Sarri compares Hazards allround quality to Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgChelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is delighted with club’s win against Watford and have bared his mind about Eden Hazard’s all round quality of playing of football.Speaking after the match via Chelsea’s official website., Sarri compared Belgian Eden Hazard to Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus.“Of course, he’s (Hazard)very important for us but Messi is very important for Barcelona, Ronaldo is important for Juventus. He’s a great player, he’s able to play in every position. At the moment he’s playing as a false nine and he’s able to play there.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“He scored two and made two or three good assists. He’s very able to open spaces for his team-mates. He can play very well in every position.”Hazard scored his 100th goal in tonight’s game with Watford.last_img read more

Why Brownridge Stepped Aside

first_imgYesterday, Kent Brownridge—the former Wenner Media executive who, along with Quadrangle Partners, formed Alpha Media last year after acquiring Dennis Publishing’s U.S. assets (Maxim, Stuff and Blender, though not The Week) for $240 million—announced he was stepping down as CEO. The company named a pair of co-CEOs to take his place, with Brownridge retaining the title of chairman.This was a curious move, because Brownridge, a notorious workaholic, became known for his hands-on management style at Wenner Media, where he spent 21 years as Jann Wenner’s consigliore. And despite the curious timing—both Blender and Maxim, like most consumer titles, have struggled to sell ads in 2008—it appears that Brownridge’s departure is truly a case of a 68-year-old publishing executive wanting to spend more time away from the office, cut the 100-hour workweeks in half and, perhaps for the first time in his career, take a “summer Friday” or two.“I have a new wife who’s not liking this very much. And while my health is very good, I want it to stay that way,” Brownridge told Portfolio. “I plan to get home at six instead of 10. Also, we have summer Fridays here, so I might even do that.” Brownridge sounded more confident that he would, in fact, take them when he spoke to WWD: “I’m going to take summer Fridays, not go into the office every day, and I’m not going to stay past 5 p.m.” He admitted that his post-Wenner “retirement” didn’t work, which is why he plans to be an “active” chairman while spending less time fielding a “steady flow of e-mails at all hours to [his] BlackBerry.” The sources I spoke with yesterday seemed to buy Brownridge’s version, and refuted the notion that there was pressure from Quadrangle to move Brownridge out, although that’s always a possibility.For now, though, he can rest his BlackBerry thumb, and take that summer Friday.last_img read more

US Mobile Ad Spending Tops 4B in 2012

first_imgThe effectiveness of mobile advertising is still being debated, but media buyers are already going all-in while also increasing their presence on the Web.Mobile ad spending grew 180 percent to top $4 billion in 2012, according to the latest estimates from digital marketing research firm eMarketer. At the same time, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PwC US report Internet ad revenues totaled $9.3 billion for the third quarter.See Also: AAM Data: Mobile and Digital Monetization Expected to Rise On the mobile side, eMarketer highlights this year’s exponential growth as an outlier–the expected growth rate for 2013 is a comparatively meager 77 percent, and it slows from there–but predicts the market will surpass $20 billion by 2016.Google is still the mobile-ad king with more than $2.1 billion in revenue and 57 percent market share, but others are closing the gap.Facebook–who only began offering mobile-specific advertising via “Sponsored Stories” mid-way through this year–was the second-largest seller with an expected haul of $339 million for 2012. Mobile earnings estimates for the social giant were as low as $45 million earlier this year. Facebook had no reported mobile ad earnings in 2011.Twitter, also showing no mobile ad revenue in 2011, was this year’s fourth-largest earner with $135 million.Internet Ad Revenues Grow 18 Percent in Q3While mobile was exploding, Internet ad spending continued its steady climb through the third quarter.The sector grew 18 percent year-over-year and 6 percent from the second quarter to reach $9.3 billion.”Sustained growth in internet ad revenue despite economic head winds is a testament to the value marketers get from using digital media,” says Sherrill Mane, SVP of research, analytics and measurement for IAB, in a statement. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

Every new show and movie on Hulu February 2019

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags 1:59 Netpicks February is nearly here and Hulu has got some fantastic shows and films coming. Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I must recommend you watch one of the greatest rom-coms ever written, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Or you can check out one of my other favorite romances, the Cher and Nicolas Cage masterpiece that is Moonstruck. If you’re not feeling the romantic vibe, and you’d prefer a good heist film, you may consider a The Thomas Crown Affair double feature. Hulu is picking up both the 1968 and 1999 versions. Comedy fans can check out both Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2 for another fun double feature option.  What’s streaming in February 2019center_img I also urge everyone to check out the documentary Three Identical Strangers, which was hands-down one of my favorite films from 2018. On the TV show front, Hulu is also getting the newest season of Archer on Feb. 25. Or check out the season of Legion on Feb. 3. Available on Hulu, February 2019Feb. 1Into The Dark: Down: Episode 5 PremiereRecord of Grancrest War: Complete Season 1A View to Kill (1985)The Animal (2001)Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre (2002)Bad Santa (2003)Barefoot (2014)The Big Lebowski (1998)The Bounty (1984)The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)Born on the Fourth of July (1989)Broadway Danny Rose (1984)Caddyshack (1980)Caddyshack II (1988)Capote (2005)Chaos (2005)Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)Chasing Liberty (2004)Dazed and Confused (1993)Deep Blue Sea (1999)Delta Farce (2007)Dr. No (1962)Equilibrium (2002)Escape from Alcatraz (1979)Field of Dreams (1989)Flesh + Blood (1985)Foolish (1999)For Your Eyes Only (1981)Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)Freedomland (2006)From Russia with Love (1964)Goldeneye (1995)Hairspray (1988)Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)How to Deal (2003)Kingpin (1996)Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)Lars and the Real Girl (2007)Licence to Kill (1989)The Madness of King George (1994)Marathon Man (1976)Metro (1997)Mississippi Burning (1988)Moonraker (1979)Moonstruck (1987)Mortal Kombat (1995)Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997)Mystic Pizza (1988)Next Day Air (2009)Old Fashioned (2014)On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)The Portrait of a Lady (1996)The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)The Quiet Ones (2014)Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)The Royal Tenenbaums (1997)Space Jam (1996)The Secret Garden (1993)Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)The Toybox (2018)Thelma & Louise (1991)Three Kings (1999)Thunderball (1965)Tomcats (2001)Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)Unforgettable (1996)Universal Soldier (1992)Untamed Heart (1993)Wayne’s World (1992)Wayne’s World 2 (1993)Wedding Crashers (2005)Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (2000)While You Were Sleeping (1995)Feb. 2Cabin Fever (2016)Pick of the Litter (2018)Feb. 3Legion: Complete Season 2 Feb. 4Saints & Sinners: Complete Seasons 1-3 Real Housewives of New York City: Complete Season 10Dog Days (2018)Experimenter (2015)Feb. 5Paid in Full (2002)Feb. 8PEN15: Complete Season 1Feb. 9The Preppie Connection (2016)Feb. 10The Song (2014)Feb. 11All Square (2018)Feb. 14False Flag: Complete Season 2Zac & Mia: Complete Season 2 Feb. 15Bondi Harvest: Complete Season 1Jamie’s Quick and Easy: Complete Seasons 1-2Next (2007)Feb. 16Proven Innocent: Series PremiereA Perfect Day (2016)Feb. 17The Party (2018)Feb. 18Elvis All-Star Tribute: Special The Sisters Brothers (2018)Feb. 20Stan Against Evil: Complete Season 3Feb. 23Death Wish (2018)Feb. 25Archer: Danger Island: Complete Season 9 Every Day (2018)The School (2018)Feb. 26The Enemy Within: Series PremiereThe Voice: Season 16Three Identical Strangers Feb. 27World of Dance: Season 3 Tickled (2016)Feb. 28Whiskey Cavalier: Season 1 Digging for Fire (2015)The Guilty (2018)Leaving Hulu in FebruaryFeb. 2812 Dates of Christmas (2011)A Mermaid’s Tale (2016)All Over the Guy (2001)Apollo 13 (1995)Bad Girls (1994)Bad Girls from Mars (1991)Basic Instinct (1992)Beetlejuice (1988)Best Seller (1987)Beverly Hills Vamp (1989)Blow Out (1981)Blue Jasmine (2013)Christmas Cupid (2010)Deja Vu (2006)Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2007)Dream House Nightmare (2017)Dressed to Kill (1980)Exposed (2016)Hitman’s Run (1999)It’s Us (2016)Joey (1988)King of the Mountain (1981)Leaving Las Vegas (1995)Lethal Weapon (1987)Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)Line of Duty (2013)Living by the Gun (2011)Malena (2000)Manhattan Night (2016)Mansfield Park (1999)Message in a Bottle (1999)Miracle on 34th Street (1994)Mullholland Falls (1996)Operation Condor (1986)Operation Condor II: The Armour of the Gods (1991)Radio Days (1987)Ride (1998)Righteous Kill (2008)Rob Roy (1995)Silent Tongue (1993)Snow (2004)Snow 2: Brain Freeze (2008)Snowglobe (2007)Spy Game (2001)Switchback (1997)Teresa’s Tatoo (1994)Ulee’s Gold (1997)We are Marshall (2006)Wicker Park (2004)With a Friend like Harry (2000)For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to CNET sister site TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming.Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) TV and Movies Digital Media Post a comment 0 ABC Fox Hulu NBClast_img read more

