Fun With Justin http://funwithjustin.com/ Tue, 24 May 2022 16:07:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://funwithjustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/fun-with-justin-icon-150x150.png Fun With Justin http://funwithjustin.com/ 32 32 WHITAKER CENTER OPENS A NEW PNC INNOVATION ZONE WITH THE FIRST OF ITS KIND “PURPOSEFUL GAMING STUDIO” https://funwithjustin.com/whitaker-center-opens-a-new-pnc-innovation-zone-with-the-first-of-its-kind-purposeful-gaming-studio/ Tue, 24 May 2022 14:05:00 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/whitaker-center-opens-a-new-pnc-innovation-zone-with-the-first-of-its-kind-purposeful-gaming-studio/

This groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind facility will capitalize on the massive popularity of video games and esports while providing educational and experiential science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) learning for children aged eight and up. .

“The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts was founded more than 20 years ago by a group of extraordinary community and business leaders whose vision was to bring science and the arts together under one roof,” said the CEO of the Whitaker Center, Ted Black. “Focused gaming at the PNC Innovation Zone is a natural extension of the visionary leadership of our founders. By leveraging the popularity of video games and esports to drive interest in STEAM activities such as coding, graphic design and computer networks, the PNC Innovation Zone will break down gender and equity barriers to technology and ultimately inspire the digital leaders of tomorrow through the science, art and technology of purposeful play. “

With over 90% of kids playing video games and the explosive growth of esports around the world, Whitaker Center and its partners saw an opportunity to provide students and their families with a cool space to reconnect, share passions for gaming and esports and learning more about coding, art and embedded technology in video games. The PNC Innovation Zone will host weekly activities, led by certified educators, including creative design coding with Minecraft and Bloxels, building with Scrap Mechanic and Poly Bridge, as well as esports competitions, Girls in STEM and Surgery Live! fields.

“The PNC Innovation Zone at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is a wonderful resource that combines play and learning to help our youth explore their interests in STEAM,” said Jim Hoehnregional president of PNC Bank Central Pennsylvania. “As a Main Street Bank and a technology leader, PNC is committed to making investments like this in our community to plant the seeds of the skilled, diverse and innovative workforce of tomorrow.”

Features of PNC Innovation Zone:

  • Useful 2,000 square foot play studio
    • Capacity up to 30 game stations and 12 game consoles
    • 10 75-inch high-definition flat-screen televisions
    • 12 foot high definition projection screen
    • Esports tiered seating for spectator viewing
    • High-tech conference room
    • Renovation of the 3,000 square foot lobby
    • 40ft high screen for targeted games in Select Medical Digital Cinema

“When we first heard about this visionary project, we were immediately interested in joining the design team to help build this space,” said shaun clear, Vice President of Sales at Clair Global. “As a global technology and manufacturing leader, we’re excited about the prospect of empowering young people to explore STEAM in new and exciting ways.”

The PNC Innovation Zone is home to one of the largest Comcast “lift zones” in the region, which offers free Wi-Fi outside the home at neighborhood community centers. This effort is part of Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive, 10-year program, $1 billion commitment to help build a future of unlimited possibilities.

“Comcast is proud to provide connectivity to everyone who spends time in this incredible new space at the Whitaker Center,” said Alka Patel, vice president of government and external affairs for the Keystone region of Comcast. “We look forward to partnering up to provide a truly unique opportunity to advance digital equity and STEAM education.”

CrabtreeRohrbaugh & Associates’ is proud to provide architectural and interior design services for the new dedicated game studio within the new PNC Innovation Zone,” said Arif Hasanbhai, senior project designer for Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates. “We understand the importance and impact of the educational spaces at the Whitaker Center on our community, having recently provided these services to the STEM Design Studio at the Harsco Science Center.”

The PNC Innovation Zone at the Whitaker Center has been made possible by many organizations, including:

  • Clear Overall
  • Comcast
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor in partnership with Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority
  • CrabtreeRohrbaugh & Associates
  • Dauphin County Commissioners
  • Alexander Grass Foundation
  • Bill and Sue Rothman
  • Carole DeSoto
  • Hal McGinnes
  • Lois Grass
  • Senator John DiSanto (RACP grant)
  • The Kline Foundation
  • The McCormick Family Foundation
  • The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation
  • The PA Esports Coalition
  • very good anne Fund donations for a 2020 need
  • NCP Bank

For more information about PNC Innovation Zone at the Whitaker Center and a full list of STEAM education programs and camps, visit https://www.whitakercenter.org/pnc-innovation-zone.

About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and a local offering of personal and business banking services, including a full range of lending products; specialized services for businesses and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For more information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

About the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is a non-profit center for the arts, education, entertainment and cultural enrichment located in the heart of from Harrisburg bustling city center. The Whitaker Center is home to the PNC Innovation Zone, Sunoco Performance Theater, Harsco Science Center, STEM Design Studios, and Select Medical Digital Cinema. To visit Whitakercenter.org for a complete list of events, shows, opening hours and ticket prices.

SOURCE Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

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The latest convergence of AI and HPC, the 29th HPC Connection Workshop at ISC22 https://funwithjustin.com/the-latest-convergence-of-ai-and-hpc-the-29th-hpc-connection-workshop-at-isc22/ Mon, 23 May 2022 07:09:00 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/the-latest-convergence-of-ai-and-hpc-the-29th-hpc-connection-workshop-at-isc22/

STUTTGART, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 29th HPC Connection Workshop (HPCC) will be held online at 2:00 p.m. (CEST) on May 30, 2022 at ISC22 with the theme “The Latest Convergence of AI and HPC”. World-renowned experts and industry leaders will present the latest in the convergence of AI and HPC.

Guest speakers include:

  • Jean-Marc Denis, Chief Strategy Officer of SiPearl, will describe the new paradigms and challenges of the Exascale era with the perspective of key decisions made for the architecture and design of the Rhea processor. Rhea is built on Arm’s Neoverse V1 processor architecture, but it also has 29 RISC-V cores deployed as controllers. Rhea is expected to be deployed in a European Exascale supercomputer in 2023.

  • Radoslav Danilak, CEO of Tachyum, will provide an overview of the features and benefits of Tachyum Prodigy, the world’s first universal processor. With 128 64-bit CPU cores running at up to 5.7GHz, Prodigy not only handles general purpose computing, HPC and AI workloads on a single chip, but it does so with 10x less power budget to that of traditional equipment and at a third of the price.

  • Wolfgang Gentzsch, President of UberCloud, will summarize UberCloud’s 10 years of accomplishments and present several customer use cases, and elaborate on the fully automated, portable, self-service, multi-cloud engineering platform from UberCloud.

  • Shu Yin, Assistant Professor at ShanghaiTech University, will explain how to optimize HPC applications from an I/O perspective, and demonstrate best practices and use cases.

  • Weizheng Lu, Technical Manager of Public Computing Center of Renmin University of China, will talk about Jax-Quant-Finance and the high-performance quantitative library that brings together HPC, deep learning and financial mathematics to accelerate the solution financial problems. on heterogeneous platforms.

  • Longxiang Li, Senior HPC Engineer at Inspur Information, will detail building data-driven science workflows by coupling HPC with machine learning methods and present Inspur’s recent achievements in materials science, CFD and ocean modelling.

29and HPC Digital Workshop Connection

2 p.m. (CEST) May 30, 2022 Online

Agenda

Rhea processor: overall strategic directions and specifications

Jean-Marc Denis

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), SiPearl

Tachyum Prodigy, the world’s first universal processor

Radoslav Danilak

CEO, Tachyum

10 Years of HPC in the Cloud: From Early Cloud Experiments to a Fully Automated Multi-Cloud Simulation Platform for Complex Engineering Workflows

Wolfgang Gentzsch

President of UberCloud

Optimize HPC applications from an I/O perspective

Shu Yin

Assistant Professor, ShanghaiTech University

Jax-Quant-Finance: Bringing HPC, Deep Learning and Financial Mathematics Together

Weizheng Lu

Technical Manager of Public Computing Center, Renmin University of China

Build data-driven science workflows with machine learning and HPC applications

Longxiang Li

Senior HPC Engineer, Inspur Information

Click here to register: http://www.asc-events.net/HPCC/ISC22.php

About the HPC Connection Workshop

The HPC Connection Workshop is an international high performance computing event organized by the Asian Supercomputer Community and Inspur Information. This event takes place three times a year: during ASC in China, ISC in Germany and SC in the United States. Top researchers and leading professionals from around the world gather at the workshops to discuss the latest developments and disruptive technologies in AI and supercomputing. Visit the ASC website for highlights and videos of past events: (http://www.asc-events.org/).

