Student-Made Devices Compete in 2015 JPL Invention Challenge

first_imgScience and Technology Student-Made Devices Compete in 2015 JPL Invention Challenge From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 12:15 pm More Cool Stuff 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a commentcenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Community News Middle- and high-school teams will demonstrate unique devices they have built to compete in the Ball Fling Contest, the annual Invention Challenge hosted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena this Friday, December 4, 2015.The Ball Fling Contest objective is to create a device that can propel three supplied playground balls to three different targets in less than 60 seconds. Point values are awarded for each successfully completed target. The team whose device accumulates the most points becomes the winner.Twenty-one student teams from 16 high schools in Southern California are competing in the challenge. They were invited to the JPL Invention Challenge based on results from two regional contests held in November.Three teams composed of JPL engineers and scientists are also in the competition.While the contest rules change each year, the goal is the same – to give students an opportunity to be creative and have fun with math, science and engineering.One of this year’s requirements is that devices must be initiated by a single action by the team’s operator for each launch of the playground ball – e.g., cut a string, flick a switch, pull a pin, etc. No human power may be used during the initiation of the device.The length and width of the device are limited to 2 meters or 6 feet 6 inches. The devices must also be made from non-toxic, safe materials.Trophies are divided into two categories: one for JPL employee/family/contractor entries, and the other for school team entries. Certificates will be issued for the largest, smallest, lightest, heaviest, most unusual, most artistic and most creative designs.The event is open for public viewing at the JPL Mall Area, at 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.For more information, visit www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/inventionchallenge/2015/index.php. HerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Peruvian Armed Forces Deployed to Fight Narco-Violence

first_imgDario Medrano, a spokesman for the DNCD, said an investigation has been launched to capture those associated with the presumed narcotics. Wow these guys are so cool how they fight they seem to be shining along those paths man it’s great to see those Armed Forces from neighboring countries Peru and Bolivia Dario Medrano, a spokesman for the DNCD, said an investigation has been launched to capture those associated with the presumed narcotics. The Dominican Republic’s Military recently teamed with several of the country’s security forces to seize 100 packages of a substance that law enforcement authorities are testing for cocaine and heroin from a ship. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has deployed the Armed Forces to the Huallaga Valley, a major coca-growing region in the country’s northeast, to combat increased violence by the Shining Path terrorist group. Dominican Military helps seize presumed narcotics The Huallaga Valley, which stretches into the Provinces of Huánuco, San Martín, and Ucayali, is a hotbed for coca plantations that are overseen by the Shining Path, which uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist activities. Coca is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Agents with the Center for Information and Joint Coordination (CICC) were checking cargo on the ship’s dock when they noticed one of the container’s seals appeared to have been altered. It was sent to an area where it could undergo a more comprehensive search by security agents in the presence of Deputy Prosecutor Pamela Ramírez. Upon opening the container, law enforcement officers found two bags containing 33 and 34 packages respectively. The packages were sent to a forensic laboratory to be tested and weighed. The Intelligence Department of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces (J-2), the National Investigations Department (DNI), the Specialized Port Security Corps (CESP) and the Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) also participated in the seizure. Agents with the Center for Information and Joint Coordination (CICC) were checking cargo on the ship’s dock when they noticed one of the container’s seals appeared to have been altered. It was sent to an area where it could undergo a more comprehensive search by security agents in the presence of Deputy Prosecutor Pamela Ramírez. Upon opening the container, law enforcement officers found two bags containing 33 and 34 packages respectively. The packages were sent to a forensic laboratory to be tested and weighed. The increased Military forces were deployed to support the area after the president declared a 60-day state of emergency there on February 20. The decree gives the Armed Forces more power to combat the Shining Path, which works with local narcotrafficking groups and gangs to grow and transport cocaine, according to Humala. The Intelligence Department of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces (J-2), the National Investigations Department (DNI), the Specialized Port Security Corps (CESP) and the Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) also participated in the seizure. The Huallaga Valley, which stretches into the Provinces of Huánuco, San Martín, and Ucayali, is a hotbed for coca plantations that are overseen by the Shining Path, which uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist activities. Coca is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has deployed the Armed Forces to the Huallaga Valley, a major coca-growing region in the country’s northeast, to combat increased violence by the Shining Path terrorist group. The increased Military forces were deployed to support the area after the president declared a 60-day state of emergency there on February 20. The decree gives the Armed Forces more power to combat the Shining Path, which works with local narcotrafficking groups and gangs to grow and transport cocaine, according to Humala. By Dialogo February 24, 2015 The Dominican Republic’s Military recently teamed with several of the country’s security forces to seize 100 packages of a substance that law enforcement authorities are testing for cocaine and heroin from a ship. Dominican Military helps seize presumed narcoticslast_img read more

