IndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied/Potawatomi Zoo) The Gift of Lights, a special holiday lights event, returns to the Potawatomi Zoo every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 5 p.m. -9 p.m. from Nov. 27 to Dec 20.(Photo supplied/Potawatomi Zoo)Regular admission is $10 for adults ages 15 and up, $5 for children 3-14, and babies 2 and under are free. Admission for Zoo Members is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the Zoo is requiring timed entry tickets this year, available for purchase on the Zoo’s website.Santa will be at the Red Barn every night from 6 p.m. -8 p.m., and special guest Elsa will visit the Zoo on Sundays from 6 p.m. -8 p.m.(Photo supplied/Potawatomi Zoo)The Zoo Train tickets are $4 (over 2 years old) and include a lighted route, fun Christmas present and hot chocolate sample. The Zoo train will run as weather permits. The carousel will not be running in winter.The Congo Café will be open with hot chocolate, coffee, and a limited menu. The Otter Outpost will be open with snacks, beverages, and special seasonal adult drinks. The Round Barn Monkey Bar will be open as weather permits with seasonal adult drinks and snacks as well.The Zoo Gift Shop is open from 5-9 pm during The Gift of Lights in the new entrance building. The Gift Shop is also open 10 am to 2 pm Mondays through Saturdays, starting December 1.Due to health and safety guidelines, masks are required for visitors age 8 and over upon entry and when social distancing is not possible. The Learning Center will be not open.For the health and safety of our animals, some of the outside exhibits are closed after dark and in cold weather. The Gift Of Lights holiday event returning to the Potawatomi Zoo Twitter Previous articleDowntown Elkhart merchants plan “Downtown to You” delivery systemNext articleGrowing number of scammers trying to get unemployment benefits Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+ By Jon Zimney – November 25, 2020 0 233 WhatsApp Pinterest
Sam Perez is searching for mutants. But to find them, he has to know what normal looks like.Perez was among a dozen top botany graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who took an intensive, two-week course in what may be a vanishing discipline, plant morphology, at the Arnold Arboretum this month.The course, with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Arnold Arboretum, is modeled after intensive, high-level courses in marine science offered by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and in molecular biology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, according to William Friedman, arboretum director and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. The course is the first of what will become an annual summer offering in plant organismic biology at the Arboretum.Plant morphology, which involves understanding the genesis of a plant’s entire shape and structure, has been taught less frequently in recent years, shouldered aside by the increased emphasis on genetics and understanding of how a plant’s DNA affects its growth and appearance.“There aren’t that many places where the study of the whole organism is very prevalent. It’s not a big part of the curriculum,” Friedman said. “Zoology, botany, ichthyology, all the ‘-ologies’ have been on the ropes across the world, not just in the U.S. And as faculty who used to study morphology and whole organisms were replaced by genomics people, we’ve lost the ability to connect genes back to the biology of the organisms themselves.”The dazzling diversity of flowering plants poses a special problem for budding botanists, since particular flower parts, for example, can look quite different in one species than in another. In addition, the use of a very few specific plants as laboratory models — akin to lab rats or fruit flies — has focused what morphological teaching there is on just a handful of species.Young scientists like Perez have become adept at using the powerful tools of genetics in their studies, but some are finding that their lack of knowledge of plant morphology hinders their work.Perez, a Michigan State University doctoral student who graduated from Harvard College in 2011, is examining plant mutants, comparing their genomes with normal plants to discover which genes are responsible for the mutated trait to better understand the genetics of the normal trait. He’s finding, however, that to identify plants with mutations, he needs a better understanding of normal plant morphology.