Splat A lucky strike and the telltale red splodge

first_imgSplat! A lucky strike and the telltale red splodge that your nightly tormentor has sucked its last blood vessel.Staring at the mess on the wall, you might find it hard to believe that so small an insect can carry so much blood. But female mosquitoes have a knack for eating, doubling their body weight with each meal.”They can barely fly,” laughs Leslie Vosshall, a neurobiologist at Rockefeller University, who’s hoping to control mosquitoes, as well as the diseases they carry, by switching off their enormous appetite.In a paper published Thursday in the journal Cell, Vosshall and her team demonstrate how human diet drugs satiate mosquitoes’ bloodlust for several days — so they are less likely to feed on humans and spread diseases and will also produce fewer offspring.”When they’re hungry, these mosquitoes are super motivated. They fly toward the scent of a human the same way that we might approach a chocolate cake,” Vosshall says. “But after they were given the drug, they lost interest.”The method taps into female mosquitoes’ natural gluttony. Each supersize meal provides enough nutrients to support the typical clutch of around 100 eggs. After she has eaten, the mosquito loses her appetite for at least four days while her eggs develop.But as soon as a mosquito lays her eggs in a pool of stagnant water, she is off again in search of a mate and a meal. A female mosquito can breed several times in her lifetime of six to eight weeks, and in the process she can bite many people — which makes her a reliable vessel for spreading diseases.Vosshall and her team set out to identify and manipulate the hormone pathways responsible for this behavior. Because similar pathways for hunger are found in many animals — that is, they have similar evolutionary roots — she started with off-the-shelf human diet drugs.”On a lark we thought, ‘Let’s go for it. Let’s do the craziest experiment possible and get some human diet drugs and see if they work on mosquitoes,’ ” Vosshall told NPR.”It was surprising that it worked so well.”In a series of lab experiments, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (which spread dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika virus) were fed these diet drugs by mixing them into a chemical solution that also contained ATP — a molecule found inside most animal cells that mosquitoes find irresistible. The diet drugs came in powder form. For several days after drinking this solution, the mosquitoes showed little interest when offered the bare arms of human volunteers. Even the smell of dirty nylon stockings, saturated with human scent, was not enough to tempt them.After testing human diet drugs, the team homed in on the specific receptors that these drugs activate inside the mosquito brain. Then they could search through a general catalog of more than 265,000 chemicals to find a new suite of drugs that also activate this receptor — but that control only the appetite of mosquitoes and similar biting insects.”Human drugs are owned by pharmaceutical companies, and so we wanted to find something where the intellectual property wasn’t locked up. That’s important in [developing countries] for deployment,” Vosshall explains. And for obvious reasons, widely releasing human diet drugs into the environment is not a good idea.In recent years, scientists have developed an advanced arsenal of tools in the war against mosquitoes — from potent new insecticides to gene drives and bacterial infection. But rarely have they tried to control mosquitoes’ behavior.”There is a real need for novel approaches to controlling insects that transmit diseases,” says James Logan of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who was not involved in the study.According to the World Health Organization, mosquito-borne diseases — such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue and Zika virus — are responsible for millions of deaths each year.”Humans have been trying to fight mosquitoes ever since there were humans,” says Vosshall, pointing to an impressive variety of control methods — from rolled-up newspapers to genetic engineering.”All of these advances are complementary,” says Vosshall, who argues that no single innovation can eradicate mosquito-borne diseases and advocates using several methods at once. “Our behavior control is something else in this portfolio,” she says.This strategy seeks to reduce mosquito numbers rather than annihilate the insects entirely, which could have unintended ecological consequences. “I do worry about the balance of nature,” Vosshall says.But not everyone agrees that eradicating mosquitoes is a bad idea. “A recent study suggested that malaria mosquitoes do not play a vital role in the ecosystem, and therefore their removal would have minimal impact,” Logan says.”I don’t think we will ever eradicate all mosquitoes. But I do think that one day we will eradicate individual species,” he says.It’s early days for this novel approach to mosquito control, and it remains unclear how substantially it would stem the spread of disease in the real world. Meanwhile, more lab research must be done to develop these drugs so that they are potent and cheap enough to use in the field.”Transitioning from laboratory experiments to the field is always difficult,” Logan says. “One of the biggest challenges will be devising a system that attracts mosquitoes well enough and allows them to feed on this substance effectively.””You need to have dispensers; you need some way to attract female mosquitoes and have that work in local communities,” says Vosshall, looking to the logistical hurdles ahead.Putting billions of mosquitoes on an unwitting diet was never going to be easy.Thomas Lewton is a freelance science journalist and videographer who divides his time between London and Kampala, Uganda. You can follow him on Twitter: @thomaslewton. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

