Ram Vilas Paswan joins chorus for concurrent polls

first_imgAdding to the chorus favouring simultaneous polls for Parliament and State Assemblies, Lok Jan Shakti Party chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said the time was ripe to introduce the process to save time and money.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been advocating simultaneous polls since March 2016. Phased moveThe AIADMK, which has not officially joined the NDA yet, has also been making positive noises. Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai wrote a three-page letter to Mr. Modi proposing that by 2019, 20 States should go for polls and by 2024, all Parliamentary and Assembly elections could be fully synced. Mr. Paswan also said his party had been proposing simultaneous elections since 1989. The counter-argument that the arrangement would reduce accountability to the voters was fallacious, he said. Turmoil in Tamil NaduAsked how the changed system would handle political turmoil as currently seen in Tamil Nadu, Mr. Paswan said the answer lies within the Assembly. “If, say, a Chief Minister or a party loses the confidence of the House, instead of going back to the people, the members of the House should vote to pick the alternate leader or party,” he said. The Lok Jan Shakti Party also strongly opposed proportional representation. It informed the parliamentary panel discussing the electoral reforms that this would increase caste-based politics. “Look at the election posters put up today; we will be representatives of all castes and communities. If we bring in proportional representation, no one will work for an entire constituency. The social equations will be disrupted and the schisms will grow deeper,” he said.However, the Opposition parties have remained unconvinced of the advantages of the system. In the Standing Committee of Law and Justice’s December 2015 report on the subject, both the Trinamool Congress and the Congress rejected it as anti-democratic and unconstitutional. The CPI and the NCP have said the process is “not feasible.”last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in China

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Breaking: Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas joins @FIBAAsiaCC. Games will be shown @TV5manila & @Sports5PH,” Reyes wrote.The tournament features some of Asia’s best club teams with China’s Xinjian Flying Tigers tipped to repeat as champions. The Flying Tigers will be led by naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas, which finished in seventh place in the Fiba Asia Cup last month, will use the competition as part of its buildup for the Fiba World Cup Qualifying in November. Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Roger Pogoy. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas is set to compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup which runs from Sept. 22-30 in Shenzen, China.National team coach Chot Reyes announced Gilas’ participation in the tournament Tuesday on his Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games San Beda cruises to 8th straight; Bolick ejected after scufflelast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer calls for a more ruthless Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer calls for a more ruthless Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer wants to see Manchester United kill off their opponents.The Red Devils blew a 1-0 goal lead against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.Despite eventually winning on penalties, Solskjaer says his team must make it easier on themselves in the future.He said: “We go 1-0 up in many games and, today again, we go 1-0 up and you think go on then, get the second, which is the key now.”And that’s a learning curve for these boys as well. We need to go for the second. At this club, we don’t just sit back and hope that’s enough.”If you settle for good enough, that’s not what we want.” last_img read more

19 days agoSheffield Utd to bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd to bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkinsby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United are eyeing Brentford striker Ollie Watkins.Chris Wilder and his team are looking for another striker, even though they bought Oli McBurnie and Callum Robinson in the summer.Brentford forward Watkins has been tracked since the start of a campaign in which he has become one of the Championship’s top scorers, says The Sun.United have fancied Watkins for years as he can play anywhere across the front line.And his run of scoring in a new central role confirmed their belief in him.Crystal Palace wanted Watkins in the last window but he was priced too high for their liking. last_img

Photo: The ACC Network Misidentified UNC Point Guard Joel Berry As N.C. State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

first_imgACC Network used NC State QB Jacoby Brissett's picture for Joel Berry.North Carolina is taking on Boston College on the road today, and Tar Heels freshman point guard Joel Berry is returning to the court after missing nearly a month with an injury.The ACC Network put up the following graphic to discuss Berry’s return, with one small problem. The player in the headshot isn’t Berry. Instead, it’s N.C. state quarterback Jacoby Brissett.Nope. That’s not @JoelBerryII. pic.twitter.com/L1l3A1KnXi— UNC Humor (@UNCMemes) February 7, 2015Now, Brissett and Berry share the same initials and both play in the state of North Carolina. And the point guard is the quarterback on the basketball court, right? So I guess it’s close enough.Actually no, it’s not. At all. But at least this graphic was in coherent English, as opposed to this one involving UNC.last_img read more

