Rep Brann invites local pastor to lead House invocation

first_img25Jan Rep. Brann invites local pastor to lead House invocation Categories: Brann News,Brann Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Tommy Brann (right) welcomed Pastor Randall Ledeboer (center) to the state Capitol to lead today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Ledeboer is the lead pastor at inSpirit Church in Byron Center. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer.last_img read more

Video monitoring specialist Bridge Technologies ha

first_imgVideo monitoring specialist Bridge Technologies has signed up SHM Broadcast to resell its products in the German market.In addition to solutions for cable, terrestrial, and satellite infrastructures, SHM Broadcast will offer all the OTT monitoring tools included in the latest VideoBRIDGE probes, as well as the new versions of the microVB system for monitoring OTT and TV everywhere services.last_img

BBC Sport has launched a Facebook app enabling us

first_imgBBC Sport has launched a Facebook app, enabling users of the social networking site to watch sports events including Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.The launch marks the first time the BBC has live streamed events on Facebook. A beta version of the app lets users watch the BBC’s main coverage of the Wimbledon tennis tournament along with up to six additional match streams from other courts. Users can make comment under each stream and see how many of their friends are watching the same event. The corporation plans to add a live chat function in time for the Olympics. During the Games, up to 24 live streams will be available.Phil Fearnley, general manager BBC News & Knowledge, said: “It’s a core part of the BBC’s mission to bring our quality content to audiences wherever they are, so I’m very excited to be able to offer sport fans on Facebook a really distinctive live streaming experience. With our Facebook app we aim to bring even greater value to our online audiences, enabling them to watch together and share their excitement. We hope to use it to test the benefits of social viewing, as part of our ambition to deliver more innovative and transformative experiences to sports fans.”last_img read more

US streaming service Hulus premium subscription s

first_imgUS streaming service Hulu’s premium subscription service topped four million customers in the first quarter of this year, new stats show. Hulu has also unveiled two original series for the summer.The US broadcaster-backed platform revealed the statistic yesterday, which it claimed set a new record for subscriber growth.Subscription service Hulu Plus officially launched in November and had reached a million subscribers by the end of the third quarter of 2011. It hit two million in the first quarter of 2012 and three million by the fourth quarter of that year, meaning it has added a million customers in just one quarter.Mobile viewing was picked out as driving growth, and Hulu estimates 15% of its growth will come from this segment during this year and next. Living room viewing was also on the up and currently accounts for 29% of the company’s business.At its annual Upfront yesterday, Hulu – which counts Disney News Corp and NBC Universal as owners (though the latter is a passive partner as per terms of Comcast’s 2011 company takeover) also announced two new original series.Quickdraw (pictured) is a half-hour comedy series set in 1875 in the US’s Wild West and focuses on a Harvard-educated sheriff’s attempts to bring the science of forensics to an unruly Kansas town.Nancy Hower and John Lehr co-created the show and will executive produce.The second new series is East Los High, a teen drama series that comes from an all-Latino cast and production crew. Local Latino organisations advised on the scripts, which will follow the personal lives of a group of US Hispanics at an inner city LA high school.The shows both join Hulu’s summer launch slate, which also comprises The Awesomes, Behind the Mask, The Wrong Mans, Mother Up, Prisoners of War season two, The Only Way is Essex season four, Braquo season two and Moone Boy.last_img read more

Viacom has continued the rapid expansion of its Pl

first_imgViacom has continued the rapid expansion of its Pluto TV OTT platform with the launch of availability on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set top boxes. Pluto TV was already available to Comcast’s internet-only customers subscribed to the Xfinity Flex service. This launch will see Pluto TV accessible to millions more customers.“The launch of Pluto TV on Xfinity X1 is a pivotal moment for Pluto TV, expanding our reach to a whole new audience in search of free streaming entertainment,” said Tom Ryan, CEO and co-founder of Pluto TV. “Pluto TV is the perfect complement to the X1 platform, delivering a rich lineup of original live channels and on-demand movies and TV shows to Comcast’s customers right where they enjoy the rest of their entertainment experience.”Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex customers can easily launch the Pluto TV app by saying “Pluto TV” into their voice remote, or by finding it within each platform’s apps section.The news comes close to other expansion announcements for Pluto, such as the launch of the service on Cox Contour and Contour Stream Player. Viacom is also looking to expand Pluto TV more aggressively internationally, including adding Pluto TV content to UK on-demand platform My5.last_img read more

Insilico Medicine to present latest advances in aging biomarker development at Longevity