]]> HSBC suspends banker over comments on climate change https://funwithjustin.com/hsbc-suspends-banker-over-comments-on-climate-change/ Sun, 22 May 2022 18:32:20 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/hsbc-suspends-banker-over-comments-on-climate-change/

HSBC has suspended a senior executive pending an internal investigation into a presentation he made at an event last week, according to people with knowledge of the process.

Stuart Kirk, global head of responsible investment in the bank’s asset management division, accused central bankers and policymakers of overstating the financial risks of climate change in a bid to “outrun the next “.

Over the weekend, chief executive Noel Quinn and Nuno Matos, head of HSBC’s wealth management and personal banking businesses, sought to distance themselves from comments in social media posts.

While the bank and its senior executives criticized the speech at a Financial Times conference, its theme and content had been agreed internally before Kirk spoke on Thursday, according to people with knowledge of the planning. event.

The title of the presentation — “Why Investors Don’t Need to Worry About Climate Risk” — had been agreed two months earlier and posted on the website in the run-up to the event.

“I completely disagree with what was said. [this] FT Moral Money Summit of the Week,” Quinn posted on LinkedIn over the weekend. “They are inconsistent with HSBC’s strategy and do not reflect the views of HSBC’s senior management or HSBC Asset Management.”

He added: “We have a lot of work to do and I am determined that our team will not be distracted by the comments of the past week.”


Matos, whose division includes the asset management business, said: “In complete agreement with Noel Quinn – the transition to net zero is of the utmost importance. [sic] importance to us and we will strive to find ways to help our customers on this journey.

HSBC has come under pressure from activists and shareholders in recent years over its role in financing companies with large greenhouse gas emissions.

Kirk’s comments on climate change – which angered environmentalists – were particularly embarrassing for the bank as it sponsored the conference and was promoted on the event’s website as a strategic partner.

HSBC declined to comment, while Kirk did not respond at press time.

During his speech, Kirk said that throughout his 25-year career in the financial industry, “there was always crazy work that told me about the end of the world”, comparing the climate crisis to the Y2K bug. which predicted a widespread computer problem around the turn of the millennium.

“Unsubstantiated, strident, partisan, self-serving and apocalyptic warnings are ALWAYS wrong,” he wrote on a slide accompanying his presentation.

Last month the FT revealed that the Advertising Standards Authority, the UK watchdog, had drafted a recommendation that it believed HSBC had misled customers in two advertisements by selectively promoting its green initiatives , while omitting information about its continued funding of high greenhouse gas emitting companies. emissions.

A year ago the bank was pressed on its climate commitments by a group of investors, but avoided a shareholder revolt at its annual meeting by stepping up its plans in line with international agreements to limit global warming.

However, the speed with which HSBC and other lenders have committed to action, including on coal power and mining financing, has disappointed some ESG activists and funds. They keep pushing for change.

Climate capital

Where climate change meets business, markets and politics. Check out the FT’s coverage here.

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]]> South Tahoe Environmental Education Conducts Spring Programming | South of Lake Tahoe https://funwithjustin.com/south-tahoe-environmental-education-conducts-spring-programming-south-of-lake-tahoe/ Sat, 21 May 2022 14:49:21 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/south-tahoe-environmental-education-conducts-spring-programming-south-of-lake-tahoe/

This week, volunteer educators from the South Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (STEEC) engaged third and fourth graders from four different elementary schools in place-based environmental education. Students were brought to the historic Tallac site and guided around various stations across the site, participating in lessons on local history, watersheds, fire resistance and trees while interacting with their surroundings at each station.

Kelsey Carapia of the US Forest Service greeted groups of cheering students as they disembarked from their buses each morning at the Tallac Historic Site. At the start of the season, the students were lucky enough to have the site mostly to themselves and were eager to explore and learn as they moved through several resorts in small groups.

