Russian company to invest in Kentucky aluminum mill

FRANKFORT, Ky. — An aluminum company planning to build a $1.7 billion plant in Appalachia is forming a partnership with a Russian company that until recently faced U.S. sanctions.Russian aluminum giant Rusal wants to invest $200 million in an aluminum rolling mill that Braidy Industries intends to build near Ashland, Kentucky.Rusal says it would assume a 40 per cent ownership share in the mill in return for the investment. Braidy Industries would hold the other 60 per cent share.Braidy announced plans for the mill two years ago, but the project stalled as it worked to complete financing. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, who is seeking re-election this year, touts the project as evidence of his leadership in bringing jobs to Appalachia.The U.S. Treasury Department removed Rusal from its sanctions list in January.Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press read more

Todays students living in pivotal era Ban tells UN forum

14 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a group of students at United Nations Headquarters today that they live in potentially transformational moment in world history, in which a problem facing one country not only affects other nations but is also connected to other challenges. Addressing the Global Classrooms Event, sponsored by the UN Association of the United States (UNA-USA), Mr. Ban said that in the past nations could be considered as boats with some vessels riding rough seas while others coasted on still waters. “A war in one country might not have any effect on another. Hunger in one region would have little to do with hurricanes in another part of the world,” said Mr. Ban. In today’s world, however, “we are all together in the same boat.”Conflict in one country can spark terrorism thousands of miles away, noted the Secretary-General. “Hunger and hurricanes are both affected by global warming, and as we saw recently, a cough in one village can spark fear of a flu pandemic across the planet.”He stressed that it is not enough to realize that countries have to join forces in the face of global threats. “We need to address all of these threats at once.”Poverty, hunger, climate change, energy security, economic prosperity and political security are all closely linked challenges. “That is why leaders must carefully consider the global implications of their decisions,” said Mr. Ban. “If we calibrate actions based on the big picture, then we can get good results.”Investing in “green growth” can stimulate the economy while at the same time protect the environment, and the elimination of weapon would enhance national security and free up money needed to end poverty. “We can empower women so that all of society benefits,” he said. “And we can start making these changes right now.” read more

Ban calls on parties in Côte dIvoire to resolve difficulties and hold

Originally scheduled for as far back as 2005, the elections have been continually postponed, most recently from 29 November last year to next month, and Mr. Ban urged the parties to preserve the achievements made so far, including the provisional electoral list, and to quickly establish the definitive list. Côte d’Ivoire became split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south by civil war. “The Secretary-General urges the Ivorian people to remain calm and the Ivorian political actors, authorities and the media to refrain from any action and rhetoric that could result in more violence,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman said, stressing that deadly clashes today in Gagnoa are a reminder of the volatility of the situation. “He calls on the Ivorian parties to resolve the current political stalemate through dialogue, within the framework of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement,” it added, referring to a 2007 blueprint for political reconciliation forged in the capital of neighbouring Burkina Faso. He appealed to all sides to find a rapid solution to the difficulties facing the Ivorian peace process, including the issues of the formation of the new Government and electoral commission, and said his Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire Y. J. Choi would continue to help the Ivorian parties in the search for a solution. 19 February 2010Voicing grave concern at the political situation in Côte d’Ivoire after last week’s dissolution of the Government and the independent electoral authority, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all sides to keep up momentum for the much-delayed elections in the divided West African country. read more

UN refugee agency concerned at crackdown on illegal immigrants in Malaysia

But the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received “assurances from the highest levels of the Malaysian Government that people of concern to us will not be affected,” spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva, noting that there are some 47,000 people of concern, including ethnic groups from Myanmar, people fleeing from Indonesia’s Aceh province, and other nationalities. In readiness for the crackdown, UNHCR has put in place a number of informal arrangements both with the police and RELA, a half-million-strong civil volunteer force, to prevent “people of concern to us” being affected, he added. The agency has set up a 24-hour operations room with three hotline numbers to ensure that the authorities can check whether an individual is registered with UNHCR or is of concern to the office. If so, they should then be released. UNHCR will also be increasing monitoring activities at immigration depots, and intensifying registration efforts. In mid-December 2004, it started sending mobile registration teams to the jungle camps to provide documentation to hundreds of refugees and people of concern who often live alongside illegal migrants, increasing their risk of being picked up. “We hope that these combined measures will go a long way to protecting refugees and people of concern to UNHCR during the crackdown,” Mr. Redmond said. “We have been encouraged recently by a constructive and strengthened relationship between UNHCR and the Government. Last week, for instance, in a much welcome act, the police force in Sepang district released into UNHCR custody 14 Acehnese registered with us who had been arrested. UNHCR is greatly encouraged that documentation was respected by law enforcers.” read more