More than two years after doctors in Jerusalem rem

first_imgMore than two years after doctors in Jerusalem removed thousands of barklike lesions that had prevented Mahmoud Taluli from using his hands for more than a decade, he continues his battle with a rare, incurable skin condition. But even with another surgery planned for later this summer — his fifth in the pioneering treatment at Hadassah Medical Center — Taluli considers himself a winner.”After years of suffering and solitude, I can finally live a normal life,” said Taluli, 44, who lives in Gaza and suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis, an extremely rare condition caused by his immune system’s inability to fight off the ubiquitous human papillomavirus, resulting in painful gray and white growths on his hands and other parts of his body. His severe form of this condition has been documented only a handful of times around the world and has been nicknamed “tree man” syndrome because the large growths can resemble tree bark.Last month, a man in Bangladesh with a similar condition made international headlines with his pleas for doctors to amputate his hands after a series of unsuccessful surgeries to remove his lesions. As in Taluli’s case, the lesions on the Bangladeshi patient keep growing back, leaving him in severe pain and unable to use his hands, according to media reports.Although he has not spoken with that patient or his doctors, Michael Chernofsky, the senior hand and microvascular surgeon at Hadassah who is overseeing Taluli’s treatment, says that amputation is not a good solution. In fact, when Taluli first arrived for treatment at Hadassah in 2017, he said that doctors in Egypt and Jordan had recommended amputation of his hands — an option Taluli refused.”Amputation is a nonstarter that would create more problems,” Chernofsky said, explaining that if the patient’s hands were cut off, the patient would likely continue to have severe pain from nerves severed in the amputation process. And the skin condition would continue to affect the rest of a patient’s body, he said.”But I really feel bad for this patient in Bangladesh, and it seems like his desire for amputation is an index of his frustration levels,” he said.Treating Taluli, and ultimately saving his hands, has been a long process — and it isn’t over yet. In four operations since 2017, doctors have removed thousands of lesions from his hands and other parts of his body. Using scalpels and other instruments, they make incisions that are often deep enough to require skin grafts to aid in healing. The operations have been largely successful in clearing away enough growths to allow Taluli to use his hands, but new growths continue to appear. The team will operate for a fifth time later this summer to remove new lesions on various areas of his body as well as some scar tissue from previous operations.”We realized he was just reinfecting himself by touching lesions, then touching other parts of his body,” Chernofsky said. Not only are existing lesions at risk of spreading to other areas of his body, but if the deep roots of each lesion are not completely removed, the growth returns, Chernofsky said. “You can’t just shave these off at the surface,” Chernofsky said. “You have to remove every last shred.” Removing the roots of the lesions also relieves the pain they cause as they compress nerves. “In the beginning, I wasn’t sure our approach would work,” Chernofsky said, explaining there is no medical protocol for treating the condition. “We didn’t know if there would be anything viable left of his hands, but thank God it’s working.”Doctors are now working to map Taluli’s genome to pinpoint the genetic abnormality that keeps his immune system from fighting off HPV, which comes in more than a hundred strains and can cause warts and even some types of cancer but is usually harmless. Taluli does not have the same genetic mutation that most other patients with the condition have, doctors said.Ideally, the Hadassah doctors will develop some type of tailored immunological-based treatment for Taluli to allow his body to better fight HPV. They also hope to learn more about the still mysterious human papillomavirus virus and why it affects different people in different ways.Another challenge is that Taluli lives in Gaza, where the ailing medical system does not offer physical therapy that would ensure better future function for his hands. Patients from the increasingly isolated and impoverished enclave also must obtain permission from Palestinian and Israeli officials to enter Israel for care. Taluli’s case has been approved so far, and he is thankful for the treatment.”The surgery has completely changed my life,” he said in response to questions submitted by email. “I can play with my children. I can go to family events. I no longer need to cover my hands when I go out in public.” Sara Toth Stub is a Jerusalem-based journalist. You can follow her work on Twitter: @saratothstub. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Richard Branson Says the 95 Workday Grind Is About to Die Heres

