Now healthy and stronger, Dante Pettis can’t afford to underwhelm 49ers again

first_imgWhen Joe Montana and Dante Pettis showed up to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, they were there to promote a junior golf exhibit, not the 49ers’ future.But that wouldn’t prevent Joe Cool from registering some cautious optimism on the 49ers’ passing game, one year removed from the disappointment of Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending ACL tear and Pettis’ underwhelming rookie campaign as an outside, field-stretching threat. … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

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What’s Up With the Planets?

first_imgHere are planets and moons making news in our celestial neighborhood, the solar system.  Maybe we’ll drop in on another neighborhood while we’re looking around.Venus resurfacing:  Planetary geologists can’t get away from the evidence that Venus underwent a planet-wide volcanic resurfacing epoch.  Crater counts and lava flow surveys leave little room for doubt that, however and whenever it happened, a new coat of lava spilled over the entire globe over a short time.  It was a catastrophic, not a uniformitarian, process.  That conclusion was reported in Icarus.1  (See “Earth’s ugly sister can’t get a date,” 08/16/2004.)Earth climate:  Work at the National Center for Atmospheric Research shows how the 11-year solar cycle influences climate on decadal scales; this was reported by Live Science and PhysOrg.  But do orbital cycles cause long-term shifts, like ice ages?  That was discussed in Science magazine this week.2  Peter Huybers of Harvard explained that the interpretation of ice cores is fraught with problems.  “Coming up with orbital scenarios that look like the Antarctic record is too easy,” he lamented after examining competing models.  “If we are to use Antarctica’s orbital beat to better understand the orchestration of global changes in glaciation, we must first decipher which elements of the climate system are in play and how their responses get recorded in Antarctica’s ice.”  He put the answers in future tense.Mars floods:  Remember that big canyon on Mars that would stretch across the United States if on earth?  Maybe someone pulled a plug.  Yahoo News reported on a new theory: for at least one section, hot briny underground water caused a collapse, then the water gushed out.  They don’t know where the briny water went, and they can’t say when or how long ago this happened, but it seems catastrophic, not uniformitarian.  Regarding the entire Valles Marinaris, the University of Washington theorizers ignored Ockham’s Razor and said, “it’s likely that the whole system formed from a ‘mixed bag’ of mechanisms, including floods, drainage and tectonic forces.”Saturn dune moon:  What builds the 300′ high sand dunes on Titan?  A new theory reported by Science Daily builds them out of sticky particles without oscillating winds.  The hypothesis by Rubin and Hesp leads to a sticky problem, though: if correct, “new hypotheses regarding the composition, origin, evolution, grain size, stickiness, quantity, global transport patterns and suitability for wind transport of Titan’s sediment; the velocities, directions and seasonal patterns of Titan’s winds; and overall surface wetness will all have to be completely reassessed.”Saturn geyser moon:  Here’s a PDF file of a Powerpoint presentation by Cassini scientists on the latest thinking about Enceladus, the geyser moon of Saturn.  They think the evidence points to liquid water underground, but another team publishing in Icarus this month thinks otherwise.3   Neptune anniversary:  Voyager 2’s spectacular encounter with Neptune’s large moon Triton was 20 years ago this month.  In celebration, NASA-JPL issued a set of newly-enhanced photos of the moon’s surface taken in 1989.  The oblique views and a video flyover were produced by Dr. Paul Schenk, who has perfected the stereo imaging technique and is producing flyovers of other bodies based on archive images.    In 1989, astronomers were stunned to see Triton, one of the coldest bodies in the solar system, sporting active geysers and evidence of recent cryovolcanism.  The moon looked young: “Voyager mapped only the hemisphere that faces Neptune, but revealed a very young surface scarred by rising blobs of ice (diapirs), faults, and volcanic pits and lava flows composed of water and other ices.”Let’s wrap up with a story of a planet outside our own solar system – an extrasolar planet that shouldn’t exist, but does.  Nature reported a “hot Jupiter” orbiting a star in less than one earth day.4  Scientists couldn’t believe their eyes.  Tidal forces should have made this planet spiral into its star in less than a million years, but the star is thought to be a billion years old.  It seemed impossible we could be seeing a planet in the last wink of its lifetime now.  Ask Science Daily.  Even more confusing is the fact that the planet is going the wrong way around the star.  This story made Science Daily twice.1.  Romeo and Turcotte, “The frequency-area distribution of volcanic units on Venus: Implications for planetary resurfacing,” Icarus, Volume 203, Issue 1, September 2009, Pages 13-19, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.03.036.2.  Peter Huybers, “Antarctica’s orbital beat,” Science, 28 August 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5944, pp. 1085-1086, DOI: 10.1126/science.1176186.3.  Kieffer, McFarquhar and Wohletz, “A redetermination of the ice/vapor ratio of Enceladus� plumes: Implications for sublimation and the lack of a liquid water reservoir,” Icarus, Volume 203, Issue 1, September 2009, Pages 238-241, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.05.011.4.  Hellier et al, “An orbital period of 0.94 days for the hot-Jupiter planet WASP-18b,” Nature 460, 1098-1100 (27 August 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08245.The history of astronomy and planetary science is a history of surprises and anomalies.  Scientists build world views of how things should be, and how old they must be, and the real worlds keep astonishing them.  Some people won’t learn humility any other way.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Qantas introduces premium entry in its latest lounge

