McElroy Drinks The Tesla KoolAid Becomes A Believer

Source: Electric Vehicle News UPDATE: Munro Threatened With Lawsuit For Tesla Model 3 Teardown Autoline After Hours Focuses On Chevrolet Bolt EV – Video Though he’d driven, briefly, the Model S and Model 3 in the past, those experiences were somewhat short in nature. Typically, auto journalists of McElroy’s stature are given different cars to try on a weekly basis. The California automaker, however, doesn’t coordinate with these types of loaner fleet programs, and it turns out this may have been key to his opinion of their vehicles.Recently, though, a friend of his loaned him their Model X for a weekend and apparently the extended test-drive made a huge difference in how he perceives the Tesla experience. Writing in Wards Auto, McElroy relates how he came to appreciate the vehicle: the convenient way the doors unlock when approached by a key fob holder, and then open as they grow close enough; how there’s no pushing of an on/off button, it just does what it should do; the airy openness and uncluttered feel of the interior.Of course, being that this particular electric SUV was the P100D version, we suspect its supercar-like acceleration made have made a positive impact. From his piece: “This kind of acceleration doesn’t just push you back into the seat, it pushes all the blood to the back of your head.” Now, some of his compatriots might think his blood never made the trip back home to his frontal lobe, but his summary reveals that, while he may have had some sips of the Kool-Aid, he’s not drunk on the stuff. Says he,“Tesla soon will face formidable competition from the German juggernauts, Mercedes, Porsche, BMW and Audi. Technically they will be able to match everything Tesla has done. But will they be able to capture the fun, whimsical and sassy attitude that Tesla has created? “We haven’t given away the complete plot to his conversion, so when you have an extra minute, be sure to check the article. For our part, we can only hope that his column might convince the California automaker to more proactively supply vehicles to journalists (including us here at InsideEVs, of course) as there can be a huge difference between taking a 10-minute spin in a car borrowed from a customer and having a week to experience all the neat touches the brand imbues its vehicles with.Source: Wards Auto Extended drive makes a difference.John McElroy is a long-time automotive journalist and serves as host of the Autoline This Week, and co-host of Autoline After Hours webcasts in addition to several other professional activities. For many, they might know him as the guy who brought Sandy Munro’s Tesla Model 3 initial teardown to our collective attention or, perhaps, the more positive followup. If you’ve followed his coverage of Tesla, you might be aware that he has never been especially enamored with the cars or the company. Indeed, one would never have accused the man of being a Tesla-flavored Kool-Aid drinker. That may have changed.Other articles involving the Autoline host Tearing Into A Tesla Model 3 – Check It Out Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 13, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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Maxitherm Has New Advanced Heating System For Electric Cars

first_img Can Preheating Melt The Snow Off A Tesla Model X? – Video Maxitherm to reduce energy consumption of heating by 30%?Before electric cars, efficient heating never bothered car manufacturers as the waste heat of the internal combustion engine provides plenty of heat that can be used during the winter to warm up the cabin.In the case of EVs, heating requires the vehicle to consume additional energy the from traction battery, which in turn decreases range significantly – as the battery capacity is usually not that high and heating takes a lot of energy (up to several kW). One hour of heating can reduce the state of charge by several kWh on top of what the car needs for driving.Because of that, heated seats, steering wheel and heat pumps, as well as preheating before driving, become favorable options.See Also Comparing Heating Effectiveness: Tesla Model 3, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 13, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Let’s Look At Energy Consumption Of Tesla Model 3 Heater Source: Electric Vehicle News But that does not exhaust all possibilities. Under the European Union-funded Maxitherm project in Germany, an alternative heating system is under development.The idea is to place additional electric heating elements under a vehicle’s roof and carpets, into the seats and seat backs and along the door panels. In effect, 30% less energy could be consumed to maintain passenger comfort. Who knows, maybe it will be good enough to skip the heat pump altogether.Rafik Maxi, the project’s technical manager explains:“The MAXITHERM heating system integrates a technical fabric comprised of both electrically conductive and non-electrically conductive fibres directly into the vehicle’s structure. The system provides direct and fast heat to passengers and is more cost-efficient than any solution available on the market today.”Here is more on the project:MAXITHERM heating mats utilise MaxiTex, a patented heating system owned by one of the project’s partners. MaxiTex consists of a special control system and a textile capable of dissipating heat homogeneously over an entire surface. The MAXITHERM mats are placed under a vehicle’s roof and carpets, into the seats and seat backs and along the door panels.“With this system, it is possible to control the heating intensity and the maximum temperature independently,” says Rafik. “The temperature threshold can be set up for each area of the vehicle separately, providing you with maximum flexibility in terms of setting temperature preferences for each occupant.”An attractive solutionUte notes that the prototype vehicle has proved successful, offering high-efficiency and low energy consumption. “We are now monitoring its behaviour under real driving conditions, and this autumn and winter we will be able to measure real values in Germany’s harsh weather conditions,” she says.The project is currently working with a number of automotive manufacturers who are interested in installing the system (or parts of it) into their vehicles. The team is also seeking additional funding to support further upscaling and marketing of the MAXITHERM system.“To a critical extent, we successfully developed a system that could serve as a solution for driving electric cars – or any other means of electric transportation – in cold weather without losing range,” concludes Rafik. “As our solution helps EVs overcome the issue of limited range, MAXITHERM is attracting the attention of some global players in the automotive industry.”Source: MAXITHERM — Result In Brieflast_img read more

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Tesla To Double Supercharger Capacity By End Of 2019

first_imgSupercharger V3, which starts rolling out early next year, will also charge much faster— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2018 Bollinger Asks Tesla If It Can Use Superchargers Source: Electric Vehicle News Elon Musk made the news public on Twitter, his favorite way of promoting positive product developments. One tweet (embedded below) mentioned the doubling in size, adding also that the improvement would mean between 95 to 100 percent of owners would be within range of the network. That’s pretty much all owners (obviously), with the exception of a few outliers. The improvements are needed as the company puts thousands more vehicles on the road each month.Another development that will help as much as new locations is faster charging speed. In a second tweet (embedded below), Musk mentions that the third iteration of Superchargers will be released early in 2019. While we don’t know the exact specifications of “V3,” as it is called, two years ago Musk seemed to tease that it would be over 350 kW. It should be kept in mind, however, that the vehicles — especially the Model S and Model X with smaller batteries — may not be able to take advantage of this extra charging power. The current generation of Superchargers can put out as much as 135 kW, though owners generally only see a top rate of 120 kW.The Supercharger network is a significant way that the brand has distinguished itself from competitors, giving customers confidence in their ability to make trips of significant distance. It’s integrated with Tesla vehicles to the extent that one can ask the car to plot a route of hundreds of miles in length and it will lay out a map on the large touchscreen with any needed stations, along with the anticipated time to charge there. Other manufacturers have been relying on charging networks from third-party outfits with wide-ranging costs, speeds, and reliability.The difference in approaches, we believe, is reflected in the sales figures. While the Supercharger network may not be solely responsible for the wide disparity in sales success between Tesla and its competitors, there’s little doubt it plays a key role. According to its website, the California company now has 1,375 locations worldwide with 11,424 Supercharger stations.Tesla Supercharger capacity will double by end of next year. Expect to be within range of 95% to 100% of population in all active markets.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2018 Tesla Supercharger Network Output Now Exceeds 400 GWh Source: Twitter Version 3 will increase charging speeds early 2019.The Tesla Supercharger network is the automaker’s secret weapon and it’s about to get even more super. The automaker’s CEO has announced the vast network will double in size over the next year as well as see an increase in speed.More about the Tesla Supercharger network. Tesla: “99% Of U.S. Population Is Within 150 Miles Of A Supercharger” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 20, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Heres how Ducatis first electric motorcycle may look

