Neil Young Performs For Protesters At Standing Rock

first_imgThe situation at Standing Rock continues to be a tense one, with protesters remaining defiant over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through land protected by the Sioux peoples. Neil Young has been outspoken with his support for the Sioux, penning the song “Indian Givers” in solidarity.Young furthered his support last weekend, when he spent his 71st birthday visiting Standing Rock Reservation. The legendary musician walked through the crowds of protesters with a guitar in hand, proudly performing for the people who have been gathered for so long.Watch the video shared by Neil Young:And another clip, from someone who was there:last_img

Merging the biological, electronic

first_imgHarvard scientists have created a type of “cyborg” tissue for the first time by embedding a three-dimensional network of functional, biocompatible, nanoscale wires into engineered human tissues.As described in a paper published Aug. 26 in the journal Nature Materials, a research team led by Charles M. Lieber, the Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry at Harvard, and Daniel Kohane, a Harvard Medical School professor in the Department of Anesthesia at Children’s Hospital Boston, developed a system for creating nanoscale “scaffolds” that can be seeded with cells that grow into tissue.“The current methods we have for monitoring or interacting with living systems are limited,” said Lieber. “We can use electrodes to measure activity in cells or tissue, but that damages them. With this technology, for the first time, we can work at the same scale as the unit of biological system without interrupting it. Ultimately, this is about merging tissue with electronics in a way that it becomes difficult to determine where the tissue ends and the electronics begin.”Contributing to the work were Robert Langer, from the Koch Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Zhigang Suo, the Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.The research addresses a concern that has long been associated with work on bioengineered tissue: how to create systems capable of sensing chemical or electrical changes in the tissue after it has been grown and implanted. The system might also represent a solution to researchers’ struggles in developing methods to directly stimulate engineered tissues and measure cellular reactions.“In the body, the autonomic nervous system keeps track of pH, chemistry, oxygen, and other factors, and triggers responses as needed,” Kohane said. “We need to be able to mimic the kind of intrinsic feedback loops the body has evolved in order to maintain fine control at the cellular and tissue level.”Using the autonomic nervous system as inspiration, Bozhi Tian, a former doctoral student under Lieber and a former postdoctoral fellow in the Kohane and Langer labs, joined with Harvard graduate student Jia Liu in Lieber’s Harvard lab to build meshlike networks of nanoscale silicon wires.The process of building the networks, Lieber said, is similar to that used to etch microchips.Beginning with a two-dimensional substrate, researchers laid out a mesh of organic polymer around nanoscale wires, which serve as the critical sensing elements. Nanoscale electrodes, which connect the nanowire elements, were then built within the mesh to enable nanowire transistors to measure the activity in cells without damaging them. Once completed, the substrate was dissolved, leaving researchers with a netlike sponge, or a mesh, that can be folded or rolled into a host of three-dimensional shapes.Once complete, the networks were porous enough to allow the team to seed them with cells and encourage those cells to grow in 3-D cultures.“Previous efforts to create bioengineered sensing networks have focused on two-dimensional layouts, where culture cells grow on top of electronic components, or on conformal layouts, where probes are placed on tissue surfaces,” said Tian. “It is desirable to have an accurate picture of cellular behavior within the 3-D structure of a tissue, and it is also important to have nanoscale probes to avoid disruption of either cellular or tissue architecture.”Using heart and nerve cells, the team successfully engineered tissues containing embedded nanoscale networks without affecting the cells’ viability or activity. Using the embedded devices, the researchers were then able to detect electrical signals generated by cells deep within the tissue, and to measure changes in those signals in response to cardio- or neuro-stimulating drugs.They were also able to construct bioengineered blood vessels, and used the embedded technology to measure pH changes — as would be seen in response to inflammation, ischemia, and other biochemical or cellular environments — both inside and outside the vessels.Though a number of potential applications exist for the technology, the most near-term use, Lieber said, may come from the pharmaceutical industry, where researchers could use it to more precisely study how newly developed drugs act in three-dimensional tissues, rather than thin layers of cultured cells. The system might also one day be used to monitor changes inside the body and react accordingly, whether through electrical stimulation or the release of a drug.The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the McKnight Foundation, and Children’s Hospital Boston.last_img read more

Small Dog Electronics collects 150 tons of e-waste

first_imgEarly estimates indicate that Vermont based Apple retailer, Small Dog Electronics recycled 150 tons of e-waste at their third annual Earth Day E-Waste Event this year, and it didn’t cost the public a dime.Cars filled with old TVs, computers and electronic peripherals lined up as early as 8:00 am to recycle their electronics for free.  In the end, 100 volunteers unloaded 1,700 cars.   All of the electronics collected will be processed in the United States by WeRecycle! in one of their two processing plants in Connecticut and New York. The Earth Day E-Waste Event is part of the company’s mission of social and environmental responsibility.  “We have to find the best way to recycle what we sell and educate our customers about it.  Although manufacturing processes are improving, computers, monitors and other equipment have some hazardous contents like cadmium, mercury and chromium that can leach into the soil and contaminate groundwater,” says Don Mayer, CEO and founder of Small Dog Electronics.Small Dog recycles e-waste safely and responsibly all year-round for about 25 cents per pound, a standard fee.  This year the event cost Small Dog Electronics and their partners $60,000.  When most companies are scaling back on community events, the leadership and social responsibility that Small Dog, SymQuest, Ben & Jerry’s, Green Mountain Coffee… and many others has shown through financial support of this event is remarkable.  “Small Dog Electronics measures its success by people, PLANET and profit.  This is the planet part in action and in this difficult economy when people are cutting back on everything, it is wonderful that like minded companies can join together to make a real difference.  I want to thank all of our partners for joining with Small Dog Electronics is subsidizing this annual event,” said Mayer.According to news reports, in 2008 Small Dog’s event resulted in more recycling than similar events held nationwide. For more information about the event, and to learn more about e-waste, and what makes it so detrimental to the environment, visit www.smalldog.com/ewaste(link is external) .Small Dog Electronics, New England’s top Apple Specialist and reseller and the third largest Apple specialist in the US, was founded 1995 by the father and son team of Don and Hapy Mayer. Small Dog is a socially and environmentally responsible company and employer.  For more information about Small Dog Electronics, and its product line of Apple computers, peripherals, iPods, software, and printers, visit their website at www.smalldog.com(link is external). Source: Small Doglast_img read more

PREMIUMProfessional chefs gather to empower culinary entrepreneurship

first_imgFor the approximately 200 members of Chef Republic, the professional chef community is much more than just a place to share recipes or stories about challenges they face in the kitchen; it is a place to find jobs, give back to society and even to get support for their retirement plans. “We created Chef Republic in 2009. At first it was a place for us to hang out together and share new recipes, but along the way, we felt like we had to do something more to help members and give back to society,”  Rizal Djarot from Chef Republic told The Jakarta Post recently.Rizal said the community helped its members, especially those who wanted to retire, launch their own culinary businesses.“Our main focus in 2020 is encouraging our members to be entrepreneurs. We want to help chefs who want to retire or members who no longer want to work in t… Linkedin Google Log in with your social account Chefs Thamrin Thamrin10 food Pasar-Jaya Jakarta-administration LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Topics : Forgot Password ?last_img read more

Reuters: No Maersk Drilling sale in 2018. Diamond Offshore, Borr drilling might bid

first_imgDanish shipping giant Maersk Group might not sell its drilling division Maersk Drilling in 2018, as previously planned.According to a Reuters report on Wednesday, the Danish company which has so far offloaded Maersk Oil and Maersk Tankers might wait some more with the divestment of its offshore drilling business.There have been talks of a potential listing of Maersk Drilling, but this plan has been shelved due to “sluggish investor appetite in the drilling sector,” Reuters has reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.As for the sale, the news agency said, again citing unnamed sources, that Borr Drilling and Diamond Offshore were considering bids. To remind, Bloomberg last year reported the Rowan Drilling was also a potential suitor for Maersk Drilling rigs.Divestment of energy businessMaersk Group has been working to divest its energy-related businesses since 2016, following a decision to split the company into two divisions: one focused on shipping and logistics, the other on oil and gas sector. It has already sold its oil and gas producer, Maersk Oil, and tanker business, Maersk Tankers.Maersk Drilling as well as the offshore vessel division of the Maersk Group, Maersk Supply Service, were classified as discontinued operations and assets held for sale in 2017 as part of the group’s efforts to separate its oil and gas-related business from the rest of the group.The group recently said it expected to find a structural solution for both businesses before the end of 2018, but, if the Reuters report is to be believed, this timeline no longer sticks.Maersk Drilling reported a loss of $1.5 billion for the full year 2017 negatively impacted by an accounting impairment of $1.75 billion net of tax prior to classification as discontinued operations. In the year before, the driller’s loss totaled $709 million.The result was further negatively impacted by a number of idle rigs and the expiration of contracts signed at higher day rates and an accounting loss from sale of the shares in Egyptian Drilling Company of $47 million. The result was positively impacted by high operational uptime and cost savings.In the first week of May, Maersk Drilling secured three consecutive contracts for the Maersk Resolute and a contract extension for the Maersk Resolve jack-up rigs. Both rigs are operating in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Plea to govt post election: crack down on alcohol

first_imgNZ Herald 5 June 2014 Church and health leaders are calling on all parties in the upcoming election to raise the price of alcohol and phase out alcohol advertising and sponsorship.A four-point “call for action on alcohol”, issued today, has been signed by the heads of general and specialist groups of doctors and nurses, academic researchers and the heads of the Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Salvation Army churches.It calls on the incoming government after the September 20 election to implement Law Commission proposals from 2010 to raise alcohol taxes by 50 per cent, impose a minimum price for alcohol to stop price discounting, and phase out alcohol sponsorship and advertising except for “objective product information”.The 50 per cent tax hike would result in a 10 per cent increase in retail prices of alcoholic drinks. National Addiction Centre director Professor Doug Sellman, who organised the statement, said such a price increase would cut consumption by 5 per cent.Call for action on liquor1. Phase out alcohol advertising.2. Phase out alcohol sponsorship.3. Institute a minimum unit price for alcohol.4. Increase the tax on alcohol.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11267729last_img read more

Luanda the most expensive city for expatriates in the world

first_img“Despite being recognized as a relatively inexpensive city, the cost of imported goods and safe living conditions in this country are available at a steep price,” said Mercer of Luanda, which typically attracts expatriates that work for multinationals operating in the energy or diamond sectors.Mercer’s survey ranks 207 cities across five continents and compares the cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment in U.S. dollar terms.It is used to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expat employees.This year’s survey found instability in housing markets and inflation for goods and services were among the biggest swing factors in the cost of doing business in a global environment.Least expensive cities in 20151. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan  6. Banjul, Gambia2. Windhoek, Namibia  7. Minsk, Belarus3. Karachi, Pakistan  8. Cape Town, South Africa4. Tunis, Tunisia  9. Managua, Nicaragua5. Skopje, Macedonia  10. Tbilisi, GeorgiaAcross the Atlantic, New York remains the most expensive city in America, followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington.Big basketMercer has been conducting the survey for more than two decades using New York and the US dollar as its base city and currency.The consultancy compares the cost of a basket of over 200 goods and services, including food, transport and accommodation.The results are then used by governments and multinational companies when determining salary packages for employees being sent overseas.Several companies, including the Economist Intelligence Unit and ECA International, issue cost of living surveys with differing results. The capital city of the oil rich country Angola, Luanda is the most expensive city in the world for expatriates. Luanda has done it again.It has held that post of the most expensive city since 2010 expept in 2012 when it wa stoppled by Tokyo the capital city of Japan.In Luanda a fast food meal will cost you $17, a pair of jeans $250 and an apartment cost a whopping $6,800 a month.African, Asian, and European cities dominated the top 10 most expensive locations for employees working abroad according to an annual survey by consultancy Mercer.“Despite being recognized as a relatively inexpensive city, the cost of imported goods and safe living conditions in this country are available at a steep price,” said Mercer of Luanda, which typically attracts expatriates that work for multinationals operating in the energy or diamond sectors.African, Asian, and European cities dominated the top 10 most expensive locations for employees working abroad in the survey by Mercer consultancy firm of Luanda.Most expensive cities in 20151. Luanda, Angola  6. Shanghai, China2. Hong Kong  7. Beijing, China3. Zurich, Switzerland  8. Seoul, South Korea4. Singapore  9. Bern, Switzerland5. Geneva, Switzerland  10. N, Djamena, ChadLuanda city Luanda the capital of Angolalast_img read more

Government Offices Closed for Veteran’s Day

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — All BMV license branches will be closed on Friday (11/11) in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.License branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday.There will also be no mail delivery today, and most banks and government offices are closed as well.last_img

IU Basketball

first_imgArchie Miller, the new basketball coach at IU, is lining up his first recruiting class.  He got his first big recruit when Pickerington Ohio’s Jerome Hunter signed for the year 2018-19.  Joining Hunter will be two more forwards, Race Thompson from Minnesota and Damezi Anderson from South Bend.The jury is still out on what this season will bring for the Hoosiers.  With the change of coaching staff most experts are hesitant to predict how the Hoosiers will do.  If everyone gets or stays healthy, the Hoosiers could be very good.  One thing the experts do predict is that under Miller the Hoosier defense will be much more consistent.  We will have to wait and see how the season progresses.last_img