City Council approved commercial flexibility code change to increase housing

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council recently approved the 12th update to a code that updates include flexibility options for residential developments requiring commercial use on the ground floor of buildings.The code change would help eliminate blight caused by empty storefronts and quickly produce additional housing units on the ground floors of many buildings, according to Councilmember Scott Sherman.“Commercial flexibility provides building owners more options to better utilize their space by converting blighted empty space with much needed housing units,” said Councilmember Sherman. “While this is another step in the right direction to fix our housing crisis, much work needs to be done.” Posted: July 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom City Council approved commercial flexibility code change to increase housing July 25, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Cassie Cal robot can probably ride hovershoes better than you

first_img2:48 Tags Sci-Tech Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0center_img Robots Post a comment Cassie’s got a brand new pair of roller skates… well, sort of.  Hybrid Robotics If you’re not in a lab at MIT or closely following this particular branch of engineering, it might seem like a lot of robots have been showing off lately. The SpotMini, for example, has been performing feats of strength every few months. UC Berkeley’s Hybrid Robotics Lab is adding its bipedal robot, Cassie Cal, to the mix. The researchers are teaching Cassie to ride motorized single-wheel skates, or hovershoes, IEEE Spectrum Magazine reported Thursday. The skates are pretty hard to operate, even for a human. In addition to balancing, you control the skates by leaning forward, backward, left and right. The researchers added a sensor to Cassie to help with control.Shuxiao Chen, Jonathan Rogers, and Bike Zhang, UC Berkeley students who worked on the project, said it took about eight months to teach Cassie to skate. The process involved mathematical models, simulations to test the algorithms and figuring out how to interface and communicate with Cassie and various sensors. In short: lots of trial and error. The team said the larger goal is to teach robots to achieve multi-modal locomotion, which humans are capable of. Optimizing locomotion for legged robots, according to the team, would improve travel efficiency over various terrains. “Autonomous robots with multi-modal locomotion capabilities can have a big impact in the real-world from food delivery to security and surveillance to search and rescue missions,” the team said. Originally published June 7.Update, June 10: Adds comments from UC Berkeley student team. Tiny jumping robot learns new trickslast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday August 9

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Wooden Shigir idol found to be over twice as old as Egyptian

first_img © 2018 Phys.org Explore further The Shigir Idol was discovered in an ancient peat bog by miners in Russia back in 1890. Early analysis showed that it was made entirely of larch wood and was constructed from several chunks. It remained preserved for thousands of years because of antimicrobial properties found in the peat. The idol was also covered extensively with markings, some of which depicted tiny human faces. To this day, no one knows what most of the markings depict. It was also noted that some of the original pieces of the idol had been lost—it is believed that it originally stood approximately five meters tall. In 1997, a team in Russia used radiocarbon dating to estimate the age of the icon and found it to be approximately 9,500 years old.Experts have studied the carvings on the idol over the years, and many have suggested they likely represent a form of art, possibly linked with spiritual or religious activities.Recently, the team in Germany expressed interest it taking a closer look at the idol, which is normally housed in the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum, in Russia. Arrangements were made for the idol to be shipped to Germany, where it was studied, along with other original material found in the peat bog. Using accelerator mass spectrometry, the team found the true age of the idol to be approximately 11,500 years old, placing its creation at around the time of the end of the Ice Age. That age also makes it the oldest known wood monumental sculpture ever found and more than twice the age of the Egyptian pyramids. The researchers report that they also found another face carved into the wood, bringing the total to eight. Their findings suggest that researchers looking to better understand very early human behavior perhaps need to widen their search beyond the Fertile Crescent. Citation: Wooden Shigir idol found to be over twice as old as Egyptian pyramids (2018, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-wooden-shigir-idol-egyptian-pyramids.html Credit: Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2018.48 Journal information: Antiquity More information: Mikhail Zhilin et al. Early art in the Urals: new research on the wooden sculpture from Shigir, Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2018.48AbstractThe carved wooden object uncovered from the Shigir peat bog in the Sverdlovsk region towards the end of the nineteenth century remains one of the oldest, known examples of monumental anthropomorphic sculpture from anywhere in the world. Recent application of new analytical techniques has led to the discovery of new imagery on its surface, and has pushed the date of the piece back to the earliest Holocene. The results of these recent analyses are placed here in the context of local and extra-local traditions of comparable prehistoric art. This discussion highlights the unique nature of the find and its significance for appreciating the complex symbolic world of Early Holocene hunter-gatherers. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Rejection from ‘American Idol’ provides insights into perseverance A team of researchers in Germany has found evidence suggesting that the famous wooden Shirgir Idol is actually 11,500 years old. The team has documented their efforts and findings in a paper published on the Cambridge University Press site Antiquity. Credit: Public Domainlast_img read more

