Entering Contest of Champions: Punisher 2099   

Bullets and blades blast and slice across Battlerealm as Jake Gallows, the Punisher of 2099, brute forces his way into “Marvel Contest of Champions” as the game’s 100th character.

We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Simon Cameron about what makes this particular Punisher tick like a time bomb.

Marvel.com: I gotta ask, how much effort does it take for The Collector to reach through the past and future to snatch up a specimen?

Gabriel Frizzera: The Punisher 2099 was captured in the original batch of Champions for The Contest. But it wasn’t necessary for Collector to reach through time, since Jake Gallows had travelled back to the 21st century to execute Carnage, as part of an initiative by the future Hydra regime to punish criminals in different timelines. They’re very proactive at the Secret Empire— they won’t let small things like the space-time continuum get in the way of their punishment!

Marvel.com: And what makes Jake Gallows so special that he gets to fight it out in The Contest?

Gabriel Frizzera: Gallows was one of the characters Marvel allowed us to redesign for the CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS comic book, and appeared briefly in the last issue—before being quickly dispatched by Frank Castle. We had plans to put him in the game for a while, and when the opportunity to do a Secret Empire tie-in came about, we decided to have him as the villain. Turns out he’s also our 100th playable character, so it worked out great that he’s one of our original designs!

Marvel.com: 100 characters is a super cool milestone, and outside of Angela, this may be my favorite looking combatant in “Contest of Champions.” Seriously, this Punisher looks absolutely awesome! What can you tell us about his design?

Gabriel Frizzera: We are fond of his ‘90s garish outfit and gadgets, but we wanted to push him to look more like a “futuristic shock-police on steroids.” The central piece of the design is the chest skull made of knives and guns—which teleport into his hands; not a second to spare in the future. His whole arsenal is white to contrast with the black and red suit, but also to speak to the nature of 2099’s technology: all weapons would be freshly formed and reconfigured on the spot by nanotechnology. His original concept had way more weapons—like mag-blades on his arms and an electro-baton—and a tactical helmet, which ended up having to be cut for memory reasons. But we kept his bad-ass disintegrating gun and “Grenazers”!

Marvel.com: Aside from his bad ass new look, what sets him apart from Frank Castle?

Gabriel Frizzera: We joke in the office that Jake Gallows makes Frank Castle look like a soft-hearted hippie! We had a lot of fun writing the contrast between the two, the same way other writers love to contrast Frank Castle among more “straight” heroes like Captain America. In the story, when placed between Jake Gallows’ and Steve Rogers’ radically different views of justice, Frank Castle is forced to admit he might be a bit closer to Cap than the fanatic Punisher 2099. It was fun for me to write dialogue where Gallows calls Castle a “half-measure,” the same way Castle called Matt Murdock [“Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix]. That shows how far Punisher 2099 has strayed into villainous territory.

Marvel.com: Tell me a little about Punisher 2099’s abilities…

Simon Cameron: Punisher 2099 gets much of his strength from his Nano-Tech, which is powered by the Nano-Tech Battery. This charge builds over time, and his Special 1 gives him an Overcharge Passive effect, giving him additional Nano-Tech charge for a few seconds. This charge is spent by a number of automatically triggered effects—things like: Triggering a Heal Block on an Opponent when they trigger a Regeneration Buff, Draining the Charge to Regenerate Punisher 2099 if his Health drops below a threshold, or adding a Stun effect to his Heavy Attack. He also enters an Overdrive mode if his Charge reaches 100%. This drains his Charge over time, but grants him additional Attack, and reduces the amount of Power his Opponent gains when they’re struck by Punisher’s attacks.

Marvel.com: And what’s Retribution 2099 all about?

Simon Cameron: Retribution 2099 is Punisher’s Signature Ability. It lets him start the fight with his Nano-Tech Battery partially charged; it also adds a new automatically triggered effect to spend his Nano-Tech Charge on. This ability triggers when his opponent hits full power, draining a small amount of it, and power locking them for a couple seconds. It’s a little like a Special 3 get out of jail free card.

Marvel.com: And when can we hope to bring the Punisher’s weapon mastery to bear on the bad guys?

Simon Cameron: Punisher 2099 opens fire on The Contest June 29!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!

          Convergence technologique : l’homme, la machine et la société   

L'avenir de la connaissance est à la convergence des domaines technologiques NBIC (nanotechnologie, biotechnologie, informatique, sciences cognitives).

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          Centrum pro plazmové úpravy MU vyvíjí nové možnosti úpravy papíru a skla   
Na dvou mezinárodních projektech, jejichž výsledkem má být změna ve výrobních úpravách povrchu papíru a skla v současnosti spolupracuje Regionální centrum pro nízkonákladové plazmové a nanotechnologické povrchové úpravy CEPLANT Masarykovy univerzity (MU). Centrum se dlouhodobě věnuje aplikovanému výzkumu a za sedm let své existence již vyvinulo několik užitných vzorů a patentů. Plazmový ...
          Podcast: You Make Me Sick! Diversity in the environmental movement - Nanotechnology Notes   
This month on our podcast, we talked with Whitney Tome, Executive Director of Green 2.0, to talk about the importance of diversity in the environmental movement. In talking about our need to have more chairs at the table, we discussed Green 2.0’s new report, Beyond Diversity, which looked at how hiring practices might be reshaped […]
          New nano-implant could one day help restore sight   
A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in...
          New system makes fast, customized antibiotic treatments possible   
Using nanotechnology, image processing tools and statistical analysis, researchers have developed a system that enables faster diagnostics, earlier and more effective treatment of infectious bacteria, and improved patient recovery times.
          Nanomedicines Market   
Nanomedicines Market Medical application of nanotechnology is referred as nanomedicine. Potential applications include in biological devices, nanomaterials, nanoelectronic biosensors, molecular nanotechnology including biological machines. Some of the recent problems for nanomedicines include realizing the issues of toxicity and the impact on environment,

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          CWRU researcher awarded over $4.7 million to develop drug-delivery nanotechnology   
(Case Western Reserve University) Nicole F. Steinmetz, PhD, George J. Picha Professor in Biomaterials, member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Director of the Center for Bio-Nanotechnology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, has received two major grants from the National Institutes of Health to develop microscopic drug-delivery systems for patients living with breast cancer, and patients at risk for serious blood clots.
          What is the future of nanotechnology in food? – Food Dive   

What is the future of nanotechnology in food?
Food Dive
Engineered nanotech compounds could offer great benefits in ingredients — particularly for increased solubility and bioavailability — as well as in food packaging — with antimicrobial surfaces and sensors that change color when food begins to degrade.

          Nanotech’s Big Ideas: From Tumor Zappers to Space Elevators – Live Science   

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Nanotech's Big Ideas: From Tumor Zappers to Space Elevators
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Nanotech — "nano" is short for "nanometer," referring to length scales in billionths of a meter — describes technologies that are built to perform complex tasks, but at the scale of molecules or even atoms. To put that into perspective, a structure ...

          Nanotech's Big Ideas: From Tumor Zappers to Space Elevators   
Scientists and engineers at Future Con described the latest discoveries in nanotechnology that are fueling research in space travel and in medicine.
          Singapore scientists uncover how the liver unclogs itself   
(National University of Singapore) A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore at the National University of Singapore, the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of A*STAR, and BioSyM, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology have described the mechanical principles adopted by liver cells as they remove excess bile during obstructive cholestasis. This study was published online in the Journal of Hepatology.
          Press release: New method could enable more stable and scalable quantum computing, Penn physicists report   

          Press release: Carbodeon develops nickel-PTFE-nanodiamond coatings with improved abrasive wear properties   

          Press release: Nanostructures taste the rainbow   

          Press release: Bacteria-coated nanofibre electrodes clean pollutants in wastewater   

          Podcast FS Hebdo - 2 au 8 mai   
De la nanotechnologie qui sauvera peut-être l’humanité de la soif, en passant par un étonnant conseil : faire peu de sport mais intensif, un mystérieux lac sous-glaciaire caché en Antarctique, ou encore l’eau qui bouillonne à la surface de Mars, découvrez l’actualité scientifique pour la semaine du 2 au 8 mai.
          Nanobiotechnology Market Globally Estimates $42 Billion by 2021   

Global Nanobiotechnology Market Poised to Bring in $42 billion by 2021

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Nanobiotechnology is the convergence of engineering and molecular biology. Nanobiotechnology has the ability to create biological and biochemical materials and devices at molecular and atomic levels. It provides new class of multifunctional systems and devices for biological analysis with better sensitivity and specificity. Nanobiotechnology comprises the application of the tools and processes of nanotechnology to control biological systems. The nanobiotechnology comprises new techniques such as 3D imaging in live cells, real-time imaging, and single molecule imaging bioanalytical microarrays and microfluidic devices and biosensors

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The major driving factor for the global nanobiotechnology market is rising health awareness among the people and emerging technology. Government initiatives and funding has provided strong boost to nanobiotechnology market in North America and Asia Pacific. Advancement in technology to provide better health services expected to fuel the nanobiotechnology market over the forecast period. However, environmental concern is expected to hamper the growth of nanobiotechnology market. Lack of resources and high technological cost can be barrier for the growth of this industry in emerging and underdeveloped economies. Nonetheless, strong demand from pharmaceutical industry is projected to open up new growth opportunities within the forecast period.

Based on application, the global nanobiotechnology market has been segmented into drug discovery, drug delivery, diagnostics and others. Diagnostics was accounted for major share of total nanobiotechnology market in 2015 and expected to exhibit significant share within the forecast period. This growth is mainly due to emerging technology in medical sector. Drug delivery is another key outlet of nanobiotechnology market and expected to show strong growth in this market in the near future. Drug discovery is expected to witness significant growth in the years to come.

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Some of the leading players includes in nanobiotechnology market such as Calando Pharmaceuticals Inc., Advanced Sensor Technologies, Affymetrix, Gilead Sciences, Applied Nanotech, Advectus Life Sciences, and Elan Pharmaceuticals and others.

