Tech Com Forces Fri, 11 Jun 2021 18:20:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tech Com Forces 32 32 New York State Senate first to pass landmark Right to Redress bill – but don’t go popping the champagne yet • The Register Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:38:00 +0000

The New York State Senate has approved landmark Right to Repair legislation that requires original equipment manufacturers to provide schematics, parts, and tools to independent repair providers and consumers.

S4104, which advances the Digital Fair Repair Act, was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. In a virtual session, 51 senators approved the motion, with only 12 voting against.

Some distance remains before the bill finally becomes law. It must secure the approval of lawmakers in the lower house, the New York State Assembly, which is currently considering its own version of the bill (A7006).

The 2020 legislative session ended on Thursday. It is hoped that the A7006, which is currently being considered in committee, will be adopted during the 2021 session, which is due to meet on January 6, 2021.

Although not yet a law, the Senate’s approval of the bill has been interpreted as a victory for the Right to Reparation movement, which has won several crucial victories in recent months.

“By passing this bill, the New York Senate has proven that it is not afraid to oppose powerful interests by fighting for the right of all New Yorkers to repair and truly own their devices. “, commented Kerry Maeve Sheehan, head of US policy for iFixit.

“This is a major win for small repair businesses across the state, for the environment, for low income communities, and for anyone who just wants to be able to fix their things.”

Last November, voters in Massachusetts approved a referendum that would extend the right to repair to the auto industry. Coming into effect in 2022, the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act would allow independent repair shops to access critical telematics data needed to diagnose and resolve vehicle breakdowns.

The auto industry has fought vehemently against this bill, spending millions on a marketing campaign that shamelessly turned sensational. A series of splashy ads implied that the proposed legislation would make life easier for hackers in the hope of harming drivers, and in a heavily criticized and ultimately deleted video, the bill suggested. would be a gift horse to high-tech voyeurs.

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This was obviously nonsense and voters rightly rejected it. Nonetheless, it illustrated the levels of pressure emanating from the sectors that most strongly oppose right to redress legislation.

In particular, the consumer tech industry has repeatedly confused the right to repair with piracy, suggesting to lawmakers that this would force US companies to release the source code of proprietary software, and ultimately undermine privacy and privacy. end user safety.

These arguments are wrong. A third-party engineer doesn’t need to see the macOS source code to replace a single faulty power management chip on a MacBook Pro. But for lawmakers concerned about the decline of American technological supremacy, these arguments are compelling, even if they are cut off from reality.

If New York lawmakers choose to revisit the S4104 and A7006 at the next sitting, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the same levels of spurious lobbying. ®

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All kinds of new technologies are being used to monitor the natural world Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:01:24 +0000

TTHE NEW CIGALE FOREST hadn’t been seen for seven years when he caught the attention of Oxford University environmentalist and computer scientist Alex Rogers. The insect is the only cicada native to the British Isles. It spends 7-8 years underground as a pupa, then emerges, reproduces and dies within six weeks. During its short adult life, it produces a high-pitched hiss that would make it easier to detect, if it were not at the upper limit of human hearing. Its call is audible to children but not to most adults. It can however be picked up by the microphones of smartphones. This led to the invention of AudioMoth, an “acoustic recorder” that can be configured to listen to and record a particular sound.

The device gets its name from the fact that moths can hear sounds over a wide spectrum of frequencies. It is approximately 60mm square and 15mm thick and includes a smartphone microphone, a memory card and a core processing chip, powered by three AA batteries. Dr. Rogers’ startup, Open Acoustic Devices, sells them for $ 60 through a group buying program that keeps costs low. At that price, “you can deploy a lot more devices, you can publish them to people and if they get lost or stolen, it doesn’t really matter,” says Dr. Rogers. To date, some 30,000 AudioMoths have been scattered around the world. A smaller version has just been released and is being incorporated into an experiment to study how African carnivores respond to warmer temperatures by monitoring the sounds they make, such as panting.

The AudioMoth is just one example of the explosion in the use of sensors to monitor ecosystems that has occurred over the past decade. Such devices are dotted throughout forests and national parks, attached to trees or on the backs of animals. In addition to recording environmental data, such as temperature or humidity, they also monitor the nature, number and movement of living things.

