Tsunamiaffected countries need to do even more to protect rights of victims

“These basic rights are spelled out in the UN’s Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement,” said Eric Schwartz, Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery on the Protection of Vulnerable Communities in the Tsunami Region today at the end of his 10-day assessment mission to the region, where approximately 220,000 people were killed and two million displaced by the disaster.“Officials throughout the region have recognized that they are responsible not only for ensuring access to adequate shelter and housing, education, and medical services, but also for involving the affected populations in the critical decisions impacting their future well-being,” he added.In improving on that effort, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies all have a role to play, he said, stressing that the difficult problems of permanent housing and employment cannot be solved overnight.“But experience demonstrates that when people are adequately consulted in recovery processes, policies are broadly accepted and are more likely to endure,” he said, emphasizing that efforts to engage women and traditionally marginalized communities should be accelerated.During his mission, the fourth in the last six months, Mr. Schwartz visited the Aceh region of Indonesia and the North Chennai region of India, where he met with various government, UN and other officials, civil society leaders, affected communities and representatives from the private sector. read more

Buying into BlackBerrymaker Research In Motion a risky bet say analysts

TORONTO – While traders question whether there’s a buying opportunity in the battered stock of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM), analysts warn that putting money into a troubled company with the hopes of an eventual upside is a risky bet.The BlackBerry maker has been at the centre of takeover speculation for months and with stock recently hovering around $10 per share, there’s been speculation another tech firm could swoop in and buy the company at a hefty premium to its current value.So far, none of those buyers have publicly emerged, though chief executive Thorsten Heins said last week that RIM has hired two outside firms to evaluate strategies including potential partnerships and licensing. He hasn’t specifically said the company is looking to sell, but he also hasn’t ruled it out.RIM’s plan is to stay on course for the rest of the year in preparation for a new line of phones that it hopes will be a smashing success. In the meantime, its shareholders have been left with little to bank on as they watch its stock value tumble from highs of $148, when RIM was briefly the most valuable company on the Toronto exchange.“There’s different reasons companies become cheap and RIM’s reason is that they’re grossly losing market share and their margins are plummeting,” said Chyanne Fickes, chief investment manager at Stone Asset Management.“That just isn’t a recipe for any kind of success.”For investors hoping the company will be bought, it’s difficult to peg RIM’s value for numerous reasons, including that its share price on both Canadian and U.S. markets has been particularly volatile ahead of the anticipated launch of its new BlackBerry devices and operating system sometime later this year.Executives have offered few details of which devices will hit the market, or exactly when —leaving the market struggling to value a company mostly on hypotheticals.“How do you value something that’s declining?” said technology analyst Sameet Kanade of Northern Securities.Several divisions of RIM are difficult to put a price on, including its patents which are sometimes partly owned by other companies like Apple and Microsoft under special arrangements. Estimates have placed the value at a range of $1 billion to $4 billion.The Waterloo, Ont. company’s network services could sell for another several billion dollars, though estimates for those assets also fluctuate wildly.Numerous analysts have discussed the potential of RIM being bought out, but it is considered by some as a stock that, at best, is a “speculative buy.”That’s what Neeraj Monga, a tech analyst at Veritas Investment Research Corp. has rated the stock, with potential that the company could be acquired by the end of the year.Despite the focus on RIM’s troubles, some analysts suggest that while it might not be a good investment at this time, its fate isn’t sealed.“The company has maintained relative stability in certain markets, so I think it would be premature to write (them) off,” said Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Company in New York.He added, “philosophically, I am not recommending that because I’m too tied into the fundamentals.”“I would rather buy the stock at $15 or $20 knowing it had a future than to buy it at $10 on speculation.”One thing is certain, the company sits on about $2.1 billion in cash and investments, though if the next few months turn ugly executives could dig into the cash to make acquisitions or other financial moves.RIM is headed into even choppier waters for the next few quarters as a lack of new BlackBerry products on the market is expected to dramatically erode sales numbers.“This is going to be a messy situation because RIM doesn’t have anything to sell, and so the only way they can make sales is to mark prices down on their phones,” said Wolf.Despite the signs of further troubles, some loyal RIM shareholders have faith that the smartphone innovator will have another shot at success.“It’s very clear some investors have held on longer than they should have — this is a Canadian company with such a storied legacy — so it wasn’t just a financial decision, it was a psychological one,” said technology analyst Carmi Levy.“It’s all well and good to want to root for the home team, but … there’s no room for emotion in investment.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled ‘Fyckes’ sted ‘Fickes’ by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 8, 2012 6:37 pm MDT Buying into BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion a risky bet, say analysts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

