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HHS sets up board to combat misuse of biotech research

November 18, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: adzvswdvm.

first_img To recommend a code of conduct for scientists and laboratory workers that can be adopted by federal agencies, professional organizations, and institutions Mar 4, 2004, CIDRAP News story “New board to advise on ‘dual use’ research, announces HHS” Jul 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The members of a new government board that will guide efforts to keep terrorists from exploiting the fruits of federally funded biotechnology research were announced this week by Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. “The implications for the tremendous good that can be accomplished in this line of research are mind-boggling,” he said. “At the same time, the potential misapplication of this kind of research is frightening. So we have to be very careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water. We need this type of research. Therefore we must find every way we possibly can to prevent someone from using it for terrorism purposes.” Today’s session included a discussion on the chemical synthesis of bacteria and viruses, with J. Craig Venter, PhD, and other leaders in the field. Venter, founder of J. Craig Venter Institute, talked about the widespread availability of technology for synthesizing microbial DNA. “There are well over 50,000 DNA synthesizers in the world,” he commented at one point, adding that he had seen several for sale on eBay for about $5,000. To develop criteria for identifying “dual use” research—legitimate research whose results could be misused for biological warfare or bioterrorism The board will also be asked to advise the government on guidelines for publishing information about potentially sensitive research, biosecurity education programs for scientists and lab workers, local review and approval processes for dual-use research, and other issues. Venter and other speakers said that unscrupulous researchers could synthesize pathogenic bacteria or viruses and that detecting and stopping such efforts would be very difficult. He advocated focusing efforts on developing medical defenses against such pathogens. HHS officials first announced plans to establish the NSABB in March 2004. The estimated annual cost of operating the board is about $976,000, according to information on the Web site. Leavitt appointed Dennis L. Kasper, MD, of Harvard Medical School to chair the board. Kasper is director of the Channing Laboratory in the department of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. As examples of the potential benefits of “synthetic biology,” Osterholm said Venter described a project to develop bacteria that could remove carbon dioxide from the air and thus combat global warming. Venter is also working on bacteria that would produce pure hydrogen, which “could dramatically change our status as a petroleum-based economy,” Osterholm added. Jun 29 HHS news release with list of NSABB membershttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20050629.html In naming 24 people to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), Leavitt said in a news release, “We all realize some research that results in new medical treatments, agricultural advances, and biodefense countermeasures could end up in the hands of terrorists who could twist it for their own purposes. The NSABB will provide a forum to help educate scientists on biosecurity and a means for the federal government to receive advice on how to advance scientific knowledge without compromising security.”center_img Announcement of the members was the prelude to the board’s first meeting, held yesterday and today in Bethesda, Md. The meeting was open to the public and was also accessible over the Internet as a live webcast. Osterholm commented after the meeting that the presentations on chemical synthesis of new microbes showed that the field has huge potential for both good and ill. The National Research Council called for creation of a board like the NSABB in its 2003 report, titled “Biotechnology Research in an Age of Terrorism: Confronting the Dual Use Dilemma.” As established, the board is somewhat different from what that report recommended, but it is intended to achieve the same goals, according to information on the board’s Web site. NSABB sitehttp://www.biosecurityboard.gov/ “If we’re not concentrating almost 100% of our efforts on providing defensive countermeasures, we’re missing the big picture here,” Venter said. “Any viral agent can be produced. We should just assume that’s possible and make sure that we have good vaccines and good vaccine development procedures to work against them.” The board is composed mostly of academic researchers but includes several private consultants, one attorney, and the head of the vaccine department at a large pharmaceutical company, Merck & Co. Among the members is Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of this Web site. See also: The board’s main tasks, according to information on the NSABB Web site, are: The board will not have authority to approve or reject specific experiments. But it will, on request, provide guidance to local “institutional biosafety committees” on specific experiments or classes of research that raise complex questions. To develop guidelines for overseeing dual-use research Oct 10, 2003, CIDRAP News story “To block terrorists, panel calls for more screening of researchlast_img read more

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China’s First 10MW Offshore Wind Generator Market Ready

September 28, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgDongfang Electric Machinery has developed China’s first 10MW direct drive permanent magnet generator for offshore wind turbines.Source: Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC)The new generator has recently passed its acceptance tests and has secured a design certificate.It is by far the largest generator produced in China in terms of the capacity and the rotor diameter, the developer said.The generator will be sent to Fujian and installed on the Xinghua Bay offshore wind farm.last_img

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Lacazette salvages Arsenal’s unbeaten run, halts Liverpool’s title charge

August 13, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: ekyaaglzf.

first_imgGranit Xhaka fired too close to Alisson from a well-worked corner, but the Brazilian international was fortunate when he rushed from his goal and was beaten to a floated cross by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose header drifted inches wide.However, Liverpool also had plenty of chances in a thrilling first half that somehow lacked only goals.A dubious offside decision denied Sadio Mane the opening goal and Virgil van Dijk twice should have scored when he was first repelled by Bernd Leno and then flicked a header against the post with the German ‘keeper caught flapping.Leno didn’t get so lucky with his next mistake as he palmed Mane’s dangerous cross back into the heart of the box and Milner drilled into the unguarded net.However, Leno made amends with a fingertip stop to again deny Van Dijk and Liverpool a crucial second following a towering header from a corner.And Emery’s decision to sacrifice Aubameyang rather than Lacazette with his substitutions was vindicated when the French international kept his composure to brilliantly curl into the far corner after being forced wide by Alisson.Both sides poured forward in a frantic finale, but Klopp’s decision to withdraw Mohamed Salah for Joel Matip in stoppage time showed the German was happy to protect Liverpool’s unbeaten league start.A return of five points from a possible nine from visits to Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal is already a drastic improvement on Liverpool’s record of a single point from away games against top six opposition last season.Yet, even that upturn may not be enough to keep pace with a City side showing no let-up after romping to the title with 100 points.Share on: WhatsApp Main man LacazetteLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Alexandre Lacazette extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 14 games and dealt a blow to Liverpool’s quest to win the Premier League for the first time in nearly three decades by salvaging a 1-1 draw at the Emirates on Saturday.James Milner’s opener just after the hour mark looked set to send Jurgen Klopp’s men three points clear of champions Manchester City, who host Southampton on Sunday, at the top of the table.However, that lead is now a solitary point as Lacazette struck eight minutes from time to give the hosts a well-deserved point from an enthralling encounter.After a baptism of fire in defeats to City and Chelsea in his first two matches as Arsenal’s first new manager for 22 years, Unai Emery has impressively put his stamp on the Gunners.However, in a run of 12 wins and a draw before Liverpool’s visit, Arsenal hadn’t faced any side that finished ahead of them in Arsene Wenger’s last season.In contrast to their last visit to the Emirates when they conceded three times in five minutes, Liverpool needed to show their new-found defensive resolve as a confident Arsenal started the brighter.Alisson Becker spread himself well to block from Lacazette before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s deflected effort from the edge of the area flew just wide.last_img read more

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Former PBSO deputy headed to prison for stealing $50K from kid’s charity

August 12, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: npwsfhnnm.

first_imgA former Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy is behind bars after being sentenced to 5 years in prison for stealing $50,000 from a children’s charity and paying kickbacks to lure patients into a drug treatment center he ran in West Palm Beach.Robert “Bobby” Simeone, 49, was arrested in February.Simeone retired from the sheriff’s office 5 years ago.On Tuesday, Simeone plead guilty to 30 felony charges related to three cases. A judge sentenced him to 5 years in prison and he will serve five years of probation after he is released from prison.last_img

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Bell Works in Holmdel Has First Occupant: A Tech Company

August 4, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: yvkwizsuw.