Apples 2018 MacBook Pros try to fix flexgate problem report says

first_img Apple hasn’t acknowledged the issue. iFixit noted that a repair would require a full screen replacement — costing $700 — because the cable is soldered to the display controller board.However, the site reported on Monday that the 2018 MacBook Pro has a display cable that’s 2mm longer, potentially solving the problem because it’s under less strain as the laptop opens. iFixit engineer Taylor Dixon noted that he hadn’t experienced the issue for himself, so he couldn’t confirm the cause or whether it’s solved.Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published March 5, 5:28 a.m. PT.Updated March 6, 2:42 a.m. PT: Adds iFixit photo. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 1 Preview • Apple takes light-touch approach to 13-inch MacBook Pro update See All $1,399 Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, space gray, 2017) Apple’s new 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro See it Apple Best Buy Tips for improving battery life on your MacBook Teardown site iFixit reports that 2018 MacBook Pros have a longer display flex cable than older models. iFixit Apple apparently altered a part its 2018 MacBook Pro to address the “flexgate” problem, a teardown site reported.Thousands of people complained about the issue in a petition started last year, saying it caused problems with the backlight — from a “stage light” effect at the bottom to a completely dead backlight — in MacBook Pros from 2016 onward.The underlying cause was suspected to be the deterioration of a thin display flex cable that runs through the hinge due to repeated opening and closing of the laptop over several years, iFixit reported back in January. • 2:35center_img Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 34 Photos Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pros try to fix ‘flexgate’ problem, report says Comment CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice See It $1,184 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Laptops Applelast_img read more

BAC Mono R improves on an alreadywild track toy

first_img Exotic Cars Performance Cars 10:08 More From Roadshow 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 Share your voice 2020 Lotus Evora GT first drive: A reminder to drive Now playing: Watch this: Enlarge ImageIt doesn’t look like it’s legal to drive on public roads, but that’s half the fun of it. BAC The BAC Mono is part of a weird corner of the automotive industry that makes race cars legal enough to be driven on the road. It’s an absolutely wild car, and now, at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, there’s a new one that’s even more bonkers than the car that preceded it.BAC on Thursday unveiled the new Mono R, heralding the second generation of the company’s road-legal track toy. It’s lighter than before, but it’s also more powerful than before, which means its performance should easily trounce its forebear. The whole package weighs just 1,224 pounds in its R form, which is ridiculously light and also some 55 pounds lighter than the standard Mono. All that weight savings comes from a confluence of lightweight parts, including a magnesium chassis, magnesium transmission parts, carbon-ceramic brakes, a titanium exhaust system, lighter AP Racing brakes and a carbon fiber floor. The body panels are also made of carbon fiber. BAC Mono R unveiled at 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed BAC Mono R is somehow more hardcore than before 30 Photos Post a comment Tags Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 Speaking of the body panels, the new Mono doesn’t look too different compared to its predecessor, sporting the same wildly styled look that’s more at home on a racing circuit than your local village road. But BAC has paid extra attention to the aerodynamics, growing wider side pods while improving the efficiency of its rear wing. LED headlights up front keep things nice and bright, because when you’re going that fast, you need all the help you can get. (Maybe save the high-speed antics for the daytime.)Under the body is a 2.5-liter I4 producing about 340 horsepower, about 35 more than the standard Mono. That extra power comes from a larger cylinder bore, a shorter crankshaft stroke, a new air intake, revised throttle bodies and a tweaked cylinder head. It should be even better to drive, too, thanks to revised suspension geometry that reduces body movements under braking and a gas tank that helps lower the center of gravity closer to the core of the planet.If you’re looking at this and thinking, “Man, I need one,” I hate to say it but you’re out of luck. Only 30 BAC Mono R models will be built, and all of them were offered to existing Mono owners around the world, so they’re now sold out. Better luck next time?last_img read more

