Sonia files papers from Rae Bareli

first_imgUPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Thursday filed her nomination from Rae Bareli with her son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Vadra Gandhi by her side. After a brief roadshow, the Congress leader went to the Collectorate to file her papers with a large number of Congress supporters carrying party flags and banners cheering her all along the route.Offers ‘puja’ Before starting the road show, she offered ‘puja’ at the Congress office where her son-in-law Robert Vadra and grandson Rehan were also present. The former Congress president is aiming for a fifth victory from the parliamentary constituency, in a straight contest against Dinesh Pratap Singh, who recently joined the BJP after quitting her party. Polling in Rae Bareli will be held in the fifth phase on May 6.last_img read more

CWG: Indian archers aiming for bullseye

first_imgWith world champions Korea and formidable China not part of the competition, India would look to put up a dominating show when archery will again be a part of the Commonwealth Games after a gap of 28 years.India should get six gold medals at the CWG, says coach Limba.After making a debut in the Brisbane edition in 1982, archery will feature only for the second time in the Games, with the hosts being strong contender.With senior archers such as Olympians Tarundeep Rai and Dola Banerjee and cadet world champion Deepika Kumari, Indian squad has a blend of experience and youth.Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee make a strong men’s recurve side with Rai, who has made the cut at the expense of Beijing Olympian Mangal Singh Champia.The trio is high on confidence especially after their gold medal triumph in the 2010 World Cup Stage IV in Shanghai.”We have a strong side with a lot of experience. At home, we should get at least six gold medals with top places in men’s and women’s recurve section,” chief coach Limba Ram said.”We have been preparing for the CWG and Asian Games for last two years. There were no exposure trips but our archers have done really well at the different legs of the World Cup and the Asian GPs.” Dola Banerjee will lead the Indian women’s challenge.She said the fact that they will up against some teams, whom they have already beaten this year, gives them the confidence of doing well. “Everything is going in the right direction for us. In the initial round at the World Cup, we beat England who will again compete with us at the CWG,” said Dola.advertisementIn the run-up to CWG, the women’s recurve team was not as successful as their men’s counterpart but the rise of 14-year-old Deepika Kumari, who won silver at the World Cup Stage IV in Shanghai, augurs well for them. The Ranchi girl, incidentally, is also the reigning cadet world champion and senior national champion.However, India will have a tough task in the compound bow section as teams like Australia, South Africa and Canada are expected to give the hosts a run for their money.But Limba Ram is still optimistic.”Compound is new to us but we still hope for men’s and women’s team gold medals in the section,” said Limba.last_img read more

September 5 2014Congratulations to the July 27 2

first_imgSeptember 5, 2014Congratulations to the July 27. 2014 Workshop participants upon their graduation:from left: Thomas Lewis and Taylor Courtland. Taylor continues at Arcosanti as a staff member of the Cafe and Visitors Center.[photo by Melanie Husband]last_img

Effective hand hygiene key to reducing hospitalbased infections

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDApr 15 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 30 second application of a six-step hand washing and hand rub regimen that could keep infections away. New research titled, ‘Simplifying the WHO protocol for hand hygiene, three steps and 15 seconds: a randomized crossover trial’ and presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands held between 13th and 16th of April suggests hand rubs could achieve the same in a three step procedure for 15 seconds. Before touching a patient After touching a patient After touching a patent’s surroundings Before a clean procedure After exposure to body fluids/wounds Image Credit: Santypan / Shutterstock Alcohol based hand rubs are widely used in hospitals and other set ups for infection control. This hand hygiene could be a crucial measure to prevent and reduce the spread of infections. There are no studies evaluating the best practice that could reduce infections. The WHO recommended six-step hand rub technique is effective in killing bacteria. This study shows that a simple 15 second three step hand rub could be just as effective in killing bacteria as well as improved user adherence.Dr Sarah Tschudin-Sutter and colleagues from University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, tried their 15 second three step hand rub regimen in a randomised cross-over trial. They recruited 20 healthy participants between ages 18 and 51 years. They were randomly assigned to four different techniques of hand rubs including; Six-step hand hygiene for 30 seconds Six-step hand hygiene for 15 seconds Three-step hand hygiene for 30 seconds and Three-step hand hygiene for 15 seconds All participants were in turn assigned to each of the groups.Results revealed that three step technique for 15 seconds was as effective as reducing bacteria counts on the hands of the volunteers as 30 second three or six step regimen.Professor Tschudin-Sutter in a statement said, “The time pressure and heavy workload experienced by healthcare workers reduces compliance with hand hygiene standards. Our findings suggest that shortening hand rubbing time and simplifying the technique for use of hand rub could be a safe alternative that is easier to fit into their busy routine, could enhance the overall quality of hand hygiene performance, and have a positive effect on adherence. Further studies are needed to validate the performance of the shorter application time in everyday clinical practice.”The team agrees that the study could not make blanket statements about the three step regimen’s ability to stop transmission of microbes unless studied in actual clinical settings.Hand hygiene and reduction in Staph infectionsIn 2009 the National Australian Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) was implemented and since then there has been a significant improvement in reduction of Staph infections in healthcare facilities. The results of this new study titled, ‘Improved hand hygiene compliance (HHC) is associated with a significant reduction in rates of healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (HA Sab) in Australia’s 132 largest hospitals: outcomes of the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI)’, were presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands held between 13th and 16th of April.Related StoriesKey research takeaways from ECCMID 2019Spotlight on ECCMID 2019: Detecting Disease & Managing InfectionsEurope under major threat from vector-borne diseasesThe report suggests that there have been a significant improvement in hand hygiene and its adherence among Australian health care workers. This has reduced the risk of transmission of often fatal healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus infection. The researchers noted that for each 10 percent rise in adherence to hand hygiene guidelines, there was a 15 percent reduction in the incidence of S. aureus bloodstream infection among the 132 largest public hospitals of Australia as was seen from the study. These hospitals cater to over 15 million patients-days across the nation in 2016-17, they add. This translates to more than three quarters of inpatient care for the Australian population.The team was following up the WHO campaign called “5 Moments for Hand Hygiene” that would reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.These five moments include; Professor Lindsay Grayson from Hand Hygiene Australia, and study leader said, “Hospital-acquired infections are a major concern for hospitals around the world and S. aureus is among the most dangerous. The risks to patients are enormous, as are the associated hospital costs. Despite robust evidence supporting improved practices for hand hygiene, securing compliance is notoriously difficult, and few national programmes have been sustained in the long-term.” The researchers and experts say that S. aureus is the main Gram positive bacterium that leads to hospital-acquired infections. Some of these such as endocarditis, acute pneumonia, and sepsis might become fatal and good hand hygiene could keep them at bay.The team for this study looked at outcomes of the NHHI for eight years since it started. The timeline for the study was from January 2009 to June 2017. Three times a year hand hygiene moments were observed and recorded. The impact of this programme was assessed using linking of the data on hospital based S. aureus infections.Results showed that hand hygiene compliance moments (observed) was 64 percent (36,213 of 56,978 potential opportunities of hand washing or hygeine) in 2009. The numbers came to 84 percent (494,673 of 586,559 potential opportunities of hand washing or hygiene) in 2017. The team looked at adherence to the hand hygiene moments among doctors, nurses and allied staff. They found that compliance to hand hygiene was 10 to 15 percent lower among medical staff compared to nursing staff over the 8 years of the study. Further every 10 percent increase in hand hygiene compliance reduced the S. aureus infection by 15 percent they found.  Cases of S. aureus infection declined from 1.27 new cases per 10,000 bed-days in 2010-11 to 0.87 per 10,000 bed-days in 2016-17.Professor Grayson said in a statement, “The National Australian Hand Hygiene Initiative has achieved impressive results, both in terms of improving healthcare worker hand hygiene compliance and its association with reduced rates of healthcare-associated staphylococcal bacteraemia. Few national programmes have become successfully integrated into national health-care structures.”last_img read more

A power boost for mobile technologies

Haptic technology is not a future fantasy. Touch applications are already nudging into the technology landscape. When your phone vibrates to alert you to an incoming text, for example, that is haptic technology at work. Given that a growing cadre of major technology players are trying to incorporate greater haptic capabilities into their devices, Boréas is already creating partnerships with interested companies and positioning itself to capture the nascent market. “All the key players are in this haptic space right now,” Chaput said. “It’s great to see and hear the virtual world, but it is much better if you can feel it.”Still at work on the prototypes, Chaput expects to ship products within a year, and his company will be demonstrating the first development kit for the technology at the IEEE Haptics Symposium in March in San Francisco.The Entrepreneurial MindsetBoréas’ story is an illuminating example of the support Harvard OTD offers to faculty and researchers. Chaput and Wei are both quick to credit the office for smoothing the often-rocky path to commercializing an innovation.”OTD has been great, incredibly supportive,” said Wei. “Being at Harvard really opened the door for Simon. OTD not only patented the technology but they were very good at connecting Simon with potential funders.”Chaput said that navigating the company launch would have been nearly impossible without OTD’s involvement. “First, we were able to negotiate a very fair deal with Harvard for the license to the technology,” he said. “That was very important for us to raise our seed round. Without the license, nobody would have invested. And OTD offered support as we went through our due diligence.”According to Sam Liss, executive director of strategic partnerships, OTD’s mission is to maximize the societal impact of the technology that arises from University research, from the engineering school to the medical school, working with more than 800 faculty across the University’s research realm.”When Simon and Gu expressed interest in a startup, we brought to bear all the resources at our disposal,” Liss said. “We introduced them to venture capitalists to get perspective on the concept and to raise money. We can also introduce them to entrepreneurs who might join the team and provide access to any resources they need to go forward. A big part of all this is education. Most researchers have never done this before.”Liss and his fellow OTD directors have all had hands-on entrepreneurial or industrial experience, and they understand the difficult strategic decisions Harvard researchers must navigate in order to successfully commercialize their ideas.To Liss, Chaput exemplifies the entrepreneurial mindset. “What is this brilliant PhD student at Harvard choosing to do? He’s started a semiconductor company in the middle of a highly competitive market and he’s doing it up in Canada,” Liss said. “This is the ultimate David vs. Goliath story.”Wei is undaunted by that analogy. He acknowledges that big companies such as Texas Instruments and Analog Devices are at work on haptic technology, but “the same could be said for any company coming into a market,” he said. “Remember, search already existed when Google started. More importantly, if you have a unique technology, there is opportunity.”Chaput said he keeps his mind on the long game. “From my perspective, it has never been about the size of our competitors or our chances to make it,” he said. “It has always been about making a positive impact on our society. Our technology has the potential to change the way people interact with their electronic devices and with each other remotely. This means we have the opportunity to impact the lives of millions of people on a global scale. That’s what motivates me.”Poised For LaunchFor Chaput, the road to a startup began before he came to Harvard. He had worked on power electronics projects at a semiconductor foundry in Bromont, Quebec, during his master’s studies. When he decided to pursue his doctorate in engineering, he found perfect synergy in Wei’s lab, which specializes in electronics and integrated circuits. Specifically, the lab’s work is aimed at implementing energy-efficient computer devices. Wei was leading a team looking at integrated circuit design and how to make devices more efficient across a wide range of applications.In 2009, the lab embarked on its most well-known project, the Robobees. That project brought together a variety of researchers in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science to develop micro-scale robots that would fly autonomously and cooperatively like bees. When Chaput joined the group, Gu suggested he focus on creating circuitry that would generate 200- to 300-volt signals to drive piezoelectric actuators, powered by lithium polymer batteries that deliver only 3 to 4 volts.Chaput designed a prototype and soon realized there was a commercial opportunity in his design. He connected with OTD, embraced resources from the Harvard Innovation Lab, and participated in the Mass Challenge in 2016. He thought about launching Boréas in Boston, but meeting with obstacles in U.S. immigration, he returned to Canada instead. There, he was able to attract an experienced design team from his past contacts and secure low-cost space inside a state-of-the-art microelectronic R&D center in order to speed up technology development.”On average we have 20 years’ experience in the development of similar technologies,” Chaput said. “This is a good metric for our value proposition as well as our chance of success.””Technologically, it is rock solid,” said Wei, who also serves in a personal capacity on the Boréas advisory board. “He has assembled a good team and strong advisors on the business side. Other than me, everyone on the advisory board has experience on the entrepreneur side. All the chess pieces are in place.” Explore further 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. In the endless quest to create the most dynamic user interfaces, haptic (touch) technology is the looming target for mobile device makers, game companies, and app developers. Having successfully embraced sight and sound, from voice activation to 3D virtual reality, the next sensory frontier is almost upon us: the ability to actually feel an object using a smartphone or tablet.The challenge is this: haptic technology is power hungry. To create the virtual sensation of touch, motion generators called piezoelectric actuators are required, and those tiny components are battery drainers. For the haptic revolution to become a reality, power-management semiconductors need to be far more efficient.In the hands of a new startup raising its profile this month, one key to bringing this future a little closer may be a technology created in the lab of Gu-Yeon Wei, the Robert and Suzanne Case Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.In Wei’s lab, doctoral student Simon Chaput developed the crucial low-power electronics. Chaput put his doctoral studies at Harvard on hold in 2017 and returned to his native Canada to launch a company – Boréas Technologies – around this innovation, with a license from Harvard.”Our new architecture can reduce power by an order of magnitude from what is out there now,” Chaput explains. “Our technology has the potential to change the way people interact with their electronic devices and with each other remotely. Our customers keep telling us how our technology will enable them to create new products that were not possible before.”Boréas is based in Bromont, Quebec, an hour’s drive from Montreal. That may seem an unlikely locale for the next hot new thing, but Chaput is confident that his company has the makings of a game-changer. Launched with the advice and strategic support of Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD), Boréas is focused on a very specific target: building low-power-consumption electronics that will enable and empower the haptic revolution now underway. Citation: A power boost for mobile technologies (2018, March 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-power-boost-mobile-technologies.html Provided by Harvard University Virtual reality app makes haptics as immersive as visuals Imagine you are shopping on your iPad for a new merino wool sweater for the winter, and when you visit a retail site, you can not only see countless views of your prospective purchase but you can reach out and feel the texture of the fabric. Or more consequentially: you are a physician performing an operation remotely using a telemedicine application, and you can virtually feel the patient upon whom you are operating. read more

