GUMS Win Upcountry B’Ball Tourney

first_imgAfter three failed grand finals Ganta United Methodist School (GUMS) finally grabbed the Harold McGowan Basketball Trophy, in the Upcountry basketball tournament.GUMS, dubbed the Lion whipped the Upcountry basketball highest taker, Dolokelen Gboveh High School of Bong County, 44-18 points over the weekend in Ganta, Nimba County.The tournament brought nine schools from five counties for the first time in Nimba County for over a decade.Defending champion St. Martin High School (Gbarnga) held off Zorzor Central High School 22-18 and whipped the William V.S.Tubman-Gray 31-13 points, but lost to GUMS 21-33 points.St. Martin trailed by five points entering the 2nd quarter and was hammered by the GUMS’ marksman Lawrence Mahn overriding former Most Valuable Player (MVP) Eric Wangar.Earlier, GUMS began their winning spree against C.H. Dewey (Bomi County), 27-20 points 28-23 points against St. Mary’s.Gboveh joined GUMS in the finals, having defeated William V. S. Tubman-Gray 22-14 points in the semi finals.The former title holders qualified narrowly with Brumskine from Group II, with a win and defeat. In the quarterfinals, Gboveh bowed 24 to 26 points to GUMS but moved to the finals along with St. Martin’s and William V. S. Tubman-Gray and GUMS.Presenting the trophies to the 1st and 2nd winners, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BYC Football, Robert A. Sirleaf extolled GUMS for the final victory after three wins and urged them to maintain the success.He admonished Gboveh High School to keep on the fight.Mr. Sirleaf also presented medals to players and technicians of the teams.GUMS’ duo, Lawrence Mahn and Diamond Wesley was awarded the highest scorer (41 points) and Most Valuable Player (MVP).Gboveh’s point man, Olesen Adama Kamara was the highest three pointers.Businessman Floyd Tomah was among those certificated for the promotion and success of the tournament.Acting Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Nancy Freeman, Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele in separate remarks commended participating teams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chris Griffin to return for third summer as Humboldt County Fair track announcer

first_imgFerndale >> Chris Griffin returns for his third season as the “Voice of the Humboldt County Fair” with the same bubbling enthusiasm as he had when he received his race announcing “baptism” here in 2015.“I can’t wait for racing to get started in Ferndale because this is where my horse race announcing career started,” claimed Griffin. “And the Humboldt County Fair definitely has a special place in my heart.”Griffin doesn’t have long to wait, since the 121st Humboldt race meet opens seven days …last_img

Revolving door behind Buster Posey continues for Giants

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants continued to tinker with the Buster Posey support group Monday, claiming catcher Tom Murphy off waivers from the Colorado Rockies in advance of their Bay Bridge Series game against the Athletics.Murphy, 28, is the second catcher the Giants added in two days, coming after a trade for Erik Kratz from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league infielder C.J. Hinojosa.Aramis Garcia, who was Posey’s backup only a few days ago, was optioned to Triple-A …last_img