Fire guts 100 shanties in Chattogram

first_imgOver 100 shanties were gutted in a devastating fire at three slums in Rail gate area of Chattogram on Saturday night, reports UNB.Three firefighting units from Chandanpur, Agrabad and Bayzid station doused the fire at 12:30am after several hours of frantic efforts, said Jashim Uddin, deputy assistant director of Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defense.The fire originated from an electric short circuit at Jashim’s colony around 9:45pm and soon spread to two adjacent slums in the area, he said.  The fire burned down 47 shanties at Jashim’s colony, 40 shanties at Ali Akbar Colony while 27 others at Rahim Colony.The loss incurred by the fire was estimated at around TK 250,000, fire service sources said.last_img read more

Texas Could See RecordBreaking Travel This Holiday

first_img X AAA Texas says about 8.2 million Texans are expected to travel between now and January 2nd. That’s the most on record. Spokesman Doug Shupe says most people around the state will travel by car, about 7.6 million. That’s despite the fact gas prices have been going up. “However we are still paying among the top 10 cheapest statewide averages here in Texas compared to other drivers nationwide,” adds Shupe. The Houston Airport System is also expecting some big travel numbers.  Spokesman Bill Begley says about 2.4 million people are expected to pass through Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports. Many of those are international travelers. “I think a big part of it is our growing route map,” says Begley. “At both airports we’re adding service to either existing international destinations or adding international destinations.”Some traveling Texans are opting for other modes. AAA Texas says about 3.5 million Texas will travel by bus or train, or go on a cruise. 00:00 /01:02 Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: George Bush Intercontinental websiteGeorge Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Sharelast_img read more

Flu Epidemic Claims Two More Lives In The Houston Area

first_imgSecond-grade teacher in Texas is the latest flu victim pic.twitter.com/fczm9vsesh— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 7, 2018 Photo via Public Domain PicturesCDC reports the flu is widespread across America this year and possibly won’t peak until March.A nationwide flu outbreak is showing no sign of easing up as at least two more deaths associated with the flu have been reported in Harris and Galveston Counties, according to ABC13.  In Harris County the number of flu-related deaths is now three, one more from what was reported last month, officials told ABC13. In Galveston County, officials said a 48-year-old woman died in late January after contracting the flu. The second death in that area this season.According to click2houston.com, more than 3,500 confirmed cases of the flu have been reported in Galveston County this season.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is widespread across America this year and possibly won’t peak until March.#Flu activity continues to increase across the United States. Remember these 3 steps to #fightflu: 1⃣ Get yourself & your family a flu shot2⃣ Take everyday preventive actions3⃣ Take antiviral drugs, if your doctor prescribes themhttps://t.co/nUIfIerdNP pic.twitter.com/MsJy9I9LG6— CDC (@CDCgov) February 6, 2018 You can reduce your risk of getting the #flu through everyday good health habits. Please stay home if you are sick to help prevent spreading respiratory viruses to others. We also recommend you frequently wash your hands. Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze.— Dr. Anne Schuchat (@CDCDirector) February 3, 2018 I added a video to a @YouTube playlist https://t.co/mAVjlmVKnl Cold & Flu Prevention in the Winter Months— antiagingtoday (@antiaging4today) February 3, 2018 Is it a cold or #flu? Both are respiratory illnesses, but are caused by different viruses that may require special diagnostic tests. Learn some of the differences between cold and flu. https://t.co/7WjAoXbzIl pic.twitter.com/o38dOCgmRM— CDC (@CDCgov) February 5, 2018center_img It’s that time of year again: Flu Season. Learn what you can do to prevent the flu in this week’s safety tip. #safetytip #fluseason #fluprevention #piedmontvacc pic.twitter.com/1NGgz1vyUd— PVCC (@PiedmontVaCC) February 5, 2018 Fighting the #flu. Great video from https://t.co/g1SDv6ZIGV https://t.co/5JcbWink8I Prevention is best get your flu vaccine from your GP, Pharmacy or Occ Hlth Dept #YourBestShot— HSE NIO (@HSEImm) February 7, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

100mpg plugin hybrids popping up in US

first_img A recent article in North Carolina´s The News & Observer has highlighted a Raleigh-based company, Advanced Vehicle Research Center (AVRC), that has four employees and can retrofit a Prius in about four hours for a cost of $10,400. The AVRC is one of eight US companies authorized to install lithium ion batteries manufactured by 23 Systems, a Massachusetts company. AVRC´s converted Priuses can get from anywhere between 60 and 100 mpg, depending on driving habits, which roughly doubles the gas mileage of a standard Prius. Advanced Energy, a Raleigh nonprofit research organization and one of AVRC´s customers, has even exceeded 200 mpg in a test under optimal conditions. The conversion process is relatively uncomplicated. The mechanics remove the spare tire in the trunk, and replace it with a 170-pound lithium ion battery pack, like a much larger version of a cell phone battery. A plug from the back of the bumper can be inserted into a conventional wall outlet, where a full charge lasts about 3.5 hours and costs less than 75 cents. The modified Prius draws from the new battery first, giving the car a range of about 35 miles on all-electric power, making gasoline optional on short commutes. When the battery is depleted, the Prius runs like a standard hybrid, using its gas engine and regenerative braking to charge its nickel metal hydride battery.According to the Plug-In Hybrid Coalition of the Carolinas, there are about 150 plug-in hybrids on US roads today. Most of the AVRC´s customers have been corporations with large fleets, but they recently made their first conversion for an individual. Their clients include Progress Energy, Duke Energy, the city of Raleigh, and North Carolina State University´s Advanced Transportation Energy Center. These organizations are tracking and sending data on the cars to the Idaho National Laboratory, a federal research institute that is studying plug-in hybrids.The plug-in modifications aren´t authorized or endorsed by Toyota, which plans to make its own Prius plug-in commercially available in 2010 in the US. Also in 2010, Chevrolet plans to release the Volt (which runs on the same 23 lithium ion battery used by AVRC), which is expected to be more economical than AVRC´s conversions. The AVRC acknowledges that $10,400 is a hefty price tag for the average driver – AVRC founder and president Richard Dell estimates that it could take 140,000 miles to recover the cost through fuel savings. But the important thing is that they´ve demonstrated that the technology is viable and available right now. “It´s given us more confidence that it´s not a matter of if plug-in vehicles will happen, but when,” said Mike Rowand, Duke Energy´s director of advanced customer technologies.More information: The Advanced Vehicle Research Centervia: The News & Observer The Advanced Vehicle Research Center is converting Toyota Priuses into electric plug-in hybrids for a cost of $10,400. Image credit: The Advanced Vehicle Research Center. Although many people would like to drive more fuel-efficient vehicles, most of us have to wait for the large vehicle manufacturers to mass-produce affordable cars that run on alternative power. In the meantime, a handful of smaller companies have begun taking the energy crisis into their own hands. By retrofitting hybrids like the Toyota Prius with a second battery pack, they´re converting these cars into hybrid plug-ins that can recharge from a wall outlet and drive a short commute on all electric power. Citation: 100-mpg plug-in hybrids popping up in US (2008, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-mpg-plug-in-hybrids.html 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.last_img read more

