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first_img1 Richie Towell QPR are keeping close tabs on Dundalk’s goal-scoring midfielder Richie Towell.The 23-year-old scored twice on Tuesday night in his side’s 4-2 win over Galway to move nine points clear at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division.The former Hibernian man has now struck 13 goals from 19 league appearances so far this season, adding to the 11 he notched over 33 matches in the previous campaign.On Tuesday night Rangers reportedly had a scout in the stands to watch Towell score a free-kick after 35 minutes and complete his brace with a fine volley 30 minutes later.Rangers have made a number of signings already this summer, after a summer clear out, but they still need to add firepower to their squad and Towell certainly offers goals.The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international started his career at Celtic and appears destined for a return to a more high-profile league.last_img read more

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first_imgChelsea are considering making a final improved offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany international André Schürrle, according to The Guardian.The Bundesliga outfit are reported to have turned down a £16m offer for the 21-year-old forward.The Sun say Chelsea’s Michael Essien is being lined up for a £10m move to Fenerbahce.The Daily Mail say the Turkish club are preparing an £8m bid for Essien and have also enquired about Blues midfielder Raul Meireles.Meanwhile, Fulham have again been linked with a move for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.The Daily Mirror say the Whites, Aston Villa and Sunderland are all keen on the England international.QPR and West Brom are on the trail of Argentina star Cristian Ansaldi, according to The Sun.The Rubin Kazan full-back, 25, is said to have been attracting attention from a host of top clubs, including Chelsea.And a number of today’s papers pick up on comments made by Joey Barton’s agent Willie McKay, who believes the QPR midfielder may join Marseille with Stephane Mbia moving in the opposite direction. This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgThe Cassini spacecraft made its closest-yet flyby of Enceladus July 14, skimming just 109 miles above the surface.  This was the closest approach to any object thus far in the four-year mission.  It was nearly three times closer than the earlier record, the March 9 Enceladus flyby (see encounter map).    Enceladus has long been one of the most intriguing moons in the solar system because of its extremely bright surface, and its large uncratered regions riddled with cracks and ridges (see photo gallery).  The BBC News summarized some of the puzzles regarding this Saturnian satellite.  Is it a source of E-ring particles?  Does it have ice volcanos and geysers?  Is there an ocean below the surface?  The biggest mystery is the source of energy to drive resurfacing processes.  Enceladus has a very nearly circular orbit and is not in any known tidal interactions with other moons, or with Saturn.  No ammonia has yet been detected in the spectrum (ammonia might allow a lower melting point for the water ice that makes up the bulk of the moon).  How, then, could melting occur, especially in recent times?    A beautiful picture of the little moon Prometheus shepherding the F-ring was released by the Cassini team this week: click here, and also the first tantalizing look at a moon that looks like a sponge: Hyperion.Update 07/15/2005: The raw images were posted at the Cassini website late Friday.  New and improved images of Rhea taken from 182,000 kilometers were posted first.  Later, the Enceladus data stream came in.  Wide-angle views revealed a bizarre set of tiger-like stripes near the south pole (a region never before imaged), and a huge canyon on the eastern limb (example).  Distinct boundaries between cratered and resurfaced regions were clearly visible.  Closer in (example), the stripes began to look like four nearly parallel canyons emanating from a rough highland across a smooth plain.  From 9,000 miles (example), they are seen to intersect earlier canyons in complex ways.  The two highest-resolution images near closest approach (narrow and wide angle), slightly smeared due to the speed of the spacecraft (over 18,000 mph) at such close range, reveal a somewhat fluffy-looking region of hills and valleys.  No clear signs of volcanos or geysers are apparent, either at highest resolution or looking back along the limb during the outbound leg (example).  To first order, the topographic features appear tectonic rather than fluvial.  Data from other instruments, such as the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS), will assist scientists in interpreting the images.  Here is the BBC News post-encounter report, and check out the photo gallery on the Imaging Team website.  The Planetary Society also did a full page spread on the flyby sequence and posted sample images.    The Cassini team has pulled off another resounding success in a string of spectacular encounters during the spacecraft’s first year in orbit (see 07/01/2004 story).  The rapid-fire sequence of images of Enceladus today, along with those from March and February this year, have brought sudden fulfillment to years of yearning since Cassini was first designed in the early 1980s, with dreams of Enceladus at close range part of the plans.  Interpreting the new images is sure to keep planetary geologists busy for years.Note: dark lines cutting across the right side of some raw images are due to the lossless compression algorithm used.  