first_img Richard Branson Says the 9-5 Workday Grind Is About to Die. Here’s Why. –shares 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Nina Zipkin Register Now » Image credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin | Getty Images December 19, 2018 Richard Branson believes the 5-day, 9-5 work week will eventually become extinct.In a recent blog post, the Virgin Group founder cited a familiar argument, that technological innovation — especially advances that do away with the need for people to operate everything from factory machinery to cars and planes — will change work as we know it.But he writes that this doesn’t necessarily have to be something to fear. Instead it can be an opportunity to shake things up for the better, and to accelerate the creation of smarter working practices for everyone.Related: Advice for Elon Musk From Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and Mark Cuban“One useful idea is for governments to provide tuition for workers to gain the technical skills needed in the new marketplace, in exchange for public service. We need more creative solutions too,” Branson explains.Two other ideas that Branson supports are the proliferation of three and four day weekends and job sharing. These would prioritize a work infrastructure that allows employees to have full lives outside of an office, to spend time with friends and family, to  devote time to the things they are passionate about, and to focus on being physically and mentally healthy.Branson explained how flexible work is a big part of how he leads Virgin Group. “If you trust people and treat them as adults, they will repay you by working effectively and efficiently,” he wrote. “Choice can empower people to make good decisions and feel positive about their workplace, helping to keep great employees and attract new talent. If we all work smarter, we won’t have to work longer.”center_img Work-Life Balance Add to Queue The Virgin Group founder urges businesses to implement flexible work practices to get the most from their employees. Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

Well That Was Fast One Survey Says Pokémon Go Has Already Peaked

first_img Register Now » Pokémon Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Nintendo Well, That Was Fast: One Survey Says Pokémon Go Has Already Peaked in the U.S. July 25, 2016 Add to Queuecenter_img –shares This story originally appeared on PCMag How the mighty fall. Yes, Pokémon Go is a big deal now. Yes, it had a great first week in Apple’s App Store: better than any other app ever released. Yes, lots of people play the game and, yes, you’ve probably been tempted to play the game too — even if you managed to fight off the initial buzz.If you’re still scoffing at those who spend hours each night trudging around parks for elusive digital creatures, then you’ll probably take a little solace in a recent report from SurveyMonkey that suggests interest in the game is already starting to wane. We wouldn’t say that’s an unnatural surprise, though. The very nature of Pokémon Go means that any time its servers go down and players can’t play — and there’s been some downtime — the social aspects are wrecked. Gatherings of hundreds (and thousands) of players have been ruined by abrupt server issues, and people can lose interest in a game fairly quickly if they can never seem to play it when they want to. And there’s not very much to do in Pokémon Go besides collecting Pokémon and fighting other players for gym ownership. It’s fun, certainly, but it can get monotonous for some early players.According to Survey Monkey, Pokémon Go had the most daily active users on July 14, just over one week after the game’s release. SurveyMonkey estimates that figure at right around 25 million users or so. Since then, the game’s daily user count has been on the decline.”Surprisingly, downloads of Pokémon Go were largest on the day it was released, July 7th. Most successful apps, including previous record-setting hit games Draw Something and Candy Crush Saga, experience a slow start. These games hit their daily-download peaks some months after initial release. Pokémon Go is unusual not just for the size of its success but also the incredible speed of its ascent up the download charts,” SurveyMonkey notes.These same download charts reveal that the game might be reaching a saturation point in the United States, as it sat at right around 1.5 million daily downloads or so as of July 20. That’s quite a drop from a week prior, where it was close to six million downloads in a single day.It does feel a bit like we’re quibbling over the natural progression of a game, however. Not everyone stays addicted to a mobile game, nor do games typically retain huge download figures for weeks following their launch. At some point, the craze subsides a bit — at least until the game’s developer releases a big update, fixes its servers to allow more people to play or pushes some huge marketing plan (like Pokémon Go’s real-world tie-ins).Pokémon Go is still a pretty big phenomenon, especially when you factor in the popularity of its international launches, too. We doubt it’s going anywhere soon, but the craze does seem to be dropping from feverish proportions in the United States — at least, a little. 3 min read David Murphy Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Regions Bank Taps IBMs AI to Power Next Generation Customer Service

