Beach house captures magnificent views of whales and dolphins

first_img17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.EVEN the garage at this picture perfect beach house captures sparkling blue ocean views. Whales and dolphins are also common sightings for homeowner Lynne Calaghan at her quintessential beach house. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.Ms Calaghan said she and her family moved from the US almost 40 years ago in search of a perfect Australian beach house. “When we found this property it was just an old cottage but the location made it a really special place,” she said. 17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.Ms Calaghan said her family extended the house but didn’t knock down the original cottage. “We wanted to keep a bit of history, it was one of Pottsville’s original beach houses and it was just full of charm,” she said. The house is on a 705 sqm block and features timber flooring, open plan living and a fireplace. 17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.last_img read more

North Korea carries out ‘very important test’

first_imgNorth Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un (center) has so far been tight-lipped about the latest test the country allegedly carried out at the Sohae satellite-launching site. According to the KCNA state news agency on Sunday, the results of the test would be used to upgrade the country’s strategic status. AFP “The results of the recent importanttest will have an important effect on changing the strategic position of theDPRK (North Korea) once again in the near future,” KCNA state news agencyreported on Sunday. It provided no further details.     “We do not need to have lengthy talkswith the US now, and denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiatingtable,” North Korean envoy to the United Nations (UN) Kim Song said onSaturday. It came after Pyongyang appeared toshut the door on further United States (US) talks. Despite facing a host of UN and othersanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, North Korea earlier this yearre-started testing short-range ballistic missiles.(BBC) Analysts believed it could be aground-based test of an engine to power a satellite launcher or anintercontinental ballistic missile. SEOUL – North Korea said it hascarried out a “very important test” at the Sohae satellite-launching site.   last_img read more

BROWNOUTS MUST STOP – SOLONS

first_imgAside from power service interruptions, some consumers have also expressed concern over their electric bills. They have thus banded together as “Koalisyon Bantay Kuryente” to protect and advance their rights as power consumers. The coalition would also be monitoring consumer complaints regarding their bills. Aquino said they won’t discount the possibility of pressing for an investigation, too, if necessary similar to ERC billing probes conducted by the regulatory body on other power distribution utilities in the country. Jose Allen Aquino, coalition coordinator, clarified, however, that their coverage is not just Iloilo City but the whole Panay Island. “’Yung mga consumers ng Iloilo sana hindi sila ma-apektuhan, lalo na ngayong pandemic. Ang problema talaga ‘yung mga long brownouts,” Lagon said.  Like Congressman Lagon, Abang Lingkod party-list’s Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano is also pressing for an investigation on the power situation in Iloilo City. He also enjoined the Department of Energy and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to investigate this matter soonest. He feared for them, said Supeña. They could be at risk of being evicted from the property they’ve called home for many years, he said. “Brownouts long and frequent are clearly a disservice to the people in Iloilo City and elsewhere,” he stressed. ILOILO City – Power interruptions, some lasting as long as 13 hours, continue to inconvenience consumers and businesses here. The latest power outage, stretching for some 10 hours, started on Saturday night, eve of Father’s Day.  “There is a need for the House Energy Committee and the ERC to look into the power situation in Iloilo to ensure the reliability and stability of the power supply and distribution there,” de Jesus said./PN For his part, PHILRECA (Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association) party-list’s Rep. Presley de Jesus said brownouts not only adversely affect the health and safety of the Ilonggos but also the operation of businesses, especially MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) which form a significant chunk of the Iloilo business landscape. Ruperto Supeña, coalition interim chairman, meanwhile disclosed that “almost 40,000 informal settlers”, especially those living along shorelines for decades, were offered instant connection for electricity but were asked to sign a waiver. Supeña also wondered if inspections were conducted and the technical requirements properly met for these electricity service connections. In Iloilo City, Aquino said consumers calling the office of MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) about the brownouts felt dissatisfied. He said they wanted immediate solution or action. “During this time of pandemic, leaders of this country and officials of agencies involved in energy must show the people of Iloilo a sense of urgency to address this matter at the soonest possible time,” Paduano said. “Power is not something consumers should have to worry about, especially with the pandemic right now,” he stressed. The growing agitation of residents has prompted Rep. Sonny Lagon of Ako Bisaya party-list to reiterate his call to the House of Representatives to look into the power distribution situation in the city.last_img read more

