Proterra raises 155 million will work with Daimler to electrify school buses

Source: Proterra, Electrek, TechCrunch Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Electric bus maker Proterra, a company that we’ve often written about, has secured a new $155-million round of investment, co-led by Daimler (the exact amount Daimler invested has not been divulged).Along with the investment, Daimler and Proterra agreed to “explore the electrification of select Daimler heavy-duty vehicles. The first of these efforts will be to explore potential synergies with Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses division by bringing Proterra’s proven battery and drivetrain technologies to the North American school bus market.”School buses will be a new frontier for Proterra, which has sold hundreds of its battery-electric buses to municipal transit agencies and other fleet operators. The partnership between the two vehicle manufacturers should be beneficial to both. Daimler can offer Proterra “experience in manufacturing commercial vehicles at scale,” while Proterra is proficient at building long-range buses – last year, the company’s Catalyst DuoPower drivetrain achieved a record 1,100-mile trip on a single charge.“We started working on electric trucks and buses at a very early stage, and we aim to set the standards here in each relevant segment,” said Daimler Board Member Martin Daum. “We expect the cooperation with Proterra to deliver additional impetus for the development of heavy-duty commercial vehicles with electric drive.”“Daimler is a global leader in vehicles that serve almost every category and market,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple. “Over the past year, we’ve gained a great deal of respect for the engineering prowess, operational expertise, and environmental stewardship of the Daimler team.” read more

Watch all the Tesla Model 3 crash test videos

Tesla Model 3 has achieved the lowest probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by NHTSA.Now you can watch all the Model 3 crash test videos on which the results are based. more…The post Watch all the Tesla Model 3 crash test videos appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward

Zipcar UK VW eGolf Fleet Covered More Than 50000 Trips In 6

first_img PSA Providing 550 Citroën C-Zero & Peugeot iOn To Free2Move Paris Zipcar Orders 325 Volkswagen e-Golfs For Fleet In London Malta’s First Car Sharing Club Introduces 150 Renault ZOE Results over first six months are encouraging enough to expect that further electrification of Zipcar’s fleet will be in progress.“Zipcar UK’s Volkswagen e-Golf fleet is available on its Flex service which allows members to drive from A to B and drop off the cars where convenient within a Zipcar zone, via the Zipcar app. The service is pay-as-you-go, with users hiring an e-Golf from just 31p per minute, capped at £14 per hour.”Claire McGreal, Volkswagen UK Brand Strategy and Mobility Services Manager said:“The e-Golf’s warm reception from Zipcar UK members is testament to its ease of use in the city, as well as their eagerness to go electric in the capital. Extending the Zipcar UK e-Golf fleet will ensure that more of the car club’s 230,000 registered users in the UK will be able to enjoy convenient, zero-emission travel.”Jonathan Hampson, General Manager for Zipcar UK, said:“We passionately believe that electric car sharing is the way forward for Londoners when it comes to driving in the capital. Working with Volkswagen we have made EV driving more affordable and accessible than ever before. These figures speak for themselves: Londoners are embracing EV driving and proving that there is a real potential to make EV driving mainstream in the capital, and help fight the city’s pollution challenges.” Zipcar: e-Golf fleet received warm reception from membersZipcar‘s electric car sharing system – launched in London in July 2018 – gradually expanded to 325 Volkswagen e-Golfs, which is the largest shared electric vehicle fleet in the UK.According to Zipcar, the fleet was used by 10,000 members and already covered over 250,000 miles (400,000 km) on more than 50,000 trips. The average number of trips per member is around 5, while the average distance of single trip stands at 5 miles (8 km).Car sharing news Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Audi ETron Meteorite Showcases Electric SUV In Munich