first_imgWatson Has Helped Regions Answer over 1.5 Million Customer Calls and 1.4 Million Banker QuestionsIBM announced that Regions Bank has selected the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help improve customer service and assist bankers in everyday work.In today’s digital world, the customer experience remains paramount. A staggering 62% of banking customers will consider switching to a competitor after only 1-2 bad experiences, and more than 90% of customers share details about bad experiences with others. Customer service professionals know that most questions don’t always require long troubleshooting. Agents spend their time answering similar questions, rather than focusing on more complex, exceptional cases.To ensure a positive customer experience, Regions Bank is using Watson in its contact centers to help both customers and employees. The company’s Banker Assist harnesses Watson Assistant to provide bankers with guidance on customer inquiries, enabling them to resolve customer service needs faster. With Banker Assist, employees can use AI-powered search when faced with a question to provide quicker call resolutions and more consistent answers. Already, 700 professionals at the bank rely on Watson to complete customer problem resolution.Marketing Technology News: Pagely Announces 2nd Annual Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in TechAdditionally, when customers call Regions, many interact directly with Watson Assistant receiving rapid and consistent answers to their questions. They can get help on a variety of issues including updating personal information and navigating the Regions Bank website. Letting Watson take on the more routine questions allows service representatives to tackle the more intellectually challenging questions, spend more time engaging with customers and be better informed to resolve issues. Over time, Watson will be trained on other tasks, including analyzing customers’ tone to help determine when a customer should be transferred to a live agent.Our Resources: How Connected Workplaces Can Help You Unlock Higher Levels of Productivity“At Regions we are investing in technology to make banking easier for our customers and to recruit and retain talented associates,” said Chris Brasher, head of Bank Operations for Regions Bank. “IBM Watson’s automated intelligence is an important tool that allows us to operate more effectively by understanding customer needs. We are identifying additional use cases for this technology as part of our focus on continuous improvement across the company.”Marketing Technology News: New Research from Fresh Relevance Highlights Impact and Adoption of Influencer Marketing Is Overestimated“The use of artificial intelligence among banks continues to rise, helping financial institutions make better use of vast amounts of data, analyze patterns, evaluate risks and improve customer service,” said Beth Smith, General Manager, IBM Watson AI. “Regions Bank is focused on improving customer and associate relationships and Watson will help them continue to provide a great customer experience.”Marketing Technology News: PX Open Marketplace Surpasses 500 Publishers in its Exchange Regions Bank Taps IBM’s AI to Power Next Generation Customer Service PRNewswireApril 26, 2019, 5:44 pmJuly 16, 2019 Artificial Intelligencecustomer experienceIBMMarketing TechnologyNewsRegions Bank Previous ArticleLINK Mobility to Integrate With Oracle ResponsysNext ArticleNew Yotpo and Klaviyo Integration Propels Email Innovation and Revenues for D2C Brandslast_img read more

