Lexus trash talks allelectric vehicles in shameful hybrid vehicle advertising

It’s no secret that Toyota is not a big fan of battery-electric vehicles as the Japanese automaker is heavily invested in hydrogen fuel cell technology and hybrid cars.But now the company, though its Lexus brand, goes as far as trash talking all-electric vehicles in shameful hybrid vehicle advertising. more…The post Lexus trash talks all-electric vehicles in shameful hybrid vehicle advertising appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward

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Geely unveils first image of allelectric sedan for global market

first_imgChina’s Geely has been expanding beyond its home country over the past few years with acquisitions like Volvo. But now they plan to expand globally with their own vehicles – starting with an all-electric sedan.They unveiled the first image of the vehicle today. more…The post Geely unveils first image of all-electric sedan for global market appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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How Icy Cold Weather Impacts Electric Car Range

first_imgMOTHER NATURE CAN BE HARD ON AN EV’S BATTERY IN WINTER, BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO COUNTER THE ADVERSE AFFECTS.As many owners discovered during this year’s frigid polar vortex, an electric vehicle’s operating range diminishes considerably when the ambient temperature plunges. The “low battery” warning can come up quickly – and with harsh consequences – for unprepared EV motorists traversing longer routes on chilly days.More Cold Weather Info Video: Tesla Model 3 LR, AWD, Stock Tires Vs. Chicago Winter Storm The Truth About EVs Versus Gas Cars For Winter Driving How many miles might an EV lose when the weather turns cold? Research conducted by the AAA found that when the mercury dips to 20°F and the heater is in use, an average EV’s range drops by 41 percent. That means a model that’s rated to run for 100 miles on a charge in combined city/highway driving would only be able to manage 59 miles.The AAA tested five different models having a range of at least 100 miles, the 2018 BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf, and the 2017 Tesla Model S 75D and Volkswagen e-Golf. All were tested under controlled circumstances in a laboratory to gauge their performance at ambient temperatures of 20°F and 95°F, with and without using the climate control. The results were compared to those achieved with an outside temperature of 75°F.THE COLD TRUTHThe fact is, cold temperatures will both negatively affect a battery’s performance and limit its ability to accept a charge. Frigid temperatures also limit regenerative braking, which recovers energy that would otherwise be lost during decelerating or stopping and sends it back to the battery. Simply put, you’ll travel fewer miles and it will take longer to charge the vehicle when the temperatures plummet.As logic would dictate, an electric vehicle that suffers a reduced driving range requires more frequent charging. Aside from the inconvenience, this effectively boosts an EV’s operating costs. The AAA’s study found that at 20°F with the heater running, an owner will pay an additional $25 for every 1,000 miles driven to keep the battery charged, compared to the cost of running the vehicle at 75°F.While operating any of an EVs accessories will consume additional kilowatts, the biggest range sapper is the cabin heater. While gasoline engines tend to generate large amounts of heat that can be leveraged to warm a car’s interior, an EV must rely 100% on electricity to keep one’s toes toasty. The AAA found that at 20°F, an EV’s range will drop by an average of just 12 percent with the heater switched off.And be aware that EV owners living in warmer climates don’t entirely get off the hook with regard to the elements. The AAA’s study determined that when outside temperatures hit 95°F and air conditioning is in use, an EV’s range will drop by an average 17 percent. Without running the A/C, an EV will suffer a 4 percent range reduction on an extremely hot day.As with humans, EVs find moderate temperatures at around 70°F to be more to their liking.MAXIMIZING AN EVS COLD-WEATHER CAPABILITIESThe bottom line here is not to let the weather dissuade you from owning an electric vehicle. Proper planning is the key to tempering one’s range anxiety under extreme climactic conditions. The Environmental Protection Agency says drivers can help minimize the adverse effects of cold weather on their electric vehicles by following a few simple tips:Park the vehicle in a garage to raise the temperature of your car’s engine or battery and cabin. Preheat or cool an EV’s cabin while plugged into the charger to help extend its range. Don’t let an EV sit at idle while running the heater to warm the cabin before driving. Combine trips whenever possible to minimize the number of miles being traveled, and avoid lead-footed acceleration, heavy braking, and high-speed driving. Limit use of the heater and other accessories, though using a vehicle’s seat warmers (if it’s so equipped) instead of operating the climate control can help maximize an EV’s range on a blustery day. Check your tire pressure regularly and maintain the optimal pressure as determined by the automaker, as it takes more energy to drive on under-inflated tires. Remove accessories that adversely affect its aerodynamics, like roof racks, when not in use. As it is, colder air is denser than warm air, and it takes more effort for a vehicle to overcome aerodynamic drag, especially at higher speeds.If you’re in the market for an electric vehicle, be sure to check the extensive listings of pre-owned models here on MyEV.com; if you’re a current owner, it costs nothing to list your EV for sale. Can You Quickly Warm A Cold EV Battery On A Chevy Bolt? Video Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Artist Pits Teslas Elon Musk Against The Cult of Haters Video