Penn State hit with 60M fine vacates all wins since 1998

After a university-wide cover up of a child sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the NCAA struck Penn State with a $60 million sanction and must vacate all wins since 1998. Penn State will lose 40 scholarships over the next four years in addition to a bowl ban and Big Ten championship ban over that same duration. That will reduce the football team to 65 scholarships by the 2014 season. The NCAA has permitted all current Nittany Lions players, if they wish, to transfer immediately. At a Monday morning press conference at the NCAA’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., the NCAA delivered perhaps the harshest penalty in the history of college sports. The NCAA and its president, Mark Emmert, said Penn State’s behavior was “egregious” and that it contradicted not only basic bylaws but “our value system” and “basic human dignity.” It was a “conspiracy of silence,” he said, that needed to be corrected. Emmert called Penn State’s day of reckoning a “gut check” and said its swift and severe punishment was in part to send a message of what may happen when athletics begin to overwhelm “the core values of an institution.”. “That’s the balance that every university needs to strike,” Emmert said. Over the next 10 weeks, the NCAA will help Penn State implement a “culture change” and will develop an athletics integrity agreement which will provide “a roadmap for changing the culture inside athletics” and putting in place “more formal control structures.” Next, at the university’s expense, Penn State must appoint an external third-party monitor who will report quarterly for the next five years to the NCAA, the university’s board of trustees and the Big Ten conference. For his part, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said that it was a “sad day.” “It is a sad day and our thoughts continue to be with the victim,” Smith said in a statement obtained by The Lantern. “Mark Emmert and Ed Ray spoke eloquently today about the NCAA’s decision.” The NCAA’s ruling is just the latest episode in what has been an ongoing saga in State College, Pa. On July 12, a university-funded investigative report by former FBI director, Louis Freeh, found that former Penn State president, Graham Spanier, former vice-president Gary Schultz, athletic director Tim Curley and former, late football coach, Joe Paterno, all aided in concealing allegations of child sexual abuse since 1998. Emmert applauded Penn State’s Freeh report as an “unprecedented degree of openness.” Sunday morning, Penn State officials made the call to take down the statue of Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium. Of the 112 Penn State victories, 111 of them were Paterno’s, dethroning him as college football’s all-time wins leader. read more

Government to roll out deposit guarantee scheme Hayden

first_imgTHE LABOUR SENATOR who is the chair of housing charity Threshold says that a much-needed scheme to protect renters will be rolled out by the Government will be rolled out in the coming months.Aideen Hayden told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that many landlords are withholding deposits and are either unwilling or unable to carry out repairs.“There is a certain cohort of landlords who cannot afford to carry out repairs, but there are an awful lot of landlords whose properties were bought and paid for many years ago and who are profiteering out of the situation.”Hayden said that local authorities should be doing more. She said that 40 per cent of authorities were not carrying out inspections on private rental accommodation.She said that there was evidence that local authorities were to blame for sub-standard accommodation.Hayden went on to say that the issue of landlords holding on to deposits is still the biggest issue, but that a certification process was needed.“The Government has committed to rolling out a deposit guarantee scheme in the coming months and that is most important.“Given that the Government have taken that on board, I’m sure the issue of certification will receive a fair hearing.”Read: Desperate renters accepting sub-standard accommodation as prices riseRead: Rents up again as inflation spreads outside Dublinlast_img read more

