Armstrong Garden Centers Shares Top 10 Firescaping Tips for Homeowners

first_imgCommunity News Armstrong Garden Centers Shares Top 10 Firescaping Tips for Homeowners Firescaping protects yards, homes and even lives; Free community classes set for Saturday, August 22 at 9:00 a.m. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, August 17, 2015 | 11:30 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Armstrong Garden Centers reminds Californians that fire season is here and, since wildfires can spark and rage out of control in the blink of an eye, preparedness is the key to safety. With proper measures, consumers can protect their yards, homes and loved ones.Especially in drought-ridden years like the one we have been experiencing, the chance of fire in Southern California is high. While we can’t prevent them, we can certainly deter wildfires from our properties and keep everyone safe. Simple garden care and maintenance can be the difference between a protected property and a scorched one.“We want to help ensure the safety of homeowners and their homes, especially those living in high-risk areas,” said Armstrong Garden Centers Regional Manager Eric Asakawa. “While no plant is fireproof, simple firescaping can be the solution, from choosing plants with fire retardant abilities to knowing proper defensible landscape maintenance to keeping irrigation systems in excellent shape.”Armstrong Garden Centers provides these firescaping tips to help homeowners safeguard their homes by creating and maintaining a fire-resistant landscape:1. Know your plants and research their fire retardant abilities.2. Replace flammable trees and shrubs with fire-resistant varieties.3. Immediately remove any dead, diseased or dying trees or shrubs.4. Create a wide “firebreak” around your home by removing brush and dried grass from the perimeter of your property.5. Dense brush means more fire fuel. Keep shrubs and trees thinned out, and keep skirts removed from palms.6. Keep irrigation systems in working order and check regularly for adequate coverage in case of an emergency.7. Eliminate large, overhanging branches from driveways that could restrict fire vehicles.8. Keep landscape in good condition, including responsibly watering plants or removing dried grass and replacing with a fire-resistant ground cover.9. Feed plants and shrubs with organic fertilizers. This reduces quick, soft growth that often results from high-nitrogen chemical fertilizers.10. Keep roofs and gutters free of dead leaves and other debris.“Vegetation can either lead a fire to a structure, or stop it,” said Asakawa. “Firescaping and creating defensible space around homes is one of the most critical steps homeowners can take to prevent property loss and ensure their own safety.”Learn more about firescaping with waterwise plants on Saturday, August 22 starting at 9:00 a.m. at all Armstrong Garden Centers locations. This free class is open to the general public and does not require advance registration to attend. Attendees will be taught basic principles for designing a firescape for your home, including plant suggestions.For more information about firescaping or how you can protect your yard or home, click on www.armstronggarden.com.Armstrong Garden CentersArmstrong Garden Centers specializes in a quality selection of garden lifestyle retail and landscape consultation services. Established in 1889, this employee-owned company has served California for 126 years, taking the guesswork out of gardening through innovation and providing the best leaders in customer service. Armstrong Garden Centers is the largest independent retail nursery in California with 32 locations and three growing facilities. For more information on Armstrong Garden Centers and gardening tips, visit www.armstronggarden.com and www.armstronggrowers.com. Top of the News More Cool Stuff Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Readers Win at Sierra Madre Public Library Art and Essay Program

first_imgCommunity News Readers Win at Sierra Madre Public Library Art and Essay Program From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 5:02 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Business News More than 220 local students entered the Library’s fourth annual Art & Essay contest, Readers Win! @ Sierra Madre Public Library. Mayor John Capoccia presented cash prizes to the top 18 contest winners. Prizes and certificates of achievement were presented at a ceremony on Thursday, April 14 during National Library Week. Winning work is on display in the Children’s Room of the Library.Children in grades Kindergarten through second grade created a drawing showing how they win by reading books from the Sierra Madre Public Library. Students in grades three through eight wrote a one-page essay on how readers win. Students from each grade earned $50 for first place or $35 for second place.Winners are: Kindergarten 1st place Emma Noel Abajian, Kindergarten 2nd place Siabelle Carpenter, 1st grade first place Raya Frayeh, 1st grade second place Ethan Woo, 2nd grade first place Jackson Moore, 2nd grade second place Samuel Choi Dongho, 3rd grade first place Abeni Moore, 3rd grade second place Maya Eriksson, 4th grade first place Aidan Hofer, 4th grade second place Nikki Hensley, 5th grade first place Jadyn St. Louis, 5th grade second place Julia Divers, 6th grade first place Carter Anastasia, 6th grade second place Lucy Martinez, 7th grade first place Claire Senft, 7th grade second place Giovanni Butteri, 8th grade first place Dylan Sheriff, and 8th grade second place Julia Boberg.Local organizations that supported the Sierra Madre Public Library Art & Essay Contest with funding for the cash prizes and by judging entries were: Sierra Madre Rotary Club, the Spero Foundation, Sierra Madre Kiwanis, Friends of the Library, the Sierra Madre Community Foundation, and the Sierra Madre Civic Club. Special thanks to Library Trustee Glenn Putnam for spearheading the program.Read, Discover, Connect @ Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, (626) 355-7186, or visit www.cityofsierramadre.com/departments/library. Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News HerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Community News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

