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FERC Data Show Coal, Nuclear Capacity Dropping, While Renewables Surge

first_imgFERC Data Show Coal, Nuclear Capacity Dropping, While Renewables Surge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享North American Clean Energy:In the latest issue of its “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through November 30, 2017), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes that proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar could total 115,984 megawatts (MW) by December 2020—effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115,520 MW.At the same time, the FERC report suggests that coal might experience a net decline of 18,723 MW (equivalent to 6.60% of current capacity) while nuclear power drops by 2,342 MW (equivalent to 2.16% of current capacity).The numbers were released as FERC prepares for a January 10 meeting to consider U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bail out of the coal and nuclear industries. FERC’s data also outlines the retirement of 10,803 MW of natural gas capacity by the end of 2020 but offset by the potential addition of 92,489 MW for a net gain of 81,686 MW—an amount that would increase current natural gas capacity by 15.82%. Oil generating capacity would remain largely unchanged with retirements of 571 MW and additions of 762 MW.Proposed additions for wind total 72,526 MW with only 68 MW of retired capacity while solar could add 43,528 MW and experience just 2 MW of retirements. Hydropower, while retiring 706 MW, would grow by 12,732 MW. Biomass might add 945 MW and retire 47 MW while geothermal could expand by 1,610 MW without any retirements. In total, proposed net generation additions for the mix of renewable sources totals 130,518 MW.More: FERC Report Outlines Potential Doubling of Solar and Wind Capacity by 2020 as Coal and Nuclear Experience Sharp Declineslast_img read more

Helgramite Hustle Mud Run 5K

first_imgTop Races and Events to Hit Before the End of the YearThe Helgramite HustleWhen: August 10, 2013Where: Axton, Va.What: Mud Run 5KStart time: 1 pmWebsite: http://www.milesinmartinsville.com/Ready to Hustle? In this muddy event you’ll navigate a series of mud pits, a slide, and a romp through the creek. There will be obstacles to climb over, crawl through, and slide under. You don’t want to miss the fun of the Helgramite Hustle Mud Run 5K!RACE CONTACTinfo@milesinmartinsville.comlast_img

Cricket News Australia vs India: 1st T20 highlights – Hosts win by four runs, take 1-0 lead in series

