first_imgScientists found that the social groups of the sharks were remarkably stable, with the same individuals remaining in their cliques of around 20 animals for years—while rarely ever switching associations despite the presence of almost 8,000 sharks which frequented the reefs surrounding the atoll.RELATED: Scientists ‘Blown Away’ By Discovery of Longest Animal Ever Recorded—And It’s Quite BeautifulAround the Palmyra Atoll, a remote island 1,000 miles from Hawaii, researchers from Florida International University in Miami, tagged 41 grey reef sharks with acoustic transmitters that emit a unique sound picked up by a perimeter of receiving devices stationed around the island.For four years, anytime a tagged shark would come within 300 meters of the receivers, their identity would be logged in a database.Their findings were published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.The remarkable discovery leaves many questions unanswered, for example how the sharks identify each other, and what the purpose of their social groups are.The Mafia Of The SharksCredit: David Clode They is no proof that the sharks have any emotional bond with each other, so Papastamatiou, speaking with the New Scientist, was unsurprisingly reluctant to refer to the sharks as friends.He and his colleagues opted to call them “associates,” which is maybe a little more mafioso, but considering how grey reef sharks often use their aggression to bully larger sharks, maybe it’s for the best.MORE SHARK NEWS: Watch a Family of Divers Rescue a Whale Shark With Rope Wrapped Around Its BodyOne hypothesis as to the purpose of these “associations” is that they are loosely organized hunting units. Since the sharks hunt at night beyond the reach of the receivers, there wasn’t any evidence that deliberate cooperation was occurring in the dark ocean beyond the view of the research team’s devices.However, it may be a sort of poaching strategy, whereby if the shark to attack first loses out, his “associates” have an opportunity to follow up. This might even-out the success rate for all the members of a group over a long enough time span, increasing their overall survival rate.This discovery makes grey reef sharks one fascinating fish. They display a collection of highly unusual behaviors in the shark world, including performing threat displays, and now, as scientists have just found out, social congregation.LOOK: Man Strikes Up Friendship With Owl Family After They Discover Mutual Love of TelevisionSHARE This Unusual Discovery Of Long-Lasting Shark Bonds With Your Social Media Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA team of Florida scientists have recently discovered that grey reef sharks form long-lasting relationships with each other that straddle the line between friendships and business partners.Credit: Kydd Pollock“We don’t think of sharks as social animals, but they do have social groups,” says Yannis Papastamatiou, who was involved with the study.Averaging six feet, or two meters in length, the large-eyed sharks of the Pacific and Indian oceans may be aggressive nocturnal predators, but apparently they have a soft side.last_img read more