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Starman Battles Jeff Bezos In This Retro Space Shooter Game Tesla, SpaceX, Elon Musk Inspire New Starman Comic Book Series Renowned Artist Celebrates Tesla’s Elon Musk In Epic Illustration: Video Needless to say, although Sean admits to just becoming a new Tesla fan (and purchasing a Tesla Roadster), this video makes it very clear that he’s done his homework. He essentially tells the entire Tesla story in just over a minute. Well, at least the part about haters, shorts, FUD, and overall adversity. As you can see, the video features Big Oil, competing automakers, media organizations, fake news, the SEC, and even Jeff Bezos. Whether you love or hate Tesla, hopefully this puts a smile on your face to start the day.As always, please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.Video Description via American AF on YouTube:Elon Musk VS The Cult of HatersTesla is American AF. Dumb-dumbs trying to stop Tesla get a good ol’ fashioned butt woopin’ Try to hold Tesla back and you may get beat down by Elon Musk.Not, really! But, this definitely had us laughing out loud, literally. You may remember awhile back we shared some incredible artwork by renowned artist Shawn Wylde (American AF). It showcased Tesla and Elon Musk (Mad Musk) on Mars. We also shared quite a bit of information about Shawn’s story. You can check it all out by clicking here.Related Content: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 12, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Cleveland Clinic receives 37 million grant from AHA for atrial fibrillation research

first_imgJun 13 2018The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded Cleveland Clinic a $3.7 million grant for atrial fibrillation research. The four-year, competitive award will support three synergistic projects aimed at improving outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a common heart rhythm abnormality.Cleveland Clinic was selected as one of six research institutions across the country to receive funding from AHA’s new AFib Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN). Led by Mina Chung, M.D., a multidisciplinary team will focus on questions in AFib care, seek new therapies, and test lifestyle change programs that show promise in preventing worsening AFib.There are approximately 6 million people in the U.S. living with AFib, an irregular beat in the heart’s upper chambers. That number is expected to rise to 12.1 million by 2030. When untreated, AFib doubles the risk of heart-related death and increases the chance of a stroke fivefold.”Once it starts, AFib typically worsens over time, with episodes becoming longer and less likely to stop on their own,” said Dr. Chung, director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Translational Functional Genomics. “Despite intense effort, there are few effective and safe therapies for AFib. With this significant AHA support, we are focusing on developing novel strategies for preventing the disease and its progression. Our new center will use molecular data to find, choose and personalize targets for preventive therapies.”To be named the Sarah Ross Soter Center for AFib Research, the Cleveland Clinic site will focus on clinical and basic science projects designed to prevent AFib development and progression. A native of Columbus who lives in Palm Beach and suffers from AFib, Mrs. Soter selected the center and is funding it with a $5 million gift along with her husband, Bill. A portion of the gift will support collaborative grants across the network.The Cleveland Clinic team will study the relationships between genes, aging and metabolism and use patient-specific cell models to find new therapies and ways to tailor them to individual patient needs. The team will also test programs that may empower patients to control their AFib with diet/nutrition and exercise, and a diabetes drug, metformin, that has shown promise in delaying the condition. The projects include: Source:http://www.clevelandclinic.org Gene-Aging-Metabolism Interaction in AF Pathogenesis,” led by Jonathan Smith, Ph.D., will build on the team’s previous AFib genomics research to identify new molecular pathways that can be targeted with drugs. They will explore how aging and metabolism along with certain identified genes may work together to cause the condition. “Targeting Risk Interventions and Metformin for AF,” led by Dr. Chung, is a new clinical trial to test the effectiveness of two therapies to reduce AFib progression. The team will enroll 270 participants with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator devices to compare lifestyle modifications with and without metformin. The research is based on earlier studies suggesting weight loss and exercise, as well as metformin, are associated with reduced AFib risk. The study will include collaborators in cardiac electrophysiology and pacing, preventive cardiology, endocrinology and sleep medicine. “Multi-omic analyses of atrial metabolism, electrophysiology and AF progression” is a translational population health project led by David Van Wagoner, Ph.D. with key collaborator John Barnard, Ph.D. In an effort to develop personalized treatments, the researchers will characterize AFib subtypes and identify biological signatures of disease progression to better understand patient-specific responses to various therapies.center_img Related StoriesResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysThe team, which includes specialists from Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute and the Miller Heart & Vascular Institute, has been working collaboratively for nearly 20 years. They have published more than 40 major papers together, making significant contributions to the field of AFib mechanisms and cardiac genomics. Smith is chair of Molecular Medicine at Lerner Research Institute and Van Wagoner is a staff member in Molecular Cardiology at the Lerner Research Institute. Barnard is head of Biostatistics, Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences in the Lerner Research Institute.”We are so pleased that the AHA selected us to participate in this research consortium to take our work from the lab back to the patients’ bedside to prevent the worsening of this disease,” said Dr. Chung. “New therapies for AFib are critical and we are hopeful this award will have an extraordinary impact by leading to improved, personalized therapies for patients with this debilitating condition.”In its entirety, the AHA’s more than $28 million AFib Strategically Focused Research Network will enhance the understanding of the causes, biology, pathophysiology and epidemiology of AFib to improve patient outcomes.last_img read more

