Jan 29 2019The AYE Combo Refractometer / Viscometer from Testa Analytical Solutions e.K. sets a new standard for the detection of intrinsic viscosity of highly diluted samples. Source:https://www.testa-analytical.com/ This unique instrument is designed to have a high performance refractometer as an integral part of the viscometer, therefore both concentration and viscosity are measured at exactly the same time on the very same sample segment.Related StoriesTesta Analytical Solutions introduces new version of powerful Particle Solutions software suiteRevolutionary instrument for characterizing liposomes and liposome-drug conjugatesDynamic Light Scattering measurements in concentrated solutionsAs a consequence the AYE Combo Refractometer / Viscometer allows a much more accurate determination of molecular parameters and is particular suitable for applications focused on determining the structure and branching of complex polymers.Using a viscometer within a GPC/SEC System, requires a source of a concentration signal to complete the necessary calculations. The limitation of using a standard Differential Refractive Index (DRI) detector for this task, is that it must deliver a corresponding concentration signal for each point on the viscosity curve. This is possible with two separate instruments, precision of the results however, will be limited due to the volume difference of the detectors. A combination instrument, such as the AYE Combo, where both detectors are integral part of each other, overcomes these limitations and allows a much better determination of the sample under investigation.
Source:American Academy of Family Physicians Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 15 2019Visits to the doctor for a respiratory tract infection can lead to unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, but an online intervention with real-time information on locally circulating viruses may reduce mothers’ intentions to visit their primary care doctor.A representative sample of mothers in the United Kingdom (N=806) was randomized to receive the online intervention, including locally enhanced influenza statistics, symptom information, and home-care advice, either before (intervention group) or after (control group) responding to a hypothetical respiratory tract infection illness scenario.Participants in the intervention group had lower intentions to visit the doctor than those in the control group when adjusted for demographic and clinical characteristics. Intervention material was generally well received, with information on symptoms and when to visit the primary care doctor rated as more important than information on locally circulating viruses. If the intervention were rolled out widely, the authors surmise that it would have impact, given the high rates at which parents of children with respiratory tract infections visit primary care clinicians. The authors call for research to evaluate intervention effects on observed behavioral outcomes in real-world settings and examine long-term effects and cost-effectiveness.
The intelligent city bus is the result of a joint project between ETH and the Swiss SME Carrosserie HESS, Switzerland’s only bus manufacturer. Credit: Daniel Winkler The rather unusual trolleybus could be mistaken for a tram with its large windscreen and covered wheels. Credit: ETH Zurich Explore further 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. Putting theory into practice ETH and Carrosserie HESS began working together in 2009. At that time, HESS was experimenting with a diesel hybrid bus, but the energy savings they were achieving were lower than they had hoped for. So when ETH came up with the idea of developing a new energy management system for the bus project as part of a doctoral position, the HESS project coordinators jumped at the chance. The doctorate was funded by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.There was still quite a way to go before the first bus with ETH software rolled off the HESS production line. From the research side, the project was a resounding success that produced some major fuel savings – but by the time the doctoral thesis was finished, the balance of customer demand had shifted from diesel hybrid buses to electric buses. This brought home the challenges that arise in any partnership between academia and the private sector, with the slow mill of ETH’s scientifically rigorous approach on the one hand, and Carrosserie HESS’s exposure to market dynamics on the other. “What we need is not necessarily a system that is theoretically perfect, but one that works in practice and complies with all the regulations,” says Widmer. “And obviously it has to eventually make us some money!”A project with a future”SwissTrolley plus” is a follow-up project involving the latest electric bus from HESS – and both partners have learned from experience. Once again, a doctoral student at ETH is developing a software program for efficient energy management. But what’s new is that this project brings on board a second research institute in the form of Bern University of Applied Sciences, as well as its first public transport operator in the form of Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich (VBZ). As a result, the ETH researchers