Traffic noise blocks fish sex

first_imgFor male blacktail shiners, springtime in the tributaries of the Chattahoochee River means two things: sex and a sore throat. To attract a mate, the fish, a common type of minnow, emits bursts of sounds known as growls that are similar to a cat’s purr. To protect its nest of eggs after mating, it makes popping sounds known as knocks to ward off other males. The streams where blacktail shiners (Cyprinella venusta, pictured) spawn are noisy, with water flowing over and under rocks, creating riffles, shoals, and small waterfalls that could make it harder for the fish to hear each other. Now, humanmade noise, such as from cars and boats, may be masking the animal’s acoustic signals even further, researchers report in Biological Conservation. The study details how the scientists dropped hydrophones in streams, first to record the fish’s natural soundscape in mating areas and then to capture the reverberating sound created by semi-trailer trucks crossing over nearby bridges. In particular, they discovered that, similar to other fish, blacktail shiners have evolved the ability to pitch their mating sounds so as to exploit a “quiet window” in the natural noise spectrum. Road traffic noise, they found, overlapped with that window in a way no natural sounds did and could potentially drown out the fish’s growls up to 12 kilometers from the bridge. Previous research has shown that the minnows may yell to make themselves heard in noisy conditions, but the extent to which the elevated sounds impact their overall reproductive success remains unknown.last_img

QCT Expands its Product Portfolio with Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v4 Product Family

first_imgBy Mike Yang General Manager of QCT (Quanta Cloud Technology) In my last blog, I talked about how the pursuit of greater efficiency is a critical tenet of business survival for any company that operates datacenters. These efficiencies are measured by metrics like total operational cost, dollar per watt, and total cost of ownership (TCO).At QCT (Quanta Cloud Technology), we have been extremely successful in the hyperscale datacenter space by delivering high performance and high efficiency systems equipped with dual-socket Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 or quad-socket Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4800. We launched more than dozen of new server series supporting Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family that greatly improve efficiency for our customers.That’s why we’re happy to announce today that we have become a time-to-market partners on the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v4 product family.The Intel Xeon processor E3 is targeted at low-end servers and microservers, which are an emerging category of dense servers for web hosting and cloud implementations. Microservers usually have lower-power processors and are designed to handle large volumes of lightweight web or cloud transactions, like search queries and social networking page renderings. QCT offers a range of server platforms, each designed to meet different workloads perfectly.In addition to the hosting applications noted above, the latest Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v4 product family is the first generation processor focused on media/graphic workloads. This is an emerging datacenter application, based on feedback from our customers.Media service providers all face the same challenge: streaming ever-increasing volumes of content to a rapidly growing global market connected with billions of mobile devices. These customers need transcode solutions with cost-efficient, dense designs that can deliver high-definition video to an array of devices and mobile operating systems.A datacenter graphics server based on the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v4 product family does just that. The new processor can support more transcoding jobs per node when compared with discrete graphics.This is big news, made possible by Intel. Now you can support more concurrent media transcoding functions in parallel, lowering your total cost of ownership while enabling a better experience for user-generated media, on-demand viewing, live broadcasting or videoconferencing. Whether you host desktops and workstations remotely or deliver video in the cloud, the graphics performance of the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v4 product family can provide the rich visual experiences end users seek. At the same time, these customers will benefit from greater energy efficiency.But the potential is bigger than optimal efficiency for video transcoding and streaming. I can envision using the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v4 product family for big data analytics. These new processors deliver great computing power to capture valuable metrics, gain insights, and perform data-intensive tasks like video search indexing, digital surveillance, and automated ads that react to user behavior.We at QCT will be working closely—and quickly—with Intel and the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v4 product family to help customers build datacenters that are reliable and efficient, so customers can focus on core business growth and innovation of new software products.The revolution is here. Let’s see how Intel and QCT transform the future datacenter together.last_img

Cllr Kennedy receives confirmation that €700,000 to be invested in Tirconnail Bridge