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Mandatory vaccinations for children stopped in Italy

first_imgImage Credit: Numstocker / Shutterstock Naturally these anti-vaccination policies have shocked and angered the medical community. They have warned that the nation was just beginning to see a positive trend in the epidemiology of these important vaccine preventable infections and all the progress could be revered now. The World Health Organization recommends 95 percent coverage for all the population to ensure “herd immunity” and protect the whole community. The vaccine coverage for first dose of measles was 85 percent in 2015 and 83 percent for second dose in Italy says the World Health Organization.As parents opt out of vaccination out of principle or out of carelessness, they explain, the community becomes vulnerable once more. Children too small to be vaccinated and those with a supressed immunity that cannot be vaccinated are protected when the other children are vaccinated, explain the experts in the field. As mass coverage lowers, these children become susceptible to these infections that may turn deadly for them.The anti-vaccination groups have based their theories on the associations of measles vaccine and autism, there was a ruling in the Rimini court connecting autism with the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. The ruling has been overturned for lack of scientific evidence three years since then. However, the negative impact on the minds of the general populace remains. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDAug 7 2018The Italian government has removed the necessity for all children to be vaccinated against 10 important infectious diseases before they can join school or day care. This has shocked and angered the medical and scientific community.There is a law in place that mandates that parents provide a proof that all children are vaccinated against 10 important infectious diseases when enrolling their children in preschools and kindergartens. The law is suspended for a year under this new governance. The amendment was passed by the upper house of Italy’s parliament last week Friday. The motion gathered 148 to 110 votes. It still needs to pass the lower house before it can be adopted by the nation. Further Readingcenter_img What are Vaccines? Vaccine History Vaccine Immunity Vaccine Effectiveness Vaccine Production Vaccine Excipients Vaccine Delivery There were 5004 cases of measles reported in 2017. These numbers ranked second highest after Romania in Europe says the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Around 34 percent of all cases of measles in the European Economic area were reported from Italy. Measles is a viral infection that is preventable with vaccination. In July 2017, the Democratic Party as a response to this outbreak introduced this law that necessitated all parents to vaccinate their children before they could enrol them in schools. This compulsory vaccination strategy was opposed by Italy’s Five Star movement and its coalition partner – the far-right League. They said that this would discourage school inclusion. According to league leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in June this year these 10 vaccinations are “useless and in many cases dangerous, if not harmful.” He said, “I confirm the commitment to allow all children to go to school. The priority is that they don’t get expelled from the classes.” Health Minister Giulia Grillo, a Five Star member said that they wanted to amend these rules because they wanted to “spur school inclusion and simplify rules for parents.”last_img read more

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Worlds most advanced realtime patient monitoring platform receives key US patent

first_imgThe Lifetouch is a vital component of the Patient Status Engine (PSE), a Class 11 (CE and FDA) continuous multiple vital sign patient monitoring platform that automatically and continuously collects and analyses patients’ vital signs to provide real-time information and predictive insights for clinicians, nurses and for patients themselves.Keith Errey, CEO of Isansys, said: Source:https://press.isansys.com/news/worlds-most-advanced-wireless-patient-monitoring-platform-granted-key-us-patent-322533 The granting of this patent in the US for the Lifetouch is an important step in reconfiguring the idea of a medical device from product to AI augmented platform. The patented technology enhances the Patient Status Engine creating an even smarter platform that can dynamically reprogram the Lifetouch according to what it is detecting in an individual. This means healthcare providers receive more specific, higher resolution data leading to faster diagnostics and better care for the patient.” The Isansys Patient Status Engine monitors a young patient as part of the RAPID (Real-Time Adaptive and Predictive Indicator of Deterioration) project at the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trustcenter_img The granting of this patent reinforces Isansys position as the market-leader in new generation wireless patient monitoring technology and patient digitization systems and services. Sep 18 2018Isansys Lifecare, a digital healthcare company which has created and developed the world’s most advanced real-time patient data collection and analysis platform, has been granted a US patent covering a key feature of its Lifetouch cardiac sensor. The US patent adds to a suite of already issued European patents for the wireless smart patch device.last_img read more

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Podcast A close look at a giant moon crater the long tradition

first_imgThis week, we chat about some of our favorite stories—eating rats in the Neolithic, growing evidence for a gargantuan 9th planet in our solar system, and how to keep just the good parts of a hookworm infection—with Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm. Plus, Alexa Billow talks to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Maria Zuber about NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft, which makes incredibly precise measurements of the moon’s gravity. This week’s guest used GRAIL data to explore a giant impact crater and learn more about the effects of giant impacts on the moon and Earth.   Listen to previous podcasts.   [Image: Ernest Wright, NASA/GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio; Music: Jeffrey Cook]last_img

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Cropprotecting insects could be turned into bioweapons critics warn

