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Aurelia labiata

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Aurelia labiata
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Sechelt Inlet, British Columbia, Canada. Forms massive swarms during the summer months.
          

Geometric Control of Ensemble Systems

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Robust and sensorless manipulation of large populations of dynamical systems is prevalent in numerous research areas of science and engineering. Prominent examples range from excitations of spin ensembles in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and imaging (MRI), and desynchronization of neuron ensembles for the treatment of neurological disorders, to approximate steering of robot swarm under bounded model perturbation. However, investigating fundamental properties of such ensemble systems remains a significant challenge, as it is beyond the scope of classical control theory. In this thesis, we study fundamental control problems associated with ensemble systems, including controllability analysis and control input design. In particular, we introduce the notion of ensemble controllability for parameterized populations of control systems and then focus on the investigation of ensemble controllability for linear and bilinear populations. Specifically, we exploit techniques from functional analysis, differential geometry, Lie theory, and symmetric group theory to establish necessary and sufficient conditions for ensemble controllability of linear and bilinear systems. Furthermore, such controllability analyses also inspire the design of control inputs for ensemble systems. In particular, we present a systematic method to construct optimal selective pulses for spin ensembles in MRI and also devise control laws to create synchronization patterns for noisy oscillatory networks.


          

Happy Halloween!

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Are you a tricker or a treater? I live so far off the beaten path that we don’t see any trick-or-treaters. However, you can be sure the streets in more populated areas will be swarming with little goblins and princesses. I have seen many friends putting together the coolest transformer costumes for their children, so […]

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EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath Otherworldly Reverberator V2

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EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath Otherworldly Reverberator V2

EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath Otherworldly Reverberator V2

The Afterneath sounds a lot like it looks – a wizard in a cave in a box. You are the wizard – or sorceress, if you prefer – and the cave is your instrument’s signal, vast, expansive, and magical. Do you go inside? Roll a D20 to proceed! Once inside, a reflection of light from an unknown source catches your eye, and you notice a bizarre sheen on the walls of the cave. You timidly inch closer to the walls of the cave. Placing your hand gently on the cavern wall, you feel the rock move. The cave is alive! Alarmed, you emit a loud gasp, which reverberates throughout the subterranean landscape. Upon further listening, it appears as though the reverberations of your voice are in fact a swarm of short digital delays which may be used to create wild and cavernous reverbs, or scattered, short, rhythmic delays with bizarre characteristics.


          

Lead Software Development Engineer- Mobile Applications

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**Job Location:** United States : North Carolina : Cary **Role Value Proposition:** At MetLife we are seeking for highly motivated Lead Software Engineer / Developer to lead the technical delivery of a complex and highly visible Global Sales and Servicing Platform. The ideal candidate will possess prior technical leadership experience in insurance industry, strong mobile app development skills. You will guide team members for time boxed delivery of Sales and servicing platform. **Key Responsibilities:** + Provides technical expertise to a project team thats building Mobile Sales and Servicing Platform. + Perform proof of concepts on newer technologies and provide recommendation for different technologies. + Collaborates with the product line architect to review solution design and roadmap. + Take leading role in delivery of Sales and servicing platform in different countries in coloration with product team. + Strong organizational, problem-solving skills, attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple project assignment with tight deadlines. + Provides content and review documentation for release or new features **Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:** **Required:** + Bachelors degree with a minimum of 8 years of software development experience and minimum 4 years of hands on mobile apps development experience + Must possess strong initiative and a get-it-done attitude. + Passion for coding, learning and adopting newer technology. + Master of at least one of the following two mobile development Frameworks: Native Code. Object-C/Swift for iOS and Java for Android; + Application performance optimization know-how. + Experience in Azure PaaS with components like AKS, Cosmos, KeyVault, Storage etc. + Experience developed and published applications for iOS and/or Android. + History of building high-level user interfaces using rapid prototyping methodologies. + Designing and developing RESTful APIs + Experience creating technical system, design document. + Knowledge on No-SQL database ( _e.g._ MongoDB) + Have Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) experience in an Agile Environment. **Preferred:** + IBM Mobile First Platform knowledge + Experience in container and orchestration technologies like Docker, Kubernetes, Swarm etc. **At MetLife, were leading the global transformation of an industry weve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, were dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.** MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace. **For immediate consideration, click the button. You will be directed to complete an on-line profile. Upon completion, you will receive an automated confirmation email verifying you have successfully applied to the job.** Requisition #: ****** Categories - Sales - Mechanical Engineering - Applied Mechanics Posted: 2019-10-31 Expires: 2019-12-01 Siemens - See more jobs from this location
          

Decriminalizing Crime

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Crime statistics are an embarrassment. Minority groups commit more crimes per capita than others. Members of these groups are rightly embarrassed by the statistics, but their solution seems most often to be to blame someone else, like white police officers.

Even the ascendancy of Barack Obama did not seem to make a dent in the crime statistics. Obama’s home town, run by a mayor who had been Obama’s chief of staff, kept racking up unacceptably large murder rates. Again, it was an embarrassment. The nation has been told to look away and to blame white people, especially white racists and white supremacists.

By what is acceptable reason, we are not permitted to suggest that the people who commit the crimes ought not to be committing the crimes and that their communities ought not to be defending them or exonerating them… because the fault lies with white police officers.

One alternative might be to decriminalize crime. By the logic of the radical left crime must be a social construction. If we decriminalize certain criminal behaviors there will be less crime. Problem solved, sort of.

Victor Davis Hanson explained how it’s working in California:

Stores are occasionally hit by swarming looters. Such Wild West criminals know how to keep their thefts under $950, ensuring that such “misdemeanors” do not warrant police attention. California’s permissive laws have decriminalized thefts and break-ins. The result is that San Francisco now has the highest property crime rate per capita in the nation.

Mission accomplished.

If that does not suit your intellectual predilections, the Washington Post has just run a series of articles about how bad prison is. The ostensible purpose of these articles, written by people who have suffered incarceration, is to empty the prisons. The reasoning behind them: people who are in prison have mental health issues. And that prison is not very good therapy. If not, prisoner are the victims of capitalist patriarchy and are simply revolting against their oppressors.

Notable scofflaw Piper Kerman, the mind behind the television show, Orange is the New Black, explains it all in her lead article. Paul Mirengoff reports on it for Powerline blog (via Maggie’s Farm):

Kerman complains that “the American criminal justice system does not solve the problems — violence, mental illness, addiction — that it claims to address.”

And also:

Kerman’s article is a smorgasbord of leftist cliches. She claims, for example, that “mass incarceration is a result of policies that have grown out of a history of slavery, colonialism, and punishment of the poor.”

To which Mirengoff responds:

If slavery, colonialism, and punishment of the poor were to blame for incarceration, we should see less, not more, incarceration as time takes us further and further away from this history. But that’s not what we see.

Thus is blame shifted from the criminals to the society at large. The fault, by leftist ideology, lies with a criminal Western culture that has exploited and oppressed peoples for ages now. Those who hold these views are saying that criminal behavior is the natural and normal response of oppressed peoples toward their oppressors. If not, it is a function of mental health problems that the nation is refusing to treat.

Meringoff remarks that Kerman and the Washington Post have misunderstood the purpose of prison:

The primary purposes of the system are to punish criminals and prevent them from committing crimes. It achieves these objectives, at least while the criminal is incarcerated. Longer sentences would prevent criminals from committing crimes for longer periods. But this, of course, is not what Kerman has in mind.

By incapacitating criminals, the justice system reduces violence. Violent crime plummeted following the harsher federal sentencing regime adopted towards the end of the last century. This isn’t the same thing as “solving” violence, but that’s not a realistic goal of a criminal justice system.

In effect, the solution offered by Kerman and the Post is the problem. When communities do not hold criminals accountable, when they do not shun those who cause the communities to fall into disrepute, you get more crime. Effectively, the article decriminalizes crime. It will naturally produce more crime. We should shut up and suffer it because we all deserve it.

Meringoff explains:

If anything here is being “normalized” here it’s crime, not incarceration. Advocates like Kerman (and those like the Washington Post who give them a platform) treat criminal behavior as a normal and natural response to slavery, colonialism, imbalances in power, etc.

Accepting this notion will lead to rampant crime in excess even of the crime wave of the 1970s that led to the stiff sentencing regime in place until recently. It will eat away at the fabric of our society — a fate that radicals like Kerman may consider the just dessert of a “racist” and “colonialist” nation like America.

          

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Senior Red Hat Delivery Manager

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mission-critical technology and business solutions to Fortune 500 companies and some of the most recognized brands on the planet. And you ll do it with cutting-edge technologies, thanks to our close partnerships with the world biggest vendors. Our network of offices across North America, as well as locations in India and China, will give you the opportunity to spread your wings, too. We re proud to be publicly recognized as a Top Workplace year a year. This is due, in no small part, to our entrepreneurial attitude and collaborative spirit that sets us apart and keeps our colleagues impassioned, driven, and fulfilled. Perficient currently has a career opportunity for a Sr Red Hat Delivery Manager. Job_Overview A Delivery Manager is expected to be knowledgeable in RedHat technologies. This resource may or may not have a programming background, but will have expert infrastructure architecture, client presales / presentation, team management and thought leadership skills. You will provide best-fit architectural solutions for one or more projects; you will assist in defining scope and sizing of work; and anchor Proof of Concept developments. You will provide solution architecture for the business problem, platform integration with third party services, designing and developing complex features for clients' business needs. You will collaborate with some of the best talent in the industry to create and implement innovative high quality solutions, participate in Sales and various pursuits focused on our clients' business needs. You will also contribute in a variety of roles in thought leadership, mentorship, systems analysis, architecture, design, configuration, testing, debugging, and documentation. You will challenge your leading edge solutions, consultative and business skills through the diversity of work in multiple industry domains. This role is considered part of the Business Unit Senior Leadership team and will mentor delivery team members. Responsibilities * Be part of the Sales team supporting RedHat initiatives, providing technical credibility to our customers; master Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and support technologies to assist in the sales of our offerings * Scope, design, develop, and present proofs of concept for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and supporting technologies * Conduct deep dive sessions and workshops to coach customers using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and supporting technologies * Provide feedback to product management and engineering teams on the direction of our offerings and customer applicability of features * Assist sales teams in answering technical questions, possibly in the form of requests for proposals (RFPs) and requests for information (RFIs) * Form relationships with the technical associates of our customers to identify new opportunities * Project and solution estimation and team structure definition. * Develop Proof-of-Concept projects to validate new architectures and solutions. * Engage with business stakeholders to understand required capabilities, integrating business knowledge with technical solutions. * Engage with Technical Architects and technical staff to determine the most appropriate technical strategy and designs to meet business needs. Qualifications * Practical experience with Linux container and container clustering technologies like Docker, Kubernetes, Rocket, and the Open Container Initiative (OCI) project * 5+ years of experience working in enterprise application architecture; development skills * At least 3 years of experience in a professional services company, consulting firm, or agency * Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) experience using Red Hat OpenShift, Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), Docker EE, Mesosphere, or IBM Bluemix * Deep understanding of multi-tiered architectures and microservices * Ability to engage in detailed conversations with customers of all levels * Practical experience with Java development technologies like Spring Boot, WildFly Swarm, or JEE (Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, WildFly, Oracle WebLogic, or IBM WebSphere) * Familiarity with Java development frameworks like Spring, Netflix OSS, Eclipse Vert.x, or Play and other technologies like Node.js, Ruby, PHP, Go, or .NET development * Practical experience with application build automation tools like Apache Maven, Gradle, Jenkins, and Git * Ability to present technical and non-technical presentations * Willingness to travel up to 50% * Experience working on multiple concurrent projects. * Excellent problem-solving skills. * Be independent and self-driven. * Bachelor s degree in Computer Science or related field. Perficient full-time employees receive complete and competitive benefits. We offer a collaborative work environment, competitive compensation, generous work/life opportunities and an outstanding benefits package that includes paid time off plus holidays. In addition, all colleagues are eligible for a number of rewards and recognition programs including billable bonus opportunities. Encouraging a healthy work/life balance and providing our colleagues great benefits are just part of what makes Perficient a great place to work. More_About_Perficient Perficient is the leading digital transformation consulting firm serving Global 2000 and enterprise customers throughout North America. With unparalleled information technology, management consulting and creative capabilities, Perficient and its Perficient Digital agency deliver vision, execution and value with outstanding digital experience, business optimization and industry solutions. Our work enables clients to improve productivity and competitiveness; grow and strengthen relationships with customers, suppliers and partners; and reduce costs. Perficient's professionals serve clients from a network of offices across North America and offshore locations in India and China. Traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, Perficient is a member of the Russell 2000 index and the S&P SmallCap 600 index. Perficient is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national, origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Disclaimer: The above statements are not intended to be a complete statement of job content, rather to act as a guide to the essential functions performed by the employee assigned to this classification. Management retains the discretion to add or change the duties of the position at any time. Select work authorization questions to ask when applicants apply Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? Will you now, or in the future, require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status)?
          

