North Carolina The Hunger Games 2012 The smash

first_imgNorth Carolina, The Hunger Games (2012)The smash hit of this year, The Hunger Games has already generated a great deal of interest in western North Carolina where it was filmed. Even without the peacekeepers, mockingjays and colourful citizens of The Capitol, holidaymakers can follow in Katniss and Peeta’s footsteps and bring the film to life when visiting the places featured in the film.The main site used was the DuPont State Recreational Forest, the location of the outdoor arena in The Hunger Games, in which tributes from each district (one boy and one girl) had to compete in a televised fight to the death. You can even find Katniss’s pond – the location from the fireball sequence in the film.Bali Eat, Pray, Love (2010)The exotic Island of Bali was the last stop for Julia Roberts’s character in the cult hit Eat, Pray, Love, a story following the life of Liz Gilbert – post divorce – in her quest of ‘finding herself’. Amidst the lush green rice paddies, volcanic peaks and tranquil temples, Gilbert found real peace and spirituality through yoga and meditation with her spiritual guide; it’s also, of course, where she fell in love with hunky Felipe (played by Javier Bardem). The film caused a surge in tourism to the island with the province’s tourism agency reporting a huge increase in the number of visitors after the movie was released; especially tourists looking for self-discovery, healing, and an escape from daily life – just like Gilbert was.Hawaii, The Descendants (2012)Set amidst the stunning scenery of Oahu, The Big Island and Kauai – dubbed the ‘garden island’ – The Descendants is a story of heartache in paradise. The film follows the unpredictable journey of an American family at a crossroads, when Matt King (played by George Clooney) loses his wife in a boating accident off Waikiki.Director of photography Phedon Papamichael divided the film between two Hawaii’s: the more hectic, citified Hawaii of Honolulu and the stunning, natural haven of Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai, draped with verdant, tropical rainforests and surrounded by sapphire seas. The film is already doing wonders for tourism to Hawaii, with Kauai Visitors Bureau (KVB) already expecting a big boost in tourism to the ‘garden island’. RelatedStar Wars: 12 incredible filming locations around the worldSeeing as it’s Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you and all that jazz), we’ve searched our planet for the most spectacular destinations to feature in the films. Put your Star Wars knowledge to the test and be amazed by what these filming locations look like in real-life!6 places from the UK’s most romantic films that you can actually visitRomantic gestures need not cost a fortune or involve travelling very far. Visit these famous film locations from some of cinemas’ soppiest blockbusters, right here in the UK, and save yourself some cash while winning a few hearts. What’s there not to love? Here’s your ticket to romantic superstardomSet Jetter: 10 movie destinations to visitwners Direct introduce their top movie destinations to help remind you of some of the places you promised to visit. Paris, Midnight in Paris (2011)Anyone who has a penchant for Paris will fall even more in love with the city after watching Woody Allen’s new film – Midnight in Paris. Released in 2011, the film stars Gil (played by Owen Wilson) – a struggling writer who is filled with nostalgia for the Paris of the 1920s, when artists and writers flocked to the City of Lights in a celebrated period of creativity.For Gil, the romance of that bygone era exerts a pull that places him increasingly at odds with his impatient, unimaginative future wife, especially after he begins to have magical experiences that take him back in time each night at midnight. Filming locations included the grand Chateau de Versailles, Monet’s garden in Giverny, Musée Rodin as well as countless cobbled streets, jazz bars and classy hotels. In fact, the whole film is one long love letter to the city.Dartmoor, War Horse (2011)Following phenomenal success as a West-End production, War Horse, written by Devon-based author Michael Morpurgo, hit the big screens in 2011. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film follows the story of a young man named Albert and his remarkable friendship with a horse named Joey. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he comes in contact with, before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.Although set in Devon, most of the filming took place in Dartmoor predominantly around Meavy and Sheepstor and War Horse features beautiful, panoramic vistas of the rolling landscape throughout the film. The setting clearly inspired Steven Spielberg as he was quoted as saying: “I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor”.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img The locations and settings of films can act as a source of travel inspiration, making you want to follow in the footsteps of the characters that you watch on screen. From the rice paddies of Bali in Eat, Pray, Love to the sun-kissed sands of Hawaii, which featured in The Descendants, Sarah Gibbons, editor of Travelbite.co.uk, picks out her top 5 film-inspired holiday destinations.last_img read more

