Greater Noida: Three persons have been arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar police as they hurled acid on their 22-year-old sister after trying to kill her while travelling to Noida near Kot village in Dadri area of Greater Noida on May 9.Cops said that the accused confessed to have committed the crime under a fit of rage over their sister’s relationship with a man. According to police, those arrested were identified as Irfan (27), Imran(25) and Rizwan(22), all natives of Ramnagar colony in Gulaothi area of Bulandshahr. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarPolice have also declared a reward of Rs 25, 000 each on accused Irfan and Rizwan, in connection with the case. Police officials said that the accused persons worked as labourers at construction sites. Neeraj Malik, Station House Officer of Dadri police station said that the trio of accused were absconding since the incident and were arrested on Sunday night from Dadri railway station. “Victim had identified three of her brothers to have attacked her while they were travelling back to their rented house on a Scooty. The accused were absconding after the incident and on Sunday night, we received a tip-off about their movement and arrested them from Dadri railway crossing” said Malik. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe officer added that the accused persons confessed to have committed the crime as they were annoyed over her for being into a relationship with the son of their house owner. “Upon sustained interrogations, it came to light that the accused persons committed crime in a fit of rage as their sister was into a relationship with a married man who is the son of their house owner. Victim’s family had gone to Aligarh to meet their relatives while the trio of brothers took her along with them to their house in Bulandshahr but travelled to NH-91 and stopped their Scooty near village Kot in Dadri. They tried to strangle her and when she fell unconscious, Rizwan and Irfan hurled acid on her and fled away from the spot leaving her lying on the road” added Malik. A senior police officer told Millennium Post that the victim is still admitted in Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi. “Victim’s condition is stable as of now but doctors have said that she need to spend some more days in the hospital” the officer said.
NEW DELHI: Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal on Wednesday directed that land owning agencies to keep strict vigil to stop dumping of waste. The LG reviewed the problem of Faecal material disposal in drains & bad odour near drains and violation of material disposal rules in Delhi. “In Delhi, nearly 50% population is dependent on on-site sanitation systems like septic tanks especially in the periphery of the city. These septic tanks are cleaned using private operators and the faecal sludge is often dumped in the nallahs or drains. It was informed that nearly 4 million liters of septage/faecal sludge are collected per day inDelhi,” noted a statement. It was also informed that waste is not being disposed of properly and can be seen dumped all over the city along the major roads and contributing significantly in the concentration of PM 10.
Amman – A Moroccan parliamentary delegation paid on Friday a visit to the Zaatari Moroccan field hospital, set up by the Royal Armed Forces in the Syrian refugees camp in Al Mafraq province (northeast of Jordan).The visit is on the sidelines of the participation of a large Moroccan parliamentary delegation to the tenth session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, which will kick off on Saturday in the region of the Dead Sea (Amman West).Nine Moroccan MPs, who were accompanied by the Ambassador of Morocco to Jordan, visited the various departments of the Moroccan hospital and learned of the medical services provided to the Syrian refugees.
School boards in the Halton region are worried it won’t have enough school bus drivers when classes resume this fall in Oakville in Burlington.Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) says if they can’t add more drivers, delays for some child pickups are likely.The boards want to encourage anyone interested in applying to be a driver to contacting First Student Canada, Burlington and Oakville at 905-335-7010 or Attridge Transportation Inc. at 905-333-4047 .And they’re also advising parents to check out the HSTS website starting September 5 for delay and cancellation notifications.General Manager of Halton Student Transportation Services, Karen Lacroix, says, “We are aware of the impact any potential driver shortage could have on families and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as the local bus operators work through this challenging time period.”Last month an event was held in an attempt to try and recruit new drivers.