Tesla burns 7395 million in cash on way to record 2Q loss

first_img Analysts expect Tesla 2Q revenue gain but big net loss In this April 15, 2018, file photo, the sun shines off the rear deck of a roadster on a Tesla dealer’s lot in the south Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo. Tesla’s second-quarter revenue should grow by more than $1 billion as it delivered more Model 3 electric cars. But analysts predict it won’t be enough to stop the company’s net loss from rising dramatically when the Palo Alto, Calif., company reports earnings after the bell Wednesday, Aug. 1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Citation: Tesla burns $739.5 million in cash on way to record 2Q loss (2018, August 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-tesla-million-cash-2q-loss.htmlcenter_img Electric car maker Tesla Inc. burned through $739.5 million in cash last quarter, paving the way to a company record $717.5 million net loss as it cranked out more electric cars. But Tesla reiterated a promise from CEO Elon Musk to post net profits in the third and fourth quarters, and Telsa’s shares rose 4.7 percent to $315 in after-hours trading.The net loss more than doubled from the same quarter a year ago, and was slightly larger than the first quarter. But Tesla’s cash burn in the second quarter slowed.The Palo Alto, California, company said it lost $4.22 per share from April through June as revenue grew 43 percent to just over $4 billion. Adjusted for stock-based compensation, the company lost $3.06 per share. That was worse than Wall Street estimates. Analysts polled by FactSet expected a $2.88 loss per share.In a statement released after the markets closed Wednesday, Tesla said it expects to produce 50,000 to 55,000 Model 3s in the third quarter, an increase of at least 75 percent from the first quarter. Tesla spent millions as it reached a goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 sedans per week by the end of June. It now says production is rising, with the goal of 6,000 per week by the end of August. The company said it expects to reach 10,000 Model 3s per week “sometime next year.”Cash from selling the Model 3, which starts at $35,000 but runs far higher with options, is key to holding off more borrowing and turning a profit.The company said expects to grow at a rapid pace and it should achieve sustained quarterly profits barring an unforeseen event or economic downturn.”We expect to generate positive cash including operating cash flows and capital expenditures,” the statement said.The company said it has cut back on capital spending by changing its strategy to produce the Model 3 on existing assembly lines, one in a giant tent, rather than adding all-new lines. Tesla projected total 2018 capital spending at just below $2.5 billion. That’s substantially less than the 2017 level of $3.4 billion.During the second quarter, Tesla laid off 9 percent of its workforce as it worked toward Musk’s promise of making money. The company has never turned an annual profit and has had only two profitable quarters since becoming public in 2010. Tesla has also asked parts suppliers for refunds.Last quarter, Musk dismissed analysts who asked questions about Model 3 reservations and other financial matters during the quarterly conference call. 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

Titanium pressure vessel for space exploration built successfully using the Wire Arc

