News Article | April 19, 2017
« Bentley brings electric EXP 12 Speed 6e concept to Auto Shanghai | Main | NIO unveils production electric SUV for China market; NIO ES8 to launch end of this year » A brain study by researchers from Toyota Central R&D Laboratories, along with a colleague from Japan’s National Institute of Physiological Sciences, has found that drivers show significantly greater gray matter (GM) volume in the left cerebellar hemisphere—which has been associated with cognitive rather than motor functioning—than non-drivers. An open access paper on their work is published in the journal Scientific Reports. Previous neuroimaging studies have found multiple brain areas associated with distinct aspects of car driving in simulated traffic environments. Few studies, however, have examined brain morphology associated with everyday car-driving experience in real traffic, the researchers said. Their goal was to identify gray matter volume differences between drivers and non-drivers. Driving is a complex everyday activity that requires multiple types of sensory processing, cost-weighted decision making, precise motor control, and other abilities. Even on an empty road, drivers must continuously operate the steering wheel and pedals in consideration of complicated vehicle dynamics. Driving is also a vigilance task, which is often undertaken for prolonged periods of time, and carries a constant risk of injury or death resulting from collisions. Despite this, driving is commonly thought to provide pleasure, at least, in certain circumstances or among car enthusiasts. Each of these features shapes the peculiarities of car driving in everyday life experiences. It is widely accepted that experience can alter the structure of the brain. … it is highly likely that everyday car-driving experience modulates the structure of specific brain regions associated with the demands of driving a car in real traffic. However, few studies have investigated brain morphology associated with car-driving experience. The team recruited university students with either a few years’ or no driving experience and collected structural brain images for a whole-brain voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis to examine between-group differences in regional gray matter volume. The whole-brain VBM analysis found brain regions showing greater GM volume (adjusted for age) in drivers compared to non-drivers; no brain areas showed a significantly larger GM volume in non-drivers compared with drivers. Within the limitations of cross-sectional investigation, the current results demonstrate that a few years of car-driving experience in real traffic is associated with greater GM volume in the left cerebellar hemisphere. However, it is not possible to completely rule out hidden factors confounded with car-driving experience. Any activities and experiences concomitant with the selection of the primary transportation mode (i.e., to use or not use a car) are potential confounding factors between drivers and non-drivers. In that respect, the most obvious limitation of this study is that transportation modes in non-drivers were not fully assessed. Accordingly, given the results of the present study, we cannot specify which aspects of car driving are associated with left cerebellar GM increase. In addition, larger cerebellar GM volume might foster more interest in car driving, rather than be a consequence of car-driving experience. To overcome these limitations, it is desirable to conduct a larger sample, randomized longitudinal study that collects detailed information regarding not only frequency and type of usage of cars in drivers but also transportation modes in non-drivers, as well as the concomitant activities and experiences in both groups.
News Article | April 19, 2017
« Baidu opening up its autonomous driving platform; leveraging AI capabilities | Main | Toyota R&D study finds drivers show significantly more gray matter in brain regions than non-drivers » Bentley brought its electic EXP 12 Speed 6e concept, first unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show last month (earlier post), to Auto Shanghai. The concept showcases the British brand’s ambition to define the electric luxury segment and will allow Bentley to gauge public opinion and customer feedback to help shape its future luxury strategy. Bentley is fully committed to China—it is a vital market for us. We are focusing on developing an electric model in the future which will meet the luxury mobility needs of customers here and right around the world. Bentley’s vision is for customers to benefit from high-speed inductive charging and provide a range sufficient for grand touring requirements. An electric Bentley would, for example, be able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge and the on board experience will be enhanced for both driver and passenger thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art technology. Bentley believes that the concept will open discussions with luxury car buyers of the future—millennials, members of Generation C and the rising affluent in developing economies—to understand the desired expectations from a future electric luxury car ownership experience. The luxury brand’s electric car strategy includes the introduction of PHEV models across the Bentley model range over the next few years, starting with the Bentayga in 2018.
