Harvard comes up one shot short

first_imgJACKSONVILLE, Fla. —  On a day full of upsets the 13th-seeded Harvard men’s basketball team seemed destined to knock off fourth-seeded North Carolina Thursday night, but Wesley Saunders 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark as the Tar Heels held off for a 67-65 victory.Saunders led all scorers and set a Harvard record for points in a tournament game with 26. The senior finished 8-of-14 from the floor, 2-of-3 from 3 and 8-of-9 from the line, and added four rebounds, five assists and two steals.Siyani Chambers contributed 13 points and three assists, while Steve Moundou-Missi and Kenyatta Smith added six apiece.North Carolina (25-11) controlled the paint for much of the game, outscoring Harvard (22-8) 36-22 down low and holding a 35-26 advantage on the glass. Marcus Paige scored 12 points and dished out six assists to pace the Tar Heel offense and Justin Jackson chipped in 14 points.With the win, North Carolina advances to the NCAA tournament third round where it will meet the winner of Thursday’s match-up between fifth-seeded Arkansas and 12th-seeded Wofford. The game will be played Saturday with the tip off time yet to be announced.The Harvard men’s basketball team held the lead with 1:15 to play and looked destined for a third-straight victory in the NCAA tournament’s second round, but in a day full of upsets Harvard could not.To read full coverage of the game, visit Harvard Athletics website.last_img read more

Calculating the Embodied Energy Payback for Passivhaus Buildings

first_imgA common Passivhaus topic that rears its head every now and again is the embodied energy of construction. While this can be an important issue, we generally feel it’s a moot point for Passivhaus projects – especially the ones we design (owing to better optimized assemblies and less insulation!).This was what prompted a previous blog post (“Operational Energy Trumps Embodied Energy Unless Efficiency is Achieved”). However, as this topic has come up again and again, and since the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has strangely floated the idea that embodied energy calculations could be required for certification, we figured a few research papers could add more credibility to the topic. Mike Eliason is a designer at Brute Force Collaborative in Seattle, Washington. Feist: Incremental embodied energy has a one-year payback periodSecond, this issue has already been addressed by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany and presented at multiple PH conferences. Wolfgang Feist’s research showed that the “primary energy investment” of a Passivhaus compared to typical construction was not necessarily greater, and could even be lower — and that on average, the incremental embodied energy is paid back in under a year. This is due to the significant operational energy savings achieved by meeting the Passivhaus standard.Given that U.S. energy codes aren’t as strict as those in central Europe, that could mean the embodied energy might be higher here… Could – although we’re finding that even on a small project, when optimized like crazy, the delta betwixt code minimum and Passivhaus can be relatively small.The Passivhaus Institut report also notes that the cumulative primary energy of an “Autarkic” building (that is, a self-sufficient off-grid building) is higher than that of a Passivhaus building. This is owing to the increased embodied energy of the renewable energy system (the photovoltaic array, batteries, etc.) over 80 years, resulting in a higher total energy than a Passivhaus building. Another win for Living Building Challenge projects meeting Passivhaus! The Passivhaus approach differs from the LEED approachFirst, our take is that the embodied energy issue is mostly a holdover from programs like LEED – where operational energy has largely been ignored in favor of “greener/lower-embodied energy” materials. Up to 2003, some of the least utilized credits were for energy efficiency greater than 30% or for the inclusion of renewables; I’d imagine that’s still probably pretty accurate (but can’t verify, as this info isn’t readily available).We’ve never shied away from the fact that we believe that the inverse should take priority. To really make an impact in cumulative embodied energy (construction + operational), focus on the operational side first. Then, once you’ve gotten that significantly reduced (e.g., by meeting the Passivhaus standard), set your sights on the construction embodied energy. An Oregon study says that the payback period is seven yearsThird, a recent University of Oregon study completed for a multifamily project compared Passivhaus construction to typical construction, and ended up with fairly comparable results to other Passivhaus life cycle analyses. The Daily Journal of Commerce reported, “According to the life-cycle analysis, the energy savings born out of the Passive House building will outweigh the materials’ added climate change potential in about seven years.”So even in the U.S., where our energy codes are less strict, the environmental payback should be relatively short. Research reportsSo, on to the literature… Here is a brief assortment of papers on the subject of Passivhaus embodied energy, though there are plenty more for those who really want to get wonkish:Life Cycle Assessment of Passive Buildings with LEGEP – A LCA-Tool from Germany (pdf): “The application to passive buildings shows clearly the advantages of these types of buildings over conventional buildings both in the short and long run.” Life Cycle Assessment of a Single-Family Residence built to Passive House Standard (pdf): “This means that when constructing a passive house and assuming both houses are using the same electrical heating system, it takes only 5 years before the increased material production and transport for the passive house are equalized to the TEK07 house [that is, a house meeting current building codes and standards, presumably in Norway] climate change impacts.” The life cycle race – silver and bronze – go to … Passive house and low energy house by Andreas Hermelink (pdf): “…The passive house is the clear winner in this comparison either from environmental perspective or from economical perspective.”The interesting result from the last paper (and the point referenced in the title) is that while Passivhaus leads to better environmental and economic results – the grid is still too dirty, and thus a combination of renewables (or greening of the grid) + Passivhaus would get the “gold.” Some Passivhaus buildings have lower embodied energy than conventional buildingsFinally, as alluded to above, it’s entirely plausible to construct a Passivhaus with lower embodied energy than a “code minimum” house — especially if your Passivhaus utilizes natural materials (e.g. straw, cellulose, wood, etc). But even if you don’t use all-natural materials — maybe you’re a modernist with a hankering for concrete and glass — it’s really not the end of the world as long as your house is über-efficient.The bigger takeaway: When comparing similar construction types, Passivhaus clearly comes out on top in the long run because of lower operational costs, lower environmental footprint, and lower cumulative primary energy… If you toss in superior comfort and great indoor air quality, it’s a no-brainer. So we consider the issue pretty much settled, and furthermore believe that requiring a life-cycle analysis to obtain certification would be a waste of time and money.last_img read more

Is the Office closed? Microsoft announces new AI research incubator

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Machine Learning#Microsoft#research#Skype Related Posts Follow the Puckcenter_img Microsoft has created a new research incubator for scientists and engineers to work towards general-purpose artificial intelligence.The incubator will tackle the development of AI that can be deployed into all products, rather than narrow AI, which is built for a singular purpose.See Also: Microsoft likes self-driving cars, but won’t be building themThis type of all-knowing AI is highly sought after, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon have all invested millions to try and create a self-aware and wide-ranging intelligence.Microsoft has based the incubator inside the Research and AI team, which was set up last September to bring AI researchers and scientists from all ends of the company together.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has placed AI at the forefront of the company’s movement, which includes cloud computing, augmented reality, and the Internet of Things. The company announced layoffs and a reorganization around a core composed of its Azure cloud platform and moving away from its traditional productivity software.Collaboration with MITThat has manifested itself in several of the company’s major tools, like Skype with the new Translator service and Cortana, the personal assistant on Windows devices. The deployment has also hit Microsoft’s enterprise side, with Azure Machine Learning a key component for businesses.Microsoft will collaborate with MIT’s Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines on the AI research.The company has also launched an ethics oversight panel for the AI research team, who will act as an advisory board on the right approach to artificial intelligence. This will co-exist alongside Microsoft’s cross-company ethical AI partnership with Amazon, Google, Facebook, and IBM. David Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: Our attack was ruthless

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Our attack was ruthlessby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised his players after their record-smashing 8-0 triumph over Watford.The Premier League Champions headed into half-time with a 5-0 lead, sensationally established in the opening 18 minutes of the game, and continued where they left off to add three more after the restart.Guardiola expressed his delight that his team did not let up, adding that doing so would have been disrespectful to the Hornets.”The quality of players upfront made the difference,” he said. “We were ruthless in terms of five shots, five goals. Sometimes, we have 20 and cannot score.”After the Champions League – a huge trip and no time to prepare – it was a lovely day for us all. For the City fans, there was sunshine and a lot of goals.”One of the things I loved the most is the fact that at 5-0 at half-time, sometimes players think for themselves and play their own game. It was the complete opposite – we were more aggressive, and we changed the set-up a little bit. We were more aggressive, high pressing.”In the second half, we scored more goals and played well. That, I like a lot.” last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer not bothered by media claims

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer not bothered by media claimsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he feels no pressure from what is reported by the media.Solskjaer insists he is unconcerned by what the press write about United, although he believes for a club as big as them it is their “rightful place” to be making headlines.He said, “I don’t worry about what the press writes about other teams, I don’t worry about what they say about Manchester United because we focus on what we have to do – that’s keep improving.”Reading the papers doesn’t really change my view. Sometimes I see stuff, my kids sometimes ask ‘What’s this about?’ That’s just part and parcel of this club and it has always been the same.”When I was a player it was always Man United, you do have the headlines, and it is a great position to be in. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. That’s our rightful place.” last_img read more

