Florida sets one-day record with 15,000 new coronavirus cases

first_imgAnti-mask activists in several states, including Florida and Michigan, have this week organised protests against local lockdown rules, arguing that the measures infringe upon individual freedom. Share Emily Nicolle Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours late last night, cementing its position as one of the worst hit areas for the virus globally. whatsapp Florida sets one-day record with 15,000 new coronavirus cases Florida’s daily increases in cases have already surpassed the highest one-day tally reported by any European country. If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases in a day behind the US, Brazil and India, according to a Reuters analysis. Disney has focused on streaming after the pandemic sparked losses for its theme parks, cruises and film studios (Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images) Also Read: Florida sets one-day record with 15,000 new coronavirus cases Nationally, the US has broken global records by registering about 60,000 new cases a day for the last four days in a row. whatsapp Disney has focused on streaming after the pandemic sparked losses for its theme parks, cruises and film studios (Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images) Coronavirus infections continue to rise in about 40 states, according to a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks. The figures come a day after Disney reopened its largest theme park in Orlando, Florida. A limited number of guests were welcomed into the park with a host of safety measures, including masks and temperature checks. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raiderbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USANews SharperChrissy Metz Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A Model (Photos)News SharperMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory It has also broken New York’s record of 12,847 new cases on 10 April, back when it was the epicentre of the US outbreak. The state also reported a record amount of testing, with nearly 143,000 results announced yesterday compared with an average of 68,000 for the prior seven days. Monday 13 July 2020 9:26 am Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comlast_img read more

Galvin wins Democratic primary in bid for U.S. House

first_imgElection Coverage | Federal Government | Nation & World | PoliticsGalvin wins Democratic primary in bid for U.S. HouseAugust 22, 2018 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Alyse Galvin, in yellow, sat for a webcast interview with political blog Alaska Landmine on election night. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)Independent candidate Alyse Galvin soundly defeated Dimitri Shein in the Democratic primary for the U.S. House seat held by Congressman Don Young.A small knot of Democrats gathered at Mad Myrna’s in Anchorage as the first returns rolled in.Dimitri Shein was a little dismayed. But Shein said there actually is something of a prize for finishing second.Congressional candidate Alyse Galvin poses for a photo outside KTOO in Juneau on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Galvin has put together the best-funded challenge to Don Young’s House tenure since 2008. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)“I think so,” said Shein, who garnered 8, 385 votes to Galvin’s 18,650 with 98 percent of the precincts reporting. “We took the message of Medicare for all as far as we could. All the way through the race, I think. We changed the conversation to some extent so I think it’s good.”A few blocks away at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, Galvin arrived shortly after polls closed.Tired but happy, she said her message seems to resonate with voters.“The idea is that we need to fix health care,” Galvin said. “We need to make sure to get ourselves around to every child getting a quality strong education. Everybody needs a job with a living wage.”Young cruised to an easy victory in the Republican primary with 44,247 votes with 98 percent of precincts reporting.Young has been vanquishing Democratic general election nominees since 1973.Galvin, though, thinks she’s the one who can beat him.“Alaska’s ready for change that’s what I’m hearing all over the place,” she said.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Mixed fortunes in 2014 for Japanese carriers haunted by overcapacity fears

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 05/05/2015 There were mixed fortunes last year for Japan’s major ocean carriers, K Line, MOL and NYK, and the spectre of overcapacity is hanging like a black cloud over the outlook for their liner business.In the fiscal year ending 31 March 2015, K Line’s container arm enjoyed 4.3% year-on-year growth in volumes to reach 3.1m teu – the highlights being an 6% increase in liftings between Asia and Europe and a 10% hike in containers from Asia to the US.However, revenue only inched up by 1% to $5.7bn –  albeit that, in yen terms, it recorded an increase in turnover of 16.3%, due to the weakening of the currency against a strong dollar over the year.And with the positive effect on the bottom line of much cheaper bunker fuel in the final two quarters, K Line’s liner division moved into the black, recording a respectable $173m surplus on the year, after a small loss in the previous fiscal year.The company said: “Although overall lifting volumes increased, supply pressure was strong due to completion and delivery of ultra-large container ships, mainly on European routes, and market conditions were weak.”K Line said port congestion on the US west coast had resulted in lost voyages and additional costs, and it had needed to adjust its West African and Latin American services to “consolidate and revise the service network”.Compatriot MOL saw its liner division revenue decline by 5% to $6.6bn and its operating loss increase by two-thirds to $201m for the year.The carrier increased liftings on all its main tradelanes, recording a particularly impressive 15% growth on the headhaul between Asia and Europe and a 14% hike from Asia to US ports.In terms of outlook, MOL said it “assumed” that the US and intra-Asia markets would remain “comparatively firm”, but for other markets it was not so upbeat.It said: “For Europe and north-south routes, we assume that the severe conditions will continue… an increase in cargo volume may slow down in Europe due to the depreciation of the euro and other factors, and the situation of vessels’ oversupply will continue in north-south routes.”The largest of the three shipping groups, NYK, also suffered a drop in revenue at its container division, to $5.8bn, 2% below the previous year. However, NYK’s operating profit on its container business moved back into the black to the tune of $82m, compared with a $37m operating loss posted for the prior year.Like MOL, also a member of the G6 alliance, NYK reported strong growth on the Asia-Europe headhaul, increasing carryings by 12% on the previous year.NYK said “vessel supply pressure remained strongly embedded” in container trades in the year, however the “difficult business environment” was being mitigated by a continued rationalisation in vessel deployment and fleet adjustments to reduce operation and navigation costs.last_img read more

