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Unleash the beast – Ronaldo ready for Juve home debut

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first_imgMILAN (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo often scores goals. In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo always scores goals. The Juventus forward, who will be making his home debut for his new club today, is still looking to score his debut goal for the Italian champions. And as luck would have it, the team is finally ready for its home opener. Ronaldo has played in Turin three times, and he has scored in every match. He scored for Real Madrid at Juventus in the group stage of the 2013-14 Champions League, as well as in the semi-finals the following year. He also scored twice in the 2018 quarter-finals, including a spectacular overhead kick, which earned him a standing ovation from the Italian team's fans and supposedly played a part in his decision to join the Bianconeri. "The small details make the big difference at the end of the day, so I would say what I saw in the stadium helped, to be honest," Ronaldo said recently. "[It] was, in my opinion, the best goal in my career so far. And, of course, when the people start to applaud me in the stadium, I was like, 'Wow.' [t] surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so was an unbelievable moment." AWAY DEBUT REPEAT VICTORY Ronaldo made his Juventus debut last weekend in a 3-2 victory at Chievo Verona, but he didn't score. Still, there were positive signs in Verona when Ronaldo appeared to link up well with his new team-mates, especially attacking full back Alex Sandro. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner also had eight shots on goal - twice as many as any other player. "I feel really good alongside him," Sandro said. "He is a really great footballer. I understand him, he understands me. We did a good job. We need to continue like this." However, it will take even Ronaldo some time to settle into his new team after nine years in Madrid. At times in Verona, he made a clever run only for the pass to arrive too late or not at all. "Cristiano is a great player and has added notable quality to the team," Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny said. "Unfortunately he didn't score on his debut at Chievo, but he will score his first goal in a match very soon, I'm sure of that." Whether that comes against Lazio remains to be seen. Lazio beat the Bianconeri in the Italian Super Cup and also was one of only two Serie A teams to win at the Allianz Stadium last season. Lazio will be looking to repeat that victory, especially after the disappointment of losing their opener against Napoli. Italy has not had a player of such global interest since a player of the same name - former Brazil great Ronaldo. "Ronaldo 'The Phenomenon' was devastating at Inter. He drove everyone crazy and scored goals every Sunday," former Italy forward Christian Vieri said. "The Portuguese Ronaldo is the same. He's scored more than 600 goals, scores 50 goals a year, overhead kicks, left foot, right foot. He's a goal machine."last_img

L.A. Muslim leader fooled community

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first_imgNo, he isn’t. No one is trying to stifle his right to speak freely. Personally, I don’t want him silenced. I want him to say the same things to Jewish audiences that he says to Muslims and Arabs. I’d like to see one face, one real face. I am able to tolerate being disagreed with, but trust between people and groups is not built by duplicity.To get a Human Relations award, one should be turning down the rhetorical heat so that light may be seen. Words and name-calling turn up the heat and set a fire, destroying the bridges I thought we were building together.The question before us is not, as Hathout would have it, if he should he be silenced. The appropriate question is whether calling Israelis “butchers, terrorists and racist apartheid occupiers” should be honored with a human relations award.And some predicted that after 9-11 there would be no more irony.Jonathan Dobrer is a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air. Write to him by e-mail at jdobrer@adelphia.net.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleHe goes on to say that “the U.S. Congress is the only Israeli settlement outside of Israel.” He attributes this quotation to another source, but he uses it to bolster his argument.It gets much worse, and Hathout’s real face shatters his amiable mask of reasonableness. “Israel,” he says, “is a racist apartheid state practicing state terror.” But he demurs that he doesn’t want to criticize Israel in detail because “butchers do what butchers do.” This is exactly the kind of “collective guilt and punishment” with which critics charge Israel. Hathout also says, “The (Arab) nations that made peace with Israel will be swept away in the cesspool of history.”Hathout seems to be following the lead of Yasser Arafat, who said one nice and tolerant thing in English and then in Arabic promised eternal jihad. Unfortunately, perhaps even tragically, this once beloved spokesman for moderation now injures Muslims and Jews by undermining the faith we can have in our communications.Many good-hearted American Jews and Muslims have been meeting and talking, trying to find understanding and bridge differences. We all must wonder if this is not like lying while in couple’s therapy. How can we resolve issues if our therapeutic meetings are founded on less than truth?When the question is brought back to the question of the appropriateness of the award, Hathout claims that the issue is not whether he said Israel is a terrorist state governed by butchers. No the “real question” is one of freedom of speech. He says of the growing objections about his selection for the award: “I’m not talking about Middle East politics. I’m talking freedom of speech here.” THE scheduled presentation of a Human Relations Commission award to Dr. Maher Hathout on Oct.5 in Los Angeles has stirred up a controversy and shattered the surface calm of interfaith dialogue locally. It has pitted rabbi against rabbi and minister against priest. Ironically, this prestigious award for promoting good human relations has turned into a melee.For years, Hathout has been the friendly face of Islam in Southern California. This now seems to be a false face. Tapes and writings have revealed that Hathout has spoken in the kind of heated rhetoric – against Israel and Jews – that does not promote good relations among local humans.As senior advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Hathout has participated in many interfaith dialogues and spoken cordially to Jewish groups. I have enjoyed meeting and speaking with him on numerous occasions. I have also moderated interfaith dialogues in which he participated at the University of Judaism. He portrayed himself as a moderate, someone with a point of view but without hate. He projected calming assurances of tolerance.Thus, I feel a sense of personal betrayal. This man, who has sat next to me and spoken of how Muslims were misunderstood and badly portrayed in U.S. media — which I thought at the time was a fair point — now places his complaint in context by explaining that “the U.S. is under Israeli occupation.” This is pretty much the touchstone of anti-Semitism: Israel controls American Jews, and together we run the government and the media.last_img