Miller, D’Urso Win Open Assembly Seats on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Republican medical marijuana activist Melissa Miller won a surprise victory over Democratic Long Beach city councilman Anthony Eramo in the race to fill an open New York State Assembly seat, results show.Miller, a 52-year-old stay-at-home mom from Atlantic Beach and an advocate for children with special needs, won 47 percent of the vote in the 20th district to beat Eramo, 42, and 33-year-old Green Party candidate Joseph Naham, also of Long Beach, according to unofficial results tallied by the state Board of Elections.On the North Shore of Nassau County, Democrat Anthony D’Urso, a 76-year-old former North Hempstead town councilman from Port Washington, won 46 percent of the vote to beat 25-year-old Michael Varvaro, a former legislative aide from Port Washington, in the race to replace outgoing state Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) in the 16th district.The other 20 state Assembly members that represent Long Island all won re-election—ensuring Democrats retained their supermajority in the 150-member chamber.“I am proud that we have been able to grow our majority to 107 members and our conference remains the most diverse legislative body in the country, including 41 women,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said.Deputy Assembly Speaker Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), 77, won her 15th term representing the 18th district by the largest margin of any local Assembly race with 80 percent of the vote over Cornelius Todd Smith, a 47-year-old banker and perennial Republican candidate from Lakeview.Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor), 63, won his 11th term representing the first district with 55 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Heather Collins, a 40-year-old elections clerk from East Quogue who sought a rematch from two years ago.Assemb. Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk), 46, won his third term representing the second district with 61 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Michael Conroy, a 57-year-old union leader from Manorville.Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue), 52, who represents the third district, was re-elected with 56 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Gregory Schoen, a 30-year-old elections worker from East Patchogue. Murray won his seat in a 2010 special election, was re-elected once, got unseated four years ago, and then recaptured his seat in a ’14 rematch.Assemb. Steven Englebright (D-Setauket), 71, won his 13th term representing the fourth district with 53 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Steven Weissbard, a 52-year-old attorney from Stony Brook.Assemb. Al Graf (R-Holbrook), 56, won his fourth term representing the fifth district with 56 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Deborah Slinkosky, a 60-year-old former Sachem school board member from Holbrook, and Libertarian challenger James Smith, a 25-year-old veteran and college student.Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), a retired Suffolk County police detective who was named deputy Assembly majority leader last year, ran unopposed for his eighth term representing the sixth district.Assemb. Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville), 32, won his third term representing the seventh district with 60 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Nicholas Gambini, a 22-year-old pizza delivery driver who is reportedly the youngest Assembly candidate in state history.Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James), 59, won his eighth term representing the eighth district with 63 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Richard Macerello, a 64-year-old perennial candidate from Kings Park.Assemb. Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa), 53, won his seventh term representing the ninth district with 62 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Brendan Cunningham, a 23-year-old Babylon Town spokesman from West Babylon.Assemb. Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington), 37, won his third term representing the 10th district with 53 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Edwin Perez, a 59-year-old elections board staffer from Huntington.Freshman Assemb. Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Wyandanch), 32, won her second term representing the 11th district with 53 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Shawn Cullinane, the 63-year-old Lindenhurst village clerk-treasurer.Assemb. Andrew Raia (R-East Northport), 48, won his eighth term representing the 12th district with 59 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Spencer Rumsey, a 63-year-old Northport resident who is senior editor at the Long Island Press.Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove), 67, won his sixth term representing the 13th district with 56 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Jeffrey Vitale, a 32-year-old Sea Cliff resident who is an Oyster Bay Town employee, and Green Party challenger Jeffrey Peress, a 44-year-old custodian from Glen Cove.Assemb. Dave McDonough (R-Merrick), 79, won his eighth term representing the 14th district with 56 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Michael Reid, a 55-year-old paramedic from Merrick.Assemb. Michael Montesano (R-Glen Head), 62, won his fourth term representing the 15th district with 50 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Dr. Dean Hart, a 58-year-old optometrist from Glen Head.Assemb. Thomas McKevitt (R-East Meadow), 45, won his sixth term representing the 17th district with 56 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Matthew Malin, a 24-year-old elections clerk from Seaford.Assemb. Edward Ra (R-Garden City South), 35, won his fourth term representing the 19th district with 55 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Gary Port, a 54-year-old attorney and perennial candidate from West Hempstead.Assemb. Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook), 47, won his fourth term representing the 21st district with 51 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Travis Bourgeois, a 31-year-old elections clerk from Merrick.And finally, Assemb. Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont), 31, won her third term representing the 22nd district with 62 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Robert Bogle, a 24-year-old law clerk from Valley Stream.last_img read more

