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first_imgClimatic warming could cause increased melting from Antarctic ice shelves. Continued weakening of the ice shelves in this way would result in the ultimate collapse of most of the West Antarctic ice sheet. For complete removal of the ice shelves collapse of the ice sheet and a 5 m rise in world sea level could occur in <100 yr. More realistically, ice-shelf deterioration is likely to be a rather slow process, and even for a major and sustained warming trend ice-sheet collapse would take several hundred years, with most of the associated rise in sea level occurring during the final century. However, little is known about the glaciers that drain the northern part of the ice sheet. These glaciers have little or no protective fringe of ice shelf and, unless they flow over sufficiently high bedrock sills, they may show a more rapid response to increased temperatures.last_img read more

first_imgWith the majority of the country’s workforce now working from home, home office/study rooms are now one of the most important rooms in the house. Some are adapting spaces wherever they can, however, leading South East developer, Pentland Homes has worked with award-winning interior design firm, Phoenix Interior Design to create a spectacular modern home office space. Designed to maximise productivity, creativity, comfort and energy at its Stelling Minnis development, Radstone Gate, prices for homes at the development that are equipped with a home office room start from £650,000.The showhome study room has been designed to maximise the space to create the perfect home office. It was chosen to help families who made need to watch over children in the living room/kitchen, yet still able to have privacy and minimal disruptions.Susan White, Director at Phoenix Interior Design, said, “Working with Pentland Homes we aimed to create a home office that can tackle all the requirements of modern multifunctional living.“When designing a home office, it is important to create a room which feels different to other rooms. The space you work in will have an impact on your energy and productivity, it is important to create a space that is comfortable for you to work in. With that principle in mind we have created soothing environment to help energise those working from home and provide maximum comfort.”home office/study rooms home working Stelling Minnis development Radstone Gate Pentland Homes Phoenix Interior Design home office space lockdown May 26, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Pentland offers a perfect home office previous nextLand & New HomesPentland offers a perfect home officeThe Negotiator26th May 20200173 Viewslast_img read more

first_img Twitter Pinterest By Jon Zimney – April 25, 2020 0 240 Indiana lifting more virus limits on medical procedures WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews (“HealthCare” by WashingtonStateHouse, creativecommons) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor has signed an order largely lifting restrictions on elective medical procedures beginning next week.The restrictions were imposed to help preserve equipment and protective gear for hospitals treating coronavirus patients.The new medical procedure order issued Friday covers providers such as surgery centers and dental, dermatology and veterinary offices, allowing them to resume those procedures as long as they have sufficient protective equipment and procedures to avoid spreading COVID-19.Gov. Eric Holcomb has already removed such restrictions on hospitals. Google+ Twitter Facebook Previous articleCoronavirus testing expanded for the Amish in Elkhart CountyNext articleSouth Bend Police investigating fatal shooting Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Google+ After the excitement of the snow and holidays, Saturday’s forecast is going to seem a little more quiet.No new snow is expected today.Temperatures will still be cool today, but won’t feel as miserable as the last few days. We’ll reach a high around 32 this afternoon. Skies are partly cloudy to mostly sunny.Overnight stays partly cloudy with a low in the low 20s.A lot of Sunday is dry and temperatures are nice for this time of year- a high tomorrow in the low 40s.Sunday evening there is a chance for a few rain showers. Sunday overnight rain will turn into light snow showers or flurries, with a possibility of a freezing drizzle.Roads could be slippery Monday morning, then it is quiet again Monday and Tuesday.The next system we are tracking is Wednesday which will bring rain and snow chances.Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 32.Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 22.Sunday: Cloudy. Chance for rain showers by evening, then light snow overnight. High 42.Monday: A chance of flurries or snow showers in the morning, then cloudy. High 32. Previous articleHoosier state assessing housing needs in effort to attract, retain jobsNext articleMinority advocacy group trying to build trust about COVID-19 vaccine Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook By Jon Zimney – December 26, 2020 0 330 Pinterest Warming up for the weekend weather Google+ WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSteven C. Wofsy, the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been awarded the 2012 Roger Revelle Medal by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The Revelle medal is awarded annually to an individual who has contributed in an outstanding manner to the understanding of Earth’s climate systems.Wofsy, who has been at Harvard since 1973, focuses on the long-term measurement of atmospheric processes and composition. His studies include observations on carbon exchange, deposition of pollutants, and other atmospheric phenomena over long periods of time to investigate patterns not readily apparent in short-term data. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgTo Liss, Chaput exemplifies the entrepreneurial mindset. “What is this brilliant Ph.D. student at Harvard choosing to do? He’s started a semiconductor company in the middle of a highly competitive market and he’s doing it up in Canada,” Liss said. “This is the ultimate David vs. Goliath story.”Wei is undaunted by that analogy. He acknowledges that big companies such as Texas Instruments and Analog Devices are at work on haptic technology, but “the same could be said for any company coming into a market,” he said. “Remember, search already existed when Google started. More importantly, if you have a unique technology, there is opportunity.”Chaput said he keeps his mind on the long game. “From my perspective, it has never been about the size of our competitors or our chances to make it,” he said. “It has always been about making a positive impact on our society. Our technology has the potential to change the way people interact with their electronic devices and with each other remotely. This means we have the opportunity to impact the lives of millions of people on a global scale. That’s what motivates me.”Poised for launchFor Chaput, the road to a startup began before he came to Harvard. He had worked on power electronics projects at a semiconductor foundry in Bromont during his master’s studies. When he decided to pursue his doctorate in engineering, he found perfect synergy in Wei’s lab, which specializes in electronics and integrated circuits. Specifically, the lab’s work is aimed at implementing energy-efficient computer devices. Wei was leading a team looking at integrated circuit design and how to make devices more efficient across a wide range of applications.In 2009, the lab embarked on its best-known project, the RoboBees. That brought together a variety of researchers in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science to develop micro-scale robots that would fly autonomously and cooperatively, like bees. When Chaput joined the group, Gu suggested he focus on creating circuitry that would generate 200- to 300-volt signals to drive piezoelectric actuators, powered by lithium polymer batteries that deliver only three to four volts.Chaput designed a prototype and soon realized there was a commercial opportunity in his design. He connected with OTD, embraced resources from the Harvard Innovation Labs, and participated in the MassChallenge in 2016. He thought about launching Boréas in Boston, but after hitting obstacles in U.S. immigration, he returned to Canada instead. There, he was able to attract an experienced design team from his past contacts and secure low-cost space inside a state-of-the-art microelectronic R&D center.“On average we have 20 years experience in the development of similar technologies,” Chaput said. “This is a good metric for our value proposition as well as our chance of success.”“Technologically, it is rock solid,” said Wei, who also serves in a personal capacity on the Boréas advisory board. “He has assembled a good team and strong advisors on the business side. Other than me, everyone on the advisory board has experience on the entrepreneur side. All the chess pieces are in place.” Imagine you’re shopping on your iPad for a new merino wool sweater. When you visit a retail site, you not only see countless views of your prospective purchase, you can reach out and feel the texture of the fabric.Or, far more consequentially: Imagine you’re a physician performing an operation remotely using a telemedicine application. And the application lets you virtually feel the patient upon whom you are operating.In the endless quest to create the most dynamic user interfaces, haptic (touch) technology is the looming target for mobile device makers, game companies, and app developers. Having successfully embraced sight and sound, from voice activation to 3-D virtual reality, the next sensory frontier is almost upon us: the ability to actually feel an object using a smartphone or tablet.Simon Chaput developed the power-boosting technology as a doctoral student in the lab of Professor Gu-Yeon Wei at the Harvard Paulson School. Photo courtesy of Boréas TechnologiesThe challenge is this: Haptic technology is power-hungry. To create the virtual sensation of touch, motion generators called piezoelectric actuators are required, and those tiny components drain batteries fast. For the haptic revolution to become a reality, power-management semiconductors need to be far more efficient.In the hands of a new startup raising its profile this month, one key to bringing this future a little closer may be a technology created in the lab of Gu-Yeon Wei, the Robert and Suzanne Case Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. There, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences doctoral student Simon Chaput developed the crucial low-power electronics.