A ‘whif’ of a breakthrough

first_imgWhen David Edwards dreamed three years ago of creating inhalable chocolate, he put his inspiration into action with the help of resources far and near.On campus, Edwards, the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, turned to his own students, who began testing the intriguing notion of eating via breathing. Meanwhile, at Edwards’ art and design innovation center Le Laboratoire in France, the double-Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx was also testing Edwards’ idea by working to produce gratifying flavor through aerosol.The resulting product, Le Whif, released last year, was a success that overstepped culinary and scientific boundaries. But even more of an accomplishment than Le Whif, Edwards might argue, was the revolutionary philosophy behind it. In his new book, “The Lab: Creativity and Culture,” a sequel to 2008’s “Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation,” Edwards reveals how risk-taking and multi-disciplinary collaboration are essential for creativity.Calling for the desegregation of the worlds of science and art, Edwards argues for a new model of lab — the “artscience” lab — that “expands the possibilities of experimentation beyond those of traditional science labs.”Artscience labs, like Edwards’ Le Laboratoire in Paris, are Bauhaus-inspired “experimental environments where it becomes hard to say what is art, what is science, where there is a single creative process, and this process, more than any result the process produces, is what matters,” said Edwards.At Harvard, Edwards founded the Idea Translation Lab, an educational program with resources to support student idea experimentation, as well as The Lab at Harvard — a three-year experimental exhibition program for transforming common University space into a catalyst for student idea development and learning.“My book ‘The Lab’ calls for a sustainable model of change guided as much by the arts as by the sciences,” he said. “I wished to make the claim that artistic experimentation, as process more than as result, cannot only also produce benefit, it can actually enhance the benefit of every kind of experimentation, and lead to broader dialogue between the public and creator, and more value generation outside the traditional innovation center of industry.”The Michigan-born biomedical engineer is currently at work on a bevy of innovations that include edible bottles. Last year he released Andrea, a plant-based air purification system invented with Mathieu Lehanneur.“To the degree that contemporary life is becoming increasingly a continuum of innovative process, directing that process to cultural, social, educational, and commercial benefit seems to me the best outcome we can hope for any innovation model,” Edwards said. “That’s the argument of the book, a kind of manifesto for a utopist lab. What we’re building in Paris and other places is just a first approximation of what an artscience lab might be.”last_img read more

BPU Yard Waste Site Open Today For Storm Debris Cleanup

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Saraden White.JAMESTOWN – Some Jamestown residents are still cleaning up following a windstorm last weekend, and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities are trying to make the process a little easier.The BPU are opening their yard waste site from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday to assist solid waste customers in cleaning up properties after the weather events.The yard waste site is located at 1001 Monroe St. in Jamestown.Yard waste stickers from both 2019-20 and 2021-22 will be accepted for entrance. The site had closed for the season, but the weekend storm resulted in many branches, sticks and twigs falling onto yards. The site will be open to accept residential customers’ storm debris.last_img read more