first_imgElectrified meteorite? Seems the marketing campaign is at full swing at Audi“e-tron meteorite” hits Munich Airport with full force according to Audi. The German manufacturer demonstrates a fleet of e-tron and invites people to experience the car (total duration of approx. 60 minutes per drive) as well as learn about the ecosystem and technologies at the multi-story meteorite in the MAC Forum.Together with cars, Audi provides 70 AC charging stations (three-phase 22 kW each) and six DC fast chargers.“Audi is preparing a very special showcase for the e-tron prior to its official launch on the German market: The all-electric Audi has landed at Munich Airport in a multi-storey meteorite that covers a 630-square-meter (6,781.3 sq ft) footprint. Until mid-March, visitors and passengers can experience the new model for themselves along with its technology, its service ecosystem and other exciting future projects from Audi in the MAC Forum between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.” Audi e-tron “From technical issues like charging or recuperation to the driving experience in an Audi e-tron – the meteorite offers a comprehensive overview of electric mobility and how the company envisions the electric future. Kids have fun on their own expedition through the meteorite while discovering the electric world of Audi with a small, animated robot called ADUI. Audi also makes it possible for prospective buyers to take a short test drive in the e-tron from the meteorite in the MAC Forum without prior registration. A free one-hour driving experience can be booked through your Audi partner in advance.The meteorite will also be used during central launch training for the Audi e-tron for the worldwide sales organization. More than 9,500 dealership employees from all over the world will learn about the technology and the entire Audi e-tron ecosystem in detail.Another part of the e-tron experience at Munich Airport until March is an escape room within the directly adjacent myAudi Sphere. Visitors can learn about the technology of the new electric Audi here while having fun playing through multiple scenarios. When all of the puzzles have been solved, the reward is a test drive. Time slots for the adventure in the myAudi Sphere can be booked directly at as well as on digital Audi channels like” In recent months, we clearly see a lot of effort put out by Audi in the to successful launch of the e-tron. The first series-produced model is especially important because of the huge investment in the entire lineup of upcoming BEVs.Audi e-tron Audi e-tron Autogefühl: Audi e-tron Is The Best EV In Terms Of Driving Audi Providing 50 e-tron Shuttles At World Economic Forum Audi e-tron New Smaller Audi e-Tron SUV Expected To Be Unveiled in Geneva “We are starting a new chapter for our brand with the Audi e-tron. The focus – aside from the new car – will for the first time be on new digital services and on charging. Our meteorite therefore also offers a completely new approach to experiencing the ecosystem and technologies surrounding our first all-electric, high-volume model. But our approach goes even further: This year we will be working together with Munich Airport to develop a complete infrastructure for electric charging.” Horst Hanschur, Head of Sales Strategy and Business Development at AUDI AG said: Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 26, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Audi etron Featured By Fully Charged In Abu Dhabi Video

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Audi e-tron Electric Motor Explored: Video One more review of the e-tron ahead of the market launchIn the most recent episode, Fully Charged takes us back to the Audi e-tron demonstrations conducted several weeks ago in the United Arab Emirates. Jonny Smith tested the car over two days on both tarmac and on the sand in Abu Dhabi.The overall verdict is positive – the e-tron is a great car (very quiet, with 150 kW charging capability and nice interior), although Jonny Smith notes that it’s too expensive, too heavy (heavier than Tesla Model X with a bigger battery), and range/efficiency should be higher. The small objection concerns cameras/displays replacing mirrors, which are not recommended, but it’s just a fancy option – not the weak point of the car itself.Audi e-tron Audi E-Tron Electric SUV Charges At Sustained 150-kW Rate Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 24, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Does Audi e-Tron Really Only Use 83 Out Of Its 95-kWh Battery Pack? Interesting was the part when Jonny Smith asked Audi representatives about production volumes and received an answer that the entire plant in Brussel was designated for EVs, which implies that it must be in the level of 100,000 to make sense. There would be no sense to produce, for example, 10,000 e-tron per year.Audi e-tron specs:0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds or 0-100 km/h  in 5.7 secondsTop speed – 124 mphup to 417 km (259.1 miles) under WLTP test cycle95 kWh battery (36 cell modules, each module is equipped with 12 pouch cells, nominal voltage of 396 volts)battery pack weight: 700 kilograms (1543.2 lb)dual-motor all-wheel drive – up to 300 kW and 664 Nm in S mode (boost) or up to 265 kW and 561 Nm in D mode. Front motor is 135 kW, the rear is 165 kW (S mode).Maximum tow rating – 1,800 kg (4,000 pounds) when properly equipped9.6 kW on-board charger (240 V, 40 A) in U.S. and 11 kW or 22 kW three-phase in EuropeDC fast charging up to 150 kW: 0-80% in 30 minuteslast_img read more

Report GM Will Announce Next Production EV Orion Investment Friday

first_imgGM is expected to announce a $300 million investment and a new production EV for the Orion Township plant.General Motors will be announcing a “a major new investment” in “future technologies” at 10 a.m. Friday morning. The press conference will be held in Michigan at the Orion Township plant. Orion is home to Chevy Bolt EV, Chevy Sonic and GM Cruise vehicle production. While GM has not gone into details, Autoblog reports that the facility will add a new EV to its production line.Two individuals familiar with the plans told Autoblog that the Detroit automaker will be making a $300 million dollar investment in Orion. In addition, it will formerly announce a new production bound EV based on the Bolt to be assembled at the Michigan facility.More About GM Electric Vehicles Buick To Launch New High-Volume BEV & PHEV In China Source: Electric Vehicle News Buick’s Velite 6 EV Will Have Under 300km Range in China GM CEO Mary Barra will be presenting the plan alongside United Auto Workers’ Vice President Terry Dittes. Recently, GM has been facing criticism from local officials, unions, and the White House. Tensions began when Barra announced thousands of layoffs and the end of several product lines last year. Because of this, GM’s message is likely to focus on creating hundreds of new jobs in the region. The move to a U.S. facility will also likely coincide with an endorsement of the new North American free trade agreement.Buick Velite 6According to Autoblog, production was originally slated for China. Since Buick is one of GM’s most popular brands in China, it is possible we will finally see the long rumored Buick Encore EV. In addition to the Bolt EV, GM has a new BEV3 platform slated for early next decade.If a new model is indeed shown, it might be intended to bridge this gap until the new platform arrives. A fresh model would also help compete with multiple EV crossovers hitting the market in the coming years.Source: Autoblog Mary Barra Reiterates GM’s EV Commitments And Financial Investments Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 22, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Renault Announces Experimental LastMile Delivery Van EZFLEX