Inside story Chemical reactivity on the inner surface of singlewalled carbon nanotubes

first_imgSingle-Walled Carbon Nanotube (SWNT). Source: Christian Thielemann More information: Reactions of the inner surface of carbon nanotubes and nanoprotrusion processes imaged at the atomic scale, Nature Chemistry (2011), doi:10.1038/nchem.1115, Published online 14 August 2011Related: Self-assembly of a sulfur-terminated graphene nanoribbon within a single-walled carbon nanotube, Nature Materials 10, 687–692 (2011), doi:10.1038/nmat3082 , Published online 07 August 2011 Carbon nanotube structures changed by ‘attack’ from within, researchers discover (PhysOrg.com) — Historically, the interior surface of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) has not been considered to be chemically reactive. Recently, however, researchers at the University of Nottingham School of Chemistry in the UK and the Ulm University Transmission Electron Microscopy Group in Germany demonstrated sidewall (inner surface) chemical reactions when they inserted catalytically active atoms of rhenium metal (Re) into these atomically thin cylinders of carbon. These reactions formed nanometer-sized hollow protrusions in three distinct phases (sidewall deformation and rupture, open nanoprotrusion formation, and stable closed nanoprotrusion) which the researchers imaged at the atomic level – in real time at room temperature – using Aberration-Corrected High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (AC-HRTEM). Explore further Prof. Andrei N. Khlobystov conceived of the initial idea, proposed the general mechanism and wrote the original manuscript; Thomas W. Chamberlain designed the experiments, synthesized the materials and analyzed the microscopy data; Ute Kaiser contributed to the development of the experimental methodology and discussion of the results; Elena Bichoutskaia, Nicholas A. Besley and Adriano Santana performed the theoretical modeling and explained the details of the reaction mechanisms; and Johannes Biskupek analyzed the images, carried out TEM image simulations, and – with Jannik C. Meyer and Jens Leschner – recorded the AC-HRTEM images and contributed to the initial explanation of the observations.The main experimental challenge the team faced was to devise a method for delivering single atoms of catalytically active metal into very narrow carbon nanotubes with a diameter of 1.5 nm – about 80,000 times smaller than the thickness of human hair. “The presence of such metal atoms within the nanotube is important not just for investigating the chemical reactivity of the inner sidewall, but also for creating new nanostructures from the nanotube,” notes Khlobystov. The second major challenge, he adds, “was to study the delicate molecules, reactive atoms and their chemical transformation inside nanotubes in real-time at the atomic level.” To address these challenges, the team exploited the remarkable affinity of carbon nanotube with fullerenes – carbon nanostructures, which look like nanometer-sized cages and can be considered as structurally related to nanotubes. “The fullerenes are known to be attracted strongly into the nanotube cavity by van der Waals forces. We tagged each fullerene with a single atom of rhenium metal, so that each molecule brings a catalytically active metal atom into the nanotube,” Khlobystov explains. “It appears that such modified fullerenes are excellent vehicles for delivery of metal atoms into nanotubes, as they enter in nanotube spontaneously and irreversibly.”The second challenge, he continues, was solved by the researchers in Ulm, who applied a specially designed electron microscope that utilizes low energy electrons for imaging molecules and atoms. “They have succeeded at imaging the delicate molecules with atomic resolution and, most importantly, at capturing them in action – i.e., in chemical processes within the carbon nanotube in real time.”center_img 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. Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Inside story: Chemical reactivity on the inner surface of single-walled carbon nanotubes (2011, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-story-chemical-reactivity-surface-single-walled.html Kaiser comments that “Our aim is use low voltage TEM – which is now possible after the introduction of hardware aberration correction by Harald Rose, Max Haider and Knut Urban – to study in detail the atom-by-atom level influence of electron-beam interacting with low-Z matter,” which is matter with a low atomic number. “To accomplish this we developed the real-time imaging and data acquisition technology to reveal carbon nanotubes and their interior in high contrast and atomic resolution. “In order to provide a comprehensive description of a possible mechanism for nanoprotrusion formation on carbon nanotube walls,” adds Bichoutskaia, “we used a multi-scale modeling approach that combined accurate quantum chemical methods with semi-empirical molecular dynamics simulations.”Going forward, there are a number of innovations that might be developed and applied to the current experimental design – for example, catalysts other than rhenium, carbon sources other than the fullerene cage wall, nanotubes produced or grown using an alternative method, nanotubes using different fullerene, or variations in the e-beam. “Our next steps include implementing catalysts and more complex molecules into carbon nanotubes,” Kaiser confirms. “We’re also working on varying the e-beam energy and detection efficiency in our Sub-Angström Low-Voltage Electron (SALVE) microscopy project at Ulm University.”Khlobystov points out that there are dozens of different metals in the Periodic Table of elements, and each of them has a distinct set of useful physicochemical properties that could be harnessed at the single-atom level. “Our method of transport and encapsulation of metals into nanotubes is quite universal, as it can be adapted for any of the transition metals, many of which have outstanding chemical, optical and magnetic properties,” he explains. “For example, introduction of photoactive atoms into carbon nanotubes, such as ruthenium or platinum, may enable initiation and control of chemical reactions within nanotubes using pulses of light, which would be more useful than an electron beam for practical applications.”Furthermore, transition metals with well-defined catalytic properties different from those of rhenium, such as palladium, platinum, rhodium, and nickel, could trigger entirely different reactions in nanotubes, leading to different products that are difficult to anticipate at this stage – but Khlobystov is confident that within the next 12 months the team will be able to tell exactly what can be achieved with other types of metals. “Even now,” he stresses, “we know that addition of non-metallic elements other, such as sulfur, into nanotubes can drastically change the course of chemical reactions inside the nanotube.” Recently, the team published a paper showing that when sulfur and carbon are present in nanotube together, we can form unique nanoribbon structures with remarkable properties.”In terms of how their research might impact the design and/or development of electronic, medical, sensor or other nanoscale devices, Khlobystov notes that since carbon nanotubes are ideal containers for molecules and atoms, “With one macroscopic dimension,” being length, “and two nanoscopic dimensions, they can serve as a bridge between the molecular and the macroscopic worlds. Magnetically active molecules embedded in nanotubes, for example, could be integrated in miniature data storage and spintronic devices, and nanotubes could be used as a capsule for delivery of medicinal molecules directly into diseased cells in human body.” Moreover, Khlobystov notes that the electronic properties of the nanotube itself, such as band gap and charge carrier concentrations and mobility, are greatly affected by interactions with the guest molecules inside the nanotube, which forms a basis for sensors and detectors. “Furthermore,” he adds, “development of nanotubes as chemical reactors is a very promising direction, as pathways and rates of chemical reactions confined in nanotubes are drastically affected by the nanotube. Chemical synthesis in nanotubes is a new way of making molecules that will enable us to make new products that are not possible to prepare otherwise. Catalysis by transition metals is essential in this context, and understanding direct reactions of metals with nanotubes is the first step.”Kaiser believes that besides chemists and physicists working on basic research, nanotechnologists devoted to topics such as energy storage, catalysis and medical drug delivery both on hard-, soft- and combined hard-soft matter will benefit from the team’s research. “New technologies in TEM control, efficiency that allows us to detect every scattered electron, and goniometer design that is not disturbed by drift issues during TEM data acquisition will strongly enhance the new applications.” (A goniometer allows a specimen to be rotated to a precise angular position.)Kaiser agrees that carbon nanotube spontaneous self-assembly and interior nanoprotrusion formation, which all may open new avenues for nanoscale molecular synthesis. She also cites the effect of confinement within carbon nanotubes as well as the newly shaped CNT with nanoprotrusions as potentially providing a new mechanism for tuning the electronic properties of graphene nanoribbons. “The spectacular rotational and translational motion of helical nanoribbons within the nanotube, she adds, “as well as the possible regular formation of nanoprotrusions may inspire the exploration and harnessing of new electromechanical effects in nanodevices.”In the short-term, Khlobystov points out, the team is rapidly expanding the range of transition metals inserted into nanotubes to broaden the scope of chemical reactions studied under conditions of extreme confinement and, at the same time, to see whether the nanotube sidewall could be engaged in further, perhaps even more spectacular chemical transformations. “So far, our experiments have been carried out on a small scale, so our process would also need to be scaled up to test and explore real applications of these materials,” he acknowledges.For Kaiser, next steps include imaging more complex structures at the present 80kV aberration-corrected TEM and at 20kV with our new SALVE prototype microscope. “We will explore the electron-beam specimen interaction further and will probably discover further surprises,” she adds.The potential for an in vivo application remains uncertain. “At the moment,” Khlobystov opines, “I can’t really see how our process can be transferred to an in vivo protocol. The conditions required to spark chemical transformations in nanotubes are still very harsh. However, if a living system would possess some sort of super-enzyme that is able to crack carbon-carbon bonds of the nanotube sidewall, in principle, we could adopt our nanoreactors for a biological system.”Kaiser admits that this is rather speculative, noting the additional limitation that in vivo atomic resolution is not obtainable today. “However,” she opines, “with our SALVE initiative a new low-voltage TEM will be finalized in two years through our collaborations with partners CEOS and Carl Zeiss, we will be a step closer to image beam-sensitive biological materials.”Khlobystov emphasizes that these exciting applications rely on a well-defined and reliable interface between the nanotube container and the contained molecules and atoms. “Because a pristine nanotube has an atomically smooth surface, the molecules shuttle randomly from one position to another within the nanotube in almost frictionless motion. Nanoprotrusions formed on nanotubes in our experiments create hollow pockets on the nanotube inner surface, which can effectively trap desired molecules and atoms in a specific location, thus giving a mechanism for controlling their positions and orientations. A greater degree of control over the dynamic behavior of encapsulated molecules is essential,” he concludes, “for successfully harnessing the full potential of their optical, magnetic and chemical properties.”last_img read more

