first_imgA new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials.With the advent of low-cost 3-D printers, laser cutters, and other advances in manufacturing technology, soft robotics is emerging as an increasingly important field. Using principles drawn from conventional rigid robot design, but working with pliable materials, engineers are pioneering the use of soft robotics that can assist with a wide variety of tasks, such as physical therapy, minimally invasive surgery, and search-and-rescue operations in dangerous environments.The Soft Robotics Toolkit is an online treasure trove of downloadable, open-source plans, how-to videos, and case studies to help users design, fabricate, model, characterize, and control soft robotic devices. It will provide researchers with a level of detail not typically found in academic research papers, including 3-D models, bills of materials, raw experimental data, multimedia step-by-step tutorials, and case studies of various soft robot designs. “The goal of the toolkit is to advance the field of soft robotics by allowing designers and researchers to build upon each other’s work,” says Conor Walsh, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.By creating a common resource for sharing design approaches, prototyping and fabrication techniques, and technical knowledge, the toolkit’s developers hope to stimulate the creation of new kinds of soft devices, tools, and methods.According to Walsh, who teaches a popular course in medical device design at SEAS and is founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab, soft robotics is especially well-suited to shared-design tools because many of the required components, such as regulators, valves, and microcontrollers, are largely interchangeable between systems.Dónal Holland, a visiting lecturer in engineering sciences at SEAS and a graduate student at Trinity College Dublin, is one of the lead developers of the toolkit and is especially interested in its potential as an educational resource.“One thing we’ve seen in design courses is that students greatly benefit from access to more experienced peers — say, postdocs in a research lab — who can guide them through their work,” Holland says. “But scaling that up is difficult; you quickly run out of time and people. The toolkit is designed to capture the expertise and make it easily accessible to students.”Just as open-source software has spurred far-flung innovation in computing, “open design” hardware platforms — coupled with advances in computer-aided engineering and more accessible prototyping capabilities — have the potential to foster remote collaboration on common mechanical engineering projects, unleashing crowdsourced creativity in robotics and other fields.“Open design can have as disruptive an influence on technology development in this century as open source did in the last,” says Gareth J. Bennett, assistant professor of mechanical and manufacturing engineering at Trinity College Dublin and a co-author of a paper in Soft Robotics that describes the toolkit development. Additional co-authors are Evelyn J. Park ’13, a research fellow in materials science and engineering at SEAS, and Panagiotis Polygerinos, a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard Biodesign Lab at SEAS and the Wyss Institute. <a href=”″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

first_imgJUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska department plans to investigate the issuance of license plates in the state that were personalized to read “3REICH.” The issue drew attention after a former newspaper editor posted a picture of the plate on social media. Debate over the plates gained traction on social media and blogs over the weekend. Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka on Monday announced that she was ordering a review of Division of Motor Vehicles’ processes to determine how the plates were issued. Her statement did not indicate when the plates were issued.last_img read more

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says another 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been secured for the continent through the Serum Institute of India. The Africa CDC director says “I think we’re beginning to make very good progress.” An Africa CDC spokesman says the 400 million doses are of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The news follows 270 million doses announced earlier this month. As with many vaccine deals, there are no immediate details on cost or how much people might pay per dose. Parts of Africa are seeing a strong second surge in coronavirus infections, which Nkengasong calls “very aggressive.”last_img read more

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) Cropped Photo: r. nial bradshaw / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man was arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly breaking into a vintage car repair garage on E. 2nd Street.Jamestown Police say William Purdy, 31, was detained by an employee of Dave’s Classics just after 1:30 a.m.Police allege that Purdy was observed forcing entry into the business.After searching Purdy’s possessions, police say he was allegedly found with property from the business and methamphetamine. Purdy was taken into custody and charged with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.last_img read more