first_img Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 17:38 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 17:20 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET! What a moment for Khaleel Ahmed. Full ball on off stump with a bit off zip, Short miscues the lofted shot and is caught by Kuldeep Yadav running back from mid on. Great start for the youngster Down Under. D’Arcy Short c Kuldeep b Khaleel 7 (12) Good over from Marcus Stoinis as he concedes just nine runs. India need 81 off 42 balls, with an asking rate of close to 12. Adam Zampa has been outstanding 12:52 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:09 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That is a massive wicket. Dhawan has survived three dropped chances but this time, he will not be fourth time lucky. Previous ball, he hoicked a ball to fine leg where Nathan Coulter-Nile dropped the catch. Next ball, the upper cut to third man finds Behrendorff who takes it. Ends a great knock but India face an uphill task. Shikhar Dhawan c Behrendorff b Stanlake 76 (42). For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. WICKET! Australia get the breakthrough. Short delivery and Rohit shimmies down the track to hoick it to midwicket but does not time it well and Finch takes it. 14:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In A brilliant over from Marcus Stoinis as he takes Dinesh Karthik’s wicket and Australia seal a nervous four-run win over India to take a 1-0 lead in the series. DK and Pant provided a good fightback but the left-hander’s poor shot might raise some questions.  12:38 (IST) 13:52 (IST) WICKET! Oh Rishabh Pant, what have you done? The left-hander attempts a scoop off a full ball but gets the top edge and backward point takes the catch. Tye follows it up with a bouncer and Krunal Pandya gets a single. Dinesh Karthik misses the drive and the pressure is back on India. However, DK finds the boundary and India need 13 off the last over.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Hat-trick for Glenn Maxwell. Hat-trick of sixes that is. Krunal Pandya loses his length and he is duly dispatched over the ropes thrice over deep midwicket and long on. 23 runs in the 14th over and the last two overs have been massive for Australia.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:15 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Australia have ended on 158/4 in 17 overs. Good last over from Bumrah but the middle over blitz will hurt India. What will the revised target be for India in this reduced game? We have got the target. 174 runs in 17 overs. It is an uphill task but with the Indian batting in top form, it can be achieved. 16:12 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The weather graphic for Brisbane does not show a pretty picture. There are some thunderstorms predicted for the next one hour so we might be in for a lengthy delay. It is currently raining heavily at The Gabba.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Krunal Pandya’s 4-0-55-0 is the third-worst figures for an Indian bowler in Twenty20 Internationals. Yuzvendra Chahal conceded 64 runs in four overs against South Africa in 2018 while Joginder Sharma conceded 57 against England in Durban in the 2007 World T20. Great start for Bhuvneshwar and a good first over for India on the tour. He gets swing away from the left-hander and beats Short twice on the drive. However, his chances of a maiden are ruined as the batsman tucks a short ball to midwicket. After the first over, Australia are 1/0 16:47 (IST) 16:44 (IST) WICKET! Action packed over. Alex Carey breaks the stumps and the umpire signals a no-ball. However, two balls later, Rahul is stumped as he misses a flatter ball. His foot is unfortunately on the line and is given his marching orders. Enter King Kohli. KL Rahul st Carey b Zampa 13 (12). Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In In the last Twenty20 International series played in 2016, India became the first team to whitewash Australia in a format Down Under. Virat Kohli’s three fifties and an average of 199 helped India whitewash Australia 3-0 as they turned their fortunes on the tour in spectacular style after losing the ODIs 1-4. 14:17 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay is done and Australia have reached 38/1. Kuldeep Yadav is into the attack now. Australia’s travails against spin are well documented and India will be determined to expose this weakness. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Yet another boundary for Dhawan as he pulls Stanlake to the deep square leg fence. However, Rohit Sharma miscues a pull shot to long leg and the ball, luckily, lands just in front of Ben McDermott who prevents the ball from going further. India are 35/0 after four overs.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Krunal gets his second wicket as Marcus Stoinis misses the reverse sweep. Hold on! we have a review after Glenn Maxwell furiously tells the batsman to take the review. It is a sensible move by Maxi as the ball was missing the stumps. Stoinis survives and Australia are 90/3 after 12 overs.  12:27 (IST) Khaleel continues to be expensive. After a great start first ball, first Lynn and now Marcus Stoinis hurt the left-armer. Stoinis hits two boundaries, one to deep midwicket and the other to deep square leg as 14 runs come off the 13th over. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In After all the build-up, all the drama and excitement, it is finally here. Virat Kohli’s India begin their two-month Odyssey of Australia. The tour kicks off with some slam-bam, thank you ma’am action with the first Twenty20 International in Brisbane. Can India get the tour off to a great start or will Australia spring a surprise? Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:45 (IST) Dhawan continues to fire as he steers a shortish ball to the third man fence and he survives a chance as he miscues a lofted shot but it lands safely just over long on. 16:56 (IST) 14:46 (IST) 14:43 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:21 (IST) 17:21 (IST) 15:40 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:51 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 17:04 (IST) 15:36 (IST) 14:58 (IST) Good news! The match will begin in 10 minutes time and the game has been reduced to 17 overs per-side. India will bowl five more balls and the target will be revised when they come to bat WICKET! The break immediately yields a positive result for India. Bumrah bowls a full, slow ball on off stump, Maxwell goes back in the crease and whips it to square leg but without any timing and Bhuvneshwar takes the catch. 15:12 (IST) After dropping Finch, Bumrah suffers. A full ball is blasted to the long on fence by Finch. In the next ball, the batsman gets an inside edge and the ball trickles away to the deep backward square leg fence. 12 runs in the fourth over and Australia are making a move on. 13:59 (IST) 15:31 (IST) 12:58 (IST) KL Rahul is in at No.3 but at the other end, Dhawan carries on in his merry ways as he hoicks a boundary to the fine leg fence. The left-hander is looking ominous. India are 41/1 after five overs and that ends the powerplay. Another drop! Stoinis upper-cuts Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed at third man drops it. Uh oh, the covers are on as it has started to rain at the Gabba. Might not be such a long wait but let us see. Much needed relief for India 12:47 (IST) 16:24 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team won the toss and chose to bowl but they were blown away by some aggressive batting from Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis. Lynn smashed four sixes in his knock of 37 while Maxwell blasted 46 to help Australia reach 158/4. However, the rain came and reduced the game to 17 overs. In response, India lost Rohit Sharma cheaply but Shikhar Dhawan took the attack to the Australian bowlers, scoring his second consecutive fifty and ninth overall. However, once he and Virat Kohli fell, India struggled but briefly, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik kept hopes alive but the last over bowled by Marcus Stoinis was too good and Australia won the game by four runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. (SCORECARD) 14:26 (IST) 15:55 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Glenn Maxwell is struggling to get going against Kuldeep and Krunal Pandya, but no such problems for Lynn as he smashes his fourth six by clobbering Pandya to the long on fence. Australia are 75/2 after 10 overs.  Jasprit Bumrah misses his line and length slightly as both Finch and Short get a couple of runs. Four runs in the second over but there is considerable zip and bounce off this Gabba deck. Australia 5/0 after two overs.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Out come the two Australian openers in Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the bowling with two slips in place. Short to take strike. Here we go Down Under Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Oh dear, nothing going India’s way. Krunal Pandya’s figures go past 50 as Maxwell blasts his fourth six. However, a catch is denied India’s way as Maxwell misuces a lofted shot but it hits the spider-cam on the way up and it is a dead ball. The 150 is up for Australia and things are not going Virat Kohli’s way. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:07 (IST) 13:41 (IST) 13:34 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 14:08 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In India bowl against Australia. Adam Zampa comes in place of Nathan Coulter-Nile in the Australian side. Green deck, sensible decision to bowl.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 15:58 (IST) The rain has picked up in intensity and the covers are firmly in place. It looks like Australia might not play their full quota of overs. However, we have not started losing overs yet. This is brilliant bowling from Zampa. His spell has been the deciding factor in this game. He has not allowed the Indian batting to maintain momentum. How much can Dhawan carry on? Rishabh Pant’s aggression will be the key. Great strat for India in their chase. Rohit gets off the mark with a flick to deep midwicket but Shikhar Dhawan gets going with a couple of boundaries off Jason Behrendorff, one a drive through cover and a streaky inside-edge to the fine leg fence. However, the bowler has the last laugh by beating him twice on the outside edge. After the first over, India are 11/0. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In FOUR! The first boundary of the series has been hit by D’Arcy Short. Bhuvneshwar bowls it short and the batsman hammers the pull to the long leg fence. A good over is ruined. Next ball, Finch drives at a full ball from Bumrah but Kohli drops it at cover. Things starting to happen in Brisbane.  More covers are coming on to the pitch now. The rain stopped momentarily but the heavens opened up again and the delay in play continues.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Virat Kohli has a powerful batting and bowling line-up at his disposal. For Australia, the batting is a major concern with the likes of Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn all misfiring. Without Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, Australia’s bowling is also slightly weak. 16:18 (IST) 13:39 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In There is only one major cover protecting the pitch, which indicates that the rain might not be around for too long. Anyway, the Gabba is excellent for drainage and that is why there might not be much of a delay.  Adam Zampa comes into the attack and he concedes just eight runs, with KL Rahul slicing a flatter delivery in the air but past the gap at backward point. The asking rate is touching 11, but until Virat Kohli is there, India might not worry too much. Chris Lynn gets going with a boundary. He is a mighty dangerous player. He knows the Gabba conditions due to his exploits for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League. Will the Gabba see some Lynnsanity today? 17:13 (IST) 14:35 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:24 (IST) Dinesh Karthik’s crucial boundary has meant India need 13 off the last over. In the Nidahas Trophy, Idnia needed 12 off the last over and DK hit a last-ball six. Are we onto something similar this time as well? It would be spectacular if this is achieved. Khaleel Ahmed’s left-arm pace will be ideal on this Gabba deck but India have to be careful against Jason Behrendorff. He is the bowler who got Virat Kohli out for 0 for the first time in this format. 16:34 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:29 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Dhawan continues to find the boundary with ease as he steers a short ball from Andrew Tye to the third man fence and thumps a full ball to the long off fence. He is nearing a fifty and Australia will not rest until he has been dismissed. Rishabh Pant blasts a six and a four to keep some hopes alive for India. Andrew Tye has been struggling and India will be aiming to keep the pressure up. Dinesh Karthik finds a boundary to third man and a six to wide long on. India need 35 off 18 balls. 25 runs in Andrew Tye’s over and the advantage is with India. Adam Zampa ends a fantastic spell. 4-0-22-2. He has been the difference for Australia in this game. India need 60 off 24 balls. They need something miraculous.  17:16 (IST) 16:03 (IST) Here are the playing XIs of both sides. For India, no Yuzvendra Chahal. Kuldeep is the lone spinner for IndiaPlaying XIsIndia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel AhmedAustralia: D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch(c), Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey(w), Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Billy Stanlake Kuldeep Yadav, you beauty. Gets the mighty dangerous Chris Lynn. This is yet another googly and Lynn looks to work it to the leg side, pops a simple catch back to the bowler. This is a serious blow for Australia as they were just building momentum. Chris Lynn c and b Kuldeep Yadav 37 (20).  Australia are taking their time with the field settings. Tye has been woeful and he will need to bowl four good balls to keep the hosts in the contest. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET! OMG! This is massive. The pressure has told on Virat Kohli and he falls. Brilliant bowling from Zampa. He gets some extra bounce as Kohli miscues the lofted shot, the top edge flies to backward point who gobbles it with glee. Virat Kohli c Lynn b Zampa 4 (8).  Dinesh Karthik finds the boundary again while Rishabh Pant continues to be aggressive. India need 24 off 12 balls. Andrew Tye is under immense pressure.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 12:16 (IST) 6,0,2,6,6,1! Time for Lynnsanity at the Gabba. Khaleel pitches it on a full length and the batsman blasts it over long on for the first six of the series. Couple of balls later, he thrashes a length ball into the top-tier of the stands at deep midwicket and he hits his third six with a powerful loft over long on. 21 runs in the eighth over.  14:38 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The pitch in Brisbane is vintage Gabba. Grass and a hard wicket. So, there might be swing and bounce on offer. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will relish bowling on this deck. Khaleel Ahmed will also be a good option on this pitch. 14:25 (IST) Dhawan continues to grow in confidence as he cracks a square cut off Billy Stanlake to the deep backward point fence. India are 18/0 in two overs.  16:28 (IST) Shikhar Dhawan clobbers a six off his pads and thinks he has gotten a fifty. However, on the next ball, he drills a cover drive to bring up his ninth fifty and second consecutive. The left-hander then creams a full ball to the wide long-off fence and ends the over in style with a blazing straight drive. 17 runs in Jason Behrendorff’s over and India are on top. 16:41 (IST) 14:30 (IST) 15:04 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Eight runs in Kuldeep Yadav’s last over and he finished with figures of 4-0-24-2. The partnership between Maxwell and Stoinis has gone past 50. Dangerous time for India. last_img read more