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first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Tony Winner Kelli O’Hara Jumps with Glee as She Receives the Ultimate Hometown HonorWe’re about just as excited for Kelli O’Hara as Kelli O’Hara herself! The King and I Tony winner has received a pretty cool hat-tip from her hometown of Elk City, Oklahoma with the newly named Kelli O’Hara Center for the Performing Arts. Check out the thrilled O’Hara in the Instagram post below. Kelli O’Hara(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Betty Buckley Will Return to Joe’s PubBetty Buckley is slated to make a limited return engagement to Joe’s Pub. The original Cats star will appear at the downtown venue from October 12-15 offering Story Songs #2. The busy Tony winner who is also set to appear on TV’s Supergirl will sing a new collection of music in the show that will be preceded by an engagement at Long Island’s Tilles Center (October 7) and followed by performances at Broken Arrow PAC in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (October 21) and The Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut (November 4).Arian Moayed & More Named Judges for 2018 Obie AwardsTony nominee Arian Moayed (The Humans, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) is among the notables named as judges for the 2018 Obie Awards, honoring the best in off-Broadway theater. Longtime chair of the Obie judges panel Michael Feingold will also be joined by projection designer Wendall K. Harrington, costume designer Toni-Leslie James, actress Sondra Lee, actress Ching Valdes-Aran and journalists Melissa Rose Bernardo and Charles Isherwood. The 63rd Annual Obie Awards will take place in May 2018, with more details of the event to be announced.Kathleen Turner Will Headline Culture Project’s International Human Rights Art FestivalTwo-time Tony nominee Kathleen Turner will help inaugurate The Culture Project’s new venue on New York’s Lower East Side, serving as emcee for a special Human Rights Art Festival. The event, set for October 15 at 7:30pm at The Grand Hall at Saint Mary Church, will feature dance, music, comedy, storytelling and theater, raising social concerns and offering positive solutions with humor, insight and artistic talent. Turner will perform a monologue from the solo play Red Hot Patriot, about journalist Molly Ivins, which Turner starred in at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage.The Ride Gets into the Halloween SpiritOff-Broadway’s four-wheeled hit The Ride will show off its Halloween pride throughout the month of October. Guides aboard the one-of-a-kind immersive show will don specially designed lace and jeweled masks as the show’s story is told. Written and directed by Richard Humphrey, The Ride is approaching its 16,000th performance in NYC.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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first_img J. Quinton Johnson Choir Boy star Jeremy Pope belts during a sneak peek performance. Star Files Jeremy Pope Related Shows Choir Boy Show Closed This production ended its run on March 10, 2019 Jonathan Burke Choir Boy, a play with music, that tells the story of a young man ready to take his rightful place as leader of his school’s gospel choir. The piece marks the Broadway debut of Moonlight Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. The scribe as well as director Trip Cullman and stars Jeremy Pope, Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton, Nicholas L. Ashe, Daniel Bellomy, J. Quinton Johnson, Caleb Eberhardt, John Clay, Gerald Caesar, Jonathan Burke and Marcus Gladney met the press on November 20 at Manhattan Theatre Club rehearsal studios. The acclaimed drama, which premiered off-Broadway in 2013, begins Broadway performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on December 12. Take a look at the photos below! Chuck Cooper Choir Boy director Trip Cullman poses with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. View Comments View All (4)last_img read more

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first_imgSpinetiX has announced a partnership with Littlebit Technology to offer SpinetiX ARYA cloud service and DSOS operating system on axxiv computing devices. As a result, axxiv computing devices running SpinetiX ARYA and DSOS will be offered to Littlebit Technology customers in Europe.The Littlebit Technology collaboration opens SpinetiX technology and expertise to even more business channels and customers. Commercial-grade axxiv computing devices, well known to IT integrators, are combined with the SpinetiX DSOS operating system and the SpinetiX ARYA cloud-based service. The bundle offers an all-in-one digital signage solution on trusted hardware, working out-of-the-box – ideal for business who want to get started with digital signage quickly.Thanks to this collaboration, axxiv users will experience SpinetiX ARYA, the cloud-based visual communication solution designed for their business. Results are achieved on-screen in minutes, images, video, custom fonts and colors delivered securely through the cloud, with no limit to the number of displays.DSOS is maintained by a dedicated engineering team at SpinetiX, with more than a decade of experience in hardened, secure devices, and operating systems. The default DSOS configuration includes access to the SpinetiX ARYA cloud service, available to use by anyone, with a zero-cost option that includes first-line support.Littlebit Technology is a Platinum Intel Technology provider and is recognized by Intel as a trusted partner focused on the supply, configuration and support of computing and display solutions. You can learn more here and here.last_img read more

