A closer look at Ramon Laureano’s extraordinary July

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Ramon Laureano is in a zone; perhaps best evidenced by one singular play in the A’s win on Friday night.Laureano cracked a what looked like a routine ground ball single up the middle of diamond and, sniffing out the extra maneuvers centerfielder Max Kepler would need to turn the play, whipped off his helmet and gunned to second base for a double.“That’s how he plays,” manager Bob Melvin said of …last_img read more

The Hot Moon Epidemic Spreads to the Suburbs

first_imgA planetary symptom we might call “Enceladus fever” is apparently an epidemic.  Now, we’ve found that it infects some of the Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) beyond the orbit of Neptune.  More and more small bodies are being found with internal heat that has broken out onto the surface.  This is a big surprise.  Small bodies should have frozen solid in billions of years.    Richard Kerr reported for Science today about discussions at the Lunar and Planetary Sciences conference held March 12-16 in Texas.1  Here’s the surprise in a nutshell:What would erupting volcanoes, even icy ones, be doing on the coldest bodies in the solar system?  Temperatures hover around 50 kelvin [-370° F] on Kuiper belt objects (KBOs), which circle on the frigid dark fringes of the solar system for eons on end.  But astronomers recently have seen signs that fresh ice has formed on KBOs in the geologically recent past.  Now, researchers have calculated how a KBO, at least a larger one, might husband its primordial allotment of heat until the present day….    Somehow, relatively warm crystalline ice has formed of late on the largest KBOs, but scientists have had trouble explaining where the necessary heat came from.  KBOs have been cooling inside for billions of years, and unlike satellites such as Io or Enceladus, they do not orbit a huge planet that can spare a trickle of tidal energy to heat the smaller body’s interior.Scientists committed to the consensus age of the solar system (4.5 billion years) cannot endure any thought of revising that number down, so the challenge is to model how a small body could retain its primordial heat for 4.5 billion years.  Here’s the explanation in brief.  If the body began with enough fast-burning radioactive fuel, like potassium-40, it might get hot enough inside to differentiate into layers.  A molten core would form, surrounded by an insulating rocky shell.  A liquid ocean might form above the rock layer.  As ice expands, it might crack, propagating channels to the surface.  If there is ammonia in the mix, it might lower the melting point to permit slurries of ammonia-water “magma” to spread on the surface.    Nevertheless, a veteran planetary scientist commented, “I’m surprised it stays so hot.”  If this phenomenon is common to KBOs, maybe one of the largest – the Pluto-Charon system – could be observed up close in 2015 when the New Horizons spacecraft pays a visit.1Richard A. Kerr, “Cold, Cold Bodies, Warm Hearts,” Science, 30 March 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5820, p. 1789, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5820.1789a.The moyboys* of the Lyell Theater seem to be on the defensive these days.  The planets and moons are not following the script.  It’s supposed to be Act MMMMDVI of King Liar but they’re playing as if it’s Act CCM of a different play.  Is this a super condensed version of the show, or are we in the wrong playhouse?  The audience of the little hamlet stirs.  This is not just much ado about nothing; it’s becoming a tempest, or, as you like it, Lyell’s labors lost.  Measure for measure, all’s well that ends well, but this is looking more like a comedy of errors.  If the moyboys in desperation start singing For he’s a jolly othello,” the audience may just get up and walk out.  The timing of the crew couldn’t be worse.  Across the street, there’s a blockbuster oratorio drawing in huge crowds: The Creation.*Believers in “millions of years, billions of years.”(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Glitzy Captain’s Dinner planned

first_imgA prestigious dinner will be held to honour South African football team captain Aaron Mokoena. (Image: www.safa.net)  South Africa’s national football squad captain Aaron Mokoena will be honoured at a high-profile dinner in Johannesburg on 7 June. The event will also help to raise funds for Mokoena’s charity foundation, and wish his team well for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The Aaron Mokoena Foundation, which will host the The Captains Dinner, was founded in May 2008 and uses football as a medium to teach children about healthy living and the importance of education, with the hope of developing them into successful sportsmen and women.“I believe football and sport are a fundamental part of the education of all young people,” said Mokoena. “I believe that all young people should have an opportunity to take part in a range of sporting activities. Participation is important in itself, but football and sport can also develop important values and attributes.”Well-known South African and international public figures from the world of sports, entertainment, government and business will attend the black-tie dinner, which will involve a cocktail reception, dinner, after-party and auctionThe entertainment line-up includes top South African performers such as Hugh Masekela and local R&B artist Danny K.“I am delighted to be able to host this event, which will profile and raise funds for the work undertaken by my foundation. It will be a great night,” said Mokoena.With the dinner being held just days before World Cup kick-off on 11 June, it’ll offer the ideal opportunity to wish national team Bafana Bafana well for the month-long tournament. The team have been drawn into Group A to face Mexico, France and Uruguay.Young championMokoena’s illustrious captaincy of Bafana Bafana will also be celebrated on the night.In 1999, at just 17, Mokoena was called to play for the national squad, making him Bafana Bafana’s youngest member ever. He still holds this record today. “To play for my country is a great honour. To be called up at 17 was a dream come true and I could not have been more proud,” he said.As captain, Mokoena has received the most caps in the history of the team. On the 30th May, he got his 100th cap during the team’s international friendly game against Guatemala. “In September 2009 I achieved a record of 50 caps as captain. I am all too aware of my responsibilities as captain of Bafana Bafana and understand my role as a leader who must motivate, encourage, and enthuse my fellow teammates,” he said.“The year 2010 is the most important time in our nation’s history, when the eyes of the world are on South Africa as we host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It is an exciting time to be a South African and it is an important time to be focused in order to deliver on the field at the biggest football show on earth.”  Mokoena has also led a successful football career in Europe, playing for teams such as Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax Amsterdam, Genk and Blackburn Rovers. He is currently the team captain for English Premiership club Portsmouth.last_img read more

Other People Believe What You Won’t

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now What are the beliefs you have about some area in your life where you wish your results were different?Who do you know that is already producing the results you want now? What do they believe?If you were to rid yourself of unhealthy infections of the mind, what actions would you take that you are not presently taking? You don’t believe that you can make more money than you are making now. You believe that money is scarce and that it is hard to come by. You hold onto this belief even though you look around and see hundreds of people making more money than you are now.You don’t believe that picking up the phone and calling a stranger can produce appointments. You don’t believe that an old, mature technology like the telephone is better than a new technology like Twitter. You believe this even though you are surrounded by people who are picking up the phone and out-producing you.You don’t believe that you can have a much greater level of success than you have now without some divine intervention. You believe that having what you want for yourself requires that someone taps you on the shoulder, gives you permission, and anoints you as the chosen one. You maintain this belief even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.Beliefs are viruses. They are infections that spread from one mind to the next. Some people are immune to negative, limiting beliefs. Others have to go through the long, painful process of ridding themselves of the viruses that infect them.If you are willing to believe the truth, you can choose your infections. You can decide what you believe.Right now, there are people who are making more money than you are because they believe they can. They believe they create more value than others. And they believe they deserve to make more money.There are also people who believe that the prospecting methods and the sales activities that you avoid are the most effective methods for winning new business. These people are using the very same methods to produce breakthrough results.When you look around and see people succeeding at a level that you wish to attain, know that they first believed that they could succeed, and then they took massive action in that direction.Other people are producing different and better results than you are now because they believe things that you are unwilling to believe. Most of the beliefs that are preventing you from having what you want are about yourself, who you are, and what you deserve.last_img read more