Mosquito season

first_imgHomeowners can reduce mosquito populations by eliminating as much standing water as possible. Standing water that cannot be eliminated should be treated with an EPA approved larvicide, if mosquito larvae are present. Empty buckets, plant saucers, boats, tarps and anything else that is holding water. Keep gutters clear of leaves and debris to eliminate an often neglected breeding ground. Also check rain barrels, which provided water for landscape needs in past year’s droughts, for larvae. It is vital that screens are intact around all openings or these barrels will become highly productive mosquito habitats. In addition, screens on windows and doors should be checked for holes. Many mosquitoes are attracted to light and will be drawn to open windows after dark.For more information on mosquitoes in Georgia, search the UGA Extension publications at www.caes.uga.edu/publications. Although the rate of mosquito-borne diseases has been low this summer, University of Georgia experts urge the public to continue to take caution during this last month of mosquito season. “We don’t want people to let down their guard as football season arrives and evening activities increase,” said Elmer Gray, a UGA Extension mosquito specialist. “The peak period for West Nile transmission in Georgia has historically been August 15 through September 15.”Gray highly recommends using EPA-approved repellents if people are expecting to encounter mosquitoes in the next few weeks.Georgia is home to 63 species of mosquitoes, most of which thrived this summer because of the exceptionally wet weather. To date, much of the state is 15 inches or more ahead of normal rainfall for this time of the year. As a result, there is more standing water than in recent memory. This standing water provides excellent larval habitat for mosquitoes, even as we move into the last few weeks of summer. Local mosquito control managers are logging numerous public complaints about a variety of mosquitoes that have benefited from that abundant rainfall. However, public health officials have isolated both Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus in mosquitoes that have been trapped and studied. Eastern equine encephalitis, the most severe mosquito-borne disease of humans in the U.S., is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes that typically develop in the swamps and woodlands below the fall line in Georgia. Health districts have reported an increased number of animal cases, indicating that the virus is actively being transmitted. Thankfully, cases are rare in humans. There was one human case in 2012, and a total of 29 have been reported since 1964. Symptoms range from mild, flu-like illness to brain swelling, coma and possibly, death. Symptomatic cases have a fatality rate of 30 to 50 percent.The Georgia Department of Public Health has only reported two human cases of West Nile virus in Georgia, as of August 22. With one heavy mosquito population month to go, the state may have gotten off somewhat lucky this year.Despite the large number of total mosquitoes, a relatively small population of the mosquitoes that transmit the virus to humans — the Southern house mosquito — has drastically reduced the number of cases.Southern house mosquitoes develop in stagnant storm drains and thrive during drier summers, when their breeding grounds aren’t routinely flushed by rainwater. In contrast — during last year’s relatively dry summer — Georgia experienced a record 117 cases of West Nile and six deaths.While Southern house mosquitoes or West Nile virus may not be making headlines, there is still some chance of catching the flu-like virus this year, Gray said. Prevention is key “Preventing mosquito bites is crucial to avoiding any of the mosquito-borne diseases, Gray said. “Loose fitting, light colored clothing, coupled with the proper use of EPA labeled repellents, will go a long ways in this effort.”He strongly recommends using products containing DEET, which the American Academy of Pediatrics approves for use on children as young as two months. Parents should apply the repellent to their hands and then apply the product to the child. It is important to get good coverage and then wash the treated skin upon returning indoors, Gary said.last_img read more

Financial Literacy Day on the Hill today

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU lobbyists are participating in Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill today with lawmakers, promoting ways credit unions work to help members make sound financial decisions to support life goals.Last week, NAFCU released the April edition of its Economic & CU Monitor, which provided results of a survey on financial literacy. The survey report showed credit unions spend an average of 86 hours each month on matters related to that topic.Among other findings:nearly every credit union respondent offers financial literacy training to its members (84.6 percent);credit unions’ financial literacy efforts reach an average of 20,800 members per institution; continue reading »last_img read more

Credit unions can build a better financial future in 2016

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As 2015 is coming to close, it’s a great time for credit unions to reflect upon their mission and role as a financial institution in their community. Part of a credit union’s DNA is to improve the financial lives of their members and increasing financial literacy is a key component.Results of a survey from The Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center were recently published about the state of our global financial literacy. This survey is the world’s largest global measurement of financial literacy, and examined financial concepts in over 140 countries and surveyed 150,000 people. They found that 33% of adults worldwide are financially literate; meaning 67% arenot. More specifically, in the United States the survey results indicated that43% of adults are not financially literate.In a study conducted by Bankrate.com, 76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, and 27% of those surveyed have no savings at all. Scary, I know. continue reading »last_img read more

Bay Shore Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old woman was killed when a vehicle driven by an unlicensed driver struck the vehicle that the victim was a passenger in on Thursday night in Brentwood, Suffolk County police said.Zoila Ortega, 32, of Brentwood, was backing a Toyota out of a driveway on Crooked Hill Road when the vehicle was struck by a Nissan driven by 33-year-old Wilson Nieves, also of Brentwood, at 10 p.m., police said.Nieves, Ortega and her passenger, Maria Alfaro of Bay Shore, were all taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where Alfaro died and the two drivers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Nieves was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Coronavirus pushing much of the world into record slumps