SHANGHAI – This could be the story of an American dream. An immigrant family builds a successful business and buys a four-bedroom house in a quiet neighbourhood with good schools for their young son. But not all is as it seems on the steep, curving streets of San Diego’s Rancho Penasquitos.A 45-year-old Chinese woman, Xu Ting, lives in a brown shingle house with a weedy driveway. She has been sued for counterfeiting by eight luxury brands, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and owes Chanel Inc. $6.9 million in damages. None of this has stopped her from becoming a legal permanent resident of the United States and achieving a comfortable suburban life.China is not the only country with a counterfeiting problem. Most fakes are made in China, but they are sold in America. Counterfeiting is not a priority on par with drug smuggling or money laundering, and is rarely prosecuted as a crime. The lack of legal co-operation with China makes it easy for counterfeiters to move their money beyond the reach of Western law enforcement — and hard to root out counterfeiting kingpins. As long as counterfeiters can stay out of jail and hold on to their profits — and consumers continue to buy — the trade in fakes will likely thrive.Despite spending millions on brand protection, companies often end up playing whack-a-mole, shutting down producers and distributors of fakes, only to see them pop up again. Xu Ting simply refused to show up in court over the years. Instead, doing graduate studies in statistics at San Diego State University, helped her family amass at least $890,000 in bank accounts back in China, and bought the $585,000 Rancho Penasquitos house with her husband, who has also been involved in selling counterfeit luxury goods, public records and court cases in China and the U.S. show.“There’s a million ways to game the system,” said Dan Plane, an intellectual property lawyer at Simone IP Services in Hong Kong, who is not involved in litigation against Xu Ting. “Probably the only thing that’s going to stop her is when she passes away — probably on an island resort somewhere — or if she gets arrested.”__FINDING XU TINGIn the web of lies that counterfeiters weave — fake names, fake addresses, fake Internet domain registrations — one thing is always true: their bank account information.The need to get paid is the counterfeiter’s fatal flaw, and Xu Ting’s bank accounts were the first crack in her armour of misdirection.Her legal troubles began in 2008, when a federal judge in California ordered Xu Ting — who declined multiple requests for comment for this story — to pay Chanel Inc. $6.9 million in damages for selling counterfeits online. She still hasn’t paid the damages, according to Chanel spokeswoman Kathrin Schurrer.“The essential point for Chanel is really shutting down the counterfeiting operations, which we did successfully,” Schurrer wrote in an email.But after the lawsuit, Xu Ting’s business continued to grow.In 2009, a Florida judge ruled against Xu Ting and shut down seven websites she was accused of helping run that sold fake Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Celine. She did not show up in court.That case didn’t stop her either.The next year, Gucci, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Yves Saint Laurent — all brands belonging to France’s Kering group — filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against Xu Ting, her future husband, her younger brother, her mother and six others who the companies said sold more than $2 million worth of fake handbags and wallets online to U.S. customers. Gucci alleges that the group shipped merchandise from China to a house in San Diego, where it was repackaged and passed off as genuine.Four days after the suit was filed, Xu Ting married a Chinese man, Xu Lijun, a civil engineer licensed in California who is six years her junior, according to her marriage license issued in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon.Gucci subpoenaed banking records. JP Morgan Chase handed over account records with a wealth of information about the couple: addresses, dates of birth, driver’s license, Social Security and passport numbers and a student identification card.In November 2010, Xu Lijun reached a settlement with Gucci — the only defendant to do so. He denied wrongdoing but agreed to let Gucci keep $400,000 in counterfeiting proceeds seized from accounts outside China. He also agreed to pay a $7,500 fine, according to a copy of the judge’s order.Eric Siegle, a New York City lawyer who represented Xu Lijun, said he was “a small-time nobody,” and that Gucci’s lawsuit, like many others, failed to tackle the real powers behind the operation.“The people they are arresting or suing here in the United States are low-level people,” Siegle said. “If you can find where the money is going, you can get to the heart of the problem. It’s like the drug wars. Why are we arresting all these kids on street corners?”But Gucci, which is seeking $12 million in damages, couldn’t find where the money was going because Chinese banks, including the state-run Bank of China, refused to disclose transaction details about the counterfeiters’ accounts in China.“BOC cannot comply with such orders without violating Chinese law,” the Bank of China said in an email.Kering declined to comment on pending litigation, but spokeswoman Charlotte Judet said in an email that Gucci would “vigorously enforce any judgment eventually entered against individuals who seek to tarnish its worldwide reputation for excellence no matter where they are located.”Meanwhile, in 2013, Xu Lijun bought the house in Rancho Penasquitos, according to property records. Two weeks after the sale, Xu Ting transferred her stake in the property to her husband. Immigration authorities have the Rancho Penasquitos address on record as her residence, said a person with access to immigration records who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is not public.A slight man in wire-rimmed glasses who answered the door at the Rancho Penasquitos house identified himself as Xu Lijun. Behind him, in a two-story foyer, there were voices of a woman and young child. Xu Lijun asked an Associated Press reporter why he had come, then said, “I don’t want to talk to you.”At a sprawling company compound in Beijing, no one answered the door at Xu Ting’s family apartment.