New to the UK market are Soja soya flours and ingredients from Austria. Soja produces gluten- and lactose-free whole soy products and is currently supplying into international bakery and pasta brands.These range from enzyme-active soy flour, Soja Austria Pan, to soy flakes, Soja Austria Flakes. The finely ground soy flour is available in various toasting grades, according to customer requirements.”Compared with the American bean, Soja Austria Pan has a higher enzymatic activity, which will allow British bakeries to produce fluffy toast bread and crispy white breads,” claims the firm. “The warm, dry climate of summer in Austria is ideal for the delicate soy plant. Nutritious soil, clean water and well-chosen seeds allow superior quality soybeans to thrive.”In addition, the company supplies soy fibres and nuts, distributed in the UK through Thew Arnott & Co.The products are guaranteed non-GMO.
Terrapin Crossroads is opening its doors to a new outdoor performance space, The Backyard, this spring. In celebration of the opening, there will be an all-day music gathering on April 17, with two very special performances from Phil Lesh & Friends, as well as from Soulive and Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang.The full Friends lineup includes Soulive‘s Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans, as well as Jason Crosby, the Terrapin Horns and a “very special guest.”Don’t miss the grand opening of The Backyard! Music starts at 1pm on Sunday, April 17, goes all day. Tickets are still available here.[Photo via Terrapin Crossroads Facebook]
The recorded spectrogram, however, only contains very indirect information about the molecular structures, making analyzing and identifying those molecules a complex pattern-recognition problem. If the patterns aren’t recognized or previously known, it can take days or months of trial and error to put together an answer, because ordinary computers must make those computations one at a time.Using a quantum system takes advantage of its ability to access and calculate faster, and makes use of a mathematical construct known as Hilbert space and the higher processing power of qubits. One qubit can be two traditional values at once, a pair can be four, and so on. The problem with the current or intermediate quantum computers, though, is that all that computing power accumulates a lot of noise, making the whole calculation inaccurate.Hybrid algorithms have been proven to be an effective bridge to solve for this, so the researchers thought they might work here, too. In the paper, they describe how their hybrid algorithm uses classical statistical methods, like Bayesian machine learning, to cluster and refine the search to correct for errors brought on by the quantum part of the algorithm, leading to the correct molecule.“There are three parts to the paper,” said Sels. “All three ingredients are necessary because if you leave out the first part where we restrict ourselves to these clusters of physical molecules, then basically you’ll start in some place that’s so far away from where you actually want to end up that you’ll be searching for it forever. And then in the last part, the same thing: If you don’t do it cleverly, then the noise levels of your quantum computer will be so high, they’ll just be going in circles — you’ll be randomly searching.”They tested the algorithm using simple molecules that had only four quantum spins and had already been identified, so they knew whether the algorithm worked. The researchers hope to expand the algorithm’s capability so it can analyze and identify more-complex molecules. They also believe the algorithm can be extended to solve for other types of spectroscopic analysis using existing quantum computers.“It probably took us 20 or so years to get to the current stage of development of quantum computing hardware,” Sels said. “The road ahead to quantum computers that can do error correction and are good enough to be plug-and-play devices is presumably equally as long. If we don’t have applications for these intermediate or current state-of-the-art machines, then we might face a quantum winter.”Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has protected the intellectual property associated with this work and is exploring possible commercialization opportunities.This work was supported by the Harvard Quantum Initiative, the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dries Sels is a senior postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders in Belgium. A process called NMR spectroscopy that is often used to find and identify small molecules in biological samples such as blood and urine has become a powerful diagnostic tool for medical professionals, helping identify biomarkers of specific diseases and disorders.But the technique has its limits, especially when researchers need to identify molecules that haven’t been catalogued already — that is, the vast majority of them.A trio of doctors and medical researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School wanted to make this complicated and time-consuming process a lot simpler, and hoped quantum physics could help. They figured that since the basics of NMR, short for nuclear magnetic resonance, is grounded in quantum mechanics, then perhaps a quantum computer could help push the technique beyond the current limits set by using ordinary computer processors to interpret the data.The