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first_imgNotre Dame engineering professor Gary Bernstein was recently awarded the first-ever Master of Innovation Award from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Forbes, Inc. for his development of quilt packaging technology.Bernstein, who works as the Frank Freimenn professor of electrical engineering and associate director of the Center for Nanoscience and Technology at Notre Dame, said he and his colleagues began developing quilt packaging technology in 2001 by working with integrated circuits, small computer chips that facilitate the function of cell phones, refrigerators and countless other devices that use electronics.“It would be as if you wanted one cell phone to talk to another cell phone so you had a link between them, but you knew that link was slow,” Bernstein said. “So that information would go between those two things slower than you’d like them to.”Bernstein said he noticed the paths through which integrated circuits send electrical signals was less than ideal and responded by developing quilt packaging, which he said eliminates the space between integrated circuits and thus rapidly hastens the pace at which circuits can communicate with each other.“Myself, together with my colleagues, came up with this new idea that I call ‘quilt packaging,’ because it’s like a quilt,” Bernstein said. “We want to take the chips in the packages, get rid of the packages, push them next to each other and put little tiny pieces of metal that stitch them together at their edges. Then you can form an array or quilt of multiple chips that communicate with each other much better because they don’t have to go out of the package and into another package.“That’s not done. It’s just not done. It’s a new concept. There are elements of it that are done but not in the way that I’ve described it.”According to the Notre Dame press release, Bernstein received the award at the “Forbes Reinventing America: The Innovation Summit” in Indianapolis on Nov. 13. Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith presented him with the award before Bernstein went on to make his speech.Quilt packaging technology is currently in the process of being commercialized by Innovation Park at Notre Dame, with the University owning the rights, according to the press release. Four patents have already been issued, with a fifth in the works, while the technology is being licensed and incorporated.“It [was] incorporated in 2009, so it’s actually five years old,” Bernstein said. “We’re doing quite well, getting a lot of traction and have working relationships with several major companies. We just sold our first commercial license for a product that will come out in the next couple years.“It takes a while to develop new integrated circuits, so the fact that a product is licensed and should be coming out in a couple years is really exciting.”Tags: engineering, Forbes, Gary Bernstein, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Master of Innovation Award, quilt packaginglast_img read more


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first_imgJAMESTOWN – New York State Senator George Borrello is holding a Facebook LIVE Q&A Tuesday afternoon to explain more about his plan to reopen New York State.Last month, Borrello and Assemblyman Andy Goodell announced a plan that would re-open New York with a regional approach during the COVID-19 pandemic.Just last week, the two published a follow-up to the “Restarting New York” plan which details a new schedule for reopening business sectors based on their inherent risk levels and the ability to mitigate those risks.“With the progress we’ve made against the COVID-19 crisis, one of the biggest conversations happening in our state and nation right now is how to reopen our economy and get folks back to work in a way that will keep them safe and prevent future outbreaks,” said Senator Borrello in a post on Facebook. “Since we announced the plan two weeks ago, the topic of reopening New York’s economy has moved to the forefront and generated lots of questions.” Borrello is hosting the Facebook LIVE Q&A chat at 4 p.m. Those interested in watching can view the live video here. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgImagine living inside a 40-square-foot room, perched 60 feet above a 5,000-foot mountain for weeks at a time.Except for the occasional hike to the nearest town for re-supplies, you’re completely self-sufficient. Your job is simple: Watch the mountains that spread before you for smoke. Aside from that basic task, you’re free. It’s just you, the fire tower you call home, and the miles and miles of unending mountains that surround you in every direction.It’s easy to romanticize the bygone era of fire towers and the watchers who inhabited them, but the truth is, these men and women served a very practical function. At one time, thousands of towers stretched across America’s expansive wilderness. They were manned by watchers who kept tabs on the thunderstorms and accidents that could endanger the forests and communities within their purview.While some fire towers are still used to monitor the forests in the Western U.S., here in the Southeast, most towers were abandoned in the 1960s when it was decided planes could monitor the mountains more cheaply than men and women living in towers. Since the structures were abandoned almost five decades ago, various land management agencies have either dismantled the majority of their towers or let them fall into disrepair. Virginia’s George Washington National Forest had 24 fire towers at one time; they now have three. The others were either dismantled and sold, moved to private land, or burned by arsonists (a common fate for fire towers).