Pharmalittle: Alnylam gets a big clinical trial win; states expand their opioid probes

first_img Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are just fine, thank you, since a shiny sun and delicious breeze are enveloping the Pharmalot campus. We hope things are just as delightful wherever you may be. Now, though, the time has come to get cracking. Before we continue, however, we would like to note that we will break for a couple of days in observance of ancient traditions. But we will be back before you can say Jack Robinson, or Donald Trump, or how about Bernie Sanders? Well, whatever. Best of luck during the rest of the week and see you soon …The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended the Opdivo immunotherapy as a second-line treatment for some forms of lung cancer after Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) agreed to discount the price, Pharmaphorum explains. The arrangement comes a year after the cost-effectiveness watchdog initially offered to recommend coverage only for about one-third of the 1,300 eligible patients. What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. GET STARTED @Pharmalot Alex Hogan/STAT Log In | Learn More [email protected] What’s included?center_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Pharmalot By Ed Silverman Sept. 20, 2017 Reprints Ed Silverman Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints Pharmalittle: Alnylam gets a big clinical trial win; states expand their opioid probes Tags opioidspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+last_img read more

Female NSA Agent Unmasked in South

first_img News Facebook Twitter By Mok Yong Jae – 2012.06.01 12:21pm News AvatarMok Yong Jae News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak It was confirmed today that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) recently arrested a female North Korean agent working for the National Security Agency (NSA). The woman had been posing as a defector in an attempt to enter South Korea from Thailand.The NIS established that 46-year old Lee Kyung Ae was a disguised North Korean agent at the end of last year, and she was charged last month.Lee was subjected to extended investigation over and above the standard process upon her arrival in the South after failing to provide a viable explanation of her activities prior to arrival in the South and giving incorrect testimony about recent situations in the North. She then confessed to being a North Korean agent, and has been charged with violating South Korea’s strict National Security Law. The National Intelligence Service is currently working to ascertain her purpose in coming to South Korea. Lee is the third female agent to be arrested in the process of entering the South disguised as a defector, following the cases of Won Jeong Hwa in 2008 and Kim Mi Hwa in 2010.Lee reportedly became an NSA agent at the beginning of the 2000s, received training and was then dispatched to China to work on the exchanging of $1 million in counterfeit U.S. Dollars for legitimate Chinese Yuan. Female NSA Agent Unmasked in South News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Defectors barred from South Korean matchmaker services

