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RMLD Discontinues Smartphone App Following Launch Of New MobileFriendly Website

first_imgREADING, MA — The Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) will discontinue the use of its smartphone app effective July 31, 2018. The app was initially launched because RMLD’s old website had limited mobile compatibility. The app provided a means for customers to interact with RMLD via their smartphone. This access is now available through RMLD’s new mobile-friendly website, www.rmld.com.RMLD’s new website contains information on RMLD programs and events, energy efficiency tips, allows customers to pay their electric bill, report an outage, and sign up for service, and displays RMLD’s Twitter feed prominently at the top of the page.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Municipal Light Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”last_img read more

DC Musicians Recreate Motown Era

first_imgThe Brencore Allstars perform Motown hits from the 1960s and ‘70s. (Courtesy Photo)The Publick Playhouse, in Cheverly, Maryland, served as a time travelling machine on the night of Sept. 26, as it took audiences back to the 1960s and 70s, with Motown hits played during the Tribute to the Music of Motown by the Brencore Allstars.The Brencore Allstars are a local 12-piece band from the Washington, D.C. area.“I personally think this is the best Motown revue on the east coast,” Robert Smoot, CEO of Brencore Entertainment and producer of the show, said. He said he compared the show’s quality to Motown the Musical on Broadway.Six singers, in the show, did a compilation of full songs of classic Motown artists, and a host of medleys, from singers such as Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, The Temptations, The Supremes, and The Jackson 5.Not only did they sing, Motown hits, but the show also paid homage to Aretha Franklin, who is known as the queen of soul.The performances were interactive as they encouraged audience members to get out their seats and dance. Smoot said the show’s interactive nature was what made it different from other Motown revue performances.“Come on miss lady with those cute earrings I like,” sang Lakesha Ameya Taylor, directly to an audience member who was flattered and danced even harder.Linda Lewis, an audience member who came to the show as a birthday gift to her 97-year-old husband, Harvey Lewis, thoroughly enjoyed the show. “I think it’s important because it made you move,” she said.In total, there were 28 songs performed by the band.Brencore Allstars will perform a Tribute to the Music of Motown next at the Howard Theatre on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Moths found to produce their own antioxidants from carbohydrates

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University has discovered how a species of moth is able to repair oxidative muscle damage without consuming antioxidants. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their study of the hawkmoth and how they discovered an adaption that allowed it to remain free of muscle damage. Carlos Martinez del Rio and Michael Dillon with the University of Wyoming offer a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue and give some historical background to explain why some pollinators needed to develop an alternative means for protecting their muscles. Journal information: Science 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. Citation: Moths found to produce their own antioxidants from carbohydrates (2017, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-moths-antioxidants-carbohydrates.html Explore further Manduca sexta hawkmoth approaching Datura wrightii flower with proboscis extended to imbibe nectar. Credit: Bruce D. Taubertcenter_img Tricking moths into revealing the computational underpinnings of sensory integration As Martinez del Rio and Dillon note, when muscles expend energy they create byproducts called reactive oxygen species, which are damaging to cells. Most animals prevent damage to muscle cells by consuming foods with antioxidants in them. But some creatures with muscles do not consume antioxidants and still manage to avoid muscle damage—hawkmoths, for example, live on a diet of nectar and nothing else, which means they never consume any antioxidants. Furthermore, they also use their muscles a lot—they furiously beat their wings to allow them to hover near a nectar producing plant while they take a quick sip. Until now, it was not known how the moths pulled off this trick.To find out the researchers obtained a collection of hawkmoths and began feeding them nectar while also measuring them for muscle damage after they took short flights. They then compared those results with measurements taken from moths that were not given nectar—the control group. The researchers report that the moths that were fed nectar flew farther than the control group, yet had less oxidative damage—remarkably, they also had higher levels of antioxidants in their systems. The researchers continued their experiments by adding different carbon isotopes to the nectar they fed to the moths to allow for tracking how the nectar was metabolized. They found that the moths used what is known as the pentose phosphate pathway (a metabolic pathway that generates NADPH, pentose and ribose) to convert some of the carbohydrates (glucose) in their diet into antioxidants—they did not need to ingest antioxidants because they were generating their own. Martinez del Rio and Dillon suggest that other insects and mammals likely use the same process and some may rely on a combination of ingestion and conversion to meet their antioxidant needs. More information: E. Levin et al. Hawkmoths use nectar sugar to reduce oxidative damage from flight, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aah4634AbstractNectar-feeding animals have among the highest recorded metabolic rates. High aerobic performance is linked to oxidative damage in muscles. Antioxidants in nectar are scarce to nonexistent. We propose that nectarivores use nectar sugar to mitigate the oxidative damage caused by the muscular demands of flight. We found that sugar-fed moths had lower oxidative damage to their flight muscle membranes than unfed moths. Using respirometry coupled with δ13C analyses, we showed that moths generate antioxidant potential by shunting nectar glucose to the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP), resulting in a reduction in oxidative damage to the flight muscles. We suggest that nectar feeding, the use of PPP, and intense exercise are causally linked and have allowed the evolution of powerful fliers that feed on nectar. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more