This report segments the global nanobiotechnology market as follows:

Application Segment Analysis: Drug Discovery, Drug Delivery, Diagnostics, Others

Regional Segment Analysis: North America (US), Europe(Germany, France, UK), Asia Pacific(China, Japan, India), Latin America(Brazil), Middle East and Africa

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          Self-organizing graphene nanodots   
The ultimate challenge of nanotechnology is to control the structure of matter with atomic precision. The better we are at shaping and structuring material on a small scale, the more powerful technology we can dream of. Unfortunately, the atomic scale is entirely out of range for conventional patterning. Researchers now report that they have achieved nanoscale self-assembly within a two-dimensional layer. Dosing of ethylene and borazine near a hot iridium surface, leads for self-organising of a two-dimensional superlattice of graphene dots.

          Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.   
Order Making Findings and Revoking Registration of Securities Pursuant to Section 12(j) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
          Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.   
Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings Pursuant to Section 12(j) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Making Findings, Accepting Settlement, Implementing Settlement, and Staying Proceedings to Implement Settlement
          Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.   
Order Instituting Cease-and-Desist Proceedings Pursuant to Section 21C of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Making Findings, and Imposing a Cease-and-Desist Order
          Li-Ion Motors Corp. (a/k/a Terra Inventions Corp.), Petrohunter Energy Corp. and Shrink Nanotechnologies, Inc.   
Notice That Initial Decision Has Become Final
          Li-ion Motors Corp. (a/k/a Terra Inventions Corp.), PetroHunter Energy Corp. and Shrink Nanotechnologies, Inc.   
Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings and Notice of Hearing Pursuant to Section 12(j) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
           Ion separation using a Y-junction carbon nanotube    
Park, Jae Hyun and Sinnott, Susan B and Aluru, N R. (2006) Ion separation using a Y-junction carbon nanotube. Nanotechnology, 17 (3). p. 895. ISSN 0957-4484
           Controlled buckling of semiconductor nanoribbons for stretchable electronics    
Sun, Yugang and Choi, Won Mook and Jiang, Hanqing and Huang, Yonggang Y. and Rogers, John A.. (2006) Controlled buckling of semiconductor nanoribbons for stretchable electronics. Nature Nanotechnology, 1 (3). p. 201. ISSN 1748-3387
          Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard Medical School - Cambridge, MA   
However, applicants who have expertise in chemical engineering or nanotechnology are also encouraged to apply.... $47,000 - $50,000 a year
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          Self-powered system makes smart windows smarter   
Smart windows equipped with controllable glazing can augment lighting, cooling and heating systems by varying their tint, saving up to 40 percent in an average building's energy costs.

          Optical nanomotors   
Researchers demonstrate nanoscale particles that ordinary light sources can set spinning.

          Miniature technology, big hope for disease detection   
As the sensitivity of micro- and nanofluidic systems relies on the bio-functionalities of the patterned recognition biomolecules, the primary concern has been to develop simple technologies that enable biomolecule immobilization within microfluidic devices whilst preserving bio-functionalities.

          Mussel-inspired property of dopamin introduced to nanoparticles for tumor targetting   
A group of researchers has synthesized an amphiphilic hyaluronic acid-ceramide-dopamine (HACE-d) conjugate and introduced the mussel-inspired properties of dopamine into the nanoparticles for tumor-specific delivery of phloretin and in vivo visualization of cancer.

          Fixation of powder catalysts on electrodes   
Chemists have developed a new method to tightly fix catalyst powders on electrode surfaces. This technique is potentially interesting for hydrogen production by water electrolysis.

          A golden opportunity for drug targeting   
Tissue-targeting gold complexes could be used to activate drugs only at specific sites in the body.

          New method could enable more stable and scalable quantum computing   
Scientists have discovered a new topological material which may enable fault-tolerant quantum computing.

          Nanocomposite material uses solar energy to remove man-made dye pollutants from water   
A novel composite material shows promise as a catalyst for the degradation of environmentally-harmful synthetic dye pollutants, which are released at a rate of nearly 300,000 tonnes a year into the world's water.

          New system makes fast, customized antibiotic treatments possible   
A new diagnostic system enables rapid and accurate customization of the antibiotic to the patient. The system makes for faster diagnostics, earlier and more effective treatment of infectious bacteria, and improved patient recovery times.

          Spinning electrons open the door to future hybrid electronics   
Researchers demonstrate how to combine a commonly used semiconductor with a topological insulator, a recently discovered state of matter with unique electrical properties.

          Researchers verify the developmental toxicity of graphene oxide at trace concentrations   
A new report work verifies the developmental toxicity of graphene oxide at trace concentrations and illustrates for the first time the specific molecular mechanisms thereof.

          Self-assembled quantum dot drives a plasmonic nanocircuit   
Researchers demonstrated a simple model quantum plasmonic nanocircuit with a narrow-band self-assembled GaAs quantum dot as a source for single plasmon excitation.

          Scientists make giant molecular cages for energy conversion and drug delivery   
Researchers have created 'molecular cages' that can maximise the efficiency of converting molecules in chemical reactions, and that may in future also be used as sensors and drug-delivery agents.

          Researchers refute textbook knowledge in molecular interactions   
Scientists have found that in many rather common situations in nature the van der Waals force between two molecules becomes repulsive. This might lead to a paradigm shift in molecular interactions.

          New avenue for the large-scale synthesis of Janus particles   
Researchers have developed an emulsion interfacial polymerization method to fabricate Janus particles exhibiting chemical and topological anisotropy.

          Exploiting acidic tumor microenvironment for the development of novel cancer nano-theranostics   
A new review presents the up-to-date progress in the design of novel multifunctional nano-theranostics for precision cancer nanomedicine by targeting the unique acidic tumor microenvironment .

          Developing tailor-made nanoparticles to fight cancer   
Researchers have developed a method to produce size-tailored particles of zinc peroxide. This allows targeted modification of their properties, such as the destruction of cancer cells.

          Dialysis with graphene   
Graphene can filter nanometer-sized molecules at 10 to 100 times the rate of commercial membranes.

          Israel-U.S. Foundation Commits $7 Million to Hi-Tech R and D Partnerships   
(Jerusalem Post) Sharon Udasin - The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) will invest $7 million in eight new Israeli-American ventures involving autonomous vehicles, biotechnology, digital health, homeland security and nanotechnology, the foundation announced Wednesday. The projects include Israel's Atvio and the Telford, Pa.-based Secant Group, which will be creating a three-dimensional culture platform of therapeutic cells manufactured using biomaterials. Israel's Check-Cap and Marlborough, Mass.- based GE Healthcare will be developing a new colon cancer screening system for high volume manufacture. Nutrino Health and Denver, Colo.-based Welltok will be establishing personalized nutrition recommendations for employers and health plans, while Pill Tracker and New York-based Target Health will be working on a mechanism for medication tracking and drug compliance. Over its 40-year history, BIRD has invested more than $340 million in joint projects, yielding more than $10 billion in direct and indirect revenue.
          Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard Medical School - Cambridge, MA   
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          Fotoausstellung „NanObjectives“ – 20 ausgewählte Bilder aus dem Bereich der Mikro- und Nanotechnologien   
Das Unbekannte und Winzige präsentiert der Förderverein für Mikro- und Nanotechnologien Ilmenau e. V. (MNI e. V.) vom 30. Juni bis zum 31. Juli 2017 im Bürgeramt Erfurt. Die Wanderausstellung „NanObjectives“ – Ergebnis des im Jahr 2016 ausgerufenen Bildwettbewerbs des MNI e. V. – zeigt 20 ausgewählte Bilder aus dem Bereich der Mikro- und Nanotechnologien und lädt Interessierte zur Betrachtung kleinster Strukturen ein.
          DragonflyTV . Podcast - What's Nano | PBS KIDS GO!   
I'm Ebony and this is my cousin, Jasmine. My mom says that nanotechnology is helping make electronics, like my cell phone, smaller and smaller. That's about all we knew about nanotechnology. But then we caught the Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show at the Museum of Science in Boston.
          DragonflyTV . Podcast - Wait a Nanosecond 1 | PBS KIDS GO!   
What do you know about nanotechnology?
          DragonflyTV . Podcast - Wait a Nanosecond 2 | PBS KIDS GO!   
Should products made using nanotechnology be labeled as such?
          DragonflyTV . Podcast - Wait a Nanosecond 3 | PBS KIDS GO!   
Do you think nanotechnology is safe?
          DragonflyTV . Podcast - Bone Regrowth | PBS KIDS GO!   
We're Kobel and Nathan. Our friend, Adam, took a skateboarding spill and is stuck with a cast on his leg for weeks. At the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, we learned that scientists are using nanotechnology to help regenerate nerves and bones.
          International Center for Technology Assessment   
What’s New: December 21, 2011 Consumer Safety Groups File First Lawsuit on Risks of Nanotechnology San Francisco, CA – Concerned by the growing body of scientific reports cautioning against the unregulated use of nanotechnology in consumer products, a coalition of nonprofit consumer safety and environmental groups sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. The […]
          Arpa Industriale presents FENIX NTA™, NanoTech Alloy   
A groundbreaking material created for interior design applications

29/06/2017 - During Interzum 2017 in Cologne, Germany, Arpa Industriale presented FENIX NTA, NanoTech Alloy. This material is the result of three years of research & development and the use of advanced in-house technology.   FENIX NTA is a super opaque smart material with a real metal layer and the features of FENIX family. Its external surface involves the use of multilayer coating, nanotechnology and next genera-tion acrylic resins, hardened and fixed with Electron Beam Curing process.   The NanoTech Alloy represents a milestone in the field of interior design materials: an innovative metallic surface with avant-garde features such as resistance to scratches, anti-fingerprint, soft $Lee la noticia
Altairnano power play:  I wonder if this battery is for real.  "Altairnano - a relatively small public company [claims to produce] a battery that could power an electric vehicle hundreds of miles, charge in 10 minutes, and have a service life of 20 years or more.. The secret, according to Gotcher, is nanotechnology, and Altairnano's selection of nano-structured lithium titanate as a framework for its battery, branded NanoSafe™. Because the storage compartments are so small, the battery can store a lot of lithium ions. And the titanate material used in the nanostructures enhances battery cycle life, and gives it an extraordinary service life, he said., [claiming] more than 20,000 cycles with little performance degradation, .. Altairnano says its batteries have been tested under extreme conditions, including an operating temperature range of -50 to plus 71 degrees Celsius.  ..