first_img SHARE By Daily NK – 2017.04.06 5:28pm Facebook Twitter Defectors barred from South Korean matchmaker services “What’s your marriage score? Find out for free!” Hyung Jik (pseudonym) is a 38-year-old defector from North Korea. On his smartphone one day, he decided to search for the keywords ‘free’ and ‘marriage,’ and landed on a website offering to inform users of their “marriage score.” After staring at the website’s picture of a well-matched couple for a while, Hyung Jik clicked the button. He proceeded through a quick ‘yes or no’ survey, and ended up clicking through to the end. That’s when he received a call from a company representative. “Hello sir, how can I help you?” the representative asked.  A pretty female voice came through the line. Hyung Jik, a single man, asked, “Can you help me get married?” “Yes, if you provide us with some information including your name, age, salary, hometown, etc, we’ll let you know if it’s possible to connect you with a female member of our network. If you provide us with documents to complete the identity verification process, we can speed things along,” the representative responded.Slightly taken aback by the rapid progress of the conversation, Hyung Jik responded, “Well, I’m from North Korea.” Hearing this, the representative responded, “What’s that? North Korea? You’re a defector? If so, I’m afraid you’re ineligible to become a member.”  Hurt by this turn of events, Hyung Jik replied, “I am a citizen of the Republic of Korea. Why am I not allowed to join because I’m a defector?” The conversation between Hyung Jik and the representative became tense. Despite Hyung Jik’s attempts to get an explanation, the representative responded brusquely, “Defectors are absolutely not allowed to join,” and then hung up.    After the call, Hyung Jik discussed the incident with his friends. He explained what happened and asked why he was subject to such discrimination. Having come to South Korea alone, he explained, “I tried to use the service because I was bored and lonely. The response I got was shocking.”  Hyung Jik elaborated on his feelings about the incident, saying, “I can understand that they wouldn’t want to advise me if I had financial problems, or didn’t have adequate schooling. But to reject me just because I’m a defector? That’s too much. The agency owes me an apology. I think this shows that there’s still a long way to go for South Korean society in developing a positive perception of defectors.” 30 year old Ga Hui also experienced discrimination one year after she arrived in South Korea. As she didn’t have much time to adjust to life in the South, she retained her North Korean accent. She succeeded in passing the first stage of the selection process for employment, which involved the submission of documents. When she advanced to the interview stage, her interviewer said that they had a good feeling about her.  In the end, her efforts to land the job ended in disappointment. Ga Hui ended up sitting for over 20 interviews in the restaurant business, but failed to get a position. The rejections seriously hurt her confidence. None of the interviewers told her directly that they didn’t want to employ a defector. However, according to Ga Hui, the sentiment could be felt.“I had all the necessary skills to do the job properly. But when the interviewers asked me about my past work experience, all I could do was tell them about my experience in North Korea,” she explained.“As soon as I told one interviewer that I was a defector, she changed her expression and stopped making eye contact with me.” Although over 30,000 defectors have now settled into new lives in South Korea, prejudice and discrimination is rife. According to a 2015 survey completed by Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, South Koreans tend to feel more distant and cold towards defectors as their relationship with them becomes closer. This means that it’s easier for South Koreans to imagine getting along with defectors as their neighbors or coworkers than it is for them to imagine getting along with them as business partners or spouses.   It is important for South Korean society to distinguish between defectors and the North Korean regime. Many experts note that an empathetic approach will go a long way in helping to overcome discrimination against defectors. Others point out that accommodating defectors within South Korean life is the first step towards unification, and should be pursued proactively. One expert said on condition of anonymity, “There seems to be a correlation between the tendency of South Koreans to consider defectors ‘second class citizens,’ and a tendency for some defectors to adopt a victim mentality. Rather than putting off these difficult problems for another day, we need to assume an attitude of warmth and pursue real unity.”   News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? 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National Data Guardian statement on GP Data for Planning and Research programme

first_imgNational Data Guardian statement on GP Data for Planning and Research programme It is vital that data is used to improve health and care through research and planning. Information in GP records has an important part to play in making sure that researchers and planners have the insights they need to answer questions such as where services are needed and what kind of treatments are most effective.The new system for collecting general practice data provides an opportunity to strengthen the safeguards that protect GP data and provide strong oversight of its use for planning and research of benefit to health and care.Public attitudes research demonstrates that patients and service users are supportive of health and care data being used if certain expectations are met, including that it delive­­­rs a public benefit, that it is made clear to them what will and will not be done with the data, and what choices people have about its use. People also want to know that robust cyber security arrangements are in place to keep confidential data about them safe. The Office of the National Data Guardian has been involved since 2018 in system-wide discussions about how the new GP data collection can meet these expectations so that trust is maintained.I am continuing to listen to and talk with patient groups and the public to inform my discussions with system leaders. My focus is on encouraging the organisations involved to work together to make it sufficiently clear to the public how data will be used and kept secure, both now and in the future. As the recently established 8th Caldicott Principle makes clear, it is important that there are no surprises for the public about how confidential information about them is used. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:cyber, cyber security, future, general practice, Government, meet, planning, research, security, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Dubai police start training on actual flying hover-bikes