first_imgHOLMDEL – A technology company with a history of working with the military, including Fort Monmouth, will be the first to occupy space at the former Bell Labs complex, now called Bell Works.Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds said Symbolic Systems will be the first official occupant of the 2,000,000 square-foot Bell Works, currently undergoing a massive renovation under owner Somerset Development of Lakewood.Regarding the hotel/conference center, Hinds would only say that a deal “is close but not done. We’re hopeful for an announcement by July. We hoped to announce it last January.”In addition to the new tenant, local officials will soon launch a fund-raising effort to cover the costs of relocating the municipal library from the basement of Township Hall to a new 18,000 square-foot space inside Bell Works, donated by Somerset. The township must supply construction, equipment and furnishings.Symbolic Systems Inc., a provider of information technology, data engineering and software development is currently located in an office building at 106 Apple Street, Tinton Falls. Other offices are located in Aberdeen, Maryland, where many former Fort Monmouth employees and personnel transferred to the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) after the New Jersey base closed in 2005.Founded by Frank Ponzio Jr. in 1968, Symbolic Systems, Inc. also works with private industry, the federal Dept. of Defense, and government entities. Its Maryland facility was established as part of the federal BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) process. Ponzio holds several patents for his inventions and designs.Fort Monmouth, which is still owned by the Army, has been on an almost parallel course with Bell Works to attract technology and business tenants.“I’ve been frustrated, but it’s best I remain positive,” Mayor Hinds said last week. “I’m excited about all the activity going on now. About two dozen solid companies are in the loop but nothing has closed. My biggest hope is that the hotel/conference center would take a substantial piece, leading to a lot of other synergistic tenants. The vision is to make Bell Works the East Coast Silicon Valley. It has that history.” He said prospective tenants include primarily technology companies and professionals, including a certified public accounting firm, a law firm and an engineering company. Most are from New Jersey.Bell Works also envisions retail, restaurant, and entertainment uses, creating an indoor “town square” for Holmdel.Somerset President Ralph Zucker told the Two River Times on May 26, “Bell Works has received much interest including letters of intent from potential tenants. Although (we are) unable to share specific information at this time due to legal reasons, we are excited to see the vision of Bell Works come to life.”“The public can expect to see a completely revamped pedestrian street spanning the entire length of this magnificent building. Everything that cluttered the atrium has been removed to create an incredible cathedral-like space,” he added. Internationally renowned architect Eero Saarinen designed the building in 1959.Bell Works was recently featured in filmmaker Daniel Arsham’s “Future Relic ‘03”, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. According to Beckerman PR of Hackensack, Somerset’s public relations representative, Arsham’s team reached out in 2014 through Bell Works’ architect, Alex Gorlin. Arsham, a fan of Saarinen’s work, visited the 473-acre site and deemed it the “perfect location.”“The building is so far ahead of its time,” Mayor Hinds said. “The infrastructure is there for mixed use. A lot of capital is being spent. In fairness to Somerset, it is a challenging time in New Jersey. I’ve met with people from the state’s ‘Choose NJ’ economic development program. New Jersey is not doing a good job driving business into it; we’re doing a good job of driving business out. There are not enough large employers south of the (Driscoll) bridge. It’s going to take six to eight years for the building to be fully occupied. We need to be patient, realize the right vision, and get the right mix of tenants.” Hinds said that commercial real estate firm Garibaldi Group of Chatham has been working on securing tenants for Bell Works for over a year, but much work had to be done before it could be marketed.As far as the donation of space for the township library and learning center, Deputy Mayor Gregory Buontempo said, “Ralph Zucker wanted to do something positive to make the building part of the community.” Other options for the relocation and expansion were considered but discounted due to high costs. “Having it inside Bell Works saves taxpayers the extra financial burden.”“We want a dynamic library that will accommodate today’s needs and Holmdel’s future needs,” Buontempo said. “We hope to kick off the effort in the next few months with the goal of raising $1.8 million.”Township Architect Anthony Iovino is working with Somerset Development on the design. Iovino has previous experience creating libraries and studied Saarinen’s work in school.“At first I was concerned about locating the library in a multi-use building,” Buontempo said. Our architect told me it’s just the opposite. Minneapolis put their library in a mall and attendance went up 400 percent. Times have changed and libraries are evolving. Now I think it’s a home run.”“Somerset is willing to help us move in sooner,” Mayor Hinds said. “We want to be in sooner than later. It will be more than a library. It will be a community heartbeat.”Toll Brothers’ plan for 40 estate homes and 185 “active adult” carriage homes on the main interior road leading to the building remain on hold. In its agreement with Somerset, Holmdel officials built in a stipulation that residential construction cannot begin until 20 percent of the building is leased or occupied.“That’s how we protected ourselves,” Hinds said. The homes, which generated significant controversy among local opponents, must also undergo the lengthy approval processes of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.last_img read more

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How To Make News Readers Work For You

December 15, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: ekyaaglzf.

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Even if you’re a Google Reader user suffering from existential doubts about the future of news readers, cloud services or the Internet in general, take my advice: You can save yourself a lot of work later if your doubts eventually dissipate by visiting Google Takeout before July 15. Make that, now.Takeout lets you create an archive of your data from any Google service, including Reader. Once you’ve created the archive file, download and save the resulting .zip file to your local machine. If you ever decide to use another newsreader service, your new news reader can import the subscriptions.xml file inside the archived zip file to recreate your subscriptions.Go On, Give A News Reader A ChanceNewsreaders aren’t for everyone, of course. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend online to read, then links suggested by your friends or followers on social media may suffice for you.But if you have a need to keep up on the latest in some particular field—or several of them—you might find yourself best served by a news reader. Same goes for folks with a lot of time and passion to follow their personal interests online.If you fall into one of those categories, then news reader services may be worth checking out. Go on, tune out the doom and gloom of today’s news and give one a shot.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#AOL#Digg#Feedly#Google Reader#Pulse#RSS Readers Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… brian proffitt Google Reader’s demise today is causing a little ruckus in the tech community, even though the writing has been on the wall for a while. There are also a lot of Google Reader alternatives out there, so there’s no particular reason to panic.But many people have taken this opportunity to suggest that the day of the Web news reader has passed and that Google Reader itself is no great loss. I disagree. News readers played a key role in making online media of all types accessible to a broader audience, even if they never caught on with the Internet masses. And they’re still useful today, at least for a certain type of dedicated online reader.So here’s a handy guide to what Google Reader—and news readers in general—did for us, and what they can still add to your online life.Zen And The Art Of News ReadersIn the early days of the Internet, Web surfers sought out information the old-fashioned way—they searched for and visited individual Web sites and blogs to find what they wanted. Whenever you found a site you liked, you’d bookmark it for future visits.Over time, though, prolific readers started to compile so many bookmarks that it became a pain to keep visiting sites just to look for new material. Multi-tabbed browsers helped, but opening more than 20-30 Web sites at a time could choke your computer.Which is where syndication—i.e., technology that pushes articles and blog posts to you—came into play. The primary advantage of syndication was that readers no longer had to spend time checking again and again for updates on their favorite sites. Instead, they could see all those updates in one place. That place was the news reader.Subscribe Now!Syndication tools—RSS and Atom are the two most common ones—basically allow Web sites to offer readers “subscriptions” to their articles. If a site displays an orange RSS icon or link (such as the one pictured above in the lead image), clicking it subscribes the user to one or more “feeds” from the site that will display the most recently published posts on the site.In the early days, your subscriptions turned up in a special browser window. Later, they would appear in standalone news reader applications.That basic subscription model opened up vast new skimming and reading opportunities. By organizing different feeds into categories, news reader users can keep tabs on articles published by dozens, even hundreds, of subscribed Web sites. This turns out to be amazingly useful when you want to see what’s new, because most readers can be set to highlight the most recently published material.Categories also help you manage your time. You can spend work time catching up on the industry news you need to know and then spend personal time scoping out all of the news and special interest blogs that you read for self-enlightenment or just for fun.True, news readers aren’t the one-stop-shop for reading that they used to be. When RSS feeds first came out, many sites would offer full-text feeds of their articles, making it possible to skim the whole site without ever visiting it. Over time, though, sites began to limit their feeds to truncated versions of their posts, often in hope of drawing readers to the site itself in order to boost pageviews and to rack up more money from ads.Despite such limitations, news readers gained quite a following in the early 2000s as hardcore Web surfers used them to read everything they could get their hands on.A Little Bird Told MeTwo big changes for newsreaders happened in more recent years.First, there was the birth of Google Reader itself in late 2005. Essentially Google Reader took the place of stand-alone news reader applications, and put subscribed-feed content in the cloud.This was a big deal, since users no longer had to be tied to the single machine where they’d installed the news reader software—which, of course, contained all of their subscriptions. Suddenly it was possible to just log in with your Google account and find all your feeds in one place, no matter where you were.The second big change was the advent of social media. As social platforms like Facebook and Twitter matured, they quickly became a resource for finding new stuff to read. Even better, it wasn’t content that you had to go find on your own, but content that people you liked or followed had pre-vetted.Google Reader’s users could share material with each other in a similar fashion, but the social media networks offered many additional ways to interact with friends or followers—way more than a simple news reader could. And eventually they ended up draining attention from news readers.It’s not a stretch, in fact, to say that social networking killed off Google Reader. That’s because Google’s decision to axe Reader was a clear attempt to capture the social sharing that was on Reader site for its own Google+ social network.Really, I Feel FineGoogle Reader may be disappearing, but that doesn’t mean news readers are going away. Plenty of other cloud-based services would love to have your business:AOL has launched its own AOL Reader service recently, complete with importation of feeds and an application programming interface so other developers might tie their apps into AOL’s feeds, just as apps were doing with Google Reader. The service is in beta now.Digg, the venerable link sharing and news aggregation site, is in beta mode for a new Digg Reader it’s had in development since Google announced the shutdown of Reader in March.Feedly, a pre-existing service that seems to the heir apparent to Google Reader, is quickly updating its service on both Web and mobile interfaces. Since Feedly was already a player in this space, it has a head start on catching many migrating Google Reader users.Pulse is a news reader that delivers your subscriptions in the form of a magazine, much like Flipboard does with on mobile devices. If you like your reading presented in this way, it’s worth a look.The Old Reader is a very simple cloud-based news reader service that presents your articles in a straightforward way. It offers minimal features and no mobile app (although other mobile apps support it), but if all you want is fresh stuff to read and lots of it, this could suit you just fine.In Case Of Emergency, Order TakeoutA quick note for anyone still using Google Reader up to July 1: You need to export your subscriptions from the Reader service ASAP so you can use them later in another service, if you so decide. Update: Google has extended the time users can pull their Reader data out for use in other news reader services until July 15. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Physically disadvantaged Bangalore children find freedom in a city swimming pool