Eugene “Gene” Henry Crum

first_imgNeal’s Funeral Home306 S Walnut St.Osgood, IN 47037812-689-4262A lifetime farmer, great neighbor, and friend passed away Friday, January 22, 2016. Eugene “Gene” Henry Crum, age 85 of Sunman, passed away at Ripley Crossing in Milan. Gene was born March 2, 1930 in Sunman, Indiana to the late Henry and Lilly (Ross) Crum. Gene married Phyllis Jean Swift on July 7, 1959 at Adams Lutheran Church. Through this union, two children, son Alan and daughter Lori, were born.Gene was a man of great faith. As a lifetime member of Adams Lutheran Church, he instilled this in his family. Gene, along with his family, ran a farming operation raising row crops and livestock. Many of us throughout the community remember holidays and always being served with the freshest Crum turkeys. Visitors knew when they drove down the long lane to the home place as it is known, Gene would be ready for good conversation and laughter. He defined the words hard work and dedication. He loved working with the land and Mother Nature. He loved to attend farm auctions and enjoyed following his son Alan and family at different singing events. At some of the singing events, Gene treated many to singing “I’m Walking the Floor over You” or the ever popular “Tennessee Waltz.” His family was recently asked how they viewed life. “Happiness isn’t getting what you want…it’s enjoying all you have.” Gene lived it to the fullest.Gene is survived by wife Phyllis who still remains at the home place, son Alan Crum of Sunman, and daughter Lori Crum of Ashland, Ohio. He is also survived by sister-in-law Janet Crum of Sunman and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers Melvin and Bill, his sisters Mabel Crum and Delores Kestler, and daughter-in-law Melissa Crum.Services will all be held at Adam’s Lutheran Church near Batesville. Visitation will be Friday, January 29, 2016 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with doors opening at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Adams Church Cemetery. Memorials can be given to the church c/o the funeral home. Neal’s Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.last_img read more

Mackay aims to end Moody talk

first_img ”One thing I would clarify, as I have read a few things over the past couple of weeks, is that we were absolutely under budget this summer. I want to clarify that. That is what I have to say about Iain. ”As far as I am concerned, again for clarification, under no circumstances was I asked to resign and at no time have I thought of resigning from the football club.” But Mackay heaped praise on chairman Mehmet Dalman for the role he played in an extended board meeting on Monday where events of recent weeks were discussed in some detail, and it was resolved that Mackay would have the final say on any transfer dealings. However, at no point did Mackay mention owner Tan’s name, and only once did he mention chief executive Simon Lim, who it is believed would have signed off any summer transfers. ”On Monday and over the last two weeks I have a lot of close contact with the new chairman Mehmet Dalman, who is a very impressive figure,” said Mackay. ”He chaired the board meeting as though he had chaired a thousand in his sleep, he was very impressive. ”Over the last couple of weeks there has been a mutual respect between us and an understanding of what needs to be done to make the club strong again. ”I hope he plays a big part going forward as far as the club is concerned. ”Any other questions in terms of where that’s concerned, you can ask, or ask to discuss with, the CEO (Simon Lim) down at the stadium. ”I want to protect the players. I want to talk about football, we have a game against Chelsea. I am the manager and my job is to look after the football side of the club so, with respect, that’s all I will be saying about that.” It has been suggested that a transfer budget overspend during the summer, when the club spent more than £30million bringing in the likes of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Andreas Cornelius and Peter Odemwingie, had been behind Moody’s exit. Cardiff boss Mackay refuted those claims as his side prepare to face Chelsea on Saturday, despite Tan’s claim of a £15million overspend, and reports he had been asked to resign. But he was not prepared to state just why he is no longer working with one of his most-trusted aides, although his agent had stated the Scot was prepared to do just that earlier this week. Mackay would also not comment on whether he had had any dealings with Apsalyamov, during a tense press conference where, after answering initial questions on off-field matters, he made it clear he would only answer further questions related to Saturday’s game against Chelsea. ”Iain is an absolute class act as far as I am concerned. He has done a very impressive job for the football club,” said Mackay, who also apologised to the club’s fans over the spotlight Moody’s departure has cast on the Bluebirds. ”In one of the periods of success at the football club, which we have been in over the last two and a half years, he has had a huge part to play in the restructuring of my squad. ”He helped bring in more than 20-odd players and he is someone who had a huge part to play in the current success, who will be missed by everyone who works for out football club. ”He leaves with my utmost gratitude and respect. I would say our loss will be someone’s huge gain. Moody, who had worked with Mackay at Watford, has been replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov on an interim basis. Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of Cardiff owner Vincent Tan’s son and appears to have no previous experience in football. Malky Mackay is keen to draw a line under recent events at Cardiff as the Bluebirds prepare to face Chelsea, but there remains no explanation for the the removal of Iain Moody as his head of recruitment. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: French soccer federation prepares rescue package