Motion activated camera traps captured images of the most timid snow leopards. Microphones monitor bat colonies, known to harbor diseases that can spread to humans, and coral reefs, whose cracklings are believed to broadcast their position to nearby fish. Radio beacons attached to animals capture data about their behavior in their daily lives. The Icarus project has around 5,000 lightweight tags, weighing just five grams each, attached to animals on all continents. The sensors track animal movements within a few meters, as well as local temperature, pressure and humidity, all relayed to researchers via an antenna on the International Space Station.

Technologies borrowed from the smartphone industry, including batteries, cameras, microphones, and chips, have helped make these sensors smaller, cheaper and more efficient. Before the Icarus Project developed its five-gram sensors, most radio beacons weighed between 15 and 20 g. A future version will reduce the weight to just one gram, allowing the tags to be attached to even smaller creatures. Smartphone technology has also reduced the cost and size of camera traps. TrailGuard, a device developed by Resolve, an American environmental group, houses a tiny camera in a housing the size of a Sharpie pen that is difficult to spot when hung in a tree.

Another trendy technology, machine learning, has revolutionized the task of browsing the resulting sound recordings, images and other readings, many of which are false alarms. By working with artificial intelligence researchers, environmentalists can rely on algorithms to perform recognition for them. Big tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, are also getting involved. Wildlife Insights, a collaboration of seven major conservation organizations, with support from Google, is trying to create a single space where all camera traps will record their data (its database currently has 16,652 camera trap projects in 44 countries). Its machine learning models can filter out the blank images that make up the majority of camera trap images and identify hundreds of species in the rest. Wild Me, a NGO based in Oregon, has algorithms for 53 species, capable of distinguishing individual animals based on their scratches, spots or wrinkles.

As sensors become smarter, they are increasingly able to process data on their own, at the edge of the network rather than centrally in the cloud, reducing the need to transmit or store data. unnecessarily. If the sensors are networked, they can also sound the alarm immediately if they detect something important. TrailGuard is different from most camera traps in that it is designed to identify poachers rather than wildlife. During its demonstration phase, it was installed in one of the largest animal parks in Africa and detected two humans as they entered the area. Within a minute, footage was sent to park headquarters, where staff confirmed it showed two poachers, who were later arrested. Relaying the data to researchers can be tricky, however, as wildlife surveys are often conducted in remote areas with little or no mobile network coverage. Sending data via satellite works well, but is expensive, although prices may drop as new constellations in low Earth orbit become available.

Placing devices on the ground, or attached to animals, is not the only way to monitor ecosystems. It can also be done from the air or from space. Regional or even global snapshots can be generated using instruments mounted on airplanes or by scanning the Earth using satellites. The dozens of Earth observation instruments orbiting the planet can collect land use information, detect ocean plankton blooms, monitor forest fire emissions, and track oil spills or pollution. rupture of the polar ice caps. Remote sensing has long been used by environmental groups concerned with monitoring rates of deforestation in remote areas.

But satellite imagery can be imperfect. Seen from above, some tropical tree plantations can look like native forests. And while it is easy to spot large areas that have been clearcut, it is much more difficult to identify areas where selective logging, clearing of undergrowth, or overhunting of forest dispersal animals. seeds degrade the integrity of a forest. A study published in Nature in 2020 found that only 40% of the remaining forests have high integrity; the remaining 60% have been degraded in one way or another. In 2019, an international team of ecologists and forest experts showed that taking into account the degradation of seemingly intact forests increased estimates of forest emissions six-fold, compared to emissions caused by clearcutting. This research relied on a combination of remote sensing data with numerical modeling and fieldwork in the field.

Eyes in the sky

New forest health assessment tools are becoming available, the most important of which is LIDAR—A technique similar to radar, except that it uses infrared laser light instead of radio waves and can map spaces in high resolution and three dimensions. Pointed at a tree, it can generate a 3 re model of its entire structure, including the position of each branch to the nearest millimeter. These data can be used to estimate the volume and mass of a tree, or area of ​​forest, and therefore its carbon content.

The Global Airborne Observatory takes this kind of 3re modeling a little further. Designed by Greg Asner of Arizona State University, it combines LIDAR with spectrometers and cameras mounted on an airplane. Two high-powered laser beams fired from under the plane sweep across the landscape, creating a 3re model of everything below, from the treetops to the ground. At the same time, spectrometers bounce light of different wavelengths off the foliage. Using a reference library containing thousands of dried and frozen plant samples, the team discovered how to identify individual plant species from spectroscopic data and determine their moisture content. The result is a detailed landscape image showing the shape, size and species of individual trees, from which the carbon content and overall health of the forest can be determined.

In May 2021, Dr Asner and his team launched a related tool focused on the oceans. Bleaching of corals, caused by warmer seas, damages reefs. Thousands of associated species, from sponges to octopuses, depend on the health of their home reef. The Allen Coral Atlas uses high resolution satellite imagery and machine learning to monitor bleaching events in real time by detecting changes in reef reflectivity. A trial, in Hawaii in 2019, identified a whitewash that field investigations had missed. The hope is that by detecting it as it occurs, other causes of stress such as fishing can be reduced, giving reefs a better chance of recovery.

Complete content of this Technology Quarterly
The other environmental emergency: the loss of biodiversity represents a risk for humanity as great as climate change
* Sensors and Sensitivity: All kinds of new technologies are used to monitor the natural world
Cracking the Code: Genetic Material Sequencing is a Powerful Conservation Tool
Participatory science: how volunteer observers can help protect biodiversity
Simulate everything: In relation to climate, ecosystem modeling is in its infancy
Back from the dead: the resurrection of extinct species may soon be possible
Bridging the Gap: Technology Can Help Conserve Biodiversity

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Imperial experts engage world leaders at start of G7 | Imperial News Fri, 11 Jun 2021 13:27:08 +0000

The imperial community plays a central role in informing and influencing the G7 summit.

The United Kingdom assumed the presidency of the G7 group of nations in 2021, with the G7 summit scheduled to take place in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, from 11 to 13 June 2021.

Imperial Researchers Help G7 Leaders Make More Informed Decisions on Health Resilience, Sustainable Growth, Disease and Economic Modeling, Antimicrobial Resistance and Artificial Intelligence During Britain’s Group of Democracies Presidency rich.

Resilience Reform Commission

Imperial Oil is one of the advisers and partners of the Resilience Reform Commission, an advisory body of experts and policymakers set up to advise on how we can improve economic and health resilience after COVID-19. Imperial Oil Professor Lord Darzi, Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery and Co-Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, is one of the commissioners.

Last week, the Commission published its interim report on Healthy Growth, which sets out recommendations for the G7, key lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and a vision for strengthening health and economic resilience.

The interim report urges G7 leaders to address the following challenges:

  • Control the “third wave” of the Delta variant which is now sweeping across South and East Asia.
  • Act urgently to tackle global vaccine availability issues; remove barriers to vaccine compliance; and support the appropriate use of vaccine passports, adequate quarantine and better public-private partnerships for disease surveillance and data sharing.
  • Important lessons for future pandemic preparedness – too much of the pandemic preparedness program assumes that pandemics are rare.
  • The vital longer-term lesson of the coronavirus pandemic as a wake-up call for a serious strengthening of global institutional commitment to economic resilience in health: recognizing that the pace of globalization and climate change is increasing the risk of epidemics of phytosanitary and respiratory diseases.

We have drawn on our expertise across the College to inform these important discussions at the G7 and beyond. Professor Deborah Ashby Imperial College London

Led by Professor Francisco Veloso, Dean of the Business School and Professor Deborah Ashby, Director of the School of Public Health, a team of academics from Imperial submitted evidence to the commission, supported by The Forum, the program political commitment of the Imperial.

Key recommendations from Imperial’s bid were cited in the report, including:

  • The need for better integration of macroeconomic models and dynamic models of disease transition
  • The need to build on recent experience and find more efficient and faster ways to ensure the implementation of new innovative technologies
  • How digital initiatives have helped businesses adapt their businesses during the pandemic and, consequently, how digital capacity can be seen as a mechanism for resilience.

Professor Deborah Ashby said: “Imperial researchers, particularly at the Faculty of Medicine, have played a major role in addressing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic as it has unfolded. Attention must now also focus on the broader global implications and longer-term resilience, so we have drawn on our expertise across the College to inform these important discussions in the G7 and beyond. “

The final report will be released in November alongside a World Resilience Summit.

Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance

The silent pandemic of antimicrobial resistance (RAM) is on the agenda of the G7 summit. At the summit, G7 health ministers pledged to take strategic action against antimicrobial resistance, alongside global health security, clinical trials and digital health.

Imperial academics are part of an expert panel led by Prof. Alison Holmes that is working on an upcoming review of current evidence and interdisciplinary consensus on key research priorities for optimizing antimicrobial use in human populations, to coincide with and fuel the G7 Summit.

Suboptimal antimicrobial use is a major driver of antimicrobial resistance and poor clinical outcomes. To achieve antimicrobial safety, strategic research priorities have identified the critical need to balance AMR research efforts between the development of new agents and strategies to preserve the efficiency and maximize the efficiency of existing agents. This work identifies research priorities to optimize antimicrobial use and describes actions and strategies to contribute to equitable global health security.

“The global research agenda must also focus on preserving and maximizing the effectiveness of our existing antimicrobials. “ Professor Alison Holmes Imperial College London

Along with this article, this multidisciplinary team of experts led by Imperial with its global partners developed a proposed roadmap for healthcare professionals, policy makers and advocacy groups to address the research priorities identified to optimize the use of antimicrobials in humans. It recommends that in order to close the gaps in antimicrobial resistance and achieve antimicrobial safety, research should focus on building capacity to conduct equitable research on four distinct research themes: policy and strategic planning, management. drugs and prescription systems, technological innovation and context, culture and behavioral research.

Professor Alison Holmes said: “There has been significant research investment in the development of new antimicrobials to treat drug-resistant infections. However, as the world awaits new agents, the global research agenda must also focus on preserving and maximizing the effectiveness of our antimicrobials. “

Esmita Charani, Senior Research Pharmacist, Department of Infectious Diseases, and one of the authors, said: “Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat that can only be tackled through collaboration and partnerships spanning different economies, sectors and health care populations.

“Working with expert colleagues around the world, including patient and public advocates, we have identified key research priorities that must be addressed if we are to optimize the use of existing and emerging antibiotics. The next steps are to act on this work and address these identified research needs by building on our existing global research partnerships and collaboration between different health economies and populations. ”

The next steps are to follow up on this work and address these identified research needs by building on our existing global research partnerships and collaboration between different health economies and populations. Dr Esmita Charani Imperial College London

Imperial is also contributing its expertise through an upcoming article on innovation and technology to support optimized antimicrobial use and accurate prescribing.

It will review cutting-edge technologies under development that have the potential to overcome current barriers and support wider implementation of precision antimicrobial dosing. This includes Imperial research from the Center for Antimicrobial Optimization (CAMO) into real-time therapeutic drug monitoring based on biosensors, closed-loop control systems, and artificial intelligence-based decision support tools.

Dr Timothy Miles Rawson, Honorary Clinical Investigator in the Department of Infectious Diseases, said: “Optimizing the use of antimicrobials is important to ensure the best outcomes for our infected patients, while minimizing the development of drug resistance. . Our review explores the state of the art in this area, much of which has been developed through collaboration between departments at Imperial College London working within the Center for Antimicrobial Optimization.

Alliance U7 +

the Alliance U7 + universities, including Imperial, called on the G7 to recognize the key role universities play as leading global players and wishes to highlight priority areas in terms of opportunities to collaborate with G7 leaders to actively take responsibility and foster intergenerational dialogue on issues important for this year’s multilateral agenda:

  1. Leading the global recovery of the coronavirus while building resilience in the face of future pandemics: resilience depends on the education of our citizens, and U7 + recognizes the distinctive responsibility of our universities to train and nurture responsible and active citizens who will contribute to society at all levels.
  2. Fight against climate change and preserve the planet’s biodiversity: Universities have a major role to play in solving environmental problems and are committed to promoting access to courses related to climate, biodiversity and sustainability for all students. We have started an intergenerational dialogue on climate change and environmental degradation and are actively working to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Defend shared global values: U7 + encourages G7 leaders to actively foster intergenerational dialogue on issues of inclusion and equality, such as the global gender pay gap. U7 + calls on the G7 to promote pathways to higher education for young people from marginalized backgrounds and insists that freedom of expression and open dialogue are essential for a well-functioning democracy.

The U7 + Alliance spans six continents and represents all G7 nations as well as 10 other nations. It’s the first alliance of university presidents aiming to structure and advance their role as global actors through the multilateral agenda.

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Technological Advances Bring Exciting New MEWP Options Fri, 11 Jun 2021 05:02:24 +0000

Standards and technology have changed, so maintenance managers should review elevators.

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elevatorsEach installation has unique specifications and requirements, which means that selecting the right MEWP for maintenance applications can often be difficult.

Technological innovations surrounding mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) mean that maintenance managers and engineers need to keep abreast of new industry standards. The new ANSI A92.20 standards for the aerial equipment industry have changed the design requirements for MEWPs, including aerial work platforms, scissor lifts and portable aerial work platforms, manufactured after June 1, 2020.

These design changes, which include many new features and technologies such as load sensing and tilt sensing, are intended to improve the safety of MEWPs, said Jennifer Stiansen, director of marketing at JLG.

“For load sensing, MEWPs now need to be fitted with sensors that actively monitor the machine platform load and trigger an alarm, as well as interrupt normal operations in the event of an overload,” says Stiansen.

To meet this requirement, the sensor technology integrated in MEWPs is sufficiently advanced to allow operators to react quickly and easily to an overload situation. By removing or unloading items from a platform, the MEWP will recognize when it has returned to its rated load capacity, allowing operations to be resumed without the need to recalibrate the machine.

The requirements for tilt detection in today’s standards are very similar to those for load detection. The tilt sensor triggers an alarm and turns off the boom and drive functions if the tilt exceeds the machine’s rated grade tolerance, Stiansen explains. Once the machine recognizes that it is back in its rated area, operators can reposition the machine or level the work area, to continue to complete the job within rated load and grade tolerance. the machine.

New advances

Recent advances in PEMP machine technology have been developed to handle work over rough terrain.

“There are new developments that contribute to operator productivity in areas with limited space,” says Stiansen.

MEWPs equipped with an electronic sensing system have strategically placed sensors that provide visual and audible alerts to notify the machine operator when approaching a structure. These sensors trigger the machine to slow down as it approaches the structure, emitting an audible beep that increases in rhythm as it approaches before stopping the unit completely.

“In situations where the MEWP needs to move closer to the structure once it is stopped, the operator can override the sensor technology to slowly advance toward the structure to place the machine closer to the desired work area.” , explains Stiansen.

The technology also continues to help advance product design in the lifting equipment segment, ranging from new safety features to improved lifting capacities and more environmentally friendly power solutions, said Matthew. Elvin, CEO of Snorkel.

“We have introduced a new variable tilt function which allows us to provide a lighter scissor lift capable of reaching the maximum working height and lifting the maximum capacity of the platform outdoors,” explains Elvin.

This feature allows scissor lifts to be used on steeper side slopes while the platform is below its defined height. As the platform is raised, the degree of side-to-side slope the machines can operate on decreases accordingly.

Like many other facility management products, elevators adopt lithium-ion battery technology, especially for mid-size aerial work platforms. Unlike existing electric aerial work platforms which are typically only used on concrete surfaces, the new mid-size aerial work platforms powered by lithium-ion batteries have full all-terrain four-wheel drive capabilities, in addition to being completely zero emissions. .

Another recent trend is a great diversification of heights and types of elevators geared towards more specific applications, says Austin Caskey, product line manager at Sunbelt Rentals. In the past, managers had limited options in terms of size, weight capacity, outward reach, and availability of basket accessories. There are now many other options.

“For example, facility maintenance managers and their crews previously had to rent a 19-foot scissor lift for any work performed on a standard one-story floor,” says Caskey. “Now they have lots of 10 to 20 foot height options and different lengths and compactness so they can fit in spacious or tight spaces. “

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BMW Group is a founding member of the Quantum Technology and Application Consortium (QUTAC). Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:57:54 +0000

Ten large German companies jointly founded the Quantum Technology and Application Consortium (QUTAC). The aim of the newly created consortium is to further develop the existing fundamentals of quantum computing into usable industrial applications.

Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Management Board of BMW AG: ?? Quantum computing is one of the most promising future technologies and may revolutionize the fields of application from materials research to automated driving. Germany and Europe need a strong quantum computing ecosystem to be at the cutting edge of technology and remain competitive globally. With QUTAC, we are laying the foundations for a successful ecosystem that will allow us to make the most of the great potential of quantum computing.

Specifically, QUTAC will help bring industry relevant applications to market for the technology, chemical and pharmaceutical, insurance and automotive industries. The aim is to lay the foundations for a successful industrialization of quantum computing in Germany and Europe. At the time of its inception, the consortium included BASF, BMW Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bosch, Infineon, Merck, Munich Re, SAP, Siemens and Volkswagen.