Sitting on a sunny lawn overlooking the lake, Lauren Benefield of the South Tahoe Public Service District (STPUD) spoke to students about her station’s watersheds and pollutants. Next, students participated in an activity where they designed a hypothetical property by the lake. Students were given objects to represent potential pollutants on their property and passed them along the line and into a bucket representing the lake. The students reflected on how pollution in the watershed and lake accumulates because of everyone’s actions and reflected on how they can do their part to conserve their environment.

When the students traveled to the Washoe Tending and Gathering Garden station, they had the opportunity to learn about Washoe’s history, while learning to identify a number of native plants. After discussing the importance of plant identification, the students scattered around the garden to practice observing, identifying and creating botanical drawings of native plants.

“I want to learn to identify more plants!” thought a third grader, clutching in his hand a detailed drawing of the Sierra Currant, where he had correctly labeled the type of leaf margins and noted the ways in which the Washoe used this plant.

Other stations included classes on fire resistance, tree biology and systems, historic and modern public transit, and the aquatic food web. At each station, representatives from local conservation organizations engaged students and brought unique perspectives from their own work. Volunteers for this week’s events came from STPUD, the city, Sierra Nevada Alliance, TRPA, TERC, SU, Tahoe RCD and UC Master Gardeners.

The South Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition is a collaborative network of more than 25 local agencies working together on the mission of bringing environmental education resources to the Lake Tahoe Basin. STEEC has partnered with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District since 2008 to provide location-based and experiential learning in a variety of outdoor settings.

“This week’s STEEC event was a great way for the youth of Tahoe to not only learn about the history of the land, but also learn how they will impact its history as well,” said Jocelyn Valencia, CivicSpark Fellow of STPUD.

The Coalition runs educational programs for students of different ages throughout all seasons. Lessons taught to use the environment in which they are taught give students tangible experiences to connect with what they are learning. In the winter, students have the opportunity to venture to the top of Heavenly Mountain Resort. Throughout the month of June, STEEC will continue to bring students around the lake to allow them to discover their natural environment while immersing themselves in it.


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The 2022 Teratec Forum will take place on June 14 and 15, registration is open https://funwithjustin.com/the-2022-teratec-forum-will-take-place-on-june-14-and-15-registration-is-open/ Sat, 21 May 2022 02:57:04 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/the-2022-teratec-forum-will-take-place-on-june-14-and-15-registration-is-open/

May 20, 2022 — The Teratec Forum will take place on June 14 and 15, 2022 at the École Polytechnique de Palaiseau, France.

Teratec Forum brings together the best international experts in high performance computing, simulation and big data, as a reference event in France and Europe in this field. The Forum bears witness to the strategic importance of these technologies for the development of industrial competitiveness and the capacity for innovation.

The Teratec Forum will welcome more than 1,300 participants, highlighting the dynamics of the use of HPC technologies within a particularly lively European and French ecosystem. There will be participation and testimony from various senior industry and IT leaders as well as exceptional technical workshops. This participation, as well as the exhibitors and their innovative offers, are major assets brought by the Forum to all HPC and simulation professionals.

Register here to participate for free in the plenary sessions, technical workshops and exhibition of the Teratec Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday June 14 and 15, 2022.

Teratec Forum General Manager, Hervé Mouren, describes the event: “The use of high-powered digital technologies, supercomputers, artificial intelligence and soon quantum computing, is profoundly changing our activities in many areas. Each sector of industry is changing by integrating the specific know-how of its field with these digital technologies. This co-design work carried out by manufacturers with their technology suppliers is the key to their competitiveness and productivity.

“Europe is mobilizing and has already implemented actions and initiatives of major importance for all of us: we must both develop a strong industrial dynamic and launch dissemination actions in many sectors. Thanks to Europe’s leadership with significant resources involving all the countries of the Union, this effort will make it possible to build true European digital sovereignty.

“The Teratec 2022 Forum will be an opportunity to take stock of the evolution of high-power digital technologies and their uses in a wide range of fields during Plenary Sessions and Round Tables. It will also provide an unrivaled level of exchange both in technical and application workshops and easily shared with exhibitors.