first_imgGet the cheese sauce ready. Broccoli and cauliflower could be coming out of the garden really soon if you get busy.Although these aren’t what you’d call traditional Southern vegetables, growing great broccoli and cauliflower in your garden is a definite possibility in Georgia. Throughout the Southeast, both crops can be grown during certain times of the season.In much of the Southeast, temperatures are too cold in midwinter to grow them well, since both crops can suffer freeze damage. And it’s too hot in midsummer, as the heat reduces quality. In the higher elevations, however, midsummer is peak production time.In the Georgia coastal plain and piedmont, plant broccoli and cauliflower from early February through early April, depending on where you live. This would bring in harvests during mid-April through June.For fall crops, plant them from August through mid-September for harvest in October through early December. In the higher elevations, plant the crops in April to July for harvest in June through September.Many varieties of both broccoli and cauliflower have been shown to perform well in Georgia. “Packman” and “Premium Crop” are two tried-and-true broccoli varieties for home garden use.Many cauliflower varieties are self-blanching and don’t have to be banded to produce a white-curded head. “Candid Charm” and “Snowball Y” are widely adapted cauliflowers.There are varieties, however, that tolerate temperature extremes better than these.Both crops can be direct-seeded or transplanted, but transplanting is best in the Southeast to gain time in the growing window and produce more uniform stands.Broccoli and cauliflower can be grown on a wide array of soil types. Both crops require irrigation for peak production.Planting densities vary between the crops. Broccoli can be planted in double rows on 38- to 42-inch centers, with plants spaced 6 inches apart. Cauliflower, though, is usually planted in single rows with an in-row spacing of about 12 inches.Fertilize broccoli and cauliflower much as you would cabbage, as both require a fairly heavy rate of nitrogen. Use rates of 6.5 to 7.5 ounces per 100 square feet with both crops. For soils testing medium for phosphorus and potassium, 4 ounces of each per 100 square feet should suffice.Split the totals into thirds and apply the first at planting and the second and third about three weeks apart.The most rewarding part of any garden crop is the harvest. Handle these crops with care, though. They’re quite perishable and must be cooled fairly quickly after harvest. If you don’t cool them quickly to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the quality will begin to break down. Cauliflower is even more tedious — handle it cautiously to keep from bruising the curds.Grow broccoli to a central main head 3 to 4 inches across before cutting it. The plant will regrow many smaller heads if you keep caring for it. You can cut these smaller heads as they mature. They won’t reach the size of the central head, but still make for a good second crop. Cut broccoli with about 5 inches of stem on it.Cut cauliflower when the curd is 4 to 6 inches across, and trim the leaves.(Terry Kelley is a former University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) William Terry KelleyUniversity of Georgialast_img read more

first_imgGovernor Douglas today congratulated AirBoss, a manufacturer of rubber protective gear, after they were authorized for over $243,000 in Vermont Employment Growth Incentives (VEGI).  AirBoss plans to locate a manufacturing facility in Milton, Vermont and create over 30 jobs over the next two years. In April, Governor Douglas and a team of local, state and federal economic development officials met with AirBoss executives to outline a package of supports and incentives.  In May, the company received Initial Approval of VEGI incentives. The state also committed employee training funds through the Vermont Training Program and help from the Procurement Technical Assistance Center.  And at its recent meeting, the Vermont Economic Progress Council gave final approval to a VEGI application from AirBoss Defense for incentives totaling up to $243,279. “I am pleased to welcome AirBoss to Vermont,” Governor Douglas said.  “While there is a lot more work to do to help our state rebound from this recession, this announcement is a small step in the right direction.”AirBoss-Defense is a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) protective wear, including gloves, footwear and respiratory protection (gas masks). The company had considered several locations for their capacity expansion, including a facility in North Carolina.AirBoss made the decision to locate in Vermont and will open a 20,000 square foot facility, reutilizing a building in the Catamount Industrial Park. The company will invest close to $2 million in equipment and renovations and expects to start preliminary packing and shipping from the facility late this year. By early 2010, AirBoss intends to have four injection presses manufacturing CBRN gloves, creating between 20-30 jobs by 2011. “I am very pleased that AirBoss chose Vermont over other options,” the Governor said. “Programs like VEGI and the