AVHRR channel-3 noise and methods for its removal

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first_imgData from the 37 μm channel of the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) are contaminated by interference which appears in the images as a herring-bone pattern. This interference has been present, to a greater or lesser extent, in the data from all six of the instruments which have flown to date. A measure of the quality of the imagery, estimated from the NOAA-7 and NOAA-9 instruments’ calibration data, is used to gain an idea of their progressive deterioration over each satellite’s lifetime. The spectral properties of the Fourier transform of the data are examined and used to attenuate the unwanted components of the signal to an acceptable level. Two simple restoration algorithms are applied to a particularly severely contaminated NOAA-7 image and the resulting images presented.last_img read more

Building a reputation

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first_imgThink of the one-man band and if you’re like me you’ll think of Dick van Dyke’s Bert in Mary Poppins, stamping and flapping his way around the streets of London. Chances are youwon’t think of Thomas Truax. But you should. Having just played atGlastonbury this year for four nights in a row in the Lost VaguenessChapel, the eerily voiced troubadour hit Oxford on Tuesday and onWednesday night was featured on Radio One in a one-man band special.And this one-man band is special. “I was just fed up of working withlive drummers” he drawls, “it kind of came about organically”. Truax decided that as asubstitute for unreliable bandmates and to fulfil his musical needs,he’d design and construct his own instruments. And these are no normalinstruments, but rather the Cadillac Beatspinner Wheel, the Hornicator,the Backbeater and his latest addition, Sister Spinster.“She’s retired actually”, he says lovingly of the Cadillac BeatspinnerWheel, a “Flintstones-era drum machine” whose primary feature is asmall motorised bicycle wheel that rotates, clacking, clanking andchiming its way past various musicaladornments on its frame. In fact she’s been usurped, her throne takenby Sister Spinster, a similar but smaller contraption. “I made SisterSpinster mainly because she can fit on an aeroplane,” Truax explains,although it’s hard to imagine the faces of airport security staff backhome at JFK Airport in New York, especially when Truax’ luggage alsocontains the Hornicator, a modifiedgramophone horn with strings and microphones that twang and sqeak withvarious other-worldly noises, and the Backbeater, a multi-prongedbackpack that flaps and snaps in rhythm. I ask Truax if theseprehistoric solutions to the one-man act problem are a reaction againstthe digital and synthesised age. “I haven’t made it a rule that I’llnever do something with a laptop,” he replies, “but it can be anunsatisfying live experience to see somebody bending over theircomputer. I try to think of what would interest me if I were in theaudience”. And it works. In the endless parade of sharp-suited,sharp-riffed and synthesised bands that plague modern music, jaws dropwhen anything as original as Thomas Truax strolls up on stage. “I liketo see where the sounds are coming from,” he says, and withoutrealising it, the audience find that they do too.But this is no straight novelty act either. This isn’t a mandesperately crying “Look at me, I’m wacky”. There’s music here too.Often rich in lyrics, Truax’ sound ranges from “dark, romanticlullabies to lively rock melodramas” and he is seen as part of the NewYork based ‘antifolk’ movement that prizes honesty, integrity andoriginality above everything else. “Personally, I try to steer awayfrom any specific labels,” he emphasises, “but the antifolk scene doesn’t really define a particular sound or even a particular approach”. Truax’ ghostly and mysterious tales hook the ear with theirmelody and the mind with their words, calling for references to CaptainBeefheart’s originality coupled with Tom Waits’ narrative abilities.But Truax’ creative drive isn’t limited to music. For several years hewas a stop-motion animator for MTV’s ‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ and hisdedicated fanbase is kept up to date through the Wowtown News, asporadic e-mail newsletter detailing the latest happenings in Truax’own fictional world, Wowtown. “I was brought up in Denver,” heexplains, “and it’s known as ‘Cow Town’. So Wowtown was my ideal placeto escape from the Cow Town”. In fact, the success of these stories alone has ledto requests from London’s Resonance FM for Truax to do an hour-longshow based upon them. “They wanted me to do it off the top of my head,”he says, “but I kind of have to be in the right mood for that, so Irecorded some stories with sound-effects and music”.With a smile he adds, “I’m one of those people who just bites off more than they can chew”.Nevertheless, things seem to be going from strength to strength forTruax. “The crowds keep building each time I go to a town,” he statesmatter-of-factly and he’s extremely modest about a recent NME articlebranding him as achieving “musical godhood”. Certainly, the interest iskindled by the unique gadgets and contraptions surrounding him onstage, but it’s the songs that charm you and regardless of whatevergimmicks surround them, a good song never loses its novelty.ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005last_img read more