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first_imgGophers’ senior captain thrives in both facets of the gameBaldwin has won WCHA defensive player of the month and offensive player of the week.Easton Green, Daily File PhotoSenior defender Sydney Baldwin prepares to get on the ice at Ridder Arena during the Gophers’ game against Wisconsin on Sunday, Oct. 29. Max BiegertNovember 2, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt is not often that a player wins Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week and then WCHA Defensive Player of the Month, but Gophers senior captain Sydney Baldwin did just that. Baldwin leads the Gophers with 11 points. She is the WCHA’s top scoring defender and fourth in scoring among all WCHA players this season. She also has 34 blocked shots, 10 assists and 29 shots on goal. The 34 blocked shots leads the WCHA.She also received the WCHA offensive player of the week after the Gophers’ series against Bemidji State, where she totaled four points in two games. “I think she has improved on her defensive aspect of her game since she started and that is why it is neat to see her as the defensive player of the month,” said head coach Brad Frost. “The intensity you have to play with, the battle and compete level you have to play with is something she does day in and day out, which is great.”Baldwin said she has never been too concerned with accolades, but for someone who says that, she has a lot of them.Baldwin has played all four years, coming in as Ms. Hockey from Minnetonka, Minnesota and playing on two national championship teams. She knows what it takes to be successful and looking at the Gophers who are ranked sixth in the nation and have four losses, she realizes the team is more important than an award. “It is a really cool individual accolade, but everyone on our team can say the same in that we are more focused on the team as a whole rather than some individual accolades,” Baldwin said.  She has had to carry a much heavier load this year. The Gophers the past few weeks have been working with just four defensemen, two of those defensemen being freshman. At the beginning of the season, the Gophers were letting in too many goals to Frost’s liking, but recently their defense has tightened up thanks to Baldwin’s leadership.In the first four games of the season, the Gophers let in a total of 11 goals. In the last six games, they gave up nine. The senior captain has faced pressure to get the freshman up to speed as quickly as possible, and the stats show they’ve been coming around.“She is really the staple on our defense, she has been playing really hard and really well for us,” said Nicole Schammel. “She leads by example on the ice and it is proven with that award.”  Baldwin will look to continue to improve in her last season in a Minnesota uniform. Baldwin said she feels that in her time here at Minnesota, she has learned to lean into her strengths like blocking shots and getting more involved on the offensive. That’s proven, too, as she leads the Gophers in points.As for what she wants to do after the hockey season, Baldwin said she might look to play more hockey once she is done, but really has no idea. “That is the golden question. I have tossed around the idea of continuing to play, possibly getting a job and maybe do some traveling,” Baldwin said. “It is something I will have to figure out here as the season goes along.”Drew Cove contributed to this report.last_img read more

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first_imgRollins’ seventh kill of the set brought match point, before Hart added the final point, giving the Gophers a first round sweep and an opportunity to see another day. Defensively, the Gophers out blocked Fairfield 10-0, holding them to -.038 hit percentage on the match. “I think it made a big difference. Their tactic was to serve tough and they did,” McCutcheon said. “The fact that we were able to control the net, and get some good transition and some good points scoring on the defensive end was certainly one of the key aspects for us.” For Fairfield, the Gophers size advantage was just too much to overcome. “We can’t emulate that in our gym, I’m too old to get up and block,” Fairfield head coach Todd Kress joked. “That’s obviously a tough situation for us to find in our gym and then compete against.” With the win, Minnesota advances to the second round where they’ll see Creighton. Creighton swept Iowa State a few hours before the Gophers followed suit. Creighton and Minnesota will face off at 8 p.m. Saturday with the winner advancing to the Sweet Sixteen to face No. 10 Florida. “They’re a good team. Certainly they sided out well, I thought they served particularly well,” McCutcheon said of Creighton. “We have to take care of first contact, hopefully have a good plan on the defensive end and see what happens.” Gophers volleyball cruises to second round with win over FairfieldA strong defensive performance from Minnesota paved the way on Friday night. Nur B. AdamGopher fans cheer during the game against the Fairfield Stags in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6. Nolan O’HaraDecember 7, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers volleyball team cruised past Fairfield, earning a sweep in their first match of the 2019 NCAA Tournament: 25-13, 25-14 and 25-11. The Gophers recovered from early first set struggles that found them in a 5-2 hole, as middle blocker Taylor Morgan dropped back-to-back kills, tying the set at five. From there Minnesota took control, shutting down Fairfield’s attack, taking a 12-7 lead off a kill from outside hitter Adanna Rollins. Rollins added a solo block and another kill as Minnesota extended their lead to 15-8. Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy added another pair of kills for the Gophers as they reached set point, and Rollins landed one more to close out the set. Offensively, Minnesota was excellent, recording a .478 hit percentage in the first.Again in the second, the Gophers found themselves struggling early. Fairfield opened the set taking a 10-7 lead before the Gophers stormed back, going on an 8-0 run that was capped by a rocket of a kill from outside hitter Alexis Hart. Following the run, momentum favored the Gophers. Morgan, Samedy and Rollins all added kills for Minnesota and the Gophers continued to stifle the Fairfield offense, holding them to a -.030 hit percentage in the second. The slow starts ended for Minnesota in the third. The Gophers opened the set on an 11-4 run and carried that momentum to victory. Rollins took over for Minnesota, adding seven kills in the third en route to a team-high 14 kills for the match.“I just think I’ve been working a lot on my footwork in practice and I was able to do that in the game today,” Rollins said.It’s something head coach Hugh McCutcheon has seen Rollins improve on in recent weeks. “It’s certainly been a point of focus and she’s taking some of that feedback on board,” he said. “Nice to see it paying dividends tonight.” last_img read more

