NHS to get a long term overhaul with a 10 year plan

first_imgWith the future plans in place, the hospitals could be facing a cut in funds while preventive health is the main focus. According to senior doctors however, this was a “near-on impossible task.” They explain that the three wait time targets are for Accident and Emergency care, cancer care and routine operations. They explain that at present most trusts are unable to meet these wait time targets. It is still a long way off to reach what is currently being planned, they explain.The 10-year plan is to be soon released by the NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens and Prime Minister Theresa May. The NHS says that one third of the extra £20bn given to the NHS in 2023 would be diverted to the GPs, mental health care and community care. At present the amounts spent on these sectors is less than a quarter of the whole budget. Hospitals at present take up more than half of the £114bn NHS budget. Mr Stevens said that this would be a “practical, costed and phased route map” for the next 10 years.The plan is that mental health care would receive £2.3 billion extra of the £20bn of the NHS budget while the community care and GP services would be receiving £4.5 billion. Mental health care would focus on mental health care support in schools as well as 24-hour access to mental health crisis care via NHS 111. Community care would include support in the communities for patients to ensure early discharge from hospitals. GP services would be improved by digitalizing access to health services and online GP booking. Preventive health care would focus on healthy living programmes and therapies. The focus would also be on genetic testing for children suffering from cancers and rare genetic diseases so that appropriate treatment can be provided for them.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeOnce in place, this new policy could prevent heart disease, strokes, cancers and other health problems by early detection and also help save 500000 lives. Speaking about the 10 year plan, yesterday (6th January 2019), Mrs May called it a “historic” moment for the NHS and said that it would go on to provide “world class” treatments to the population.Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth was not too sure about the plan though. He said that there was a lack of staffing and funding and said that there was “mismanagement” in health services. He said, “The NHS needs a credible fully-funded plan for the future, not a wish list to help Theresa May get through the coming months.”Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers said that this plan would take off some pressure from the hospitals. He added however, “If we are serious about helping people to stay well and live independently for as long as possible it is vital that we also see appropriate investment and support for social care and public health.”“This investment is a significant part of our ambition to deliver true parity between physical and mental health,” said Mrs May. “We have already done a lot to end the stigma people with mental ill-health face and make sure they can reach out for help, and this expansion part of our Long Term Plan for the NHS will make a real difference and make the UK a world leader when it comes to both the money it spends on mental health services and the support and treatment it offers those who need it,” she said. Image Credit: BasPhoto / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 6 2019As part of the plans for a long term development of the NHS, large funding strategies are being devised that would focus on General Practitioners as well as community care and mental health services.As these services get the much needed boost, the health officials hope that the reliance on hospitals would go down. The NHS with this strategy could be preventing ill health and saving lives of up to 500,000 individuals.last_img read more

New immune response regulators discovered

first_img Source:https://www.utu.fi/en/news/press-release/researchers-discovered-new-immune-response-regulators Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 16 2019The discovery was published in the new iScience journal for interdisciplinary research by Cell Press.The newly discovered regulatory proteins differ significantly from the regulators in mouse immune cells which have been reported earlier. Some of the proteins, such as SATB1 regulating the transcription of several genes, function in the opposite way in human compared to mouse. The findings open new, previously unknown possibilities into the treatment of immune-mediated diseases, such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear’An injection of nanoparticles for spinal cord injuries- The differences in the immune system cell regulators in mouse and human revealed by protein-level analyses are in line with our earlier findings. To understand the special characteristics of the human T cell regulation, studies on human cells are necessary to advance translational research, stresses Professor Riitta Lahesmaa.T cells are critical in regulating the immune response. They can also cause inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis or type 1 diabetes.Researchers from Turku Centre for Biotechnology of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University in Finland used a proteomic approach they have optimized to discover how protein levels in T cells change over time so that they start causing inflammation.The team identified new cell regulators and gained information on the cell differentiation process, which can be a starting point for planning new ways of preventing cells from becoming inflammatory.last_img read more

Lifestyle and health factors that are good for the heart can also

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 16 2019Lifestyle and health factors that are good for your heart can also prevent diabetes, according to a new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine that published today in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.Diabetes is a growing problem in the United States, with nearly a third of the population living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Joshua J. Joseph, an endocrinologist and assistant professor at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, wants to bring those numbers down. He studies various ways to prevent diabetes, and his latest work looked at how cardiovascular health can impact diabetes risk.”This research adds to our collective understanding about how physicians can help their patients prevent a number of serious diseases, including heart disease, cancer and now diabetes,” said Dr. K. Craig Kent, dean of the College of Medicine.Related StoriesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figuresObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantThe team led by Joseph assessed diabetes among 7,758 participants in the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study and used the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 as a guide for measuring heart health among the group.The Life’s Simple 7 health factors and lifestyle behaviors that are associated with cardiovascular health are physical activity, diet, weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and tobacco use.Overall, the study participants who were in the recommended, ideal ranges for at least four of the seven factors had a 70 percent lower risk of developing diabetes over the next 10 years.”What’s interesting is when we compared people who had normal blood glucose and those who already had impaired blood glucose,” Joseph said. “Those in normal levels who attained four or more guideline factors had an 80 percent lower risk of developing diabetes. Those who were already diabetic or prediabetic and met four of the factors had no change in lowering their risk for diabetes.”Joseph said this research proves using prevention strategies from the very beginning is key to helping Americans avoid diabetes.”Healthy people need to work to stay healthy. Follow the guidelines. Don’t proceed to high blood sugar and then worry about stopping diabetes. By that point, people need high-intensity interventions that focus on physical activity and diet to promote weight loss and, possibly, medications to lower the risk of diabetes,” Joseph said.Community outreach is one way Joseph and his team put their research to practical use. They attend wellness walks, community days and other gatherings around central Ohio to help educate people about diabetes prevention and starting healthy habits.”We don’t wait for people to come to us as patients. We’re very engaged in taking our work from the lab and applying it to our populations so we can help keep our communities healthy,” Joseph said. Source:http://diabetologia-journal.org/last_img read more

Gerontologists highlight new research regarding aging and technology

first_img Source:https://www.geron.org/press-room/press-releases/2019-press-releases/986-where-technology-and-aging-intersect-gerontologists-chart-path-forward Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 5 2019The latest issue of the journal The Gerontologist from The Gerontological Society of America contains 21 articles highlighting the state-of-the-art research regarding aging and technology, and offering guidance for the future.Among the findings are that older adults in certain demographic groups are less likely to use technology for health-related purposes; using the Internet to connect with family and friends can indirectly affect well-being by decreasing loneliness and increasing social engagement; and there exists a potential for social robots to promote the health of older people. The development of this special issue was led by past Editor-in-Chief Rachel Pruchno, PhD, FGSA.Related StoriesTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”Technology has the potential to improve the lives of older people,” Pruchno wrote in an opening editorial. “However, for technology to be useful, gerontologists must be engaged in every step of its development.”The articles fall under several categories: technology and the digital divide, strategies for bridging the digital divide, Internet use and well-being, robotics, technology in the community, and technology in nursing homes.”Gerontologists understand the aging process and can facilitate the experiences of older users. Engineers and marketing managers usually do not have this expertise,” Pruchno said, adding that when technology and marketing proceed without gerontologists, a great deal of money is invested in useless technology.”On the other hand, gerontologists do not have the skills to develop or design new technologies. Success will depend on evolving partnerships that include gerontologists, engineers, marketing experts, and older people working together and listening to one another,” she said.GSA has been active in promoting research on technology and aging, most notable through the work of a member interest group and a dedicated track of sessions at the Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in November 2018.The Gerontologist is a peer-reviewed publication of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.last_img read more

