Government panel floats digital ID for health records may link Aadhaar

first_img In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief Aadhaar can be used for cash transactions beyond Rs 50,000 in place of PAN: Revenue Secy The committee has also suggested a Command, Control, and Communication Center (CCCC) as a single point of contact in public health emergencies. It estimates that all the components of the Mission would take about 18 months to develop.Drawing on examples from England’s National Health Services-Digital (NHS Digital) and South Korea’s electronic system, the report states that technology deployment and data-driven decision-making in healthcare has been inadequate in India. The NDHM would provide technology to manage and analyse data, and create a system of personal health records and health applications. Central to the “ecosystem” would be a Personal Health Identifier (PHI) to maintain a Personal Health Record (PHR).The PHI would contain the names of patients and those of their immediate family, date of birth, gender, mobile number, email address, location, family ID and photograph.“While Aadhaar assures uniqueness of identity and provides an online mechanism for authentication, it cannot be used in every health context as per the applicable regulations. The design of PHI, therefore, must allow multiple identifiers (chosen from the specified types of identifiers) for designing the structure and processes relating to PHI,” the committee’s report states. Related News Written by Karishma Mehrotra | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2019 6:41:51 am Explained: What are the latest changes to Aadhaar? Best Of Express NRC deadline approaching, families stranded in Assam floods stay home center_img Advertising IT to allot fresh PAN to those filing tax returns with Aadhaar: CBDT chief Government panel floats digital ID for health records, may link Aadhaar The Bill — which will be in form of amendment to Aadhaar Act 2016 and other laws and will replace an ordinance issued in March, 2019 — also proposes stiff penalties for violation of norms. (File photo)OUTLINING A new electronic records system using Aadhaar as an option for identification, a Ministry of Health and Family Welfare committee has recommended the setting up of a National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) to manage “enormous amounts of health data” generated by Ayushman Bharat, the Centre’s flagship health programme. Karnataka: Supreme Court to rule today, says Speaker’s powers need relook Advertising It has suggested that the Ministry should consult Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar, and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in the design of the PHI.These recommendations come from a National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) created by a committee under former MeitY Secretary and UIDAI ex-chairman J Satyanarayana. They are open for public comments until August 4.The 14-member committee included officials from the Health Ministry, state governments, NITI Aayog, MeitY, National eGovernance Division (NeGD), National Informatics Centre (NIC), Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).The panel envisions the new Mission to be autonomous like UIDAI and GSTN (Goods and Services Tax Network). It would be partly funded by the government but will also “raise a part of its funding through a transaction fee” with private players. 3 Comment(s)last_img read more

WPA3 Arrives to Shore Up WiFi Security

first_imgHome and Business Flavors WPA3 also replaces WPA2’s flawed Wi-Fi Protected Setup with the Wi-Fi Device Provisioning Protocol.”That promises a secure method for adding new devices to a network without the need to enter passwords,” explained Craig Young, a senior security researcher at Tripwire.”This mechanism makes use of public key cryptography to identify and authenticate devices, and should close up one of the weakest points in modern WiFi deployments,” he told TechNewsWorld.The new protocol improves the authentication mechanisms in a way that makes home implementations resistant to attack, said James Lerud, head of the behavioral research team at Verodin.”The protocol is resistant to password-guessing and dictionary attacks,” he told TechNewsWorld.”A key is only valid for a particular session, so if a session is intercepted and the key is compromised, it does not provide access to other sessions or future sessions,” Lerud said.”This implementation also has the benefit of making weak password selection less damaging,” he added. John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John. How long it will take WPA3 devices to supplant the WPA2 installed base remains to be seen. Qualcomm expects to incorporate WPA3 security features into chipsets this summer, starting with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and continuing to all its WiFi networking infrastructure products.Nevertheless, it could be years before WPA3 becomes a dominant router protocol.”Most routers will need a hardware upgrade due to WPA3’s encryption requirements,” said John Wu, CEO of Gryphon.”Then there’s a new certification process, and client software will need to be rewritten, so it may take a couple of years for wider adoption,” he told TechNewsWorld.”The fact that the protocol is backward-compatible with WPA2, and manufacturers seem on board, makes me think it will happen relatively quick,” added Lerud.Old technologies die slowly, though, he acknowledged. For example, WEP, introduced in 1997, still lingers in the router space.Despite the security improvements in WPA3, there is no reason for consumers to rush to buy a new router that supports it, said Tripwire’s Young.”Although WPA3 is based heavily on existing technologies, it is quite new, and researchers have not yet had time to poke at the technology for holes,” he noted.”As with any new technology, there will likely be usability and security issues identified in various implementations,” he continued. “For now, the best action is probably to keep using a strong WPA2 passphrase with WPS disabled.” Network devices with better security will be hitting the market this year, thanks to Wi-Fi Certified WPA3, which the Wi-Fi Alliance launched Tuesday. The announcement paves the way for the proliferation of devices that support the new, more secure protocol for WiFi communication, which is designed to replace the 14-year-old WPA2.”WPA3 takes the lead in providing the industry’s strongest protections in the ever-changing security landscape,” said Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa.The new protocol adds features to simplify WiFi security, enable more robust authentication, and deliver increased cryptographic strength for highly sensitive data markets.”WPA3 is a welcome and long overdue update from the Wi-Fi Alliance, building and improving on WPA2,” said Nick Bilogorskiy, a cybersecurity strategist at Juniper Networks.While WPA2 has been used for more than a decade, a serious flaw was discovered in it last year, he noted.”We witnessed a new attack that targeted the four-way handshake of the WPA2 protocol and tricked the victim’s device into reusing an already-in-use key,” Bilosgorskiy told TechNewsWorld.center_img Time to Transition Helps Home Nets Resist Attacks WPA3 comes in two distinct modes to meet the needs of home and business users.WPA3-Personal has password-based authentication that’s more resilient than WPA2 — even when users choose passwords that don’t meet common complexity recommendations.It also supports Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE), a secure key protocol that’s established between devices to provide stronger protections for users against password-guessing attempts by third parties.WPA3-Enterprise offers extra protection for networks transmitting sensitive data, such as those used by governments and financial institutions, by supporting the equivalent of 192-bit encryption.In addition to introducing Wi-Fi Certified WPA3, the Alliance introduced Wi-Fi Certified Easy Connect, a program aimed at reducing the complexity of connecting WiFi devices with limited or no display interface — such as many devices designed for the Internet of Things — while maintaining high security standards.Wi-Fi Easy Connect lets users securely add an interface-challenged device to a network through another device with a better interface, such as a smartphone, by scanning a product quick response (QR) code.While WPA3 will help with IoT security to an extent, many of the issues with IoT devices are outside the scope of the protocol, Lerud said.”Default passwords and configurations built without security in mind are still the norms in the IoT space,” he noted.last_img read more