The software estimates the compression ratio in advance because of the constraints of time during the encounter.  Interpolation can reconstruct the missing pixels.Update 07/20/2005: New Scientist quoted some scientists puzzling over the bouldery surface seen at highest resolution: “That’s a surface texture I have never seen anywhere else in the solar system,” said one; said another, “This is just strange.  In fact, I have a really hard time understanding what I’m seeing.”  The boulders seem to avoid rather than filling in the cracks, and there are no small craters.  Neither is there hoped-for evidence of liquid flow on the surface, and Enceladus, being six times smaller than Europa, seems too small to maintain a subsurface ocean.  “Trying to figure out what is going on is going to take a lot longer than a weekend of swapped emails,” said one member of the imaging team.Update 07/26/2005: a JPL press release says that the south pole looks younger than the rest of the moon.  The region has no impact craters and has been carved into hills of house-sized boulders by unique tectonic features.  This was unexpected; the south polar region appears to be distinct from other parts of the moon, and is being called one of the youngest surfaces in the solar system.  “Young terrain requires a means to generate the heat needed to modify the surface,” the report says.  More interesting facts about Enceladus may come to light when data from the other instruments are combined with the visible-light images.  JPL also provided a dramatic zoom-in movie (also on the imaging team site) showing where the highest resolution image was taken in context to the moon as a whole.Update 07/29/2005: Another press release from Jet Propulsion Laboratory has announced the discovery of “ice volcanism” near the south pole.  The heavily cratered north pole is very different from the south, where the temperature is significantly warmer, and there are no impact craters.  Scientists believe water ice is erupting from cracks that crisscross the south pole like tiger stripes.  If so, Enceladus becomes the smallest moon to exhibit cryovolcanism.  The previously-reported atmosphere turns out to be localized around the south pole, where it leaks away and is continuously replenished.  This eruptive activity, however, is not the source of the E-ring particles.  Cassini’s cosmic dust analyzer has confirmed, as suspected, that micrometeor impacts against the moon eject particles that become distributed into the broad, diffuse E-ring.  To find such activity at one of the poles was a big surprise; one scientist said, “This is as astonishing as if we’d flown past Earth and found that Antarctica was warmer than the Sahara.”Scientists find the temperatures difficult to explain if sunlight is the only heat source.  More likely, a portion of the polar region, including the “tiger stripe” fractures, is warmed by heat escaping from the interior.  Evaporation of this warm ice at several locations within the region could explain the density of the water vapor cloud detected by other instruments.  How a 500-kilometer (310-mile) diameter moon can generate this much internal heat and why it is concentrated at the south pole is still a mystery.    Another Cassini Press Release from July 29 provides more of the pieces to the cryovolcanism puzzle.  The atmosphere earlier detected by the magnetometer turns out to be lopsided; eruptions of material are not coming from the northern hemisphere, but only from the south polar region.  The UV spectrometer also detected this asymmetry during an occultation.  One of the infrared instruments showed the south to be warmer than the north, and the visible-light cameras observed many tectonic features near the south pole.  The cooperative activity of multiple instruments onboard Cassini each contributed to the interpretation that cryovolcanism is occurring.  Why, and how, this should happen on a tiny moon subjected to insufficient tidal stresses, and with insufficient radioactive heating in its interior, is unexplained.    Since this moon is turning out to be one of the big attractions of the mission, Enceladus will probably be a front-runner for additional close flybys during any approved extended mission.  The next extremely close flyby is scheduled for March 12, 2008 at only 97 km (58 miles).  Several others before then are in the 80,000 km range.Enceladus illustrates several processes going on at Saturn that appear unlikely to be sustainable for billions of years (see 03/10/2005 and 03/04/2005 entries).  The BBC news article, for instance, mentioned that E-ring particles can only survive for hundreds of years, not billions.  This means that to maintain belief that the ring is ancient, planetary scientists must find that Enceladus has been continually replenishing the particles for over four billion years.  Recall, however, that a huge explosion and loss of mass from the E-ring was observed in early 2004 (see 07/02/2004 entry).  It is unlikely that event was atypical.  Such destructive processes do not add to the ring; they erode it even faster.    Regardless of one’s interpretation of the images, one thing all can agree on: the Cassini team deserves congratulations from around the world.  To be able to glimpse this kind of detail on bodies that are mere specks from Earth telescopes, to be able to navigate a ship 880 million miles away with such precision, and to be able to send streams of ones and zeroes through empty space and reconstruct them into photographs on Earth, is truly astonishing.  