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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.

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.”

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.

The company is currently seeking investors to ensure this breakthrough technology helps in ensuring clean water access around the globe. Inventor and engineer Bob Biancardi, CEO of Applied Scientific Research, Inc. has a mission to bring clean, fresh water to some of the world’s poorest countries. He recently received a patent (Patent No: US 8,833,091 B2) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his new technology that takes water out of the air and converts it to drinking water. This new technological invention is in compliance with the laws of thermodynamics. Having access to clean, fresh water remains a dire situation for those living in poor countries around the globe. UN-Water, the organization that coordinates the United Nations' work on water and sanitation has noted that with 85 percent of the world population living in the driest half of the planet some 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. The water crisis is a health crisis with more than 1 million people dying each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. Women and children are most affected, according to UN-Water. They can spend up to six hours each day searching for a clean water supply, often leaving them at risk of violence and exploitation as they travel. Children also miss critical time in school searching for water. “Our goal is to address this clean water crisis by taking water out the air in third world countries and use it for drinking water,” says Biancardi. “I’m interested in getting this project off the ground, as I believe this is a life changing concept. I want to share or partner with others who understand the need for clean drinking water around the globe.” The new breakthrough technology powered by solar cells uses a standard compressor to a tank, which holds the fluid that circulates through copper coils that are exposed to the air. When the condensing happens, the latent heat and sensible heat is released. While most systems absorb this energy, this doesn’t. The system lets the atmosphere absorb it, causing a great energy saving. This means that it can take water out of the air for a lot less energy than the existing technology because it’s using the surrounding atmosphere as an energy source. A sensor alerts when the absorbing process is complete. The sensor also lets the user know when the condensate has occurred, putting the system in pause until the cycle starts all over again. In the meantime, there is cooling going on in the tank so no fluid is exposed to the air at this time. To learn more and connect with Biancardi about potential partnership opportunities, contact him via email at Applied Scientific Research, Inc was launched by Bob Biancardi. The company currently has a patent on innovative technology that will take water out of the air for use as drinking water in third world countries.

The cryoprotective effect of gelatin hydrolysates from the skin of beluga sturgeon (Huso huso) on freshwater crayfish (Astacus leptodactylus) muscle subjected to different freeze-thaw cycles was investigated. Untreated muscle was particularly susceptible to quality loss as indicated by the formation of secondary lipid oxidation products and the loss in sulfhydryl groups and Ca2+-ATPase activity. Hydrolysate produced using flavourzyme which was mainly consisted of oligopeptides as the main fraction as well as small fraction of polypeptides could lower the denaturation of crayfish myosin heavy chain when compared to the control. In addition, lipid oxidation in treated muscle was impeded to some extent. Peptides with smaller or longer chain length than those in flavourzyme hydrolysate although exhibited antioxidant activity, but were less effective in maintaining the muscle quality during storage. Thus, the potential of flavourzyme hydrolysate as the alternative cryoprotectant might be employed during crustacean processing. © 2017

Hogervorst M.A.,Applied Scientific Research | Brouwer A.-M.,Applied Scientific Research | van Erp J.B.F.,Applied Scientific Research
Frontiers in Neuroscience | Year: 2014

While studies exist that compare different physiological variables with respect to their association with mental workload, it is still largely unclear which variables supply the best information about momentary workload of an individual and what is the benefit of combining them. We investigated workload using the n-back task, controlling for body movements and visual input. We recorded EEG, skin conductance, respiration, ECG, pupil size and eye blinks of 14 subjects. Various variables were extracted from these recordings and used as features in individually tuned classification models. Online classification was simulated by using the first part of the data as training set and the last part of the data for testing the models. The results indicate that EEG performs best, followed by eye related measures and peripheral physiology. Combining variables from different sensors did not significantly improve workload assessment over the best performing sensor alone. Best classification accuracy, a little over 90%, was reached for distinguishing between high and low workload on the basis of 2min segments of EEG and eye related variables. A similar and not significantly different performance of 86% was reached using only EEG from single electrode location Pz. © 2014 Hogervorst, Brouwer and van Erp.

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.

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