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement Trending Videos Trending in Canada Based on a prototype previously made from aluminium, the body of the ‘electric vertical take-off and landing bike (EVTOL)’ is a one-piece carbon-fibre composite, which both reduces the weight and adds structural rigidity. The new curb weight – now just 114 kg (253 lb) – means Hoversurf has been able to install a ‘more capacious battery’ discharging 12.3 kWh as part of the S3 2019’s hybrid powertrain.This also allows the drone, restricted by law to a 96 km/h top speed (52 knots) and an altitude of 16 ft (5 metres), to fly for up to 40 minutes on what the company calls ‘drone mode’ (this drops to anywhere between 10 and 25 minutes when the pilot alights).Also newly developed are the three-blade propellers, each of which is said to be 10 per cent quieter than the previous twin-blade design and smaller in diameter by 5 cm. Power comes from the as-of-yet unspecified ‘new engines,’ which provide 33 kW of power apiece (around 45 hp), while total thrust is said to be 364 kg (802 lbs). See More Videos Bear in mind this is not the first time Dubai police has thought big when it comes to promotion. Its ‘Supercar Fleet,’ purely promotional, already boasts a Bugatti Veyron, an Aston Martin One-77, a Lamborghini Aventador and a BMW i8 among others. Until recently, Dubai police also held the Guinness World Record for the largest ever synchronized car dance, an accolade only overhauled last month by the Nissan Patrol. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Dubai’s police force has apparently started training its officers how to pilot a new flying motorbike, an initiative from the Russian-owned California-based Hoversurf first unveiled at last year’s GITEX convention in the United Arab Emirates.The vehicles are expected to be in action in just over a year’s time, coinciding with Expo 2020 – the ‘festival of human ingenuity’ – which Dubai won the right to host.Each S3 2019 hoverbike costs $150,000, though Hoversurf has gifted Dubai police its first example to allow training to begin and to help get the promotional ball rolling. The two parties signed a partnership agreement in late 2017. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A Dubai police-operated Hoversurf flying motorcycle.  Handout / Hoversurf RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesFlex ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Hyundai unveils tuned Elantra GT N Line for Canada

first_imgHyundai officially debuted its 2019 Elantra GT N Line for the Canadian market mid-December, ahead of introducing even more performance-tuned N Line models for hot-hatch fans here next year.The N Line adds some sporty features to the Elantra GT that actually improve performance: larger brakes, stiffer springs, re-tuned dampers and a quicker steering rack among them.It even has stiffer engine and trans mounts to reduce unwanted movement. More power is on the table as well: the Elantra GT N Line gets a 1.6-litre turbo-four that makes 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. You can even get it with a six-speed manual; or a seven-speed auto with paddle shifters.When it comes to looks, the N Line has it in spades. The front and rear fascias have been changed to more sporty-lookin’ ones with bigger air intakes a rear splitter, and the wheels are now 18 inches.Inside the car is a leather-wrapped steering wheel, special sports seats, new gearshift knob, and a new instrument cluster. N Line badges are everywhere to make sure you don’t forget what you’re driving, and red stitching also seals the deal, letting you know this is a sporty little machine.The 2019 Elantra GT N Line starts at $27,199 for the base model and goes up to $30,699 for the fully loaded ‘Ultimate’ model. Hyundai hasn’t specified whether the U.S. will see N Line models any time soon, but has said the introduction of this Elantra GT will spawn other N Line vehicles in Canada, including a Kona N, an Ioniq N and a mystery mid-engine N model. Trending Videos Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSElantra GTHyundaiNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.center_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca advertisement ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU-Boulder startup company receives Gates Foundation exploration grant