Novel drug shows potential to prevent sepsis progression

first_img Source:https://www.rcsi.com/dublin/news-and-events/news/news-article/2019/03/promising-new-drug-shows-potential-to-stop-progression-of-sepsis Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 8 2019Research into a new breakthrough therapy in the fight against sepsis has shown that the drug has potential to stop all sepsis-causing bacteria from triggering organ damage in the early stages of the condition.The pre-clinical trial of InnovoSep, carried out by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), has demonstrated that the drug also has the potential to stop progression of sepsis to multiple organ failure in the later stages.The study is being presented today at RCSI Research Day 2019 by Dr Sinéad Hurley, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Pharmacy and Irish Centre for Vascular Biology, RCSI.Principal Investigator on the research, Professor Steve Kerrigan, Associate Professor in Pharmacology at RCSI and inventor of InnovoSep said: “Sepsis occurs when an infection gets into the bloodstream and our own body’s defence system spins out of control trying to fight the infection, which results in multiple organ failure if untreated.”There is only a short window of opportunity for treatment of sepsis with the early administration of antibiotics and fluid. However, in many cases antibiotics are not effective due to drug resistance or delays in identifying the type of bacteria that has caused the infection. Therefore, there is a need for a non-antibiotic therapy that can be used at all stages of infection against all bacterial causes of sepsis”.Identification of a new therapy such as the InnovoSep drug candidate is critical as current research from the World Sepsis Alliance suggests that the incidence of sepsis is growing annually by 8%.Professor Kerrigan continued “Our research has shown the InnovoSep candidate drug can prevent sepsis progression early or indeed treat advanced sepsis. The drug appears to act by preventing the bacteria from getting into the bloodstream from the site of infection by stabilising the blood vessels so that they cannot leak bacteria and infect the major organs.”Related StoriesStudy explains why several clinical trials of treatments for sepsis have been failedDoctors urge hospitals to reconsider the type of fluids used to treat children with sepsisFirst state-mandated sepsis regulation in the U.S. linked to lower mortality rates”The promising results of the InnovoSep pre-clinical trial gives hope for a new non-antibiotic treatment of this condition that could be effective in both the early and more advanced stages of sepsis which results in almost 3000 deaths in Ireland each year,” Professor Kerrigan said.Sepsis, otherwise known as blood poisoning, is a silent killer because it is unpredictable, rapid and can go undiagnosed due to its non-specific signs and symptoms. It is critical that the public are empowered with the knowledge of spotting signs and symptoms of sepsis so that rapid treatment can be initiated. The signs and symptoms of sepsis mimic those of the flu – high temperature, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, pain, pale or mottled skin, and feeling generally very sick. The main difference between sepsis symptoms and flu is that sepsis will come on very quickly whereas flu comes on over days.Any type of infection can cause sepsis ranging from seemingly minor infections on the skin, urinary tract infections, pneumonia or appendicitis – even a simple cut, scrape, or break in the skin can allow bacteria to enter the body and potentially lead to sepsis.Currently there are almost 15,000 cases of sepsis each year in Ireland with almost 3000 deaths. In Ireland sepsis kills more people than either heart attack, lung cancer, colon cancer or breast cancer. A staggering 60% of all hospital deaths has a sepsis or infection diagnosis.last_img read more

Taking vitamin D and E during pregnancy may reduce likelihood of asthma

first_imgThe study included 2000 pregnant women and the 1924 single children born to them. Overall, the study lasted 15 years. The researchers gathered data through questionnaires, clinical assessments, and routine healthcare data carried out at 1, 2, 5, 10 and 15 years of age.The amount of vitamin D and vitamin E consumed by the mother’s during pregnancy was compared to the reported wheezing and asthma outcomes.When the children turned 15, they were asked to fill out a questionnaire containing questions such as “have you had wheezing or whistling in the chest in the past 12 months?” and other questions that enquired whether they had “ever wheezed”, “wheezed in the absence of a cold”, and whether they had eczema and hayfever.Information on whether the children used asthma medications and whether a doctor had confirmed their asthma diagnosis was also collected.Vitamin D and E linked to a ‘reduced likelihood’ of wheezingAlthough only 39 percent of the 1924 original children returned the questionnaires and some participants had withdrawn from the study, results were found to be “consistent with the findings of several systematic reviews” that previously reported that higher maternal vitamin D and E intake during pregnancy was associated with a “reduced likelihood” of childhood wheezing.This new cohort study found that “lower maternal vitamin D intake during pregnancy was associated with an increase in childhood wheezing between 2 and 5 years” as well as an increase in wheeze and asthma incidence at the age of 10.Additionally, in the last year of the study, 12.8 percent of the participants reported using asthma medication.An increased incidence of childhood wheezing at the ages of two and five and an increase in asthma at the age of nine was associated with lower levels of maternal vitamin E during pregnancy.The study states although its longitudinal analyses showed links between maternal intake of vitamin E and vitamin D and wheeze and asthma outcomes in the children’s first 15 years of life, at the age of 15 the data “demonstrates no associations between maternal vitamin D or E and current wheeze or asthma outcomes.”Environmental and dietary factors further influence asthma developmentIt hypothesizes that a mother’s intake of vitamin D and E during pregnancy may influence the incidence of childhood wheeze and asthma up to the age of 10, but outside exposures and influences, perhaps environmental or dietary, are more likely to be the cause of asthma in children as they progress through puberty and into adulthood.The results also suggest that maternal diet is more important in influencing a child’s risk of developing wheeze or asthma than the child’s diet. The benefits of this particular study lie in its larger size when compared with previous studies, and the fact that it studied maternal intakes of both vitamin D and E over blood concentrations of the vitamins.However, the study was not immune to limitations. Participation in the study was “associated with significant biases”, but the authors were confident that these biases would not produce errors “masking the findings”. Additionally, the researchers were not able to gather data on what age the children were when they were diagnosed with asthma.The study states clearly that is has “confirmed” that there is indeed an association between childhood asthma and low intake of vitamins D and E during pregnancy. However, despite the significant and worrying increase in asthma incidence in 1990, there is now evidence that asthma incidence in the UK is decreasing.Source:Devereux, G., et al. (2018). Maternal vitamin D and E intakes in pregnancy and asthma to age 15 years: A cohort study. Pediatric Pulmonology. doi.org/10.1002/ppul.24184. The main implication of the finding is that while optimizing maternal diet during pregnancy may lesson the high burden of respiratory symptoms in young children, it is likely that any benefit to offspring would diminish and then disappear with the passage of time.” By Lois Zoppi, BAMay 7 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)At present, approximately 300 million people are living with asthma worldwide. It is estimated that by 2025, another 100 million people will be diagnosed with asthma and that urban lifestyles will play a significant role in this. Among other causes, changes in diets, climate change, and air pollution have all been associated with an increase in cases of asthma.The Study of Eczema and Asthma To Observe Effects of Nutrition (SEATON) birth cohort was recruited to investigate how a mother’s diet during pregnancy could affect her child’s risk of developing asthma and atopic diseases. The researchers found that high levels of vitamin D and E during pregnancy was associated with a lower risk of the child developing asthma.gpointstudio | ShutterstockThe study began after there was a sharp increase in the amount of children being diagnosed with asthma in developed countries in 1990. At this time, t increase in cases in the UK correlated with a reduction in the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables. We hypothesized that such a change would increase population airway susceptibility to allergens and irritants and thus contribute to the rise in prevalence.Our early studies pointed to vitamins E and D having a role in airway disease and, since the rise in prevalence had occurred in young children, we proposed that the mother’s diet during pregnancy would influence the child’s risk of developing asthma.”last_img read more

Newly identified internal regulator helps control bodys response to fight infection

first_imgWe want to put a brake on the body’s own immune system to stop it turning on itself. Our discovery has the potential to help us find a new drug to target this regulator, to suppress the immune system and stop the body destroying its own cells, even when there is no infection present. We’re a long way off being able to find a new effective treatment for autoimmune disease, but we’re excited because this discovery could open the door to a new class of drugs.”Dr Elton Zeqiraj, University of Leeds. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 30 2019Scientists have identified a new internal regulator which helps control the body’s response to fight infection.The discovery could be a target for new drugs to tackle autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and scleroderma, where healthy tissues are attacked by the body’s own immune system. Sources:University of LeedsJournal reference:Walden, M. et al. (2019) Metabolic control of BRISC–SHMT2 assembly regulates immune signalling. Nature. doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1232-1.center_img Autoimmune diseases include a wide range of difficult-to-treat conditions, including Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.The scientists used powerful cryo-electron microscopes at the University of Leeds’ Astbury Centre to reveal the structure of the regulator, comprised of two proteins in the body called BRISC and SHMT2, to understand for the first time how they work together in a cell.The protein complex acts to increase the immune response of cells, which occurs when they detect an invading pathogen.Dr Elton Zeqiraj continued: “The microscopes have allowed us to understand the structure of this protein complex in superb detail, and by building an accurate 3D model, we discovered that it plays a completely unexpected role in regulating our immune response.”The next step is to find a way of targeting this protein to inhibit the process, to prevent our immune system from attacking healthy cells.”Once the structure had been revealed, it was possible to design genetically engineered versions of the proteins and map out the functions of this complex in cells.The scientists also discovered, rather unexpectedly, that the BRISC-SHMT2 protein complex can be regulated by the active form of vitamin B6.Although vitamin B6 was shown to be important in the function of this regulator, the scientists caution that further research is needed to fully understand the role that it plays.The findings have been published in the scientific journalNature, and the team have created the world’s first visual of the protein complex.The research was carried out by an international team of researchers and clinicians, led by the University of Leeds and the University of Pennsylvania.Co-lead author Dr Roger Greenberg at the University of Pennsylvania, said: “We now have an unprecedented understanding of how this protein complex functions at atomic resolution. It reveals the molecular basis underlying communication between metabolism and immune responses, while also pointing to new ways to prevent the action of this complex in diseases stemming from overactive inflammatory signals.”Related StoriesUMD researchers connect a protein to antibody immunity for the first timeNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantCo-author Dr Francesco Del Galdo, from the University of Leeds, said: “Targeted therapies have revolutionised the way we manipulate the immune system and this discovery is giving us crucial insights on the role of metabolism in regulating innate immunity.”The SHMT2 protein is one of a small, but growing number of molecules that are involved in both cell metabolism and immune responses, so the team were very surprised by their findings.Dr Elton Zeqiraj first began researching the structure of this protein complex in 2010, at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, before moving in 2016 to Leeds to work in the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology.Dr Zeqiraj said: “The Astbury Centre in Leeds has one of the best structural biology facilities in the world, and having access to such a facility and expertise was essential. This breakthrough would not have been possible without the University’s state-of-the-art microscopes, which have allowed us to understand this protein’s structure for the first time.”The international collaboration of scientists and clinicians included co-first authors Dr Miriam Walden from Leeds and Dr Lei Tian from Pennsylvania, as well as researchers from the University of Liverpool, The Wistar Institute (Philadelphia), UbiQ Bio BV (Amsterdam), Warsaw University of Life Sciences and Lund University.The research was primarily funded by the Wellcome Trust, The Royal Society, the National Cancer Institute, the Lupus Research Alliance, and Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK.Sumi Subramaniam, Infection and Immunobiology Portfolio Manager at Wellcome, said: “This study uses cutting-edge technology to unravel the fundamental biological function of two proteins and how they interact to control the body’s immune response to an infection.”Disrupting these proteins could be an exciting new avenue to explore in tackling autoimmune diseases, where the immune system attacks healthy cells. We have very few effective treatments for autoimmunity, and these findings could help researchers to find new ways to control the immune response.”Additional quotes:Sue Farrington, Chief Executive of Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK, said: “Thousands of people in the UK are suffering from autoimmune diseases like scleroderma, which can cause serious skin problems that can greatly reduce quality of life.”We are very proud to have helped fund this important scientific breakthrough, and we hope this can open up a new avenue for drug discovery so that we can create more effective treatments for autoimmune conditions.”last_img read more