JCDC Raises National Flag for Anniversary

first_img JCDC, held a special flag-raising ceremony on August 4 As part of activities to mark its 50th anniversary, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), held a special flag-raising ceremony on August 4, in front of the agency’s head office on Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10.The short ceremony involved the singing of the National Anthem, accompanied by the hoisting of the national flag. Later, chocolate tea and salt-fish fritters were served to guests.Earlier, 12 staff members, six males and six females, donned costumes to perform the traditional Maypole dance, with JCDC’s Dance Co-ordinator, Jennifer Morgan Garwood and Subject Specialist for Speech, Drama and Literary Arts, Andrew Brodber, controlling the pole.Deputy Executive Director of the JCDC, Noel Campbell, told JIS News that it was important for staff to show appreciation for Jamaica’s culture. He noted that for the past six months, the agency has been hoisting the national flag on the first Monday of each month.“We usually add variety to it, and not make it the same each time, so a member of staff might say a poem or do a dance. Today, we decided to extend ourselves a little more by having refreshments and put a little more spice and flavour,” he said,Apart from the flag-raising events, he said the cultural agency has, for the past six months, been playing the National Anthem at 8:30 a.m. each day at its head office and parish offices.“So, it is piped throughout the buildings and wherever it catches you, wherever you are, staff members usually respond as we really want them to,” he said.Meanwhile, veteran Broadcaster and Chairman of the JCDC, Fae Ellington, who attended the function, told JIS News that the occasion was a time to reflect on the many blessings and achievements as an independent nation.She noted that the playing of the National Anthem at specific times during the day allows persons to reflect on the significance of the words of the song, and that the hoisting of the national flag in the morning and taking it down at sunset was also important in the life of the country.The Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, is mandated to unearth, develop, preserve and promote creative talents and expressions of the Jamaican people.Also in attendance at the ceremony were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Sydney Bartley; Programmes Management Director, Dorrett Thaxter and representatives of offices located near the JCDC’s headquarters. Story Highlights Staff members donned costumes to perform the traditional Maypole dance The cultural agency plays the National Anthem at 8:30 a.m. each daylast_img read more

Summer temperatures will be like whiplash says meteorologist

first_imgTORONTO – Temperatures this summer are expected to feel like “whiplash,” and may swing between hot and cool over the course of the season, a top meteorologist says.The Weather Network released its summer forecast Tuesday, and chief meteorologist Chris Scott said it may feel like being on a teeter-totter.“When you’re going down, before you reach the bottom, someone jumps on the other side and you’re jerked right back up again,” he said. “That’s what our weather patterns are going through. They’re getting kind of jerked around by the overall patterns in the Pacific Ocean with El Nino.”Scott said that while British Columbia has had a cool spring, that should turn around for summer and it’ll end up being a little warmer than average — though he notes that it shouldn’t be excessively hot.And he said precipitation-wise, the region should get the average amount of rain — which is to say, not a ton. Scott said it could present an issue for forest fires.In the Prairies, temperatures will vary by the region. Scott said Alberta could get some of the same warm temperatures as British Columbia, but the eastern Prairies can expect it to be cooler than average.And while there may be a few dry pockets, meteorologists aren’t predicting any prolonged droughts.Scott said it won’t be as hot or dry in Central Canada as last summer.“We will be on that battle ground, between warm to the south — and hot, humid weather at times — and cool to the north,” he said. “We’re painting in much of northern Ontario with below normal temperatures, most of southern Ontario with near-normal and just a little bit of southern Quebec at above-normal.”“Versus last summer, I wouldn’t say a cooler summer — let’s just say not as hot,” he said, adding there won’t be quite as many days above 30C as there were in Toronto last year.In terms of precipitation, he said it may be a little bit above normal, though the regions affected by flooding in the spring likely won’t have to worry about further issues in the summer.Meanwhile, Scott said the southern parts of the Maritimes will be a little bit above normal temperature-wise.But he added that in Newfoundland and Labrador, it may be chillier than average whenever there’s a wind coming off of the ocean, which is cooler this year than it usually is.In the North, Scott said Yukon can look forward to a warmer than normal summer.Much of the Northwest Territories will see near normal temperatures, but southern Nunavut should expect a cooler season than usual.last_img read more