“Plant morphology is important to me because I’m studying the development of certain floral structures, but I don’t have an understanding of what goes into the development of actual flowers,” Perez said.The course, taught by Pamela Diggle, visiting professor of organismic and evolutionary biology from the University of Colorado, and Peter Endress, professor emeritus of the University of Zurich, was specifically designed to be an intensive experience for participants, Diggle said.Students are picked up each day at 8 a.m. from their dormitory at Emmanuel College in Boston’s Longwood area, and are dropped off after 9 p.m. In between, they have three-hour lectures each morning, followed by lunch, and three hours of laboratory time each afternoon, with discussion sessions, special lectures, and dinner mixed in. Students also gain access to the Arboretum’s living collection of more than 15,000 plants spread over 281 acres.The intensive atmosphere is needed to cover a large amount of ground, said Diggle, who teaches plant morphology at the University of Colorado.“As fast as I can talk, that’s what I can cover,” Diggle said. “My feeling is this is a really fundamental area, a common denominator for people working in different areas. … As we’ve become more specialized in knowledge, the commonality of the organisms is missing, and I think science is suffering for it.”Despite the heavy workload, participants aren’t shying away from adding more of their own. Though the course tries to give the students a general knowledge of plant morphology and is not focused on their specific research subjects, the students asked early on whether they could present their research to the group during lunch, one of the few breaks in the day.“The students are extremely good, extremely motivated,” Endress said. “They work more than we expect.”For Kelsey Galimba, a doctoral student from the University of Washington, the long hours haven’t been too much to handle. Like Perez, Galimba signed up after finding that gaps in her knowledge of plant morphology were affecting her research. “It’s not been nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I don’t know if it’s because we have a good group or because of the interesting material, but we’ve all been fine with the hours.”The intensity provides not just an opportunity to cover a lot of ground, Diggle said, but also allows participants to bond, providing the seeds, hopefully, of an informal network that will be part of the lasting effects of the experience.“My adviser said, ‘Josh, go to this because you don’t get instruction in plant morphology like this anyplace else,’” said Josh Strable, a doctoral student at Iowa State University. “If you’re accepted, it’ll be something you’ll take with you for the rest of your career.”
Pure Nonsense – Separating Fact from Fiction in FlashThe buzz about NVMe has recently reached a fever pitch, and rightfully so. It’s the perfect technology buzz word – a nice little acronym that blends the right amount of nerdy and cool and promises to change the landscape of storage forever. Who wouldn’t want to talk about that? But as we’ve discussed before, it is important to understand that NVMe is more than simply putting a fancy new interface on the same old flash drives.As one of the pioneers of NVMe, Dell EMC couldn’t be happier that the world is building with anticipation that NVMe is finally coming to fruition in mainstream enterprise storage. When I say pioneer, I mean that literally – Dell EMC co-developed the NVMe standard starting back in 2007 and by the end of the year, we’ll release our next NVMe array, which will be the first of many in our mainstream all flash portfolio.You may have heard Pure Storage talking about their new “100% NVMe” array, but before you get sucked in, let’s level set on a few things:NVMe is an interface, which replaces SAS/SATA to overcome the limitations of these protocols that were designed over 30 years ago for spinning hard disk drives, and thereby take advantage of the parallelism of modern CPUs and SSDs.NVMe is NOT media, which in the short term is NAND-based flash, and is the same media that vendors have been shipping in all-flash arrays for years.NVMe will enable a modest improvement in latency but at a premium price.NVMe will, in the future, open up high-speed, low-latency access to the next generation storage media called Storage Class Memory, or SCM, (for example, 3D XPoint). And that’s where things get interesting. SCM will dramatically improve latency over NAND-based flash media, just as NAND-based flash dramatically improved latency over spinning disk media.In other words, SCM is Emerald City and NVMe is the yellow brick road – the game-changer in storage will be the combination of NVMe and SCM – not NVMe alone.So what about that snazzy new “100% NVMe” array from Pure Storage? They built their own proprietary “NVMe drives” (dubbed “Flash Modules”) for this new array, which was expensive, and customers are going to have to pay for that. To date, there have been no performance benchmarks published for the new FlashArray //X (also of note – existing performance metrics for Pure Storage’s FlashArray//M have been removed from their website as well). Which makes you wonder…What benefits does the FlashArray //X have