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Amun , Amen; Ancient Greek: Ἄμμων Ámmōn, Ἅμμων Hámmōn) was a major Egyptian deity. He was attested since the Old Kingdom together with his spouse Amaunet. With the 11th dynasty , he rose to the position of patron deity of Thebes by replacing Monthu.After the rebellion of Thebes against the Hyksos and with the rule of Ahmose I, Amun acquired national importance, expressed in his fusion with the Sun god, Ra, as Amun-Ra.Amun-Ra retained chief importance in the Egyptian pantheon throughout the New Kingdom .Amun-Ra in this period held the position of transcendental, self-created creator deity "par excellence", he was the champion of the poor or troubled and central to personal piety.His position as King of Gods developed to the point of virtual monotheism where other gods became manifestations of him. With Osiris, Amun-Ra is the most widely recorded of the Egyptian gods.As the chief deity of the Egyptian Empire, Amun-Ra also came to be worshipped outside of Egypt, in Ancient Libya and Nubia, and as Zeus Ammon came to be identified with Zeus in Ancient Greece. Wikipedia.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-RISE | Phase: MSCA-RISE-2015 | Award Amount: 580.50K | Year: 2016

The main objective of this Marie Curie RISE action is to improve and exchange interdisciplinary knowledge of materials design by modelling, materials synthesis, characterization, and materials processing for permanent magnet development to be able to provide a critical raw free permanent magnet to the industry. Permanent magnets are indispensable for many commercial and military applications. Major commercial applications include the electric, electronic and automobile industries, communications, information technologies and automatic control engineering. Development and improvement of new technologies based on permanent magnets requires the joint effort of a multidisciplinary researcher collective, involving the expertise of participants on different disciplines including physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering. A consortium with such expertise is put together to undertake an integrative and concerted effort (via knowledge transfer) to provide the fundamental innovations and breakthroughs that are needed to fabricate/implement industrially new phases and microstructures required for the development and application of advanced permanent magnets without the use of critical materials. Results will be widely disseminated through publications, workshops, post-graduate courses to train new researchers, a dedicated webpage, and visits to companies working in the area. In that way, we will perform an important role in technology transfer between the most advanced hard and soft magnetic materials design and characterisation methods for the development of permanent magnets.

In a prior open trial of professional football players who displayed the effects of traumatic brain injury, the current reserach team reported significant improvements in clinical symptoms, neuropsychological testing and regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) following the use of brain-directed nutrients (BDNs) and lifestyle interventions. The current study intended to determine whether supplementation with BDNs improved rCBF and neuropsychological function in healthy individuals. The current study was a randomized, doubleblind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial, which was a more rigorous reseach design than the prior study and did not include lifestyle interventions. Participants underwent evaluation and testing at the Amen Clinics, Inc, a private medical facility in Newport Beach, CA. Thirty healthy adult (15 male and 15 female) participants were recruited from the community though local advertising and met the requirements for eligibility into the study. Twenty-five individuals completed the study, with dropout due to events unrelated to the study itself. The participants were randomly assigned to a treatment order for intervention, either placebo or brain supplements first. The BDNs treatment was comprised of three supplements: fish oil; a high-potency, multiple vitamin/mineral supplement; and a brainenhancement supplement. The placebo treatment was two supplements comprised of rice flour to replace the multiple vitamin/mineral complex and the brain-enhancement supplement and one supplement made of other oils to replace the fish-oil mixture. After 2 mo of this first intervention, a crossover intervention occurred for a final 2 mo, in which participants formerly receiving BDNs received a placebo treatment and participants formerly treated with placebo received the BDNs treatment. Primary outcome measures included (1) an analysis of the changes in rCBF using SPECT and (2) an assessment of the differences in cognitive and emotional function using the MicroCog (cognitive performance), the WebNeuro (emotional state), and three psychological inventories-the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II), Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), and Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI). A region of interest (ROI) analysis for each of the 2-mo phases (baseline, then placebo and treatment according to randomized order) showed significant improvement in rCBF for the BDNs as compared to the placebo (as assigned at the start of the first intervention) in the prefrontal cortex, anterior and posterior cingulate gyrus, hippocampus, and cerebellum. Significant improvements were observed for the BDNs (1) on the MicroCog-reasoning, P=.008; memory, P=.014; information processing accuracy, P=.027; (2) on the WebNeuro-executive function, P=.002, information processing efficiency, P=.015; depressed mood, P=.017, and emotional identification, P=.041; and (3) on the BSI-positive symptom total, P=.024 and reduced hostility, P=.018. For the last, significance occurred upon accounting for the effect of order. This study demonstrates the potential effectiveness of BDNs in enhancing rCBF and neuropsychological function across various cognitive and psychological domains.

