Size doesn’t matter as much as you think, it’s what you do with it

first_imgDemand for new build homes in Rochedale has seen significantly smaller backyards in the area compared to neighbouring Eight Mile Plains. Image: Nearmap.com.auThe  Great Australian Dream of a home with a backyard is fast disappearing.New data shows the Aussie backyard is shrinking rapidly, with housing affordability and population pressure prompting the rise of “micro lots” across major capitals.In the past three years the median land lot size has shrunk from 458sq m (2014) to 428sq m and then 407sq m nationally, according to the Urban Development Institute of Australia.In Queensland, about 20 per cent of the development market was struggling to keep pace with demand for “more affordable product”, with size being traded for affordability, the UDIA State of the Land report found.“The median lot size continued its long-term decline to 471sq m, down from 485sq m in December 2015. The median lot size is now consistently below 500sq m. This size, however, is around 50sq m bigger than the median of most other states.”Nearmap chief executive Rob Newman sees a clear trend in his firm’s aerial imagery of how locations have changed over time, with freestanding homes now being built on blocks of less than 300sq m in some cases.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“As Australia prepares for an impending population boom, strategic planning will be crucial to maintaining interconnected communities,” he said.Social demographer Mark McCrindle believes ever-shrinking proximity to neighbours might not be a bad thing for a society which has become increasingly disconnected on a personal level.“In a lot of ways, micro-lots are just a return to the older terrace housing style – urbanised densified living,” he said.“There are many other factors, besides affordability, driving people to smaller residences. One attraction is they are often found in walkable communities, with shops and public amenities very close by. These easily accessible public spaces can also make up for not having a backyard and result in a more interconnected and socially active community – a major drawcard for many Australian home buyers.”Much of the pressure was also coming off limited land availability. In 2010, just under 7000 lots were released with a median size of 623sq m. That grew to 12,252 lots, but with a median size of just 471sq m last year, the UDIA found – and even that is not enough to meet demand.“If the current housing forecasts are correct, and the traditional weighting to detached homes remains in place, South East Queensland would likely need 14,907 lots per year,” the report said. “Current lot release numbers, though at high levels, are significantly below this figure.”last_img read more

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Laffor fires Onyango’s Sundowns to South Africa title

first_imgCoach Pitso Mosimane said that while the focus would be on his multi-national squad of stars, he wanted to praise his analysts and physical trainer too.“We stayed up to two, three, four o’clock in the morning analysing clubs and individuals we were due to meet.“Critics said we would not last the pace, playing two matches virtually every week. Did you see any weary Sundowns footballers when the final whistle blew? I certainly did not.”Outgoing champions Kaizer Chiefs drew 0-0 with Bloemfontein Celtic in a drab Soweto clash that delivered few scoring opportunities.Jomo Cosmos improved their chances of dodging the drop by scoring four minutes into stoppage time through a Tebogo Makobela header to snatch a 2-2 draw at Ajax Cape Town.Cosmos have 25 points, four more than Pretoria and five above Maritzburg United. The club coming last are automatically relegated and the second-last team go into play-offs.****The trophy will be handed over to the Brazilians at the Lucas Moripe stadium on Saturday, 21 May, following their clash against Platinum Stars.University of Pretoria (0) 0Mamelodi Sundowns (2) 3 (Laffor 3′ 20′ 59′)University of Pretoria: AmaTuks: Coetsee; Sibande, Mthethwa, Mwedihanga, Jaure – K.Zwane (Mnyamane 68′), Ketjijere, Nyathi (Nyondo 54′), Ntombayithethi – Kebede (Nkoana 56′), BacelaMamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Arendse, Nthethe, Mphahlele – Mabunda, Kekana (Modise 80′) – Mashaba (S.Zwane 66′), Dolly Billiat – Laffor (Ngele 83′)© 1994-2016 Agence France-PresseShare on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |Liberian Anthony Laffor scored a hat-trick to give Mamelodi Sundowns a 3-0 win at Pretoria University Wednesday and a record-extending seventh South African Premiership title.The tall, slim 31-year-old midfielder scored after three, 20 and 59 minutes at Tuks Stadium to give the Pretoria club an unassailable eight-point lead over Wits with two rounds remaining.Sundowns pocketed a 10 million rand ($670,000, 590,000 euros) first prize in the richest African national football championship.They and runners-up Wits will represent South Africa in the CAF Champions League, a competition that has brought only heartache for Sundowns since finishing as 2001 runners-up.Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango has been key between the posts for the champions.Given a rare start during a season in which he has been hampered by injuries, Laffor took full advantage to move second-bottom Pretoria closer to relegation.The Liberian converted a Mzikayise Mashaba cross to give Sundowns the perfect start and tapped in a cross from Zimbabwean Khama Billiat at the far post for his second.Any doubts about the outcome were dispelled just before the hour as Billiat dispossessed an opponent and fed Laffor, who fired across goalkeeper Tristyn Coetsee into the far corner.From then to the final whistle Sundowns stroked the ball nonchalantly among themselves, content to retain possession and deprive the hosts of scoring chances.A dismal evening for Pretoria was summed up in stoppage time when substitute Thabiso Nkoana blazed over with the goal in his sights.“I wish to thank my team-mates,” said Laffor after receiving the official man of the match award.“It is a great feeling to be champions after a long season in which Sundowns fought on many domestic fronts and in Africa.“We stayed focused and believed in ourselves — that was a key factor in our championship success,” said the Monrovia-born footballer.last_img read more

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Clemson starts hot, holds off Pittsburgh 62-48

first_imgClemson’s Elijah Thomas (14) finishes off a dunk against Pittsburgh during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The shot clock running down, Clemson’s David Skara collected the ball and chucked it toward the basket. The ball smacked off the middle of the backboard and through the net for his team’s fourth 3-pointer of a dizzying opening six minutes against Pittsburgh.It was that kind of start for the Tigers. And an all-too familiar finish for the reeling Panthers.Clemson hit each of its first five 3-pointers on its way to building a 22-point halftime lead then clamped down late for a 62-48 victory on Wednesday night. The Tigers (17-11, 7-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) held Pitt to just 27 percent (12 of 44) shooting while beating the Panthers for the sixth straight time. Clemson’s Javan White, left, and Marcquise Reed, right, block a shot by Pittsburgh’s Xavier Johnson (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Marcquise Reed led Clemson with 14 points, Elijah Thomas added 12 points and eight rebounds and the Tigers never lost control after needing less than two minutes to build a double-digit lead.“I thought our defense was really good all day,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “We competed (and) guarded them about as well as we could guard.”Xavier Johnson led Pitt (12-16, 2-13) with 14 points but the freshman guard also committed eight of his team’s 13 turnovers. Terrell Brown scored 11 points for Pitt but the Panthers never led while dropping their 11th consecutive game. Not even a courtside appearance by three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald — a former Pitt football star now anchoring the middle of the defensive line for the Los Angeles Rams — could shake the Panthers out of a funk that stretches more than six weeks.“We’ve lost a little bit of confidence,” first-year Pitt head coach Jeff Capel said. “Losing will do that to you.”The Tigers are trying to work their way to the right side of the bubble in search for their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. A misstep against the Panthers would have cost them dearly. Instead, they produced a near carbon-copy of their easy 13-point win over Pitt a month ago.Clemson built a massive 28-point halftime cushion in the first meeting on Jan. 29 to cruise. Four weeks later, the Tigers again came out hot.Shelton Mitchell hit a 3-pointer on the Tigers’ first trip down the court. Reed added another on Clemson’s second possession. Skara’s off-balance heave boosted the advantage to 18-5. The 3-point streak ended with Aamir Simms missed a wide-open look from the corner, but he atoned by drilling one on Clemson’s next possession and the Tigers just kept on rolling.“They made so many shots early, we were dejected,” Capel said. “When the kid banked a 3 at the end of the shot clock, you could see our guys’ shoulders slump.”Pitt, giving away size at nearly every position, couldn’t get anything going. The Panthers kept trying to dump it inside to Brown — who at 6-foot-10 is the team’s lone post threat — but Brown couldn’t seem to do anything with it. He missed all three of his shots, including a layup before the first-half buzzer that rolled of the rim, symbolic of an opening 20 minutes in which the Panthers made just five baskets against eight turnovers, scored a season-low 16 points and trailed by more than 20.The Panthers, as they did in the first meeting with the Tigers, pushed back in the second half but it wasn’t nearly enough.Pitt drew within 10 points twice in the final eight minutes but got no closer.“We’re playing with a sense of urgency, trying to finish out the season strong,” Reed said. “We’ve got big games at home coming up. Just want to keep taking care of business.”BIG PICTUREClemson: The Tigers have done pretty well at beating the lesser teams in the ACC but probably could use another marquee name on its resume to go with an upset of No. 20 Virginia Tech earlier this month. Two opportunities remain in the regular season: on Saturday against No. 5 North Carolina and on March 9 against Syracuse.Pitt: The Panthers have taken steps forward in Capel’s first season, but the grind of the ACC has worn down his young and undersized roster.UP NEXTClemson: Will try to beat the Tar Heels at home for the second straight season on Saturday. The Tigers won 82-78 in last year’s meeting at Littlejohn Coliseum.Pitt: Visits No. 2 Virginia on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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Kinder, Gentler Dinosaurs Envisioned

first_imgSee if this statement by Tim Rowe [U of Texas at Austin] meets your mental picture of dinosaurs after a lifetime of movies: “We used to think of dinosaurs as fierce creatures that outcompeted everyone else,” he said.  “Now we’re starting to see that’s not really the case.  They were humbler, more opportunistic creatures.  They didn’t invade the neighborhood.  They waited for the residents to leave and when no one was watching, they moved in.”    This quote from an article in PhysOrg may not make for a very dramatic sequel to Jurassic Park, but it’s based on his team’s analysis of migration patterns of a new species of dinosaur from Arizona gently named Sarahsaurus.  “And so it’s starting to look like some of our ideas about how size and evolution work are probably in need of revision,” Rowe said, “and that some of the features we thought were tied to gigantism and the physics and mechanics of the bones may not be right.”Does Rowe know that dinosaurs were humbler, more opportunistic creatures?  No, because he wasn’t there.  Neither does Steven Spielberg know that they were terrors.  Who knows; maybe they were like large cows and sheep, and the predators were like large coyotes.  Maybe Alley Oop had to beat off Sue with a stick.  Make up your own scenario.  It’s as good as anyone else’s, because all such opinions about behavior are inferred from indirect evidence and are inherently subjective.  For best chance at fame, come up with a scenario that lends itself to a screenplay and keeps the animators employed.    The one thing that you can be sure of is that the opinions of evolutionists will continue to change, so that any of their claims today “are probably in need of revision” tomorrow.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Scientific Progress Is Spelled “Bio-Inspiration”

