stressed the importance of students using their instincts when it comes to personal safety.“If you feel something in your gut, don’t go into that situation,” Rynearson said. “We all have a sixth sense, so use it.”Tags: NDSP, SBPD, student safetylast_img read more

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New York Launches Early Voting For Primary Elections

first_imgMGN Image.ALBANY — Over the weekend, New York State launched early voting for the first time ever in a primary in the state.Early voting runs through June 21, before taking a day off ahead of the June 23 primary.New Yorkers can cast ballots at select polling locations under a law that passed last year, when the state joined 38 others with some form of early voting.In Chautauqua County, voters wishing to cast an early ballot in the Democrat Presidential Primary or Town of Busti Republican Primary can do so by visiting the county’s Board of Election Offices in Mayville. The state first rolled out early voting in November, and has since worked to smooth out issues including the location of polling booths in schools.Voters can also vote by absentee ballots, which can be postmarked by June 23. The state this year sent every registered voter a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot and allowed all New Yorkers to vote absentee because of the COVID-19 pandemic.For more information on early voting in Chautauqua County, visit chqgov.com/board-of-elections/Early-Voting-Information.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sandbagging

first_imgOne pet peeve I have when racing is I get quite tired of hearing all the excuses before the race from various competitors. Now I know I’m not totally immune to this sort of behavior and I’m sure I’ve been guilty of this a time or two. I know lately I find myself using the age card excuse too much. However I do try to have the attitude that if I’m toeing the start line, I am ready to race to the best of my ability. I definitely do not need to go around spreading self doubt to other runners. I realize it is probably human nature to deflect some of the race day pressure by publicly announcing an array of excuses as to why your performance will not be your best. It probably starts as children by abdicating responsibility instead of accepting it. The excuses are verbalized so when the self-fulfilling prophecy occurs on race day, everyone already is prepared for his or her failure.That being said I still believe it is best to keep all the sandbagging internal as it really deters from how others feel about their own race. There is nothing like having a great race and knowing your strongest rival has given you three or four excuses why they won’t be able to keep up with you. Win or lose it takes away from your own performance whether your opponent realizes this or not. The best thing to do pre-race is to try not to engage him or her in conversation or you will be trapped in a downward spiral of reduced expectations.I’ve dealt with a myriad of sandbaggers at races and here are some of my favorite pre-race excuses:I have not done any speed workouts in monthsI just started back to speed workouts this past weekI’m cross training more so my running has sufferedMy big goal race is actually next weekMy big goal race was last week, I doubt I’ve recoveredI’m just training through this race and using it as a semi-hard workoutI’m just here to “participate”I’ve been injured for weeks I hope I can make itI’m currently injuredI feel like an injury is coming on so I may have to pull outI’m way over-trained and have tired legsI’m way under-trained and out of shapeI wore the wrong shoes, I thought this was a trail raceI’m not good at racing in hot weatherI’m not good at racing in cold weatherI did not have time to eat breakfastI was up all night and got no sleepI went on a pub crawl last nightI forgot to take my “special” pillI’m doing doubles so I need to take it easy for my 2nd run later todayI hope I remember what it feels like to race I have been out of it for so longI’ll try to hang with you for as long as I can. I’ll see you on the podium.I forgot my I-pod and I can’t race well without musicMy horoscope says today is not a good day for physical exerciseI’m sure many you can add some excuses you have heard to this list. So the next time you have some sort of self doubt pre-race, don’t spread it around like a virus at the start line. If you choose to pay the entrance fee to race, bring the effort not the excuses.last_img read more

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5 simple ways to make life easier

first_imgIf you want to be happier and have a more stress-free life, here are a few ways you can make your life easier.Only spend the money you have: It can feel good to spend money. It feels even better to not create debt. Save and spend. Don’t run up debt that will pile on you for years. Maybe you’ll have less “stuff,” but you’ll appreciate living debt free.Drink water: Lay off the coffee and beer. Drinking water can increase energy, flush out toxins, boost your immune system, and promote weight loss. Not to mention all the money you’ll save. Water is a lot cheaper than that latte.Get out: Go for a walk out in nature, or take a cruise down the highway. It’s always good to get some fresh air and your blood pumping.Take notes: This is good advice at work, but it’s also a good habit to get in at home. Write down not only important names and numbers, but anything you don’t want to forget. If you have a weekly download of thoughts and ideas, you’ll have a lot more clarity every day.Be nice: If feels good to be kind and it’s nice to not have any drama with people in your life. Being nice is contagious, so maybe you’ll rub off on those you come in contact with on a regular basis. 125SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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CU cool-down: Take the heat off your credit union marketing department