PDC Consultants wins global mining infrastructure award

first_imgEngineering design and detail specialists PDC Consultants has beaten strong international competition to take home the 2010 Bentleys Be Inspired Award for Innovation in Mining and Metals, which recognises worldclass mining infrastructure projects. Nominated for its work on the A$1.5 billion Brockman Syncline No. 4 Project in the Pilbara in Western Australia, PDC provided 3D modelling and shop detailing for over 4,000 t of mechanical and structural steel and associated platework. Finalists in the Innovation in Mining and Metals category were selected by an independent panel and judged on their use of techology to shorten project schedules and lower operating costs through improved access to mission-critical information.“PDC’s 3D modelling technology is the most advanced of its kind and with companies feeling increasing pressure to advance projects in ever-tightening timeframes, our objective is always to use our technology to provide whole-of-life project solutions and also achieve zero rework during construction,” said PDC Consultants Managing Director Martyn Weir.PDC’s modelling technologies provided for design optimisation across all aspects of the project site including improved accuracy in modelling on-site activities, resources and decreased rework. Through the use of its powerful 3D modelling viewing tools, PDC worked closely with the Project Engineer to ensure the milestones at Brockman Syncline No. 4 were achieved with the highest level of accuracy.Facilities at the Brockman Syncline No. 4 Project included a primary and secondary crushing facility; product screening facility; product sampling stations; stacker, reclaimer, stockpile and train loadout bin; and 10 interconnecting conveyors and transfer stations.Martyn Weir and PDC Commercial Manager Shawn Weir presented the project and received the award at a gala dinner held in Amsterdam as part of the Be Inspired thought leadership and networking event hosted by infrastructure software solutions group, Bentley Systems.PDC Consultants says it has become a recognised global leader in the areas of design, modelling and detailing. With one of the world’s largest and most experienced specialised teams, PDC understands project problems and risks; specifically the challenges of taking a project from conceptual design to construction.PDC’s successful business model works around delivering project solutions rather than individual solutions using its suite of uique 3D Modelling processes and Building Information Modelling software.last_img read more

Honeycomb and Gingerbread headed on a collision course says Schmidt

first_imgWhen Apple first released the iPad, they effectively forked iOS. iOS version 3.1.3 was for iPhones and iPod Touches, iOS 3.2 was for the iPad. Even when iOS 4 came out, Apple wasn’t able to merge the two forks: that had to wait until iOS 4.2. The lesson? Making an operating system that is good for both small screen and larger screen devices isn’t as easy as it appears.Now that Google is bringing Android to tablets, it’s finding it has the same problem on its hands. With Honeycomb, Android will effectively be forked, leaving smartphones behind using Gingerbread. Will they ever merge, or will Google simply start shipping two major Android forks indefinitely?Laying out the Android roadmap during a keynote speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google CEO Eric Schmidt converged that Gingerbread and Honeycomb were headed on a collision course.Schmidt promises that with the next version after Honeycomb, Android will again merge, bringing the best of the smartphone and tablet iterations of Android together. Schmidt expects this consolidated Android to ship about six months after Honeycomb lands, with additional versions of Android shipping approximately every six months thereafter.As for the most pressing question on everyone’s mind, what snack will the next version of Android be named after, Schmidt quipped: “You can imagine the follow up will start with an I, be named after dessert, and will combine these two.” That seems to confirm previous rumors that whatever is after Honeycomb will be Android Ice-Cream Sandwich.Read more at PC Prolast_img read more