Officials identify 21yearold Marine Corps enlistee who died from cardiac arrest

first_img Posted: March 27, 2018 SAN DIEGO (CNS) — Military officials Tuesday released the name of a 21-year-old Marine Corps enlistee who died following a weekend medical emergency at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.Patrick Armando Vega of Ventura was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest late Sunday morning at Naval Medical Center San Diego, where he was being treated after being stricken at MCRD the previous day, base officials said.A drill instructor found Vega, who was undergoing recruit training, unresponsive in his bed at the training depot near Lindbergh Field.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Pvt. Vega during this difficult time,” said Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of MCRD San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region.The death is being investigated by the Marine Corps and by medical officials at the Balboa Park-area naval hospital, according to MCRD public affairs. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:36 PM Officials identify 21-year-old Marine Corps enlistee who died from cardiac arrestcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom March 27, 2018last_img read more

After Straus Announcement Several Bids Emerge For Texas House Speaker

first_imgMARTIN DO NASCIMENTO/KUTSpeaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus before the opening of the special session on Jul. 18, 2017.Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ decision to not seek re-election prompted another retirement announcement – and several bids to run for House speaker.Shortly after Straus’ announcement Wednesday, House State Affairs Chairman Byron Cook of Corsicana said he won’t run again. Weatherford Republican Phil King was already planning to make a run for speaker. And after Straus’ announcement, Republican John Zerwas of Richmond said he’s also filed paperwork to run. Dallas Democrat Eric Johnson said he’s exploring a campaign as well. Sharelast_img

