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Off the grid: Developers eye “virtual power plants” for properties

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Rendering of Sonnen’s ecoLinx home battery (Sonnen)A growing number of developers in the U.S. are investing in integrated solar power and battery systems for their buildings.Advances in energy storage technology and falling prices for batteries mean these “virtual power plants” are becoming viable for a variety of buildings and uses, according to the New York Times. The technology would also create more energy independence, coming at a time when severe weather — like last month’s deep freeze in Texas that cut power to millions — has wreaked havoc on residents.Developer Wasatch Group installed storage batteries in each of its 600 units at the firm’s “net zero” Soleil Lofts project in Herriman, Utah. The systems store energy created by solar arrays on the property, making the complex one of the better examples of using integrated power.ADVERTISEMENTCollectively they can provide 12.6 megawatt hours of backup power for the building, and currently offset the costs of powering common areas, according to the report. Wasatch also signed a deal with Rocky Mountain Power that allows the energy company to tap the batteries at Soleil Lofts for power. Residents save around 30 to 40 percent on their energy bills, the Times noted, citing Wasatch.Other developers are also exploring storage systems. Meritage Homes has demonstration projects across the U.S. to explore green tech. Related Companies installed a 4.8-megawatt battery at the Gateway Center retail complex in Brooklyn that’s used by energy company Enel X.In New York City over the last few years, there have been several thousand solar panel installations in Brooklyn alone.Some governments have pushed for more energy storage projects. In 2019, New York State created up to $55 million in incentives for commercial and residential storage projects on Long Island.[NYT] — Dennis Lynch Tags Share via Shortlink Climate ChangeHousing MarketResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Sex-specific foraging strategies throughout the breeding season in a tropical, sexually monomorphic small petrel

first_imgTwo hypotheses have been proposed to explain sex-related differences in foraging in sexually monomorphic seabirds. The ‘intersexual competition’ hypothesis suggests that parents are in competition and that the dominated sex must adapt its behaviour to avoid competing with the dominant one. The ‘energetic constraint’ hypothesis suggests that differential energetic requirements lead to different foraging behaviour. We examined sexual differences in foraging behaviour of a sexually monomorphic tropical seabird, the Barau’s petrel, Pterodroma baraui, throughout the breeding period. We found sexual differences in foraging habitats and activities, but these were not consistent throughout the breeding period. During the prelaying exodus, males foraged further from the colony, in waters with greater surface chlorophyll concentration, and were more active than females. Males systematically took the first incubation shift, which was always longer than the others. However, no sex-related differences in foraging behaviour were observed during the chick-rearing period, both sexes sharing parental duties equally. We suggest that the sexual differences observed early in the breeding period are due to the specific needs of males and females. Females need to restore their body condition as quickly as possible after laying, which forces males to take the first long incubation shift at the nest. This may explain why males forage more actively during the prelaying exodus, to prepare for this long fasting period. Our results support for the first time the ‘energy constraint’ hypothesis to explain sexual differences in behaviour of a small, monomorphic procellariiform seabird.last_img read more

EU nationals continue flocking to London rental market despite Brexit

first_imgThe number of Europeans looking for property to rent in London remains high despite the ongoing and so far inconclusive talks between the UK and the EU over the status of European living in the UK after Brexit.Online short-term rentals site Spotahome.com, which specialises in longer rentals of more than 30 days, operates in 16 cities across Europe and claims to have 600,000 users and 10,000 landlords, says that only 11.9% of those booking properties through its website are from the UK, suggesting that London’s rental market remains dominated by non-UK tenants.The French dominate the market, the website says, making up 22% of the European nationals who are looking for rentals in London followed in size by Spain, Germany and Italy.Some 300,000 French nationals rent properties in the capital, which was recently referred to as France’s sixth largest city by President Emmanuel Macron.Spotahome enables people to rent homes without having to conduct viewings by checking, photographing and videoing each property on its site.“It is no surprise that the majority of the bookings on the site are from the UK’s European neighbours,” says Alejandro Artacho, CEO of Spotahome (pictured, left).“London is and always will be a hub that appeals to people from all over the world.”The research coincides with a campaign by Labour-backed organisation the3million (referring to the number of EU nationals living in the UK) last month which revealed many examples of properties being advertised to rent or sale either for UK citiziens only or offering different terms for EU nationals.In a parliamentary response, equalities minister Nick Gibb said he was aware of the reports and would be looking into them.  nick gibb Alejandro Artacho spotahome October 12, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » EU nationals continue flocking to London rental market despite Brexit previous nextEU nationals continue flocking to London rental market despite BrexitClaim is made by European short-term rental website, which says French are the dominant nationality in the capital.Nigel Lewis12th October 201701,101 Viewslast_img read more

Pasty retailer eyes future in London

first_imgWarrens Bakery chairman has told British Baker that he has visions of opening 50 shops in London.After revealing plans to expand and invest in the business last week, chairman of the bakery Mark Sullivan said he could see London as a “core target” for expansion outside the West Country.He said that beyond 2015 would be the time to look at further expansion for the pasty shops, taking the brand further to the east and north of the country.Sullivan said: “We will be taking artisan to the masses.“The new brand lends itself exceptionally well to London. We may have 50 shops now, but frankly we could have 50 shops in London alone. I see London as a core target.”He also told British Baker of the prospects for the company’s trade arm business, Simply Cornish, which is looking to expand further abroad.He said the company, which currently supplies to other retailers and wholesalers, was currently in discussions about contracts in China and North America. He continued: “I see great opportunity in taking our long-life products to international markets. The brand is a different concept and is growing fast.“We currently supply into Canada, and are about to supply China, as well as some parts of the EU – we are looking to increase contracts and put more energy into our international exports.”The bakery currently has 480 employees, and is focusing on the rebranding of its 50 shops following £1.6m of funding through Santander’s Breakthrough Programme.Warrens Bakery recently won the title of being the oldest pasty-maker in the UK.last_img read more

The Beatles Unveil New Limited-Edition “Beatlemania” Pinball Machine [Video]

first_imgThe Beatles have announced a new limited-edition “Beatlemania” pinball machine in partnership with Stern Pinball Inc. and Ka-Pow Pinball.The new machines have been manufactured in three different editions—Diamond, Platinum, and Gold—with only 100 Diamond Edition units and 250 Platinum Edition units produced. While the Diamond and Platinum machines are already sold out, the Gold Edition units are available now via The Beatles’ online store—for the meager price of $10,000.Notes the product description of the Gold Edition machine on The Beatles Store website, “Only 1964 units will be produced in recognition of the year in which the world forever changed when Ed Sullivan introduced America to four young mop-topped musicians from Liverpool, England.”The machine pays specific tribute to the “Beatlemania” era—the early days when the band went from pop hitmakers to international cultural sensations as they made their way across the pond to the U.S. The “Beatlemania” pinball machine will feature nine Beatles songs from that fateful era including “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Ticket To Ride”, “All My Loving”, “Help”, “Drive My Car”, “It Won’t Be Long”, “I Should Have Known Better”, and “Taxman”.As the product description continues, “The game also features iconic introductions by Ed Sullivan along with custom speech and callouts by Hall of Fame disk jockey, Cousin Brucie.”The announcement of the new pinball machines dedicated to The Beatles comes on the heels of a similar band-oriented machine announced by Stern Pinball and Primus last month.Watch a product preview video for the new The Beatles pinball machine below:Beatlemania Pinball Teaser Video[Video: Stern Pinball]last_img read more