March 18 2009 Here are more photos of the dyna

first_imgMarch 18, 2009 Here are more photos of the dynamic world premiere of “Theoretical Isolation: A Post-Atomic Experiment at the urban design project”, performed at Arcosanti last Saturday, by a group of actors from Chicago Members of the group are: Seth Bockley, Jessica Hudson, Chloe Johnston, Ira S. Murfin, Kerensa Peterson, Angela Tillges and Seth Zurer. [Photos: tt, Chihiro Saito & text: sa] The audience had a chance to meet with the actors after the performance. More information on facebook. [Photo: tt & text: sa]last_img read more

Rep VerHeulen criticizes decision to award tax incentives to AK Steel

first_img State Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker today criticized a decision by the Michigan Strategic Fund Board allowing a steelmaker to inherit a tax credit previously awarded to another company.The board awarded AK Steel a transfer of a tax credit originally awarded to Severstal Dearborn more than a decade ago. AK Steel, based in Ohio, bought Severstal Dearborn in 2014.“I am deeply disappointed in this decision,” VerHeulen said. “The Michigan Strategic Fund Board should not have made this decision without the Legislature’s involvement and oversight.”The tax credit would be worth up to $20.3 million for AK Steel.VerHeulen has included language in budget proposals moving through the Michigan House that would require legislative approval for this type of tax credit transaction. VerHeulen is chair of the House Appropriations General Government Subcommittee.“I am very disappointed this action was taken today, circumventing the involvement of legislators,” VerHeulen said.Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers had requested that the Michigan Strategic Fund Board delay a decision, saying an agreement with AK Steel could set a dangerous precedent in future cases. 25Apr Rep. VerHeulen criticizes decision to award tax incentives to AK Steel Categories: News,VerHeulen Newslast_img read more

North Carolina and federal health officials want t

first_imgNorth Carolina and federal health officials want to test whether neighbors of a chemical company are carrying little-understood industrial compounds in their bodies.The state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday it is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bladen and Cumberland county health departments to test dozens of volunteers living around a Chemours Co. plant south of Fayetteville.Officials plan to check the blood and urine of up to 30 residents for GenX and 16 related chemicals.GenX is used to make non-stick cookware and other products.The state health agency says the results will allow better comparisons to levels detected in people elsewhere, but won’t clarify whether GenX and related chemicals have specific health effects.Test results will be shared with the adults and children who participate.last_img read more

YouTube Videos are Now Shoppable

first_img Image Credit: GoogleYouTube is rolling out a new ad product that will allow any video to become “shoppable.” That means that companies will be able to buy visual ads with links to buy products on their own sites on any video on YouTube. Previously, brands could only include a product listing drop-down on their own videos, but now they can buy product ads on any video that allows this type of ad (through an auction). This is an extension of what YouTube calls its True View for shopping ads. It’s different from the Google “Buy Button,” which allows people to make purchases directly through Google Search results, because these ads will just directly the viewer to the product or brand’s website.What does this mean for you? If you watch a lot of product reviews on YouTube, you’ll start seeing a little “I” icon on the top-right corner of those videos. Click on that, and you’ll see a visual list of products that are similar (or the same) as what you see in the videos.Diya Jolly, the exec running YouTube’s advertising product group, told Business Insider that YouTube has done a lot of testing to make the new ads as helpful and unobtrusive to viewers as possible, and that she expects that YouTube will continue tweaking the look and feel before the ads roll out this fall. She also shared that there are more than one million channels on YouTube with product review videos, and that those videos have seen over 40 percent growth in viewership over the past year. For YouTube video creators, this new type of ad means they now have another potential revenue stream to monetize their videos.For YouTube, it’s another way to siphon more money from TV ads to digital, with the pitch that these ads can target users who clearly looking to buy a product. “With this type of ad, you’re now able to measure your ROI much better than you could on TV,” Jolly says.  Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue YouTube Videos are Now ‘Shoppable’ –shares This story originally appeared on Business Insider 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article YouTube September 30, 2015 Jillian D’Onfro Register Now »last_img read more