Percolate Announces Industryfirst Analytics Capabilities Powered by Domo

first_img Content Marketing PlatformDomoMarketing TechnologyNewsPercolatePercolate InsightsRandy Wootton Previous ArticleJOANN Stores Partners With Impact Analytics to Generate Immediate EBITDA Impact Through Promo OptimizationNext ArticleCopper Announces New CEO, Eyes International Markets & Expansion On the Heels of Announcing an Industry-First Developer Platform and Partner Program, Percolate Reveals Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo, an Analytics Solution That Harnesses the Power of Data for Marketing ExecutionPercolate, the leading enterprise Content Marketing Platform, announced a partnership with Domo – provider of the leading cloud-based operating system for business – and the relaunch of their analytics product as Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo.The new solution (available Q4 2019) will introduce a new caliber of reporting to the daily workflows of marketers at enterprise companies and enable marketers at all levels of the organization to make data-driven decisions. In addition, Percolate Insights delivers new operational and strategic metrics that open up new visibility into campaign strategy, marketing mix, and productivity.“All marketers today aspire to be more data-driven in their decision making, but in an enterprise there are many barriers to accessing and actioning insights,” says Randy Wootton, CEO of Percolate. “Percolate Insights puts the most powerful reporting tool in the hands of marketers–ensuring the data is contextual and relevant–so that marketers  can apply unique insights to the critical business decisions they make each and every day.”Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel”“Marketers are always seeking innovative ways to bring together the massive amounts of data from their marketing operations and to make real-time, strategic decisions with that information,” said Jon Shoff, vice president of Agency Sales and Partnerships at Domo. “Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo is an opportunity to provide a more powerful solution to marketers by giving them the power of collaboration and visibility paired with rich insights from their data.”Marketing Technology News: Vonage Wins 2019 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year AwardsPercolate is the leading Content Marketing Platform for the enterprise. Percolate offers solutions to introduce visibility into the marketing process, improve coordination of work, and effectively build marketing campaigns and content. The world’s largest brands — including Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Bosch — use Percolate to create a coordinated customer experience, reduce production costs, and understand marketing impact.Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging Experiences Percolate Announces Industry-first Analytics Capabilities Powered by Domo PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 2:50 pmMay 24, 2019 last_img read more

Telefónica to Offer Google Cloud Solutions to Companies Around the World

first_imgThe agreement between the two companies will allow Telefónica to reinforce its multicloud offering to companies with the inclusion in its catalogue of Google Cloud Platform, G Suite, Google Cloud Interconnect and Chrome EnterpriseTelefónica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a broad portfolio of integrated communication solutions and digital services for the B2B market, has announced a strategic agreement with Google. This new agreement will help companies accelerate their transition to the cloud, reduce costs and advance the digital transformation of their businesses.Telefónica’s global multicloud value proposition already includes the most relevant public clouds in the market, and will be further strengthened by the addition of Google’s public cloud service. This new comprehensive service set aims to deliver customers an integrated solution which, when combined with security and communications, allows companies to enjoy a differential end-to-end experience. In addition, Telefónica’s multicloud portal enables companies to simplify the complexity of their hybrid cloud environments including public, local and private clouds, unifying them into a single, simple, secure and flexible management environment.Marketing Technology News: Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform MarketThe agreement announced today is global and builds on the local agreement signed by Telefónica Spain last year with Google for the marketing of G Suite. Google’s suite of collaboration and productivity applications allows companies to integrate in the cloud everything they need to create a virtual workplace that, when combined with Telefónica’s professional communications and telephony services, allows users to work securely from anywhere.The global framework of the agreement means, that going forward, in addition to G Suite, Telefónica will promote in all countries where it operates Google Cloud Platform public cloud services, the infrastructure interconnection solution Google Cloud Interconnect and Chrome Enterprise which includes the most relevant business tools companies require to work easily in the cloud.Marketing Technology News: Databricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding RoundHugo de los Santos, Global B2B Director of Products and Services at Telefónica commented: “Our customers demand a complete multicloud offering that allows them to use the most appropriate products and services from each cloud. Those offered by Google Cloud also perfectly complement our cloud product portfolio and will help us improve our value proposition to companies by distinguishing themselves through their Artificial Intelligence and machine learning capabilities.”Sebastian Marotte, VP EMEA Partners & Alliances, Google Cloud, said: “The alliance between Google Cloud and Telefónica Business Solutions provides our clients with a simple, secure and open approach, allowing them to take advantage of the benefits of the cloud in the best way that meets their business needs.”Marketing Technology News: Blis Expands Into the Netherlands With First Hire B2B markegoogleHugo de los SantosMarketing TechnologyNewsSebastian MarotteTelefónica Business Solutions Previous ArticleBuddig Launches National Advertising Campaign “Lunchtime Anytime”Next ArticleSitecore Expands Functionality for Salesforce Marketing Cloud, on Salesforce AppExchange with Better Personalization and Segmentation Telefónica to Offer Google Cloud Solutions to Companies Around the World MTS Staff WriterJune 18, 2019, 9:45 pmJune 18, 2019 last_img read more

Neuroene Therapeutics receives 15 million NIH grant to develop antiseizure compound for