News Article | May 24, 2017
HALIFAX, NS--(Marketwired - May 24, 2017) - DHX Brands, the dedicated brand management and consumer products arm of DHX Media (TSX: DHX.A) (TSX: DHX.B) ( : DHXM) and Dentsu Entertainment USA, have appointed JAKKS Pacific, Inc. ( : JAKK) as worldwide master toy licensee (excluding Asia) for its new animated series Mega Man®, a DHX Media, Dentsu Entertainment USA co-production, in a deal brokered by CPLG North America. The multi-year license agreement allows JAKKS to exclusively manufacture, market, and distribute a wide range of consumer products, including action figures, figurines, playsets and accessories, everyday dress-up and role-play, Halloween costumes, plush and vehicles, inspired by the new show. Based on Capcom's legendary Mega Man video game franchise, the 3D animated series goes into production this summer at DHX Media's Vancouver studio and underscores the company's strategy to reboot classic kids' brands that have potential to drive growth across multiple revenue streams. Man of Action Entertainment (Ben 10, Generator Rex, and the creators of the characters and team featured in Big Hero 6) will write and executive produce the series in collaboration with DHX Media and Dentsu Entertainment. Cartoon Network U.S. and DHX Media's Family CHRGD in Canada have licensed the show for broadcast. Peter Byrne, EVP, DHX Brands, said: "With 30 years of heritage, Mega Man is a truly iconic kids' brand. We're looking forward to working with JAKKS to bring an inspirational range of toys to a whole new audience. It's an exciting addition to the DHX Brands portfolio." "I grew up with Mega Man and am a big fan, so I'm thrilled for JAKKS to team up with DHX Brands and Dentsu on the new animated series," said Jack McGrath, COO, JAKKS Pacific. "JAKKS will bring to life the characters of this terrific franchise through a wide range of toys and costumes for a new generation of kids." Aimed at kids 6 to 11, the new Mega Man animated series will feature exciting new technologies and robots, as well as the introduction of Mega Man's alter-ego, Aki Light. Aki is a regular, upbeat schoolboy robot who has nano-core technology that allows him to transform into the mega-powered super hero, Mega Man. With his Mega Buster arm cannon and iconic helmet, Mega Man battles the wickedest villains Silicon City has to offer. Beloved characters such as Mega Man's robotic dog, Rush, will return, while new characters will make their debut. The Mega Man franchise is grounded in a series of video games, first launched in 1987 by Capcom, featuring battles fought by the eponymous blue robot protagonist and an ongoing cast of allies and enemies. The Mega Man multiverse has spawned over 130 video games on multiple gaming systems, selling over 31 million copies worldwide, as well as a plethora of toys, comics and collectibles. A highly rated Mega Man TV series was popular in the USA in the mid-1990s and aired on ABC Family. About DHX Brands DHX Brands is the dedicated brand management and consumer products arm of DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX.A) (TSX: DHX.B) ( : DHXM), the world's leading independent, pure-play children's content company. DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and maintaining high-profile global entertainment brands within the children's and young adult markets. With expertise in brand development, licensing, marketing and creative, we build and manage brands that captivate and inspire through engaging content, first-class distribution, quality consumer products, immersive live experiences and digital media. DHX Brands' world-class portfolio includes Teletubbies, Twirlywoos, In the Night Garden, Caillou and Slugterra. DHX Brands has offices in London, Toronto and Los Angeles. About CPLG CPLG (www.cplg.com) is one of the world's leading entertainment, sport and brand licensing agencies with offices in the UK, Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Middle East, Greece & Turkey and the US. Owned by DHX Media (www.dhxmedia.com) a leader in the creation, production and licensing of family entertainment rights, CPLG has more than 40 years of experience in the licensing industry. It provides each of its clients with dedicated licensing and marketing industry professionals and a fully-integrated product development, legal and accounting service. CPLG believe that partnership is about clarity, openness and trust, and is widely known for its no-nonsense, straightforward approach; Expert Common Sense. About JAKKS Pacific, Inc. JAKKS Pacific, Inc. ( : JAKK) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of toys and consumer products sold throughout the world, with its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. JAKKS Pacific's popular proprietary brands include BIG-FIGS™, XPV®, Max Tow™, Disguise®, Moose Mountain®, Funnoodle®, Maui®, Kids Only!