first_imgPhoto courtesy African Renewal/United Nations Published: Nov. 1, 2012 A new startup company that sprang from the University of Colorado Boulder this year is a Grand Challenges Exploration winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Psychology and neurosciences department Associate Professor Don Cooper, co-founder and chief science officer of Mobile Assay Inc. of Boulder who developed the technology in his laboratory at CU’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled “A Lab on Mobile Device Platform for Seed Testing.”Grand Challenges Explorations, or GCE, funds individuals worldwide who are taking innovative approaches to some of the world’s toughest and most persistent global health and development challenges.  GCE invests in the early stages of bold ideas that have real potential to solve problems people in the developing world face every day.  Cooper and Mobile Assay Inc. are one of more than 80 Grand Challenges Exploration Round 9 grants for $100,000 each announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Cooper’s Mobile Assay Inc. team has developed new technology — which includes using mobile devices, test strips (similar to pregnancy test strips), geographical tagging and “cloud computing” — to rapidly detect, quantify and track common seed-borne pathogens in real time to address the economic impact of seed-borne diseases in developing countries.  “This will ultimately allow farmers in developing countries to identify and track pathogens infecting seeds and share their data, which could improve crop yields and prevent crop losses,” he said.“Investments in innovative global health research are already paying off,” said Chris Wilson, director of the Global Health Discovery and Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We continue to be impressed by the novelty and innovative spirit of Grand Challenges Explorations projects and are enthusiastic about this exciting research. These investments hold real potential to yield new solutions to improve the health of millions of people in the developing world, and ensure that everyone has the chance to live a healthy productive life.”To receive funding, Grand Challenge Exploration Round 9 winners demonstrated in a two-page online application a creative idea in one of five critical global health and development topic areas that included agricultural development, immunization and communications.  Applications for the current open round, Grand Challenges Exploration round 10, will be accepted through Nov. 7, 2012.Test strips are typically plastic with chemically impregnated pads designed to react with specific antibodies to produce a specific visual signal. Once the reaction takes place, the strip is developed in less than 10 minutes and the visual signal is quantified using the camera on a smartphone or mobile tablet device and proprietary software. There are now Lab on Mobile Device-compatible tests strips that are used to identify more than 1,000 different pathogens and pollutants.A crucial part of the LMD project developed by Cooper and his team is Mobile Image Ratiometry, or MIR, which is a unique software algorithm that analyzes images and can precisely quantify the level of infection of crop pathogens, which are then mapped and shared via cloud computing that uses both software and hardware over the Internet. The LMD technology will allow for the creation of electronic “push-pin” maps where data will be made available on an openly shared website, enabling anyone to upload results and track outbreaks and infestations of seed-borne pathogens, ultimately helping people better regulate the informal exchanges of seeds, he said.Cooper said the team will initially target the fungus Botrytis — which can devastate crops like yams, potatoes, wheat, soybeans, onions and sorghum around the world — as well as aflotoxins, which can contaminate seeds during storage and which are among the most carcinogenic substances known. Cooper said the MIR imaging technology can be used to increase the sensitivity of test strips — including those for Botrytis and for aflotoxins produced by Aspergillis fungi — by a factor of 100.Experts estimate seed-borne diseases cause a loss of 50 million tons of food annually and that losses in developing countries are 60 to 80 percent higher than in industrialized countries. Estimates show 90 to 95 percent of seed used by small-scale and subsistence farmers is acquired through informal sources at the farm and community level.  It is estimated that by 2015 there will be more than 2 billion people in the world using smartphones, including more than 40 percent of the people in Africa. The Mobile Assay Inc. team also is developing a web application capable of performing test image analysis for those without smartphones but who have cell phones with cameras.  Such an application would be extremely useful in Africa, said Cooper, where there are now an estimated 700 million cell phone subscribers — nearly 70 percent of the continent’s population. The vast majority of cell phones today are equipped with cameras.CU owns exclusive license to the technology developed by Cooper and his team and has an equity share in Mobile Assay Inc. Cooper and Lee Burnett, the CEO of Mobile Assay Inc., worked closely with CU’s Technology Transfer Office, CU’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the Innovation Center of the Rockies to develop a corporate structure and commercialization plans for the CU spinoff company.Cooper said Mobile Assay Inc. will seek matching funds for the first phase of the project from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. In addition to the Gates Foundation grant for seed testing, Mobile Assay Inc. is in the process of applying the company’s new technology to detect water pollutants, drugs, contaminants in dairy products and other biological and chemical pathogens across the globe.The LMD platform, which can target multiple pathogens like fungi, bacteria and parasites, also could conceivably be used to help monitor chronic diseases in humans, Cooper said. While ill people often go to doctors for diagnoses and additional tests that can take days or weeks, a number of health tests ranging from high cholesterol to abnormal thyroid-stimulating hormone levels could be conducted at home using specific test strips, with the data made available immediately to their health care providers over the Internet.Grand Challenges Explorations is a $100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Launched in 2008, over 700 people in 45 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization.  The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required.  Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year.  Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.For more information on Mobile Assay Inc. visit http://www.mobileassay.com/. For more information on CU’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics visit http://ibgwww.colorado.edu/.Contact: Don Cooper, [email protected] Jim Scott, CU media relations, [email protected] Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyLaw & PoliticsEducation & OutreachGetting InvolvedCampus CommunityNews Headlines Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more