Quantifying variation in δ 13C and δ 15N isotopes within and between feathers and individuals: Is one sample enough?

first_imgStudies of avian migration increasingly use stable isotope analysis to provide vital trophic and spatial markers. However, when interpreting differences in stable isotope values of feathers, many studies are forced to make assumptions about the timing of moult. A fundamental question remains about the consistency of these values within and between feathers from the same individual. In this study, we examine variation in carbon and nitrogen isotopes by sub-sampling feathers collected from the wings of adults of two small congeneric petrel species, the broad-billed Pachyptila vittata and Antarctic prion P. desolata. Broad-billed prion feather vane material was enriched in 15N compared to feather rachis material, but there was no detectable difference in δ 13C. Comparison of multiple samples taken from Antarctic prion feathers indicated subtle difference in isotopes; rachis material was enriched in 13C compared to vane material, and there were differences along the length of the feather, with samples from the middle and tip of the feather depleted in 15N compared to those from the base. While the greatest proportion of model variance was explained by differences between feathers and individuals, the magnitude of these within-feather differences was up to 0.5 ‰ in δ 15N and 0.8 ‰ in δ 13C. We discuss the potential drivers of these differences, linking isotopic variation to individual-level dietary differences, movement patterns and temporal dietary shifts. A novel result is that within-feather differences in δ 13C may be attributed to differences in keratin structure within feathers, suggesting further work is required to understand the role of different amino acids. Our results highlight the importance of multiple sampling regimes that consider both within- and between-feather variation in studies using stable isotopes.last_img read more

Image of the Day: USS Vinson’s Bullets Light Up the Sea

first_img Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Bullets The ship, which is the third US Navy’s Nimitz class super carrier, is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting unit-level training.[mappress]NavalToday Staff, April 11, 2014;Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Travis S. Alston USS Carl Vinson’s sailors fire a 50-caliber machine gun during a gun shoot on the ship’s fantail on April 8th. April 11, 2014 View post tag: Vinson View post tag: sea Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: USS Vinson’s Bullets Light Up the Sea View post tag: Light View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Image of the Day: USS Vinson’s Bullets Light Up the Sea View post tag: the View post tag: Navy View post tag: up Share this articlelast_img read more

University refuses to release Schwarzman vetting documents

first_img“The additional funds bring the council’s total spending on the issue to £7.4 million, and are part of a larger effort by the council to transform their approach to homelessness. Much of the money will go towards the completion of the new shelter and assessment hub in Floyds Row, the first wing of which opened last month. It’s a space co-designed by people experiencing homelessness that includes a range of accommodation, a treatment room for drug and alcohol dependency and intensive support to help people move on from a life on the streets. The centre will be fully open in April, providing a warm, calm and safe environment for those sleeping rough to access support and advice ensures the good governance of the funding of University activity, and openness and transparency around the sources of that funding.” The motion also requested that Oxford demonstrate “a transparent ethical framework for donations,” to ensure that any donations are “consistent with the University’s stated values of sustainability and equality.” It further requested information relating to the honours Mr Schwarzman will receive for his donation. Oxford University has refused to release documents to Oxford Students’ Union relating to the vetting of a £150 million donation made by Stephen A. Schwarzman for the construction of a new humanities centre. Responding to the motion, Oxford said “All decisions about donations are made by the University’s Committee to Review Donations, whose members include Oxford academics with expertise in relevant areas like ethics, law and business. This committee considers whether donations or research funding are acceptable under University guidelines. The Committee reviews all the publicly available information about a potential donor and can take legal, ethical and reputational issues into consideration. The Committee Oxford City Council has announced it will be spending £1.2 million more on preventing homelessness and rough sleeping next year. The motion also highlighted links between Stephen Schwarzman, Donald Trump, and the Koch brothers. It levels the claim that Mr Schwarzman sought to “legitimise socially and ecologically destructive practices” through investment at internationally renowned universities. Regarding the gifts and honours Mr Schwarzman would receive due to his donation, the University clarified that while the building will be named “The Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities,” it is against university policy to let donations influence academic policy or appointments, meaning that Stephen Schwarzman would not receive any honorary fellowship or associated role for his donation. The new humanities centre will unify seven faculties and six libraries in one site, near Green Templeton College in Jericho. In 2019 a number of academics voiced their opposition to Oxford University’s acceptance of the £150 million donation by Stephen Schwarzman which made the centre possible. The letter argues that the centre “will be built with the proceeds of the exploitation and disenfranchisement of vulnerable people across the world.” center_img The motion criticised many of the financial interests of the Blackstone Group, the investment firm chaired by Mr Schwarzman, including the role the group has played in the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest, and in the global housing crisis. Speaking to propose the motion at the Student’s Union Ben Jacobs, council member from Pembroke College, said: “The University has made it clear that these single large philanthropic donations are a precedent for fundraising for the future. They’ve talked about keeping pace with our American competitors. Looking at the comparison the University have made to America and this idea that we need big philanthropic donations, if you look at the States in the last year we had the cash-for-places scandal, Epstein and the MIT media lab, lots around Sackler donations. It is clear what can happen if we just look at competition between universities rather than looking at ethical and accountable frameworks within the University for who we want to take money from and who we want to name our buildings after.” Oxford Student’s Union is yet to respond to the University’s answers to the questions asked at the meeting. A motion which passed during the Union Council’s meeting in 3rd week of Hilary requested that the University release the full details relating to the vetting process of Mr Schwarzman’s donation so that a public review of the process could take place. The donation to Oxford follows a similar donation made by Mr Schwarzman of $150 million to Yale University in 2015, and $350 million to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018. The latter donation laid the groundwork for a $1 bn school of artificial intelligence at MIT.last_img read more

RUNNING CAMP

first_img× Members of the St. Dominic Academy Cross Country team traveled to Glen Spey, NY for Radix Running Camp the week of 20 August. They were photographed with 2016 US Olympian Robbie Andrews of Manalapan who won the NCAA title at 800 Meters while at the University of Virginia. Pictured clockwise from left are Suhayla Johnson, Nicolette Racz, Jessica Wisowaty, Andrews, Caroline O’Donnell, Milani Bethel, Kayla Sullivan, Megan Van Alstyne, Charlotte Hennessey, Andrea Tlacuilo, Maya Barnes and Isabel DiBari. SDA has attended running camp as a team annually since 1991.last_img read more

Honeyrose scoops up Greenwich Cakes assets

first_imgHoneyrose Bakery has bought all the unencumbered assets and equipment of London baker Greenwich Cakes, following the latter’s voluntary liquidation.London-based organic handbaker Honeyrose acquired bakery production, packing and office equipment. MD Lise Madsen said it could offer great value to existing Greenwich Cakes customers, who, in most cases and for a similar price, could trade up to a handmade, organic cake.She said the purchase gave the company flexibility to have dedicated equipment for specific areas, such as gluten-free production. “We needed to expand our production capacity quickly,” said Madsen. “Customer demand is really picking up, both for our Honeyrose brand and our private-label business. This fits into our growth strategy, which began last year when we moved into a bespoke, green bakery with 400% additional capacity.”The organic handbaker has also been awarded another two gold awards at the 2009 Great Taste Awards, which brings its tally up to 14 won over the years, five of which were gold. Organic Pecan Maple Syrup Flapjack and Organic Chocolate Gateau are the two most recent winners.Honeyrose Bakery handbakes organic cakes, cookies, muffins and biscotti, including a line of wheat-, gluten- and dairy-free items, which are sold in shops including Waitrose, Fresh & Wild, Planet Organic, Harrods and Selfridges.last_img read more

Guidance: vCJD transmission by blood components: risk assessment

first_imgThe model is highly precautionary and supported by independent experts on the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens ‒ Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (ACDP TSE) sub-group.last_img