For Last Jedi Director The Journey To Star Wars Began With Action

first_img Share The Last Jedi — the newest chapter in the Star Wars saga — marks the return of actors Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and the late Carrie Fisher to their Force Awakens characters. The space opera was written and directed by Rian Johnson, who’s also set to work on the next Star Wars trilogy.Johnson has been a Star Wars fan since he was a little boy in Denver, playing with his action figures.“My mom surprised me and got me a Jawa,” he recalls. “I wanted a Jawa, and she got it for me. But then you always end up losing the main characters, and you’re left with like Hammerhead and like the walrus man; with the weird droid whose name you don’t know, who’s missing a leg. Those were the first movies I was making in my head.”Vianney Le Caer/Invision/APDirector Rian Johnson says Luke Skywalker was his favorite Star Wars character growing up. He’s pictured here at the Dec. 12 London premiere of The Last Jedi.The 43-year-old filmmaker says his favorite character was Luke Skywalker.“Han Solo was cool, but I was not cool growing up,” Johnson says. “So I identified with this kid who feels like he’s in the middle of nowhere and disconnected from everything. It gets back to that thing of what these movies really appeal to: the idea of there’s this big adventure that’s out there that you can jump into, and it’s scary, but it’s going to be OK and it’s fun.”For Johnson, that meant everything from making home movies, to singing “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody “Yoda” during the 2012 Fantastic Fest, to goofing around with actors on location for The Last Jedi. Fans say Johnson has captured the spirit of the original Star Wars movies. During Disney’s D23 Expo last summer, actor Mark Hamill told the audience that Johnson’s script was refreshing.“There were so many unexpected elements, which is great in a Star Wars film,” Hamill said. “Cause it’s harder and harder to bring new things to the table. And this is a real game changer.”The film is also a tribute to Carrie Fisher, who died suddenly last year after shooting her scenes as Princess Leia Organa Solo, now a general of the resistance. Johnson says he bonded with Fisher as a fellow writer.“She loved words, and she gave a beautiful performance,” he says. “Now that she’s gone, sadly, there’s a whole other context to the performance.”David James/LucasfilmRian Johnson directs the late Carrie Fisher on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.Johnson says it was strange not having her and her therapy dog, Gary Fisher, with him during the promotional tour of this movie. “This is where she would just be a raging wildfire,” he says. “You know, this is where she would just be chewing ’em up and spitting ’em out in press interviews.”In an official behind-the scenes video, Fisher was less feisty and more pensive when describing The Last Jedi. “It’s about family,” she said. “And that’s what’s so powerful about it.”The newest member of that family is actress Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose Tico, a maintenance worker turned rebel hero. On the red carpet at the L.A. premiere, Tran was ecstatic about how Johnson plucked her from obscurity to be in the film.“He was so welcoming and collaborative and open and hilarious,” she said, adding that she and Johnson would often sing from the Hamilton soundtrack between takes. “He has this sort of child-like wonder that not many people have. Anybody who gets to work with him is just the luckiest. “On that same red carpet, Adam Driver, who plays Ben Solo (aka the dark warrior Kylo Ren), praised Johnson’s storytelling. “There’s so many things he has to pick up from The Force Awakens,” Driver told NPR. “But at the heart of it, it’s a character-driven movie, and he doesn’t sacrifice spectacle for story.”Johnson grew up making Super 8 and video movies with his younger brothers, sisters and cousins. He also sang in a folk duo called The Preserves with one of those cousins, Nathan Johnson, who’s composed the music for most of Rian Johnson’s movies.As a film student at the University of Southern California in the 1990s, Johnson began collaborating with cinematographer Steve Yedlin. Together, they made films like The Psychology of Dream Analysis and Evil Demon Golfball from Hell!!!After film school, Johnson worked as an assistant editor and post production runner, and he produced promos for the Disney Channel. For a decade, he also worked on his first feature, Brick, a high school detective movie. It starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was shot by Steve Yedlin and was produced by Ram Bergman.Bergman says they shot Brick for around $350,000, and filmed it at Johnson’s old high school in San Clemente, Calif. “I’m there from the first day that [Johnson] starts thinking about it, all the way until we deliver the movie,” he recalls. “I’m there to support him. We’re partners.”Johnson says Brick was “a weird little detective movie. And Ram was the reason I felt comfortable taking money from family and loved ones in order to make it. I thought, ‘Well, if Ram is running things, we’ll actually have a movie when we come out the other end of it all.’ “Bergman went on to produce all of Johnson’s features: Looper, The Brothers Bloom and now Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Johnson has also used the same cinematographer, Steve Yedlin, and editor, Bob Ducsay, for most of his films.That loyalty extends to his actors: Gordon-Levitt and Noah Segan have acted in all of Johnson’s features — they even have bit parts in The Last Jedi. Segan and Johnson are also best friends. The actor says Johnson has a through-line in all of his movies. “He has a tendency to be unafraid to allow his heroes to be vulnerable in heroic moments, and it started in Brick.”You can see that vulnerability in the three episodes Johnson directed for the AMC series Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston earned an Emmy for his performance in one of those episodes, “Ozymandias,” which some critics have called the greatest hour of television.Cranston says, “Rian has that ability to be able to find the core, and then put veneer over it, so that an audience senses something’s deeper about that character or the plot, and then you slowly reveal it to show the audience what they inherently thought it was going to be — or surprise them with a justifiable twist and catches them off guard. That’s beautiful narrative when you can do that.”Cranston says it makes sense that Johnson was chosen to write and direct Star Wars, because of his ability to create both intimate, almost theater-like scenes and cinematic, galactic battles.“For a storyteller, playing with the action figures was a precursor to blocking,” Cranston says. “He may not have even realized that himself, but that’s exactly what he was working on when he was a little nerd boy in middle school.”Johnson still laments that his original Star Wars figures were lost or destroyed long, long ago. “The toy I always wanted was the AT-AT, the walker.”Then, a week before The Last Jedi opened, fans from The Star Wars Show made little Rian Johnson’s dream come true.“They found me a vintage walker toy and they gave it to me,” he says, adding that it now sits in his office on top of an old video game computer monitor. “I got it home and I tore it out of the box and set it up, and it’s so cool. It took 30 years and making a Star Wars movie to do it, but I finally got my walker — nerrrrd.”After handing the baton back to director J.J. Abrams for the final episode in this trilogy, Johnson will soon begin plotting new Star Wars stories for the next.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