Johnson headed home after release from hospital

first_imgUSC running back Stafon Johnson was released from the hospital Wednesday, just 16 days after receiving throat surgery for a weightlifting accident.The senior walked to his press conference at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and flashed a smile and a thumbs up to a waiting throng of reporters.Johnson still requires a breathing tube and cannot speak or swallow, but his doctors were upbeat about his recovery because of how far the senior has already come since the Sep. 28 incident.“He has made extremely remarkable progress at this preliminary stage,” said Dr. Ryan F. Osborne, one of the surgeons who operated on Johnson. “We’re happy with his progress and we’re very optimistic for his long-term prognosis.”Johnson nodded along to the words of his doctors and his mother, Kim Mallory, before his uncle Kregg Anderson read a statement that Johnson wrote on his laptop prior to the press conference.“This is not the end of anything, but the beginning of things to come,” Johnson’s statement read. “I will be back soon.”Doctors had no set target date for when they will ask Johnson to attempt to speak again. They also had no timetable for a return to football, though Johnson nodded and smiled when the notion of playing again was discussed.Johnson will return home to rest and begin the rehabilitation process. He will be monitored “on an outpatient basis,” Osborne said, and will be evaluated later in the week.The day was emotional for Mallory, who stayed by her son’s side throughout his recovery. She thanked fans and friends for their outpour of support through cards and texts, as well as the surgeons who worked with Johnson.“God couldn’t have put together a better team of doctors for us,” Mallory said.The weightlifting injury could have been life-threatening to many other patients who lacked Johnson’s spirit and health, Dr. Jason S. Hamilton said.“His physical stature and his will to survive allowed him to make it to the hospital,” Hamilton said. “When I first evaluated him, I was surprised he even made it to the hospital at all. That’s a testament to him fighting from the beginning.”Johnson has remained in his teammates thoughts during his absence. Starting on Saturday against Notre Dame, USC will wear helmet stickers that read “Sta Fight On 13,” a play on words thought up by USC coach Pete Carroll.Separating himself from the team has proven difficult for Johnson even during his recovery. The Compton native watched USC’s 30-3 win against Cal from his hospital bed and couldn’t help but get excited.“He was pushing in bed like he’s Allen Bradford trying to get a touchdown,” Mallory said. “The whole time, it was like he was in the game, but from afar.”Johnson drew support from throughout the community and even rival UCLA fans after the incident and continues to gain supporters.“I wasn’t a football fan before, but I am now,” Osborne said. “You can’t help it. Stafon is just infectious.”Before heading home, Johnson scribbled a final note for Mallory to read to the audience. She said it read, “Fight on. Beat the Irish.”last_img read more

Tipperary and Clare minor hurlers lock horns this evening in the Munster semi-final

first_imgThe Premier County young guns entertain Clare in Semple Stadium in a game which was deferred for 24 hours as a mark of respect to the late Jimmy Doyle.Tipp manager Liam Cahill has rung the changes from the side which started against Waterford in the quarter finals.Throw-in is at 7.30 this evening and we’ll have regular live updates from Semple Stadium here on Tipp FM.last_img