Words of the Year 2009 announced by OUP

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first_imgStaycation, Tweetup and Jeggings are some of the Words of the Year 2009, according to a list commissioned by the Oxford University Press.The list was compiled by the dictionary expert Susie Dent, who scanned the Oxford English Corpus, a two billion word database.Tweetup, a meeting organised through Twitter; Hashtag, a hash sign added to a word that enables Twitter users to search for Tweets; and Paywall, a way of blocking access to a part of the website, were some of the words derived from new technologies.On the list there is also an array of business-related words. The recently fashionable minute mentoring, where professionals are advised by mentors in a speed-dating form, was on the list as well as freemium – a business model in which basic services are free, but users pay for extra features.In November, the Oxford American Dictionary chose Unfriend as its Word of the Year 2009.last_img read more

Mono

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first_imgMONO’s (Swansea, West Glamorgan) new V3 Bread Plant has a footprint 50% smaller than traditional bread plants, says the firm, and is designed for positioning against a wall or in the corner of a bakery. The plant has also been developed to be operated by one person, so it is suitable for smaller craft bakeries or in a larger operation where space is tight. The compact V3 incorporates a divider, intermediate prover and multi-functional moulder, with dough-piece weight consistency on a range of products, including French bread, oven bottom bread and tin bread.last_img

Press release: UK Government Minister to highlight North Wales’ low carbon potential in speech to energy leaders

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first_imgMinister Andrew will outline the UK Government’s ambition for a low carbon future in a keynote speech at the North Wales and Mersey Dee Energy & Clean Growth Summit. The Minister to discuss the vision for North Wales’ nuclear future at Trawsfynydd power station. Stuart Andrew will also meet local authority leaders as part of continued engagement to develop proposals for a North Wales Growth Deal. ENDS As a naturally energy rich country, Wales’ landscape and natural resources have meant that we have been at the forefront of energy supply in the UK. Now we have the potential to build on this expertise, exploiting our resources to ensure Wales is at the forefront of the transition to a low carbon economy. The UK Government has outlined an ambitious Clean Growth Strategy which demonstrates how the whole country can benefit from low carbon opportunities. The Industrial Strategy and the Clean Growth Grand Challenge support these ambitions by better linking up what we are doing in government with what we’d like to see industry doing. We recognise that the nuclear expertise in North Wales has the potential to revolutionise the economy, developing new opportunities for job creation. That’s why the UK Government has already committed up to £56 million for advanced nuclear technologies. As part of a two day visit to North Wales, Minister Andrew will also meet local authority leaders from the region on Wednesday to develop proposals for a North Wales Growth Deal, where the energy sector is likely to play an important role.Speaking ahead of the meeting, Stuart Andrew said: A Growth Deal in North Wales will transform the way the region is governed, bringing powers to a local level and using big ideas to unlock growth and better connect towns and cities, both within Wales and over the border. “The landscape in North Wales lends itself perfectly to being a key player in the UK’s low-carbon energy future, and I encourage local leaders to consider its potential when formulating proposals for a bespoke deal that works for the whole of the region. UK Government Minister Stuart Andrew will highlight North Wales’ potential in developing clean growth solutions to cut the cost of energy and drive economic growth in a speech to energy leaders at the North Wales and Mersey Dee Energy & Clean Growth Summit on Thursday (12 March).Speaking at the event in Warrington, Minister Andrew will outline how the UK Government is making real progress on its Clean Growth Strategy, which sets out plans to drive growth and continue decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the 2020s.Following a visit to Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in Gwynedd, the Minister is also expected to highlight the value of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to generate growth and create high value jobs across the UK.After the speech the Minister will visit Rolls-Royce’s Warrington site to hear more about the UK SMR programme which supports the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy to secure homegrown, low cost and low carbon energy.The UK has enormous potential to become a world leader in developing the next generation of nuclear technologies; an already burgeoning industry that contributed £6.4 billion to the UK economy in 2016.UK Government Minister Stuart Andrew said:last_img read more

Jans Ingber Recruits Rachael Price, Jen Hartswick, & More For Brooklyn Funk Fellowship [Video/Audio/Gallery]

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first_imgLoad remaining images Ever since his days in The Motet ended, frontman Jans Ingber has toured with a rotating cast of musicians for the uber-fun Funk Fellowship performances around the country. The lineup he put together for the edition in Brooklyn, NY last Saturday, January 21st was truly impressive, calling on Rachael Price, Jennifer Hartswick, Steveland Swatkins, Alwyn Robinson, Chris Chew, Cheme Gastelum, Scott Metzger and Akie Bermiss for the show at the Brooklyn Bowl.The band incorporated music from a diverse offering of genres, including some pop, some soul, some classic rock and more. It was all funky, thanks to the smooth style of each and every member of the ensemble. Fortunately, Marc Millman was on hand to capture some photos and videos from the night. Watch some highlight moments in the embedded players below.Bee Gees – “Love You Inside Out”The Beatles – “We Can Work It Out”Bill Withers – “Who Is He And What Is He To You”Jill Scott – “You Don’t Know”George Michael – “Freedom! ’90”Full Audio – taped by Eric McRobertsA gallery from Marc Millman can be seen below.last_img read more

Is your Data Still Protected? Three Steps that Could Save Enterprises $1m a Year

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first_imgThere’s no doubting that today’s IT community is stretched. Most IT professionals are so busy dealing with everyday challenges and managing fires that there’s hardly ever time to recognize progress. However organizations are making progress protecting their data from traditional risks. According to the EMC Global Data Protection Index 2016 research released by EMC today, organizations have reduced the frequency of the top four traditional causes of data loss. This marks real progress in the efforts to ensure data is available no matter what happens.But it’s not all roses.At the same time that businesses are improving their defenses against traditional risks, new data protection challenges are emerging and are taking their toll on unprepared organizations. Compared to the EMC Global Data Protection Index 2014, 13% more organizations have experienced data loss or disruption in the 12 preceding months, costing them an average of $914,000.What are the three biggest emerging challenges businesses need to come to grips with today to keep their data safe?1) Protect against destructive hacking attacksThe study revealed that 36% of businesses surveyed have lost data as the result of an external or internal security breach. When protecting against accidental data loss, the key is creating protection copies. But, when hackers deliberately try to take down a business, they can attack those protection copies too. EMC’s Data Domain and Data Protection Suite provide advanced hardening and data protection features for these rapidly changing threats. For even more protection, businesses can leverage advanced data protection solutions and separate copies of their data from the network. EMC’s Isolated Recovery Solutions isolate the data so that it can be restored even from the most extensive attack.2) Protect data in the cloudThe study also revealed that less than 50% of all organizations are currently protecting cloud data against corruption and less than 50% are protecting it against deletion. Why? Because many businesses believe that their cloud provider protects their data for them. But, its just as important to plan your data protection strategy in cloud IT environments as it ever was for on-prem IT environments. If an employee accidentally deletes files or introduces a virus, that’s generally not covered by a cloud provider. SaaS backup, like EMC Spanning, enables businesses to take scheduled backups of their in-app data to ensure that they always have a fallback version of their files if one is required. 90% of businesses are also using the cloud as a target for their data protection. Tools like EMC Data Domain Cloud Tier provide the most efficient long-term cloud-based retention by securely and natively tiering deduplicated data to the cloud.3) Protect data stored in flash environments73% percent of businesses admitted that they were not very confident that their current data protection solutions will be able to keep pace with the faster performance and new capabilities of flash storage. With 2016 being the “Year of All Flash”, where, for most primary storage, businesses are going to find that it’s more cost effective for them to choose an all-flash array over traditional disk-based storage, this can pose a problem for unprepared organizations. For businesses with particularly demanding workloads on flash arrays, EMC ProtectPoint copies data directly from primary to Data Domain with no traditional backup infrastructure, cutting backup times by 10x and restore times by 20x.Overall, less than one fifth (18%) said they were confident that their data protection solutions will meet their future business challenges. With emerging challenges already contributing to a $914,000 price tag for data loss or disruption incidents to affected enterprises globally in the past 12 months organizations need to act now to ensure that their data protection strategy is fit for the future. Businesses need to build on the progress that they’ve already made with respect to traditional threats and partner with a vendor who can help them extend that progress to new challenges in order to ensure that they have data protection everywhere.Is your data still protected?last_img read more

Transform Your Server Marketing

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first_imgNew PowerEdge server marketing campaign – customizable to your needsWhen it comes to promoting and selling the new 14th Generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, we are dedicated to giving our valued partners every advantage possible.With that in mind, we created an exciting new server marketing campaign and effective, easy-to-use resources that provide everything you need for PowerEdge success.New marketing assets designed to drive your server salesFollowing the July launch of our PowerEdge 14G server portfolio, we updated the Dell EMC Server Refresh campaign to fully enable the ‘Refresh’ conversation you should have with your customers to identify server opportunities.The campaign provides a wealth of marketing communications assets, copy blocks, and supporting materials including Industry and Analyst white papers, social media kits, and a new event kit – all designed so you can execute an eye-catching, engaging, and, most importantly, profitable server demand generation campaign.The choice is yours The best plan of attack for your business? The choice is entirely yours, as we’ve provided numerous options for how you can use and leverage our marketing materials. Regardless of your marketing team’s size, bandwidth, or budget, we have a Server Refresh campaign solution for you. What does that mean in practice? Let’s look at some scenarios…Planning a full funnel campaign or only want building blocks? If you have the ability to run an integrated, full funnel campaign, we can support you all the way with expert resources. Or, perhaps you only need campaign building blocks to add content to your existing campaign?Either way, you can find everything you need in our comprehensive Dell EMC Server Refresh Campaign Playbook, which contains content for 1-to-1 and 1-to-many emails, web banners, videos, IDC and CIO white papers, social media content, an event kit, and even a call guide.     > Visit the Dell EMC Campaign PlaybookNeed online content? If you want to enhance your online presence, our new Dell EMC Marketing Platform provides a range of syndication content with supporting email and social content to help drive customers to your site.     > Access the Dell EMC Marketing Platform     Seeking structured support? If you have limited resources or need guidance on how to begin a server campaign, our new Dell EMC Server Activation Pack provides easy-to-use tools, such as AMPs (Approved Marketing Packs), which are ready-to-go, pre-packaged, MDF-approved bundles aligned to the marketing funnel to help you execute quickly and efficiently. You will also find a range of enablement and motivation activities to support your marketing plan.     > Explore the Dell EMC Server Activation PackPrepare for PowerEdgeHowever you choose to market the PowerEdge 14G server portfolio, we’ll provide the materials you need to easily execute a custom campaign to drive maximum MDF ROI.Are you 100 percent prepared for the excitement surrounding PowerEdge 14G? Get up-to-speed today, and get ready for server success! For more information, watch our Dell EMC Server Marketing webcast >>last_img read more