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Our credit union marketing departments are incredibly valuable and often under a lot of pressure to perform when it comes to increasing purchase mortgages. They need to reach sales goals, stay under budget, and sometimes perform miracles for their CEOs and their mortgage teams.But is putting the heat on your marketing team the best method to produce results? With football season upon us, let’s go to a football metaphor here. Many coaches lead and train their players using this “put the heat on” approach. A lot of shouting, reminding them of the goal constantly and other efforts like these are part of their every day practice and in the games themselves. This can definitely produce results, but sometimes it can backfire. Players are run down into the ground, self-esteem is lost, and some players’ careers are shortened greatly. The “tough love” approach does not always work in football and it does not always work in business.Your mortgage department can try a different, more effective approach by bringing something to the marketing table. continue reading »last_img read more

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The Covid-19 era seeks modern methods and new technologies to protect guests and space

first_imgThe key thing – to restore trust Vertical includes a rounded series of measures starting from systematic and continuous personal education of everyone in a particular tourist receptive area on how to behave and how intensively to implement the relevant level of hygiene indoors, but also at home in private life since Covid-19 does not differ officially from private . Because, let’s not forget, the world is not enough, as Pierce Brosnan nonchalantly puts it when interpreting the legendary James Bond in a film of the same name. fourth, promote the level of sustainability and green growth;  and the third, direct and intensive elimination of bacteria and viruses.  If you remember, we used to have special staff who took care of the security aspect of the more renowned tourist facilities and their guests at the time. Instead of hotel detectives, we may welcome bacteriological ones today and tomorrow.  It should be clear to the guests what, why and how you take care of them or what you do specifically for their safety. It is estimated that the overall decline in tourism in 2020 will be from 58 to 78 percent compared to 2019.  As far as common ventilation and air conditioning systems are concerned, there are still untested that there may be some breakthroughs, especially due to insufficient maintenance. The key is to build and maintain level of TRUST by guests by applying new and efficient travel companies HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.  In the first five months of this year alone, $ 320 billion was lost, three times the total loss in 2009 known for the economic crisis.  Education alone is not effective without adequate supervision.  Robots and devices of various types and capacities of this line, which are controlled outside the rooms that are disinfected using smartphones and tablets, emit UV-C light, disinfecting the air and all surfaces or rooms (rooms, reception, congress halls, kitchens, bathrooms). ) in its entirety with almost 100 percent effect. Combining everything known so far, it seems to me at this point advisable and optimal to suggest Anti VirusToolkit ie integral program-management tool of three types of measures: drugi, develop resilience throughout the tourism value chain; First, soothe and depreciate as much as possible the socio-economic consequences of the crisis; “The crisis of the tourism sector is a threat to the whole country ”, literally states a special United Nations document from August 2020 entitled: “Covid-19 and tourism in transition”. second – regular and frequent disinfection of contact surfaces such as door handles and locks, backrests and handles or counters  first, regular maintenance and cleaning of ventilation and air conditioning systems; António Guterres, historically 9. The Secretary-General of the United Nations in the history of this world institution, especially emphasizes that the survival of millions of family households in tourism depends on the fact whether we will be able to build in the new circumstances, I quote, ” sustainable and responsible tourism safe for the host local community, the employees and guests themselves. ” VERTICAL  as a combination of interconnected and conditioned functions of education and supervision;HORIZONTAL, which refers to the personal hygiene and comprehensive culture of personal hygiene of each employee individually and  SPECTRAL,  which includes achieving a complete and complete disinfection or hygiene of interior spaces.  As we have the opportunity to see, foreign hotels are already posting on their websites the level of anti Covid-19 protection they are implementing. There is no waiting. Every moment is a moment to create a positive perceptual and empathic difference with guests at the moment when they decide where to go and where to stay. How to overcome this condition and return to the old? Innovative robot line for complete space disinfection As far as personal hygiene of employees is concerned, in addition to wearing protective gloves and masks, measuring temperature before starting work, during work and before leaving work, keeping a distance of 1 to 1,5 meters, as much as the nature of service and human contact allows, special attention is paid to hand disinfectants and the quality and intensity of hand washing. So security for everyone and above all. New security in the so-called new normalcy needs a series of new activities and – new investments, which should be adequately communicated. First experiences show that after the first positive shock of the introduction, the measures, due to human nature, give way or relax, which is reflected in the irregular wearing of masks, the intensity and length of hand washing and a sufficient amount of disinfectant. Hands should be washed and rinsed for at least 20 seconds, repeatedly as well as using a disinfectant with not less than 60% alcohol. Analyzes of publicly available protocols show that they are largely based on traditional methods and technologies known so far. An alarm signal in world tourism has been given.  i chest, encourage partnerships to allow tourism further support in line with sustainable development goals. Not if you know and if you prepare and “make yourself” aware of yourself and everyone else around you for possible chaotic events and effective measures for new upcoming challenges of this type. Special attention should be paid to the contact surfaces both by their proper disinfection and by reducing the number of direct contact surfaces by means of specially prepared and packaged contact service cards for each guest. A significant part of the mentioned measures, when it comes to the elimination of viruses, bacteria or pathogens, are replaced, upgraded and completed by new technologies such as the innovative robot line SpeedyCare UV. Complicated?  They kill even those bacteria and viruses or pathogens that have created immunity to common disinfectants. Depending on the duration of this and possible other pandemics, it is to be expected that in order to gradually complicate the process of anti-pathogenic protection, specialized hotel or tourist Anti Virus Teams (AVT) or even service companies will be established, which will take care of this segment either at the level of tourism companies as a whole. An unimaginably huge shock threatens the world tourism economy. At the moment, the deficit of 850 million to 1,1 billion guests is reflected in the loss of 910 billion to 1,2 billion dollars of tourist traffic, which directly threatens 100 to 120 million jobs worldwide. For the urgent recovery of tourism Guterres points to five priority areas: the third, maximize use ttechnologies in the tourism sector; A mix of traditional and new  As far as indoor hygiene is concerned, three segments should be noted: Cover photo: Anna Shvetslast_img read more