X4 Pharmaceuticals announces clinical data of X4P001IO and Opdivo in patients with

first_img Source: “These findings add to our clinical experience with X4P-001-IO and our growing understanding of combining CXCR4 antagonists with other agents, such as checkpoint inhibitors,” said Ken Gorelick, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of X4 Pharmaceuticals. “X4 continues to explore the important role that CXCR4 antagonism may play in augmenting anti-tumor response in combination with other cancer therapeutic modalities, and therefore, potentially improve outcomes for cancer patients.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 22 2018X4 Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel CXCR4 antagonists to improve immune cell trafficking to treat cancer and rare disease, today announced results from a pilot study of X4P-001-IO in combination with Opdivo® (nivolumab) in patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) who are non-responsive to the anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor Opdivo alone. The data will be presented at a Poster Discussion session at the European Society for Medicafl Oncology (ESMO) 2018 Congress, taking place October 19-23, 2018, in Munich, Germany.”The data from this study demonstrate that the combination with X4P-001-IO and nivolumab has the potential to augment responses in patients who previously received the anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab alone,” said Toni K. Choueiri, M.D. Director, Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and lead investigator of the study. “This pilot study data requires validation in larger studies as we continue to seek treatments to address the larger population of cancer patients who do not adequately respond to checkpoint inhibitors.”Results were presented from the nine patients with advanced ccRCC enrolled in the pilot study (as of August 1, 2018) who were non-responsive to single agent Opdivo with either stable or progressive disease. Enrolled patients received X4P-001-IO (400 mg, oral, once daily) and continued to receive standard bi-weekly Opdivo therapy. Median duration of treatment with the combination was 3.7 months (range 1-15 months).Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear’Highlights of the data presented at ESMO include: Four patients who had progressed on prior Opdivo monotherapy had a best response of stable disease with the additional X4P-001-IO to Opdivo treatment. Of the five patients who were stable on prior Opdivo monotherapy, one had a partial response with combination therapy of X4P-001-IO and Opdivo. Serum biomarker analyses identified significant early changes in cytokines and chemokines, including CXCL9, a chemoattractant ligand for cytotoxic T cell migration. X4P-001-IO in combination with Opdivo was tolerable in ccRCC patients. The most frequent drug related adverse events were diarrhea, nasal congestion, ALT/AST increase, dry eye, fatigue. No grade 4 or 5 adverse events occurred. All Grade 3/serious adverse events were manageable with appropriate intervention. Combination therapy with X4P-001-IO and Opdivo exhibited anti-tumor activity in some patients with advanced ccRCC who were previously unresponsive to Opdivo monotherapy.last_img read more