A History of Homeworld Part 5: The Homeworld War

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In this series celebrating the franchise's twentieth anniversary (and the recent announcement of Homeworld 3), I look at the background lore of the critically-acclaimed Homeworld series of video games.

Following the defeat of the Hiigarans and the driving of their people into exile in a remote corner of the galaxy, the Taiidan emerged as the strongest and most powerful of the galactic empires. The strongest race on the Galactic Council – bar only the now avowedly non-interventionist Bentusi – the Taiidan expanded their empire far and wide. They established their new seat of government on Hiigara, although Taiidan remained their most populous world.

Emperor Riesstiu was hungry for more power and influence, but also cautious. He knew that the Bentusi, should they be provoked out of their neutral stance, could destroy the Taiidan with the very same technology the Hiigarans had used to lay them low, so adopted a cautious path of expansion mixed with consolidation and aggression tempered by compromise. For three millennia, the Taiidan ruled as the pre-eminent galactic power, but its rulers always restrained their worst instincts.

During this time period the galaxy entered a period of stagnation; technological development proceeded extremely slowly and, with almost the entire galactic disc mapped and explored, there was a lack of brave new frontiers to explore. Various expeditions to the neighbouring satellite galaxy and even other galaxies altogether were proposed, using the Bentusi’s Far Jump capabilities, but nothing came of them. For three millennia, as the Exiles on Kharak collapsed to a medieval level of technology and then rose again, the galaxy spun in peace, but an uneasy peace punctuated by the slowly growing brutality of the Taiidan.
In 9035 GSY, whilst the Heresy Wars still raged on Kharak, the long peace was interrupted by the arrival of the Turanic Raiders. A race of space pirates, the Raiders waged unceasing war on the Outer Rim Trade Routes, stealing vast quantities of cargo. The Raiders soon learned not to test the might of the Bentusi, but had no fear of the ships of other races and became a serious menace. In 9410 GSY (four years after the Second Core was found in the ruins of Khar-Toba) Emperor Riesstiu IV the Second made an alliance with the Turanic Raiders, giving them free reign to attack other races as long as they steered clear of Taiidan ship sand worlds.

Emperor Riesstiu IV had already been among the bloodiest and most unhinged of the Taiidan Emperors, but his clone-successor was possibly deranged, soon becoming known as the Mad Emperor. Riesstiu IV 2nd was so bold as to be reckless, constantly baiting and testing the patience of the Galactic Council and even the Bentusi. In 9503 GSY, the Bentusi broke their long neutrality to censure the Taiidan and suspended all trade contact with the Empire. The Frerrn Aggregate, a powerful Council race along the Far Rim, found itself in almost a state of war with the Taiidan due to a series of border conflicts.

At the same time, Riesstiu IV 2nd was cracking down hard on dissidents within the Empire, including a nascent democratic movement which was demanding the replacing of the monarchy with a republic, restored to Taiidan rather than captured Hiigara. The Mad Emperor’s brutal measures brought several Taiidan worlds and naval fleet elements to the edge of outright rebellion.
If there was one weakness in the Mad Emperor’s armour it was the fate of the Exiles. His predecessors had sent ships to the edge of the Kharak system to monitor their fate, with orders to sterilise the planet completely should the Exiles show even the vaguest signs of developing hyperspace technology. Instead, many of the Taiidan ships simply vanished and failed to return. 
Taiidan forces eventually discovered the presence of a massive hyperspace interdiction field surrounding the Kharak system, presumably the result of Bentusi intervention (the possibility that the Second Core had survived the destruction of Sajuuk’s Wrath and been taken to Kharak seems to have been discounted). An experimental drive managed to briefly penetrate the field and allowed a weapons platform to be deployed in Kharak orbit, but the ship carrying out the work was then pulled down to the planet’s surface and the platform never activated (until, ironically, its discovery by the Kushan themselves).

A prophecy had been uttered at one point that the Exiles would escape from their prison and return to Hiigara, toppling the Taiidan Empire along the way. Despite their best efforts to stamp out the superstition, it continued to be repeated and Riesstiu IV 2nd became convinced that if the Exiles ever did escape their planet in his lifetime, he would need to take swift action. He had a Taiidan fleet positioned as close to the field as possible with orders to completely annihilate all life in the system should it fail. He also granted the Turanic Raiders the right to strip the system of anything of value afterwards.

In the year 9510 GSY, 1216 by the Kharakian Dating System, the inhibitor field shut down and the Taiidan guard fleet immediately responded.

The Kharakian Genocide.

The Kharakian Genocide

It was only a matter of hours after the Mothership departed to the outer edge of the Kharak system that a fleet of alien warships appeared in the skies above Kharak. The planet’s missile defence system immediately responded, destroying several of the Taiidan warships out of sheer surprise, before the Taiidan responded, obliterating first the Scaffold and then the orbital fighter squadrons and missile launch platforms. The space around the planet secured, the Taiidan then dropped several atmosphere-deprivation bombs on the planet.

These weapons of mass destruction, whose use was prohibited by the Galactic Council, detonated with tremendous force across Kharak’s northern hemisphere. The multi-gigaton blasts annihilated vast swathes of the planet, its cities and people by themselves. The blasts then ignited the atmosphere, burning the planet’s biosphere from the ground up. Nothing could survive. Approximately 300 million people were killed.

Satisfied that the job was done, the Taiidan fleet withdrew, aside from several frigates left behind to mop up any remaining orbital assets.

The Kushan Mothership had jumped to the outer edge of the Kharak system to rendezvous with the Khar-Selim, only to find the ship already a wreck. Turanic Raiders were already swarming through the outer system, seizing resources. The Mothership fought off the Raider forces that had eliminated the Khar-Selim and jumped back to Kharak, only to find their planet burning in space. They also found the Taiidan assault frigates commencing an attack on the cryo-trays which had been left behind in orbit. The Mothership’s own fighter and corvette squadrons were able to destroy the Taiidan ships and capture one intact. The cryo-trays were recovered. The Kushan race was now reduced to just 650,000 survivors.

The Mothership in the Great Nebula.

The Journey

The crew of the Mothership had to overcome immense shock and grief to ensure the survival of their race. With Kharak rendered completely uninhabitable, they now had no choice but to follow the path laid out by the Guidestone, to Hiigara. The odds seemed ridiculous, especially once the interrogation of the Taiidan crew was completed. The Taiidan Empire was vast, spanning a considerable portion of the total width of the galaxy, with a population of billions spread across dozens of planets and their capital standard planted firmly on Hiigara itself. The Taiidan navy consisted of thousands of ships, compare to the single Mothership. The chances of victory seemed slim.

However, the Kushan possessed several advantages. The first was surprise: the Taiidan did not know that the Mothership even existed, let alone had survived. The Mothership’s Hyperspace Core was also capable of jumps dozens of times greater than those of the Taiidan. The Mothership could jump past Taiidan fleet lines and make its way to Hiigara in a few months, whilst it would take the Taiidan years to recall their entire fleet to defend Hiigara. The Mothership’s ability to harvest resources and build new ships in deep space also allowed it to rapidly expand itself from a single vessel to the flagship of a substantial fleet of vessels consisting of fighters, corvettes, frigates, destroyers, heavy cruisers and carriers. The Kushan also had remarkable salvaging abilities, boarding and seizing control of enemy ships under heavy fire, allowing them to swell their fleet further. Although the Kushan were ludicrously outnumbered, they were still able to bring their entire firepower to bear in a single engagement, whilst the Taiidan were scattered in an attempt to find them.

In this manner, the Kushan undertook one of the boldest and most impressive military campaigns in galactic history. From Kharak they travelled into the Great Wastelands and destroyed the Taiidan fleet that had attacked Kharak. They then reached the outskirts of the Great Nebula. There, for the first time in three millennia, they were confronted by a Bentusi trade ship. The news of the Exiles’ return was greeted with cautious optimism by the Bentusi, but some trepidation for the behaviour of the ancestors. But the Kushan proved surprisingly merciful for a race which had lost so much, accepting the surrender of enemy forces where it took place and accepting diplomatic mediation with the Bentusi.

The Exile fleet passed through the Great Nebula, coming under attack by the Kadeshi, an off-shoot of their own race who had abandoned the flight to Kharak three millennia earlier. The Exiles defeated the Kadeshi and seized some of their ships to add to their fleet. Beyond the Great Nebula, in the Sea of Lost Souls, they neutralised an ancient alien vessel which had been seizing control of passing ships for centuries. Even the Bentusi had been unable to subdue it.

The Exiles entered Taiidan imperial space by destroying a guard post near an active supernova, then closed in on the Galactic Core. By this time news of the great “victory” at Kharak had reached Hiigara and the Emperor loudly proclaimed the achievement, but the result was not what he expected.

The final battle over Hiigara.

The Galactic Council censured the Taiidan for their use of a forbidden weapon and the Bentusi petitioned the Council to restore Hiigara to the Exiles. The Emperor, furious, launched a concerted attack on the Bentusi. The Bentusi refused to respond with their full force, but defended themselves. One trade ship was actually in danger of being overcome by a large Taiidan fleet until it was rescued by the Exiles themselves. The Emperor’s obvious insanity now split the Taiidan Empire, with a new, free republic being declared on Taiidan itself. Dozens of Taiidan worlds fell into civil war.

The final act began when the Taiidan Republican Navy made contact with the Exiles and formally allied with them. Fleet Captain Elson guided the Mothership fleet to the vast starship graveyard at Karos, from where vital intelligence was extracted showing a way into the Hiigaran system, bypassing most of the Taiidan defences. The Emperor, now aware of the growing precariousness of his situation, had called as many ships in as possible to defend Hiigara, but found this was much less than expected; the allied Kushan and Taiidan rebels were able to smash his fleet in a final pitched battle over Hiigara. They then fired on and destroyed the Emperor’s flagship.

As fire reigned down on Hiigara, the Taiidan forces on the planet surrendered and agreed to withdraw. The Taiidan Empire fell, almost half of the member worlds joining the new Taiidan Republic, the rest becoming independent worlds, or falling to various warlords styling themselves the new Emperor.

It had taken the Exiles – Kushan no more, now once again Hiigarans – six months and thousands of lives to reclaim their homeworld. Hiigara was again theirs, a planet they could barely have dreamed of in the burning sands of Kharak. A world of vast blue oceans, bright blue skies and cool breezes, teeming with animal life.

The Mothership took up station in orbit as a defensive redoubt and then a shipyard. The fleet it had accumulated became the core of an even larger navy dedicated to defending the planet and the system. The slow process of unloading the cryo-trays and thawing out the half million survivors of Kharak could now begin, but not before all of those who had fought their way to Hiigara were allowed to stand on the surface and breathe its air. The last to do so was Karan S’jet, who had guided the fleet more than 35,000 light-years through war and fire. She survived extraction from the Mothership core and became the figurehead of the new era.