first_imgGermanyEurope’s top economy was hit less hard by the coronavirus than its neighbors, but still saw its GDP fall by 10.1 percent in the second quarter.As GDP had already declined by 2 percent in the first quarter, Germany’s economy met the definition of a recession: two consecutive quarters of contracting GDP. Germany’s previous record for a quarterly GDP drop: 4.7 percent in the first quarter of 2009. Spain After a 5.2 percent drop in the first quarter, Spain’s economy contracted a further 18.5 percent in the second, notably because of a 60 percent drop in tourism income and a fall by one third in exports. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed most of the world’s major economies into unprecedented contractions in the second quarter, except for China which escaped a recession.Here are the second quarter changes in gross domestic product (GDP) compared to the previous quarter for the world’s top economies. Unless stated otherwise, the figures are from the national statistics institutes. Japan Japan announced in mid-May it was already in recession when first quarter GDP slid by 0.6 percent after a 1.9 percent drop in the final quarter of 2019. The world’s number three economy has yet to publish second quarter GDP figures. United Kingdom The UK suffered the worst recession in Europe in the first two quarters of the year, also recording the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe. GDP fell 20.4 percent in the second quarter after a 2.2 percent drop in the first. China China, the world’s second-largest economy, may have been where the novel coronavirus originated, but thanks to strict lockdown measures it was able to largely halt the spread of the virus and reopen factories, thus avoiding a recession.In the second quarter its economy rebounded by 11.5 percent, having fallen by 10 percent in the first quarter. Still, growth for this year will be much below what China has become accustomed to for decades. EurozoneThe eurozone’s overall GDP plunged 12.1 percent in the three months to June, after 3.6 percent in the first quarter, making the second quarter downturn “by far” the worst since statistics agency Eurostat started compiling growth data for the area in 1995. United States The United States, the world’s top economy, suffered a 9.5 percent slump in the second quarter following a 1.3 percent drop in the first, according to figures published by the OECD. The US government publishes annualized figures (-32.9 percent in the second quarter), a method that is not comparable with most other countries. Topics : Italy Italy’s growth was impacted very early on by the coronavirus which hit its richest region, Lombardy, particularly hard. Italian GDP fell by 5.4 percent in the first quarter and then by 12.4 percent in the second, pushing the country into recession. France The eurozone’s number two economy was in a longer and stricter lockdown than its eastern neighbor, and second quarter GDP fell more steeply, by 13.8 percent, after a drop of 5.9 percent in the previous three months. Previously the worst quarterly GDP growth in France happened in 1968 because of a general strike in May of that year.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Touts Port of Philadelphia Investment to Create Thousands of Middle Class Jobs