Vermont Training Program certainly make us more competitive and can mean the difference between an employer creating jobs in Vermont or elsewhere.”Under reforms proposed by Governor Jim Douglas in 2006 and passed by the General Assembly, the VEGI economic incentives are authorized based on potential job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company earns the incentives and then the company receives incentive installments over a period of years. Companies are eligible to earn the job creation incentives only if they meet and maintain payroll, employment and capital investment targets each year.The Council approves applications after reviewing nine program guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis which show that because of the economic activity that will be generated by the projects, even after payment of the incentives the State will realize a minimum net increase in tax revenues.  The Council also determines that the projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the Governor that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.  It is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.The company will partner with the Vermont Department of Labor to hold a job fair at their Burlington office on Tuesday, October 6, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, October 7, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For information on the job fair, contact Melanie Langevin, Vermont Department of Labor Burlington Office: [email protected](link sends e-mail) or (802)524-7932, or Mrs. Barbara Lee, Human Resources Manager, AirBoss Defense, [email protected](link sends e-mail). is external)Source: Governor’s office. 9.25.2009 ###last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Air Liquide SA, the largest supplier of industrial gases, aims to spend billions of euros over the next ten years on hydrogen production to meet a surge in demand driven by a global shift to cleaner energy, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday.The gas could account for 20% of worldwide energy consumption by 2050, with a market value of about $2.5 trillion, Benoit Potier told a French senate hearing on Wednesday. This means global investment of $5 trillion to $7.5 trillion, enabling carbon dioxide emissions to be cut by 6 billion tons.Europe sees the fuel as key to its future energy mix, and France in September unveiled a 7 billion-euro ($8.5 billion) plan to support hydrogen use. Producing clean hydrogen from water using renewable energy is costlier than using fossil fuels, however, meaning subsidies are needed to lower costs.Potier said France’s efforts were “a good start” and enough for the next two to three years but called for further help to scale up hydrogen technology, as well as a carbon price that would increase over time, in order to make investment calculations and justify hydrogen spending to shareholders.Major development of hydrogen will take place between 2030 and 2050, he said, adding that Europe needs to invest in renewable energy to develop the industry and catch up.“There cannot be a clean hydrogen world without massive upstream investment,” Potier said. “Right now in Europe, we don’t have enough renewable electricity to be able to develop hydrogen.”[Rudy Ruitenberg]More: Air Liquide to invest billions in bet on hydrogen boom Industrial gas giant Air Liquide plans major investments in hydrogen productionlast_img read more

first_img 85SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The four people appointed Thursday to the CFPB’s Task Force on Federal Consumer Protection Law have one thing in common: They don’t like the agency’s work or organization.In announcing the appointment of four people to the CFPB’s Task Force on Federal Consumer Financial Law, Director Kathy Kraninger said she wants the task force to conduct a thorough study of the current regulatory framework and how to improve it.That won’t happen with the current membership, one consumer advocate said.“It’s shocking that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kraninger didn’t even appoint a token pro-consumer person to this sham taskforce,” said Lauren Saunders, associate director of the National Consumer Law Center. “The members have a track record of opposing consumer protection regulations. The CFPB should not be convening a task force to write the industry lobbyists’ report to gut consumer protection laws. Whatever recommendations made are likely to be biased and to carry water for large financial corporate interests.” continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgOn Nov. 10, 1775, the second Continental Congress passed a resolution “to raise two battalions of Marines.”For 242 years, young men and women have served in every clime and place with honor and distinction. If you know a Marine (there are no former nor ex-Marines), thank her/him and wish them another Happy Birthday, Marine, we are grateful for your service.J.P. Kirby USMC (Retired)SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_img Tweet Share Share On Saturday 21st, the Elvis Welding Services Road Stars defeated the Lily Valley Sharks by a final score of 81-74 pts.The Road Stars came into this game looking for some revenge, after the surprise, game 1, 3 point loss, while the