Amazon orders secondgen Kindle Fire from Foxconn

first_imgThe launch of the Kindle Fire is less than a month away, and based on pre-order figures that have already reached the 250,000 mark, Amazon needs a lot of stock to cope with day-one demand.Even so, Jeff Bezos seems to be looking ahead, and has apparently just placed an order for a second-generation Kindle Fire to be delivered early next year. What must come as a surprise and blow to Quanta is the fact the order has been placed with Foxconn for delivery in early 2012. Quanta, as you may know, is handling first-generation Kindle Fire production.The phrase “second-generation” can mean many things. It could be an updated product, a brand new product, or just the existing device with different internals. As this second-gen Kindle Fire is being delivered early next year it’s highly unlikely we’ll see an updated 7-inch device with new features. That would just be a slap in the face for early adopters.With that being the case, there are two options left. Either Amazon has already figured out a cheaper way to make the existing 7-inch Kindle Fire. Or, a larger Kindle Fire is set to appear, possibly with a 10-inch display.As months pass and components shrink, it’s possible to make the same device for less money by combining parts or even sourcing them from different suppliers. This is something companies like Sony and Microsoft do regularly with the PS3 and Xbox 360 internals. So it’s not unfeasible Amazon has found a cheaper way to make the 7-inch Kindle Fire, and Foxconn turned out to be the cheapest manufacturer quoting for the work.If a larger Kindle Fire is in the works, then sourcing it from Foxconn makes sense as they are the manufacturer who takes care of iPad production. In other words, they have the equipment and expertise in place to produce 10-inch devices in the millions.via DigiTimeslast_img read more

Les voitures trop polluantes bientôt verbalisées

first_imgLes voitures trop polluantes bientôt verbalisées ?Le Conseil national de l’air (CNA) a émis une proposition qui consiste à verbaliser respectivement de 68 et de 133 euros les voitures et les poids lourds trop polluants qui circuleront sans autorisation dans les Zapa, ces futures zones réglementées pour améliorer la qualité de l’air.Les Zapa, pour “zones d’actions prioritaires pour l’air”, découlent directement du Grenelle de l’environnement. Il s’agit de zones urbaines qui seront interdites d’accès aux véhicules les plus polluants et qui doivent être expérimentées à partir de 2012 durant au mois trois ans. Huit agglomérations se sont portées volontaires : Paris, Saint-Denis, Lyon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand, Bordeaux, Nice et Aix-en-Provence.Ces villes doivent décider elles-mêmes du périmètre, des horaires et des périodes durant lesquelles les interdictions d’accès seront établies. En effet, la pollution de certains véhicules est particulièrement nocive en raison des particule fines qui sont émises. “Elles sont particulièrement pernicieuses car elles pénètrent très profondément jusque dans les alvéoles des poumons et sont à l’origine, notamment, de l’augmentation significative de l’asthme chez les enfants, de l’augmentation des maladies cardio-vasculaires, cancers”, explique le député UMP de Haute-Savoie, Martial Saddier. Or, la France est poursuivie devant la Cour de justice par la Commission européenne en raison de ses mauvais résultats en termes de pollution aux particules fines. En effet, les seuils limites d’exposition ont été dépassés dans de nombreuses régions et si aucun changement n’intervient, le pays devra s’acquitter d’une amende de 40 millions d’euros.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueM. Saddier est également président du Conseil national de l’air  (CNA) qui est à l’origine d’une proposition de verbalisation des véhicules les plus polluants, à partir du moment où ils circuleraient dans les Zapa sans autorisation. Les montants, jugés “assez coercitifs” par M. Saddier lui-même, seraient de 68 euros pour les voitures et de 133 euros pour les poids lourds. “Près de 40.000 personnes dans notre pays meurent chaque année prématurément à cause de ces dépassements de seuil”, ajoute le député.Un classement de A à D a été établi pour déterminer les différentes catégories de véhicules en fonction de leur pollution. Le CNA propose également la mise en place d’une cinquième catégorie “pour mettre en valeur les véhicules propres”, c’est-à-dire ceux immatriculés après le 1er janvier 2011 et donc qui respectent la norme Euro 5.Dernière proposition du CNA : “Faire une différence entre les véhicules diesel et les véhicules essences, puisque les véhicules diesel émettent plus de particules que les véhicules essences dans un certain nombre de cas”.Le 29 juin 2011 à 13:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rivière favoriser lécoulement naturel des crues est essentiel

