NREL’s 3D Design Software Is Thoroughly Field Tested – and Perpetually in Line for Improvement

first_imgIt used to be that the Department of Energy’s principal software tool for energy efficiency modeling in buildings was EnergyPlus, a text-based simulation program for modeling heating, cooling, lighting, ventilating, water, and other types of energy flow in buildings. Then, in April 2008, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory released OpenStudio, a free tool that combines the features of EnergyPlus with those of Google SketchUp, the search giant’s drawing interface.That blend of programs allows architects and builders to sketch 3D drawings of buildings and run energy efficiency simulations for each visual configuration very early in the design process, when implementing changes typically is the least expensive and early insights into building performance are critical.“Integrating energy analysis into that phase is very important because you can start to reduce energy use well before a building is even in conceptual design,” Nick Long, a NREL engineer who helps develop OpenStudio, said in a recent press release. “Our hope is that by using OpenStudio in design charrettes, users can start throwing away designs at the very beginning of a project, saying: ‘This is not a good design because we’re going to use too much energy,’”A software developer’s playgroundWhile there is a fair amount of software – some of it requiring the use of special monitoring hardware – being developed to help evaluate the performance of completed buildings (especially homes), tools that help address energy efficiency and building-geometry issues simultaneously, in the conceptual phase of design, can greatly increase the odds a structure will be functionally and aesthetically in top form by the time construction is completed.Better still, OpenStudio, which was developed using open-source (rather than proprietary) software code, is a perennial candidate for improvements, the NREL notes. Among the enhancements currently being considered: integrating OpenStudio with a daylighting program; linking it to a construction-cost database; and connecting it to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.last_img read more

BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Green Building Products

first_imgAddressing resilience and energy efficiency“After a year of record droughts and floods across the country, this year’s Top-10 products include several for managing moisture in buildings or for irrigating more responsibly,” says BuildingGreen founder Alex Wilson. “In selecting this year’s products, we looked for companies addressing resilience, energy efficiency, thoughtful use of materials, cutting-edge system optimization, and other needs.”This year’s selections include software for modeling heat and moisture flows, concrete masonry units with sequestration of carbon dioxide, a low-e coating for windows that opens new possibilities to energy-efficient, passive solar windows, and an LED streetlight meant to deliver 100 lumens per watt to precisely the area where the light is needed. Proponents of green building have spent years fighting the impression that sustainable design is all about product selection. It’s difficult to swim upstream against the tide of American consumerism, but it’s important to keep repeating an important truism: green building depends on following an integrated design process, on minimizing the size of the building, and on designing for energy efficiency. You can’t make a bad building green by specifying a few “green” building materials.That said, green builders are usually curious to see which products have been included in BuildingGreen’s annual “Top-10 Green Building Products” list. Although a few of their chosen products are intended chiefly for commercial construction, residential builders will find products on the list that are worth considering. RELATED ARTICLES Nov. 2013: BuildingGreen Names Year’s Top Ten Products Oct. 2011: Top 10 Green Building Products Nov. 2009: Top 10 Green Building Productscenter_img The BuildingGreen Top-10 Green Building Products for 2013WUFI software from Fraunhofer IBP and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Understanding how moisture moves through building assemblies is critical to their long-term durability and performance. But moisture and heat flows are highly complex, and sophisticated software is required to model performance. WUFI (for “Wärme and Feuchte Instationär,” or transient heat and moisture) is a family of PC-based software tools developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Germany and Oak Ridge National Lab in the U.S.. The software calculates heat and moisture transfer in multi-layer building components exposed to various climate conditions, and has been used in the development of smart vapor retarders.Atlas CMU block with CarbonCure. The production of portland cement, the main ingredient in concrete, results in approximately 5% of the world’s anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Though concrete sequesters some of that CO2 during curing, primarily on the surface layer, the CarbonCure Block System significantly improves this process by taking CO2 supplied from local industrial sources and injecting it directly into concrete masonry units (CMUs) during production using a specially designed mold. Atlas Block is using the CarbonCure system primarily to reduce the carbon footprint of its products, but injecting CO2 into CMUs during manufacture also improves their strength, reduces the amount of portland cement required, and speeds curing.Amorim expanded-cork boardstock insulation. Expanded Insulation Cork Board is 100% natural, rigid insulation material produced from natural cork — bark from an oak tree native to the western Mediterranean region. The cork bark can be harvested from mature trees every nine years without damaging the trees. To produce rigid board stock insulation, cork granules are steam-heated in an autoclave, which expands the cork and activates a natural binder, suberin, contained in the cork; additional binders, flame retardants, or other chemicals are not used in production.GBA readers will remember that Alex Wilson posted a blog about Amorim cork insulation in August 2012. Amorim cork insulation is being distibuted in the U.S. by several distibutors, including Small Planet Workshop in Olympia, Washington.Proglaze ETA Engineered Transition Assemblies from Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing. For commercial building applications, Proglaze ETA Engineered Transition Assemblies from Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing is a complete system comprised of sealants, membranes, primers, and flashings (all its own products) and insulation and sheathings (from other manufacturers) designed to integrate well together. These aluminum and silicone components are designed to bridge between windows and other wall openings and sheet membranes in the field of the assembly. The system is designed to last 50-100 years.LoE-i89 glazing from Cardinal Glass Industries. Traditionally, there have been two types of low-e coatings: vacuum-deposited (sputtered) “soft-coat” silver layers and pyrolytic “hard-coat” indium tin oxide layers. Soft-coat low-e has to be protected from abrasion or the elements, so is only installed on a protected surface inside an insulating glass unit (IGU). Glass with hard-coat pyrolytic coatings are typically noticeably tinted and have a “pebbly” surface-texture that is hard to clean. A new coating from Cardinal Glass is a sputtered indium tin oxide hard-coat that can be installed on an exposed surface of an IGU. This option allows two low-e coatings to be used on a double-glazed IGU, and it enables a double-glazed window to achieve a level of performance that was previously achievable only with triple-glazing.Viridian Reclaimed Wood. Huge quantities of wooden pallets, crates, and packing materials used to ship goods to the U.S. are discarded daily, wasting a valuable resource and clogging our landfills. In its Oregon facility, Viridian Reclaimed Wood processes these materials from the Port of Portland and then creates flooring, tabletops, paneling, veneers, and other products for use in commercial and residential buildings.GeoSpring hybrid electric water heater from GE. The 50-gallon GeoSpring has an energy factor of 2.35 in hybrid mode, and has a first-hour rating of 63 gallons. It offers four operating modes, ranging from all electric-resistance (using two 4,500-watt elements) to all heat-pump operation. Among stand-alone heat-pump water heaters, the GE GeoSpring is the quietest, at just 55dB (though this is still noisier than most refrigerators); the product is American-made in GE’s Louisville, Kentucky factory; and it carries a limited 10-year warranty.Haiku by Big Ass Fans. Haiku ceiling fans, manufactured by Big Ass Fans, have brushless, electronically commutated DC motors for increased energy efficiency. Designed for both residential and commercial applications, Haiku ceiling fans use 2-30 watts, significantly exceeding Energy Star requirements.XS-P Series streetlight from Cree Lighting. Cree’s XS-P Series LED street and area light incorporates Cree LED light engines and BetaLED’s NanoOptic Precision Delivery Grid optics to deliver 100 lumens per watt of either 4000K or 5700K light precisely onto the ground where needed.Cyber Rain irrigation controllers. Cyber Rain systems use local weather data along with plant, sprinkler, soil, slope, and sun exposure data to calculate evapotranspiration (ET) and provide just the right amount of water to maintain the health of different plant species and avoid overwatering. The controllers are linked to “cloud”-based software via the Internet or directly through a USB port, and can be accessed remotely for real-time adjustments using smartphones or other remote devices.For more information on these products, visit the BuildingGreen website.last_img read more