Riu Palace Punta Cana is back in action and looking better than

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Riu Palace Punta Cana is back in action and looking better than ever Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — RIU Hotels & Resorts has announced the reopening of legacy resort Riu Palace Punta Cana in the D.R., with brand new restaurants, swimming pools and amenities as well as new interior design.Even with all the changes, the popular resort still resembles a European palace, says RIU. The reno preserved the most emblematic elements of the building, originally built in 2006, including its towers and domes.With this investment RIU says it is completing the renewal of its offer in Punta Cana, where in recent years it has built or renovated six hotels, in addition to building two water parks.One of the main changes is in the main building, which now holds a new café and pastry shop called Capuchino, as well as a new spa and gym.The renovated lobby, brighter now thanks to the natural light and predominance of white and golden hues, especially stands out, says RIU, with “new décor with large and spectacular elements that create a grand first impression on arrival, and a good memory to take home after departing.”Riu Palace Punta Cana’s new lobbyAll the rooms, 676 in total, now feature a contemporary style combining classic wood colonial furniture with a light-hued modern look. All the bathrooms were renovated and the bathtubs were replaced with large walk-in showers.Riu Palace Punta Cana’s modern new lookThe redone garden areas were redesigned to include four modern rectangular swimming pools, one of which, next to the new RiuLand kids’ club, now has slides for the youngest members of the family.Riu Palace Punta Cana’s poolsThe hotel now offers five bars: a cocktail lounge, ‘Los Rosarios; a lobby bar, ‘Daiquiri; a 24-hour Sports Bar; a poolside bar with a swim-up bar, ‘Saona; and Capuchino, exclusive to the hotels in the Riu Palace line. It also has a dance floor and outdoor stages.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe Spanish restaurant, ‘La Bodega, is the new addition to the gastronomic offer, joining main buffet, ‘La Isabela, fusion restaurant,‘Krystal, the Japanese Yokohama, the Italian ‘Luigi and steakhouse ‘La Altagracia, all with a new design following the renovation.Dining at Riu Palace Punta CanaThe Riu Palace Punta Cana is part of RIU’s Punta Cana complex, along with the Riu Palace Bavaro, Riu Naiboa, Riu Bambu and the Riu Palace Macao. All the guests at the complex can also use the Splash Water World water park located in the same resort.As the exclusive vacation provider for RIU Hotels & Resorts, Sunwing says clients who book their Riu Palace Punta Cana vacation package with the Signature Collection by Sunwing will also get a number of exclusive RIU-topia perks such as in-room liquor dispensers, unlimited reservation-free specialty dining and more. As a Palace category resort, further inclusions cover daily champagne breakfasts, 24hr room service and pool waiter service.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesGroups of 10 or more adults booking the resort with Sunwing by Aug. 14 can get Instant Group Savings of up to $400 per couple on all inclusive vacation packages for departures Nov. 1 onwards, along with other value-adds such as reduced deposits, private transfers and more. Tags: Dominican Republic, Punta Cana, RIU Hotels & Resorts, Sunwing Posted bylast_img read more