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 25 2019Insilico Medicine, a Rockville-based company developing the end-to-end drug discovery pipeline utilizing the next generation artificial intelligence, will present its latest advances in human aging biomarker development at the Longevity Leaders Conference in London, 4 of February.Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques, such as deep learning (DL) and reinforcement learning (RL) play a pivotal role in studying the biology of aging on many levels. The panel discussion will focus on the new frontiers in the biology of aging and the future of longevity science. Another major point of discussion is how technology and industry collaborations can drive successful outcomes in longevity science.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid research”We are happy to present our latest research at the Longevity Leaders Conference, which gathers the leading longevity scientists and investors. The topic of AI for Aging research and Productive longevity is rapidly gaining popularity, and we are happy to be at the leading edge of this research and one of the innovation drivers in the area”, says Alex Zhavoronkov, Ph.D., Founder, and CEO of Insilico Medicine, Inc.The Longevity Leaders Conference brings together key opinion leaders, CEOs, innovators and disruptors from the world of life sciences, technology, financial services, government and the investment community, to discuss how the grand challenges of Longevity can be tackled, how the significant opportunities can be seized, and to forge the partnerships and relationships to succeed in this new age. The Longevity Leaders Conference is held on February 4 in London.last_img read more

FDA approves perfusion device to help increase access to more donor lungs

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 27 2019The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a device, called Xvivo Perfusion System with Steen Solution Perfusate, that can temporarily ventilate, oxygenate, and pump (perfuse) preservation solution through lungs that were initially thought to be unacceptable for transplant. The device allows the transplant team to perform a more careful assessment of lung function to get a better sense of how the organs are working when they are perfused with a solution outside the body to better determine whether the lungs can then be viable for transplant.The Xvivo Perfusion System was originally granted marketing authorization in 2014 under a humanitarian device exemption (HDE), a regulatory pathway that limits the device’s use to a maximum of 8,000 patients per year. Today’s approval through the FDA’s more stringent premarket approval (PMA) pathway does not limit yearly patient use of the device, thereby allowing an increased number of lungs to be available for transplant and potentially increasing the number of patients who can benefit from this technology.Lung transplantation remains the only known life-saving treatment for end-stage lung disease, but many patients die while waiting for suitable lungs to become available for transplant. On average, only 15 percent of lungs obtained from deceased donors are suitable for transplantation. This is because the physiological function of a large number of donor lungs is questionable due to, for example, poor lung quality or possible injury, or there is inadequate time to find a suitable donor-recipient match. Approximately 2,530 lung transplants were performed last year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”Sadly, too many patients on transplant lists die waiting for suitable lungs. Providing patients with access to safe medical devices that have the potential to be lifesaving remains a top FDA priority, and we support the development of innovative technologies that can increase the donor organ pool for transplant patients in need of suitable lungs,” said Benjamin Fisher, Ph.D., director of the Division of Reproductive, Gastro-renal, Urological Devices at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.Related StoriesNew drug provides hope for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophyRewiring of nerves gives movement to paralyzed arms and handsNew target identified for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosisThe Xvivo Perfusion System works by allowing marginal quality lungs that initially failed to meet standard transplant criteria to be ventilated, oxygenated and perfused at a standard normal body temperature for up to five hours. This provides an opportunity for surgeons to reassess transplant suitability, allowing them to transplant a certain percentage of lungs that were initially deemed to be unsuitable. The device consists of a perfusion cart with mechanical and electrical components that ventilate, oxygenate and perfuse the lungs with a lung preservation solution.The FDA evaluated data from a study involving 332 sets of donor lungs that were allocated into three groups: one group served as the control and were lungs initially deemed suitable for transplant that were provided to 116 recipients after standard preservation; one group were lungs initially deemed unsuitable for transplant and, after being perfused with the Xvivo Perfusion System, were implanted into 110 recipients; the third group were perfused with the Xvivo Perfusion System and were still deemed not suitable after the perfusion, and therefore were not implanted into patients. The one-year survival rate was 94 percent for the control group compared to 86.4 percent for the lung perfusion patients. The difference in rates was not deemed to be clinically significant.The most common adverse events associated with this device include acute rejection, bronchial complications, respiratory failure and infections.The FDA granted the premarket approval to Xvivo Perfusion Inc. Premarket approval is the most stringent type of device marketing application required by FDA and is based on a determination by the FDA that the PMA application contains sufficient valid scientific evidence to provide reasonable assurance that the device is safe and effective for its intended use(s). Source:https://www.fda.govlast_img read more

Machine tools receiving a checkup

The researchers configure the measuring nest. Credit: Fraunhofer IWU Explore further Machine tools are thermally sensitive: operational precision can be disrupted when hall doors are opened in the winter, even for a brief period of time. Most companies have manufacturing facilities situated around the world, often in environments without air conditioning. The result is machinery imprecision and product rejections. Power units and other heat sources like hot tools can also have a negative effect. In a recently inaugurated climate chamber that is one of a kind worldwide, researchers at Fraunhofer IWU in Chemnitz are studying the influence that climate conditions and ambient interactions exert on machine tools and their components. “Exposure to sunlight and drafts causes thermal interactions in the form of structural stretching, which we are able to reproduce in the environmental chamber. The aim is to stabilize and enhance machine precision directly via a machine control system by correcting thermally-induced errors during operation,” explains Dr. Janine Glänzel, research scientist at Fraunhofer IWU. To cite an example, thermal influences particularly affect machines with long beds or vertically structured systems because they accumulate heat asymmetrically during operation and bend to one side.The research scientist and her team simulate a wide variety of temperature scenarios: In the newly inaugurated test lab, temperatures of 10 to 40 degrees Celsius can be configured with a tolerance of plus/minus 0.1 Kelvin as well as air humidity of 10 to 90 percent with a tolerance of three percent. “We turned the thermal chamber we had into an climate chamber. The new ventilation components, steam humidifier, and absorption dryer now enable us to control air humidity in addition to temperature,” says Glänzel. For example, the researcher and her colleagues are able to study the influence humidity has on the swelling properties of modern materials like wet mix concrete. Thanks to the removable ceiling, entire machine tools can be lifted into the climate chamber via crane. Credit: Fraunhofer IWU Thanks to a surface area of 40 square meters, a vertical clearance of 4.5 meters, and a removable ceiling, the environmental chamber is large enough to fit not only individual components, but also entire machine tools which are lifted into place by the hall crane. The temperature-controlled flooring is designed to hold a maximum weight of 20 tons. Provided by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Influences like temperature variation, drafts, and air humidity can heavily compromise precision. The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is exposing machines to various climate zones around the world without actually shipping them to Southeast Asia, Canada, or Brazil: A newly inaugurated climate chamber is able to test how ambient conditions affect the function of lathes and other machines. Citation: Machine tools receiving a check-up (2018, February 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Adapters enable better communication between machines Before initiating measurement, the researchers perform a simulation-based analysis to determine where best to place temperature and displacement sensors. The scientists adhere the temperature sensors directly to the machine, while the displacement sensors are mounted onto a measuring frame set up around the machine tool and linked via small rods to measuring blocks at neuralgic points—i.e. in locations where the researchers are able to measure the most influential thermal displacements. The temperature sensors enable them to measure the influence that internal and external thermal loads have on the machine structure. Temperature fluctuations are mapped automatically over the course of the experiment. It’s also possible to gauge the behavior of machine tools under long-term exposure. “The principle behind our sophisticated technology for cooling and heating functions like the climate control system in a car,” according to Glänzel. That means manufacturers and users alike have the ability to configure their machine tools in advance, and to adapt them to future ambient conditions.When displacement does arise, the researchers implement corrective algorithms they have developed themselves to adapt production precision. The measured values are integrated into the corrective process. “We calculate correction values directly via a reference point on the tool, known as the tool center point, so that thermal deformations during production can be corrected,” explains the mathematician with an affinity for technology. Additionally, the researchers determine the level of heat dissipation from the machine tools before transferring it to the cooling system to save energy.The climate chamber is the focal point of research in the special project Transregio 96, “Thermo-energetic design of machine tools,” which aims to adjust the parameters of energy use, precision, and productivity to achieve an optimal solution. The German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) is sponsoring the research project. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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SK Hynix posts record profits on rising demand

first_img SK Hynix posts record quarterly profits South Korea’s SK Hynix, the world’s second-largest memory chipmaker, posted record profits in the third quarter, the company said Thursday, citing resilient global demand. Explore further Net profit leaped 54 percent year-on-year to 4.7 trillion won (US$4.1 billion) in the July to September period, while operating profit also jumped 73 percent to 6.5 trillion won during the same period.The shipment of DRAM chips—commonly used in smartphones and computer servers—rose five percent from the previous quarter as “server demand stayed strong”, the chipmaker said in a statement.Sales of NAND Flash products saw a 19 percent quarterly leap “as the company actively responded to the market trend towards high-density mobile products”, it added.The South Korean company supplies chips to companies from US smartphone giant Apple to China’s Huawei Technologies and is investing billions of dollars to build more factories to meet rising demand.”SK Hynix plans to actively respond to market changes through the development of new processes as well as stable operation of mass production facilities,” it said.The company said an ongoing expansion of its Chinese lines and the completion of a new factory in Cheongju in South Korea this month “will contribute to the company’s production capacity from the first half of next year”.SK Hynix shares were down as much as 3.15 percent in early trading in Seoul. © 2018 AFP Citation: SK Hynix posts record profits on rising demand (2018, October 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Lyft revs up for an IPO seeking to raise 24bn