first_imgIndependent Councillor Niamh Kennedy has received confirmation that work will begin on the Tirconnail Bridge and Fintra Bridge.Transport, Tourism & Sport Minister Shane Ross signed off on funding for Tirconnail bridge, with further engagement with Donegal County Council expected regarding Fintra bridge, with a view of finding a way to progress that project soon.Cllr Kennedy outlines that “major rehabilitation works” are required on the Tirconnail bridge, which is estimated to cost €700,000. She states; “[Tirconnail Bridge] bridge is part of an important link road within Donegal Town. It has been necessary for the Council to apply a 3.5 tonne weight restriction to this bridge because of the poor structural condition of the bridge.“It is clear that major rehabilitation works are required at this bridge and the proposed option of a replacement bridge deck and associated works at a total cost of €700,000 is the best overall solution.Cllr Kennedy adds that it will be year-end before construction will commence due to the need to update the tender package and to go through the procurement process.With regard to Fintra bridge, Cllr Kennedy says that further engagement is needed at engineering level between the Council and the Department. “A report should be sought from Donegal County Council which would set out further options taking into account the requirements of TII’s Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.”However once these technical issues are resolved, Cllr Kennedy says that Minister Ross will be committed to supporting the project’s progression.Minister Ross says “Tirconnail Bridge is at the heart of the community. However, due to the bridge’s age and general wear and tear, it was nearing the point of danger to those using and relying upon it.“Today’s announcement, and the works that will follow, will improve the efficiency and safety of the entire local transport network. This upgrade will ensure the connectivity in the town is maintained, helping the local economy while also providing safe pedestrian access.“Some months ago I met with Councillor Niamh Kennedy and a delegation from the Donegal County Council who impressed upon me their concerns for this bridge. “Thanks to Councillor Kennedy’s tireless work highlighting the need for these works, I am now pleased to confirm that this project will go ahead, starting later this year.”Cllr Kennedy says “I am really proud to have delivered on this project and will continue to see both bridges to fruition. I want to thank my colleagues in the Independent Alliance team for their dedication to these projects which are so important to the people of Donegal Town, Killybegs, Kilcar, Carrick and Glencolmcille.”Cllr Kennedy receives confirmation that €700,000 to be invested in Tirconnail Bridge was last modified: June 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Councilshane rossTirconnail Bridgelast_img

Mexico stun holders Germany, Brazil held by Switzerland

first_imgWith games against Brazil and Switzerland to come, this was a key match for both sides hoping to further their qualification bids.Mexico stunned World Cup holders Germany, courtesy of a first-half Hirving Lozano strike.Impressive on the counter, Mexico went ahead when PSV Eindhoven’s Lozano fired low past Manuel Neuer.The Germans almost replied instantly as they went close through Toni Kroos, whose free-kick was pushed on to the bar by Guillermo Ochoa. Aleksandar Kolarov scored a stunning free-kick to give Serbia a deserved victory in their opening World Cup match against Costa Rica.In an encounter where Costa Rica rarely threatened, defender Giancarlo Gonzalez provided their best effort with an early header over the crossbar.After the first half-ended in a stalemate, Kolarov stepped up from 25-yards to bend his free-kick past Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas to give Serbia the lead in incredible fashion.It wasn’t until the 91st minute that Costa Rica recorded their first effort on goal of the second half as Serbia dominated, but they failed to find the net as Serbia held on to win the game – the victory was their first in a World Cup opener since 1998, However, Mexico continued to threaten on the break in an open game where the two sides amassed 39 shots between them. The second half saw Germany improve on a lacklustre first-half display but still Joachim Low’s men couldn’t find their finishing touch.With just over fifteen minutes remaining, Rafael Marquez was brought on to become the third player to feature in five World Cups, and played a vital role in ensuring Mexico held on for the win.The result means Germany have lost their opening game at a World Cup for the first time since 1982.South Korea and Sweden now lie in wait for the pair in Group F.Switzerland and Brazil shared the spoils after a thrilling encounter in Rostov.Brazil started brightly and were rewarded when Philippe Coutinho gave his side the lead as he curled the ball past Yann Sommer from the edge of the Swiss 18-yard box.Early in the second half, weak defending from Brazil allowed Switzerland to equalise.Swiss midfielder Steven Zuber rose above the Brazilian defenders to power his header past Brazil goalkeeper Allison.Six defenders were in the six-yard box when the ball arrived, but Zuber, the only Swiss player there, was given a free header.Minutes from the end, Brazil had a flurry of chances, Roberto Firmino came close with a headed effort of his own before defender Miranda saw his shot draw inches wide of the post.The Swiss rearguard repelled the late pressure to ensure they earned a draw.last_img

Slithering into the public consciousness

first_img (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Hundreds of venomous snakes are released on a commercial flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles, vexing an FBI agent (played by Samuel L. Jackson) who is trying to get a mob witness safely to court. Hilarity ensues.” OK, maybe not total hilarity. But “Snakes on a Plane,” which opens Aug. 18, already had a cult following a year before it hit the multiplex. The movie, which is not for the reptile-phobic, uses 500 real snakes on the jet set, where the hissers outnumber the humans about 5 to 1. They drop from overhead compartments, pop up from tray tables, slide out from under seats and inflict death and destruction until Jackson and his hardy band of fellow passengers save the day. Producers are quick to point out that snakes used in scenes resulting in a passenger’s death are computer-generated. This is supposed to make us feel better. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Snakes on a Plane” has slithered its way into the American lexicon (“a simple, existential explanation that has the same meaning as `whaddaya gonna do?”‘ according to and has hatched litters of T-shirts, posters, trailers, novelty songs and parody films. The Internet hype began when screenwriter Josh Friedman wrote a blog entry ( about a script he’d been given “for a little work.” Long story short, he ended up not working on the film, but he is being credited for its incredible life on the Web. Input from bloggers influenced director David Ellis to bring actors back for five more days of filming after the movie wrapped, specifically to add elements suggested by the writers that changed the MPAA rating from PG-13 to R – including the line emblazoned on T-shirts and spoken by Jackson from computer speakers around the world – “I’ve had it with these (expletive deleted) snakes on this (expletive deleted) plane!” Boarding pass, anyone? last_img