Sharks used their win as a confidence booster, as they looked to close off the series in a timely manner. Both teams had their strong squads, but were short of 1 key player; Thomas Felix for the Road Stars and Omari Williams for the Sharks. Referees for the night were Jeffery Murdock & Charles Hodge.The 1st quarter began with both teams pushing the offense; matching each other stride for stride, trading baskets on both ends. Lester Denis, had an interesting opening quarter for the Sharks, as he scored the 1st 13 points for his team, out of their 15 in that quarter. Taking high quality shots and excellent penetration to the basket, was his remedy. The quarter closed off with the Road Stars leading by a minimal 5 points, after numerous lead changes & ties. The 2nd quarter began, with defense leading the way, as offense from both teams had dried up a bit. A total of only 26 points had been scored in this period; 16 & 14, for the Road Stars & Sharks respectively. But with all this, the Road Stars had maintained their stance, and increased their lead by 2, to close the half with a 7 point lead, 34-27.With their fans behind them, and supporting in full voice, the Sharks opened the 3rd quarter on the front foot, clawing away at the small lead & getting themselves back into this important game 2. They had gotten to within 2 points, but then, were hit with a major blow, when their best & most influential player, Craig St. Rose, had to be hospitalized, due to an accidental elbow to the head, that split over the right eye open. With St. Rose out, the Road Stars used this to their advantage, as they continued to play hard & keep their lead going into the 4th & final quarter. The Road Stars knew that the Sharks were coming, and they knew they had to continue playing solid basketball to keep the lead & get the victory. The lead had been at 6 points, with about 5 minutes to go, and with Julian Isles being fouled out for the road stars, the sharks tried to make their final comeback, but it was too little, too late, as the Road Stars held on for the 7 point victory & tie the series at 1 game each & force a crucial game 3. St. Rose was later released, about an hour after the incident, and received a standing ovation from the hundreds of supporters, on his return to the basketball arena.Top performers for Road Stars were; Javeed Joseph – 25 pts, 6 reb, Fitzgerald Daniel – 17 pts, 8 asts and Julian Isles – 16 pts, 11 reb.The top performers for Sharks were; Lester Denis – 27 pts, 5 asts, Ray Charles – 15 pts, 4 reb and Mathias Douglas – 11 pts, 6 rebMeanwhile in game 2 on Saturday 21st, the Upper Village Hoosiers defeated the Fond Canie Rebels by the final score of 75- 62. After surrendering a 22 point lead in game 1, the Hoosiers were looking to avoid embarrassment and a loss. While the Rebels were on hand to continue to prove that they are a serious force to be dealt with, and bring back memories of their glory days of about 10 years ago, when they blew everyone away, and won championships, like it was a charity project. Teams had their full squads at their disposal, with only, Garvey “Shadow” Hillaire, unavailable for the Rebels. Referees for the night were Jeffery Murdock & Kent Daniel. With game 1 out of the way, the term “underdogs” was also gone with it, as there was not such, for this important game. The quarter opened in the same style and fashion as game 1, with the Hoosiers running their speedy offense & coming out with the early lead. The 1st period closed off with the Hoosiers leading by a minor 6 points, 20-14.The 2nd quarter was a lot more open than the 1st, with both teams fighting harder & making sure that they did the best, not to lose this game. Both teams received excellent fan support, as the basketball arena was packed to capacity. With about 4 minutes to go, the Rebels had taken the lead, and it seemed to be game 1 all over again, as the Hoosiers had lead all through, by as many as 10 points, but could not contain. They did manage to get the lucky break and lead by the same amount from the 1st, 6, 35-29. The 2nd half was offensively dominated by both teams, as a total of 73 pts, was scored; 40 to the Hoosiers and 33 to the Rebels. Following on, from their 6 point lead, the Hoosiers never trailed in the 2nd half & lead by 14, at the end of the 3rd quarter. The same offensive dominance continued into the 4th period & by time the rebels had started to make the comeback, it was already too late, with the Hoosiers closing off the game, and winning by a comprehensive 13 points, and tied the series 1-1 & force a game 3. Top performers for Hoosiers were; Joseph “Boone” Jno. Baptiste – 19 pts, 6 reb, 8 asts, Royce Caesar – 17 pts, 3 reb, 4 asts and Ramal Carbon – 14 pts, 10 reb.Top performers for Rebels were; Joel Mc’Intyre – 22 pts, 8 asts, 3 sts, Peter Ricketts – 12 pts, 6 reb and Ronald Bruno – 10 pts, 8 reb.Next games will be on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. – Elvis Welding Road Stars vs. Lily Valley Sharks and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. – Fond Canie Rebels vs. Upper Village Hoosiers.By: Edgar George Sharing is caring!center_img Share NewsSports Road Stars defeats Lily Valley Sharks in semi-final playoffs by: – April 24, 2012 29 Views   one commentlast_img read more