The Exiles had returned to their Homeworld. But their struggle was not yet over.

The fall of the Taiidan Empire.


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Too late to start feeding sugar syrup in Jersey?

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Went in today to remove a honey super to keep the bees from swarming. Some of the outer frames were a bit light with honey. Can I feed for a...
          

Answer by ashish235 for

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Same issue. 2016-11-25 16:21:24.062 13858 ERROR heat.engine.resource [req-51007baf-2b3c-45b0-bfad-613a542b12de 16bfd673590e48069db821c9128a7c72 527da6b91b9c49afb97a2c286fa5d2f9 - - -] Resource type OS::Neutron::RouterInterface unavailable 2016-11-25 16:21:24.062 13858 ERROR heat.engine.resource Traceback (most recent call last):
          

Comment by srujanreddy for

Same issue.

2016-11-25 16:21:24.062 13858 ERROR heat.engine.resource [req-51007baf-2b3c-45b0-bfad-613a542b12de 16bfd673590e48069db821c9128a7c72 527da6b91b9c49afb97a2c286fa5d2f9 - - -] Resource type OS::Neutron::RouterInterface unavailable 2016-11-25 16:21:24.062 13858 ERROR heat.engine.resource Traceback (most recent call last):

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I got the same issue with all 3 COE's, with kubernetes I got the kube_masters is in "create_in_progress" untill the timeout and changes to "create_failed". With swarm, it's "swarm_masters" I even created a bug as shown below https://bugs.launchpad.net/magnum/+bug/1720816 Did anyone find solution?
          

Comment by proceonmw for

Same issue.

2016-11-25 16:21:24.062 13858 ERROR heat.engine.resource [req-51007baf-2b3c-45b0-bfad-613a542b12de 16bfd673590e48069db821c9128a7c72 527da6b91b9c49afb97a2c286fa5d2f9 - - -] Resource type OS::Neutron::RouterInterface unavailable 2016-11-25 16:21:24.062 13858 ERROR heat.engine.resource Traceback (most recent call last):

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Had the same issue...make sure that the DNS server you set up for your template can resolve where your heat process is running (ie. controller if you are following the docs). Also make sure that the Swarm or Kubernetes node has access to talk back to the controller to notify heat (ie.public net)
          

Answer by zaneb for

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``` Resource CREATE failed: WaitConditionTimeout: resources.master_wait_condition: 0 of 1 received ``` indicates that the agent on the server was unable to signal back to Heat that the server had booted successfully. This could be due to a problem with the image, a problem with the networking between the server and Heat, or some other problem along this path.
          

Comment by Mutty Putty for

Resource CREATE failed: WaitConditionTimeout: resources.master_wait_condition: 0 of 1 received indicates that the agent on the server was unable to signal back to Heat that the server had booted successfully. This could be due to a problem with the image, a problem with the networking between the server and Heat, or some other problem along this path.

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@ Zaneb, Thank you so much for your reply. Just to make sure we are on the same page of understanding, Which agent are you taking about(is it agent inside swarm-cluster master)? I am using fedora-atomic-latest image following RDO centos 7 openstack newton guide.
          

Air Force Research Laboratory, partnered with Wright Brothers Institute, announce International “Swarm and Search AI Challenge”

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory and the United Kingdom

          

Река из расплавленного железа ускоряет течение под Россией

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Глубоко под землей на поверхности нашей планеты набирает скорость струя расплавленного железа, температура которой почти равна температуре на поверхности Солнца. Этот поток жидкости был впервые обнаружен во время сбора данных о магнитных полях на глубине 3000 км под Северной Америкой и Россией.

С 2000 года огромный поток шириной около 420 км утроил свою скорость и сейчас циркулирует глубоко под Сибирью, перемещаясь в сторону Европы на 40-45 км в год. Это втрое быстрее, чем обычная скорость перемещения жидкого вещества во внешнем ядре Земли.

Пока никто не знает, почему поток ускоряется, однако команда, исследующая струю, считает, что это природное явление, зародившееся миллиарды лет назад. Оно может помочь нам понять, как формировались магнитные поля Земли, спасающие нас от солнечных ветров.

Прямо к ядру

«Это выдающееся открытие, — говорит руководитель группы ученых Фил Ливермор (Phil Livermore) из Лидского университета. — Нам было известно, что жидкое ядро движется вокруг твердого, но до недавнего времени у нас было недостаточно данных, чтобы обнаружить этот удивительный поток».

«О Солнце мы знаем больше, чем о земном ядре, — говорит другой участник команды Крис Финли (Chris Finlay) из Датского технического университета в Конгенс Люнгбю. — Обнаружение этой струи — захватывающий шаг в изучении внутренних процессов нашей Земли».

Открытие стало возможным благодаря объединению исследовательских мощностей трех спутников Европейского космического агентства под названием Swarm, запущенных в 2013 году. С орбиты они измеряют магнитное поле Земли на глубине до 3000 км от поверхности, где расплавленное внешнее ядро граничит с твердой мантией.

«Использование всех трех спутников дало нам возможность отделить магнитные поля ионосферы и земной коры и получить наиболее подробную картину колебаний на границе мантии и внешнего ядра», — объясняет Ливермор.

Применение новых данных при построении моделей позволило ученым выяснить, как колебания изменялись со временем.

Невидимая река

Магнитное поле Земли возникает в результате движения расплавленного железа во внешнем ядре, поэтому изучение магнитного поля может помочь узнать подробности относительно поведения ядра, от которого это поле зависит.

В процессе исследования струи были изучены две необычайно мощные полосы магнитного потока, исходящие от границы внешнего ядра и мантии, расположенных соответственно под Канадой и Сибирью. Они перемещаются по мере движения потока расплавленного железа. Поскольку их сдвиг обусловлен только физическим перемещением расплавленного железа, они служат маркерами, с помощью которых можно отслеживать железную струю.

Ливермор сравнивает эту работу с наблюдением за течением реки ночью при помощи плывущих по течению свечей. «Перемещаясь, железо тянет за собой магнитное поле. Мы не можем видеть сам поток железа, только магнитные полосы», — объясняет он.

По его словам, у найденной струи жидкого вещества может быть аналог в южном полушарии, но там нельзя геомагнитными методами отслеживать течение магмы, поскольку не обнаруживается различимых магнитных потоков.

Вращающиеся цилиндры

Ливермор с коллегами утверждают, что струя сформировалась в результате движения потока расплавленного железа вокруг твердого ядра.

Вплотную к твердому ядру во внешнем ядре имеются вращающиеся цилиндры из расплавленного железа. Они перемещаются с севера на юг. В местах, где цилиндры впечатываются в поверхность твердого ядра, они действуют как пара катков, выдавливая в стороны дополнительные объемы железа, в результате чего и возникает струя.

Так зарождаются и начинают движение два напоминающих лепестки магнитных поля, которые обнаружили и отследили при помощи спутников.

Вопрос, почему магнитная струя ускоряется, — больше, чем просто загадка. Он может быть связан с вращением внутреннего ядра, которое, как выяснилось в 2005 году, движется чуть быстрее, чем земная кора, говорит Сяодун Сонг (Xiaodong Song) из Иллинойсского университета в Шампейне.

Сяодун был членом команды ученых, которая сделала открытие 2005 года, используя сейсмологические данные. «Было бы интересно связать данные сейсмологических и геомагнитных наблюдений и представить их в виде общего процесса в жидком ядре», — считает исследователь.

По предположению Ливермора, ускорение струи снижается по мере удаления от магнитных полей. Течение расплавленного железа создает магнитные поля, но, как он говорит, в дальнейшем магнитное поле также может воздействовать на движение железа.

Изучение расплавленной струи позволит геофизикам лучше понять поведение земного ядра и выделить факторы, влияющие на силу магнитного поля Земли.

Смена полярности

«Если мы поймем, откуда берется поле, то поймем, и как оно меняется со временем, и будет ли оно ослабевать и снова усиливаться», — говорит Ливермор.

С ним согласны и другие геофизики. «Чем лучше мы понимаем поведение ядра в различных временных и пространственных масштабах, тем больше у нас надежды узнать о возникновении, обновлении и будущем магнитного поля», — утверждает Уильям Браун (William Brown) из группы изучения геомагнетизма Британской геологической службы.

Есть подозрение, что магнитное поле Земли ослабевает примерно на 5% за сто лет, в особенности после 1840 года. Изучение потока магмы могло бы помочь геофизикам более точно предсказать, где и когда магнитное поле ядра нашей планеты перевернется, так что северный и южный магнитные полюса поменяются местами, что происходит каждые несколько тысяч лет.

Благодаря системе спутникового мониторинга открыто новое окно для наблюдения за активностью расплавленного железа в земном ядре в режиме «реального времени», подчеркивает Сяодун.

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Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes – Elysee, Montmatre, Paris – live review

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Lancers rally past Eagles

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Lancers rally past Eagles

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 Federal Way's quarterback RJ Tausili goes airborne while getting tackled.

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Damani Nelson of Federal Way has his jersey grabbed by Kennedy Catholic's Kieran Collins.
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Jaraye Williams of Kennedy Catholic intercepts a pass at the goal line near the end of the game to secure the win.
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Kennedy Catholic's fans in the stands and players gather to celebrate their win.
 

By Gerardo Bolong

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

RENTON - Ability to overcome adversities enabled No. 2 state 4A football team Kennedy Catholic to turn back a determined Federal Way Eagles team 42-28 at Renton Stadium on Fri., Nov. 1, in an NPSL crossover seeding matchup of Mountain Division and Valley Division champions, respectively.

Kennedy (9-0) will host KingCo No. 5 in the first round of state playoffs. Federal Way (7-2) travels to Skyview in Vancouver. 

"We played through a lot of adversity," said KC head coach Sheldon Cross. "It was a good job by Federal Way. It was a rough day and we played like it. We gritted it out and made plays when we had to." 

Adding to the adversity was mourning the death of a long-time and beloved Kennedy teacher earlier in the day. 

Federal Way conceived a game plan of playing ball control football and keeping the ball in the middle of the field to keep the clock running. Misdirection plays kept the Kennedy defense off balance for much of the affair.

The Lancer defense was able to rise up to create turnovers and stops at just the most critical moments at Renton Stadium.

"We played really sloppy," said Sav'ell Smalls. "We need to execute better. There was a lot of adversity, but it builds character. You find out who you really are." 

Behind their strong offensive line, the Eagles controlled the line of scrimmage against the huge Lancer linemen early. 

RJ Tausilli directed a 63-yard drive with steady gains on the ground by Damani Nelson and himself mixed in with a 22-yard completion to Jatavious Magee. 

On third and goal from the three yard line, Shane Aleaga jumped on a loose football following a sack on the eight yard line to stop the threat of scoring. 

On its next possession, FW began a long drive from its own nine. 

Once again, dominating the line, Nelson and Tausilli followed the same pattern as before. A 16-yard pass completion to Ronald Davis plus some good gains by Adam Maiava brought Federal Way to a first and 10 at the Lancer 30. 

Kennedy Catholic jumped offsides for the third time in the game before a five-yard Eagle gain. 

Tausilli fired up the middle for a 13-yard gain ahead of a Nelson eight-yard surge as the first quarter ended with no scoring. 

On the first play of the second quarter, Tausillii scored from four yards out. The extra point put KC in the novel position of being behind this season. 

Quarterback Sam Huard was having a difficult time completing long passes for the Lancers and gave up an interception to Magee, who returned the ball for 13 yards to the 37. 

Continuing to draw Kennedy defenders offside, the Eagles eventually reached the Lancer 28 with a fourth and three. 

On a fake punt, the ball was snapped to Maiva who was swarmed by a host of defenders for only a two yard gain. 