®; a wide range of entertainment-inspired products featuring premier licensed properties; and, C'est Moi™, a skincare and performance make-up brand. Through JAKKS Cares, the company's commitment to philanthropy, JAKKS is helping to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Visit us at www.jakks.com and follow us on Instagram (@jakkstoys), Twitter (@jakkstoys) and Facebook (JAKKS Pacific). About Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. was formed in 2010 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dentsu Inc. (Tokyo Stock Exchange, Code 4324). Dentsu Inc. is the world's largest advertising agency, and a leading producer of Japanese animation, with approximately 55,000 full-time employees and more than 800 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Dentsu Entertainment USA develops original animation programming and media content for domestic and international markets, and manages licensing programs for new and existing properties. Current projects include production of the new Mega Man™ animated TV series. Past projects include YO-KAI WATCH™ and LBX™ (a.k.a. "Little Battlers experience"), both highly successful animation, video game and toy franchises; Deltora Quest®, a 52-episode animated series airing globally, and based on the international top-selling fantasy-adventure book series of the same name; and Monsuno®, an innovative toy line and animated boys action adventure series currently airing on Nicktoons and free-to-air channels in more than 150 countries. Dentsu Entertainment USA is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. For more information, please visit www.dentsuent.com About Man of Action Entertainment Man of Action Entertainment are Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, the writers' collective behind comic's largest franchise characters as well as original characters published by their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. Their creations include Ben 10, the $4.5 billion boys' action franchise for which they're executive producing the new iteration, and Generator Rex, both for Cartoon Network. Dentsu handpicked them to create, write and executive produce the all-new Mega Man series coming to Cartoon Network next year and they also created the upcoming Zak Storm series for Zag. They also launched Disney XD's Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel's Avengers Assemble as EXP/writers. Man of Action created the characters and team featured in Big Hero 6, Disney/Marvel's Academy Award®-winning feature. In addition to creating successful video games, toy lines and comic books, Man of Action are the creator/producer/writers of current and upcoming feature films and live-action TV series based on their original comic books and graphic novels including I Kill Giants, Officer Downe, Kafka, The Crusades and The Great Unknown. Disclaimer This press release contains "forward-looking statements" under applicable securities laws with respect to DHX Media including, without limitation, statements regarding the timing of and other matters relating to the production of the Mega Man series, consumer products plans with respect to Mega Man, and the business strategies and operational activities of DHX Media. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on information currently available to the Company. Actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, among other things, include scheduling and other risks associated with the timing of production, the Company's ability to close and execute on anticipated licensing arrangements, and risk factors discussed in materials filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time including matters discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Annual Information Form and annual Management Discussion and Analysis, which also form part of the Company's annual report on Form 40-F filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.
EXP Inc | Date: 2016-11-09
There are provided methods for treating a gas having an undesirable odor. The methods comprise contacting the gas with an acidic aqueous oxidizing composition having a pH of about 2.0 to about 3.0 and comprising at least one cation of a metal; a sequestering agent; and H_(2)O_(2 )and submitting the gas and the composition to UV radiation when the gas and the composition are contacting each other, wherein the treatment permits to reduce by at least 60% intensity of the undesirable odor.
News Article | May 27, 2017
Last time we looked at EarthCruiser, it was shrinking its off-road expedition vehicle hardware markedly with the new GZL pickup camper. This time around, it's growing its rigs, albeit only slightly. At Overland Expo West, the company showcased the new GZL 400 and 500 models that fit larger trucks than the original GZL, which has been modified and numbered the 300. It also advertised a slightly upsized version of its hulking, Fuso 4x4-based FX expedition vehicle. Since expanding operations from Australia to the US about five years ago, EarthCruiser has been growing its US line of expedition vehicles and camper modules. The FX fixed-roof expedition truck joined the EXP pop-top a few years ago, and EarthCruiser turned its attention to those looking for something smaller with last year's GZL introduction. The original GZL model, now named the GZL 300, was designed for midsize pickups like the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. To extend GZL availability to other pickup owners, EarthCruiser has developed the larger GZL 400 and 500 models. It didn't have the flatbed-mount 500 on display at Overland Expo, but we did get to look over the slide-in 400. The honeycomb composite-bodied GZL 400 is designed for a list of half-ton pickups that includes American top-sellers like the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500. The 400 model is roughly the same length as the 300, about 139.5 in (3,543 mm), but stretches wider, measuring 75.9 in (1,928 mm) from sidewall to sidewall (compared to 68.3 in/1,735 mm on the 300). Weight is in the 800-lb (363-kg) range but will depend upon specific options and equipment. Based on the info and specs EarthCruiser was giving at the show, the 300 and 400 models share the same standard equipment package, but that package has changed since we looked at the original GZL last October. Solar power was originally optional, but the 300 and 400 now come standard with dual 100W Zamp solar panels, a 1000W inverter and a 90Ah AGM battery. They also pack a heater, Elgena 