The battery pack can be charged at low voltage over long times, or charged at higher voltages quicker, Gotcher said. In a 10 minute or less charge, at least 480 volts at several hundred amps will be required, transferring 210 kW/h of energy to the battery pack. .. How would service stations of the future store the mammoth amounts of electricity required by electric vehicles? Altairnano's Gotcher says the company "hasn't really said a lot about that yet, but you'll see us come forward with information in the second quarter."

Related news:  Power company AES made a $3 million "strategic investment" buying 1.5% of Altairnano's stock.  ZAP is building a Tesla-like roadster with its batteries.  So is Phoenix Motorcars, which has contracted to deliver 200 utility trucks with these batteries to PG&E in June 2007:  "Phoenix’s SUT can travel at freeway-speeds while carrying five passengers and a full payload, the company claimed. The SUT has a driving range of over 100 miles, can be recharged in less than 10 minutes and has a battery pack with a lifespan of more than 12 years."

          Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard Medical School - Cambridge, MA   
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          Billy Mays   

The economy might be tanking, and Wall Street is on the brink of hysteria, but none of that dampens the enthusiasm—that is, the crazed, rabid, evangelical fervor—of television pitchman Billy Mays.

And why should it? The bearded, barrel-chested Mays (whose mantra could be A.B.P., as in "Always Be Pitching!") has gotten rich from his only-in-America career as an inescapable presence on broadcast and cable. Part confidence man, part carnival barker, he is shouting in every media market in the United States, to say nothing of 57 countries around the world, hawking household products ranging from Mighty Putty (a gloppy adhesive) to Samurai Shark (a knife-sharpening tool). It's no wonder that the 50-year-old Mays will soon be starring in his own reality show, Pitchmen, now in production for the Discovery Channel.

In an exclusive interview with Portfolio.com, Mays argues that the possibly approaching recession is even good for his business (already a $150 billion industry by some estimates), encouraging cash-strapped Americans to choose cheap do-it-yourself fixes at home instead of hiring professionals, and repairing smashed crockery instead of buying anew.

Lloyd Grove: You obviously made it back from New Jersey okay.

Billy Mays: Barely. I had a little complication, but I'm hurting a little bit. I don't know what happened, but I'll see the doctor on Thursday.

L.G.: What did you hurt—your hip?
B.M.: The hip is fine. It's just the muscles around it—they go on guard. Doing a lot of walking on it, they get real spasmed up around my butt and my front and my pelvis, my thigh. Just got off the phone with the doctor. He said that's your natural defenses when you push it—you know, I was walking through the airport a lot, had a long day of shooting. But I think it's fine, I just feel it's muscle pain, which is fine. Just going to a little rehab the next couple days, then see him on Thursday.
L.G.: It would be nice for somebody to come up with a product for guys our age—my back has been killing me—and then you can get on television and pitch it.

B.M.: I would love to do that.
L.G.: I noticed that in 2004, articles about the infomercial industry said that it was about $150 billion of products sold through infomercials. Do you have any sense of what the scope of it is today?
B.M.: I really don't keep on the actual number, but if that number's right, Lloyd, it's certainly increased. I think the business has been legitimized. A lot of people still have their doubts about it, but let's face it, everything that comes out of my mouth has to be approved. We have to have documentation. Every demo [demonstration] has to work, and so there's a lot of legal work going into it. I think the numbers really don't lie. Talk about the infomercial, you're talking about everything from Chuck Norris to all the health-care stuff, all the beauty care, beauty lines, I mean, geez, we're talking about scooters, hub-arounds, they've all gone D.R. [direct response]. We have insurance now, ICanBenefit.com, which has been massive for me—you know, getting people affordable health insurance. Reverse mortgages. Premiere bathtubs. So that all falls under the spectrum of infomercials.

L.G.: Do you think there are some products that just can't be effectively sold via infomercial or can you sell pretty much any product?
B.M.: Well, first of all, if there's a need for it. There's a couple different ways to skin a cat there: Either it's going to be $10, $15, $20 on the two-minute spots, short form, or you're going to have an offer at the end where people are going to call in. Then you have 15 to 30 seconds that I do with OxiClean and Kaboom, which were already branded and in the stores. So they're image spots, and we drive them right to retail. And then you have the half-hour infomercial, which will actually give you a lot more time to ask for a lot more money. I feel that the magic number on the infomercial, the two-minute spots, it's kind of hard to get past $20. That seems to be the magic number. Or $19.95. The best things in life are free and $19.95. [Chuckles.]

So there's a lot of free offers out there, try it for free. David Oreck has done a fantastic job as far as his vacuum cleaners, you know. He's built an empire, and it's built on trust. I don't know him personally, but I've read about him and I like how he approaches the infomercial. "Try the product and if you're not 100 percent satisfied, send it back, and we'll not only ship it to you for free but we'll pay to have it shipped back for free, so you have nothing to lose." There's some really compelling stories out there. Of course, all the products I sell have a "Billy-back" guarantee, a money-back guarantee.

L.G.: But not shipping?

B.M.: Some of them, the $10 ones, the $20 ones, a few of them, we do. But especially with the presidential campaign and the Olympics, advertising time is such a high premium right now, that it's almost impossible to ship it to you and have you ship it back for free. Oreck will not only ship it to you free, he'll ship it back to you free. He has a bigger markup, he's at $300 to $400.
L.G.: ICanBenefit.com—is that the most expensive product you're currently pitching?

B.M.: ICanBenefit.com, it's a different type of show. It's one to two minutes—I don't know if you've seen it. Basically it's, Hi, Billy Mays here, to share with you the most important product I've ever endorsed, affordable health insurance for everyone. If you're one of the 47 million uninsured, we can help.

L.G.: I assume that you've ratcheted back to save your voice. But you don't pitch that product with any less intensity that you pitch other products, do you?
B.M.: Oh no, my voice is a little sore right now from yesterday. [Louder, more rabid] Hi, Billy Mays here to share with you the most important product I've ever endorsed! And I'll even be a couple notches up from that.

L.G.: Sign me up, man!
B.M.: [Laughs.] Health insurance is such a hot button in the election, we're signing people up every day. It's a legitimate company—you can get major med, mini med, we cater it to your needs for hospital visits, blood tests, checkups, emergency room, you can spend as little as $159 a month for you or $269 a month for your entire family. Now, if you want to get into the Blue Cross Blue Shield, that type of program, of course it's going to cost you a little bit more. But the main thing is to have some type of coverage for catastrophic and things like that. From that forum, we're going to eventually take it to auto insurance. We're going to take it basically as an association. The commercial is kind of not deceiving, but when you actually call in and get signed up for a month, the first month, you get a package that gives you roadside assistance from Allstate—identity theft, legal advice, you get so much off toward that. There's a whole array of things that we offer you in this—how to improve your credit score, counseling, consulting.

L.G.: With the Billy Mays business model, do you pretty much participate in all the products that you're pitching?
B.M.: Oh, absolutely.

L.G.: So you're really part of these companies, it's not like you're some kind of gun for hire. From what I've read, you take an up-front fee of 20 grand for doing the commercials, and then you have participation, commissions?
B.M.: Yeah, there's some certainty up front, and 20 is a number that got thrown around. I mean, more or less. But it's about the back end, it's about getting a percentage. If it came down to it, I would rather just have the percentage, because I don't do the products to get that $20,000 or whatever it may be up front. These are businesses of mine that I want to brand. I have at least 10 campaigns running in alternation right now.
L.G.: Are you in every media market in the United States?
B.M.: Every media market, yes.
L.G.: And are you also beyond the United States?
B.M.: Worldwide, I speak 57 languages.
L.G.: Oh, you do not!
B.M.: Yeah, they dub it in. 

L.G.: So do they have some guy in Japanese screaming? Have you heard those commercials? Do they capture your spirit?
B.M.: Some of them do. They're getting better. A lot of the Spanish and Mexican markets, I'm really strong in. I was just in the Chicago airport the other day, and a guy sitting next to me, he says "I can't get away from you, you are the biggest celebrity in Spain. Your Orange Glo commercial runs every 10 to 15 minutes on every other channel."
L.G.: Do you speak any foreign languages yourself?
B.M.: Hablo español poquito. No. I did a couple of spots with Simonizer where they let me do part of it, writing out the dialect of it so that I can actually pronounce it, "Oy me, I'm Billy Mays," then I'd say something, then we have a voiceover coming in, then I got "solamente veinte dolares" at the end—and that goes a long way to the Spanish and Mexican market. You know, butcher their language a little bit—they respect it. I started in the state fair's home shows, flea markets in L.A. I started on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. I used to sell a salsa maker in places in L.A. when I was out there, and nobody spoke English. I just would make salsa and sell it: tomate, pimiento, chile rojo, ajo and the garlic, limón and sal, pico de gallo, and then I'd make it. Eat! Eat! Then get it on TV. Boom! Solamente veinte dolares! And they just take money all day long. Someone in the crowd always spoke some type of English, but I would be the heart of it.
L.G.: What makes a good pitchman?
B.M.: I've been doing this on TV almost 11 years and I've never changed. I think it's the consistency. You've got to stay true to what you do, you've got to really be humble and you've got to believe in the products you sell, you really do. Product is king, product is king. I turn down more products than you can imagine, I don't even look at them.
L.G.: Give me an example of some of the products that have come over the transom that you thought were not right for you.
B.M.: Um, geez. One was a propane caddy.

L.G.: What is a propane caddy?
B.M.: To carry your propane on a little wheel—which I thought was just kind of not D.R., direct response. Another was a siphon, or an anti-siphon, so that you can stop people from siphoning gas, because it's a big thing now with the price of gas. I think things like that—the grill tamer.

L.G.: What does the grill tamer do?
B.M.: It keeps the grill open a certain length or a certain area so that you can get the smoke to come out and so you don't burn your food. And it adjusts, has different gauges on it. The guy invented it from a beer can, just smashed a beer can.
L.G.: But you passed on that.
B.M.: Yeah, he got really sophisticated about it, he's made it nice-looking—it's made out of high quality material and you know, "40 million grills, 40 million people that own grills!"—that was his pitch.
L.G.: Why did you pass on that? Why do you pass on something?
B.M.: I have a checklist. It has to have mass appeal. When you have 40 million grills out there, he thinks that he's going to sell 15 million. First of all, you don't sell 15 million of something. I've sold that much of OxiClean. That's different because that's ongoing. Mighty Putty is way up there. That's one of my biggest products, and of course OxiClean is a standard that everything is set by. And Kaboom. The company was sold to Arm & Hammer. I started with OxiClean, or Orange Glo International, which is a family company. And it was sold for $325 million.