Irish beaches slightly less clean in 2012 than previous year

first_imgIRELAND’S BEACHES ARE among the cleanest in Europe, a report shows, but there was a slight decrease in cleanliness of them last year.A new European Environment Agency report showed that 136 bathing waters were monitored in Ireland in 2012.Four of the country’s swimming areas had already been given a poor grade by the EPA after failing to meet basic EU standards: Fountainstown (Cork), Rush (Dublin), Ballyheigue (Kerry) and Clifden (Galway).Water qualityIn Ireland, 96.9 per cent of the coastal bathing waters met the EU mandatory water quality in 2012, which is a decrease of 1.5 per cent compared to the previous year.The rate of compliance with the guide values decreased from 84.1 per cent to 66.1 per cent. Four places were non-compliant with the mandatory value for E.coli compared to one in 2011, which is an increase of 2.3 per cent. No locations were classified as closed during the bathing season in 2012, and there was one closed the previous year.All inland areas monitored met the mandatory water quality in 2012 as in 2011, and the rate of compliance with the guide values increased from 66.7 per cent to 77.8 per cent.The report also found that weather impacts in 2012 resulted in a number of instances of elevated bacterial populations in some bathing areas.According to the EPA:Weather had a major impact in the reduction of numbers of beaches achieving the guide values with many bathing areas, particularly in the south and southwest, experiencing repeated low levels of pollution related to run-off from urban areas and agricultural lands where livestock were grazing or where animal manures had been spread. Some beaches were also impacted by wastewater storm overflows. Many areas experienced 2-3 times their expected summer rainfall and June was particularly wet with severe storms causing localised flooding at times.A number of beaches in Cork had restrictions put in place last August after e.coli exceeded safety levels, including Redbarn, the Front Strand and Claycastle in Youghal; Garreststown near Kinsale; Garryvoe near Castlemartyr; Coolmaine near Kilbrittain; and Oysterhaven.An e.coli advisory was also put in place in July 2012 at three beaches in Co Clare.Overall in Europe, the quality of 94 per cent of all bathing waters met at least the minimum mandatory level, and bathing water quality improved at 1.8 per cent of sites in 2012 compared to 2011.Read: Balbriggan beach reopens and is deemed safe for swimming>Read: Life’s a beach: Blue Flag status awarded to eight more than in 2010>last_img read more

West End theatre employees accept threeyear pay deal

first_imgEmployees who work in London’s West End theatres and are members of the Bectu trade union have voted to accept a three-year pay deal.The pay deal, offered by employers’ body The Society of London Theatre (Solt), will be backdated to 2 October 2017 and include a 3.5% pay increase for 2017-2018, a further 3.5% pay rise for 2018-2019, and a final 2.5% pay increase for 2019-2020 which will be subject to the Consumer Prices Index inflation rate announced in September 2019, with a protected underpin if inflation goes over 3%.Bectu members voted 88% in favour of the pay deal, in a ballot which closed on 16 November 2017.The new pay offer will cover all the 45 West End theatres represented by Solt, and will apply to employees working across all departments.Bectu is also currently negotiating on redrafting holiday provisions, creating an improved conciliation board process, and reviewing the stage doorkeeper role in line with stage and electrics positions. The trade union expects to resolve these issues by 6 December 2017.Helen Ryan, assistant national secretary at Bectu, said: “Talks on the other elements of the pay claim are progressing well and we are hopeful that an agreement will be reached on a number of these issues.”A spokesperson at Solt added: “We are pleased that Bectu members have accepted this deal following the conclusion of constructive negotiations. This three-year deal provides clarity and certainty for our members and staff across the West End.”last_img read more

Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani has 186 Billion Richest Man on Earth Bill

first_imgMukesh Ambani, the chairman of India’s Reliance Industries has emerged as the richest Indian with a net worth of $18.6 billion, according to the latest annual list of the world’s richest people by Forbes magazine.Ambani is followed by ArcelorMittal’s Lakhmi Mittal with a net worth of $16.7 billion. In global rankings, however, Ambani stands at 40th position, while Mittal ranks 52.The latest list includes a record of 1,645 billionaires with a total net worth of $6.4 trillion up from 1,426, according to a report by Reuters.Bill Gates has returned to the top on the list of the world’s richest people, with a net worth of $76 billion. The Microsoft Corporation co-founder reclaimed the top spot after four-years break, toppling Mexico’s telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu, who has emerged as the second richest man on Earth this time, with $72 billion.Amancio Ortega, the Spanish founder of clothing conglomerate Inditex SA, which also includes the Zara fashion chain, came to the third place with $64 billion.On the fourth place is Warren Buffett, who runs Berkshire Hathaway Inc, and has close partnership with Gates. He had the net worth of $58.2 billion.Oracle Corp’s chief Larry Ellison managed to grab the fifth spot at $48 billion.From among the list of the billionaires, just over 10 percent were female, with 172 women compared with 138 a year earlier.The richest Woman on Earth is Walmart Stores Inc heiress Chrity Walton, and is in the ninth place, overall with $36.7 billion.Next among the woman billionaires’ is France’s Liliane Bettencourt, who earned much from her cosmetics company, L’Oreal SA. She has $34.5 billion and finds position 11 on the list.Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are in 17th and 19th position with $32.3 billion and $31.8 billion respectively, while Amazon’s Jeff Bezos stood between them at $32 billion.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 29, managed to stand at 21st position with $28.5 billion.last_img read more

ECB president Mario Draghi extends QE programme until March 2017

first_img The European Central Bank has decided against an increase in the pace of the asset purchase programme, Mario Draghi announced at a press conference on 3 December.Although the ECB will keep its asset purchasing programme at €60bn (£43bn, $65bn) a month, it has extended it by six months. The quantitative easing package will now run until at least March 2017. Let me make this clear. We are doing more, because it works, not because it fails, the ECB president told reporters.As expected, the deposit interest rate was decreased by the policy makers from -0.2% to -0.3%, while the main refinancing rate will remain unchanged at 0.05%. The monetary decisions are aimed at boosting the Eurozone economy and lifting the inflation rate.Mario Draghi has bought the Eurozone precious time by extending the ECBs €60 billion-a-month bond-buying programme until March 2017, Institute of Directors chief economist James Sproule commented. This is a stimulus package which the block clearly needs. On its own, however, money from the central bank will do little to address the Eurozones underlying rigidity which has led to its chronic growth problems.No expansion to QE. So much for the ECB going over and above expectations. Had a feeling he had set the bar too high. EURUSD rallying again— Joshua Mahony (@JMahony_IG) December 3, 2015Oh dear! If QE not working now, extending wont help now.— Mike van Dulken (@Accendo_Mike) December 3, 2015ECB action – less than expected – good for UK exports 72 cents to the £ – 70 cents to £ this morning— David Buik (@truemagic68) December 3, 2015 More to follow…. Closelast_img read more

BGBBSF border conference begins today

first_imgLogos of BGB (R) and BSFA four-day long director general-level border conference between the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) will begin at a hotel in Jashore on Sunday, reports UNB.Various issues including smuggling of narcotics, firearms, arms and ammunition trafficking, killing and detention of Bangladeshi nationals in border, illegal border crossing, building border fence, BGB-BSF joint petrol and increasing mutual trust of the two forces will be prioritised in the meeting, according to a press release.The 15-member BGB delegation will be headed by its regional commander of the north-western region additional director general Abu Taher Md Ibrahim.Officials from home ministry, foreign affairs ministry and narcotics control department have also been included in the team.On the other hand, an 11-member Indian delegation, led by BSF Inspector General (IG) Yogesh Bahadur Khurania, will attend the conference.Officials from BSF North Bengal, Guwahati, India’s foreign ministry and narcotics control department will also attend the conference.last_img read more