first_img Economy, Infrastructure, Jobs That Pay, Port Development, Press Release Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today joined Senator Bob Casey, elected officials and stakeholders to tout a comprehensive Capital Investment Program at the Port of Philadelphia announced in November that will create thousands of jobs by investing more than $300 million in the Port’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment. This initiative will double container capacity, position the Port for future growth, improve efficiency, and increase tax revenues when it begins next year and continues through 2020,“My number one priority is to continue to strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy to support the middle class and this capital investment program will give the Port of Philadelphia the tools it needs to improve its competitive position and create thousands of family-sustaining jobs while increasing state revenues,” said Governor Wolf. “With its major economic impacts throughout the state, my administration understands the value of Pennsylvania’s port asset in Philadelphia.”“This is one of the largest economic development projects in the state,” Sen. Casey said. “I have worked since I was elected to ensure the deepening of the Delaware River, an investment in job retention and creation for the state.”The program, ranking among the largest investments by a state on the East Coast, will boost three of the busiest sectors of the Port of Philadelphia, including the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s automobile-handling operation, and the Tioga Marine Terminal.“The state’s $300 million investment is a good deal not just for the Port’s workers and for Philadelphians, but for taxpayers across the entire state,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “This increased capacity will be needed in the years to come, since the deepening of the Delaware River’s main navigation to prepare for bigger ships is scheduled to completed in early 2017. So we are grateful to the Wolf Administration, to state lawmakers, and of course to the hard-working men and women of the Port of Philadelphia.”These improvements will result in doubling container capacity at the Port, provide increased breakbulk (non-containerized) cargo capacity, and bring a substantial increase in automobile-handling capacity. A total direct job increase of 70 percent is projected from the current level of 3,124 to a projected 5,378 direct jobs. Total employment at the Port will also increase, from 10,341 to 17,020, and state and local tax revenues generated will increase from the current $69.6 million to $108.4 million annually.“The investment in the Philadelphia port will not only provide overdue upgrades to the existing ports, it will also add thousands of jobs to the region,” said state Rep. Bill Keller, D-Phila. “I would like to thank Gov. Wolf for securing the funds for this very important project.”About $200 million of the Capital Investment Program will be invested in the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port of Philadelphia’s largest maritime facility. These improvements will include four new electric post-Panamax container cranes, the relocation of warehouses to facilitate container growth and the construction of new ones, and a deeper 45-foot depth at the terminal’s marginal berths, to match the new 45-foot depth of the Delaware River’s main channel. Electrification throughout the terminal will also be modernized to support electrification of existing diesel cranes and cold ironing capabilities at the terminal (the ability to power without the need for the vessels to burn fuel while docked).The Governor’s administration worked closely with the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, the Port’s staff, and business and labor leaders throughout the Port to develop the very best, most effective capital program to improve commerce at the Port of Philadelphia, and to prepare the Port to meet industry trends for years to come.“Once again, the Port of Philadelphia is indebted to Governor Wolf and his administration,” said Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) Chairman Gerald H. Sweeney. “In the recent past, Governor Wolf had funded the critical final stages of the 45-foot Channel Deepening Project and championed other major port improvements. Now, this $300 million capital investment will enable the Port to significantly grow family sustaining jobs and dramatically expand all our business lines, particularly setting us on a path to more than double our existing container capacity. This investment by the Governor, coupled with the talented dedication of the entire port community, ensures that the Port of Philadelphia will capture a significant share of the increased vessel traffic on the East Coast resulting from the expanded Panama Canal and our deeper channel.”Officials at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority anticipate an aggressive “shovels in the ground” schedule beginning early next year to make these planned capital improvements.As the latest example of the successful public/private partnerships at the Port, Astro Holdings, Inc., the Tenant of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, will also purchase one of the Post-Panamax container cranes for the terminal, as well as dedicating significant privately-owned port acreage, in the form of the Holt-owned 40-acre “Publicker” site located next to the Packer Avenue facility, for container growth through Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.Officials of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) expect that these improvements will result in no less than a doubling of the cargo-handling capacity at the terminal, already the busiest and most multi-use terminal at the Port of Philadelphia. Container-handling capacity will especially increase, with a 900,000 TEU capacity immediately resulting from the improvements, scalable to exceed 1.2 million TEU capacity in the future, a significant improvement over the terminal’s current 400,000-plus TEU capacity.The improvements at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s primary container facility, will occur at about the time that the Delaware Main Channel Deepening Project, which is deepening the Port’s main shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet, will be completed. The larger, deeper-draft container vessels that will be able to reach the Port because of the deepening project (as well as a recently improved Panama Canal) will now find a terminal that is especially prepared for their needs.The Ports Automobile Import/Export facility, which currently processes 150,000 cars and employs more than 300 direct workers will also benefit by receiving about $90 million of the Governor’s Capital Investment program. Since 2010, Glovis America been the main customer of the Port’s Auto Processing facility, located in South Philadelphia adjacent to the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, bringing Hyundai and Kia automobiles on vessels for eventual distribution to dealerships throughout the region.Improvements to the Port’s automobile-handling operation will include the addition of 155 paved and fenced acres above the flood plain at the Port’s Southport site; the conversion of the former seaplane hangar at Southport into a second auto-processing site; enhancements at the main auto-processing site at Pier 98 Annex; and the establishment of a framework that provides flexibility for use of the land the Port needs for containers and automobiles, as determined by market demands.Tioga Marine Terminal will be the third beneficiary of the State Capital Investment Program at the Port. $12 million has been earmarked for improvements to the main on-dock warehouse that has been successfully handling and processing Brazilian wood pulp cargoes since 2014. A second warehouse at Tioga will be converted into a food-grade warehouse, allowing the Port increase its wood pulp volumes to meet the demands of Pennsylvania companies requiring wood pulp. Improved rail access and the purchase of a second mobile harbor crane will also add capacity for Tioga Marine Terminal.This capital investment program provides an alternate, more efficient and expeditious solution to reach the Port’s goals as embodied in the recent Southport RFP: growing container capacity, accelerating job creation, and capitalizing immediately on the river dredging program ensuring that the Port will be competitive and positioned for growth immediately With this capital investment plan, we will have accomplished both the short term and the longer term objectives that were envisioned for Southport as well as the Port overall, with flexibilities to continue to grow and shift across many diverse markets. The Commonwealth and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority remain committed to establishing the best, most effective maritime operations at Southport, and these slated capital improvements at Southport are part of that commitment.By the NumbersCurrentFuture Direct Jobs (70% Increase)3,1245,378 Growth in Automotive Capacity—166% Total Employment (65% Increase)10,34117,020 Capital – Estimated—$300M SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Annual Revenue @ Capacity$5.7M$18.9M December 21, 2016 Growth in Breakbulk Capacity—21% State/Local Taxes (56% Increase)$69.6M$108.4M Growth in Container Capacity—86% Governor Wolf Touts Port of Philadelphia Investment to Create Thousands of Middle Class Jobs Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Dangerous chemicals linked to breast cancer – study

