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first_imgFormer Tottenham star Teddy Sheringham has expressed sympathy for Jack Wilshere after his latest injury setback.The Arsenal midfielder, who has been troubled with injuries throughout his career, is facing another lengthy lay-off having been hit by an ankle problem on the eve of the new Premier League season.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, ex-England international Sheringham said: “He is not having any luck.“I feel desperate for him to be honest, because all you want as a young lad is to have a run in the team and feel fit and fresh and ready to go, and he has not had that in a few seasons.“I wish him well in his comeback.”last_img

first_imgFormer Arsenal manager George Graham has told talkSPORT the opening day defeat to West Ham at the Emirates Stadium highlights a “lack of leadership” in the Gunners team.Having beaten Chelsea in the Community Sheifld curtain raiser last week, many were tipping Arsene Wenger side as genuine contenders for the Premier League title.But the Gunners’ new campaign got off to the worst imaginable start, as a series of errors saw London rivals West Ham claim a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.Wenger criticised his team’s ‘collective lapse’ against the Hammers, with new goalkeeper Peter Cech in particular enduring a debut to forget in the Gunners net.And Graham, who won two First Division titles in his time charge of Arsenal, believes their star players let the club down with a timid performance.“I was really disappointed and very surprised by Arsenal,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Their pre-season form had been excellent and I thought, ‘right, let’s go at West Ham.’ But it amazed me that after the first 20 minutes, both sides had 50 per cent possession – when does an away team come to the Emirates and get that sort of possession? Very, very rarely.“I was really surprised Arsenal didn’t press the ball and put West Ham under pressure, and maybe that just shows you the lack of leadership at the club.“I didn’t see anyone get a grip of the game.“Arsenal have some brilliant players, but Ozil was very quiet – you never really saw him – and Santi Cazorla was on the left wing in the first half and he doesn’t like laying there.“You’re looking for your big names, your big players, to perform, and they didn’t do that yesterday.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles area is in a contrary state as far as residential real estate is concerned. The annual rate of appreciation is now in single digits in lots of places. Except the Los Angeles area. The new home market also offers proof of this contrariness. As measured by permits pulled by builders, home construction fell 10.5 percent in the first four months of this year versus 2005. Except in Los Angeles. Permit activity was up an annual 21 percent in that time. That’s according to an analysis by the Burbank-based Construction Industry Research Board for the California Building Industry Association. Between January and April, builders across the state pulled permits for 59,950 units, the vast majority of them – 41,026 – single-family homes. In the Los Angeles area (L.A., Glendale and Long Beach), 9,356 permits have been pulled. This, too, is contrary to the state picture. In Los Angeles 3,711 permits in the past four months are for single-family homes, 1.7 percent fewer than a year ago. But 5,645 permits are for multi-family homes, up an annual 43 percent. What the last number doesn’t show is how many multi-family units are condominiums. That sector has been getting a lot of action, though, because single-family homes are so expensive. And condos are not that much of a bargain, either. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., credits the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys with lots of the action. “You’ve still got room for development. And of course, you have the condo markets in both downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach.” The Sacramento-based CBIA also notes that overall housing starts fell 10 percent from March to April, but it appears that building is starting to level out. April’s activity, the most current numbers available, show that, statewide, builders pulled 11,119 single-family permits, 0.2 percent fewer than in March. Los Angeles accounted for 1,076 permits, 21 percent more than in April. On a monthly basis, multi-family activity fell 37.6 percent in the state and 41.2 percent in Los Angeles, the only time the numbers were similar. The CBIA’s chief economist Alan Nevin notes another geographic trend in the numbers. “Most of the downturn in single-family permits is in more distant areas, which have been accommodating the housing demands