first_img(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Need fundamental insights into physics and technology? Look no further than the living world.Flexible Robo-Legs Could Help Helicopters Stick Tricky Landings (Live Science): In research funded by DARPA, “Helicopters of the future could use insectlike robotic legs to land in unlikely places — like the slopes of steep hills or the decks of rocking boats.”Making batteries with portabella mushrooms (Science Daily): Here’s a new organism for biomimetics aficionados: the big flat fungus vegetarians use as substitute hamburger. Researchers at UC Riverside “have created a new type of lithium-ion battery anode using portabella mushrooms, which are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and easy to produce.” Who would have dreamed this? The high porosity of mushroom tissue makes it ideal for anodes in batteries—environmentally friendly, too.‘Hedgehog’ Robots Hop, Tumble in Microgravity (Astrobiology Magazine): A picture of tumbling robots on Mars begins this story about a new concept for robots. “Hedgehog” robots have no wheels or legs. Instead, spikes on a cube shape allow them to hop, tumble, and work in any orientation. The article doesn’t say if experimenters from JPL, MIT and Stanford were inspired by actual hedgehogs, but their choice of name betrays some level of comparison with England’s furry mammals that can tuck into a ball shape and roll away from hazards.Deep-diving whales could hold answer for synthetic blood (Science Daily). This is a whale of a biomim report out of Rice University: “The ultra-stable properties of the proteins that allow deep-diving whales to remain active while holding their breath for up to two hours could help biochemists and other researchers finish a 20-year quest to create lifesaving synthetic blood for human trauma patients.”It’s Part Tank, Part Salamander, and Ready for Combat (Live Science). Amphibious vehicles take their inspiration from – what? — amphibians, of course. Salamanders are at home in water or dryness. Soldiers need to operate in both environments, not stopping when their vehicle climbs out of a river into irregular land. “While the primary purpose of Lockheed’s ACV system is to build a new generation of vehicles for the military, the company also said it believes the salamanderlike machines would be great at search-and- rescue missions, as well.”Molecular motors: Pirouetting in the spotlight (PhysOrg): Nano-engineers can’t hold a candle to the abilities of molecular machines found in living cells, but they’re trying their best. “German scientists have developed a new class of molecular motors that rotate unidirectionally at speeds of up to 1 kHz when exposed to sunlight at room temperature,” this article reports. About all they can brag about is controlling which direction the thing spins. “Given the complexity involved in the design of such motor molecules, it is really astonishing to [sic] that we gained complete control over the direction of rotation at the first attempt.” They admit they have a long way to go. Biological ATP synthase performs a function in either direction. The bacterial flagellum can stop and reverse direction in a quarter turn.Researchers design ‘biological flashlight’ using light-producing ability of shrimp (Science Daily): From the University of North Carolina: “Using the natural light-producing ability of deep-sea shrimp, the team of scientists developed the new imaging tool to help cancer researchers better track tumor development and treatment responses.”Need directions? Ask a lizard (PhysOrg): Lizards remain underutilized sources of bio-inspiration. We’ve seen a lot about geckos and chameleons, but what about garden-variety lizards? Able to walk on most surfaces from sand to rock, scamper about quickly with splayed limbs, and climb vertically up or down, they surely have additional secrets for scientists. This article tells about a Penn State biologist curious how plain lizards understand the limits of their territories without GPS. She developed a theory that “side-blotched lizards do possess the ability to engage spatial memory when navigating to a goal.”How orange peel could replace crude oil in plastics (PhysOrg): Plastic that pollutes the world’s oceans is a huge concern. If scientists could make biodegradable materials with the benefits of plastic, it would be a huge development for the environment while simultaneously reducing our dependence on oil. In orange juice manufacture, almost 50% of the fruit is discarded, but there’s gold in them thar peels. Limonene, a simple hydrocarbon in orange peel, is showing promise not only for plastics, but for pain relief drugs and many useful polymers. A fruitful strategy for extracting this substance looks very appealing.Magnetically assisted slip casting of bioinspired heterogeneous composites (Nature): This paper discusses progress in developing “bioinspired heterogeneous microstructures” that mimic the durable traits of oyster shells and teeth. Summarizing this paper, PhysOrg describes the difficulties researchers had trying to mimic nature. The authors have arrived at the proof-of-context stage toward manufacturing dental prostheses and other beneficial devices possessing the benefits of biological materials:There are few tougher, more durable structures in nature than teeth or seashells. The secret of these materials lies in their unique fine structure: they are composed of different layers in which numerous micro-platelets are joined together, aligned in identical orientation.The world’s nitrogen fixation, explained (Science Daily): Agriculture could benefit immensely from cracking the secret of nitrogenase, the bacterial enzyme that “fixes” nitrogen by breaking its tough triple bond so that it can combine with other atoms. Nature is much “friendlier” than industrial methods of producing fertilizer, which require high heat and pressure. Solving the mystery requires deep research into physical chemistry. This article describes how a group of Yale chemists “designed a new chemical compound with key properties that help to explain nitrogenase.” Next step: “With this insight into how nature fixes nitrogen, Holland and his colleagues hope to design synthetic catalysts that turn nitrogen into ammonia, the main fertilizer produced in the natural system.”Bio-inspired electron-delivering system for reductive activation of dioxygen at metal centres towards artificial flavoenzymes (Nature): If you make it past the abstruse title of this paper, you can learn that the chemical industry is looking into the liver for environmentally-friendly, sustainable chemical technology. This is not some kind of divination, but rather an attempt to understand how enzymes in the liver and in bacteria manage to transfer oxygen atoms to C-H bonds. This ability to “reduce” dioxygen (O2) as easily as living cells do it would be very useful for “bio-inspired oxidation catalysis” at ambient temperatures, leading toward green, sustainable technology.Environmentalists!  Get a load of this!  Biomimetics is knocking the wind out of the Darwin industry. Leave it breathless; it was generating pollution, anyway. The future is in green design inspired by green design, bringing more green into the pockets of good environmental stewards. This is a way for true environmentalists to join hands with intelligent design advocates, free-market entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and research scientists for the good of the planet.last_img read more

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South African female authors share their journeys

first_img18 August 2016Trapped. A strong woman’s triumph over abuse is Capetonian Sam Scarborough’s diary, now published as a book. Her story – a confident and financially secure woman stuck is an emotionally abusive relationship – is meant to give hope to other women trapped in the same situation.Her diary, a despairing attempt to remain sane, tells the story of her moving toLondon with her daughter to be with her new partner. It chronicles how her lovestory, “suddenly changed and how she started to doubt herself, because accordingto him, everything was her fault”.Harrowing as her journey is, the book ends on a high note: “The good news isthat she got out of the toxic relationship – and so can you.”The abuseEmotional abuse is difficult to define, Scarborough says. Now, given herexperience, she understands what verbal abuse is. “There were words said to me,even if they were later denied. It was something concrete to hang on to, especiallybecause I wrote those words down in my diary.”Despite a mountain of research, it remains a difficult form of manipulation topinpoint. Unlike physical abuse, which leaves bruises and scars, the damage ispsychological. The pain more difficult for others to understand. “I certainly knowwhat it felt like for me, which is detailed in the diary I wrote, which became thebook.”Her writing processWriting a book about her personal experience was not easy. “It was frustrating,painful and hard to relive what I had gone through,” says Scarborough.The difficulty for Scarborough was to remain true and not glamourise theabuse. Exposing the worst of her life experience was also extraordinarily painful. “Ittook me a few months to write the actual book in the end. I wrote most nights afterwork, late into the night, transcribing all my notes and entries.“It was like reliving a nightmare. The patterns and cycles became boring, evento me. I was so frustrated with my own diary entries that I almost gave up onfinishing the book. I didn’t like the way I sounded, the way I acted, or the things Iwas saying – some parts actually made me cringe.“But, I decided to leave it all in, as that was my truth of what I went through,and there didn’t seem much point in glamourising it, or taking out the harduncomfortable parts.” Writing about her personal experience was difficult, says SamScarborough. (Image: NB Publishers)Being in a bad relationshipHer relationship, and her writing journey gave her a new perspective on thechoices people make in their relationships. “In the past I used to be extremelyfrustrated with friends who were in bad relationships, either of abuse, orrelationships that brought out the worst in them.“I just could not understand why my friends would not leave or could not leave.I had no idea what it was like to be in a bad relationship.”She says she had very little empathy for these friends of hers. “I eventuallyjust gave up on them.“I would like to think I will be a better friend now with a lot more understanding.I told my story to help others, not because I wanted to tell the story. And if this book can help just one person to free themselves, then I am glad it was published.”Returning to Cape TownScarborough says she would have loved to stay in London. “I have lived therebefore and still have loads of friends there.“But it wasn’t possible at the time. Coming back to South Africa was hard. Itfelt like a failure,” she confesses. “My apartment was rented out and we [she andher daughter] had nowhere to live. It was however the best decision I made, to putdistance between me and the situation I had got myselfinto.“It was a good break, something final. The decision to get on that plane andleave was not easy, as I was being promised the world, but it definitely got me outof the downward spiral I was in.”Scarborough, a graphic designer, art- and creative director, is also the author ofseveral children’s décor books like Children’s Rooms, CoolSpaces for Kids and Creative Rooms for Your Kids.Her book Trapped was recently published by NB Publishers.Simbongile MenteSimbongile Mente started writing Africa’s Daughters late in 2012.Three years later her book documenting the stories of women she mentored wascomplete. The women Mente wrote about are from the township Kayamandi in theStellenbosch area. Student pastor Mente launched her book last September at herchurch, the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa.The book explores the lives of 12 women, including herself. “I address issues like modern day slavery, molestation, low self-esteem, and your identity as a woman.”There are women like Thembi, the oldest of four sisters, who lost her motherwhile she was in high school.“Thembi’s father couldn’t afford to pay for all of their fees. She ended updropping out of school in grade 10. She took on two jobs to help her dad butthrough all of that she was disciplined. Thembi didn’t give up on her dreams andwent back to school. She is now studying nursing, just as her mother did,” explainsMente. Simbongile Mente documents the lives of 11 women and how theyovercame their challenging situations. (Image: Trudy van Rooy)The book’s titleMente says she wrote Africa’s Daughters to bring hope and encouragement to women in Africa and all over the world. “I decided on the title Africa’s Daughters because I was working with African women – engaging, empowering and mentoring African women. I was getting a personal look on their everyday lives.”She says publishing these kinds of stories raises awareness of the struggles ofwomen and, she hopes, to give the next generation a roadmap to avoid the samehazards. “It is important to inform our people so that they can be better equipped incommunicating these issues to their families. Families make up communities.“Africa’s Daughters’ message is one of hope where tragic situations can be turned into a message of light and transformation to this nation and Africa,” she advocates.More about MenteMente has a B. Tech degree in Public Relations and a BA degree in Theology.She started to write in high school to deal with her own low self-esteem anddepression. She started writing a journal filled with thoughts and emotions whichlater developed into poetry.Her friend Trudy van Rooy submitted one of her poems, All hope is gonefrom her, to a writing competition initiated by Africa’s Institute. “I was oneof the semi-finalists and my poem was featured in their book VenturingVistas,” says Mente. “I never stopped writing. I wrote poems and letters toGod, and still do during my meditation time.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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5 Social Media Apps for Your Internet TV