first_img Email Researchers are studying whether aphids and other insects could be used to transmit viruses that help protect plants. But in their paper, the critics charge that “the program may be widely perceived as an effort to develop biological agents for hostile purposes and their means of delivery.” The BWC is strongly worded, banning the development of any biological agents “that have no justification for prophylactic, protective, or other peaceful purposes,” says Silja Voeneky, a legal scholar at the University of Freiburg in Germany and one of the authors. It’s hard to see such a justification for Insect Allies, she argues, because the method is hard to control and unlikely to be allowed in peacetime. Besides, there is an easier way to introduce viruses to plants: spraying. “If the peaceful purpose is to protect plants, there are all these unanswered questions,” Voeneky says.She and her colleagues have also built a special website highlighting what they see as the problems of the project and providing drawings of “weaponized” insects for journalists covering the paper. They hope to start a public discussion about the development of a technology they say is immensely powerful. “Given 30 seconds and a bit of imagination, there is nothing that you can’t imagine a genetically modified virus could do, particularly if these viruses have the capacity to seek out in the environment a species and genetically alter them,” says the first author, Guy Reeves of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany.Nicholas Evans, a bioethicist at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell who was not involved in the paper, says developing a novel mechanism for disseminating biological weapons probably does not breach the BWC because intent plays a big role, and DARPA is claiming its intentions are peaceful. But developing the technology might still send a bad signal. “The most concerning, but less likely result is that it will encourage another state to begin investing in biological weapons,” Evans wrote in an email. Countries like Iran might see the research as a reason to hold up this year’s meeting of the BWC in December, Evans says. “Stealth fly,” an illustration provided by scientists to warn about a research program that they say could help weaponize insects Crop-protecting insects could be turned into bioweapons, critics warn By Kai KupferschmidtOct. 4, 2018 , 2:00 PM It sounds like science fiction: A research program funded by the U.S. government plans to create virus-carrying insects that, released in vast numbers, could help crops fight threats such as pests, drought, or pollution. “Insect Allies,” as the $45 million, 4-year program is called, was launched in 2016 with little fanfare. But in a policy forum in this week’s issue of Science, five European researchers paint a far bleaker scenario. If successful, the technique could be used by malicious actors to help spread diseases to almost any crop species and devastate harvests, they say. The research may be a breach of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), the piece argues.The paper is likely to touch off another round in the long-running debate about “dual-use research of concern,” scientific work that may have benefits but could also be used for nefarious means. Other recent examples of such science include the creation of a flu mutant better able to spread in mammals and the synthetic creation of the extinct horsepox virus, a cousin of the virus that causes smallpox.Funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia, Insect Allies aims to use insects such as aphids or whiteflies to infect crops with tailormade viruses that can deliver certain genes to mature plants; it’s essentially gene therapy for crops. The goal, DARPA says, is to find a new way to protect plants growing in the field from emerging threats. The approach would be faster and more flexible than developing new crop varieties in the laboratory, which can take years, says Blake Bextine, who manages the project at DARPA. The research is carried out by groups at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in University Park, The Ohio State University in Columbus, the University of Texas in Austin, and the Boyce Thompson Institute in Ithaca, New York. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Larry Mayer/Getty Images Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Bextine says the critics are wrong. “DARPA is producing neither biological weapons nor the means for their delivery,” he says. James Stack, a plant pathologist at Kansas State University in Manhattan who serves on an advisory panel for Insect Allies, says the idea is nonsense. “If DARPA wanted to develop biological weapons to circumvent the [BWC], it is beyond credible to believe that they would have advertised a general call for universities to submit proposals to do the research,” he wrote in an email. He said he’s disappointed that Science published “such a defamatory article with essentially no vetting of the accuracy of the charges, which are without merit.” (A spokesperson for Science says the article is an opinion piece “making arguments based on public documents” and “was reviewed by experts in the field who know these issues.”) Still, Bextine and Stack acknowledge that the research in Insect Allies could be misused. “There are dual-use implications for almost every type of research conducted and for every new technology developed,” Stack wrote. “Having said that, this is a fairly complicated approach requiring not only expertise with sophisticated technologies, but also deep knowledge and a fundamental understanding of the systems under study. There are many easier ways to cause harm.” The latter, however, “is not an argument relevant to the [BWC],” Voeneky says.Wayne Curtis, one of the scientists working on Insect Allies at Penn State, says the project will advance the understanding of how plant viruses and insects interact, and will help develop new crop protection strategies. “The indirect benefit (that I feel outweighs the small risk) is the tremendous amount of science that this program will facilitate,” Curtis wrote in an email.The scientific hurdles for the project are high. Some of the researchers are considering using gene-editing tools like CRISPR to change plant chromosomes, but Curtis thinks that is unlikely to work. Instead he hopes to express genes outside the chromosomes. Even then, reaching all the relevant cells in a plant may be a tall order, although “providing protection may not require infection of all cells,” he wrote. Insect Allies has not resulted in published papers so far, but Bextine says all four teams “were able to successfully test systems that met DARPA’s phase one milestones,” demonstrating expression of a gene for a fluorescent protein in plants delivered through a modified plant virus.Evans agrees with the authors that the question why the method is being developed is crucial—and if DARPA can’t answer that, “the question is why scientists are so determined to make what could easily be a breakthrough with very limited utility, but serious safety and security risks,” he says.Bextine says the agency’s mission is “to pursue revolutionary and technologically high-risk projects. … DARPA would never fund the next generation of aerial spraying technology.” Reeves scoffs at that argument. “That doesn’t seem to be a very compelling reason to engage in something that risky,” he says. “And that is a British understatement.” stealth fly, Dylan Egon last_img read more

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Scientists home in on landing site for the next Mars rover

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country NASA/JPL/JHUAPL/MSSS/BROWN UNIVERSITY Scientists home in on landing site for the next Mars rover By Paul VoosenOct. 18, 2018 , 5:50 PM After 3 days of intense debate, a nonbinding vote by planetary scientists meeting in Glendale, California, resulted in a virtual tie between several candidate landing sites for NASA’s next $2.5 billion Mars rover, due for launch in 2020.The straw poll is the culmination of years of scientific and engineering analysis of three NASA-approved sites: Jezero, a fossilized delta that spills into an impact crater; Northeast Syrtis, a stretch of ancient crust that may have been created by underground mineral springs; and Columbia Hills, a potential former hot springs previously visited by the Spirit rover. Earlier this year, the team added to the mix a fourth site, nearly identical in composition to Northeast Syrtis, called Midway, with the potential that a mission could visit Jezero and then Midway, or vice versa.All four sites were evaluated both for their suitability as the primary landing site and as an area for continued exploration following the rover’s first couple of years. In turn, each site was rated for the value of the science the rover could conduct itself, with its fleet of instruments, and the value of the samples that it will drill for return to Earth. Jezero crater and its fossil river delta is a favored landing site for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. center_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe With 158 votes tallied, Jezero and Northeast Syrtis rated in a near tie for their value as a primary destination, with Midway close behind. Jezero and Midway, in turn, rated higher as destinations for an extended mission. Across both categories, only Columbia Hills was rated much lower. Although the method of the vote—rating candidates—did not lead to a clear recommendation, the combined ratings do seem to endorse the Midway-Jezero pairing. As Ryan Anderson, a planetary scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, put it, “A mega-mission in either direction looks pretty likely.”What the vote means will be up to the Mars 2020 team and, ultimately, NASA’s science chief, Thomas Zurbuchen, who made a brief appearance at the workshop. Although a plan to return the rover’s samples is not finalized, Zurbuchen noted, a mission should come into view by early 2020, after Europe, a vital potential contributor, finalizes its next round of science funding. “Make no mistake,” Zurbuchen told the scientists, “we want those samples back.”Read our in-depth preview of the landing sites, including the rise of Midway here.last_img read more