10L water heater, Bose Bluetooth speaker, and 6.5-foot (2-m) awning outside. The kitchen layout has also changed from last year, sliding over to the passenger-side corner, where an L-shaped unit houses a dual-burner propane stove, sink and 1.5-cu ft (42L) Isotherm fridge-freezer. This design lines the sink up with the shower drain, allowing the faucet to pull out and serve as a shower head, a smoother design than the separate hose/hookup EarthCruiser was showing last year. EarthCruiser shows this floor plan for the 300, as well as the 400 featured in our photos. The GZL models sleep three to four people on a combination of cabover bed and convertible dinette below. The dinette seats four people and has storage compartments below the seats. The support platform for the upper bed folds out of the way during the day, opening up headroom in the dinette area. The GZL carries fresh water in a 25-gal (94.6L) tank and propane in a 2.6-gal (10L) tank. A 9-gal (34L) gray water tank collects drainage, and a portable toilet is available optionally, as are a few other upgrades, including a skylight and water purifier. The exterior and interior feature LED lighting for efficiency. Though it has a fuller standard equipment package, the GZL 300's base price remains about the same as we reported last year, US$36,178. The 400 model starts at $43,000. The GZL 400 pictured from Overland Expo is about 90 percent complete, according to the rep we spoke to, and EarthCruiser hopes to finish up and prepare for production within the next few weeks. It makes clear that specifications are subject to change, which we definitely believe seeing how much they've changed over the past seven months. In addition to the new GZL, we spotted another updated EarthCruiser at Overland Expo West, but unfortunately only on a flyer, not before our eyes, in the fiberglass, metal and rubber. The FXX adds a touch of extra backside to the FX model, surrounding the rear-mounted spare tire with added storage space. Instead of a bolt-on solution, this storage area is seamlessly integrated into the FXX body. Because it's flush with the spare tire, the added body doesn't affect the truck's listed 257-in (653-cm) overall length or its ability to fit in a shipping container on its way to overlanding destinations around the world. You can see the difference between the FXX above and the standard FX, which was at the show, below. EarthCruiser hasn't listed an FXX price, but given that it listed the standard FX at between $190,000 and $245,000 in a January 2016 pricing update, it's safe to say "expensive." If you're wondering how EarthCruiser's designs stack up, compare them to the other large expedition machines and smaller camping solutions of Overland Expo West 2017.
News Article | May 11, 2017
Hazard: The packaging is not child-resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The tablets inside the bottle contain iron, which can cause serious injury or death to young children if multiple tablets are ingested at once. Consumers should immediately place recalled bottles out of the reach of children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or a replacement bottle. Consumer Contact: Nature's Truth toll-free at 844-544-1030 from 8 a.m. to midnight ET Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Sunday, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the firm's website at www.naturestruthproducts.com for more information. Description: This recall involves Nature's Truth Slow Release 45mg Iron Supplement bottles. The 60 count, coated tablets were sold in a green bottle with a green flip top cap. "Nature's Truth," "SLOW RELEASE IRON" and "45 mg" are printed on a yellow label on the bottle. Lot number 29672 and the January 2019 [EXP 01/2019] expiration date are printed on the right side of the bottle. Sold at: Quick Chek stores in New Jersey and independent pharmacies nationwide from February 2017 to March 2017 for about $6. About U.S. CPSC: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission. For more lifesaving information, follow us on Facebook, Instagram @USCPSC and Twitter @USCPSC or sign up to receive our e-mail alerts. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. CPSC Consumer Information Hotline Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall: 800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054) Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products. Media Contact Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests. Phone: 301-504-7908 Spanish: 301-504-7800 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/natures-truth-recalls-iron-supplement-bottles-due-to-failure-to-meet-child-resistant-closure-requirement-300456421.html
News Article | May 13, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH, May 13, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Columbus Arts Festival celebrates the best in fine art and crafts in Columbus, June 9-11. Admission to this carefully curated, juried arts festival is free, with special Friends of the Festival VIP packages available. Produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, festival hours are Friday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hundreds of notable local, national and international artists representing 37 U.S. states, plus Belgium and Canada, will exhibit and sell their work at the 56th annual event. The festival's wildly creative vibe is amplified by Columbus' recently completed downtown riverfront restoration, known as the Scioto Mile. Bicentennial Park and two architecturally beautiful bridges at Main and Rich streets rise above a green ribbon of lush, reclaimed parkland, which features 175 acres of green space filled