first_img April 16, 2020 ___World Rugby is offering a $100 million relief fund for national unions distressed by the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says “it is designed to assist the maximum number of unions for the maximum amount of time while there is a rugby void.”The body adds “the financial package will potentially involve a combination of advances and loans” for Six Nations and Sanzaar unions and that “World Rugby is also committed to supporting emerging nations and regional associations where required.”___ Associated Press ___Nice coach Patrick Vieira has been thanked by the city’s mayor for donating 250 iPads to elderly people in four public care homes.The 43-year-old Vieira is a former player who won the 1998 World Cup with France.Mayor Christian Estrosi says “together we’re always stronger and I thank Patrick Vieira and Nice for their generosity.”Estrosi says the tablets are essential in helping people maintain contact with their families “and limit the isolation of our elders during the confinement period.” The FFF says it will announce its “massive support plan for amateur soccer” in the coming days. It says the plan will support clubs when their leagues restart next season.The FFF canceled all its leagues this season because of the coronavirus pandemic except the third division and the women’s first division. The top two men’s leagues in France and the League Cup are run by the LFP.The French Cup final on April 25 and the women’s French Cup semifinals on March 21 have been postponed but not canceled.___The U.S. Tennis Association says it is overseeing a commitment of more than $50 million to help the sport deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French soccer federation is preparing a rescue package for its 14,000 amateur clubs. The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.The IPL has become cricket’s primary annual competition in April and May but India this week extended the world’s biggest lockdown to May 3. That has dashed hopes by the Board of Control for Cricket in India of a shortened IPL in May possibly without spectators.The BCCI bowed to the inevitable to suspend the Twenty20 competition until further notice.BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah says “the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and … the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”The eight-week IPL was to begin on March 29 but was then pushed back to April 15. The Latest: French soccer federation prepares rescue package ___French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak.Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals.Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The USTA says it is shaving more than $20 million from its budget by reducing salaries of its management and eliminating programs in player development and marketing.The group that runs the U.S. Open says the total future support provided by the USTA and its industry partners for the sport at the grassroots level “will be determined by the financial performance” of the 2020 Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows.The USTA says it still plans to stage its tournament as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The U.S. Open would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar after the French Open was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled.The WTA and ATP professional tours are currently suspended until at least July and one tournament in August already has been called off.last_img read more

