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Enhanced sexual reproduction in bryophytes at high latitudes in the maritime Antarctic

first_imgContrary to the generally accepted hypothesis that bryophyte fertility decreases with increasing latitude and therefore climatic severity, a detailed study of bryophyte reproductive strategies at sites in the southern maritime Antarctic (68–72°S) has revealed that an unexpectedly high proportion of species is capable of producing sporophytes. Of the regional bryoflora, 43% (19 species; 17 mosses, 2 liverworts) in Marguerite Bay and 47% (17 species; 16 mosses, 1 liverwort) in Alexander Island are known to produce sporophytes, although the number fruiting at comparable latitudes on the colder and more arid Antarctic continent is less (33%). These numbers and proportions are much greater than were previously known at such relatively high southern polar latitudes. Sporophytes of several species are recorded for the first time within the Antarctic biome, while those of two liverworts (Lophozia excisa and Cephaloziella varians) are reported for the first time south of 62°S. High incidence of sporophyte production is attributed to locally favourable microclimatic conditions producing small-scale ‘oases’. The large majority of fertile mosses are monoecious short acrocarps growing on rather calcareous soils. Spore production and size data for a number of species are compared with previously published studies of the same or closely related species from the northern maritime Antarctic and sub-Antarctic, but no consistent trends are revealed between species over the latitudinal gradient.last_img read more

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Manson’s Arms

first_imgEver since Marilyn Manson donned Aladdin Sane-style hair and make-up for the cover of Mechanical Animals, the world has suspected that wanted to be David Bowie. The Golden Age of Grotesque shows America’s most reviled fetishistic faux-goth adopting Bowie’s most impressive characteristic, the ability reinvent his persona for every album. Manson has cast off the cartoon horror of his debut, the grubby black metal chic of Antichrist Superstar and the religious parody of Holy Wood. This time, the man, the band, the legend, emerges as bizarre amalgamation of tarty burlesque hedonist and sleazy industrial rock star. Taking more than just leaf out of Nine Inch Nails’ book in terms of sharp beats and angsty lyrics, Manson has produced fusion of pervy grindcore and melodramatic groaning, ‘The Bright Young Things’ being a prime example, adding a dash of explosive rock ‘This Is The New Shit’. Oddly, Manson’s friendship with Eminem seems to have rubbed off on his music; the lyrics often turn towards hip hop posturing, with mentions of big cars, bitches and casual sex. And this isn’t the only ludicrous thing about the lyrics. We’ve always known Manson was no poet, but Grotesque has some really awful lines: “I memorise the words to the porno movies, this is a new religion to me” and “I won’t pull out, I just came”. Manson’s deadpan seriousness in wailing these corkers out, banshee style, detracts from the album’s good points, namely its well-mixed beats and darkly atmospheric sounds. Stranger still, there is a curious singalong feel to a couple of tracks, notably ‘Slutgarden’ and ‘mOBSCENE’, the latter being a shameless rip-off of Faith No More’s ‘Be Aggressive’, which Manson is clearly hoping his Kindergoth fans are too young to remember. But Manson isn’t just for the kids in Slipknot hoodies; if you can get past the pseudo-artistic pretentiousness of the frontman whose egocentricity is embarrassingly evident from the album’s artwork, you will be rewarded with some guaranteed rock nite favourites and some quality music-to-shag-to for goths.ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003last_img read more

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Michael Johnston announced as 2014 HGSE Convocation Speaker

first_imgDean James Ryan announced today that Colorado State Sen. Michael Johnston, Ed.M.’00, will address graduates and their families at the 2014 Convocation ceremony on May 28.“I am delighted that Mike Johnston will address our graduates and their families at Convocation this year. As a teacher, principal, and entrepreneur, Mike’s leadership has made a real difference in the lives of countless students,” said Ryan. “As a legislator in the Colorado State Senate, he is a nationally recognized advocate for school finance reform, fair teacher evaluations, and education equity. I believe that our community will be inspired, as I have been, by his passion and his willingness to find solutions to notoriously difficult challenges in education.”Johnston has been called a “game changer” in education, has made Time’s top 40 under 40 list, and has been touted by Forbes as one of the seven most influential educators. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Colorado Coal Industry Sees Sharpest Drop in 23 Years

first_imgColorado Coal Industry Sees Sharpest Drop in 23 Years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:Facing national and state pressure, coal mines in Colorado reported the lowest production in 23 years in 2015, with 18.7 million tons for the period. The state’s output marked an 18.5% drop from 2014 and a sharp drop from the almost 40 million tons it produced in 2004.According to data provided by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, significant drops in production over 2014 were seen at a number of local mines, including Bowie Resource Partners LP’s Bowie No. 2 mine, where production fell from 2.4 million tons in 2014 to 1.6 million tons in the last year.Peabody Energy Corp.’s Foidel Creek mine fell even further, dropping about 2.5 million tons from 2014 to end the year with 4.1 million tons. The mine, also known as the Twentymile mine, once stood as the most productive mine in the basin, but it has seen output steadily decline in recent years.Arch Coal Inc.’s West Elk mine also saw a year-over-year drop of about a million tons, ending 2015 with 5.2 million tons in production.The state’s continued slide came despite no mine closures during the year, though a few remain idled, including Elk Creek and New Elk.Full article ($): Coal production in Colorado tumbles to 23-year low in 2015last_img read more