On second and 11, Huard finally got untracked for a 31-yard touchdown pass to Junior Alexander with 3:34 until halftime as the teams were tied at 7-7. 

On their next possession, the Lancers began at their own 48. 

A quick pass to Justin Baker netted 19 yards and a later 16-yard run from Zaire Lozolo matriculated the ball to the Federal Way five. 

Three plays later, Lozolo went through a gaping hole for the touchdown as Kennedy Catholic took a 14-7 lead with just more than four minutes until halftime. 

Keyed by runs from Jaylen Bogan and Kennedy penalties, the Federal Way Eagles put on another march 49 yards away from paydirt. 

Bogan eventually caught a 14-yard scoring pass that was nullified by a penalty with 50.4 seconds until intermission.

On third and 10 from the 14, Tausilli spotted an open receiver on the left side of the end zone, but Kieran Collins intercepted the poorly underthrown pass and returned it to the 26 yard line. A kneel by Huard sent the Lancers into halftime with a precarious 14-7 margin.

KC took the second half kick off and reached the 29 yard line. A Huard to Alexander left sideline reception of 34 yards led to the next Lancer score. 

Running a crossover route on a skinny post pattern, Alexander split the defenders for the 30 yard TD with 11:08 left in the quarter. 

Seemingly in control, Kennedy Catholic reached second and 10 on the 43 yard line when Huard passed for a pick-six as Bogan intercepted for a 54-yard touchdown. 

Suddenly, the resurgent Eagles were within 21-14 with 8:12 left in the quarter. 

Just more than two minutes later, Federal Way strong safety Elijah Graham intercepted the ball in the end zone after Kennedy had reached the Eagle two. 

On third and three from the 23, Magee caught a pass at the 42 yard line and outmaneuvered defenders until he took it to the house for a 77-yard FW touchdown at the 5:07 mark of the frame. 

Locked in a 21-all duel, the Lancers went on a 65-yard drive aided by a pass interference penalty and good rushing yards from Lozolo.

Baker's diving catch in the end zone helped KC grab a 28-21 lead with 3:38 until the fourth quarter. 

Tausilli, Bogan, and Corey Quinn led a covenant of Eagles on a long drive that commenced on their own 34. 

Later in the drive, Tausilli found Quinn for 12 yards for a first and goal at the KC two. 

On the second play of the fourth quarter, Tausilli fumbled into the end zone where Kennedy Catholic recovered. 

Kennedy looked to be clear after Baker crashed into the end zone from three yards out with 9:51 left in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles later recovered a fumble that led to a 17-yard touchdown to Koa Derouin and the score was 35-28 as 6:32 remained. 

Less than two minutes later, Huard spotted Zane Thornton in the right corner of the end zone for a touchdown to extend Kennedy's lead to 42-28. 

TJ Paaga accentuated closure by recovering a fumble and returning it for 12 yards as Kennedy Catholic escaped with a hard fought win. 

Despite the turnover, Huard still passed for 464 yards and four touchdowns. Alexander had 235 receiving yards and two scores. Lozolo earned 50 rushing yards and a touchdown. 

For Federal Way, Tausilli led the way on 76 rushing yards and a touchdown. Magee gained 116 receiving yards with a touchdown.

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Purification of naphthalene by zone refining: Mathematical modelling and optimization by swarm intelligence-based techniques

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Title: Purification of naphthalene by zone refining: Mathematical modelling and optimization by swarm intelligence-based techniques
Author(s): Silva-Santos, C. H.; Morais, J. V. F.; Bertelli, F.; et al.
Source: SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY, 234: MAR 1 2020
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Aphrodisiac - Using The Best Pheromones To Attract Men

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Pheromones,Pheromones Attract,Pheromones Attract Women,Best Pheromones,Attract Women,Aphrodisiac,Sexual Attraction: Have you ever seen insects swarm when a perceived threat is too close to their nest? After that you might have seen a good example of what pheromones can perform. Of course, pheromones have other outcomes besides defense, and nowhere is that more... Aphrodisiac
          

Defense of Greece

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Helicopter and police cars swarm Wrexham as wanted men are spotted - North Wales Live

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Blowout : corrupted democracy, rogue state Russia, and the richest, most destructive industry on Earth by Maddow, Rachel, author.

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Big Oil and Gas versus democracy -- winner take all. In 2010, the words "earthquake swarm" entered the lexicon in Oklahoma. That same year, a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia -- including his iconic crystal-encrusted white glove -- was sold at auction for over $1 million to a guy who was, officially, just the lowly forestry minister of the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2014, Ukrainian revolutionaries raided the palace of their ousted president and found a zoo of peacocks, gilded
          

GUEST EDITORIAL | Matt Gaetz is embarrassing his district and our state. (SAR/Palm Beach Post)

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MATTHEW LOUIS GAETZ, II did what he did in the SCIF at the direct instructions of President DONALD JOHN TRUMP. This is a dangerous demagogue, elected from what is arguably Florida's most redneck, racist, rabid peckerwood Congressional District, the 1st Congressional District in the Florida Panhandle, otherwise known as Lower Alabama. Read more on this despicable character in the Mother Jones profile here.




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GUEST EDITORIAL | Matt Gaetz is embarrassing his district and our state
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at 2:57 PM
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Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz and his band of delusional Republican House members deserve discipline for their juvenile stunt of crashing Congress’ secure meeting room to disrupt the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.

This editorial recently appeared in The Palm Beach Post:

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz and his band of delusional Republican House members deserve discipline for their juvenile stunt of crashing Congress’ secure meeting room to disrupt the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.

There is nothing improper about these hearings, no matter how much Republicans bray about “Soviet-style” proceedings. The impeachment inquiry is taking depositions much as a grand jury does, or as special prosecutors did before the impeachments of Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton; in private so as to keep witnesses from collaborating.

More than 45 Republicans are on the three committees holding the hearings, and there’s no reason to think that they or their staff lawyers aren’t asking tough questions behind those doors. If the testimony were somehow weakening the case that President Donald Trump was abusing his power in his dealings with Ukraine, we’d surely be hearing about it.

But as we’re learning from disclosures, each diplomat who comes forward is making clearer that Trump indeed withheld almost $400 million in desperately needed military aid to a vulnerable ally; in exchange, he wanted Ukraine’s public acknowledgment that they were investigating discredited suspicions of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and a baseless theory that Ukraine and not Russia was the computer-hacking culprit subverting our 2016 elections.

No other U.S. president has ever before usurped foreign policy for his personal political gain as is being alleged here. The evidence is mounting of a political scandal of monumentally historic proportions.

Trump’s defenders are having an ever more difficult time arguing the facts. So they are throwing up distractions about the process.

Gaetz, the Pensacola-area Republican who literally seems to think that a kangaroo court is something run by Captain Kangaroo, is leading the most inane contingent and making the most primitive of moves: physically crashing the proceedings.

Wednesday’s scene of guys in suits going all torch-and-pitchfork in the halls of Congress were disturbingly similar to the “Brooks Brothers riot” of 2000, when a swarm of paid GOP operatives, posing as outraged members of the public, rushed the doors of the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections Office so loudly and violently that within hours the presidential ballot recount was halted.


On Wednesday, the best that Gaetz & Co. managed was to delay testimony by five hours.

Gaetz is a real piece of work. Since landing in Congress in 2017, his main preoccupation has been appearing on Fox News as often as possible (more than 70 times to date) to extol Donald Trump and rail against his critics. In February, on Twitter, he threatened to release damaging information about former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen because Cohen was testifying to Congress against the president, a threat which caused the Florida Bar to investigate (Gaetz apologized).

And you might remember when Gaetz tried to get two parents of Parkland shooting victims ejected from a House hearing on gun control. The parents had objected when Gaetz claimed that “illegal aliens” are a bigger threat than firearms and that a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would make the country safer than universal background checks for gun purchases.

Funny, but House Republicans didn’t mind closed hearings when they were endlessly investigating Benghazi and the target was Hillary Clinton.

In fact, as Judge Andrew Napolitano noted on Fox News Thursday, the rules that permit closed hearings at this stage of an inquiry — the initial interviewing of witnesses -- were put in place in 2015 by a Republican majority. The next phase, the actual impeachment hearings conducted by the House Judiciary Committee, will be public.

And for a party so obsessed with the supposed security risks posed by Clinton’s private email server, Gaetz and his gang were awfully cavalier about bringing smartphones into the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF). This was a major breach of security protocols — and a potential felony.

To say Gaetz’s that actions are unbecoming of the U.S. House of Representatives and an embarrassment to the Panhandle voters that sent him there would be an understatement.

It is certainly within the boundaries of partisan politics to disagree about the Trump impeachment inquiry, but is out of bounds to lead a screaming gang to disrupt a legal House proceeding.

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DASA awards £2m contracts to counter hostile drone threats

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The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has announced it has awarded nearly £2m to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt, and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones.

Eighteen bids have been funded as part of the Countering Drones competition launched earlier this year by the then-Defence Secretary.

Among the proposal being developed are methods for detecting 4G & 5G controlled drones, cutting edge applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence for sensors to automatically identify UAVs, and low risk methods of stopping drones through novel electronic defeat or interceptor solutions.

The competition, run by DASA – the MOD’s innovation hub – on behalf of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), is the latest stage in Dstl’s ongoing research programme into countering unmanned air systems (UAS) which has been running for ten years.

The competition has also been supported by the Department for Transport and NATO to counter the rapidly evolving threats from UAS.

David Lugton, competition technical lead, said: "The introduction of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), often referred to as drones, has been one of the most significant technological advances of recent years and represents a shift in capability of potential adversaries.

"The threat from UAS has evolved rapidly and we are seeing the use of hostile improvised UAS threats in overseas theatres of operation. There is a similar problem in the UK with the malicious or accidental use of drones becoming a security challenge at events, affecting critical infrastructure and public establishments; including prisons and major UK airports."

There was a very high level of interest from industry with over 90 bids from a wide range of organisations from micro businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises, large defence firms and academia.

This led to a doubling of initial funding from around £1m to around £2m being awarded to organisations in Phase 1.

The first phase of this competition is intended to demonstrate proof of concepts that can be further developed and integrated during later phases.

Phase 2 is planned to launch next year with a focus on developing and maturing successful research into integrated solutions

The 18 projects funded around £100,000 each are:
  • Airspeed Electronics Ltd – to develop an artificial intelligence detection system which uses acoustic sensors.
  • Animal Dynamics – to develop UAS swarm system to detect and neutralise.Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) by employing peregrine falcon attack strategies.
  • Autonomous Devices Limited – to develop interception technology.
  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Ltd – to develop electromagnetic defeat of UAS.
  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Ltd – to develop passive radar for detection of UAVs.
  • Cubica Technology Ltd – to develop an automatic recognition and targeting system of UAVs from large distances.
  • MBDA UK Ltd – to demonstrate an integrated system to detect, track and intercept hostile drones.
  • Northrop Grumman – to develop UAS defeat using cyber and sensor vulnerabilities.
  • Northumbria University – to develop anti-swarm drone technology.
  • PA Consulting – to develop a detection system against cellular controlled UAS.
  • Plextek Services Limited – to develop detection and signal jamming capability for UAS.
  • Plextek Services Limited – to develop miniature Counter-UAS radar.
  • QinetiQ – to develop a drone tracking system in complex environments.
  • QinetiQ – to develop a ‘hard kill’ for disrupting the UAV’s on board electronics.
  • RiskAware Ltd – to develop an automated drone identification and target tracking system.
  • Thales UK – to develop a machine learning for Counter-UAS radar.
  • University College London – to develop signal processing and machine.learning algorithms to identify drones in areas highly populated by birds.
  • An additional proposal, subject to contract.

Phase 1 of the competition is due to run until summer 2020.

DASA and Dstl will be hosting a collaboration day for the Countering Drones competition on Thursday 28 November 2019 in London.

