Reilly €666 million adjustment toughest challenge Ive had to face yet

first_imgHEALTH MINISTER JAMES Reily is admitting the task of targeting €666 million in cuts and savings in his department next year is a “huge challenge”.The Minister’s been charged with overseeing a programme that will include €268 million in pay related savings and €113 million from a ‘probity drive’ aimed at medical card holders.Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk this morning, the Minister said the task would be the “toughest challenge I’ve had to face yet as minister”.ProbityAs part of the process, those in receipt of medical cards will face scrutiny of their cases to see of they are entitled to retain them.The minister said the process was being undertaken as it appeared different qualifying criteria were being applied in different part of the country.Asked by the host whether qualifying standards would be brought down as a result, Reilly insisted that would not be the case, and said he initiative was aimed at reaching an “equitable situation” whereby all cards were  assessed “on the basis of financial hardship and medical condition”.“Let me be clear about probity — if people are not legally entitled to have a medical card, then they should not have one.”And while he confirmed the target of €113 million, Reilly said he “couldn’t be forensic about the figure”.PayrollRegarding the payroll savings to be achieved, the Minister said they would be accomplished in a number of ways, and that it was sometimes the case that “where there’s extra hours to be worked, sometimes people will be willing to take a pay cut instead of working those extra hours”.He also talked up the establishment of a ‘nursing bank’: “We now have permission to create a nurse bank. That means we can have a group of nurses on our books that we can call on that we can use outside of agency nurses.”GP careThe Minister defended the big ticket ‘good news’ item in yesterday’s Budget, the much-flagged measure to provide free GP care to children aged five and under.The universality of the move (the fact that it’s free to the wealthy as well as the less well-off) has been criticised by some, but Reilly insisted that the programme had benefits for all of society, and not just parents of young children.“When it comes to children, think of something else that has universal benefits — the vaccination programme, for instance, that has benefits for the population as a whole.“You have to think not just of the few thousand who come form wealthy families but the hundreds of thousands who come from hard-pressed families.”He again said the measure was part of a wider “road-trip to universal health insurance”.PrescriptionsTouching on the hike in the prescription charge to €2.50, the Minister said the measure was helping target the problem of older people consistently getting repeat prescriptions even when they’re not needed.He said that since the fee was initially brought in, the practice of people amassing a large supply of drugs had lessened: “A lot of that has changed, people are saying ‘I don’t need that, I have two of them at home already’.”Finishing up the interview, Kenny asked Dr Reilly whether he would be insisted he stayed in the Department after the Cabinet reshuffle, which is expected sometime after next summer’s European and local elections:“Absolutely. This is the only reason I came into Irish politics. I came in because I saw my patients suffering on a daily basis.”Read: As it happened: Noonan and Howlin answer questions on Budget 2014 Column: Damien Kiberd: Budget 2014 arithmetic not just iffy – it’s scarylast_img read more

Un œil bionique restaure une partie de la vision à des aveugles

first_imgUn œil bionique restaure une partie de la vision à des aveugles Un groupe de scientifiques allemands a mis au point un œil bionique capable de redonner la vision à des personnes aveugles. Le dispositif vient directement concurrencer le modèle américain qui vient tout juste de voir sa commercialisation autorisée. Les premiers essais sont très encourageants.Grâce aux multiples prothèses développées actuellement, il est possible de remplacer plutôt efficacement des membres manquants, des mains, des bras, chez des personnes amputées. Mais aujourd’hui, les prouesses de la médecine vont encore plus loin en offrant la possibilité à des aveugles de recouvrer la vue, ceci grâce à des modèles d’oeil bionique. Après l’autorisation de mise sur le marché d’un modèle américain de 73.000 euros baptisé Argus 2, c’est ainsi une équipe allemande qui vient d’annoncer une bonne nouvelle : leur système d’implant électronique a fait l’objet d’essais qui ont montré des résultats encourageants. Ceux-ci viennent tout juste d’ailleurs d’être publiés dans la revue spécialisée britannique Proceedings of the Royal Society B. L’appareil placé au niveau de la rétine a été testé par la société Retina Implant AG et des chercheurs de l’Hôpital universitaire de l’œil à Tubingen.Voir des lettres, reconnaitre des visages et distinguer des objets Baptisé Alpha-IMS, l’implant inséré au niveau de la rétine se compose d’une petite puce de 3 mm de large sensible à la lumière et capable d’envoyer les signaux correspondants à l’image formée au fond de l’œil directement au nerf optique. Le tout est alimenté par un câble fin connecté à un petit appareillage placé sous un pli de peau derrière l’oreille utilisant une technologie sans fil externe. Ainsi, sur neuf personnes aveugles atteintes de rétinites pigmentaires (une maladie génétique qui affecte 1,5 million de personnes dans le monde), trois ont pu lire des lettres spontanément. Les essais réalisés en laboratoire et en dehors ont même permis aux patients de reconnaître des visages, de distinguer des objets ou encore de lire des panneaux sur les portes, affirme Retina Implant dans un communiqué. “Un homme a été capable de regarder sa fiancée dans les yeux – c’était peut-être une image fantomatique mais il était très, très heureux. C’était un moment particulier pour lui”, a expliqué à LiveScience le neuro-ophtalmologiste Eberhart Zrenner qui a participé à l’essai. Plus concrètement, l’implant permettrait à la personne aveugle de distinguer une image en noir-et-blanc avec une définition de 1.500 pixels, alors que bon nombre d’implants visuels ne fournissent pas mieux que des images de 100 pixels.Néanmoins, chez un des patients l’expérience a dû être abandonnée car le nerf optique a été touché par une extrémité de l’implant lors de l’opération et chez un autre des saignements dans la zone d’implantation ont entraîné un glaucome qui a dû être soigné avec des médicaments. Dans ce second cas, l’expérience a tout de même pu se poursuivre et donner de bons résultats, montrant plusieurs avantages à ce nouvel implant. “Le fait que la puce soit dans l’oeil signifie que la vision bouge avec l’oeil. Et d’un point de vue esthétique, vous ne pouvez pas voir l’implant de l’extérieur”, a précisé Zrenner.  D’autres essais cliniques déjà en cours À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”L’essai montre globalement que l’implant peut restaurer une vision utile pour la vie de tous les jours chez au moins les deux tiers des patients aveugles testés”, explique ainsi l’article. Dans le détail, huit sujets ont été capable de percevoir la lumière, sept ont pu dire d’où elle provenait et cinq ont pu détecter le mouvement. “Les résultats de notre premier essai clinique humain ont excédé nos attentes, et nous sommes encore plus encouragés par les résultats venant du second essai clinique humain”, a commenté le neuro-ophtalmologiste.Déjà d’autres essais sont en effet en cours à Oxford, Hong Kong, Londres et Budapest. L’objectif serait de concurrencer Argus 2 qui a été autorisé à la vente par l’Agence américaine des médicaments (FDA) et qui bénéficie déjà d’une approbation en Europe. Ce système est quant à lui composé d’un implant rétinien et d’une paire de lunettes équipées d’une caméra miniature. “Ceci n’aide peut-être pas beaucoup mais cela fait une énorme différence pour les personnes aveugles”, a conclu Eberhart Zrenner. (crédits photo : Oxford Eye Hospital) Le 20 février 2013 à 14:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rodgers acknowledges being in the same boat with Lennon

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers says he’s in the same situation as Hibernian boss Neil Lennon over international call-ups.Both managers are expected to lose their players of Australian nationality before the end of December due to the upcoming Asian Cup.Lennon is expected to lose three players, namely Mark Milligan, Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle for the derby game against Hearts on 29 December, while Rodgers will be without Tom Rogic for the game against Rangers on the same day.“Again, building relations. I think Neil told them about Martin Boyle and all of a sudden he’s lost him for a big derby game. I don’t think it’s a sensible solution if I’m being honest.” Rodgers said, according to BBC.Asked if Australia are adamant Rogic has to report for international duty after before the 29th of this month, the Celtic manager replied:Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“Yes. As with the other players. Neil’s in a similar position in terms of he’s got three players, one of them they didn’t even know about until he told them.”Rodgers feels it is irritating because Rogic frequently misses club matches because of the Australian National team.“A lot of the time he’s traveling to the other side of the world to play and we normally forfeit a game when he does come back because of the exertions of traveling across the world, playing for his country, coming back, the tiredness, the fatigue, everything that takes out of him,” he added.“So it’s disappointing if we can’t find a solution but I’m hopeful that they can see sense with it and see that they could still get their players in good preparation time and be ready for the tournament’s start.”last_img read more

The 36th Annual Santee Summer concert series are back for the community

first_img KUSI Newsroom The 36th Annual ‘Santee Summer’ concert series are back for the community to enjoy June 24, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) –  Everything from rock to country and even the blues are what you may expect to hear at the ‘Santee Summer’ concert series this summer.The 36th annual concert series will take place every Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Town Center Community Park East.For anyone interested to attend, the concert series is free to the public!To learn more information click here. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 24, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Saturday Evening Post Puts Its Nearly 200Year Archive Online

first_img“Little Spooners” or “Sunset” by Norman Rockwell | 4/24/1926What started more than three decades ago as an effort to preserve over 300 Norman Rockwell covers, the Saturday Evening Post has finally unveiled its new digital archive, consisting of thousands of magazines that date back to its founding in 1821.“It was a culmination of decisions that started even before there were digitization possibilities,” says the CEO of the Saturday Evening Post, Joan SerVaas, who starting in the mid-80s, while in charge of licensing and intellectual property for the Rockwell art, began the process of preservation by making transparencies for the over 3,500 magazine covers in the archive. This then led to the color-copy stage in the mid-90s, and eventually gave way to the technology of the early 2000s which allowed the 197-year-old publication to go digital.“The decision was made initially to uncover,” says SerVaas. “I call it ‘mining our archives.’ We go in and we find all of these treasures that had long been forgotten.” In 2009, when the now-nonprofit magazine got it’s scanner, SerVaas and her team made the decision then to keep the digital archiving process in-house, rather than sending it to a third-party to be completed in a matter of months due to the impractical costs of doing so.“We like to keep our costs down,” she says. “So we’re out here in the Midwest and we just plug along and develop all of this overtime, slow and steady.” For 10 years, the a small staff of dedicated workers meticulously scanned every magazine in their archive, working with size constraints and human errors along the way.  SerVaas estimates that the total investment into the archival and preservation project is well into the million-dollars range, which is tied to the costs of preserving the paper, maintaining the staff, and purchasing equipment over the course of the three decades. But even with a hefty price tag, access will come free with a $15 print or digital subscription per year, which includes a membership to the Saturday Evening Post Society. Director of Post archives Jeff Nilsson in the archivesAnd as the publication of a nonprofit society, there are no plans to raise this subscription fee anytime soon, but SerVaas says that “subscription revenue continues to be our biggest source [of income].” As of June 2018, the total paid subscribers for the magazine rang in at 268,000, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. But she continues that advertising and their quarterly SIPs, which are produced in a partnership with Hearst, are other significant sources of revenue.As for the archive serving as a source of revenue, intellectual property sales tend to be the largest contributor coming from museums and writers who look to license art and articles.The next stage for the preservation project is the taxonomy portion, which SerVaas says will allow for the ease of searching through the nearly two centuries worth of content. “You have to go in and put things in a hierarchy of searchable terms,” which she says is their biggest challenge to date. “I always say, ‘It took 200 years to get this material compiled and published, and it might take us 10 years to get it completed in terms of what I would like to do.’ It’s been 10 years now and we’ve got everything on the webpage, but we still probably have at least two more years before I get to the point where I’m satisfied with the searching capabilities online.”last_img read more

Crop loans to tenant farmers demanded

first_imgTadepalligudem: AP Tenant Farmers Association has demanded that the government issue crop loans to tenant farmers without troubling them to bring documents like consent letter of landlord and pattadar passbooks. Addressing a meeting of tenant farmers here on Tuesday, the association state president N Rangarao demanded that the government issue loan eligibility cards to all tenant farmers without discrimination. As per the guidelines of Reserve Bank, the officials should issue interest-free loans up to Rs 2 lakh without any guarantor. The meeting passed resolutions by discussing issues relating to rabi crop arrears, crop insurance, crop loans etc.last_img

Watch Bihar traffic police thrashed for stopping man from driving auto on

first_imgThe police personnel was thrashed because he had stopped the auto rickshaw driver for driving on the wrong side of the road.Twitter/ANIA traffic police personnel was thrashed by goons, including an autorickshaw driver and his friends in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar on Tuesday, March 26. The police had stopped the auto rickshaw driver for driving on the wrong side of the road.In a viral video that has been doing round on the internet, a group of men were brutally thrashing police and the onlookers didn’t bother to intervene. This is an incident of a complete breakdown of law and order in the state. The driver got agitated because the official was trying to stop him. He called his friends and assaulted the official. The incident took place at Aghoria Bazar Chowk, reported news agency ANI.#WATCH Bihar: An autorickshaw driver & his friends thrash a police personnel who stopped them from driving on the wrong side at Aghoria Bazar chowk in Muzaffarpur. The police personnel is admitted in hospital. Police is on the lookout for accused. (Note: Strong language) (26.03) pic.twitter.com/yIBz4D77AI— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2019The injured police official is undergoing treatment at a hospital nearby. The incident took place in the Kazi Mohammedpur police station limits. The police have registered a case and a search operation has been launched to nab the accused. Further investigation is underway.OTHER INCIDENTSEarlier, a similar incident happened in Bihar, in which six Bihar police personnel were thrashed by alleged goons in Nawada district in the first week of March. The cops were in the vicinity to nab a few accused, who had allegedly abducted and raped two girls of Gaya district.In another similar incident, a man of African origin was brutally thrashed by a mob of locals after he engaged into an altercation with a traffic police personnel in New Delhi. The incident happened earlier this month. The video of this incident went viral on social media.last_img read more

UPDATE 60 Killed In Gaza US at UN Israel Acted With Restraint

first_imgU.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Israel had acted with “restraint” in its deadly confrontation with Palestinians at the Gaza border, while Kuwait’s ambassador urged the U.N. Security Council to offer protection to unarmed Palestinians.After ambassadors joined in a moment of silence for the more than 50 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the bloodiest day in Gaza since a 2014 war, divisions among council members quickly re-emerged.Haley said Israel was facing Hamas extremists who incited people who lobbed flaming objects toward the Israeli side of the border fence and urged protest marchers to breach it.“Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would,” she said. “No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”Haley also insisted the violence had nothing to do with the opening of a U.S. embassy in contested Jerusalem, saying that Gaza’s Hamas rulers have been inciting violence there for years. Palestinians condemned the embassy opening as taking Israel’s side in their conflict.__________One day after Israeli forces fired on protesters and killed 60 Palestinians along the Gaza border, the U.N.’s human rights commissioner says that those who were shot included women, children, journalists, first responders and bystanders.“We condemn the appalling, deadly violence in Gaza yesterday,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.While acknowledging that some Palestinian demonstrators tried to damage the barbed wire fence that separates Gaza from Israel, Colville said that in the commissioner’s view, attempts to cross or damage a fence “do not amount to a threat to life or serious injury and are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunition.”Lethal force, he said, should only be a measure of last resort.The violence exploded Monday, as Israel celebrated the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem, a city that is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians, and the status of which has long been regarded by America’s biggest allies as an issue best resolved in multilateral peace talks. The U.S. has formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — another step it had long avoided taking.At least 40,000 Palestinians gathered to protest, according to an estimate from the Israel Defense Forces, which says, “Hamas is coercing Gazans to risk their lives.” More protests are expected Tuesday.– / 20The military dropped leaflets in the area, telling people to stay away from the security fence on the eastern half of the Gaza Strip. The Defense Forces have accused Iran of giving $100 to people who will approach and attempt to harm the Gaza barrier.Israeli forces responded to the large gatherings at or near the fence with tear gas, plastic bullets and live ammunition. Protesters were seen throwing Molotov cocktails, flying kites with flaming devices attached and hurling stones. The military also said it killed three Palestinians who had been trying to plant an explosive along the fence.In addition to their anger over the controversial embassy move, Palestinians also demonstrated in anticipation of Tuesday’s commemoration of the day they call Nakba, or day of catastrophe, when the creation of Israel 70 years ago turned more than 700,000 Palestinians into refugees.The confluence of events led to split-screen coverage of Monday’s embassy unveiling, with U.S. guests led by President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, smiling and celebrating inside the embassy as, along the Gaza border, black smoke billowed from burning tires and gunshots rang out in what an IDF spokesperson called a day of “unprecedented violence.”One day later, the first Palestinian funerals have been held and Gaza’s medical facilities are stretched to their limit, having coped with 2,771 injuries. Of that number, 1,359 wounds were from live bullets, the Gaza Health Ministry said.The violence capped weeks of protests by Palestinians, who began demonstrating against Israel’s blockade of Gaza back in March.In that time, as Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports, “Hamas and the other resistance movements in Gaza refrained from launching rockets into Israel. No Israeli soldier or resident was injured. Israel, on the other hand, acted against the unarmed demonstrators with sniper fire, live fire that killed and maimed.”The newspaper made those remarks in its lead editorial Tuesday, titled “Stop the Bloodbath.”Michael Lynk, the U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory, says Israel is guilty of “blatant excessive use of force,” in breach of international human rights laws.Saying Israel was denying rights of expression and assembly, Lynk issued a statement on Tuesday calling for “true accountability for those in military and political command who have ordered or allowed this force to be once again employed at the Gaza fence.”Israeli officials say that Hamas has used the protests to cover terrorist activities and to distract Palestinians from its “failures as a governing body.”Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar has joined at least one of the weekly protests against the blockade; he was seen again on Monday. His public appearances prompted new comments from Israeli Public Defense Minister Gilad Erdan, who told the Ynet News site, “We need to go back to targeted killings, and they need to go back to hiding underground and fearing for their lives, not organizing the masses to carry out terror attacks.”Erdan said, “It’s time for the heads of Hamas to pay a personal price for organizing these terror attacks.”On Monday afternoon, the White House blamed the death toll on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.Principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said, “Hamas bears the responsibility,” adding, “Look, this is a propaganda attempt. I mean, this is a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt. I think the Israeli government has spent weeks trying to handle this without violence, and we find it very unfortunate.”Shah reiterated the White House’s position that Israel has the right to defend itself.When asked about possible peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians — and the timing of the most recent White House contact with Palestinian leaders — Shah said, “Well, I don’t honestly have an answer for you on that. I’ll get back to you.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/ReutersPalestinian demonstrators run or take cover from tear gas fired by Israeli forces at the Israel-Gaza border. Sharelast_img read more

Rev Erroll D Gilliard Pastor at Greater Harvest Baptist Church Dies at

first_img(Updated 9/23/2016) The Rev. Errol D. Gilliard Sr., pastor of Greater Harvest Baptist Church and president of the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity, died Sept. 17. The cause of death was not known at press time. Gilliard, a son of Baltimore, served as Pastor of Greater Harvest Baptist Church for more than 30 years.The Rev. Erroll D. Gilliard, a passionate advocate for Blacks. (Courtesy photo)Gilliard is remembered as a passionate advocate for African Americans and the under-served from every background according to Rev. A.C.D. Vaughn, senior pastor of Sharon Baptist Church and a board member of the Baptist Minister’s Conference. “He was one of the greatest preachers God put on this earth.  He did not spare anybody who he did not think was protecting our people,” said Vaughn. “He was just like a son to me,” Vaughn reflected. During Baltimore’s Civil unrest in Spring 2015, Gilliard led members of the Conference in de-escalating violence by walking through the streets of West Baltimore hand-in-hand. More than 100 clergy flooded the streets of West Baltimore, serving as human shields between community residents and law enforcement dressed in riot gear.Gilliard also worked with former state senator and current radio host Larry Young, whom he knew for more than 20 years, on anti-violence issues. “Last year we did a 16 week prayer vigil for the gun violence, Earl helped intiate that. Regretfully, we don’t have the ministers today who care enough about our community to get things done,” Young told the AFRO. “The one thing most people will tell about Earl is that he was very frank. Most ministers try to be political correct but that wasn’t how Earl did it.”After the historic march, Gilliard and others are credited with bringing opposing factions, including gang members, public officials and ministers together at New Shiloh Baptist church to discuss how the civic and community officials can work together with youth to keep the peace during the historic unrest.  The Minister’s Conference voted unanimously to change its name from the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity to the Minister’s Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity, to reflect the interdenominational spirit embraced by Rev. Guiliard, said his friend and colleague, Rev. Dr. Frances Draper.During his more than 30 years as pastor of Greater Harvest, Gilliard organized the Greater Harvest Baptist Church Housing Corporation as well as the Family Life Center. In 2012 he was one of the leaders of the ultimately unsuccessful fight against same sex marriage in Maryland.Gilliard had a reputation for straight talk from the pulpit and spoke out often about violence, gang activity and the responsibility of the church, community and public officials in Baltimore.   “My generation and the generation present have failed our young people. We’ve got to stop cutting them off, stop writing them off,” Gilliard said during a television interview in 2013 when questioned about the surge of youth violence in the city. “Gangs are obviously giving the youth a sense of acceptance and belonging. So let’s go forth and take the ministry to the streets without shamming and scamming because they can see that as well.” Gilliard graduated from Graduate of Carver Vocational High School in the city. He Matriculated at the Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia and was attending the Palmer Theological Seminary in St. David’s Pennsylvania at the time of his death.Rev. Errol D. Gilliard Sr. will lay in state in the sanctuary of Greater Harvest Baptist Church on Sept. 23 from noon to 8 p.m.The Celebration of Life service will be held on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at Greater Harvest Baptist Church (GHBC); 1617 West Saratoga Street in Baltimore.An additional evening of celebration in honor of Rev. Guilliard’s life will be held Friday, Sep. 30 at 7 p.m. -11p.m. at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Rd., Donation for the evening is $100.00.   Please contact GHBC at 410.945.2287.last_img read more