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Ducati is well known for its impressive design legacy. The Italian motorcycle brand has often led the industry when it comes to sexy sport bikes.Now we’re getting a look at how the company’s first electric motorcycle may look. And you might be surprised by how well it fits into the Ducati lineup. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09bIEmS_KdYThe post Here’s how Ducati’s first electric motorcycle may look appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

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Honda e battery specs and platform revealed 31000 have expressed interest in

first_imgHonda has revealed more information about its Honda e urban EV, including details on the new electric car’s battery and platform. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Honda e battery specs and platform revealed, 31,000 have ‘expressed interest’ in the electric car appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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Olympics Theres always a corner of a foreign field that is cringemaking

first_img Share on Twitter Olympics 2008 Facebook Olympics 2008 Twitter Share on Facebook Marina Hyde in Beijing Olympics: There’s always a corner of a foreign field that is cringe-making London Share on Twitter Share Twitter Comments 34 Share on Facebook khongor | Pick Report 20 Aug 2008 23:27 | Pick Share via Email Share Share on Facebook Facebook Report | Pick Reply Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Marina Hyde’s alterntive reporting of the Olympics is refreshing! Keep it coming Mrs Hyde! comments (34)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Facebook nm2006 20 Aug 2008 16:57 recommendations 0 1 Share Twitter Share 20 Aug 2008 16:02 Report Laplante The LDA and the ODA are complete showers of organisations. People so obviously out of their depth, clinging on to their little bit of power for all it’s worth, making appalling decisions without seeking, or listening to, public consultation. If they require any consultation they will employ a shed load of consultants who, if they are lucky, may actually make a good fist of whatever shitty project they are working on.However – 2012 will be a success in spite of these people. The contractors, the consultants and the voluntary sector will ensure that things will actually work and that local people will be involved.After games time our legacy should be that a lot of these people never work in the public (or nearly public) sector ever again. But now is the wrong time to do it. Share Share on Twitter Reply Twitter Report dvergara75 0 1 | Pick Reply Share on Facebook Show 25 Facebook Report | Pick Facebook Report 0 1 collapsed | Pick Chriskiy Share Share on Twitter 0 1 Share on Twitter Share It’s all about the money, and it has been for years. So no surprise that the athletes should be treated as an afterthought or even as an irritation. As soon as they can invent the Olympics without real athletes, you can be sure they’ll be able to get even more money out of them, ‘cos they won’t have to organise all those inconvenient stadiums, accommodation, etc.Like any major football tournament, more efforts are made to please corporate sponsors, advertisers, etc, than the fans who, in theory at least, are the ones who drive these events. Both the IOC and the FIFA (or whoever actually sells the TV rights to the business opportunities – sorry, sporting events – in each case) are quite happy to sell the rights to Pay-per-View TV, rather than open broadcasters, ensuring spectators have to fork out to see anything.In Athens the women’s marathon started at about 16:00 Greek time, just when it’s really hot and humid, ‘cos it coincided with a good time for the USA audience. Atlanta got the Games ‘cos Coca Cola is such a big sponsor, and the whole Games that year were imbued with the same “commercial” spirit.Money rules. Sod the athletes, they’ll come anyway. London House just makes it crystal-clear to everybody. Perhaps we should be grateful to them. Share on Facebook Twitter Olympic Games Share Every time this govt plumbs new depths I reassure myself that they can’t get any worse. Then they do.And then they wonder why nobody bothers to vote any more. Reply 20 Aug 2008 11:53 0 1 20 Aug 2008 15:59 | Pick 0 1 Share on Facebook 0 1 ny1703 hailDamien 20 Aug 2008 14:03 1 20 Aug 2008 23:40 Share on Facebook lorddangeresq Share on Facebook @MarinaHyde Reply Report | Pick Facebook Twitter Laplante Twitter Share on Twitter Share Shares00 Twitter Kieth, WHY? So her, Dodi and Mad Mo’s grand kids could gleefully rub there hands together at the prospect of all those tourists who will be popping into there little corner shop? Or do you think she would put her knickers on the outside of her trousers, grab on her cape and single handedly build all the venues? Share on Facebook 0 1 0 1 25 Facebook Reply Share 20 Aug 2008 19:32 Reply Facebook Report Twitter Twitter Twitter 20 Aug 2008 18:25 20 Aug 2008 15:41 PommieBarsteward Share Threads collapsed 0 1 | Pick Share nasjaq 0 1 20 Aug 2008 23:40 0 1 Twitter newest PizzaRe 1 0 1 Reply Facebook Share jmitch Facebook expanded | Pick Share 20 Aug 2008 11:21 Twitter 20 Aug 2008 17:00 Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Twitter Facebook I really don’t understand where people are getting there information from about 2012. Please let me know if, before a single building is built, how anyone knows if the games is going to fail and its legacy with it? I mean this is a possibilty sure, but where is the evidence to back up your negativity. Have you all poured through blue prints, listened endlessly to select committee meetings, sat in at town halls and IOC meetings?? If so and you have some evidence to back up your arguments then I would be all ears. Otherwise please please please shut up and stop bringing me down with ‘if its not going to fail now, then it will fail in 4 yrs, and if it doesn’t fail then it will all be a nightmare in 20 yrs’ crap. There is always a reason to be miserable in this country isn’t there, and if not god help you all because what the hell would you all talk about?This article is a piece of populist journalism designed to resonate with people of a negative disposition. You have been suckered. Of course London needs a marketing presence in Beijing, it will pay for itself 4 fold in time, as we sell our city to the fastest economically emerging nation in the world. I’m sure this journalist has picked out the negatives to make the article sound insightful, and investigative, when in fact it was probably a bit of a rushed job. Share on Facebook | Pick Loading comments… Trouble loading? | Pick 20 Aug 2008 17:21 Report Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Sportblog Twitter Report 20 Aug 2008 17:29 Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Pinterest View more comments Twitter Report Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Facebook Report 20 Aug 2008 21:32 Share on Twitter 20 Aug 2008 17:11 Reply Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Share Hey Schnitzo, who are you talking about? Please, please tell me it’s Margaret Thatcher. Although I don’t see how that would be unfortunate. 20 Aug 2008 21:29 Report Share 0 1 Reply Facebook Isn’t it amazing how the events discussed here by Marina attract ambitious nobodies. There’s likely to be plenty in it for them and very little for the rest of us. It’s just another branch of politics and already involves or has involved talentless prats such as Blair, Jowell, Johnson and before long Cameron will be poking his ugly mug in.Time was when a prat was a prat, but now they come with unlimited ambition, greed and ignorance. Perhaps these are the qualities we now value? There’s plenty of such people at the top with NuLabor and Cameron’s Nutori. The athletes in 2012 are likely to be only a sideshow – the real loot (extracted mainly from us) will go to the hidden men in suits. 0 1 Report 100 20 Aug 2008 21:07 I saw Tessa Jowell, Olympics Minister on the news being interviewed last night.To see this corruption tainted, craggy faced, total failure in every job she has had, on my TV make me worried just what kind of sh*thole of a failure this utter bunch of knobs in Westminster are going to make of the games.However perhaps Tessa could ask Silvio Berlusconi to help out with some of the Games’ budget? Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook azphil Reply Share on Twitter Reply 0 1 Share Reply Facebook Reply 20 Aug 2008 12:50 Facebook Share | Pick Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Reading this piece on the way into work this morning and looking at the picture, I was thinking how bold it was of the Government to have Grayson Perry out in Beijing promoting London 2012. I realised that it was actually Tessa Jowell. Admittedly I’m tired and hungover, but she definitely looks like Perry in that picture. Report Share on Twitter Guangdonged | Pick Share on Facebook Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp I’ve got the odd mental image of Boris Johnson ambling amiably up to the LDA man and shouting, “Fuck you. That’s my name!” Share on Facebook 20 Aug 2008 20:34 Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Laplante Facebook Close report comment form Facebook Sounds to me like the ideal embassy for TEAM YUCK. Btw, whatever did happen to the Union? | Pick Twitter PizzaRe Reply Report MenCallMePhil The London Olympics will probably be viewed as a trip to the Oxfam Thrift shop after a visit to Harrods! Nice clothes, but a bit used don’t you know. Share isfootballfun Share on Twitter Order by oldest Share on Facebook 0 1 Share 0 1 Sportblog KeithSimmonds Report Twitter Share jck4 Worth reading just for the Glengarry reference. “Old Gil was in the zone. You should’ve seen me, I almost made the sale….” | Pick Share on Twitter Report What do you expect from a country where an ignorant nobody’s unfortunate illness makes the front page. Share As London’s eight-minute contribution to the Beijing closing ceremony draws near, you sense there might be a few mortifying moments on the horizon. Spoiler alert: the genuine word is that Chris Hoy is being forced into a pinstripe suit and bowler hat