Representatives from industry and academia interested in making collaborative bids for Phase 2 of the competition can register their interest in attending the event here.

Note that numbers at the event are limited and those who express an interest will be selected to attend depending on their skills and experience.


          

Unwelcome Home

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A mission post by Captain Harvey Geisler, Lieutenant JG Charles Carmichael, Lieutenant Commander Terry Walsh, Lieutenant Commander Arjin Djinx, Lieutenant Joey Geisler, Lieutenant Gemma Alexander, Lieutenant Camila Di Pasquale, Lieutenant JG Damian Akorem, Staff Warrant Officer William Griffin

Mission - Truth and Justice
Location - Various, USS Black Hawk
Timeline - MD15 || 1745 hours

===[Bridge]===

Over one hundred and twenty Dolmoqour had taken command of hosts aboard the Black Hawk. Most of the security, squadron, and various others throughout the ship were now unwilling vessels for the storm that would soon consume the Gamma Quadrant and the Federation. The bridge had also fallen to the Dolmoqour, and it was now secure enough for the true leader of the Dolmoqour to leave his protective home and assume his rightful place on the bridge.

The turbolift doors opened, allowing Charles along with his Triosian and Boreriri companions to exit. "Excellent work," Charles stated to the Dolmoqour in command. "The next transport cycle should soon engage and we will convert the rest of deck six to our cause before moving to deck seven"

At this point, Camila had secured Djinx with Security restraints on his wrists and ankles as well as stuffing a sock from the dead crewmember that she had killed earlier in his mouth. She tapped her foot when Carmichael and the other aliens came in. "What's the status of Teixeira?" she asked impatiently. "No one has reported finding him. It's like he vanished from the ship."

"Considering he locked Geisler in with you and our brethren, chances are he's cowering somewhere in the bowels of the ship. Waste management, if I had to guess," Joey stated. The Dolmoqour found such an act amusing. The ship's Executive Officer fleeing and hiding somewhere on the ship when he was needed most. She supposed it did work in their favor, though. Him abandoning his fellow crewmen, leaving them without proper guidance during a crisis. It allowed them to bring more of their own aboard the ship, and now, they were in control of the bridge.

"The Executive Officer is of no concern," Charles plainly stated. "We may not be able to locate him, thanks to one of you actually using a suicide tactic to destroy the internal sensors permanently, but he will soon be one of us. What matters is converting the rest of the crew. I believe Djinx there and Teixeira are all that remain of the senior staff, and as long as they are separate, they cannot do us any harm."

Damian's voice spoke out. "With the internal sensors beyond repair, I can activate random forcefields around specific areas of transit. We won't be able to see where anyone is, but we might detect when one is being tampered with, and be able to triangulate their positions. Maybe keep them apart for a bit longer?"

“Do it,” Charles said with a confirming nod. “Once the fields are up, Lieutenant Di Pasquale can dispatch security to those checkpoints to keep an eye on things.”

The Damian replied. "Consider it done." Using Damian's access codes made this so much easier.

Arjin was fuming inside, not being able to do something to remedy the situation. I was plain to him now, most of the crew were under some kind of influence. Something that had been inserted into their body probably if he had interpreted the behaviour correctly. So he and Teixeira were still unaffected. He would keep his eyes and ears open and when opportunity would present himself, he would try to escape his restraints and find Teixeira himself. For now he just observed further. He actually asked himself why they had not taken him over. Had they overplayed their hand? Where they out of ... 'things'?

"Converting Commander Djinx should be easy enough. He can't resist," Joey pointed out. "Or... we simply keep him as he is and allow him to watch everything as it unfolds."

Camila shook her head. "I don't think we can convert his species. Kij was converted and she went crazy."

"Then we keep him for study," Charles said, looking at the Trill science officer. "Sooner or later, we will have to subjugate the Trill. and we will need to know how to do it. Maybe we'll have to plant a second Dolmoqour on the symbiont?"

"That might work, but the only way to know is to try. Should we use Commander Djinx as our test subject?" Joey asked, casting a glance toward the Science Chief before looking back to Camila and Carmichael.

"Or we could just kill him," Camila said coldly as she looked at the Trill scientist.

The Intel Chief turned her attention toward the Trill. It actually appeared as though she was considering the thought. "Perhaps, but Carmichael is right. We're going to need to convert the Trill at some point, and a live test subject will work better than a dead one."

"We had one. She lost her mind," the Security Chief said.

Arjin was following the conversation intently. He wasn't showing any emotion. He wasn't afraid either. His Starfleet training and the memories of his Timor host were enough to keep his nerve. They did hold many cards. But not all. They could kill him, true. But he was prepared to. And they seemed to have overtaken many senior staff, but not all. He was still unaffected and so was Kij apparently. And they did not control Teixeira nor the Captain. Maybe they were less in control than they really thought. All he knew was that he and Djinx would try to fight any attempt to control them. It was clear to him also that having been locked away for such a long time had only heightened their individuality and will to be independent. Which meant they worked less well together than Starfleet personel did. 'United we stand. Divided we fall', clearly wasn't their moto. It was more a battle of wills, the stongest prevailing. He would continue to listen, observe and endure what they would throw at him. An opportunity or lack of attention was surely bound to happen at some time. He would take advantage of it when it came.

The one called Damian spoke next. "I agree with her." He looked to the Intel Chief. "Kij may have been the anomaly. At the very least, we need to convert a few more to get an idea if their species can be converted, or removed."


===[Runabout Mississippi]===

Terry was glad that the artifact was on board. He'd have had a hell of a time trying to navigate with mines chasing him. It was difficult enough as it was. Once they were on the other side of the minefield, the brawny Squadron Commander checked his readouts. "On this course, we're going to be coming up on the Black Hawk's port side, aft. And it'll be in about three minutes.

Harvey took a look at the sensor readings. The Black Hawk was indeed maintaining her orbit of Penduli V, and seemed to be doing it quietly. There was no evidence that repairs to the shuttlebay doors had begun, and sensors did show unusual clustering of the crew. "This is odd," Harvey said. "Looks like power is out on multiple decks, and most of the crew has been assembled in muster areas in the saucer section, including deck six. Looks like we'll be encountering a lot of resistance when we beam in."

"Huh, yeah, that's odd," said Terry. "I suppose, though, that if we got to a muster area, we could free more of the crew all at once. But even still, the resistance will have secured the rest of the ship. I'm glad we've got these guys and these guns with us."

Harvey couldn't agree with Terry. While part of him was thankful to have backup, the three Guardians were just an unpleasant reminder that there were no second changes here. "Be ready for anything. We'll be showing up on the Black Hawk's sensors soon."


===[Bridge]===

Damian could still see everything that was going on. He felt the panic subside slightly when his eye saw what the alien within him saw. He heard his prison keeper speak, using his voice. "External sensors are detecting a runabout on course with us. It looks like it sustained heavy damage. Showing 6 lifeforms on it. Unknown if they are us."

Charles frowned. The runabout should have been destroyed by the Guardians, and he knew that not enough of the crew had left to fill that runabout. “Can you identify the life signs?” he asked.

"No, just that there are. The external sensors are not running at their best, and this one was focusing on the internal sensors. Given a few hours, I could probably tell you who they are, but they 3 minutes away. We could look out a window?" He replied.

Charles' frown turned into a scowl. Terrible suggestion that was, looking out a window. He turned to the Boreriri. "Contact Alexander. Scramble the fighters. I want that runabout destroyed."

Starfleet Joey wanted to scream and fight. Enough of their crew had been killed already. There was no need for more, and she had a feeling she knew who was on that runabout. Dolmoqour Joey folded her arms and looked to Charles. "We could convert the Captain still. We have a secret weapon," she said. "This body belongs to his wife, and this..." She gestured to her body's swollen abdomen. "disgusting mass of fluid and tissue are his unborn children. Maybe we can use them to our advantage."

"He's coming back from the Guardians," Charles stammered, pointing at specks of light on the viewscreen. "Search your memories. Geisler will stop at nothing to see to it we are rid from this ship. And despite your... incubating period... if he realizes that its a lost cause, he will sacrifice this entire ship, you, and his spawn, to ensure we're stopped." Charles shook his head. "No. Geisler dies today."

"And what if, by some miracle, he and the others are able to get by the fighters and make it onto the ship?" Joey asked as she folded her arms and cocked her head to the side. The Captain was quite resilient, she knew that based on the memories of her host, and had no intentions of counting Harvey out. Not now. "I'm going to the flight deck, and I think Lieutenant Di Pasquale should join me. Face it... our hosts are trained to handle situations like this. Probably better than anyone on the ship."

"Do it," Charles said without hesitation. "Make sure the Captain does not have a chance to save his ship."

"Lieutenant, shall we?" Joey asked, as she moved over to the weapons locker. Once she had it open, she produced a few phasers and some extra power cells, then tossed a couple in Camila's direction. "Don't worry... Geisler and his lackeys won't even make it off the flight deck." With that, the Intel Chief made her way off of the bridge with a new destination in mind.

Camila put on another tactical belt and put the extra power cells im after swapping out the one in her phaser and followed Joey.

"Want me to take us out of range?" Kelly asked Carmichael.

"Not yet," Carmichael noted, sitting down in the command chair. It was quite comfortable, but it still led him to wonder why Geisler stood more than sat. "But, start looking at ways out of the minefield, and past the Guardians. We'll need those solutions soon enough."

"I'm on it," Kelly said as she accessed her hosts memories for the correct course of action and then began to plot various courses through the minefield. "If the Guardians get too close to us, a photon torpedo in the field should take care of them, but I'll wager anything that this host could outfly them with this ship any day of the week."

"I'll keep it on my screens, and patch through to the tactical station." The Damian replied.

'So the plot thickens and things start to go wrong', Arjin thought. 'And now you have to start improvising. Let's see how good you are at this game. Two gone from the bridge already. Let's find out how well you control the bridge.' He shifted to make some noice and distract them some more.

Kelly looked over at Djinx when he shifted around. "Someone stun that spotted freak."


===[Flight Deck]===

Alexander, internally was pissed for she'd lost complete control over herself. What was even more annoying was she couldn't seem to stop her intruder from rifling through her memories, looking for the skills and information it needed to survive. She'd been talking to some of the other converted, they had many more now, when she suddenly tilted her head. Then she straightened, "We have orders. We are to launch and destroy Geisler's runabout. Move!" The command in her voice was unmistakable and she gave truth to her works as she moved toward her craft. Only to stumble briefly as Archer flooded her with more memories then even that one could handle at once, "Keep on and I will kill everyone you know..." she muttered continuing and jumping in her craft. Archer gave her a mental middle finger.

On the flight deck, Aurilia saw Alexander powering up her fighter and powered her weapons up. "Stand down, Archer," she called over the coms as she manuevered her Gryphon in front of the flight deck doors.

"You've got to be kidding me..." Alexander muttered as she scanned through Archer's memories of the other pilot. She didn't think the other would fire inside the Blackhawk but she was literally sitting in the way. And she wasn't a 100% on that not firing thing either, maybe 90% sure? Other infected pilots were climbing into their craft and going through swift pre-flight checks. She glared at Griffin a, "Do something." way. Then opened a com, "I can't do that Moretti." She said uncharacteristically using Tango's last name, not having had a lot of time to get used to the memories in this body. "We've got orders to bring the Captain in safely." She tried to bluff, considering her options.

"I swear by everything I believe in that I'll kill every last person on this flight deck if you try to get by me," Aurilia warned and transmitted her voice outside of the cockpit and over the comms as she inched the Gryphon up and activated her micro torpedo launchers and phasers.

Griffin, or rather the entity that had inhabited Griffin's body sorted through reams of memories, looking for something that would be of use. It took a moment, but it finally came up with an idea. Every fighter in the bay, it discovered through Griffin's mind, had a prefix code that allowed for remote control in the case that the pilot was incapacitated. All it had to do was find the prefix code...

Griffin watched helplessly as his hands worked a maintenance console and began looking through the Black Hawk's database. He roiled and roared, bending all his will to influence the thing that had taken over his body, but to no avail. He willed his hands to still as they found the code and, with the press of a few buttons, connected to the fighter.

"I can destroy it or disable it, which do you prefer?" Griffin's voice, oddly calm and cool spoke to the woman who had provided the new body.

Alexander had been flipping through options, not helped by the fact Archer kept looping helpful memories on how crazy Tango was. When Griffin spoke up with his offer, the entity breathed a mental sigh of relief as Archer cursed. "disable" She said, after all they might still be able to use her "complete lockdown but somewhere else." The other infected pilots were ready now as well and she was eager to get moving.

Elsewhere Galahad, trying to back up Tango, tried to 'quietly' bring his systems online.

Hearing Griffin's voice and seeing him at the console, she locked eyes with Archer and attempted to fire a volley of micro torpedos before her fighter was shut down.

Joey arrived on the flight deck half expecting to see the runabout had gotten through the fighters only to discover the fighters were still on board the ship with one blocking the doors. What in the seven levels of hell was going on here? Anger began to boil inside of her. There was little to no chance she'd be heard over the fighters, which meant she'd have to get the attention of the pilots another way. She pulled her phaser and raised it to the air toward the ceiling where nothing vital happened to be, then fired, sending debris clattering to the floor a safe distance from everything and one. It was definitely one way to draw attention to herself and the officer with her.

If the sight of the red uniform wearing officer didn't get Aurilia's attention, the phaser fire at the ceiling certainly did. "Sweet Kingon," she yelped and tried to worm down deeper in her cockpit.

Camila came in behind Joey and approved of her method of getting everyone's attention. She set her phaser on wide beam and covered Joey's blind spots. "Anyone does anything stupid gets to answer to this," she warned. "I use the higher settings for the terminally stupid." She brought the phaser around towards the fighters. "Both of you out of those fighters, now!" she ordered.

Aurilia looked for a weapon, but the cramped cockpit didn't have a spare phaser laying around and there was the matter of Archer, Griffin and the others on the flight deck that were acting weird. She reluctantly popped the canopy and brought her hands out first to show they were empty, then slowly stood up. "Please don't shoot. I'm Ensign Moretti."

"I don't care who you are," Camila said. "Get out of that bird and stand with the others." She indicated a group of converted that she recognized by their facial twitches. "Now!"

The redheaded pilot looked towards Archer's fighter and hoped the crazy bitch didn't decided to blow her way off the flight deck as she climbed out. She swallowed and looked at the group that the Chief of Security had indicated, then swallowed harder and headed towards them.

A security officer looked at the approaching pilot and drew his phaser to make sure the pilot wouldn't try anything. His left eyelid fluttered twice, hoping that the redhead's Dolmoqour would reply in kind.

Aurilia wondered what was going on with half the crew seemingly armed and herding the others around, the screams before they turned quiet and then the Security and Intel Chief seeming to contradict each other. She watched the guy wink at her and sighed. "Sorry. My boyfriend would eat you for breakfast, so no thanks."

The security officer knew what to do now, especially since he was aware that she had not yet become a host. He set the intensity of the phaser upward just so she would hear the action and raised his phaser to make her aware of how serious this was. "Stop right there," he warned her. "Turn around."

"I don't think so," the redheaded pilot said as she eyed the phaser. "I'd rather not get shot in the back by a traitor, so if you're going to do it, do it."

He narrowed his eyes and stepped forward, his phaser still extended. The moment he was within range, he suddenly dropped the phaser, and lifted his other hand, where a Dolmoqour was disguised in his palm. With a quick motion, he brought his hand across, intending to slap Moretti.

Luckily, years at the Academy playing Velocity had taught her a thing or do about not being hit and how to block a hit. She ducked down under the hand that was swinging at her and lunged for the phaser like she was trying to score a point against an opponent. Only my normal opponents aren't armed with phasers, she thought as she hoped she wouldn't die soon.

Despite the fact that he missed, he turned his hand as it passed over Moretti's head and dropped the parasite on her head. He then tried to move away from her in hopes that she would not get the phaser. It wouldn't matter in a moment anyway, for Moretti would not be herself much longer.

Aurilia's hand closed over the phaser a moment before she felt something move against her ear. What did the guy do to her? She tried to yank down the hand with the phaser while bringing her other hand up, but that threw her off balance. She cursed and hit the deck, then screamed as she felt something go in her ear. She rolled and slapped at it, trying to dislodge whatever it was, then she screamed again and her back bucked off the floor and she fell over on her side and screamed again as the Dolmoqour seized her mind and began to assimilate her memories.

The security officer, pleased with himself, turned and nodded to the Chief Intelligence Officer. The remainder of the pilots had been converted to the Dolmoqour cause.

"No! Alexander, you and the others get the hell out of here and do what the hell you were ordered to do," Joey shouted. "Now!"

Feeling useless Galahad powered up his fighter too as if to go with the others. He had no idea what was happening but no one seemed to notice him yet so why not.

"Aye Ma'am!" Alexander replied, "Flight on my Wing" she announced to the other pilots and aiming for the second exit they began heading out as fast as safety permitted. Galahad, still uninfected, attempting to tag along.

The Dolmoqour piloting Griffin's mind and body ran his hands over the console, quickly disabling the fighter's power, weapons and comm systems. It then took a minute to take stock of the mountain it had inherited. An angry mind, full of rage and despair. A body was showing several signs of not being cared for very well, but was still very powerful for what the Dolmoqour understood to be the limit of human capabilities. "This fighter is in good condition," he spoke to Aurilia, his booming voice calm and cool. "Your host is a pilot. Are you capable of piloting it?"

By now, the Dolmoqour had broken through Aurilia's defenses and accessed the information the young pilot had. "I do and she's a hotel sierra pilot, whatever that means. She thinks highly of her flying skills. And something called alcohol."


===[Space]===

"Right on time," Harvey muttered, watching the sensors. Another time, he would be proud of the 325th for their response time and quick action. For now, he would have to settle for dread and place all of his hopes in Commander Walsh that he could get the ship to the collision point. "Phasers are ready. Mister Kemm, please tell me the LRADs are ready, as well as your transporter finesse."

"As ready as they're ever going to be," replied the Kelpian lieutenant.

"Yep, they're trained well. Filthy Dolmoquor have access to some of the best," said Terry. He input some plans for evasive maneuvers while en route for the collision. But he held off using them for the moment. "I have a backup plan though, Captain. Before I left, my Dolmoquor left strict instructions not to launch unless I ordered it. If worse comes to worse, I can try a verbal stand-down. Try and make them think I'm still one of them." He saw the fighters would be on them any minute and got ready for the big dance.

"You can give it a shot," Harvey agreed, despite how uncertain he was that it would work. "Just be ready for them to not accept you."

Terry nodded. "In a perfect world... But then, this Zone is far from a perfect world. Nasty, controlling fish bait." He tapped at the piloting controls again. "Brace yourselves. Any second now."

Alexander lead a team of seven fighters including herself, a very minor thing but she never thought an uninfected would do what Galahad was now doing, so in reality she had 5 other infected besides herself. The poor Ensign was flying in formation trying really hard to thinking blending in thoughts, still wishing he had more information. If he pinged the other fighters they'd know it. He wasn't even sure all were in the weird place Alexander seemed to be in but he did know things weren't adding up and he planned to listen in, waiting for what he didn't know.

"Ryan." She said to another pilot, "Take M'len and Roose into..." She paused trying to find the knowledge, Archer still throwing up mental roadblocks via memory overload but she got there in the end, it was getting easier to deflect. She would have to do something about that though, even a millisecond behind the console of a fighter could be life or death. For now she continued her orders, "Form grid 4 formation, maximum scanning and overlapping fire ranges. Weapons on stand by."

"They've charged weapons," Harvey reported. "Our forward and last functioning rear bank are online, and targets acquired." Looking to Walsh, Harvey stated, "Let's get this over with. Get us to the ship as quickly as possible."

"I'll give her all she's got, Captain," replied Terry. He pushed the runabout as hard as he dared to the Black Hawk...to the coordinates.

"Sixty seconds to shield perimeter," Lieutenant Kemm reported. "Transporter locks are secure for six lifesigns and our destination."

Alexander locked eyes on her HUD watching the shuttle, it was making for them or maybe for the ship she didn't know or much care. It was the shuttle the Captain had left in that was the big part of what she wanted to know. Reactions slowed very slightly by the fact she had to keep pulling memory. This particular ride along was not a pilot herself but was getting faster "Grid vector 45.7 formation. I want to meet it away from the ship." She didn't trust why it was coming on to them like this and instinct had her wanting to deal with this in the depths of space. Especially if they blew it. She knew blowing it inside the Black Hawks shield bubble would be stupid.

The other pilots shifted in a sort of swarm style meant to block and react quickly to hem in an enemy. Weapons firing solutions ready to lock on the shuttle when they got within range as Galahad considered a plan to disable as many fighters as he could before they discovered him or took him out.

"Less than a minute to...." He paused when he looked out the front of the runabout. "What in the world are they doing?! An unidentified craft is less than sixty seconds from the Black Hawk's shield perimeter and they're forming a fighter screen? I swear if they weren't Dolmoquor I'd give the whole lot of them a ripping like they'd never had!" He sighed. "I suppose we could be thankful that they are Dommie and not my regular pilots. If they were, we would have already been in trouble." He turned to the Kelpian engineer. "Time to impact, Lieutenant Kemm?"

"Forty seconds to the shield perimeter," Kemm said, not looking up from the center console in front of the transporter. "Forty-five to impact."

"Forty to forty-five seconds...I can dodge anything they might try to throw at us. You should get everyone ready for an infiltration beam-in, Captain," he said to the man who'd been monitoring the what was left of the weapons system. "Hopefully we won't have to start shooting right away, but you never know." The big man paused for a second before he realized what he'd just said and to whom he said it. "Uh, I mean, I recommend it, Sir."

Harvey smirked, liking the fact that his squadron commander had gone from apologetic and remorseful to commanding and defiant in less than an hour. This could bode well for the crew as everyone was freed. "We're about as ready as we could ever be," he told Walsh. To be sure, he shot a glance back at Kemm.

Kemm glanced up at the Captain in return. He didn't have to provide a facial expression, however difficult it was for a Kelpien to do, to display how he felt about the entire situation. The exposed threat ganglia took care of that. "Thirty seconds," he droned.

Terry nodded. "Right, Sir. Let's get the job done, then." Combat was combat to the old Marine, whether it was in space with fighters or in a ship with people.

"Open fire". Alexander said cursing the error she saw too late as the craft came onward, the fighters continued forward and opened fire as soon as there was a lock. One of fighters got its shots very close to Alexander but she she didn't pay attention to the idiot that fired it as she was too busy dodging. It did throw off her shot, growling she ignored Archer's glee as Alexander bent with renewed determination to the console, caution gone now.

"Shields at forty percent!" Kemm cried out from his console. "Containment fields on the warp core are failing! We're looking at two minutes until a core breach."

Harvey fought the urge to curse and struggled to maintain his composure. It it hadn't been for the beating the runabout took on its first flight through the minefield, the damage probably wouldn't have been that extensive. But, one way or another, the faithful Mississippi was about to have her last hurrah. "Time to perimeter?" Harvey asked.

"Ten seconds!" Kemm cried back.

The Captain kept his eyes fixated out the forward viewport and fired twice from the forward phaser array. The first shot narrowly missed a fighter, but the second shot landed directly on a fighter's wing. Harvey hoped that the wounding wasn't fatal. More of his crew would die today, but he didn't want any of it to be at his hands.

Terry tried to dodge the blasts as best as possible. But there were so many fighters against their little runabout that they were bound to take some shots. Kemm's exclamations after one of the hits confirmed it. Terry shook his head...he'd been in two vessels today that were having a warp core breach. What kind of crappy luck was that?