Best of Last Week – First 3D magnetic logic gate water tractor

first_img(Phys.org) —It was a busy week for applied physics as Researchers build first 3D magnetic logic gate—they used programmable 3D nano-sized magnets to build the gate–it could lead to circuit chips with increased density. And speaking of circuit chips; Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed. A collaborative effort has led to the development of a “neurosynaptic” chip, its makers claim, and it works by using processes that mimic the human brain. Because the chip, named TrueNorth uses a neural design it is able to process data on par with a supercomputer, opening the door for such uses as driverless vehicles that don’t have to rely on communications with a more powerful remote computer to get around. In related news, neuroscientists are zeroing in on The fastest neurons in the brain, aka “fast-spiking parvalbumin-positive interneurons.” Perhaps their findings will lead to an even faster neurosynaptic chip. Scientists create purple-winged butterflies in six generations Magnetic force microscope images of the 3D magnetic logic gates, each containing three input magnets and one output magnet. Numbers show the magnetization states of the output magnet for all input configurations. Credit: Eichwald, et al. ©2014 IOP Explore further Citation: Best of Last Week – First 3D magnetic logic gate, water tractor beam and charging phones wirelessly (2014, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-week-3d-magnetic-logic-gate.htmlcenter_img © 2014 Phys.org Also, Physicists create water tractor beam—a team at The Australian National University found they could use wave generation to move objects sitting on the surface of a liquid. That could come in handy for managing ships in tight quarters, or perhaps to help move floating drones. Also, smartphone users can start holding their breath: Charging with ultrasound: uBeam has functional prototype—it’s a wireless charging platform that uses ultrasound to send electricity to devices through the air to charge portable electronics. They hope to have a product ready sometime in the next two years.In biology news, Scientists create purple-winged butterflies in six generations using nothing but selective breeding. All they had to do was measure the ultraviolet reflectivity of moth wings and breed those with the color closest to purple, a process the researchers believe could be replicated when designing devices that trap light, tune color or steer light beam. Also, Flores bones show features of Down syndrome, not a new ‘hobbit’ human. And finally, if you’re wondering if you’re perhaps a little too into yourself, you can find out, as a team of researchers has discovered that Just one simple question can identify narcissistic people. Turns out, all they had to do was ask them, which suggests, you could do the same. 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.last_img read more