Seniors go out on top with NCAA title

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoMILWAUKEE — It was the picture-perfect ending to the season and to the careers of five special UW seniors.At this point three years ago, discussing a national championship would have been laughable. The Badgers had wrapped up a 13-23-4 season, and the talks were instead about where the program was going and if it should be Mike Eaves leading the way as head coach.Adam Burish, A.J. Degenhardt, Tom Gilbert, Nick Licari and Ryan MacMurchy endured much more than 23 losses. They persisted through a rookie season that included five-mile runs at 6 a.m., wrestling matches at dawn, and anything and everything in between.Fast forward to present day. Despite a miserable freshman year, the five seniors kept the goal of earning a national title. On Saturday, they got just that, and it was none other than Gilbert who played the role of hero.”To go out as winners is an unbelievable feeling,” Licari said. “It’s something that us seniors will all remember forever and as a group. We are bonded for life.””It’s unreal,” MacMurchy said. “It’s been a long four years, but we finally won something, and it was the biggest thing in our last game. That’s what you dream of.”Their freshman season was a disaster, but it was an important year in terms of getting to this point. While it may have drained the players both emotionally and physically, and it might have sparked some murmurs around the community concerning Eaves’ coaching style, the Badgers would not be here without it.”That was a special year of my life — talk about a character-building year,” MacMurchy said. “That forged us into who we are as a team and as a senior class. I wouldn’t trade that year for anything.”Their sophomore season, the team showed hope. Nobody expected the Badgers to come within an overtime goal of making the Frozen Four.The junior season brought higher expectations, but with just a young group, nobody was necessarily surprised when they bowed out right away to Michigan.But this season, a national championship seemed like their destiny. It was the last shot for the five seniors, and they knew from the onset that if they had a great season, they would never have to leave the state of Wisconsin to earn that title.Everything played out perfectly.”This whole year we’ve been focused on this point, we really have,” MacMurchy said. “My first few years, we just kind of wanted to do well. … We had other short-term goals. This year, it was all about winning the national championship, and we did it.”It was extra special for Gilbert. He may not be the flashiest player, but it is no secret just how pivotal he has been for this team. And his efforts were recognized when he was named a second-team All-American here Friday night.The first goal of his Wisconsin career was the Badgers’ first of the year, during Gilbert’s freshman season. His last was the final goal of this season and the game-winner, to boot. He has had many goals in between — 33 to be exact — but there’s something special about opening and closing a career like that.”I was talking to the rest of the team, and I was saying, ‘I scored the first goal of our freshman year, and I’ll probably score the last one,'” Gilbert said. “It worked out that I did. I’ll never forget this.”But nobody can be feeling any better today than Burish, the two-year senior captain and Madison native who saw his childhood dreams realized. He earned his title just two weeks after his sister, Nikki, brought home the same honor for the UW women’s team.She was there on the ice to give him a celebratory hug Saturday.”We’re national champions together for the rest of our lives,” Burish said. “Nobody can take that from us.”When the final horn sounded, MacMurchy immediately looked for Burish, his classmate and the team’s leader.”I’m so proud of him. … Being a Madison kid, this was his dream,” MacMurchy said. “He closed it out today the best way that he could.”The Badgers’ proverbial mountain climb is over. Eaves used the analogy all season long — a journey up the side of the mountain with a goal to get to the top.They reached that summit and stuck a Wisconsin flag into the peak.For the first time in 16 years, the Badgers are national champions. The Badgers will never forget what happened Saturday night, and the five seniors have one of the most remarkable stories in hockey history.As hard as it was to climb up that mountain to the pinnacle of success, the journey back down from the celebratory high that they are now on might be just as difficult.last_img read more