How the Dragon Got Its Beard

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scales are not feathers are not hair, but evolutionary tales get hairy sometimes.It’s evolutionary storytelling time in Geneva, where Darwinians conjure up bearded dragons evolving into bearded men. It all started when two researchers from Switzerland found thickenings in crocodile skin, then had visions of birds taking off into the trees, with mammals scampering in the underbrush. The tale is told on Science Daily, “Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common.” More recondite jargon is supplied in Science Advances to satisfy the academics.But of course hairs, feathers and scales have some things in common, being composed of keratin, but don’t the differences swamp the similarities? Not to these evolutionists. To understand their thinking, we have to learn a new word: placode. Wikipedia defines it as: “A neurogenic placode is an area of thickening of the epithelium in the embryonic head ectoderm layer that gives rise to neurons and other structures of the sensory nervous system. Placodes are embryonic structures that give rise to structures such as hair follicles, feathers and teeth.”Mammalian hairs and avian feathers develop from a similar primordial structure called a ‘placode’: a local thickening of the epidermis with columnar cells that reduce their rate of proliferation and express very specific genes. This observation has puzzled evolutionary and developmental biologists for many years because birds and mammals are not sister groups: they evolved from different reptilian lineages. According to previous studies, reptiles’ scales however do not develop from an anatomical placode. This would imply that birds and mammals have independently ‘invented’ placodes during their evolution.The story ramps up the tension, heading toward the resolution: lo and behold, the Swiss researchers find evidence for placodes in reptiles. They examine eggs of crocodiles, corn snakes and bearded dragons (a kind of lizard) and found local thickenings of the epidermis—at least briefly during development. Common ancestry is saved!Jump to the Methods section in the paper. One notices that they did not do any work on birds or mammals: just on 3 species of reptiles, and there, only on their eggs. Environmentalists will be relieved to hear that no animals were harmed in the process: “Maintenance of and experiments on reptilians were approved by the Geneva Canton ethical regulation authority (authorization GE/82/14) and performed according to Swiss law.”The researchers scraped some scale protein, took photos, and studied DNA sequences from these reptile eggs. That’s about it. No feathers or hairs were found on the reptiles, but they found a gene that disrupts scale formation in bearded dragons, just like it disrupts beards in humans. If disrupting a gene can’t allow a placode to form for a dragon beard scale, or a placode for a hairy human beard, that must prove Darwin right. “These data all coherently indicate the common ancestry between scales, feathers and hairs.”Here’s how the story came out for the press: “The single evolutionary origin of placodes revealed.”Today, Nicolas Di-Poï and Michel C. Milinkovitch at the Department of Genetics and Evolution of the UNIGE Faculty of Science and at the SIB put this long controversy to rest by demonstrating that scales in reptiles develop from a placode with all the anatomical and molecular signatures of avian and mammalian placodes. The two scientists finely observed and analysed the skin morphological and molecular characteristics during embryonic development in crocodiles, snakes and lizards. ‘Our study not only provides new molecular data that complement the work of the American team but also reveals key microanatomical facts, explains Michel Milinkovitch. Indeed, we have identified in reptiles new molecular signatures that are identical to those observed during the development of hairs and feathers, as well as the presence of the same anatomical placode as in mammals and birds. This indicates that the three types of skin appendages are homologous: the reptilian scales, the avian feathers and the mammalian hairs, despite their very different final shapes, evolved from the scales of their reptilian common ancestor.’They need to fine-tune the story a little; just a little mop-up work, that’s about it. All in a day’s work for Darwin storytellers.The next challenge for the Swiss team, and many other researchers around the world, is to decipher the fine mechanisms explaining the diversity of forms of skin appendages. How has the ancestral scaly skin given rise to the very different morphologies of scales, feathers and hairs, as well as the astonishing variety of forms that these appendages can take? These future studies will hopefully fine-tune our understanding of the physical and molecular mechanisms generating the complexity and the diversity of life during evolution.A bird-of-paradise’s plumage or a fashion model’s coiffure couldn’t be far behind. Just give those epidermal thickenings a few million years.The evolutionists in Geneva might want to see how the evolutionists in Australia are doing. They’re trying to figure out if snakes evolved in the sea or on the land. PhysOrg shows a fossil Tetrapodophis, a very long slender lizard with tiny limbs that appears adapted for aquatic life. But the provenance of this fossil is “highly problematic.” Scientists are concerned that the “reproducibility crisis” will taint the reputation of this fossil and claims built on it.Meanwhile, snake enthusiasts (or snake-o-phobes) may wish to learn a little more about rattlesnakes from Simon Worrall of National Geographic, who intereviewed herpetologist Ted Levin about them; “far from being scary monsters, these elusive predators are surprisingly social,” he says. The venomous beasts may actually reduce Lyme Disease in humans by cutting down on their mammal vectors—chipmunks and mice. As for the snakes themselves, “They are fascinating and gorgeous to look at,” Levin says. From a distance, of course. “They can see colors we can’t see and read the world with the tips of their tongues. They communicate through pheromones, in a language we don’t really understand. The more you look into them, the more fascinating they are.”Update 6/28/16: Remains of bird wing feathers have been found in Burmese amber. National Geographic has a picture; says the feathers look just like modern feathers, even though they are claimed to be 100 million years old.Levin takes a swipe at Genesis when asked about why we fear snakes:It’s not just rattlesnakes. I think we fear all snakes. Until I began to research this book in earnest, I thought it all went back to the Book of Genesis, the Judeo-Christian story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But now I realize that that story goes way back to the dawn of primates, when venomous snakes were their principle predators. I think we carry that with us, like the fear of the dark.Thus he trades one miracle story for another. He can’t accept a talking snake in Genesis, which neither Adam or Eve feared at the time, and if they learned to fear snakes later, could not have invented a mutation to pass on that fear. So instead, he believes that some mutation in a mouse in the Jurassic keeps modern humans afraid of snakes, like a fear of the dark, that we haven’t been able to shake in 200 million years while growing larger and smarter than snakes. Go figure.The Swiss evolutionists think they are doing their job by weaving stories from “physical and molecular mechanisms.” They think that tiny, evanescent thickenings in the epidermis of a crocodile egg led to the luscious locks of the Breck Girl. They think that switching off one gene in a bearded dragon proves the evolution of Grizzly Adams’s beard. See? Everyone believes in miracles. And the evolutionists believe in the supernatural, too. They believe that logical and moral truths emerge from physical and molecular mechanisms. That’s the only way they could write scientific papers purporting to express truth. Unless truth is supernatural, eternal and changeless (i.e., it doesn’t evolve), they could never know that—or anything.last_img read more