with native plants, a winding promenade, sculptural water features, plazas, paths and bikeways. New this year, the stunning sculptural creation of artists Cristobel and Samuel Wagner, Structural Circumstances E.G. 2, will bring a 24' x 8' mobile home replica crafted from brightly colored, transparent plexiglass to the east side of Bicentennial Park. The installation commission was the first for the Columbus Arts Festival. During the day, sunshine will project the vibrant, stained-glass-like image of the structure onto the viewer and the ground around him or her. Lit from within, the work will brilliantly glow at night. The Wagners hope the piece will encourage dialogue and foster deeper understanding between socioeconomic sectors. Downtown Columbus' Scioto Mile will rock, swing and sing during the 2017 festival. This year's Main Stage will feature live performances throughout the day by popular local and national acts, including Dave Buker & the Historians, the acoustic band Tennessee Traffic, Andy Shaw Band and many more incredible talents. Headliners for the weekend are local bands on the rise nationally, focusing on alternative music, which continues to grow in popularity. The local alternative rock band Zoo Trippin', takes the stage at 9 p.m. Friday. Rising pop, country and R&B singer Charlie Millikin performs Saturday evening at 9 p.m. On Sunday morning, a performance by the Columbus Symphony will be a highlight of the festival. The Columbus Arts Festival also features three additional performance stages, including the Grange Acoustic Stage with multi-disciplinary performances and a diverse mix of music, from acoustic and jazz to bluegrass and world music. A second stage features more than a dozen local dance troupes and companies. The Ohio Magazine Word is Art stage spotlights some of Columbus' most talented spoken word poets and authors. Experience Columbus is the destination marketing organization for the Columbus region, dedicated to Columbus is a city unlike any other. Vibrant and alive, Ohio's capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit. Columbus' uncommon blend of neighborhoods, arts and culinary experiences, events, attractions and accommodations are made unforgettable by its diversity of outgoing locals who warmly welcome visitors. In 2016, Columbus was ranked "Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest" by J.D. Power in the 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction StudySM. Free travel guides, maps, online booking and detailed information are available at http://www.ExperienceColumbus.com or 866.397.2657 (866.EXP.COLS). Visitor information is also available on Facebook: facebook.com/ExperienceColumbus and facebook.com/ColumbusFoodScene, Twitter: @ExpCols and Instagram. Columbus, OH received the highest numerical score among 8 cities in the Midwest in the J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study, based on 26,124 total responses, measuring the experiences and perceptions of travelers who visited a top 50 U.S. destination, surveyed February-July 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
News Article | May 12, 2017
A new investment fund tipped to be NOK 1 billion (€100 million) called Norwegian.AI was revealed today, which will invest in artificial intelligence in Norway. NOK 100 million (€10 million) has been committed to the fund already, according to the announcement at Katapult Future Fest. The fund’s founding partners are: Tharald Nustad (head of Nordic Impact), Edvard Engeseth (cofounder of Nurx), Kristoffer Roil and Alexander Hagerup (cofounders of Vic.ai) and Anders H. Lier (cofounder of Katapult Accelerator, chairman of EXP Group). “Norwegian.AI will focus on creating financial rewards while contributing to solving big environmental and social problems. With exponential technology we can exponentially make our world a better place. NOK 100 million are already committed and we invite more people to join the fund,” said Lier. The UK has commanded most of the AI investment in Europe with Germany and France following suit. The founders claim that with the right support and investment network, Norway can compete with these other countries on AI. Norway risks being left behind in the AI sector, said cofounder Hagerup, but pointed to the country’s highly-educated population as an advantage. “We have to seize the opportunities we can and transition from a great but slumbering oil nation to an exponential technology nation,” he said. Norwegian.AI runs an accelerator program in Oslo and New York while the founders of the fund are also running a competition to find Norway’s best AI company with the first prize of around NOK 10 million (€1 million).
EXP Inc and Uniboard Canada Inc. | Date: 2012-05-03
There is provided an adhesive comprising chitosan an optionally a crosslinking agent. A method for preparing such an adhesive is also disclosed. A wood-panel made with such an adhesive is also provided. Moreover, a method for manufacturing a wood-based panel is provided. The method comprises preparing a mixture comprising wood, chitosan, optionally a crosslinking agent, and optionally an acid, forming a mat with the mixture, and pressing the mat under heat and pressure so as to obtain the wood-based panel.
EXP Inc | Date: 2015-08-26
There are provided methods for treating a fluid having an undesirable odor. The methods comprise contacting the fluid with a H_(2)O_(2 )basic aqueous oxidizing composition and/or with a H_(2)O_(2 )acidic aqueous oxidizing composition. Optionally, the fluid can be further treated by contacting it with activated carbon and/or by submitting the fluid and the composition to UV radiation when they are contacting together.