first_imgAustralian carrier Qantas will open its newest lounge next week as it ushers in a new era of premium entry for top-tier Brisbane customers.The premium entry allows at the new Brisbane domestic business lounge gives top-tier frequent flyers an exclusive check–in area with bag drop, security screening and an escalator to the lounge precinct.The concept was pioneered in Australia by rival Virgin Australia and this is the first foray by Qantas into the space.“This investment is all about offering our customers a premium experience from the moment they arrive at the airport,” Qantas head of domestic lounges Helen Gray said.“Premium Lounge entry is a first for Qantas and will streamline the departure process, so our top tier Frequent Flyers can move through the terminal quickly and maximise their time in the lounge.The new lounge is part of upgrade which began last year with the opening of new international lounge and will be completed in coming months with an upgraded Qantas Club and a new invitation-only Chairman’s Lounge for high-flyers.The new lounge is 30 percent bigger than the previous facility and offers seating for 350 people. The décor uses local materials and was inspired by the Queensland landscape.Features include seasonal menus designed by celebrity chef Neil Perry, a bar serving premium Australian wines, craft beers and cocktails as well as Mexican dining in “The Cantina”.The lounge also features the “Quench” hydration station first introduced in the Brisbane international lounge and specialising in non-alcoholic beverages.Business services include wireless printing, power and data outlets throughout, Wi-Fi, TVs with Foxtel cable services and shower suites.The lounge is open to Qantas customers travelling in Business, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers, eligible oneworld Emerald members and Emirates and China Eastern Platinum customers.last_img read more

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Opscotch Builds Real-Time Service Into Help Center Application

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now You have to give a company credit that takes a fun idea and turns it into a way to promote their product. It’s even better when the product integrates real-time features and a clean user interface to provide an affordable service that has a certain personal touch.Opscotch is a help center service with a number of features that gives the support person real-time information to help connect with their end customers.For example, Opscotch grabs address information to display local weather, a searchable Google map and street view. It has a micro blog style feature, for whatever the user might want to add. This may be a bit about the individual and summaries of a conversation. Let’s call it “micro-blogging plus” as users have 250 character limits for their notes as opposed to Twitter’s 140 limit. Co-founder Cathy Tullysmith says that she will usually open a customer’s website, a map and weather in tabs when she’s on the phone with a customer. Having these features and the notes integrated into the product is helpful for her to create better communication and “foster an empathetic, touchy feely even, client connection.”Opscotch offers unlimited storage. It’s in this respect that the cloud does become a differentiating factor. Tullysmith says that she has noticed other providers not offering free storage. But with the cloud, storage costs are so little that it makes sense to offer storage for free.Additional features include:Attachments can be uploaded to the service. Images such as screenshots can be viewed graphically and found visually.Adaptive phonetic search allows users to find clients in the system and help locate tickets. This is similar to Google’s suggestions for a search when your spelling is incorrect.An adaptive UI. Users may choose either a light or dark contrast theme for making reading information easier.Opscotch definitely has an understanding of how to make a product personal. You can also see this in their promotions.Earlier this year they came out with techecards, where they placed an ad. The ad is getting more traffic for them than the Google Ad Word campaigns they are doing. alex williamscenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Products Related Posts Opscotch is free for the first 30 days. After that it is $8 per user on a per month basis.last_img read more

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