Gut immune cells could be responsible for metabolism changes finds study

first_imgIntestine lining and villi illustration. Image Credit: nobeastsofierce / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 31 2019A new study has shown that the immune cells within the gut could be related to the rate of metabolism. The results of the new study titled, “Gut intraepithelial T cells calibrate metabolism and accelerate cardiovascular disease,” are published in the latest issue of the journal Nature. The researchers led by Shun He, used genetically engineered mice for their study. They noted that when certain immune cells are present in the body, they tend to slow down the metabolism and the ingested nutrients are all converted and stored as fat within the body. On the other hand lack of these immune cells help convert the nutrients into energy. The team used engineered mice which specifically lack these immune cells and found that this made them consume diets rich in sugars, fats and salts but did not predispose them to develop hypertension, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.This study could mean that removing these immune cells from the gut could alter the metabolism. Some individuals who are genetically predisposed to having these immune cells thus have slow metabolism and are so called “thrifty” because they store the nutrients as fat instead of burning them off as energy. Study co-author Filip Swirski, Associate professor at the Harvard Medical School and a principle investigator at the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital explained, “When you eat a meal, your body needs to decide what to do with the energy in the meal. The immune cells calibrate that decision and essentially they put the brakes on a high metabolism.”The team first began their study looking at a protein called integrin beta7. This protein basically directs the immune cells towards the gut. They noted that mice that were engineered to lack the gene coding for this protein ate a lot but did not become obese. Activity levels of these engineered mice were no different from normal mice. Swirski said, “They just run hot… They have a higher basal temperature.”Related StoriesNew computational model explores daily pain sensitivity rhythmsCommon antibacterial agent may be bad news for bone healthAnorexia may be as much a metabolic disorder as it is a psychiatric one, say scientistsThe team took two groups of mice – one group engineered and one group normal. Both were offered high fat diet that was also high on sugar and salt or sodium. This type of diet normally causes metabolic syndrome with obesity, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. They noted that the mice that did not have the integrin beta 7 protein did not become obese and did not develop diabetes or hypertension. All these features were seen in the non-engineered mice group. The mice that did not have the protein also did not develop coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis.Next they looked at the reason behind this difference. They noted the T cells in the small intestines seem to be different between groups. Swirski explained, “This is where we stumbled on GLP-1.” He explained that this is a metabolism-stimulating protein. They noted that the T cells or intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes (IELs) from the gut had large number of GLP-1 receptors. They found that the mice that had more beta7 protein and less or absent GLP-1 receptors seemed to have faster metabolisms. Swirski explained that this proved that “crucial cells were T cells that express the GLP-1 receptor.”Swirski explained that the main reason behind these systems of slowing metabolism was the human evolution over periods of food shortages. He said, “Having this kind of brakes under those conditions would be advantageous to survival… It would mean you could store ingested food for longer since it was converted to fat to be used if you didn’t have frequent meals.” He added that this mechanism now has turned problematic because of the over-abundance of food.The study was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.center_img Source: read more

Worlds leading source of data on diagnosis treatments for aortic dissection

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 20 2019What began with a modest hospital grant at the University of Michigan in 1996 is now the world’s leading source of data on diagnosis, treatments and outcomes for a rare and dangerous cardiac condition.On Monday, Kim Eagle, M.D., a director of U-M’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center, presented data from 9,000 patients gathered over nearly 25 years by the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection, known as IRAD. Only 3 in 100,000 people per year experience aortic dissection, in which the layers of the aorta tear apart, and both early diagnosis and swift treatment are critical.A dissection often interferes with blood distribution to the rest of the body, risking function of important organs. In the more dangerous type of dissection, type A, about one-third of patients die within the first 24 hours without treatment, and 50 percent die within 48 hours, typically from aortic rupture.Eagle presented lessons learned from the first quarter-century of IRAD during the featured clinical research session at the 2019 American College of Cardiology Scientific Session. The cardiologist and professor of internal medicine says he’s proud to have grown this project into a global effort that is giving investigators, clinicians and surgeons valuable insight on the changes in aortic dissection care.”Having such a large number of patients in our registry allows us to see what’s working in our care plan and what we still need to do,” Eagle says. “I think clinicians should be optimistic about the progress, including improved mortality, and they certainly should see the power of centers of excellence banding together to fight this rare condition.”Worldwide teamworkIRAD brings together 55 active centers around the world, up from 12 when Eagle started it in 1996. Each center shares data on acute aortic dissection diagnosis, treatment, in-hospital mortality and five-year mortality.Researchers can see trends happening across the world and track improving mortality rates.”Aortic dissection is a really devastating disease, and we need to keep working together to improve survival and morbidity,” Eagle says. “Here at Michigan, we’ve had unique physicians, surgeons and imagers working in aortic dissection for many years, and as a result of that reputation we were able to create the IRAD effort. The Frankel CVC faculty’s outstanding talent and reputation enable us to attract partnerships with such a large number of outstanding aortic centers worldwide.”The IRAD team also provides a hub of credible, current information for patients on the IRAD website, including a listing of aortic dissection centers of excellence.Related StoriesStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CT”This is a disease that should be cared for by centers that treat a lot of them,” Eagle says.IRAD reveals changes in treatments, outcomesThe results from 9,000 patients covered overall data on the condition and specifics for both types of acute aortic dissections: type A, in the ascending aorta, and type B dissections, which occur in the descending aorta.The data reveal nearly 90 percent of patients experiencing a type A dissection now receive surgical repair. In-hospital mortality is down to 16.3 percent, while surgical mortality is down to 13 percent, in trends mirrored by the improving outcomes at the Frankel CVC, Eagle says.Five-year survival remains around 85 percent for both types of dissection.For patients experiencing a type B dissection, nearly a third now receive endovascular therapy instead of open surgery. In-hospital mortality rates for type B are now 7.4 percent.In addition, Eagle reported the most common risk factors overall are hypertension, smoking and atherosclerosis.The second 25 yearsEagle concluded his ACC presentation with an important reminder: There is still a long way to go.”We still see significant delays in getting diagnoses, and clinicians must tell a lot of our patients that we don’t understand the underlying cause of their aortic dissection. Many patients don’t have other risk factors beyond hypertension,” Eagle says.Additionally, he says, many patients’ aortas dissect at a smaller size than what’s recommended for prophylactic repair.Eagle envisions exponential progress as the second 25 years of IRAD get underway.”I believe we’ll have much better acute diagnostics using biomarkers, a much more complete genetic library to identify patients who might be at risk and a switch to endovascular techniques for most patients rather than open surgeries,” he says.”It’s all dependent on continued commitment from the key partners in the IRAD journey: skilled providers taking great care of our dissection patients, large numbers of centers adding to our knowledge and understanding, dedicated supporters including families, donors and industry, who allow us to keep doing the work, and, most importantly, the patients who give a voice to their disease by consenting for research.”last_img read more

Researchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Downs syndrome

first_imgWe already knew that 30% of babies born with Down’s syndrome have acquired a change in a gene called GATA1 in their blood cells. This is not an inherited genetic change, but one that occurs and will remain only in the baby’s blood cells. The abnormality in the GATA1 gene can be detected by a simple blood test at birth. Babies with an altered GATA1 gene have a predisposition to develop leukemia, and we often refer to this as ‘myeloid preleukaemia.”Study author Professor Paresh Vyas, from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford Of the 30% of children with Down’s syndrome who are found to have ‘myeloid preleukaemia’, only 10% of those will go on to develop myeloid leukemia (3% of all children with Down’s syndrome). Until now, it was not understood why only some children with the GATA1 mutation were progressing to full leukemia, while others were not.’90% of babies with Down’s syndrome do not go on to develop preleukaemia. But until now, we did not fully understand why some babies did develop leukemia,’ says Vyas, who is also a group leader at the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit. ‘To answer this question, we carefully characterized the mutations in genes required for leukemia to develop. We found that additional genetic changes are required in the altered GATA1 blood cells, and these additional changes transform the preleukaemic blood cells into leukemic blood cells.’ In total, 43 different altered genes were found.Related StoriesNew study identifies eight genetic variants associated with anorexia nervosaNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeThe discovery of which specific genetic changes are required for leukemia to develop has practical implications. While children with Down’s syndrome are currently tested at birth for the GATA1 mutation, it may now become possible in the future to test for the additional mutations too. ‘This would mean that we could identify the 10% of children who will develop leukemia more quickly and easily, and importantly reassure 90% of families whose children will not develop leukemia,’ says Vyas. ‘The identification of these genetic changes may also mean we can develop and test new treatments specifically targeting the genetic changes we now know are required by the leukemia – and so develop more targeted treatments with less side effects.’Current treatments for children with Down’s syndrome who are suffering from leukemia are already highly successful, and off the back of this research, another possible drug treatment has come to light. The drug Ruxolitinib, which is currently used to treat some blood conditions, could potentially be used to treat some of the specific genetic mutations found in the study. Clinical trials of the drug are a possibility for the future.’The recent identification of a group of genes linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndrome is an important first step towards developing early diagnostic tests and identifying effective treatments to help these patients,’ says Dr Mariana Delfino-Machin, Programme Manager at the Medical Research Council (MRC). ‘The MRC is proud to support the research undertaken at the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, of which this early-stage study is a great example.’ Source:University of OxfordJournal reference:Labuhn, M. et al. (2019) Mechanisms of Progression of Myeloid Preleukemia to Transformed Myeloid Leukemia in Children with Down Syndrome. Cancer Cell. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 11 2019Researchers at the University of Oxford, in collaboration with colleagues from Hannover Medical School and Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, have discovered the specific gene mutations that are required for the development of leukemia in children with Down’s syndrome. Children with Down’s syndrome have a 150-fold increased risk of myeloid leukemia, and while some of the genetic causes of this have been previously established, this is the first study to identify a wide range of mutations and how they functionally interact to lead to leukemia. The study was published today in the journal Cancer Cell.last_img read more

Legal ramifications of antihacker honeypots

first_img More information: Adam J. Brown et al. What’s in your honeypot: a privacy compliance perspective, International Journal of Information and Computer Security (2019). DOI: 10.1504/IJICS.2019.099443 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. However, writing in the International Journal of Information and Computer Security, US researchers caution that the use of a honeypot to gather personal or private data albeit of a malicious third party, or hacker, may well be in breach of local and perhaps even federal laws in some situations. Use of a honeypot may also leave the operator open to issues of legal liability because of the deception that is the honeypot by definition.Also, by opening a honeypot on a system it might attract hackers who then find a way to access the genuine parts of the network or other system and so compromise that legitimate content in some way, exposing the honeypot operator to liability for damages caused.Having recognized the putative legal implications of operating a honeypot, the team offers recommendations for how to detect and deceive malicious third parties who may be attempting to fraudulently access the actual online resource without compromising the operator. Moreover, by taking a properly legally compliant approach to a honeypot, the evidence accrued from third parties might then ultimately become useful and admissible in the prosecution of that third party. Hiding the honeypots: Is it possible to hide honeypot traps from Botnet drones Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Provided by Inderscience In the context of information technology, IT, a “honeypot” is an attractive online destination usually established to attract malicious third parties who then, assuming they have reached a valuable resource unwittingly reveal details about themselves in order to access what they perceive is within the honeypot. A honeypot might also be referred to as a honeytrap. Citation: Legal ramifications of anti-hacker honeypots (2019, May 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from read more