Mars may act as a giant planetary pump

first_img Particles trajectories (a) in experiments above an illuminated dust bed are consistent with those (b) in gas flow simulations. In both cases, gas quickly flows upward in the center illuminated (red) area, and falls downward more slowly on the sides. Credit: de Beule, et al. ©2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved. The scientists think that thermal creep could play a significant role in transporting gas and dust on Mars. In such a scenario, the Sun would heat the top layers of the soil everywhere except in the shadows, where the soil would be cooler. In these shadowed places, gas molecules would be soaked up into pores in the soil. Then the gas molecules would flow through the pores underground and be pumped up and erupt out of a heated part of the surface. To test the possibility of thermal creep occurring at conditions similar to those on Mars, the researchers carried out experiments that involved dropping a basaltic dust sample from the drop tower in Bremen, Germany. The dust is enclosed in a vacuum chamber with 4 mbar air pressure, and its being dropped from the tower greatly reduces the force of gravity in order to simulate the conditions on Mars. While the dust sample is falling, the lid is opened, and the dust is illuminated and heated with a red laser. The laser causes a temperature gradient that pumps the dust particles upward at a velocity of about 10 cm/sec, and then the dust particles move downward at about 1 cm/sec. The trajectories that the scientists observed in these experiments are similar to the scientists’ simulated trajectories of gas flow. However, as the scientists calculated, the average particle velocity on Mars would be lower, about 1.6 cm/sec. The lower velocity is due in part to a smaller temperature gradient than in the experiments.Since buried ice exists under the surface of Mars, one of the most intriguing implications of this study is that the thermal creep effect may explain how underground water vapor can be transported up to Mars’ surface. Since gas flow due to thermal creep has a higher velocity than other mechanisms previously considered, such as diffusion, thermal creep could be a dominant transport mechanism for water vapor across large parts of the martian soil. No analogue of this type of planet-wide pump exists on Earth. In fact, the scientists think that Mars is the only body in the Solar System on which such large-scale, continuous pumping can naturally occur. If it does indeed occur as theorized, the pumping might serve as a dominant mechanism for transporting water vapor across Mars’ surface.The scientists, Caroline de Beule, et al., at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Duisburg, Germany, have published their paper on the surface of Mars as a planetary gas pump in a recent issue of Nature Physics.”The idea of the martian soil acting as a planetary gas pump surprised us indeed,” de Beule told Phys.org. “We found this effect by accident when we studied light-induced dust eruptions under microgravity. As we saw eroded particles moving down to the surface again without thermal convection, we concluded that there must be a gas flow into and—even more important—through the soil.”So the greatest significance of our work is the detection of a gas flow which is not only above the martian soil, but through it. Until now, only diffusion has been considered as a transport mechanism of, for example, water vapor through the soil and therefore as an interaction between the regolith and the atmosphere. We showed now that there is a directed transport mechanism that is even more efficient, which leads to a gas flow and can for example drag water vapor along with it.”All of this is possible due to Mars’ low surface pressure. Although Mars and the Earth have a lot in common, one characteristic of Mars that is different is its very low surface pressure of an average of 6 mbar, which is less than 1% of the surface pressure on Earth. The atmosphere on Mars consists mostly of carbon dioxide, and this surface pressure means that the carbon dioxide molecules have a mean free path (that is, the average distance between successive collisions with each other) of 10 μm. (Phys.org) —The surface of Mars is full of activity, with dust storms, dust devils, and drifting dunes in constant motion. Scientists suspect that similarly rich activity may exist underneath the surface, even though it has never been seen. Now in a new study, scientists have found that Mars’ low-pressure atmosphere and porous soil provide the perfect conditions for the planet’s entire surface to act as a giant gas pump, quickly cycling gas and dust particles a few centimeters above and below the soil. Citation: Mars may act as a giant planetary pump (2013, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-mars-giant-planetary.html Importantly, the sizes of both the dust particles and the pores in the martian soil are also on the order of 10 μm. Under these conditions—when the mean free path is comparable to particle size and pore size—an effect called thermal creep can occur. When one side of the pore is warmer than the other side, the pore acts as an efficient pump and transports gas from its cold side to its warm side. Schematic diagram of the drop tower experiment. Basaltic dust is illuminated with a red laser as the entire device falls from the drop tower in Bremen, Germany. Credit: de Beule, et al. ©2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved. Explore further “Beside implications for the cycle of dust and the cycle of carbon dioxide, the greatest application of our work is a big step in understanding the global cycle of water on Mars—which is of course linked to the other two cycles,” de Beule said. “For example, the rate of water vapor transport through the dust surface on Mars determines the timescale of the existence of ice in the subsurface.”Due to the fact that Mars might have been habitable a few billion years ago, the current annual cycle of water vapor reflects the present and past behavior of water and is therefore a key interest concerning possible environments for past life on Mars.”The researchers added that there are many other interesting aspects of these results, which they plan to further investigate in the future.”Our future plans are to study the gas flow through porous material, analyzing compositional effects on the efficiency, like the porosity of the dust or the grain sizes,” de Beule said. “Finding the right conditions for Mars, the gas flow perhaps might reach even a meter below the surface. In addition, the flow of gas through porous material in a low-pressure environment might not only be considered for Mars, but for example on other bodies in protoplanetary disks, where a porous body is exposed to the light of the sun, and a gas flow through the illuminated surface parts can influence the rotation and trajectory. As can be seen, the list of potential applications is very long, and we are excited to investigate the details of this effect.” 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. More information: Caroline de Beule, et al. “The martian soil as a planetary gas pump.” Nature Physics. DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS2821 Journal information: Nature Physics © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. The natural soil pump on Mars: Underground gas flows from the cool deeper layers to the warm Sun-heated surface due to thermal creep. At shadowed places on the surface, gas is soaked up into the soil, travels underground, and is pumped up again to the heated surface. Credit: de Beule, et al. ©2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved. Mars: What lies beneathlast_img read more

Starfish use their eyes to stay close to home researchers find

first_img(Phys.org) —A starfish has an eye at the end of each arm. While scientists have known about the existence of these eyes for about two hundred years, until now, they haven’t been able to find out what starfish can see or what starfish use their eyes for. By performing morphological studies as well as behavioral experiments, Anders Garm and Dan-Eric Nilsson have discovered that starfish can see very low resolution images, and they use their eyes to avoid straying too far from their habitats. Their research appears in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 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. More information: Visual navigation in starfish: first evidence for the use of vision and eyes in starfish, Published 8 January 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3011AbstractMost known starfish species possess a compound eye at the tip of each arm, which, except for the lack of true optics, resembles an arthropod compound eye. Although these compound eyes have been known for about two centuries, no visually guided behaviour has ever been directly associated with their presence. There are indications that they are involved in negative phototaxis but this may also be governed by extraocular photoreceptors. Here, we show that the eyes of the coral-reef-associated starfish Linckia laevigata are slow and colour blind. The eyes are capable of true image formation although with low spatial resolution. Further, our behavioural experiments reveal that only specimens with intact eyes can navigate back to their reef habitat when displaced, demonstrating that this is a visually guided behaviour. This is, to our knowledge, the first report of a function of starfish compound eyes. We also show that the spectral sensitivity optimizes the contrast between the reef and the open ocean. Our results provide an example of an eye supporting only low-resolution vision, which is believed to be an essential stage in eye evolution, preceding the high-resolution vision required for detecting prey, predators and conspecifics. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society Bcenter_img Visual system of the starfish L. laevigata. (a) Linckia laevigata in its natural coral reef habitat at Akajima, Japan, where it feeds on detritus and algae. (b) As in other starfish species, the compound eye of L. laevigata is situated on the tip of each arm (arrowhead). It sits in the ambulaceral groove which continues to the top of the arm tip. (c) Lateral view of the compound eye, also called the optical cushion, which is sitting on the base of a modified tube foot. The eye has approximately 150 separate ommatidia with bright red screening pigment. (d) Frontal view of the compound eye showing its bilateral symmetry. (e) The tip of the arm seen from below. The view of the compound eye is obscured by a double row of modified black tube feet (arrow). (f) The arm tip seen straight from above. Note that the eye is again obscured from view by a modified black tube foot (arrow). (g) The compound eye (arrowhead) seen from 45° above horizontal in a freely behaving animal. When the animal is active, the modified black tube feet spread out to allow vision. (h) If the animal is disturbed, it closes the ambulaceral groove (broken line) at the arm tip and withdraws the modified tube feet. The compound eye is then completely covered, leaving the animal blind. Credit: doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3011 While previous research has already shown that starfish can distinguish between light and dark, scientists haven’t been sure if starfish can see images. Starfish don’t have brains. While they have compound eyes, like arthropods do, starfish eyes, unlike arthropod eyes, don’t have lenses. Previously, no one had ever seen a starfish use its eyes to navigate.Garm and Nilsson examined the eyes of the blue sea star (Linckia laevigata), a starfish that lives around coral reefs in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans. The researchers found that these starfish cannot distinguish colors, and because their eyes lack lenses, they can see only very crude, low resolution images. Blue sea stars also have very slow responses to light. The sea stars could not use their eyes to evade predators, find food or search for mates.Although starfish cannot detect small visual details, the placement of an eye on each arm gives them a large visual field. They can see large unmoving or slowly moving structures, such as the coral reefs that are their homes. Garm and Nilsson hypothesized that sea stars use their eyes to avoid straying too far from their coral reefs and becoming stranded on patches of sand, where they would be unable to find food and have no protection from predation. The researchers noted that while starfish cannot see colors, the ocean would appear light to them, while coral reefs would appear dark.To test their hypothesis, Garm and Nilsson placed starfish either one, two or four meters away from a coral reef. When they were one meter away, the starfish walked directly toward the reef. At four meters, they walked in random directions. Two meters, the distance at which the starfish would no longer be able to resolve the image of the reef, appeared to be the limit for successful navigation. The results were the same whether the reef was east-west facing or north-south facing. Blinded seas stars were lost even when they were only one meter away, and sighted ones couldn’t find their way back when they were one meter away on a moonless night. These results indicated that the sea stars were using their eyes to guide them.The researchers think the development of the ability to recognize habitats could have been one of the earliest stages in the evolution of vision. Citation: Starfish use their eyes to stay close to home, researchers find (2014, January 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-starfish-eyes-home.html Seeing starfish: The missing link in eye evolution?last_img read more

Staircases escalators at Bengal Chemical Salt Lake stadium stations enough to handle

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL) that is executing the East-West Metro project will soon write to the state Fire and Emergency Services department informing them that the staircases and escalators at Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake stadium Metro stations are sufficient for quick evacuation of passengers in case of an emergency. The state Fire department had recommended additional exits for quick passenger evacuation. “We have followed the guidelines of US-based National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on ‘Fixed Gateway and Passenger Rail Systems’ which has become the standard regulation for international projects, particularly those connected with urban mobility. The calculated volume of passengers which will be using this station can be evacuated by the time frame set by NFPA,” a senior official of the KMRCL said. According to the NFPA, people need to be evacuated in four minutes time during an emergency. There are six stations in the route from Sector V to Salt Lake stadium which the KMRCL is hopeful of making operational by July. This route includes Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake stadium. The state Fire department has already given clearance to four of these stations after fire audit but is yet to do so in case of Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake stadium. There are two staircases and one escalator in these two stations. “We have already given the Metro authorities land on behalf of the state Urban Development department for an additional staircase. This will be able to clear out passengers at a faster pace during any emergency. The state government gives utmost priority to people’s safety and security,” state Fire and Emergency Services minister Sujit Bose said. The state Fire department had reasoned that there would be huge rush incase of a soccer match at the Salt Lake stadium. The additional exit at Bengal Chemical has been recommended keeping in mind the Duttabad slum which caught fire on more than one occasions earlier and is located close to the station.last_img read more

Fix for the System Service Exception of KB4490481

first_imgFix for the System Service Exception of KB4490481 by Martin Brinkmann on April 08, 2019 in Windows – 11 commentsMicrosoft released the second cumulative update KB4490481 for Windows 10 version 1809 on April 3, 2019 to address a large number of issues and make some changes to the system.I ran into a brick wall each time I tried to install the update on a Windows 10 Pro machine. Windows Update would install the update just fine but would throw a blue screen error System Service Exception on the first boot of the system after update installation.I had to use System Restore to restore the system state, other troubleshooting options, e.g. startup repair, did not work at that time.Microsoft has not acknowledged the issue officially, it is not listed as a known issue on the support page of KB4490481.Fixing System Service ExceptionA user on the My Digital Life forum published a solution for the issue yesterday. The user suggested to remove certain entries in the Windows Registry to fix the issue and get KB4490481 to install on machines that threw bluescreens before.Note: The process requires editing the Registry. More precisely, removing entries from the Registry. I suggest you back up the Registry, or at least the keys that you are about to delete, before you proceed. Creation of a System Restore point is also an option.The processTap on the Windows-key, type regedit.exe, and load the Registry Editor.Confirm the UAC prompt that Windows displays.Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontLink\SystemLinkLocate the following entries there and delete them with a right-click and selecting “delete” from the context menu:MS PGothic MCSegoe Media CenterSegoe Media Center LightSegoe Media Center SemiboldInstall the KB4490481 update again afterward. The update should go through this time without Windows 10 throwing a blue screen on the first full start of the system after update installation.Closing WordsIt is unclear why these entries would be the cause for a blue screen error after update installation. The four fonts appear to be linked to Media Center which Microsoft removed from Windows 10 (see our list of Media Center alternatives).It feels strange that something as mundane as font entries in the Registry would cause the entire system to throw a bluescreen error.Anyway, if you ran into the same System Service Exception error while installing KB4490481 you may want to try removing the entries in the Registry to see if it fixed the issue on your end.SummaryArticle NameFix for the System Service Exception of KB4490481DescriptionA fix for the System Service Exception error that the installation of the update KB4490481 caused on some Windows 10 machines.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img July 18, 2011 — Cardinal Health opened The Center for the Advancement of Molecular Imaging on Monday in Phoenix. The center is a new, first-of-its-kind collaboration laboratory that will expedite the development of nuclear imaging agents that treat complex diseases like cancer, heart disease and neurological disorders. Cardinal Health’s industry-leading scientists, engineers and manufacturing experts will leverage state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure at the newly renovated and expanded 25,000-square-foot campus to help pharmaceutical companies and academic research institutions accelerate the development, testing and commercialization of new radiopharmaceuticals and positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agents. They will also leverage the center to improve the manufacturing and dispensing process for imaging agents. The center brings more than 20 new, high-tech jobs to Phoenix, including roles for radiochemists, engineers, scientists, product development managers, project managers and quality and regulatory personnel.  The campus will house large-scale facilities to produce positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agents. When injected into the body, these specialized radiopharmaceuticals, called biomarkers, detect and trace abnormal cellular functions that are associated with a variety of diseases. Visible using sophisticated imaging scanners, these biomarkers make it easier for physicians to non-invasively diagnose critical, life-threatening diseases in their earliest stages. They can also improve physicians’ ability to track the effectiveness of patient treatment plans.“The launch of the Center for the Advancement of Molecular Imaging is a strategic investment in the future of the molecular imaging and pharmaceutical industries,” said John Rademacher, president of Cardinal Health’s nuclear and pharmacy services. “By helping pharmaceutical companies and academic research institutions accelerate innovation and reduce the time it takes to get new imaging agents to market, we can more accurately diagnose diseases earlier in their onset. Ultimately, our goal is also to drive better patient outcomes by helping physicians track how well patients are responding to treatments.”The center will also house stand-alone laboratory space to allow the company’s partners to conduct confidential radiopharmaceutical and PET biomarker experiments. It will also provide access to the quality and regulatory expertise that is critical to earning U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of new imaging agents, and will house a global training facility for Cardinal Health’s nuclear pharmacy services business.At the center, Cardinal Health will leverage its considerable expertise in lean six sigma methodology – capabilities that simplify processes and eliminate process waste – to improve the quality, reliability and scalability of PET manufacturing.  Rademacher says these steps are critical to helping the industry develop large-scale commercial production capabilities that can more easily ramp up to meet growing market demand for new radiopharmaceuticals.Once new PET drugs are FDA-approved, pharmaceutical companies and research institutions will also have access to Cardinal Health’s industry-leading network of manufacturing facilities and its nationwide network of more than 155 nuclear pharmacies. More than 100 of these nuclear pharmacies are “PET-enabled” to prepare and dispense high-energy PET imaging agents in unit dose form to more than 90 percent of the U.S. patient population. Key features of The Center for the Advancement of Molecular Imaging include:Collaboration laboratory: The center will house “collaborative laboratories” where Cardinal Health will bring industry innovators together with its experts in the fields of scientific research, technology, quality and regulatory affairs and manufacturing. These cross-functional teams will increase the speed of innovation by finding new ways to decrease the time it takes to secure FDA approval of new imaging agents and by sharing best practices for commercialization.State-of-the-art PET manufacturing facility: The center will house the latest technology in PET manufacturing, including dual cyclotrons, which can be used to produce large quantities of radioisotopes. It will also contain production facilities that allow for the simultaneous radiosynthesis of multiple imaging agents, for both commercial and research purposes. Fully functional, confidential, private guest laboratories: The center will have dedicated, fully equipped laboratories where guest researchers can conduct experiments that will produce, test and develop radioactive products, with the goal of supporting more rapid deployment into large-scale, multi-site clinical trials. Global PET Production Control Center: The center will also make it easier for pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions to monitor the production of their drugs at any of Cardinal Health’s PET manufacturing sites during multi-site clinical trials. The center’s PET production control center will provide video access to each of Cardinal Health’s PET manufacturing sites, effectively serving as a “mission control,” where partners can trouble shoot, offer technical assistance and more efficiently deploy resources against manufacturing challenges.For more information: www.cardinalhealth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Related Content Image courtesy of Amen Clinics News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 10, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor Shine Medical Technologies Breaks Ground on U.S. Medical Isotope Production Facility Shine Medical Technologies Inc. broke ground on their first medical isotope production facility in Janesville, Wis. 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Travel demand for monsoon to surge by 20 family travellers drive the