Bombardier puts Toronto aerospace facility in Downsview up for sale

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier is shopping around its sprawling aircraft manufacturing site in Toronto’s high-priced real-estate market.The transportation company said it put its 152-hectare Downsview Airport location north of the city’s downtown up for sale a couple of weeks ago as part of its financial turnaround plan.Spokesman Olivier Marcil said the unique land with a runway is larger than the company needs and no final decision has been made regarding a sale or relocation of its operations. Only 14 hectares of space is regularly used.“We think that there’s a better use for the land than a current airport and that could be to the benefit of not only the company but the city of Toronto and the people,” he said in an interview.The Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) has been on the site since it purchased de Havilland Canada in 1992 but the airfield was built in 1929 to test de Havilland aircraft.The land was used for the papal visits of John Paul II and served as a military base during the Second World War.Bombardier used to run a shuttle service to transport employees between Toronto and Montreal, Wichita and Mexico. However, that was suspended as part of the transformation.The land near subway stations, universities and Highway 401 is potentially very valuable.Marcil said the company is working with professional advisers and has met with some potential buyers to assess interest. He declined to say how much Bombardier expects to receive from a potential sale.Bombardier owns several hangars where Q400 turboprops and several business jets are assembled by about 3,500 workers.Toronto Coun. Maria Augimeri says she will oppose the sale of the prime land.“Got it on good authority that you’re secretly courting developers in scheme to turn Downsview plant into a massive housing project,” she tweeted. “Over my dead body.”Marcil said Bombardier has started to assess all of its global locations as part of its turnaround plan but declined to say if the company has identified any other sites that could be sold.“We’re not ready to announce anything yet to any other sites that we have in the world.”Bombardier said it will maintain a presence in Toronto even if it sells the site. It has talked to Pearson International Airport about relocating to the country’s largest airport because it requires runway access.The company is also committed to Ontario and the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Initiative even if it relocates, Marcil added.Bombardier is about halfway through its five-year turnaround plan that is designed to improve its financial health after nearly going bankrupt over development of its CSeries commercial jet. Bombardier has signed a deal to sell a majority stake in the program to Airbus.last_img read more

Ontarios former privacy commissioner resigns from Sidewalk Labs

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s former privacy commissioner has resigned from her consulting role at a company that is preparing to build a high-tech community on Toronto’s waterfront, becoming one of many to step away from the project due to concerns about how personal information and data will be managed.Ann Cavoukian resigned from Google sister company Sidewalk Labs on Friday after she said a privacy framework she developed was being overlooked when Sidewalk Labs said it couldn’t guarantee people’s personal information would be protected.“What I wanted was a wake up call,” said Cavoukian of her resignation.She wrote a letter of resignation following a meeting earlier in the week when Sidewalk Labs said while it agrees to follow her framework, called Privacy by Design, it cannot ensure that other companies involved in the project would do so as well.“I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance,” said Cavoukian in the letter.Last October, Waterfront Toronto announced it had chosen Sidewalk Labs to present a plan to design a high-tech neighbourhood for the Quayside development, which is along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.Since then, the Alphabet Inc.-backed project has faced controversy because critics have complained that few details have been shared including how data will be collected, kept, accessed and protected.“It became clear that Sidewalk Labs would play a more limited role in near-term discussions about a data governance framework at Quayside,” said a statement from Sidewalk Labs.“Sidewalk Labs has committed to implement, as a company, the principles of Privacy by Design. Though that question is settled, the question of whether other companies involved in the Quayside project would be required to do so is unlikely to be worked out soon, and may be out of Sidewalk Labs’ hands.”Cavoukian said she resigned to “press” Waterfront Toronto to guarantee it would protect people’s personal information.Cavoukian said a crucial feature of Privacy by Design is that when personal information is collected by surveillance cameras and sensors, any personally identifying data is removed or “anonymized” immediately.Cavoukian said personally identifying data is not just a person’s name, and there is information that can be indirectly identifying — such as the specifics of where a person is travelling — that can be linked to that individual.“You must de-identify data. Waterfront Toronto can do that, so that’s why I’m pressing upon them to do it,” she said.Waterfront Toronto released a statement that said it will go beyond meeting all Canadian privacy legal requirements in the project.“Waterfront Toronto has great respect for Dr. Cavoukian and Privacy by Design, the excellent tool she has developed based on best practices. Waterfront Toronto also recognizes and respects the obligation to adhere to Canadian privacy laws, which go beyond Privacy by Design,” said the statement.Cavoukian’s resignation comes after a member of the panel guiding the plans stepped down earlier this month after she developed “deep dismay” and “profound concern” over a lack of leadership from Waterfront Toronto with ensuring public trust around privacy.In a letter, TechGirls Canada founder Saadia Muzaffar said she is stepping away from her role with the Waterfront Toronto Digital Strategy Advisory Panel because Waterfront Toronto has shown “apathy and a lack of leadership regarding shaky public trust” and has dodged questions around privacy and intellectual property.For months Sidewalk Labs have been dogged with questions around privacy and ownership of intellectual property. Dan Doctoroff, the chief executive officer of Sidewalk Labs, said at the Fortune Global Forum on Wednesday that he hoped concerns had been quelled after his company released its privacy proposal for the Quayside development on Oct. 15.The plans show Sidewalk Labs does not intend to own the data it gathers in public spaces and instead will relinquish control of it to an independent organization to be set up and called the Civic Data Trust. The Trust will set the rules around data use, make it open and accessible to people while offering privacy protection and ensure that Sidewalk Labs does not receive any special status or rights when it comes to data access.The plan mentions little of intellectual property, which has been a prime concern for many in Canada who have spoken out against foreign technology companies infiltrating the country and using Canadian talent to build intellectual property that ends up sending revenue to other nations.Cavoukian said there is an increasing number of data breaches and cyber security attacks around the world that has led to a growing concern over privacy and personal information.“Privacy is consistently at the highest rate of concern I’ve ever seen in over 20 years that I’ve been in this business,” she said.“When you have such high levels of concern associated with privacy and a total deficit of trust — trust is non-existent — you have to go to great lengths to assure the public, your personal data is safe.”last_img read more

Service sector predicts Canadian drilling activity will fall even more in 2019

first_imgOutgoing association chief executive Tom Whalen says the oilfield services sector in Canada is headed for a third year of stalled activity as export pipeline capacity constraints keep petroleum prices low.It forecasts an average Western Canadian Select price discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate of US$24.50 per barrel next year, about US$10 above typical differences.The forecast calls for activity to gradually ramp up during 2019 as crude-by-rail volumes rise to allow more barrels to get to market.PSAC announced Thursday that former Alberta cabinet minister and provincial trade representative Gary Mar will become its new president and CEO as of Dec. 1.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is predicting more pain for the oil and gas sector next year.It predicts a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five percent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.On a provincial basis for 2019, PSAC estimates 3,532 wells to be drilled in Alberta, and 2,422 wells for Saskatchewan, representing year-over-year decreases of 221 and 110 wells, respectively. At 255 wells, drilling activity in Manitoba is expected to drop by 16 wells year-over-year, whilst activity in British Columbia is projected to decrease from 415 wells in 2018 to 382 wells in 2019.last_img read more

Neymar returns as Mbappe flattens Monaco in title party

first_imgParis: Neymar joined the Paris Saint-Germain title party on Sunday when he made his first appearance since January as Kylian Mbappe swept aside Monaco with a hat-trick in a 3-1 win for the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions. Mbappe took his league tally for the season to 30 following his treble, which came just hours after PSG were crowned champions for the sixth time in seven years when closest challengers Lille dropped points. Neymar’s return at the start of the second half replacing Layvin Kurzawa is the cherry on the cake for Thomas Tuchel’s side, who had been without the Brazilian superstar since January 23 with a right foot injury. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEdinson Cavani also returned to action as a second half substitute, having a late strike correctly ruled out for offside, meaning that PSG’s famed front three are back together following months apart. Mbappe has thrived in the absence of his strike partners, and gave his side a 2-0 first-half lead with two neat finishes, the first coming in the 15th minute and the second seven minutes before the break after a beautiful pass from Dani Alves. The World Cup winner then put the three points beyond doubt when he tapped in Alves’ low cross nine minutes after the break. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAleksandr Golovin rolled home a consolation for the away side, who remain in trouble in 16th place and are only four points away from the relegation play-off spot. On Sunday afternoon Lille ended their challenge with a goalless draw at Toulouse that left them 16 points behind PSG with only five games to play and allowed capital club to celebrate the title after missing chances to seal it in their previous matches. The Parisians have struggled with key injuries in recent weeks and they lost Italian international midfielder Marco Verratti with what looks like a knock to his left ankle. PSG took the field wearing a shirt with a large image of Notre Dame replacing the usual sponsor’s logo.”Notre-Dame” replaced the player names on the back of the shirts. The iconic Paris cathedral was damaged in a spectacular blaze last Monday. The club said that they would put a limited edition of the shirts on sale on line during the match for 100 euros each. The club said the money “will be donated to associations related to firefighters”. The club also posted a “Hommage to Notre Dame” video on their web site in which players praised the team-work of the Paris fire brigade and made a gesture that imitates the two famous towers that form part of the cathedral’s facade. The club said it was also using Sunday’s game to thank the firefighters.last_img read more