“Most people think that because these towers are in a national park or in a national forest that they’re maintained by the land managers, but they usually aren’t,” says Peter Barr, author of the book Hiking North Carolina’s Lookout Towers. Barr and the Forest Fire Lookout Association are leading the charge to restore what remains of the Southeast’s lookout towers, partly because of each tower’s historical significance (most were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps), but also because the few towers that remain have become hiking destinations.“You can hike to the top of a mountain in the Southern Appalachians and you’re not always guaranteed a view,” Barr says. “But if there’s a tower, a 360-degree view is your reward.”The Forest Service in the Southern Appalachians is beginning to value the towers because they are becoming popular hiking destinations. Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee recently restored the Pinnacle Mountain Tower outside of Erwin, and North Carolina has asked for federal funds to replace the roofs of eight towers in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.During peak foliage season, these towers offer a bird’s eye view of the colorful transition that consumes the Southern Appalachians. Keith Argow, chairman of the Forest Fire Lookout Association and former administrator for the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, believes these towers offer a unique way for hikers to connect with the forests they overlook.“These towers are a recognized symbol of our forest legacy—a symbol that helps remind the public that these forests are essential to our environmental well-being.”High Knob TowerGeorge Washington National Forest, Va.The Tower: One of only three fire towers left in the George Washington National Forest, High Knob sits on the state line between Virginia and West Virginia in Rockingham County. It was built by the CCC in ’39, and is one of the few rock towers in the Virginia forest system. A restoration effort between 2001 and 2003 has helped High Knob become one of the most beloved hiking destinations in the G.W. National Forest. A separate tower located in Wise County, Va. was also named High Knob. Sadly, the High Knob Tower in Wise County was burned by an arsonist in 2007. Efforts to restore the tower are underway.The Hike: Take the two-mile High Knob Trail, which follows the ridgeline of Shenandoah Mountain before accessing the tower. Portions of the trail are steep, but also steeped in rich fall color. Access the trail from Brandywine Campground.The View: The tower sits at 4,107 feet. From the observation deck, you can see Cow Knob ten miles to the north, Harrisonburg to the east, Reddish Knob to the south, and Spruce Knob in West Virginia to the west.The Foliage: The slopes immediately surrounding the tower are dominated by colorful hardwoods, as are the forests that unfold before you for 360 degrees.Hanging Rock TowerJefferson National Forest, W.Va. The Tower: Hanging Rock is a cedar cabin sitting on top of rocky Peters Mountain near the Virginia and West Virginia border. Birding groups use it to spot bald eagles, hawks, falcons, and osprey. In fact, it’s now known as the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory. The tower burned down in 1996, but the forest service scrambled to rebuild it because it’s so popular with birders.The Hike: An easy one-mile hike on the Allegheny Trail takes you to the Hanging Rock Tower. Access the Allegheny from the trailhead on Route 15 near Waiteville, W.Va.The View: Sitting at 3,812 feet, views from the squat tower include the Greenbriar Valley and the Mountain Lake Wilderness as it stretches into Virginia. Beneath your feet lie mountains interspersed with small farm communities.The Foliage: Peters Mountain is a rocky ridge adorned with mature hardwoods. Reds and yellows creep up to the jagged rock fins that highlight Peters Mountain below the observation deck.Mount Sterling Fire TowerGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, N.C.The Tower: Mount Sterling Tower is a 60-foot tall, metal and wood observation deck perched above a dozen flights of stairs. The Mount Sterling Tower was manned several months out of the year by watchers who lived in a nearby cabin for two-week tours. Sterling is one of only three towers left inside the park, and is the highest true fire tower in the eastern U.S. Built in 1935, Sterling hasn’t been maintained since the ‘60s. It was listed on the National Historic Lookout Register in 2007 and is on the waiting list to be rehabbed by the park and the Forest Fire Lookout Association.The Hike: There are several ways to reach Mount Sterling. One of the most rewarding is to hike the Baxter Creek Trail, which is a 6.1-mile climb from the Big Creek Campground. The trail climbs 4,000 feet in just over six miles, earning the highest average grade per mile of any trail inside the Smokies. Good campsites sit near the base of the fire tower, making Sterling a popular overnight destination.The View: From its perch at 5,842 feet, you’ll get uninterrupted views of the east end of the park. You can see Balsam Mountain to the west, Mount Guyot to the north, Max Patch to the east, and Cataloochee Valley to the north.The Foliage: The peak is covered in a dense evergreen forest, so don’t expect close up foliage views from the summit. Once on the tower, the valleys and peaks surrounding you form a undulating sea of color.Yellow Mountain TowerNantahala National Forest, N.C.The Tower: Yellow Mountain isn’t so much of a tower as it is a tall stone cabin with an observation deck on top. Built in 1934 by the CCC, the cabin was staffed until 1969. It was recently restored, but it sits on the edge of the forest boundary and is being encroached upon by private developments.The Hike: Take the Yellow Mountain Trail for a 4.9-mile hike with stellar views and a steep climb up Shortoff Mountain. Access the trail from Cody Gap on Buck Creek Road a few miles from Highlands, N.C.The View: From its observation deck over 5,000 feet above sea level, you can see the rocky cliffs of Hogback Mountain, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the 6,000-footers of the Plott Balsams and Great Balsams, and even Lake Jocassee in South Carolina.The Foliage: Yellow Mountain is a rocky knob with low-lying hardwoods at the base of the tower, so you not only get the long range foliage views, you get some up-close color as well.Olson TowerMonongahela National Forest, W.Va.The Tower: The Olson Tower sits on top of Backbone Mountain, the site of West Virginia’s first fire tower, constructed in 1922. The original tower was removed and replaced by the Olson Tower in 1963. Today, hikers can still climb the steel tower’s 133 steps to the base of the vintage (read: not maintained) cabin.The Hike: A number of trails lead to Olson Tower, but we like the three-mile Canyon Rim Trail for the full experience. It’s a rocky path starting on Forest Service Road 18 that traverses the northwest side of Blackwater Canyon, delivering you from a thick canopy to the open views from the tower.The View: The tower sits at 3,736 feet, with views of the Otter Creek Wilderness, Canaan Mountain, Blackwater Canyon, and the Mount Storm Power Station.The Foliage: You’re immediately surrounded by red spruce, but from the top of the tower you’ll get long-range views of colorful oak, maple, and yellow poplar juxtaposed with sharp green spruce.Still Watching After All These YearsThe Southern Appalachians may be patrolled for fires by planes, but two fire towers in North Carolina are still manned for a few months each year, usually during the winter: Toxaway Tower near Lake Toxaway and Chambers Tower, near Waynesville. A few fire towers in Virginia are also manned on a periodic basis.“We still need to man fire towers on certain days, especially during windy or inclement weather when planes can’t fly,” says Keith Argow of the Forest Fire Lookout Association. “You need someone with eyes on the forest. And you still need experienced eyes in the towers that can tell the right people exactly where the fire is and which direction it’s moving. There have been several horrible fires out West that could have been contained if someone with experience was watching them.”Save ShuckstackThe Shuckstack Lookout Tower sits less than a mile off the Appalachian Trail in the southwestern corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can see the 60-foot wood and steel tower as you walk across Fontana Dam, and it’s become a prime destination for day hikers and A.T. thru-hikers who use the tower to soak up views of Fontana Lake below. While that view is impeccable, the tower itself has fallen into disrepair. The rotted floor, missing steps, and lack of handrail could pose a hazard to hikers.“Shuckstack is in great need of repair, but it’s still salvageable,” says Peter Barr. “If we don’t act quickly though, it will become too expensive to repair and the park will shut off access.”Barr is organizing a project to raise private funds and volunteer labor to restore the tower, hoping that the National Park Service will match the funds and labor as they did to restore the Mount Cammerer Tower in the 1990s. The tower has offered fire protection for the forests and communities of southwestern North Carolina since 1934. Watchers stationed at Shuckstack witnessed the creation of Fontana Dam and the subsequent flooding of the Tennessee River.last_img read more


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first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, part of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has received an order for two feeder containerships. The deal was inked with an undisclosed shipowner from Asia, according to Hyundai Mipo’s stock exchange filing.As informed, the contract is worth KRW 82.7 billion (USD 71.2 million).The 2,500 TEU vessel pair is expected to be delivered in the second half of 2020.Reports say that the two Sub Panamax vessels would be constructed for Korea Marine Transport Co. (KMTC).In March this year, KMTC already ordered three identical 2,500 feeders at Hyundai Mipo yard. The company will be paying USD 35 million for each of the 35,000 dwt newbuilds.To be fitted with scrubbers, the ships will feature a length of 197 meters and a width of 32.5 meters. They will be built at Ulsan Hyundai Mipo shipyard and delivered sequentially in the second half of 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


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first_imgThe AquaTrojans from EC hosted the Twisters from Oldenburg and Tigers from Lawrenceburg on Thursday night.  EC won both meets.  The scores were:  Girls.  ECHS 155, LBurg 81, OA 79.  Boys. ECHS 173, LBurg 67, OA 58.Individual winners for the AquaTrojans include: Jackson Ketcham-200 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle; Mackenzie Schantz-200 IM; Jacob Weber-200 IM, 100 Backstroke; Alex Ketcham-50 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke; Maddie Stapleton-1 meter diving; Noah Arnold-1 meter diving; Ethen Witte-100 Butterfly; Alexis deLong-100 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke; Lydia Weber-500 Freestyle; Cai Fox-500 Freestyle; Olivia Nixon-100 Backstroke.EC won all 6 relays.On Tuesday, EC hosts county and EIAC rival South Dearborn at 6:00pm.GO AQUATROJANS!!!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more


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first_imgThomas Lee Ros Burns, 20, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born July 16, 1999 in Lawrenceburg, IN, son of Hobert Burns and Tara (Lee) Burns.Thomas worked for Jeff Wyler Chrysler Jeep & Dodge in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.Thomas loved to ride motorcycles and his Impala. He enjoyed country music, fishing, and working on cars. Thomas was a dog lover. He enjoyed being with his friends. He liked to help people during his life, and in his death he helped at least 8 people with organ donation.Thomas is survived by his father, Hobert (Polly) Burns of Booneville, KY; mother, Tara Burns of Lawrenceburg, IN; grandfather, David Lee of Aurora, IN; siblings, Jason (Stacy) Burns of Ross, OH, Brittany (Caleb Clapp) Burns of Ft. Wright, KY; niece Riverlyn Clapp; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, and maternal great-grandparents;  and his paternal grandparents.Friends will be received Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.A memorial service will follow at 8:00 pm.Contributions may be made to the family to help defray expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more


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first_img The pair are two of Brendan Rodgers’ four summer signings but more is expected of them than Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas and Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto. Mignolet has the challenge of displacing Jose Reina, the long-time first choice, even if the suspicion remains he has been brought in as a replacement for the Spain international. Mignolet said: “Everywhere you go, especially when you go to a bigger club, there’s always going to be a fight for places and definitely when you’re a goalkeeper because only one can play. But it’s a challenge. It can only make you better and make you stronger in the end.” Press Association He added: “I can just do my best, train as well as I can, and in the games that I get a chance I will show what I’m worth. “I’m not here to be sitting and resting. I’m here to come and progress, and play.” Toure’s situation is slightly different in that he was released by Manchester City after a couple of years when he struggled to hold down a first-team place. He intends to make up for that frustration with a new lease of life at Anfield. “I wanted to join Liverpool because of course I want to play more games,” he said. “At City in the last two years, I haven’t played a lot of games. Being there four years, two were very good and the last two years were much more difficult. “The competition is tough, there are some good defenders here, we all need to fight for our place – I’m willing to do that.” center_img Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and defender Kolo Toure insist they have not signed for Liverpool to make up the numbers and intend to challenge the established order.last_img read more


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first_imghighlights Bangladesh defeated West Indies in the league games of the tri-series.This was Bangladesh’s first multi-nation tournament win.Bangladesh lost to India in the quarterfinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: In their 30-plus years as a cricketing nation, Bangladesh has seen plenty of lows and some highs. However, in the last five years under the captaincy of Mashrafe Mortaza and due to the contributions of players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh has become a dangerous side capable of beating any nation on their given day. In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, they entered the knockouts for the first time while they also secured bilateral ODI wins against India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, just before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Bangladesh created history and gave their tournament preparations a big shot in the arm as they defeated the West Indies in the tri-series final and secured their first multi-nation trophy.Bangladesh had played consistent cricket in the tournament which also included Ireland. They had beaten the West Indies in the two league games and also defeated Ireland to top the group. In the final, Bangladesh chose to bowl in overcast conditions but it seemed Mortaza misread the conditions as the West Indies got off to a blazing start. Shai Hope blasted three fours in one over bowled by Saifuddin while Sunil Ambris took the attack to Mustafizur Rahman by hammering three fours in his first over. Hope notched up yet another fifty and raised the 100-run opening stand. Ambris also scored a fifty and the opening partnership was assuming dangerous proportions. After Hope launched Mehidy Hasan for a six, the rain came and after a two-hour interruption, the game was reduced to 24-overs-per-side. The rain-break seemed to have swung the momentum towards Bangladesh as they bowled brilliantly in the final four overs and conceded just 21 runs as West Indies ended on 152/1.Bangladesh’s target was a revised 210 in 24 overs according to the DLS method. Soumya Sarkar started off like a train by hammering three fours in two overs. West Indies did themselves no favours by dropping Tamim Iqbal on 1 and Sarkar made them pay, blasting two fours and a six off Kemar Roach. Sarkar continued to flay West Indies by walloping Shannon Gabriel for a four and a six as Bangladesh notched up the fifty in just five overs.However, West Indies fought back with Gabriel getting rid of Tamim for 18 and Sabbir Rahman for 0. Sarkar notched up his fifty off just 27 balls and continued to punish the West Indies bowlers as he scored at a strike-rate of over 200. Mushfiqur Rahim gave him good company but when Sarkar departed for 66 off 41 balls and Rahim for an attacking 36, Bangladesh was still some distance away.Mosaddek Hossain, though, had other ideas and he changed the course of the match comprehensively. After settling into a solid stand with Mahmudullah, Mosaddek blasted three sixes and a four in the 22nd over bowled by Fabian Allen as he registered a fifty off just 20 balls, the third fastest by a Bangladesh batsman in ODIs. Mahmudullah sealed the deal with a boundary. With this win, Bangladesh has shown the world that they are ready to compete in this World Cup.last_img read more


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first_imgDanny Spendlove has left Wealdstone to sign for Canvey Island.Spendlove spent three years with the Stones, making 134 appearances and scoring 17 goals.“Danny feels that the time is right for a change of club in order to recapture his form,” said Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett.AdChoices广告“He has been frustrated by his lack of playing time so far this season but is the first to admit that when opportunities have have presented themselves, he hasn’t reached the heights we all know he is capable of.“He’s a great lad who is desperate to do well and start playing with confidence and a smile on his face again.”Follow West London Sport on Twitter.last_img read more


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first_imgFulham manager Martin Jol felt his team selection against Chelsea was vindicated by the result at Stamford Bridge.Jol, who said strikers Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson did not feature because they were injured, used Orlando Sa as a lone striker and packed the midfield.And the Whites were rewarded for their hard work with an equaliser from Clint Dempsey, whose goal cancelled out Juan Mata’s opener and earned a 1-1 draw.AdChoices广告“Sometimes you have to take a gamble, and that is what we did,” said Jol.“Our two main strikers dropped out so we had to come up with something else. I think it paid off.“We played with two on the flanks and two offensive midfield players, and we caused them a problem in the first half.“They scored and it was a big blow but we came back . There was an urgency, we scored, and that gave us a big boost. I think we deserved a point.”Related story: Blues title challenge ‘maybe over’ AVBlast_img read more