“Our new architecture can reduce power by an order of magnitude from what is out there now,” Chaput explained. “Our technology has the potential to change the way people interact with their electronic devices and with each other remotely. Our customers keep telling us how our technology will enable them to create new products that were not possible before.”Chaput put his doctoral studies at Harvard on hold in 2017 and returned to his native Canada to launch his company, Boréas Technologies, around this innovation, with a license from Harvard. Boréas is based in Bromont, Quebec, an hour’s drive from Montreal. That may seem an unlikely locale for the next hot thing, but Chaput is confident that his company has the makings of a game-changer. Launched with the advice and strategic support of Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD), Boréas is focused on a very specific target: building low-power-consumption electronics that will enable and empower the haptic revolution.Haptic technology is not a fantasy. Touch applications are already nudging into the technology landscape. When your phone vibrates to alert you to an incoming text, for example, that is haptic technology at work. Given that a growing cadre of major technology players are trying to incorporate greater haptic capabilities into their devices, Boréas is already creating partnerships with interested companies and positioning itself to capture the nascent market. “All the key players are in this haptic space right now,” Chaput said. “It’s great to see and hear the virtual world, but it is much better if you can feel it.”Still at work on the prototypes, Chaput expects to ship products within a year, and his company will be demonstrating the first development kit for the technology at the IEEE Haptics Symposium this month in San Francisco.The entrepreneurial mindsetBoréas’ story is an illuminating example of the support OTD offers faculty and researchers. Chaput and Wei are both quick to credit the office for smoothing the often-rocky path to commercializing.“OTD has been great, incredibly supportive,” said Wei. “Being at Harvard really opened the door for Simon. OTD not only patented the technology, but they were very good at connecting Simon with potential funders.”Chaput said that navigating the company launch would have been nearly impossible without OTD’s involvement. “First, we were able to negotiate a very fair deal with Harvard for the license to the technology,” he said. “That was very important for us to raise our seed round. Without the license, nobody would have invested. And OTD offered support as we went through our due diligence.”According to Sam Liss, executive director of strategic partnerships, OTD’s mission is to maximize the societal impact of the technology that arises from University research, from the engineering school to the medical school, working with more than 800 faculty across the University’s research realm.“When Simon and Gu expressed interest in a startup, we brought to bear all the resources at our disposal,” Liss said. “We introduced them to venture capitalists to get perspective on the concept and to raise money. We can also introduce them to entrepreneurs who might join the team and provide access to any resources they need to go forward. A big part of all this is education. Most researchers have never done this before.”Liss and his fellow OTD directors have all had hands-on entrepreneurial or industrial experience, and they understand the difficult strategic decisions Harvard researchers must navigate to successfully commercialize their ideas. “Our technology has the potential to change the way people interact with their electronic devices … This means we have the opportunity to impact the lives of millions of people on a global scale. That’s what motivates me.” — Simon Chaputlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The U.S. Army is refusing to allow a Hofstra University student and practicing Sikh to enlist in an on-campus military program until he complies with its grooming policies, which are in violation of his religion, according to a lawsuit filed this week.Iknoor Singh, a sophomore, can’t enlist in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program until he shaves his beard, cuts his hair and removes his turban, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the suit on his behalf.Singh is seeking a religious exemption so he can pursue his “lifelong dream of serving in the Army,” the ACLU said. The suit argues that a denial of religious exemption violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed in 1993.When Singh attempted to enlist he was told he couldn’t unless he complied with the Army’s grooming and uniform rules, he wrote in a post on the ACLU’s website.