first_imgWith EZ-FLEX, Renault tries to imagine the future of urban deliveryRenault will present at the upcoming VIVA Technology fair (from 16 to 18 May 2019) at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (France) its all new electric delivery van Renault EZ-FLEX.It’s designed for the last-mile urban deliveries (50 km per day on average), so is compact in size, with a tight turning circle (4.5 m) and a range of 150 km (93 miles) on a single charge. If we are looking for a similar EV, it would be the Deutsche Post DHL’s StreetScooter.“Renault EZ-FLEX is a compact and manoeuvrable vehicle designed to move seamlessly throughout cities.It provides an optimal footprint in relation to its load space: the length (3.86 m), width (1.65 m) and height (1.88) are small enough to enable access to car parks. Its 3m3 load capacity is exceptional for its dimensions and made possible by a compact cockpit which still offers the full range of assets of a true LCV. The 4.5 m turning circle provides excellent maneuverability in city centers.Everything was designed to meet the needs of deliverers: the wide access to the driver’s seat which facilitates ingress and egress, a highly visible central dashboard for quick and easy access to driving information, pedestrian and urban environment visibility and simple and efficient driving controls. The human machine interface is modern and fully integrated into the world of smartphones. It offers services and applications linked to the vehicle and can integrate applications linked to various professionals’ activities.Rear loading is optimized via an ergonomic loading height (760 mm above ground) and openings enabling easy access to the entire loading surface. The vehicle was also designed to enable a wide variety of configurations. These rear space configurations are adaptable, designed to meet the different needs of the professionals by whom the vehicle will be used.As an electric vehicle, EZ-FLEX can access city centers, offering a range of 150 km adapted to the needs of urban delivery (urban deliveries require driving 50 km per day on average).” In March 2019 Renault Sold Almost 5,400 Electric Cars More from Renault Renault City K-ZE Electric CUV Debuts At Shanghai Auto Show Renault plans to build a dozen of Renault and lent to various professionals, companies, cities and municipalities in Europe for a period of about 2 years for real-world tests.“The vehicle is equipped with sensors to better understand the uses, and the professionals will enrich this data with their feedback during the experiment. Different data types will be collected: geolocation, mileage, range, use of openings, speed, stops, etc. This data will then be transferred via the vehicle’s connected system, either in real time or once per day, to understand the reality of daily uses.The analysis of the data, complemented by the professionals’ feedback, will enable Renault to design vehicles which are better adapted to the evolutions in urban logistics. The goal is to have the ecosystem’s players test a vehicle and its services in real-life conditions to obtain a shared vision of urban mobility of goods.Through this experiment, Renault is initiating a new approach to prepare and design the innovations of tomorrow. This flexible approach, which is a breakthrough in the automotive industry, is very close to practices used in other sectors, such as gaming.”Renault EZ-FLEX specs:range of 150 km (93 miles)length (3.86 m), width (1.65 m) and height (1.88 m)3m3 load capacity4.5 m turning circle .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }center_img 7 photos Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 20, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News New Renault ZOE Won’t Be All-New, Just A Heavy Redesign Insteadlast_img read more