SMS help for teens in distress

first_img27 February 2006The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) says it has received an “overwhelming” response after launching a new SMS service for depressed teenagers.The initiative aims to help curb the high levels of teen suicide in the country. Suicide is said to account for around nine percent of all teenage deaths in South Africa.The new service allows teens in distress to reach Sadag by typing a message on their cellphones and sending it to 31393. No keywords or e-mail addresses are needed, and the service is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.According to Sadag founder Zane Wilson, messages comes directly to Sadag’s call centre computers within seconds. A skilled counsellor replies to each message by typing a response into the computer.“This service is a new and exciting way for teenagers around South Africa to reach out for help,” Wilson said. “Teenagers often prefer to communicate via SMS, as they may feel uncomfortable expressing themselves verbally.”Wilson says the facility is instant, and that teens in crisis will never get a “busy” signal when they need help.“The service is cheaper than a telephone call, as messages are charged at standard SMS rates,” Wilson said. “In this way, teenagers around the country can get help, information and practical advice on how to deal with depression and suicidal feelings.”Teens can also request school talks and find mental health resources in their area.The new facility is available across all three cellphone networks, with MTN, Vodacom and Cell C jointly agreeing to support it.Sadag runs the national toll-free suicide line 0800 567 567, which takes a huge number of calls from teenagers who are calling for themselves or on behalf of a friend.Depression is treatable“It is not hard to see why serious depression and suicide are connected,” says Wilson. “Depression involves a long lasting sad mood that doesn’t let up and a loss of pleasure in things you once enjoyed.“It involves thoughts about death, negative thoughts about oneself, a sense of worthlessness, and to a teen girl of 15 who has been constantly abused by her stepfather, a boy who has lost his elder brother due to gang violence, or a child of 12 whose mother has recently died of Aids, sometimes they feel there is nothing to look forward to or that life would be less painful if they were to end it.”However, depression is treatable, says Wilson. “There is help, and we show them all their options. With treatment, over 70% can make a recovery.”Sadag outreach coordinator Lucette Mukendi says depression among teenagers is often due to deaths in the family or broken families.“It also comes in the form of chemical imbalance,” Mukendi says. “Say your mother had depression – chances are that you are going to have one as well. It works like cancer, it runs through the family.”Mukendi says teens also often considered suicide when they had problems in their love relationships – and added that when teens planned to commit suicide, they would often tell their friends, but ask them to keep it secret.“Our message to all teens is: rather speak out and lose the friendship. If you lose the friendship, chances are that you might mend it; but you cannot have back a friend who committed suicide.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Founders of South African online television station share insights

first_imgThe founders of the online television station, Aza TV Africa, say they learned it is best to stay true to their vision of business.Stephina Zwane and Salamina Mosese are the co-founders of the online television station, Aza TV Africa. To watch original content for Africans about Africans, viewers can download the app on their mobile devices or watch via the website. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanThe South African online television station, Aza TV Africa, turns two in May 2017. Salamina Mosese and Stephina Zwane, co-founders of Aza TV Africa said their motivation to keep going is to stay true to their vision.Zwane, the company director, writer and filmmaker, has been in the television industry for 17 years. Mosese, who has 18 years of experience in the television industry, is the company director and film producer. They left their jobs in 2015 to launch Aza TV Africa on 20 May, reported the website for entrepreneurs, SME South Africa.Mosese told SME South Africa that Aza TV Africa “aims to answer the world’s best questions about Africa”.Aza is short for Azania which means “powerful” in Swahili. Mosese explained they want to engage and encourage Africans to view themselves from a position of power.Mosese and Zwane are Play Your Part ambassadors of Brand South Africa.The co-founders of Aza TV Africa were speakers at the Digitize Africa Conference held in Durban in April 2017:Brand SA Digital manager @matalane with directors of Sorele Media @StephinaZwane & @salaminaM at #DigitizeAfrica conference— Play Your Part (@PlayYourPartSA) April 20, 2017#digitizeafrica Meet the panel discussing Africa’s Digital Media & Entertainent – TV & Film Director/Producer/Writer @StephinaZwane— Digitize Africa (@DigitizeAfrica) April 20, 2017Their business relationshipMosese and Zwane, who have been friends since their teens, said going into business together was not a difficult decision to make because of their shared love and passion for the media. They enjoy working together.“We want to be a network that celebrates us as a people, with interesting and diverse stories to tell,” Mosese said.The work on Aza TV Africa started four years prior to the launch. The two co-founders said they finally found a private investor but also had to contribute money from their own pockets.More about Aza TV AfricaAza TV Africa has four channels – Talk, Entertainment, Inspirational and Lifestyle. Each of these channels has different shows under each of these categories, all of which are accessible through or the free downloadable Aza TV App (for Android and IOS users).On some programmes, like the parenting show Yummy Mammi, African celebrities are invited as guests.Currently, viewership is 46% women and 54% men between the ages of 18 and 40 years. People from Mozambique, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, the US, and India watch Aza TV Africa.Brand South Africa’s journalist had a short Q&A with Mosese.Melissa Javan: When you started, there were seven people working for Aza TV Africa. How many people do you have now?Salamina Mosese: We work with a team of both permanent and freelance staff of between five and 10 depending on what shows we are shooting at the time.MJ: What are your most popular shows on Aza TV Africa?SM: Yummy Mammi, The Sit Down, and Aza Muzika.Watch an interview with actor Florence Masebe of The Sit Down:MJ: How many visits, views and impressions do you get per month (on average) for Aza TV Africa?SM: Our highest number of impressions, which we garnered last year, were just over 100 000. Monthly we average about 40 000 impressions.MJ: What lessons have you learnt being in business?SM: Business is tough; every day is an adventure, good and bad.We have learnt to grow thicker skins, to ask for help if we need it, to have faith in better days, and to stay true to the vision that we had going into the business.We both understand that quitting is not an option, so we find ourselves regularly encouraging each other.MJ: Having a digital channel – how have you grown, especially in terms of learning and teaching yourselves the technical side of things?SM: We will never claim to be digital experts; we are creative who create content for a digital medium.Every month we are a little more knowledgeable about the space we are playing in, but it does require that we have to constantly be doing research, asking questions and remaining open to new thinking and new ideas of doing things.Watch an episode of Diary of a Street Corner here:MJ: How important is social media for you as entrepreneurs and what role did it play?SM: For us, social media is merely a medium to be used, but not the main aspect of our business.We use it in business to activate for certain things that we are doing. For our film projects or to run our promos and it is a worthwhile tool in that sense.It is also a great way to connect with other liked-minded individuals in other countries and other sectors that could potentially be future clients or potential partners in business.MJ: What opportunities have you created as entrepreneurs?SM: We like to work with young people, not only because we are young people ourselves, but we understand the importance of letting in new voices so that we can change the face of the media and entertainment industry.By bringing in more skilled, young, black creatives who will one day have [their] own companies to run, change is bound to come.We are of the opinion that there is not sufficient transformation in our sector, and we want to be part of changing this, however long it takes.MJ: Any advice for people who want to break into the entertainment industry as a writer or producer?SM: Just start. Sometimes we want to wait for the big break, but while we are waiting we need to be honing the skill and the talent, so that when the big break comes you are ready for it. The entertainment industry is tough, you need to be tougher in order to survive.Other projectsMosese and Zwane also create and produce local films through their company, Sorele Media. Their recent film Love & Kwaito was selected for screening at the Johannesburg Film Festival last year. The film is about a child-headed family in Kliptown.Mosese says the television channel Mzansi Magic has licensed it. She adds: “We are working on our next film for release next year.”Watch the trailer of Love & Kwaito:Sources: SME South Africa, Aza TV YouTube, Digitize Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Are Energy-Efficient Appliances Worth It?

