Can life exist outside the circumstellar habitable zone, that ring of life around a star where the temperature is comfy? “For more than 150 years,” Ker Than wrote for LiveScience, “…this zone has been defined as a narrow disk around a star where temperatures are moderate enough that water on the surface of a planet can exist in a liquid form.” His article surveyed newer, more optimistic ideas that extend the zone of life into dark, distant regions beyond. The reasoning is based on three findings:Extreme life: Extremophiles can live on earth in places long thought inhospitable.Warm moons: Enceladus and Europa provide examples of locations outside the zone that may be warm enough for water.More of less: A red dwarf star’s habitable zone may be small, but there are so many of them (85% of stars), they add up.Ker Than acknowledged that the zones around red dwarfs would be so close-in, any planet would become tidally locked – hot on the lit side, freezing on the dark side. But he claimed that new models “predict that if an orbiting planet had a thick enough atmosphere, heat could be redistributed from the lit side of the planet to the side that was dark.” Some of these ideas came from a conference last fall sponsored by the SETI Institute, where about 30 scientists discussed whether planets orbiting red dwarf stars could be habitable. The Maybe Babies squeal with delight when they get their water bottle. Water is nice, water is wet, water is necessary. Water is not sufficient. Like Jay Richards explained in The Privileged Planet, there is more to getting a habitable planet than “just add water.” See the film for a long list of requirements that will dampen false hopes for life without design.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Is the line between pro and prosumer gear becoming so blurred that it could threaten high-end professionals?Top image from CinemablographyFor the last decade, the gear needed to make quality films has gone down dramatically. Most indie short films traveling the festival circuit are being shot on inexpensive cameras that the director or cinematographer own themselves. Because of this, one has to think about how this is effecting the industry professionals. So let’s look at each major component of video production and filmmaking, and then try and determine if they are in fact threatening the industry professionals.The Price of 4K is Dropping RapidlyA few years ago, you could tell a major difference between what was shot on high-end studio gear and what was shot on prosumer gear. However, that distinction isn’t so crystal clear these days. With camera manufactures like Sony, Canon, and Blackmagic Design, independent filmmakers and video pros are able to get their hands on great gear that can shoot in 4K for a very favorable entry price. Are these cameras being used on big-budget film sets? Yes, but usually as crash cams or B cameras for cutaways or coverage. In fact, the majority of the films we see on the big screen are still using the ARRI ALEXA.Another factor that we should talk about is lenses. This line has blurred as well, up to a certain point. If you take the prosumer line of prime lenses and judge them against the next level of lenses, the cine prime, you’re going to find it hard to tell a difference.In fact, see if you can tell a difference between a $5-7,ooo lens compared to a $12-15,000 lens in this video from Rocket Jump Film School.Here are other references on this subject you should check out:Real Cinema Lenses You Can Afford8 Killer Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000The Best Camera Options for Production Company StartupsQuality Sound Can Be Had for Little MoneySound is another area of film and video production that is absolutely crucial, and it’s one that’s dropping in price. Now you can buy a quality shotgun mic and wireless lapel mic for very little money and record that audio to an inexpensive field recorder like a Zoom H6. Because of these advancements in audio capture, you can realistically get high-end level audio for a much lower price point. In fact, let’s check out this comparison between a $200 Blue Spark and a $3200 Neuman U 87 Ai condenser mic. The results are quite impressive.Again, check out these additional references in regards to sound gear:10 Crucial Pieces of Audio Gear Under $500How to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget FilmsAudio Tips for DSLR FilmmakersLower Cost of NLENon-linear editing software has also seen a drop in price. You can pick up DaVinci Resolve Lite for free or you can buy it outright for $995. Then there is Adobe Premiere Pro CC, which comes with the Creative Cloud for $29.99 a month. You can also purchase Final Cut Pro X for a reasonable price of $299 or, for just a little over $100 more, you can buy Lightworks. The one NLE that was still a bit pricey was the industry standard Avid Media Composer, but now Avid is available for a modest $49.99 a month.Here is a quick video from Mike Wilhelm at Videomaker where he goes through the pros and cons of Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.And, once again, here are some helpful references that touch on the topic at hand:The Big 3 NLEs And Their Place in Today’s Film IndustryEffective 4K Workflows in Avid Media ComposerThree Quick Tips for Editing in Premiere Pro10 Best Final Cut Pro X Tutorial and Training WebsitesDaVinci Resolve Workflow Roundtrip BreakdownWhere You Can’t Replace a ProfessionalAs you can see, there are plenty of reasons that prosumer gear and software are getting tougher to disregard or simply dismiss. Will we see this prosumer gear showing up as the A camera on big budget film sets? Not likely. Studio productions will still use the big guns like the ARRI ALEXA camera with Cooke lenses and, really, that makes sense. I have yet to see a camera, other than maybe RED, that can rival the ARRI Alexa in terms of getting as close to film without being film. This is one area I just don’t see prosumer gear overtaking pro-level gear.But what about micro-budget or mid-level-budget films? I actually see that happening now. There are many independent films, as I said before, that are opting for cameras that are $15,000 and lower. With so many options out there on this front, you can grab a quality camera that produces a great image and rent the high-level lenses you need and you’re set. So, in this arena of filmmaking, I see it making a difference.Want more content on filmmaking?Honing Your Craft: Find Your Voice as a Director5 Legendary Directors on Directing4 Mistakes Nearly Every Director Makes on SetWhat do you think? Do you agree that prosumer gear isn’t quite threatening the top-end pros? Is it nipping at the heels of the pro-indies? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!
Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles With their backs to the wall, Austria believes a shift in approach could shift the odds in their favor in the 4:30 p.m. contest.“We have to play better defense,” he said following 93-88 loss to TNT on Monday night. “[In Game 1] we only allowed them 78 points, tonight it’s 93—that’s 15 points more.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The name of the game is how you can play good defense. We may be No. 1 in offense when it comes to percentages, but we have to play defense, too, for us to win,” he added.Bong Ravena, Austria’s counterpart at TNT, refuses to celebrate anything despite having some sort of momentum coming into the game. “[There’s] nothing to celebrate,” he said. “We just tied the series.”“I just hope that our intensity, our energy will be the same—or even better,” Ravena said.Meanwhile, if there’s one team in this sudden death day that definitely has momentum going, it’s Magnolia.Hotshots will be shooting for a repeat of an authoritative 106-77 victory over Barangay Ginebra also on Monday night when they go up against crowd darling Gin Kings in the 7 p.m. game.“We just need to prepare really well,” Magnolia mentor Chito Victolero said. “With the same effort and same desire, I think we have a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TNT shoots for their first semifinal appearance since 2016, while Magnolia hopes for another deep campaign after falling short last year.The Gin Kings, for their part, hope to come into this game successful in shaking the cobwebs of that murderous rout two nights ago.But no stake is larger for the Beermen, who are looking to extend their already-historic four-straight Philippine Cup titles.“Hopefully we could adjust to the kind of defense they’re applying on us,” Austria said. “We have to devise some plays to avoid that kind of pressure defense.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alas, Fuel Masters to go all the way Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated It’s down to one last game—a do-or-die,” said San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria.He couldn’t have put it any better his Beermen, seeking to win the PBA Philippine Cup an unprecedented fifth straight season, take on TNT for the right to play on at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea drop Cesc asking price further in last 24 hoursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have dropped their asking price for Cesc Fabregas in the last 24 hours.Chelsea and AC Milan are locked in negotiations over a January fee for the Spain international, who is off contract in June.Tuttosport says Chelsea have cut their valuation from €10m to €8m, but it’s still too rich for the Rossonero.Milan are willing to cough up – but only to €4m.The big problem for all three parties is the threat of financial fair play penalties that are hanging over Milan – and as such restricting their spending plans for next month.
Really? Man Utd yet to approach anyone over technical director jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are still to hold talks with any potential new technical director.Indeed, they’re yet to approach a candidate over the vacant technical director job.The Telegraph says United’s search is continuing but there is an expectation it will be one of the club’s former players.It is believed the club want someone who can quickly understand the club.Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has been heavily linked with a return. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ESPN.Alabama is the favorite to win it all this season, according to nearly every sportsbook out there. Nick Saban disagrees with the oddsmakers. Who does the five-time national champion head coach think should be favored to win the national championship? The team his program defeated in last season’s College Football Playoff title game: Clemson. “How can they not pick Clemson?” Saban said during his appearance at ESPN today. “Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in college football since Cam Newton.”Bama 5/1 fav to win nat’l title. Nick Saban: “How can they not pick Clemson? Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in CFB since Cam Newton”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 19, 2016Coach Saban starting the morning off in Bristol on @SportsCenter #RollTide pic.twitter.com/taAVky2Ohs— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 19, 2016This is just Saban trying to lessen the expectations for his team, but Clemson’s path to the national championship game is clearer than Alabama’s. The Crimson Tide are probably a more-talented team, but their quarterback situation is unclear and the schedule is pretty brutal. The Tigers, meanwhile, have a Heisman Trophy contender behind center and a more manageable schedule. Who are you betting on to win it all this year?