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos One of the great promises of Internet TV is the ability to facilitate real-time conversations about what we’re watching right alongside the show itself. Social media apps help connect TV viewers with a larger audience, well beyond the living room, so to speak. By checking in and talking to other viewers and fans, particularly right as we’re watching, we’re able to share our reviews and recommendations – not to mention, our banter and commentary – in ways that help increase our enjoyment and engagement with what we watch. Here are some of our recommendations for apps to make your TV viewing more social.This post was brought to you by Samsung Electronics America. The amount and types of Apps available on Samsung Smart TVs vary depending on TV Technology and Model. Make sure to check www.samsung.com/apps to see a complete list of apps available on Samsung Smart TVs and which apps are available on specific models. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Samsung Electronics or its partners.TwitterTV is often denigrated as passive and solitary, but our television viewing habits have always had an active, social component. Until recently, this has often taken place “around the water-cooler,” as we discuss prime-time TV at work the next morning…When it comes to social media and television, Twitter has established itself as the go-to platform. “Live-tweeting” has become a common practice, particularly for big events like the Oscars and the Super Bowl, but even for regular TV episodes. As our own Mike Melanson has observed, “Twitter is the virtual watercooler of the TV geek set.” Twitter’s integration into Internet TV brings the real-time stream of tweets onto the screen alongside the show itself.GetGlueGetGlue is a service that allows users to check in while watching TV shows and movies (as well as while reading books and listening to music). GetGlue’s apps also allow you to “like” and review these shows, and the service blends both semantic technology with human curation to help you discover new movies and TV shows based on your preferences. GetGlue has grown rapidly this year, with over 10 million check-ins per month, giving the service a sizable user population and likely an active following for the shows you watch. TunerfishTunerfish is Comcast’s social TV startup, a social discovery engine for TV, movies, and online video. Tunerfish asks you “what are you watching?” and then uses that data to help you and your friends find shows to watch. Tunerfish not only makes it easy to engage in conversations about a show, its social recommendations help viewers escape from endless channel-surfing in the hopes of finding something. PhiloPhilo lets you connect with your friends around TV viewing, so you can see what others are watching and saying about shows. The app – available for Web, Android and iPhone – lets you check in or tune in to TV programs, then discuss shows in a Twitter-like newsfeed while you’re watching. The app shows what’s trending with friends to help with discovery. And you can determine via the app when those shows are playing locally. FanvibeFanvibe is a social networking tool geared towards sports fans. The site enhances the way you experience sporting events by providing real-time scores and game highlights. As with many of these other apps, you can check in to sports games. But arguably one of the key things about Fanvibe is its devotion solely to sports. And as such, the social network is a great place to cheer on your team with other fans, and of course, trash talk those on opposing teams.TV is often denigrated as passive and solitary, but our television viewing habits have always had an active, social component. Until recently, this has often taken place “around the water-cooler,” as we discuss prime-time TV at work the next morning. Although the Internet has long provided a place for fans of certain shows to participate in online forums and message boards, social media has made this even easier. New apps that are integrated with or designed to run alongside TV are poised to make our viewing even more social.Illustration by hberends audrey watters Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#social networks#web center_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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NY14 Passive House Conference Announces Speakers