Ben Jebli M.,Tunis el Manar University | Ben Jebli M.,Amen | Ben Youssef S.,Manouba University
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews | Year: 2015

Abstract We use the autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) bounds testing approach for cointegration with structural breaks and the vector error correction model (VECM) Granger causality approach in order to investigate relationships between per capita CO2 emissions, GDP, renewable and non-renewable energy consumption and international trade (exports or imports) for Tunisia during the period 1980-2009. We show the existence of a short-run unidirectional causality running from trade, GDP, CO2 emission and non-renewable energy to renewable energy. Our long-run estimates show that non-renewable energy and trade have a positive impact on CO2 emissions, whereas renewable energy impacts weakly and negatively CO2 emission when using the model with exports and this impact is statistically insignificant when using the model with imports. The inverted U-shaped environmental Kuznets curve (EKC) hypothesis is not supported graphically and analytically in the long-run. This means that Tunisia has not yet reached the required level of per capita GDP to get an inverted U-shaped EKC. Our main policy recommendations for Tunisia are the following: (i) to radically reform the subsidies system granted by the Tunisian government for fossil fuels consumption; (ii) to encourage the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency by reinforcing actual projects and regulatory framework; (iii) to locate ports near exporting industrial zones (or vice versa) to reduce emission of pollution caused by the transport of merchandise; (iv) to elaborate a strategy for maximizing its benefit from renewable energy technology transfer occurring when importing capital goods; (v) to encourage the creation of renewable energy projects for export to the EU with a proportion of production for national consumption. Crown Copyright © 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Willeumier K.C.,Amen | Taylor D.V.,Amen | Amen D.G.,Amen
Obesity | Year: 2011

Obesity is a risk factor for stroke and neurodegenerative disease. Excess body fat has been linked to impaired glucose metabolism, insulin resistance, and impulsivity and may be a precursor to decline in attention and executive cognitive function. Here, we investigated the effects of high BMI on regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging in healthy subjects. A total of 16 adult men and 20 adult women were recruited from the community between January 2003 and July 2009 as part of a healthy brain study (HBS) conducted at the Amen Clinics, a private medical facility. Participants in the study were screened to exclude medical, neurological, and psychiatric conditions, including substance abuse. Subjects were categorized as normal or overweight according to BMI. Using a two sample t-test, we determined the effects of BMI on rCBF in normal vs. overweight subjects. Subjects were matched for age and gender. Statistical parametric mapping (SPM) revealed a higher BMI in healthy individuals that is associated with decreased rCBF in Broadmann areas 8, 9, 10, 11, 32, and 44, brain regions involved in attention, reasoning, and executive function (P< 0.05, corrected for multiple comparisons). We found that an elevated BMI is associated with decreased rCBF in the prefrontal cortex of a healthy cohort. These results indicate that elevated BMI may be a risk factor for decreased prefrontal cortex function and potentially impaired executive function. © 2011 The Obesity Society.

Amen | Date: 2013-06-05

The invention relates to a communication system comprising a base (1) and a wireless or mobile telephone (17) that can be wirelessly connected to the base (1). The invention is characterised in that the base (1) includes: a battery such that it is portable; a plurality of push-buttons (4, 6, 7, 8) for performing the telephone (17) functions by means of the connection to the base (1); a loudspeaker (13) for listening to a telephone call; and a microphone (19) for making a telephone call. In this way, the base is connected to a telephone and offers the same functions as said phone, but in a more easily accessible manner.

News Article | December 9, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amen Properties, Inc. (OTC Pink: AMEN) today announced financial results for its fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $203 thousand and net income of $1.1 million, or $21.07 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $466 thousand and net income of $265 thousand, or $4.98 per diluted share, for the same quarter last year. The increase in profitability was driven by a large gain recognized on the sale of leasehold interests, offset by reductions in revenue caused by decreases in commodity prices. Amen also announced that its Company’s Board of Directors has approved the payment of a quarterly dividend of $10 per share, to be paid on December 30, 2016 to shareholders of record as of December 23, 2016. Finally, Amen reiterated that its Board has approved a plan whereby the Company will no longer hedge the revenue stream associated with its oil and gas royalties. “ Shareholders of Amen need to understand that they hold an un-hedged long oil and gas position and should pursue their own hedging strategy if they are uncomfortable with that risk,” said Kris Oliver, Amen’s Chief Executive Officer. The Company’s 2016 third quarter report is available for viewing or download from the company’s web site – www.amenproperties.com. Amen Properties owns a portfolio of cash-producing properties including real estate and oil and gas interests. This document contains forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by use of the words "expect," "project," "may," "might," potential," and similar terms. AMEN Properties, Inc. ("Amen," "we" or the "Company" ) cautions readers that any forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond Amen's control. These factors include, but are not limited to, our ability to implement our strategic initiatives, economic, political and market conditions and price fluctuations, government and industry regulation, U.S. and global competition and other factors. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

News Article | June 14, 2012
Site: techcrunch.com

“The best and the worst of everything” app Amen, which lets users make simple votes on straightforward statements — “amen” and “hell no” being the operative words — has now amassed one million Amens (votes) from its users, the startup has told TechCrunch. And now that it’s picking up significant amounts of crowdsourced data and traction around the best places to eat, visit and other tips, the developers are making a little more of a play on it. Today, it’s releasing that data in a new version of the app with far more discoverability. Available now on the Appstore, the “Explorer Release” now lets users browse by topics and offers more location-based features alongside it. Felix Petersen, the co-founder of Amen, tells us that for now it’s keeping quiet on how many active users or downloads the app has had since coming out in beta back in September 2011, with backing from Ashton Kutcher and others. But that number is still shy of the golden 7-figures. “We are waiting with downloads and users to also hit the million [mark] before we announce them,” he said, noting that the amount of statements on the app that people use for their votes is also really close to one million. He adds that since Amen introduced Facebook Open Graph integration in March uptake of the app has been accelerating — another example of how linking into the social network has given an app a strong audience boost. Among the new features, Amen is enhancing its location-aware features: when a user is in an area with data on it, those insider tips become available. New York, Tokyo, Berlin and San Francisco are the focus cities for the app at the moment, and users in those places can get updates on Amens in real time, and you can also enter in to “hell no” disputes in real time, too. A new categories button includes film recommandations, as well as tips on music, art, travel and food. “Hitting one million Amens is a great milestone for us and shows the continuing engagement and activity of the community,” Peterson told us. “We started with a simple and fun service to post opinions but releasing that data into the wild for users’ benefit was the plan from the beginning.” But the big challenge will be to keep the app as breezily simple as it has been from its inception, as it scales up in users and functionality to keep them coming back. Petersen, who prior to Amen had sold another cool location service, Plazes, to Nokia, is working with a strong team of other founders who will hopefully be able to navigate that with a minimum of “hell-no”s. They are Caitlin Winner (MIT, Nokia) and Ricki Vester Gregersen (Input Squared), and Florian Weber, Twitter’s first engineer interviewed here. The collected data approach is something that will continue to be a growing feature in the app, Petersen says, as the company continues to look at other platforms beyond its birthplace on iOS.”We are going to increasingly bring out the data to provide utility. So first we are expanding our web presence with a focus on discovery. That will come in 1-2 months. Then we will expand the footprint to Android and potentially other platforms,” he told us. Although you might think he owes some debt of gratitude to Nokia for buying his last startup, that won’t be extending to Nokia platforms necessarily any time soon, it seems. He wouldn’t comment on this but the low numbers on WP7 to date would make it hard for a small startup to justify that kind of investment for now. He believes the Explorer Release will show the power of the structured data approach. “It reduces mental complexity of choice and is a radically different experience from overbearing recommendation sites. When you go to Lisbon you don’t want reviews for all the restaurants, you want the Top 5 and the best of the best. You want less, not more. The same goes for movies or books.” But this is not to say that Amen is hoping to compete in the social/location/discovery of cool places category, he says:  “We are not really competing in the ‘Cool Places discovery space’ per se. At the end Amen is about opinions. If you play around with the new version you will see that it’s just as good for discovering new movies, books or “yo mamma” jokes. “But of course walking around in a city and seeing that you are just walking by ‘the best flat white in town’ is particularly compelling. It’s funny how we’ve been portrayed as adjusting our direction recently. I think we are doing exactly what we laid out from the beginning. We just had to get there.” What’s interesting is that while there is a clear option of voting “amen” and “hell no” on different topics, the statements that get created by users for people to vote on tend to coalesce around one idea: the best. And that gives Amen an interesting angle in the whole discovery space: people will gravitate to it not to find out lots of different options, but a few good ones — something that people lost in a sea of long tail may find a relief. Petersen says that this new release is just a first step in that direction. “We will release something in two months that will blow people’s minds.” He also says that it’s going to be incorporating a web interface as well. What’s left after that? Dare I say it, but where’s the money? Once more “best” data is assembled you can see where this will go: there can be a backend listening area of brands looking at how they are faring, but there will also be paid placements in rankings and other forms of advertising.