first_imgRivière : favoriser l’écoulement naturel des crues est “essentiel”Le WWF a organisé la semaine dernière à Paris un Forum baptisé “Vivre avec les crues”. De cette rencontre ressort la nécessité de libérer les rivières pour encourager l’écoulement naturel des crues, et ainsi éviter de graves inondations, mais aussi la disparition d’espèces végétales et animales.Depuis des décennies, les rivières souffrent de l’aménagement que nous leur imposons. Rives bétonnées, zones humides assainies pour être récupérées au profit des activités humaines, captation de l’eau pour l’irrigation des cultures : ces nombreuses modifications ont d’importantes conséquences. Parmi elles, des crues et inondations de plus en plus incontrôlables, mais aussi une menace grandissante pesant sur des espèces animales et végétales vivant en fonction des rivières.À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceLa semaine dernière, le WWf organisait un Forum sur la façon dont nous devons “vivre avec les crues”. La conclusion de ce colloque est claire : les rivières doivent être libérées de l’emprise humaine, afin de favoriser l’écoulement naturel des crues. Ces dernières “sont essentielles à la respiration des fleuves”, a souligné le WWF, cité par l’AFP. Elles jouent plusieurs rôles cruciaux, comme le nettoyage du lit des fleuves, le rechargement les nappes alluviales, mais aussi le remodelage des habitats de nombreuses espèces qui “ont besoin de ces perturbations”. C’est par exemple le cas de la sterne ou du brochet.Les oiseaux ont quant à eux besoin de “rives riches et de bras morts”, a expliqué Jean-René Malavoi, chargé de mission Hydromorphologie fluviale à l’Office national de l’eau et des milieux aquatiques (Onema). Les rivières nécessitent en outre de l’espace pour éroder leurs berges, offrir une zone d’expansion naturelle aux crues, ou encore favoriser grâce aux forêts qui les longent l’épuration des composés azotés.D’après l’ONU, un milliard de personnes vivent dans des zones très exposées aux inondations. Un chiffre qui devrait doubler à l’horizon 2050. Rappelant également l’impact du réchauffement climatique, qui engendre une augmentation et une intensification des événements extrêmes Jean-Stéphane Devisse, le directeur des programmes du WWF, juge nécessaire d'”anticiper, le plus en amont possible”.Le 18 décembre 2011 à 16:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Coleman on how hard work can improve Evertons fortunes

first_imgEverton defender Seamus Coleman believes he and his teammates need to work harder to improve the club’s fortunes this season.The Toffees have been inconsistent all season, and currently in 11th position in the Premier League after their 2-1 loss to Southampton on Saturday.“There is no magic potion – we just need to work hard and keep battling,” said Coleman, according to the club’s official website.“Hopefully with wins the confidence will come but at the minute we are not winning enough, we are not getting back-to-back wins, which always breeds confidence.”“The past six or seven weeks… we’ve won a game, performed well and looked forward to the next game, but it hasn’t gone quite so well. You don’t want to keep saying we had new players coming in and are trying to organise that… as a whole we need to be better, we need to stand up and be counted.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Seventh is up for grabs and there will be a lot of teams fighting for that position. We can only look at ourselves and that starts with going on the training ground on Monday and preparing the best we can and having a great attitude like all professional footballers should.”“The only way you can do it is on the pitch and be proud to play for your club. At the minute, we all need to do better.”Speaking about Everton’s FA Cup tie against Millwall, Coleman said: “I’ve never played there and I hear it’s a great atmosphere. We are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can win it and advance in the Cup.”“Silverware is massive for this club and I want to win the Cup. That would be a great achievement and give the fans something to celebrate.”last_img read more