Canada’s labour minister called on Canada Post and its biggest union Tuesday to continue bargaining with the help of a third party after postal workers across the country voted in favour of strike action that could see them off the job before month’s end.Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action in several weeks of polling that wrapped up Sunday.CUPW said Tuesday that 93.8 per cent of urban letter and parcel carriers and 95.9 per cent of rural and suburban members provisionally signalled their willingness to walk off the job.The two sides have been negotiating separate contracts for urban and rural employees since late last year without success.If no agreements are reached by Sept. 26, there could be a strike or lockout.“The minister has appointed federal mediators to assist the parties in their negotiations and encourages both parties to continue their discussions in an effort to reach an agreement and renew their collective agreements,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu’s press secretary Veronique Simard said in an emailed statement.“Our government believes in a fair and balanced approach to labour relations.”Canada Post said it tabled offers on Friday which reflected recent growth in the agency’s parcel business “and the important role employees have played in this success.”It said the offers contained wage increases and benefit improvements, but the union described the proposals as “unacceptable.”“Over the last decade, the working conditions of all our members has deteriorated, leaving many overburdened with little time for their home life,” CUPW national president Mike Palecek said in a statement.“Our members have spoken – this is the time to address serious workplace problems.”Besides coming to grips with work-life balance issues, the union said it also wanted Canada Post to expand services to include postal banking and grocery delivery, and to invest in an environmentally friendly fleet of delivery vehicles.Before the strike vote results were made public, CUPW posted a statement to its website urging its members to stock up on prescription medications because health benefits could be cut off during a strike or lockout.“Members would then have to pay 100 per cent of the cost of any prescription,” the union said.Canada Post has not indicated publicly that it is prepared to lock out its unionized employees, instead maintaining that both sides were working hard to find common ground.CUPW represents about 42,000 urban carriers and 8,000 rural employees. Collective agreements for both sets of workers expired last December.An arbitrator has been aiding both sides in trying to reach settlements since early June.Palecek warned early last month that, should talks fail, his members should be prepared for “some type of job action.”Canada Post employees were last locked out in 2011 but were legislated back to work.Job action was also averted in 2016 through a last-minute agreement that sent a pay equity dispute to arbitration.In May, arbitrator Maureen Flynn gave both sides until the end of August to reach a settlement on pay equity, calling pay discrepancies at Canada Post “fundamentally flawed.”Flynn is now expected to impose a settlement but has not indicated when that might happen. That settlement is distinct from the current contract talks.Canada Post has already written off the potential cost of that settlement in its second quarter financial results, estimating it could exceed $200 million.
CALGARY (660NEWS) — Calgary’s economic plan has received another update to deal with a changing economy and continued challenges lingering from the recession.Titled “Calgary in the New Economy”, the plan is an update on the previous strategy unveiled in 2014. It focuses on four key areas: talent, innovation, place and business environment.Calgary Economic Development is stressing an importance on modernization and keeping young people in the city.“We have an incredible opportunity as a city,” said Executive Chair Steve Allan. “We have this livable city, we have incredible talent, a young, well-educated workforce, and office space. So those are great things to build on.”During the press conference revealing the plan, speakers talked about how the economy is still getting better in Calgary, although some challenges remain. There is still concern over energy and getting a better price for our products. Also, on the topic of office space, vacancy remains very high and unemployment remains a concern.“Over the last few months, it feels like we’ve stagnated in terms of jobs in particular,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.Nenshi added the plan emphasizes different ways to attract young people downtown and fill up some of that space.“So bringing more people downtown and investing in areas that lead to direct job creation are two major priorities.”But there is lots of positivity about the road ahead. If all goes to plan, technology will get more of a focus in Calgary as a way to bridge the gap between different industries.“Innovation crosses all of our sectors, and we’ve got a lot of innovation going on in agriculture, in energy, in transportation, in logistics and in health sciences. A lot of stuff happening here,” said Allan.Ideally, the city can continue to pull out of the recession and take steps towards a more youthful and modernized world.“We have a real opportunity to ensure that young people are deeply engaged in the work that we do. So it starts with making sure that in elementary and junior high and high school, kids are learning about entrepreneurship and innovation — which is happening now. But it also makes sure that people see real opportunities not just to get a great job here, but to start a business here,” added Nenshi.“You have to embrace change,” said Allan. “I’m an old guy, but I love change. I’ve lived in a world of change so I love it. Like every day it’s exciting when you find something and I don’t begin to understand it at all.”While most of the initiatives in the plan will take five years or longer to implement, there are several with immediate targets including: create Canada’s largest talent accelerator, establish Calgary as a magnet for students, develop the Calgary innovation corridor and launch initiatives to generate business development.