Some drug combinations may be more effective than others for schizophrenic patients

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 21 2019Patients with schizophrenia are often treated with more than one type of psychiatric medication, but a new study suggests that some combinations may be more effective than others.The findings were published in JAMA Psychiatry.Antipsychotic drugs are usually the first line of treatment for individuals with schizophrenia. But because these drugs often fail to control symptoms adequately on their own, doctors often prescribe additional psychiatric medications, such as another antipsychotic, an antidepressant, a benzodiazepine, or a mood stabilizer.”Antipsychotic medications are used to treat psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations but there is little guidance on what to do for other types of symptoms like depression, anxiety or excitement. Additional medications are often prescribed, but we know little about how different psychiatric drug combinations affect people with schizophrenia,” says T. Scott Stroup, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and lead author of the paper. “Until now we have known virtually nothing about how these strategies compare to each other.”Related StoriesStudy: Many patients with schizophrenia and epilepsy die before reaching the age of fiftyExploring how schizophrenia and depression are related to drug consumptionResearch opens up new avenues for understanding the causes of schizophreniaTo find out, the researchers conducted a comparative effectiveness study using Medicaid records of 81,921 adults with schizophrenia who had been taking only an antipsychotic drug for at least 3 months before starting either an antidepressant, benzodiazepine, mood stabilizer, or another antipsychotic drug.The researchers found that individuals with schizophrenia who added an antidepressant were less likely to land in the emergency room or hospital for a mental health issue than those who started another antipsychotic or a benzodiazepine. Antidepressants reduced the risk of hospitalization by 16% compared to antipsychotics and by 22% compared to benzodiazepines. For emergency room visits, antidepressants reduced the risk by 8% compared to antipsychotics and by 18% compared to benzodiazepines.”Our study adds more evidence that benzodiazepine use should be limited and that combining antidepressants with antipsychotic drugs for individuals with schizophrenia may have benefits,” says Stroup. “We still need to know more about when to use antidepressants, which may be useful for conditions other than depression.”Combining medications is often referred to as polypharmacy. “The results of our study should promote rational polypharmacy,” added Stroup. He thinks that clinicians will find the results believable and hopes that they will lead to practice changes and improved patient outcomes.The study is titled, “Comparative Effectiveness of Adjunctive Psychotropic Medications in Patients with Schizophrenia.” Source:https://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/last_img read more