Smalling teases Solskjaers nasty side at Man United

first_imgDefender Chris Smalling has revealed that even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not afraid to hand out the “hairdryer treatment” at Manchester United when things go wrong.Since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, Solskjaer has won 10 of his opening 12 games in charge and lost just one as caretaker manager.This marks quite a turnaround for United, who are now in fourth-place in Premier League despite being 11 points adrift when Solskjaer first arrived.The Norwegian has also received plaudits for the way he’s lifted team morale at Old Trafford with players like Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford seemingly much happier than they were under Mourinho.Despite enjoying things under Solskjaer himself, however, Smalling admits that the former Red Devils striker ain’t afraid of coming down hard on the players if they don’t perform.“I think he has got that sort of nasty side,” Smalling told MUTV. Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think every manager has that, the so-called hairdryer treatment when things need a little turnaround. A manager has to have all different sides covered. He’s a joy to play under and he’s great.”United will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday in a fifth-round FA Cup tie to continue their pursuit in handing Solskjaer a third FA Cup title and a first as a manager.“This year, we’re making sure we get a trophy and, on Monday, we’ll be going all for it,” said Smalling.“The record at Chelsea, you’re right, we’ve not had too many good results there but I thought, earlier in the season, we were so close to winning until the last dying seconds. In general, we played quite well there, so let’s kick on and improve on that performance.“The fact it’s Monday night as well means it’s got the whole world watching. They’ll be looking to improve on last weekend’s result [at Manchester City], as we will [after PSG], so it’s a big game all around.”MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Chris Smalling of Manchester United looks on during a Manchester United Training session at Aon Training Complex on November 26, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)last_img read more

Man sought in robbery of US Bank at Fred Meyer

first_imgSomeone robbed a U.S. Bank branch inside of a Fred Meyer on Monday afternoon in west Vancouver. A man walked up to the counter and handed a teller a note demanding money, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. The man left the bank and Fred Meyer on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was seen or implied, Kapp said. Vancouver police described the suspect as 5 foot, 7 inches tall and Hispanic, wearing a hat and khaki pants. The robbery was reported at 4:33 p.m. at the branch at 2500 Columbia House Blvd., which is inside the Grand Central shopping center. Police canvassed the area, but weren’t able to find the suspect.last_img

Troopers Request Assistance In Identifying Suspects From Hit And Run

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers are asking for assistance in identifying the suspect of hit-and-run that occurred on Friday afternoon. The Troopers responded to a hit and run motor vehicle collision at mile post 15 on Kalifornsky Beach Road, around 1:30pm. The driver of vehicle that fled the scene was not identified. The other party, Patricia Coghill, 47, of Kenai, was able to be driven from the scene with no reported injuries, according to the online Trooper dispatch. Troopers are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the other vehicle- a late 80’s model white full size pickup truck with a camper, or, a full sized late 80’s SUV. The vehicle will have damage to the passenger side. Contact Soldotna Trooper’s at (907) 262-4453.last_img

House Passes DV Protective Order Bill

first_imgHouse Bill 12 sponsored by Representative Chuck Kopp (R-Anchorage), a former Kenai police chief and 23-year law enforcement veteran. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill, on Wednesday, that will allow victims of domestic violence to seek extensions of protective orders. HB 12 passed with a 38-0 vote in the House. It now goes to the Senate. Kopp came up with HB12 after an Alaska Supreme Court ruling found that current state laws for protective orders were unclear. The bill allows victims to extend a protective order based on the original circumstances rather than wait for a new threat. This is the first crime bill to advance so far this legislative session. It is not one of the crime bill that Governor Mike Dunleavy has requested, those all remain in committee.last_img read more