Gueye steps into void left by star graduate Eaton

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In his three years as a hurdler for the Syracuse track and field team, Jarret Eaton enjoyed unprecedented success.In the spring, he became Syracuse’s first track and field national champion, winning first place in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho.As a perfect ending to a near-perfect collegiate career, Eaton was awarded Male Athlete of the Year, Male Performance of the Year and Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors at the 2012 ‘Cuse Awards. He also ran in the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer, though he did not qualify.But Eaton no longer runs for Syracuse, and thus a large void in hurdles has to be filled. And After training with him for three seasons and gaining a full understanding of where success comes from, senior hurdler Amadou Gueye is ready to do just that.“Jarret is one of the biggest reasons I came here,” Gueye said. “He redshirted and was here the last few years and training with him every day was a blessing. I’ve been waiting for a while to step in and now it’s time to just show up.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlthough Gueye has spent a majority of his collegiate career as a complement to Eaton’s heroism, his accomplishments to date are nothing to scoff at. As a sophomore, he finished second in the 60-meter hurdles at the Big East championship with a time of 7.95 seconds, and was named to the Big East indoor track team.“Amadou is a really talented guy and he has been very good for us since he was a freshman,” SU assistant coach Dave Hegland said. “I know he has really big aspirations and I think he can do a lot this year. How much remains to be seen.”Gueye believes Hegland is the best there is, and credits much of his success to the coach. As an assistant to head coach Chris Fox, Hegland works directly with the team’s sprinters and has a front-row seat to Gueye’s development as a hurdler.But it’s not just Gueye’s determination or his training with Eaton and Hegland that has him running at such a high level. Growing up with four brothers Gueye recalls a constant fight for the spotlight growing up. His brother Jibi, who also hurdled, was the reason he started hurdling in middle school. His brother’s high school success drives him to this day.“He was very, very good, so when the coach asked who wanted to be a hurdler I immediately raised my hand and the rest is history,” Gueye said. “He set the bar very high and I just always wanted to be better than him. We argue to this day about who is better.”Gueye’s thirst for improvement has made him an athlete that refuses to regress. Eaton, who has watched Gueye as much as Gueye has watched him, is particularly impressed with the senior’s drive and unrelenting work ethic.“The sky is the limit for Amadou,” Eaton said. “He is a leader that leads by example and not just by what he says. “Just based off the hard work he has done in the off-season, I think he’s one of the best in the nation. I am proud of him.”When asked about replacing Eaton and the possibility of capturing similar success, Gueye said that isn’t exactly his personal goal for senior year.“Jarret had a tremendous season and it would be amazing to have a season like he had,” Gueye said. “But I’m not Jarret, there’s one Jarret. I’m Amadou, and if I can be the best Amadou I can be, I’ll be happy.” Comments Published on January 22, 2013 at 1:03 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Majority of Californians support Prop. 30, poll says

first_imgA recent poll conducted by the Policy Analysis for California Education and Rossier School of Education showed that California voters, by a slight majority, would support an increase in sales and income taxes in order to reduce budget cuts to public education.California Proposition 30, which will be on the ballot in November, would increase the sales tax rate by ¼ cent per dollar for four years and the personal income tax rate for those with incomes of more than $250,000 for seven years.“If it passes, the state will receive several billion dollars in additional revenue that will help prevent further cuts to education and other areas,” said Dominic Brewer, vice dean of research in partnerships and globalization at Rossier. “The state budget has essentially been built on the assumption that the extra revenue will be there, so there will be a scramble to identify new cuts if Prop. 30 fails.”If passed, the proposition is projected to raise about $6 billion in additional annual state revenues for the next seven years. If the measure is rejected, the 2012-13 state budget would be reduced by $6 billion.According to the poll, about 55 percent of Californians support Proposition 30 while 36 percent oppose it.When opposition arguments to the measure were presented, however, poll respondents tended to agree with them more specifically. About 49 percent of people believe that state politicians should decrease wasteful spending before raising taxes.“It’s hard for skeptical voters, who think there is still wasteful spending and too much state control of schools, to see specific examples of how the funds get used,” Brewer said. “Giving real examples for why more revenue is needed now will be essential — a general appeal isn’t likely to work.”Some USC students said neither of these options seems especially appealing because the state of the budget has not left any easy choices.“When you’re just hearing about these things without really being in politics, what you hear is that there are multiple taxes on the ballot,” said Cat Shieh, a junior majoring in political science who works for the Unruh Institute of Politics. “Who likes taxes? Nobody.”The measure would increase personal income tax rates for the top three income tax brackets, consisting of those who make more than $250,000 annually. The exact sales tax rate increase would differ by locality. The average sales tax rate is  currently 8.13 percent.“Everybody has a piece in this because that’s what separating the three tax brackets does,” Shieh said. “That will make the issue a little less partisan because everyone understands the situation at hand with the budget and everybody would have to be a part of the solution.”California voters tend to agree that improvements need to be made to an education system that has dealt with drastic cuts in recent years. When asked what grade they would give public schools in the state, many respondents to the poll said that they would give their local schools a C.If Prop. 30 passes, voters would most like to see programs that have been cut restored to schools and future budget cuts prevented. If the tax initiative fails, those polled said that they would prefer to deal with the budget reduction by eliminating transportation of students to schools, increasing class sizes and shortening the school year.“There will be limited additional funding for state services, including education, for a period of time,” said Lawrence Picus, vice dean for faculty affairs at Rossier, on the implications of passing Prop. 30. “That will help limit the impact of state budget deficits on the provision of important government services to children and to others across the state. If it does not pass, school districts will have to make further cuts in their budgets in the middle of the school year.”Though many said voters will face a tough choice in November, some experts said they believe the poll results will prove true.“The state remains in a severe budget crisis despite years of sustained cuts to public services,” said Morgan Polikoff, assistant professor of education at Rossier. “Without the money, even more draconian cuts will have to be made. Perhaps voters are coming around to the idea that starving the state leads to worse results for everyone.”last_img read more

Museum, USC create AR experiences at La Brea Tar Pits

first_imgThe augmented reality system, which will take three years to fully implement, will connect visitors to the past and aims to make education about the tar pits more engaging. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Friedrich)Woolly mammoths may be extinct, but visitors at the La Brea Tar Pits will get to see one up close. By partnering with USC, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County will introduce a new augmented reality experience to transport patrons back in time.The USC Institute of Creative Technology partnered with the USC Rossier School of Education after taking an interest in how the La Brea Tar Pits presented natural history within Los Angeles. “It’s one of those places that’s extremely unique,” said Benjamin Nye, the director for learning science research at USC ICT. “You don’t usually get things that have essentially that kind of natural history directly in the middle of the city.”The project will take three years to fully implement so that AR can undergo different test groups and designs.“Essentially, what ends up happening is we have this sort of spiral inverted design process,” Nye said. “I mean a lot of the science is about being able to look at things and compare them.”One of the challenges the La Brea Tar Pits has historically faced is overcoming visitors’ misconceptions about what the exhibit offers, according to the museum’s assistant curator Emily Lindsey. “Lots of visitors come here for dinosaurs … [but] dinosaurs have gone extinct 66 million years ago and the asphalt seeps here only started capturing fossils 50,000 years ago,” Lindsey said. Since the human lifespan is limited, Lindsey said it can be difficult for guests to fully grasp the difference in time. Implementing AR may help bridge the gap in understanding the history by presenting the information in a new and interactive way. To overcome this problem, the museum issued a questionnaire to volunteers, asking them for some of their initial thoughts on the exhibit. Test subjects would then go through the AR experience to see how tar pits trapped mammoths. Afterward, questionnaires were reissued to see if the guests’ degree of understanding changed after the AR experience. Developers used data from these responses to write a grant proposal that was funded $2 million by the National Science Foundation.“We will now use the money to build a permanent exhibit at La Brea that will have a much more sophisticated version of the original beta version,” said Gale Sinatra, a professor of education and psychology at the Rossier School of Education.Adapting AR to function in a museum has its time constraints, according to Nye. Since asking visitors to sit through a 20-minute video isn’t feasible for the space, developers have had to find ways to condense the material.“It’s really trying to deliver a lot of high impact information to help people learn quickly,” Nye said. “But that essentially is getting the most important information and learning something.”Utilizing AR in the museum will allow visitors to visualize the scientific process and  learn more about the history of the pits and the animals that were trapped there. “There’s a lot of work being done excavating remains from these animals,” Sinatra said. “We decided we could use augmented reality to help visitors envision … what’s happening in the present with scientists investigating what they excavate from the asphalt.”The museum hopes that this AR experience will encourage new methods of learning at the La Brea exhibit.  “Learning ends up being a lot like exercise if you’re not pushing it all the time, if you’re not applying it, the recall of the knowledge and the application of it,” Nye said. “I think that’s the big thing that you get out of something interactive.”last_img read more