JPL Plays Key Role Solving Rusty Moon Mystery

first_img The blue areas in this composite image from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 orbiter show water concentrated at the Moon’s poles. Homing in on the spectra of rocks there, researcher found signs of hematite, a form of rust. Credit: ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown University/USGSScientists were recently surprised to find evidence that our airless moon has rust on it.A recent paper published in Science Advances reviews data uncovered by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument, or M3, built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena.M3 was onboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 orbiter when it discovered water ice and mapped out a variety of minerals while surveying the Moon’s surface in 2009.Water interacts with rock to produce a diversity of minerals, and on that mission M3 detected spectra – or light reflected off surfaces – that revealed the Moon’s poles had a very different composition than the rest of it.Lead paper author Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii has studied that water extensively in data from M3.Li homed in on the polar spectra. While the Moon’s surface is littered with iron-rich rocks, he was surprised to find a close match with the spectral signature of hematite, a form of iron oxide, or rust, produced when iron is exposed to oxygen and water.But the Moon isn’t supposed to have oxygen or liquid water, so how can it be rusting?The mystery starts with the solar wind, a stream of charged particles that flows out from the Sun, bombarding Earth and the Moon with hydrogen. Hydrogen makes it harder for hematite to form. It’s what is known as a reducer, meaning it adds electrons to the materials it interacts with. That’s the opposite of what is needed to make hematite: For iron to rust, it requires an oxidizer, which removes electrons. And while the Earth has a magnetic field shielding it from this hydrogen, the Moon does not.“It’s very puzzling,” Li said. “The Moon is a terrible environment for hematite to form in.” So he turned to JPL scientists Abigail Fraeman and Vivian Sun to help poke at M3’s data and confirm his discovery of hematite.“At first, I totally didn’t believe it. It shouldn’t exist based on the conditions present on the Moon,” Fraeman said. “But since we discovered water on the Moon, people have been speculating that there could be a greater variety of minerals than we realize if that water had reacted with rocks.”After taking a close look, Fraeman and Sun became convinced M3’s data does indeed indicate the presence of hematite at the lunar poles. “In the end, the spectra were convincingly hematite-bearing, and there needed to be an explanation for why it’s on the Moon,” Sun said.JPL is presently building a new version of M3 for an orbiter called Lunar Trailblazer. One of its instruments, the High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM3), will be mapping water ice in permanently shadowed craters on the Moon, and may be able to reveal new details about hematite as well.Li’s paper offers a three-pronged model to explain how rust might form in such an environment. For starters, while the Moon lacks an atmosphere, it is in fact home to trace amounts of oxygen. The source of that oxygen is our planet. Earth’s magnetic field trails behind the planet like a windsock. In 2007, Japan’s Kaguya orbiter discovered that oxygen from Earth’s upper atmosphere can hitch a ride on this trailing magnetotail, as it’s officially known, traveling the 239,000 miles (385,00 kilometers) to the Moon.That discovery fits with data from M3, which found more hematite on the Moon’s Earth-facing near side than on its far side. “This suggested that Earth’s oxygen could be driving the formation of hematite,” Li said. The Moon has been inching away from Earth for billions of years, so it’s also possible that more oxygen hopped across this rift when the two were closer in the ancient past.Then there’s the matter of all that hydrogen being delivered by the solar wind. As a reducer, hydrogen should prevent oxidation from occurring. But Earth’s magnetotail has a mediating effect. Besides ferrying oxygen to the Moon from our home planet, it also blocks over 99 percent of the solar wind during certain periods of the Moon’s orbit (specifically, whenever it’s in the full Moon phase). That opens occasional windows during the lunar cycle when rust can form.The third piece of the puzzle is water. While most of the Moon is bone dry, water ice can be found in shadowed lunar craters on the Moon’s far side. But the hematite was detected far from that ice.The paper instead focuses on water molecules found in the lunar surface. Li proposes that fast-moving dust particles that regularly pelt the Moon could release these surface-borne water molecules, mixing them with iron in the lunar soil. Heat from these impacts could increase the oxidation rate; the dust particles themselves may also be carrying water molecules, implanting them into the surface so that they mix with iron. During just the right moments – namely, when the Moon is shielded from the solar wind and oxygen is present – a rust-inducing chemical reaction could occur.More data is needed to determine exactly how the water is interacting with rock. That data could also help explain another mystery: why smaller quantities of hematite are also forming on the far side of the Moon, where the Earth’s oxygen shouldn’t be able to reach it.Fraeman said this model may also explain hematite found on other airless bodies like asteroids. “It could be that little bits of water and the impact of dust particles are allowing iron in these bodies to rust,” she said.Li noted that it’s an exciting time for lunar science. Almost 50 years since the last Apollo landing, the Moon is a major destination again. NASA plans to send dozens of new instruments and technology experiments to study the Moon beginning next year, followed by human missions beginning in 2024 all as part of the Artemis program.“I think these results indicate that there are more complex chemical processes happening in our solar system than have been previously recognized,” Sun said.“We can understand them better by sending future missions to the Moon to test these hypotheses.” More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 77 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Taoiseach needs to go – O’Donnell