An indicator on the console told him that those ten seconds had passed. "We're through the shields, Captain. Collision course set for deflector control and standing by for computer controlled piloting."

"Dropping shields!" Harvey shouted, quickly running his hands across the panel as the Black Hawk now filled the viewport. "Now, Mister Kemm!" A heartbeat later, Harvey could literally feel the transporter begin to disassemble his body atom by atom and convert him into energy. The process soon left the Mississippi vacant, leaving her to run on her own power towards the ship's mighty hull.

The explosion, to those who could see and appreciate it, was fantastic. Corroded by the cosmozoan a month ago, the Black Hawk's engineering hull was little match for the battering ram and disintegrated with the collision. The runabout's remaining nacelle tumbled off into the void of space, as did the runabout's remaining antimatter. As quickly as it had begun, the fireball disappeared, leaving behind a gigantic hole in the side of the ship. Around the bend, the mighty deflector dish began to flicker and fade. Harvey's target had met its mark and achieved exactly what it hoped to accomplish.

Now the real fight for the Black Hawk would begin.

In the immediate aftermath it was all Alexander and the others could do to maintain control of their crafts as the energy ripple from the after math blew outward. Systems screamed alarms, HUDS overloaded briefly and for a few seconds it was sheer chaos.


===[Flight Deck]===

Joey was pleased. The fighters would be able to prevent Geisler and the others from making it back onto the ship. That remained her line of thinking until an explosion rocked the ship, sending the infected woman crashing to the floor beneath her. She cursed, able to brace herself from taking any major damage, but the bumps and bruises would smart later. "What the hell was that?"

Camila staggered and fired her phaser when the explosion rocked the ship and hit a Petty Officer in the chest and putting a nice hole in him. She cursed in Italian and looked at the pregnant host of the other Dolmoqour. "Get up," she said, offering her free hand.

Accepting the offered hand, Joey got to her feet. "Find out what's going on."
          

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A colorful term used in place of "everywhere", "all around", "all over" or "a plethora"; i.e. a lot.

I went fishing yesterday and nailled bass left and right.

Last night there were hotties in the club left and right.

I was in a highway pile up and was hit left and right.

We had a picnic on the beach and the seagulls were swarming us left and right.


          

NXP Makes V2X Communication a Standard in the New Volkswagon Golf

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The new Volkswagen Golf will be able to gather information on road conditions from multiple sources, including other vehicles. (Image source: NXP Semiconductors)

Volkswagen’s eighth-generation Golf compact hatchback boasts an impressive array of technologies and upgrades over the current model, but the real breakthrough is the integration of NXP Semiconductors’ Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) WiFi communications technology.

The Golf is the first high-volume, mainstream model to feature V2X technology. Previously, V2X has been limited to niche models like the Cadillac CTS, but it is now standard equipment on all versions of the Golf. This is critical because widespread deployment of V2X is crucial to the technology’s ability to deliver its promised benefits.

Those benefits include the ability for cars to survey smart infrastructure devices such as traffic signals and areas such as construction zones, as well as communicate with other V2X-enabled vehicles. The aim is to create what VW is calling “swarm intelligence,” which refers to the ability of enabled cars to tap information from other cars around them on the road.

NXP's processors make V2X communications possible for the new Golf. (Image source: NXP Semiconductors)

NXP’s V2X technology uses a WiFi signal to communicate with other cars and infrastructure – allowing cars within an 800-meter range to inform the Golf of their speed as well as important information such as whether they’ve crashed, or activated their anti-lock brakes or electronic stability control. Cars can even communicate small details, such as the state of their windshield wipers to inform trailing cars of rain ahead.

On-board sensors such as radar, infrared night vision, LiDAR, and cameras are limited to line-of-sight, and are inhibited by vision-impairing conditions such as fog, snow, and heavy rain. By using WiFi, V2X, by contrast, can communicate around curves, over hill crests, and further through the fog to notify vehicles of unseen hazards. “[V2X] even works in a tunnel environment,” Steffen Spannagel, NXP’s general manager for the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), car infotainment, and driver assistance product line, pointed out.

V2X data sharing is also possible via a cellular telephone connection. NXP asserts that WiFi is preferable though because of its shorter latency compared to cellular systems, as time is crucial in reacting to emergencies. Also, cellular network access costs money. “There is no subscription, there is no monthly charge,” emphasized Spannagel. “That is another key benefit compared to mobile-based networks.”

Of course, transferring technology meant for wirelessly relaying internet access from a router to a laptop to the dynamic environment of traffic safety involved many challenges. “WiFi is typically for stationary use,” Spannagel said. “We’re using it at 800 meters and operating at very high [vehicle] speed. Running communications in such challenging conditions is one big challenge, especially with the [interconnectivity software] stacks you run on your WiFi protocol.”

The wireless signal must also be secured against intrusion, which is another challenge NXP says that it has successfully overcome. “At NXP, we are bringing together all of these factors,” Spannagel said. Volkswagen must agree, considering that it selected NXP’s solution for the Golf.

As nations and municipalities build out smart infrastructure, cars like the Golf will benefit from still more data flowing in about the state of the road. Austria, in particular, is ambitiously equipping construction zones and safety response vehicles with transponders to relay information to V2X-equipped cars. Ideally, this solution will quickly achieve critical mass, rather than be mired in a standards war with alternatives like cellular, so that drivers can benefit from V2X sooner rather than later.

However, V2X is a complimentary technology rather than a substitute. It works best when vehicles are also equipped with sensors such as radar. Anti-collision systems equipped with such vehicle sensors can provide an early warning system to tell trailing cars to watch for pedestrians and cyclists, for example.

Of course, those leading vehicles must also be V2X-equipped for the Volkswagen Golf driver to benefit. VW's hope is that its commitment to the technology will encourage other carmakers to follow. “We are hoping that VW going through with it is a breakthrough and will make it a de facto technology, and makes other OEMs jump on it,” Spannagel said.

Dan Carney is a Design News senior editor, covering automotive technology, engineering and design, especially emerging electric vehicle and autonomous technologies.


          

Comment on SCVNGR Lets You Build Awesome Scavenger Hunts For Any Mobile Phone by Pokémon Go and Local: Why Now? | Street Fight

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[…] SCVNGR is probably the closest we’ve come, while Foursquare and Swarm have elements of a competitive local hunt. And of course there was Pokémon Go’s forbear — built on the same architecture — Ingress. […]
          

Greensboro Swarm, PNC Bank Team up for Second Season in Support of Guilford Child Development

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(GREENSBORO, N.C.) - The Greensboro Swarm, the NBA G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, today announced a continued relationship with PNC Bank... - G League Greensboro Swarm
          

Nokia Lumia 635 aastane test: Windows 10 ootel

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Nokia Lumia 635 aastane test: Windows 10 ootel

Aitäh küsimast, meie aastase testi Nokia Lumia 635 telefoni käsi käib praegu hästi. Vahepeal on muutunud see, et ekraanil on mõned Live Tile´id ehk aktiivsed rakenduste ikoonid ümber paigutatud. Swarm ehk Foursquare on kuidagi varjusurma vajunud, sõbrad seda enam nii palju ei kasuta ja sellepärast võib oranži ikooni väiksemaks teha ning tahapoole lükata. Viberi liigne aeglus on ka pannud ka seda harvem kasutama. Facebook sundis alla laadima eraldi Facebook Messengeri, et sõnumeid kasutada, aga kiiremaks see suhtlust ei teinud. SMS on endiselt kõige kiirem suhtlusrakendus.

Eesti rakenduste tulek Windows Phone´i on endiselt aeglane, kuigi Windowsiga telefone ostetakse praegu Eestis uutena juba rohkem kui iPhone´isid. Aga midagi ikka tasapisi tuleb ka.


          

Windows Phone Nokia abiga veel paremaks

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Windows Phone Nokia abiga veel paremaks AM 27. august 2014 - 15:09

Nokia Lumia 635 on siiamaani aastases testis hästi vastu pidanud. Aku kestab keskmiselt poolteist päeva, tarkvara jookseb (peaaegu) veatult, kui välja arvata mõned Yr.no ilmaprogrammi ja Swarmi sotsiaalse programmi restartimised. Muude rakendustega pole erilisi probleeme olnud. Ah jaa, kui spordiprogramm Endomondo liiga kauaks taustale ootama jätta, siis paneb see end ise kinni (või pannakse) ja poolik teekond võib mõnikord kaduma minna.

Kuid nüüd tahaks rääkida sellest, kuidas Nokia ise (ehk nüüd siis Microsoft) on Windows Phone´i panustanud ja asju paremaks teinud.

Kõigepealt tuleb ära märkida muidugi kaameraprogrammid. Nokia oli see, kes esimesena hakkas mobiilides pakkuma nn tarkvaralisi objektiive: ei pea jahmerdama erinevate rakendustega, vaid võib kohe kaamera avada ja juba kaamera seadetest valida, mis "objektiivi" ehk rakenduse kaudu pilt teha. 


          

Security Chaos After Pilot Accidentally Triggers Hijacking Alarm

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A pilot accidentally set off a hijack alarm on a plane at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Wednesday, triggering a huge security operation by Dutch police. Spanish airline Air Europa “deeply” apologised for the incident onboard its flight from the Dutch capital to Madrid, which saw emergency vehicles swarm around the plane. “False alarm. In the […]
          

Senior PHP Developer в Региональная газовая компания, $3000–4000, Киев

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Необходимые навыки

· 4+ года опыта разработки на PHP

· Знания php-фреймворков

· Опыт разработки сложных корпоративных приложений

· Опыт работы с Docker

Будет плюсом

· Опыт работы с учетными системами

· Опыт работы с RabbitMQ

Предлагаем

· Официальное трудоустройство

· Конкурентную заработную плату (белая зарплата)

· График работы: пн.-пт. с 09:00 до 18:00

· Современный офис, который расположен в центре города (м.: Кловская, Арсенальная, бизнес-центр «Сенатор»)

· Карьерный и профессиональный рост

· Корпоративные курсы английского языка

· Тренинги, семинары, мастер-классы, курсы за счет Компании

· Чай, кофе для комфортной работы

Обязанности

Разработка архитектуры корпоративного веб-приложение (система учета):

· генератор классов и форма (карточка, лист, дерево)

· ролевая модель и безопасность

· логирование (ELK)

· маштабирование и отказоустойчивость (Docker Swarm)

О проекте

О проекте в деталях:

· Проект — «Новая архитектура РГК Биллинг»

· Разработка Биллинг-платформы. Платформа состоит с генератора форм и базовой логики

· Разработка базовой логики: безопасность, логирование, нотификация, валидация, кэширование, масштабирование, отказоустойчивость, производительность (построение некоторой абстрактной учетной системы)

Позже, с этой платформы разработают две системы — Биллинг поставщика и Биллинг оператора ГРС


          

Bitcoin History Part 19: Wikileaks and the Hornet’s Nest

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“WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet’s nest, and the swarm is headed towards us.” With those 13 words, Satoshi Nakamoto stepped into oblivion, leaving a blizzard of unanswered questions that would enshroud his disappearance. That ominous message was to prove his penultimate forum post, dispatched a day before his final entry. What happened to put Wikileaks […]

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NEW DELHI: Songs, with inflammatory overtones on the forthcoming verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, are turning up the heat in the temple town which is already swarming with paramilitary forces. Ayodhya is just a trailer These songs are being uploaded on the social media and despite the intensive monitoring of the …

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Dyson Big Ball Animal 2 600W Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

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Leave each cover perfect with this Dyson Big Ball Animal 2 bagless cylinder vacuum cleaner . With a 1.5 liter limit, you won't need to stop and void the residue receptacle time after time, so you can control through your cleaning occupations. In case you're a pet proprietor, you'll never need to stress over sloppy paw prints either, as the splendid Tangle Free Turbine device easily evacuates inserted soil and pet hair effortlessly. For more fragile surfaces, the tidying brush has delicate swarms that give everything a delicate yet careful clean. This vacuum additionally has a multi year producer guarantee, for included genuine feelings of serenity. Features: Bagless cleaning - easy to empty and no bags to buy 1.5 litre dust capacity Clever attachment with rotating brushes to pick up hair Dusting brush is ideal for cleaning delicate surfaces 5 year manufacturer warranty for peace of mind (Online registration required) More dyson product or other home appliances visit online at Atlantic Electrics.
          