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SIICS and the city

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Indonesia looks to sign RCEP this year to support economic recovery

first_img“With respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, the finalization of the RCEP this year gives hope that economies in the region and around the world will recover, the regional supply chain will be strengthened and confidence in the open and rules-based international trade system will be restored,” Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said in a statement on Tuesday after a virtual meeting with his regional counterparts.Read also: Indonesia responds to India, China’s latest spat, calls for restraint amid pandemicThe meeting came at a time when countries, including Indonesia, are struggling to reemerge from various degrees of lockdown as they seek to ease the severity of the pandemic’s impacts on their economies. The Indonesian government forecasts an economic growth rate of 1 percent this year, the lowest rate in 19 years, and has even warned of a 0.4 percent contraction under a worst case scenario.The pandemic has also battered international trade and disrupted global supply chains, with factories around the world being forced to close as countries seek to contain the virus. Indonesia and 14 other negotiating countries agreed Tuesday to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year to help their economies recover from the pandemic-induced downturn.Iman Pambagyo, who has led the RCEP trade negotiating committee since 2013, said he expected the deal to be signed in November. Countries have so far agreed on the text of the agreement and almost completed the legal review of the text, called legal scrubbing.If signed, the trade deal, introduced at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia in 2012, will create one of the world’s largest economic blocs, as the negotiating countries account for 30 percent of global GDP. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has projected that global trade will shrink by between 13 and 32 percent this year as the scale of the economic impacts remain uncertain.Despite Indonesia’s optimism, ministers from the other negotiating countries, namely the 10 ASEAN member states, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, still need to persuade India to join the RCEP to get the most out of the trade deal.“India, as an original participating country, has a strategic role in the progress, prosperity and supply chain of the region,” said Agus, a National Awakening Party politician. “Thus, we remain open to India rejoining the RCEP in the future.”Read also: RI wants to resolve issues in RCEP negotiationsIndia withdrew from negotiations in November 2019 because of concerns about its growing trade deficit with China. Indian businesspeople have expressed concern the RCEP could result in an influx of cheap goods from China and dairy products from Australia.The situation worsened recently after the Indian army said at least 20 of its soldiers had been killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site between the two countries earlier this month.India and China are important economic partners for Indonesia. Indian government data reveals that Indonesia has emerged as its second-largest trading partner in the ASEAN region.Indonesia-India bilateral trade increased from US$4.3 billion from 2005 to 2006 to $21 billion in from 2018 to 2019. The trade value stood at $5.42 billion during the January to May period this year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.India is the second-largest buyer of Indonesian coal and crude palm oil.Meanwhile, China is Indonesia’s largest trading partner, with $25.38 billion in bilateral trade recorded during this year’s first five months.Topics :last_img read more

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