from those employed in the more urban areas,” he noted. High gas prices may be partly to blame, too, because they’ve driven up commuting costs, too, he said. Kyser also notes that demand doesn’t seem to be abating in the Los Angeles area either, which continues to drive building activity. He sees this proof outside his windshield. “If you’re on the freeway at rush hour you notice a lot of out-of-state plates on cars with one driver in them,” Kyser said. And that indicates somebody heading home from work. Notes: The CBIA also notes that while California produced 10 percent of the nation’s housing last year, supply remains well short of demand. Distribution is by no means even in California, though. Of the state’s more than 500 cities and counties issuing permits, 6 percent accounted for 50 percent of the activity. The leaders were the city of Los Angeles and Riverside County. There’s help for first-time home buyers. The Lockheed Federal Credit Union will present a seminar titled “How to Buy a Home In Today’s Market.” The free event will be held Wednesday at the credit union’s Burbank branch, 2340 N. Hollywood Way. It is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants will learn the ins and outs of the home-buying process and speakers will discuss credit repair, escrow and title costs. For reservations, e-mail or call (818) 565-2402.last_img read more

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf ClubWe have had a great Open Week with large crowds on the course each day.The weather had been very kind to us up until Saturday. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to the golfers on Saturday or Sunday.The Lady Captain and Men’s Captain would like to thank all our members who participated in Open Week and also all the visitors that took part in competitions at the club during Open Week.We had a number of new beginners in the prizes during open week which was great to see.It is important that we all make an effort to get all our new beginners out on the course. Well done to all the prize winners and again I would like to thank all our sponsors who are as follows:-Tennants Ireland, Frank and Nora Crumlish, Seamus mc Monagle (Club Professional), Roarty Development, The Oyster Bar, Mabel Gillespie and family, Eugene and Geraldine Magee, Starcrest Seafoods, Lynas Foods, Moores Garage, Arnolds Hotel, Sigma Wireless, Molly’s Bar, Patrick and Pauline Hunter. Please make sure you support all our sponsors.This week is Lady Captain’s Week. Let’s hope all members support Cheryl this coming week. She has put in great work during her year to date and is extremely popular with all the members. Make sure you put your name down for her Captain’s prize in plenty of time as the time sheet will fill very quickly.The scrambles will start back again this Friday. As it is Lady’s Captain’s weekend, the scramble will be 18 holes. You have to register before 4pm on Friday with the Shotgun Start at 4.30pm.Open Week Results: Monday 28th July 3 BBB Stableford (Any Combination)1st: Ronan Mc Clafferty, Eamonn Mc Conigley, Enda Mc Clafferty 53pts2nd: Pat Bonner, Eugene Gallagher, Michael Dunne 52 pts3rd: Mark Mc Cormick, Niall Mc Cormick, Killian Mc Ginley 51 pts BOT 4th: Graham Cummings, Natalie Cummings, Adrian Cummings 51 ptsVisitors: Philip Durning, Chuck Mc Taggart, Joe Logan 49 pts BOTWednesday 30th July Gents Open Singles Stableford, Sponsored by Lynas Foods & Starcrest Seafoods1st: Tim Ryan 38 pts BOT2nd: Roger Campbell 38 pts BOTGross: Michael Wilson 35 pts3rd: Sean Duffy Jnr 38 pts BOTCategory: Michael Murray 38 pts BOTVisitor: Shaun Boyce 38 pts BOT1st 9: Charles Roarty 23 pts2nd 9: Campbell Bolton 21 ptsCSS: 37 ptsThursday 31st July Open Mixed Foursomes, Sponsored by Moores & Arnolds Hotel1st: Garry & Lisa Mc Grath 592nd: Davis Lapsley & Olivie Moore 623rd: Joe & Deirdre Hensey 62.5 BOT4th: Lindsay & Jill Mc Corkell 62.5 BOT5th: Gerald Dalton & Deborah Moore 63CSS: N/AFriday 1st August Merryn Lacy Trust Charity Classic1st:Michael Wilson, Richard Rossborrough, Knox Wilson, Chris Marriot2nd: Neil Mc Ginley, Neil Gallagher, Kevin James, S Donaghue3rd: Billy Griffin, Jim Mc Laughlin, Laura Mc Elhinney, Darren Murray4th: Charles Roarty, Michael Murray, Paul Harkin, Dennis CoyleLadies Longest Drive: Amy ChambersGents Longest Drive: Keith LapsleyNearest the Pin: Sean Duffy Snr2nd Nearest the Pin: Keith LapsleySaturday 2nd August Gents Open Singles Stroke, Sponsored by Sigma Wireless1st: John Chambers 632nd: Joe Terry 64 BOTGross: Shane Greer 683rd: Brian Hanna 64Category: Seamie Logue 70Visitor: Rodger Boyd1st 9: Shaun Mc Colgan 302nd 9: Danny O Connell 30.5CSS: 69Sunday 3rd August 3 BBB Stableford (Any Combination)1st: Margaret Witherow, Margaret Foy, Darren Murray 53 pts2nd: Neil Mc Ginley, Kevin James, Neil