DESSIE HELPS MULROY STUDENTS GET IN ON THE ‘ACT’!

first_imgDessie Gallagher with students from Muroy College.Transition year students in Mulroy College spent a day with renowned actor Dessie Gallagher who shared his experience and skills with the group. Students also got to showcase many of their talents and completed a workshop on acting and performance. Students recently performed in An Grianan Theatre where they presented scenes from Blood Brothers.This exposure to drama and working alongside such experienced people as Dessie has really given them the taste for stage and theatre. Their drama teacher Ms Mc Bride stated “being on stage is a great learning experience for all young people. Their is a role for everyone.“We could really see that in Dessie’s workshop as he had all students completely engaged and everyone got a lot our of it. We are very grateful to him for his time and support to Mulroy College.“I hope this will inspire some of the students to continue in Drama and theatre in the future.”   DESSIE HELPS MULROY STUDENTS GET IN ON THE ‘ACT’! was last modified: February 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ACTORDessie GallagherdonegalMulroy Collegelast_img read more

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DANIEL PAYS ANOTHER TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO LATE MUM JULIA

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has paid another touching tribute to his mother after dedicating the latest edition of his fanzine to Julia.Daniel and late mum Julia.The June-August edition of the quarterly magazine is currently being posted to fans across the world.It contains a touching tribute to Julia, 94, who passed away after a short illness in May. Julia’s month’s mind mass took place on Friday last in Kincasslagh. DANIEL PAYS ANOTHER TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO LATE MUM JULIA was last modified: June 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnelldonegalmum Julialast_img read more

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Elections 2019: Canning, Donaghey and Murray elected on first count in south Inishowen

first_imgPaul Canning, Rena Donaghey and Jack Murray have all retained their seats in the south Inishowen electoral area.Fianna Fáil’s Paul Canning topped the poll with 1,720 votes, followed by Fianna Fail’s Rena Donaghey on 1,436 and Sinn Fein’s Jack Murray close behind on 1,414.Jack Murray celebrates his victory with his familyThe quota was 1412 votes. Nicholas Crossan is currently sitting on 1,183, while Sinn Fein looks set to add a second councillor in south Inishowen with Terry Crossan currently sitting on 808 votes.Paul Canning with his wife and daughterMickey Doherty is in danger of losing his seat with 532 votes.Elections 2019: Canning, Donaghey and Murray elected on first count in south Inishowen was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Round-up: Jose unhappy, U-19s score seven, QPR boost, Bees win, Fulham draw

first_imgMourinho made changes at the breakJose Mourinho criticised his players after their 1-1 draw with Maribor in the Champions League.Nemanja Matic hauled them level and Eden Hazard missed a late penalty for the Blues, and Mourinho was far from happy with the team’s first-half display.Earlier in the day, Chelsea’s youngsters continued a remarkable run of high-scoring victories by crushing Maribor 7-0 in the Uefa Youth League.Another Chelsea youngster, in-form striker Patrick Bamford, believes his patience during his season-long loan at Middlesbrough is being rewarded.The Bees saw off ForestBrentford enjoyed a cracking victory, beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 at the City Ground.It means Stuart Pearce is without a win in 10 games, but the Hammersmith-born Forest boss believes he will be given time to turn things around at the City Ground. And Fulham came from two down to draw 2-2 against 10-man Blackpool at Craven Cottage.QPR look set for some good news, with Joey Barton, Jordon Mutch and Nedum Onuoha all appearing to be on course to return to the squad for Saturday’s game against Manchester City.Bobby Zamora could return to the starting line-up despite an ongoing hip condition which boss Harry Redknapp says meant the striker “could hardly walk” after the recent win against Aston Villa.There continues to be speculation over Jermain Defoe’s QPR wages ahead of his anticipated move to Loftus Road. The Daily Mirror have claimed he will be paid £80,000 a week.Meanwhile, QPR old boys Gary Waddock and Martin Allen have been reunited at Barnet. Manager Allen has added Waddock to his coaching staff at the Conference club.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Being a Christian in Academia Can Be Costly