Evidence for adaptive introgression of exons across a hybrid swarm in deer

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Secondary contact between closely related lineages can result in a variety of outcomes, including hybridization, depending upon the strength of reproductive barriers. By examining the extent to which different...
          

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'A Tragedy Trimmed in Mink': Looking Back at the 1961 Bel Air Fire Disaster

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In November 1961, a disastrous brush fire destroyed nearly 500 homes when it roared over a mountain ridge and swept through canyons in Los Angeles' Bel Air community, a grim illustration of the potential for wildfire devastation at this time of year in Southern California.

The two-day Bel Air Fire disaster started in the Santa Monica Mountains and, fanned by seasonal strong Santa Ana winds, became one of the most destructive fires in the region's history. It also led to safety changes and future standards in fire prevention.

Dubbed "a tragedy trimmed in mink" by "Life Magazine," the fire destroyed homes owned by big-name Hollywood stars, including residences of Burt Lancaster and Zsa Zsa Gabor. A Getty photo shows former Vice President and future President Richard Nixon, dressed in a shirt and tie, watering down a rooftop with a garden hose at a rented house on North Bundy Drive. He and wife Pat eventually evacuated, suitcases in hand, along with thousands of other residents.

Like the Oct. 28 Getty Fire that destroyed eight homes, the Bel Air Fire of 1961 started in the mountains hugging what was then a recently completed stretch of the 405 Freeway. The Getty Fire remained on the west side of the freeway connecting the San Fernando Valley with the Sepluveda Pass and West Los Angeles, but the Bel Air Fire jumped roads and charged up and down canyon walls in a terrifying run toward residential areas east of the freeway.

The location of those homes, the construction material used to build them, topography and extremely dangerous weather conditions created a dreadful situation for firefighters. A nearly 30-minute Los Angeles Fire Department documentary called "Design for Disaster" was produced after the fire. The sternly narrated production called the densely packed homes nestled on hillsides covered in dry brush "a serious problem in fire protection, even under the best of conditions."

Timeline of Events

Just after 8 a.m. on Monday Nov. 6, 1961, a construction crew reported a brush fire on a northern slope of the Santa Monica Mountains, a range of deep canyons and soaring ridge lines that extends from Griffith Park in the east to LA’s western city limits and beyond to Ventura County. It includes the densely populated communities on canyon floors and hillsides that are world-renowned for their expensive residences — homes to the rich and famous.

But for firefighters, those communities were known for the potential threat of a large-scale disaster due in part to the surrounding topography with combustible ground cover, narrow roads, water supply issues and densely packed neighborhoods. 

Those fears were realized when the brush fire, driven by powerful Santa Ana winds of 25 to 50 mph with even stronger gusts, burned through dry brush on the San Fernando Valley side of the mountain and leaped across Mulholland Drive. It grew in size as it burned down a south-facing mountain slope and into the Stone Canyon area with what a LAFD report on the fire called a "demonic fury." Embers and flaming vegetation were carried aloft and hurled in front of the fire's main front, creating a firestorm that could not be stopped by roads or other firebreaks.

The fire was essentially leapfrogging itself and staying ahead of firefighters. At the same time, a second fire was started in the Benedict Canyon area to the east. That fire was stopped with water-dropping aircraft, but a third fire began south of Mulholland Drive near Topanga Canyon, which also demanded firefighting resources. 

Fanned by winds and fueled by dry brush that served as kindling, another key factor entered the disastrous equation once the fire roared into Bel Air. Building materials like shingle and shake roofs, which easily ignite, were common at the time. Anything that did catch fire was going to burn quickly, giving firefighters little time to set up structure defense after navigating winding and narrow canyon roads.

Flaming shingles and shakes from one roof also became airborne and dropped onto nearby homes and brush, starting new fires next door or even in the next canyon. Many homes had large picture windows that crumbled under the fire's unrelenting heat and hanging eaves that provided a place for glowing embers to become lodged.

In a report issued after the fire, the LAFD noted that of the 505 structures that were destroyed, 382 had a wood roof covering.

What had started as a brush fire was now swarming entire blocks of houses and burning at a rate of about 13 acres — roughly 17 football fields — per minute. But instead of forming into one organized fire, islands of fire had broken out throughout the hills, each pillar of fire capable of generating airborne flaming vegetation that could start a new fire.

Around midday, the fire did something that had, until this day and under these weather conditions, seemed improbable — it jumped the new 405 Freeway and spread west. The LAFD would have to commit resources to protecting the Brentwood area, drawing personnel and equipment from the Bel Air area. 

Then, at about 3 p.m., firefighters received a break when the winds that had been whipping flames all day finally diminished. By nightfall, they had slowed the fire's advance to the south and west. Later that night, there was a wind shift that pushed flames back toward Mulholland Drive to the north, where they burned with less intensity. The next morning, air tankers bombarded the northern flank with water drops.

Despite the confluence of extremely dangerous weather, structures that helped the fire spread and terrain covered in dry brush, firefighters were able to gain significant containment within 12 hours. And, no deaths were reported.

By the morning of Nov. 8, it was under control.

The Bel Air fire led to safety changes, including a city ban on wood roof and brush clearances rules.

The fire's precise cause was not determined, but it was believed to be accidental. 

NBC4's Sydney Kalich contributed to this report.



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Cream Cheese Topped Apple Cake

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Cream Cheese Topped Apple Cake Cream Cheese Topped Apple Cake – a moist apple pecan cake that’s topped with a cream cheese layer before it’s baked.  YES, before it’s baked. The cream cheese layer bakes on top of the cake to make an absolutely delicious creamy, cream cheese topping. Oh good grief this is so...

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

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Creamy Corn Chowder

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  Delicious doesn’t have to be complicated. Creamy Corn Chowder is absolute proof of that.   We sometimes that that wrong, don’t we? We think of incredible hearty meals, and all we can think about is how much work goes into cooking that. Or, we may think about the pile of dishes that come after....

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Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

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  Cheesy Cauliflower Soup is a very easy homemade soup that yields fantastic results.  We can easily get obsessed with “homemade soup”, but this is one that is the perfect homemade soup to wow your household. What do you normally think of when you think of homemade soup? I think of either sitting with family...

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Homemade Vanilla Pudding

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  After 30 plus years of baking and making desserts from scratch I have accumulated good basic homemade recipes that I can build on in my recipe box.  Take cakes for instance. A good chocolate, white or yellow cake can be made with different frostings.  Adding nuts or pieces of candy on the frosting makes...

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies

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Are you looking for a delicious way to satisfy that chocolate-peanut butter craving?  Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies have a mini peanut butter cup placed smack dab in the center of the brownie after it comes from the oven.   Melting chocolate and peanut butter on top, while the inside is laced with milk chocolate...

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Apple Sundae Dessert

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  There are days when you have the time to be in the kitchen to bake and create and then there are those days when you want something sweet but the thought of turning the oven on and taking the time to make a baked dessert just isn’t giving you a warm fuzzy feeling. Well...

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A woman jogged through a swarm of flies. A month later, she pulled a parasitic worm from her eye

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Hornets Recall Cody & Caleb Martin From Greensboro Swarm

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Rare earthquake swarm north of Sion, Switzerland

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The Strange Second Life of Ohio's 'Big Basket' Building

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On October 20, the Big Basket opened its doors, and people wept. The seven-story, basket-shaped building in east Newark, Ohio—once the main office of the now-defunct Longaberger Company—was offering its first public tour since closing in 2016. More than 600 people showed up for the occasion. They came from small towns across Ohio, such as Irontown and Washington Court House, some driving up to four hours to make it in time. They lined up at 11 a.m. for tours that started at 1 p.m. “People were in tears and hugging each other,” says Joyce Barrett, the executive director of Heritage Ohio, who helped organize the tour. “They were so happy to be back in the Basket.”

The one-day-only tour was held on a Sunday, the day before Heritage Ohio announced that the famed Longaberger Basket Building will soon re-open as a luxury hotel—securing the future of a building that many thought was doomed. But nobody knew this on Sunday, so they swarmed with questions about what was going to happen to their beloved basket. “One person wanted it to be a senior citizen center,” Barrett says. “Others wondered if the company was coming back.”

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Though the company closed its doors for good in 2018 and has no plans to return, Longaberger is still a household name in Ohio. At its peak in 2000, Dave Longaberger’s company employed more than 8,200 people, making it one of the primary employers in the Dresden, Ohio area. Longaberger, the son and grandson of basket-weavers, sold America on his handmade, well-crafted Longaberger baskets with Amway-style sales associates, who earned a percentage of any commissions made by the people they recruited. The Facebook group “Preserving Dave Longaberger’s great American story” has more than 4,000 members.

The Big Basket, which opened in 1997, is a scaled-up version of Longaberger’s signature Medium Market Basket. Most of the cherry wood used in the Big Basket came from the grounds of the Longaberger Golf Club in Hanover, according to Jim Klein, a former president of the Longaberger Company who was present at the tour. “It may appear kitschy on the outside, but it’s absolutely spectacular inside,” Klein says, referencing the 30,000-square-foot atrium and curving, cherry-wood staircase. The Big Basket also boasts two enormous handles, heated during the winter to thaw ice. “The basket is a symbol of overcoming adversity, of what you can achieve,” Klein says, adding that he and his son, like Longaberger himself, have dyslexia.

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The tours were led by former Longaberger employees from every level of the company, including a former executive, machinist, and groundskeeper, Barrett says. They volunteered after Klein put a call-out on the Facebook page and received 500 responses for 40 slots, according to the Newark Advocate. The guides showed the first two floors of the building, including the marble entryway, and stopped by the Big Basket’s auditorium, which looped a seven-minute time-lapse video of the building’s construction. “Some people sat and watched that video several times,” Barrett says. (The rest of the tour consisted of more mundane, less-baskety office spaces and conference rooms.)

When Klein moved from Princeton, New Jersey, to serve as Longaberger’s president, in 2006, he spent many of his first weekends alone in the Big Basket. “I didn’t know what to do with myself, so I would watch Dave Longaberger videos on marathon and get inside his head,” Klein says. The office had a view of a small red barn with a racetrack, and every day before noon the barn owner would take his trotter horse out on the track. “To me, that horse represented the passage of time, and the limited amount of time we have on Earth,” he says.

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The current interior of the Big Basket also has a limited amount of time on Earth—but luckily for the extended Longaberger community, the building is scheduled to reopen in 2020 as a luxury hotel. The co-owners, Bobby George and Steve Coon, of Coon Restoration & Sealants, purchased the building on December 29, 2017, one month before a foreclosure auction. They plan to use historic-site tax credits to renovate the interior; architects will have to get creative in adapting the Basket’s long windows, which appear between the gaps of its seemingly woven exterior. “If you make them in hotel rooms, you’re going to need to put two rooms per window,” Barrett says. But the new owners say that the Basket will live on. “This will stay a basket,” Coon told the Newark Advocate. “It’s going to be a basket forever.”

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Elegance and personalized flair give these Silkscreened Glassware Collection stemless flute favors a style that’s all your own
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Monarch Butterfly Migration Swarm at 2500′

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That green line and purple cloud isn’t rain. It’s the monarch butterfly migration being picked up by Doppler radar from the US Weather Service over Oklahoma City. How cool is that? WaPo link HT: Karen L. Myers.


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