EU seeks to protect citizens in data jungle minister

© 2018 AFP The Facebook scandal has laid bare the urgency of protecting personal information in a digital “jungle,” the EU’s justice minister said before new European data rules become law. In an interview with AFP, Vera Jourova said the scandal was a wake-up call for critics who had seen the European Union as too quick to regulate online data.”It explained that we really are living in the kind of jungle where we are losing ourselves,” Jourova said in Brussels.”We have been providing the information about our private life, about our identity, about the intimate things,” she said.”It goes to the black box. And we don’t have a clue what is happening there, who can abuse it, who can sell it to somebody,” Jourova added.The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entering force on May 25 sets down the rights of individuals, such as one where they explicitly grant permission for their data to be used.They also have the right to know who is processing their information and for what purpose as well as to have information deleted. Silicon Valley giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter as well as banks and public bodies will have to comply with the rules or face massive fines.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg himself conceded the GDPR’s importance after research firm Cambridge Analytica plundered the personal data of tens of millions of the social network’s users for the 2016 US presidential election. Jourova said Zuckerberg’s support triggered an “efficient campaign” for the GDPR in a way that she would have been hard pressed to do herself.She said the GDPR would have applied in the Cambridge Analytica case because it requires firms to obtain the explicit consent of users for their personal data.The case “really opened the eyes of many people who were criticising Europe being too paranoid, too overregulated,” she said.-‘Don’t panic’-But she learnt from the US press that the United States had much to learn from an old world it had seen as too “apocalyptic” but now views as “more visionary” about data protection.She sees the EU as a benchmark for data protection.”By negotiating the possibility of data transfers outside Europe we are in fact pushing other countries to increase the standards,” Jourova said.The EU still has work to ensure its new regulation has the desired effects.Member countries must accept a larger role for their data protection authorities who will be central to guaranteeing the rules are applied.Jourova sought to reassure smaller firms worried about adapting to the new rules that carry fines for those in breach.”Please, don’t panic,” Jourova said. “The authorities… should have an honest dialogue with companies who are obviously in good faith.”She expected authorities to focus first on firms that handle mass quantities of data and make money off it.Smaller firms will likely have more time to adapt.Her advice for smaller firms and non-government organisations that do not pass on electronic data: “Be sure your technology is good enough against hackers.”But she was losing patience with member countries that have yet to update their laws even though they have had two years to do so since the GDPR was adopted in 2016.At least eight of the 28 member countries will not have adapted by May 25, which she attributed to neglect rather than resistance to the law.”They left it for the last moment. This procrastination of states will create some legal uncertainty. And I am not happy about that,” Jourova said. Explore further Citation: EU seeks to protect citizens in data ‘jungle’: minister (2018, May 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-eu-citizens-jungle-minister.html EU authorities are urging the bloc’s 500 million citizens to take control of their personal data, warning tech giants they face huge fines if they do not comply with the new data protection legislation EU data laws set to bite after Facebook scandal 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. read more

Shifts to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty study finds

first_img Citation: Shifts to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty, study finds (2019, July 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-shifts-renewable-energy-poverty.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. Julius McGee, assistant professor of sociology in PSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and his co-author, Patrick Greiner, an assistant professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University, found in a study of 175 nations from 1990 to 2014 that renewable energy consumption reduces carbon emissions more effectively when it occurs in a context of increasing inequality. Conversely, it reduces emissions to a lesser degree when occurring in a context of decreasing inequality.Their findings, published recently in the journal Energy Research & Social Science, support previous claims by researchers who argue that renewable energy consumption may be indirectly driving energy poverty. Energy poverty is when a household has no or inadequate access to energy services such as heating, cooling, lighting, and use of appliances due to a combination of factors: low income, increasing utility rates, and inefficient buildings and appliances.McGee said that in nations like the United States where fossil fuel energy is substituted for renewable energy as a way to reduce carbon emissions, it comes at the cost of increased inequality. That’s because the shift to renewable energy is done through incentives such as tax subsidies. This reduces energy costs for homeowners who can afford to install solar panels or energy-efficient appliances, but it also serves to drive up the prices of fossil fuel energy as utility companies seek to recapture losses. That means increased utility bills for the rest of the customers, and for many low-income families, increased financial pressure, which creates energy poverty.”People who are just making ends meet and can barely afford their energy bills will make a choice between food and their energy,” McGee said. “We don’t think of energy as a human right when it actually is. The things that consume the most energy in your household—heating, cooling, refrigeration—are the things you absolutely need.”Alternatively, in poorer nations, renewable sources of electricity have been used to alleviate energy poverty. In rural areas in southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, a solar farm can give an agrarian community access to electricity that historically never had access to energy, McGee said.”That’s not having any impact on carbon dioxide emissions because those rural communities never used fossil fuels in the first place,” he said.The study recommends that policymakers consider implementing policy tools that are aimed at both reducing inequality and reducing emissions. McGee and Greiner said such policies would both incentivize the implementation of renewable energy resources, while also protecting the populations that are most vulnerable to energy poverty.”We really need to think more holistically about how we address renewable energy,” McGee said. “We need to be focusing on addressing concerns around housing and energy poverty before we actually think about addressing climate change within the confines of a consumer sovereignty model.” Explore further More information: Julius Alexander McGee et al, Renewable energy injustice: The socio-environmental implications of renewable energy consumption, Energy Research & Social Science (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2019.05.024center_img Efforts to shift away from fossil fuels and replace oil and coal with renewable energy sources can help reduce carbon emissions but do so at the expense of increased inequality, according to a new Portland State University study. Fossil fuels increasingly offer a poor return on energy investment Provided by Portland State Universitylast_img read more

Intelligent framework aims to optimize data transfer in 5G networks

first_img 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. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Intelligent framework aims to optimize data transfer in 5G networks (2018, November 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-intelligent-framework-aims-optimize-5g.html “End-to-end transfer means that the technology accounts for all of the connections between a data source and the end user,” says Shih-Chun Lin, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and author of a paper on the work.”My technology, incorporating both hardware and software, is a framework that takes into account data transfer rates, wired and wireless bandwidth availability, and the power of base stations—or eNodeBs—in a 5G network,” Lin says. “It then uses stochastic optimization modeling to determine the most efficient means of transferring and retrieving data—and it does this very quickly, without using a lot of computing power.”Lin says that simulation testing of the framework is promising, and he and his research team are in the process of building a fully functional prototype.”The prototype will allow us to conduct tests on a 5G testbed platform, since full-scale 5G networks are not yet online,” Lin says. “But simulation results suggest that we’ll be able to meet the 3GPP goal of 10 gigabits per second data transfer in peak coverage areas.”We are currently seeking industry partners to work with us on developing, testing and deploying the framework to better characterize its performance prior to widespread adoption of 5G networks,” Lin says.The paper, “End-to-End Network Slicing for 5G&B Wireless Software-Defined Systems,” will be presented Dec. 11 at IEEE GLOBECOM’18, being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Integrated high-speed data and wireless power transfer A North Carolina State University researcher has developed technology designed to allow cellular communication nodes in 5G systems to partition bandwidth more efficiently in order to improve end-to-end data transmission rates. In simulations, the tech is capable of meeting the international goal of 10 gigabits per second in peak performance areas. Provided by North Carolina State University More information: “End-to-End Network Slicing for 5G&B Wireless Software-Defined Systems” Presented: Dec. 11, IEEE GLOBECOM’18, Abu Dhabi, UAElast_img read more