Silicon Valley Hackathon Coders target deadly California wildfires

first_imgSilicon Valley is not going to stop the next California inferno with computer code, but a small army of software developers got together in Fremont, Calif., recently to brainstorm new technology to cut the losses. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Silicon Valley ‘Hackathon’: Coders target deadly California wildfires (2019, May 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Fast-moving fire scorches northern California ©2019 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. IBM’s Call for Code Hackathon for California Wildfires drew some 200 developers to the campus of tuition-free engineering school 42 Silicon Valley for a team-based contest to create applications that could end up saving lives and property when communities are ravaged by flames.Fremont Fire Department battalion chief Jeff Youngsma, on the anniversary of his 33rd year with the department, took the stage before the hacking began and noted that 85 people died in last fall’s Camp Fire in Butte County that turned most of the town of Paradise to ash and smoking rubble.”That’s the stuff that keeps me awake at night, and what it is that we can do to try to reduce those numbers,” Youngsma said.This winter’s heavy rains in Northern California spurred growth of grasses and shrubs that in many places are matted together up to 6 feet high, and are now beginning to dry in advance of this year’s fire season, Youngsma said. “It’s going to burn hotter, it’s going to burn faster, and there are way more dead trees than it’s ever been publicly known,” he said. With climate change, he said, “our fire dangers are dramatically increasing.”Youngsma laid out top wildfire-response issues he hoped hackathon participants might address, starting with a notification system that would prevent a catastrophe such as occurred in Paradise, where many residents didn’t find out about the fire until it was too late to escape it.Also valuable would be software to track missing people, so agencies and shelter providers don’t waste time searching for those already accounted for, he said. He said he would also like to see technology that would monitor first responders’ core temperature, level of hydration and carbon monoxide exposure, as well as a platform that would allow emergency services and health workers to share encrypted patient reports between Android and Apple mobile operating systems.The hackathon, running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., was part of IBM’s Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge, which features software-development competitions around the world, with prizes of up to $200,000 for the best innovations addressing natural disasters. Last year marked the first Call for Code challenge, and the winning project—a mobile-communications network using small nodes resembling rubber duckies, to connect disaster victims and first responders when other systems are down—is being field tested in Puerto Rico ahead of hurricane season.Participants at the Fremont event were vying for smaller prizes, but were encouraged to continue the projects they started and submit them to this year’s Call for Code Challenge. Proposals are due by July 29.”There’s an incredible amount of talent here,” said Shari Chiara, IBM’s chief operations manager for the Call for Code program.Among that talent was Coco Matthey, a Palo Alto software engineer and mother of two, who was driven to attend the event in part by the proximity of the Camp Fire to the Bay Area. “It was so close. You smell the smoke. You see it in the sky. It’s different from seeing the news,” Matthey said. “This way, I feel I can do something.”She and two others on her team were brainstorming about what problem to solve through coding, and by 11 a.m. were leaning toward developing software to help the agencies that aid fire victims—such as the United Way—quickly confirm whether a person’s home has burned.Silicon Valley’s technology industry has contributed to the sprawl that has made wildfires more dangerous to people, Matthey said.”Our world is changing,” she said. “Technology has caused these problems. Technology can be a solution. It can be a complete circle.” Explore furtherlast_img read more

Clean and effective electronic waste recycling

first_img Explore further Taken with a color high-speed camera, this image shows the pulse discharge effect on the metal (Al) layer (blue color) as well as its effect on the plastic layer (orange color). Credit: Prof. Hamid Hosano Pulsed power has been shown to be successful in processing various waste materials, from concrete to waste water. To test its ability to be used in e-waste recycling, researchers examined its effectiveness in separating components found in one of the most prolific types of e-waste, CD ROMs. In previous work, they showed that complete separation of metal from plastic occurred using 30 pulses at about 35 J/pulse (At the current price of electricity in Tokyo, this amount of energy costs about 0.4 Yen for recycling 100 CD ROMs). To examine the mechanism of material separation using this method, researchers performed further analyses by observing the plasma discharge with a high-speed camera, by taking schlieren visualizations to assess the shock wave, and using shadowgraph images to measure fragment motion.Images at the early stage of electrical discharge showed two distinct light emissions: blue-white and orange. These indicated excitation of aluminum and upper protective plastic materials respectively. After the plasma dissipated, fragments of metal and plastic could be seen flying away from the CD ROM sample. More information: Tomohiko Yamashita et al, Metal-coated plastics recycling by pulsed electric discharge, Waste Management (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2019.03.069 Plastic piling up in Japan after China waste ban: Survey Schlieren image of the shock wave plastic/metal separation induced by the pulsed electric discharge at 4.35 μs. Fragments of the plastic and metal layers (indicated by the white circles) are clearly seen being blown away from the tips of the electrodes where the electric discharge has occurred. Credit: Prof. Hamid Hosano Schlieren images were taken throughout the process and revealed that the main destructive shock waves developed around the two electrodes. The shock produced a pressure of over 3.5 MPa (about the same amount of pressure a galloping horse will exert on the ground) near the tips of the electrodes and quickly fell to below 0.8 MPa at 7.1 mm. In both the schlieren and shadowgraph images, material dispersal was very clearly observed.”E-waste is perhaps one of the most important waste recycling problems we face today due to its ubiquitous nature,” said study leader Professor Hamid Hosano. “Our project showed the importance of shock waves when using pulse power for material removal and separation in e-waste recycling. We believe our data will be important in the development of future recycling projects.” As the number of electronics devices increases around the world, finding effective methods of recycling electronic waste (e-waste) is a growing concern. About 50 million tons of e-waste is generated each year and only 20% of that is recycled. Most of the remaining 80% ends up in a landfill where it can become an environmental problem. Currently, e-waste recycling involves mechanical crushers and chemical baths, which are expensive, and manual labor, which can cause significant health and environmental problems when not performed properly. Thus, researchers from Kumamoto University, Japan have been using pulsed power (pulsed electric discharges) to develop a cleaner and more efficient recycling method. Provided by Kumamoto University Citation: Clean and effective electronic waste recycling (2019, May 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Walmart hires former Google Amazon exec for new tech role

first_img Citation: Walmart hires former Google, Amazon exec for new tech role (2019, May 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Walmart has hired a tech veteran whose resume includes stints at Amazon, Microsoft and Google for a newly elevated position of chief technology officer and chief development officer. Walmart partners with Google on grocery shopping via voice © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Suresh Kumar, who was most recently at Google as its vice president and general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics, will report directly to Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon.The moves come as Walmart is trying to compete better with Amazon and other technology companies.Walmart Inc.’s former chief technology officer Jeremy King left the company in March to join Pinterest. The retailer emphasized that Kumar is not a replacement for King but rather assumes a much larger global role and will set the company’s technical strategy. King had reported to Walmart’s U.S e-commerce chief Marc Lore.Kumar starts July 8.last_img read more

What Would You Do If We Found Aliens Survey Asks

first_img If we discover a signal from extraterrestrial intelligence, would you: — Not care much about it? — Just follow the news, comment? — Interact on social media about this topic? And this one: Some people think we should send messages into space even if we don’t receive a message first. What is your opinion? — This is a bad idea. We should ban people from sending messages. — There should be rules or laws about who can send messages and what they can say. — Anybody who wants to send a message into space should be allowed to do so. So, what are the odds we’d really need answers to these questions? To date, a lot of effort and money have gone into listening for alien signals. For instance, Breakthrough Listen’s team at the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center released 1 million gigabytes of data related to such a quest. The scientists had looked for anomalous pings in both radio and optical wavelengths emitted by 1,327 star systems. The result? None of those signals could be traced to anything other than human sources. Just this month, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) celebrated 50 years of looking for and studying UFO phenomenon. The nonprofit relies on volunteers to help find and identify these objects. Though the members insist that “we are not alone,” they have yet to spot conclusive evidence to support that claim. Even the U.S. government has suggested it’s serious about investigating bizarre craft of unknown origin. In 2017, the Pentagon confirmed that a secret “UFO” office — called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program — had spent $22 million over five years to study such baffling aeronautical reports. And even though funding ended in 2012, the program apparently remained alive. More recently, declassified videos have shown U.S. Navy pilots talking about seeing UFOs that demonstrated unexplainable properties. “Despite the fact that we [have] never detected a signal from extraterrestrial intelligence, this does not mean that it is never going to happen. What if it does?” Martin Dominik, an astrophysicist at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom, told Live Science in an email. “The SETI community are currently rethinking this issue in the wake of the spread of social media and fake news. If there are consequences for the wider public, the decision about where to go becomes a political one rather than a scientific one,” said Dominik, who is also a UKSRN member. What have researchers learned so far from the survey responses? “I do not want to release any data at this moment, because it would bias the views of those who are still to respond,” Dominik said. Check out the survey and let the SETI group know what you’d do upon contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. 80 Years Ago, ‘News’ of an Alien Invasion Terrified Radio AudiencesEighty years ago today (Oct. 30), radio audiences were stunned by a purported news broadcast describing an “alien invasion” in New Jersey.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0002:1202:12Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball02:27Robotic Arms01:09Robots to the Rescue关闭  9 Strange, Scientific Excuses for Why Humans Haven’t Found Aliens Yet UFO Watch: 8 Times the Government Looked for Flying Saucers Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndoBeach Raider24 Photos Of Shelter Dogs The Moment They Realize They’re Being AdoptedBeach RaiderUndocenter_img 13 Ways to Hunt Intelligent Aliens The quest to identify UFOs and even find intelligent life on other worlds has been heating up for decades … to no avail. But there are still plenty of spots and wavelengths where aliens could be hiding. So, what would humans do if we found concrete evidence that we are not alone in the universe? Turns out, there’s no real plan for how humanity would respond, let alone how we would deal with such a monumental discovery. The U.K. SETI Research Network (UKSRN) wants to change that by asking Earthlings their views on the search for aliens and how they’d react to a discovery. The network announced the survey, which it said is the largest such survey to date, yesterday (July 1) during the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition, according to The Guardian. [Greetings, Earthlings! 8 Ways Aliens Could Contact Us] The online survey includes questions such as: AdvertisementFamous People Who Believe in AliensFrom pop stars to Hollywood actors to politicians, here are 13 famous people who believe in aliens.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0001:2601:26Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball02:27Robotic Arms01:09Robots to the Rescue关闭 last_img read more

PMs speech diversionary lacklustre Opposition

first_img COMMENT The Opposition on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech was yet another attempt to deviate public attention from the real issues the country is facing and said it was full of rhetoric and empty promises.The Congress said there is a need to fight a second struggle for Independence. “The nation needs independence from discrimination, independence from unemployment, independence from poverty, independence from lack of opportunities, independence from empty rhetoric and empty promises,” said Congress’ media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala. Calling for a debateSurjewala challenged Modi for a debate on issues such as territorial integrity of India, falling rupee and “failing” economy, rampant unemployment and discrimination of farmers and women. “Are you ready for a debate on those very issues with the Congress President Rahul Gandhi? Will you debate on the issue of corruption, Rafale and Vyapam and other corruption scams of your government for you didn’t say a single word from the precincts of Red Fort on corruption? Will you debate on the state of India’s farmers and the way; they have been plagued by rural indebtedness? Will you debate on the mob lynching that is happening under the instigation and protection of BJP leaders?” he asked.Surjewala said the Prime Minister did not utter a word on the incidents of rape and violence against women in Bihar and Unnao or on any other such incidents that happened in the country. He said nothing in the speech was meaningful to the common person. “The people are now tired of the fake Acche Din and are really waiting for Sacche Din when Modi will depart as the Prime Minister of the country,” he added.He urged the Prime Minister not to insult India’s entrepreneurial spirit and undermine the contribution of Indians to the world over last 70 years. “India was always a power and India is a power that the world reckons with, and recognises and also adheres to when India raises and champions issues dear to humanity across the world cutting across religion or even nations or continents,” he said. “Prime Minister Statement of this nature is myopic, parochial and uncalled for on a day like the Independence Day,” Surjewala added.BSP supremo Mayawati said the long speech of Modi was lacklustre failed to lift the spirits of Indians. She said the speech was political in tone. “It was not an election rally, it was the Independence Day speech. He could have delivered a political speech at Parliament so that each and every action of his government becomes accountable. But he used the Independence Day to deliver a political speech,” she said. Published on events SHARE SHARE EMAIL August 15, 2018center_img Nation needs independence from empty rhetoric and promises, says Congress BJP President Amit Shah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other dignitaries during the 72nd Independence Day, at the Red Fort, in New Delhi on Wednesday   –  PTI SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

RBI must allow Visakha Coop Bank to open more branches

first_imgCOMMENTS September 12, 2018 Published on SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Visakhapatnam Co-operative Bank Ltd, one of the leading urban co-operative banks in the South, is on an expansion drive, but the RBI is not permitting it to open more branches, according to the bank Chairman, Ch Raghavendra Rao.At a media conference here on Wednesday, he said the bank, set up 103 years ago, had set up 50 branches in all the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh, besides Hyderabad. “Ours is one of the oldest urban co-operative banks in the country and is currently one of the top 20 urban banks in the country, with deposits of Rs 2,730 crore and advances of Rs 1,970 crore. We have earned a profit of Rs 33.71 crore for 2017-18, with the net NPA being only 1.54 per cent,” he said.He said that the RBI was not permitting the bank to open more branches. “We want to set up at least more four to five branches more in AP and a few more in Hyderabad. But RBI has taken a policy decision not to accord sanction. We have also applied for scheduled status, which is also pending,” he said.He said commercial banks as well as private banks in the country were not functioning very well. “At present, the banking sector is in a deep crisis and many of the urban co-operative banks are much better placed than commercial banks and private banks. Even then the RBI is placing all sorts of restrictions on our growth,” he said.M Anjaneyulu, former Chairman of the bank, said, “It is indeed ironical that at a time when the commercial banks are saddled with soaring NPAs, the Union Government as the owner does not assume responsibility for the banking sector crisis. Nor does the RBI as the regulator. But both the Government and the RBI are stifling the growth of urban co-operative banks.”He said that the RBI should sanction scheduled status to Visakha Co-op Bank as the bank had met all the criteria and allow it to open more branches. COMMENTlast_img read more

Gujarat wins three major national tourism awards

first_imgtourism COMMENT SHARE September 27, 2018 award and honour SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Gujarat won three major national tourism awards for 2016-17 as India celebrated the World Tourism Day on Thursday.The state received accolades for its efforts to make Gujarat a great tourist destination, said Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) Managing Director Jenu Devan in a statement here.Gujarat won the awards for the Best Civic Management (at Saputara Hill Station), Best Heritage City-Ahmedabad (jointly with Mandu, Madhya Pradesh), and the Best Airport-Ahmedabad. Last year, Gujarat Tourism had been honoured with the Hall of Fame award in the category of comprehensive development.EmploymentUnion Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons, who presented the awards at a national function in New Delhi on Thursday, said the tourism sector has generated 1.46 crore jobs in the country in the last four years. The sector witnessed a 14% growth in number of foreign tourist arrivals last year, he said.The awards were given in various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Andhra Pradesh bagged the first prize in state category for comprehensive development of tourism and Rajasthan Tourism bagged the national award for most innovative use of Information Technology, social media and websites.Recently, TCGL had undertaken initiatives like appointment of supervisors to sensitize local communities, waste management systems, systems for recycling and re-use of papers. “Beat the plastic” etc.Ahmedabad had been declared India’s first World Heritage City by UNESCO last year. The more than 600-year old Walled City is known for its architectural marvels and has been the centre of the non-violent Freedom Movement that led India to Independence in 1947. It has some of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture and Hindu Muslim art. COMMENTSlast_img read more

We will now begin a new journey to build a new India

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the NDA parliamentary board meeting at the Central Hall in Parliament House ,in New Delhi   –  Kamal Narang SHARE SHARE EMAIL BJP Published on All set for a second term as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Saturday said his government will now begin “a new journey to build a new India with new energy” and asked newly elected MPs of the NDA to work without any discrimination, including on the basis of faith and castes.In his over 75-minute address after being elected the leader of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, Modi also stressed on the need to win over the trust of minorities, saying they were made to live in “fear” and “exploited” during elections for vote-bank politics, apparently a dig at the opposition parties.He invoked the spirit of 1857 struggle for freedom, saying all communities had then joined hands for independence and a similar movement should be started for good governance now.“We stand for those who trusted us and also for those whose trust we have to win over,” he said.Modi also gave several directions to the MPs, including to not give media statements merely for publicity and shun the “VIP culture“.With speculation rife over who will join his Council of Ministers, Modi said he was yet to go through details of all the NDA MPs and asked them to not trust media reports in this regard, adding they are aimed at creating confusion and often put out with “bad intentions“.Responsibilities will be given as per norms, he said.Modi said elections often divide and create gulf but 2019 polls united people and society.There was a pro-incumbency sentiment in this election and its result was a positive mandate, he said, adding that there is no better path than serving people when in power.“We ran the government for poor people between 2014-19 and I can say the poor elected govt this time,” he said.He also called for the NDA to work with cohesion for the country’s development and said his “naara” (slogan) for the alliance is “national ambition and regional aspirations“.The NDA has 353 MPs, including 303 of the BJP. May 25, 2019center_img COMMENT Narendra Modi Takes Over SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

Johor Pakatan Youth unhappy state govt sticking to capping youth at 40

first_img Nation 10 Jul 2019 Johor youth age capped at 40, not 30 Nation 09 Jul 2019 Johor makes a ‘U-turn’, agrees that youth age cap should be 30 Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 Johor govt reverts to original stand on youth age cap “There is no excuse for the Johor government to issue contradicting statements on the amendments to the Act.“The decision by Putrajaya is a step forward in bringing a new shift in the role of youths in the country and has been discussed since 2010,” he said in a statement here on Friday (July 12).Azam, who is also the Johor Parti Amanah Negara youth vice chief, said the state’s stand on the matter put Johor Pakatan Youth in an awkward situation.According to him, it made it difficult for the state Pakatan Youth wing and also the coalition youth component parties to explain and engage with youths here.“The two-year period for gazetting as stated by Youth and Sports Minister should be fully utilised to ensure that the agenda is met,” he added.On Monday, Johor announced that it would maintain its categorisation of youth for its polices as those aged between 15 and 40 despite the Federal Government’s move to lower the age limit to 30.Johor, at the time, joined Selangor and Sarawak in maintaining the youth age cap at 40.On Tuesday (July 9), the Johor government changed its stand to lower the youth age limit to 30.Less than 24 hours later, the state’s Youth, Sports, Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali issued another statement saying that Johor would maintain its youth age limit at 40 following “advice from several parties”.center_img JOHOR BARU: The Johor Pakatan Harapan Youth wing has spoken out against the Johor government for its decision to maintain the age cap for youths at 40.It urged the state government to support Putrajaya’s decision on the matter.Its secretary Azam Mektar said amendments to the Youth Societies and Youth Development 2007 (Act 668) were under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government and had been approved by the Dewan Rakyat with the support by MPs without objection.Under the new federal definition, “youth” are now aged between 15 and 30. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Chef Wan Najib almost bump into each other at Japanese restaurant

first_imgPETALING JAYA: Celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail almost came face to face with former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at a Japanese restaurant in Pavillion.The chef, better known as Chef Wan, said he almost bumped into Najib while having dinner at the Japanese restaurant in Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.”As soon as I sat down, the waiter told me that ‘CW (Chef Wan), Najib is dining behind you la’.I thought it was a joke, and when I looked inside the room, yes there he was – dining with another guy! Ada aku kesah? (Do you think I care?)” he said on his Instagram account on Friday (July 12). {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 Najib and Chef Wan at it like cats and dogs over Felda remarkscenter_img Metro News 11 Jul 2019 Chef-inspired meal of love Nation 08 Jul 2019 Chef Wan calls on young Malays to buck up to enjoy the country’s earnings Chef Wan also uploaded a video of his interaction with the waiter who gave him the information.However, it is not known if the two men actually met each other at the restaurant later on.Chef Wan and Najib have recently traded barbs on social media after the chef was bestowed the Felda Icon award.Najib asked if Felda needed an icon and criticised Chef Wan for allegedly calling Felda settlers “lazy”.In turn, Chef Wan rebuked Najib, saying the former prime minister intentionally twisted his statement to make him look bad to the public.last_img read more

Varanasi Girl alleges discrimination at BHU administration denies

first_img Asian News International VaranasiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:05 IST BHU Student Archana Kumari alleges of discrimination by security guard.Photo: ANIA girl from Banaras Hindu University on Friday alleged discrimination by a security guard while trying to use a toilet in one of the colleges in the varsity campus.Archana Kumari told ANI, “I am a second-year student here. I am in charge of the BHU Bahujan help-desk which we place near Mahila Maha Vidyalaya (MMV) for helping students in the admission process. Yesterday when I was trying to get inside MMV to use the toilet, they refused to allow me to enter inside the college. He also misbehaved with me.”She also alleged that misbehaviour by security guards is common at the university and said, “Security guards often misbehave with women in BHU. Today also they have done the same and there anti-women behaviour is intolerable.”One of Archana’s associates, Ravindra Prakash Bharti said, “We put-up help desk at different places in BHU with due permission from the administration. This behaviour by security guard reeks of the social menace of untouchability. We demand the necessary action from authorities.”College administration, however, refuted the allegations and claimed that the girl was only barred from using a toilet meant for men.OP Rai, Chief Proctor, BHU said, “I have received the information about the incident and also sent a concerned official to the spot. After visiting the place of the incident he informed me that the girl was seeking to access a toilet meant for males for which she was prohibited. However, she was allowed to enter the college and use the designated washroom for girls.”The girl had also written a letter to Vice-Chancellor and proctor of the university seeking justice.Also read: BHU student shot dead outside hostel, tension on campusALSO WATCH| VC claims plot to defame BHU: Do you agree?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Varanasi: Girl alleges discrimination at BHU, administration deniesCollege administration, however, refuted the allegations and claimed that the girl was only barred from using a toilet meant for men.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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