ABS Gives AIP to Hudongs GTT MARK III Flex LNG Carrier

first_imgzoomImage by WMN Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) granted approval in principle (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s large LNG carrier with MARK III Flex membrane cargo containment system.Specifically, the Chinese shipbuilder received the approval for its 174,000 cbm GTT MARK III Flex design.“ABS is pleased to award Hudong-Zhonhua this AIP for their design to help meet the industry’s diversifying LNG shipping requirements, in this growing segment,” Vassilios Kroustallis, Vice President Europe Regional Business Development, ABS, commented.He added that the classification society continues to review advanced LNG designs.“Working with ABS through the AIP process we have demonstrated our ability to meet our clients’ requirements for more efficient LNG vessel design,” Chi Benbing, Vice President, Hudong-Zhonghua, said.Through this partnership with ABS, Hudong-Zhonghua can now offer its clients designs using both GTT membrane containment systems, MARK III Flex and NO 96 series.This allows the Chinese shipbuilder to use different kinds of cargo containment systems to best meet diversified requirements throughout the LNG carrier’s life.In December last year, Hudong-Zhonghua also received AIP from ABS for its very large ethane carrier (VLEC) concept. The VLEC is equipped with a specialized membrane cargo containment system suited to carry liquid gas cargoes such as ethane and propane.last_img read more

Report Barcelona and Carlos Vela reach a loan agreement

first_imgAccording to an explosive report from Diario Sport, FC Barcelona has reached a loan agreement with Carlos Vela for the rest of the season.It was just this week when we found out that Carlos Vela was the unknown player whom Barcelona was after to replace Munir’s exit, a report from this Friday suggests that the club and the player’s agent have reached a loan agreement for the rest of the season.The Catalan club still doesn’t completely close the deal because they are still talking specs about the whole situation, as Los Angeles FC refused to sell the player because they still consider him one of the most valuable players in MLS and they believe that he has a bright future ahead of him in the United States as a franchise professional.But the American club also believes that having some of their best player on loan during their break will help them improve their level of performance and bring it back to the MLS in order to bring a more spectacular style of football.But FC Barcelona also has another ace under their sleeve, a mystery player that they have refused to announce so far with whom they are currently also having meetings to see if he would be keen on coming to FC Barcelona for the rest of the season.#NoticiaSPORT | Acuerdo total con Vela a la espera del último ‘tapado’ https://t.co/3GPZaojaLB pic.twitter.com/OFqHz2i8Pj— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 18, 2019The main problem for Carlos Vela is he completely accepted to play for Barcelona, is the fact that he would have to come accepting a series of details that he may not like.For starters, having a player like Luis Suarez as the main striker for the squad is something that gets in the way of Carlos Vela’s possible wishes to feature more for Barcelona.The Mexican would need to come under the condition that he has to take a back seat and only play when manager Ernesto Valverde decides to rest the Uruguay international for less important matches throughout the season, Vela is coming from a start-treatment situation in Los Angeles and adapting to this environment would be slightly difficult for him is he doesn’t understand where he stands in the food chain.There is no way that he will succeed in a club like Barcelona if he comes in with a “prima donna” attitude thinking that he can take the spot from one of the best strikers of the last 10 years, the upside of all this is that Valverde himself has vouched for the Mexican’s arrival because he truly believes that he can help them out for the remains of the season.Report: Barcelona is rumored to be interested in #LAFC forward Carlos Vela. 👀 https://t.co/hEcHQIFJd1 pic.twitter.com/r4HhLxCZO2Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 18, 2019Another thing to consider is Carlos Vela’s family situation, as his wife is from Spain and she would be keen on returning to the country at least for a good part of 2019 in order to keep raising the son they have in the country he was born.If the deal finally goes through between Barcelona and Carlos Vela, it would be because the club wasn’t able to reach this agreement with the mystery player they have refused to reveal so far, or because Vela simply doesn’t want to do the whole “being a sub” act when he is already the star of a club in a different league.But then again, giving up the opportunity to play for a club like FC Barcelona is something that any player would be crazy to refuse.Vela should give a call to Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and ask him about the experience he had when he played for Real Madrid on loan for a single season.The former Manchester United player is a great example that this scenario can be possible, Hernandez played there for a few months and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of his career.Vela as well could tell his grandchildren that he played alongside Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona, just like ‘Chicharito’ can tell his grandchildren that he played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.Barcelona are said to be interested in signing former Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela in January. pic.twitter.com/IgC6qJmwzy— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) January 17, 2019If the deal goes through for Carlos Vela, which position do you think suits him better? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