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Candace Owens Calls Antifa The New KKK

first_img Antifa , Candace Owens , KKK , University of Pennsylvania The communications director for Talking Points USA was set to speak at an event on Monday hosted by the conservative groups College Republicans and The Statesman at the University of Pennsylvania and it was to no surprise that her visit was met with counter-protests. In a video Owens posted to social media, she can be seen walking with a group of Black students surrounded by curious onlookers with their phones out as loud sirens blared in the background. Several protesters with bandanas covering their faces began to aggressively heckle the conservative guest.One protester who was not wearing a mask kept chanting “a—hole” at Owens.“Get the f*** out of Philly. Get the f*** out,” another chanted.After speaking with the Black students, Owens and the group began heading toward a building, with the chaos still following.“I just ask that everybody Black that disagreed not to subscribe to the new KKK,” Owens said pointing to the protesters. Conservative commentator, Candace Owens, speaks at the Turning Candace Owens, aka Ann Coulter In Blackface, Says ‘Hitler Wanted To Make Germany Great’ Jamaican Republican Who Is Running Against AOC Supported Her A Year Ago “The concept that we should just believe women is exactly what got my ancestors lynched,” Owens said. “We’ve learned our lesson the hard way with that.”Owens also promoted her “Blexit” campaign that encourages Black voters to leave the Democratic Party.“We’ve given our vote for the last 60 years to the Democrat Party and we have absolutely nothing to show in return,” Owens said. “Why the hell did Hillary Clinton get 89% of the black vote when it was her husband, while she was with him in the Oval Office, that locked up more black men than any president in the history of the United States with his Three Strikes act?”According to Newsweek, ANTIFA Philadelphia mounted an online campaign to prevent Owens from speaking at Penn, attacking her through Twitter calling her a “Hitler admiring, far-right, anti-immigrant fear monger.” An activist who goes by the Twitter handle Fellow Worker Gritty was also campaigning against Owens speaking on campus and said Turning Point USA was a threat to Philadelphia. White Tears! Former Meteorologist Files Lawsuit Claiming He Was Fired Because Of Diversity Antifa is here!! Enjoy this video of the neo-KKK stalking and harassing me as I try to invite a group of peaceful black students into my event at UPENN. The Democrat’s domestic terrorist arm strike again! Too bad we will NEVER BACK DOWN. WE WILL BE FREE. #BLEXIT pic.twitter.com/qAps4vDNUZ— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 15, 2019The Daily Pennsylvania reported that during Owens’ speech, she sharply attacked the #MeToo movement and questioned why Black Americans would be supportive of the anti-sexual assault campaign.center_img Candace Owens‘ distorted conservative opinions reared their ugly heads on Monday after the Black Republican with extreme political and social views was confronted in Philadelphia. The episode captured on video showed Owens inexplicably characterizing apparent anti-fascist (“antifa”) protesters as being “the new KKK.”Owens, of course, is the same person who once said the NRA is “the nation’s oldest civil rights organization” and was founded “to train Black Americans to use guns to defend themselves against the Ku Klux Klan, a Democrat terrorist group.” Morehouse Students Take To Social Media And Claim Sexual Harassment Complaints Were Ignored While less aggressive tactics continue, such as phone calls, emails, speaking with the staff, and spreading awareness on social media, it seems likely that a large-scale confrontation is inevitable. We consider TPUSA to be a threat to our city.— Fellow Worker Gritty (@FellowGritty) April 11, 2019 More By Megan Sims Hitler admiring, far-right, anti-immigrant fear monger Candace Owens brings her outrageously wrong and backwards ‘ideology’ to UPenn on Monday, for real y’all are an Ivy League School? Y’all should have that revoked. https://t.co/NwvDZ5yBnO— ANTIFA Philadelphia (@PhillyANTIFA) April 12, 2019 Owens recently made headlines when she testified at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.” During the hearing, Owens denied that white nationalism was a real problem. Most notably, she was taken to task by Rep. Ted Lieu, who played a clip of Owens’ recent controversial comments about Hitler.SEE ALSO:Real Blexit Founder Threatens Candace Owens Over NameCandace Owens Apologizes To Kanye Westlast_img read more

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Karnataka hand BL Santosh is new BJP organisation general secretary

first_img bl santosh, bjp general secretary, new bjp general secretary, rss, rashtriya swayamsewak sangh, ramlal, ramlal rss, rss bjp, bjp general secretary, india news, indian express B L Santosh. (Source: ANI)BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday appointed B L Santosh as the new general secretary (organisation) of the party. Santosh replaced Ram Lal, who has returned to the RSS after serving in the post 13 years. Santosh, who had served as Karnataka BJP’s organisation secretary in the past, was national joint secretary (organisation) before his appointment on Sunday. Advertising Lok Sabha nod to NIA Bill, Amit Shah says won’t misuse Related News Santosh was the party’s general secretary (organisation) in Karnataka for eight years before he was made a national office-bearer in charge of southern states in 2014.A full-time RSS pracharak is appointed to the post of general secretary (organisation) on deputation in the BJP and will coordinate between the RSS and the party. A chemical engineer by qualification, Santosh hails from Dakshina Kannada, but was raised in Bengaluru. He worked as a full-time pracharak in Mysuru and Shimoga districts before becoming the state organisation secretary of the BJP.During the last few years, Santosh had emerged as a power centre within the Karnataka unit of the BJP. His strong stance on issues had strained his relationship with some leaders in the state, including state BJP president and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who has publicly expressed his displeasure over Santosh in the past.BJP leaders in Karnataka said it was Santosh who had insisted on denying a ticket to Tejaswini Ananth Kumar, the wife of BJP leader late Ananth Kumar from Bengaluru South and backed young leader Tejasvi Surya, who went on to win the polls. Santosh’s name even came up in the race for the chief minister’s post ahead of the 2018 state polls in Karnataka. Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published: July 15, 2019 1:52:20 am What’s changing in NIA: Wider jurisdiction, more offences, faster trial Santosh’s appointment to the crucial post comes at a time when the BJP wants to focus on the south as it has so far not been able to make deep inroads into the region, except in Karnataka.On Saturday, Santosh tweeted, “It was 12 years of learning with @Ramlal from 2006. I was deputed to political field along with him. Calm, composed attention to details were his hallmark. He was a father figure to many like me. Back to Sangh work. Wish you all the best ji. We will miss you.”Like his predecessor Ram Lal, Santosh maintains a low profile, but his role in building the BJP’s political base in Karnataka and neighbouring Goa has been lauded by the party leadership. An RSS pracharak with an experience of electoral politics, Santosh is considered a strong ideologue who is well-versed with the poll dynamics. The BJP said in a statement that his appointment comes into effect immediately. Advertising ‘Learn to listen, Owaisi sahab’: Amit Shah to Hyderabad MP over NIA amendment bill Post Comment(s)last_img read more

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Climate and energy measures fall flat in Colorado and Washington

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country By Science News StaffNov. 7, 2018 , 2:05 PM Climate and energy measures fall flat in Colorado and Washington RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post/Getty Images Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) A number of states had climate- and energy-related measures on the ballot yesterday. Here is how two of the most prominent measures fared:In Washington, carbon tax failsVoters decisively rejected, by 56% to 43%, a push to become the first U.S. state to tax greenhouse gas emissions for the second time in 2 years. The defeat of Initiative 1631 came after a nearly $32 million opposition campaign funded chiefly by some of the world’s largest oil companies. BP America, the largest donor, pumped in more than $12 million. 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Washington is home to some of the largest oil refineries on the West Coast. Much of the money raised by the tax—an estimated $1 billion by the mid-2020’s—was to be earmarked for clean energy projects, climate adaptation, and offsetting the impact on low-income residents. Oil and gas development in Colorado. Initiative proponents, which included environmental and labor groups as well as Governor Jay Inslee (D), argued the initiative would help shift the state toward cleaner energy sources. Opponents charged the measure would cost Washington families hundreds of dollars, and unfairly exempted some industries, including an aluminum smelter and wood-burning power plants.In 2017, voters turned down another plan to tax carbon. If this year’s initiative had passed, the state would have become one of the few governments in the world putting a price on carbon—a step widely considered necessary to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Canadian province of British Columbia, just to the north, already has a carbon tax. —Warren CornwallColorado rejects limits on drillingColorado voters declined to place new restrictions on the state’s oil and gas industry. The proposition—which failed 57% to 43%—sought to limit new drilling and fracking infrastructure to locations that are at least 762 meters from “occupied” buildings, such as homes and schools. (Current laws allow fracking operations within 152 meters of homes and 305 meters of schools.)Colorado is home to about 50,000 active oil and gas wells, many of which are located in populated areas northeast of Denver, above the productive Wattenberg Gas Field. Proponents of the ballot measure pointed to a 2012 study that documented elevated health risks for Colorado residents who live within 805 meters of wells, because of the emission of toxic gases such as benzene.Many state politicians, including the outgoing Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, opposed the measure because they thought it would devastate the state’s booming oil and gas industry. After the votes were tallied, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association issued a statement saying that Coloradans “stood with the energy sector to oppose this measure.” —Katie Langinlast_img read more

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2020 census wont have citizenship question as Trump administration drops effort

first_img Trump says ‘will take a look’ at accusations over Google, China US House votes to set aside impeachment resolution against Trump “No matter what happens, there’s still a lingering hardship from how long the administration had this hanging out there and the publicity it got,” he said. Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence By New York Times |Washington | Published: July 3, 2019 11:16:29 am Post Comment(s) US mulls increasing merit-based immigration to 57% More Explained Best Of Express Advertising Advertising Related News As drafted by the administration, the census would have asked: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” Options were to include: “Yes, born in the United States”; “Yes, born in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Northern Marianas”; “Yes, born abroad of U.S. citizen parent or parents”; “Yes, U.S. citizen by naturalization”; or “No, not a U.S. citizen.”For the last year, there has been a bitter legal battle over whether the Commerce Department broke the law when it decided in March 2018 to tack a citizenship question onto the census, long after other aspects of the questionnaire had been finalized.The department, which oversees the Census Bureau, had argued that the Justice Department needed a more accurate count of citizens to enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act, but three lower courts ruled that that was an obvious pretext for some other unstated goal.The department’s explanation was further undermined last month after plaintiffs uncovered computer files from a deceased Republican political strategist, Thomas B. Hofeller, who had first urged the incoming Trump administration in 2016 to consider adding the question to the next census.The files included a study in which Hofeller concluded that a citizenship question was central to a strategy to increase Republican political power by excluding noncitizens and people under voting age from the census figures used for drawing new political boundaries in 2021.The disclosure led to the reopening of one of the lawsuits opposing the question, and plaintiffs were scheduled to begin new efforts this month to prove that the question was an effort to discriminate against Hispanics for political gain.On Tuesday, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which represents plaintiffs in that suit, indicated that it was unwilling to end the lawsuit without further assurances from the administration that the issue of the citizenship question had in fact been fully resolved.Thomas A. Saenz, the organization’s president and general counsel, said his group wanted to make sure there wasn’t any misinformation spread about there still being a citizenship question. Word of the action came in a one-sentence email from the Justice Department to lawyers for plaintiffs in a New York lawsuit that sought to block the question’s inclusion in the head count.The email offered no explanation, but the administration was confronting weeks or months of additional legal challenges to the question. Meanwhile, the Census Bureau had said it needed to begin printing questionnaires by July 1 to meet the April 2020 deadline for conducting the census.The administration’s decision appeared to end a yearlong battle over the country’s all-important decennial head count. Census results are used to divvy up seats in the House of Representatives and to draw political maps at all levels of government. They are also used to allot federal funding for key social services.The addition of a citizenship question to the census could have had profound implications for U.S. politics. Officials at the Census Bureau have said that including the question would lead to an undercount of noncitizens and minority residents. As a result, areas with more immigrants, which tend to vote Democratic, could have lost both representation and federal funding. After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield The Supreme Court last week rejected the administration’s stated reason for adding a question on citizenship to the census, and while the decision was not a conclusive ruling, the justices placed a daunting hurdle before the government.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement Tuesday evening that he respected the Supreme Court but strongly disagreed with its ruling.“The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question,” he said. “My focus, and that of the bureau and the entire department, is to conduct a complete and accurate census.”Dale Ho, director of the Voting Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, which was among the plaintiffs trying to block the question, praised the outcome, saying the Supreme Court left the administration with “no choice but to proceed with printing the 2020 census forms without a citizenship question.” donald trump, trump citizenship question, US 2020 citizenship, Trump admin, Trump news, latest news US President Donald Trump. (File Photo)By Michael Wines Advertising Taking stock of monsoon rain The Trump administration, in a dramatic about-face, abandoned its quest Tuesday to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a week after being blocked by the Supreme Court. Faced with mounting deadlines and a protracted legal fight, officials ordered the Census Bureau to start printing forms for next year’s head count without the question.The decision was a victory for critics who said the question was part of an administration effort to skew the census results in favor of Republicans. It was also a remarkable retreat for an administration that typically digs into such fights.Just last week after the Supreme Court’s decision, President Donald Trump said he was asking his lawyers to delay the census, “no matter how long,” in order to fight for the question in court.last_img read more

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Management of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy costs the NHS more than

Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 17 2018The economic cost to the NHS of vomiting and nausea during pregnancy is over £60 million, higher than previously thought, according to new estimates by the University of Warwick.The figures are revealed in ‘Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and resource implications: the NVP Impact Study’, published today (Tuesday 18 December) in the British Journal of General Practice. It is the first UK study to look at the economic costs of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy across all NHS services.Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) is the most prevalent medical condition during pregnancy. Up to 80% of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting and about one quarter of these seek medical advice for their symptoms.The paper shows variation in general practice management. The study revealed that a surprisingly high proportion of emergency 999 and 111 calls result in an ambulance being dispatched, and a hospital admission, although only a tiny proportion of cases progress to the more serious condition of hyperemesis gravidarum.HRH the Duchess of Cambridge suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum during her three pregnancies, which has helped to bring greater awareness to the condition.The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists produced guidelines for managing these conditions in 2016, but this research suggests that they may not always be followed or be effective – some women consult their GP repeatedly because of persistent symptoms, and approaches to treatment vary considerably between GP practices.Lead author Professor Roger Gadsby from Warwick Medical School said: “The main message is that nausea and vomiting in pregnancy costs the NHS more than has been realized in the past.Related StoriesNew research examines whether effects of alcohol/pregnancy policies vary by raceWomen’s pre-pregnancy obesity changes breast milk contents which can affect infant growthOpioids are major cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Utah”Our paper shows that there is wide variation in the management at general practice level. National guidelines on the management of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy were launched in 2016 and the first medication licensed to be used in pregnancy for treating nausea and vomiting has recently been launched. Reducing variation and improving management in the community would be a great benefit to women suffering from this underappreciated condition.”Such variation could be reduced by better advice and appropriate prescribing from healthcare professionals. This could reduce ambulance callouts and hospital admissions so reducing the cost burden to the NHS.”The researchers measured the costs in one CCG and extrapolated this to give a cost estimate for the whole of the NHS. The study focused on the Newcastle Gateshead clinical commissioning group due to its wide demographic that closely reflects the national population. Data from hospital admissions, GP surgeries and the ambulance service was incorporated into the calculations.Professor Gadsby added: “We already knew something about the admissions costs of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and we had an estimate of the number of hours lost to paid employment from our previous research, but this is the first time that we have estimated costs from ambulance data and from general practice contacts.”This research demonstrates that cost savings and improvement in management are possible. It needs to be widely disseminated and understood in general practice to drive improvement in the management of the condition.” Source:https://warwick.ac.uk/ read more

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New approach to reduce toxic protein production in ALS

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 22 2019Patients with ALS frequently have a string of repeated DNA code in the cells of their brain, carrying hundreds to thousands of copies within the gene C9orf72. New research looks at what triggers these repeated sequences to eventually produce the toxic proteins that are associated with ALS, frontotemporal dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases in patients carrying the C9orf72 mutation, the most common cause of inherited ALS. The work finds that neuronal excitation and stress trigger the protein production in cells, and reveals that targeting this stress response with a known drug could reduce toxic protein production.”Understanding what triggers toxic proteins production helped us hone in on drugs that could block them in laboratory tests,” said co-senior author Aaron Haeusler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience within the Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience and the Weinberg ALS Center at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). The research was published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.Related StoriesScientists discover hundreds of protein-pairs through coevolution studyNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerUMD researchers connect a protein to antibody immunity for the first timeThrough a collaboration with co-lead investigator Davide Trotti, PhD, and co-author Piera Pasinelli, PhD, who leads the Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center, Dr. Haeusler and colleagues tested what causes the repeat DNA sequences within C9orf72 to activate and produce toxic protein. Suspecting stressors as a possible trigger, the investigators tested a number of agents that cause neurons to turn on the stress responses. Indeed, many of these also initiated production of toxic protein. The researchers also showed that neuronal over-excitation, similar to what happens during a seizure, also triggered the protein production.”Both cellular stress and over-excitation eventually converge into the integrated stress response,” said first author Thomas Westergard, a graduate student in Dr. Trotti’s lab.Once the integrated stress response is activated, it’s difficult to stop the production of these toxic proteins. But honing in on this over-arching cellular mechanism offered the researchers a glimpse into specific methods that might block the neuron-damaging response.The drug trazodone, which is approved for the treatment of depression, is known to act on parts of the integrated stress response. So, the researchers tested the drug in their models of disease, and found that it could indeed block production of toxic protein in a cellular model that contained the repeat mutations.”This is a significant step forward in our collaborative approach,” said Dr. Pasinelli. “Working together allowed us to speed up the research process getting from the identification of the “pathogenic stress” to testing a potentially useful drug. ALS is a complex and heterogenous disease that needs this collaborative approach, with each lab contributing its own expertise, to fill the gaps and to put together this complex puzzle in a systematic and efficient way,”The researchers are now expanding their research to screen for other molecules that might work better than the drug trazodone. Source:http://www.jefferson.edu/last_img read more

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Latest research encourages children to move out and learn through physical activity

first_img Source:https://www.uniarts.fi/en/newsroom/let%E2%80%99s-dance-artsequal-suggests-school-children-should-dance-more-schools Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 20 2019The latest research findings and Finland’s core curriculum encourage children to get off their desks and learn through physical activity and movement, but the process of adopting the new methods in practice is still in the early stages at schools.It has become a global problem that not just adults, but children, too, are less and less physically active. Many children all over the world do not follow the national recommendations when it comes to physical activity.According to a Finnish report, negative perception of one’s physical competence reduces motivation for movement and exercise. Evaluation, comparisons and competitiveness connected to physical education may lead to negative experiences.Many children and teenagers who dislike result-oriented physical activities enjoy forms of moving that allow more freedom, such as dance, states the latest policy brief, “Tanssi liikuttaa”, released by the ArtsEqual research initiative.”In bodily expression and dance, physical activity is combined with expressing feelings, social interaction and cultural participation, which creates a multidimensional link to one’s holistic development, learning and wellbeing in the school context. That is why dance can play a useful role even in preventing mental problems and social exclusion among children and teenagers”, researchers of the University of the Arts Helsinki write in their policy brief.Studies show that physical movement has positive effects on learning. It seems that the best way to boost cognitive performance is to engage in motorically challenging and versatile forms of physical activity, such as dance.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careDancing together with peers also helps build children’s confidence. Dancing reduces prejudices towards bodily expressivity as well as the fear of performing. All in all, high-quality dance pedagogy has great potential in supporting children’s wellbeing at school.Observations from the dance pedagogical interventions organized by the ArtsEqual initiative in schools suggest that dance has a positive effect on social interaction, group spirit and sense of empowerment in groups where pupils do not have a common spoken language. Dance has also significantly improved group cohesion in grades 1-2 and in special education. Possibilities for participation and experiences of success promote pupils’ wellbeing and motivation to learn at school. This, in turn, prevents them from developing cynicism towards school and decreases their likelihood of becoming socially excluded later on as a teenager.According to international studies, dance is connected to the development of social cognition and sense of empathy, for example. These capabilities are valuable especially in terms of school atmosphere, tolerance of diversity, and prevention of bullying.Dance can be a particularly useful tool for learning among children who learn best through kinaesthetic and creative experiences. Research also shows that dance helps improve the development of academic skills of children who fall within the spectrum of autism or have emotional disorders, learning disabilities or cognition disorders.last_img read more

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