Walmart Six Years Later

first_imgSix years ago this week the New York Times published an article (here) titled “Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle.”The conduct at issue in the Times article related to Wal-Mart’s largest foreign subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico (“Wal-Mart Mexico), and suggested that Wal-Mart Mexico “orchestrated a campaign of bribery to win market dominance” and that the entity “paid bribes to obtain permits in virtually every corner” of Mexico.The April 2012 NY Times article resulted in intense world-wide media scrutiny of Wal-Mart. However, it was known months before the NY Times article, that Wal-Mart was under FCPA scrutiny.  Like in many facets of modern life, the narrative that Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny began with the NY Times article became more important than actual facts and uniformed commentators who frequently display little regard for actual facts carried forward the narrative.  (See here for the December 2011 FCPA Professor post highlighting Wal-Mart’s FCPA disclosure and here for the prior post titled “Wal-Mart’s FCPA Scrutiny DID NOT Begin with the April 2012 NY Times Article).Thus, this week is a false six year anniversary of Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny, but a meaningful anniversary nevertheless.In the six years since the original NY Times article, Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny has followed a fairly typical pattern.  Wal-Mart’s internal review expanded beyond Mexico, civil shareholder suits and derivative claims were filed, Wal-Mart engaged in various remedial measures, and the company’s pre-enforcement action professional fees and expenses skyrocketed. While being under FCPA scrutiny for 6.5 years is a long time (and longer than the average, see here and here), it has happened before in the corporate context.As highlighted in this recent post, in the aggregate Wal-Mart has disclosed pre-enforcement professional fee and  compliance enhancement expenses as follows.FY 2013 = $157 millionFY 2014 = $282 millionFY 2015  = $173 millionFY 2016 = $126 millionFY 2017  = $99 millionFY 2018 = $40 millionTOTAL: $877 millionIn terms of FY 2019, Walmart has disclosed: “In fiscal year 2019, we expect our third party FCPA and compliance-related expenses to be at or around the same level as in fiscal year 2018.”While some pundits ridiculed me for being the first to specifically track Wal-Mart’s pre-enforcement action professional fees and expenses (in the eyes of some – Wal-Mart is a big company and “will survive its FCPA spending spree” plus it is “playing catch up for a decade of what appears to be FCPA neglect”), it quickly became the thing to do and such figures are notable because, as has been noted in prior posts and in my 2014 article “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Ripples,” settlement amounts in an actual FCPA enforcement action are often only a relatively minor component of the overall financial consequences that can result from corporate FCPA scrutiny.Pundit statements that Wal-Mart is “playing catch up for a decade of what appears to be FCPA neglect” wholly ignored other aspects of the New York Times reporting.Indeed, the conduct described in the NY Times articles was unremarkable from a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act perspective – a view I have consistently held since April 2012 (see here for a prior post and here for my article “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement As Seen Through Wal-Mart’s Potential Exposure.”).The unremarkable portion of the NY Times articles (another NY Times front page article in December 2012 see here for the prior post added additional details to the previous April 2012 article, but did not change much from an FCPA perspective) is that a foreign subsidiary of a major multi-national company operating in an FCPA high-risk jurisdiction allegedly made payments to “foreign officials” to facilitate or grease the issuance of certain licenses or permits.  Even according to the NY Times, Wal-Mart’s subsidiary in Mexico “had taken steps to conceal [the payments] from Wal-Mart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.” and Wal-Mart Mexico’s chief auditor altered reports sent to Bentonville discussing various problematic payments.A November 2012 NY Times article (here) by David Barstow (the same author as the April 2012 and December 2012 articles) rightly noted that Wal-Mart’s investigation “was uncovering the kinds of problems and oversights that plague many global corporations.”  It was perhaps the most insightful thing the NY Times has said about Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny, yet the November 2012 article received scant attention compared to the other two articles.Moreover, the November 2012 NY Times article noted that Wal-Mart’s internal review began in Spring 2011 when Jeffrey Gearhart (Wal-Mart’s general counsel) learned of an FCPA enforcement action against Tyson Foods (like Wal-Mart, a company headquartered in Arkansas – see here for the prior post discussing the Tyson enforcement action).  According to the Times article, “the audit began in Mexico, China and Brazil, the countries Wal-Mart executives considered the most likely source of problems” and Wal-Mart hired KPMG and Greenberg Traurig to conduct the audit.  The Times article noted that “in July 2011” the firms “had identified significant weaknesses in all three subsidiaries.”Nevertheless, the narrative still persists that Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny began with the NY Times article six years ago this week. In any event, a development in year four of Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny was whether the NY Times published version of events will even be reflected in any potential FCPA enforcement action.As highlighted in this prior post, in October 2015 The Wall Street Journal published a front-page “nana nana boo boo” article seemingly in response to the New York Times previous Wal-Mart FCPA reporting. The WSJ asserted, citing unnamed sources, that the actual legal investigation of Wal-Mart (as opposed to the journalism investigation) “uncovered evidence that contradicted some of the allegations in the New York Times articles.”To some FCPA commentators, the apparent scope and severity of Wal-Mart’s FCPA issues was “totally unexpected.” Perhaps the apparent scope and severity of Wal-Mart’s FCPA issues are “totally unexpected” if one fell hook-line-and-sinker for the New York Times coverage. And to be sure, many people did and the New York Times article created a media feeding frenzy and offered up a divisive company as a punching bag.Many lined up to take punches at Wal-Mart and used the company’s FCPA scrutiny to advance various policy positions even though the only “support” for the positions was an article written by a non-lawyer journalist. For instance, certain commentators predicted that the Wal-Mart derivative actions would set a new standard for director liability.  They were once again proven wrong.  As highlighted here, the document request dispute in connection with a Wal-Mart derivative action in Delaware was much to do about nothing.  More importantly, as highlighted here, a federal court judge dismissed eight Wal-Mart shareholder FCPA-related derivative claims that were consolidated into one action. As highlighted in this post, in July 2016 the Eighth Circuit affirmed dismissal of the derivative actions.Much of Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny coverage over the past six years has been overblown and at times breathless (see here – Wal-Mart’s scrutiny “will test FCPA enforcement in new ways.”).Not here at FCPA Professor.Readers of this website will recall that I have consistently called the FCPA aspects of Wal-Mart’s scrutiny “unremarkable.”  See here for the 2012 article “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement As Seen Through Wal-Mart’s Potential Explosure,” see here for coverage on the one year anniversary of the NY Times article, here for coverage on the two year anniversary of the NY Times article, and here for coverage on the three year anniversary of the NY Times article, and here for coverage of the four year anniversary of the NY Times article, and here for coverage of the five year anniversary of the NY Times article.  See here and here for additional critical commentary about the NY Times article.Among other things, I stressed that Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny should not depend on a talented journalist at a leading newspaper writing a story about a well-known company. Indeed, the New York Time story would have been largely the same if the journalist and New York Times devoted its significant resources to other instances of FCPA scrutiny.During Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny, I communicated with the New York Times journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for the Wal-Mart articles and expressed my concern with the FCPA aspects of the article and how the article omitted certain relevant legal information.  Further, I appeared with the journalist at the ABA’s Sixth Annual National Institute on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on a panel titled “Captain or Passenger?: How to Navigate the Rough Waters of an FCPA Media Crisis,” (September 19, 2013). During the event, I again questioned certain of the FCPA information in the New York Times articles and the response of the journalist was along the following lines: I am a journalist, I tell stories, I leave the legal issues to others.Throughout Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny, I have predicted that Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny will likely not end up in the Top 5 FCPA enforcement actions of all time in terms of settlement amount. On this score, and as highlighted in this prior post, in November 2017 Wal-Mart disclosed that “discussions with the government agencies in the FCPA matter have progressed to the point that the company recorded an accrual of $283 million, or $0.09 per share … regarding the possible resolution of the FCPA matter.” If this ends up being the settlement amount, the Walmart FCPA enforcement action will not even be in the Top 10.In short, many, many people reacted to the New York Times Wal-Mart articles in strange and unwarranted ways.Yet, the lesson for the FCPA community from Wal-Mart’s FCPA scrutiny is to show greater discipline and restraint before basing arguments and advocating positions based on a newspaper article written by a non-lawyer journalist.Regardless of what may (or may not) have happened at Wal-Mart approximately 7-10 years ago, it is clear that Wal-Mart has become an industry-leader in FCPA compliance best practices. Anyone who fails to acknowledge this is either uninformed about Wal-Mart’s compliance efforts (see here and here among other posts) or is simply not credible. Learn More & Register FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available.last_img read more

