Daily Archives: March 17, 2013

Risky overseas investments lecture

Dr. Mary Ann Tetreault, author and professor emeritus from Trinity University, held a lecture on “Risky Overseas Investments.” This title advertised for a lecture on food security. Tetreault proceeded to give an overview of how food security directly relates to risky overseas investments. In 2008, world markets saw a dramatic decrease in the supply of grains available, which dealt a heavy blow to countries that did not produce their own grain.

An algorithm to address water shortages

By analyzing the options for investment in water supply available to a hypothetical small governed region and then examining all potential outcomes, Patrick Reed and company created an artificially intelligent beast called the Borg MOEA, where MOEA stands for the Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms. The Borg MOEA is capable of being hit with the extreme worst case scenarios of failure in the water supply and produces a highly effective updated algorithm for management in 53 seconds. Reed, and associate professor at Penn State University has worked in collaboration with a team of engineers, mathematicians, economists, and scientists to create a means of innovation for water management.

Solar light harvesting

According to University of Toronto Professor Greg Scholes, over 100 billion tons of biomass are produced annually by photosynthetic activity. To put this in perspective, Scholes said that the equivalent biomass of two (Egyptian) great pyramids is produced every day. Half of this production occurs in the ocean.

Headlines from around the world: 3/18/13

Illegal trafficking of great apes organized by criminal gangs prompted international action Wednesday that was hailed as a major step towards saving great apes from extinction. 177 member countries including the United States at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species came to the decision to set up a global reporting system in a bid to establish how many of the animals are being taken from the wild to perform in theme parks or to be shown off by wealthy collectors. The move follows a report, “Stolen Apes,” that came out earlier this month that estimated nearly 3,000 great apes were stolen alive every year.

Under the Radar Games: Virtue’s Last Reward

In 2017, 18 children were abducted and forced to play the Nonary game for their lives. Almost ten years later, nine other people were abducted and played the same game. Some people would think Zero would be done with these games, but they thought wrong. On December 25, 2028, Sigma, a simple college student, was taken from his car and woke up in an elevator with a girl named Phi. After they observe their surroundings, a rabbit appears on a screen in the elevator. “Hello! I am Zero the III! Welcome to the Nonary Game: Ambidex Edition!”

This Week in Colorado History: Strychnine Tragedy

In a great tragedy this week in 1907, a prominent Ouray woman “swallowed a quantity of strychnine, dying a few hours later.” Mrs. Michael Collins was walking along the main street with her husband when she swallowed the poison for unknown reasons, reported “The Colorado Transcript.” Mrs. Collins walked about five blocks in between the time she took the strychnine and when she collapsed. Upon her collapse, her husband assumed she had just fainted and ran for help. A doctor was summoned, but Mrs. Collins regained consciousness only long enough to say that she had taken strychnine before dying.

Denver Restaurant Week: Rodizio Grill

Reviews of Denver Restaurant Week continue with a visit to Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse. Located in lower downtown Denver (LODO), Rodizio has a dark, sophisticated atmosphere with colorful Brazilian art decorating the walls. Although crowded with people wishing to engage in the $52.80 special, the noise level was low providing an intimate setting.

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