first_imgWhat happened to a Christian on his journey to a PhD is shocking and shameful, but his situation was far from unique.Corey Miller finally decided to tell his story. On his path to a PhD in philosophy, he was blocked, persecuted, censored and shamed repeatedly. Why? Because he couldn’t fulfill the academic requirements? No. He titles his article in The College Fix, “I was forced out of my PhD program because of my open faith in Jesus Christ. Here’s my story.” Proceeding from undergrad to PhD as a Christian was a continual battle. Here are some of types of censorship and persecution he endured:Told to shut up from sharing his Christian views in a freshman class, and given an F.Received prank calls at 3 in the morning from classmates mocking his faith.Called schizophrenic and delusional by his psychology professor.Dropped by an atheist grad advisor and forbidden to proceed in his PhD studies.As an adjunct professor, was threatened by professors and students.*Forced to go overseas to complete his PhD.“Following these experiences as an undergrad, grad, and professor, I realized how hostile universities can be at all layers of strata if you don’t believe the right doctrines. Higher education has become so thoroughly secularized that an alternate viewpoint is foreign, unwelcome, attacked and pushed out. Ultimately I finished my PhD in philosophical theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in 2014.”*He was exonerated from accusations by students and professors with help from the ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom), but the persecution continued.The censors were relentless. When Miller was outspoken about his faith, he was censored. When he was secretive about his faith, he was outed and censored. When he tried the Trojan Horse approach (enter academia and become one of them), he was outed and censored. It had nothing to do with his qualifications. The reason was the intolerant, profoundly anti-Christian bias in academia:Surveys often show the ratio of liberal to conservative professors for those over age 65 preparing to retire is 12:1. For the new scholars coming in under age 36 it is 23:1. In some departments it is literally 70:1. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is an oncoming train.Marxists, LGBT activists, and leftists get a free pass to say anything they want on most college campuses. Christians, however, face harassment, persecution and censorship. Given his experience, Miller decided to do something about it.Instead of a Trojan Horse approach, today I fight with a full frontal assault. Shortly after earning my PhD I became president and CEO of Ratio Christi: Campus Apologetics Alliance.Miller sees the situation as a fight, not just for freedom to speak up for Christian faith on college campuses, but to preserve the very existence of a Christian voice there. It’s a fight for our culture and civilization as well, he warns.We believe not only in defending the faith, but also in defending the ability to defend the faith, whether it is speech codes, speech zones, denial of campus funds, or variant all-comers policies where we cannot get clubs approved if we insist on our leaders being Christians.We’ve been involved in at least 17 cases of legal proceedings, won a federal victory at one university and recently won another this month.Slaughtering, Silencing, and Censoring the Darwin SkepticsOne of our contributing writers, Jerry Bergman, alerted the editor of CEH about Miller’s story that was published May 22. Dr Bergman knows a lot about persecution of Christians and creationists in academia. For 30 years, he has gathered case studies similar to Miller’s, and has published them in books and articles. His first major book on this subject, Slaughter of the Dissidents: The Shocking Truth About Killing the Careers of Darwin Doubters (2008, 475 pages), with 45 five-star reviews on Amazon, shocked readers with accounts of more than ten famous persons who suffered the unfairness and censure of Darwinists in academia and the press.As the university goes, so goes the culture. The university is the most influential institution in western civilization. From it come our doctors, lawyers, political leaders, journalists, artists, k-12 educators and even future professors. Stalin once said “ideas are more powerful than weapons. We don’t allow our enemies to have weapons. Why should we let them have ideas?” And Abraham Lincoln said, “the philosophy in the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” —Corey MillerBergman’s second book, Silencing the Darwin Skeptics: The War Against Theists (2012, 385 pages) added five more lengthy accounts of additional victims, plus short accounts of 15 more. In addition, this book called out specific institutions for persistent violations of rights of “Darwin skeptics”— a term broader than just Christians, creationists or theists. Darwin skeptics include anyone who doubts the secular consensus that Darwinian evolution is capable of explaining the world and the universe. Bergman also shows why appeals to the typical legal organizations that are supposed to protect our rights (ACLU, NEA, and AAUP) usually fail, because those organizations are just as hostile as the Darwinists in academia, as are the courts. Most interesting in this book are discussions of the tactics these totalitarians use to ridicule and silence those who refuse to bow the knee to St. Darwin. Bergman compares these tactics to those used by the Nazis.“Christians largely founded the university as a prominent feature of western civilization. But today we fight for our right to exist on the campus. The powers of secularism don’t lose any sleep over Christian marginalization. But Christians who sleep rather than fight for our right sacrifice not only our voice, but that of western civilization.” —Corey MillerThe third book in the series, Censoring the Darwin Skeptics: How Belief in Evolution Is Enforced by Eliminating Dissidents (2018, 495 pages), contains all new material, providing a strong capstone to the whole trilogy. Eight new case studies are presented in detail, but before them, Bergman reveals the tactics of the censors. For ten chapters, he describes pervasive censorship against Darwin doubters in our society and how the perpetrators do it everywhere, using tactics both subtle and blatant. For instance, bookstores and libraries hide intelligent design books written by PhD scientists in the religion section, but showcase Darwinist books by atheists like Richard Dawkins in the science section. Reporters grab boilerplate pro-Darwin, anti-creationist text for their stories, and rely on Darwinist talking points whenever discussing views skeptical of Darwinism. Schools give failing grades and even oust students who try to present non-Darwinian material in class. Universities deny grants, research results and internet access to Darwin skeptics. State legislatures deny accreditation to institutions wanting to teach creation or ID. Peer reviewers refuse to publish results critical of Darwin (that tactic and pre-censorship of textbooks ensures that students and researchers never even get exposed to alternate ideas). With all this disturbing documentation, Bergman also asks, “Is theistic evolution a solution?” The answer, surprisingly, is “No.” The Darwin-only dogmatists are just as hostile to compromisers!The author of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews said, “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Hebrews 12:4). Could it come to that? One of the suspects in the Colorado school shooting May 8 hated Christians and President Trump, WND reported but praised Obama. His accomplice was transitioning from female to male, says the NY Times. This is not the first deadly attack in America motivated by anti-Christian hate, nor will it likely be the last.The wealth of referenced documentation Dr Bergman has provided in these three large volumes should be a call to arms. Our society prides itself on free speech, free expression, and freedom of conscience. Any student or employee who meets the requirements and passes the tests should be respected, but when it comes to evolution, only one view is allowed. Darwinists are rigid totalitarians. Students are not allowed to question Darwinism and the scientific materialism it entails, and if they do, the consequences to their careers and reputations can be dire. Bergman describes how David Coppedge was accused of “harassment” at JPL for merely sharing material on intelligent design with friendly co-workers. For that infraction, he was demoted, threatened and eventually fired despite a 14-year good work record. Defending himself in court, even with ADF’s help, cost him tens of thousands of dollars of his own money, and close to a million dollars in lost income he would have earned before his planned retirement. A liberal judge ruled against him with no explanation, and then ordered Coppedge to pay JPL’s court costs of $51,000. Out of work and facing cancer surgery, he had no choice but to drop his right of appeal in exchange for not having to pay the court costs (as if JPL’s well-paid lawyers and international legal team needed the money). “The Coppedge case illustrates with gut-wrenching clarity,” Bergman writes, “the behind-the-scenes deceit and plotting we have similarly observed while reviewing many of the cases presented in this trilogy” (p. 371).Get these books, especially the most recent one, Censoring the Darwin Skeptics. Know what the Darwin doubters are up against. The same tactics continue today against Darwin skeptics and against our entire cultural history, founded as it was on the self-evident principle that we are “created equal,” and “endowed by our Creator” with unalienable rights. But like the censors in 1984, Darwinians rewrite history in their own terms, blotting out the memory of great scientists opposing Darwinism, and using every shenanigan they can to prevent impressionable students from hearing alternatives. Empowered by unions, lawyers, courts, the press, journals, professors and even the government sometimes, the totalitarian Darwinist empire seems impregnable. The task of speaking out seems daunting. While we have some avenues remaining to fight (like the internet, with CEH as an example), we must take advantage of them. Would that more had Corey Miller’s spirit that this is no longer time for a Trojan Horse approach; it is time for a full frontal assault. Go into it well armed, because knowledge is power.(Visited 773 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Amazon’s ‘Betas’: The Show That Could Be A ‘Cheers’ For Silicon Valley

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… markhachman 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img Over time, great cities tend to inspire their own iconic comedies: New York’s Seinfeld. Boston’s Cheers. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Now Betas is the show that could put Silicon Valley on the comedy map – but only if you help.Betas is one of the eight comedy pilots that Amazon has been featuring on its Instant Video page. If enough voters back Betas – or any of the other comedies – then Amazon will greenlight its development into a full-fledged original series, taking on shows like House of Cards and Lilyhammer on Netflix.Betas = Heart, Surrealism And DesperationTo its credit, Betas integrates much of what made 1980s comedies great – heart, a touch of implausibility that borders on surrealism – and swirls it all together with the desperation and ambition of the Silicon Valley feeding frenzy. For many entrepreneurs, the right handshake seems to be all that separates them from poverty or untold riches, a cruelty that can instantly reduce months of work to ashes. Chasing that dream is frustrating. And funny.Betas reminds us that Silicon Valley has become high school writ large: geeks may be the new jocks, but the popular kids still have all the money and dweebs are still dweebs. And owning all the toys is still the high score.Betas begins in the sort of community workspace many techies could imagine working in, if they weren’t, you know, working: Employees chase each other around with Nerf guns, others grind Cheetos into their keyboards. “Nash,” the neurotic, socially inhibited engineer played by Karan Soni, can’t take it. He freaks out and hides in one of the telephone booths the workspace has put against the wall, a quasi-ironic homage to older technology. Nash, despondent, tells his company’s founder, Trey (Joe Dinicol), that the latest build of their Highlight-like social discovery app, BRB, bricked the phone.“Who cares? Investors are making investments from napkin sketches made by high school dropouts!” Trey responds.“I don’t make napkin sketches!” Nash wails.The plot of the pilot revolves around a meeting that Trey is convinced BRB needs with George Murchison (Ed Begley, Jr.), who plays electric flute with Moby and slices his own “Ferrari of trout” with an Asian shortsword. Part of the reason is one-upping the team behind “Valet Me,” a parking app whose sudden success makes the douche bag developers instant stars. Trey is convinced that the when Murchison hears BRB’s pitch, he’ll invest – and talks his way into Murchison’s home using “Larry Page” as an alias.The other members of the BRB team include Hobbes (Jonathan C. Daly), a bearded, jaded developer whose idea of relaxing is watching Webcam porn at a local laundromat, and Mitchell (Charlie Saxton) a pudgy dweeb whose biggest goal is to talk to Mikki (Maya Erskine), the cool Asian chick who’s looking for just about anything to spark her empty life. “I would never say damp,” Mikki muses. “It makes my vaj seem like the Dagobah system.”Betas Brings Silicon Valley To LifeBetas may be a scripted comedy, but it feels a hell of a lot more real than Randi Zuckerberg’s reality TV fiasco, Startups: Silicon Valley that debuted last year. Then, a cast of pretty wannabes partied their way from meetup to meeting to hangout to loft party, leaving everyone in Silicon Valley muttering, “What the hell is this?” Startups’ worst crime, however, wasn’t that it was vapid; it was just boring, and we’d seen all the tricks that reality series could throw at us before. It’s hard to fathom how anyone got beyond an episode or two.(See also Startups Silicon Valley: The Painful Truth Behind A Caricature Of Excess.)The Big Bang Theory may hold the crown of TV’s geekiest show. But BBT mocks geeky science culture – Star Trek, Iron Man and the ins and outs of academic life – without really touching on what makes a life in technology so great. Betas tosses you in the deep end; it assumes you know what “Series A” funding is, and who Mark Zuckerberg and Page are. Little touches – bumping phones to swap digits, for example – lend the series the “oh yeah, people really do do that” feeling. Silicon Valley will hit the big screen this summer, when The Internship looks inside life at Google – but do you really think a sanctioned look inside the Googleplex is going to end up all that funny?(See also Geek Movies: The Top 10 Most Inspirational Films For Techies.)Think Scrubs: Silicon ValleyThink of Betas as Scrubs Silicon Valley: the four members of BRB are starting at the bottom, hoping to climb to the top. In Scrubs, there’s a natural progression: the young residents must earn their way up the medical ladder to become full-fledged doctors. What makes Betas so compelling is that Silicon Valley isn’t like that. Instead, it’s a roller-coaster ride: This week it’s a funding deal, next week it’s a show-stopping bug. What happens if Trey and the team accidentally leak their user information? What if they’re hacked? Do they attract the attention of Anonymous? Does Microsoft make a pitch to buy them? Does IBM?Look, crazy stuff happens in Silicon Valley every day. But there’s no reason why we can’t watch it on our TVs at night, too. So watch Betas. Vote for it. Let’s make this happen, people. Tags:#Amazon#Digital Lifestyle#entertainment#Silicon Valley#television#TV 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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HBO Central Europe headed by CEO Linda Jensen ha

first_imgHBO Central Europe, headed by CEO Linda Jensen, has continued to invest strongly in local content this year, airing locally produced series across its major markets. The broadcaster also launched HBO Go, its multi-screen online TV offering. 

Age 47

Education BA International Affairs, Lewis & Clark College
MA Political Science/ Soviet Studies, Columbia UniversityPrevious positions President MTV Russia; director of development, CME.

Last year’s highlights We aired locally produced series in all of our major markets this year, which is a first.  Romania, the Czech Republic/Slovakia, and Poland all got first seasons of In Treatment and Hungary saw in Tarsas Jatek. This  is a milestone for us. We continue to produce documentaries, and I have to say I am more and more enthused by our prospective slate. The other fantastic development has been our ongoing rollout of HBO Go, which is now in most of our markets.  We continue to work on our multi-language, multi-device software, and it will be a very strong tool going forward.

Most significant industry development I would say the political implosion of News Corp. Shocking – and if it’s all true, then it’s all overdue.Goals for next year On the original production front we will increase volume and begin to produce truly local stories. For HBO Go we will be rolling out our multiple screens and handling more and more devices, like connected TVs.Industry challenges and opportunities Continuing to understand and regulate what all of the OTT changes are doing to the monetization of content.  The Netflix changes are a good example of this – when studios and channel providers begin to realize that in the pursuit of short term cash they are wrecking their long term business model.  We are still trying to find the right business structures for the future – it’s both the challenge and the opportunity.Alternative career choice I am sure I would have liked to work in cartoon animation.  If I could have had a teeny tiny role animating a Pixar film, I would have been very happy. 

TV character most identified with Nyusha from the Russian terrestrial station CTC’s cartoon Smeshariki.  This is a little animated pink pig who is the pivotal girl in the cartoon.  She is overly busy, a romantic daydreamer, and eats far too many sweets… As a result, her life is full of tragi-comic and unintended consequences!Most admired personality Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde.  I admire women who can make it so far.  I can only imagine how they have managed their positions and their families.

Life outside work Spend time with my lovely daughter and my funny dog.Life outside work Spend time with my lovely daughter and my funny dog.last_img read more

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Researchers use brain scans to provide better understanding of unconscious bias

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 24 2019Unconscious bias has become a hot topic recently, with high profile incidents reported around the world. Researchers at Aalto University are exploring the causes of these biases in our neural wiring, and are developing techniques using MRI scanners that let us see the brain making assumptions in real time. The results show for the first time that the brain is not only unconsciously biased towards people based on appearance, but it also forms biases based on what we know about the person as well.Peoples’ brains are naturally biased towards other people who are the same as them – a behavioral trait scientists call ‘in-group favoritism’. The opposite trait is also true: people are often naturally biased against people who are not the same as them, called ‘out-group derogation’. Mamdooh Afdile – a filmmaker studying for a PhD in neuroscience at Aalto University – decided to use cinema to explore this.Afdile used the film Priest to create a 20-minute stimulus film version that explored biases in two social groupings: heterosexual and homosexual men. ‘If knowledge gained from our social environment can implicitly bias how we perceive each other, this should hold true to characters in movies as well,’ Afdile explained. To see if watching the movie biased the viewers subconsciously, Afdile flashed the face of the protagonist repeatedly for a brief duration of 40 milliseconds before and after showing the movie.Even though the viewer wouldn’t be able to notice being shown a person’s face – much less have time to recognize the person – their subconscious brain responded to the flashed face based on whether or not they had become biased. By using functional MRI, the researchers were able to detect how people’s biases could be changed.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsIn the beginning of the movie, the viewer gets the impression that the priest is heterosexual and falling in love with a woman. At the 10 minute mark, the viewer finds out the priest is in fact in love with another man. The study groups watching the film consisted of 14 homosexual and 15 heterosexual men, and the team measured the bias felt by each group towards the priest character when they thought he was straight, and when they knew he was gay.The social groupings were chosen by the researchers because, unlike race or gender, we cannot perceive another person’s sexual orientation just by looking at their face – so any bias response by the participants in the experiment toward the face presented to them would be dependent on what they came to know about the person. The subconscious response to the face of the protagonist after seeing the movie, compared to before seeing it, was significantly different between the two groups, and this result was not symmetrical. The results from the heterosexual group showed a very mild negative bias response, and interestingly those from the homosexual group showed a very strong response in brain regions associated with in-group, such as empathy and favoritism.These results are interesting for our understanding of unconscious bias because they demonstrate that the brain responds in a biased way to traits it can’t detect using our basic senses.’This study shows the brain can be biased based on learned knowledge and not only by external factors,’ explains. Mamdooh Afdile. By combining movies with subliminal measurement we can now investigate the subconscious brain in ways that were extremely difficult before.’ Source:https://www.aalto.fi/news/brain-scans-on-movie-watchers-reveal-how-we-judge-peoplelast_img read more

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A Star Trekinspired handheld device for sophisticated medical diagnostics

first_img Credit: University of Glasgow 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. In a new paper published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics, researchers from the University of Glasgow describe the latest development in their ‘multicorder’ project, inspired by Star Trek’s famous tricorder device, which the show’s medics use to make quick and accurate diagnoses.Their new device which pairs a handheld sensor with a smartphone app to measure the levels of various metabolites in fluid samples from patients.Metabolites are small molecules found in fluids from the human body. By measuring and monitoring their relative abundance, scientists can keep track of general heath or the progression of specific diseases.The ability to rapidly detect and quantify multiple metabolite biomarkers simultaneously makes this device particularly useful in cases of heart attack, cancer and stroke, where rapid diagnosis is vital for effective treatment.While metabolites can currently be measured by existing processes such as nuclear magnetic resonance and hyphenated mass spectrometry techniques, both approaches are expensive and require bulky equipment which can be slow to offer diagnostic results. A Star Trek-inspired handheld device based on a silicon chip could help make rapid, sophisticated medical diagnostics more accessible to people around the world, scientists say. New sensors open door to wearable medical diagnostic device Professor David Cumming, Principal Investigator of the project from University’s School of Engineering said: “Handheld, inexpensive diagnostic devices capable of accurately measuring metabolites open up a wide range of applications for medicine, and with this latest development we’ve taken an important step closer to bringing such a device to market.””It’s an exciting breakthrough and we’re keen to continue building on the technology we’ve developed so far.”Professor Mike Barrett of the University’s School of Life Sciences, co-investigator of the project, said: “This new handheld device offers democratisation of metabolomics, which is otherwise confined within the laboratory, and offers low cost alternative to study complex pathways in different diseases.” The paper, titled “An integrated portable system for single chip simultaneous measurement of multiple disease associated metabolites,” is published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Explore furthercenter_img Provided by University of Glasgow Credit: University of Glasgow Citation: A Star Trek-inspired handheld device for sophisticated medical diagnostics (2018, September 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-star-trek-inspired-handheld-device-sophisticated.html Journal information: Biosensors and Bioelectronics The researchers’ new device is built around a new form of complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) chip. CMOS chips are inexpensive to produce and are often used in imaging devices.The chip is smaller than a fingertip and is divided into multiple reaction zones to detect and quantify four metabolites simultaneously from body fluid such as serum or urine. The device can be operated via any Android-based tablet or smartphone which provides data acquisition, computation, visualisation and power.Dr. Samadhan Patil of the University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering is lead author on the paper. Dr. Patil said: “We have been able to detect and measure multiple metabolites associated with myocardial infarction, or heart attack, and prostate cancer simultaneously using this device. This device has potential to track progression of the disease in its early phase and is ideally suited for the subsequent prognosis.”last_img read more

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Apple says iPhone XR is bestselling iPhone as it promotes RED model

first_img Apple announces (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models to help combat AIDS Citation: Apple says iPhone XR is ‘best-selling’ iPhone, as it promotes RED model to help fight AIDS (2018, November 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-apple-iphone-xr-best-selling-red.html 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. (c)2018 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. The iPhone XR has been the “best-selling iPhone each and every day since it became available for sale” on Oct. 26, Apple vice president of product marketing Greg Joswiak said Wednesday. Explore further That means, when you compare the first month of sales, the $749 (on up) iPhone XR has outsold all other iPhones. That includes the pricier XS ($999 on up) and XS Max ($1,099) models that reached consumers a little more than a month earlier, as well as prior models still in the lineup, including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.That said, it’s only been about a month, so how sales hold up throughout the year remains to be seen. (Not that Apple is likely to break with its practice and reveal specific sales numbers.) By way of comparison, though, last year’s most expensive iPhone, the X model that was the first to crack $1,000, became the best-selling iPhone overall after its release.Joswiak spoke to USA TODAY ahead of World AIDS Day on Saturday, to promote the (PRODUCT)RED version of the iPhone XR, which was released at the same time as the XR models in other colors. This was the first time the RED version was available at the launch of a new iPhone and beforeWorld AIDS Day.While the phone is the same as other iPhone XR models—what’s inside and how much it costs—the red version is different because Apple donates a portion of sales to the Global Fund’s HIV/AIDS grants to provide testing, counseling, treatment and prevention programs, with a specific focus on eliminating transmission of the virus from mothers to their babies.From Dec. 1 to Dec. 7, Apple says it will donate $1 to the charity for every purchase—from an iPhone to a Lightning cable—that’s made with Apple Pay in an Apple Store, at apple.com or using the App Store app on your phone.Apple has been teaming with the RED charity for 12 years and has raised more than $200 million, Joswiak said, through the sale of RED products including a special Apple Watch sport band, cases for iPhones and iPads, and Beats headphones and speakers.last_img read more

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