The cornerstone of a commercially successful quantum computing ecosystem.

?? In the Stimulus and Future Package, the German government gave a big boost to the development of quantum computers. In collaboration with companies and start-ups, we will identify, develop, test and share applications. There are many very interesting fields, for example in logistics, transport, chemicals and the financial sector. So, I am delighted that QUTAC has brought together so many leading companies to help Germany move forward in this key sector? », Says Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, stressing the importance of this alliance.

Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, also welcomes the creation of QUTAC: Germany and Europe must become leaders in quantum technology and then stay on top. What we want is technological sovereignty. To achieve this, we must build on our strengths. They are our best researchers with their great ideas on the one hand and our strong industry on the other. The two must cooperate optimally. Then we will get the best results. We are therefore funding leading-edge companies and research as part of the quantum technologies framework program.

The participating companies consider that an economically strong and resilient quantum computing ecosystem in Germany and Europe is essential to promote successful industrialization and digital sovereignty in this field. QUTAC’s vision is to drive such a quantum computing ecosystem.

Jointly advancing the European quantum technology economy.

QUTAC aims to be a platform for action. The consortium promotes applications for the commercial use of this technology that are needed in member companies. In doing so, they create industrial demand: members include a broad cross section of the German economy ?? thus, the applications identified, developed and tested within the consortium are precursors for entire industries. Through its orientation, QUTAC occupies an important place in the existing landscape of institutions related to quantum technology.

The current circle of ten members allows for pragmatic exchange and rapid decision-making in order to develop concrete solutions in the short and medium term. The results are intended to benefit all participants in the ecosystem. In its position paper, QUTAC defines specific steps: First, the need for quantum computing in the German economy must be identified in order to create the basis for a portfolio of cross-industry applications. Currently, possible applications are identified and their potential for industrial implementation is being evaluated. These benchmark applications will be jointly implemented and developed beyond the boundaries of the consortium. The results are published on the central platform at

About QUTAC.

Within the Quantum Technology and Application Consortium (QUTAC), some of the largest German groups in business and industry have joined forces to elevate quantum computing to the level of large-scale industrial application. The founding members of QUTAC are BASF, BMW Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bosch, Infineon, Merck, Munich Re, SAP, Siemens and Volkswagen. Through various development projects, members are decisively advancing the first practical applications in the field of quantum computing in their respective industries and also across sectors. The aim of the consortium is to identify, develop, test and share applications for quantum computing and to identify funding needs.

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Yesterday and Today / Winner of the 2011 Early Career Award Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:35:00 +0000


At the center of every atom in our body – and in the matter around us – there is a nucleus. Atomic cores are made up of protons and neutrons, collectively called nucleons. Different combinations of protons and neutrons can give rise to a wide range of phenomena. These range from closely related nuclei that form the familiar elements of everyday life, to fragile exotic structures that disintegrate while emitting radiation, and transient states that disintegrate leaving nucleons flowing. They even include the nuclear reactions that power the stars and drive the evolution of our universe.

Achieving a comprehensive and predictive understanding of how such a wide range of phenomena emerge from the laws of quantum mechanics and the strong fundamental force between protons and neutrons is a primary goal of nuclear physics. For a long time, a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to achieving this goal was the disconnect between the microscopic treatment of the structure of nuclei as bound states of interacting nucleons and the theory used to model nuclear reactions.

This early career award has enabled me to make fundamental contributions to the development of a unified understanding of the structure and low energy reactions of light nuclei. He paved the way for the precise microscopic description of thermonuclear reactions between light nuclei during the Big Bang and within our Sun.

Another major outcome of the project has been a more fundamental understanding of the properties of halo nuclei, fragile bound states of one or two nucleons orbiting a tightly bound nucleus at surprisingly large distances. This fundamental work was then extended to the treatment of exotic nuclei and even more complex reaction processes and inspired others to develop complementary techniques.

I will be forever honored and grateful to have been the recipient of an Early Career Award.


Sofia Quaglioni is Deputy Group Leader of the Nuclear Data and Theory Group in the Division of Nuclear and Chemical Sciences at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).


The Early Career Research Program provides fundamental financial support to early career researchers, enabling them to define and conduct independent research in areas important to DOE missions. The development of outstanding scientists and research leaders is of paramount importance to the Department of Energy Office of Science. By investing in the next generation of researchers, the Office of Science is championing lifelong careers in discovery science.