Vietnams draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

first_img Explore further A law requiring internet companies in Vietnam to remove content communist authorities deem to be against the state came into effect Tuesday, in a move critics called “a totalitarian model of information control”. 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. The new cybersecurity law has received sharp criticism from the US, the EU and internet freedom advocates who say it mimics China’s repressive censorship of the internet.The law requires internet companies to remove content the government regards as “toxic”.Tech giants such as Facebook and Google will also have to hand over user data if asked by the government, and open representative offices in Vietnam. The communist country’s powerful Ministry of Public Security (MPS) published a draft decree on how the law may be implemented in November, giving companies which offer internet service in Vietnam up to 12 months to comply.MPS has also said the bill was aimed at staving off cyber-attacks—and weeding out “hostile and reactionary forces” using the internet to stir up violence and dissent, according to a transcript of a question-and-answer session with lawmakers in October.In response to the law, which was approved by Vietnam’s rubber-stamp parliament last June, Facebook said they are are committed to protecting the rights of its users and enabling people to express themselves freely and safely.”We will remove content that violates (Facebook’s) standards when we are made aware of it,” Facebook said in an emailed statement to AFP, adding that the social media giant has a clear process to manage requests from governments around the world.Hanoi has said Google is taking steps to open up an office in Vietnam to comply with the new law. In response to AFP’s request for comment, the internet giant said it would not comment at this stage.The law also bans internet users in Vietnam from spreading information deemed to be anti-state, anti-government or use the internet to distort history and “post false information that could cause confusion and damage to socio-economic activities”.Critics say online freedom is shrinking under a hardline administration that has been in charge since 2016.Dozens of activists have been jailed at a pace not seen in years.Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the communist authorities to revise the law and postpone its implementation.”This law is designed to further enable the Ministry of Public Security’s pervasive surveillance to spot critics, and to deepen the Communist Party’s monopoly on power,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of HRW said. The law comes into force a week after Vietnam’s Association of Journalists announced a new code of conduct on the use of social media by its members, forbidding reporters to post news, picture and comments that “run counter to” the state.Daniel Bastard of Reporters Without Borders decried the new requirements for journalists and the cybersecurity law, calling it “a totalitarian model of information control”. Vietnam wants to build a reputation as a Southeast Asian hub for fintech.Critics warn the new internet law—particularly the data-sharing element—will make start-ups think twice about relocating to the country. Vietnam could give tech companies one year to obey cyberlawcenter_img Citation: Vietnam’s draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect (2019, January 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-vietnam-draconian-cybersecurity-bill-effect.html © 2019 AFP Critics say online freedom is shrinking under a hardline administration that has been in charge since 2016last_img read more

Apple refreshes iPad lineup with larger entrylevel model

first_imgApple has unveiled a new iPad that’s thinner and slightly larger than its current entry-level tablet. In this May 31, 2018, file photo a customer enters the Apple store in New York. Apple on Monday, March 18, 2019, unveiled a new iPad that’s thinner and slightly larger than its current entry-level tablet. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) The new iPad Air will cost $499 and sport a screen that measures 10.5 inches diagonally. That compares with the standard, 9.7-inch iPad, which Apple will still sell for $329.Apple has higher-end Pro models starting at $999. The new iPad Air has several features found in older Pro models, but not the latest. For instance, the iPad Air has a home button with a fingerprint sensor, while the latest Pro ditches that to make more room for the screen.Apple is also refreshing its 7.9-inch iPad Mini for the first time in more than three years.In the past, Apple has sometimes used older chips in the Mini, saving the latest technology for the larger models instead. This time, the Mini will have the same chip as the Air, along with support for the Apple Pencil stylus. But the Mini won’t have an optional keyboard attachment, unlike the new Air and Pro models.The Mini will cost $399, more expensive than the larger, but older 9.7-inch iPad. 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. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.center_img Explore further iPads, Macs get new screens as Apple pushes creativity Citation: Apple refreshes iPad lineup, with larger entry-level model (2019, March 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-apple-refreshes-ipad-lineup-larger.htmllast_img read more

Apple previews new software as it diversifies beyond iPhones

first_img 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. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple’s Haley Allen speaks about the Apple Watch at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple’s Stacey Lysik speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple is trying to adapt by squeezing money from digital services tailored for the more than 900 million iPhones currently in use. The transition includes a Netflix-like video service that Apple teased in March and thrust to center stage again Monday with a preview of one of the new series due out this fall, “For All Mankind.” Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) But the iPhone remains Apple’s marquee attraction. The next version of its iPhone operating software, iOS 13, manages to offer both privacy features and an aesthetic “dark mode” for the screen—a feature already available on Macs.Apple executives also claimed that iOS 13 will open apps faster and features a new version of the Face ID system will unlock your phone 30 percent faster. The software also will introduce more artificial intelligence to enable Apple’s digital assistant, Sir, to speak more like a human and, if so assigned, automatically tackle even more tasks, such as reading incoming messages out loud as Apple tries to catch up to the digital assistants made by Google and Amazon. Apple’s improvements in artificial intelligence also hatched a new photo-management tool that picks out the best photos taken on a certain day or in an entire month or year.Apple Maps will get the biggest makeover of any of the company’s built-in apps. Beginning with iOS 13 the maps will include granular street and place data that Apple says it collected with street and aerial footage—tactics its largest mobile app rival Google has been using for years. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the MacBook Pro at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) A crowd waits in line before an announcement at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Attendees await the start of the keynote address at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about Apple Watch at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Attendees await the start of the keynote address at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple also unveiled several new apps for its smartwatch, including independent apps that don’t rely on the iPhone in another sign of the company’s determination to lessen its dependence on that product. The App Store will be available on the watch, making it possible for people to find and download apps right on their watch—expanding the availability of purchases that generate commissions for Apple.The iPad will also get its own operating system instead of piggybacking on the iPhone software as Apple tries to cater to consumers who would like the tablet to be able to do more of the things a laptop computer can do.In its laptop and desktop businesses, Apple is breaking up its iTunes software for computers into three apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. Apple debuted iTunes 16 years ago to sell and manage digital music for the iPod, which paved the way for the iPhone.Apple has already de-emphasized iTunes on the iPhone and iPad, but now it will do the same on the Mac as well later this year. ITunes will still be available on Macs using older versions of the operating system, as well on all machines running on Microsoft’s Windows. The revisions previewed Monday during a conference in San Jose, California, included a new feature that will let people log into apps and other services with an Apple ID instead of relying on similar sign-in options from Facebook and Google—two companies that mine data to sell advertising. Apple said it won’t collect tracking information about users from that service.As part of that feature, Apple will also let users mask their true email addresses when signing into apps and services. That will involve faux email addresses that automatically forward to the user’s personal email. When the next version of the iPhone software comes out this fall, Apple is also promising to give people the option of limiting the time apps can follow their locations and prevent tracking through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals.The revisions are part of Apple’s ongoing attempts to differentiate itself from other technology giants, many of whom offer free services in exchange for personal data such as whereabouts and personal interests, which in turn fuels the advertising that generates most of their revenue. Apple, by contrast, makes virtually all its money selling devices and services, making it easier for CEO Tim Cook to embrace “privacy is a fundamental human right” as one of the company’s battle cries in an age of increasingly intrusive technology. Apple’s Kevin Lynch talks about the Apple Watch at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)center_img Monday’s software showcase is an annual rite that Apple holds for thousands of programmers at the end of spring. This year, however, Apple is grappling with its biggest challenge since its visionary co-founder, Steve Jobs, died nearly eight years ago.Although still popular, the iPhone is no longer reliably driving Apple’s profits the way it has for the past decade. Sales have fallen sharply for the past two quarters, and could suffer another blow if China’s government targets the iPhone in retaliation for the trade war being waged by Another potential problem looms for Apple. Regulatory complaints and a consumer lawsuit both question whether Apple has been abusing the power of its iPhone app store to thwart competition and gouge smaller technology companies that rely on it to attract users and sell their services. A crowd waits in line before an announcement at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple’s Toby Paterson speaks about Apple Pencil at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple’s Kevin Lynch talks about the Apple Watch at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple says iPhone XR is ‘best-selling’ iPhone, as it promotes RED model to help fight AIDS Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple, beset by falling iPhone sales, announced upcoming changes to its phone and computer software intended to highlight its increasing emphasis on digital services and to further position it as a fierce guardian of personal privacy. Apple’s Kevin Lynch speaks on Apple Watch at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Explore further Apple’s Toby Paterson speaks about Apple Pencil at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple’s Kevin Lynch talks about the Apple Watch at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Citation: Apple previews new software as it diversifies beyond iPhones (2019, June 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-apple-preview-software-big-transition.html Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)last_img read more

Amazon Prime Day Best Deals for Science Lovers

first_imgAmazon’s annual Prime Day will deliver savings on thousands of products for Prime members today (July 16). Live Science is wading through these products so you don’t have to, bringing you the nerdiest picks: from microscope slide collections to DIY robots; from chemistry sets to molecule jewelry. For all you science geeks out there, here’s a look at what we’re watching right now. We will be updating this page throughout the day with our favorite science-y deals. Dinosaur PuppetsThese Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really Loud00:35关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/59741-amazon-prime-day-science-deals.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2802:28  Rawr! Stage epic Jurassic battles with three colorful dinosaur head puppets. Though real dinosaurs were feathered, these heads of extinct carnivorous dinosaurs such at T. rex and Velociraptor are made of soft, painted silicon. Prime Day price: $18.95, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Dinosaur Puppets on Amazon.com Anatomy Apron Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, why not wear it on an apron — along with your lungs, liver, intestines and other organs? Soft sculptures in polyester and cotton offer an external view of the organs in the human body, assembled in their correct positions. Prime Day price: $17.99, a savings of 40% for Prime members Buy Anatomy Apron on Amazon.com Newton’s Cradle Enjoy a mesmerizing desktop display of physics in action, with a device known as Newton’s Cradle. The swinging motion of the stainless steel balls demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy as the balls at the end of the row transmit force through the rest of the spheres. Prime Day price: $12.79, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Newton’s Cradle on Amazon.com Shark Night Light Sharks usually cruise unseen in the dark ocean depths, but this 3D illuminated shark lamp will light up the darkness of your room. The LED light cycles through seven colors and is powered by USB or 3 AA batteries (not included). Prime Day price: $13.19, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy 3D Shark Night Light on Amazon.com Prepared Human Pathology Slide Set These 12 research-quality slides are a superb educational tool for introducing students to the effects of disease on the human body. They contain tissue samples representing a range of human pathologies, including anaemia, tuberculosis, cancer, fibroma and tumors. Prime Day price: $40.00, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Human Pathology Slide Set on Amazon.com Inflatable Stegosaurus Costume This inflatable costume will transform you into the stegosaurus you’ve always wanted to be. The costume is 100% polyester and is best suited for people of heights between 4 feet 9 inches (1.5 meters) and six feet two inches (1.9 m) tall. Included with the costume is fan for inflation, which requires 4 AA batteries (not included). Prime Day price: $35.19, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Dinosaur Costume on Amazon.com Over-Glasses Safety Goggles Just because you wear prescriptions glasses doesn’t mean you have to compromise safety during your experiments. These durable, scratch-resistant safety goggles will fit comfortably over your glasses, offering protection against splattering liquids or airborne particles. They also filter out 99% of UV light. Prime Day price: $8.52, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Safety Goggles on Amazon.com National Geographic Birds Field Guide Get to know your feathered neighbors with the “National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America,” the most up-to-date guide available. Beautifully illustrated and packed with information to thrill and delight birdwatchers of all levels, the book describes more than 1,000 species of birds. Prime Day price: $16.32, a savings of 46% for Prime members. Take an additional $5 off the price with promo code PRIMEBOOK19 when spending $15 or more on books offered by Amazon.com. Buy Nat Geo Bird Guide on Amazon.com Caffeine Necklace Show the world how much you love coffee on a molecular level, with this metal alloy necklace that shows coffee’s chemical structure. Also available in silver, gold and rose gold tones. Prime Day price: $11.85, a savings of 25% for Prime members Buy Caffeine Necklace on Amazon.com Nicola Tesla Patents Art Prints Celebrate the genius of pioneering engineer and thinker Nicola Tesla with a set of six art prints depicting some of his most celebrated inventions, including an electromagnet motor, an electric incandescent lamp and an alternative electric current generator. Prime Day price: $11.24, a savings of 25% for Prime members Buy Tesla Patents Prints on Amazon.com Hummingbird Feeder If hummingbirds are native to the region where you live, you can attract them to your backyard with this easy-to-assemble hummingbird feeder. It can hold 12 ounces (0.4 liters) of nectar and has four feeding stations, and it can be suspended from a pole, pillar or branch. Prime Day price: $10.87, a savings of 36% for Prime members Buy Hummingbird Feeder on Amazon.com Math Formula Wall Clock Math nerds will delight in keeping time with this silent, battery-operated wall clock, which displays math equations to mark the hours. It measures 12 inches (31 centimeters) in diameter and requires one AA battery (not included). Prime Day price: $19.74, a savings of 21% for Prime members Buy Math Formula Wall Clock on Amazon.com Moon Lamp Now you can experience the full moon whenever you like, with a spherical lamp modeled to resemble the lunar surface. The lamp features 16 colors and 4 display modes, which can be adjusted by touch or by remote control, and it will remain illuminated for 6 to 12 hours at a time, depending on the brightness setting. Prime Day price: $18.49, a savings of 26% for Prime members Buy Moon Lamp on Amazon.com Microscope Slide Collection A diverse array of microscopic tissue samples representing plants and animals are at your fingertips, in this 48-pack microscope slide collection. These high-transparency prepared plastic slides are clearly labeled and will provide hours of fascination and discovery for curious minds with a microscope. Prime Day price: $9.80, a 51% savings for Prime members Buy Microscope Slides on Amazon.com Serotonin Molecule Sterling Silver Necklace Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with the regulation of mood, sleep patterns and appetite, and is thought to contribute to feelings of happiness. With this serotonin molecule necklace, you can carry a little happiness with you wherever you go. Prime Day price: $18.39, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Serotonin Necklace on Amazon.com Boom! Combustion Chemistry Kit Who could resist the chance to make something go boom? This kit includes everything an aspiring chemist will need to make colorful expanding liquids; to launch rockets and geysers; and to generate explosive sounds and sparkle effects. Recommended for ages 8 (with adult supervision) and up. Prime Day price: $36.58, Prime members save an additional 20% at checkout Buy Boom! Chemistry Kit on Amazon.com Men’s Science Socks Put your best foot forward (and by “best” we mean “nerdiest”) with these colorful socks, decorated with atoms, beakers, microscopes, and other science symbols. Prime Day price: $8.79, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Men’s Science Socks on Amazon.com Assorted Science Decals Declare your nerdiness to the world by plastering these science decals on everything you own. Each pack contains 50 unique designs that are fade-resistant and waterproof, each measuring around 2 to 3 inches (6 to 8 centimeters) wide. Prime Day price: $5.59, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Assorted Science Decals on Amazon.com Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