Source: Teratec Forum

]]> Okta (OKTA) outpaces stock market gains: what you need to know https://funwithjustin.com/okta-okta-outpaces-stock-market-gains-what-you-need-to-know/ Fri, 20 May 2022 22:15:10 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/okta-okta-outpaces-stock-market-gains-what-you-need-to-know/

Okta (OKTA) closed the last trading day at $84.22, +1.43% from the previous trading session. The change outpaced the S&P 500’s 0.02% gain on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones gained 0.03% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.16%.

Today, shares of the cloud identity management company were down 40.17% over the past month. Meanwhile, the IT & Technology sector lost 14.21%, while the S&P 500 lost 12.5%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Okta as its next earnings report date nears. That should be June 2, 2022. On that day, Okta is expected to report earnings of -$0.34 per share, which would represent a 240% year-over-year decline. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate calls for revenue of $388.98 million, up 54.97% from the prior year quarter.

For the full year, our Zacks consensus estimates call for earnings of -$1.26 per share and revenue of $1.78 billion, which would represent changes of -173.91% and +37 .18%, respectively, compared to the previous year.

Any recent changes in analyst estimates for Okta should also be noted by investors. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest short-term trading trends. Therefore, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company’s business outlook.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated to short-term stock prices. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes into account these estimation changes and provides a clear and actionable scoring model.

Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% per year since 1988. Over the past few months, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has fallen 0.13%. Okta currently holds a Zacks rank of #3 (Hold).

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Expanded tax credit would help more children access after-school programs | Local News https://funwithjustin.com/expanded-tax-credit-would-help-more-children-access-after-school-programs-local-news/ Thu, 19 May 2022 21:25:00 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/expanded-tax-credit-would-help-more-children-access-after-school-programs-local-news/

MANKATO — A proposed extension to a state tax credit would help more children in the Mankato area access after-school programs.

The Minnesota K-12 tax credit is designed to cover 75% of educational program costs outside of tuition. The maximum family amount is $1,000 per child, which could be used to purchase books, tutors, musical instruments, and other extracurricular activities.

The credit is phasing out for taxpayers earning more than $33,500, however, a threshold unchanged since lawmakers enacted the credit in 1997. Raising it, as proposed by the Minnesota House and Senate to varying degrees, would steer helping more families who otherwise struggle to afford program costs.

Jenny Stratton, coordinator of the Connecting Kids program in Mankato, will be watching the end of the legislative session closely in the hope that lawmakers expand the tax credit.

“I feel great about it,” she said. “We have a lot of outreach, and really with COVID, there’s been a lot of thinking about the value of after-school activities for kids and families.”

Connecting Kids, a United Way program in the Greater Mankato area, offers its own scholarships for families, with eligibility tied to federal guidelines on free and reduced school meals. Since the guidelines are more closely tied to family size, eligibility is much more accessible to households earning more than $33,500.

As it stands, only about half of the 300 young people who qualified for Connecting Kids scholarships last year were also eligible for the tax credit, Stratton said. If the proposed changes are adopted, everyone would be eligible for the additional assistance.

“Mirroring (the tax credit) free and reduced meals is more reflective of the child and their living conditions,” she said. “It will open the door to many more families.”

Connecting Kids works with Minnesota Afterschool Advance, or MAA, to help families access tax credits. MAA works with families throughout the process, covering funds for programming in advance.

Otherwise, families would have to prepay for the programs before recovering 75% of the costs on their tax returns. When disposable income is tight, the upfront cost would be too high a barrier for many low-income families.

Rising prices mean it’s time to expand tax credit eligibility, MAA policy director Matt Norris said in a statement.

“With skyrocketing gas and grocery prices, families don’t have the resources to help their students catch up or progress in school,” he said. “That’s why it’s important for lawmakers to modernize the income cap for this tax credit.”

Stratton predicts that more extracurricular offerings will be available to students if the tax credit increases. Currently, the Dance Conservatory of Southern Minnesota, Mankato School of Music, and Mathnasium are among the academic enrichment programs families can access with the tax credit.

Now is a good time for families to learn about scholarships and tax credits for summer and fall programs, Stratton said. Connecting Kids provides links to MAA on its website at www.mankatounitedway.org/connecting-kids.