For more information, please visit Early Career Research Program.


Solving the long-standing problem of low-energy nuclear reactions at the highest microscopic level

This project aims to develop a complete framework that will lead to a fundamental description of the structural properties and reactions of light nuclei in terms of constitutive protons and neutrons interacting by nucleon-nucleon and tri-nucleon forces. This is a long sought-after goal of nuclear theory that is now within reach as promising new techniques and the computing power required to implement them become available.

This project will provide the research community with the theoretical and computational tools that will allow (1) an accurate prediction of the fusion reactions that power stars and Earth fusion facilities; (2) an improved description of the spectroscopy of exotic nuclei, including light Borromean systems; and (3) a fundamental understanding of the three-nucleon force in nuclear reactions and nuclei at the drip level.


P. Navratil, S. Quaglioni, G. Hupine, C. Romero-Redondo, A. Calci, “Unified ab initio approaches to nuclear structure and reactions”. Physica Scripta 91, 053002 (2016). [DOI:10.1088/0031-8949/91/5/053002]

S. Baroni, P. Navratil and S. Quaglioni, “Description ab initio of the exotic unbound 7It core. Physical examination letters 110, 022505 (2013). [DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.022505]

S. Baroni, P. Navratil and S. Quaglioni, “Unified ab initio approach to bound and unbound states: coreless shell model with continuum and its application to 7He.” Physical examination C 87, 034326 (2013). [DOI:10.1103/PhysRevC.87.034326]

Additional profiles of Early Career Research Program scholarship recipients are available at

The Office of Science is the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and works to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit

Sandra Allen McLean is a communications specialist in the Bureau of Science, Office of Communications and Public Affairs [email protected]

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Emerging Technologies Caucus Aims to Help Pennsylvania Lawmakers Keep Up With Technological Growth | national news Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:37:00 +0000

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania State Representative Napoleon Nelson D-Montgomery has created a bipartisan Caucus on Emerging Technology with the goal of helping lawmakers keep pace with rapid changes in technology.

The purpose of the caucus would be to ensure that members of the House of Representatives keep up with the latest policy and regulatory developments, educate members and committees, and develop and pass legislation that advances technological innovation while supporting growth. of these new markets.

In response to new technologies, the caucus would be tasked with providing the regulations and transparency that are essential to protect the people of Pennsylvania while attracting and retaining entrepreneurs.

“Legislatures across the country recognize the economic opportunities and regulatory challenges that are rapidly approaching the emerging technology space,” said Nelson. “Artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, autonomous vehicles and blockchain technology are just a few of the emerging areas that are rapidly becoming an integral part of our lives. “

Nelson has emailed all House members inviting them to join the Emerging Technology Caucus.

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VOC Gas Detectors Market Size 2021-2027 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 05:41:15 +0000

A detailed study of the VOC Gas Detector Market was recently published by Reports Globe. This is the latest report covering the current impact of COVID-19 on the market. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has affected all aspects of life around the world. This resulted in several changes in market conditions. The rapidly changing market scenario along with the initial and future assessment of the impact is covered in the report. The report provides a brief analysis of the growth factors influencing the current business scenario in different regions. Key information about industry size, proportion, application, and analysis statistics is summarized in the report to present an overall forecast. In addition, this report also provides in-depth competitive analysis of major market players and their strategies over the projection period.

The latest report on the VOC Gas Detectors Market consists of an analysis of this industry and its segments. According to the report, the market is expected to generate significant returns during the forecast period and experience significant year-over-year growth.

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The VOC Gas Detectors market report also provides an overview of the segments and sub-segmentation, including product types, applications, and regions. In view of these difficult economic conditions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the report examines market dynamics, changing competitive landscape, and supply and consumption flows around the world.

The report only discusses key areas such as market size, scope and growth opportunities of the VOC Gas Detectors market by analyzing the market trend and available data for the period 2021-2027. The report maintains 2019 as the base year for the research study and explains the major drivers and limiting factors that are expected to have a significant impact on the development and expansion of the market during the forecast period.

Additionally, the scope of growth potential, sales growth, product mix, and price factors related to the VOC Gas Detectors market are carefully assessed in the report in order to have a broader picture of the market. The report also covers the most recent agreements including mergers and acquisitions, partnerships or joint ventures, and the latest developments of manufacturers to compete globally in the VOC Gas Detectors market.