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 52 Views no discussions Share WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — Certain chemicals that are common in everyday life have been shown to cause breast cancer in lab rats and are likely to do the same in women, US researchers said Monday.The paper in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives lists 17 chemicals to avoid and offers women advice on how to minimise their exposure.They include chemicals in gasoline, diesel and other vehicle exhaust, flame retardants, stain-resistant textiles, paint removers, and disinfection by-products in drinking water.“The study provides a road map for breast cancer prevention by identifying high-priority chemicals that women are most commonly exposed to and demonstrates how to measure exposure,” said study author Ruthann Rudel, research director of the Silent Spring Institute.“This information will guide efforts to reduce exposure to chemicals linked to breast cancer, and help researchers study how women are being affected,” she said.Some of the biggest sources of mammary carcinogens in the environment are benzene and butadiene, which can come from vehicle exhaust, lawn equipment, tobacco smoke, and charred food.Other concerns are cleaning solvents like methylene chloride, pharmaceuticals used in hormone replacement therapy, some flame retardants, chemicals in stain-resistant textiles and non-stick coatings, and styrene which comes from tobacco smoke and is also used to make Styrofoam, the study said.Carcinogens can also be found in drinking water, researchers said.“Every woman in America has been exposed to chemicals that may increase her risk of getting breast cancer,” said co-author Julia Brody.“Unfortunately, the link between toxic chemicals and breast cancer has largely been ignored. Reducing chemical exposures could save many, many women’s lives.”Brody described the paper as the first to comprehensively list potential breast carcinogens and detail ways for experts to measure them in women’s blood and urine.The study also recommends seven ways for women to avoid these chemicals:1) Limit exposure to exhaust from vehicles or generators, don’t idle your car, and use electric lawn mowers, leaf blowers and weed whackers instead of gas-powered ones.2) Use a ventilation fan while cooking and limit how much burned or charred food you eat.3) Do not buy furniture with polyurethane foam, or ask for furniture that has not been treated with flame retardants.4) Avoid stain-resistant rugs, furniture and fabrics.5) If you use a dry-cleaner, find one who does not use PERC (perchloroethylene) or other solvents. Ask for “wet cleaning”.6) Use a solid carbon block drinking water filter.7) Keep chemicals out of the house by taking off your shoes at the door, using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, and cleaning with wet rags and mops.The research was funded by the Avon Foundation. The Silent Spring Institute is a 20-year-old organisation made up of scientists who focus on the environment and women’s health.It is named after the best selling environmental book ‘The Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson, who died of breast cancer in 1964, two years after the book was published.Dale Sandler, chief of epidemiology at the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, described the paper as a “terrific” resource for epidemiologists who study environmental causes of breast cancer.“This paper is a thorough review of toxicology data and biomarkers relevant to breast cancer in humans,” he said.Associated Free Presscenter_img Share Tweet HealthLifestyle Dangerous chemicals linked to breast cancer – study by: – May 12, 2014last_img read more

Opposition Leader calls on motorists to be more vigilant

first_imgLocalNews Opposition Leader calls on motorists to be more vigilant by: – November 16, 2011 14 Views one comment Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Hon. Hector John. Image via: uwpdm.comLeader of the Opposition, United Workers Party Hector John is calling on motorists to increase their vigilance in an effort to reduce the growing incidents of traffic accidents on the island.John’s comments come in light of two recent fatalities which occurred within two days.Hilroy Ambo of Salisbury died when the vehicle which he was a passenger on collided with a dump truck in Jimmit on Saturday and the other David Joseph on Monday evening.The other, twenty-three (23) year old David Joseph of Portsmouth was pronounced dead on Monday evening at the Portsmouth Hospital marking the ninth (9th) road fatality for 2011 and the third involving a motorcycle.Joseph, a former employee of Fine Foods Incorporated was riding motorcycle registration number TJ 898 along the Ti-Bay, Coconut Beach Public Road when he collided with a stray cow. As a result, the cow died and the motorcycle belonged to Fine Foods Incorporated was extensively damaged.The Opposition Leader is also calling on cattle owners in the Portsmouth areas to ensure that their animals are tied and not left wandering the streets which poses a threat to motorists.“I’m calling on our motorists to be even more vigilant on the road seeing that we have better roads some people try to speed and also calling on the people of Portsmouth who have their animals on the road, I think not only because of the death of David but I have heard that several times and I have seen it at One Mile, Picard; met a lot of loose cows on the road and that is a serious problem that we have.”John further stated that the unfortunate incident which claimed the life of a young man should serve as a signal to the authorities to ensure that this does not happen again.“We have small roads, we have corners you might just bend a corner and meet a cow in the centre of the road and you cannot make a getaway. What happened to David I think should send a message to the authority to ensure that people who have their cows along the roadside tie them properly and move them away from the road, so that they will not be causing accidents like what transpired in Picard and we lose the life of a young man that had a future ahead of him,” he said.John also extended his sympathy to the families and friends of his constituent Hilroy Ambo of Salisbury who was the first cousin of former parliamentary representative Earl Williams and David John of Portsmouth.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more