first_imgContrary to a general perception that trekkers and adventure seekers mainly drive monsoon travel, this year family travellers are taking a lead being over 70% of the travel inquiries generated from family segment. “Going by the number of inquiries, we expect the overall travel demand for the season to surge by 20% as compared to last year,” said Karan Anand, Head – Relationships, Cox & Kings.Family travellers are mainly looking for relaxed beach vacations, staycations at nearby resorts, explore hillside for lush greenery and waterfalls and relish delicious hot cuisines.Travellers from Mumbai and Pune are opting for short trips within Maharashtra and neighbouring states such as Goa and Gujarat.  Staycations in Lonavala, Silvassa, Lavasa, Saputara, Mahabaleshwar, Daman and Nasik are picking up. Sultry beaches and appetising seafood in Goa and Konkan are back on the radar of west India travellers with the onset of monsoon.Monsoon travellers from Delhi and Chandigarh are mainly finding solace in hill stations such as Mussoorie and Nainital. Some of them are taking road trips to Rajasthan to explore places like Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Udaipur. However, adventure trails from Delhi to Ladakh are the key highlights of the season.Travellers from east India are preferring mainly staycations in Darjeeling in premium properties like Mayfair and Ramada. Some are even heading to Assam and Meghalaya to experience the extreme rains, nature and eco-friendly atmosphere.Down south, Munnar, Wayanad, Thekkady, Coorg and Kabini are the most popular places to enjoy monsoon. Health tourism in Kerala is expected to reach its peak with rise in demand for ayurvedic treatments during monsoon.last_img read more

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