On the border volunteer doctors struggle to provide stopgap care to immigrants

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 5 2019It wasn’t the rash covering Meliza’s feet and legs that worried Dr. José Manuel de la Rosa. What concerned him were the deep bruises beneath. They were a sign she could be experiencing something far more serious than an allergic reaction.Meliza’s mom, Magdalena, told the doctor it started with one little bump. Then two. In no time, the 5-year-old’s legs were swollen and red from the knees down.De la Rosa noticed a bandage-covered cotton ball in the crook of Meliza’s elbow, a remnant of having blood drawn. During their time at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility, Meliza had been sent to a hospital, Magdalena explained, cradling the child with her 5-foot frame. They had run tests, but she had no way to get the results. Through tears, she begged for help. “My daughter is my life,” she told him in Spanish.The doctor would see nearly a dozen patients that March evening at his makeshift clinic inside a warehouse near the El Paso airport. That week, similar ad hoc community clinics would treat hundreds of people, some with routine colds and viruses, others with upper-respiratory infections or gaping wounds. Like Meliza, all were migrants, mostly from Central America, a river of families arriving each day, many frightened and exhausted after days spent in government detention.De la Rosa, an El Paso pediatrician, is one of dozens of doctors volunteering on the U.S.-Mexico border as the flow of migrants crossing without papers and asking for asylum climbs to a six-year high. Unlike previous waves of immigration, these are not single men from Mexico looking to blend in and find work. Most are families, fleeing gang violence, political instability or dire poverty.President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency on the southern border to free up billions of dollars in funding to construct a wall as a means of stemming the tide of asylum seekers. He was expected to make an appearance in Calexico, Calif., on Friday to tour a 30-foot section of fence that was rebuilt last year.But the federal government isn’t covering the cost of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in border communities like El Paso.In the absence of a coordinated federal response, nonprofit organizations across the 1,900-mile stretch have stepped in to provide food, shelter and medical care. Border cities like El Paso, San Diego and McAllen, Texas, are used to relying on local charities for some level of migrant care. But not in the massive numbers and sustained duration they’re seeing now. As the months drag on, the work is taking a financial and emotional toll. Nonprofit operators are drawing on donations, financial reserves and the generosity of medical volunteers to meet demand. Some worry this “new normal” is simply not sustainable.”The care we are providing we could never have foreseen, or imagined spending what we are spending,” said Ana Melgoza, vice president of external affairs for San Ysidro Health, a community health system providing care for migrants crossing into San Diego. She said her clinic has spent nearly $250,000 on such care since November.An Emotional And Financial TollIn October, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency drastically changed how it handles migrant releases from its detention facilities. Families seeking asylum no longer would get help coordinating travel to live with relatives or sponsors while claims were processed. Since the policy shift, thousands of migrants have found themselves in border cities without money, food or a way to communicate with family. From Dec. 21 to March 21, 107,000 people were released from ICE detention to await immigration hearings.In El Paso, which has seen a 1,689% increase in border apprehensions of migrants traveling with family members compared with last year, volunteer doctors are staffing a network of clinics. Kids with coughs and colds, diarrhea and vomiting are common. Some migrants have severe blisters on their feet that need cleaning, or diabetes that’s out of control because, they say, their insulin was thrown away by border patrol agents.For de la Rosa, this is just the latest work in a career tied to border health. Born and raised in El Paso, he has served on the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission since President George Bush appointed him in 2003. He was founding dean of the city’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine when it opened a decade ago as one of the few programs in the country that require all students to take courses in “medical Spanish,” designed to bolster communication with Spanish-speaking patients.As he entered the warehouse-turned-shelter that evening in late March, he pulled off his signature bow tie and draped a stethoscope around his neck. He thinks it’s a gift to be able to help people who would otherwise have no way to get care. “Sometimes I don’t know if I’m doing it for me or for them,” he said. “It is so fulfilling.”But cases like Meliza’s are frustrating. (She and other patients are referred to by their first or middle names in this story because of their concerns that speaking to the news media could affect their asylum cases.)After passing an initial screening to claim asylum, Meliza and her mother had been taken to the warehouse, where volunteers gave them food and a bed, and helped arrange travel to South Carolina, where they could live with a family member as their asylum claim proceeds.Meliza’s rash began while they were in detention, Magdalena told de la Rosa, and four days in, she was sent to a hospital. But they were released from custody before getting the test results. De la Rosa called the hospital, hoping the labs would offer clues as to whether the girl might have leukemia; Henoch-Schonlein purpura, a disorder that can cause kidney damage; or just an allergic reaction. The hospital asked de la Rosa for a privacy waiver from