and will be instructed to ride a bicycle round the stadium as a notional City gent – an electrifying visual which may as well be captioned “Where are your two thousand drummers now, China?”But even this cringemaker will have to go some way to beat the spectacle of a British gold medal winner – relaxing this week on his first night out – being peremptorily shushed by a 2012 communications mastermind in order that some point about British miserliness might be made. No matter how many times it was explained to this London Development Agency spin doctor that the athlete’s achievement entitled him to be permitted to complete his sentences, the unmannerly spectacle continued. LDA man is evidently very important, and showing a mere athlete respect would have derailed his plans to outline his Olympic vision. Me? I wanted the ground to open up.Welcome to London House: a little corner of Beijing that is – for one fortnight only – London. A temporary hospitality venue housed in a traditional courtyard residence on the edge of Qianhai lake, it may be seen as 2012’s embassy in Beijing. Unfortunately, after this glorious few days for British sport, its ambassadors seemed bent on reminding us that the athletes are just a plot device in a less inspiring story. London House was conceived as a shop window for the next Olympic city, a place where foreign investors could come and take tea or something stronger and be so impressed by it all that they’d leave their cards and hint they might do business in London. It is hard to say how many prospective investors have left their details but, if LDA guy is given the Glengarry leads to follow up, we can probably kiss any cash injection goodbye.Opening London House at the start of the Games, Tessa Jowell declared: “I am sure over the next two weeks people from around the world will get to know a lot more about what London has to offer and what they can look forward to in 2012.”No doubt they’re getting a flavour. Athletes are encouraged to call in and can invite guests, which is how the Guardian came to fetch up there, though LDA man was quick to explain pointedly that we were accepting London’s hospitality. Most gracious – although, as a London taxpayer, I’d like to think I’d at least contributed to the cost of my drink. Linger awhile in London House and you are given a genuine insight into the next Olympic city, albeit not the one that is intended. The venue was greenlit by Ken Livingstone during his time as mayor and given a budget of £4.6m. One of Boris Johnson’s first acts on taking office was to make a grand gesture of scaling down the cost, scrapping the 18 Gordon Ramsay-trained chefs who were going to be flown over to do the canapés. This week it emerged Ken’s application to visit during his sojourn in Beijing had been turned down, so London House certainly showcases our gift for petty politicking. Then, naturally, Tony Blair has been popping in. “He’s really interested in legacy”, apparently. Still, it is good to hear the former PM’s been taking the odd break from gladhanding medal winners like Rebecca Adlington, in the manner of David Beckham piggybacking on someone else’s goal celebration.But it’s the resentment about money that really shines through. LDA man claimed Russia spent £100m on their equivalent networking outpost just across the lake “and no one questions them. No one questions the Chinese.” No, they rather famously don’t. Should Britain be more like Russia and China? “They’re so much less negative. But we’ve got that negative culture, haven’t we? With all the questions and Freedom of Information requests about how much everything’s costing. It’s just a negative.”Of all the falsehoods peddled by those associated with 2012, this one remains the most luminously offensive and it couldn’t be more depressing to find it still thriving here in Beijing. It is perfectly possible to be for the London Games but against the way the budgets have been managed. If you decide to put a new bathroom in, and the builder announces it’s going to cost four times what he quoted, you have a right to be cross. Why does this remain so difficult for people connected with 2012 to understand? The LDA brow furrowed. “What’s this got to do with a bathroom?” Further explanation seemed futile – though it’s important to stress there is so much about the 2012 Games to get excited about. The sad thing is none of it is on display at London House, where the order of the day seems to be corporate backscratching, politicians swanking about and a bewildering lack of respect for the athletes whose achievements the Olympics are nominally supposed to celebrate. Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Twitter Report | Pick Marina – the article great taken down of a PR fluffer. I bet it causes deserved wailing and gnashing of teeth. Report Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Reason (optional) | Pick I have been in afew meetings, my organisation many more.A legacy cannot be imposed upon a population. It won’t happen. It needs to come from the community – that is how it becomes sustainable.The ODA and LDA either don’t understand this, or don’t know who to seed the legacy, or don’t have the money to do it yet. There are bucket loads of voluntary organisations queuing up to engage with these people – to help give the legacy some credibility (and to make it work). The problems are multiple:Charities expected to attend meeting after meeting with very little in the way of a carrot (and no funding to ensure that can continue to attend). No funding as yet for any projects, so no way of starting stuff off – I believe all projects delivered to date were externally funded and have subsequently been Olympified.No guarantee of any funding.Paranoia over granting projects the Olympic brand.The saddest thing is that all the enthusiasm is being sucked out of the very organisations needed to make the legacy happen. Reuse this content,View all comments > | Pick Guangdonged: That is the Art of Second Choice Steve. You gotta give that man some credit. Share on Facebook 0 1 Paulhalsall Since you’re here… Facebook | Pick Zerotolerance Reply | Pick Marina, would you and the other knockers kindly shut up and let the rest of us enjoy the Olympics. No one’s pretending Beijing 2008 is perfect and it’s true that London 2012 MIGHT be a disaster. But it hasn’t happened yet. 50 Its just a shame that Princess Diana didnt live long enough to see the Olympics in London Share on Facebook Report Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Reply What really is the pint of this place? I walked past it on Monday and tried to get in – but it was strictly a guest list all the way through the day. How are they suppose to be showcasing London to the world if they only let people in they want to let in – seems pointless.The Dutch House on the other hand is great – free Heineken all round – and it seems to get in all you have to do is put on a false accent and wear an orange shirt and they love you… Argh! Report 20 Aug 2008 23:25 Reply 0 1 0 1 2 2 Report Facebook Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook Reply Isn’t it amazing how the events discussed here by Marina attract ambitious nobodies. There’s likely to be plenty in it for them and very little for the rest of us. It’s just another branch of politics and already involves or has involved talentless prats such as Blair, Jowell, Johnson and before long Cameron will be poking his ugly mug in.Time was when a prat was a prat, but now they come with unlimited ambition, greed and ignorance. Perhaps these are the qualities we now value? There’s plenty of such people at the top with NuLabor and Cameron’s Nutori. The athletes in 2012 are likely to be only a sideshow – the real loot (extracted mainly from us) will go to the hidden men in suits. All Report First published on Tue 19 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Facebook unthreaded … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. N22White Share on Facebook This just sounds so typical of the short-sighted hucksterism surrounding London 2012. I think London getting the games is wonderful – and that the way its being handled is sick, if unsurprising. There’s an opportunity to do something positive and lasting in London, but it sure doesn’t look like the people in charge give a damn about any of that. The Barcelona games are always mentioned as the classic example of the right way to do things – a legacy of facilities and improvements that have transformed a city. The Atlanta games might not have had as great a reputation, but their bid was built on urban renewal and when you go there today, you see the lasting benefits to the city. The way London’s going, the 2012 legacy will be more like Athens or Sydney – lots of white-elephant buildings that taxpayers will be paying off for a long, long time. And the people currently larging it inside the Wee Britain tent in Beijing? They’ll get paid anyway. And hey, maybe London can just pull a Millenium Dome with the Olympic stuff – wait until its really a white elephant, then let somebody from outside the country come in and explain how its done. Share on Twitter schnitzelwithnoodles Facebook Reply Isn’t it amazing how the events discussed here by Marina attract ambitious nobodies. There’s likely to be plenty in it for them and very little for the rest of us. It’s just another branch of politics and already involves or has involved talentless prats such as Blair, Jowell, Johnson and before long Cameron will be poking his ugly mug in.Time was when a prat was a prat, but now they come with unlimited ambition, greed and ignorance. Perhaps these are the qualities we now value? There’s plenty of such people at the top with NuLabor and Cameron’s Nutori. The athletes in 2012 are likely to be only a sideshow – the real loot (extracted mainly from us) will go to the hidden men in suits. 0 1 Report Share on Facebook 20 Aug 2008 23:40 Share on Twitter 20 Aug 2008 17:02 0 1 Share Share Topics oldest Facebook Tue 19 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT Twitter Twitter Share on WhatsApp Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment 0 1 Share on Twitter 0 1 Email (optional) Share on Facebook Share via Email 20 Aug 2008 22:49last_img read more