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Segmentation of the VOC gas detectors market:

VOC Gas Detectors Market, By Application (2016-2027)

  • Industrial production
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Other

VOC Gas Detectors Market, By Product (2016-2027)

Major Players Operating in the VOC Gas Detectors Market:

  • AFC International
  • Honeywell
  • RAE systems
  • Macro Technology Instruments Co
  • New Electric Cosmos
  • Gastron
  • Spectrex Company

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  • Middle East and Africa (Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Israel, Egypt, Nigeria)
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Steam Ovens Market Latest Technological Advances, Growth and Demand Analysis 2021 to 2027 | Thermador, Cuisinart, Miele, Bosch, Subzero-wolf, Siemens, Bertazzoni, Electrolux, GE, Smeg, LG, Panasonic Thu, 10 Jun 2021 04:54:45 +0000

The report presents an in-depth assessment of the Steam oven market including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain , profiles and strategies of ecosystem players. The report also presents forecasts for steam ovens from 2021 to 2027. The report covers historical data before COVID-19, the impact of COVID-19 and the post-COVID-19 (Corona virus) impact on various regions. and major countries and on the future development of the industry is emphasized.

The global steam oven market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% by 2027.

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The report presents the competitive landscape of the market and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendors / key players in the market. Top Companies in the Global Steam Ovens Market: Thermador, Cuisinart, Miele, Bosch, Subzero-wolf, Siemens, Bertazzoni, Electrolux, GE, Smeg, LG, Panasonic, Jenn-Air, Gaggenau, Blodgett, Dacor, Frigidaire, Vulcan, Whirlpool, AEG, BSH Hom Appliances, Southbend, Doyon, Sharp, Robam, Midea, FOTILE, Breville, Oster, Lincat and others.

Global Steam Ovens Market Split by Product Type and Applications:

This report segments the global steam oven market on the basis of Types are:

Autonomous steam oven

Combined steam oven

Based on Application, the global steam oven market is segmented into:



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North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia and Italy)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)
South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, etc.)
The Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)

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New Technology Helps Predict Return Currents Days In Advance, Used on Gulf Coast | Baldwin County Alabama News Thu, 10 Jun 2021 01:21:00 +0000

BALDWIN COUNTY, ALA (WALA) – In the past seven days, lifeguards at Baldwin Beach have had to rescue more than 25 people.

For many swimmers, they are in the water having fun when suddenly a tear sets in, but there is hope that the new technology will help keep people safe.

On Wednesday, a red flag flew high over the beach at Gulf Shores.

“Whenever we have red flags, we encourage people not to enter the water, especially if you are not an experienced swimmer,” said Joethan Phillips, chief safety officer for Gulf Shores Beach. “The water is not shut off, but there are dangerous conditions there.”

Choppy waves, crashing waves and rip currents keep lifeguards busy at the beach.

Phillips has been a beach lifeguard for almost 15 years and he’s seen it all.

“Those reverse currents when we have red flag days can pull really hard,” he said.

Rips are one of the biggest threats swimmers face here. They are powerful narrow canals of swift water that run away from the shore.

“The main thing is to relax, call for help, and not try to beat the current if you get caught in a reverse current or start to feel pulled back,” Phillips said. “Once you feel the current stop pulling you back, you can swim parallel to the beach and then swim in it.”

For years, reverse currents have been difficult to predict, but new technology from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is changing that.

“The model predicts the probability of dangerous reverse currents from zero to 100 percent every kilometer or so along the beach, every hour 6 days into the future,” said Greg Dusek, senior scientist at NOAA.

Dusek has been working on this new technology for over a decade.

The model examines wave and water level forecasts. Similar to weather forecasting, the model predicts the probability of dangerous currents.

“How accurate do you think this is,” asked FOX10 News reporter Tyler Fingert.

“We have seen improvements of over 50% over our previous approaches,” said Dusek.

Nationwide return currents kill about 100 people each year, including 2 this week in Baldwin County. This new technology hopes to reduce that.

For lifeguards like Phillips, he hopes that a more informed beach goer will lead to a safer beach day.

“The best tool is to have your eyes on the beach and watch the currents, but at any time you can have other sources to help you and more specific sources which are of great help” , did he declare.

This life-saving technology is already in use on the Gulf Coast. Mobile’s National Weather Service says the new model helps guide their daily rip current forecasts.

If you want to see the NWS forecast, click on here.

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