Organs-on-chips evaluate therapies for lethal radiation exposure

first_imgA team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has received a $5.6 million grant from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use its organs-on-chips technology to test human physiological responses to radiation and evaluate drugs designed to counter those effects. The effort will also be supported by a team in the vascular biology program at Children’s Hospital Boston.The multiyear project will investigate whether organs-on-chips — tiny, microfluidic devices that are lined by living human cells and mimic complex organ physiology — can be used instead of animals to evaluate the efficacy and safety of medical treatments for radiation sickness, or acute radiation syndrome (ARS). Animal models often fail to accurately predict human responses, and human subjects cannot be tested with exposure to lethal radiation.ARS occurs when the body receives a high dose of radiation, usually over a short period of time. Symptoms range from loss of appetite, fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea to seizures, coma, and death. The project is part of the FDA’s Medical Countermeasures Initiative (MCMi), which it launched in 2010.“One of the fundamental goals of the MCMi is to ensure that we are prepared to respond effectively to acts of terrorism that may involve radiological or nuclear attacks, and to incidents such as the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011,” said Luciana Borio, head of the FDA program. “We have a lot to learn about the human physiological response to radiation, and are excited to explore the potential of the Wyss Institute’s novel human organs-on-chips in filling that knowledge gap in a safe and cost-effective way.”,Combining microfabrication techniques with modern tissue engineering, lung-on-a-chip offers a new in vitro approach to drug screening by mimicking the complicated mechanical and biochemical behaviors of a human lung. This extended version of the video includes Wyss Institute findings when its researchers mimicked pulmonary edema-on-the-chip.[/gz_video]Earlier this year the institute’s lung-on-a-chip received the 3Rs prize from the U.K.’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). The award followed a landmark publication in Science Translational Medicine demonstrating the team’s success using the lung on a chip to model human pulmonary edema (commonly known as fluid on the lungs) and to test potential new drug therapies under development.“We currently have over 10 different organs-on-chips in development, and are excited to work with the FDA to explore a new way to rapidly identify radiation countermeasures without having to rely on animal studies,” said Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald Ingber, who leads the organs-on-chips effort at the institute.The FDA-funded project will study three organs on chips. The three devices mimic the structure and physiology of human bone marrow, gut, and lung. These organ systems are the most susceptible to the toxic effects of radiation in humans, because of exposure to airborne particulates in the case of the lung, and extremely high cell turnover rates in the cases of the gut and bone marrow.“Our organs on chips enable us to investigate how specific human cell types and organ systems respond to radiation — something very difficult or impossible to mimic in animal studies,” said Wyss senior staff scientist Anthony Bahinski, who is helping lead the project. The effects of radiation and organ-level responses to potential radiation therapies can be observed in real time; the microdevices, about the size of a memory stick, are made of a clear, flexible polymer and can be attached to sophisticated imaging equipment.The lung-on-a-chip re-creates the way the human lung physically expands and retracts when breathing, and the gut on a chip mimics the peristaltic motions of the gut. This ability to replicate the physical microenvironment of living organs enables the organs on chips to recapitulate functions with a fidelity not possible in conventional culture systems, and it represents a key advantage of these novel bioinspired microtechnologies.The bone marrow chip employs a unique approach to organ-chip design in which the team uses tissue engineering to form a whole bone with an intact marrow in vivo — and then surgically removes it and places it under microfluidic conditions in the laboratory. From there it can undergo testing in response to radiation and radiation therapies.“We should have a much better understanding of how our bones, intestines, and lungs respond physiologically to radiation and radiation therapies at the conclusion of this project,” Bahinski said.In addition to the FDA, the Wyss Institute acknowledges support that led to the development of the organs-on-chips technology from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

It’s Only a Play’s Nathan Lane Talks Contractual Fun, Flops & Jello Shots

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 View Comments Nathan Lane Nathan Lane has returned to Broadway’s It’s Only a Play and he stopped by Late Night on March 30 to chat about his star turn as James Wicker in the Terrence McNally comedy. Host Seth Meyers asked: “Is it fun to be back?” Without missing a beat the two-time Tony winner replied: “it’s more than fun, it’s contractual.” It’s Only a Play is about a show opening to horrible reviews, which led to a discussion about Lane’s flops, or “missed opportunities,” as he labeled them (and his love of jello shots). Check out the interview below and then Lane in person at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre through June 7. It’s Only a Play Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