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first_imgThe New York State Assembly last week passed the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, which would allow undocumented residents of New York to apply for a standard state driver’s license. Known as the “Green Light Bill,” the legislation aims to improve road safety, raise revenue, and boost the economy, its supporters say. The legislation would require that undocumented license applicants pass a driving test, be informed of traffic laws, and be properly licensed. The driver’s license would continue to have “not for federal purposes” stated on it, and would only be used for the operation of a motor vehicle. The legislation also aims to help police do their jobs by enabling them to verify a motorist’s identity, review their traffic records if necessary, and better use resources that would otherwise be used to pursue those driving without a license. Supporters say increased fees would provide needed revenue for the state, and argue it would not result in voting fraud or changes in an immigrant’s status. Undocumented residents would not be allowed to apply an Enhanced or Real-ID license, which will soon be needed to board a plane. Opponents say the measure would create security risks and possibly leave to an increase in fraudulent identification papers. If adopted into law, New York would join Utah and 11 other states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, in allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for licenses. “Keeping New Yorkers safe always comes first,” Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. said in a press release. “We can’t get sidetracked by fear, rumors or bigotry — we need to focus on the facts, and the facts tell us loud and clear that making sure everyone on the road has a driver’s license makes us all safer.” The measure is supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo, but still must be passed by the state Senate, which is narrowly controlled by the Democrats. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgShell has awarded Allseas the topsides and jacket removal contract for the Brent field platforms. The contract also includes the removal of Brent Alpha’s steel jacket. The Brent field is situated on the UK Continental Shelf, 186 km (116 miles) north-east of Lerwick, Scotland, in a water depth of 140 m (460 ft). The field comprises four large platforms: Alpha (a steel jacket), Bravo, Charlie and Delta (concrete gravity-based structures), with topside weights ranging from 16,000 to 30,000 t. Removals begin with Brent Delta in 2015/16, and the remaining topsides over the ensuing eight years with dates to be confirmed.The Brent contract is the first to be awarded to Allseas for Pieter Schelte, Allseas’ dynamically positioned single-lift installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel, which is currently under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in Okpo, Korea. Pieter Schelte, with a length of 382 m and width of 124 m, will have a topsides lift capacity of 48,000 t and a jacket lift capacity of 25,000 t. [mappress]Press Release, August 5, 2013last_img read more

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first_imgProvincetown Ferries III and IVU.S. Coast Guard rescue crews assisted the crew and passengers aboard the Provincetown IV Ferry, which was disabled near Scituate, Massachusetts, Wednesday, August 13. Watchstanders at the Sector Boston Command Center received notification at 4:06 p.m. that the ferry had suffered an engine failure and was unable to make way.A Station Point Allerton 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish rushed to the scene to provide a safety zone and monitor, while another ferry arrived on scene to also assist.The Provincetown IV crew eventually repaired the engine and were underway, while the Flyingfish and Station Point Allerton crews escorted them to port.The ferry docked safely in Boston at about 7:40 p.m.“We confirmed they were no injuries, ensured everyone aboard was safe, and made sure they made it back home,” said Lt. j.g. Ed Costa, the command duty officer at Sector Boston.The incident is under investigation.[mappress]Press Release; August 14, 2014last_img read more

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