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From The Dockets

first_imgThis previous post mentioned that the DOJ filed a superseding indictment adding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges to its existing 2015 enforcement action against Ng Lap Seng and Jeff Yin.This previous post highlighted the May 2015 civil case brought by Sanford Wadler (the former General Counsel of Bio-Rad) asserting various employment claims against the company in the aftermath of the company’s 2014 FCPA enforcement action in which it agreed to pay approximately $55 million to resolve DOJ and SEC FCPA enforcement actions.This post further highlights the DOJ’s individual criminal charges against Ng and Yin as well as the strange twist in the Wadler – Bio-Rad litigation.Wadler ActionTo review, in his complaint Wadler asserted:“This matter presents the classic case of whistleblower retaliation. After learning of his employer Bio-Rad’s involvement in extensive bribery occurring in Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam, Wadler investigated evidence of similar violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) in China, where corruption is notoriously endemic. Key Bio-Rad officers and directors wanted Wadler to turn a blind eye to this misconduct or sweep it under the rug, but he refused. Instead, and following his mandatory duties under federal securities laws as the Company’s chief legal officer, Wadler investigated this potential criminal activity and reported it up the ladder. When Wadler reasonably began to believe that the conspiracy to violate the FCPA went all the way to the top of the corporate hierarchy, he reported his concerns to the Company’s audit committee. Then, just shortly before Bio-Rad was scheduled to present to the SEC and DOJ regarding the Company’s investigation into potential FCPA violations, the Company fired Wadler precisely because he refused to be complicit in its wrongdoing. A company is not allowed to attempt to silence whistleblowers in this manner.”The court denied Bio-Rad’s motion to dismiss and the case is proceeding to trial and in this trial brief Bio-Rad turns the table on Wadler and claims that he “invented a story of corruption in Bio-Rad’s China facility” to detract attention away from his own deficiencies while at the company regarding the FCPA.The trial brief contains several redactions, but in summary fashion states in pertinent part:“Notwithstanding the fact that the FCPA had been in existence the entire time Plaintiff Sanford Wadler had been General Counsel for Defendant Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., and had become a subject of substantial interest for lawyers representing global companies, Plaintiff took no action to protect the company. He literally did nothing. Despite the company’s growing international presence, Plaintiff:did not educate himself about the law;did not implement an FCPA compliance program;did not conduct FCPA training sessions;did not monitor his company’s compliance; anddid not heed the warning of outside counsel that Bio-Rad’s lawyers needed to pay attention to FCPA issues and not “hide your head in the sand.”Plaintiff—incredibly—has taken the position that the FCPA was no concern of his:[Redactions]Plaintiff’s malpractice carried profound consequences for Bio-Rad. In 2009, long after BioRad should have had FCPA programs and compliance training in place, an employee reported FCPA violations in Vietnam. On the recommendation of Plaintiff, the company hired the international law firm of Steptoe and Johnson to investigate the matter. Steptoe lawyer Patrick Norton, considered to be at the top of the field, conducted a worldwide investigation, [redaction] and reported those to the government. The result was that Bio-Rad incurred a $55 million FCPA fine and paid millions more in legal fees and costs associated with his extensive investigation—all on Plaintiff’s watch.The company should have fired Plaintiff right then and there for his breach of duty, a result some at the company urged on Defendant, CEO Norman Schwartz. But Mr. Schwartz, perhaps loyal to a fault, gave Plaintiff a second chance. Although Bio-Rad is a leading global company providing innovative products in life sciences and clinical diagnostics, the company retains the best virtues of a small family business and places a premium on loyalty to its employees, many of whom have been with Bio-Rad for decades. Mr. Schwartz, the son of the founders and a mild-mannered person, took into account Plaintiff’s tenure at the company and valued his skill in negotiating business deals and allowed Plaintiff to stay.Although Plaintiff kept his job after the initial FCPA debacle, the matter still loomed over him as federal prosecutors continued their investigation throughout 2011 and 2012. Near the end of 2012, the Department of Justice began to assess Plaintiff’s role as General Counsel in deterring FCPA violations. In November 2012, [redaction] a term used to define senior management’s commitment to compliance with the law. Plaintiff was well aware that federal prosecutors would want to know why the company’s General Counsel had done nothing to ensure the company’s compliance for the 20 years prior to discovery of the violations. This development caused Plaintiff to grow increasingly concerned about his personal situation and to look for ways to justify himself to the federal prosecutors and to protect himself against a possible ruination of his career.Plaintiff apparently decided the best way to present himself to the government was to show he was ferreting out corruption at the company—even if there was none [redaction] at least seven weeks before [redaction] seven months before he was fired, and, according to his own testimony, with no reason to think he would be fired. [Redaction] the same attorney who contacted the company to initiate settlement discussions just after he was fired, and filed the pre-requisite administrative complaint on Plaintiff’s behalf with OSHA. [Redaction] he invented a story of corruption in Bio-Rad’s China facility—a story no one ever understood or bought.At the same time Plaintiff was setting up his whistleblower claim, he began engaging in conduct so seriously disruptive that by June 2013, Mr. Schwartz was left with no choice but to terminate him. Over that seven month period, Plaintiff’s conduct became intolerable, creating a toxic environment for virtually everyone who had to work with him. He went into rages at meetings, screaming at people and pounding the table. One executive became so unnerved by his behavior, she considered installing a home alarm system. By the time he was fired, Plaintiff had become so obstreperous, uncooperative, and abusive, he had alienated and destroyed his relationships with every single member of senior management, and had disrupted the company’s securities filings. A small selection of executives and lower-level employees will describe what it was like to work with Plaintiff during that period, which one described as a “terrible terrible time” at the company.”Interestingly, last week the SEC filed a notice in the case stating that it may seek leave to file an amicus curaie brief in support of Wadler.The trial is currently scheduled for early February 2017.Ng and Yin FCPA ChargesAs highlighted in this prior post, the DOJ’s October 2015 enforcement action highlighted alleged bribery at the United Nations charging John Ashe (described as having various positions at the U.N. including serving as the Permanent Representative of Antigua to the U.N. and recently serving as the President of the U.N. General Assembly) and others with a variety of criminal offenses based on allegations that payments were made to Ashe in connection with a U.N. sponsored conference center in Macau, China and to influence business interactions with Antiguan government officials.The post noted that although the alleged bribery was charged under 18 USC 666 (theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds) on account of the U.N. receiving U.S. federal government funds, Ashe was likely a “foreign official” under the FCPA given that the definition of “foreign official” includes individuals associated with “public international organizations” and the U.N. has been designated as such an organization.It was further noted that the alleged payors of the bribes to Ashe were predominately naturalized U.S. citizens subject to the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions and that the Chinese national defendant was alleged to have engaged in conduct in the U.S. likely sufficient to satisfy the dd-3 prong of the FCPA.This superseding indictment follows the above analysis.In it the DOJ alleges that the U.N. is a public international organization as that term is used in the FCPA and that the Antiguan Ambassador and Dominican Ambassador to the U.N. were “foreign officials.”According to the indictment, in 2009 NG “helped to found a non-governmental organization based in New York (NGO-1), purportedly as a media platform dedicated to covering stories regarding sustainable development, the UN, and related topics.” According to the indictment:“Since its creation, NG has served as at least the principal source of funding for NGO-1, and has wired millions of dollars from Macau, China to NGO-1 in New York, New York. NG appointed the Dominican Ambassador “Honorary President” of NGO-1 and, acting in part through NGO-1, paid the Dominican Ambassador at least hundreds of thousands of dollars between 2010 and 2015.”According to the indictment, money was paid to both Ambassadors “in exchange for official action to benefit Ng and his company, the Macau Real Estate Development Company.”As alleged in the indictment, the principal objective of the defendants “was to obtain official action from the UN with respect to a multi-billion dollar conference center that Ng hoped to build in Macau, China using his company the Macau Real Estate Development Company. In particular, Ng sought formal UN support for the Macau Conference Center, including establishing the Macau Conference Center as the permanent site of the annual UNOSSC Expo and as a location for other meetings, forums, and events associated with the UN.”According to the indictment, the alleged bribes to the Ambassadors took various forms such cash, payments to the Antiguan Ambassador’s wife, and payments to one or more third-parties to cover the Antiguan Ambassador’s personal expenses.As alleged in the indictment, “each of the Ambassadors agreed to and did, among other things, use their positions to advance and to seek to have others advance Ng’s interest in obtaining Formal UN Support for the Macau Conference Center.”According to the indictment, the defendants “agreed to and did transmit funds from China to the United States and from the United States to the Dominican Republic.”The indictment invokes 78dd-2 (the “domestic concern”) prong of the FCPA and 78dd-3 (the “person other than an issuer of domestic concern”) prong of the FCPA.According to this Law360 article:“Judge Broderick asked the prosecution why it had to keep the new indictment under wraps, especially given the fact that nobody else was charged. “Why couldn’t we have known about this earlier?” asked Judge Broderick, who referred to the new indictment as a “November surprise.” Prosecutor Janis Echenberg said that the prosecution needed to get clearance from the FCPA unit of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. Ng co-counsel Tai Hyun Park of Park Jensen Bennett LLP called that explanation “patently incredible. “I’m sorry judge, I don’t think the court should accept that explanation,” Park said.”last_img read more