Neil Young plans archival website of music career

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Neil Young recorded his 1976 acoustic album Hitchhiker in a single day, but until now fans could only dream of getting their hands on it. Young is putting the finishing touches on a massive archival website of his music. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press) Advertisement Twitter “The musical information found here is a work in progress, always growing and adapting to new information as we find it,” he wrote.While the musician didn’t say when the website would launch, he timed it with another big reveal — news that his 1976 acoustic album Hitchhiker would finally be made public on Sept. 8 after more than four decades in the vaults.Hitchhiker releaseRecorded at a Malibu studio in a single day, Hitchhiker is one of several elusive “lost albums” in Young’s repertoire, and the musician hinted that other unreleased albums will appear in his archive “once they are completed.”Hitchhiker features two never-released tracks, Hawaii and Give Me Strength, and early versions of songs like Pocahontas and Powderfinger, which later appeared on his 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps.The album’s title track arrived on streaming music services and in digital stores on Friday.New site will use Young’s streaming serviceYoung plans to launch the archival website using his new high-fidelity streaming music service Xstream, which he says gives listeners music at the highest quality their network allows.The musician has been an enthusiastic supporter of high-quality audio in an era which has favoured the convenience of muddy-sounding MP3s and low bit rate streaming audio files.center_img Login/Register With: Neil Young is putting the finishing touches on a massive archival website focused on his storied music career.The Toronto-born rocker teased fans on Friday with a message outlining plans for the Neil Young Archive, “a living document” that he says will provide an interactive timeline of his entire discography.‘Work in progress’Starting with his first single in 1963 and running through to his most recent recordings, Young says the website will cover “every single, recorded track or albums I have produced” along with a collection of “credits, memorabilia, films or videos, press and photographs.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Middleware provider Oregan Networks is to add remo

first_imgMiddleware provider Oregan Networks is to add remote recording and viewing capability to its hybrid digital TV platform.According to Oregan, new multiscreen EPG and PVR applications, running on Android and Apple OS companion devices, will enable consumers to synchronise their tablets, laptops and smart phones with the living room TV, access aggregated search, synchronise recorded libraries and remotely manage scheduling options, including reminders and social alerts features.last_img

Disabled peoples organisations DPOs have accuse

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have accused ministers of attacking freedom of expression and trying to muzzle their critics, after announcing new rules that will ban charities from using government grants to lobby politicians and civil servants.DPOs say that the new rules, announced by the Cabinet Office, will make it even harder to campaign to promote the rights of disabled people.The new rules say that all government grant agreements from 1 May will forbid charities from spending money on work that is intended to influence “parliament, government or political parties”, or “legislative or regulatory action”.But there has been Cabinet Office confusion over whether the new rules would apply to charities responding to government consultations, or trying to improve proposed legislation as it passes through parliament.And the Cabinet Office risked ridicule after it told Disability News Service that government departments would be holding their own consultations on the new rules in the lead-up to their introduction on 1 May.This holds out the prospect of charities being asked to comment on a policy that could prevent them taking part in such consultations in the future.Asked whether this suggested “double standards”, a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: “I don’t really see a problem at all.”Henrietta Doyle, policy office for Inclusion London, said the new rules showed that the government “dislikes criticism” and was “trying to clamp down on the voluntary sector highlighting the damage their policies are causing”.    She said: “For [Cabinet Office minister] Matthew Hancock to call it ‘the farce of government lobbying government’ shows little understanding that charities provide government with an independent opinion about the impact of their policies on the population.“The proposal inhibits the democratic process. Government policy should be examined by the third sector, which includes disabled people and their organisations.“If a policy is damaging disabled people’s lives then government should be informed of this and voluntary organisations play a vital role in providing this feedback to government and it should not be inhibited in any way, regardless of where the funding comes from.”Tara Flood, director of The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), said the new clause was “appalling”.She said it was already becoming more difficult for campaigning organisations like ALLFIE to secure meetings with government decision-makers, and to find the time and resources to respond to the frequent consultations sent out by government departments, such as the Department for Education.She said: “There is a real resistance, particularly among politicians, to meet with those of us who are going to challenge what politicians say.”Flood said the new clause would also intensify the competition for grants from the few organisations that still fund campaign work, while some charities may just decide to stop campaigning completely.Disability Rights UK said the new clause “fundamentally undermines the value of the third sector in bringing insight and feedback from the people we represent”. Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “It goes against open policy-making and is counter to the ideas of co-production where those affected by a policy have the opportunity to help shape it. “We think this attack on the freedom of expression undermines good policy-making and in the end, far from being good for taxpayers as it is claimed, will do the exact opposite, as poor policy will result.”She said the new clause also contradicts the Compact, the agreement between the government and voluntary organisations across England to ensure that they “work effectively in partnership”. Clause 1.1 of the Compact states that the government will “respect and uphold the independence of civil society organisations to deliver their mission, including their right to campaign, regardless of any relationship, financial or otherwise, which may exist”.Picture: Social care minister Alistair Burt speaking at a meeting organised by the charity-funded Care and Support Alliance at the 2015 Tory party conferencelast_img read more