researchers from the Medical School enlisted a pair of quantum physicists from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to help. Now, the combination of medical researchers and quantum scientists have published the results of their collaboration — a new algorithm for decoding signals from NMR readings that draws from both quantum computing and classical machine learning — in a new study in Nature Machine Intelligence.The hybrid algorithm does, in theory, just what the researchers hoped. It would reduce a process that can take days for classical computers days into just minutes by using quantum systems that run on only 50 to 100 quantum bits, or “qubits,” the fundamental building blocks on which these computers operate. In other words, the algorithm works on both quantum computers that already exist and the so-called “near-term” quantum computers now being developed. These machines would act as a bridge between the intermediate period of current error- (or “noise-”) prone machines and the error-correcting, perfected versions envisioned to become reality decades from now.The researchers believe the new hybrid algorithm can be one of the first applications for the not-so-distant intermediate computers, helping fill a growing need in practical applications of quantum technology as the hardware catches up with the theory. Quantum computers use the mysterious properties of matter at extremely small scales to greatly advance processing power and perform calculations that are virtually impossible for ordinary computers to solve.In recent years, finding useful applications for existing or near-term quantum computers has been a central challenge for researchers, said Eugene Demler, professor of physics and one of the paper’s co-authors.“We should not just think of applications for perfect quantum computers. We should think of applications of quantum computers for the near future,” Demler said. “It’s important to realize that we can use these non-perfect computers — these noisy, intermediate-scale quantum computers — to already study what’s important for biomedical research.”The algorithm has only just passed the proof-of-concept stage, according to the paper, but it opens a door to possibilities in chemical, medical, and biological research using NMR if it can be expanded beyond the tests the researchers outlined.Take blood, for example, said paper co-author Samia Mora, an associate professor of medicine at the Medical School and a cardiovascular medicine specialist at the Brigham. “We know there are thousands of molecules in the bloodstream, but right now with NMR we probably only measure about 200 [of them],” she said. “In the future, ideally, we would be able to expand this algorithm to be able to solve for this problem of what are these molecules in the bloodstream beyond the ones that we already know.”Doctors could then base treatments, like cancer therapy, off those readings, or they could prescribe preventative measures if a patient has small molecules in his or her blood that correspond with heart disease. The readings could also help in drug discovery or vaccine research.“Having a better understanding of the molecular signatures of diseases or treatments is really very impactful for many areas across many, many different disciplines,” Mora said.Other Harvard researchers who worked on the study included Hesam Dashti, a research fellow at the Brigham and HMS, Olga Demler, an associate biostatistician at the Brigham and assistant professor at HMS, and Dries Sels, Demler’s postdoctoral fellow and the lead author of the study.Sels and Demler had been searching for an opportunity like the one presented in the paper. They wanted a crack at a problem that has real-world applications, is hard for classical computers, yet could be solved using existing and near-term quantum computers. Quantum-assisted NMR spectroscopy checked all the boxes since the readings, called a spectrogram, are put together by measuring a complex set of quantum spins.For example, to get a spectrogram, biological samples are placed inside a machine that has a magnetic field and are then bombarded with radio waves to excite the nuclear magnetic properties in the molecules. The NMR machine reads those spins as different signatures. Harvard Quantum Initiative Co-Director Lukin on ‘quantum supremacy’ and Google’s announcement of its achievement Related A platform for stable quantum computing, a playground for exotic physics Toward an unhackable quantum internet Riding the quantum computing ‘wave’ Researchers create quantum calculator Recent research settles a long-standing debate Researchers demonstrate the missing link for a quantum internet New system could shed light on a host of complex processes
PARIS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Sunday to work closely together to fight the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Their first conversation since Biden’s inauguration aimed at mending ties between the historic allies that frayed under Donald Trump. Biden “stressed his commitment to bolstering the transatlantic relationship” via NATO and the EU. The U.S. and French leaders see eye-to-eye on the importance of international cooperation to fight climate change and COVID-19 and in negotiating with Iran. But Macron’s office said the two wouldn’t shy away from thorny issues like trade disputes or taxing digital companies such as Google or Amazon.