Carbon Nanotube Windmills Powered by Electron Wind

first_img Explore further The proposed (a) nanomotor and (b) nanodrill, where the red inner CNT rotates due to an electron wind. The nanomotor is attached to gold electrodes, which act as electron reservoirs, while the nanodrill has one end contacted to a mercury electrode. Credit: S.W.D. Bailey, et al. Tiny tubes move into the fast lane As Steven Bailey, Ilias Amanatidis, and Colin Lambert explain in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, the new drive mechanism could be useful for future NEMS (nanoelectromechanical structures) technologies. “[Previously,] thoughts have been directed towards ‘pushing’ the motor to make it turn, whereas our suggestion harnesses an intrinsic property of the device: the change in momentum of electrons or phonons, for example,” Bailey told PhysOrg.com.The researchers describe the proposed nanomotor as a carbon nanotube (CNT) windmill, although the device looks more like a telescope than the conventional spinning blades of a windmill. It consists of a double-walled CNT, where the outer tube is clamped to two external electrodes, and the shorter inner tube is free to move and rotate. In a version called the CNT drill, the outer tube is clamped to just one electrode, while one end of the free inner tube is in contact with a mercury electrode, but is still free to rotate. The devices are called windmills because they’re powered by an applied dc voltage between the electrodes, which produces a “wind” of electrons.As it moves through the CNT, the flow of electrons acquires angular momentum, producing a tangential force that causes the inner nanotube to rotate. The researchers calculated that the electron wind can produce a force that significantly exceeds the inter-wall friction – sometimes by as much as three orders of magnitude. Depending on the applied voltage, the rotating inner tube can reach CNT breakdown velocities of up to 8,000 meters per second.The electron-wind-powered nanomotor could have a range of applications. For instance, by using a voltage pulse to make the inner tube rotate at a specific angle, it could be used as a switch or memory element in nanoscale magnetic memory devices; or, by putting the CNT in contact with a reservoir of atoms or molecules, the nanomotor could act as a nanofluidic pump.The physicists also suggest that the motor could be powered in different ways. In one possibility, the electrodes could be replaced with reservoirs of atoms or molecules. Then, an applied pressure difference could drive the atoms or molecules across the CNT, and their angular momentum could cause the inner tube to rotate. Similarly, a temperature difference between the ends of the CNT could create a flux of phonons that could also drive the motor. Other CNT-based nanomotors have been developed, including multi-walled CNTs with a similar structure to the CNT windmill. However, these previous designs have been powered by electrostatic forces that require metallic plates and gates, which aren’t needed in the new design. The researchers hope that the efficiency and simplicity of the CNT windmills will provide advantages over electrostatic and other nanomotors in the future.“The capability to engineer nanoscale motors is at the same stage as that of microscale motors in the 1990s,” Bailey said. “The manufacturing techniques to deal with the very low dimensions are always playing catch up with experimental groups, which are making very rapid progress, and we predict that to test out the CNT windmill will not require much change to established procedures within these groups. Indeed, there should be much less construction involved in making the nanomotor devices. The engineering simplicity of the CNT windmill will be the greatest advantage in the future.”More information: Bailey, S.W.D; Amanatidis, I.; and Lambert, C.J. “Carbon Nanotube Electron Windmills: A Novel Design for Nanomotors.” Physical Review Letters 100, 256802 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Theoretical physicists from Lancaster University in the UK have designed a nanomotor that operates by a novel mechanism: an electron wind. Citation: Carbon Nanotube Windmills Powered by ‘Electron Wind’ (2008, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-07-carbon-nanotube-windmills-powered-electron.html 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.last_img read more