Fr. Joseph Corpora to be appointed a Missionary of Mercy

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first_imgFr. Joseph Corpora will be one of 800 priests selected by Pope Francis to be a Missionary of Mercy, the University announced in a press release Thursday morning.“The Missionaries are some 800 priests worldwide selected by the pope to be special confessors and ‘living signs’ of God’s forgiveness during the Holy Year of Mercy officially proclaimed in his letter, Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), last year,” the release stated. “Father Corpora will be among those traveling to Rome to meet with Pope Francis and to be commissioned on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 10) in a celebration at St. Peter’s Basilica.”Corpora serves as the director of university-school partnerships for Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and a priest-in residence in Dillon Hall as well as the a Campus Ministry chaplain to Latino students on campus. He said in the release that he is “very excited, grateful and humbled by the Holy Father’s invitation.“And I hope everyone at Notre Dame will pray for me that I might do some good in spreading the mercy of God by being a person of mercy and compassion. I know something of God’s mercy because my deepest self-definition is that I am a sinner whose sins are forgiven. God has been so merciful to me.” Tags: ACE, Pope Francis, Year of Mercylast_img read more

‘Pizza, Pop and Politics’ addresses health care policy

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first_imgMark Fox and Waldo Mikels-Carrasco spoke about the issue of health care in the context of American politics and policy at the second installment of “Pizza, Pop and Politics,” a platform for political engagement sponsored by NDVotes’16, on Tuesday in Geddes Hall.Fox, dean of Indiana University-South Bend School of Medicine, said the rhetoric surrounding health care throughout the presidential race raises two key points about health care in America.“It poses some fundamental questions that I think all of us really ought to engage about,” Fox said. “How do we view health care in the context of the community, and what are our obligations to ourselves and our fellow community members? And then, at a different level, what’s the role of government in helping us meet those goals?”Fox said one problem facing Americans are the risks that come with not having health insurance.“Basically, you have between one and a half times and two and a half times the risk of being diagnosed late with … various types of cancers if you’re uninsured,” he said. “Uninsurance rates matter. They affect health access, they affect outcomes, they affect longevity.”Fox said the main reason for lack of insurance and problems with health care is many people can’t afford health care rates.“Politics aside, I think there are some things that we need to be honest about [concerning] American health and health care,” he said. “First is, it’s expensive. We have the most expensive health care without the results to justify it. The poor in the United States have very poor outcomes.”The results of the health care system do not justify the amount of money spent on it, because only about 10 percent of premature deaths in the United States are caused by a lack of health care, Fox said.“If our fundamental question as a society is how do we improve health … health care plays a very small role in that. And yet, we spend all this money on health care and perhaps much less on all these other problems,” he said. “We’re the most disproportionate with respect to what we spend on health care versus social services, compared to other industrial countries.”Mikels-Carrasco, director of community and population health development for the Michiana Health Information Network, said because the level of frustration with health care is so high, candidates should be focusing on the “triple aim” of health care.“The market-driven health care system that we have in the United States doesn’t work really well,” Mikels-Carrasco said. “The triple aim is improve quality of care, reduce the cost of care and improve patient satisfaction. That third one has never really been part of the equation, but as voters go to the polls, they should be supporting things that are improving what we think we should be getting out of our health care experience.”Some of the responsibility for improving the health care system lies with voters, Mikels-Carrasco said.“If you’re going to vote for a candidate, make sure that their party has some kind of platform that accounts for health,” he said. “There [are] problems with [the Affordable Care Act]. It could use a lot of reworking, but saying we’re just going to get rid of it and we’re not going to replace it with anything, that’s problematic.”Mikels-Carrasco said because poor health in childhood leads to an increased possibility of problems later in life, he believes the focus should turn toward ensuring childhood health improves.“I think the point is that we have to look at … head-start programs that provide education for parents and children and teaches them how to be well-resourced individuals, because if they’re better, they’ll be healthier,” he said. “Research has shown that they’ll have better educational outcomes, healthy children, and they’ll be better citizens in life. They’ll have better outcomes at lower cost to society in general, in a health care system that we can all manage, that we can all participate in and that we can all afford.”Tags: Election, Health care, NDVotes ’16, Pizza Pop and Politicslast_img read more