MA Plummets in Texas during H1 2015

first_img Username Password Remember me Lost your password?center_img Corporate mergers and acquisitions involving Texas-based companies plummeted 28 percent during the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2014. Texas businesses participated in 357 mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures with a total deal value of $123.3 billion in 2015, compared to 498 such deals valued at $158 billion last year, reports Mergermarket, which produced the data exclusively for The Texas Lawbook.“Deal-making across nearly all business sectors – health care, technology, industrial, manufacturing and even restaurants – is strong and active,” said Rick Lacher, managing director of the Dallas office . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img read more

Reversals Timing

first_img « Trading Against the Reversals Were Traders Forged in the Pits of Old? » QUESTION:Martin,Good morning. I would first like to thank you again for the Socrates service. It has provided me with a lot more confidence in my decisions as a trader and the warnings about the week of 5/6 that were being generated in the arrays many different assets saved me a lot of money.My question for you is about how long reversals good to trade on. There were several assets that I have subscriptions to that were electing weekly bullish reversals in mid to late April but I did not trade on because of the arrays and from your writings on the blog that we are still in a consolidation phase. Did the turning point nullify the usefulness of the reversals as a trading signal going forward or have the arrays simply helped in finding a better entry point?Regards,JBANSWER: Once a reversal is generated it does not die until elected. But even after that, it can provide resistance or support in an immediate bounce. The key is to look at the gaps between reversals. When there is a cluster of them very close together, it does not indicate that there will be significant follow through.Keep in mind that even a weekly Reversal may cause a trend to move for only a day if the following week is a Directional Change or turning point. Between the Arrays and the Reversals, you can see generally how far and how long a trend could materialize. You can look at the daily Array to gauge which day might be the high or low.center_img Categories: Training Tools Tags: Arrays, Gaps, Reversals, Socrates last_img read more

Junior Citizens

first_imgby, Dr. Bill ThomasTweet3Share22Share2Email27 SharesfrackingOne of the important functions that elders play in human societies is teaching young people how we live. In American society this includes petitioning the government for the redress of grievances. One of the biggest and most fraught political issues here in Upstate New York is “fracking.”If you’re not familiar with the process, fracking is:a form of methane gas extraction that uses toxic cocktails of high pressure chemicals and water to fracture underground formations of shale gas, allowing the trapped gas to escape – some of which ends up being pumped out as fuel, and the remainder leaking out into the surrounding environment.There are, of course, citizens on both sides of the issue. Jude and I are anti-fracking and recently our participation in the issue has connected us to some middle school students who share our view. They have formed their own group — New York Youth Against Fracking.Before we knew it, there was a song, “You’ve been fracked” and an appointment at Ithaca’s Rep Studio to record the song with the students. With some fancy editing and some excellent sound engineering by Nate Richardson we soon had a video. No matter where you stand on the issue, you might enjoy the inter-generational collaboration that made this “redress of grievances” possible.Enjoy. Related PostsSix Ways Elders Can Save the WorldAny elder, regardless of income, physical and/or cognitive ability, level of education, or geographic location can make a productive difference in the way all of us function as a culture.Dr. Bill Thomas: Introducing EldertopiaWhat we need is a radical reinterpretation of longevity that makes elders (and their needs) central to our collective pursuit of happiness and well-being. We have no word that describes the value of intergenerational interdependence, of living in a multigenerational society, of protective social structures and rituals. Because such a…Honoring Elders During Older Americans MonthITEM: The public transportation agency in Portland, Oregon, TriMet, avoids using the word “old” with a hokey euphemism Crabby Old Lady had not heard before moving here. As they explain on their website: “‘Honored Citizen’ is how TriMet identifies seniors age 65 or older, people on Medicare and people with…Tweet3Share22Share2Email27 SharesTags: activismlast_img read more

Virtual reality may improve empathy and understanding for older adults with dementia

first_imgJul 23 2018Virtual reality technology gives high school students greater insight into what it’s like to be Alfred — a 74-year-old African American man with suspected mild cognitive impairment (MCI), plus age-related vision and hearing loss, or Beatriz, a middle-aged Latina, as she progresses through the continuum of Alzheimer’s disease.By experiencing aspects of someone else’s journey, the students may gain a better understanding of, and empathy for, older adults and their struggles with dementia. Details of the virtual reality learning program were reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2018 in Chicago.The virtual reality (VR) simulation was incorporated into a training program for about 20 high school students at Northside College Preparatory School in Chicago. Used as part of the Bringing Art to Life program, the goal of the VR training was to better prepare the young people to interact with older adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at long-term care facilities and adult day care centers. The Alfred and Beatriz modules will next be used with undergraduate students volunteering in the Bringing Art to Life program at the University of Alabama next spring.Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN, of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, is a neurologist who created the Bringing Art to Life Program after his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Potts found his father had a talent for watercolor painting during his art therapy at an adult day care center.”What we’re hearing from the students is that experiencing the virtual reality training before they volunteer improves their empathy and increases enthusiasm for working with the seniors — two documented outcomes of our program,” said Potts. “It also may decrease the stigma and their negative attitudes about older people.” It has also increased interest in health care careers among the students.The Alfred module is a live-action film, depicting the world as experienced by a 74-year-old with MCI, macular degeneration and high frequency hearing loss. The Beatriz module includes five-minute stories of a middle-aged Latina as she experiences the early, middle and later aspects of Alzheimer’s disease dementia. The stories take the participant through a digital version of what it’s like to be at the grocery store, struggling with other activities of daily living and sundowning — when dementia-related confusion and agitation get worse later in the day.Related StoriesCommon medications can masquerade as dementia in seniorsNew app created to help people reduce exposure to anticholinergic medicationsWhy women who work are less likely to develop dementia”Technology like this may be useful in expanding awareness about what it is like to have Alzheimer’s disease dementia,” said Beth Kallmyer, MSW, Vice President of Care and Support for the Alzheimer’s Association. “It’s interesting that the creators of the modules also highlight other issues that some people experience as they age, including communicating inappropriately with others because they may not be able to see or hear well, in addition to the memory problems that are common for persons with Alzheimer’s.”Neelum Aggarwal, MD, of Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, helped Shaw develop the Beatriz module and how to visualize what is happening in the brain with Alzheimer’s disease. “I’m often asked — what does it feel like to have dementia? These virtual reality modules can help others experience that,” said Dr. Aggarwal. “For the students, it’s a good check to see if they have empathy for their patients and are aware of any biases they may have towards people with dementia.”Rush will recruit 60 medical and pharmacy students and research assistants to participate in virtual reality training and the Bringing Art to Life program this September in Chicago. Dr. Aggarwal also works with Chicago Methodist Senior Services who use the virtual reality modules for training staff to better understand what it feels like to have dementia and build empathy.The creator of the virtual reality modules, Carrie Shaw of Embodied Labs, Los Angeles, became a caregiver in her teens when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “I wanted to understand what my Mom was going through with this disease and virtual reality allows us to recreate some of the perspective of someone living with Alzheimer’s,” said Shaw.”Every patient is a person and has a story,” notes Shaw. “We want to help explain the science of what’s happening in the brain with the story of the person who has the dementia that will allow caregivers to be better providers and communicators.” Source: read more

Innovative EvolvR system lets scientists shuffle genes until they get right variation

first_img Source: Aug 2 2018Life is astoundingly diverse. By taking antibiotics to stop infections or using yeast to brew beer, we are co-opting useful products and processes that evolved naturally. But what happens when the trait we want can’t be found in nature?Scientists at the Innovative Genomics Institute have concocted a transformative new way to harness the power of evolution. Today in Nature, researchers led by PhD student Shakked Halperinworking in the laboratories of David Schaffer and John Dueber at UC Berkeley describe yet another creative application for CRISPR: a platform to spur evolution of specific genes inside cells. Their inventive new system, “EvolvR,” lets scientists shake up the DNA letters in their gene of choice until they find the variation that’s just right. The technology opens up countless possibilities, like engineering yeast that efficiently turn waste into biofuels, or developing new human therapeutics.Not just monkeying aroundImagine a monkey sitting at a keyboard. If given an infinite amount of time to press keys at random, the monkey would almost surely type the complete work of William Shakespeare. At least, that’s according to the “infinite monkey theorem.” Natural DNA variation is akin to this process – as time goes by, random changes pop up across the genomes of different individual organisms. In theory, over infinite time, every possible variation of the genetic letters will have existed. On a practica­l human timeline, however, only a very small fraction of possible variations will ever appear.Now imagine that we can tell the monkey to rewrite just a specific page in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Limited to just this narrow window, the monkey will type out every possible variation of the page’s text much, much faster. This is what EvolvR lets scientists do. They only want new versions of a single gene, so rewriting the entire genome is impractical and likely toxic to living cells. By limiting the scrambling to just one gene at a time, it becomes possible to sample an enormous number of variations.Flicking on the “evolve” switchEvolvR lets scientists push a gene through the entire process of evolution in just one day in the lab. The system is built on the programmable DNA cutting protein Cas9, making EvolvR the latest ingenious device in the CRISPR toolbox. The IGI team leashed Cas9 to an enzyme called DNA polymerase. Cas9 is programmed to find a specific target sequence in an organism’s DNA. EvolvR uses a special “nicking” version of Cas9 that only cuts one of the two DNA strands. Cas9 makes a nick, signaling for DNA polymerase to peel back the strand and replace it with new DNA. The polymerase makes errors, writing in a different DNA sequence than the original, like the proverbial monkey at the keyboard.Since diversity is the goal, the polymerase’s “typos” are a good thing. Scientists can use EvolvR to deliberately make random mutations, creating millions of different sequence combinations and likely finding at least one that has the effect they want.Directed evolution technology evolvesRelated StoriesIDT releases new ultra-high performance CRISPR Cas12a enzymeFACS-based CRISPR screening shows how Chlamydia bacterium invades host cells’Scissors’ component of CRISPR/Cas9 sometimes gets stuckThis method is a fundamentally new way to diversify biological systems, opening doors that remained locked with earlier strategies. Other methods relied on forcing a vast “library” of randomized DNA pieces into cells. This is time-consuming, expensive, and not all cells will easily take up external DNA. EvolvR gets around these and several other drawbacks of previous approaches. “It doesn’t require a double-strand break like many other technologies do,” notes Dueber. “Double-strand breaks are toxic to many cells. It also doesn’t require sophisticated repair pathways, which many interesting organisms don’t have.”The tool should therefore work in any species, and testing this idea is one of the team’s immediate next steps. Though its proving ground was in bacteria, the versatile platform will be even more powerful when used in eukaryotes, like human or plant cells. “EvolvR has huge potential as a species-independent tool for directed evolution,” says Schaffer. “It can already make single mutations or combinations of changes across regions of DNA ranging from about a dozen to a few hundred base pairs long.” Dueber adds, “We’re interested in making a modest toolkit of EvolvRs. We envision systems that have higher mutation rates or that affect much larger windows. There are a lot of ideas to try.”Halperin points out another key strength of the system. Earlier methods for evolving traits in the lab include just a few, labor-intensive rounds of diversification and selection. “In previous directed evolution experiments, we stepped away from what nature does. Because our tool can continuously provide diversity at a target gene, we can continuously enrich for better and better traits, closer to the natural evolutionary process.” An EvolvR experiment can go on as long as the researcher wants, shuffling the gene’s sequence over and over again and creating more opportunities for success.Off to the racesThere are almost too many possibilities to envision up front, and the team behind EvolvR hopes that other scientists will take their creation and run with it. “We’re excited about other people joining us to use this tool and improve it,” says Halperin. Schaffer is eager to implement the tool to “accelerate the development of biomolecules for human therapeutic applications, from new drugs to new drug delivery technologies.”The researchers are especially excited about combining EvolvR with another CRISPR toolbox favorite, high-throughput CRISPR screening. This potent pairing of technologies would let them diversify thousands of different genes in a single experiment, potentially creating brand new functions instead of just turning genes on and off.A single drop of bacteria diversified with EvolvR contains immense diversity. What groundbreaking potential might be hiding in that single drop? As Kahlil Gibran once wrote, “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” While Gibran’s poetic vision is not quite realized, we are quickly approaching it.last_img read more

Many parents blame electronics for sleep problems among teens

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 17 2018It’s no secret that many teenagers stay up late to scroll through social media or catch up with friends on phones.And 56 percent of parents of teens who have sleep troubles believe this use of electronics is hurting their child’s shut-eye.Forty-three percent of parents report that their teen struggles to fall asleep or wakes up and can’t get back to sleep, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan. A fourth of these parents say their child experiences occasional sleep problems (one to two nights per week) while 18 percent believe their teen struggles with sleep three or more nights per week.Not being able to stay off electronics – including social media and cell phones – was the no.1 reason parents cited for sleep disturbance.Other reasons included irregular sleep schedules due to homework or activities (43 percent), worries about school (31 percent), and concerns about social life (23 percent). Ten percent of parents say their teen’s sleep problems are related to a health condition or medication, cited more often by parents of teens who experience frequent sleep problems.The new report is based on responses from a nationally representative household survey that included responses from 1,018 parents with at least one child 13-18 years old.”This poll suggests that sleep problems are common among teens and parents believe late-night use of electronics are a main contributor,” says poll co-director Sarah Clark, M.P.H.”Teens’ hectic schedules and homework load, as well as anxiety about school performance and peer relationships, also are seen by parents as contributing to sleep problems.”Parents polled say they’ve encouraged their teen to try different strategies at home to help with sleep problems, including limiting caffeine in the evening (54 percent), turning off electronics and cell phones at bedtime (53 percent), having a snack before bed (44 percent), and natural or herbal remedies, such as melatonin (36 percent). A quarter of parents (28 percent) say their teen has tried some type of medication to address sleep problems.Related StoriesSleep decline in one’s 50s, 60s increases risk of Alzheimer’s diseaseI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentHigh sleep variability and short sleep duration predict blunted weight lossForty percent of parents of teens with frequent sleep problems, and 22 percent of parents of teens with occasional sleep problems, say they have talked to a doctor about sleep struggles. Parents who have consulted with doctors say the top recommendations from experts included turning off electronics and cell phones at bedtime (72 percent), adhering to a regular sleep schedule (64 percent), limiting caffeine (47 percent), and taking natural remedies (42 percent).When doctors recommended medication for teens’ sleep problems, it was twice as likely to be prescription sleep medication rather than over-the-counter sleep or “nighttime” medicine, parents recalled. Yet parents rated over-the-counter sleep medicine as safer for teens than prescription sleep medicine.”Parents whose teens continue to have frequent sleep problems, despite following recommendations for healthy sleep hygiene, may want to talk with a health care provider, particularly when considering which type of medication to try,” says Clark.”Inadequate or disrupted sleep can have long-lasting health effects that go beyond moodiness and irritability for teens,” Clark adds.”Sleep-deprived teens may have difficulty concentrating in school and those who drive have an increased risk of auto accidents. Inadequate sleep has also been linked to health problems ranging from obesity to depression. Source: read more

Podcast A debunked dragon progress toward a universal flu vaccine and more

first_imgDoes an ancient rock painting in the Utah desert represent a flying reptile—or something far more mundane? Is a universal flu vaccine on the horizon? And does a shorter title make a scientific paper more likely to be cited? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi. Plus, Lizzie Wade delves into the origin of religions with moralizing gods.last_img

Geneedited cattle produce no horns

first_imgNearly 80% of U.S. dairy cows have their horns removed each year to protect their handlers and fellow cattle. But the practice, which is both painful and expensive, has come under increasing scrutiny from animal rights activists. Now, science may be coming to the rescue: A group of researchers announced last week that they successfully edited the genomes of dairy cows to make them hornless. The scientists used the transcription activatorlike effector nucleases DNA editing technique to introduce a natural allele linked to hornlessness into dairy cow embryos. Five healthy calves were born, all without horns (including 2-month-old Spotigy, above), the researchers report in a letter in Nature Biotechnology. The allele—called POLLED—is much more common in beef cattle than dairy cows; as a result, just 25% of beef cattle have to go through the painful process of dehorning. But naturally introducing the gene into a population would take decades, so scientists hope their technique can become a cheaper and quicker alternative.last_img read more

Ministry purge may be a lifeline for embattled Russian Academy of Sciences

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In public lectures, she has advocated “subordinating personal interests to those of the state” and has hailed Stalin for “uniting the nation” on the eve of World War II. During Stalin’s reign, tens of millions of people died as a result of purges and famines blamed on botched Soviet agricultural policies. Vasilyeva has argued that “the scale of Stalin’s repressions has been exaggerated.” She told Kommersant, a daily newspaper, that her first order of business is to scrutinize the ongoing reforms. MOSCOW—Continuing a summer of upheavals for Russian science, President Vladimir Putin has fired his science minister and replaced him with a historian who is known for her admiration for Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.The surprise move, announced on 19 August, has left many scientists speechless. But some see it as a ray of hope for the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), which is undergoing a painful downsizing that in the coming weeks is expected to see dozens of academy institutes merged and thousands of scientists losing their jobs. The ousted science minister, Dmitry Livanov, was an architect of the reforms who had long pressed for strengthening science in the universities at the academy’s expense. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country That’s music to the ears of RAS President Vladimir Fortov. Speaking with the press on 20 August, he welcomed Vasilyeva’s appointment. “Her experience of work in the presidential executive office and her knowledge of the problems we have been facing will help to build a constructive dialogue between the scientific community and bureaucrats.”Some Livanov foes say he will be missed. “We are going to remember him kindly,” says Boris Shtern, an astrophysicist at the RAS Institute for Nuclear Research here. Livanov “is a man of science, a reasonable and generally progressive person. Now, he has been replaced by a staunch conservative,” Shtern says. “In my opinion, it is better to have an opponent such as Livanov than an ally such as Vasilyeva.” Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more