Stones bring in winger Monakana

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesWealdstone completed the pre-deadline signing of winger Jeffrey Monakana from National League South rivals Welling United.Monakana, 24, has signed a contract until the end of next season but is not eligible to play in Saturday’s FA Trophy semi-final clash with Brackley Town.He was on Arsenal’s books as a youngster before joining Preston, where he made 40 appearances during a two-year spell.Monakana joined Brighton in 2014 but did not make a first-team appearance for the Seagulls before leaving two years later.He has had loan spells at several clubs, including Aberdeen, Colchester and Bristol Rovers. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Process turns wheat flour into CO2-capturing micropores

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Researchers have shown how a process for the “carbonization” of wheat flour creates numerous tiny pores that capture carbon dioxide, representing a potential renewable technology to reduce the industrial emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.“With increasing carbon dioxide emissions, global warming is accelerating, accompanied by abnormal climate changes,” said Vilas Pol, an associate professor in Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Materials Engineering. “It is imperative to develop efficient methods for capturing carbon dioxide.”Purdue researchers developed a process that creates carbon compartments from wheat flour. Collaborating with researchers at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, they studied carbon dioxide capture in these unique carbon compartments. The chemical compound potassium hydroxide was used to “activate” – or generate many small pores – in the wheat flour inside a furnace at 700 degrees Celsius.The carbon dioxide is “adsorbed,” or bound to the material’s surface inside the micropores.“The outstanding overall carbon dioxide adsorption performance indicates that potassium hydroxide-activated microporous carbon compartments can be a promising approach,” said associate professor Ki Bong Lee from Korea University.The researchers varied the ratio of potassium hydroxide to carbon until finding a formulation that performed the best.Findings are detailed in a research paper appearing on Tuesday (Oct. 4) in the journal Scientific Reports. The paper was authored by researchers Seok-Min Hong and Eunji Jang, graduate students from Korea University; Purdue chemical engineering doctoral student Arthur D. Dysart; Pol; and Lee.Findings showed the rate of carbon dioxide adsorption depends on the material’s volume of micropores with a pore size less than .8 nanometers. The researchers also demonstrated that the material can be rapidly used over again to repeatedly capture carbon dioxide.Future research will include work to adsorb larger quantities of carbon dioxide.The research was supported by the National Research Foundation, the Basic Science Research Program and the Human Resources Development Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning. Purdue University’s carbon compartment development process was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.last_img read more

Can Music Save MySpace?

first_imgYesterday, amid all the news of Twitter’s arrival into both Microsoft’s Bing and the Google search engine, another major announcement was being made. MySpace is giving up on trying to be a major social network. According to MySpace CEO, Owen Van Natta, Facebook is no longer their competition. “We’re focused on a different space,” he says. That “different space,” as it turns out, is music…and it really isn’t all that different, especially considering MySpace’s roots. If anything, this major overhaul of the social network is an attempt to return the site to becoming the popular entertainment hub it once was. MySpace: Remember When it Was “A Place for Music?” When MySpace hit the scene back in 2003, local bands – especially indie rock bands – were among the first to create profiles on the social network. Their presence immediately began to attract a young, hip crowd of users who were interested in following pop culture, and, in particular, the up-and-coming artists they discovered while browsing through the network. Only eight months after its launch, MySpace began to experience exponential growth, as its users created profiles and friended others who would then, in turn, invite more users to join the social network. Thanks to the “network effect,” MySpace soon became the place to be online. Everyone was there. But at the same time that MySpace was having its heyday, another social networking site was being created. Although still in its infancy in 2004, a Harvard student named Mark Zuckerberg began writing the code for what would eventually become Facebook, now the world’s largest social network. Over recent months, we’ve seen the mass exodus from MySpace to the more popular – and more populated – Facebook. Studies have shown that those left actively engaging on MySpace now tend to be younger, lower-income users. Researcher Danah Boyd pointed out, somewhat controversially, that the differences between the two networks, MySpace and Facebook, went further than age and income – they involved your “social class,” too. Tired of being compared to Facebook in this way and certainly tired of hemorrhaging its users, MySpace CEO Van Natta has plans to turn the sinking ship around. After taking over the company six months ago, he’s been busy arranging new partnerships for the one-time king of social networks. These partnerships aim to bring the focus back to music, and less on socializing. New Music Initiatives: iLike, Videos, Artist DashboardsOne of the most notable new initiatives involves MySpace’s iLike integration. After being acquired by MySpace in August, many wondered why iLike wasn’t becoming a part of the MySpace network. Actually it was, but Van Natta didn’t want to disclose that information at the time.But now, the iLike acquisition is beginning to make sense. Through iLike music video widgets, now popular installations on other social networks like Facebook and Orkut, the videos – and, most importantly, their ads – can be streamed on other sites while the revenue generated returns to MySpace. Even though many of the users watching these videos now may be lost forever to MySpace, they’re helping the company regain its footing through their streams.MySpace’s entire music video vault, one of the most popular features on the social network, has also been integrated with iLike. In August, comScore reported 45 million people watched 340 million videos during the course of the month. It only makes sense for MySpace to capitalize on that activity, which is why the company has now launched MySpace Music Videos, an online video archive where users can not only watch videos from their favorite artists, but with a click, purchase the song or ringtone from Amazon or iTunes. Meanwhile, pre-roll, post-roll, and overlay ads help to monetize the content. In addition, to cater to the musicians, bands, and labels who make MySpace their home, the network has also launched “Artist Dashboards.” These online analytical tools track the fans’ demographics by age and location, the total number of plays per song, profile views and more. Every artist with a MySpace profile is given free access to these tools. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Is it Enough?The question that remains, of course, is whether or not MySpace’s re-branding efforts will be enough to keep the site from going under. Although MySpace still had a healthy 64 million users in August of this year, that number is 12 million fewer than it did at the same time last year. Meanwhile, Facebook climbed to 300 million worldwide that same month. Can MySpace entice people to come back to the network through its new music-based initiatives? It’s too soon to tell at the moment whether the strategy will work or not, but it’s definitely the network’s best shot. By capitalizing on what remains the most popular activity on MySpace to date (music and video), the company hopes to become more of a niche site for socializing around music instead of a site for just socializing. The newly launched features are just a part of the company’s overall efforts in this direction, too. Still to come are concert ticket and merchandise sales, although no details or launch dates have been given for those features as of yet. While these efforts may not ever allow MySpace to reclaim its status as the number one social network – that ship seems to have sailed – they could definitely help the network maintain profitability. And at the end of the day, that’s all that’s really needed. It’s not about how many users you have, it’s about how much money you can make off of those that you do. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#music#social networks#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Peta, Exa, Yotta And Beyond: Big Data Reaches Cosmic Proportions [Infographic]