With the extraordinary becoming so commonplace in our technological civilization, we tend to forget that we are living in a historic period of discovery.  Early astronomers could never have imagined what we saw today.  Had they been told it would one day become possible, how they would have longed for a chance to share this experience.  Catch the drama of what is happening.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgI’d surely call a home built like that a high-performance home. Those specifications are part of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which you can read more about in Martin Holladay’s 2012 IECC overview. The 2009 IECC was a big step up from 2006, too. When we adopted IECC 2009 here in Georgia, we instituted mandatory airtightness and duct leakage testing, so we’re a step ahead on that requirement. RELATED ARTICLES An Overview of the 2012 Energy CodeEnergy Star Raises the Bar for Home Builders The Energy Star Homes Program Raises the Bar with Version 3 Smart people in the home-building industry have a saying about codes: A code-built house is the worst house allowed by law. The implication behind that statement is that if all you’re doing is meeting the code, you’re probably short-changing the people who will live in the house. The folks at the International Code Council (ICC) are doing their best to make sure that that barely-legal house is worth living in. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog.center_img What about Energy Star?So, if the energy codes are getting so much better, what will happen with energy efficiency programs like Energy Star new homes? Since the mid-1990s, more than a million new homes have qualified for the Energy Star label. The reason the numbers are so high is that the program set its requirements to an attainable 15% better than the energy code. As the codes get more stringent, Energy Star gets more stringent, and home builders have begun to reassess their priorities.Is it possible that for the many builders who have participated in Energy Star and had their homes labeled with the well-known brand, satisfying the energy code will become sufficient? Will only the extreme programs, like Passive House, survive?I answer that question with an emphatic NO. It boils down to two words: adoption and enforcement. The IECC is a model code, meaning that it’s just a suggestion from the ICC. If no one adopts it, it’s meaningless. For those jurisdictions that do adopt it, the code is only as good as its enforcement.Even if the requirements were exactly the same, I’d take an Energy Star Version 3 home over an IECC 2012 home. My reason? The Home Energy Raters who qualify Energy Star homes, on average, have more training, knowledge, and skill in the process of verifying compliance with energy efficiency requirements and in finding building science problems than those who do building inspections for code. Building inspectors generally do a lot more inspections in a day, and are responsible for looking at a lot more than just the energy efficiency details, so it’s not really a fair comparison. In addition to their greater knowledge and skill in building science, HERS raters also are subject to quality assurance rules that have someone looking over their shoulder and checking their work.That’s where we are right now anyway. The ICC is pushing hard, and states are getting their acts together (well, some are). I hope that eventually the people who verify energy codes will have to meet similarly stringent training and quality assurance requirements as HERS raters. If and when we get to that point, my answer to this big question may change.What do you think? Code-minimum closes in on high-performanceIf I told you that your new home had to meet the following requirements, would you call that a high-performance home?Be pretty darn airtight (3 ACH50 for all but the two warmest climates, zones 1 and 2, and 5 ACH50 for them) and be verified with a Blower Door testHave almost no total duct leakage (4 cfm25 per 100 square feet, the same as ENERGY STAR Version 3 for leakage outside the building envelope), as verified by a duct leakage testInclude a mechanical ventilation system if the airtightness is less than 5 ACH50 (which catches all new homes except those that come in at exactly 5 ACH50 in climate zones 1 and 2)Increase attic insulation from R-30 to R-38 (climate zones 2 and 3) or R-38 to R49 (climate zones 4 and 5)Increase above-grade wall insulation from R-13 to R-20 (climate zones 3 and 4)Insulate above-grade walls to R-20 in the cavities plus R-5 continuous (e.g., 1″ XPS foamboard sheathing) or R-13 cavity plus R-10 continuous in the cold climates of zones 6, 7, and 8Install really good, double-pane, low-e windows.last_img read more

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first_imgI can see Russia from my HOUSE!Looking north, out over the top of the stairs beyond the window in the stairwell, I was slack-jawed — the view of the natural landscape is absolutely spectacular and the wildlife viewing opportunities are going to be amazing. You can’t quite get a sense for the detail and the intricacy of the landscape without a better zoomed-in image, but it feels like you are a hundred feet up in the air and you can see forever. Beyond the excavator, one can see (not in this image) the northern most beaver dam. Off to the left are apple trees, wetland, a beaver lodge, beavers swimming in the water and a beaver dam. As they set out to build a single-family Passivhaus on Potwine Lane in Amherst, Massachusetts, Alexi Arango and LeeAnn Kim asked themselves, “Is it possible to live without burning fossil fuels?” One measure of success would be meeting their goal of net-zero energy performance. This is the fifth blog in a planned series. I’ve got a planWhile I was up there, I hatched a plan — a sort of compromise that will allow me to salvage my energy efficiency fanaticism while still being able to enjoy the vistas that I feel like I suddenly can’t live without: I’ll put up a second story deck.All I need is a window door, right at the top of the stairs, to the left. The deck will run along the left wall toward the back and wrap around the back side of the house. The superinsulated enclosure is preserved, and if you need to see two raptors fighting (this happened), you can go out on the deck.I can’t afford to modify the project right now, so it will have to be an add-on at a later time. Hopefully, GO Logic will think it’s possible. Looking in the other direction, the study window feels a bit small, but the mountain is nicely framed. View from the second floor master bedroom Forklift instead of a crane — didn’t work outInstead of a crane, Integrity decided to use a large forklift to lift the SIPs. A crane is more expensive than a forklift and it seemed like it would do the job just as well. Turns out that we didn’t even need the forklift. It got stuck in the mud around the perimeter of the home, and was therefore totally useless. It’s not clear from the image at left, but those tracks are at least two feet deep. I shouldn’t have built a PassivhausIf you read my last post, you know that I’ve struggled with the limitations imposed by Passivhaus on north windows. Climbing up onto the second floor, I couldn’t escape the feeling that I have made a huge mistake. I should have gone with 100% glass walls.The best views are going to be completely blocked once the SIPs are in place. This spot calls for a viewing tower, not a demonstration to the world of an affordable and charming zero-energy house. I suddenly dreaded the day when the SIPs are put up and the expansive 360-degree views will be gone. If only Amherst were located in the southern hemisphere. The plastic vapor barrier is wrapped from under the concrete, over the EPS foam, back over a piece of plywood directly on top of the foam, and then up along the frame. A double strip of caulking is applied to the plastic at the ledge where the SIP will sit.Once the SIP is standing vertically, it must be lifted up onto the ledge, which is awkward, but the guys were able to do it — they seem to have fingers of glue. Then the SIP is slid over against its neighbor. It is surprisingly easy to slide the SIP along the ledge, apparently due to the smoothness of the plastic and an ample amount of caulking. Banging along the bottom of the SIP gets the bottom end flush with the adjacent panel (to within an eighth to a quarter of an inch), where it is fixed with a nail before the top is wedged into place, bringing the whole panel flush with its neighbor. Adding the third window in the middle really makes this view from the master bedroom work. I’m so glad we decided to go with it. The image at left shows Don nailing the panel to the insert. March 30, 2014: Second-floor framingDon, the carpenter, made tremendous progress again this week, especially considering the rainy and windy conditions. It’s such an exciting time. The house looks totally different every day. At this point, most of the second floor framing is in place.I got to climb up on the second floor and have a look around. It was thrilling to finally be able to see the surrounding landscape from the second floor. I’ve been so curious to check out the window placement on the second floor, to see for myself what scenic landscapes are perfectly framed by the windows, and, sadly, what landscapes are obscured by the walls. Gigantic screws fasten the SIP to the frame. Because of the extra spacing between each panel, about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch had to be cut off of the end of the panel to make it flush with the frame. The whole SIP installation processFirst, narrow strips of OSB are measured and cut, inserted into the groove at the SIP’s edge, and nailed into place. These inserts help lock the SIPs together. April 5, 2014: Getting the SIP walls upIt was an exciting week. Don finished the second floor framing and spent Thursday and Friday putting up the SIPs along the north and south walls, with the help of two younger guys. They were an awesome team to watch, constantly bantering, moving here and there, helping each other out, and communicating about tactics, problems and next steps.It’s great to see an experienced team — a fine-tuned machine — working like that. They are, however, pretty cavalier about running up and down the ladders — the most jiggly and unstable ladders I’ve ever seen — which was scary to watch, but entertaining. A 2×8 is laid in the groove at the top of the SIP and nailed into place. Raising the SIPsInstead, we carried over the SIPs by hand and raised them by walking it up from one end, as the video above shows. It’s pretty heavy, but doable. Maybe this room will have to be an office. I’m jealous of my neighbors who live on the south side of the road. In the shot above, you are looking through the three master bedroom windows. The scene is framed wonderfully, I think. I love the straight driveway, lined with a row of trees, heading diagonally across the frame, drawing the eye toward the mountain. It’s more of an Amherst suburban feel, with roads, houses, fields and a mountain in the background. It’s a little weird that bedroom is exposed to the road, however. Finally