02 Bitter cucumbers

first_imgVolume XXXINumber 1Page 2 This is often the case with cucumbers. Sometimes they can tastedownright bitter. The good news is that this is preventable.Following a few simple tips can make sure you get thegreat-tasting cukes your labors deserve.The bitter taste that sometimes happens comes from one of threethings, or a combination of the three. Here are some tips to helpyou avoid all of them.The first is to harvest cucumbers before they reach fullmaturity. Leaving them on the vine too long, trying to get extralong fruit, can lead to disappointing taste. Cucumbers can growfast once they start producing, so be sure to plant only as muchas you can keep up with, to keep the harvest young.WaterMoisture control is the second tip for growing salad-qualitycucumbers. Irrigation or rain is critical, especially in the lastweek or so before the harvest. Failing to provide enough watercan definitely lead to poor-tasting cucumbers.The best way to water is with a drip system, irrigation tape orsoaker hoses. Provide about 1 inch to 1.5 inches of water perweek. Even more water near harvest time will help. Overheadwatering is OK. But it’s the least efficient method, and it maylead to foliar diseases.Third, manage the soil fertility. This means adjusting the pH(alkalinity or acidity) of the soil correctly and providingproper nutrition.Submitting a soil sample to your University of GeorgiaCooperative Extension county agent’s office is the most preciseway to do this. There’s no way to guess at the pH without thesoil test.The test will also provide details of what and how muchfertilizer to apply. Proper nutritional management will lead tohealthier plants and help eliminate the fertility problems thatcan cause a bitter taste.By following these tips, you should be able to grow all thegreat-tasting cucumbers you need for your salads and pickle jars.(Bob Westerfield is the Cooperative Extension consumerhorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Robert R. WesterfieldUniversity ofGeorgiaFew things in the garden are more heartbreaking than taking thetime and effort to cultivate the soil, plant seed, fertilize,water and nurture your plants, only to have your harvest tasteawful.last_img read more

Beer Blog: Happy International IPA Day

first_imgI’ll never understand people who bitch about made up “Hallmark” holidays. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Secretary’s Day…what’s wrong with creating a completely fictional reason to celebrate? Are you really going to complain about getting to eat cake at work on a Wednesday (thanks Secretary Day!) or maybe getting to see your significant other naked (you’re awesome Valentine’s Day!). No, do not complain about made up holidays. Made up holidays are awesome.Especially International IPA Day. August 7th, 2014. Put it on your calendar. Yes, it’s complete bullsh#! with no real historical or religious significance, but so freaking what. It’s a Thursday, and it gives you a reason to hit the brewpub after (or during) work and order a really hoppy beer. Celebrate, you ungrateful son of a mother’s uncle.In honor of IPA Day, I’ve selected three of my favorite IPAs from Southern breweries, to ramble about. I’d argue that these are some of the best hop bombs below the Mason Dixon. Enjoy. And celebrate fake holidays for no good reason other than just because.The CorruptionDC BrauWashington, D.C.This one borders on “Imperial” IPA status with 80 IBUs. It’s got that dank bitterness you expect from a West Coast IPA. But it’s brewed over here, so we got that going for us.WayfarerGreen Man BrewingAsheville, N.C.It’s hard to pick my favorite home town IPA, and honestly, if you ask me in a week, I might say something different. But right now, I’m digging Green Man’s Wayfarer, which they’re billing as a “summer IPA” because it won’t knock you on your ass after just two beers. It’s just 5.5%, but has all the not-so-subtle charm you want out of an IPA.HopsecutionerTerrapin Beer CompanyAthens, Ga.Don’t let the name fool you—this is a sweetheart of a beer…if you love hops. There’s some malty notes in the bottle, but you’re gonna get big swigs of pine and a wee bit of citrus from the six different hops that Terrapin brings to this party. It’s kind of like drinking a dank forest. If you can imagine that.Long live IPA Day!last_img read more

Letter on Puritanism was ‘enlightening’

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFrom the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank Mr. Jim Schaefer for his Jan. 14 letter regarding our nation’s return to Puritanism. He provided me insight through these points:Some people would take advantage of a movement for their own benefit. Who knew?The mentions of a Democratic politician and certain media figures accused of harassment? I guess Trump, O’Reilly, Ailes, Franks, Farenthold and Clarence Thomas are truly innocent. I am enlightened.I am proud to mentor Asian-American students at the University at Albany. I tell them to be safe, especially in an era where racism and sexist behavior of quite up front. I also tell the ladies that regardless of what they wear, whether they are at a formal event, an electronic dance music concert or step dancing for their sororities, it’s not an invitation for men to offer sexual advances.The death of the fashion choices you mention is greatly exaggerated.In the meantime sir, “Mad Men” called. They would like to use your letter for a portion of the script if the show returns. Feel free to discuss with them. Archie Bunker’s chair will be kept warm for you.Michael FondacaroAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more