New polymer able to store energy at higher temperatures

first_img New paper describes first-ever synthesis of hyperbranched polymers More information: Flexible high-temperature dielectric materials from polymer nanocomposites, Nature 523, 576–579 (30 July 2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14647AbstractDielectric materials, which store energy electrostatically, are ubiquitous in advanced electronics and electric power systems. Compared to their ceramic counterparts, polymer dielectrics have higher breakdown strengths and greater reliability, are scalable, lightweight and can be shaped into intricate configurations, and are therefore an ideal choice for many power electronics, power conditioning, and pulsed power applications. However, polymer dielectrics are limited to relatively low working temperatures, and thus fail to meet the rising demand for electricity under the extreme conditions present in applications such as hybrid and electric vehicles, aerospace power electronics, and underground oil and gas exploration. Here we describe crosslinked polymer nanocomposites that contain boron nitride nanosheets, the dielectric properties of which are stable over a broad temperature and frequency range. The nanocomposites have outstanding high-voltage capacitive energy storage capabilities at record temperatures (a Weibull breakdown strength of 403 megavolts per metre and a discharged energy density of 1.8 joules per cubic centimetre at 250 degrees Celsius). Their electrical conduction is several orders of magnitude lower than that of existing polymers and their high operating temperatures are attributed to greatly improved thermal conductivity, owing to the presence of the boron nitride nanosheets, which improve heat dissipation compared to pristine polymers (which are inherently susceptible to thermal runaway). Moreover, the polymer nanocomposites are lightweight, photopatternable and mechanically flexible, and have been demonstrated to preserve excellent dielectric and capacitive performance after intensive bending cycles. These findings enable broader applications of organic materials in high-temperature electronics and energy storage devices. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at the Pennsylvania State University has created a new polymer that is able to store energy at higher temperatures than conventional polymers without breaking down. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they created the polymer and why they believe it could be useful in many products. Harry Ploehn with the University of South Carolina offers a brief history of polymers created for use in electronics, in a News & Views piece in the same journal issue, and describes the work done by the team on this new effort—he also offers an opinion on the prospects for the newly development polymer. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Flexible polymer nanocomposite thin films for high-temperature high-voltage capacitive energy storage. Credit: Q. Li Explore further Bending tests of polymer nanocomposites. Credit: Q. Li One drawback of the new polymer is that because it requires an extra step, its production costs would be higher than for conventional dielectric polymer capacitors, and there are also still questions about how easy it would be to prevent defects and whether it will stand up to long term wear and tear. If it proves to be resilient and a way can be found to drive down costs, it is likely, Ploehn believes, that the new polymer will have a bright future in applications ranging from hybrid cars to aerospace systems. 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. As Ploehn notes, dielectric capacitors are used in wide variety of applications that require holding onto a charge and then offering a short burst of power when needed. In many applications dielectrics are made of polymers (because they are light, relatively easy to make and because defects can be easily controlled), but there are still some areas where they cannot be used because they cannot function correctly under temperature extremes—that prevents their use inside car engines, for example. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a new approach to creating a polymer that allows for use in extremely hot applications.The new polymer was created by the team by adding nanometer-scale sheets of boron nitride to a conventional polymer, which testing showed increased its energy density by 400 percent (which means capacitors made using it could be smaller and thus lighter). And testing also showed the newly improved polymer was able to remain stable at temperatures as high as 300°C, and was able to withstand rigorous bending. Citation: New polymer able to store energy at higher temperatures (2015, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-polymer-energy-higher-temperatures.htmllast_img read more

Abstract Odyssey

first_imgArt is expressed through a variety of medium and Sudip Roy’s works are best expressed through water-colours. Using unique strokes and colours, he solely focuses on innovation in his series of artworks. His experience is clearly reflected in his art which depict his emotions that do not linger on in his mind after its completion.Roy showcased his latest collection of works in an exhibition titled — ‘Odyssey’ — at the Visual Art Gallery, in India Habitat Centre on Wednesday. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. “I am very happy that Sudip Roy has come up with such beautiful paintings. I am a great admirer of his work; he’s doing very well and he deserves all the appreciation for that. Thank god I am born in the world of sound and I wish him all the best and I hope that our relation of music and colour goes deeper with time. I would love to see more of his works in future,” said the sarod maestro while inaugurating the exhibition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Uma Nair, art curator echoed similar thoughts and said: “Sudip Roy is an artist who is known for his realist works. He is known for his Charulata series and is a great water-colour artist. But this is another journey. It is a journey in abstraction. A lot of artists think that abstract painting is about colours but actually, it is more about the experience. These paintings show extreme emotions. I think it is great to be able to keep reinventing yourself.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe uses a unique combination of colours while expressing his emotions. However, the essence plays a part momentarily as it comes with a flow. Nair agrees and says: “The choice of colours is something which is instinctive and intuitive for Sudip. It comes naturally with a flow and nothing is deliberate.” The guests who graced the event were Subhalakshmi, Sushma Bahl, Manu Dosaj, Pooja Bahri, Anuradha Raman, Diana, Poonam Sethi and others.last_img read more

Two class 5 students drown in pond

first_imgHowrah(WB): Two class 5 students drowned in a pond in West Bengal’s Howrah district Tuesday, police said. The two students drowned in a pond in Domjur area of the district while taking a bath, they said.last_img

Food Carnival you cant afford to miss

first_imgGastronomes get ready because the Culinary Art India is back and this time it promises to be bigger, better and tastier. Hosted by the Indian Culinary Forum and Hospitality First in association with ITPO, the 14th edition of annual food event will be a five-day affair starting from March 12 (today). Food enthusiasts will be seen making a beeline for Lounge B, Gate No 1, Pragati Maidan where the culinary festival will be staged alongside Aahar International Fair. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOne of the most loved food-related festivals, Culinary Art India is known for its thrilling competitions among the chefs in different categories like Plated Appetizers, Contemporary Sushi Platter, Plated Desserts, Authentic Indian Regional Cuisine, etc. This year too, chefs – experienced and newcomers – will lock horns to win coveted prizes at the Indian Culinary Art Challenge. Hundreds of senior and apprentice chefs from across the country are gearing up to compete on an internationally-modeled platform at this mega food carnival. Visitors will also get to witness the display of culinary excellence by renowned chefs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBudding chefs would be delighted to know that the Indian Culinary Forum has decided to open up more categories for them in this edition. Till last year, there was only one category open for students but the keeping in mind the number of participants and their incredible skills and talent, the CAI will now allow them to compete in three more categories including plated appetizers, three course set dinner menu, desserts and enthusiastic hobby cooks categories. By hosting this annual festival, the CAI aims to establish a professional platform where culinary professionals across India can display their individual and combined skills and creative talent, and also learn, share experiences and collaborate with each other in a purely businesslike and competitive environment. The event that culminates on March 16 will recognise and felicitate excellence in the culinary art in India and the competitions will be judged by renowned chefs. Noted Chef Satish Arora will be presiding as the Chairperson of the jury in this year’s competitions while Chef Sireesh Saxena will be the organising secretary. Chef Devinder Kumar, President, Indian Culinary Forum said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce the 14th Culinary Art India, a professional culinary challenge where chefs are given a platform to demonstrate their culinary skills as well as help them improve to meet international standards. I would like to assure all participants and members of total transparency through structured rules, regulations, systems and panel of WACS certified judges.” Chef Vivek Saggar, General Secretary of Indian Culinary Forum said, “This year’s event will be the biggest ever with newly added categories and an expanded competition venue, to be accredited by a panel of internationally acclaimed judges. The budding chefs, who are the future of the industry, especially will get more opportunities to compete and win.” Culinary Art India 2019 challenge will see the participation of chefs in 14 different categories.last_img read more