first_imgSince the advent of big data, it’s been a struggle for some to get a real sense of just how big big data really is. You hear strange terms like “peta,” exa” and “yotta”… but what does all that really mean? When managing massive amounts of data, the scales were talking about can quickly reach astronomical proportions.Coming from Indiana, where the value of Pi might have once legally been 3, it would be easy to just slap the label “gi-fracking-normous” on the scales we’re talking about, but I’m going to push past my native upbringing and focus on recent efforts to quantify big data. A recent infographic from clearCi is one such effort, outlining the scale of data produced on the Internet each day: 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. brian proffitt 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now There’s more, or course. Scale up another thousand times and you have the zettabyte, which is 1021 (a one followed by 21 zeroes) bytes. That square would be completely filled by our Milky Way Galaxy. Seagate goes on to estimate that by 2020, total demand for storage will be just about 7 zettabytes’ worth of capacity.Yottabytes are at 1024 scales, which is where the Powers of Ten movie and, coincidentally most big data conversations, stops. Such a square would easily surround the Local Supergroup of galaxies, in which our own galaxy would appear to be a fuzzy star.How Big Can Data Get?It will get bigger, of course. The next level of data will be the brontobyte, which is 1027 bytes. While the Powers of Ten movie stopped at yottabyte levels, there’s another useful comparison for the brontobyte scale. It’s estimated that the human body contains 7 octillion atoms. If each atom were a byte of information, that’s 7 brontobytes of data.No one company, not even Google, will every get to the upper ends of these scales. But with terabyte amounts of data an everyday occurrence and petabytes not so rare anymore, a lot of companies will need to wrap their heads around the notion of what the big in big data really means and bring it down to Earth.Images courtesy of European Space Agency, clearCi, and Seagate Market Research & Competitive Intelligence. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair In scientific notation, that number compresses from 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 to 2.5X1018 – or 2.5 exabytes. To try to scale this, clearCi’s graphic estimates that if each byte was a bucket of water, in 20 weeks, there would be enough data produced to fill every ocean on the planet.That’s assuming the rate of data produced remains steady, and there’s little evidence of that. Just four years ago, all of Google was cranking out 20 petabytes of data per day – think a 2 with 16 zeros trailing it. Today, just the data from Google’s Street View Cars is the equivalent of 20 petabytes.The Powers Of TenThe scales that we’re talking about are ridiculously large, and not easy to grasp, which leads to clever little analogies that try to put it in terms that we can kind of understand. In that spirit, I referenced the best visual aid I know to relate scale: Powers of Ten, the 1968 short film that even now conveys scale very well. If you have never watched this nine-minute film, avail yourself. Using the same scale model as this clever movie, and thinking of one byte as equal to one square meter in area, scale of data becomes a little bit easier to envision. (A note before the pedantic come out of the woodwork: I know darn well that a kilobyte isn’t 1,000 bytes, but rather 1,024. But I’m keeping it metric for the purposes of this demonstration. So there.)A kilobyte translated to meter-scale would be 1,000 square meters, or 1 square kilometer. Easy enough.A megabyte is a thousand times bigger, or one million square kilometers. That would be a square just about enough to encompass all of the Great Lakes in the United States.Multiply that by another thousand and you get into gigabyte territory. In terms of square meters, that’s a square big enough to surround the entire Earth-Moon system.Terabytes get pretty big… at one byte/sq. meter, a terabyte square would completely bound the inner Solar System with some edges crossing the orbit of Jupiter.Petabytes at this scale are really big; the square is now big enough to encompass the entire Solar System nearly 100 times over.Exabytes, which is now the scale where the Internet’s daily production lives, would be a square nearly 100 light years on each edge if every byte filled a square meter. So imagine two-and-a-half of those squares being filled every day and you can get an idea of the kind of numbers we’re talking about. Storage vendor Seagate figures that a total of 450 exabytes of storage shipped in 2011. Tags:#Big Data Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Coming off bench ‘good experience’ for injured Valdez

first_imgSEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo But it was a necessary move for Creamline, as the three-time UAAP MVP got a chance to rest as she recovered from a minor right ankle sprain.“That was originally the plan, to come off the bench. The PTs said that what I needed was just rest and therapy, but I knew that when my number is called, I should be able to perform,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingValdez, though, struggled mightily, contributing only two points in the Cool Smashers’ sorry five-set defeat to BaliPure, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, Tuesday in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.Still, the league’s leading scorer would rather look at Creamline’s defeat as a chance for the team to rectify its miscues going into the quarterfinals, where it will play as the fifth-seed. View comments Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time BaliPure pulls off comeback win vs Creamline, books semis seat Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPlaying as a starter all her life, Alyssa Valdez admitted that it took time for her to adjust to her role coming off the bench.“It’s very new to me. I’m not usually inserted for receive and defense, but it was a good experience for me,” she said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay MOST READcenter_img “More than the loss, we’re looking at the improvement for all of the players in our team,” she said. “Everyone is adjusting. Ceska (Racraquin) played as a libero today, so there were lots of adjustments we have going to the next round. But the coaches said that we’re showing good signs and what we need is just a small push.”And Valdez is hopeful that Creamline can apply its learnings from this match to its last game of the eliminations against Perlas Spikers on Thursday.“We need to play as a team there, correct all our mistakes, and click in the latter part of the game so that we can finish strong,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more