beyond unspecified performance over their last generation array?What performance will you really get from it, and does it justify the premium?Given their proprietary approach, what is the go-forward path to SCM and when will that come?The proprietary road is littered with failure. See Violin Memory as a recent example.Dell EMC’s Strategy for NVMe in StorageWe recently evolved our NVMe strategy based on customer feedback and are now focused on continuing to deliver NVMe across our portfolio over the next 6 to 24 months. In fact, we’ll launch our first “mainstream” NVMe array by the end of the year. Unlike Pure Storage, we are leveraging industry-standard technology and collaborating with industry leaders like Intel to ensure our offerings are ready for enterprise requirements, while also minimizing price premiums for early adopters. In addition, this approach allows us to accelerate and optimize delivery of the ideal enterprise-ready Storage Class Memory (SCM) devices as soon as they become available.Dell EMC also continues to lead the industry in driving standards in NVMe with our cutting-edge portfolio of PowerEdge servers. We will offer NVMe in a variety of consumption models for storage including arrays, software-defined storage, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. As always, they will be backed by Dell EMC’s world-class engineering, services and support organizations – who have been designing and testing solutions for mission critical environments for decades.
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “When I talked about it to people, they thought it was a joke. It was too crazy. I had to make it come true,” he said.Just before the blocks melt, the ice boards lose their bulk and weight and achieve perfect symmetry.For a brief span, the ice block becomes the ideal surfing machine.Then it vanishes.“The first 20 minutes, they are surfable,” he said. “Then just perfect for two or three minutes — you need the right waves just then — and then (after that they are) too fragile.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Wegge started out by cutting ice blocks from a frozen lake with a circular saw but found they were too full of air and too soft to last more than 10 minutes.So he and his team of fellow surf enthusiasts built a mold and installed it in a fishery refrigeration plant at minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus four degrees Fahrenheit) in the fishing port of Svolvaer.The steel-hard ice blocks that come out are shaped with a sculptor’s tool and strewn with seaweed so surfers can hold their footing.Staying upright on slippery boards with cold feet was half the battle as Wegge and his pals tested their latest ice boards in February, balling their eyes shut again the snow, driven vertically across the wave by the winter gales.“Next time we will make 20 to 30 boards and use all of them in one day. We are going to make it work,” he said. NVGRELATED STORIES:Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019: Historic windfoiling and fun-filled freedomIn South Africa, disabled surfers thrill at catching a wave MOST READ Errol Spence defends IBF welterweight title with win over Mikey Garcia Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES The Norwegian adventurer rides the ice boards on the waves off Norway’s Lofoten archipelago north of the Arctic circle.The blocks weigh 60-80 kilograms (132-176 pounds) against two or three kilograms for the classic board. They are hard to carry, difficult to float and tough to balance on with cold feet. And they melt away within minutes in seawater warmed by the Gulf Stream.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSo why bother?Extreme surfer and filmmaker Wegge, 33, has spent nine months trying to carve the perfect ice board. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history It’s hard, heavy, brittle and melts away without trace.Norway’s Inge Tamburaci Wegge, 32, head of the Iceboard project, poses with a surfboard made of ice, on the Delp surf spot, near Straumnes, in the Lofoten Islands, over the Arctic Circle, on February 18, 2019. Image: Olivier MORIN / AFPBut ice is the material of choice for Inge Wegge, who sculps chunks of it and uses it for a most unlikely purpose — to make surfboards.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption
The senior girls’ volleyballteam is heading into their last week of practices before they head to Langleyfor provincials on Nov. 27. All four basketball teamsbegin regular practices this week! The first tournament for the senior boys,senior girls, and junior boys is Nov. 29 and 30 in Dawson Creek. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It wasa pretty quiet weekend for Grizzlies sports team. The senior boys soccer teamis gearing up for provincials this week in Vancouver. Their first game is onThursday, Nov.21 against Moscrop at 11a.m. – Advertisement –