Strength training may reduce diabetes risk

first_imgStrength training over a short time period may be a fast and effective strategy for reducing risk of fatty liver disease and diabetes in obese people, a study has found. Researchers from University of Campinas in Brazil investigated the effects of strength-based exercise on liver fat accumulation, blood glucose regulation and markers of inflammation in obese mice. According to a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology, strength training can reduce fat stores in the liver and improve blood glucose control in obese mice. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study reports that strength training over a short time-period, less than would be enough to change body fat composition in humans, was sufficient to reduce the accumulation of liver fat and improve regulation of blood glucose in obese mice. Obesity is a growing, global health epidemic that needs more effective intervention strategies to avoid debilitating complications including fatty liver disease and diabetes. Approximately 94 per cent of obese people are diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and its associated serious complications, including nerve and kidney damage. Although increased physical activity is a widely accepted method of improving health and aiding weight loss, the relative benefits of different types, durations and intensities of physical activities are still under much debate. A wealth of research has focussed on the benefits of energy-burning aerobic exercise, with the potential benefits of muscle-building strength and resistance training often neglected. For the study, obese mice were made to perform strength training over a short time-period, the equivalent of which in humans would not be enough to change their body fat composition. After this training the mice had less fatty livers, reduced levels of inflammatory markers and their blood glucose regulation was improved, despite no change in their overall body weight. “The fact that these improvements in metabolism occurred over a short time suggest that strength training can have positive effects on health and directly affect liver function and metabolism,” said Leandro Pereira de Moura from University of Campinas.last_img read more

Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isel

first_imgBloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled.”That was my first warning,” Isela says. She contacted her insurance agent and was told her application was denied because something on her medication list indicated that Isela uses drugs. Isela, a registered nurse who works in an addiction treatment program at Boston Medical Center, scanned her med list. It showed a prescription for the opioid-reversal drug naloxone — brand name Narcan.”But I’m a nurse, I use it to help people,” Isela remembers telling her agent. “If there is an overdose, I could save their life.”That’s a message public health leaders aim to spread far and wide. “BE PREPARED. GET NALOXONE. SAVE A LIFE,” was the message at the top of a summary advisory from the U.S. surgeon general in April.But some life insurers consider the use of prescription drugs when reviewing policy applicants. And it can be difficult, some say, to tell the difference between someone who carries naloxone to save others and someone who carries naloxone because they are at risk for an overdose.Primerica is the insurer Isela says turned her down. (NPR has agreed to use just Isela’s first name because she is worried about how this story might affect her ongoing ability to get life insurance.) The company says it can’t discuss individual cases. But in a prepared statement, Primerica notes that naloxone has become increasingly available over the counter.”Now, if a life insurance applicant has a prescription for naloxone, we request more information about its intended use as part of our underwriting process,” says Keith Hancock, the vice president for corporate communications. “Primerica is supportive of efforts to help turn the tide on the national opioid epidemic.”After Primerica turned her down, Isela applied to a second life insurer and was again denied coverage. But the second company told her it might reconsider if she obtained a letter from her doctor explaining why she needs naloxone. So, Isela did contact her primary care physician — and then realized that her doctor had not prescribed the drug.Isela had bought naloxone at a pharmacy. To help reduce overdose deaths, Massachusetts and many other states have established a standing order for naloxone — one prescription that works for everybody. Isela couldn’t just give her insurer that statewide prescription; she had to find the doctor who signed it. As it happens, that physician — Dr. Alex Walley — also works at Boston Medical Center.Walley is an associate professor of medicine at Boston University; he also works in addiction medicine at Boston Medical Center and is the medical director for the Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.”We want naloxone to be available to a wide group of people — people who have an opioid use disorder themselves, but also [those in] their social networks and other people in a position to rescue them,” Walley says.He says he’s written a half dozen letters for other BMC employees denied life or disability insurance because of naloxone, and that troubles him.”My biggest concern is that people will be discouraged by this from going to get a naloxone rescue kit at the pharmacy,” Walley says. “So this has been frustrating.”The life insurance hassle — and threat of being turned to down — has discouraged Isela and some of her fellow nurses. She is not carrying a naloxone kit outside the hospital right now because she doesn’t want it to show up on her active medication list until the life insurance problem is sorted out.”So if something were to happen on the street, I don’t have one — just because I didn’t want another conflict,” Isela said.BMC has alerted the state’s Division of Insurance, which has said in a written response that it is reviewing the cases and drafting guidelines for “the reasonable use of drug history information in determining whether to issue a life insurance policy.”But Isela isn’t a drug user. And yet, she is being penalized as if she were.Michael Botticelli, who runs the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at BMC, says friends and family members of patients with an addiction must be able to carry naloxone without fear that doing so will send them to the insurance reject pile.”It’s incumbent on all of us to make sure that we try to kind of nip this in the bud,” he says, “before it is any more wide-scale.”Botticelli says increased access to naloxone across Massachusetts is one of the main reasons overdose deaths are down in the state. The most recent state report shows 20 fewer fatalities this year compared to last.Botticelli relayed his concerns in a letter to Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. surgeon general, who says he contacted the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. That group says it has not heard of any cases of life insurance applicants being denied because they purchased naloxone.Adams says it’s good to, as Botticelli suggests, nip the problem in the bud.”Naloxone saves lives,” Adams says, “and it is important that all Americans know about the vital role bystanders can play in preventing opioid overdose deaths when equipped with this lifesaving medication.”Isela says the second company that rejected her has agreed to let her reapply, in light of Walley’s letter stating that she carries the drug so that she can reverse an overdose. Isela is in the process of reapplying.This story is part of a reporting partnership with NPR, WBUR and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 WBUR. To see more, visit WBUR.last_img read more