Sony unveils 3D and color epaper displays at this weeks SID 2011

first_img Sony’s 13.3 inch flexible color e-paper. Explore further Sony’s 3D displays come in a 10 inch and 23 inch size and can deliver a 3D image without the use of any special glasses. The method uses a backlight for 3D images positioned between an LCD panel and a backlight for normal 2D images. Switching between 2D and 3D is accomplished by lighting one of the two backlights.The backlight for the 3D images are LED’s placed on the light guide plate and its edges. On the light guide plate scatter patterns are produced at even intervals in the horizontal direction to direct light to the outside. More information: At the 49th SID International Symposium, Seminar & Exhibition Sony unveiled their new 3D glasses free display and flexible color e-paper. 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. Sony’s 3D 10 inch and 23 inch displays deliver 3D images without the use of any special glasses. The 3D effect is produced by the LED light sources being reflected on the scatter patterns to go to the back side of the panel as if lights are partially controlled by using “parallax barriers.” The result shows different images to the right and left eye. Sony’s 24-inch 3D LCD display has six viewpoints, and its pixel count is 960 x 360, and its brightness is 86.1cd/m2. 3D images are best viewed between distances of 80 to 160cm. The 2D mode, the pixel count of the display becomes 1,920 x 1,080 and has a brightness of 192cd/m2.Sony states that the new method can be applied to displays between 4 to 30 inches and hopes to commercialize it within a few years.center_img via Tech-On e-paper, Tech-On 3D display Sharp Introduces 3D LCD Color Monitor that provides a stereoscopic display Citation: Sony unveils 3D and color e-paper displays at this week’s SID 2011 (2011, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-sony-unveils-3d-e-paper-week.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Sony unveiled a 13.3 inch flexible color e-paper device and two glass free 3D displays. The announcement was made at the 49th SID International Symposium, Seminar & Exhibition which is the world’s largest academic conference on display technologies. The conference is being held this week in Los Angeles, CA (USA). Sony’s 13.3 inch flexible color e-paper has a thickness of 150 microns and weighs 20g and uses a plastic substrate. The e-paper display has a 13% color gamut (NTSC), a reflectance of 10% and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio.The display’s 800 x 1200 pixel array consists of red, green, blue, and white sub-pixels. The sub-pixel measures 169 microns x 169 microns and the resolution and gradation of the screen are 75ppi and 16, respectively.The e-paper display is manufactured by applying adhesive to the glass substrate and attaching a plastic substrate. Amorphous TFTs are then formed on it with a180°C or lower temperature process. The plastic substrate is then finally removed from the glass substrate.last_img read more

The International Space Stations video of the Northern Lights will take your

first_imgThe Northern Lights is an almost mythical light show that occurs when charged particles of the sun collide with earth’s upper atmosphere. It’s a phenomena that few people get to experience in person, but the International Space Station captured a time lapse of the lights in time-lapse video from space that will take your breath away.Take a minute away from the stress of everything that’s currently going on and enjoy this for a half a minute.last_img

Low Note

first_imgSydney’s morning routine didn’t start like her girlfriends’. She stood in front of a bathroom mirror, splashed her face with warm water, squirted a dollop of shaving cream on her palm, lathered up her face and began to shave.Until recently, Sydney’s face was hairless, like any other teenage girl. The whiskers had begun as a few strands on her chin. She shrugged it off. Her grandma and aunts had some hair on their chins, too. Perhaps this was just part of growing up, she thought.But now it was impossible to ignore — it had become a beard. When she skipped a morning shave, her classmates noticed. They called her “bearded lady” and “circus freak.”last_img