Britney Spears Baby One More Time Coming To Pink Vinyl

first_img “From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart” Facebook Email “Sometimes” Limited run to be released exclusively via Urban Outfitters retail chainTim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 15, 2017 – 9:08 am GRAMMY.comAttention, Britney fans and vinyl collectors: …Baby One More Time is coming to vinyl!The GRAMMY winner’s 1998 debut album will receive a limited-edition release on 2,500 pink-and-white-swirled copies. Scheduled to drop in November, the vinyl run is being sold exclusively through Urban Outfitters.  Released near the apex of CD sales in 1998, the 14x-platinum … Baby One More Time featured the iconic title track — and its unforgettable video — in addition to the other Billboard hits “Sometimes,” “(You Drive Me) Crazy,” and “From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart.”According to online music database Discogs, this will mark the first time the album will be released on vinyl. This limited release will likely sell out quickly so pre-order your copy today.Polls Other than the classic title track, what’s your favorite hit on Britney Spears’ debut album? “(You Drive Me) Crazy” News center_img Choices Britney’s Debut Album To Receive Vinyl Release britney-spears-baby-one-more-time-coming-pink-vinyl https://twitter.com/UrbanOutfitters/status/897187979030081537 Britney Spears: ‘…Baby One More Time’ Coming To Pink Vinyl Twitter Britney Spears Donates To Louisana Flood ReliefRead morelast_img read more

Indie game hit Barkley Shut Up and Jam Gaiden gets a sequel

first_imgWhat was one of the funniest and oddest playable indie video game creations ever made, Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, will be getting an official sequel even though the original is an unofficial sequel itself.The original parody, Gaiden, is an unofficial sequel to the 1994 SNES and Genesis game Barkley Shut Up and Jam!, which is a two-on-two street basketball game featuring enough fouls to get any single NBA player suspended for an entire season or two. Gaiden, however, is an amalgamation of 16-bit JRPG parody and basketball-based comedy. Simply name-dropping Gaiden comes with a certain amount of indie gaming cred, and on top of that, the game is legitimately fun.If you aren’t a basketball fan and feel you won’t be able to relate to the humor, don’t worry, just read this brief excerpt of the game’s plot summary:The game takes place in 2053, in “post-cyberpocalyptic Neo New York”. Twelve years prior, Charles Barkley performed a powerful dunk called a Chaos Dunk at a basketball game, inadvertently killing most of the people in attendance. As a result, basketball was outlawed and many basketball players were hunted down and killed. Another Chaos Dunk is performed, decimating the populating of Manhattan, and Charles Barkley is framed for the crime.It’s also worth noting that the ridiculous title is more absurd than colloquially known, ending with “Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa.” Yet, it’s still somewhat of a surprise that the newly announced sequel is titled “The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 – Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie – Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa.”If a Chaos Dunk destroying Manhattan sounds odd, the plot for Barkley 2 has the player assume the role of X114JAM9, “an amnesiac baller with no recollection of his past and no concept of his incredible b-ball destiny.” Before X114JAM9 can learn his ultimate destiny, he must face A.I. Cuchulainn, the ancient nemesis of all ballers.The development studio, Tales of Game’s Studios, will be setting up a Kickstarter for the project sometime this month. Follow their Twitter so you don’t miss out on what will most likely end up being one of the greatest sequels to a comedy basketball JRPG that’s an unofficial sequel to a street ball game that we’ll ever see. Like Tales of Game’s Studios asks, “do you have the courage, vigor and sagacity to slam with the best? Or are you just going to jam with the rest?”via Tales of Game’s Studioslast_img read more