the mother, but by the time he could return to the shelter for her signature, she had boarded a bus for South Carolina. That would be the last he saw of her.’The Best We Can Do’Dr. Carlos Gutierrez, another El Paso pediatrician, is also desperate for communication with the doctors who work inside the detention facilities. When people are released with complicated health issues — like a man who recently showed up with a flesh-eating bacterial infection and a wound so big they could see his bone — the volunteer doctors often have to start from scratch, trying to determine what a patient has and what treatment they’ve been given.For most of the past five months, Gutierrez has used the lunch break from his private pediatric clinic to see migrants. He works in one of several hotels being rented out by Annunciation House, a nonprofit that runs the area’s main shelter network.The organization, which is funded through donations from religious organizations and individuals, has dug deep, spending more than $1 million on hotels in the past four or five months, its executive director said at a city council meeting. It struggles to accommodate everyone — Annunciation House recently scrambled to open a temporary shelter so that 150 people wouldn’t have to sleep in a city park.On his way to the hotel, Gutierrez reviewed the day’s text message from the organization’s director outlining how many refugees would be arriving that day: 510.Related StoriesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryThe first patients to his “clinic” — a hotel room bathroom — were 9-year-old twins from Guatemala. They were traveling with their mother, Mirian, who said she fled her hometown after local men threatened to kidnap one daughter if she didn’t pay protection money to operate her tortilla stand.Mirian and her daughters had crossed a small river to reach what she believed was New Mexico, she said, imagining that the authorities they surrendered to would be like the U.S. tourists she’d met in her hometown. “There, when the tourists arrive, they are so nice. Even doctors come to help us,” she said in Spanish.But it was not a warm welcome. During the six days they spent in custody, one of her daughters contracted bronchitis, she told Gutierrez. They were healthy when they entered, she said, but sleeping on cold concrete floors and eating skimpy ham and cheese sandwiches broke them down. “They treat you like you’re trash,” she said.Mirian showed Gutierrez an inhaler she had been given in the detention facility and asked what it was for. Her other daughter had developed a deep cough and needed attention, she said. After examining both girls, Gutierrez showed Mirian how to use the inhaler. The girls would be fine, he told her, but with their lungs as congested as they were, it might be weeks before they recovered.”I mean, this is the best we can do,” Gutierrez said, after prescribing an antibiotic to a little girl with an ear infection. “We could be doing it better. But when they are in our care, nobody is dying.”Necessary WorkMore than two dozen people have died while in immigration custody under the Trump administration, according to a recent NBC News analysis. The government says it added nurses and doctors to its facilities after two children died in December. Immigration authorities are now taking 60 children a day to the hospital and doing medical screens for every child under 18, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said during a March news conference.But many people still have serious needs upon release. When Gutierrez and his colleagues started these clinics, they were meant to temporarily fill a gap caused by the change in government policy. Asked if he thinks the volunteer work is sustainable, he shook his head and sighed. “I’m so tired.”The financial model — relying on donations and volunteers — also has its limits. Asylum seekers generally don’t qualify for social services, including Medicaid, before they have been granted asylum. In California, negotiations are underway to make some of the $5 million in emergency funds the state is spending at the border available to reimburse clinics for care, according to the office of state Sen. Toni Atkins. Physicians in Texas and Arizona were not aware of similar conversations in their states.Dr. Blanca Garcia, another El Paso pediatrician, has been volunteering a few days a week since October. Like many of the doctors, she cites a moral and financial argument for providing care to the migrants, who are in the country legally once they apply for asylum. These are vulnerable people who might not otherwise seek care, and for every diagnosis of strep throat, she is likely preventing an expensive emergency room visit, she said.Still, there are limitations to what they can provide.Cristian, 21, and his 5-month-old baby, Gretel, arrived at an El Paso shelter in a former assisted living facility early one afternoon. He’d never been alone this long with his daughter, he said. His wife — a minor — had been separated from them at the border, put in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. Cristian didn’t know when she might be released.While in detention, he had spent several nights with Gretel on a concrete floor in a room with more than a hundred other men, he said. He asked a guard for a better sleeping situation. Instead of receiving help, he said, he was punished by being forced to sit and stare at a wall for over an hour as Gretel cried in his arms.Still breastfeeding before she was separated from her mother, she would suck on his nose and at his shirt. He was worried that she wasn’t getting enough to eat, and that the formula he was giving her wasn’t as good for her as breast milk. Dr. Garcia told him the baby looked healthy.Still, Cristian was anxious, and grew increasingly distressed as he recounted their history.”Will the baby be OK?” he asked in Spanish.She assured the young father he was doing everything he could.This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.last_img read more