Gallagher 51 pts3rd: Brendan Kelly, James Doherty, Michael Kelly 50 pts BOT4th: Peter Wilson, Mary Wilson, Olivie Moore 50 ptsCompetitions this coming week:The competitions are as follows:• Wednesday 6th August Open Singles Stableford• Thursday 7th August Lady’s and Men’s Captain’s prizes to the Juveniles 5pm• Friday 8th August 18 hole scramble register by 4pm for 4.30pm start• Saturday 9th August Lady Captain Prize• Sunday 10th August Men’s Singles Competition (top ten qualify for Captain’s Shoot out)The men’s Captain’s Day is only around the corner (16th of August). It is important that you get your name on the time sheet (BRS) as soon as possible as it is already starting to fill up. Also please check to see if any of you needs to complete their three rounds before Captain’s prize. If you are not sure, contact Brendan Kelly at the club and he will let you know how many rounds you have played. There is a singles competition this Wednesday, Lady’s Captain’s prize for the men on Saturday and another singles competition on Wednesday Week.As everyone who has been in the clubhouse over the weekend would have seen posters up which mention the Ryder cup Weekend. This will be launched on the Caravaner’s weekend. You have been warned to make sure to have the 26th-28th of September free as it promises to be a great weekend. All details will be announced on the Caravanner’s weekend.Dunfanaghy Ladies Notes;75 ladies took advantage of the fine weather for what was to be the last ladies’ competition of Open Week on Tuesday 29th July. A singles stableford competition, sponsored by the Lady Vice Captain Mabel Gillespie and her husband James, Margaret Roarty (24) took the top prize with 38 points. Diana Coburn (20) was second with a better back nine from Maragaret McKee (19) and 37 points. Siobhan Bogues (12) had 25 gross points to claim the gross prize. Laura McElhinney (36) won the first prize of her golfing career, having only received her handicap the previous day. She had 21 points on the first nine. Sandra McGinley (24) continued her run of consistent play with 19 points on the second nine. Roisin Ni Chuireain (14) won the Visitors’ Prize with 33 points. Hazel Russell was Nearest the Pin at the second hole and Cheryl Chambers had the Longest Drive at the eighteenth. Ann Smith won the Secret Hole by having a par on the third. Patricia McBrien was the only person to have a 2, which she did at the ninth hole. CSS was 70 (35 points). The 14 hole competition, scheduled for Saturday 2nd August, and to be sponsored by Pauline Hunter, was cancelled due to the inclement weather conditions.Juvenile Notes;What a busy week it was for the Juvenile members also, with a first ever Charity Classic on Friday evening which drew a big crowd and all seemed to enjoy this change of format from the normal competition. The winners on the day were the team of Edward O Reilly, Max Roarty and Eoin Bonner who just got the better of Conal Bonar, James Marriot and Ben King on BOT. Normal service returned on Saturday and again a big attendance led to a very close race for the podium with James Marriot edging out Ben Smyth and his cousin James Wilson to win the cadet section and in the main section Luke Kelly got the better of Conor Hanna with Tom Mc Clintock in third place.This week sees the big one in the Captain’s Prize taking place on Thursday evening at 5pm sharp for both boys and girls. We would ask as many parents as possible to turn up to give a hand on this busy evening.GOLF NEWS: TIM RYAN LEADS THE WAY AT DUNFANAGHY was last modified: August 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DunfanaghygolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_imgDDTV: Click on the video above to watch this stunning point from former Four Masters Ladies star Denise Dunnion.Dunnion’s incredible point from an acute angle earned her Jerome Quinn’s approval as he awarded her with the ‘Score of the Year’ title. Dunnion scored the wonderful point in the New York Championship final for a Kerry/Donegal representative side.Simply click play on the video above and enjoy.Well done Denise. 🙂  DDTV: DONEGAL’S DENISE DUNNION WINS JEROME QUINN’S ‘SCORE OF THE YEAR’ IN LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL was last modified: January 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: VideoDenise DunnionFeaturesJEROME QUINNScore of the YearSportlast_img read more

first_imgMARTIN HARLEY’S good form continued this afternoon at Lingfield, where the Trentagh jockey rode two winners.Harley had success on 7/1 Miss Dusky Diva and the 13/8 Petite Jack.In the Betway Stayers Handicap, Harley scored his first win of the day on the David Drinkwater-trained Miss Dusky Diva. Set off at 7/1, Miss Dusky Diva was held up early on before coming into contention 5 furlongs from home. After making good headway under Harley, the five-year-old stayed on and pulled clear to win from the 25/1 shot Grand Facile.Harley, who was second in the next race on the Ed Dunlop-prepared Dutch Uncle, was back in the winner’s enclosure after a win in the Betway Best Odds Guaranteed Plus Handicap.Aboard Petite Jack, the 13/8 favourite trained by Neil King, Harley quickened to lead well and moved well in command over the last furlong to take the win from Dolphin Village.  Harley’s on the double: Two more winners for Trentagh jockey was last modified: January 4th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Del Norte girls basketball team is through to the North Coast Section Division IV semifinals for the first time in school history after picking up a comfortable 59-42 home win on Saturday over No. 7 Urban in the quarterfinal matchup in Crescent City.The No. 2 seeded Warriors bounded out to a 6-0 lead in the first 1:08 of play and never trailed against a scrappy Blues team.The Warriors started the game out strong offensively, scoring on each of their first four possessions. Del Norte …last_img

first_imgSecular planetary scientists are surprised by almost every object they observe in the solar system.  Their models cannot reproduce our system of planets.One of the most common words in solar system science is “mystery.”  We’ll look at some examples first, then see whether current models are able to account for observations.Mercury magnetic mystery:  The word “mystery” is front and center in Astrobiology Magazine‘s headline, “Mysteries of a magnetic Mercury.”  An embedded video clip about findings from the MESSENGER mission explains how the planet’s molten core is larger than expected: “Many scientists thought the interior might have cooled to a solid because of the planet’s small size.”  The core inferred from instruments is not only large, extending to 85% of Mercury’s radius, but has unique characteristics: “Mercury’s core is different from any other planetary core in the solar system.”  It doesn’t work the same way as Earth’s, either.  As could be expected, though, the NASA site took the opportunity to tease readers about life, even though “Mercury is not a location in the Solar System where life is thought to be possible.”  UCLA‘s Hao Cao calls Mercury’s magnetic field “bizarre” and “peculiar.”  His research “implies that planets have multiple ways of generating a magnetic field.”  But with that admission goes hope of identifying a unified model.  The press release highlights the unexpected nature of the findings:Within Earth’s core, iron turns from a liquid to a solid at the inner boundary of the planet’s liquid outer core; this results in a solid inner part and liquid outer part. The solid inner core is growing, and this growth provides the energy that generates Earth’s magnetic field. Many assumed, incorrectly, that Mercury would be similar.“Hao’s breakthrough is in understanding how Mercury is different from the Earth so we could understand Mercury’s strongly hemispherical magnetic field,” said Russell, a co-author of the research and a professor in the UCLA College’s department of Earth, planetary and space sciences. “We had figured out how the Earth works, and Mercury is another terrestrial, rocky planet with an iron core, so we thought it would work the same way. But it’s not working the same way.“Re-write the Earth textbooks:  Time to re-write the textbooks about Earth history again, PhysOrg claims.  Now evolutionary planetologists figure that oxygen appeared a full 60 million years earlier than previously thought.Mars shouldn’t exist:  Another Astrobiology Magazine article claims that computer models have serious problems forming a Mars-sized planet; it turns up in only 5% of runs.  The headline announces this as a “Planetary Mystery.”  Mars is a “rare planet,” Elizabeth Howell writes.  Nor is the problem new: “The formation of Mars is a long-standing problem,” one planetologist remarked.Europa: the dream is alive:  It must be funding time at NASA, because discovery of possible “plate tectonics” on Jupiter’s icy moon may promote a planned orbital mission there.  “The groundswell of enthusiasm [for a proposed mission] is likely to be bolstered by the latest big news, reported on 7 September, that there may be giant plates of ice shuffling around on Europa — much as plates of rock do on Earth,” Nature News says.   Science Now pointed out that Europa may be “actively recycling its surface.”  The short article notes, “The result would make Europa the only known body in the solar system besides Earth with plate tectonics.”  It’s not clear, though, why a relatively small moon should have share this distinction with Earth when other moons and planets of all sizes do not.  Ignoring that question, both articles concentrated on the implications for life on Europa.  Meanwhile, at, Mike Wall is puzzled why the giant geysers at Europa reported in December have mysteriously disappeared.Stretching Saturn’s rings:  Planetary scientists are still trying to stretch the age of Saturn’s rings.  Nature reported that low dust measurements might allow them to conclude the rings are as old as the solar system: the rate of incoming dust, thought to be a prime agent of “dirtying” the rings, appears much smaller than expected.  That, of course, measures the dust rate now, not as it might have been in the past.  It’s a breath of hope, though, for modelers worried about the young-rings problem.  One of them is Jeff Cuzzi, who decades ago pointed out several reasons why the rings must be young.  The article notes that there are “still other arguments for why Saturn’s rings could be young,” but then quotes Cuzzi’s response to the dust measurements, “But I’m more inclined to believe the old-rings model now than before.”Titanic mysteries:  Saturn’s giant moon Titan continues to be a focus of rapt attention as Cassini’s radar maps and images accumulate to form a clearer picture.  To explain the problems with Titan’s liquids, though, some scientists are venturing into proposing unobservable phenomena.  “While most of the liquid in the lakes is thought to be replenished by rainfall from clouds in the moon’s atmosphere, the cycling of liquid throughout Titan’s crust and atmosphere is still not well understood.”  A new idea proposes “subsurface reservoirs” to replenish the observed liquid lakes.  The article scores a high perhapsimaybecouldness index:“We knew that a significant fraction of the lakes on Titan’s surface might be connected with hidden bodies of liquid beneath Titan’s crust, but we just didn’t know how they would interact”, says Mousis. “Now, we’ve modelled the moon’s interior in great detail, and have a better idea of what these hidden lakes or oceans could be like.”More storytelling is found in an Icarus paper that wove tales about nitrogen lakes when methane depleted one or more times in the unobservable past.  In the proposals, “may have” is the operative phrase.  “Thus, we can speculate that a paleo-nitrogen cycle may explain the erosion and the age of Titan’s surface, and may have produced some of the present valley networks and shorelines.”  Why, it might even happen again, the authors speculate.Another paper about Titan on Icarus considered what complex organic compounds would be expected to dissolve in the methane lakes over time: “Titan lakes will saturate in benzene from direct airfall in geologic timescales,” they said.  That’s not what measurements have found: the lakes are primarily methane and ethane, the simplest hydrocarbons.  See New Scientist for summary and positivist spin.An article on Astrobiology Magazine, drunk with speculation about life on Titan, leaked a mystery: “The negative ions were a complete surprise.”  Building on that surprise, astrobiologists speculated that the ions could have promoted the formation of tholins (hydrocarbon tars), which would have sunk to the bottom of the frigid, murky lakes.  Whether that’s a good place to look for the origin of life seems a matter of faith.Heating the squeeze:  On Icarus, Isamu Matsuyama found a tweak that could increase the heat flow on Saturn’s active moon Enceladus, but only after admitting “Enceladus’ dissipated energy flux due to the obliquity tide is smaller than the observed value by many orders of magnitude.”  He found a “resonant response to the eccentricity tide” that “can be large enough to explain Enceladus’ observed heat flow” according to his model.  Whether it actually does remains to be tested by other modelers.Shocking chondrules:  The mysterious meteorite parts known as chondrules are shocking in more ways than one.  They are surprising because of their proportions of volatile elements.  For another, modelers hoped to explain them with “shock models: i.e., “processing of dust in shock waves in protoplanetary disks,” say Stammler and Dullemond in Icarus. “In this model, the dust and the chondrule precursors are overrun by shock waves, which heat them up by frictional heating and thermal exchange with the gas.”  Too bad; doesn’t work.  