How The Bathroom Bill Helped Push A Republican PAC To Spend Millions

first_img Share Facebook campaign pages/Marjorie Kamys CoteraTop row, left to right: Republican runoff candidates Thomas McNutt and Cody Harris, HD-8; Ben Leman and Jill Wolfskill, HD-13. Bottom row, left to right: Brad Buckley and Scott Cosper, HD-54; Steve Allison and Matt Beebe, HD-121.In September, the Texas Capitol was finally starting to calm down.A couple of contentious legislative sessions had pitted the Legislature’s Republican centrists against hard-line conservatives, largely over measures regulating which restrooms transgender Texans could use. Members had returned to their districts, almost certain the “bathroom bill” would surface as an issue in the 2018 primaries. And House Speaker Joe Straus ’ surprise retirement announcement was still weeks away.For the Associated Republicans of Texas, it was time to go all out.The group, founded in the 1970s to flip the Legislature red, had built a record defending Republican lawmakers aligned with the moderate wing of the party — but for years had waited to wade into re-election bids until the state’s primaries ended. Now, ART was about to pump an unprecedented amount of its money into GOP primary races for like-minded candidates — and even one challenger to an incumbent — locked in competitive intra-party battles.“If we waited until after the primary to engage, we were limiting the effectiveness we could have,” Cyndi Taylor Krier, an ART leader and former state senator said. “If you say, ‘Well, I’m just going to wait until November,’ you’re giving them half your vote.”With its emergence in the GOP primaries, ART is now a significant counter force to Empower Texans, a prominent Tea Party group that’s long thrown its financial weight behind hard-line conservatives running for office. ART’s increased efforts also come ahead of a pivotal vote next year in the Texas House to pick the next speaker — and the elections this year will shape the ideological profile of the lower chamber’s next leader.So what prompted the group to end decades of tradition and step up its involvement? As Gaylord Hughey Jr., one of ART’s leaders, put it, the catalyst was the “bathroom bill.”“We felt like we had to engage in the primaries … to invest in candidates of reason,” Hughey, an East Texas oil and gas attorney and a major GOP fundraiser , told The Texas Tribune. “There was a growing concern about the influence of Empower Texans and the ultra-conservative policies that they were pushing, which were not necessarily in the best interest of this state.”ART has already doled out $2.3 million in advertising, donations, polling and consulting so far this election cycle — about four times the amount it spent on those same items for the 2016 primaries and runoffs, campaign finance reports show. That money has helped moderate Republicans in the House and Senate largely fend off competition from Empower-backed challenges in the March 6 primaries . And it may have a similar effect in Tuesday’s runoffs.May 22 runoffsWith the March 6 primaries in the rear-view mirror, seven GOP primary races for the state House are set for runoffs. ART is knee-deep in all of them.And a big chunk of the group’s funding has come from a handful of key supporters — including Straus, who has given the group $350,000 this year. John Nau, a co-chair of ART who’s also a Houston beer distributor and Gov. Greg Abbott ’s campaign treasurer, has donated $150,000 to the group since July. And two El Paso businessmen — ART board member Woody Hunt and Paul Foster, vice chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents — have also dumped in $450,000 and $250,000 since July, respectively.The Empower Texans PAC, plump with donations from Midland oilman Tim Dunn, has also dumped tons of money into races this election cycle — around $3.5 million for advertising, donations, polling and consulting.In the open-seat race for House District 13, a rural district east of Austin, ART has given former Grimes County Judge Ben Leman over $100,000 in in-kind contributions via digital and radio advertising and direct mail, campaign finance reports show. Leman’s opponent, Bellville businesswoman Jill Wolfskill, has criticized ART as a “liberal Austin group.” She’s received $50,000 in support from Empower Texans PAC.In another open race, House District 8, ART shelled out around $181,000 in in-kind contributions to Cody Harris, a Palestine businessman who faces Thomas McNutt, whose family owns the Corsicana staple Collin Street Bakery, in the runoff for House District 8. Empower Texans’ PAC has spent over $300,000 on McNutt.The HD-8 seat is highly coveted for both sides of the party — state Rep. Byron Cook , the retiring Corsicana Republican who has represented the district since 2003, was one of the House leaders most closely tied to the death of bathroom bill legislation.ART has also spent nearly $125,000 on state Rep. Scott Cosper , a Killeen Republican who’s in a primary runoff in his bid for a second term. Cosper, asked about the help ART has given him this cycle, told the Tribune in April that it was a gesture to show their “appreciation and commitment to bring back a member that represents Texas well.”The group has also made some last-minute contributions to candidates in the other House GOP runoffs, including Steve Allison, who is running for the San Antonio-based seat Straus is vacating.“The establishment strikes back”ART first dabbled in primary politics during the 2016 election cycle — a decision the group in part made, as Krier, one of ART’s leaders recalled, to combat special interest groups within the “far right part of the party” that were funding aggressive campaigns against Republican incumbents.“This is the establishment strikes back,” said Mark Jones, a political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute. “Movement conservatives have gone all out against centrist conservatives in House and Senate races … slowly eroding the ranks of the establishment.”This cycle, the group had an impressive number of wins on March 6 — but also a couple of sizable losses. State Rep. Cindy Burkett , a Sunnyvale Republican who received almost $180,000 in in-kind contributions this year from ART, came up short in her bid to oust state Sen. Bob Hall , R-Edgewood. Others backed by ART in their re-election bids, such as state Rep. Wayne Faircloth , R-Galveston, and state Sen. Craig Estes , R-Wichita Falls, were defeated by challenges running to their right.Yet Hughey, the oil and gas attorney, said ART’s efforts this cycle have produced more incoming House members that fit the group’s description of helping elect “reasoned, conservative leadership” to the state Legislature.“Without the financial resources and other resources that ART provided, the makeup of the Texas Legislature would have been far different than what is likely to be the case come January,” Hughey said. “That, in turn, I think is going to impact who the next speaker is, and we’ll also have a more balanced Legislature as a result of ART’s involvement.”Disclosure: John Nau, Woody Hunt, Paul Foster, the University of Texas System and Rice University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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Investigating the dynamics of nanoparticle formation from a precursor at atomic resolution

first_imgFor TEM observation, K2PtCl4 was first dissolved in deionized water in preparation to image its crystal structure. In the bright field TEM image, the crystallite was 50 nm x 60 nm in size. Gao et al. weakened the electron beam dose to the angstrom scale for less than 1 e/A2∙s to limit beam-induced sample reduction during the process of imaging. The scientists conducted high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) at 300,000 x magnification to obtain 64 images from the same area. By averaging the images, the atomic columns were clearly resolved in the study. The high-resolution TEM image showed periodic lattice squares with an atom (yellow) surrounding those without bright atomic contrast (blue) in the center. Gao et al. compared the atomic resolution images with the existing atomic structure of K2PtCl4 to identify each individual element. The scientists identified the atoms in the corners as potassium (K), atoms in the middle of the edges of the squares as chlorine (Cl) and those in the center of the square in yellow as platinum (Pt). When Gao et al. increased the electron beam dose to 30 e/A2∙s, the lattice from K2PtCl4, which was originally viewed across the entire area developed into individual Pt clusters. In time, the nanoclusters grew more pronounced under the microscope. Low-dose atomic resolution imaging of K2PtCl4. (A) The atomic model of the K2PtCl4 unit cell, with K in cyan, Pt in purple, and Cl in pink. (B) Bright-field TEM image of a large K2PtCl4 crystallite. (C) Diffraction pattern of the K2PtCl4 crystallite in (B) after it is tilted along the (001) zone axis. (D) Atomic resolution low-dose TEM image of K2PtCl4. Dose fractionation was done using an electron dose of 1 e/Å2·s, with 0.1 s for each image. Sixty-four images were acquired, aligned, and averaged. The electron dose then becomes 6.4 e/Å2. The atomic model is overlaid in the inset. (E) Simulated HREM image of K2PtCl4 with a thickness of 12.3 nm. (F) A zoomed-in image of K2PtCl4 from a sub-area in (D), and the intensity line profile in arbitrary units (a.u.) from the red box, is shown in (G), where the intensity from Pt atoms is located between two Cl atoms. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9590. In a recent study, now published in Science Advances, interdisciplinary materials scientists Wenpei Gao and co-workers in the USA and China, studied the reaction kinetics of a solid-state platinum (Pt) precursor compound. In the study, they used an aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope (TEM) combined with low-dose electrons and in situ imaging. The scientists imaged the beam-sensitive Pt precursor; potassium tetrachloroplatinate (II) (K2PtCl4), at the atomic resolution to determine the individual atoms (K, Pt and Cl) involved in the synthesis of platinum nanoclusters. Gao et al. captured the material’s transformation to Pt nanoclusters in real time to show three-stage reaction kinetics, including (1) breaking of the ionic bond, (2) formation of PtCl2 and (3) reduction of the divalent Pt to Pt metal nanoclusters. In the new method, the scientists combined techniques to understand the transformation of chemicals at the atomic scale in real time without damaging the substrates and provided a new platform to study reaction kinetics. Gao et al. captured, identified and revealed the dynamics at different stages of decomposition, reduction and nucleation of the material. The work allowed them to understand the transformation kinetics of platinum from precursor to nanocluster as a promising avenue to study atomic-scale reaction dynamics. Zoomed-in image and atomic model of K2PtCl4. (A) and (B) are the corresponding TEM image and atomic structure model of K2PtCl4. The squares colored in yellow have one Pt atom in the center, with Cl atoms on the edge centers and K atoms on the corners. The square in blue does not have a Pt atom in the center. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9590 Composition analysis of the final product. (A to D) HAADF image and EDS maps of the final product of the in situ experiment and (E) EELS of the final product of the in situ experiment showing the existence of Cl and K. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9590 Then PtCl42- decomposed into PtCl2 and Cl-, a reaction which had not previously been reported in experimental studies. Gao et al. revealed this process using FFT of the high resolution image under a low electron dose and high acquisition efficiency. On removal of the K species from the precursor, the lattice became unstable and compounds including PtCl2, KCl and Cl2 could move freely. When PtCl2 was reduced in to Pt, the molecules of Cl2 transitioned into the gas phase for removal from the TEM column. The zerovalent Pt species formed small nuclei or migrated and grew into large Pt nanoparticles.In this way, the scientists elegantly demonstrated the reduction kinetics in the study and illustrated the concept using atomic models. The observed findings of nucleation and reduction of Pt agreed with that of previously calculated free energy in the chemical reaction. This method can be applied to study additional material transformations in depth. The results will benefit the applications of nanostructures in nanophysics for new materials development, new energy processes in environmental remediation and in nanomedicine. More information: Wenpei Gao et al. Probing the dynamics of nanoparticle formation from a precursor at atomic resolution, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9590 T. S. Ahmadi et al. Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Colloidal Platinum Nanoparticles, Science (2006). DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5270.1924 Clemens Burda et al. Chemistry and Properties of Nanocrystals of Different Shapes, Chemical Reviews (2005). DOI: 10.1021/cr030063a Younan Xia et al. Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Metal Nanocrystals: Simple Chemistry Meets Complex Physics?, Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2008). DOI: 10.1002/anie.200802248 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. , Science (I) Evolution of K2PtCl4 into Pt nanoparticles. (A) Sequential TEM images show the evolution of K2PtCl4 into Pt nanoparticles. A Pt nanoparticle nucleation process is shown in the zoomed-in images in (B), from the marked sub-area within the white dashed boxes in (A). The red contour lines indicate the edge of the newly formed Pt clusters. The region in yellow highlights the void area without lattice after the formation of a Pt cluster. (II) Sequential radial distribution function (RDF) during the transformation. (A) Time series diffractogram using FFT from sequential low-dose images. (B) RDF derived from the sequential diffractogram. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9590 © 2019 Science X Network In colloid and synthetic chemistry, materials scientists aim to control the shape and size of nanoparticles to achieve the desired properties of electronic, optic and catalytic materials. Nanocluster nucleation is a key process of growth kinetics in the solid state of materials synthesis. Manipulating the kinetics has allowed the synthesis of a group of nanoparticles shaped as nanorods, nanocubes, octahedra, octopod-shaped nanoparticles, icosahedra and other surface features. center_img , Angewandte Chemie International Edition Scientists develop method for observing nanocrystal formation at atomic resolution They then observed further formation of the Pt nanoclusters across extended time periods under low-dose imaging conditions. The scientists selected a sub-area of the sequential images and applied a fast Fourier transform (FFT) to discern the structure and the constituents. Gao et al. were able to obtain a time series of FFT patterns in the K2PtCl4 lattice, which also reflected the radial distribution function (RDF) (to find adjacent particles). The scientists then investigated the additional surface orientation of atoms in the material, aside from the Pt nanoclusters, to understand the location of K and Cl species. In the work, they used a series of imaging and analytical methods of materials science, starting with high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and the 2-D energy-dispersive spectra (EDS) map to characterize the material. The results showed the signals from K and Cl in the background as evenly distributed across the area. When the scientists used electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) they further observed the existence of K and Cl from KCl, after the formation of Pt nanoparticles. Gao et al. gathered sufficient information from the reaction dynamics captured in real space via spectroscopy and characterization techniques in materials science. They proposed a microscopic process of reduction kinetics for K2PtCl4. Accordingly, the precursor K2PtCl4 first decomposed in to K+ and PtCl42- by breaking the weak ionic bond. Journal information: Science Advances A schematic showing the evolution of K2PtCl4 into Pt nanoparticles. (A) K2PtCl4, (B) dissociation of K+ and [PtCl4]2−, (C) further dissociation into PtCl2 and KCl, and (D) nucleation of Pt nanoparticles. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9590. While nucleation is the initial step in materials synthesis, it is difficult to control nucleation kinetics without understanding how atoms interact. Platinum nanoparticles are usually synthesized in a liquid-phase reaction with C-H or Cl- as a precursor. During growth in such a system, the precursor is reduced by the reducing agent to form metal monomers with atomic arrangements based on metal-metal interactions. However, a microscopic mechanism that details the intermediate reaction steps is yet unavailable. As an alternative to materials synthesis in the liquid phase, nanostructures can also be grown in the solid phase. Studying the reduction process in the solid state can decipher materials transformation for fine control of materials synthesis. Understanding the kinetics of materials transformation from precursors to nanostructures at the atomic scale based on ionic bond breaking is therefore of considerable significance. The scientists opted to study the nucleation process in the solid phase without the liquid environment using characterization tools of X-ray nanodiffraction and TEM, which offered ultra-high resolution. The method resolved the evolving structures in real and reciprocal space, although the sensitivity of most chemical precursors to the electron beam due to photo illumination had previously made it nearly impossible to observe the initial atomic structure of the precursor. Explore further A key to materials synthesis is the ability to control the process of reduction kinetics and nucleation (phase transition) in materials. Understanding the reduction dynamics during the initial stage of material synthesis is limited due to the difficulty of investigating chemical reactions at the atomic scale. This is mainly because the chemical precursors used to synthesize materials can degrade when exposed to electron beams that are typically used to image compounds at atomic resolution. Citation: Investigating the dynamics of nanoparticle formation from a precursor at atomic resolution (2019, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-dynamics-nanoparticle-formation-precursor-atomic.html , Chemical Reviewslast_img read more

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first_imgThe game, which will kick off at 3pm, will form part of Justin Holbrook’s preparations for the 2018 campaign, with the match against Leigh following six days later.The South Stand will be open for this fixture and tickets are on sale now.They are priced at £10 for adults, £7 concessions and £5 juniors.Mark Aston’s Eagles have plenty of Super League experience – with former Saint Matty Fozard likely to face his old club.Holbrook will want to give his full squad a run out as the countdown to the new season steps up a notch.You can get your tickets at the Totally Wicked Stadium Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or by clicking here.last_img