first_imgWhen homes turn over, is it green to automatically turn over all of the major appliances as well? The answer is likely to be yes. Unlike many other goods, major appliances in the US over the last 20 years have gone way UP in energy efficiency while going DOWN in price. Research by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories shows that between 1980 and 2001, the energy efficiency of refrigerators and freezers improved by about 60% while at the same time real consumer prices dropped by 40%!The Energy Star price premiumOk, so if all new major appliances are so much better than the old ones, why pay the extra for an even more energy efficient one such as an Energy Star labeled appliance? Doing side-by-side comparisons of Energy Star-labeled and non-labeled models having the same or similar features is no easy task. But as an example, EPA estimates that the average price premium for Energy Star-labeled refrigerator is about $30 with annual energy cost savings that mean less than a 3-year payback — well under the expected service life of the refrigerator.A walk around any one of the big box stores reveals price premiums for Energy Star-labeled major appliances ranging from $50 to as much as $200 — but with operating cost savings, the payback is as little as 2 years, depending on patterns of appliance use and actual energy costs. EPA Energy Star has a number of calculators that do the math for appliances; they are straightforward and easy to use.Energy Star Refrigerator Calculator Energy Star Dishwasher Calculator Energy Star Clothes Washer CalculatorWhat should I do with the old appliances?It’s tempting to leave that old fridge as a back-up in the garage or consider donating old appliances. But in fact the best thing you can do with an inefficient appliance may be to retire it; it’s likely use enough energy and/or water to warrant recycling rather than reuse. Recycling clothes washers and dishwashers Recycling refrigerators and freezersRecylcing other household appliances and itemsSome buying tipsBuy just as big as needed, but no bigger – While this adage is most applicable to refrigerators and freezers, it holds true across the board. Extra capacity means extra energy; operate your appliances at full capacity as much as you can for best efficiency.Use the EnergyGuide label – It’s that big yellow sticker that shows you how much energy each model typically uses in a year in comparison to all other models in its category. Yes, there are instances where the tests used can give questionable results, but all in all, the EnergyGuide label is a useful tool.Avoid side-by-side refrigerators – They use significantly more energy per cubic foot of capacity than either bottom or top freezer refrigerators.Think hard about that basement or garage freezer – Lots of folks have the best of intentions for efficiently using their freezers but many of us use them poorly and they can be real energy hogs. If you or your clients are going to get a stand-alone freezer, try or recommend a manual defrost model. They use much less energy and limiting both the number and length of time per opening can mean a full year (or more) between defrosts.Check for rebates and incentives – There are two comprehensive and easy places to look for information on local, state, and federal rebates and incentives: Energy Star Special Offer/Rebate Finder – you just type in your zip code and check off the boxes of the appliances in which you are interested.Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) – On the home page, just de-select Renewables to focus on energy efficient appliance information and then click on your state. Then at the top you can click on “See Federal Incentives” or “See Residential Incentives Only.”last_img read more

