Government House Welcome Reception for Commonwealth SecretaryGeneral the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Commonwealth Secretary-General the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC, had a Courtesy Call with Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling on Monday evening, July 17, 2017 at Government House.    Baroness Scotland, who is on an official visit to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, was then given a Welcome Reception at Government House attended by government officials.Secretary-General Scotland is pictured (left) with the Governor General in the courtesy call, and also making an address of the reception audience, and enjoying the evening with the Governor General, Minister of Health the Hon. Duane Sands (left) and Director General of Foreign Affairs Sharon Brennen-Haylock (right).Press Release: BIS(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)last_img read more

AIDA 20 brings a full panel plus some location display to drivers

first_img More information: senseable.mit.edu/aida/ In the AIDA 2.0 system all of the information that the driver needs will be placed onto the dashboard and surrounding areas. While this will make the information easily accessible, it may also lead to potential distractions on the road. The new virtual display now consists of the entirety of the dashboard, the console, the instrument panel, and the wing mirrors. Working in conjunction, they create one virtual display that is able to update itself as you move. 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. (PhysOrg.com) — If you remember the AIDA (Affective, Intelligent Driving Agent) system, which came out roughly a year and a half ago, then you remember that it was a joint project, made by MIT and Volkswagen, that put a robot head in your dashboard. The head gave driving directions to end users. The newest version, AIDA 2.0, has gotten rid of the talking head, and turned the entire view of the car into one large navigation display. Explore further While this idea does seem really cool, like something out of a Tron movie, it does stretch the drivers view, and could potentially distract from the stretch of road in front of the driver, and the other cars on the road. On the bright side, the system is both adaptive and considerate. The system will, over time, learn facts about you such as the types of places where you like to eat and the activities that you are interested in. Then, it will search through information about the area and tell you about things that you may be interested in that are close by. As with any adaptive system, the more you use it, the better it will become. No word has been given yet about when consumers will see the AIDA 2.0 system in cars. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: AIDA 2.0 brings a full panel, plus some, location display to drivers (w/ video) (2011, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-aida-full-panel-drivers-video.html AIDA Robot Aims To Change The Way We Interact With Our Car (w/ Video)last_img read more

A new way to create macrolides—from scratch—may help in battle against bacterial

first_img Journal information: Nature Citation: A new way to create macrolides—from scratch—may help in battle against bacterial resistance (2016, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-macrolidesfrom-scratchmay-bacterial-resistance.html For many years, the go-to drugs of choice for treating a variety of bacterial infections has been macrolides, which are all drugs that have been created by altering a natural form of erythromycin—but in recent years, bacteria have become resistant to many of the drugs that have been developed. New ones have been slow in coming, due to the difficulty in finding new ways to alter the original bacteria which means R&D costs have been rising. This development has led to near-panic in the health community as it appears that if something does not change soon, the arsenal of weapons used to fight many infections will be vastly depleted. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have found a new way to create new variations of macrolides that does not require using native erythromycin as a source—instead, they create them from scratch. This development means that many more variants can be created at far lower cost, helping to keep ahead of bacterial resistance.To create new macrolides, the team reports, they used a method that allows for modular building, which they liken to the way cell phones are made—they start by building small-chemical blocks and then “weld” them together using a process that requires very few steps. They report also that the technique can be applied on a multigram scale, which means enough can be created at a time for use in experiments geared towards testing the results in killing bacteria.To date, the team has produced 300 macrolides using their technique, which include some that have had already been created using the original method. They report that some have already been tested to see how well they fight bacteria and have met with some initial success. They acknowledge that a lot more work needs to be done to find out if drugs produced using the method are truly effective in fighting bacterial infections and if so, if they will prove to be safe for use in humans. Erythromycin. The macrolide ring is the lactone (cyclic ester) at upper-left. Credit: Public Domain More information: Ian B. Seiple et al. A platform for the discovery of new macrolide antibiotics, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17967AbstractThe chemical modification of structurally complex fermentation products, a process known as semisynthesis, has been an important tool in the discovery and manufacture of antibiotics for the treatment of various infectious diseases. However, many of the therapeutics obtained in this way are no longer effective, because bacterial resistance to these compounds has developed. Here we present a practical, fully synthetic route to macrolide antibiotics by the convergent assembly of simple chemical building blocks, enabling the synthesis of diverse structures not accessible by traditional semisynthetic approaches. More than 300 new macrolide antibiotic candidates, as well as the clinical candidate solithromycin, have been synthesized using our convergent approach. Evaluation of these compounds against a panel of pathogenic bacteria revealed that the majority of these structures had antibiotic activity, some efficacious against strains resistant to macrolides in current use. The chemistry we describe here provides a platform for the discovery of new macrolide antibiotics and may also serve as the basis for their manufacture. © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Explore further Linking antibiotic to antibody found able to kill MRSA hiding in mice cells (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Harvard University has found a way to create new macrolides—a class of drugs used to fight bacterial infections. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their approach and why they believe it might be useful in keeping ahead of bacterial resistance until something more revolutionary comes along. Ming Yan and Phil Baran with The Scripps Research Institute, offer a News & Views article outlining the work done by the team and why they believe the new technique may help medical researchers keep up with bacterial evolution. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more