Tigers roll into Niclai championship

first_imgThe Arcata High girls basketball team punched its ticket to a sixth straight Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament championship game Thursday night with an 80-68 win over visiting Hoopa Valley.Arcata, winners of the past five Niclai tournaments, improved to 17-6 and will play St. Bernard’s today at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to make it six straight.“What an incredible experience for these kids, especially for these seniors who made it all four years.” Arcata head coach Doug Oliveira said. “You think in …last_img

Next Generation Microchips Inspired byNature’s Nanotech

first_imgAn article in ComputerWorld1 reports that Hewlett Packard, IBM, Fujitsu, and Texas Instruments are putting effort into developing nanotechnologies for chip manufacturing based on a principle found in nature: the tendency of matter to fall into predictable patterns as molecules assume low energy states. There aren’t many structures that can be built today, but researchers are finding new ways to manipulate molecules all the time. IBM has been using self-assembly in a capacitor, and HP Labs have self-assembled 10-atom wide conductive wires.Self-assembly—the tendency of certain structures to fall naturally into patterns—is one of nature’s most common occurrences. On a grand scale, for example, wind direction, temperature and moisture in the air result in predictable types of storms.Now think smaller—much smaller. Certain molecules combine without guidance in predictable ways.  “Some molecules recognize each other and find natural low-energy states,” says W. Grant McGimpsey, a biology professor and director of the Bioengineering Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)1 Steve Ulfelder,“Molecular Self-Assembly: Nanoscale circuits build themselves, breathing new life into Moore’s Law,” ComputerWorld, pg 28, 5 September, 2005.Certain molecules in nature recognize each other and combine into predictable patterns as they settle into low-energy states.  This fits very nicely with the Second Law of Thermodynamics and the formation of snowflakes, but is exactly the opposite of what evolutionists claim happened three or four billions of years ago on Earth at the origin of life.  Biological RNA and DNA are not mere crystals or repetitive patterns.  They are highly volatile and energetic, requiring cellular machinery to build and maintain.  Most important, they contain genetic information not derivable from the atoms of which they are composed nor from the laws of physics that describe how their parts interact.  In contrast, “Self-assembled materials form very simple patterns,” said one of the engineers.  Though ordered, these materials do not specify anything.  Though the article spoke of “natural self-assembly,” there was no mention of evolution – good, because evolution and engineering don’t logically mix.  Neo-Darwinian evolution is unguided and purposeless; the engineers here were harnessing natural processes toward intelligently-designed, functional ends.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, May 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I am actually in a sprayer right now spraying a field we just got done planting. There is some drizzle moving in so I think we will be done for a little while anyway.We got about a third of the corn in prior to today. We hadn’t run for about a week and a half there until last night when we fired up at midnight. We got 120 acres of corn in last night. We are just shy of about a third of our beans in.We are feeling pretty good about our progress. I was getting nervous when it got down to 40 degrees at night two or three days after we got it in the ground. The crops are waiting for some warm weather to explode, but they are still growing. We need some nice 70-degree days to get everything to pop at the same time. Everything is treated. I am sleeping well at night knowing the seed is treated. We are just waiting on some sunshine now.We do not have anything you can row yet. We planted the first corn on April 26 and 27 and those cold nights have been holding it down. I would say with as many cold nights as we had, there could be some uniformity issues. They are calling for low 70s here and a half-inch to an inch of rain in the next few days. That should be good for the stuff that is in the ground.I would say if we got two or three good drying days we could get back in. Close to Paulding we are a little ahead of the game but over by the Indiana line we are about on par with most of the neighbors.The wheat looks beautiful. It seems to have taken the nitrogen really well. It is nice and green and growing strong. I am optimistic about the wheat.last_img read more