Heat-Pump Clothes Dryers

first_imgHow heat-pump clothes dryers workA traditional dryer works by heating air, blowing it into the drum chamber (where it absorbs moisture from the clothes), and then exhausting the now moisture-laden hot air out of the dryer and out of the house.A condensing dryer, on the other hand, works by heating air, blowing it into the drum chamber and then pulling that warm moist air from the drum and cooling it to the point that the moisture condenses and drips into a collection tray. The cool dry air is then heated and recirculated back into the drum where it again picks up moisture and the cycle continues.The tricky thing with a condensing dryer is how to cool the air being pulled from the drum. Some condensing dryers use a metal plate that is air-cooled and some use a scheme that requires a steady supply of cold water. Neither of these systems results in a dryer that is any more energy-efficient than a traditional dryer, and the appliances are much slower. The market for condensing dryers has typically been for apartment buildings where running an exhaust vent isn’t feasible.A heat-pump dryer is a kind of condensing dryer. Like pretty much every heat pump device, the heat pump in a heat pump clothes dryer has a cold coil and a hot coil. This works out perfectly for a condensing dryer as the cold coil can be used to cool the warm moist air coming from the drum (and to provide a condensing surface for the moisture in the air) and the hot coil can be used to heat the air before sending it back.Heat pump clothes dryers use 40% to 50% as much electricity as a traditional electric dryer and dry clothes much faster than condensing dryers that don’t use heat pumps, while still being slower than a conventional gas or electric dryer. For a family that does five five loads of drying a week, that’s a savings of $1.90 per week during the winter and $1.00 per week during the summer for a heat-pump dryer vs. a traditional electric. Averaged out that comes to a savings of about $75 per year, which would bring the total lifetime cost of a heat pump dryer much closer to the cost of a traditional dryer. But unless you live in a very cold climate or dry an excessive amount of laundry, a heat-pump dryer, at today’s prices, is unlikely to save you a lot of money. If prices come down, or if the price of energy goes up, that could change.While the cost may or may not be an issue, one great feature of this dryer that could turn it into a mainstream product is how much gentler it is on your clothes. Because it’s not using heat alone to dry the clothes, it doesn’t heat the air as much as a traditional dryer. Not only will clothes last longer but it might make it possible to dry clothes that you would otherwise need to hang dry. RELATED ARTICLES Alternatives to Clothes DryersEnergy-Saving Clothes Dryers Hit U.S. MarketsDrying Clothes With Less EnergyEnergy Star Program to Include Clothes DryersAll About Washing Machines Joe Rice is a retired software engineer who recently moved into his energy-efficient house in eastern Massachusetts. His blog about the construction and performance of the house is called Pretty Good Lake House. Heat pump electric dryer17¢33¢ The real downside to the dryer is the cost. I got it from A. J. Madison for $1,399 with free shipping. That’s a lot for a dryer. Of course, I’ll save money every time I run a load, at least, compared to a traditional dryer, right? To figure out how much I created a spreadsheet. It takes into account the amount of energy each dryer requires to run, the amount of energy a minisplit heating system would use to heat/cool the makeup air (for a venting dryer) and the fact that all of the energy used to run a heat-pump dryer stays in the house. This latter effect is a significant savings in the heating season and a significant cost in the cooling season.According to these calculations, and based on prices for electricity and gas in Massachusetts, the costs per load are: Whirlpool announced it back in July; I was able to order it in October; and it wasn’t delivered until January 21st — but I now own a real live, made for the U.S. market, heat-pump clothes dryer. It’s officially the Whirlpool HybridCare Duet Dryer with Heat Pump Technology.Heat-pump clothes dryers have been available for many years in Europe, but this dryer and another recently announced model from LG are the first to hit the U.S. market. I chose the Whirlpool over the LG primarily because the LG, for some reason, still has a vent to the outdoors. One of the major advantages of incorporating a heat pump into a clothes dryer is that the dryer can be ventless. For a tight building enclosure that means one fewer penetration to be sealed. It also means that the dryer isn’t taking conditioned air from the living space and venting it to the outdoors.The dryer (see Image #1, above) looks pretty much like every other clothes dryer, doesn’t it? From this angle, the only difference you can really see between a standard dryer and this dryer is the panel at the bottom right which open to allow access to the secondary lint filter. Traditional gas dryer39¢38¢ But look at the washing machine outlet box at left. The two steel-braided hoses and the large black drain hose come from the washing machine. But that small copper tube attached to the small black hose is the drain from the dryer.I ran a medium-large load using the most efficient cycle and, well, it worked. It didn’t seem to take terribly long (although I didn’t time it) and the clothes came out not just dry but quite soft and with fewer wrinkles than the laundry from the last dryer I owned. In fact, the towels came out positively luxuriously soft. It is a bit louder than your typical dryer, though — something to keep in mind if your dryer isn’t located in an acoustically isolated area of your house. Winter Summer Traditional electric dryer55¢53¢last_img read more