first_imgFacebook LIMERICK EAST TD Kieran O’Donnell has called on Taoiseach Brian Cowen to resign after the Taoiseach declared he would continue on in government.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Fine Gael deputy said that an election is the only thing that will bring some certainty to the country. Print “We have lost our capacity to negotiate credibility on behalf of the Irish people.“The negotiations with the IMF are the most defining moments since we gained independence.Commenting on the behaviour of the Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister of Finance Brian Lenihan this week, he said:“I think they did the country a major disservice and weakened our dealing with the IMF.“The government has run out of road, people don’t trust them, and the bond market doesn’t trust them”.This morning Green Party leader John Gormley called for an election in January.This afternoon Independent TDs Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy Rae withdrew their support for the government.In response to today’s events Limerick West TD Nial Collins said:“It’s a very fluid political environment, on one hand people want an election and the other hand they want a budget to put through.“It’s an unprecedented situation”. Advertisement Email WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin NewsLocal NewsTaoiseach needs to go – O’DonnellBy admin – November 22, 2010 697 Previous articleNagle to start against ScarletsNext articleRequested false driving licence on CB radio adminlast_img read more

Limerick house prices drop by 13 per cent

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleShock at church robberyNext article40 jobs on way at Bunratty admin NewsLocal NewsLimerick house prices drop by 13 per centBy admin – January 4, 2013 554 center_img Email ASKING prices for Limerick properties plunged by a further 13 per cent in 2012, according to the latest report from property website myhome.ie. Figures from the myhome.ie report for the last quarter in 2012 show that the average asking price in the city now stands at €155,000, the lowest of the five cities in Ireland. Asking prices in Waterford stood at €160,000, Galway at €185,000, Cork at €195,000 and Dublin at €236,000. On a more positive note, the average asking price for a three-bedroom semi-detached home in Limerick fell by 35 per cent from peak prices, the lowest price drop in the country as most counties saw prices fall by between 45 and 55 per cent. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Geraldine Leddin of GL Auctioneers in Limerick city believes that the property market may see some light at the end of the tunnel in 2013.She told Limerick Post: “We found that the back end of 2012 was good in terms of sales, people were buying. Maybe this was partly due to the mortgage interest relief being abolished, but there was definitely a buoyancy there that will hopefully continue in 2013. I think sometimes daft.ie and myhome.ie can tend to portray the negative sides when there are some green shoots.”According to the daft.ie 2012 report, asking prices in both Limerick city and county are down by over 45 per cent from peak Celtic tiger prices, with the average asking price in the county currently at about €154,000.The Daft report also revealed that 32 per cent of properties in Munster sell within four months.Overall, myhome.ie revealed that asking prices across the country fell by an average of 14.8 per cent, however the number of transactions increased by over 15 per cent.The average asking price nationally was €201,000 in 2012, down 51.5 per cent from peak boom prices.Angela Keegan, managing director of myHome.ie, noted that the moderation in the pace of decline, the increase in the number of transactions during 2012 and the establishment of the Property Price Register were all positives which could be built on.She added: “The varying ‘sale agreed’ times show that a two tier market is emerging, with times equivalent to three months in Limerick, four months in Dublin and 5.5 months in Galway. However the corresponding ‘sale agreed’ times elsewhere are 10.5 months in Munster, nine months in Ulster and Connacht and seven months in Leinster excluding Dublin.”Daft.ie reported that on average, four in ten properties across the country sell within four months, while the total stock of properties on the market nationwide is at 47,000, the lowest level since November 2007. Print Twitterlast_img read more

Kerala HC Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea To Repatriate Indians Stranded In UAE Amid COVID-19 [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala HC Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea To Repatriate Indians Stranded In UAE Amid COVID-19 [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 April 2020 12:10 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Kerala on Saturday sought the response of the Central Government on a Public Interest Litigation filed seeking directions for the repatriation of Indian citizens stranded in United Arab Emirates due to COVID-19 situation.The Court also asked the Centre to inform it about any policy decision taken with respect to allowing return of Indians from abroad in the light of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Court of Kerala on Saturday sought the response of the Central Government on a Public Interest Litigation filed seeking directions for the repatriation of Indian citizens stranded in United Arab Emirates due to COVID-19 situation.The Court also asked the Centre to inform it about any policy decision taken with respect to allowing return of Indians from abroad in the light of the pandemic.The matter will be next heard on April 17.A division bench comprising Justices A K Jayasankaran Nambiar and Shaji P Chaly passed the order in a PIL filed by Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre, Dubai and a UAE based travel service provider.Appearing for the petitioners, Advocate Haris Beeran submitted that Emirates Airlines has indicated its willingness to charter the Indian citizens back home, and therefore only a direction to permit the landing of the flight was sought for.He added that the petition was with respect to those classes of Indians who got stuck in UAE after following the expiry of their visas. Since they are out of money and resources, they are facing a lot of hardships there, submitted the counsel.In response, the bench, pointing out to an advisory by the Government of India, observed that it is advisable for Indians in foreign countries to stay there at moment, and wait for better times to return.The bench also observed that the state needs to be on guard, and be cautious about letting persons from abroad coming at this juncture.The bench observes that Kerala has set benchmark standards for COVID-19 control, which is worthy of emulation by others. However, the state needs to be on guard, and be cautious about letting persons from abroad coming at this juncture, adds the bench.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) April 11, 2020The bench then asked the Central Government to apprise it about the welfare measures taken by the Indian Embassy at UAE for the well-being of citizens there.”Lets not question the wisdom of the Central Govt at this stage. We will seek a status report from them”, the bench observed.The plea clarifies that the petitioners are not asking for a direction to the Union of India to operate a chartered flight to evacuate the stranded citizens, as Emirates Airlines, which is the official airline of the Dubai government has expressed its willingness to operate flights to India subject to getting permission from the Indian government. “It had come out in news that Air India had operated flights from various situations in India including Cochin to evacuate the stranded German citizens back to Germany. It had also come in news that Government of Oman has charted a flight to take their citizens back to their country”, reads a portion of the petition. The petitioners assert that the directions prayed here are also on similar lines- for the citizens of India stranded in the UAE to be brought back. It is lamented that many Indian citizens are suffering in labour camps in the UAE because of non-employment and non-availability of basic amenities- “Article 21 of the Constitution of India demands that such citizens be brought back to their county to alleviate their sufferings” It is submitted that “strict conditions may be imposed for eligibility of persons who could travel to India as also the quarantine conditions to be imposed on arrival in India”.Click here to download order Read Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

OTM launches reporting tool to offer agents alternative to Rightmove Plus

first_imgHome » News » OTM launches reporting tool to offer agents alternative to Rightmove Plus previous nextProducts & ServicesOTM launches reporting tool to offer agents alternative to Rightmove PlusOTM says its new Market Appraisal Report tool will enable members agents to rely less on the other portals for intelligence when preparing to pitch for an instruction.Nigel Lewis15th March 201901,735 Views OnTheMarket has launched a tool to compete with Rightmove’s ‘Best Price Guide’ that is available through the property portal giant’s ‘Plus’ service for estate agents.OTM also says it will be releasing further products over the coming weeks to ‘replace’ the other Rightmove reporting and management tools used by agents including on-site display advertising, direct response activity and property listings promotions.The first, called Market Appraisal Guide, is now live via agents’ OTM dashboard alongside their existing reporting tools including those offering performance data on the search, viewings and leads generated by their listings.Designed to help agents rely less on Rightmove and Zoopla for their market intelligence, OTM’s new tool enables them to access information on sold prices, comparable properties, local information and maps, and create a report for vendors and landlords which carries their own branding alongside OTM’s.Available initially as a Beta service, which is tech-speak suggesting it may still have bugs as the service settles in, Market Appraisal Guide has already been tested with several member agents prior to going live.OTM says the market intelligence tools will be available as part of agents’ listing fees, but that additional products will be paid-for, but cheaper than Rightmove’s comparable services.“We’re very pleased to be launching [our Market Appraisal Guide], which is in line with our strategy to broaden our range of back office tools,” says OTM CEO Ian Springett (left).“We continue to look for ways to innovate and improve our offering to agents and property-seekers.”Rightmove Plus Rightmove OTM Zoopla March 15, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

DNA machine developed which could cure HIV

first_imgAn Oxford firm has developed two machines that can sequence the human genome in just hours.One of the machines, called the MinION, is the size of a USB drive and the firm hopes that it will change the face of DNA sequencing and make it “universally accessible” by vastly reducing the time it takes to sequence DNA. The other, known as the GridION, is the size of a DVD-player and can stack onto itself, linking the devices to increase computation speed. Current machines, which are mainframe-sized, take days to decode the genome. The technology has a large range of potential applications, and may assist in helping to treat diseases such as malaria and HIV by sequencing their rapidly mutating DNA. It could also help in preventing genetic defects through prenatal screening, as well as preventing genetic mutations in plants. The firm also expects the technology to find uses in agriculture. The technology has been developed under wraps over the past three years, in collusion with scientists at Harvard, Oxford and the University of California Santa Cruz, and was revealed at a press conference in Florida on Friday 17th. The CEO of Oxford Nanopore, Dr Gordon Sanghera, explained that ‘The exquisite science behind nanopore sensing has taken nearly two decades to reach this point; a truly disruptive single molecule analysis technique, designed alongside new electronics to be a universal sequencing system.  GridION and MinION are poised to deliver a completely new range of benefits to researchers and clinicians.’The firm has developed a new technique, known as ‘strand sequencing’, which is markedly different to that which came before, exonuclease sequencing. In strand sequencing  an entire string of DNA is threaded through a hole created in a cell membrane by an engineered protein, known as a nanopore, allowing the DNA to be continuously read. Previously, the sections of DNA were separated by an enzyme and dropped in fragments through the hole. Many students expressed excitement and admiration, with Sophie Avery, a third year physiologist at Balliol, saying “This device is especially exciting because of the speed at which it can resolve the genome. Clinically, there are a number of situations where time is of the essence – for example in prenatal testing where genetic defects need to be identified in time for termination of the pregnancy to be an option. The low cost is also very attractive – meaning more and more clinics could be using this kind of technology”. Raphael Chow, a second year biochemist, was equally positive, “I think that Oxford Nanopore’s novel DNA sequencing devices are absolutely mind-blowing. I was definitely very excited to find out that what scientists had been aiming to achieve – to make genome sequencing more ubiquitous by lowering the cost and sequencing time – culminated in such an awesome piece of technology. As a student, the brilliant academic and entrepreneurial minds behind the project will serve as a great source of inspiration for years to come”. Other students also expressed their delight and amazement, with David Ding, a biochemist at Univ, explaining “this helps a lot especially in research, but also allows for personalised medicine (ie. certain cancer therapies can be adjusted according to certain mutations, leading to much more effective chemotherapies)”.An Oxford firm has developed two machines that can sequence the human genome in just hours.One of the machines, called the MinION, is the size of a USB drive and the firm hopes that it will change the face of DNA sequencing and make it “universally accessible” by vastly reducing the time it takes to sequence DNA. The other, known as the GridION, is the size of a DVD-player and can stack onto itself, linking the devices to increase computation speed.Current machines, which are mainframe-sized, take days to decode the genome. The technology has a large range of potential applications, and may assist in helping to treat diseases such as malaria and HIV by sequencing their rapidly mutating DNA. It could also help in preventing genetic defects through prenatal screening, as well as preventing genetic mutations in plants.The firm also expects the technology to find uses in agriculture. The technology has been developed under wraps over the past three years, in collusion with scientists at Harvard, Oxford and the University of California Santa Cruz, and was revealed at a press conference in Florida on Friday 17th.The CEO of Oxford Nanopore, Dr Gordon Sanghera, explained that ‘The exquisite science behind nanopore sensing has taken nearly two decades to reach this point; a truly disruptive single molecule analysis technique, designed alongside new electronics to be a universal sequencing system. GridION and MinION are poised to deliver a completely new range of benefits to researchers and clinicians.’The firm has developed a new technique, known as ‘strand sequencing’, which is markedly different to that which came before, exonuclease sequencing. In strand sequencing  an entire string of DNA is threaded through a hole created in a cell membrane by an engineered protein, known as a nanopore, allowing the DNA to be continuously read. Previously, the sections of DNA were separated by an enzyme and dropped in fragments through the hole.Many students expressed excitement and admiration, with Sophie Avery, a third year physiologist at Balliol, saying “This device is especially exciting because of the speed at which it can resolve the genome. Clinically, there are a number of situations where time is of the essence – for example in prenatal testing where genetic defects need to be identified in time for termination of the pregnancy to be an option. The low cost is also very attractive – meaning more and more clinics could be using this kind of technology”. Raphael Chow, a second year biochemist, was equally positive, “I think that Oxford Nanopore’s novel DNA sequencing devices are absolutely mind-blowing. I was definitely very excited to find out that what scientists had been aiming to achieve – to make genome sequencing more ubiquitous by lowering the cost and sequencing time – culminated in such an awesome piece of technology. As a student, the brilliant academic and entrepreneurial minds behind the project will serve as a great source of inspiration for years to come”.Other students also expressed their delight and amazement, with David Ding, a biochemist at Univ, explaining “this helps a lot especially in research, but also allows for personalised medicine (ie. certain cancer therapies can be adjusted according to certain mutations, leading to much more effective chemotherapies)”.last_img read more

Beware scams targeting Amazon customers in Indiana

first_imgIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ By Network Indiana – September 25, 2020 0 1073 Pinterest Pinterest Beware scams targeting Amazon customers in Indiana (Photo Supplied/State of Massachusetts Government) Police in Lake County are asking people to look out for scams targeting Amazon customers in Indiana.People in St. John have gotten messages saying their accounts have and any pending orders have been placed on hold until their billing information can be verified, said St. John police.The message warns people that if they fail to complete the verification process in three days they will be blocked from their account and all pending orders will be canceled.Amazon customers have gotten messages by mail, email and by text, with a link that leads people to a website that looks like Amazon. However, it’s actually a data mining site used to steal peoples’ banking information.Police say to not click any of the links, and if they do receive a message to contact Amazon directly at their customer service number. Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleSeptember 25 designated Stryker Like Day, commemorated with limited time IPANext articleBSU Study: Robots could soon take over restaurant service Network Indianalast_img read more

China: Military flights warn against interference in Taiwan

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China says its military drills near Taiwan serve as a stern warning against foreign interference and independence moves in the self-governing island off its east coast. Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian made the remarks Wednesday in China’s first official comment on its flying of a dozen or more warplanes near Taiwan on two occasions last weekend. The U.S. responded to the first round of flights with a statement urging China “to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan.” The Chinese government regards Taiwan as a renegade province that should be united with mainland China.last_img read more