“I couldn’t believe the military was asking me to make the impossible decision of choosing between the country I love and my faith,” he wrote.He’s arguing that the Army has a history of accommodating soldiers’ requests based on religion. He also noted that female soldiers are permitted to have long hair “provided that they keep it neat and out of the way.”Sikhs, he said, have often been mistaken for Muslims and discriminated against after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and “barring us from serving in the military because of our religious practices helps reinforce these hurtful stereotypes.”The Hofstra student speaks three other languages aside from English—Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu—and is determined to become a military intelligence officer, the ACLU said.The suit claims that upon Singh’s first religion accommodation request he was told it would “undermine readiness, unit cohesion, standards, health, safety, and discipline.” Army officials then told him they couldn’t decide on his request because he never formally enlisted.Students enlisted in campus ROTC programs can eventually become officers in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.“Choosing between one’s faith and serving one’s country is a choice that no one should have to make,” Singh said.An Army spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

first_imgCredit unions must consider the safety of their information, both for their own sakes as well as for that of their members. Many credit unions have taken to hiring third-party security consulting companies to meet their needs. What are the top three things to consider when choosing a credit union security consultant?It’s All About the BenjaminsThis is where we put the bottom line up top. The number one thing to consider when bringing on a third-party security consultant is cost.Hiring a security-minded IT expert can cost your credit union a hefty annual sum. In fact, just finding the right person to fill your needs can represent quite a challenge. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_img Early goals from Tomas O Se and Jordan Kiely helped the Kingdom to a 2-3 to 0-4 interval lead. They tightened their grip on their game in the second half, with Killian Spillane and Shane Ryan steering over the points that sealed a place in the decider. Kerry booked their place in the Munster MFC final with a comfortable 2-18 to 0-7 win over Tipperary at Thurles. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img(REUTERS)-Eden Hazard’s stunning individual performance earned Chelsea a 2-0 win over West Ham United which hoisted them into third spot in the Premier League on Monday.The Belgian wizard tormented West Ham throughout and scored both goals to move Chelsea above Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the race for a top-four finish.Hazard danced through West Ham’s packed defence in the 24th minute to put Maurizio Sarri’s side in front and Gonzalo Higuain should have buried the visitors before halftime.West Ham improved after the break and Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson both had good chances to equalise but Hazard sealed the points in the 90th minute with a clinical finish.A third successive victory means Chelsea have 66 points from 33 games, while Tottenham and Arsenal have 64 and 63 respectively having played a game less.West Ham are 11th with 42 points from 33 games.Hazard was in a class of his own, giving the Stamford Bridge faithful another example of why they are so desperate to avoid him moving on at the end of the season — a fact not lost on West Ham’s fans who chanted that about Real Madrid’s interest.The 28-year-old’s masterful brace means he now has 19 goals in all competitions this season — equalling his previous best for Chelsea in 2014-15.His opener was a contender for goal of the season, taking on half of West Ham’s team single-handedly.Taking possession of the ball 35 metres from goal with a blanket of West Ham players blocking his path to goal, Hazard first accelerated into the area past Declan Rice and Mark Noble.Then, as Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna converged to try and stop him, he left both tackling thin air and with Ryan Fredericks desperately trying to cover he remained perfectly balanced to smash a left-footed shot past Lukasz Fabianski.“It was something special. I took the ball and then I tried to move forward. In the box it was hard for the defender to challenge me because if he touches me it could be a penalty,” Hazard told Sky Sports after a near-perfect display.“I was maybe a little lucky with the shot. I wanted to shoot quickly. When I saw the ball in the net I was just so happy. I am small so it is good when I play against tall players as it’s very hard for them to change direction.”Higuain thumped a shot against the woodwork minutes later as Chelsea threatened to run riot and the Argentine was denied again by a timely block shortly before halftime.West Ham offered more threat in a much more evenly-balanced second half and both Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini had good chances to equalise while Marco Arnautovic headed just wide.It was left to Hazard to seal the points.This time he collected Ross Barkley’s ball over the top and before West Ham’s defence could close him down, he fired a shot across Fabianski into the far corner.last_img read more