How I Moved From Residential Construction into the Commercial Market

first_imgI started my foray into the construction business in the early 1980s. After a stint as a sculptor’s apprentice and assistant, I opted for what I hoped would be a more stable life for my young family.I had been raised in construction. My father, grandfather, and uncles were all in construction. I picked up a hammer at an early age and was, with my father’s patience and guiding hand, fairly skilled in carpentry by the end of my high school years.I worked my way through college as a framer and developed proficiency in cabinetmaking and fine carpentry by my mid-twenties. I had always wanted to have my own business. Construction was a natural choice for me.I started out as a member of a small builder’s co-op that evolved into a partnership. In the ’80s, we built a couple of high-performance passive solar homes each year. We experimented with a number of strategies. The book Building for Energy Independence: Sun/Earth Buffering and Superinsulation was our Bible. RELATED ARTICLES Solar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old Debate Multifamily Construction is Good News for Green BuildingMy Forays Into Multifamily Affordable HousingInsulating an Old Brick Dormitory Multifamily Green Building Certification Still Has IssuesMultifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in OregonA Multifamily Greening in HarlemA Net-Zero Multifamily Project in Seattle Green Multifamily Projects in the Neighborhood Stabilization ProgramOnion Flats’ Big Multifamily Passivhaus PlanA Passivhaus Take on Multifamily Moving into a different worldThe commercial building world is quite different from the residential market. The expectations are different. The stakes are higher, as the buildings are larger and the occupants present many variables. After taking a close look at our internal operations, I realized there would be significant benefits to formalizing our systems of communication and project administration.The next step in my professional evolution was to set a goal for building high-performance buildings on a commercial scale. The following step was to understand that there was a lot that I didn’t know about running a commercial construction management company. After realizing what I didn’t know, I set myself on a course of study to learn the things I needed to know to attain that goal.I committed myself, with my family’s support, to a course of study that vastly improved my chance of success in this new venture.I’ve summarized the key steps in my journey in hopes that they may prove useful to others in our community. Michael Bruss was the founder and president of Bruss Construction and Integrated Building Energy Associates. He is the owner of Bruss Project Management. This post was originally published at NESEA’s website. Ultimately, we moved toward strategies of superinsulation and airtightness and away from the hassles associated with sloped glass and movable insulation. After learning of Joe Lstiburek’s work, we quickly realized the Canadians were a lot smarter about building performance than we were. We started trying out various insulation and air-sealing strategies that were prevalent at the time.We were a small outfit of trusted tradespeople with a steady flow of decent work through the 80s. As I was challenging myself to have a positive impact on the environment, I did the math and recognized that we could have a bigger impact if we applied the same concepts to larger commercial buildings. Since this decision, I have had the good fortune to build and renovate close to one million square feet of high-performance building projects. Challenges and rewardsWorking with a strong design team to complete a quality high-performance building project with a process involving innovation and openness is a very rewarding experience. As I look back on the projects over the years, I recount the challenges and opportunities we encountered along the way and I find that the most successful projects all had a number of team members from the NESEA community. It is here that I find a supportive community that challenges me to reach for a better future. I needed a new kind of educationIn addition to reading every book I could find about commercial construction project management, I enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Construction Management program at Northeastern University. This commitment to three years of night school – while running a small business and raising two active kids – gave me a number of things that I needed to succeed as a commercial contractor.I already had the technical knowledge and a passion for constructing quality buildings. What I needed was the discipline and administrative consistency of recognized industry standards to be able to deliver a project in the commercial and institutional marketplace. The education I pursued gave me the knowledge and background to develop a construction management process that was designed to deliver innovative high-performance building projects.I tested my newly developed process with a great team of building performance gurus, including Stu White and Marc Rosenbaum, in 2001 on the first LEED Gold commercial building project built in New England.I relied upon several folks from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association community, including Marc, James Petersen, Bruce Coldham, and Tom Hartman, who were always willing to take the time to discuss how to better deliver a quality building project. These conversations were often less about where to put the air barriers and more about how to motivate tradespeople to care about actual results.I needed to redevelop my team building and communication skills. Recognizing that institutional projects often required me to work with several “owners,” all of whom had different interests and agendas, I soon understood that these skills were essential. We were no longer working with couples who owned residential buildings; working with married partners has its own complexities. Often in an institutional project, the “owner” consisted of the heads of schools, directors of facilities, faculty members, directors of development, and business managers – all on one team!last_img read more