SO2 levels have reduced significantly after closure of Sterlite plant TNPCB

first_imgPublished on  The level of sulphur-dioxide (SO2) in the air has reduced significantly after the closure of Sterlite’s plant at Thoothukudi, claimed the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to justify the State government’s arguments that SO2 was a major reason for high levels of pollution in the port city, and the decision to close the plant was correct.The TNPCB on Sunday submitted a comparative study before the three-member panel of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in response to industry’s claims that there was no appreciable change in the ambient air quality after the plant’s closure.SO2 levels on September 22, 2017 (sample taken on top of FB substation 230 Kva-Sterlite switching station) was around 20 micrograms per cubic metre (MPCM). However, it was less 5 MPCM on October 12 and 13 (sample taken on top of scaffolding of All India Radio).There has been an increase in the level of Particulate Matter (PM) to 64.9 MPCM on October 12 and 13 as against 56 MPCM on September 22, 2017. This could be due to the dust emanated from the open dump such as gypsum, slag and secured landfill facility.Similarly, the level of nitrogen dioxide reduced to less than 5 MPCM in October as against 15 mpcm in September 2017, the TNPCB said in its submission to the panel headed by Justice Tarun Agrawal, former Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court.The panel was constituted after Sterlite’s parent company Vedanta petitioned the tribunal to consider reopening the plant that was sealed on May 28 due to protests by locals against alleged pollution.On its part, counsels for Sterlite concluded their arguments. “The government’s reaction was only knee-jerk without any proper analysis and hence Sterlite had to face the unpleasant consequences,” said Sterlite sources.MDMK leader Vaiko will again argue before the panel tomorrow, sources said. SHARE October 28, 2018 COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL environmental pollution Sterlite Industries File Photo of the Sterlite Copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.   –  The Hindu Tamil Nadu COMMENTlast_img read more

Modi unveils slew of road and railway projects in Tamil Nadu

first_img COMMENT The highway projects, which include four-laning and six-laning, is worth Rs 5,010 crore. Published on SHARE Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday unveiled several road and railway projects worth crores of rupees in Tamil Nadu that would reduce carbon footprint and cut down on travel time.At a function in Kilambakkam near Chennai, Modi unveiled road projects in Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram and Tirupur districts through video conferencing.Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam were among those present on the occasion.Modi also laid foundation stones for five national highways projects which will pass through Villupuram, Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Vellore and Kancheepuram districts.The highway projects, which include four-laning and six-laning, is worth Rs 5,010 crore.The prime minister dedicated to the nation the 122-km two-lane section of NH-38 falling in Vellore, Thiruvannamalai and Viluppuram districts, and a 32-km four-lane section of NH-381 in Tirupur.The projects will benefit by way of reduced carbon footprints, fast and safe journey, reduced travel time, and fuel saving, an official statement said.Modi dedicated to the nation the electrified sections of railways’ Erode-Karur-Tiruchirappalli and Salem-Karur-Dindigul corridors.Railway electrification will help seamless train operation by reducing running time.The 300-kilometre railway electrification between Erode-Karur-Tiruchchirappalli and Salem-Karur-Dindigul section have been completed at a cost of Rs 321 crore.It would provide people a fast, environment friendly and comfortable mode of travel, besides saving fuel.The project was completed in a record time of 26 months, ahead of scheduled period of 30 months.The prime minister also dedicated to the nation the Ennore LNG terminal.He also unveiled a statue of AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran in the premises of MGR Janaki Arts and Science College for Women here through video conferencing. SHARE SHARE EMAIL March 06, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling the Former Chief Minister M.G.Ramachandran statue via video conference at Kilambakkam near Chennai on Wednesday, also seen Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.   –  THE HINDU COMMENTSlast_img read more

Factbox Novak Djokovic versus Roberto Bautista Agut

first_img(Reuters) – A look at the records of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut before their semi-final match at Wimbledon on Friday (prefix number denotes seeding):1-NOVAK DJOKOVICAge: 32ATP Ranking: 1 (Highest ranking: 1) Grand Slam titles: 15 (Australian Open 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019; French Open 2016; Wimbledon 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018; U.S. Open 2011, 2015, 2018)2018 Wimbledon performance: WinnerBest Wimbledon performance: Winner (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018)Sets dropped at Wimbledon 2019: 1Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon having missed the chance to win four Grand Slam tournaments in a row for the second time in his career at Roland Garros last month.The Serb was at his clinical best as he powered past Belgian David Goffin in straight sets to reach his ninth semi-final at the All England Club.23-Roberto Bautista AgutAge: 31ATP Ranking: 22 (Highest ranking: 13)Grand Slam titles: 02018 Wimbledon performance: Did not playBest Wimbledon performance: Semi-finals (2019)Sets dropped at Wimbledon 2019: 1Bautista Agut expected to be in Ibiza for his bachelor party but that has been put on hold after his barnstorming run to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon.The Spaniard dropped his only set of the fortnight in his quarter-final against Guido Pella and enters the semi-final knowing he has already beaten Djokovic twice this year.HEAD TO HEAD: DJOKOVIC LEADS 7-3Last five meetings2019 Bautista Agut d Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-3 (Miami, hard)2019 Bautista Agut d Djokovic 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4 (Doha, hard)2018 Djokovic d Bautista Agut 6-4 6-7(6) 7-6(4) 6-2 (French Open, clay)2017 Djokovic d Bautista Agut 6-4 6-4 (Rome, clay)2016 Bautista Agut d Djokovic 6-4 6-4 (Shanghai, hard) (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis) Tennis 10 Jul 2019 Ibiza party on hold as Bautista Agut reaches Wimbledon semis Related News Tennis 10 Jul 2019 Highlights: Wimbledon day ninecenter_img Tennis 09 Jul 2019 Pella downs Raonic to reach first major quarter-final Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