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 29 2018Neuroene Therapeutics, a start-up company founded by mitochondrial biologist Sherine S. L. Chan, Ph.D. and medicinal chemist C. James Chou, Ph.D. of the Medical University of South Carolina, has received a $1.5 million NIH Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant to optimize vitamin K analogues that could improve seizure control in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. Richard Himes, Ph.D., a chemist at the College of Charleston, serves as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer.Of the 3.4 million Americans estimated to have epilepsy, one third do not receive adequate seizure control with current medications, either because the drugs do not work for them or because they cannot tolerate the drug’s side effects.The SBIR grant will enable Neuroene Therapeutics to test the efficacy and safety of its lead compounds, which are analogues of a naturally occurring form of vitamin K that is essential for mitochondrial and neuronal health.”Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell, and the brain needs a lot of energy for its function. A particular form of vitamin K protects the integrity of the mitochondria and helps them produce enough energy for brain cells,” explained Chan.The form of vitamin K needed by the brain is not the same as the vitamin K we get from foods in our diet. The vitamin K we eat must first be processed by intestinal bacteria before transport to the brain, and then within neurons must be converted into the specific form of Vitamin K that is needed for mitochondrial and neuronal health.Because the compound developed by Neuroene Therapeutics mimics this specific form of Vitamin K that the neuron needs (not the ingested form) and because it travels directly to the brain, it bypasses the need for transport systems.”Unlike other vitamin K analogues, which require additional processing before they are in a usable form, our compounds are a direct substitute for the active form and go directly to the brain where they are needed,” said Chou.Related StoriesResearchers discover biochemical agent responsible for blood pressure drop in sepsisCompound derived from broccoli sprouts may restore brain chemistry imbalance related to schizophreniaCopper compound with potential as therapy for ALS shows further promiseEarly testing of these vitamin K analogues by the MUSC investigators with pilot funding from the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute, a Clinical and Translational Science Awards hub funded by the National Institutes of Health, showed significantly reduced seizure activity with little toxicity in a zebrafish model. Testing in mouse seizure models at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Anticonvulsant Screening Program confirmed those findings.With assistance from the MUSC Foundation for Research Development, Chan and Chou established Neuroene Therapeutics in 2015 and received a patent on their lead compounds earlier this year.The current SBIR award will enable additional testing of the compounds’ efficacy and safety at the University of Utah’s Anticonvulsant Drug Development Program, directed by Karen Wilcox, Ph.D., which has robust rodent models of drug-resistant epilepsy. By the end of the two years of SBIR funding, Neuroene Therapeutics will have identified the lead compound to take forward into clinical trial.Although Neuroene Therapeutics is focused currently on developing its lead compound for drug-resistant epilepsy, Chan and Chou are also studying whether vitamin K analogues could improve outcomes in other difficult-to-treat neurological diseases. They already have some promising preclinical data in Parkinson’s disease and mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. In addition, they speculate that the compounds could also be relevant to Alzheimer’s disease.Apolipoprotein E4, one of the strongest genetic risk markers for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, has a role to play in vitamin K transport. It is possible, then, that mitochondrial dysfunction due to insufficient transport of vitamin K could be implicated in Alzheimer’s and, if so, these brain-penetrating vitamin K analogues could bypass the transport process, thus improving mitochondrial health and disease outcome. Source:http://www.musc.edulast_img read more

Missing Interstellar Iron May Just Be Good at Hiding

first_imgInterstellar space should be filled with iron — one of the most common elements in the universe — but scientists have detected only very low amounts of it to date. Now, a new study suggests iron may not be missing, but just really good at hiding. A group of researchers proposes that interstellar iron combines with a certain type of carbon chain to form molecules called iron pseudocarbynes. But because these iron pseudocarbynes register the same signature as carbon molecules on scientists’ detection devices, the sneaky iron remained hidden, according to a statement from Arizona State University (ASU). “We are proposing a new class of molecules that are likely to be widespread in the interstellar medium,” lead author Pilarisetty Tarakeshwar, research associate professor at ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences said in the statement.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65913-missing-interstellar-iron-found.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  In the extremely cold temperatures of interstellar space, carbon chains might condense onto iron clusters to form these iron pseudocarbynes, they reported. Over billions of years, the iron pseudocarbynes would combine with other elements and form even more complex molecules. Tarakeshar and his team examined the structure and properties of these molecules in the lab. They used infrared spectroscopy to look at the molecule’s signature spectra, or the pattern of light that gets reflected off from them. “We calculated what the spectra of these molecules would look like, and we found that they have spectroscopic signatures nearly identical to carbon-chain molecules without any iron,” Tarakeshar said. “Previous astrophysical observations could have overlooked these carbon-plus-iron molecules.” What’s more, the iron pseudocarbynes might explain how complex molecules of carbon exist in interstellar space. Carbon chains of more than nine atoms of carbon are unstable, according to the statement. But these iron clusters might be sticking onto them and stabilizing them with their grip. The findings were published on June 26 in the Astrophysical Journal. 11 Fascinating Facts About Our Milky Way Galaxy 15 Amazing Images of Stars In Images: Rising ‘Phoenix’ Aurora and Starburst Galaxies Light Up the Skies Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoSoGoodlyThey Were Named The Most Beautiful Twins In The World, Wait Till You See Them TodaySoGoodlyUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Tells: “You Can Fill In Wrinkles At Home” (Here’s How)Beverly Hills MDUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryMeal Kit Wars: 10 Tested & Ranked. See Who WonTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryUndolast_img read more