A functional prototype nonvolatile ferroelectric domain wall memory

first_img First flexible memory device using oxide ferroelectric material A ferroelectric domain wall is a topological structure with defects that separate regions of uniform polarization—as the researchers note, the discovery of conductivity in such structures has led to a new field of science called “domain wall nanoelectronics.” The science essentially covers the wall as a means of storing information—a binary state can be read or written in such memory devices by inducing or removing a conductive wall. They can also be read non-destructively, just as with conventional memory technology. In this new effort, the researchers created a prototype using nanofabricated electrodes that they designed for use specifically with their wall memory, which, they note, was scalable to below 100nm.Ferroelectric materials are similar to ferromagnetic materials in that they have a permanent dipole moment. The obvious difference is the former moment is electrical while the latter is magnetic, which means that ferroelectric materials can be oriented by exposure to an electric versus a magnetic field. Like ferromagnetics, they have domain walls—but they are much smaller, allowing for the creation of much smaller memory materials, typically in the 1nm range. This makes them smaller by a factor of 10 than current silicon CMOS structures. Creating a memory device involved building a structure in which it was possible to create and destroy walls using electrical pulses. They built their memory structures by using nanolithography to create Pt/Ti patterns on thin film BiFeO3 which could be used as electrodes.The researchers report that wall materials such as theirs are able to store data on multiple levels because of their unique resistance states, which allows for tuning. They also note that a device using such memory requires less energy to store information than conventional memory. Memory for their prototype could be read at voltages less than 3 V and the team claims it also has a reasonably high OFF-ON ratio of approximately 103 and that it is robust. © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Science Advances Citation: A functional prototype nonvolatile ferroelectric domain wall memory (2017, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-functional-prototype-nonvolatile-ferroelectric-domain.html More information: Nonvolatile ferroelectric domain wall memory, Science Advances  23 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1700512, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700512AbstractFerroelectric domain walls are atomically sharp topological defects that separate regions of uniform polarization. The discovery of electrical conductivity in specific types of walls gave rise to “domain wall nanoelectronics,” a technology in which the wall (rather than the domain) stores information. This paradigm shift critically hinges on precise nanoengineering of reconfigurable domain walls. Using specially designed nanofabricated electrodes and scanning probe techniques, we demonstrate a prototype nonvolatile ferroelectric domain wall memory, scalable to below 100 nm, whose binary state is defined by the existence or absence of conductive walls. The device can be read out nondestructively at moderate voltages (<3 V), exhibits relatively high OFF-ON ratios (~103) with excellent endurance and retention characteristics, and has multilevel data storage capacity. Our work thus constitutes an important step toward integrated nanoscale ferroelectric domain wall memory devices.center_img (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from institutions in Australia, the U.S. and China has developed a functional prototype nonvolatile ferroelectric domain wall memory. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes their prototype, its properties and how well it worked. Experimental geometry and details of the ferroelectric switching process. (A) Schematic of the experimental geometry for investigation of the prototype FEDW device. E-field, electric field. (B) Topographic image of the actual e-beam–fabricated device on the surface of the BFO thin film acquired over the dashed square-frame area, as shown in (A). (C) Schematic showing two polarization variants separated by 71° between the neighboring unit cells (purple, Bi atom; red, Fe atom). Credit: Science Advances  23 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1700512, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700512 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.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Related Content News | October 05, 2010 Spanish-Language Resource for Breast Cancer Information Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more October 5, 2010 — In recognition of the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Images of Health Website, imagesofhealth.com, has been relaunched, including a Spanish-language version, retratosdesalud.com. Established to promote the importance of early detection of breast cancer, the Website focuses on the sharing of inspirational stories to drive donations to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).The Spanish-language Website features a facility locator that offers a searchable list of mammography screening facilities providing Spanish-speaking technologists or interpreting services. There is also a downloadable, printable brochure and access to a wide range of mammography and breast health information and resources in Spanish. Studies show that only 38 percent of Hispanic women age 40 and older have regular screening mammograms, and breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women in the United States. The National Breast Cancer Foundation, based in Frisco, Texas, has been a partner of Fujifilm’s Images of Health since its inception. At the IOH Website, users are encouraged to share their inspirational stories about breast cancer, the importance of mammography and advice for healthy living. Fujifilm will donate $1 for each story shared, $2 for each story with a photo posted and $2 for each video, with a commitment of up to $50,000 going to the NBCF. Fujifilm’s other IOH initiatives include the donation of an Aspire ClearView full-field digital mammography (FFDM) system, seeking — together with the NBCF — to bring advanced imaging technology to a healthcare facility that currently does not offer digital. 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The multi-year… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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A special Tico guest at the State of the Union

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