Related Shows The Last Ship What have you got? A new musical by a Grammy-winning rock star. The Last Ship, penned by Sting, will bring a lively English shipyard to the Great White Way this fall. Featuring a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey and directed by Joe Mantello, the musical played a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago earlier this summer. Broadway.com has an exclusive first look at the tuner’s stunning TV spot, where you can spot stars Jimmy Nail, Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker and more. Check it out below, then catch The Last Ship at the Neil Simon Theatre beginning September 29. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015
Unmanned aerial vehicles could soon be a soaring success for Georgia farmers.University of Georgia cotton and peanut researchers in Tifton are excited about the prospect.“You’ve really got to be able to keep up with the technology to stay in business,” said Glen Harris, a UGA Cooperative Extension soil scientist who studies cotton,peanuts and other crops. “We have less growers running more acres. They’re really utilizing all kinds of technology to keep up.”The next stage in technological advancement may lie with unmanned vehicles. Unmanned aerial helicopters used to take images of cotton and peanut research were featured at the Sunbelt Expo grounds in Moultrie on Aug. 20. Harris and fellow UGA peanut team members John Beasley and Scott Tubbs attended to discuss the possible use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture. Although this technology will not be available for commercial use until 2015, the idea of taking aerial photographs of various research plots is an exciting proposition for Harris. “It’s amazing how much in the last 20 years technology has changed. A lot of people think we’re farming like we did 100 years ago. That’s far from the truth,” Harris said. “You think about having this technology to fly over your cotton field to pick up early nitrogen deficiency and low potassium deficiency, and even if we can’t tell the difference between the two, we can go out there and figure out which one it is. The earlier you can detect it, the better chance you have of fixing it.”Harris said the technology would have been especially helpful in diagnosing problems in this year’s cotton crop. “We had a lot of cotton this year that, by the time we realized what (problems) were going on, it was probably too late to fix,” he said. Unmanned aerial vehicles would allow farmers to see early images of their crops and detect any stand issues that might arise early in the planting season. Producers could also look at issues like inoculant failure or why a section of a field might look more yellow than others. If a picture shows additional green images between rows, the farmer can determine whether it’s a sign of weed problems, which can be addressed early in the planting season.When Beasley became a scientist in 1985, he says “precision agriculture” wasn’t even a concept. “These technologies are amazing. Take this imagery with this ability for unmanned flight, combined together, that’s what I think is exciting,” Beasley said.Unmanned aerial vehicles would allow farmers to detect diseases and identify low stand counts at a much quicker rate. The vehicles are a much more precise way to discover issues with a crop, Harris said.“You can’t cover every foot of (a field) walking through it,” Harris said. “I’ve worked cotton 20 years, but I probably could miss something out there without (the overhead camera).”Harris said he can see corn farmers benefiting from an overhead view, too. “Once the corn gets over your head, it’s really hard to see. We can pick up late fungicide problems that are really hard to pick up from the ground once the corn gets tall. It just gives you a lot better perspective,” he said.The project has been researched at the Sunbelt Expo grounds in Moultrie this year, with five acres devoted to peanuts and cotton, each.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) Winter Conference has long been a key educational and inspirational gathering for Vermont’s farmers. The 30th annual conference, taking place February 10-12, 2012 at the University of Vermont in Burlington will be no exception ‘ with extra emphasis on the inspiration.After a particularly challenging year, Vermont’s growers are looking forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn new techniques, and create connections. The NOFA-VT Winter Conference brings together farmers, educators, researchers, and more to build knowledge and tackle hard questions ‘ like how to create a vibrant and resilient food system in the face of climate change and a struggling economy.On Saturday, keynote speaker and local extension expert Vern Grubinger will share his vision of the future of Vermont’s food system. ‘The resilience of Vermont’s food system is challenged by many factors, including climate change and weather extremes, reliance on fossil fuel, loss of good farmland, and consolidation of food processing, distribution and retailing,’ says Grubinger. ‘Strategies for addressing these challenges are emerging as part of an ongoing transformation in how people think about food. This presentation will highlight some of these strategies and the farms involved with them, celebrating the progress being made and suggesting new actions for the future.’Over 30 of the weekend’s workshops are intended for commercial farmers and will cover topics such as Produce Safety, Farm Finance, Flood Recovery, Alternative Energy, Pasture Management and much more. In addition, day-long seminars on Friday will address Advanced Orchard Health for Sustainable Fruit Production, Nose-to-Tail Butchery, Organic Beekeeping, Renewable Energy Options, and Weed Management in a Wetter, Warmer Climate.About NOFA Vermont: NOFA Vermont is member-based organization working to grow local farms, healthy food, and strong communities in Vermont. Our members are farmers, gardeners, educators and food lovers of all sorts ‘ anyone who wants to help us create a future full of local food and local farms. Our programs include farmer and gardener technical assistance, farm to school support, organic certification, advocacy, an online apprentice and farm worker directory, an annual Winter Conference, and programs that work to ensure access to fresh, local food to all Vermonters, regardless of income.
