Ontogenetic changes in stable isotope (δ13C and δ15N) values in squid Gonatus fabricii (Cephalopoda) reveal its important ecological role in the Arctic

first_imgGonatus fabricii is the most abundant cephalopod species in Arctic waters, and the only squid that completes its entire life cycle there. In order to understand its ecological role in the Arctic, we conducted stable isotope analyses of beaks from all ontogenetic groups from west and east Greenland waters and the Barents Sea, complemented with morphological data. The values of both delta C-13 and delta N-15 of G. fabricii were not related to sex. Values of delta C-13 showed a small ontogenetic increase, and these values were geographically distinct, with highest levels found in the western part of the study area. Values of delta N-15 showed a dramatic ontogenetic increase (i.e. 10.0 parts per thousand delta N-15; 2.6 trophic levels), from epipelagic juvenile forms to large bathypelagic adults, without significant geographical variation. The observed maximum value of delta N-15 (14.9 parts per thousand) is the highest ever recorded in cephalopod beaks. The estimated trophic level (up to 5.1) compares only to top vertebrate predators in the Arctic: large piscivorous fishes, seals and toothed whales or large benthic scavenging fishes. Thus, G. fabricii is a top invertebrate predator in the Arctic, with the widest isotopic niche observed to date for any species there. Among cephalopods its trophic level is only exceeded by its Antarctic congener, G. antarcticus, and by the Antarctic colossal squid Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni. Thus, polar squids occupy higher trophic positions than do squids living in warmer regions. Finally, our study shows that G. fabricii descends to bathypelagic layers during ontogenesis, continuously increasing its trophic level by changing prey types and sizes, and avoiding predation pressure.last_img read more

Finsbury halts production at Kara foodservice division

first_imgFinsbury Food Group has reported strong sales of bread in retail stores but has suspended production at its foodservice operation.The foodservice market, which accounts for about 20% of Finsbury’s business, has been virtually shutdown by the coronavirus and the government’s instructions to close pubs, restaurants and schools.As a result, Finsbury has temporarily suspended production at its Kara site in Manchester, which serves the foodservice channel. It is continuing to supply customers from its existing stock.The business said it was also reviewing shift patterns and production elsewhere, depending on sales. It is freezing all discretionary expenditure and capital investment and carefully managing cash resources.But the retail side of the business was proving resilient, reported the company, with bread overtrading although some parts of the cake market had been weak.Finsbury reported that trading in the first two months of the second half of the financial year had been tracking in line with market expectations.“We are in the very early stages of understanding the impact of the virus on our business and, with the situation being as fluid as it is, it is not currently possible to provide guidance on future earnings,” stated the company.“As a manufacturer of a wide range of baked goods, we are committed to playing our part in ensuring the UK’s supermarkets have the food stocks needed at this time of unprecedented demand. The health and safety of our employees is our top priority, and we continue to adhere to the UK government’s rules and guidelines, with extensive procedures in place across our sites.”CEO John Duffy said that, despite the difficulty in predicting short-term performance because of Covid-19, he was encouraged by the demand on the retail side of the business.“While the coming weeks and months are likely to be some of the more turbulent we’ve seen, the fundamentals of the business remain sound and we see no reason to believe the virus will damage the longer-term value proposition of the business,” he added.“Our employees across the group have thus far risen superbly to the challenge, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their continued hard work and dedication at what is an extremely difficult time, and to reassure them that their well-being continues to be our priority.”last_img read more

The peak of summer

first_imgLocke Pond. (Kathleen Beaubien)Black-shouldered Spinyleg dragonfly at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Molting Indigo Bunting in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Calico Pennant dragonfly at Hills Pond in Perkins Township. (Tom Oliver)Widow Skimmer dragonfly at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Doe running in field in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Doe eating clover in a field in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)A young Pied-Pilled Grebe, Wilton. (Jim Knox)A young Hooded Merganser. Wilton (Jim Knox)A little morning tenderness in Wilton. (Jim Knox)A Monarch shows off its colors. Wilton (Jim Knox)It seems the better part of the day of late has been at dawn. Wilton (Jim Knox)An impending storm during sunset/Caribou. (Jennifer Ellsworth)Scenic lake/ New Canada. (Jennifer Ellsworth)Fields of yellow (canola flowers)/ Caribou. (Jennifer Ellsworth)Turkey Vulture close-up, Farmington. (Steve Muise)Immature Green Heron, Farmington. (Steve Muise)Immature Green Heron fishing reflection, Farmington. (Steve Muise)last_img read more

Jam Cruise Closes Out With Galactic, GRiZ & More Fun [A Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Jam Cruise 15 is in the books, but not without a great final day of performances on Tuesday January 24th. The seafaring festival was headlined by Galactic on its final day – and you saw the explosive results with their Nikki Glaspie sit in on a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name.” Glaspie hosted her own super jam, but that wasn’t all the fun, as GRiZ, Percy Hill, The Original Meters, The Revivalists, Brothers Comatose, Kimock & Lebo, The Suffers, The Hip Abduction and more. With Borahm Lee in the Jam Room and members of Turkuaz in the Jazz Lounge, you know it was a crazy party from start to finish!Check out photos from the final night below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.last_img read more

ARISE Festival Adds Beats Antique, Break Science, & More To 2017 Lineup

first_imgReturning to Loveland, CO for the fifth straight year, the beautiful ARISE Festival has announced a hard-hitting lineup for their 2017 event, going down August 4-6 at Sunrise Ranch. ARISE has continued to build a strong reputation within the Colorado scene, bringing incredible and diverse performers into a uniquely intimate and gorgeous setting. Today, the festival reveals the first of three exciting headliners: the vibe-heavy, groove machines Beats Antique, along with electro-future-funk acts Break Science and Android Jones.The festival has seemingly outdone themselves in 2017, boasting a lineup with exciting sets from Atmosphere, Tipper, Ani DiFranco, Rising Appalachia, Brother Ali, The Expendables, Dirtwire, Desert Dwellers, Dopapod, Brasstracks, and Late Night Radio. The lineup continues with featured appearances from bluegrass favorites The Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band, The Brothers Comatose, and The Grateful Ball featuring Jeff Austin, Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, and more. See the full lineup below:With eight stages of musical performances, plus more bands to be announced through May, the 5th Year Celebration of Colorado’s fastest growing music festival is sure to be the best yet.Recognized as more than a music festival, ARISE offers a range of activities such as workshops, enriching yoga classes, provocative documentary films and panel discussions, art installations, live painters, art gallery, performance artists and theme camps. ARISE also offers “interactive villages” including a Children’s Village, Food Truck Village, Vending Village, Healers Village, Hemp Village, Wisdom Village and a Solution’s Village, showcasing ecological and social justice solutions with practical on-site demonstrations designed to make our world a better place.More information can be found on the festival website.[Cover Photo by Eric Allen via ARISE Facebook Page]last_img read more

Widespread Panic Sharing 2015 ‘Andy Griffith’ Halloween Show For Next 24 Hours

first_imgTune in to this show as part of Widespread Panic’s ‘Never Miss A Sunday Show’ Webcast Series!Following a legendary weekend in Las Vegas, Widespread Panic continues their generous streak with pro-shot video from their 2015 Halloween performance in Asheville, North Carolina. The band amazed fans at the U.S. Cellular Center with a full-show recreation of the famed sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, performing the show’s iconic whistling theme song, as well as a handful of tracks that were performed on the show. The full-concert video will be available for fans to enjoy for less than 24 hours.Trick-or-treat! Setlist: Widespread Panic at the U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, NC – 10/31/15Set 1: Ain’t Life Grand > Jam > Bust It Big > All Time Low, I’m Not Alone, Space Wrangler, Dooley^*, Driving Song* > There Is A Time*^ > Jam* > Driving Song* > Dream Song*, The Fishin’ Hole^, Love Tractor*Set 2: Have A Cigar^, Wish You Were Here, Young Lust^, Bowlegged Woman, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Jack, Proving Ground, One Kind Favor > Drums > Jam, I Shot The Sheriff^ > North, Expiration Day*Encore: Journey Through The Past*, Postcard*, I Fought The Law^*Notes * w/ Nicky Sanders on fiddle^ first time played[Andy Griffith Show theme; Stage lighting first set was black & white; ‘Journey Through The Past’ LTP 3/14/14 Nashville (129 shows); ‘Postcard’ LTP 6/27/14 Red Rocks (100 shows)]last_img read more

Art Museums appoints new curator of Chinese art

first_imgSarah Laursen has been appointed as the new Alan J. Dworsky Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Harvard Art Museums, effective June 15.Laursen is currently the Robert P. Youngman Curator of Asian Art at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, in Middlebury, Vt.; she is also assistant professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury, where she leads courses for undergraduate students on Asian art and art history and museum studies. Her expertise is in the art of early medieval China, and she has extensive curatorial, teaching, and research experience encompassing topics ranging from ancient India and Korea to contemporary China. Laursen, who has substantial experience in the digital humanities, has incorporated digital tools such as API, ArcGIS StoryMaps, and photogrammetry into her exhibitions and teaching, seeking new ways to increase audience engagement, reveal patterns in art historical data, and improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities.Laursen returns to Harvard after having been part of a significant project in the early 2000s to catalogue and digitize the Asian collections held in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. That initiative, which received major support from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, gave her the opportunity to become well acquainted with the Chinese objects in the collection. The project contributed to the growth of online records available in the museums’ searchable collections tool, launched in May 2002.In her role at the Harvard Art Museums, Laursen will join the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art. She will primarily be responsible for the care, documentation, research, and presentation of the museums’ extraordinary collection of Chinese art, working closely with division colleagues and museum supporters to expand the collection. Laursen will also contribute to the care and presentation of the museums’ Korean art and Buddhist art collections. Additionally, she will collaborate with colleagues in the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art on the acquisition and presentation of contemporary works of Chinese art.“We are delighted to welcome Sarah to our museums after an extensive search for a Chinese art curator who will truly thrive in this environment and working with this collection,” said director Martha Tedeschi, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “Her talents and experience as a curator and teacher, along with her creativity and passion, will enliven and strengthen the Harvard Art Museums’ impact in the field of Chinese art history.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Discover the 8 Key Steps for Successful AI Initiatives

first_imgPromote the use of a new checklist and advanced PowerEdge server technology to help customers explore the potential of AI for their organizations Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being embraced and adopted by organizations of all sizes across the world. According to a global survey of data and analytics technology decision makers, 51% of firms have already implemented or are expanding their implementation of AI – and an additional 20% plan to implement AI in the next 12 months1.Are your customers looking at the opportunities offered by AI implementations too?Industry analyst Forrester Consulting suggests that, to ensure success and mitigate the risks, it’s up to CIOs to take the lead on AI projects.From a hardware standpoint, Dell EMC PowerEdge should be the leading AI technology solution being considered by CIOs.CIOs are optimally positioned to build overall AI capabilitiesThe data, applications, server, accelerator, fabric and storage infrastructures that CIOs manage are critical for driving business value with AI. So it’s natural to identify them as the best placed individuals to engage their organization’s lines of business around their AI initiatives, to modernize the IT infrastructure and ultimately to drive the AI agenda.While CIOs should be your primary targets for discussions around progressing IT Transformation in their businesses, it’s important to also understand that their IT teams will also need to transform.To plan and manage successful AI implementations, CIOs will need to invest in new software applications, infrastructure and the platforms necessary to run AI – and also modernize existing systems to better support the increasing number of AI initiatives. Simultaneously, they must also take responsibility for tracking the business outcomes that AI is driving, to sustain and further grow their investments in the technology.As a Dell EMC partner, you’re ideally placed to offer trusted technical advice and assistance they’re likely to need in this brave new world.Promote PowerEdge R940xa servers: Extreme acceleration for businessThere are plenty of business opportunities to explore with your customers and prospects around the adoption and implementation of AI. Foremost among those is the promotion of advanced PowerEdge servers as the ideal solution for providing a solid foundation for future success.In particular, your conversations should focus on Dell EMC’s PowerEdge R940xa.Built from the ground up to deliver extreme acceleration for businesses and featuring next-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, the PowerEdge R940xa server is a very impressive 4U 4S solution that’s specifically designed to deliver dynamic scalability, which is ideal for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.8 key actions for implementing successful AI initiativesHot on the heels of introducing your customers to the transformational capabilities of the new PowerEdge R940xa server, you could also share the 8 essential steps that CIOs must take to implement successful AI initiatives.Dell EMC recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the impact of AI on IT teams, technologies and processes when it comes to an organization’s ongoing IT Transformation efforts.The result of a subsequent global online survey is a checklist that’s designed to help CIOs lead the AI strategy to drive business outcomes and reduce risk across the enterprise.The checklist groups the 8 overall steps within 3 main areas of activity: Become the nexus for AI initiatives across the enterprise> Engage lines of business on their AI needs> Start measuring the impact of AI and track its progressThe first steps fall under the category of taking stock of ongoing AI initiatives, learning from them and shaping them into a cohesive and transparent AI program. Modernize and automate your infrastructure> Modernize the IT infrastructure for existing workloads> Deploy platforms for building AI solutions> Invest in infrastructure for AI at scaleThe next area of activity involves focusing on improving operational efficiency and investing in the new infrastructure and technologies needed for AI. Lead the charge on driving business outcomes with AI> Take charge of the organization’s AI strategy> Build the IT department’s (and the organization’s) AI capabilities simultaneously> Continuously build the business case for further AI investmentsThe final steps concern championing ongoing AI initiatives, supporting them internally and initiating new projects for driving value with AI.For any organization looking to follow these 8 steps to transforming with AI, Forrester suggests that CIOs start with projects that have mature use cases and a proven ROI.Start talking to your customers today about where and how they could use optimized PowerEdge server technology to drive AI initiatives within their business.> See how the 8 steps could help your customers and explore the key statistics:View Forrester checklist: 8 Steps CIOs Must Take to Transform With Artificial Intelligence 1 Forrester Data Global Technographics Data & Analytics Survey of 2,106 data and analytics technology decision makers at global organizations, 2017.2 Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Checklist, commissioned by Dell EMC, ‘8 Steps CIOs Must Take To Transform With Artificial Intelligence, May 2018.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: A Plea from Benedict Cumberbatch & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Don’t Make Cumberbatch Pull a Patti Following a recent performance of Hamlet at the Barbican, Olivier winner and Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch stopped by the stage door to give a special announcement—one that he wants everyone to “Tweet, blog, hashtag the shit out of.” Apparently, some theatergoers haven’t gotten the memo from Patti LuPone and think it’s appropriate to film the performance. But according to the Prince of Denmark himself, “It’s mortifying and there’s nothing less supportive.” Hear, hear. Let this be a word of warning to a certain Broadway.com editor who is catching the production this week. Not that she’d be anything less than cordial at the theater. Mol Heads to MozartGretchen Mol, who appeared on Broadway last season in Disgraced, will appear in season two of Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. According to Deadline, Mol, whose credits include Boardwalk Empire and the upcoming by the Sea, has been tapped for an eight-episode arc in the classical music-themed series to play Nina Robertson, a labor lawyer who steps in once the New York Symphony’s contract is up. The show, which also features stage vets Bernadette Peters and Debra Monk, is set to return early next year.It Pays to Be Evil (Like Cheno)The soundtrack to Descendants, the Disney Channel original movie featuring Kristin Chenoweth as a 4’11” Maleficent has landed at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chat. The movie premiered on July 31 and follows the offspring of some of Disney’s most diabolical villains. On that chart-topping album is the original Andrew Lippa tune “Evil Like Me,” featuring (a flying!) Chenoweth and Dove Cameron. View Commentslast_img read more

Sheltered-in Overeating

first_imgOvereating is a normal reaction to being bored or anxious, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the phenomenon has taken on a new dimension.With many Americans now rapidly adjusting to working or studying from home – often within arm’s reach of the refrigerator or pantry – the temptation to overeat is a real one, and it can have real consequences.A recent study in the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences showed that occasional overeating can have long-lasting health effects.The study found that adults going on a one- to three-week vacation gained an average of nearly a pound during the trip, and suggested that small weight gains that add up over time can lead to obesity.Experts from CFCS department of foods and nutrition provide tips to avoid overeating while sheltering in place.Create a flexible scheduleSchedules are unpredictable as many people are now balancing online meetings and classes, educating their children and caring for family members.“These tasks have been added to our many other responsibilities,” said Emma Laing, clinical associate professor and director of dietetics. “So if something has to give as we strive to find our new normal, routines surrounding eating and physical activity might go out the window.”Carve out times during the day to engage in movement you enjoy and to eat regular meals and snacks that provide adequate energy and hydration, Laing said.“In creating this schedule, do so while maintaining flexibility,” Laing said. “It’s important to trust our bodies’ cues for hunger, so listen to those first.”Move aroundSocial distancing doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. In fact, staying active is among the most positive stress management strategies.“Physical activity is good for maintaining immunity, in addition to adequate nutrition,” said Ali Berg, assistant professor and UGA Cooperative Extension nutrition and health specialist. “Being active is also good for mental health.”According to federal guidelines, adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate aerobic (cardio) activity per week, 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity, along with twice-weekly muscle-strengthening activities. If you don’t have weights, make your own. Fill empty milk jugs with dirt or sand, or use common items like books, detergent bottles or bags of fruit to add resistance to exercises.Children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes or more per day of aerobic activity, which should include active playtime.With gyms and yoga studios closing in the wake of the pandemic, find creative ways to incorporate movement.“I start each day with a 2-mile walk,” said clinical assistant professor Tracey Brigman. “Anytime I cook, I dance (and embarrass my kids). Music also lifts my spirits so I don’t stress eat. If I have downtime waiting for a timer, I jog around the rooms in my house while I wait.”Brigman offers several simple ways to stay active: play with your pets, find workouts on YouTube or via free apps, play board games with the family and even clean the house.Curb mindless snackingIt’s important to figure out why you’re feeling an urge to snack in the first place.“If you are snacking out of boredom, try to find an alternative activity, like reading or getting outside,” said Barbara Grossman, clinical associate professor.Grossman cautions against snacking while watching television, which can lead to passive overeating.“When the snacking urge starts,” Berg said, “try an ‘exercise snack’ instead, such as one minute of jumping jacks, marching in place, seated punches, dancing or a lap or two around your house.”Another strategy is to plan healthy snacks for easy access when you’re hungry.“Try to snack on some lower-calorie foods, such as raw veggies and hummus,” Grossman said.Laing suggested focusing your attention on foods you can add instead of those you should limit. When ordering takeout or planning your shopping list, aim to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture MyPlate recommendations of filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables, one-fourth with grains, of which at least half should be whole grains, and one-fourth with lean protein.When choosing dairy, aim for low-fat or fat-free options.Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients, but canned and frozen varieties are also excellent options and can be stored longer, Laing said. Rice, pastas, cereals, canned meat and beans and shelf-stable milk also can be stored.Looking for inspiration? Several free apps like MyPlate, Yummly and All Recipes can guide you in creating recipes from the foods you currently have in your pantry.Bottom line: seek balanceHaving an unprecedented and abrupt shift in routine likely will lead to disruptions in your normal eating and activity patterns – and routines are being redefined each day.Laing emphasized that healthy eating and exercise should be a priority, but now is not the time to embark on a trendy diet; nor should you obsess over the changes in your exercise or eating patterns if it adds more stress to your life.“The way we are coping with stress and anxiety over the current situation is more important than stressing about the fear of gaining weight,” she said.This can be further complicated if you have disordered eating tendencies or have a diagnosed eating disorder.If overeating is causing you physical discomfort or feelings of shame or guilt, reach out to your primary health care provider, mental health professional or registered dietitian for advice and support. Many offer telehealth services.Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ COVID-19 page for more information: https://www.eatright.org/coronavirus. For more resources on nutrition and cooking from UGA Extension during this time, visit www.extension.uga.edu/emergencies.last_img read more