Focusing Horticulture Research

first_imgEven if they’re born of the most exemplary research, innovative indoor plant propagation technologies aren’t beneficial if they are too costly to use.That is the simplest distillation of a new article published in the journal HortTechnology focused on identifying the indoor plant propagation research and education needs of specialty crop producers. The study was the result of a partnership between University of Georgia Associate Professor Alexa Lamm and several researchers in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida.The study was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) intended to strengthen relationships between growers and researchers so that scientists are doing the right research and outreach, focusing and advancing industry needs based on grower input, said Lamm, who focuses on science communication in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). “The study is a good example of the work I do in partnership with other faculty to strengthen the agricultural sector through communication.”While indoor farming is more widely used in other countries, economic and knowledge-based challenges must be addressed for indoor propagation facilities to be viable in the U.S. despite their potential benefits, according to the study.In collaboration with principal investigator Celina Gómez, an assistant professor of controlled environmental horticulture with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Lamm designed the data collection methodology and surveys and analyzed the data collected to inform the development of an upcoming, multimillion-dollar SCRI grant proposal for a five-year research study on indoor plant propagation.“We wanted to make sure that we address stakeholder concerns so we can pursue research that is usable,” said Lamm. “There are many different areas of research that could be focused on — from irrigation technologies to lighting and pest management to energy consumption and water-use recycling. There has been a lot of research done on indoor plant propagation of leafy greens in other countries, but it has not been economically viable in the United States, which is why it has not been widely adopted here.”Rather than focus on propagating traditional crops indoors, this study focused on growing specialty crops that may require adjustments to traditional agricultural methods.According to study data, industry participants were largely motivated to adopt indoor propagation environments to reduce crop losses, increase productivity per unit of land area, ensure faster germination or rooting, improve plant quality, and profit from anticipated economic benefits.Lamm identified research and education priorities for industry members, including economic costs and benefits like capital investment and energy costs, improved crop quality, production time, uniformity, reduced shrinkage, and strategies to improve light management indoors.Based on those factors, research efforts must determine and prioritize the most important economic considerations and production advantages to fill important gaps in knowledge about indoor plant propagation. This is not only on the part of producers, but also on those industries that will provide specialized equipment and technologies to make indoor propagation efficient, effective and economical.“We had representation from stakeholders all over the U.S. who are dabbling in or who have begun indoor propagation to determine where they need research to help further indoor propagation across important emerging specialty crop markets,” Lamm said.Pairing social scientists and science communicators who can capture the essence of the needs of the producers and translate that into terms that a bench scientist can use to design their research programs can ensure that the innovations coming from studies is adoptable and useful in the marketplace.“Bench scientists take a lot more time putting together complex research protocols resulting in emerging technologies, but if they don’t take the economic aspects of it into consideration, there will not be adoption of any of their scientific breakthroughs. They need to have economists working side by side with them as they pursue new research and innovations. They need the economic modeling of cost and the effectiveness of integrating that innovation into a viable system,” Lamm said. “This is the missing piece that social scientists can contribute that can influence agricultural advancement on a global scale.”The full study is available at For more information on the CAES Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, visit read more

Knowing the signs and how to best treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

first_imgTry these options if you’re feeling a bit down this time of year, and if symptoms continue be sure to see your doctor. “The temperature doesn’t have anything to do with it. But the decrease in sunshine does. The days are shorter and just the way that the Earth and the Sun are situated we are not getting the intense sunlight,” said Dr. Shah. Typically the sun is a little harder to come by this time of year, and it can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder. So how can this be treated? Getting sunlight, whether naturally or through light therapy, is the best place to start. (WBNG) — While sunshine has been a little easier to come by thus far this winter, the season is far from over. “People feel depressed in the months of winter, from November through February let’s say. Their mood could be lowered, mainly lowered from the symptoms of depression,” said Director of Sleep Lab at Lourdes Hospital Dr. Zia Shah. “The key is to get as much exposure to sunshine as we can. So they could take a walk during their lunch break if the sun is out. They could plan some vacation in the south, or where there would be more sunshine,” said Dr. Shah. Two other treatment options work as well if additional sunlight is hard to find. Some of the symptoms include anxiety, fatigue, loss of interest and mood swings. “The second most important thing would be to get exercise. These people would also have decreased Vitamin D levels, and that is one of the causes of decreased exposure of the skin to ultra-violet rays and so forth. But Vitamin D deficiency would make them tired and they could take Vitamin D supplements,” said Dr. Shah. Though this disorder occurs mainly at higher latitudes during the colder months, temperature actually doesn’t play a role.last_img read more

NBA news: Stephen Curry out for three months due to hand injury

first_img Written By Prayers up to my brother STEPH get well soon Broski🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) October 31, 2019 10 months ago Halloween NBA: JJ Redick, LeBron James go trick-or-treating in style COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago NBA: Joel Embiid and Karl Anthony-Towns feud dates back to 2016 FOLLOW US 10 months ago NBA Oct 31 Highlights: Embiid–KAT feud, Stephen Curry injured Stephen Curry injury update:— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) November 1, 2019 Damn, Steph with a broken left hand in awkward fall. Things go from worse to worse.— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) October 31, 2019 Also read | NBA players and fans react to Stephen Curry’s injury on TwitterAlso read | Halloween NBA: JJ Redick, LeBron James go trick-or-treating in style First Published: 3rd November, 2019 03:02 IST WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago NBA players and fans react to Stephen Curry’s injury on Twitter 10 months ago NBA 2020 MVP Odds: Antetokounmpo leads the way in the MVP race LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Stephen Curry has a broken left hand.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) October 31, 2019 Also read | NBA: Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns suspended after brawlCurry, who is the longest-serving member of the team, is extremely essential to the team and their victory. As one of the most loved NBA players, his teammates, opponents and coaches alike showered him with overwhelming love and support. From Richard Jefferson to Patrick Beverley, everyone extended support for the player. Curry even posted a story on Instagram to thank everyone for their good wishes, while also showing his injured hand.  Last Updated: 3rd November, 2019 03:02 IST NBA News: Stephen Curry Out For Three Months Due To Hand Injury Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who recently broke his left hand while playing against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, has been ruled out for three months. Also read | NBA 2020 MVP Odds: Antetokounmpo leads the way in the MVP raceNBA news: Stephen Curry’s injuryCurry drove and elevated, with Suns’ Aron Baynes standing firm on his feet. Curry leapt with the ball but crashed straight into Baynes. Curry fell to the ground, trying to brace himself. However, Baynes went down with Curry, falling on his left wrist. The two-time MVP was down for a considerable amount of time, before getting up and exiting the court with 8:31 minutes left to Q3. Curry was clearly in pain as he made his way to the locker room. Curry had scored nine points, six assists and five rebounds before he had to walk out. Warriors lost the game 110-121.  Devika Pawar Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who was broke his left hand this week, will be out for three months. The Warriors announced the news on Saturday. The injury has been treated via surgery, which was successful. However, after Klay Thompson, Curry is Warriors’ second player to be injured. The two-time NBA MVP injured himself on Thursday while playing against the Phoenix Suns in a match that his side lost. Curry is on the path of full recovery and an update on his injury will be provided after three months. last_img read more

The Trouble with Homes — Asthma and Poor Indoor Air Quality

first_imgA solution?It’s time for the construction industry to get serious about moisture management. If everyone responsible for building homes got to experience the feeling of a bad asthma attack, maybe it would happen more quickly. A moisture problem caused by the economic downturn of 2008One source of moisture problems they didn’t mention in the article is building materials that are wet and moldy when installed. Here’s a little secret about that one. If your house was built in 2009 or 2010, it may be more susceptible to that problem.See those photos of the moldy stack of lumber below? I took them at a building supply store in May 2009, and that whole stack of 2x4s was moldy like this. Why? Recall what happened in 2008. That’s when the economy took a nosedive, and construction went off a cliff. The suppliers couldn’t reduce their production as quickly as demand went down because of the inertia of being so large. The lumber was still flying out of the mill but not being loaded onto trucks and delivered to the lumberyards. It sat out longer than usual, getting wet and then starting to grow the kind of stuff you see in the photos. I have no idea how much moldy lumber got put into new homes that people are now living in, but I do know that it was getting delivered. The trouble with building scienceThe reason I’m writing about it here is that I just read a great article called The Trouble with Building Science from the Fine Homebuilding website. (It also happens to be Asthma Awareness Month.) It’s fairly general but does focus on moisture management, or the lack thereof, in homes. I write about that issue a lot, too, and just last week wrote an elementary demystification of vapor retarders.Here’s the paragraph in the Fine Homebuilding article that spurred my post here:In the past, experts argued about whether mold posed a serious health threat, but according to a 2007 study funded by the EPA, “Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home.” The same study goes on to say, “The national annual cost of asthma that is attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home is estimated to be $3.5 billion.” Those are just health costs; they don’t include mold remediation. The authors also estimate that dampness or mold is present in 47% of homes.As a former asthma sufferer, I find those numbers appalling. By not paying attention to the details of moisture management, we’re hurting indoor air quality and people — nearly 5 million of us!Why is there so much dampness and so much mold growing in so many homes? As architect and building scientist Bill Rose points out in the article, the main source is rain. It comes in through the top, the sides, and the bottom. Plumbing leaks also pose a sigificant risk, and that’s what’s going on in the photo at the top of this article. Water vapor, according to the FH article is third in importance.center_img I grew up with really bad asthma. Not being able to get enough air into your lungs, in case you haven’t experienced it, is pretty scary. I remember lying in bed during one asthma attack, gasping for air, wheezing loudly, and feeling like I was going to die. A trip to the hospital for a shot opened up my lungs again that night, but I continued to suffer asthma attacks even into my mid-twenties. I’m one of the lucky ones who managed to ‘outgrow’ this debilitating disease, but many live with it every day.Asthma is often triggered by environmental conditions, and two of the triggers I had to avoid were live Christmas trees and feather pillows. To protect me from the former, my parents got one of those silvery aluminum Christmas trees that are all the rage on ebay now. I also slept mostly on foam pillows, but one night as a teenager, I made the mistake of not telling my friend Guy that I was allergic to feather pillows. Four decades later, he still has vivid memories of his fear that I was going to die that night.Asthma is bad. Very bad.last_img read more

Twitter Kills Off Tweetdeck – R.I.P. Third-Party Clients

first_imgThe Twitter client end times are nigh. Well, to be fair, they’ve been nigh for a while now – so I guess now the end times are here.In a blog post today, Twitter announced that it would formally discontinue support for TweetDeck’s trio of non-web apps, TweetDeck for iPhone, Android and AIR. The clients will be pulled from their app stores in early May, so you can expect considerable wonkiness thereafter.Twitter, The Control FreakThe death of the TweetDeck trifecta marks a formal end to the heyday of third-party Twitter clients. Last year, as Twitter began to tighten its guidelines, the company effectively wrestled developers into a choke-hold.Along the way, many great clients and apps folded, deeming it too risky to pour themselves into projects that could be felled by Twitter at a moment’s notice. The three clients that Twitter will no longer support are all powered by its old API v1, which the company already announced plans to retire.Power Users Left In The Cold What are we left with? Well, acccording to its blog, Twitter will rally around the “modern, web-based version of TweetDeck – namely TweetDeck for web and TweetDeck the Chrome app. TweetDeck’s native Mac and PC clients will also live on, though Twitter will focus its efforts on the other versions. None of these option are atrocious in their own right, but it’s slim pickings for power users these days. Many self-proclaimed power users remain loyal to the AIR version of TweetDeck, in spite of its quirks. The AIR-powered client retains the flavor of the original app, before Twitter began to splice TweetDeck’s DNA into a less feature-rich client meant for more casual users.Twitter Is A Platform, Not An AppTwitter’s plan to evolve beyond a platform and into a suite of apps has been building momentum for years. Twitter acquired TweetDeck back in 2011 and casual Twitter client Tweetie before that, in 2010.Still, the vestigial remains of half-abandoned clients are just as much of a mess than ever – and the fact that Twitter is keeping the TweetDeck branding isn’t helping. At its essence, Twitter is still more of a platform than it is an app. But as its development strangehold tightens, the ample customization of a thriving ecosystem will soon be the stuff of archived tweets.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… taylor hatmaker The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img Tags:#social media#twitter A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

A Masterclass In Building a Motion Graphics Reel

first_imgTake a masterclass in building your motion graphics reel to sell yourself in the right way.Whether you are a motion graphics artist, film editor, colorist or director of photography, more often than not your reel is a vital part of your ability to get work. Knowing how to build a reel by picking the right music, selecting the right shots, setting the pace, flow and chronology of the reel and understanding how all these things will be subconsciously interpreted by the viewer is a dark art. Thankfully Carey Smith from Division05 has put together a superb extensive masterclass that takes you through all you need to do, step-by-step, to create a killer reel.Although the following videos are aimed at a motion graphics user, there is zero reason that editors, directors of photography or anyone else building a reel cannot take away valuable gems from this series!In Part 1 Carey sets the stage for the process by inviting a willing volunteer to submit their current reel and all of their portfolio footage to be made over in his professional hands. It’s fascinating to see where the reel started compared to where it eventually ends up. To see the final re-imagined reel jump to 5:25 in Part 4 – the last video below.Building a Winning Reel from ScratchIn Part 2 Carey works through several different music tracks to select the right one and dissects the pros and cons of each one, working out the overall pace and feel, where the breaks and builds are and much more.First impressions count and in part 3 Carey starts by building an opening title card to set the stage for the rest of the reel. It’s brilliant to be able to see his very detailed work in sketching out ideas, what worked and what didn’t, and to hear all of the thought that went into the logo design. In the second half of part 3, Carey starts the edit of the reel and explains why it’s so crucial to get right so your audience is engaged from the start.Why put so much effort into the intro?… The point is the audience is meeting you for the first time, and it’s probably in the context of seeing a whole lot of other reels, and so you need to be able to differentiate yourself from all those other reels, otherwise no one is ever going to remember that you even exist. And the best way to do that is to communicate something about yourself that’s authentic. That who you are and what you have to offer is inherently different.In the last part of the masterclass, Carey walks through how to select the very best of what you have to showcase and how to structure your reel so it zips right through. He shares 5 excellent principles for anyone building a reel:If you love what Cary has to offer subscribe to his YouTube Channel here or check out this previous post on Understanding Composition.last_img read more

A look at some political incorrect instances of slapping

first_imgSome celebrities get slap-happy when they are angry. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh allegedly slapped BJP youth wing activists in Ujjain, enraged by the black flags they were waving at him. Here are more politically incorrect instances where the hand did the talking.Wendi Deng Murdoch, left, slapping a protestorWendi Deng,Some celebrities get slap-happy when they are angry. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh allegedly slapped BJP youth wing activists in Ujjain, enraged by the black flags they were waving at him. Here are more politically incorrect instances where the hand did the talking.Wendi Deng Murdoch, left, slapping a protestorWendi Deng Murdoch, when an angry protester tried to hit Rupert Murdoch with a pie in Parliament in London during a hearing of British MPs, Wendi Deng, in demure pink, sprung from her seat like a Ninja and landed a tight one on the intruder. That’s called being a tiger wife.Cricket might be a sport but the players certainly aren’t sporting. Hot-tempered Harbhajan Singh handed a resounding slap to S. Sreesanth during the 2008 IPL series when the then Kings XI Punjab player took a jibe at Mumbai Indians Bhajji for having lost the match.Comic actors can get nasty sometimes. Two years ago, Govinda slapped a fan who was trying to take pictures on the sets of a film. A few months later he socked director Neeraj Vora during the shoot of the film Lucky because actor Aryan Vaid had accidentally slapped Govinda too hard during a scene.How can she slap? If you don’t know this term, it would serve you well to log onto YouTube and find out its origin. The host of an Indian reality show Dadagiri, in her endeavour to be dramatic and raise TRPs, slapped a contestant. The startled boy slapped her back. When the crew members restrained the contestant, he yelled “How can she slap?”advertisementlast_img read more

These Arent Your RegularSeason Cavs

The Cavs’ second-most-used lineup this postseason, which features José Calderón in place of George Hill, is also without precedent. Cleveland is the only remaining team in the playoffs that has given more than 20 percent of its postseason minutes to a lineup that didn’t see any time together in the regular season.2Although it should be noted that only about half the total playoff field gave more than 20 percent of the team’s minutes to any one lineup of any description. In addition to the Cavs, the Raptors, Pelicans and Rockets have all leaned heavily on a single lineup.Midseason trades and injuries are the primary reasons for this. Right around the time Cleveland acquired George Hill at the trade deadline, Kevin Love missed 20 games with a fractured hand. By the time Love had returned from injury, J.R. Smith had been moved out of the starting lineup to run the team’s second unit. A short while later, Kyle Korver took a leave of absence to deal with a family issue and a nagging foot injury. The lineup had no opportunity for chemistry-building before the playoffs. And even then, George Hill missed three games during their series with the Pacers due to back spasms.Having Hill in the lineup unlocks a major component of Cleveland’s offense. Not only does it give the Cavs another person (besides James) to bring the ball up the court, it also allows Hill and Love to run a pick-and-roll that creates defensive mismatches that are easier to exploit than the mismatches created by the James and Love version of the pick-and-roll. After last night’s game, Love said in the postgame press conference, “And for me personally, setting a 1-5 pick-and-roll, that was something that I missed, especially in the first series when [Hill] was out with his back.”After Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, LeBron James was asked how happy he was with his team’s chemistry thus far. James noted that it was just their ninth game in the postseason together, but in some ways it was just the ninth game ever for this iteration of the Cavs.Of the seven remaining playoff teams, the Golden State Warriors are the only other club that has been using untested lineups. But now that Steph Curry has returned after rehabbing a knee injury, the Warriors are back to using lineups like the “Hamptons Five,” which they’ve featured throughout the last two seasons.How you view Tyronn Lue, Cleveland’s head coach, colors how you view his postseason lineups. If you think Lue is in over his head, you might believe that he’s making things up as he goes. But if you have more faith in his abilities, you might believe that this has been Lue’s plan the entire time. One piece of evidence in favor of the latter theory is that Lue hinted before the end of the regular season that he had something up his sleeve that he was saving for the playoffs. “We’ll probably do things we haven’t done all season when it comes to the playoffs, things we’ve been working on all year,” Lue told playoffs are meant to be the culmination of everything that teams work on over the regular season. Coaches spend 82 games fine-tuning their schemes, rotations and lineups to find out what works and what doesn’t. By the time the playoffs arrive, there aren’t many stones left unturned. Which is why the way that Cleveland swept Toronto with an untested lineup is so surprising for the Cavaliers and so disappointing for the Raptors.In previous years, when people explained why the LeBron-led Cavaliers improved during the playoffs compared to the regular season, they usually chalked it up the to the team giving more effort — or flipping the proverbial switch. The difference this year is their lineups.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The Cleveland Cavaliers that swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors out of the postseason in dominant fashion looked completely different from the Cavs team that eked out 50 wins in the regular season. And with good reason: The bulk of Cleveland’s postseason minutes have gone to, quite literally, a different team. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Cavaliers have leaned heavily on a five-man lineup that had never shared the court before.In the team’s series against the Pacers and Raptors, Cleveland’s most-used lineup has been George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James and Kevin Love. So far this postseason, they’ve logged 110 minutes together. That’s 110 more than they played together in the regular season. Compared to the Toronto Raptors, whose most-used lineup in the playoffs1OG Anunoby, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. logged 801 minutes together in the regular season, Cleveland looks like it’s experimenting on the fly. But it’s working. Cleveland’s most-used postseason lineup is outscoring opponents by 41 points, good for third-best in the playoffs. read more