KevinPrince Boateng set to make Barcelona debut tonight

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Kevin-Prince Boateng could make his debut in tonight’s Copa del Rey clash against SevillaThe 31-year-old forward made a shock loan transfer to Barcelona on Monday from Serie A side Sassuolo until the end of the season with the option of it becoming a permanent deal this summer for €8m.Barcelona’s decision to sign Boateng came in light of Munir El Haddadi’s departure to Sevilla earlier this month with Paco Alcacer leaving Camp Nou last summer for Borussia Dortmund.This had left Ernesto Valverde’s side short of centre-forward options with Luis Suarez bearing most of the workload this season.Now Barcelona have confirmed that Boateng has been named in a 19-man squad for the trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.The unsettled Denis Suarez, who has been heavily linked with a loan move to Arsenal this month, has been left out of the team for tonight’s first leg quarter-final clash.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Also missing is Lionel Messi, who has been handed a rest by manager Valverde in favour of giving some academy stars like Riqui Puig a chance.Speaking ahead to the tie on Tuesday evening, Valverde warned his Barcelona team to not lose their focus as they chase a fifth successive Copa del Rey title this season.“Our analysis was based on the fact that they are a strong rival at home and in the knock-out ties they have always been very solid,” said Valverde in a press conference.“Sevilla are a great team with experience in the qualifying rounds and have the measure of this competition. They will be a tough team in this tie.”The last time these two sides met in the Copa del Rey came in last season’s final, which saw Barcelona thrash Sevilla 5-0 at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano to claim a 30th crown.The Sevilla and Barcelona Copa del Rey match will begin tonight in Andalusia at 21:30 (CET).last_img read more

Vintage planes to recreate historic flight

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSunday, May 13th, the U.S. Airmail Service celebrated its 100 year anniversary.Dave Scott was live at Gillespie Field and the Allen Airways Flying Museum to get the details.To honor the occasion and raise awareness, three vintage biplanes will retrace the pioneering West Coast airmail route, Contract Air Mail 8 (CAM), from San Diego to Seattle, May 13-18, 2018. Vintage planes to recreate historic flight Posted: May 13, 2018 Dave Scott, Dave Scott May 13, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Kemp Named CEO of Northstar Travel Media

first_imgFormer Penton CEO and Veronis Suhler Stevenson managing director Tom Kemp has been named chairman and CEO of Boston Ventures-owned Northstar Travel Media.Kemp replaces George Hundley, who will transition to chairman of Northstar affiliate ProfessionalTravelGuide.com.Headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey, Northstar Travel Media publishes several b-to-b titles, including Travel Weekly, Meetings & Conventions and TravelAge West. The company has slightly less than $50 million in annual revenue.“Northstar Travel Media is a perfect fit for my experience and investment goals,” Kemp told FOLIO: today.  In April, Kemp launched Oakstreet Media, a platform for which he hoped to acquire lower- and mid-market business media and information properties. “It’s a company I targeted in my search,” Kemp said. “The good thing about this, considering the state of the financial markets. is that I am joining the company but we are not taking on any new debt.”Northstar carries a “modest” amount of debt but experienced significant “top-line, organic growth” last year, Kemp said.Kemp joins a growing list of former publishing CEOs hoping to team up with private equity sponsors in acquisitions. But market conditions preclude all but a few deals, so some have opted to take more traditional jobs without buying anythhing.Another former Penton CEO, David Nussbaum, tested the private equity waters, but was eventually named CEO at ABRY Partners-owned F+W Media. Ex-Reed Business CEO Jim Casella, who also played the M&A market, was named CEO of Asset International, a Stamford, Connecticut-based company acquired late last year by private equity firm Austin Ventures. Also, Doug Manoni, a former CEO of Wicks Business Information, was looking to team with private equity but instead decided to take a position with Source Media.Before Penton, Kemp worked for more than two decades at Miller Freeman, having left in 1996 as president and COO.last_img read more

BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition is out in the US and youll pay

first_imgBlackBerry BlackBerry debuted a red version of its Key2 flagship phone, notable for its physical keyboard, at MWC in February, but it hasn’t been available in the US prior to now. On Friday the company announced that the Key2 Red Edition is now shipping here for $699. That’s $50 more than its basic black sibling, but it also includes 128GB memory (compared to 64GB for the plain old Key2) and includes red BlackBerry-branded earbuds.It’s available now via Amazon and Best Buy.BlackBerry shipped its phone for the keyboard-nostalgic roughly 10 months ago, but took its first shot at a color with the Key2 LE, a lower-end model, towards the end of 2018. The Key2 Red Edition uses a more sedate, darker shade of red than the bright Key2 LE.When we reviewed the Key2, we felt that only keyboard diehards could love the phone enough to overlook its cramped-feeling keyboard, laggy performance, meh low-light photos and awkwardly located capacitive navigation buttons. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Boost Mobile Turo Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Share your voice $994 See at Turo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags 38 Photos Preview • The BlackBerry Key2 doubles down on literally everything Mentioned Above BlackBerry Key2 (64GB, black) Angela Lang/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sprint Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal 4:16 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Now playing: Watch this: Comment See It Chris Monroe/CNET BlackBerry Key2 BlackBerry Key2 review: 6 things to know Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See it What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments See it $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Phones Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 1 BlackBerry,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read the Rylo camera previewcenter_img $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read Google Home Hub review $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $59 at eBay Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $520 at HP Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Share your voice Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Amazon $60 at Best Buy See It Best Buy See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. BlackBerry Key2 changes everything $999 $299 at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple iPhone XS Review • BlackBerry Key2 will make you crazy if you’re not a keyboard die-hard TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).last_img read more

76 Mlnyrold Gondwanaland frog discovered in Western Ghats of India Scientists stunned

first_imgnew frog speciesVijayakumar/DineshIndian scientists have discovered a starry dwarf frog that is believed to be an entirely new genus and species, while surveying reptiles at a height of 1,300 meters in India’s southern Western Ghats in Kerala.Palaniswamy Vijayakumar who was among the first to spot the new species one night in 2010, initially thought that it was another species of frog. To his surprise, it turned out to be an entirely new species and could even be a new family with a lineage traceable to ancient Gondwanaland period when the sub-continent was part of the African continent before drifting towards Asia.The frog, which looked like any other frog, did not stand out as a different species, initially with its brown back, orange belly and starlike spots, which acted as camouflage against the dark hues and water droplets on the forest floor. It measured just 2 to 2.9 centimeters long that it “can sit on your thumb,” said Vijayakumar Palaniswamy, a biogeographer at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.”I had no clue I was holding onto a 50-million-year-old lineage,” said Vijayakumar. “It’s a unique, old lineage without any close relatives” said Vijayakumar, who is a member of the team that is working on to confirm through genetic analysis and anatomical comparisons to decide whether it belongs to a differently new species.Named starry dwarf frog, the DNA analysis, anatomy and geographic distribution of it stunned the team in the lab when they realised that they had stumbled upon a new species altogether. The frog belonged to sole known species of a lineage dating back 57 million to 76 million years, said researchers. Scientifically named Astrobatrachus kurichiyana, with a genus name that includes “astro” for the frog’s bluish-white starlike dots, and species name refers to local Kurichiyan people in Kerala. The report was published in PeerJ.last_img read more

Khulna Chhatra Dal president arrested

first_imgSharful Islam Babu, the president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s Khulna metropolitan unit, was arrested early Friday.JCD is the student wing of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Police said the student front leader is wanted in three cases, including that of subversive activities.”Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided Sonadanga central bus terminal in the city and arrested Babu,” said Sheikh Moniruzzaman Mithu, additional deputy commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police.last_img