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The quickest way anywhere is a straight line

first_imgIt’s a fact…the quickest way anywhere is a straight line. So, why do credit unions seemingly insist on charting winding paths for their members and their marketers?Many times we overthink strategies and plans. We get bogged down by the “that can’t be done that way” attitudes in the face of change. Even when the reality is that we should be removing obstacles and simplifying processes instead of settling into an outdated process.A client once started a meeting by asking, “what are you trying to achieve, and what is the quickest way to get there?” That simply stated question is how we should think about processes, targets, goals, experiences, and almost anything that has to be accomplished. The client had boiled down the information she wanted to know to its simplest form and we were able to move forward quickly from there.So, what does that mean for you? For your members? For your website? For your loan growth? Share growth? Email blasts? When is the last time you checked out what your website looks like on a cellphone? When is the last time you tried to find a “join now” link on your home page and where did the link take you when you found it? If members, or potential members, can’t find basic information within seconds, you are not communicating effectively. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Boeheim’s Army pulls out 92-91 OT win in heated matchup with 20th & Olney

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — As 20th & Olney’s Steven Smith walked off the court shortly after being ejected, he gestured toward Eric Devendorf, seemingly asking for the Boeheim’s Army guard to meet him elsewhere.Moments earlier, Devendorf and Smith exchanged heated words and had to be separated after a fight for a loose ball led to a confrontation under the basket. It was their second altercation of the game and they were each assessed a second technical, resulting in their ejections.“(Eric’s) a hotheaded type of guy,” Boeheim’s Army head coach Lawrence Moten said of the moment. “He loves the game. He plays with a lot of passion.”It was the culmination of an evening that saw emotions consistently run high. And when the final buzzer sounded, it was Boeheim’s Army that won a back-and-forth affair, topping 20th & Olney 92-91 in overtime in the third round of The Basketball Tournament at the Gallagher Center in Philadelphia.Long before Devendorf and Smith were tossed, 20th & Olney took a 59-49 lead early in the second half when Smith connected on a smooth baby hook from the left block. With the La Salle-based team holding all momentum, it appeared as if things were about to spiral out of control for Boeheim’s Army.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut beginning with Demetris Nichols’ 3-point play on the ensuing possession, Boeheim’s Army responded with a 17-7 run. And with the score even at 66-66 at the nine-minute mark, Boeheim’s Army forward Terrence Roberts cleaned up a missed Devendorf layup attempt and slammed home the putback.As he ran to the other end, Roberts yelled to himself and urged the Syracuse fans in attendance to get louder.“Being able to come back like that, everyone just did their part,” Roberts said.Roberts’ dunk catapulted Boeheim’s Army to a 79-70 lead with five and a half minutes left. That’s when Devendorf and Smith had their first conflict.As Smith elevated for a dunk on a breakaway, Devendorf caught him from behind and blocked his shot before being whistled for a foul. Devendorf said something in Smith’s ear, which led to the big man getting in Devendorf’s face. That forced the officials to assess them both technical fouls.Shortly thereafter, 20th & Olney went on a run of its own and eventually forced overtime. With Devendorf ejected, Boeheim’s Army fell behind 91-90 in the final minute of the four-minute period.The former La Salle crop had both the lead and possession with roughly 45 seconds on the clock, but Baye Moussa Keita saved Boeheim’s Army by blocking a shot with 14 seconds left. Willie Deane collected the ball and swung it up the floor to Olu Famutimi. Famutimi drove to the rim and drew a foul, earning himself two free throws.“I just had to focus in,” he said. “I knew I had to make both of them.”He did make both, and Syracuse had fought back to take a 92-91 lead. Keita then forced another turnover on 20th & Olney’s final possession. When the clock hit triple zeros, Keita and his teammates ran toward half court, where they embraced, while Moten raised his arms and held them in the air.When the team left the court a few minutes later, Moten found Steve Smith’s father in the hallway of the Gallagher Center. The two discussed the confrontations between Devendorf and Smith and came to an understanding, Moten said.“There’s no animosity or anything,” Moten said. “… You’re playing for one million dollars. There’s going to be tension.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm Contact Michael: [email protected]last_img read more