“After your colleague’s visit, we communicated and she still did not want to do the interview,” the family’s lawyer in Beijing, Chen Peng, said. He declined to comment in detail on the U.S. court cases against Xu Ting and her family, but said they were not the prime culprits.“My client also thinks making counterfeits is illegal, but they did not make them,” Chen said. “She is exercising her rights when choosing not to appear in court, which shouldn’t merit any moral or legal judgment.”___GREEN CARD? NO PROBLEMXu Ting’s legal troubles did not prevent her from getting a green card. In February 2014, she became a legal permanent resident by virtue of being married to someone with an advanced degree or “extraordinary ability,” according to the person familiar with the matter.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesman Christopher Bentley declined to comment, citing privacy concerns.Dan Kowalski, an immigration attorney and editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, said immigration officials may not have known about Xu Ting’s legal problems but, more likely, didn’t consider them disqualifying. Grounds for denying a green card range from committing a serious crime to having communicable disease but there’s nothing about civil liabilities. “A vaguer requirement for “good moral character” is more commonly applied for citizenship, not legal residence.In the U.S., most counterfeiting prosecutions are civil cases brought by companies seeking to shut down websites selling fakes and get financial compensation. Criminal cases, which lawyers say are a far more effective deterrent, are rare.“A person is more likely to be struck by lightning than imprisoned for counterfeiting,” said Geoffrey Potter, an intellectual property lawyer at New York’s Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.In an email, Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said, “Large-scale commercial counterfeiting is one of the top enforcement priorities of the department’s Intellectual Property Task Force, which continues to have a number of significant prosecutions.”The Department of Homeland Security seized $1.2 billion worth of fakes at U.S. borders last year, but the Justice Department filed just 91 criminal cases for selling counterfeit goods and services in fiscal year 2014. By comparison, the Justice Department filed 22,530 cases for immigration violations, 12,184 cases for drug-related offences and 12,509 violent crime cases during the same period.The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, a multiagency group led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reports slightly more counterfeit-related crime — 683 arrests, 454 indictments, 461 convictions in the 2014 fiscal year — because its tally includes local prosecutions and counterfeit-related activity, like wire fraud.Decisions about whether to prosecute criminally typically start with a U.S. attorney’s office, whose priorities vary by district, said Bruce Foucart, director of the multiagency group. Some may give weight to the volume of faked goods, others to the suspect’s history. If the U.S. attorney’s office declines a case, investigators try to persuade local prosecutors.China is the largest source country for seized counterfeit goods, and apparel and accessories are the largest category of merchandise. Foucart, who didn’t know about Xu Ting, said luxury goods are typically made in Guangzhou and sent by container or courier like FedEx to the U.S. They may be sold in stores or flea markets but are usually hawked online.“Unfortunately, once you shut one (website) down, they have 10 more ready to open up in a different name,” said Foucart.Brand owners also bear responsibility. Government agencies often rely on them for tips and investigative legwork.U.S. law gives companies broad powers to enforce court judgments. Unpaid judgments accrue interest and last for 20 years, said Potter, the intellectual property lawyer. Even a bankruptcy won’t erase the debt. “The counterfeiter can’t own a business, buy a house, have a bank account or borrow money from a bank,” Potter said. “If the counterfeiter takes a regular job, the judgment holder can garnish her wages.”But doing the kind of work required to root out debtors like Xu Ting — public records searches to see whether they own real estate, subpoenaing credit card bills to track spending habits, hiring investigators to determine whether they have jobs — takes relentless commitment, and money.Schurrer, the Chanel spokeswoman, declined to comment in detail on Xu Ting but said California law prohibits seizure of a primary residence in civil litigation.“The biggest game changer for me would be if foreign companies took a more aggressive attitude toward enforcing their rights,” said Mark Cohen, former intellectual property attache at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. “We need to close the loops. I think there are a lot of companies that care a great deal about counterfeiting but, at the end of the day, there may be an economic calculation about how much money it’s worth to pursue these people.”___Spagat reported from San Diego. Associated Press writer Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report and news researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed from New York. Associated Press news assistants Fu Ting and Liu Zheng contributed from Shanghai and Beijing.___Kinetz can be reached at http://twitter.com/ekinetz by Erika Kinetz And Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2015 1:11 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2015 at 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The secret life of a suburban counterfeiter: Woman evades US lawsuits and gets green card