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World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Reveals Origin Story of Carbon-12 – A Building Block for Life https://funwithjustin.com/worlds-most-powerful-supercomputer-reveals-origin-story-of-carbon-12-a-building-block-for-life/ Thu, 19 May 2022 13:05:08 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/worlds-most-powerful-supercomputer-reveals-origin-story-of-carbon-12-a-building-block-for-life/

These computer simulations show the structures of carbon-12 in the unstable, excited Hoyle state and in a stable ground state, the stuff of life. Credit: Image courtesy of James Vary/Iowa State University

With the help of the world’s most powerful supercomputer and new artificial intelligence techniques, an international team of scientists has theorized how extreme conditions in stars produce carbon-12, which they describe as “a gateway criticism towards the birth of life”.

The fundamental question of the researchers was: “How does the cosmos produce carbon-12?” said James Vary, professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University and a longtime member of the research collaboration.

“It turns out that it’s not easy to produce carbon-12,” Vary said.

It takes the extreme heat and pressures inside stars or during stellar collisions and explosions to create emergent, unstable, excited carbon nuclei with three weakly bound clusters, each with two protons and two neutrons. A fraction of these unstable carbon nuclei can emit a little extra energy in the form of gamma rays and become the stuff of life, stable carbon-12.

A research article recently published online by the journal Nature Communication describes the researchers’ supercomputer simulations and the resulting theory of the nuclear structure of carbon that promotes its formation in the cosmos. The corresponding author is Takaharu Otsuka from the University of Tokyo, the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science and the Advanced Science Research Center of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

The article describes how alpha particles – atoms of helium-4, with two protons and two neutrons – can group together to form much heavier atoms, including an unstable, excited state of carbon-12 known as Hoyle’s state (predicted by theoretical astrophysicist Fred Hoyle in 1953). precursor of life as we know it).

The researchers write that this clustering of alpha particles “is a very beautiful and fascinating idea and is indeed plausible because the (alpha) particle is particularly stable with a large binding energy.”

To test the theory, the researchers performed supercomputer simulations, including calculations on the Fugaku supercomputer at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science in Kobe, Japan. Fugaku is listed as the most powerful supercomputer in the world and is three times more powerful than No. 2, according to the latest TOP500 supercomputer rankings.

Vary said the researchers also did their work ab initio, or from first principles, meaning their calculations were based on known science and did not include additional assumptions or parameters.

They also developed statistical learning techniques, a branch of computational artificial intelligence, to reveal the alpha clustering of the Hoyle state and the eventual production of stable carbon-12.

Vary said the team has worked for more than a decade developing its software, refining its supercomputer codes, performing its calculations and solving smaller problems while expanding the current work.

“There’s a lot of subtlety — a lot of beautiful interactions going on in there,” Vary said.

All calculations, physical quantities and theoretical subtlety match the experimental data available in this corner of nuclear physics, the researchers wrote.

So they believe they have basic answers about the origins of carbon-12. Vary said this should lead to more studies looking for “fine details” about the process and how it works.

Was carbon production, for example, primarily the result of internal processes in stars? Vary requested. Or was it supernova star explosions? Or super dense neutron star collisions?

One thing is now clear to the researchers: “This nucleosynthesis in extreme environments produces a lot of stuff,” Vary said, “including carbon.”

Reference: “α-Clustering in Atomic Nuclei from First Principles with Statistical Learning and Hoyle’s State Character” by T. Otsuka, T. Abe, T. Yoshida, Y. Tsunoda, N. Shimizu , N. Itagaki, Y. Utsuno, J. Vary, P. Maris and H. Ueno, April 27, 2022, Nature Communication.
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-29582-0

In addition to James Vary and Pieter Maris from Iowa State University and Takaharu Otsuka from the University of Tokyo, the research team includes:

  • Takashi Abe of the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science and the Center for Nuclear Study at the University of Tokyo
  • Tooru Yoshida of the University of Tokyo Center for Nuclear Studies and the Information Science and Technology Research Organization
  • Yusuke Tsunoda of the University of Tokyo Center for Nuclear Studies
  • Noritaka Shimizu of the University of Tokyo Center for Nuclear Studies
  • Naoyuki Itagaki of the Yukawa Institute of Theoretical Physics of Kyoto University
  • Yutaka Utsuno of the Center for Advanced Scientific Research of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the Center for Nuclear Studies of the University of Tokyo
  • And Hideki Ueno from the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science
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Robinhood Announces New Noncustodial Crypto Wallet Allowing Investors to Store Digital Assets, Including NFTs https://funwithjustin.com/robinhood-announces-new-noncustodial-crypto-wallet-allowing-investors-to-store-digital-assets-including-nfts/ Wed, 18 May 2022 19:38:01 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/robinhood-announces-new-noncustodial-crypto-wallet-allowing-investors-to-store-digital-assets-including-nfts/

Robinhood announced on Tuesday that it is releasing a noncustodial cryptocurrency wallet in a standalone app. The app and wallet will allow investors to store and hold NFTs, as well as exchange and trade cryptocurrencies without network fees.