AirlinePros is named Ukraine Internationals new GSA in Canada

first_imgAirlinePros is named Ukraine International’s new GSA in Canada Share TORONTO — Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), which recently launched nonstop service between Toronto and Kiev, has appointed AirlinePros as its GSA in Canada.AirlinePros will be responsible for managing the airline’s commercial affairs, including marketing and business development in Canada.“We are extremely honoured that UIA has expressed full confidence in all that AirlinePros can offer to support UIA’s online flight operations,” said James W. foster, AirlinePros Chairman and Founder. “Our experienced Canadian sales team, with their strong links and access to Canada’s travel industry members, will help ensure we provide the necessary commercial support towards the success of Ukraine International’s operations in Canada.”Karl Müller, AirlinePros Canada Director, added: “UIA’s flights offer Canadian travellers access to the Ukraine capital Kiev, with easy onward connectivity to Ukraine International’s extensive route network across Asia, the Middle East and Eurasia.”UIA operates three times weekly flights, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, by wide-body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes. Flight duration from Toronto to Kiev is 9 hours 50 minutes while the return is approximately 10 hours 15 minutes. Friday, June 22, 2018 Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Kiev, Toronto, Ukraine International Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

US Transport Administration will allow passengers to carry small knives on planes

first_imgChanges to Prohibited Items List  Airline passengers going through U.S. airports will be allowed to take on board small Swiss Army-type knives, provided the blade is no longer than 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) and does not have a locking fixed blade or a molded grip. “This will bring U.S. airport carry-on security rules within International Civil Aviation Organization Standards and our European counterparts,” TSA statement reads.The ruling has drawn sharp criticism from airlines and unions representing flight attendants, air marshals and pilots. This week the U.S. House Homeland Security subcommittee on transportation will have a hearing regarding the decision.Last Friday, flight attendants protested the TSA policy change by handing out fliers at various U.S. airports with the slogan “No knives, ever again.” Also the Association of Professional Flight Attendants put up a website (noknivesonplanes.net) asking people to write letters demanding their congressmen reverse the TSA’s decision. Facebook Comments –Download TSA document of new regulations (PDF format) As of April 25, passengers flying to or within the United States may carry pocket knives, golf clubs, lacrosse sticks, pool cues, ski poles, hockey sticks and other items in carry-on luggage. The items previously were banned by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after 9/11 as potential blunt weapons.The measure brings the U.S. in line with international standards for screening procedures, TSA said on its website.However, razor blades, scissors and box cutters like the ones used to hijack planes during the 2001 terror attacks will still be prohibited. No related posts.last_img read more

Tiger heads back to Cairns

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways has announced its return to Cairns later this year, months after the carrier was forced to suspend all its operations down under due to safety concerns. Commencing 25 April this year, the carrier will resume one of its “fastest growing” domestic routes, relaunching its daily return service between Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and Cairns Airport.Adding up to 2,500 additional visitor seats weekly between the two cities, Tiger head of marketing and communications Vanessa Regan said she was confident the daytime flights will be well received by Australian travellers.“We’re an airline that is highly responsive to customer demand and we’re confident that our new daytime services will prove to be convenient and extremely popular, especially since they are available for travel just in time for the tropical north’s peak winter season when many Melbournians are looking for a warm winter escape from the cold,” Ms Regan explained.According to figures released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, Tiger Airways saw a 29 percent passenger growth on its services between Melbourne and Cairns from April 2010 to April 2011.The carrier noted in a statement that it looking to reinstate further operations down under after its Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) enforced suspension last year. Return services will depart from Melbourne 8.50am and arrive in Cairns at 12.15pm and return from Cairns at 12.45pm landing in Melbourne at 4.10pm.last_img read more

New campaign inspires Aussie wanderlust

first_imgThe campaign comes as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows increased domestic travel with a growth of 3.4 per cent in 2012 – 2013. STA Travel and Tourism Australia have united to inspire Aussies to put Australia on top of their dream travel list. Moreover, STA Travel and Tourism Australia have also teamed up with Virgin Australia to offer an AUD $100 travel voucher with any return domestic flights between 15 May and 31 December 2014. Bloggers and Instagrammers can use #wanderaustralia to spread the word and inspire Australians to share the beauty of their homeland.center_img STA Travel’s marketing and e-commerce director, Natalie Placko Thornoton, says STA Travel expects the number of Australians exploring destinations closer to home will continue to grow in 2014. Using the View-Master concept, the STA Travel WanderAustralia website allows people to create their own WanderAustralia reel from a series of great Australian images recently captured by STA’s Insiders and ‘Best Job in the World’ winners, for their chance to win AUD $5,000 as well as other daily prizes.last_img read more

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