200 day-care facilities registered, 53 licensed

first_imgMore than 200 day-care facilities have been registered to date across the nation.The registration and licensing of these facilities are part of the Social Protection Ministry’s Early Childhood Development Programme.The Bacchus Play School, one of the childcare facilities that were licensed in Region TwoThis was disclosed by the Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA), Ann Greene, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI). The CCPA has been working tirelessly to monitor and boost the level of service provided by early childhood/day-care facilities.The Social Protection Ministry has been highlighting the importance of adequate documentation for early childhood/day-care centres.  To this end, the agency has been working to ensure the licensing of these facilities. The centres are required to first register, and once having met the necessary criteria, the facilities are then licensed.The standards outlined for accreditation entail completion of a registration form provided by the CCPA, possession of a valid police clearance, a food handler’s certificate, and medical certificate. These documents are then submitted to the CCPA for the approval.The criteria were framed by the Guyana Fire Service, and the Buildings and Public Health Unit under the Georgetown Mayor and City Council. Implementation is a statutory requirement of the Childcare and Development Services Act of 2011. The Act was assented to by President David Granger and gazetted in September 2015.In May this year, for the first time, 13 childcare facilities were registered in Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), and as recent as July, another 13 childcare facilities were registered and licensed in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). The CCPA will be visiting Berbice in the coming weeks to complete evaluation for registering and licensing.last_img

Ginebra gets its groove back

first_imgPBA IMAGESDown big in a short series and playing with an underdog mentality for the first time, Barangay Ginebra on Thursday night broke away early and earned a new lease on life in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four series with TNT KaTropa.It also helped a lot that the Gin Kings shot a lot better than they did in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Cignal sets record winning margin Swing Out Sister back to PH this April “We made shots today, and when we make shots, we’re much tougher to defend,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said after a runaway 125-101 victory that cut the Texters’ lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five series at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“We had a breakout game today and we’ll see if we can carry it over to Game 4,” added the two-time Grand Slam champion. “We haven’t done anything, exactly, we’re still down 1-2. Our goal right now is get this thing into Game 5 and let the chips fall where they may.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe next game is slated on Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, and Cone admits that they are not exactly aware what they would be up against, considering that burly TNT import Joshua Smith practically didn’t play.“Obviously, the easy thing to say is that the import (Smith) didn’t get much minutes tonight,” Cone said. “We don’t know what’s going on with him.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreakcenter_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Read Next Smith delivered lethal blows in narrow TNT wins in the first two games, but was played less than 10 minutes in Game 3.In the other series on Friday, San Miguel Beer tries to put Star away in their 7 p.m. match at Mall of Asia Arena.GINEBRA 125 – TNT 101BRGY. GINEBRA 125—Brownlee 31, Thompson 17, Aguilar 15, Mercado 12, Devance 10, Ellis 9, Cruz 9, Tenorio 8, Ferrer 5, Mariano 5, Taha 2, Jamito 2, Helterbrand 0, Caguioa 0.TNT KATROPA 101—Garcia 16, Tautuaa 15, Carey 11, Reyes 9, Rosario 8, Castro 7, Rosales 7, Hernandez 6, Nuyles 6, Smith 4, Pogoy 4, Semerad 3, De Ocampo 3, Golla 0, Tamsi 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 34-28, 61-47, 96-74, 125-101Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workinglast_img