What Is the Ionosphere And Who Is Steve

first_imgA dense layer of molecules and electrically charged particles, called the ionosphere, hangs in the Earth’s upper atmosphere starting at about 35 miles (60 kilometers) above the planet’s surface and stretching out beyond 620 miles (1,000 km). Solar radiation coming from above buffets particles suspended in the atmospheric layer. Radio signals from below bounce off the ionosphere back to instruments on the ground. Where the ionosphere overlaps with magnetic fields, the sky erupts in brilliant light displays that are incredible to behold. Where is the ionosphere? Several distinct layers make up Earth’s atmosphere, including the mesosphere, which starts 31 miles (50 km) up, and the thermosphere, which starts at 53 miles (85 km) up. The ionosphere consists of three sections within the mesosphere and thermosphere, labeled the D, E and F layers, according to the UCAR Center for Science Education. Extreme ultraviolet radiation and X-rays from the sun bombard these upper regions of the atmosphere, striking the atoms and molecules held within those layers. The powerful radiation dislodges negatively charged electrons from the particles, altering those particles’ electrical charge. The resulting cloud of free electrons and charged particles, called ions, led to the name “ionosphere.” The ionized gas, or plasma, mixes with the denser, neutral atmosphere. The concentration of ions in the ionosphere varies with the amount of solar radiation bearing down on the Earth. The ionosphere grows dense with charged particles during the day, but that density subsides at night as charged particles recombine with displaced electrons. Entire layers of the ionosphere appear and disappear during this daily cycle, according to NASA. Solar radiation also fluctuates over an 11-year period, meaning the sun may put out more or less radiation depending on the year. Explosive solar flares and gusts of solar wind stir up sudden changes in the ionosphere, teaming up with high-altitude winds and severe weather systems brewing on the Earth below. Who is Steve? Beyond auroras, the ionosphere also plays host to other impressive light shows. In 2016, citizen scientists spotted a particularly eye-catching phenomena, which scientists struggled to explain, Live Science sister-site Space.com previously reported. Bright rivers of white and pinkish light flowed over Canada, which is farther south than most auroras appear. Occasionally, dashes of green joined the mix. The mysterious lights were named Steve in homage to the animated movie “Over the Hedge” and were later rebranded as the “Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement” ⁠— still STEVE for short. “We’ve been studying the aurora for hundreds of years, and we couldn’t, and still can’t, explain what Steve is,” said Gareth Perry, a space weather scientist at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “It’s interesting because its emissions and properties are unlike anything else we observe, at least with optics, in the ionosphere.” According to a 2019 study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the green streaks within STEVE may develop similarly to how traditional auroras form, as charged particles rain down upon the atmosphere. In STEVE, however, the river of light seems to glow when particles within the ionosphere collide and generate heat among themselves. Light up the skies The scorching-hot surface of the sun expels streams of highly charged particles, and these streams are known as solar wind. According to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, solar wind flies through space at about 25 miles (40 km) per second. Upon reaching the Earth’s magnetic field and the ionosphere below, solar winds set off a colorful chemical reaction in the night sky called an aurora. When solar winds whip across Earth, the planet stays shielded behind its magnetic field, also known as the magnetosphere. Generated by churning molten iron in the Earth’s core, the magnetosphere sends solar radiation racing toward either pole. There, the charged particles collide with chemicals swirling in the ionosphere, generating the spellbinding auroras. Scientists have found that the sun’s own magnetic field squishes the Earth’s weaker one, shifting auroras toward the night side of the planet, as reported by Popular Mechanics. Near the Arctic and Antarctic circles, auroras streak across the sky every night, according to National Geographic. The colorful curtains of light, known as the aurora borealis and aurora australis, respectively, hang about 620 miles (1,000 km) above the Earth’s surface. The auroras glow green-yellow when ions strike oxygen particles in the lower ionosphere. Reddish light often blooms along the auroras’ edges, and purples and blues also appear in the nighttime sky, though this happens rarely. “The cause of aurora is somewhat known, but it is not entirely resolved,” said Toshi Nishimura, a geophysicist at Boston University. “For example, what causes a particular type of color of aurora, such as purple, is still a mystery.” Aurora Phenomena Named STEVE Explained by NASAVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65947-ionosphere.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:1202:12Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭  Communication and navigation Though reactions in the ionosphere paint the sky with brilliant hues, they can also disrupt radio signals, interfere with navigational systems and sometimes cause widespread power blackouts. The ionosphere reflects radio transmissions below 10 megahertz, allowing the military, airlines and scientists to link radar and communication systems over long distances. These systems work best when the ionosphere is smooth, like a mirror, but they can be disrupted by irregularities in the plasma. GPS transmissions pass through the ionosphere and therefore bear the same vulnerabilities. “During large geomagnetic storms, or space weather events, currents [in the ionosphere] can induce other currents in the ground, electrical grids, pipelines, etc. and wreak havoc,” Perry said. One such solar storm caused the famous Quebec blackout of 1989. “Thirty years later, our electrical systems are still vulnerable to such events.” Scientists study the ionosphere using radars, cameras, satellite-bound instruments and computer models to better understand the region’s physical and chemical dynamics. Armed with this knowledge, they hope to better predict disruptions in the ionosphere and prevent problems that can cause on the ground below. Additional resources:by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoAudie Murphy RanchGet more home without moving away from Southern CaliforniaAudie Murphy RanchUndoTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryMeal Kit Wars: 10 Tested & Ranked. 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first_imgLok Sabha COMMENTS COMMENT government SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHAREcenter_img Published on In a bid to crackdown on unauthorised occupants of government residential accommodations, a bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday.The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 was introduced by Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri. The amendments will facilitate smooth and speedy eviction of unauthorised occupants from government residences and that would then be available for allotment to eligible persons on maturity of their turn in the waiting list.According to the government, the move will decrease the waiting time for availing the facility of residential accommodation.The proposed amendments would enable the estate officer to apply summary proceedings for evicting unauthorised occupants from residential accommodations and to levy damage charges for accommodation held during the period of litigation.The Centre has to evict unauthorised occupants from government accommodations under the provisions of the PPE Act, 1971. However, the eviction proceedings take unusually long time, thereby reducing the availability of government accommodations to new incumbents.Under the proposed bill, the estate officer will not be required to follow elaborate proceedings like serving notice, show cause, inquiry, rather he or she can initiate summary eviction proceedings. July 08, 2019 0last_img read more

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a loving husband father and best friendMichelle Patrick brought a box of cards and letters she received from people whose lives her husband had touched: a boy whom he invited to throw snowballs at his squad car a woman who had escaped an abusive relationship a mother whose autistic son he had helped“He has changed more lives than we will ever know” she saidSons and daughtersErin Patrick 18 ticked off the milestones her father would never get to see — her graduation her wedding helping her design her own home like they had always talked about He wouldn’t be there to meet his grandchildren she said nor would he be there for their tradition of Saturday morning breakfastAmy Patrick 14 fought through tears before saying her father had “always been here” for her — whether it was to take her tubing or tell her about his day at work“But now he can’t” she said He “can’t try to embarrass me anymore” she said “I miss that I truly miss that”As Patrick’s daughters spoke Alice Fitch — Brian Fitch’s 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