“No one should have to make the difficult decision between their family’s health and putting food on the table. We know that for many working households, needed prescriptions were going unfilled too often because Fair PharmaCare deductibles were too high. The changes we have made will provide thousands of families with the relief they need.”Previously, a household earning a net annual income between $15,000 and $30,000 would have to pay between $300 and $600 in deductibles before Fair PharmaCare would start to provide coverage assistance.Ministry of Health data has shown a link between low-income levels, deductibles and decreased drug spending, indicating that families will forgo filling prescriptions because of the cost, opting for other essentials, such as housing and groceries.Families earning under $45,000 in net annual income are also benefiting from this investment. Deductibles and co-payments have been lowered for households earning between $30,000 and $45,000 net, annually. Fair PharmaCare co-payments have also been eliminated for seniors born before 1940 earning a household net annual income up to $14,000, and for the lowest income households, those earning up to $13,750.Previously, anyone registered with Fair PharmaCare, even people with the lowest incomes, would have to pay out-of-pocket before receiving 100 percent coverage.The Government says by eliminating the family maximum for the lowest-earning families and reducing it for those earning less than a net annual income of $45,000 – families will save more on prescriptions throughout the year. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Government is helping families get the prescription drugs they need as part of the Fair PharmaCare investment.The Government is investing $105 million in reducing or eliminating deductibles and co-payments for lower-income households.Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, says that no family should have to make the decision between buying food or family health. For more information on Fair Pharmacare, you can visit the Pharmacare website.
Digital entertainment has taken the country by storm in recent times. Society has witnessed the transition from traditional cable connections to DTH services. The latter streamlined customer-distributor-broadcaster interaction and earmarked the provision of channels and movies at user’s disposal. Then came Over-the-top (OTT) services which went mainstream 2018 onwards. OTT services changed the market equation altogether. Providing film and TV content via the internet without requiring users to subscribe to DTH services and hence entirely bypassing a multiple-system operator in the control or distribution of the content. The key OTT players – Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Eros Now, JioTV – became a threat to the television providers only in the sense that they offered online streaming of all those flicks which otherwise were as good as premium provisions of these operators. The only essential prerequisite was the internet. The Internet brought attention to the data, its availability, and its consumption. For those who have not paid heed to India’s data leap, it may set in as a surprise that India, today, provides the lowest rate in the world for Mobile Data – mere Rs 18/GB aggregate – against a global average of Rs 600, as per the price comparison analysed by Cable.co.uk. Much of this is credited to the market upheaval that Jio brought upon its entry with data-based telecom services. Cheap data single-handedly boosted the OTT players’ morale for a wide business prospect, especially with the potential numbers (subscribers) that they could garner from India. So, Netflix and Amazon Prime extended their services to India, riding on the back of the telecom providers to aid their outreach and establish themselves. The telecom players coupled OTT services with their packages and priced them accordingly to accrue benefits to whichever length possible. Now, Netflix is testing mobile subscriptions of Rs 250 against their traditional plans ranging from Rs 500 – Rs 800 which is apparently expensive for India’s price-sensitive market. Netflix’s mobile subscription plan directly builds upon the smartphone base of India that has risen exponentially and expeditiously. India is the second largest smartphone market in the world after China with 430 million smartphone users. Simple math justifies Netflix’s move. The advent of OTT services and robust compliance from telecom fishes has bolstered the country’s data consumption – a win-win situation for both the stakeholders in the fray. Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc., have facilitated, first a need and then a market of, India-focussed and shows. Sacred Games took the country by storm and more flicks based on the region, and available in languages, have stormed Indian market and captivated wide public interest. OTT platforms’ outreach brings the international audience to a trove of Indian shows based on diverse issues and available in distinct languages.