BGL Ligue : le F91 commence par une victoire, le Fola perd déjà

first_img[BGL Ligue 1re JOURNÉE] Le F91 a été mené à domicile par le promu Mühlenbach avant de finalement s’imposer (3-1) en ouverture du championnat dimanche. Le Victoria Rosport est leader provisoire. Dans l’affiche du jour, le FC Differdange 03 est allé s’imposer sur le terrain du Fola Esch.Pour sa grande première à ce niveau, le Petit Poucet Mühlenbach a fait mieux que se défendre face à l’ogre dudelangeois, qui reste sur quatre titres consécutifs. Les Blues Boys menaient même à la mi-temps grâce à un but de Rani juste avant la pause (0-1, 45e). Mais les champions en titre revenaient très vite dans le match au retour des vestiaires par Danel Sinani (1-1, 48e), dont l’avenir au F91 est incertain.Le promu finissait par craquer en fin de match sous les coups de boutoir de Bougrine (2-1, 74e) et Klapp (3-1, 88e). À noter dans les autres matches, la belle victoire à domicile du Victoria Rosport face à Ettelbruck (3-0) qui lui permet de prendre provisoirement la tête de la DN, la victoire de Pétange sur le terrain du Racing (2-3), la défaite à domicile de Rodange face à Strassen (1-2) ainsi que la victoire de Mondorf sur le terrain de Hostert (0-1).L’affiche de ce dimanche mettait aux prises le Fola Esch à Differdange. Et le club eschois s’est fait crucifier en fin de match. Alors qu’ils menaient depuis le tout début du match (1-0, Bernard, 9e), les Folamen se sont écroulés dans le dernier quart d’heure de la rencontre, la recrue differdangeoise Andrea Buch qui, l’année dernière, évoluait en Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar au TSG Pfeddersheim, inscrivant un  doublé qui allait sceller le sort du match (1-1, 78e; 1-2, 87e).Une douche froide pour le club eschois mais une manière idéale pour les Differdangeois de lancer leur saison.Lundi, la Jeunesse Esch ira défier le Progrès Niederkorn sur sa pelouse dans ce qui s’annonce comme le choc de ce début de championnat.Retrouvez tous les résumés et toutes les analyses dans notre édition papier de lundi. Partagerlast_img

[Cyclisme] Tour de Yorkshire : une 4e place pour Christine Majerus

first_img Partager Après sa belle deuxième place vendredi, la championne luxembourgeoise a franchi, samedi, lors de la deuxième étape du tour de Yorkshire, la ligne d’arrivée en 4e position. Ce qui lui donne la 4e place au général. Elle s’assure également le maillot vert de la meilleure sprinteuse.Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) termine le tour de Yorkshire au pied du podium. Lors de la deuxième étape entre la ville de Bridlington et Scarborough samedi, elle a pris la 4e place avec 1min 22s de retard sur la Néerlandaise Marianne Vos (NL), vainqueure de la course.LQ/AFPlast_img

Time to give Portugal some credit says Santos, lack of concentration cost us say Welsh coach

first_imgPortugal coach Fernando Santos said it was time to give credit to his team after their 2-0 win over Wales took them to the Euro 2016 final on Wednesday.Portugal, who will face Germany or France in Sunday’s final, had not previously won a game inside 90 minutes at the tournament and had been criticised for taking part in dull matches.They struggled again to break down Wales but coasted home after Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani scored early in the second half.“At some point they will have to say that Portugal had the merit of dismantling our opponents,” Santos told reporters.“They keep saying that merits belong not to Portugal but our opponents such as Iceland.”Portugal have not lost one of their 13 competitive matches since Santos was appointed in September 2014, although the Wales game was the first time they have won by more than a single-goal margin under his leadership.Santos, who previously coached Greece at Euro 2012 and the last World Cup, emphasised that Portugal had not given an inch to their opponents once again.“Portugal always have a game plan, an attacking game plan and a defensive game plan,” he said.“We know we aren’t the best in the world, but we also know that it will be difficult for anyone to beat us.“We have been an excellent team on the pitch who are sometimes pleasant to watch and sometimes less pleasant to watch,” said the 61-year-old who has coached several clubs in both his homeland and Greece.“Portugal have done what we have to do, without worrying whether we have been pretty or ugly but instead worrying about whether we have been good or bad.”Wales head coach Chris Coleman consoles Ashley Williams and Gareth BaleWales manager Chris Coleman said he was “immensely proud” of his team after their hopes of reaching the Euro 2016 final were dashed by a brief lapse of focus during.Wales, playing their first semi-final in a major tournament, more than matched their opponents in the opening half but they were dealt a knockout blow after the break when Portugal scored two goals in a matter of minutes.“We lost our concentration for five minutes and when you’re up against quality in a semi-final, you’re going to get punished,” Coleman told reporters.“We’ve done plenty of winning, it was our turn tonight to lose. It’s not a nice feeling but congratulations to them. I hope they go and win it.”For a Wales side who defended stoutly on their stunning run to the last four, it was a disappointing end to a first major tournament for 58 years.Having guided his side to within touching distance of the final, Coleman said his players had overcome a mental block but the challenge now is to build on their success.He wants them to use their first experience of tournament football to create a legacy that will last beyond his time in charge.“It was important for us to get over the psychological barrier and qualify for the first tournament,” said Coleman.“There’s nothing like this. It’s such a healthy positive vibe, we absolutely loved every minute. We need some more of that.“If you lose and you’ve given your best, that’s how it goes. But I’ve told the players this isn’t the end. Some of them will be here a lot longer than I will be here as manager,” added Coleman.“We’ve come through some big tests, it’s been a great experience. Now we have to go into the next campaign with the same hunger and desire as we’ve had over the last three years.”last_img