first_imgThe NY14 Passive House Conference opens on June 17 with an address by Diana Ãœrge-Vorsatz, a climate change scientist whose work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) helped the group to a shared Nobel Prize in 2007.Organizers of the one-day event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City said Ãœrge-Vorsatz will discuss several issues, including the role of building efficiency in reducing carbon emissions.The IPCC shared the 2007 prize with Al Gore for their collective efforts to increase public understanding of man-made climate change.A panel that includes Richard Leigh, director of research at Urban Green Council, and Passive House Academy founder Thomas O’Leary will discuss the relationship between efficiency and a green power grid in a session titled “The Energy Puzzle.”Organizers said other presentations would focus on particular building projects, including a multi-family apartment building in New York, a primary school and university buildings in London, dormitory housing in Ireland and a green city district in Brussels.Another session will discuss retrofit projects in New York.There are more details about the program in this post online.last_img read more

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JeM terrorist arrested in J&K’s Baramulla district

first_imgA Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist was arrested in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on Sunday, a police spokesperson said. Mohsin Manzoor Salhea, a resident of Arampora-Azadgunj area, was arrested on a credible input during an anti-militant operation in Baramulla town, he said. According to the spokesperson, Salhea was affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM and was wanted in two cases registered at the Baramulla police station this year. Salhea was part of a group involved in planning and executing terror attacks in the area, he said. Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were recovered from his possession, the spokesperson said.last_img

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Ateneo snatches top spot, FEU humbles La Salle in men’s PVL

first_imgLATEST STORIES Marck Espejo led Ateneo with 17 points while Ishmael Rivera added 10.Joshua Umandal had 10 points to lead the Tigers who struggled in the offensive converting just 27 of its 93 spike attempts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Far Eastern University bounced back after losing the third set and dropped De La Salle, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, to take its second win.The Tamaraws are now at 2-1 to tie UST at the second spot while La Salle dropped to 1-2. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Better competition key to Kai Sotto’s improvement, says Uichico Ateneo took down University of Santo Tomas in straight sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18, to earn the top seed in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men’s division Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles continued their win streak and improved to 3-0 while the Growling Tigers slipped to 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mark Detablan had 17 points to lead FEU while getting ample support from three of his teammates.Redijohn Paler and Richardo Solis had 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Tamaraws while substitute Jude Garcia added 11.Arjay Onia had a game-high 19 points to lead the Green Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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