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Jeff Wood (singer)

Jeffrey Scott Wood is an American country music artist. Wood was signed to a publishing contract in 1994, writing songs for other country artists, including "Cowboy Love", a Top 5 hit for John Michael Montgomery in 1996, he signed to a recording contract with Liberty Records that year, but did not release anything while on the label. His debut album, Between the Stars, was released in 1997 on Imprint Records; this album produced three chart singles for Wood on the Hot Country Songs charts that year, including the No. 44-peaking "You Just Get One". Although he did not chart again after 1997, Wood continued to write songs for other artists into the 2000s, including Neal McCoy and Phil Vassar, independently released a second album in 2008. Wood was born May 1968 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he attended Oklahoma State University, where he earned a degree in finance and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. One of Wood's classmates was Garth Brooks, like Wood, had aspirations to become a country music artist.

Both singers moved to Nashville, Tennessee to begin their respective careers. Wood was signed to a songwriting contract with EMI Publishing in 1994. One of his first cuts as a songwriter was "Cowboy Love,", a top five hit on the country charts for John Michael Montgomery in early 1996. Liberty Records signed Wood to a recording contract that year, although he did not release anything for the label. By the end of the year, he had signed to his second recording contract, this time with a newly started independent label, Imprint Records, his debut album, Between the Earth and the Stars, was released on February 11, 1997 under the production of Mark Bright. The album's lead-off single, "You Just Get One", reached number 44 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts; this song was co-written by Don Schlitz and Vince Gill, was cut by Ty Herndon on his 1995 debut album What Mattered Most. Wood's rendition of the song featured Gill performing on mandolin. Brett Atwood of Billboard called ``" an "immensely likeable" single.

Between the Earth and the Stars produced minor chart singles in the number 55 "Use Mine" and number 63 "You Call That a Mountain", a single in 2000 for B. J. Thomas from his album of the same name. Imprint closed at the end of 1997, Wood was left without a record label, he continued to write songs for other artists, including Tracy Byrd, Neal McCoy, Phil Vassar. In 2008, Wood returned to recording, its first single is a song entitled "Long Way from OK", a re-recording of a song found on his debut album. Wood released a Christmas album and a religious-themed album. Jeff Wood was nominated for the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for Band Venue Poster of the year. In 2013, Wood issued his third country album entitled "The Jeff Scott Wood Project, Nothin' But Blue" independently, JeffScottWood.com. JeffScottWood.com

Nuclear reprocessing

Nuclear reprocessing is the chemical separation of fission products and unused uranium from spent nuclear fuel. Reprocessing was used to extract plutonium for producing nuclear weapons. With commercialization of nuclear power, the reprocessed plutonium was recycled back into MOX nuclear fuel for thermal reactors; the reprocessed uranium known as the spent fuel material, can in principle be re-used as fuel, but, only economical when uranium supply is low and prices are high. A breeder reactor is not restricted to using recycled uranium, it can employ all the actinides, closing the nuclear fuel cycle and multiplying the energy extracted from natural uranium by about 60 times. Reprocessing must be controlled and executed in advanced facilities by specialized personnel. Fuel bundles which arrive at the sites from nuclear power plants are dissolved in chemical baths, which could pose contamination risks if not properly managed. Thus, a reprocessing factory must be considered an advanced chemical site, rather than a nuclear one.

High cost is associated with spent fuel reprocessing compared to the once-through fuel cycle, but fuel utilization can be increased and waste volumes decreased. Nuclear fuel reprocessing is performed in Europe and Japan. In the United States, the Obama administration stepped back from President Bush's plans for commercial-scale reprocessing and reverted to a program focused on reprocessing-related scientific research; the useful components dealt with in nuclear reprocessing comprise specific actinides. The lighter elements components include fission products, activation products, cladding; the first large-scale nuclear reactors were built during World War II. These reactors were designed for the production of plutonium for use in nuclear weapons; the only reprocessing required, was the extraction of the plutonium from the spent natural uranium fuel. In 1943, several methods were proposed for separating the small quantity of plutonium from the uranium and fission products; the first method selected, a precipitation process called the bismuth phosphate process, was developed and tested at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory between 1943 and 1945 to produce quantities of plutonium for evaluation and use in the US weapons programs.

ORNL produced the first macroscopic quantities of separated plutonium with these processes. The bismuth phosphate process was first operated on a large scale at the Hanford Site, in the part of 1944, it was successful for plutonium separation in the emergency situation existing but it had a significant weakness: the inability to recover uranium. The first successful solvent extraction process for the recovery of pure uranium and plutonium was developed at ORNL in 1949; the PUREX process is the current method of extraction. Separation plants were constructed at Savannah River Site and a smaller plant at West Valley Reprocessing Plant which closed by 1972 because of its inability to meet new regulatory requirements. Reprocessing of civilian fuel has long been employed at the COGEMA La Hague site in France, the Sellafield site in the United Kingdom, the Mayak Chemical Combine in Russia, at sites such as the Tokai plant in Japan, the Tarapur plant in India, at the West Valley Reprocessing Plant in the United States.

In October 1976, concern of nuclear weapons proliferation led President Gerald Ford to issue a Presidential directive to indefinitely suspend the commercial reprocessing and recycling of plutonium in the U. S. On 7 April 1977, President Jimmy Carter banned the reprocessing of commercial reactor spent nuclear fuel; the key issue driving this policy was the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation by diversion of plutonium from the civilian fuel cycle, to encourage other nations to follow the USA lead. After that, only countries that had large investments in reprocessing infrastructure continued to reprocess spent nuclear fuel. President Reagan lifted the ban in 1981, but did not provide the substantial subsidy that would have been necessary to start up commercial reprocessing. In March 1999, the U. S. Department of Energy reversed its policy and signed a contract with a consortium of Duke Energy, COGEMA, Stone & Webster to design and operate a mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility. Site preparation at the Savannah River Site began in October 2005.

In 2011 the New York Times reported "...11 years after the government awarded a construction contract, the cost of the project has soared to nearly $5 billion. The vast concrete and steel structure is a half-finished hulk, the government has yet to find a single customer, despite offers of lucrative subsidies." TVA said in April 2011 that it would delay a decision until it could see how MOX fuel performed in the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi. PUREX, the current standard method, is an acronym standing for Plutonium and Uranium Recovery by EXtraction; the PUREX process is a liquid-liquid extraction method used to reprocess spent nuclear fuel, to extract uranium and plutonium, independent of each other, from the fission products. This is the most developed and used process in the industry at present; when used on fuel from commercial power reactors the plutonium extracted contains too much Pu-240 to be considered "weapons-grade" plutonium, ideal for use in a nuclear weapon. Reliable nuclear weapons can be built at all levels of technical

Montana Highway 55

Highway 55 in the U. S. State of Montana is a route running in a northerly direction from an intersection with MT 41 about 4 miles north of the small town of Silver Star; the highway extends 13 miles to an interchange with Interstate 90 at the north edge of the town of Whitehall. The route traverses agricultural land in the Jefferson River valley. Highway 55 begins at MT 41, north of Silver Star. Concurrent with Montana Highway 287, it intersects Cut Across Road. An intersection with Waterloo Road is not far off as Highway 55 proceeds northward. From the west intersects Jack Rabbit Lane, before intersecting Fish Creek Road, it intersects Airport Lane before intersecting Cape Lane. After intersecting several small roads, Highway 55 ends at I-90 at Whitehall. Before receiving its current designation, Highway 55 was designated as part of Montana Highway 287. A small segment of Highway 55 in Whitehall was a former alignment of U. S. Route 10, before U. S. 10 was deleted across Montana. Official 2007-2008 Montana Highway Travel Map.

Montana Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-12-08

Son Seung-lak

Son Seung-lak is a South Korean closer who plays for the Lotte Giants in the Korea Professional Baseball. He throws right-handed. While attending Daegu High School, Son's main position was shortstop in the team. During his last season in Daegu High School, he appeared in games as a relief pitcher for the team and his 90+ mph fastball drew the attention of Korea Professional Baseball scouts, he was drafted as a pitcher by the Hyundai Unicorns in 2001 in the 2nd round and as the 33rd pick overall. However, Son decided to enter the Unicorns after graduation from college and continued to play baseball as a pitcher at Yeungnam University in Daegu. At Yeungnam University, he developed into one of the top collegiate pitchers along with Oh Seung-Hwan and Jang Won-Sam; as a sophomore in 2002, Son was called up to the Under-22 South Korea national team for the inaugural World University Baseball Championship held in Messina, Italy. In 2003, Son was selected for the South Korean national team as an amateur player and participated in the Baseball World Cup held in Havana, Cuba.

At the World Cup, he led team in innings pitched with 18.1 and earned a save against Italy in the round-robin stage. Signed by the Hyundai Unicorns upon graduation from college in 2005, Son entered the Korea Professional Baseball to high expectations, where many expected him to be the future ace of the Unicorns, he spent his rookie year as a full-time starting pitcher but went a disappointing 5-10 with a 5.43 ERA. In 2006, Son started the season in the bullpen and appeared in games as a No.5 starter in the middle of the season. As a utility pitcher, he finished the season with a 6-5 record, 2 holds and an ERA of 4.17. However, Son was sidelined with injuries for the whole 2007 season and after the season he left the team to perform two-year military duty. During the duty, Son played for the Police Baseball Team in the Korea Baseball Futures League on the side. In September 2009, he was selected for the South Korea national baseball team again and competed in the Baseball World Cup as a starting pitcher.

In 2010, Son came back to the pro baseball league after finishing the two-year military service. In the Nexen Heroes, which bought the right of the Hyundai Unicorns in 2008, Son made a transition to the closing job and posted a record of 2-3 with 26 saves and a 2.56 ERA. He led the KBO league in saves and became the first Hero to win a title in any individual categories. Son had another strong season as a KBO top closer in 2011 when he had a career-low ERA of 1.89, saved 17 games, won 4. Son continued to dominate in 2013, when he recorded 33 and 46 saves, respectively. Despite sub-par seasons in 2014 and 2015, Son attained Free Agent status after the 2015 season, signed a 4-year, KRW 6 billion contract with the Lotte Giants. While he failed to live up to the expectations in 2016, with a 4.26 ERA and only 20 saves, he rebounded in 2017 to reestablish himself as the league's best closer. He led the Giants to the team's first playoff appearance in 5 years, finishing the season with 37 saves and a 2.18 ERA.

Son decided to retire. It caused by the conflict against Giants during salary negotiation, his final game will be played at April, 2020 against Heroes, Son’s first team. Profile and stats from KBO

Dissection puzzle

A dissection puzzle called a transformation puzzle or Richter Puzzle, is a tiling puzzle where a set of pieces can be assembled in different ways to produce two or more distinct geometric shapes. The creation of new dissection puzzles is considered to be a type of dissection puzzle. Puzzles may include various restraints, such as hinged pieces, pieces that can fold, or pieces that can twist. Creators of new dissection puzzles emphasize using a minimum number of pieces, or creating novel situations, such as ensuring that every piece connects to another with a hinge. Dissection puzzles are an early form of geometric puzzle; the earliest known descriptions of dissection puzzles are from the time of Plato in Ancient Greece, involve the challenge of turning two equal squares into one larger square using four pieces. Other ancient dissection puzzles were used as graphic depictions of the Pythagorean theorem. A famous ancient Greek dissection puzzle is the Ostomachion, a mathematical treatise attributed to Archimedes.

In the 10th century, Arabic mathematicians used geometric dissections in their commentaries on Euclid's Elements. In the 18th century, Chinese scholar Tai Chen described an elegant dissection for approximating the value of π; the puzzles saw a major increase in general popularity in the late 19th century when newspapers and magazines began running dissection puzzles. Puzzle creators Sam Loyd in the United States and Henry Dudeney in the United Kingdom were among the most published. Since dissection puzzles have been used for entertainment and maths education, creation of complex dissection puzzles is considered an exercise of geometric principles by mathematicians and math students; the dissections of regular polygons and other simple geometric shapes into another such shape was the subject of Martin Gardner's November 1961 "Mathematical Games column" in Scientific American. The haberdasher's problem shown in the figure below shows how to divide up a square and rearrange the pieces to make an equilateral triangle.

The column included a table of such best known dissections involving the square, hexagon, greek cross, so on. Some types of dissection puzzle are intended to create a large number of different geometric shapes; the tangram is a popular dissection puzzle of this type. The seven pieces can be configured into one of a few home shapes, such as the large square and rectangle that the pieces are stored in, to any number of smaller squares, parallelograms, or esoteric shapes and figures; some geometric forms are easy to create. This variability has ensured the puzzle's popularity. Other dissections are intended to move between a pair of geometric shapes, such as a triangle to a square, or a square to a five-pointed star. A dissection puzzle of this description is the haberdasher's problem, proposed in 1907 by Henry Dudeney; the puzzle is a dissection of a triangle to a square, in only four pieces. It is one of the simplest regular polygon to square dissections known, is now a classic example, it is not known whether a dissection of an equilateral triangle to a square is possible with three pieces.

The missing square puzzle, in its various forms, is an optical illusion where there appears to be an equidecomposition between two shapes of unequal area. Coffin, Stewart T.. The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-853207-5. Frederickson, Greg N.. Dissections: Plane and Fancy. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-57197-9. Frederickson, Greg N.. Hinged Dissections: Swinging and Twisting. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-81192-9. Frederickson, Greg N.. Piano-hinged Dissections: Time to Fold!. A K Peters. ISBN 1-56881-299-X. Weisstein, Eric W.. "Haberdasher's Problem". MathWorld. Wolfram Web Resources. Retrieved 2006-08-08