November 28, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zzqgqddue.

first_imgEleven-year-old Thomas was mortally afraid of water. Not unusual for children of his age. Then one fine morning at the Bangalore City Corporation pool, he fought his fear-and won. As he splashed about, it was obvious that this was a big accomplishment. Bigger still because Thomas has cerebral palsy. And,Eleven-year-old Thomas was mortally afraid of water. Not unusual for children of his age. Then one fine morning at the Bangalore City Corporation pool, he fought his fear-and won. As he splashed about, it was obvious that this was a big accomplishment. Bigger still because Thomas has cerebral palsy. And because he was accompanied by 44 children, who like him, are physically or mentally disadvantaged.Some suffer from cerebral palsy, a condition marked by weakness and impaired coordination of the limbs caused by damage to the brain before or during birth. Others have Down’s Syndrome, a congenital disorder due to a chromosome defect and characterised by diminished intelligence and physical abnormalities.But watching them in the pool, you wouldn’t know that. With every successful stroke, their sense of integration with the mainstream seems more complete, the smiles on their drenched faces fuller.In their midst is coach Raju Pujari, a product of the National Institute of Sports, Patiala. He looks at the splashing youngsters with pride, recalling how he first saw them a year ago at Sri Sajjan Rao Vidya Samsthe (SSRVS), a school for children with special needs. The sight tugged at his heart and he imagined taking them under his wing. That’s what he actually did, training them with the support of the neighbouring Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre (BAC), where he works.HOPE FLOATS: Pujari helps the children to improve their motor coordinationDevising a course suited for these 45 children was not easy. “In the beginning, we were not sure how to go about training these children,” says Pujari. “We had to slowly work on them and fight their fear of water.” But painstaking efforts by Pujari, other coaches and a host of volunteers eventually paid off.”Children who had no clue about hand and eye coordination began to show a marked improvement after being put into water,” says K. Shashikala, a teacher at SSRVS who has been trained to impart special education. A good example is that of 14-year-old Swathi Srinath who has Down’s Syndrome. Attending the intensive two-month programme at the centre seems to have done her wonders. Her father believes Swathi looks much more confident now.She’s not the only one. Rekha could not walk properly, but in the pool she splashes about happily. Pawan, who has cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair, but he undergoes a transformation in the water, as does Raju, who swims with the inflatable tube that keeps him afloat. Says Pawan’s mother: “We wish we had done this earlier. His stiff limbs have loosened.”That’s not an exaggeration. Studies have proved the benefits of swimming for the mentally and physically challenged. Water is believed to relax the muscles while lending firm support to the body weight. There are neurological advantages as well, because sensation is more pronounced in water.The coaches follow exercises that are designed to enhance the range of motion and coordination, besides lung capacity, breath control and overall strength. As a result, children with cerebral palsy or other problems have greater freedom of movement in water than anywhere else.Prabhavati Chandra, whose 12-year old daughter with Down’s Syndrome has made considerable progress at the pool, is even striving for perfection. Though her daughter swims very well, her left arm does not have the same extension, amplitude, speed or power as her right arm, she feels. As a result, her strokes are a bit uneven, but she’s convinced that practice will correct this.Pujari is equally confident. “There is no handicap at all as far as I can see,” he says. “What these kids lacked was opportunity.” While showing them the way, the BAC has been especially sensitive to their special needs-that children with cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome are slow learners. Since flippers have proved beneficial abroad, BAC hopes to acquire some to help the children improve their speed and posture. That would allow them to focus better on their strokes.While self-enhancement and integration are the final goals, the coaches at the centre believe that they can be achieved only through patience and perseverance. That’s instilled in the minds of the students and their parents right at the outset. As Pujari points out, it’s one step at a time. Or perhaps a stroke in the right direction.advertisementlast_img read more

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