can analyse the software in real-world conditions practically on their doorstep, thanks to the pilot bus that VBZ added to its Zurich fleet some 12 months ago.Right now, the smart Zurich pilot bus is the only one of its kind – but not for long. This autumn, three more bi-articulated buses based on the same technology will start operating on local routes. And back at Carrosserie HESS Widmer is confident that other public transport operators will soon follow suit: “A few of them have already expressed interest”.This second joint doctoral project comes to an end next year, but there’s a good chance the cooperation between ETH and HESS will continue in the future. The longer their collaboration lasts, the more issues they find that can best be solved by working together. “Software could potentially help out not just with the driving, but also save energy used for heating and air conditioning,” says Widmer. ETH Professor Onder agrees without hesitation: “That’s definitely an interesting and relevant area for researchers to look into.” Citation: Research helps make buses smarter (2018, September 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-buses-smarter.html HESS J1943+213 is an extreme blazar, study finds This intelligent city bus is the result of a joint project between ETH and the Swiss SME Carrosserie HESS, which is headquartered in Bellach in the canton of Solothurn. Carrosserie HESS is Switzerland’s only bus manufacturer – and ETH has developed an energy management software package tailored to its needs. Using algorithms, the software determines when the bus should alternate between the overhead wires and battery pack by identifying the optimum source of power at each particular moment. For example, during a hill climb the most sensible choice is to drain the traction battery, because the bus can subsequently take advantage of regenerative braking on a downhill stretch to recharge the battery “for free”. This method can reduce energy use by up to 15 percent, which translates into considerable cost savings.Competitive advantageThis collaborative project offers advantages on both sides. HESS benefits from a capacity for innovation that would be inconceivable without a research partner. “We simply don’t have the resources to develop that kind of efficient energy management system on our own,” says Martin Widmer, who is responsible for the project at Carrosserie HESS. Working with ETH has allowed the Swiss company and its approximately 260 employees to maintain a competitive edge over far bigger rivals from other countries.For their part, ETH researchers are able to translate their theoretical expertise into concrete projects. The scientific complexities of hybrid buses are a good choice of topic for contributions to academic journals, says Christopher Onder, Professor at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH. “The project attracts students like a magnet,” he adds, noting that the joint projects carried out with HESS to date have already yielded some 30 semester projects and Bachelor’s and Master’s theses. What’s more, a number of students have already completed an internship at HESS, while others such as Martin Widmer have taken on permanent positions at the SME after finishing their degree at ETH. Provided by ETH Zurich A rather unusual trolleybus has been navigating the streets of Zurich in recent months. With its large windscreen and covered wheels, it could easily be mistaken for a tram – but it’s not just the design that makes this bus so unique. For a start, it features a hybrid electric drive system that allows it to draw power from an on-board traction battery as well as overhead wires. But this bus is also “smart”, boasting specially designed software that automatically gathers information on the route. That means it always knows what to expect – whether that’s a downhill stretch or a dead wire up ahead.
Nirmohi Akhara, one of the litigants in the Ayodhya case, on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court opposing the Centre’s plea seeking return of 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site to original owners.The Allahabad High Court in 2010 had decided that 2.77-acre disputed land at Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site would be divided into three equal parts and will be handed over to — Nirmohi Akhara, Sunni Waqf Board, and Ram Lalla.Also read: Centre seeks SC’s permission to return land around disputed Ayodhya siteThe Nirmohi Akhara, in its fresh plea, has opposed the Centre’s application by which it had sought modification of the Supreme Court’s 2003 order to allow it to return to original owners the 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.The application has said that the Centre has proposed returning of acquired land to Ram Janambhoomi Nyas and that there are many temples on the acquired land and their rights would be affected if the land is returned to one party.The apex court had recently appointed mediators to find an amicable solution to the vexatious land dispute. Supreme Court forms 3-member team to resolve Ayodhya dispute Supreme Court of India COMMENT SHARE Ayodhya April 09, 2019 RELATED Chronology of Ayodhya land dispute case Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS