First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket with a surprising message on it when flying to a migrant children's shelter in Texas on Thursday.Walter Shaub, former director of the US Office of Government Ethics, tweeted, "Dear @FLOTUS, thank you for your refreshing honesty."Activist Linda Sarsour said, "This is just ridiculous.You are a First Lady for Gods sake walking around with a jacket that says 'I really don't care.'Images of the separations have powered thousands of tweets and put a face on the controversial story.The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, reportedly responded saying, "It's a jacket.
It hasn’t been an easy month for Mike Pence.Yesterday he was in Philadelphia to raise money for a Republican candidate for governor and protesters swarmed his hotel with signs that read, “I Said: Love Your Neighbor As Yourself” and “Soul Suckers.” Later in the day his appearance on behalf of Representative John Katko in Syracuse, New York, was also marred by protests related to family separations—and when Pence defended the Trump administration’s practice of separating families, Katko, whom Pence was there to support, openly disagreed with him.Even conservative Christian groups seem to be starting to wonder how long self-styled men of faith can stand by policies and a president that fit no one’s definition of “Christian.” (On Tuesday, hundreds of members of the United Methodist Church filed a formal complaint in church court against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an active Methodist, charging that his immigration policy constitutes child abuse, racial discrimination, and dissemination of doctrines that contradict church teachings).At one point on Wednesday, he seemed manfully to try to bring tears to his own eyes, which might have briefly glistened in the cobalt-colored LEDs.Fox News streamed the event, and on YouTube the comments that coursed down the right of the video expressed what might be called discordant support.YouTube commenter Miss Construde kicked off the proceedings with an eye roll: “Oh great Mike Pence speaking to his holier than thou constituents.” Another commenter, Steve Valk, warned: “You morons knew trump was a snake when you took him into your home.
With child separations emerging as a growing crisis at the US border, government contracting has become more controversial than ever.All week, Microsoft has struggled with questions about its contracts with ICE, particularly a January agreement that CEO Satya Nadella defended as a standard IT support contract.On Tuesday, more than 100 employees signed a letter calling on Microsoft to cancel the contract, writing simply “we refuse to be complicit.”Although Microsoft has captured the public’s attention, it’s far from the only big tech company currently working with ICE.Public records show tens of millions of dollars in contracts with Dell and branches of Motorola and HP, providing crucial hardware and other infrastructure for the agency.Those contracts have largely escaped the Microsoft backlash, in part because of their lower profile and in part because they were routed through dedicated government contracting divisions.
Satya Nadella says “Microsoft is not working with the US government on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border”Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has penned a highly personal email on US immigration policy to all of the company’s staff, saying he is “appalled at the abhorrent policy” of separating immigrant children from their families at the southern border of the US.The missive, published early this morning on his LinkedIn page, comes after an escalating row over the company’s contract with the US’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is enforcing the high-profile policy.As first reported by Computer Business Review, a January 24 blog by the company’s General Manager Tom Keane, highlighted that the company was “proud” to support ICE, including with facial recognition and identification of immigrants.The report drew an outcry on social media as the row over the controversial immigration policy in the US escalates.The India-born CEO, emphasising his migrant roots, said: “This new policy implemented on the border is simply cruel and abusive, and we are standing for change”
Some of the tech industry’s most prominent CEOs have come forward over the past day to denounce President Donald Trump’s policy of separating children from parents who are arrested at the border.Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are among the CEOs who have called for an end to the policy, which has also been criticized by the United Nations as “unconscionable”.Cook said the separations are “inhumane and need to stop,” telling the Irish Times: “It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids.Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society.I think that what’s happening is inhumane.In a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg said “We need to stop this policy right now.” He started a fundraiser for the Texas Civil Rights Project, which had raised about $17,000 in its first few hours.
The media coming out of the U.S./Mexico border over the past week has been truly heart-wrenching and horrifying, including, most shockingly, images of young children being housed in what amounts to human cages.A number of prominent executives from top tech companies have also begun to use their soapbox to address — and largely admonish — the policies that have led to this humanitarian crisis.Here’s what those individuals are saying.Here’s the full statement issued on Monday:In response to questions we want to be clear: Microsoft is not working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Protection on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border, and contrary to some speculation, we are not aware of Azure or Azure services being used for this purpose.Family unification has been a fundamental tenet of American policy and law since the end of World War II.
After facing criticism for working with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Microsoft said in a statement today that the company was “dismayed” by the Trump administration’s policy of separating families, but did not address its work with the agency directly.Social media users recently turned up a January blog post, in which Microsoft discussed working with ICE on government cloud services.The company declined to answer questions on its exact relationship with the agency, but the blog post said working “with Azure Government enabl[ed] [ICE] to process data on edge devices or utilize deep learning capabilities to accelerate facial recognition and identification.”The Trump administration’s policy of separating children from families crossing the border has turned to questions about how companies work with ICE.Microsoft’s blog post, which says it was “proud” of the work it was doing, triggered widespread condemnation today on social media.The ICE section of the blog post was even briefly removed, which a Microsoft spokesperson said was a “mistake” made by one employee.
The new insights gleaned from these experiments show that the properties of the 2-D semiconductor material they studied, called tungsten disulfide (WS2), may be highly tunable, with possible applications for electronics and other forms of information storage, processing, and transfer.Those applications could include next-gen devices spawned from emerging fields of research like spintronics, excitonics and valleytronics.In these fields, researchers seek to manipulate properties like momentum and energy levels in a material's electrons and counterpart particles to more efficiently carry and store information - analogous to the flipping of ones and zeroes in conventional computer memory.Spintronics, for example, relies on the control of an inherent property of electrons known as spin, rather than their charge; excitonics could multiply charge carriers in devices to improve efficiency in solar panels and LED lighting; and valleytronics would use separations in a material's electronic structures as distinct pockets or "valleys" for storing information.The signal they measured using MAESTRO (Microscopic and Electronic Structure Observatory) revealed a substantially increased splitting between two energy levels, or "bands," associated with the material's electronic structure.WS2 is already known to interact strongly with light, too.
(Jan. 23, 2018)--A team of chemical and biological engineers has developed highly selective membrane filters that could enable manufacturers to separate and purify chemicals in ways that are currently impossible, allowing them to potentially use less energy and cut carbon emissions, according to findings published in print today in the journal ACS Nano.The polymer self-assembles to create approximately 1 nanometer size channels that mimic biological systems, such as ion channels, which control the passage of compounds through cell membranes with great effectiveness.Corresponding-author Ayse Asatekin, Ph.D., a chemical and biological engineering professor in the Tufts School of Engineering, said the team's discovery responds to industry-wide calls for the development of more efficient solutions for separating chemicals, which accounts for 10 to 15 percent of global energy use, according to a report in Nature.This discovery has led the researchers to believe that this approach can be used to address other separations, and bring about selectivities above and beyond what can be attained using conventional membranes."This means we could potentially make filters that are capable of separations that cannot be achieved currently.Filters today usually are limited to separating big from small, and we want to be able to separate compounds that are the same size but different," Asatekin said.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 31, 2017--Two researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected fellows of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), a professional society that promotes the advancement and awareness of nuclear science and technology.Guillermo Daniel (Bill) DelCul was cited by the ANS for his outstanding accomplishments in actinide and fission product separations, uranium processing chemistry and advanced fuel cycle development."Dr. Del Cul has developed new concepts to improve the nuclear fuel cycle and advance separations and waste treatment technologies.His innovations are being applied to many nuclear processes both nationally and internationally," the ANS citation reads.DelCul's long career in nuclear science and engineering includes research and development activities in actinide separations, processing of used nuclear fuel, high temperature molten salts, technical support of enrichment activities and national security-related research.The distinguished research staff member in the Process Engineering & Research group of ORNL's Nuclear Security and Isotopes Technology Division was also honored with the Glenn T. Seaborg Award at the 40th Actinide Separations Conference in 2016.
This involves the use of membranes: filters that stop the methane and let the CO2 pass through.Researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have developed a new membrane that makes the separation process much more effective.Natural gas, for instance, always contains quite a bit of carbon dioxide (the greenhouse gas CO2), sometimes up to 50 percent.The methane can then be used as a source of energy for heating, for the production of chemicals, or as fuel, while the CO2 can be reused as a building block for renewable fuels and chemicals.Existing membranes still need to be improved for effective CO2 separations, says Professor Ivo Vankelecom from the KU Leuven Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.The commercially available membranes come with a trade-off between selectivity and permeability: they are either highly selective or highly permeable.
Kamalesh Sirkar, a chemical engineer acclaimed for his innovations in industrial membrane technology used to separate and purify air, water and waste streams and to improve the quality of manufactured products such as pharmaceuticals, solvents and nanoparticles, won the 2017 Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology.The award, given every three years by the North American Membrane Society (NAMS), is named for Alan Michaels, a pioneer in the field credited with breakthroughs in ultrafiltration technology and major contributions to controlled-release drug delivery systems, among other areas.In honoring Sirkar, a distinguished professor of chemical engineering, the membrane society pointed to his "long and distinguished career that has included making fundamental contributions to the field of membrane science and engineering, from membrane fabrication to transport processes and performance of membrane systems, and his lifelong service to the membrane separations community."He is best known for developing the concept of membrane contactors, a process that permits two phases that do not mix, such as two liquids or a liquid and a gas, to contact each other at the pores of a membrane - without dispersing into each other - in order to introduce or extract specific compounds across it.The technology is used, for example, to introduce carbon dioxide into beverages, to produce concentrations of oxygen at much less than 1 part per billion in ultrapure water needed for semiconductor production, and to extract valuable pharmaceuticals in aqueous-organic extraction systems, among other separation or purification processes.He also developed a novel membrane distillation technology capable of converting sea and brackish water into potable water with a considerably higher water recovery rate than the standard method, reverse osmosis.
Blanca Lapizco-Encinas, a faculty-researcher in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering, is improving the process of separating biological cells and biomolecules using chromatography principles, a well-established technique for separating proteins, combined with a newer technique called dielectrophoresis, a process that uses electrical current to separate biomolecules.In biomedical analysis, clinicians may have to analyze complex blood samples consisting of cells, proteins and other micron-sized particles, in an effort to separate healthy and diseased cells.Improved microfluidic techniques with the potential to separate cells found in bio-fluids, are useful in settings where rapid results are essential such as testing for food and water safety or clinical analysis of disease."You put into a device a sample with six or seven different types of particles and you can separate them, in some cases in less than two minutes, just by applying electric fields," Lapizco-Encinas explained.Lapizco-Encinas is building micro-channels into lab-on-chip devices that will have a dense array of insulating structures to emulate the stationary phase found in chromatographic systems.Devices also have complex sensors and electronics embedded, and the combined technologies will advance screening and laboratory analysis applications through a new technique she is calling dielectrophoresis chromatography.
We now live in a fully global society, where it's imperative to have an awareness of cultural differences as they relate to networking etiquette.We often notice differences within our own states, and certainly between regions of the nation; but what about businesses that are networking with businesses in other parts of the world?Differences in culture can become stumbling blocks to developing a strong relationship--which is, after all, the ultimate goal of networking.It becomes very easy for a "them" vs. "us" situation to develop, and to focus on the differences as problems that'll hinder working together.In most Asian countries, after a person has introduced him or herself and bowed, the business card ceremony begins.Things like tucking it into a pocket after receiving it, writing on it, bending or folding it in any way, or even looking at it again after you've first accepted it and looked at it aren't considered polite and can insult your fellow Asian networker.
With an increasing demand for clean energy due to environmental concerns, natural gas has emerged as a desirable option but an energy-efficient gas separation system is still rather lacking.Among gas-separation methods like cryogenic distillation, condensation, adsorption and absorption, several membrane technologies are among one of the highest potential technique to leapfrog the energy-intensive and expensive benchmark technologies to separate gases.Membranes for Gas Separations, Volume 1 in the World Scientific Series in Membrane Science and Technology: Biological and Biomimetic Applications, Energy and the Environment, addresses the subject of gas separation using membranes -- one of the most significant applications of membrane technology.Each chapter of this book is dedicated to a distinctive example of different membrane compositions including inorganic, polymeric, metallic, metal organic framework and composite, which have demonstrated successes in separating several industrially relevant gas mixtures like hydrogen and nitrogen.Every study covered also highlight some of the key fundamental and technological challenges currently faced by these membranes to be overcome for them to be effectively applied at industrial level.Several chapters are supported by established agencies and organizations like the U.S. National Science Foundation and the National Basic Research Program of China, as indicated at the end of the respective chapter.
Nearly all stars, including our Sun, are born from hot, dense molecular clouds and come in pairs, according to a paper to be published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.Binary star systems are common in space.It was estimated that up to 80 per cent of massive, bright O‑type and B‑type stars are locked in multiple star systems, and that around 50 per cent of sun-like stars have companions.Steven Stahler and Sarah Sadavoy, research astronomers from the University of California, Berkeley and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Center, now estimate that percentage to be closer to 100.“We ran a series of statistical models to see if we could account for the relative populations of young single stars and binaries of all separations in the Perseus molecular cloud, and the only model that could reproduce the data was one in which all stars form initially as wide binaries,” said Stahler, co-author of the paper.It means that stars like our Sun were born with a twin – often nicknamed Nemesis – but after about a million years, it either shrank or drifted away.
CEO Meg Whitman tells staff she's signed pact with FaustExclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has hatched a radical plan to overhaul processes, investments, people and overheads in a project that is “likely to determine” its “relevance in the years ahead.”HPE Next is an initiative which will sit under the control of Jon Faust – senior veep of finance, worldwide financial planning and analysis, and global functions – CEO Meg Whitman confirmed in a memo to staff, seen by El Reg.“We’re going to review all of the processes of the company, as well as the accountabilities, to see where we can be more agile.We will look at how we can prioritize investments in growth areas and capabilities that set us up for the future.“And finally, we’re going to right-size end-to-end cost structures of HPE to ensure we deliver on our financial architecture,” the CEO added.
Belgian biotech company Univercells has received a grant for $12 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Founded in 2013 by CEO Hugues Bultot, Univercells brings biology, manufacturing, and technology together to provide clients with solutions to the rising costs of vaccine production.The company does so by developing platforms for the creation of local bioproduction facilities.The company intends to use the grant to develop a vaccine manufacturing platform that will make vaccines more affordable and accessible in developing countries.Univercells will form a consortium with Batavia Biosciences and Natrix Separations in order to execute the development of the platform.Taking advantage of Univercells process intensification and integration capabilities and technologies; Natrix s innovative single-use chromatography membrane platform; and Batavia s vaccine development and manufacturing capabilities, the goal of this collaboration is to create a micro-facility for inactivated polio vaccine sIPV that will produce 40 million doses of trivalent vaccine per year at a manufacturing cost of less than $0.15 per dose.You can subscribe to Tech.eu s newsletter here.This story originally appeared on Tech.eu.
Online t-shirt shops are popular with ecommerce entrepreneurs because they are easy to start — thanks to printing fulfillment services.As your online store grows, it can be a good idea to print some products more directly.When you consider you have no inventory investment, $5 is good.You know you ll sell about 50 a month.But not every contract printer will do this and most certainly the service will not be free.What follows is an example workflow to create a color separation for your designs.
The word conceited, according to Merriam-Webster s Learner s Dictionary, means having or showing too much pride in your own worth or goodness.Some would argue that Facebook, which aims to connect every single person on Earth, falls into that category.Others would argue that Google, which seeks to parse all of the world s information, also meets that definition.On Tuesday, the Cupertino, California-based company unveiled a veritable monument to its accomplishments in the form of Designed by Apple, a coffee table book filled with 450 photographs of Apple products.The tome, which features hundreds of all-new images shot by Creature author Andrew Zuckerman, showcases the evolution of Apple s product design over the past 20 years.They re all shot in a deliberately spare style, stripped down to their base silicon components and contrasted against a bright white backdrop.