getting to see how the window openings lookI’ve been looking forward to seeing how the top of the stairway would turn out for about a year now. Looking out at the window over the stairs settles it: let’s remove the shelving at the top of the stairs — the view would be interrupted too severely. The question remains: how will we make up for the lost storage space? RELATED ARTICLES The Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstCold Weather Slows Progress at the Potwine PassivhausPlacing Concrete for a Passivhaus FoundationFraming Begins at the Potwine Passivhaus By the end of Thursday, almost the whole north wall was complete. Alexi Arango is an assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where he and his students conduct research on next-generation photovoltaic cells. Arango teaches a joint physics/environmental studies course on renewable energy. Arango’s blog is called Potwine Passive House.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup begins today with all Australian teams in action.In the Opens division, both the Mens and Womens teams begin their title defence with two matches today, against Wales and Scotland while the Mixed team will face Switzerland. The Mens 30s will also take on Wales, and the Mixed 30s Scotland. In the Mens 35/40 division Australia’s 40s will face the host nation South Africa, followed by the 35s taking on France.Check the website regularly for results which will be updated daily.Day 1 Wednesday 17 January Note Stellenbosch is 9 hours behind Australian East Coast.9:00PM AEDST (12:00 PM)  Men              Australia vs Wales9:00PM AEDST (12:00 PM)  Women          Australia vs Wales10:50PM AEDST (1:50 PM)    Mixed           Australia vs Switzerland10:50PM AEDST (1:50 PM)    Men 35/40     Australia 40 vs South Africa11:45PM AEDST (2:45 PM)    Mens 30        Australia vs Wales11:45PM AEDST (2:45 PM)    Men 35/40     Australia 35 vs France12:40AM AEDST (3:40 PM)    Men              Australia vs Scotland1:35AM AEDST (4:35 PM)    Mixed 30        Australia vs Scotland2:30AM AEDST (5:30 PM)    Women          Australia vs Scotlandlast_img read more

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first_imgWolves boss Nuno delighted after defeat of Bournemouthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul Jimenez was again on the scoresheet as Wolves defeated Bournemouth on Saturday.An early goal from Raul Jimenez and a late strike by substitute Ivan Cavaleiro handed Wolves the three points.Following wins against Chelsea and Newcastle in the past 10 days, it is the first time since March 1980 that Wanderers have recorded a trio of consecutive victories in the top division.Wolves boss Nuno stated afterwards, “The boys playing in this weather, in the rain, and how hard it was, I’m very proud of them today. They did a fantastic job because we have to adapt to the realities. We were versatile enough to realise that today was about defending and counter attacks – exploiting our talent to achieve what we achieved today, a deserved win.“The organisation, the shape and how compact we were. We didn’t allow too many situations to Bournemouth, who are a fantastic team and played very well. Always trying to help our team mates is what defending is all about. There were not many chances, it was very hard for both teams. They matched us in shape, it was a tough game. We are happy but credit to Bournemouth, it was very difficult.”On third win in a row, he added: “We achieved a third win, but it’s not over, we have to go again. Before we were in a bad moment, now we’re in a good moment and why is important to recognise. Their character, the way they commit themselves to the work on a daily basis and to the competition so well done.“I’m very proud of the work we do every day. The character took us out of the bad moment. The only secret is work, we have to work hard. We do the same things, we were committed and football is like this. It’s life, sometimes you have bad moments, sometimes you have good moment. Rising up, reacting and bouncing back is what I’m most proud of.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer pleased with 2-goal Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he was pleased with two-goal Paul Pogba for victory over Huddersfield.Pogba milked the Old Trafford support for his performance.Solskjaer said, “It was great to see him score two goals and he has created the goals last week at Cardiff, and now he scores them himself, so he will be even better for getting two lots of 90 minutes now and he will be fitter and fitter and improving with the team. “We looked tired towards the end and now it is important over the next two or three days that we recover and get ready for Bournemouth.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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first_img​Liverpool claim comeback win over RB Salzburg in UYLby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool were successful in the UEFA Youth League against RB Salzburg.Much like the senior side, the Reds’ youngsters took on the Austrian club in a tight contest.But Liverpool’s superior offensive capabilities allowed them to emerge with a 4-2 win in the game.Rhian Brewster was among the youngsters who was involved, and it was his penalty in injury time that put the icing on the cake for the Reds.They did experience some scares in the game, as they were 2-1 down with 12 minutes remaining.But they rallied and scored three late goals to seal the contest. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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