News Article | April 28, 2017
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Elemental Water Makers in Holland and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) were awarded the first places in two categories of a global award that tackles the issue of water scarcity through finding innovative solutions. The award, overseen by The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), includes three main categories: Innovative Projects Award (Small and Large projects), Innovative Research and Development Award (National and International institutions), and the Innovative Youth Award. The two organisations ranked first in the first two categories respectively. Valued at $1m, the award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage sustainable and innovative solutions to address water scarcity using solar power. The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) oversees the award under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). For the Innovative Projects Award – Small Projects, the Netherlands-based Elemental Water Makers won the first prize for a pure drinking water production using reverse osmosis by solar energy. The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) project was about solar driven desalination technology based on TNO’s high efficiency membrane distillation (Memstill®) concept and won the organisation first prize in the Innovative Research and Development Award (National and International institutions) category. Sid Vollebregt, managing director of Elemental Water Makers, commented saying: “This recognition by an international award as such buys us credibility to take our project to the next level. Water scarcity is a worldwide problem and we are happy to be contributing to finding solutions that benefit the whole humanity.” Paul de Krom, CEO of TNO said: “We are extremely proud to be receiving this esteemed award that encourages innovation on a global level. We believe that innovation is the key for grand challenges in societies and our mission is to add value to welfare of societies and support governments and businesses to achieve this goal.”
News Article | April 28, 2017
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, honoured 10 winners from 8 countries at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Award, which is worth USD 1 million. Also present was HH Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Award was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage research centres, individuals and innovators from around the world to find innovative and sustainable solutions for clean-water scarcity around the world, using solar power. The award is overseen by the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. It has three main categories: Innovative Projects Award, Innovative Research and Development Award, and the Innovative Youth Award. The first place in the Innovative Research and Development Award – National Institutions category, was jointly-shared by Khalifa University for a dual-disinfection-modified biosand filter, coupled with a solar pasteuriser system, and Masdar Institute at Khalifa University for a solar desalination process using a perforated black fabric under a solar collector. The first place in the Innovative Research and Development Award - International Institutions category, went to the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), in cooperation with the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA), for a solar-powered desalination technology based on TNO’s high-efficiency membrane distillation concept. The first place in the Innovative Projects Award went to the Elemental Water Makers from the Netherlands, for a solar-powered Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant to produce drinking water. Dr Marta Vivar from Spain won the Innovative Youth Award for a hybrid solar photovoltaic-photochemical system for water disinfection and electricity generation. Al Tayer noted that hundreds of millions of children won’t have access to clean water in the future, and that girls now spend 200 million hours a day collecting water, which affects their education, according to UNICEF.
News Article | April 28, 2017
DUBAI, Emirados Árabes Unidos--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sua alteza, o xeique Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, governador adjunto de Dubai, honrou 10 vencedores de 8 países no Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award, no valor de US$ 1 milhão. Sua alteza, Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, também participou. O prêmio foi lançado por sua alteza, o xeique Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-presidente e primeiro ministro dos EAU e governador de Dubai, para incentivar centros de pesquisa, pessoas e inovadores de todo o mundo a encontrar soluções inovadoras e sustentáveis para combater a escassez mundial de água limpa, usando energia solar. O prêmio é supervisionado pela Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) dos EAU, sob o amparo das iniciativas globais de Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. O prêmio tem três categorias principais: projetos inovadores, pesquisa e desenvolvimento inovadores e juventude inovadora. O primeiro colocado na categoria de pesquisa e desenvolvimento inovadores – instituições internacionais foi a Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), em cooperação com a Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) por uma tecnologia de dessalinização por energia solar com base no conceito de destilação por membrana de alta eficiência da TNO. Al Tayer observou que centenas de milhões de crianças não terão acesso à água limpa no futuro, e que as meninas agora passam 200 milhões de horas por dia coletando água, o que afeta a educação, de acordo com a UNICEF. O texto no idioma original deste anúncio é a versão oficial autorizada. As traduções são fornecidas apenas como uma facilidade e devem se referir ao texto no idioma original, que é a única versão do texto que tem efeito legal.