Apple Goldman Sachs collaborating on credit card report Update

A media report says Apple is working with investment giant Goldman Sachs on a co-branded credit card promoting the Apple Pay digital wallet Apple is working with financial giant Goldman Sachs on a credit card that would carry the iPhone maker’s digital wallet logo, according to a report Thursday in the Wall Street Journal. 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. The move comes as Apple puts increasing focus on revenue from online services and content, and as Goldman Sachs seeks to make more money from consumer banking operations.Apple declined to comment on the report, which cited unnamed people close to the matter.A joint credit card bearing the Apple Pay brand could launch early next year, and replace a rewards-card partnership Apple has with Barclays, according to the Journal.Apple, which still gets most revenue from the iPhone, reported a hefty rise in earnings during the first three months of this year, alleviating worries about the iPhone’s prospects and a hit from US-China trade tensions.Analysts praised a big jump in revenues in Apple’s services business, which is seen as an important element of diversification away from having revenues tied to gadgets.A 31 percent rise in services to $9.2 billion was credited to revenue gains from Apple Pay, Apple Music and other programs.Goldman Sachs Bank USA last month acquired personal finance startup Clarity Money. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Free-to-use Clarity Money is a leading app that uses artificial intelligence to help people manage their finances with personalized, “actionable insights” such as saving money or finding better credit cards, according to Goldman Sachs.”Consumers want a better way to manage their finances,” GS Bank chief executive Stephen Scherr said in a release. © 2018 AFP Explore further Citation: Apple, Goldman Sachs collaborating on credit card: report (Update) (2018, May 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-apple-goldman-sachs-collaborating-credit.html Huge changes are likely for the new iPhone 8, including a whopper of a price tag read more

