first_imgSumming up one of life’s greatest mysteries in one word seems impossible. But with “Scale: A Matter of Perspective,” the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture does just that.From the smallest visible speck to a Cepheid star in a faraway galaxy, the universe and everything in it is based on scales of all magnitudes, shapes and sizes, whether seen or unseen, known or unexplored, according to Sara Schechner, David P. Wheatland Curator at the Harvard University Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. “Scale,” on view at the collection’s Special Exhibition Gallery, uses an assortment of rare artifacts to make this intangible concept corporeal.“The kernel of this exhibit originally was to show how apparatus like the microscope and telescope changed the perception of the universe as teeming with things and life at all levels,” said Schechner, who helped curate the show. “But as the planning unfolded, it expanded into looking scale in a much broader way.”Proportion is addressed in a display of miniature books arranged against the “Workhouse Provisions Ready Reckoner,” an exceptionally tall volume donated by the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerA curatorial team from Harvard’s museums, libraries, and faculty united to create an exhibit that spans disciplines, examining scale as reflected by changing world views over time. It gives visitors a panoramic view of scale’s role in everyday life — from the clothes we wear and products we use to signs and symbols, sights and sounds, even social hierarchy and economy. It uses a cross-section of objects and ideas to explore scale from every possible angle, juxtaposing objects and settings to tell different stories or reveal historical context.“The notion of scale depends on where we stand in history,” said Jane Pickering, executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. “Bringing together the strengths of all the museums’ vast collections in an interdisciplinary way and developing this exhibition through a team approach enriches our exploration.”At the center of the exhibit is a Maliseet chief’s coat from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Made in the late 1800s of black wool, the frock-style coat is embellished with tartan cotton ribbon and European glass beads. Schechner said the piece embodies a narrative of indigenous social hierarchy, global commerce, and borrowing across boundaries.The difference in scale is reflected in Mark Twain’s microscope slides and a tiny telescope belonging to King George III. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerA prominently displayed 125-year-old Bruce photographic telescope and astronomical glass plates from the plate stacks at Harvard College Observatory examine the vast realm of space exploration. Nearly invisible but significant details on the plates are magnified by the instruments and recorded in the log books of Henrietta Leavitt, an observatory employee whose work in the early 1900s annotating the plates altered the scale of the universe. Her findings eventually became known as Leavitt’s Law.“Both literally and symbolically through time, things were scaled up or down depending on everything from the sizes of instruments and materials used to the hierarchies in social scales and changing world views,” said Schechner. “How is it appropriated, is it sized to be grand or diminutive, it’s all a story about scale.”The exhibit playfully uses Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” as a recurring figure. Drawings of his heroine and quotes from the book help illustrate concepts like big and small, in and out, and the surprising approach the curatorial team took seriously.“It was probably one of the most challenging shows we have ever done and we really had so much fun with it,” said Janis Sacco, director of exhibitions. “How do you make this eclectic group of objects fit together?”The exhibit also features many actual scales and other scientific instruments, including Mark Twain’s microscope slides and a tiny telescope belonging to King George III. Proportion is addressed in a display of miniature books arrayed against the “Workhouse Provisions Ready Reckoner,” an exceptionally tall volume donated by the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. “Workhouse,” which includes a recipe for gruel, illustrates scale both in its form and format, giving recipes for one or 1,000.A fossilized skull of a giant 300-million-year-old amphibian, displayed next to a small diorama showing its excavation. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerOther artifacts capture differences in size and time scales simultaneously. The Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology’s Eryops megacephalus is a fossilized skull of a giant 300-million-year-old amphibian, displayed next to a small diorama showing its excavation. Nearby, one of the famous Blaschka glass plants from the Harvard University Herbaria & Libraries models the intricate structure of the slender rosette grass, which cannot be seen by the naked eye.“It is rare for people to actually think about how when we change scale it can completely transform what we see,” said Sacco. “Once you’ve gone past what your senses can normally detect into worlds beyond everyday human experience, sometimes it’s profound enough that it changes you, and sticks with you forever.”Scott Chimileski, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Kolter Lab and a biologist on the “Scale” team, said in some ways scale is an illusion because it is all relevant to the observer.“There is a microbial world hidden beyond our sight in any direction we look and in that world, all of the colors and shapes that we can imagine,” he said. “The scale of the world as we know it seems like a constant, yet it has changed drastically in parallel with modern science.”Chimileski created photographic murals for “Scale” that show both the microscopic and cosmic, such as a scanning electron micrograph detailing natural chalk formations composed of trillions of tiny fossilized phytoplankton from the Cretaceous period. Massive blooms of this same type of phytoplankton, called coccolithophores, still live in the ocean today and can even be seen from space, Chimileski said.“At Harvard, anything you can think of, any story you want to tell, any argument you want to make in an exhibition, you can do it,” said Pickering. “The material is here and that’s really important and something we care a great deal about.”“Scale: A Matter of Perspective” is free and open to the public through Dec. 9 at The Special Exhibitions Gallery, Science Center 251, Sunday–Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. A free public lecture and reception, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Scaling the Universe,” with Lisa Randall, the Frank B. Baird Jr., Professor of Science, will be held in Lecture Hall D of the Science Center on April 26 at 6 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin’s spokesman says the U.S. Embassy’s statements about the extensive protests in Russia, in which more than 3,500 people reportedly were arrested, interfere in the country’s domestic affairs and encourage Russians to break the law. Dmitry Peskov made the criticism on Sunday, a day after protests took place across the country demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Putin’s most well-known critic. During the protests, embassy spokeswoman Rebecca Ross said on Twitter that “The U.S. supports the right of all people to peaceful protest, freedom of expression. Steps being taken by Russian authorities are suppressing those rights.”  Peskov said the statements “indirectly constitute absolute interference in our internal affairs”last_img read more

first_img The snow tubing park at Wisp is a must-try with 2 conveyor carpets that do all work to get you up the hill while you can focus on the fun of going down.  The Mid-Atlantic’s only Mountain Coaster is next to the snow tubing park and operates year-round.  Be sure to bundle up as the Mountain Coaster can reach speeds up to 29 mph but don’t worry, riders can control the level of fun with hand brakes on the side of each coaster cart. Tucked away in the mountainous corner of Western Maryland, lies Wisp Resort.  With 33 slopes for skiing and snowboarding, all levels of skiers and snowboarders will find something fun and exciting.  The Learning Center at Sundown Village caters to first-time and beginner skiers and snowboarders by making the process as easy as possible with everything located in one place.  It’s also a unique place, made up of 8 50’ yurts, with 3 yurts dedicated to the adult learning center and 2 for the Wisp Kids learning program. Located just 14 miles off of I-68, Wisp is highly accessible to the Baltimore and DC Metro areas but the climate is worlds away from those cities.  Garrett County receives an average of 100” of snow annually and, during a typical winter, neighboring Deep Creek Lake is frozen solid enough to welcome ice fisherman and snowmobilers.center_img A bustling base area at Wisp offers the McHenry Lodge with various restaurants and bars, shopping outlets and a day skier area with 30’ high windows looking up at the slopes.  In addition to the various food courts on property, Wisp Resort offers two full-service restaurants with feature items that will please all palates, including vegetarian and gluten-free diets.  Take a look menus for Wispers Bar & Grill and DC’s Bar & Restaurant. Connected to the main building is The Lodge at Wisp, a ski-in/ski-out hotel that just got better – $3.7 million better!  Last year, a 3-year renovation project was completed, boasting renovation of 169 hotel rooms, a new entrance with porté cochere, waterfall, landscaping, firepits, new lobby and front desk, renovated meeting and function space with new audio visual equipment and a new fitness center.  Take a look at the lodging packages available with activities already built in. The Wisp Escape Games were added in 2017, which feature two distinctly different escape rooms.  A great family and team building activity to try after hitting the slopes all day. With all of these options, your family is bound to have a grand adventure at Wisp Resort – Maryland’s only four season destination for outdoor recreation.  last_img read more

first_imgDefined contribution (DC) plans—such as 401(k) plans—are now the dominant form of retirement plans for U.S. workers, yet 60 percent of all households have no retirement savings in a DC plan, and that poses retirement security challenges for low-earning households that rely on Social Security as their only source of retirement income.These and other findings are highlighted in a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report prepared for Senator Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The report, titled “Retirement Security: Low Defined Contribution Savings May Pose Challenges”, focuses on recent trends in DC plan participation and savings, how much households could potentially save in DC plans over their working careers, and how key individual and employer decisions affect savings.GAO FindingsThe GAO analyzed household financial data from the Federal Reserve’s “2013 Survey of Consumer Finances”, the most recent data available, and found that most households (60 percent) have no DC plan savings, a 3 percent increase from 2007. When the GAO limited its analysis to working households—defined as households in which at least one person is working, but is not self-employed, and the head of household is between the ages of 25 and 64—it found that 34 percent of working households had neither a DC or defined benefit (DB) plan. For households age 55 and older, an estimated 29 percent had neither a DB plan nor a DC plan, and would need to rely on Social Security as their main or only source of retirement income.The good news is that 61 percent of working households have access to a DC plan, and when provided access to a plan, 86 percent of working households participated in the DC plan. The not-so-good news is that 39 percent of working households do not have access to a DC plan, either because their employer does not offer a plan or they are ineligible to participate.Low-earning and minority households have less access to DC plans compared to other income groups, which results in low DC plan participation and savings. The GAO found that about 35 percent of low-earning working households had access to a DC plan compared to 80 percent of high-earning working households. Among minority households, 35 percent of Hispanic households and 56 percent of Black households had access to a DC plan. But when given access to a plan, an estimated 64 percent of low-earning working households, 80 percent of Hispanic households, and 81 percent of Black households participated in the plan, compared to 95 percent of high-earning working households.As a result, low-earning and minority working households have much less retirement savings in a DC plan. Among working households, only 25 percent of low-earning households had savings in a DC plan, with an estimated median account savings of $10,400, compared to the 81 percent of high-earning households that had savings in a DC plan, with a median account savings of $201,500. Among Hispanic households, 31 percent had savings in a DC plan with an estimated median account savings of $18,900. And, for Black households, 47 percent had savings in a DC plan with an estimated median account savings of $16,400.The GAO report found that projected DC plan savings at retirement vary widely by earnings. Based on GAO projections, households on average would save enough in their DC plans over their working career to generate a monthly lifetime income of $2,970, but low-earning households would save enough to generate a monthly lifetime income of only $560. These low-earning households—especially the 35 percent who have no DC plan—are much more likely to rely on Social Security for the bulk of their retirement income.Ways to Raise DC Plan SavingsThe GAO report indicated that employers could help raise participation rates by sponsoring a DC plan if they do not currently sponsor a plan. And, employers that currently offer a plan could help raise participation rates by offering automatic enrollment—whereby individuals are automatically enrolled in the plan unless they opt out—and allowing for immediate eligibility and immediate vesting. Taking these steps would significantly increase the percentage of low-earning households with DC plan savings at retirement.Individuals could help increase their DC plan savings at retirement by participating in a plan if they are offered one at work, transferring or rolling over their DC plan assets to another tax-advantaged account upon leaving employment (rather than taking a distribution), and maximizing their employer match by contributing  the amount needed to receive their employer’s maximum matching contribution. The GAO report found that taking full advantage of the employer’s maximum matching contribution would increase DC plan savings at retirement by 31 percent for low-earning households.While taking these actions will help increase DC plan savings at retirement for low-earning households, many low-earning households will still have no DC savings at retirement, in part because low-earning households are the least able to save for retirement. That poses retirement security challenges for low-earning households as they are forced to rely on Social Security as their only source of retirement income.Implications for Credit UnionsThe GAO reports finding, that more than one-third of working households have neither a DC or DB plan, has significant implications for credit unions, as many of these households are credit union members. Following are actions credit unions can take to help their members ensure a more secure retirement.Offer a simplified employee pension (SEP) plan or a savings incentive match plan for employees of small employers (SIMPLE) IRA plan to small business members that do not currently offer a retirement plan for their employees.Educate members of the importance of transferring or rolling over their DC plan assets to another tax-advantaged account (such as a credit union IRA) when changing jobs, rather than cashing out the plan.Offer a no-fee IRA with a low-minimum balance requirement to help low-earning households that may not have access to a DC plan at work to save for retirement.Make a payroll deduction option available to help members save for retirement on a regular basis.The GAO report makes no specific recommendations—but its finding that most households have no DC plan access and that low-earning and minority households have much less retirement savings in a DC plan compared to higher-earning households—is certain to draw increasing scrutiny on the cost and effectiveness of retirement savings tax incentives as Congress prepares for comprehensive tax reform. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Detailslast_img read more

first_img continue reading » Depending on the size of your bank or credit union, ATMs might cost you a little bit or a lot. The more ATMs, the more money you throw at them to keep them up and running.That cost can be a bitter pill to swallow. So, any trick financial institutions have for keeping costs down is a necessary one. There is no single cost-saving solution that can replace all other efforts. Instead, there are several methods of maximizing the value of your fleet.Recently, we wrote about how to save money and free up budget space at your credit union. We mentioned buying refurbished ATMs, but that’s not the only way to get the most out of your ATMs. One of the best and most ubiquitous ways to save money on ATM fleets is to use refurbished ATM parts. Here’s the low down on ATM part refurbishment. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgTOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — The West Corners Lions Club teamed up with Most Holy Rosary Church in the Town of Maine to hold a food giveaway Saturday morning. Bush said the giveaway was the latest in a series of drive up events held by the club since the pandemic began. The groups gathered in the church parking lot to distribute 8,000 pounds of milk products as well as 100 CHOW food boxes plus additional food donated by the church. Anyone in need of food was encouraged to drive up to receive their package without ever having to leave their vehicle. center_img “Where there’s a need there’s a Lion, and hunger is on the forefront because of the pandemic, and a lot of folks are going without financial support where they need it,” said Lions Club District Governor Rosemarie Bush. last_img read more

first_imgThere are polished timber floorboards and VJ walls.“The block size and the location being in the River Avenues were probably the two key factors, as well as the Queenslander aspect,” Mr Peck said.The agent said about 50 groups inspected the property and two written offers had been received. Outdoors is an inground pool.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The kitchen is galley-style.According to CoreLogic data the suburb median house sale price for Hawthorne is $1,150,000, a figure that had risen 6.5 per cent in the three years to November 2018. The bedrooms are large.The renovated 1920s character home has VJ walls and polished timber floorboards, along with high ceilings.There is zoned ducted airconditioning, an inground saltwater pool, and views of the Story Bridge, Teneriffe’s historic woolstores and the city.Mr Peck said Hawthorne was a blue chip area and could be expected to continue strongly.center_img The house at 158 Barton Rd, Hawthorne, sold for $2.158 million.A HOUSE at Hawthorne has sold at almost a staggering $1 million more than the suburb average.The property at 158 Barton Rd was sold earlier this month for an eye-watering $2,158,000. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoOne of the many living areas.Ray White East Brisbane agent Jonathan Peck said the house was bought by a young family who were drawn to the size and location of the 815sq m block.last_img read more

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first_imgMore information abut the Dale DeFrance Memorial, to be broadcast by Speed Shift TV, is available from Kruse at 515 231-5444. The same five IMCA divisions are on the weekly program Friday, July 10 at Marshalltown. The pit gate opens at 5:15 p.m. and the front gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:50 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m. Minimum start money is $220 for the Late Models, $200 for the Modifieds, $130 for the Stock Cars, $100 for the Northern SportMods and $95 for the Hobby Stocks. Top prize for IMCA Modifieds is $1,125 in a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying feature. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $650 to win, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods for $575 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $400.  There is no entry fee for the draw/redraw show and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and KMJ Performance State, but no track points will be awarded.center_img Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 10 and under. Pit passes will be $30.  “The number of individuals and businesses who have contributed to the expanded purses to be paid in each division or given contingency awards for this event is amazing,” commented promoter Toby Kruse. “These are the people who support Marshalltown Speedway, IMCA and IMCA drivers. This event is not possible without them.”  MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – One of Central Iowa’s best known racing families will be celebrated Thursday at Marshalltown Speedway. Five IMCA divisions are on the card for the third annual Dale DeFrance Memorial on July 9. IMCA Sunoco Late Models run for $2,619 to win that evening in their 500th and final Summer Series event, and DeFrance’s son Darrel will complete his perfect series attendance streak at his hometown track. last_img read more

first_img Pardew said: “Tim won’t play, he’s out for these next two or three games for sure, so Rob Elliot will come in. “He has made his international squad and he is keen to stay in that squad and he needs to play, so the opportunity lands at his feet. “Rob is a confident goalie and he will look to take that on.” Meanwhile, striker Loic Remy is expected to return to training after a calf injury on Monday, while full-back Davide Santon has recovered from a bout of tonsillitis and is in contention for selection. Santon’s fellow defender Mathieu Debuchy remains on the sidelines with a groin problem. Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is set for a spell on the sidelines after being ruled out of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Southampton. Manager Alan Pardew has revealed the Holland international could miss up to three games after damaging a knee during Tuesday night’s 3-0 home defeat by Everton. Rob Elliot, who has been called up for the last two Republic of Ireland squads, but is yet to be capped, will deputise with Jak Alnwick providing the back-up. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more