Northridge snaps 4-game losing skid

first_img“I think this was a step in the right direction. Everyone was into what we had to do,” said Calvin Chitwood, who scored 16 points and had 13 rebounds. “We played together defensively and pounded the ball inside.” CSUN led by as much as 16 in the first half, highlighted by a pair of crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunks. Jayme Miller (16 points) came through with the first, slamming home a tomahawk-style dunk midway through the half. Chitwood followed with an equally powerful slam off an above-the-rim pass to make it 41-25 with two minutes left before halftime. “We were just having fun, doing what we were doing,” Miller said. CSUN dominated inside, outscoring UC Riverside (5-18, 1-8) 54-12 in the paint and holding a 44-31 rebounding advantage. “I was pleased,” said coach Bobby Braswell, who missed two practices because of strep throat and was still under the weather Thursday. “They showed great leadership, and that’s very satisfying as a coach. It was a good effort.” Northridge forced 16 turnovers – 12 in the first half – and shot 56.3 percent, a good sign for a team that’s been struggling offensively. UC Riverside didn’t go away easily, cutting the lead to six on Henrik Thompson’s 3-pointer five minutes into the second half. This was just what slumping Cal State Northridge needed, an easy 89-69 Big West men’s basketball victory Thursday over UCRiverside to break a four-game losing steak in front of 1,028 at the Matadome. The losing skid was North- ridge’s longest since 2003-04. With seven games remaining in the regular season, Northridge (11-12, 4-6) still has a chance to find itself before the conference tournament beginning March 7. center_img But Northridge pulled away over the next five minutes, extending the lead to 62-49 on Chitwood’s short jumper over ex-Burroughs of Burbank center Sean Anderson. UC Riverside’s Larry Cunningham scored 24 points, and Chris Johnson added 19. Northridge’s Rob Haynes scored 13, and Jonathan Heard added 12 points and seven assists. Northridge plays host to Cal State Fullerton (17-5, 7-3) at 7:05p.m. Saturday. [email protected] (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Update:  Crater-Count Dating Squabble Unresolved

first_imgRemember the revelation last year that many craters on Mars used to infer ages may have been secondary impacts from fallback debris? (see 10/20/2005 entry).  Well, a microsymposium on this subject was held in Houston in March, and Richard Kerr in Science1 said that “125 planetary scientists deadlocked over how to apply crater-dating techniques to recent Mars history.”    Some are adamant that most craters are secondaries, and that they are difficult to distinguish from primaries, while others feel their methods produce consistent dating results.  If the former are right, however, then crater counts “have little to do with telling time,” Kerr wrote.  Inferences about ages of features in geological history built on these dating methods could be “off by orders of magnitude.”    Support for the secondary-crater explanation comes from ground level.  It shows that the process occurs even at small scales:Close-up images from the Mars rover Spirit also suggest that secondaries dominate small craters on Mars, too.  Geologist Matthew Golombek of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, a Spirit team member, reported on a survey of impact craters measuring from 10 centimeters to a couple of hundred meters across.  Spirit found that they are all far shallower and less bowllike than primary craters tend to be.  The high speed of impactors falling in from the asteroid belt makes for relatively deeper craters than those made by slower ejecta blocks of the same size.  “Almost every crater you see looks like a secondary,” said Golombek.1Richard A. Kerr, “Planetary Science: Who Can Read the Martian Clock?”, Science, 26 May 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5777, pp. 1132 – 1133, DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5777.1132.Before this realization came to light, the assumption was that meteoroids produced a steady rain of impactors on a planet or moon, allowing scientists to estimate the age of the surface.  “The concept sounds simple enough,” Kerr said, nostalgically; “To decipher the geologic history of other bodies in the solar system, count craters formed by the slow rain of bombarding rocks.  The more craters on a lava flow, glacial debris, or a flood deposit, the farther back in time a volcano erupted, ice flowed, or water gushed.”  Now, we know that “In practice, however, telling geologic time beyond Earth has proved tricky.”  A sidebar shows that there is even debate on how the impacts took place, and whether there was a catastrophic period of bombardment, or a slow decrease in events in the first million years of the solar system.    But wait; about that first million years – it is inferred from studies of the moon, which were dated by crater counts.  And the moon is also dated by extrapolation of dating methods from earth which were largely accepted due to their allowance of time for Darwinian evolution.  What if evolution is not true?  And what if the dating methods on Earth are flawed?  Can secular scientists really know anything about ages in the solar system?  Don’t count on it.  Assumption is the mother of confusion.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tesla’s enhanced autopilot to arrive before New Year

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts David Curry 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…center_img Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot update should start to arrive on new Model S and X cars before the New Year, according to tweets from CEO Elon Musk.The update provides customers that picked the Enhanced Autopilot add-on, which costs $5,000, with most of the original Autopilot features. That includes an automatic steering, lane change, parking, emergency braking, collision avoidance, and remote summon.Looks like we might be ready to rollout most of Autopilot functionality for HW2 towards the end of next week— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2016It doesn’t sound like a valuable add-on, but Tesla plans to add new functionality to the Enhanced Autopilot every month in 2017, while the original Autopilot is abandoned.Musk claims that the Autopilot neural net appears to be working well, but said company would need “a lot time to validate in a wide range of environments.” That testing should hopefully prevent another fatal accident, like the one in August.Tesla has a murky roadmap to full autonomy, which should come between 2018 and 2020. The next year, the electric vehicle supplier will begin adding more self-driving features to the Model S and X cars, bringing it to Level 3 or 4 autonomy.See Also: Would it make sense for Tesla to buy Lyft?At the same time, the company will start manufacturing the Model 3, an affordable electric vehicle for “the masses”. The Model 3 is expected to have an Enhanced Autopilot feature, again for $5,000, though it might be priced lower.In his “Master Plan, Part Deux,” Musk hinted at Tesla possibly launching a fleet of driverless taxis in major cities in the next few years. Ford has also hinted at doing this, leading some to believe the auto industry is moving from direct sale to lease or taxi services. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Autonomous car#AutoPilot#Elon Musk#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#Tesla last_img read more