Gardaí warn of home burglaries during Papal visit

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first_imgGardaí are warning the faithful attendees of Papal events that they should take precautions to prevent burglars targetting their empty homes. Up to 750,000 people are expected to attend the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) events over Saturday and Sunday August 25 and 26.The Papal mass with Pope Francis in Dublin’s Phoenix Park will draw half a million people from their homes, while 45,000 tickets are booked for Knock Shrine. Gardaí are set to increase patrols nationally this weekend in a bid to catch burglars planning to break into empty homes.People leaving homes this weekend are being reminded to secure their homes and ask neighbours to check in on their properties.Gardaí recommended steps for home security and burglary prevention include: securing all doors and windows; light up your home; use timer switches when out; store keys safely and away from windows; record details of all valuables; don’t keep large amounts of cash at home; use your alarm even when at home.   Gardaí warn of home burglaries during Papal visit was last modified: August 23rd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img

Ellis Park a potent plus for Springboks

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first_imgIn the backline, JJ Engelbrecht is bracketed at outside centre with Jan Serfontein, while Juan de Jongh will come onto the bench if needed. Classic clashWith the title on the line, the All Blacks’ controversial 29-15 win in Auckland during which Bismarck du Plessis was incorrectly shown a red card (as admitted by the International Rugby Board), and a massive crowd expected at a ground that has been somewhat of a bogey venue for the New Zealand, a classic clash is on the cards. There are two changes to the Springbok team that beat Australia by 28-8 in Cape Town last weekend, as well as one possible late change. 3 October 2013 “We will give JJ all the time he needs to fully recover from his quad muscle injury, but if he can’t make it, Jan will start with Juan on the bench,” explained Meyer. ‘A wonderful achievement’“What a wonderful achievement for Beast,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement on Wednesday. While some may consider a victory with a four-try bonus point too much to ask, the Springboks have done even more in their last two tests against New Zealand at the ground, running in 11 tries and scoring at least 40 points in successive victories. Locks“Juandre will slot in without any difficulty as he’s been part of the squad since day one and I’m very pleased for Franco, who has been training with us for more than a year already. In August 2004, the Springboks won 40-26, with Marius Joubert dotting down three times, as the Boks crossed the try line five times, while in 2000 they won 46-40, scoring six tries, including two each for Werner Swanepoel and Robbie Fleck. SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbycenter_img The Springboks need to beat the All Blacks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday, scoring at least four tries while restricting the Kiwis to not more than three, in order to win the Castle Lager Rugby Championship. A bridge too far for the South Africans? Maybe not. While the All Blacks are the reigning world champions and in a prime position to claim the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, their record at Ellis Park is unimpressive: in 11 tests at the Johannesburg venue, the Springboks have won eight times to the Kiwis’ three wins. Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira, who made his debut in the green and gold in June 2008 against Wales in Pretoria, will play in his 50th test for the Springboks, joining his fellow front rankers, Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis, and Morne Steyn, who all reached the milestone this season. RotationUp front, Bismarck du Plessis rotates with Adriaan Strauss at hooker, while Juandre Kruger comes in at lock for Flip van der Merwe. The uncapped Franco van der Merwe has been selected on the bench. So, maybe, South Africa winning with a bonus point is not as far-fetched as some may think. “Franco’s attitude since day one has been fantastic. He’s waited patiently and always stayed positive, which is what we as a team stand for. On Saturday, he could make his debut against New Zealand in front of his home crowd at Ellis Park.” Mtawarira will also become the fifth prop to achieve the feat behind Os du Randt, CJ van der Linde, Ollie le Roux and Jannie du Plessis. “He is someone who doesn’t speak a lot, but you know he always gives everything he has for the Springbok jersey. It’s always good to see hard work and dedication pay off like this.”last_img

Lion Air crash plane’s erratic speed and altitude graphs revealed

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first_imgScreen shot of the fatal flight showing eratic altitude and speed data. The Lion Air 737 MAX that crashed on Monday, October 29 killing all 189 aboard had serious control problems the day before, similar to those seen just before the flight crashed into the sea.Lion Air flight JT-610 took off from the Jakarta airport at the 6.21am local time and lost contact at 6.33am.SEE Our Concorde Special ReportAccording to Aviation-Safety.net flight, JT610 took off from runway 25L at Soekarno-Hatta Airport at 06:21 hours local time.“ADS-B data of the flight, captured by Flightradar24 and FlightAware, show erratic values. The aircraft made a climbing left-hand turn after takeoff. Shortly after passing the ADS-B reported altitude of 2100 feet, data points briefly show a lower altitude of around 1475 feet,” the website reported.“Altitude data sent via ADS-B continue to show an erratic pattern, varying roughly between 4500 and 5350 feet, The values then rapidly decline until contact is lost at 06:32 hours.”Aviation-Safety.net said that “the previous flight of the accident aircraft, JT043 from Denpasar, showed similar erratic values (BELOW WHERE HIGHLIGHTED) in altitude and airspeed after takeoff. After 8 minutes the values stabilized.”Lion AirA log entry cited by AirlineRatings.com shows “airspeed unreliable and alt disagree shown after take off. It adds that the Captain’s instrument was unreliable and handover control to FO.”Lion Air has confirmed that the aircraft had a “technical problem” on the previous flight, “which had been resolved according to the procedure.”The copy of the tech log that is circulating on media apparently shows that the Pitot Tube and Static Port were examined and checked.Put simply a pitot-static system is a system of pressure-sensitive instruments that are used in aviation to determine an aircraft’s airspeed, altitude, and altitude trend.Lion Air Group chief executive Edward Sirait said the airline could not comment further at this time.“We are trying to collect all the information and data,” he said.The last major accident in Indonesia was in December 2014 when an AirAsia Indonesia’s Airbus A320 aircraft crashed into the waters after taking off from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.Developing storylast_img