News Article | January 28, 2013
Site: techcrunch.com

It sounded like a brilliant idea and when Amen was launched on the TechCrunch Disrupt SF stage: an app as a game to find the best and the worst of everything. It was a big concept built around the idea of structured big data. And for a while it was a lot of fun. “This is the best cafe in London ever”, “This is the best bar in New York ever” etc – and your friends could argue with a “Hell No”. That game produced better quality data and much of it based on location. It also probably helped that they signed up Ashton Kutcher as an investor and promoter (even Demi Moore used it for a while…). But as we know, the average person just wants answers, not games. That’s why Yelp exists. So it’s little surprise then that we’ve leaned that Amen is in the midst of producing another app which capitalises on all this data called Thanks. We understand the company is trying to keep this link private as they are in private beta, but it’s on a publicly accessible page here. It looks like Amen will still be available as a game, with Thanks simply pulled all the juicy data from it. Thanks is effectively a recommendation and search engine designed to find the best music, movies, places to go and more, drawing on millions of rankings from both the Thanks and Amen apps. In Thanks you can also ask friends and experts for their advice. Existing Amen users will be able to log into Thanks seamlessly, with all their data carried over. Thanks is designed to bring answers based on all the ‘Bests’ that the Amen community of users created. So, you need a good Hotel in Beirut? Thanks sends that question to the people who have strong opinions about Hotels in Beirut or to your Facebook friends who have actually checked in to a Hotel in Beirut. You can also ask the question in-app, share it via Twitter and pull in that data. Ideally, a few people will have already inputted “The XXX is the Best Hotel In Beirut” giving you a list of the most highly rated to the least. If someone posts a statement “Central Park is the best place for running 10k in NYC”, they basically already answered the question “What is the best place for running 10k in NYC” before someone has even asked that question. We understand Amen’s social game has produced 4 Million lists of the “The Best” on which Thanks is based. There’s also an implication for Facebook Graph search: If someone Likes something on Facebook, is that a strong or a weak signal? By contrast, on Amen, people say ‘X is the best Y ever’. That’s a pretty strong signal. If enough people say it, it’s a very strong signal. Likes, alas, are very flat pieces of data. We contacted CEO and co-founder Felix Petersen to comment on the new app, however he declined to go into detail other than to say “This is not a pivot. Our plan was always to create engagement first and then use the data to create real-value for the user. Amen is very successful as a time waster. But focusing on fun, stickiness and high-activity comes at a price.” “Thanks is not a pivot,” he said “just as ‘Explore’ in 4sq isn’t or Graph Search isn’t a pivot for Facebook. It’s an evolution and a part of a bigger trend of creating value for the user instead of just ‘getting him hooked’.” He admitted that users get become bored of Amen when the novelty wears off: “That is what we are seeing with Amen too, it’s perceived as a game and we eventually hit a plateau with more passive users. The core community remains very engaged but we knew we had give your mum good reasons to use Amen. Thanks is our answer.” It’s to be hoped that this smart new product is also proof that Berlin’s startups are more substantive and product-driven than some of the over-the top hype sometimes suggests.

News Article | November 28, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.com

COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Reports of suicide, murder, dementia, memory loss and other problems experienced by players from the National Football League have led one research group –headed by neuroscientist and brain-imaging expert Daniel G. Amen, M.D. — to study...

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