Edinburgh Festival 2019 reviews: Below the Blanket / Samson Young: Real Music

There’s a deep vein of melancholy running through Glasgow producing house Cryptic’s promenade installation Below the Blanket, which currently occupies several sites across Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. Bringing together the work of a clutch of artists, and blurring boundaries between the sonic and the visual (a fertile hinterland that Cryptic has made very much its own), Below the Blanket is inspired by northern Scotland’s Flow Country, a spellbinding and little-known landscape stretching across Caithness and Sutherland. Not only a vital environment for plants, insects and animals, it’s also one of Europe’s most important natural carbon stores. Hence the melancholy. There’s the feeling lurking behind these often quite magical pieces that this is a frighteningly fragile world, one that could easily slide into disappearance with the gentlest fluctuations in climate. And it’s that very fragility that some of Below the Blanket’s artists seem to have responded to most strongly. Caithness composer Malcolm Lindsay’s musical commission is a case in point. Entitled simply Flow Country, it’s broadcast from tree-embedded loudspeakers, and performed live on Fridays...

Hoops icon Michael Jordan qualified for Forbes’ annual billionaires list for the first time this year

Hoops icon Michael Jordan qualified for Forbes’ annual billionaires list for the first time this year with a net worth of $1 billion thanks to soaring NBA franchise values. The Charlotte Hornets are Jordan’s biggest asset, with his stake worth more than $500 million net of debt. But the team has largely been a money loser in terms of cash flow in recent years. The NBA’s greatest player can afford it though, as he continues to make a mint annually outside of the Hornets. Jordan earned $100 million from Nike and other partners last year by Forbes’ count, more than any other retired or current athlete. His 2014 haul is also more than the $94 million Jordan made in cumulative playing salary during 15 years lacing up his hightops for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. Nike’s Jordan Brand is a financial juggernaut. Jordan U.S. shoe sales rose 17% last year to $2.6 billion, according to data compiled by SportScanInfo. Jordan has eight times the sales of the signature shoes for the top active NBA star, LeBron James. Jordan apparel and the international business add more than $1 billion as well. The Jordan Brand commanded 58% market share of the $4.2 billion U.S. basketball shoe m...

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Impact of Existing and Emerging Tissue Culture Incubator Market Trends and Forecast 2018-2026

A tissue culture incubator is designed to maintain constant temperature along with high humidity that allows the growth of tissue culture cells or microbiological culture under a CO2 atmosphere with constant temperature. A majority of companies manufacturing tissue culture incubators are bringing in their new technologies and advanced engineering techniques to yield the well-established growth of cell culture. Standard tissue culture incubators, in a broad category, include air-jacketed incubators, water-jacketed incubators, and direct heat incubators. Companies are strategizing their sales by carrying out merger and acquisition activities in order to maintain their dominance in the industry. A standard tissue culture incubator offers a CO2 range of 0.3% to 19.9%, temperature of +4°C to 50°C, along with humidity levels superior than 80% RH. Tissue culture incubators find a large range of applications in end-use settings, including research and clinical laboratories, where these incubators are used to lead tissue culture and cell culture work. Tissue culture incubators are also used for cell cultivation, and IVF and stem cell applications. Newly launched tissue culture incubators...

Grow Lights for Indoor Plants and Indoor Gardening: An Overview

Warm vs cool? “Full-spectrum?” LED, CFL, or HID? Here’s what you need to know about indoor grow lights for starting seeds, gardening inside, or houseplants. Yet unless you’re lucky enough to have a solarium or greenhouse attached to your home, providing sufficient light to your plants will likely be an obstacle (shade-tolerant houseplants excepted). South-facing windows may provide enough light for a tray or two of seedlings, but if you want to grow vegetables, or any other sun-loving plants, to maturity, you’re going to need grow lights. The indoor lighting found in most homes does little to support photosynthesis. Traditional incandescent bulbs do not have the proper spectrum of light, or intensity, to supplant the sun. Household fluorescent bulbs can make effective grow lights, but only if they are placed in within a few inches of the foliage and left on for 16 hours per day – not ideal. When shopping for grow lights, you’ll notice they are labeled with numbers like 2700K or 4000K. This refers to their relative warmth or coolness on the color spectrum – the higher the number, the cooler the light. Foliage growth is generally best around 6500K, though many pl...

Induction of Heterologous Tier 2 HIV-1-Neutralizing and Cross-Reactive V1/V2-Specific Antibodies in Rabbits by Prime-Boost Immunization

Poxvirus prime-protein boost used in the RV144 trial remains the only immunization strategy shown to elicit a modest level of protection against HIV-1 acquisition in humans. Although neutralizing antibodies (NAb) were generated, they were against sensitive viruses, not the more resistant “tier 2” isolates that dominate circulating strains. Instead, risk reduction correlated with antibodies recognizing epitopes in the V1/V2 region of HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env). Here, we examined whether tier 2 virus NAb and V1/V2-specific non-NAb could be elicited by a poxvirus prime-gp120 boost strategy in a rabbit model. We studied two clade B Envs that differ in multiple parameters, including tissue origin, neutralization sensitivity, and presence of the N197 (N7) glycan that was previously shown to modulate the exposure of conserved epitopes on Env. We demonstrate that immunized rabbits generated cross-reactive neutralizing activities against >50% of the tier 2 global HIV-1 isolates tested. Some of these activities were directed against the CD4 binding site (CD4bs). These rabbits also generated antibodies that recognized protein scaffolds bearing V1/V2 sequences from diverse HIV...

Early adopters of LED lighting will remember 50,000 hour or even 100,000 hour lifetime ratings printed on

Early adopters of LED lighting will remember 50,000 hour or even 100,000 hour lifetime ratings printed on the box. But during a recent trip to the hardware store the longest advertised lifetime I found was 25,000 hours. Others claimed only 7,500 or 15,000 hours. And yes, these are brand-name bulbs from Cree and GE. So, what happened to those 100,000 hour residential LED bulbs? Were the initial estimates just over-optimistic? Was it all marketing hype? Or, did we not know enough about LED aging to predict the true useful life of a bulb? I put these questions to the test. Join me after the break for some background on the light bulb cartel from the days of incandescent bulbs (not a joke, a cartel controlled the life of your bulbs), and for the destruction of some modern LED bulbs to see why the lifetimes are clocking in a lot lower than the original wave of LED replacements. Any discussion of light bulb lifetime would be incomplete without mention of the Phoebus cartel, an international organization formed in 1924 by the world’s leading light bulb manufacturers to manipulate the bulb market. As discussed by Markus Krajewski in “The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy”, the cartel assigned ...