Is Big Pharma for or Against Legalizing Medical Marijuana Maybe Both

first_img Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Cannabis Journalist | Tech Evangelist Covering High Growth Trends 8 min read Next Article Image credit: Kevork Djansezian | Getty Images Add to Queue Guest Writer Andre Bourque Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. People growing their own marijuana is a significant concern to Big Pharma. As state legalization of cannabis-derivatives spreads, the drug companies contemplating the potential of medical marijuana see a threat from both homegrown and professionally harvested medical-grade marijuana.Pharma offers quality control and deep testing but experience shows that research and development adds to customer cost. Even the 21st Century Cures Act won’t speed up the famously slow pace of FDA drug approvals. Given the facts and the perception, you have to wonder if Big Pharma is for or against legalizing marijuana.Related: Science and FDA Say Cannabis Is Medicine but DEA Insists It Isn’tHere’s the problem.A lot of money always attracts a lot interest. Big Pharma wants the revenues that marijuana promises but concede market forces threaten their interests. Big Pharma can’t getting its biggest slice of the pie with individuals and licensed producers harvesting cannabis, not to mention the the black market that continues to thrive.Ben Cohen, writing for US News, insists it’s all about money. He writes, “For years, large corporations and well-heeled lobbyists have blocked the legalization of marijuana for medical use or recreational use in order to protect their own profits.”There’s no reason to expect this to stop.On the other hand, cannabis advocates have a personal and emotional investment in promoting the legalization, or at least decriminalization, of marijuana. Sometimes that makes them anti-institutional and they skew the role of Big Pharma. Finding an objective point of view is difficult.You might consider the hypocrisy at the February 2014 meeting of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA). While speaker after speaker preached against the legalization of marijuana, leading financial sponsors of the program included Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin.As reported in The Nation, both CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America) accept financial support from the producers of the same opioid medications that have led to tens of thousands of deaths. The same two groups, among others, have opposed U.S. Congressional efforts to label prescription opioids for “severe pain,” but they have supported continuing Medicare reimbursement for the addictive pills.Moreover, pharmaceutical companies take shelter in the DEA’s listing of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, the same category as heroin. As long as the DEA effectively prohibits marijuana medical research, Big Pharma can take the moral high road. The Schedule 1 designation severely limits needed research into the medical efficacy of cannabis-derivatives.”Big pharma is lobbying against legalization, on the purported grounds of safety, but in reality, they are just buying time to create their own synthetic cannabis medicines,” said Alan Hirsch, CEO of Diagnostic Lab Corporation, a cannabis safety and science company. “Several biotech companies have started creating cannabinoid chemistry from rice or yeast, but eventually, these medicines will be manufactured by Big Pharma in Schedule 1 facilities.” Big Pharma Is Developing Cannabis Painkillers – Here’s What They Can Do To Become Part of the Mainstream Market. https://t.co/WGj1yWE2rv pic.twitter.com/s0w3fmzsPe— HIGH TIMES (@HIGH_TIMES_Mag) July 19, 2017 The problem that started with the Trump campaign.Many of the same voters who elected President Donald J. Trump voted to liberalize marijuana enforcement. And, like everything else with the arrival of the Trump administration, things remain in a state of confusion pending official updated stance.In a Town Hall (03/20/2016) meeting, then-candidate Trump said, “I think that as far as drug legalization we talk about marijuana and in terms of medical I think I am basically for that. I’ve heard some wonderful things in terms of medical. I’m watching Colorado very carefully to see what’s happening out there.”Related: Getting Healthy, Not High: Using Cannabis to Fight CancerOn The O’Reilly Factor (02/12/2016), when Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly called medical marijuana a “ruse,” candidate Trump said, “But I know people that have serious problems and they did that they really — it really does help them.”Later, candidate Trump told the Washington Post (10/29/2016), “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state … Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should happen — right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.”Decades ago he also told the Miami Herald (04/14/1990) “We’re losing badly the War on Drugs. You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.”Confusion about the Trump Administration and cannabis.President Donald J. Trump has sent several confusing signals to the pharmaceutical industry and the cannabis advocates. NewsMaxFinance (03/03/3017) quoted President-elect Trump as saying, “pharmaceutical companies are ‘getting away with murder’ in what they charge the government for medicines.” President Trump repeated that charge at a press conference reported by the Washington Post (01/11/2017) when he also said, “Pharma has a lot of lobbies, a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power.”Fox Business (02/01/2017) interviewed Eli Lilly’s CEO David A. Ricks following Trump’s White House meeting with pharmaceutical industry leaders. “When asked if he gave the president any commitment to reducing drug prices or to investing in U.S. operations or jobs, Ricks responded, ‘No, Lilly didn’t do that. But, what we did say is that with the right policy environment, in particular, the corporate tax rate which today is an inhibitor for us to invest in manufacturing here in the United States, along with other pro-business policies could allow us to expand operations in the U.S’.”Related: Will the ‘Entrepreneur’ President Embrace the Cannabis Economy?And, Emma Court of MarketWatch (03/01/2017) reported following Trump’s first State of the Union Address, “The Tuesday evening mention of drug prices underscores ‘our view that Trump is committed to some action to permit federal government involvement in pricing under Medicare Part D, his position for a year,’ Evercore ISI policy analyst Terry Haines said. ‘We continue to think that comes during ACA reform legislation when Trump can insist something be included as a condition of him signing the bill into law.’”So perhaps President Trump is jawboning the pharmaceutical industry to make a deal? Trump wants some concession he can take to his populist constituency in trade for lower corporate taxes. On the surface, this has nothing to do with marijuana. In fact, his position on marijuana may be something he can trade.Related: Marijuana Advocates Wait for Trump’s Stance on Legalized CannabisIt’s all about the money.Is Big Pharma for or against legalizing marijuana? Nothing shows that they favor accessibility to marijuana, and everything points to their opposition. However, investors in Big Pharmacy see the light. They remain in the market and are buying up. They see that there’s no moral high road here but there is money for Big Pharma in cannabis.“No pharmacy company is interested in making cheaper medicine,” Brian Chaplin, founder of Medicine Box told me in a written interview. “The existing Pharma industry is more about patenting and manufacturing medicine that is a treatment plan – not a curative plan.”Chaplin argues that Big Pharma wants customers to need their products, preferably for the rest of their lives, while creating “customers” but not healing specific ailments.“This is different from a ‘whole plant’ medicine approach — where we see patients responding to the synergistic effects of multiple compounds (cannabanoids and terpenes) in the plant that are usually lacking in a pharmacy — chemically prepared product,” he continued.  Interestingly, Big Pharma playing in the fields of cannabis might, in fact, help declassify the plant. Christopher Teague of HERB writes, “Big Pharma will prove that cannabis is medicine a hundred times over, in every way, and the DEA will have to reclassify the plant itself.”According to Matt Gray, CEO and founder of HERB, “Big Pharma has already dipped its toe into cannabis treatment, with the DEA approving synthetic cannabis for pharma company, Insys.”That same company, however, also donated money to prevent cannabis legalization from occurring in Arizona. “This just proves the point that Big Pharma cares more about their bottom line than the actual treatment of patients,” he continued. “So if they find it financially beneficial, they will get involved in the industry, even if it isn’t necessarily for the right reasons.”In the end, it’s all about striking a winning balance. Trump needs a victory over high drug prices, especially as they affect Medicare Part D. Big Pharma is in a position to demand concessions. Accessibility to cannabis R&D might just be one of them. Pharmaceutical companies are intrigued by the immense and growing medical marijuana market but cannot figure a way to corner it. Cannabis August 8, 2017 –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Is Big Pharma for or Against Legalizing Medical Marijuana? Maybe Both. Subscribe Nowlast_img read more