Linear equations system will restore impaired hand motion

first_img More information: Anastasia Motrenko et al. Multi-way feature selection for ECoG-based Brain-Computer Interface, Expert Systems with Applications (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2018.06.054 Brain overheating. Credit: Lion_on_helium/MIPT 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. Citation: Linear equations system will restore impaired hand motion (2018, September 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-linear-equations-impaired-motion.html Each electrode outputs its own signal represented by a frequency and an amplitude. The frequencies are subdivided into bands. The feature description is a history of corticogram signal values for each electrode and each frequency band. This signal history is a time series, a vector in linear space. Each feature is therefore a vector. The prediction of hand motion trajectory is calculated as a linear combination of feature vectors, their weighted sum. To find the optimal weights for the linear model—that is, those resulting in an adequate prediction—a system of linear equations has to be solved.However, the solution to the system mentioned above is unstable. This is a consequence of the sensors being located close to each other so that neighboring sensors output similar signals. As a result, the slightest change in the signals that are picked up causes a considerable change in the trajectory prediction. Therefore, the problem of feature space dimensionality reduction needs to be solved.The authors of the paper introduce a feature selection method based on two criteria. First, the pairs of features have to be distinct, and second, their combinations have to approximate the target vector reasonably well. This approach allows the optimal feature set to be obtained even without calculating the model parameters. Taking into account the mutual positions of the sensors, the researchers came up with a simple, robust, and rather precise model, which is comparable to its analogs in terms of prediction quality.In their future work, the team plans to address the problem of limb trajectory description in the case of a variable brain structure.Strijov explains: “By moving around and getting a response from the environment, humans learn. The structure of the brain changes. New connections form, rendering the model obsolete. We need to propose a model that would adapt to the changes in the brain by changing its own structure. This task is far from simple, but we are working on it.” “We solved the problem of building a model that would be simple, robust, and precise,” adds Strijov, who is a chief researcher at MIPT’s Machine Intelligence Laboratory. “By simple, I mean there are relatively few parameters. Robustness refers to the ability to retain reasonable prediction quality under minor changes of parameters. Precision means that the predictions adequately approximate natural physical limb motions. To achieve this, we predict motion trajectories as a linear combination of the electrocorticogram feature descriptions.” Explore furthercenter_img Reading the motor intention from brain activity within 100ms Provided by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have developed a model for predicting hand movement trajectories based on cortical activity: Signals are measured directly from a human brain. The predictions rely on linear models. This offloads the processor, since it requires less memory and fewer computations in comparison with neural networks. As a result, the processor can be combined with a sensor and implanted in the cranium. By simplifying the model without degrading the predictions, it becomes possible to respond to the changing brain signals. This technology could drive exoskeletons that would allow patients with impaired mobility to regain movement. The paper was published in Expert Systems with Applications, the leading journal in the field of artificial intelligence. Hand movement predictions. Credit: Lion_on_helium/MIPT Damage to the spinal cord prevents motor signals generated by the brain from reaching the muscles. As a result, patients can no longer move freely. To restore motion, brain cortex signals are measured, decoded, and transmitted to an exoskeleton. Decoding means interpreting the signals as a prediction of the desired limb motion. To pick up high-quality signals, the sensor needs to be implanted directly in the braincase.Surgical implantation of a sensor with electrodes onto the motor cortex, the area of the brain responsible for voluntary movements, has already been performed. Such a sensor is powered by a compact battery recharged wirelessly. The device comes with a processing unit that handles the incoming signals, and a radio transmitter relaying the data to an external receiver. The processor heats up during operation, which becomes problematic, since it is in contact with the brain. This puts a constraint on consumed power, which is crucial for decoding the signal.Adequately measuring brain signals is only one part of the challenge. To use this data to control artificial limbs, movement trajectories need to be reconstructed from the electrocorticogram—a record of the electrical activity of the brain. This is the point of signal decoding. The research team led by Professor Vadim Strijov from MIPT works on models for predicting hand trajectories based on electrocorticograms. Such predictions are necessary to enable exoskeletons that patients with impaired motor function would control by imagining natural motions of their limbs.”We turned to linear algebra for predicting limb motion trajectories. The advantage of the linear models over neural networks is that the optimization of model parameters requires much fewer operations. This means they are well-suited for a slow processor and a limited memory,” explains Strijov, the senior author of the paper.last_img read more

Mamata accuses BJP of trying to tarnish West Bengals image

first_imgWest Bengal COMMENT Published on June 11, 2019 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Tuesday, alleged that attempts were being made to defame and tarnish the image of West Bengal.Critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the central government, she claimed “a plot was underway to turn the State into Gujarat.” “I respect the Governor but every post has its constitutional limit. Bengal is being defamed. If you want to save Bengal and its culture, come together. There is a conspiracy to forget the rich legacy of Bengal. A plan is being hatched to turn Bengal into Gujarat,” she said at an event in the city where she unveiled a statue of social-reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Her gibe at targeting West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi came after the latter met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi.Tripathi met them on Monday, a day after the Centre issued an advisory to the West Bengal government expressing “deep concern” over the deaths of people in post-poll violence. The BJP won 18 of the 42 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, and emerged as the principal opposition to Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Banerjee has since then upped the ante in attacking the BJP and the Centre. Inaugurating the bust of Bengali social reformer, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, at a city college marks one of the areas in which she is at loggerheads with the BJP. The bust was damaged 27 days ago during a rally by BJP party President Amit Shah. Both TMC and the BJP had accused each other of vandalising the statue. Later, Banerjee while inaugurating ITC’s Royal Bengal Hotel, reiterated the charge that the State was “being deliberately defamed”.Addressing industry captains present at the event, the Chief Minister claimed Bengal was amongst the “most stable States economically”. Moreover, the fact that no man were days lost indicate that there is a “sea change in its work culture” and bandhs were a thing of the past.“Remember what the State was 34 years back; and, what it is now. Politically, you can say anything; but fact is economically we are one of the most stable States across the country,” she said. state politics national politicscenter_img 0 SHARE SHARE EMAIL BJP SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more