“This spruce-fir stand is used by numerous rare high elevation species including ted Crossbill, Northern Saw-whet owl, and pygmy salamander,” Marquette Crockett, SAHC’s Roan Stewardship Director told the Citizen-Times. “It is also inhabited by federally endangered species including the Carolina northern flying squirrel and the spruce-fir moss spider. We hope that our protection of this property and restoration work will help to create a safe haven for these climate-sensitive species.” Timothy Staples, 32, a 9-year veteran of the San Bernardino sheriff’s volunteer search and rescue team, died Saturday while searching for a hiker that went missing on December 8. Staples was found dead on Mount Baldy after becoming separated from his search and rescue partner. A helicopter located Staples in “an area of ice and snow” where he was pronounced dead. Anglers are asked to submit their suggestions for fish attractor locations around Lake Norman to Troy Thompson or Casey Grieshaber with the Wildlife Resources Commission. Staples was one of 126 people looking for missing hiker Sreenivas “Sree” Mokkapati of Irving, California. Mokkapati disappeared on December 8 after becoming separated from his group while climbing Mount Baldy. Mokkapati has not been located and the search for him has been suspended. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking anglers to provide input on the locations of 100 fish attractors it will purchase with a grant received from the Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program. The $37,670 grant will be used to improve fish habitat on five Catawba watershed reservoirs, including Lake Norman. A portion of the funds will be used to purchase 100 Mossback fish attractors, which will be distributed at 20 different locations around the reservoir. Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy purchases land near Roan Mountain NC anglers asked to weigh in on fish attractor locations California search and rescue volunteer dies while looking for missing hiker on Mount Baldy The Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) recently purchased 51 acres in the Highlands of Roan Mountain. As reported by the Citizen-Times, the land is located on a prominent ridge near the Appalachian Trail. The purchase will protect the vulnerable spruce-fir forest ecosystem, home to birds and other wildlife that are increasingly dependent upon the forest due to climate change.
The Brazilians won’t be the first to employ UAVs to combat drug smuggling along a vast border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection currently operates six Predator drones. While their flight paths are classified, their surveillance is focused on the U.S. side of the 2,000-mile border with Mexico, U.S. officials said. Each comes as part of $18.5 million packages that include a mobile ground-control station and sensors. The drones weigh 5 tons each, are wider than five lanes of interstate highway, and can stay up for 20 hours — enough time to fly the entire border on one tank of fuel, the Chronicle reported. By Dialogo December 10, 2010 Successful trial The VT-15 underwent trials in Brazil last year, according to numerous media reports. During the trials, the planes flew under challenging and unpredictable weather conditions in one of the most difficult areas of Brazil – the state of Parana, several newspapers reported. They can fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet (9 kilometers), making for a difficult target for standard anti-aircraft weapons. The VT-15 can carry a 250 kilograms (550 pound) payload. It has a wingspan of 16.6 meters (54 feet) and weighs 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds). Officials in Brazil have discussed using the technology for more than just patrolling the borders. Brazilian leaders are negotiating agreements with neighbors Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Colombia to allow the VT-15s to enter the airspace of those nations to collect intelligence on illicit activities. Brazilian officials told O Globo the overflights would only map areas of drug production or other illegal activity. The photos, films and reports from those flights would be delivered to the authorities of the country in question. It would then be up to the authorities in those countries to decide what to do with the intelligence. They could design their own raids or participate in joint efforts with the Brazilian Federal Police in the border areas, Brazilian authorities told O Globo. The governments of Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia have agreed to discuss the terms of the agreement. Colombia rejected the initial proposal. The use of UAVs in Brazil and abroad is part of a major initiative that President-Elect Dilma Rousseff is expected to launch early in her administration, O Globo reported. The vulnerability of borders was one of the hottest topics in the campaign. Brazilian law enforcement officials also would like to use the VT-15 for some of the operations against drug gangs in the country’s urban areas. “We could identify criminals, see every shack where they were going in and what kind of weapons were at hand . . . we could do it all without being seen,” said an officer who spoke to O Globo on the condition of anonymity. The total cost of the 14 UAVs is reported at about RS$800 million (U.S. $471 milllion), Brazilian newspapers reported. U.S.-Mexico border Going operational Brazilian federal police took delivery Dec. 1 of three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that will be used to combat drug trafficking and arms smuggling along the nation’s vast borders. The three aircraft, known as the Vant VT-15, are the first of 14 that will patrol more than 10,000 miles (16,800 kilometers) of borderlands. They will fly from five bases in border areas and one in Brasilia, according to a report in the newspaper O Globo. Brazilian authorities hope to focus its sophisticated cameras and radars on remote areas where traffickers and smugglers take advantage of dense cover to ply their trade. The cameras on the vehicle are sensitive enough to identify a kilo of cocaine from an altitude of 11,000 feet (3.3 kilometers), O Globo reported. The images are transmitted in real time to the aircraft’s base of operations and displayed on monitors.
Each year, Credit Union Magazine honors some of the credit union movement’s heroes—those individuals who relentlessly promote credit union philosophy, dedicate themselves to credit union principles, and make a difference in their communities.It’s time to select Credit Union Magazine’s 2018 Credit Union Hero of the Year, sponsored by Trellance.This year’s nominees are: 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »