Watch out for silent evidence…

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Anthony DemangoneSocial media and our 24-hour news cycle have a tendency to distort reality. It isn’t that both information channels intentionally mislead us. Rather, both have a tendency to focus on a very small number of issues.If an alien visited our world today, “it” might think that the number one issue facing our planet is whatever the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is doing today. I just visited CNN’s website, and they are focusing on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s homecoming, the plane crash involving a Philadelphia news executive, and the fact that a whale has washed up on shore in California.What’s missing?  A great deal. This missing story is referred to as “silent evidence.”Nassim Nicholas Taleb, in his book, The Black Swan, talks a great deal about silent evidence. He uses a story from Cicero to highlight the issue.Diagoras, a nonbeliever in the gods, was shown painted tablets bearing the portraits of some worshippers who prayed, then survived a subsequent shipwreck. The implication was that praying protects you from drowning.Diagoras asked, “Where are the pictures of those who prayed, then drowned?”The winners often tell the story, and we don’t have a great way of hearing from the losers. You often hear about some lady or gentlemen who turned their life around by flipping homes, day trading, or getting into the healthy food vending business. continue reading »last_img read more

OpenHydro to Provide Two Tidal Turbines for Paimpol-Bréhat (France)

first_imgEDF has announced the development of a pilot farm comprising two tidal turbines at Paimpol-Bréhat in Brittany (France). OpenHydro, a DCNS company and leader in tidal energy, will supply two new turbines which will be operational from 2015.From prototype to pilot phaseThis new project is a fundamental step in the development of tidal energy in France. It follows on from the successful testing of the tidal turbine L’Arcouest in real conditions between December 2013 and April 2014 at the Paimpol-Bréhat site. These conclusive tests demonstrated the performance of the tidal turbine developed by OpenHydro and validated the principle of the 16-metre diameter prototype, an essential step before the deployment of pilot farms.The two turbines to be installed on the Paimpol-Bréhat site from 2015 will benefit from the feedback of studies conducted on components of the prototype L’Arcouest. These second-generation turbines, with optimised design and performance, will then be adapted for series production to support future calls for tenders for commercial farms.The pilot farm, essential step before commercial deploymentThe development of the Paimpol-Bréhat pilot farm, together with other pilot farm projects which OpenHydro is progressing in France and Canada, are intended to demonstrate the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of tidal energy sector.At Paimpol-Bréhat, OpenHydro and EDF are going to test the operation of two turbines connected to the grid. The two partners will demonstrate the long-term reliability of a totally innovative technology under real conditions. This pilot phase will pave the way for the deployment from 2016 of pre-commercial farms and the development of a tidal energy industrial sector in France.Thierry Kalanquin, executive chairman of OpenHydro and director of DCNS Marine Energy and Infrastructure Division said: “We are pleased with this announcement, which confirms the performance of the innovative tidal turbine technology developed by OpenHydro. We are eager to begin this new phase of our collaboration with EDF in order to contribute to the development of the tidal energy industry.Press Release, June 04, 2014; Image: OpenHydrolast_img read more

Free race night for City Foundation members

first_imgThe celebration will be held in the Lansdown Restaurant on Monday, April 16th, with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.The evening will be hosted by one of the Moonlighting Groups’ compères and will incorporate six quality English races, ensuring it’s engaging for guests of all ages. Minimum bets start at £1, horses can be purchased for £10 and there will also be a tricast sweepstake for each race.In addition to the entertainment, a finger buffet will be provided and the bar will be open throughout, enabling guests to purchase drinks.  To conclude the event, a raffle will be held and the much-anticipated End of Season Jackpot finalists will be revealed.The evening is free for all City Foundation members, with guest passes available at a nominal charge of £10 per person.Individuals are urged to book their place as soon as possible due to the event being capped at 100 guests.To reserve your place, contact City Foundation on 0117 963 0636.For more information on the club’s lottery scheme, click here.last_img read more

A Better You: Why kids find it hard to say no

first_imgEvery mom or dad’s biggest fear is finding out that your child has been called into the principal’s office for a disciplinary or expulsion after their child has tested positive for drugs. There must be a million questions running through their minds like: “How did this happen? Who are the friends that influenced him? How can a good boy simply be so irresponsible?” There is actually a scientific research as to why your child can’t say no, as opposed to you, as an adult declining some “magic mushroom cookies”. During adolescence, the brain undergoes massive development changes, especially in the…last_img