first_img Explore further Video: Aircraft-inspecting suction robot successfully trialled The piece is approximately 1m in height and 8.5kg in mass. Made of the titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V), it has been deposited using the Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process, which Cranfield University has pioneered over the last decade.Thanks to being able to go straight from digital drawing to final structure, WAAM has integrated two individual pieces into a single part; eliminating the need for long-lead-time forgings; and substantially reduced the amount of waste material removed by machining.If manufactured traditionally, the component would have required about 30 times more raw material than its final mass. By using the WAAM process, more than 200 kg of Ti-6Al-4V has been saved for each item. There is room to improve this further, and Cranfield is working on innovative methods to deposit closer to the final thickness.The WAAM shape was manufactured at Cranfield and then sent to Glenalmond Technologies where it was stress-relieved, laser-scanned, machined and inspected using an ultrasonic method. The final inspection was performed by Agiometrix using a computer tomography (CT-scan) for internal quality analysis and an optical scanner, with Thales Alenia Space ensuring that the part met the mechanical requirements and specifications.Following the checks, the project team is satisfied that the vessel fulfils the driving technical and quality requirements. The team is now proceeding to the building of a second prototype, with the purpose to carry out a fine tuning of the whole manufacturing cycle, to demonstrate the repeatability and reliability of the process, and to push the implementation of the new approach into the flight hardware.Eng. Massimo Chiampi, Study Manager for Additive Manufacturing projects at Thales Alenia Space, said: “We were looking for an innovative manufacturing solution for the tanks, which typically suffer from long lead time with the conventional production route based on subtractive machining. Thanks to this project, we have demonstrated that the adoption of WAAM technology enhances the competitiveness of our product. A near-net-shape item is fabricated in few days—compared to several months needed for the procurement of the standard wrought products—and also the amount of machining operation is consistently reduced. We have achieved a 65% reduction on the overall lead time without giving up the requested performances and this provides a benefit also in terms of design flexibility, making it possible to answer customer needs at a late stage of the project.”Dr. Jialuo Ding, Principal Research Fellow at Cranfield University and Chief Scientist at WAAM3D, said: “We have been developing WAAM technology for more than 10 years and it is very satisfying to see it reach this level of commercial maturity. We are very excited about rolling out the technology through our new spinout company, WAAM3D. We are also extremely pleased with the work done by Glenalmond Technologies, who have dealt with a part with limited machining stock, perfectly and at their first attempt.”Dr. Filomeno Martina, Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University and CEO of WAAM3D, said: “This part was built using software and hardware that has been developed over the last decade; these are finally ready for commercialisation through a new spin-out company from Cranfield, WAAM3D. This part has given us the opportunity to test WAAM3D’s innovative solutions on a high-profile user case, with a very aggressive timescale. We are very proud of the level of automation achieved at Cranfield University. WAAM3D will make all these tools available to industrial community in the next couple of months and we are looking forward to the impact on industrial large-scale additive manufacture this will have.” The full-scale prototype titanium pressure vessel. Credit: Cranfield University A team comprising of Thales Alenia Space, Cranfield University and Glenalmond Technologies have successfully produced a first full-scale prototype of a titanium pressure vessel to be used in future manned missions for space exploration.center_img Citation: Titanium pressure vessel for space exploration built successfully using the Wire + Arc additive manufacturing process (2019, March 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-titanium-pressure-vessel-space-exploration.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. Provided by Cranfield Universitylast_img read more

Bukit Aman says too soon to tell if more will be arrested

first_img Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 2h ago Magistrate’s court issues six-day remand order for Haziq, five others Nation 2d ago IGP: Police dragnet closing in on sex video ‘alliance’ Haziq Abdul Aziz , Sex video , Crime Nation 2d ago IGP: We’re closing in on sex video culprits PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman says it is too soon to say if more people will be arrested in connection with viral sex video implicating a minister after confirming the arrests of former Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz and five others on Sunday (July 14) night.Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the six were detained on Sunday night in multiple locations in the Klang Valley.” We arrested them to assist with investigations under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” he said when contacted Monday (July 15).”We will see whether they need to be questioned or assist us in other aspects of the investigation,” Comm Huzir added. AdChoices广告Asked whether more arrests will be made soon, Comm Huzir said it would depend on the course of the investigation and declined to elaborate.On Saturday (July 13), Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador had said that the police were closing in on the “alliance” behind the sex video implicating a minister.“We have made several arrests (of the people who spread the video) and some have been released. No (we don’t know who the mastermind is yet), but there are hints of an alliance behind it,” he had told reporters.Abdul Hamid said the police were still working to complete its probe.“We are still waiting for lab results to determine the authenticity of the video. On the investigation itself, we have sent the investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor twice.”Each time, it was sent back as further investigation was needed and the last time was on Thursday (July 11),” he had said.Haziq has confessed to being one of the two men in the video and alleged that the other person was Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin AliHe was first detained at KL International Airport on June 14 and the police set up the special task force led by Comm Huzir Mohamed to investigate the case three days later.  Related stories:IGP: Sex video probe still ongoingHaziq expelled from PKR for accusing party leader of corruption without evidenceHaziq urges Dr M to give fair treatment over sex video scandalPKR sacks Haziq from partyHaziq’s sacking is appropriate and fair, says PKR info chiefHaziq’s dismissal from PKR a fair move, says former bossA crack in Anwar and Azmin’s relationshipVideo casts a shadow over AzminIGP: Police dragnet closing in on sex video ‘alliance’IGP: We’re closing in on sex video culpritsHaziq and five others arrested in sex video probeMagistrate’s court issues six-day remand order for Haziq, five others Related News Tags / Keywords:last_img read more