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XTO and BofA Score Mandamus Win in Derivative Royalty Trust Lawsuit

first_imgXTO Energy and Bank of America scored a win this week in a Dallas appellate court when a three-judge panel ruled that a trial court abused its discretion by allowing a derivative action lawsuit to continue with an investor of XTO’s publicly-traded royalty trust . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Password Remember me Lost your password?center_img Username Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img

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Newhouse Optimistic on Majority Supports Dino RossiNCRL Expanding Backpack Checkout ProgramChelan County

first_imgFourth district representative Dan Newhouse recently gave his thoughts on a number of issues regarding the upcoming election.The Republican Congressman from Sunnyside was first asked about his feelings on the retirement of eighth district Republican Dave Reichert.“I hate to see that happen but Dave’s retiring and good for him. I think he’s going to spend some time with his grandkids and enjoy that. I’ve appreciated having him as a partner to work with.”Reichert’s open seat has created a hotly contested and nationally scrutinized race between Democratic nominee Kim Schrier and Republican hopeful Dino Rossi. In a race that could be so impactful on the national scale that it’s been getting international media attention, Newhouse made it clear he’d be supporting a fellow Republican.“I have come out in favor of Mr. Rossi.” said Newhouse,  “I’ve worked with Dino in the past when he was in the state legislature at the same time I was, so I’ve gotten to know him really well and I think he’d be a great member of Congress.”Rossi and Schrier will debate for the first and only time this Wednesday at 7:00 pm from McConnell Hall on the Central Washington University campus. The debate can also be heard live on KPQ or KPQ.com.Newhouse was next asked about his feelings on the mid-term elections as a whole, as control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate will be on the line.“There’s a lot of information out there … we’ll know November 7th where the majority will lie. Certainly there’s advantages to being in the majority and I think there’s a good opportunity for [Republicans], and a reasonable chance we’ll maintain the majority.”If the primaries are any indication, Newhouse is heavily favored to maintain his fourth district seat in the House of Representatives over challenger Christine Brown. Should Newhouse win, yet his party lose their majority in Congress, the fourth district Republican remains confident he can work with Democrats.“I’ve always been one that can work with both sides. I got started in government in the state legislature in Washington. I was always in the minority as a Republican and learned that I had to work with the majority party. I think that I can be just as effective no matter who’s in control in Washington D.C.”last_img read more

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Okanogan County Sheriffs Deputies Back On Job After Shooting Deemed JustifiedSwanson Mill

first_imgThe two Okanogan County Sheriffs Deputies who were involved in a shooting during an investigation into a burning car near Tonasket are back to work. Sheriff Tony Hawley says Okanogan County Prosecutor Arian Noma deemed the deputies’ action justified after an investigation by the North Central Washington Special Investigations Unit. Sheriff Hawley says the outcome is what he expected and the deputies were placed in a difficult situation and made tough decisions based on their training and experience. The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing the investigation into the homicide case that prompted the contact with the suspect. Here’s the full release from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office:In connection with the Deputy Involved Shooting from June 3, 2019, I have received notification from Okanogan County Prosecutor Noma stating actions taken by Sergeant Everett and Deputy Holloway were justified. The North Central Washington Special Investigations Unit conducted a complete investigation into the shooting and delivered their findings to the prosecutor for his review. With their actions being determined justified through the investigation they have returned to full work status. I appreciate the hard work and diligence during the investigation by NCWSIU.The outcome of the investigation is exactly what I expected it to be. These dedicated deputies were in a situation to make a tough decision and they were able to do so in accordance with their training and experience. I am pleased the investigation shows their decisions made and actions taken were the proper ones for situation.The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing the investigation into the homicide case that prompted the contact with Lance R. Bowers, by Sgt. Everett and Deputy Holloway. Bowers remains in custody at the Okanogan County Jail.last_img read more

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Novel delivery system for bacteriophages could offer new way to battle lung

first_imgJul 17 2018A new delivery system for bacteriophages-;viruses that selectively attack harmful bacteria-;could help give doctors a new way to battle lung infections that threaten older patients and people with cystic fibrosis.Phage therapy is a promising alternative to antibiotics because it attacks specific pathogens, does not harm the body’s normal contingent of bacteria and won’t contribute to multi-drug resistance. However, therapeutic bacteriophages can be difficult to purify and challenging to deliver to the site of an infection, especially when that location is the lungs.A research team headed by the Georgia Institute of Technology has demonstrated a new delivery technique that uses dry, porous microparticles coated with phages. In animal testing, the phage-coated polymer particles successfully treated pneumonia in infected mice and dramatically reduced bacterial levels in an animal model of cystic fibrosis. The technique might one day allow delivery of the dry-powder phage using a device similar to a common inhaler.Reported July 16 in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, the research was supported by the National Institutes of Health and The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center, a partnership between Georgia Tech and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.”Phage delivery is an area where the right type of material could make a difference in therapeutic applications,” said Andrés García, the Rae S. and Frank H. Neely Chair and Regents’ Professor in Georgia Tech’s George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. “We set out to engineer a biomaterial carrier that would keep the phage active while delivering them deep into the lungs in a uniform fashion. This is a key step in moving this potential therapy forward.”Phage therapy has generated more interest as concerns about antibiotic use has grown. Specific bacteriophages can target bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa – which causes some forms of pneumonia and is the major pathogenic bacteria in cystic fibrosis – without affecting other bacteria. Phage activity propagates beyond the coated particles, but is limited by the host population, so once the targeted bacteria are eliminated, the phage disappear.Researchers have previously used a nebulizer to deliver wet phage mixtures to the lungs, but that approach is inefficient and inconvenient for patients. As an alternative, García and his collaborators developed a microparticle carrier made from the same polymer material used in dissolving sutures. They made the porous particles large enough to avoid rapid clearance by the body, but light enough to be delivered deep into the lungs.The phage are incubated on the particles, then dried. When introduced into animal lungs as a puff of dry powder, the phage begin attacking the bacteria. For mice infected with pneumonia, the phage carried on the particles cleared the infection – while untreated mice died. A significant reduction in bacterial populations was observed in transgenic mice whose lungs simulated conditions typical of cystic fibrosis.Related StoriesNew research could help design algae that produces fuels and cleanup chemicalsNew methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they workNon-pathogenic bacteria engineered as Trojan Horse to treat tumors from within”When we immobilized the phage on the particles, we could retain good activity for days – as long as two weeks at room temperature,” García said. “We could store these particles, and when we delivered them to mice, get good distribution through the lungs. We believe the particles help stabilize the phage and improve the distribution in the lungs.”Nael McCarty, Marcus Professor of Cystic Fibrosis and director of the Emory+Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Center of Excellence at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and one of the study’s co-authors, said the development of the delivery technique potentially advances the use of phage in treatment of cystic fibrosis.”Cystic fibrosis is a common, life-limiting genetic disorder that affects many organ systems, but the most important impact on human health is chronic infections of the lung. Bacterial pneumonia that is resistant to multiple drugs is a challenge we must deal with frequently with cystic fibrosis,” he said. “Treatment with antibiotics often makes space for other opportunistic bacteria to take hold. Phage therapy could complement existing therapies without worsening antibiotic resistance. The technique developed and tested through this important collaboration could address one of the major challenges we have with phage therapy, which is delivery.”The phage-coated microparticles were more effective at clearing bacteria than dried phage particles by themselves. The polymer material is biodegradable and was cleared from the animals within a few days. The technique was successful in attacking different strains of bacteria within biofilms, and the researchers did not see evidence that the bacteria were developing resistance.Though the phage aren’t believed to attack mammalian cells, they can create an immune system response, and produce a toxins that can be harmful. They are grown in cultures containing the bacteria they attack, so separating them at the purity levels required is another challenge.Among the next steps are to test the particle-delivery technique in larger animals and against mixtures of bacteria, which often infect humans. The technique must also be tested against chronic infections, which often are seen in persons with cystic fibrosis.Source: http://www.news.gatech.edu/last_img read more

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Access to soil increases mices resistance to allergic inflammations

first_img Source:https://ki.se/en/news/mice-with-access-to-soil-have-greater-resistance-to-allergies Aug 7 2018When mice live in cages with an added earthen floor, it increases their resistance towards allergic inflammations. Close contact with micro-organisms in the soil triggers anti-inflammatory genes in the mice and stimulates their gut microbiota. Researchers from Karolinska Institutet have performed the study, which was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.Earlier research has shown that the past decade’s dramatic increase of chronic, inflammatory illnesses is due partly to a decrease in contact with natural micro-organisms. The researchers at Karolinska Institutet have now mapped the connection in more detail, by comparing mice that live in cages with an added earthen floor with those that live in clean cages with sawdust.Related StoriesGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Mathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancer”Our hypothesis was that the microbes in the soil help to develop our immune system, and that it is when we lose contact with these that inflammatory diseases and allergies increase. We observed that mice with soil in their cages had an improved expression of anti-inflammatory genes and more active regulatory T-cells in the small intestine,” says Noora Ottman, a researcher at the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet.Milder inflamation with earthern floorWhen the mice were subjected to allergic lung inflammation, the researchers noticed that the mice that lived with an earthen floor developed a considerably milder inflammation compared with the mice in the clean cages; something that can be explained by the fact that the higher degree of active regulatory T-cells in the mice suppresses the immune system’s allergic reaction.”Even if both groups of mice developed allergic inflammations, the mice that lived with soil in their cages were able to handle their response better,” says Noora Ottman.Allergic inflammation affects gut floraThe allergic inflammations in turn affected the composition of microbes in the intestinal tract of mice, which suggests a direct communication in both directions between the individual anatomical sections. If a change in the immune system and microbial composition occurs in one place, then the other is also affected.The results continue to build on the realization that close contact with nature increases our physical and psychological well-being.”By allowing more greenery into our daily environment, such as in offices, schools and homes, we could positively affect our health. We now need to look closer at the microbes we have found; several of them are not very well characterized yet, as well as the soil in which they live. Another important aspect is to examine in more detail which mechanisms the microbes use in order to calibrate the immune system and increase immune tolerance, both locally and systematically,” Noora Ottman explains.last_img read more

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Warming world has shrunk bee tongues

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) In the midst of a widespread decline in bees, particularly in the United States, a few bumblebees are finding a way to cope: shorter tongues. In just 40 years, the tongues of two bumblebee species living high up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains have shrunk by almost 25% in their average length, according to a new study. A warming world has spurred these changes, researchers conclude, because the total number of flowers has declined in this region—and the shorter tongue enables the bees to suck nectar from more kinds of flowers.”It’s one of the best examples of the effect of climate that I’ve seen,” says Sydney Cameron, an entomologist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who was not involved with the work. But the bees’ successful adaptation may be the silver lining of a very dark cloud. A variety of so-called long-tubed flowers, including penstemon, Indian paintbrush, clover, wild indigo, monkshood, bluebell, snapdragon, larkspur, and foxglove, require long-tongued bumblebees for pollination. “The reality is that long-tube flowers will disappear,” Cameron warns. And then, “you are losing biodiversity on a major scale.”Many of the bumblebees that first arose sport tongues about half the length of their bodies, having evolved special relationships with particular long-tubed flowers. Matching tongue length to flower depth makes foraging and pollination more efficient, and many such matches have evolved through time. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country But globally, long-tongued bumblebees are declining, says Cameron, as are many bees, in part because of climate change, pesticide use, and habitat loss. There were also indications that in some species, long tongues were shrinking.To find out what was happening in the alpine regions of the Rockies, Nicole Miller-Struttmann tapped historical specimens of bees collected from three Colorado peaks. This evolutionary ecologist, from the State University of New York at Old Westbury, and her colleagues measured tongue lengths of two species of bumblebees, Bombus balteatus and B. sylvicola, collected between 1966 and 1980 and again between 2012 and 2014. The comparison of the two periods revealed the 24% shrinkage. “If there had not been that historical record, we would have completely missed that these bees might have been evolving,” notes Jeremy Kerr, an ecologist at the University of Ottawa in Canada, who was not involved with the work.Then they set out to figure out what drove that evolution. One possibility is that the bees are just getting smaller. But measurements of overall size and different body parts ruled this out. Miller-Struttmann and her colleagues then compared other decades-old data about plants visited by the bees with recent work on bee visits, and discovered that these two species had acquired broader tastes than their recent ancestors, taking nectar from many more kinds of flowers than before. This clue made them look more carefully at what was happening to the flowers over the past 40 years.  Plant surveys from the 1970s and from just a few years ago revealed that flower density on the mountain slopes has dropped more than 70%, the team reports today in Science. Climate change is to blame, Miller-Struttmann says. Other work has shown that alpine flowers don’t grow as well when summer minimum temperatures exceed 3.25°C—the soil doesn’t cool off and dries up as a result. Nights were too warm just 12% of the years between 1960 to 1985, but since then there have been hot years 48% of the time, the research team notes.The warming has had a cascading effect. It reduced the number of all flowers. For bumblebees specializing in just a few species, that meant there were too few flowers to go around. So bees with shorter tongues, which are better able to make use of the broader diversity of short-tubed flowers, did better and gradually came to dominate the peaks, the researchers suggest.It’s very hard to figure out what is happening to species as the climate warms, says Koos Biesmeijer, an ecologist at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands. So this study is “very powerful.” And that these changes occurred in just 40 years—or about 40 generations for bees, “is a really significant finding,” Kerr adds. If other bumblebees are likewise adjusting, “there’s a prospect that bee populations that are facing climate change can evolve to some degree to not suffer the negative impacts.”But even if these bumblebees do okay, the flowers they used to specialize in might not. With shorter tongues the bees are not as efficient, and now that they visit many kinds of flowers, the pollen they transfer to the long-tubed flowers may not always be the right type. “This is not trivial,” Cameron says.But, such a negative effect on the flowers has yet to be documented, Kerr cautions. Miller-Struttman agrees but says that is something she plans to look at next. 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Video Why is this penguin on a treadmill

first_imgAdult king penguins sometimes fast for up to a month at a time when protecting their eggs, but they compensate by packing on several pounds of fat in advance. The added weight helps them survive while attending to their parental duties, but a new study suggests that fatter birds may have a tougher time staying upright as they walk to the breeding colony. Researchers captured 10 adult male king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) from a colony in the Crozet Archipelago between Madagascar and Antarctica, intentionally choosing males with high body mass. Then, using an accelerometer that records motion around three axes, they studied the gaits of a group of 10 king penguins as they walked on an enclosed treadmill at 1.4 km/hr (as seen in the video above, which the scientists captured for a different study of penguin locomotion but demonstrates the experimental setup). After the first round, the team placed the plump penguins in a cage to fast for 2 weeks. On average the birds lost a little more than 2 kilograms—about a quarter of their total mass—and then the researchers repeated the treadmill experiment. Previous studies have shown that obese and pregnant humans readily change their walking gaits in response to weight gain, widening their stance and taking shorter steps. But to the scientists’ surprise, the penguins didn’t change their stride frequency or posture after the weight loss. However, they did discover decreases in the penguin’s waddling amplitude, meaning the heavier birds had a more exaggerated waddle. Similarly, scientists saw greater amplitude differences in how far the penguins leaned over relative to the ground. Both findings suggest that the penguins are less stable with all the added weight—teetering more dramatically, like a person carrying a heavy box—and may explain past observations that heavier birds are more likely to take a tumble on their trek to the breeding colony, the team reports today in PLOS ONE.last_img read more

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first_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country New theory suggests female orgasms are an evolutionary leftoverBilly Crystal may have been shocked when Meg Ryan so effectively—and amusingly—faked an orgasm in a restaurant during the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally, but surveys suggest only one-third of women are regularly fully aroused during intercourse. In a paper published this week, two evolutionary biologists offer a provocative new explanation—that the female orgasm is an evolutionary holdover from an ancient system, seen in some other mammals, in which intercourse stimulated important hormonal surges that drive ovulation.Young blood antiaging trial raises questionscenter_img Email It was one of the most mind-bending scientific reports in 2014: Injecting old mice with the plasma portion of blood from young mice seemed to improve the elderly rodents’ memory and ability to learn. Inspired by such findings, a startup company has launched the first clinical trial in the United States to test the antiaging benefits of young blood in relatively healthy people. But there’s a big caveat: It’s a pay-to-participate trial, a type that has raised ethical concerns before.Mysterious, ice-buried Cold War military base may be unearthed by climate changeIt sounds like something out of a James Bond movie: a secret military operation hidden beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. But that’s exactly what transpired at Camp Century during the Cold War. Within the next century, climate change could start to reveal this base again, and potentially release its toxic and radiological wastes.‘Junk DNA’ tells mice—and snakes—how to grow a backboneWhy does a snake have 25 or more rows of ribs, whereas a mouse has only 13? The answer, according to a new study, may lie in “junk DNA,” large chunks of an animal’s genome that were once thought to be useless. The findings could help explain how dramatic changes in body shape have occurred over evolutionary history.Meet the college dropout who invented the gravitational wave detectorNearly 50 years ago, Rainer Weiss dreamed up a way to detect gravitational waves—infinitesimal ripples in spacetime predicted by Einstein’s theory of gravity, general relativity. Last September, that dream came true as 1000 physicists working with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, two huge detectors in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, sensed a pulse of waves radiated by two massive black holes as they spiraled into each other a billion light-years away. The discovery makes Weiss, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, a sure bet to win a Nobel Prize, his peers say.Now that you’ve got the scoop on this week’s hottest Science news, come back Monday to test your smarts on our weekly quiz!last_img read more

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Deal reveals what scientists in Germany are paying for open access

first_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Deal reveals what scientists in Germany are paying for open access Project Deal, a consortium of libraries, universities, and research institutes in Germany, has unveiled an unprecedented deal with a major journal publisher—Wiley—that is drawing close scrutiny from advocates of open access to scientific papers.The pact, signed last month but made public this week, has been hailed as the first such country-wide agreement within a leading research nation. (Only institutions in the United States, China, and the United Kingdom publish more papers.) It gives researchers working at more than 700 Project Deal institutions access to the more than 1500 journals published by Wiley, based in Hoboken, New Jersey, as well as the publisher’s archive. It also allows researchers to make papers they publish with Wiley free to the public at no extra cost.This business arrangement, known as a “publish and read” deal, has been touted as one way to promote open-access publishing. But until this week, a key part of the Wiley agreement—how much it will cost—had been secret. Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrycenter_img By Kai KupferschmidtFeb. 21, 2019 , 5:30 PM Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Now, the numbers are out. Germany will pay Wiley €2750 for each paper published in one of the publisher’s so-called hybrid journals, which contain both paywalled and free papers. The contract anticipates researchers will publish about 9500 such papers per year, at a cost of €26 million. In addition, researchers will get a 20% discount on the price of publishing in Wiley journals that are already open access.The deal is an important step toward more open access in scientific publishing, but the per paper fee of €2750 seems high, says Leo Waaijers, an open-access advocate and retired librarian at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Dutch researchers are paying Wiley just €1600 per paper under a similar deal in the Netherlands, he notes. “It’s the same process, the same product, so why the price difference?” he says.The explanation is that Germany’s deal with Wiley was designed to be “more or less budget-neutral,” says Gerard Meijer, a physicist at the Fritz Haber Institute, part of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, and one of the negotiators for Project Deal. The goal was to keep Germany’s 2019 payments to Wiley about the same as they were in 2018, he says. And as a larger country with more institutions, Germany paid more in subscription fees to Wiley than the Netherlands. That translated to a higher article publishing fee. But the difference is that papers from Project Deal researchers will now be freely available around the world. In addition, some institutions have gained access to journals that they did not have access to before.One advantage of the deal is that German researchers will no longer be paying twice for Wiley’s hybrid journals—once for a subscription, and again if they want to make a paper free—says Lidia Borrell-Damian of the European University Association in Brussels. “Germany seems protected from double-dipping … and that’s important,” she says.Eventually, Waaijers hopes German institutions will be able to negotiate lower open-access publishing fees. But he sees the current contract, which runs for 3 years, as a good first step. “I think it is not possible for Germany to say to Wiley at the moment: ‘We want a contract for 1600 [euros] per article,’” he says. “That would mean an enormous step back financially for Wiley, and they are absolutely not prepared to make that step.”The fact that the details of the German contract have become public is also important, Borrell-Damian says. “Contracts should be public because this is about public money spent,” she says. And if other countries sign similar deals, and the details become public, then “the whole game of price comparison may start,” Waaijers says. And that, open-access advocates say, could produce pressure for even lower publishing fees.last_img read more

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Fresno High School Blackface Video Sparks Outrage

first_img Derion Vence, Maleah Davis, Brittany Bowens White Tears! Former Meteorologist Files Lawsuit Claiming He Was Fired Because Of Diversity The disturbing trend of white people wearing blackface and spewing racist language does not seem even remotely close to slowing down. One high school student in California became the latest racist-in-training to spark outrage over her disgusting behavior that has made the rounds on social media.In the viral video, a 14-year-old white girl, who has not been publicly identified since she is a minor, is seen in what looks like to be the inside of someone’s home wearing blackface paint or makeup. While her friends giggle incessantly the girl utters to the camera, “who said I can’t say ‘nigga?’” More By Megan Sims A Disturbing Timeline Of 4-Year-Old Maleah Davis Going Missing After Being Left With Her Stepfather There is also a second video of the same girl on the Fresno campus of Bullard High School, where she is said to be a cheerleader. In this video, she continued to share even more of her racist views.Both videos had been shared widely via Snapchat, but they finally sparked national outrage after Fresno community activist Stacy Williams posted one of the videos on her Facebook page. Unfortunately, this instance is but a mere snapshot into what Nelson acknowledged as the city’s history of racism. The superintendent recognized that the city has been known for redlining and segregation. He also said that Black males enrolled in special education classes are more likely to be expelled or suspended.Just days before the video began circulating, the Fresno Grizzlies, the city’s minor-league baseball team, lost its sponsorships with Heineken International and Sun-Maid after showing a video portraying New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as an “enemy of freedom” during a Memorial Day baseball game. In the video, they presented the freshmen Congresswoman in the likeness of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.SEE ALSO:‘It’s Above Me Now’: Hotel Clerk’s Video With Racist Guest Goes ViralRyan Keith Cox Sacrificed His Life In The Virginia Beach Shooting To Save Others This is a Bullard High School student. This is hate. ⁦@shaunking⁩ ⁦@GMA⁩ ⁦@ABC⁩ ⁦@ABC30⁩ ⁦@CNN⁩ ⁦@cnnbrk⁩ pic.twitter.com/Wp4bx2QnXe— Pahoua Lor (@pclor22) June 1, 2019“When our schools create a campus culture of hate & racism, & act in complicit silence, we as a community must protect our children,’ Williams said in relation to the video. “It’s gotten to a point where people have tried and felt like there isn’t accountability,’Many people had a lot to say about the young girl’s actions, including one Facebook user who believed things have been getting worse.‘I have this theory that each generation coming into high school as freshmen are getting worse and worse as far as it goes for behaviour,” a user wrote.There were others who were calling on the school to punish the girl for her actions.“This is disgusting why has she not been kicked out or punished?’ Another user asked.A concerned resident even sent the photos directly to the Fresno Unified Superintendent, Bob Nelson, who condemned the girl’s behavior.It’s very serious,” Nelson said Saturday. “We need to hold her accountable for her actions and the implications thereof. I don’t want to diminish the significance of the pain and anguish that this causes in others. That being said, I want to do more than just see people attack one another on social media. It doesn’t help us do the very real work we need to do.” Jamaican Republican Who Is Running Against AOC Supported Her A Year Ago Blackface Morehouse Students Take To Social Media And Claim Sexual Harassment Complaints Were Ignoredlast_img read more

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Scubalike technology could suck carbon dioxide from smokestacks

first_img Those crystals can then be heated to drive off CO2 so it can be collected and stored, rather than emitted to the atmosphere, Custelcean says. The team’s lab tests suggest that process can occur at the relatively low temperature of 120°C. So, the researchers report today in Chem, capturing and recovering CO2 from industrial exhaust using their technique takes about 24% less energy than a process commonly used in smokestack “scrubbers.” Once CO2 has been driven from the crystals, the BIG can be redissolved in the solution, making it available to capture even more CO2.The particular BIG used by Custelcean’s team sits at what Amar Flood, an organic chemist at Indiana University in Bloomington who was not involved with the work, calls a “magic sweet spot.” Its affinity for bicarbonate ions allows the crystal-forming reaction to readily occur, but the weak hydrogen bonding within the crystal also makes it relatively easy to recover the CO2.There’s a big difference between demonstrating something in a lab and using the method on a larger scale, of course. For one thing, immense amounts of BIG would be needed to perform the carbon-capture process on an industrial scale. During 2017, for example, coal-fired power plants alone in the United States emitted more than 1.2 billion metric tons of  CO2. Although a lot of BIG would be needed to outfit even a single smokestack scrubber, Custelcean says the material is reusable and inexpensive, at about $3 per kilogram. Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Scubalike technology could suck carbon dioxide from smokestacks Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe By Sid PerkinsJan. 31, 2019 , 12:50 PM Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)center_img The technology that allows submariners to breathe underwater could someday allow the rest of us to breathe cooler air. Researchers have found a way to suck planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial smokestacks using a chemical technique similar to one scuba divers and submarines use to “rebreathe” CO2-rich exhalations.The team’s technique “has tremendous potential,” says Kristin Bowman-James, a chemist at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.The advance relies on a class of organic chemicals called bis(imino guanidines), or BIGs. These chemicals were first discovered more than a century ago, but researchers recently found that they’re really good at binding to negatively charged ions, says Radu Custelcean, a chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. He and his colleagues harness that binding ability to capture CO2. When a gas mixture rich in carbon dioxide bubbles through a solution of a particular organic chemical, the planet-warming gas is captured in tiny crystals (which turn the solution a whitish color). First, the team dissolves a particular BIG in water, where the substance helps break down H2O molecules into positively charged protons (H+) and negatively charged hydroxide (OH–) ions. The BIG molecules snatch free-floating protons and take on a positive charge. Those BIG ions then react with negatively charged bicarbonate (HCO3–) ions that form when CO2-rich gas bubbles through the solution, Custelcean says. Because the resulting substance doesn’t readily dissolve, it crystallizes and can be separated from the solution. Neil J. Williams iStock.com/ shaunl last_img read more

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