Japan’s Scientific Whaling: An Expensive Proposition

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first_imgTOKYO—Japan's scientific whaling effort has cost taxpayers $378 million since 1987, even as demand for whale meat has shrunk and the research has proven of little value, according to a report released here on 5 February by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). A moratorium has suspended commercial whaling since 1986, but a clause in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) convention allows countries to hunt whales for research purposes. The meat can be sold to cover the cost of research, which in Japan is overseen by the Institute of Cetacean Research located here. Critics contend that scientific whale hunts by Japan and a few other countries are thinly disguised commercial whaling. A quarter century of scientific whaling has shed little light on the creatures, said IFAW Japan Representative Naoko Funahashi at a press conference here to unveil the report. "There are very, very few findings which meet [scientific] aims," said Funahashi, a member of IWC's Scientific Committee. "Results from 'scientific whaling' are scant," agrees Leah Gerber, a marine conservation biologist at Arizona State University, Tempe. She says she doesn't know of any marine researchers—apart from those involved with the research whaling programs of Japan, Norway, and Iceland -- who believe that scientific whaling produces valuable results. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People's Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People's Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) A telephone receptionist at the Institute of Cetacean Research said the institute will not comment on the report and declined to pass the call to public relations or other officials. But other backers of the scientific whaling program insist it has value. Masayuki Komatsu, a former Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official who is now at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies here, says that if the research results are weak, it is because the number of whales taken "is far too small to achieve scientific significance." Komatsu, who helped plan the scientific whaling program, says the numbers actually taken in Antarctic waters have been far short of Japan's current official target of 850 minke, 50 fin, and 50 humpback whales annually. (According to IWC data, the take has come close to those numbers only once: in 2005, when Japan harvested 866 whales in the Southern Ocean. Japan has also refrained from taking humpbacks in response to IWC pressure.) Numbers have dropped precipitously in the last 2 years because of interference by antiwhaling activists. If the planned number of whales could be killed and analyzed, Komatsu says, the data would shed light on the size and health of stocks, and the interaction of whales with their prey and the ecosystem. Critics disagree. "It is well established in the scientific literature that there are many ways to study whale diet and condition without killing them," Gerber says. Most IWC science committee members, Funahashi adds, "do not see any reason to kill whales." Opponents have also long condemned research whaling on conservation and humanitarian grounds. The IFAW report seeks to undermine the economic argument. "Whaling is an economic loser," said Patrick Ramage, IFAW's whale program director, at the press conference. In addition to an average of $9.8 million a year in subsidies, Japan's scientific whaling program in 2011 received $28.6 million from a supplemental budget intended to fund earthquake and tsunami relief, according to the report compiled by E-Square Inc., a Japanese public interest consultancy hired by IFAW. In the meantime, whale meat consumption in Japan has slumped to 1% of its 1960s peak and stockpiles of unsold whale meat have quadrupled over the past 15 years despite attempts to auction it off at bargain prices. As a result, the gap is growing between the Institute of Cetacean Research's expenses and its revenues from selling whale meat, states the report, which adds that the Fisheries Agency of Japan has had to steadily ramp up subsidies for research whaling. The IFAW investigation shows "that this industry is in the red, that it is losing money and that it is getting worse every year," Ramage said. IFAW's report comes as an annual game of cat-and-mouse begins in the Southern Ocean. Japan's four-vessel whaling fleet is now in Antarctic waters hunting minke and fin whales. Chasing them are four vessels, a helicopter, and drones operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which hopes to reprise its successful campaigns of recent years to disrupt the hunt.last_img

Rumor of gravitational wave discovery is just that, source says

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first_imgIf you follow physics, you have likely heard the rumor by now: Physicists working with a pair of gigantic detectors have finally discovered gravitational waves—ripples in space and time set off when, say, two massive neutron stars spiral into each other—and have only to announce it. It would be a sure-fire Nobel Prize–winning discovery and the rumor sounds plausible. Sensing those waves is exactly what a $500 million project called the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) was built to do. Numerous news outlets have reported the rumor, prompted by Twitter posts by Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and author at Arizona State University, Tempe.There's a qualification, however: By his own account, Krauss has spoken to nobody in the 900-member LIGO Scientific Collaboration."I never said I've talked to anybody in the collaboration," he tells ScienceInsider. "That's why I used the word rumor. I don't know how to be clearer."Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People's Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People's Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves not long after he published physicists' prevailing theory of gravity, the general theory of relativity. For decades, experimenters have been striving to detect them. Physicist working with LIGO looked for them from 2002 to 2010, with the initial incarnation of the observatory, which consists of two gargantuan L-shaped optical instruments in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana. (See a video of the device here.) To detect the stretching of space itself, researchers compare the lengths of an interferometer’s two 4-kilometer-long arms to within a billionth the width of an atom.From 2010 to 2015, LIGO researchers completely rebuilt their instruments, aiming to make them up to 10 times more sensitive. They resumed their hunt for a fleeting source of gravitational waves on 18 September 2015. Then the rumor mill revved up.On 25 September 2015, Krauss tweeted: "Rumor of a gravitational wave detection at LIGO detector. Amazing if true. Will post details if it survives." That tweet elicited a flurry of news stories.Then, yesterday, Krauss tweeted: "My earlier rumor about LIGO has been confirmed by independent sources. Stay tuned! Gravitational waves may have been discovered!! Exciting." Again, a press storm ensued.From the beginning, there have been reasons to doubt that the rumor will hold up. In particular, LIGO researchers purposefully inject false signals in to their data to test the sensitivity of their analysis techniques and to keep people honest. Only a handful of people know when the fake signals are injected, and they reveal that information only at the very end of the process, after researchers have gone through all the checks to validate a signal. In fact, LIGO researchers thought they had discovered a signal on 16 September 2010, just before they shut down for the rebuild. But it turned out to be an injected signal, which the researchers found out only as they were about to submit for publication a paper claiming a discovery. That procedure would seem to render it impossible for LIGO researchers to know for 3 months whether they had a real signal or not.Krauss acknowledges the point, but says that in September 2015 a prominent physicist told him that the LIGO team had spotted the signal in data from an engineering run, into which—he claims—false signals are not injected. However, that physicist is not a member of the LIGO collaboration, Krauss says, so the information is second-hand at best.More recently, Krauss says, others have told him that the LIGO team is writing a paper and debating whether a potential signal fits the signal expected from a pair of neutron stars spiraling together or a pair of black holes spiraling together. Again, Krauss says, the sources of these additional rumors do not work within the LIGO collaboration.Krauss has taken some blowback for his rumor-mongering. "[I]f true, you are trying to steal their glory; if false, you are damaging scientific credibility," tweeted Michael Merrifield, an astronomer at the University of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom. Erik Mamajek, an astronomer at the University of Rochester in New York tweeted, "Does [the LIGO] project sanction your rumor-mongering? 'Confirmed' followed by 'may have been' = BS. Hurts science."Krauss, the author of nine popular science books including The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing, counters that he was merely trying key in the public to the discussions physicists are already having among themselves. "All I was trying to do was prepare people for the potential excitement," he says. "If something really excites me, should I never talk about it?"LIGO leaders seem somewhat dismayed by whole affair. "I’ve seen Krauss’s new tweet," wrote Gabriela Gonzalez, a physicist at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in an email. "I’m disappointed (again) that he didn’t ask me or anybody in LIGO leadership."Krauss says that he purposefully avoided trying to confirm the rumors because doing so would have been unethical. "If I contacted them, that would imply that I was trying to get information I shouldn't have," he says. "That would have been inappropriate." Krauss adds that, had he been told something by LIGO researchers in confidence, he would have kept it to himself.For their part, LIGO researchers declined to comment on the purported signal. "We have not finished taking data yet and haven’t finished reviewing analysis of results even from early in the run," Gonzalez says. "We’ll certainly let you know when we have news to share." And that’s no rumor.last_img

University research center will search for extraterrestrial intelligence

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first_img David Parker/Science Source University research center will search for extraterrestrial intelligence The massive Arecibo dish in Puerto Rico was used in a NASA search for alien radio signals before Congress canceled it in 1993. By Steve NadisFeb. 28, 2019 , 8:00 AMcenter_img The cutoff in federal funding has had a long-term, chilling effect, Wright says. He has identified just five people with Ph.D.s in research related to SETI. “It takes a special kind of person to go into a field that’s unfunded and holds few job prospects,” says Wright, who has, until now, had to pursue SETI as a hobby and sideline to his main job as an exoplanet investigator.The new Penn State center would hire faculty and postdocs and introduce undergraduate and graduate courses. It could eventually offer grants to researchers outside the university.So far, Penn State has received two private gift pledges totaling $3.5 million, which will create a new professorship within the astronomy department and subsidize other SETI research. Although that leaves a considerable sum to be raised, Wright considers it a good start, showing that “this idea is something that resonates.” He believes, moreover, that Penn State is an ideal base for SETI research because it has the pieces needed for such a far-reaching, interdisciplinary enterprise: a strong astronomy department, a NASA-funded Astrobiology Research Center, and the Center for Astrostatistics. The university also serves as the hub for the worldwide Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network.Andrew Siemion, director of the SETI Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, applauds the Penn State effort. “Having SETI in the school’s curriculum gives a stamp of approval to the field that is very important,” says Siemion, one of the five aforementioned Ph.D.s who never thought he could carve out a career in SETI.Tarter is similarly enthused. She sees the plans unveiled by Penn State as part of a “resurgence” of the field. She is excited by the steady stream of newly discovered worlds and is anxious to find out whether potentially habitable planets are, in fact, inhabited by intelligent life. “I don’t think you can ask the question of life beyond Earth and stop at microbes,” Tarter says. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is getting a home base. On 1 March, Pennsylvania State University in State College will announce the first contributions to a campaign that hopes to raise $110 million for the new Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence (PSETI) Center with endowed professorships and a degree-granting graduate program. It would be one of just a few academic SETI research centers and, if plans are realized, it could be the first to offer courses from the undergraduate to Ph.D. level. Some astronomers say it would provide a badly needed boost to a subdiscipline that has long suffered from neglect.“There really isn’t an academic ecosystem for the field as a whole,” says Penn State astronomer Jason Wright, who will serve as the PSETI Center head. “You can’t work on it if you can’t hire students and postdocs.”Financial backing for SETI research has been scarce ever since 1993, when the U.S. Congress banned NASA from funding it. “We became the four-letter word at NASA,” recalls astronomer Jill Tarter, a co-founder of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, one of the few other centers to support SETI research with nongovernmental funds.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People's Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People's Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img