Back to the drawing board:In this paper we reanalyze the nebular shock model of chondrule formation and focus on the downstream boundary condition. We show that for large-scale plane-parallel chondrule-melting shocks the postshock equilibrium temperature is too high to avoid volatile loss. Even if we include radiative cooling in lateral directions out of the disk plane into our model (thereby breaking strict plane-parallel geometry) we find that for a realistic vertical extent of the solar nebula disk the temperature decline is not fast enough. On the other hand, if we assume that the shock is entirely optically thin so that particles can radiate freely, the cooling rates are too high to produce the observed chondrules textures. Global nebular shocks are therefore problematic as the primary sources of chondrules.Nothing works:  The article on Mars by Elizabeth Howell referred to above (Astrobiology Magazine) points out general problems with theories of the solar system’s origin.   The best models fail to account for Mars and other features of our family of planets.  This bears on the philosophical question, “Are the orbits and sizes of the planets a natural byproduct of the formation, or are there features that happened because of rare events?”  Unpredictable “rare events” are generally shunned in science, because they venture close to the Stuff Happens Law rather than providing understanding of nature’s processes.  Howell provides a glimpse into the modeling lab where nothing works out as expected:For that reason, the model started with the assumption that Jupiter and Saturn existed when the Inner Solar System was still being formed. The researchers ran two sets of 50 simulations — one with Jupiter and Saturn close to the eccentric orbits that they have today, and one with Jupiter and Saturn in more circular orbits.“We formed two to six Inner Solar System planets in our simulations, usually,” Fischer says. “We do see something that looks like a Venus analog. Mercury is much harder. We see maybe one good analog out of all the simulations. That’s something, that really no simulations are producing Mercury, so there’s probably something wrong in the way of thinking about that.”Fischer acknowledged that the results may tell scientists that forming Mars and Mercury are low-probability events — possible, but rare. Or, the simulation may show scientists that the assumptions they have about the Solar System need to be revisited. These are matters that will need to be addressed in future research, she said.Mercury and Mars are not the only problematical planets.  Howell lists other worries about the formation of Earth and the gas giants, raising big questions about what scientists know about planets, and how our solar system fits into the universe.Understanding how the Solar System is put together also has implications for life beyond Earth. If it is, indeed, rare for certain planets to form, this could also make it rarer for life to exist in the Universe. So far, Fischer said, scientists haven’t been able to replicate the Solar System in models.“There’s a lot of discussion over the philosophy of how to approach this, whether you look for the Solar System as the most likely outcome, or whether you should look for conditions that can produce the Solar System. Currently, there’s no configuration that has been proposed that forms the Solar System most of the time.”So despite the textbooks, TV documentaries and confident-sounding planetarium programs, “mystery” is the nature of the Real World.   Some planetary scientists remain optimistic about the growing field of exoplanet studies (as exemplified in a review on PNAS by planet-hunter Geoffrey Marcy).  But there’s very little out there that looks anything like our solar system.  For instance, “planets one- to four-times the radius of Earth, a population missing in the solar system, are common.”   That’s a far cry from earlier expectations that other stellar planetary systems would resemble ours. “With all this progress, textbooks are being rewritten yearly,” Marcy said, implying that much of what adults were taught is wrong.The old Norwegian comedian Yogi Yorgesson used to sing “I’m glad I’m a happy nincompoop.”  In the lyrics (1950), he said he would gather with his nincompoop friends, and they would “laugh about how much we don’t know.”  We are certainly not going to call planetary scientists nincompoops.  Most of them are highly intelligent people.  They’re not laughing about all the things they don’t know; they are worrying about them, like Yogi said: “Smart people worry when the day is done, but nincompoops have all the fun.”  So we ask: given the number of things about which planetary scientists and nincompoops don’t know, who is better off? 