first_img Citation: Lyft revs up for an IPO seeking to raise $2.4bn (2019, March 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from The San Francisco startup could be valued at more than $20 billion under the terms of the initial public offering unveiled Monday, setting a price per share of between $62 and $68.Lyft’s launch is the first of what is expected to be a wave of IPOs from venture-backed startups worth more than $1 billion, known in Silicon Valley as “unicorns.”Lyft’s listing comes ahead of a larger offering expected from Uber, which has a valuation of some $70 billion.Others expected to move to Wall Street this year include the business collaboration firm Slack, visual discovery startup Pinterest and possibly the big data group Palantir.Lyft is proposing to sell 30.8 million shares with an underwriters option for an additional 4.6 million, with shares on the Nasdaq listed under the symbol “LYFT.”No date was given for the listing, but the Wall Street Journal said Lyft shares could begin trading by the end of next week, when a final price will be set.’Sharing economy’ grows upLyft and Uber are among the most prominent players in the “sharing economy,” representing a trend that moves away from ownership to on-demand services. © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Lyft said Monday it would seek to raise as much as $2.4 billion in its public share offering, in the first major listing in the fast-growing ride-hailing sector. Members and supporters of the Independent Drivers Guild protest against Lyft, which is challenging the way the Taxi and Limousine Commission calculates the minimum wage for drivers Lyft is also betting on adoption of autonomous driving, claiming that self-driving taxis and rideshare services will help reshape urban landscapes by eliminating the need for private vehicles.”We believe that cities should be built for people, not cars,” Lyft says in its IPO filing. Explore further Lyft could be valued at more than $20 billion under the terms of the initial public offering “Mass car ownership strains our cities and reduces the very freedom that cars once provided.”Both Lyft and Uber have faced criticism for disrupting traditional taxi services and for using the model of drivers as independent contractors.The rideshare firms claim that most drivers prefer the flexible work arrangement, even if it offers fewer benefits and less job security.Lyft said it will seek to maintain its policy that drivers are independent contractors while noting that any legal challenge to this could have “adverse” consequences.For the IPO, Lyft said some shares would be reserved for drivers who have completed at least 10,000 trips using the platform.The company will offer a bonus of $1,000 to $10,000 to eligible drivers by March 19 that may be used to buy shares at the offering price, although they may opt to pocket the cash.Value trap?With a dual-class share structure enabling founders to maintain control, chief executive Logan Green will have some 29 percent of voting power and co-founder John Zimmer 19 percent after the IPO. Lyft has posted heavy losses but sees a future where people move away from private vehicles Spending for “on demand” services rose 58 percent in 2017 to $75.7 billion in the US The growth in these services is eroding sentiment for ownership of homes, cars and other goods, and is also shifting the concept of labor and employment, sparking fierce debates on whether the change is good or bad.Spending for “on demand” on services such as Uber and Airbnb and other digital platforms rose 58 percent in 2017 to $75.7 billion in the US, with more than 41 million consumers participating, according to a survey by Rockbridge Associates.Heavy lossesAccording to documents filed earlier, Lyft lost $911 million on $2.2 billion in 2018 revenues. The documents show revenues grew sharply from $343 million in 2016, but losses widened as well.Lyft said in its Securities and Exchange Commission filing it has completed over one billion rides since its inception in 2012 and had bookings last year of $8.1 billion. It has a 39 percent share of the US rideshare market, according to a survey cited in the filing. Lyft has also begun to move into other kinds of short-range transportation including bike- and scooter-sharing. Lyft set for March market debut: report Ross Gerber of the investment firm Gerber Kawasaki cautioned against getting too excited on Lyft.”Another very overpriced IPO which gives public shareholders no say,” Gerber said in a tweet. “Do not touch this dog. It will rally and then start the long road down.”Aswath Damodaran, a New York University business professor specializing in corporate valuations, said he calculates Lyft is worth around $16 billion.”I remain troubled by the ride sharing business model and its lack of clear pathways to profitability, but I think Lyft has picked the right strategy of staying focused both geographically (in the US) and in the transportation services business,” Damodaran said in a blog post earlier this month.The researcher said ride-hailing firms have produced changes in consumer behavior, suggesting growth ahead.”One of the striking features of the ride sharing revolution is how much it has changed consumer behavior, drawing people who would normally never have used car service into its reach,” he said.”I will assume that ride sharing will continue to draw new customers, from mass transit users to self-drivers, causing the transportations services market to double over the next 10 years.”last_img read more