Former NFL cornerback Wade Davis played for three teams in his four-year NFL career. He did not make much of an impact on the field, however after coming out as gay, he has been quite productive off the field.Davis’ work with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning youth has helped him find an avenue to make a much larger influence than he ever made as a player.“I started to realize that — you know what? — there’s an opportunity here for me to really make and effect change, not only within myself but in the world.” Davis told SBNation’s Amy Nelson.“I think, subconsciously, I understood that being gay . . . the way I was raised. . . was wrong, and there was no way that my family, at least in my mind, would accept me. And also that my football family would [not] accept me, just because of the perception of being gay meant that you’re less masculine.”Davis, who played for the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks, said sharing a locker room with heterosexual players was not a treat. “I never even remotely got aroused in the locker room,” he said. “You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family. Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family.”While Davis is comfortable with his sexuality, he still showed some hesitation when asked if a non-star NFL player could ever come out as gay. Davis said, “I’ll be flat-out honest with you, it probably shouldn’t be if he wants to keep his job. If he’s a free agent who’s fighting for his job, maybe he shouldn’t. I don’t want to tell someone to give up their lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.”Davis suddenly changed his mind. “You know what?” he said. “Yes, it should be. Screw it. I don’t want to be in the business of telling anybody they cant live their life authentically.”He works now as a staff member at the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth in New York City. “It’s a one-stop shop for not only gay and lesbian youth, but also non-conforming youth, to find really great services and a sense of family, if they don’t have that,” he said. “I tell people often that I’m living my second dream, because I get to do a job every day that really changes lives.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The end of year season of MerakiTV is set to air on Monday. Producers and crew have their sights set on building on last year’s success, with the show having won two multicultural media awards.“This season will see us building even more on our previous seasons,” executive producer Ana Sevo told Neos Kosmos. “In amongst the music, gossip, community and current affairs we’ve extended the Kids Corner segment hosted and driven by an adorable group of youngsters who are relishing being on TV.”Connecting with families and children has been one of the key elements of the show in recent years, and this season will see the launch of the Greek School Christmas Competition.It is open to all primary school aged children enrolled in Greek school, and commences with a colouring competition for Year 1 students. Each year level will have a different category and theme to adhere to, with entries open until 24 November.The essence of any community program is usually its ability to connect with the audience, and MerakiTV has had a positive response so far. The program includes Glitz and Goss with Stavroula, the latest tunes and tours with renowned Greek DJ Krazy Kon, and there is no shortage of delicious moments with Helen Demetriou in the kitchen.Aside from their audience’s engagement, Ms Sevo attributes a big part of their success in such a short period to the generosity of their sponsors. “We are fortunate that a number of wonderful sponsors have come on board to help us grow, such as Tims and Eremea Multicultural Home Care Services,” she said. “Their support means we can remain a program dedicated to the Greek community, sharing stories that come from our community,” a sentiment echoes by one of the show’s biggest supporters, George Fokas. “It is about the community; let’s all work together as a Greek community, and help each other,” he said.MerakiTV airs on Aurora Channel 173 Foxtel every Monday at 7.00 pm. For those who cannot access the show on cable, replays can be found on YouTube. For more information on MerakiTV or the School Christmas Competition, visit meraki.tv/
School districts in Ridgefield and Woodland both received clean audits from the Washington State Auditor’s office recently.Ridgefield School District received a clean accountability audit report and financial statements and federal single audit report, both for Sept. 1, 2017, through Aug. 31, 2018. Woodland Public Schools received a clean financial statements and federal single audit report for that same time period.According to the auditor’s reports for both Ridgefield and Woodland, the office reported no deficiencies in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting, identified no deficiencies considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance that were material to the financial statements of either district. The office didn’t report any deficiencies in the design or operation of internal control over major federal programs, identified no deficiencies considered to be material weaknesses and issued an unmodified opinion on both Ridgefield’s and Woodland’s compliance with requirements applicable to each of its major federal programs.The 2017-18 school year saw continued growth for the district, which also took over management of its special education program from Educational Service District 112.“We work diligently to ensure the information we disseminate to our public is accurate,” Paula McCoy, Ridgefield’s executive director of business services, said in a release from the district. “We are also grateful for the continued support from our citizens and public in providing the district with the resources it needs to continue to offer unlimited possibilities for our students and families.”