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first_imgThe industry landscape changes constantly, so it’s easy to miss the latest news. This handy video industry news roundup can help get you caught up!Top image via Creative CowNAB is getting closer and closer, so you can expect more and more breaking industry news with each passing day. In fact, the flow of new products and service announcements has already started. Here are some recent headlines you might have missed!DJI Phantom 4The DJI Phantom 4 is a vast improvement on the already solid Phantom 3. With its new ActiveTrack capability, you can track moving subjects with ease. The Smart Return feature allows the drone to return home while avoiding obstacles in the process. The Phantom 4 is already available from DJI and is priced at $1399.We have recommended the DJI Phantom as the best drone you can buy for the last two years running. It has never been the cheapest option, and in the past competitors have bested it on certain features. The Phantom was sort of the iPhone of drones, the best overall package of price, power, and ease of use. But with the Phantom 4, DJI’s drone isn’t just the best overall offering, it’s also the most cutting-edge. — Ben Popper via The VergeRead more about the DJI Phantom 4.Video via The VergeFocused from ShutterstockIn the world of action sports video, production and promotion used to move at a slow pace. But with the advent of smart phones, tablets, and the GoPro, video production for action sports happens in an instant. With this in mind, Shutterstock has partnered with Red Bull Media to create a new online series called Focused that, well, focuses on action sports athletes and how they integrate and utilize video production.Because video technology is rapidly developing, many of these athletes have chosen video as a means to promote themselves and their sport. In the past, athletes spent years compiling enough footage to create full-length videos. — Niko BrownRead more news about Focused at Shutterstock.Video and above image via ShutterstockNew Sigma Super-Fast LensesAhead of NAB, Sigma has announced two new lens additions to their stable. These two lenses are the 50-100mm f/1.8 Zoom and the 30mm f/1.4 Prime, with the 30mm prime designed specifically for a Sony E-Mount. The zoom lens will run $1000 and the 30mm prime will start at $399.What’s interesting about this lens is its native Sony E-mount. The low price of $339 for such a fast lens could be very interesting for many video shooters and photographers as well, provided the quality is up to par. — Sebastian WoberRead more about these Sigma lenses at Cinema 5D.Panasonic Lumix GH54K filmmaking has been big business for camera manufacturers. But now that the market is flooded with 4K options, manufacturers are turning their focus to higher resolutions. Enter Panasonic, who is planning to launch a 6K mirrorless camera sometime during 2016. This camera is rumored to be the GH5, the successor to the popular Panasonic Lumix GH4.If this report turns out to be true, then it seems likely that the camera may be a GH5 that’s unveiled at Photokina 2016 this September in Cologne, Germany. — Michael Zhang of PetaPixelRead more news about the Panasonic Lumix GH5 at Suggestion of Motion.Panasonic Unveils VariCam LTIn other Panasonic news, the manufacturer is releasing a new version of the VariCam, its solid cinema camera. This new form factor, known as the VariCam LT, is compact and comes with pretty much the same specs as its big brother. The camera will release in March at a price point of between $18K-$24K.As for the price, it’s coming in at a suggested list price of $18K, and $24K with their OLED viewfinder. It’s worth noting that list prices can fluctuate from actual prices, so this may not be set in stone and could be lower when it’s actually released in March. — Joe MarineRead more news about the Panasonic VariCam LT at No Film School.Shrinking DSLR & Mirrorless MarketImage from Mirrorless RumorsIn a recent analysis of the camera industry based on statistics from, Nino Leitner uncovers a remarkable downward trend in the overall mirrorless camera market. Many believed that mirrorless cameras would dominate the market, but as you’ll read, that just isn’t the case.It’s very clear that the glory days of photo cameras seem to be numbered—2010 marked the peak in numbers of cameras being sold overall, and in 2015, the total sales were less than ONE-THIRD of the total photo camera sales of 2010. — Nino LeitnerRead more news about the shrinking DSLR market at Cinema 5D.SmallHD Budget MonitorSmallHD makes some of the very best monitors in the business, and now they’re releasing a series of budget monitors for film and video professionals. The monitors feature 7″ screens with 1280 x 800 resolution and will be priced at $699.With these two new budget options, the SmallHD 700 series becomes even more attractive, especially for mirrorless shooters or DSLR camera ops, who often struggle to focus and expose properly with the poor resolution and lack of proper tools on their built-in camera displays. — Ogy StoilovRead more news about the 701 & 702 Lite Monitors at 4K Shooters.What did we miss? Got any headlines to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more