Uber Stole Trade Secrets Alphabet Subsidiary Alleges

first_img News reporter February 24, 2017 Tom Brant Add to Queue 2 min read –shares Image credit: via PC Mag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Waymo, which took over Google’s self-driving car project, says its trade secrets are now in Uber’s hands. Uber Stole Trade Secrets, Alphabet Subsidiary Alleges Uber A former employee stole trade secrets from Google’s self-driving car project and brought them to a startup that was later acquired by Uber, according to a complaint filed in federal court on Thursday.Waymo, a division of Google’s parent company Alphabet that took over the search giant’s self-driving car project last year, filed a complaint against Uber’s subsidiary Otto, claiming trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement and unfair competition.The complaint alleges that Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 proprietary design files — 9.7GB worth of data — for Waymo’s Lidar system in late 2015 before he left the company to found Otto.Those designs showed up in an email that Waymo received from one of its circuit board suppliers in December, according to the complaint. The email, which apparently was referring to Uber’s own Lidar design, confirmed Waymo’s earlier suspicions that Levandowski had given Waymo’s trade secrets to Uber, which acquired Otto in August 2016.”As of August 2016, Uber had no in-house solution for LiDAR — despite 18 months with their faltering Carnegie Mellon University effort — and they acquired Otto to get it,” Waymo wrote in the complaint. “By September 2016, Uber represented to regulatory authorities in Nevada that it was no longer using an off-the-shelf, or third-party, LiDAR technology, but rather using an ‘[i]n-house custom built’ LiDAR system.”Waymo investigated the matter further, and said it discovered that additional former employees — now working at Otto and Uber — also downloaded confidential Lidar information.”Our parent company Alphabet has long worked with Uber in many areas, and we didn’t make this decision lightly,” Waymo said in a statement regarding its lawsuit. “However, given the overwhelming facts that our technology has been stolen, we have no choice but to defend our investment and development of this unique technology.”An Uber spokesperson told PCMag that “we take the allegations made against Otto and Uber employees seriously and we will review this matter carefully.” Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Synspiras abstracts accepted for presentation at the 32nd Annual NACFC

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 12 2018Synspira, a privately held company developing a new class of inhaled glycopolymer-based therapeutics for the treatment of pulmonary disease, today announced that three abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the 32nd Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC), occurring October 18-20 in Denver, CO. The three presentations detail the results of research undertaken with polycationic glycopolymer poly (acetyl, arginyl) glucosamine (PAAG) that is being developed by Synspira as SNSP113, an inhaled treatment designed to improve lung function in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).Related StoriesScientists highlight advances and uses of organoids in gastroenterology and hepatologyPlastic surgeons and scientists develop synthetic soft tissue substitute with fewer side effectsFDA expands approval of cystic fibrosis treatment to include pediatric patients as young as 6 years oldResults of all three studies will be presented at Poster Session I.Presenter: Courtney Fernandez Petty, Ph.D.Title: PAAG Improves Mucociliary Transport in CF RatsDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDr. Fernandez Petty’s presentation will highlight the work led by collaborators Steven Rowe, M.D. and his team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Guillermo Tearney, M.D., Ph.D. at the Tearney Lab in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. The presentation will focus on the beneficial mucoactive effects of PAAG on mucociliary transport in the trachea and lungs of CF rats.Presenter: Dixon Johns, B.S.Title: Novel Disruption of an Alginate Biofilm Infection Model of CF Respiratory DiseaseDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDixon Johns’s presentation will highlight the work led by collaborator Dr. Rowe and his team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham investigating the ability of PAAG to reduce respiratory biofilm integrity.Presenter: Bryan Garcia, M.D.Title: Poly Acetyl-Arginyl Glucosamine Has Anti-Biofilm and Anti-Pseudomonal Effect In-VitroDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDr. Garcia’s presentation will highlight work led by collaborators Drs. Rowe and Swords, both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The presentation will focus on the anti-biofilm and anti-pseudomonal properties of PAAG. Source:https://www.synspira.com/news/synspira-announces-abstracts-evaluating-new-treatment-options-for-cystic-fibrosis-complications-accepted-for-presentation-at-the-32nd-annual-north-american-cystic-fibrosis-conference/last_img read more

Popular DataPaq Mirage rack scanner can now read Brooks Acoustix tubes

first_imgOur new optional upgrade allows the Mirage to quickly and successfully decode the latest split-code Brooks AcoustixTM tubes, without the need to cover the racks, in less than 5 seconds and with full empty-well detection”. Jun 12 2019Ziath Ltd. has announced its compact DataPaq™ Mirage CMOS-camera based 2D tube rack scanner can now read Brooks Acoustix™ tubes in addition to all popular makes of coded tubes in ANSI/SLAS format racks. Steve Knight, Commercial Director at Ziath commented: Related StoriesNew Ziath solution enables verifiable 2D coded tube selection from storage racksZiath to showcase new Mohawk Semi-Automated Tube picker at SLAS 2019Ziath announces opening of direct operations in the U.S.Economically priced to suit most budgets, the DataPaq™ Mirage has been designed as a faster, more productive camera-based replacement for a flatbed scanner. Its low profile and ability to scan all current, commonly used ANSI/SLAS format racks enables it to be simply integrated with liquid handling platforms and other automation systems.The DataPaq™ Mirage 2D scanner offers easy, out-of-the-box set up and is delivered pre-calibrated and ready to scan. Benefiting from unique, patented illumination, scanning and decode technology the DataPaq™ Mirage can, error-free, decode a complete 96 well rack in just 2-3 seconds.center_img Source: Ziath Versatile 2D Rack Scannerlast_img read more

Heat from nanoparticles zaps cancer cells from inside

first_imgGraphic depiction of the process of using cobalt- and manganese-doped nanoparticles to kill tumors via magnetic hyperthermia. Image Credit: Tetiana Korzun By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJun 26 2019Oregon State University researchers have come up with nanoclusters that are capable of reaching within tumours that are difficult to reach. The results of this breakthrough in cancer therapeutics were published in a study in the latest issue of the journal ACS Nano. The study is titled, “Biocompatible Nanoclusters with High Heating Efficiency for Systemically Delivered Magnetic Hyperthermia.” These nanoclusters are magnetic and are of the size of a billionth of a metre, explain the researchers. They can be easily injected into the body into the cancerous growth and can reach the insides of the tumours easily, they add. Once the nanoclusters have been injected into the tumour, they are subjected to an alternate magnetic field (AMF) from outside, write the researchers. This raises the temperature of the clusters to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the heat kills the cancer cells from inside.The team of researchers explain that the hurdle they faced until now was to find the right nanoparticles that could be able to be injected both directly into the tumour as well as via the intravenous route. Both ways they should be able to reach the tumour mass. Once they accumulate within the tumours, the AMF could be used to kill the cancer cells from within. For ovarian cancers and prostate cancer, these nanoparticles have been used intravenously, they write. The team of researchers included OSU electrical engineering professor Pallavi Dhagat, who led the efforts in developing the naoclusters.Lead authors Olena Taratula and Oleh Taratula of the OSU College of Pharmacy along with their colleagues developed nanoclusters. These clusters are multiple nanoparticles that have a better heating efficiency. Each of the hexagon-shaped iron oxide nanoparticles are coated with cobalt and manganese and are carried into the body using “biocompatible PEG–PCL (poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone))-based nanocarriers”, the authors explained.Taratula, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences in a statement said, “There had been many attempts to develop nanoparticles that could be administered systemically in safe doses and still allow for hot enough temperatures inside the tumor. Our new nanoplatform is a milestone for treating difficult-to-access tumors with magnetic hyperthermia. This is a proof of concept, and the nanoclusters could potentially be optimized for even greater heating efficiency.” She said that this process of magnetic hyperthermia could now be used for cancer treatment. She said, “It’s already been shown that magnetic hyperthermia at moderate temperatures increases the susceptibility of cancer cells to chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy.”Related StoriesTiny magnetic microrobots could help drug-delivery nanoparticles reach their targetsEvaluating safety and efficacy of magnetically labeled mesenchymal stem cellsAn injection of nanoparticles for spinal cord injuriesFor the study the team used mouse models in the labs to show that after the animals had been given IV nanocluster injections, they could be treated with magnetic hyperthermia. In the test animals, ovarian cancer was implanted under the skin for the experiment. Taratula explained, “To advance this technology, future studies need to use orthotopic animal models – models where deep-seated tumors are studied in the location they would actually occur in the body. In addition, to minimize the heating of healthy tissue, current AMF systems need to be optimized, or new ones developed.”The authors of the study wrote in conclusion, “this nanoplatform is a milestone in the development of systemically delivered magnetic hyperthermia for the treatment of cancer tumors that are difficult to access for intratumoral injection.”The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the OSU College of Pharmacy and Najran University of Saudi Arabia.Related researchAuthors Angl Apostolova from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria and colleagues this year (April 2019) published their work on magnetic hyperthermia using nanoclusters. Their study was published in the The European Physical Journal B. The study was titled, “Specific absorption rate in Zn-doted ferrites for self-controlled magnetic hyperthermia.”This study showed that the absorption rate of the heat produced by the nanoclusters depends on the composition of the magnetic material as well as its diameter. The team explained that AMF would be used to activate their magnetic particles. Further they assure that these nanoparticles would be absorbed only by the tumour tissues and not by the healthy tissues. To ensure this the team used iron oxide nanoparticles called ferrite, to which they added small amounts of copper, nickel, manganese or cobalt atoms. This is called dopping.They tested the efficacy of the nanoparticles then on mice as well as cell cultures and found that diameter of the particles as well as its composition affected the efficiency of the particles to generate magnetic hyperthermia. They explain that For cobalt dopping the maximum absorption is seen with maximum of 14 nanometres size and for copper dopping maximum absorption is seen with maximum of 16 nanometres size. Journal references: Biocompatible Nanoclusters with High Heating Efficiency for Systemically Delivered Magnetic Hyperthermia, Hassan A. Albarqi, Leon H. Wong, Canan Schumann, Fahad Y. Sabei, Tetiana Korzun, Xiaoning Li, Mikkel N. Hansen, Pallavi Dhagat, Abraham S. Moses, Olena Taratula, and Oleh Taratula, ACS Nano 2019 13 (6), 6383-6395, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b06542 – https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsnano.8b06542 Specific absorption rate in Zn-doted ferrites for self-controlled magnetic hyperthermia, Apostolov, A., Apostolova, I. & Wesselinowa, J. Eur. Phys. J. B (2019) 92: 58. https://doi.org/10.1140/epjb/e2019-90567-2last_img read more

Red Hat soar on IBM deal

first_img IBM buys software company Red Hat for $34bn in bid for cloud dominance Shares of Red Hat skyrocketed at the opening bell Monday after IBM, in the biggest acquisition of its 100-year history, acquired the software company. The $34 billion stock deal translates to $190 per Red Hat share—a 63 percent premium to the closing price Friday for the Raleigh, North Carolina company. Red Hat Inc.’s stock soared almost 50 percent in early trading.The path for revitalization for New York’s IBM may be found in cloud technology, a driving force behind the blockbuster deal for Red Hat over the weekend.”This is about resetting the cloud landscape,” Chairman and CEO Virginia Rometty said Monday in a conference call.The hybrid cloud—when companies use a mix of on-site, private and third-party public cloud services—is an emerging $1 trillion opportunity that the companies want to be prepared for, Rometty said.The deal requires the approval of Red Hat shareholders as well as U.S. regulators. It is targeted to close in the latter half of 2019, but there is a good chance that others may wish to make a counterbid.That prospect sent shares up 47 percent in early trading, close to an all-time high.”We have long-stated that Red Hat is a strategic asset and while we are not aware of any merger and acquisition discussions or negotiations, we would not be surprised if a hyperscale cloud vendor such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, or Oracle make a competing bid given Red Hat’s strategic position within on-premise datacenters (over 100K customers),” wrote Stifel’s Brad Reback.IBM’s stock slipped more than 1 percent Monday. 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.center_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Red Hat soar on IBM deal (2018, October 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-red-hat-soar-ibm.html In this April 26, 2017, file photo, pedestrians walk past the IBM logo displayed on the IBM building in New York. Shares of Red Hat skyrocketed at the opening bell Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, after IBM, in the biggest acquisition in its 100-year history, acquired the software company. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)last_img read more