Watch David Byrne’s Entire Performance From Lollapalooza Chile [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgDavid Byrne is currently on tour in support of his most recent release American Utopia, his first solo album in 14 years. The Talking Heads frontman kicked off his 100+ date tour a few weeks ago, garnering rave reviews about the highly theatrical, choreographed musical performance, which he described as “the most ambitious show [he’s] done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”On Friday, David Byrne brought the show to Santiago, Chile for Lollapalooza, marking his first festival appearance with the new band and production. Without a single cord onstage, the showman and his highly percussive band delivered standout versions of Talking Heads classics including “Slippery People”, “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”, “Once In A Lifetime”, and many more, as well as a rendition of “Toe Jam”, Byrne’s 2008 collaboration with Brighton Port Authority, and songs from American Utopia.You can watch pro-shot video of the full performance below:David Byrne – Full Pro-Shot Video – Lollapalooza Chile 2018[Video: XMVAX]David Byrne has a huge tour ahead of him including North American festival appearances at Coachella, Shaky Knees, Jazz Fest, Panorama, Sasquatch, Beale Street Music Festival, and more. Click to see the full list of tour dates below, and head to David Byrne’s website for more information.Setlist: David Byrne | Lollapalooza | Santiago, Chile | 3/16/18Here, I Zimbra (Talking Heads song), Slippery People (Talking Heads song), Everybody’s Coming to My House, This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads song), Once in a Lifetime (Talking Heads song), Toe Jam (Brighton Port Authority cover), Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) (Talking Heads song), I Dance Like This, Every Day Is a Miracle, Blind (Talking Heads song)David Byrne 2018 Tour Dates:03/16 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile03/18 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina03/19 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Teatro Gran Rex03/20 – Montevido, UY @ Teatro de Verano03/22 – Porto Alegre, BR @ Pepsi On Stage03/24 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brasil03/26 – Curitiba, BR @ Teatro Positivo03/28 – Rio de Janerio, BR @ Km De Vantagens Hall03/29 – Belo Horizonte, BR @ Km De Vantagens Hall04/03 – Mexico City MX @ Metropolitan Theater04/05 – Monterrey MX @ Auditorio Pabellón M04/07 – Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital Guadalajara04/12 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Centre %04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival04/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Centennial Hall %04/17 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater %04/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center for the Arts %04/19 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater %04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival04/24 – Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House %04/25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion %04/27 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts %04/28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn %04/29 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest05/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival05/05 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium #05/08 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium #05/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium #05/10 – Durham, NC @ Durham PAC #05/12 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem #05/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Arts #05/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater #05/16 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater #05/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater #05/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater #05/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #05/21 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #05/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theater #05/24 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater #05/25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival05/27 – Portland, OR @ Keller Audiorium #05/28 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center #05/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre #06/01 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater #06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater #06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater #06/05 – Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Civic Center #06/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center for the Arts #06/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House #06/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater #06/14 – Oxford, UK @ New Theatre *06/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall *06/17 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Symphony Hall *06/18 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo *06/19 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo *06/20 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo *06/23 – Prague, CZ @ Metronome Festival06/25 – Zagreb, HR @ INmusic Festival06/26 – Wien, AT @ Museumsquartier06/27 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom06/30 – Ewijk, NL @ Down The Rabbit Hole07/03 – Paris, FR @ Days Off Festival07/05 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/06 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/08 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/11 – Oeiras, PT @ Cool Jazz Festival07/13 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live Festival07/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Cruilla Barcelona07/17 – Zürich, CH @ Theater 1107/19 – Ravenna, IT @ Ravenna Festival07/20 – Perugia, IT @ Umbria Jazz Festival07/21 – Trieste, IT @ Piazza UNita07/27 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival07/28 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion #07/29 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival07/31 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #08/01 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #08/03 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts #08/04 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts #08/05 – Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center #08/07 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautcia #08/08 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Performance Hall #08/10 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater #08/11 – Huber Heightes, OH @ Rose Music Center #08/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend #08/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater &08/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater &08/18 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic Auditorium &08/21 – Sacramento CA @ Community Theater &08/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium &08/24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl &08/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium &08/27 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater &08/28 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater &09/07 – West Long Branch, NJ @ OceanFirst Bank Center ^09/08 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre ^09/09 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre ^09/11 – Portland, ME @ Merill Auditorium ^09/15 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium ^09/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre ^09/23 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center ^09/26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater ^09/28 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts ^09/29 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore ^09/30 – Tampa, FL @ Mahaffey Theater ^10/06 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie ^% = w/ Perfume Genius# = w/ Benjamin Clementine* = w/ Laura Mvula& = w/ Ibeyi^ = w/ tUnE-yArdsView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Brave brands take center stage

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Kristiana LockmanI’m used to brands chasing me. Like the maker of the sparkly shoes I abandoned in a cart, the one that stalks me as I move around the Internet. Reading an article, there they are. Checking out my friend’s vacation pictures? Sparkly shoes are winking in the sidebar, like little actors determined to audition for a role in my closet. Even the other pair of sparkly shoes, the ones I DID buy, are tailing me.That’s the reality of the world we live in. Brands aren’t sitting back waiting to be discovered. They’re trying to get in front of us, working up a sweat as they audition for the spotlight in our heads.But you know who doesn’t have to work so hard? You know who walks right up and takes the stage? The brand that bravely starts a conversation about something that matters.Dove has been doing this for over a decade with Real Beauty, a campaign that started as a research project and ended up tapping into a deeper, more meaningful conversation about what it means to be beautiful. This brand was able to elevate itself with a message that doesn’t feel like advertising.  Really, I don’t have the bandwidth to remember why their product will make me look softer and smoother than someone else’s product. But why my girlfriends, my mother, my co-workers, and I all feel we have to look softer and smoother? That’s a pretty interesting topic. continue reading »last_img read more

Person charged with arson in Susquehanna County Transcript Building fire

first_imgThe full document can be read below: Reading on ours news app? Click here to view the PDF. SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. (WBNG) — Judge Jodi Cordner’s Office has confirmed with 12 News a subject has been charged with arson in an investigation into fire at the Susquehanna County Transcript Building in September 2019.center_img According to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 68-year-old Charles Ficarro has been charged with arson and insurance fraud.last_img

Madeira honoured with top World Travel Awards title | News

first_imgThe rich volcanic soil, mountainous terrain and expansive Laurissilva forest – a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering 20 per cent of the main island – mean that if nature is your thing, guests will feel extremely happy there. – Advertisement – It has the winning combination of breath-taking natural beauty, friendly people, great food and wine, value for money, excellent accommodation and outdoor activities, fun cultural festivities, year-round warmth and is within easy reach from the UK (3.5-hour flight).  On the same latitude as Casablanca, this Portuguese outpost is home to some of the most striking and lush landscapes in Europe. The scenery is rugged, varied, more tropical than anywhere else in the continent and the warm sea is always close by. – Advertisement – OlderWorld Travel Awards reveals Middle East hospitality leaderscenter_img Discover Madeira has been awarded the title of Europe’s Leading Island Destination at the World Travel Awards.It is the seventh time the archipelago has received the accolade. – Advertisement – Madeira was referred to as the most enviable island on earth by author H.N. Coleridge in the 19th century – “it ensures every European comfort with almost every tropical luxury” – and as the award shows, this view continues to the present day.  The destination has been in the news for its excellent handling of the current Covid-19 pandemic, making it one of the most appealing and safe holiday options.However, safety is just one of the many strings to Madeira’s bow. – Advertisement –last_img read more