According to Robinhood, in addition to having no network fees, the wallet will allow investors to earn returns on their assets. The new app will provide a similar experience to Robinhood’s current app, only investors will now hold their own wallet key and will be able to access decentralized apps where they can trade and trade cryptos. The app will also allow investors to connect to NFT markets.

Perhaps the most notable feature is the lack of network charges. Cryptocurrency networks, such as Solana, Ethereum, or Avalanche, all charge fees when sending or receiving cryptocurrency on their respective networks.

Network fees can range from exorbitant to minor, depending on the volume of network transactions. Ethereum, for example, is somewhat notorious for having substantial gas fees – the cost of validating transactions on the ETH network. So getting Robinhood to cover those fees for investors could be a huge boon. However, the company has yet to announce which cryptocurrency networks the wallet will support.

Currently, Robinhood investors can buy cryptocurrency through the Robinhood app, but the assets are owned by the company. The new non-custodial wallet will put investors back in control by literally handing them the key to their individual wallets. Wallet keys are unique 64-digit codes used to access crypto wallets that cannot be recovered if lost.

The wallet is a hot wallet, which means it is a web-based mobile wallet, as opposed to a cold wallet. Cold wallets are physical devices that must be connected to a computer and accessed using a PIN, making them a safer choice for holding digital assets.

“By delivering the same low cost and design that people have come to expect from Robinhood, our Web3 Wallet will make it easier for everyone to hold their own keys and take advantage of all the opportunities the open financial system has to offer,” Vlad Tenev , co-founder and CEO of Robinhood, said in the company’s blog.

Interested investors can join the waiting list. The company said beta invites will be sent out later this summer, with the product being made available to everyone else by the end of the year.

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Ohio State announces schedules and lineup updates for three games https://funwithjustin.com/ohio-state-announces-schedules-and-lineup-updates-for-three-games/ Tue, 17 May 2022 19:29:56 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/ohio-state-announces-schedules-and-lineup-updates-for-three-games/

Ohio Stadium lights red for scarlet before the Ohio State-Penn State game on October 30, 2021. Ohio State won 33-24. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Archive photo of the lantern

The Buckeyes will play at 7:30 p.m. against Notre Dame in their season opener Sept. 3, the Ohio State Athletic Department announced Tuesday.

Ohio State also announced that the game will air on ABC, according to the Release. ESPN’s College GameDay will be on hand for a record 21st visit, bringing the Buckeyes’ total appearances to 53, which is the most among any program.

The Sept. 24 game between Ohio State and Wisconsin will also air on ABC, according to the release.

According to the statement, the ‘Shoe will host the rivalry game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at noon on FOX – the first time in four years the game will be hosted at Ohio Stadium after the 2020 game was canceled due to of COVID-19 issues within the Michigan program.

Ohio State will begin a five-game homestand streak at home, marking the first five-game homestand to open a season since 2003-04.

The Buckeyes have hit the road four times this season against Michigan State on Oct. 8, Penn State on Oct. 29, Northwestern on Nov. 5 and Maryland on Nov. 19.

Further information on game times and TV networks will be released later in May, according to the statement.

2022 Ohio State Calendar:

Sept. 3 vs. Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. on ABC

September 10 vs. Arkansas State

September 17 vs. Toledo

September 24 vs. Wisconsin on ABC

October 1 vs. Rutgers

October 8 in the State of Michigan

October 15 GOODBYE

October 22 vs. Iowa

October 29 at Penn State

November 5 at Northwestern

Nov. 12 vs. Indiana

November 19 in Maryland

Nov. 26 vs. Michigan at Noon on FOX

December 3 Big Ten Championship

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