Schraagen J.M.,Applied Scientific Research
British Journal of Surgery | Year: 2012
Background: The application of digital games for training medical professionals is on the rise. So-called 'serious' games form training tools that provide a challenging simulated environment, ideal for future surgical training. Ultimately, serious games are directed at reducing medical error and subsequent healthcare costs. The aim was to review current serious games for training medical professionals and to evaluate the validity testing of such games. Methods: PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, PsychInfo and CINAHL were searched using predefined inclusion criteria for available studies up to April 2012. The primary endpoint was validation according to current criteria. Results: A total of 25 articles were identified, describing a total of 30 serious games. The games were divided into two categories: those developed for specific educational purposes (17) and commercial games also useful for developing skills relevant to medical personnel (13). Pooling of data was not performed owing to the heterogeneity of study designs and serious games. Six serious games were identified that had a process of validation. Of these six, three games were developed for team training in critical care and triage, and three were commercially available games applied to train laparoscopic psychomotor skills. None of the serious games had completed a full validation process for the purpose of use. Conclusion: Blended and interactive learning by means of serious games may be applied to train both technical and non-technical skills relevant to the surgical field. Games developed or used for this purpose need validation before integration into surgical teaching curricula. Copyright © 2012 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
News Article | March 9, 2016
The reduction of sulfur in the manufacture of gasoline and diesel generates large amounts of greenhouse gases, so specialists from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico created an innovative catalytic material that removes this element, and its production requires only one day, representing an advantage in time and cost. The material consists of a catalyst composed of a transition metal called molybdenum, which removes sulfur in gasoline or diesel during hydrodesulfurization, which is the second stage of the distillation of petroleum, said Dr. Jose Domingo Cuesta Leal from the Center of Applied Scientific Research and Advanced Technology (CICATA). The innovation lies in a one-step synthesis methodology by which it is possible to obtain a catalyst with better qualities than current commercial products. Cuesta Leal explained that a hydrothermal reaction was used for the synthesis of the product. Its effect on a load of gas was evaluated after the amount of sulfur in the sample was measured and a reduction of 80 percent was obtained. Additionaly, in comparison with a commercial material under the same conditions, the one created at CICATA demonstrated better properties. The project can be adapted to any desired conditions, either as a compacted powder or small aggregates called pellets. This is the result of six years of research, time during which Dr. Cuesta Leal earned his master's and doctorate financed by the Mexican Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt). He adds that the sulfur removal benefits the oil refining process, avoiding corrosion and contamination by other catalysts such as platinum. Explore further: One sponge-like material, three different applications
Hendriksen I.J.M.,Applied Scientific Research
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine | Year: 2016
OBJECTIVE:: Evaluation of the effectiveness of a workplace health promotion program on employees’ vitality, health, and work-related outcomes, and exploring the influence of organizational support and the supervisors’ role on these outcomes. METHODS:: The 5-month intervention included activities at management, team, and individual level targeting self-management to perform healthy behaviors: a kick-off session, vitality training sessions, workshops, individual coaching, and intervision. Outcome measures were collected using questionnaires, health checks, and sickness absence data at baseline, after the intervention and at 10 months follow-up. For analysis linear and generalized mixed models were used. RESULTS:: Vitality, work performance, sickness absence, and self-management significantly improved. Good organizational support and involved supervisors were significantly associated with lower sickness absence. CONCLUSIONS:: Including all organizational levels and focusing on increasing self-management provided promising results for improving vitality, health, and work-related outcomes.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License 4.0, where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 Copyright © 2016 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Hendriks H.F.J.,Applied Scientific Research
Proceedings of the Nutrition Society | Year: 2013
In this paper, the nutrigenomics approach is discussed as a research tool to study the physiological effects of nutrition and consequently how nutrition affects health and disease (endpoints). Nutrigenomics is the study of the effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression; the analyses include analysis of mRNA, proteins and metabolites. Nutrigenomics may be useful in dealing with the challenges that nutrition research is facing; by integrating the description of numerous active genes and metabolic pathways stronger evidence and new biomarkers for subtle nutritional effects may be obtained. Also, a new definition of disease and health may be needed. The use of tests challenging homoeostasis is being proposed to help define health. Challenge tests may be able to demonstrate in a better way subtle beneficial effects of nutrition on health. The paper describes some basic concepts relevant to nutrition research as well as some of the possibilities that are offered by nutrigenomics technology. Some of its applications are described. Copyright © The Author 2013.
Applied Scientific Research | Date: 2014-06-02
The present invention relates to an intelligent medication dispensing device that gives a patient access to his/her right daily doses of oral solid medications anywhere at the right time. The device is programmed to alert the patient when the doses due time occurs. The medication dispensing device of the present invention comprises essentially a plurality of cartridges divided into a plurality of compartments, a plurality of cylinders to position the cartridges in the device of the present invention, a medication box, a non-taken medication storage component, a portable component, and a plurality of actuators. The portable component can be taken by the patient to any place in order for such patient to adhere to his/her medication doses. The device of the present invention stores the missed dosages in the non-taken medication storage component, and thus prevents the accumulation of such missed doses with a new dose, which has its due time occurred.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 735.63K | Year: 2012
The objective of this proposal is to develop an efficient user-friendly engineering toolkit consisting of a set of FORTRAN callable routines for desktop solution of variable-coefficient Poisson equations on shared-memory Multi-Core Processors (MCPs). The software design is highly modular, consisting of a flexible user interface linked to a set of hardware-optimized shared-memory Krylov solvers with multigrid and other preconditioners. During Phase I, using a benchmark of interest to the Army, various preconditioner-solver combinations were tested for optimal convergence and solution times, cache-aware data storage formats were examined for scalability, the bottleneck in MCP computing was identified, and the feasibility of a new proposed strategy was demonstrated successfully. For Phase II, the Krylov solvers and preconditioners will be optimized further using a range of information on the underlying MCP hardware. Each software module will be tested rigorously and the integrated system finally validated using applications of interest to the Army. Fast mixed-precision computations, efficient utility of the MCP memory hierarchy and distribution, flexible user interface, and dynamic solver adaptivity characterize the novel contributions of this project to the art of solving variable-coefficient Poisson equations on shared-memory MCPs.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.94K | Year: 2011
The simulation of nearly all physical processes eventually leads to the evaluation of a linear system of equations of the form Ax = b, the vast majority of which involve sparse banded matrices. To this end, while highly optimized parallel algorithms are currently available for the solution of very large system of equations in a distributed computing environment, very little has been done to date on algorithms that run efficiently on multi-core CPUs. As such there are new opportunities to develop fast, cache aware, shared memory algorithms for the solution of sparse linear equations on multi-core CPUs. The objective of this Phase I proposal is to investigate the relative performances of multigrid and Krylov based linear solvers using existing technologies, and to propose strategies for follow on development work during Phase II. Additionally, a fast, cache-aware Krylov solver will be developed for multi-core CPUs as demonstration of feasibility for Phase II.