China vows to tackle dead pig scam amid swine fever epidemic

first_img Corporate News 10 Jul 2019 China’s egg prices surge as swine fever boosts demand for chickens BEIJING (Reuters) – Criminal gangs in China are faking outbreaks of African swine fever on farms free of the disease and forcing farmers to sell their healthy pigs at sharply lower prices, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.The gangs are taking advantage of a highly contagious disease that has spread across much of the country and disrupted the world’s biggest pork market. The scam involves dumping dead pigs on farms and then spreading rumours that the farms are infected with African swine fever, which is often fatal for pigs but harmless for humans.The gangs then pressure farmers to sell their hogs at lower prices, violating farmers’ rights and affecting normal pig production, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement. Related News World 18 Jun 2019 Vietnam culls 2.5 million pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak – officials Related Newscenter_img The ministry did not give more details but it urged anyone who witnessed such activities to alert the authorities. “All localities should be vigilant and actively guard against it,” it said.Up to half of China’s breeding pigs have either died from African swine fever or been slaughtered because of the spreading disease, twice as many as officially acknowledged, Reuters reported last month. (Reporting by Tom Daly; editing by Darren Schuettler) World 25 Jun 2019 African swine fever hits industrial farms in Vietnam, 2.8 million pigs culled {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Lok Sabha clears bill to set up central tribal universities in Andhra

first_imgLok Sabha clears bill to set up central, tribal universities in Andhra PradeshMoving the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for passage, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said the government has alloted Rs 450 crore for the central university and Rs 420 crore for the central tribal unversity.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:57 IST The two universities will increase access and quality of higher education. (Image for representation: Reuters)A Bill to set up a central university and a tribal university in Andhra Pradesh was passed by the Lok Sabha on Friday.Moving the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for passage, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said the government has alloted Rs 450 crore for the central university and Rs 420 crore for the central tribal unversity.Currently these two universiites are functioning in temporary facilities in Anantpur and Vijayanagaram respectively.He said the Modi government has given Andhra Pradesh two universities and seven institutions of importance.Stating that at present the education department has a budget of Rs 1.25 lakh crore, he said the government is moving at a fast pace in the area of education.It has put the education sector under focus to ensure all round development, he said.To a query, he said vacant posts in all central education institutions will be filled up in the next few months.According to the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the two universities will increase access and quality of higher education and also promote avenues of higher education for the people of the state.The Tribal University will provide instructional and research facilities in tribal art, culture and customs and advancement in technology to the tribal population of India.At present, there is no central university in Andhra Pradesh while other states, except Goa, have one or more such institution.Setting up a central university and a central tribal university in Andhra Pradesh is obligatory under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 for creation of Telangana.Participating in the discussion, K Suresh (Cong) said that the bill has not mentioned about detailed funding mechanism and funding of universities have remained an issue in the country.There is also no mention about curriculum and administration of these two universities in the bill, he said.He added that it was also not mentioned whether tribals would get reservation in the central tribal unversity.”The NDA government is known for reducing funding for central universities,” he said, adding there are several vacancies in different universities not yet filled.Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP) took a swipe at the TDP for questioning the intentions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.TDP, a former ally of NDA, currently has only 3 Lok Sabha members at against 15 in 2014.He also expressed concern over rise in number of students in coaching centres.Coaching centres have become a big business in the country, he said, adding as per a study, out of four students, one is going for tuitions.He demanded granting of central university status to Patna University and Jai Prakash University in Chhapra.Saugata Roy (TMC) said the Delhi University is one of the best in the country. He said unless the number of seats is increased in the university the “terrible pressure” would stay.He said the cut off marks for its enrollment are touching 95 per cent, 98 per cent and 99 per cent.He also alleged that the Nagpur University is including history of RSS in its curriculum.”Let the university not work on RSS agenda but on national agenda,” he added.Lavu Sri Krishna (YSRCP) said that a central university should attract students and faculty from all parts of the country.”Unless we strengthen the tribal schools, the central university will not be meaningful,” he said.Rahul Shewale (SS) demanded more funds for a campus in the Mumbai University and filling of all vacant vacancies.Also Read | 1,513 farmers committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh between 2014-19: CM Jagan ReddyAlso Watch | Karnataka: Here’s how this Indo-Israel collaboration is helping farmers in Kolar districtFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Andhra PradeshFollow Universities Nextlast_img read more

HC grants bail to journalist Upendra Rai in money laundering case

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:12 IST The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested him on May 3, 2018. (File photo)The Delhi High Court has granted bail to journalist Upendra Rai, arrested in a money laundering case related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions, noting that he has already spent more than 13 months in custody and the trial is likely to take some time.Justice Mukta Gupta granted the relief to Upendra Rai on furnishing a personal bond of Rs one lakh with a surety of like amount and directed him not to influence any witness or tamper with the evidence of the prosecution.The court also said he shall not leave the country without prior permission.Upendra Rai was arrested on June 8, 2018, by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the Tihar jail here, moments after he secured bail in a Central Bureau of Investigation case related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested him on May 3, 2018.The Enforcement Directorate opposed his bail plea saying that merely because bail has been granted to him in the two predicate offences investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) could not be the sole criteria to grant him the relief in the money laundering case.A trial court had in January declined to grant him bail in the case.The high court said since Upendra Rai has already undergone more than one year of custody and there being no material placed on record to show that he has tampered evidence, it is a fit case of granting bail to him.”The maximum punishment provided for the offence punishable under Section 4 Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) being seasons years imprisonment and the petitioner has undergone more than 1 year 1 month of custody and the trial likely to take some time, there being no material placed on record to show that the petitioner has been tampering of evidence… this court finds it to be a fit case for grant of bail to the petitioner,” the judge said.During the previous hearing, the Delhi-based scribe’s counsel had alleged in the high court that investigating agencies, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED), were “playing with the liberty” of his client.The lawyer had said that the “vindictive approach” of the agencies was evident from the fact that he was being kept in custody even though his further interrogation was not required.Upendra Rai was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly indulging in dubious financial transactions, getting an airport access pass made by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) by furnishing false information, alleged extortion and manipulation of an Income Tax Department case against a Mumbai-based businessman.Upendra Rai has denied all the allegations levelled against him.ALSO READ | Upendra Rai case: CBI team visits I-T Dept in Mumbai, collects crucial dataALSO READ | Upendra Rai raids: CDRs of ED officer, ex-corporate affairs joint secy under probeALSO WATCH | Nirav Modi scam involving fraudulent LoUs a systemic issue, says Meera SanyalFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow Money launderingFollow CrimeFollow Delhi High CourtFollow Prevention of Money Laundering ActFollow CBIFollow Journalist Next HC grants bail to journalist Upendra Rai in money laundering caseThe Delhi High Court has granted bail to journalist Upendra Rai, arrested in a money laundering case related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions, noting that he has already spent more than 13 months in custody and the trial is likely to take some time.advertisementlast_img read more