David De Gea made a horrendous mistake ahead of Portugal’s second goal of the game but Fernando Hierro didn’t want to criticize him as the whole team lose and win together.The new coach of the national team added that he was happy that his team never stopped fighting even though the circumstances weren’t good at times but they showed a great character and managed to fight back.Hierro spoke about his side’s performance and De Gea’s error as he said, according to Daily Star:“He’s one of us, we do not leave anyone behind.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We have put ourselves two times ahead and what Cristiano has done is to be expected.”“We have taken an important step, we have overcome adversity, the team has fought.”“We have not stopped believing and that is the important thing with all the circumstances.”“Diego was very good, he trains well and the team has been good in general.”
Now that Landmark Communications is said to be in exclusive talks with a consortium made up of NBC Universal and private equity firms the Blackstone Group and Bain Capital about the acquisition of the Weather Channel, attention in the media world is beginning to shift toward the potential sale of Landmark’s Dominion Enterprises, the company’s publishing division.Formerly known as Trader Publishing, Dominion Enterprises was established in September 2006 following a division of assets between shared owners Landmark and Cox Communications. The company owns and operates more than 500 Web sites and magazines, including boating industry titles Soundings, Soundings Trade Only and PassageMaker.In January, Norfolk, Virginia-based Landmark retained investment banks J.P. Morgan and Lehman Brothers to assist in exploring strategic options for the company, indicating that a sale of all of its individual businesses, including Dominion, was possible. Landmark already has started distributing information to potential buyers interested Dominion Enterprises, according to a Financial Times news report . Last year, Dominion’s revenues were nearly $1 billion. The company could fetch about $1.4 billion on the market. A Landmark spokesperson did not return a request for comment.“If Dominion can sell everything in one transaction, that would be best so they are not left with small individual titles. They cover quite a few market sectors,” Berkery Noyes managing director Chris Shannon wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “It is hard to tell what price they will command but as we’ve seen in recent transactions (even the Weather Channel potential sale), buyers need to be realistic in their expectations. Super-high multiples in traditional media are not as common as they used to be.”Earlier this year, analysts said a sale of the Weather Channel could top $5 billion. More recent reports put the sale closer to $3.5 billion.
Just how much more? The double-sided, his-and-hers issue led to a 15 percent growth in print revenue for October. With W publisher Lucy Kriz as our guide, flip through to see how the brand used collectable print to draw in the advertisers. Prev1 of 7NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse For October 2016, W magazine made it a double. The oversized Condé Nast fashion glossy, known for its candid and adventurous celebrity photoshoots (Tom Hiddleston in his undies, anyone?) produced its latest print issue with two sides and 11 different covers. The result is a viscerally amusing (and sometimes confusing) double feature with multiple four-paneled editorial pieces, and a poster-sized back cover dedicated to Burberry. It takes a cleared-off kitchen table to experience the full layout of the issue (you won’t take it to the beach), yet there is something rather fun about flipping through it. Prev1 of 7NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse Certainly W’s format experimentation is a draw to consumers who appreciate the brand’s inclination to be ahead of the curve. But with 95 percent of its 458,873 circulation coming from subscriptions, spicing things up can mean a lot more for ad revenues than it might for rate base.
Nirmal: Niti Aayog sub-advisor N Kumarawell said that 85 per cent of water for irrigation, 6 per cent for household, 6 per cent for industries and 3 per cent of water is being used for other purposes in the joint district of Adilabad. He added that he will prepare a report on how to decrease water pressure, water capacity and water consumption.He inspected field-level irrigation projects and their capacity in Nirmal district on Tuesday. Later addressing a press conference at the office of Superintendent Engineer Irrigation department here. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Kumarawell said that Niti Aayog team has been inspected the Central government’s schemes in Komaram Bheem-Asifabad, Mancherial and Bellampalli in the joint Adilabad district and coal mines and irrigation projects. On Tuesday, the Aayog team had visited Kadem irrigation project and Sakera Check Dam under Nirmal district. Irrigation Department Superintendent Engineer Srinivas said Niti Aayog team came here to review the construction works of the Central and State governments’ irrigation projects sanctioned in 2016-2017. The team inspected irrigation projects and agricultural fields at field-level in the joint district. The SE said that six medium irrigation projects with an estimation cost of Rs 435 crores and Rs 123 crore were pending.
Sumalatha Ambareesh.PR HandoutNikhil Kumaraswamy’s first Lok Sabha elections might end up with a defeat if we have to go by exit polls. After India Today-Axis Poll and Republic TV exit polls, now yet another survey has given thumbs down for him.News-Cvoter exit poll has now predicted Sumalatha to emerge victoriously. Nonetheless, all the surveys have stated that it is going to be a close contest between the two.After Congress denied ticket, Sumalatha had decided to contest the election as an independent candidate. She got the support of the BJP, which did not field a candidate this time. Dalits, women and Muslim groups too extended their support for the independent candidate. The disgruntled local Congress leaders putting their weight behind Sumalatha apparently turned out to be a big blow for Nikhil, who was, initially, the favourite to win the seat. However, what came as a major boost is film stars Yash and Darshan, who have a good fan following, relentlessly campaigning for her. The combination of all these factors and the sympathy votes over the death of her husband put her in a better position to win, say political pundits.However, HD Kumaraswamy has denounced the exit polls and termed the entire exit poll process as an attempt to create an impression of “Modi wave.”He tweeted, “Exit polls are being used to create an impression that there is still a Modi wave in the country. This artificially engineered or manufactured Modi wave is being used by the BJP to lure regional parties well in advance to fill any shortfall after the results on May 23 [sic].”
Explore further More information: www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/9617.htm Festo, based in Denkendorf in Germany, worked with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart to design the robotic arm, known as the “Bionic Handling Assistant,” as a project of Festo’s Bionic Learning Network. The arm was designed specifically to be safe when interacting with humans, which the company believes will make it useful in locations such as medical centers, manufacturing plants, mechanical repair workshops, schools, and in the home. The bionic arm is the future of prosthetics, and it’s here today © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Robotic arm shaped like an elephant’s trunk (w/ Video) (2010, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-robotic-arm-elephant-trunk-video.html The gripper at the end of the arm has a novel shape consisting of three fin-shaped fingers constructed from compartments that collapse when the fingers enclose an object, trapping it. The FinGripper design means very little force is required to grasp objects, again reducing any risk of injury. The FinGripper is already being tested on production lines, and three different sizes are being developed, to handle objects from a grapefruit size down to hazelnut size.The Bionic Handling Assistant has been nominated for an award in the Deutscher Zukunftspreis (German Future Award). Previous robots designed by the Bionic Learning Network include other examples of biomimicry such as penguins, jellyfish, aquatic rays and flying fins. Inspired by the elephant’s trunk — a high-tech helper for industry and the homeTeam from Festo and Fraunhofer IPA nominated for “Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2010” The trunk-like arm is made of soft, compliant segments that were created from a polyamide using 3D printing technology, and is driven by a pneumatic system of tiny air chambers lining the interior of the arm. The air chambers are arranged in two rows and are inflated sequentially to provide the required movements. The arm is arranged in three segments to provide S-curve dexterity, and because the air chambers in the segments can be inflated separately, sections of the arm can be made to bend in opposite directions. The gripper is moved by means of air chambers in a fourth segment of the arm, known as the hand axis.The arm has numerous resistance sensors that detect collisions and limit its movements when it senses contact, and this should make it safe for human interaction. Image credit: Festo. (PhysOrg.com) — A German automation company has come up with a new design for a flexible robotic arm, taking inspiration from the trunk of an elephant. 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 the study of ways to determine the position of and manipulate magnetic nanoparticles – a capability that would benefit a wide range of applications – there’s good news and bad: While a magnetic gradient force field (a magnetic field that varies with respect to position) can accomplish this, it is limited in its ability to affect most paramagnetic materials – that is, materials that respond to magnetic fields, but do not retain magnetic properties when those fields are removed – the exception being sufficiently small magnetic nanoparticles, which can behave like paramagnets at room temperature due to thermal agitation (an effect known as superparamagnetism). Explore further 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. Magnetic gradient force density field for nanoscale Ni electrodes. (Upper) Diagrams sketch the relaxed magnetization orientation in the electrodes, with a related broken or straight line symbolizing an open and closed electric contact. The electrodes are made of rectangular bars 300 nm long, 30 nm wide, and 16 nm high, with slightly rounded corners. (Lower Left) The external field of 0.8-T magnitude is applied along the longitudinal direction x. (Lower Right) The field is applied along the transversal direction y. The vector field reveals the direction of the forces. The color code indicates the amplitude of the forces, attractive (blue) in the longitudinal case and repulsive (red) in the transverse case. The maximum color intensity corresponds to a magnitude of 109 N/m3. More quantitative details can be found in SI Text. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1322828111 That being said, the ability to use a magnetic gradient force field to precisely control paramagnetic molecules in solutions has remained elusive. Recently, however, scientists at University of Strasbourg, France have proposed that this limitation can be addressed by using miniaturized ferromagnetic electrodes to create powerful localized force fields that can be tuned by an external magnetic field. The researchers then illustrated this concept by immersing a metallic nickel (Ni) nanobridge electrode in a solution containing paramagnetic molecules and controlling the electrode’s magnetization direction with an external magnetic field. In so doing, the scientists created a conductive molecular-sized switching system that they say is the chemical equivalent of a spintronics (that is, spin transport electronics) solid-state spin valve two-terminal device. Prof. Bernard Doudin discussed the paper that he, Researcher Petru Lunca Popa and their co-authors published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Our concept of extending the spintronics spin valve to magnetic electrodes in solution using magnetic control of their chemical environment totally novel, and essentially results from an unexpected discovery,” Doudin tells Phys.org. “We were looking for spin valve effects in a metallic contriction,” a type of nanowire, “and found that changing the chemistry was producing a large change of resistance associated with a change of applied magnetic field.” The challenge, Doudin says, was to devise an experimental controlled microfluidic setup that allowed a continuous and reversible change of the sample’s chemical environment. Doudin points out that conducting micromagnetic simulations was essential to confirming the creation of a chemical equivalent of a solid-state spin valve device. “This provided confidence in a model of magnetic forces, backed by several reported experiments in the field of electrochemistry,” he explains, adding that an unexpected result of these simulations was the occurrence in transverse magnetic fields of repulsive forces. “From a micromagnetic point of view this was a bit counterintuitive, and reinforced our gradient force field concept.” The paper suggests that the magnetic field gradient can become a dominant influencing factor on chemical reactions at the nanoscale. “We devised a system where any equilibrium change can result in a large change in a physical property, such as conduction of the nickel nanobridge,” Doudin explains, “and designed a magnetic circuit where this force is maximal. ” That said, Doudin points out that while their experiment was originally designed with nickel as part of their evaluation of spin valve effects in metals. “However, our paper adopted a more expansive approach based on our goal of asserting that what is observed with nickel can be more generally applied.”Their findings also suggest that the reaction yields or the chemical equilibrium can also be influenced by the gradient of the magnetic field. Specifically, the single reversible reaction step, yield is either metallic (Ni) or ionic (Ni++). “We use the phrasing of yield for comparison with the literature on chemical equilibrium modified by magnetic fields rather than gradients, where the equilibrium changes are small, and relate to intermediate products,” Doudin says. “The largest impact, in these cases, is usually the reactions yields of some final product.”Regarding the implications of extending magnetophoresis to magnetic forces on paramagnetic molecules in solution, Doudin tells Phys.org that performing magnetophoresis on single molecules will always be limited by the dominant Brownian motion of molecules. “We can, however, significantly modify the average residency time of molecular species at a given position,” he adds, “and thereby impact chemistry.” This, in turn, may lead to the creation of new types of spin-sensitive devices. “These might include single-spin detection by electrical means, or realize stable chemical structures of highly sensitive to local magnetic fields,” Doudin illustrates. “As mentioned in our conclusions, supramolecular architectures can be sensitive to the magnetic forces effects, and their role in a chemical reaction, or as intermediate bridging element in a biochemistry reaction process, could be modified under local magnetic forces.”Another possibility is the development of a metallic nanobridge exhibiting electrical properties tunable through a change of magnetic orientations of the electrodes. “In our paper, a change of electrode magnetization is induced by an external field,” Doudin explains. “One can imagine other ways to control the magnetization, such as an electric current or a substrate deformation.” (The latter is a current trend in spintronics, he notes, where spin-dependent devices should be controlled by means other than an external magnetic field.) “As the conductance is highly sensitive to paramagnetic ions, one can imagine detecting ions by electrical means.”In their paper, the scientist also proposed a tabletop tool and methodology for influencing chemical reactions. “We can search for other reactions implying paramagnetic species – for example, radical polymerization – and test this happening or not between magnetic electrodes,” Doudin points out. “One can also imagine creating patterned magnetic substrates, where surface chemical reactions will be controlled by their magnetic orientation, thereby realizing tunable chemically-active substrates.” He adds that their tabletop tool refers to the laboratory equipment required by their approach relative to that used in spin chemistry, where usually very large magnetic fields are needed to impact significantly the chemistry. “With the magnetic field values we use, a simple tabletop device is enough to create such fields.”Moving forward, says Doudin, the scientists plan to investigate single-spin detection using similar metallic nanobridges, and to search for other chemical reactions that can be modified by our magnetic circuit – in particular, control of supramolecular architectures. “Most molecular architectures seen in nature are based on rather weak and dynamic chemical bonds. Therefore,” he concludes, “the study of the equilibrium and stability of supramolecular architectures under magnetic field gradients, which can have important implications in biochemistry processes, might benefit from our research.” © 2014 Phys.org Horizontal levitation: The ultimate solution to particle separation Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Doudin notes that there were a range of techniques critical to addressing these challenges:Microfluidic control A dedicated setup with controllable applied magnetic fields in which amplitude and direction could be rapidly changed was needed due to metallic constrictions having very brief lifetimes A well-controlled experimental procedure for electrochemically stabilizing a metallic nanobridgeData showing an inverse relationship between switching magnitude and Ni ion concentration that allowed the scientists to reconcile several reports with highly variable outcomes by showing that they used very different solution concentrations”A key innovation is our model of the influence of magnetic forces on chemistry, since it goes against the general belief that magnetic gradient force should not have any noticeable effect,” Doudin adds. “In fact, work by J. Michael D. Coey1 – our paper’s editor – is among a small number of published papers showing such effects.” Ni nanocontact construction, with ON/OFF switching of its conductance when varying the direction of the external magnetic field. (A) Sketch of the microfluidic cell, with electron microscopy zoom of the nanoelectrodes used as working electrodes W1, W2 in an electrochemical cell including a reference R and a counter C electrode. (B) Time evolution of the conductance under oscillating (0.5 Hz) rotation of the applied magnetic field of constant 0.8-T amplitude. The top line represents the time oscillation of the magnetic field orientation, with an opening of the contact when the field is along the direction of the electrodes (zero angle) and closure at angles in the vicinity of ± π/2. The diagrams on the right present schematics of the related open (OFF) and closed (ON) nanocontacts. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1322828111 More information: The magnetoelectrochemical switch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print on July 9, 2014, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1322828111Related1Magnetic stabilization and vorticity in submillimeter paramagnetic liquid tubes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, June 2, 2009 vol. 106 no. 22 8811-8817, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0900561106 Citation: Tiny magnets, huge fields: Nanoscale ferromagnetic electrodes create chemical equivalent of solid-state spin valve (2014, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-tiny-magnets-huge-fields-nanoscale.html
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