L.G.: And you were one of the lucky stockholders?
B.M.: No, I wasn't. I wasn't even involved in anything. It made me, Lloyd, such a strong pitchman after that. I worked for OxiClean, and Orange Glo, I worked with them four, five, six times a year, shooting commercials. It made a stronger pitchman.
L.G.: In other words, everybody would know you as the guy who insured the success of OxiClean, so you were the go-to guy for that kind of thing?
B.M.: Yeah, and I felt that I built all three brands—also Kaboom and Orange Glo. [Not profiting from the sale] was a hard thing to swallow but I used that. I think that he [Max Appel, the head of Orange Glo] would probably have done things differently but it's not too late, it's only been a couple years. I felt that I should have got something. Look, I believe things happen for a reason, I'm a much more successful pitchman. People say that I have more hits on TV than anyone. I like it that way. I don't want to be handed this and handed that.
L.G.: And it's not like you're living on a grate here. And even though you drive a Rolls-Royce or whatever it is, you manage to keep your feet on the ground?
B.M.: Right, it's a Bentley.
L.G.: Like James Bond.
B.M.: [Laughs.] I enjoy what I do. I think it's just beginning. I'm going to go and take this to another level, and really legitimize the business that we're in, not that it needs legitimization. But there are skeptics out there that are still a little leery about "As Seen on TV," even though we're regulated so much.
L.G.: You're regulated by what?
B.M.: The F.T.C. [Federal Trade Commission]. We're very regulated. You better have the claims backed up and if they call you on them, and that demo is not actually documented, you're in trouble. A lot of trouble.
L.G.: You're not facing jail time if you try and fool the people, but it's a civil penalty, right?
B.M.: Yeah. I'm the frontman, I'm the quarterback, I have a good relationship with everyone I work with. I know that their priorities are to be clean about it, and that's important. I won't work with some of the ones that are a little leery. There are a few out there. I think in every business, there is.
L.G.: Right, well there's a tradition that goes back to the medicine shows, obviously. But they didn't have an F.T.C. then.
B.M.: Oh no, you could pretty much get on TV and say anything you wanted. But now we're really carefully watched.
L.G.: Do you write your own copy?
B.M.: Pretty much. I'll tweak it, I'll buy a vowel. So yesterday, we did five 15-second commercials for OxiClean at Blue Moon Studios in New Jersey, and started off with Pat Benatar saying, "Hit me with your best shot," then I come in, "Billy Mays here! OxiClean has four-in-one power to tackle your toughest stains, the toughest laundry stains there are. So why not hit me with your best shot?" So we're really looking forward to that one.

L.G.: How many commercials for which products do you have in rotation right now? Is it too much of a memory trick to get you to list them?

B.M.: No, not at all. OxiClean foremost, Kaboom, Orange Glo wood-floor polish, the Mighty Putty, Mighty Mend-It, another line extension of that, it's more of the glue, which you'll be seeing a lot here in the next couple weeks. HandySwitch, Simoniz Fix It, which is a scratch remover, Zorbeez, which is the shimmies. Hercules Hook, which is kind of off the air, but we bring it on if there's time available just to drive the retail a little bit, where they split the revenues with us. Now Steam Buddy is a big one, the steam iron, which is very big for us. And then there's the Samurai Shark knife sharpener.

L.G.: So all those kinds of products are in the $19.95 range or less and your high-end product is ICanBenefit.com. Since we're in the middle of a presidential campaign, I have to ask, would it be possible to use you as a pitchman for a presidential campaign?
B.M.: Well, Chuck Norris does.

L.G.: Right, he did for Mike Huckabee, but that was more sort of a humorous thing, I suppose. A lot of the fundraising is done on the internet, in small increments—indeed, in many cases in $19.95 increments. Could you see a situation where you're selling Barack Obama or John McCain in that way, or is that just too nutty?
B.M.: I think if I was approached by the McCain camp. I'm a Republican.
L.G.: Maybe this is unfair to ask, but how would you pitch John McCain? Would you say, "Billy Mays here for John McCain?"  

B.M.: Security. The world's a safer place. Country first. "Billy Mays for John McCain! If you want to keep you and your family safe, vote McCain!" I'd have to think about it, I wouldn't like to bash anything. I'd like to keep things positive.
L.G.: Of course in the case of a political candidate, you wouldn't have to worry about legal and vetting and whether or not what you said was true.
B.M.: Yeah, you're right. You know, the campaign is going to get really dirty here soon. Not that it already isn't, but it's going to get dirtier.
L.G.: What would be the solution to that? Would that be OxiClean?
B.M.: Yeah, we're going to clean up both these candidates' acts.
L.G.: Put them in a bucket full of activated water and OxiClean?
B.M.: That's right, the world's a much cleaner place because of it. You know, one thing I like to say, I owe it to the pitchmen from Atlantic City who taught me and kind of vetted me. They didn't have to do that. These guys saw something in me and I hung in there in Atlantic City, and they gave me little snippets here and there to apply, and I hung in there, hung in there, and they kind of just passed the baton to me and said, "Look, kid, take this to the next level." I'm a pitchman, my business comes from the pitch, nothing else. My voice, my likeness, is my livelihood. That's it. I keep it simple. I pick good products. The reality show coming up on Discovery is going to take us to another level.
L.G.: Let me ask you a question before we talk about that. What is the Billy Mays brand? What are you selling?
B.M.: Trust. And I'll stop the channel surfers, get a lot of people saying, "He annoys me," he does this and that—but some of those people are the first to buy. And people have bought so many different products off me that they trust I'm going to give them a quality product. My style is my style. I may offend a few people, my over-the-top-ness sometimes, but if it's not broken don't fix it. They look at me as the average Joe. I'm going to sit down, talk with them, have a beer, nothing real special. I'm myself and I have a good time living life. I have a 3-year-old and a 22-year-old.
L.G.: Does your wife like your beard?
B.M.: Oh yeah.
L.G.: Because you can never shave it, can you?
B.M.: No.
L.G.: You're 50 years old. Do you have to make sure you don't go gray?
B.M.: Yeah, I touch it up here and there. My beard is part of that image, and I think that people wouldn't recognize me without a beard. Sometimes they don't recognize me, they think they know who I am, but—"I know you, I just know you."
L.G.: You get a lot of that?
B.M.: Sometimes, like on the flight from Newark yesterday, I must've signed 20 autographs on the plane, from all the flight attendants, a couple of the guys, a couple of the kids sitting behind me.
L.G.: Now what happens if somebody for whatever reason is dissatisfied with a product they bought because they saw you pitching it on television? Do you get people who come to you and very bitterly complain?
B.M.: I'll either call the company or I'll just out of my own personal money send them a refund. Just recently I got a letter from a guy who's in the Air Force and bought the Awesome Auger—that's another big product I have. That's the one where you hook up to a drill and you plant bulbs by the dozen. It's kind of a cultivator, you can till, cultivate, with attachments to hook up to your drill.

L.G.: The Air Force guy bought it, didn't like it?
B.M.: He got two attachments the same, and he couldn't use it in there properly and he had some trouble with the customer service. He wrote me a letter and I immediately took care of it. He was out something like $72, because he brought the drill and he bought everything. He bought the maximum of what you can get.

L.G.: Did you send him a personal check?
B.M.: Yeah, I sent him a personal check, a company check, but I apologized. He said "I've bought products off you in the past, and with a lot of success, and now I'm a little deterred to buy it again, I'm a little disappointed." So I sent him his money with a letter saying, "I hope that you'll give us another chance, here's a reimbursement on that, stay with me and we'll see this won't happen again." Then he wrote me a letter back, and he was stunned. He was like, You've got to be kidding me!

L.G.: That's hilarious.
B.M.: When I used to work full-time with OxiClean, I used to go to the naval base at Pearl Harbor, where they had the biggest mall in the world. I had a reception there, where people were waiting for me to sign autographs and come in with Kaboom and OxiClean and they get the best price in the world. It must've been hundreds and hundreds of people, and I kid you not that I gave them a pitch that was almost ridiculous. "Send in the marines! Kaboom! And the stain is gone! Let's use this on all the enemies, including the dirt!" Probably within a half hour I sold everything out. It was just hundreds and hundreds of people just loading up, in between signing autographs. People appreciate the military. I'm having a little rough time trying to get over to Iraq. I would love to do that somehow. I think it would be nice because I've heard too many times that OxiClean, the little sample packets they get, they use out in the field to clean their clothes. So I would love to go over there with a couple hundred thousand little packets, thank them, hand them all out, you know, have it be part of their kit because they deserve it. That's something I really want to do.  I don't know if it's going to happen.

L.G.: Well, maybe somebody from the U.S.O. or the Pentagon will see this and follow up. Let me ask you, without in any sense prying into your own different contractual arrangements with these various companies,  do you have a sense of the aggregate volume of all the products you're involved with and pushing?

B.M.: Well, look, we sell millions. Ten million units for Mighty Putty right now. On TV it's $20. Most of it is sold in retail, like 8 million to 10 million, something like that, I’m just kind of guestimating. In the past 11 years, all the products together, as far as gross sales, it's well over a billion dollars. OxiClean is one thing—I don't get paid on a commission there, I get paid on a very handsome retainer. But OxiClean for years and years, doing $300 million to $400 million a year. I have smaller companies that do $30 million to $40 million.
L.G.: With the economy slowing down and by some lights going into recession, has that had any impact on your business?
B.M.: Well, somewhat. I feel that with Mighty Putty and some of the products that we sell on TV, people want a good value. I'm getting more involved in pushing value, value, value. Let's just say the reason Mighty Putty has done so well is that people go out and buy it instead of paying a plumber, $60, $80, $100 to fix a leak or whatever.
L.G.: And that's the thing that's green and you cut it and knead it and it turns white?
B.M.: Yeah, and it's ready to hold on tight…I think, the bottom line is that people are now spending a little more money at home, not going out, with the price of gas. They may have to pay the shipping, but they'll stay at home, order it off TV. A lot of people would like to be the first to order it off TV.
L.G.: So, interesting, you think that because people have less disposable money to spend on plumbers and whereas before they might've just thrown stuff out, they're more interested in keeping things, repairing them and stuff like that?
B.M.: Absolutely.

L.G.: So tell me about the reality show, how did that come about?
B.M.: Well, you know Anthony Sullivan—the Swivel Sweeper? English guy. He used to live next door to me. He's from Petticoat Lane over in England, while I came from Atlantic City, the boardwalk, two worlds, and our paths crossed on the road and we ended up shooting some commercials together. I was a pitchman for OxiClean, he did a lot of the production, he went his way a little bit, we do work a lot together, we work separately, he does different things. We had a guy come in from L.A. Chris Wilson is actually from HSN, we worked with him as a producer.

L.G.: That's Barry Diller's outfit, HSN.
B.M.: Oh yeah, that was the Billy Mays network at one time. They'd call me and say, "Get on there, kid, and sell! Have you had a few?" "I'm fine, get the stuff ready, I can get in there." I made it a point to be on call 24/7. But Chris Wilson just flew in and said, "I just think there's something there—Pitchmen!" The name of the show is Pitchmen, and we were going to go with Warner Horizon. They flew in—the hokeyness, I didn't really like the direction they were going. Sully by chance met Thom Beers, who's the owner of Original Productions, at some type of retreat, just to get away, where you go in there, eat right, and hike. You know, a place where you go and get your mind and body cleansed out. So they start talking a little bit and he says, "I know who you are." Sully says, "I have a reality teaser." Thom took it to Discovery, and right now they're inking the deal.
L.G.: When does it start filming, in a couple of weeks?
B.M.: Yeah, we're going to start [filming], which is probably going to be in Vegas in a few weeks. But Discovery likes to kind of do the P.R. about it.
L.G.: Well I've seen it described as just walking the viewer through how a pitch is put together, from start to finish.

B.M.: Right, and it's going to be behind the scenes, it's going to be about getting to know the people who do this, like me, Sullly, and my 22-year-old son will probably be in it.
L.G.: What's his name?
B.M.: Billy Mays III.
L.G.: He must thank you for that—and you have a small child as well?
B.M.: Elizabeth, she's turning 3, and my wife's Deborah.
L.G.: So Deborah will be in the show rolling her eyes every so often?
B.M.: She's fine with it. I would prefer if my daughter made a cameo once in a while but I'm not real excited about showing her to the world.
L.G.: Since you have become a celebrity through this business, have you experienced some of the wacko side of life?
B.M.: Yeah, a little bit. I'm pretty fortunate that, you know, I have a lot of kids that watch. It's really strange, my demographic runs from really young to really old.
L.G.: I would've thought that a large component of your customers or potential customers are derisively described as shut-ins who are watching television a lot.
B.M.: Right, but I have a lot of kids that will be sometimes the first to recognize me, like 4- or 5-year-olds. "He's on! He's on!" We run a lot on Noggin and Sprout and Nickelodeon, OxiClean and Kaboom. I've been very fortunate as far as people don't give me a hard time. If they don't like me, everybody has their opinion, they just kind of leave me alone. I had a drunk guy once I can remember, "Your products don't work!" What I do, Lloyd, I take the time. Like on the plane yesterday. I find out everybody's name, I write them an autograph, "How are you?" I really take the time and ask, What are you doing? Where do you live? Where you from? I think that’s important. I don’t want to get this big ego. There's Tony Little down here. He’s a nice guy. There's Body by Jake, and Ron Popeil—he's not very friendly. Ron won't give you a business card. I like Ron. At shows or whatever, he'll take the time to say hi to me and not too many other people. I used to work with his family in Atlantic City so we came from the same background.

L.G.: How long do you see yourself doing this? Ron Popeil is in his 70s, isn't he? And he's still doing it.
B.M.: He's not really doing that much. Since I turned 50, I am really taking measure of my life and really reflecting, and my motto is, because I ran the road so heavy and hard over the years with state fairs and home shows, "I don't want to age 10 years in five but I want to work 10 years' worth in the next five years." I want to notch up a schedule that's really just non-stop because I have the new hips. I had a surgery in January, and then it wasn't healing right. I went to Greece and Italy and I fell. I kept having some problems, so did an emergency surgery when I got back in July.

L.G.: Did you bang yourself up playing football?
B.M.: Yeah, football, played a little semi-pro, played at West Virginia, high school ball. From January to July, I had a staph infection, and didn't even know it. I'm so fortunate that I didn't lose my leg and I'm not dead.
L.G.: Oh my God. Did I mention my back hurts? How pathetic are we, two old guys talking about our pain?
B.M.: You know, it's really good now, a friend of mine sells the inversion table. That's amazing. You hang upside down. I've used that for years. You can go online, the Teeter Hang Ups. His name is Roger Teeter. I bought a reconditioned one. It's pretty much brand new. They're a little pricey, it was $200-something a couple years ago. I got my dad one, and man, what a difference. I mean, you get your posture back and it really stretches out your back!

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          Latest Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 lens improves AF speeds, image stabilization   

Tamron has announced the latest generation of its 24-70mm F2.8 lens, officially known as the 'SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032).'

Highlights of this new full-frame zoom include Dual Micro-Processing Units (MPU) which provides 'faster and more precise autofocus' and improves the Vibration Correction system to the point where it can reduce shake by up to five stops. The lens has 17 elements, of which 2 are extra-refractive, 3 are low-dispersion, 3 are glass-molded aspherical and 1 is a 'hybrid' aspherical element. The aperture is made up of nine circular blades.

There's also Tamron's nano-scale 'eBAND Coating' to reduce ghosting and flare. The front element has a fluorine coating to keep oil and fingerprints away, and the lens as a whole is weather-sealed. The lens supports electronic aperture control on compatible Nikon cameras and can be used with Tamron's TAP-in Console dock for updating firmware and fine-tuning AF and Vibration Correction.

The Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 G2 will ship in August for Nikon F-mount and September for Canon EF. It will be priced at $1199 for both mounts.

Press Release

Tamron introduces next-generation high-speed 24-70mm F/2.8 zoom lens with advanced features

Versatile new lens delivers ultra-high image quality, image stabilization of 5 stops1 and superb performance even in backlit scenes

SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032)

June 30, 2017, Commack, New York— Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new high-speed zoom lens, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A032 is a fast F/2.8 zoom that achieves top-level image quality. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provides rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class2 (CIPA level of 5 stops). The use of specialized, high quality glass materials (offering greater optical transmittance) for the lens elements assures superior color reproduction and greater sharpness, while the application of Tamron’s exclusive nanotechnology-based eBAND Coating substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that are prone to occur in backlit photography, successfully improving the overall optical performance of the lens. Additionally, model A032 provides the added conveniences of protective Fluorine Coating, Moisture-Resistant Construction and a locking lens hood. Photographers can use this new high-speed zoom lens for wide-ranging purposes, including landscape, portrait, news, travel and many others. The Tamron SP 24-70mm G2 in Nikon mount will be available in August and the Canon mount in September at $1199.


1. Sophisticated design delivers superb performance and ultra-high image quality

The use of specialized, high quality glass materials assures accurate color reproduction and superior sharpness, perfect for today’s high-pixel-density cameras. The optical construction (17 elements in 12 groups) uses 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, 3 GM (Glass-Molded aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical lens element. Together they minimize axial chromatic aberrations, transverse chromatic aberrations, spherical aberrations and distortion, and allow a compact design that achieves superior image quality.

2. eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties and reduces ghosting and flare

The new A032 features Tamron’s original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology combining a nano-structured layer that has an extremely low refractive index with conventional multiple-layer coatings to provide superior anti-reflection performance. The optimal application of this eBAND Coating in combination with Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating successfully and substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that can occur when photographing backlit subjects.

3. New Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system3 provides faster and more precise autofocus and improved Vibration Compensation

This innovative control system uses a Dual MPU design with enhanced computing capacity. The MPUs have powerful, built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that achieve quicker and more precise AF performance, and more consistently powerful Vibration Compensation. The features combine to provide outstanding performance at night and in low light.

High performance MPU for AF dramatically improves autofocusing accuracy and speed

The A032 is equipped with its own MPU (micro-processor unit), with embedded DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that enable high-speed digital signal processing, achieving both excellent responsiveness to signals from the camera and high-precision AF performance.

Dedicated MPU delivers the highest vibration compensation ability in class (CIPA level of 5 stops).

The new A032 is equipped with Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system. Adding an MPU dedicated to VC processing unleashes a new-generation algorithm, ensuring the highest vibration compensation ability in the class (CIPA level of 5 stops). Even in low light or with slow shutter speeds, photographers can enjoy shake-free handheld shooting with ease and comfort.

Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction

The Fluorine Coating applied on the front element surface is water-and oil-repellant and allows safe and easy removal of fingerprints, dirt and smudges. The coating also provides an enhanced level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years. In addition, seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

5. Lens hood equipped with a new, convenient locking mechanism

The lens hood is equipped with a locking mechanism that prevents detachment due to unintentional contact during use.

6. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory

The new A032 is compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

7. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses4. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a built-in motor through electronic pulse signals.

8. Manufacturing innovation with thorough attention to details based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series

Tamron has enhanced the SP series lenses to fulfill high-level photographic requirements and provide the pleasure of ownership. While introducing a new exterior design, Tamron reviewed the SP series standards. The new SP series has been developed by setting rigorous standards for design, manufacturing and quality that apply to the optical design and mechanical design as well as such wide-ranging areas as the product’s robustness and improvements in a variety of individual functions. For this model, Tamron has introduced a unique MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) tester, which was developed exclusively for Model A032, and reviewed the management method. This has helped to achieve a more consistently superb optical performance, making it a lens that fulfills the demand for higher image quality that is compatible with the latest high-pixel cameras. To maximize the optical performance of the SP series, Tamron will continue to enhance the accuracy of the component parts of each lens element unit and improve the mechanical precision of the entire lens, thereby achieving a high overall performance.

[1] CIPA Standard Compliant. For Canon: EOS-5DMKIII is used. For Nikon: D810 is used.

[2] Among 24-70mm F/2.8 interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (as of May, 2017; Tamron)

[3] A new control system using two high-performance MPUs (micro-processor units)

[4] Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm: (D5, D4s, D4, D3X, Df, D810, D810A, D800, D800E, D750, D600, D610, D300S, D500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100). (As of May, 2017; Tamron)

Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length24–70 mm
Image stabilizationYes (5 stops)
Lens mountCanon EF, Nikon F (FX)
Maximum apertureF2.8
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Special elements / coatings2 XR, 3 LD, 3 GM aspherical, 1 aspherical elements + eBAND and fluorine coatings
Minimum focus0.38 m (14.96)
Maximum magnification0.2×
Motor typeRing-type ultrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Weight905 g (2.00 lb)
Diameter88 mm (3.46)
Length111 mm (4.37)
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockYes
Filter thread82.0 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarNo

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          Lighten Your Rack: Presented by CAMP   

CAMP is one of the oldest mountaineering and climbing companies with a long history of innovation and high quality. Based out of the small mountain town of Premana Italy, nestled in the Italian Alps, the company was started over 128 years ago and has become a brand that represents light, quality, and cutting-edge gear. Innovation is the lifeblood of CAMP and they are one of the few remaining manufacturers that produce prototypes in-house to be tested by both staff and leading athletes. Most of the lightest gear for ski mountaineering, alpine climbing, and rock climbing is made by CAMP. We are going to focus on helping you to carry less weight without sacrificing performance so that you can accomplish more in the mountains safely.


New for this year is the Dyon, a KeyWire carabiner, which is able to combine a lightweight wire gate with the security and ease of use that a keylock closure provides through use of the SphereLock closure system. The SphereLock minimizes the play between the gate and the nose to help prevent accidental opening due to loading or ‘chattering.’ The curved I-Beam construction is the secret behind the Dyon’s 11 kN open gate strength rating and also helps to add rigidity to the carabiner. This lightweight workhorse comes in at a mere 33 grams. Our favorite feature of the Dyon is the low profile and snag-free nose. This carabiner takes up very little space on a gear loop, and the nose can fit through those awkward fixed pins in Eldo that can be a challenge to clip with bulky carabiners.

Here at Bentgate we have found that the Mach Express is an ideal alpine draw for just about everything. Extending your draw helps to reduce rope drag on wandering routes and also to prevent loading a carabiner over a rock edge. The Nano 22 on the gear end keeps the weight and volume down for easy racking and is still large enough to accept a clove hitch when you’re at the anchors. The rope side of this draw is a Photon, the lightest full-size carabiner on the market. On big alpine routes the last thing you want to have to worry about is clipping your rope to your draw. Even with cold hands or in bad conditions, the large gate opening on the Photon makes clipping quick and easy. A common complaint with CAMP classics such as the Nano 22 and Photon carabiners is that the gate was too soft and slow. This year CAMP fixed this issue by using a slightly larger gauge wire on all of their carabiners to create a more secure closure without making them noticeably harder to open. The assembled draw floats in at 73 grams.

Snow Travel:

There should never have to be a compromise between safety and weight, and that is why we highly recommend the Nanotech line of crampons and ice axes. They are so light that you will never have to decide between having the tools you need on the snow and leaving them in the car to save weight. The XLC nanotech crampon weighs only 598 grams and packs down to the size of a medium burrito. The trick to this weight savings and performance is the aluminium body with steel front points. The steel front points make these crampons very secure on alpine and water ice. When the snow starts to warm up and ball, optional anti-balling plates are available to keep you moving quickly. The Corsa Nanotech is the second lightest ice axe available, with the lightest being the Corsa. The Corsa Nanotech, at 250 grams, picks up the extra weight from its curved shaft and steel pick and spike. The steel pick really helps this axe dig into firm snow and even makes it possible to climb lower angle water ice with the assistance of a second tool.



Big wall harnesses have always been clunky and a hindrance to free climbing at your limit thanks to their weight and bulk. CAMP, being lightweight innovators, set out to change this with the Warden big wall harness. The most important feature for any harness is comfort, and CAMP made sure that the harness has plenty of breathable padding on both the waistbelt and leg loops. The Warden uses a edge load construction to spread the weight across the back of the harness and maximize ventilation. CAMP’s No-Twist belay loop has a small loop within it to hold any carabiner in place and prevent cross-loading. The belay loop can also be used without this feature as a standard belay loop for quick clipping. This feature is most useful when you have all the gear you need for a wall racked to your harness. To help with the inevitable gear pile that will occur on your harness, CAMP has added two secondary attachment points to the waistbelt for attaching daisies. The dedicated left and right hardpoints keep tangles to a minimum and free up the front of your harness while also keeping the harness and gear balanced. The Warden also includes all the standard features that you'd expect on a big wall harness, including 6 gear loops, a drop seat, and a haul loop. The Warden has all the features you need to tackle a hard wall while being light enough to use on your trad project.

Over the past few years a lot of Bentgaters have started to embrace CAMP’s light and fast mentality. Some of us ski peaks before work using the nanotech axe and crampons because we like the extra time the weight savings buys us. Many of us also have switched to using CAMP carabiners due to the weight savings and ease of use. CAMP has stepped up the quality of their equipment and now makes lightweight and affordable products that we can all stand behind. 

          Singapore Scientists Uncover How the Liver Unclogs Itself   
Newswise imageA multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore at the National University of Singapore, the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of A*STAR, and BioSyM, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology have described the mechanical principles adopted by liver cells as they remove excess bile during obstructive cholestasis. This study was published online in the Journal of Hepatology.
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A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR, and BioSyM, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology have described the mechanical principles adopted by liver cells as they remove excess bile during obstructive cholestasis. This study was published online in the Journal of Hepatology earlier this year.
          New ideas sprout from nanotechnology: Instagram takeover series showcases McMaster Engineering plant research project    
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A new facility will store tens of thousands of cryogenically frozen people. The hope is to one day bring them back to life, but just how realistic.

For centuries, the world’s physicists, writers and philosophers have argued over whether time travel is possible, with most coming to the conclusion that it’s never going to happen. But on an 800-acre small town of Comfort, Texas, a group of architects, engineers and scientists are building a ‘Timeship’ that they say could transport tens of thousands of individuals to a far-distant future.

Their approach does not involve the use of flux capacitors, or zooming at light-speed through black holes. Instead, the Timeship aims to store people at such low temperatures that their bodies are preserved for a future civilisation to reanimate them, a concept known as cryonics. “Just as a spaceship allows people to move through space, Timeship will allow people to travel to another time in the future,” explains Stephen Valentine, who is the director and principal architect of the Timeship project. Valentine has been given a multimillion-dollar budget from anonymous donors to develop a ‘mecca’ for cryonics and life extension. As well as a fortress-like building that can store frozen people, Timeship plans to store other precious biological samples such as organs, stem cells, embryos, and even the DNA of rare or threatened species. The site will also house the world’s largest life extension research centre, the Stasis Research Park.

The entire facility will be off-grid, using wind and solar energy to avoid potential power outages, and the location has been carefully chosen to be far from earthquakes, tornadoes, snowstorms and any other turmoil the world might throw at it in the next few hundred years. “You don’t want to be near a military base or nuclear plant either,” says Valentine, who speaks at a frantic pace with a theatrical Boston drawl.

He has spent five years finding and designing the site, while studying pyramids, ancient tombs, bank vaults and medieval fortresses – “anything that has stood the test of time”. He has even consulted experts on how to protect frozen time-travellers from the effects of a nearby two-megaton nuclear bomb.

The resulting design is an epic spaceship-castle hybrid, with thick, low, circular walls surrounding a central tomb-like chamber, where thousands of storage pods will be held under high security. The exact techniquethat will be used to cool the bodies is not yet clear, but it is likely to involve the bodily fluids being drained and replaced with a solution that helps protect tissue from the formation of ice crystals. The storage pods will use the cooling power of liquid nitrogen to keep the bodies at around -130°C, and should be able to maintain low temperatures without power or human maintenance for up to six months, says Valentine. He hopes to start testing the first prototype pods next year.

A Chilled to Perfection

The idea of freezing people in the hope of reawakening them is not new. Fifty years ago, James Bedford became the first person to be cryogenically frozen, and his body remains in cold storage to this day. Various organisations and companies have offered similar services over the past decades, often using hopelessly crude freezing techniques or failing to store the bodies properly. Today, the cryogenic freezing of human stem cells, sperm, eggs, embryos and other small tissue samples is a routine part of scientific research and reproductive medicine in many countries.

Vitrification, a process that turns samples into a glasslike state rather than ice, was developed in the early 2000s as a way of overcoming the problems of ice formation in and around cells. Ice formation is an issue because it can cause dramatic differences in concentration inside and outside the cell, sucking water out and destroying it. In late 2002 and early 2003, a team led by vitrification pioneer Gregory Fahy used a cocktail of antifreezes and chemicals to cryopreserve a whole rabbit kidney. The organ appeared to function normally after it was thawed and transplanted back into its donor.

Several other breakthroughs have encouraged Valentine, and the wealthy entrepreneurs backing Timeship, that freezing a person properly is now feasible. In 2015, a team from the company 21st Century Medicine claimed to have developed a new vitrification technique that preserved pig and rabbit brains without any visible damage. That same year, scientists from Alcor, a company associated with Timeship, found that when microscopic worms were deep-frozen and thawed, they not only survived but could ‘remember’ associations they had learnt before they were frozen.

For Valentine and the cryonics community, these studies are proof that if the most advanced scientific techniques are used, then human organs, brains, and even memories and personalities could survive being frozen. However, cryonics is unique in that it is utterly reliant on technology that does not exist yet. Even if so-called ‘patients’ are frozen perfectly after death, they are simply guessing that scientists will one day be able to reanimate them and cure their illnesses – and will want to. Prof Brian Grout, chairman of the Society for Low Temperature Biology, says that cryonics has become more credible in recent years, and that it would be “wrong to dismiss the idea of whole-body freezing”.

But he does have one big problem with the central idea of the Timeship mission: the preservation of dead bodies. “The biggest difficulty is not whether it is possible to recover a whole person from ultra-low temperatures – there is a reasonable chance that will happen in the future. It is the fact that they will be dead. If they were dead when they were frozen, they will still very much be dead when you thaw them out.”

A Frozen in Time

Freezing people alive could mean they can be placed in suspended animation for, say, long-term space flights, says Grout. Technology that may be able to cure what are now incurable illnesses is also not hard to imagine, he says, but overcoming death is another matter. “The technology they will need is not cryotechnology, it’s reversing death. That’s a pretty big leap for me.”

Valentine refuses to be drawn into a debate on whether Timeship would accept living patients if the authorities allowed such a thing, saying that it is a matter for the medical and legal professions. But he and others believe that various technologies such as gene editing and nanotechnology could one day change how we perceive death, and reverse it.

Other futurists believe that it may one day be possible to upload our minds onto a computer, freeing humanity from the restraints of a physical form entirely. Banking on these future technologies may seem like a pretty big gamble, especially when the costs of cryonic preservation start at around R408,000. Yet for people whose lives are cut short by illness, a miraculous breakthrough may literally be the only hope they have. An example is the 14-year-old British girl who recently made headlines around the world after writing, before she died of cancer, that she wanted to be frozen. A judge ruled that her wishes must be respected, and her body was sent to the US to be frozen. She wrote: “I’m only 14 years old and I don’t want to die, but I know I am going to. I think being cryopreserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up, even in hundreds of years’ time.”

A Breaking the Ice

What the world will look like in hundreds of years’ time is anyone’s guess, but there are many logistical challenges for anyone who is woken from the dead. For a start, all your money, friends and family would be long gone, and you’d probably struggle to find work in whatever hyper-advanced society has managed to resurrect you. And there are bigger questions about how the planet would cope with a human population living far longer than it does now.

“We are not going to have to worry about all that right now,” says Valentine, frustrated by questions he sees as pointless hypothesising. “The world may have changed in ways we can’t even imagine! We could be inhabiting other planets or have modified ourselves to live in other environments.” It’s certainly hard to dismiss these ideas completely, given the remarkable progress our species has made in just the last few decades. And Valentine is confident that a change of mindset is just round the corner.

“If scientists one day freeze a rabbit and bring it back to life, then the idea will spread so fast. People will start tothink: ‘why am I being buried in the ground? Why am I being cremated? I’ll get frozen, and then one day, who knows’. There could be many of these places around the world. This might become the norm.”

Valentine himself is not currently signed up to be frozen at the Timeship – he says it would distract from his architectural mission and could look like he was designing “some kind of monument for myself”. But his excitement and enthusiasm for this ambitious project is clear. Will the travellers in the Timeship find themselves alive and well in the future, freed from the limitations of today’s medical science? Or is it an expensive folly, doomed to result in several thousand bodies denied a proper burial? There’s really only one way to find out – and it involves a very long, very cold wait.



Don’t fancy freezing yourself? Here are some alternative ways to prolong your life ...


Some believe that we may one day be able to recreate every detail of our brains on powerful computers, enabling our thoughts and experiences to live on without physical bodies. However, neuroscientists still struggle to simulate the workings of the most primitive animal brains, so it remains a distant prospect.


Doctors sometimes lower the body temperature of patients dying from severe injuries to buy more time while they perform emergency surgery. Lowering the body’s temperature from 37°C to around 10°C slows down all biological processes, resulting in a kind of ‘induced hibernation’. A similar technique has been proposed as a way of putting long-distance astronauts into a deep sleep.


Human tissue such as cartilage and even simple organs, such as bladders, can now be grown in a lab using a patient’s own cells and special 3D printers. If the technology continues to develop, doctors may be able to grow new body parts to replace diseased or worn-out ones.


After research in mice showed that the blood of young animals helped old animals’ memory, endurance and tissue repair, trials have begun to see if blood transfusions from young people can reduce or reverse ageing in older humans, too. Scientists hope to identify the blood-borne chemical components of ageing.


If it was possible for a person to travel at very close to the speed of light, then time would slow down for them relative to everyone else. This means that when they return to Earth, thousands of years may have flown by. Unlike in Back To The Future, there would be no way back to the past.




French biologist Jean Rostand studies how extremely low temperatures affect the properties of materials and living things – now known as cryogenics.


Inspired by Rostand’s work and science fiction, a physics teacher and war veteran called Robert Ettinger publishes The Prospect of Immortality, proposing that humans could be frozen and awoken in the future.


As societies and companies dedicated to life extension start to form across the US, the term ‘cryonics’ is coined for the movement started by Ettinger.


Prof James Bedford is the first person to be frozen. In 1991, when removed from storage to be evaluated, his body is found to be preserved but damaged, with discoloured skin and “frozen blood issuing from his mouth and nose”


Nine supposedly frozen patients are found decomposing in the ‘Chatsworth crypt’ in Los Angeles. In the 1960s and 1970s, cryonics pioneers struggle to maintain the temperature of their frozen patients. Bedford is the only person frozen in this era who remains frozen today.


Cryonics companies start freezing people’s heads but not their bodies (known as ‘neuros’), based on the idea that our brains could be transplanted, supported by machines or uploaded to computers in the future.


The first baby is born from eggs that have been frozen. Freezing embryos, sperm and other bodily tissue soon becomes a routine part of medicine.


The first whole organ, a kidney, is successfully vitrified (turned into a glass-like state), thawed, and retransplanted back into a rabbit, where it appears to function normally.


Experiments appear to show that microscopic worms can survive cryogenic freezing and retain memories from events that took place before they were frozen.


The Timeship project, headed up by Stephen Valentine, announces plans to store thousands of patients at a purpose-built facility in Texas. There are thought to be around 250 people currently cryogenically frozen in the world.

By Tom Ireland in "Very Interesting" UK, issue 36, August 2017, excerpts pp. 28-33. Digitized, adapted and illustrated to be posted by Leopoldo Costa.
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"My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there."

This quote is from inventor Charles F Kettering. He was head of research for general motors and would have bestowed this knowledge around the early 1900s. It must have been a very exciting time and look at the change 100 years has made.

This is an image of Belfast's Vitoria Square taken around 1910. And here it is 100 years on.

But today nostalgia seems to have over taken our desire to look to the future. Which is surprising as the future has never been so exciting with nanotechnology the world is our oyster, even being able to replicate conditions of how the world was created. But many arts, fashion and media look back to the "good old days" but not these boys...

These are the good old days but what was I talking about....

But where does cheese belong in the future? There are again two major camps on this. The artisan cheese makers, who want to bring cheese back to the singular farms and use traditional methods. And then there are these people...


This is an article about a study into using cryogenics in the cooling of the cheese curd. Cryogenic cheese?

So do we embrace the traditional, tried and trusted methods? They must be the best as they have lasted for many a moon?

But don't be afraid of the future. For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

          Innovative computational approach to overcome combinatorial bottleneck in material science   
Scientists present a powerful and efficient computational structure search algorithm that allows to employ fully converged first-principles calculations throughout.


di Gianni Lannes

La fantascienza ha sostituito la realtà. La tecnocrazia ha preso il posto della democrazia. Il DNA umano è un’antenna. Le informazioni basilari sono alla portata di tutti, basta collegarle. Certo, conflitti di interesse, affarismo e corruzione abbondano, ma pochi hanno intuito il vero obiettivo finale. I vaccini sono il cavallo di Troia per entrare - con un pretesto inesistente (le epidemie) - dentro il corpo e dominarlo dalla culla alla tomba. In quale inferno tecnologico ci stanno incanalando? Ecco un video illuminante dell’università Bocconi risalente al 24 settembre 2012 alla presenza del ministro Passera, a cui partecipa la Novartis (che poi cederà il settore vaccini alla Glaxo) e il Corriere della Sera, in particolare il vice direttore Massimo Mucchetti, poi eletto al Parlamento nelle file del piddì, e firmatario di atti parlamentari relativi alla vaccinazione coercitiva:

E’ interessante il passaggio dal minuto 86 al 102: gli esperti parlano di sanità, microchip nel corpo e cosa deve fare lo Stato per favorire le multinazionali. IBM e GOOGLE si stanno posizionando, il pro rettore Perrone parla esplicitamente di “situazione tra Matrix e Orwell”. Bernabè della Telecom sfiora anche la "privacy". Pochi giorni dopo tale evento, il governo Monti vara il decreto legge 18 ottobre 2012, numero 179 ("Ulteriori  misure urgenti per la crescita del Paese", articolo 12), poi il decreto legge 69/2013 (articolo 17 - decreto del "Fare").

Il 29 settembre 2014, a Washington viene imposta all’Italia - tramite i plaudenti Lorenzin, Pecorelli (Aifa) e Guerra - la sperimentazione coercitiva di massa. L’indomani, Raniero Guerra con un piede nel consiglio d’amministrazione della fondazione Glaxo Smith Kline (produttori mondali di vaccini) viene nominato direttore generale del ministero “salute”: questo funzionario statale il 10 giugno 2017 ha diramato una circolare operativa sulla vaccinazione obbligatoria.

Poi colleghiamo questo:

E si capisce allora perché gli eterodiretti onorevoli grullini "sono per la massima copertura vaccinale:

Il 31 marzo 2016, mister Renzi ha venduto i dati sensibili presenti e futuri degli italiani all'Ibm, mentre il cosiddetto ufficio del garante della privacy ancora tace (Soro & Iannini: magistrato e moglie di Bruno Vespa):


Lo stesso Renzi è il firmatario il 29 settembre 2017 del dpcm 178 sul fascicolo sanitario elettronico sollecitato dall'Ibm, ovvero dall'impresa che fornisce i servizi.

Poi ragioniamo sugli studi di Ibm:

... e riflettiamo sugli annunci di Bill Gates:

.... fino a giungere:

 ... e qui:

... in corsa il premio: 

Infine il decreto legge che apre le porte alla sperimentazione proprio sul gregge più idoneo, quello italiano:


Postsingular by Rudy Rucker
English | Oct. 2, 2007 | ISBN: 0765317419 | 179 Pages | PDF | 1 MB
It all begins next year in California. A maladjusted computer industry billionaire and a somewhat crazy US President initiate a radical transformation of the world through sentient nanotechnology; sort of the equivalent of biological artificial intelligence. At first they succeed, but their plans are reversed by Chu, an autistic boy. The next time it isn't so easy to stop them.

          Nelson Sepúlveda   

May 16, 2017

How engineers turned a flag into a loudspeaker 

A paper-thin, flexible device created at Michigan State University not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as a loudspeaker and microphone as well, nanotechnology researchers reported May 16 in Nature Communications.

The audio breakthrough could eventually lead to such consumer products as a foldable loudspeaker, a voice-activated security patch for computers and even a talking newspaper.A research breakthrough by Nelson Sepúlveda, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, could eventually lead to consumer products such as a foldable loudspeaker, a voice-activated security patch for computers, and talking newspaper. Photo by G.L. Kohuth, MSUToday.

“Every technology starts with a breakthrough and this is a breakthrough for this particular technology,” said Nelson Sepúlveda, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and primary investigator of the federally funded project.

“This is the first transducer that is ultrathin, flexible, scalable and bidirectional, meaning it can convert mechanical energy to electrical energy and electrical energy to mechanical energy.” 

Video: How engineers turned a flag into a loudspeaker

In late 2016, Sepúlveda and his team successfully demonstrated their sheet-like device – known as a ferroelectret nanogenerator, or FENG – by using it to power a keyboard, LED lights and an LCD touch-screen. That process worked with a finger swipe or a light pressing motion to activate the devices – converting mechanical energy to electrical energy.

The current breakthrough extends the FENG’s usability. The researchers discovered the high-tech material can act as a microphone (by capturing the vibrations from sound, or mechanical energy, and converting it to electrical energy) as well as a loudspeaker (by operating the opposite way: converting electrical energy to mechanical energy).

To demonstrate the microphone effect, the researchers developed a FENG security patch that uses voice recognition to access a computer. The patch was successful in protecting an individual’s computer from outside users. “The device is so sensitive to the vibrations that it catches the frequency components of your voice,” Sepúlveda said.

To demonstrate the loudspeaker effect, the FENG fabric was embedded into an MSU Spartan flag. Music was piped from an iPad through an amplifier and into the flag, which then reproduced the sound flawlessly. “The flag itself became the loudspeaker,” Sepúlveda said. “So we could use it in the future by taking traditional speakers, which are big, bulky and use a lot of power, and replacing them with this very flexible, thin, small device.”

Imagine a day when someone could pull a lightweight loudspeaker out of their pocket, slap it against the wall and transmit their speech to a roomful of people, Sepúlveda said. “Or imagine a newspaper,” he added, “where the sheets are microphones and loudspeakers. You could essentially have a voice-activated newspaper that talks back to you."

Wei Li, an MSU engineering researcher and lead author of the paper in Nature Communications, said other potential applications of the FENG include noise-cancelling sheeting and a health-monitoring wristband that is voice-protected.

Engineering researchers Wei Li and Nelson Sepúlveda are working toward applications that include noise-cancelling sheeting and a health-monitoring wristband that is voice-protected. Photo by G.L. Kohuth, MSUToday.“Many people are focusing on the sight and touch aspects of flexible electronics,” Li said, “but we’re also focusing on the speaking and listening aspects of the technology.”

The innovative process of creating the FENG starts with a silicone wafer, which is then fabricated with several layers, or thin sheets, of environmentally friendly substances including silver, polyimide, and polypropylene ferroelectret. Ions are added so that each layer in the device contains charged particles. Electrical energy is created when the device is compressed by human motion, or mechanical energy.

The research is funded by the National Science Foundation. Other co-authors are David Torres, Ramon Diaz, and Chuan Wang from MSU, and Zhengjun Wang, Changsheng Wu, and Zhong Lin Wang from the Georgia Institute of Technology.Like a traditional loudspeaker, this sheet-like, flexible device can transmit sound. Created by MSU engineers, the device - known as a ferroelectret nanogenerator, or FENG - can be embedded into a flag or other fabric. It could one day lead to a foldable loudspeaker or an audio newspaper. Photo by G.L. Kohuth, MSUToday.

          SE Curriculum Version 3.2 and 3.3 (2015-2016 and later)   

Version 3.2 of the Software Engineering Curriculum applies to students starting in the Fall of 2015 or after.  Version 3.3 is nearly identical* and this page serves to describe both version 3.2 and version 3.3.  The track can be found in the Academic Catalog.  The flow chart for the curriculum is attached to this post.

*In version 3.2 of the curriculum the business courses were numbered with a MS prefix.  In version 3.3 of the curriculum the business courses are numbered with a BA prefix.


Math Minor

Software Engineering students can obtain the math minor if they take MA232 and MA235 for two (of the three MA/SCI electives) and then take one additional math course beyond the requirements for the SE degree.

UX Minor

Software Engineering students can obtain the UX minor with only one additional course beyond the SE degree requirements provided they:

  • Take UX1400 and either UX172 or TC321 for their two free electives
  • Select two HU/SS electives from the list in specified by the minor
  • Take one additional course from the "Two Additional UX Courses" section (Only one course is needed since SE2800 will substitute for UX345.)

New Business Minors

MSOE recently approved new minors taught out of the Radar School of Business.  The details are attached below.

Program Electives

  • CE3200 - Wireless Sensor Networks
  • CE4950 - Networking I
  • CE498 - Topics in Computer Engineering
  • CS321 - Computer Graphics 4 credits
  • CS421 - Advanced Computer Graphics
  • CS4230 - Distributed and Cloud Computing
  • CS4802 - Digital Image Processing
  • CS4860 - C# and Programming Language Design
  • CS4881 - Artificial Intelligence
  • CS4920 - Information Security
  • CS493 - Advanced Digital Design
  • CS498 - Topics in Computer Science
  • CS499 - Independent Study
  • EE3050 - Dynamic Systems
  • EE3220 - Digital Signal Processing 4 credits
  • EE3720 - Control Systems 4 credits
  • EE481 - Fuzzy Sets and Applications
  • EE484 - Neural Networks
  • SE3250 - Introduction to Game Development
  • SE3830 - Human-Computer Interaction
  • SE4840 - Software Maintenance and Craftsmanship
  • SE498 - Topics in Software Engineering
  • SE499 - Independent Study
  • SE4910 - Mobile Application Development
  • SE4910I - Mobile Application Development-iOS
  • SE4930 - Developing Secure Software
  • SE4940 - Network Security Tools and Practices

Science Electives

Note: Courses in bold can be used for the 4 credit Science elective.  Other courses can be used as a Math/Science elective.

  • BI102 - Cell Biology and Genetics (4 credits) [in place of CH200 or as a science elective]
  • BI1010 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BI1020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BI1030 - Human Anatomy and Physiology III (4 credits)
  • BI2020 - Cellular Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BI2040 - Human Anatomy and Physiology IV (4 credits)
  • BI2305 - Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BI2315 - Physiology II
  • BI256 - Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BI499 - Life Science Independent Study
  • CH201 - Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CH222 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CH223 - Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • CH302 - Chemistry III
  • CH303 - Chemistry III Lab
  • CH3020 - Food Chemistry
  • CH322 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CH323 - Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • CH353 - Fundamentals of Environmental Chem
  • CH3650 - Materials Science
  • CH3660 - Surface Properties of Materials
  • CH3670 - Polymer Chemistry
  • CH371 - Modern Biotechnology
  • CH373 - Advanced Biotechnology
  • CH401 - Topics in Chemistry
  • CH499 - Independent Study
  • EB2240 - Engineering Applications in Biochemistry
  • EB3300 - Molecular Nanotechnology
  • EB3400 - Food Engineering
  • PH2031 - Waves, Optics, Thermodynamics, and Quantum Physics (4 credits)
  • PH320 - Lasers and Applications
  • PH322 - Intro-Optics and Photonics
  • PH324 - Fiber Optics/Fiber Optic Sensors
  • PH325 - Acoustics & Illumination
  • PH341 - Intro-Astronomy/Astrophysics
  • PH342 - Relativity and Cosmology
  • PH352 - Quantum Physics
  • PH354 - Nuclear Power, Applications and Safety
  • PH360 - Physics of Semiconductor Materials and Devices
  • PH3600 - Physics of Semiconductor Materials and Devices
  • PH3710 - Intro to Biophysics
  • PH401 - Topics in Physics
  • PH499 - Independent Study
  • SC310 - Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Math Electives

  • MA232 - Calculus for Engineers IV
  • MA235 - Differential Equations for Engineers (4 credits)
  • MA327 - Mathematical Modeling (4 credits)
  • MA330 - Vector Analysis
  • MA343 - Linear Programming
  • MA344 - Nonlinear Programming
  • MA3620 - Random Variables and Statistics
  • MA3710 - Mathematical Biology
  • MA380 - Advanced Differential Equations
  • MA381 - Complex Variables
  • MA382 - Laplace and Fourier Transforms
  • MA384 - Statistical Methods for Use in Research
  • MA385 - Modern Algebra with Applications
  • MA386 - Functions of a Real Variable
  • MA387 - Partial Differential Equations
  • MA388 - Introduction to Number Theory
  • MA390 - Financial Mathematics (4 credits)
  • MA461 - Applied Probability Models (4 credits)
  • MA481 - Game Theory (4 credits)

Business Electives

  • BA 1220 - Microeconomics
  • BA 2220 - Foundations of Business Economics
  • BA 2222 - Macroeconomics
  • BA 2331 - Business Law
  • BA 2401 - Project Management
  • BA 2440 - Production Management
  • BA 2442 - Management Principles
  • BA 2501 - Finance I
  • BA 2661 - Marketing
  • BA 3411 - Leading Project Teams
  • BA 3420 - International Management
  • BA 3423 - Innovation and Business Markets
  • BA 3801 - Continuous Improvement I
  • BA 4330 - Legal Aspects of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • BA 4520 - Investment and Portfolio Analysis
  • BA 4530 - Personal Finance & Planning
  • BA 4970 - Entrepreneurship Practicum

           Instantaneous and quantitave single cells viability determination using dual nanopobe inside ESEM    
Mohd Ridzuan Ahmad, (2012) Instantaneous and quantitave single cells viability determination using dual nanopobe inside ESEM. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 11 (2). pp. 298-306. ISSN 1536-125X
          Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard Medical School - Cambridge, MA   
However, applicants who have expertise in chemical engineering or nanotechnology are also encouraged to apply.... $47,000 - $50,000 a year
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           Approximation of surface texture profiles and parameters    
Brennan, James K., Mason, John C., Jiang, Xiang, Leach, Richard K. and Harris, Peter M. (2004) Approximation of surface texture profiles and parameters. In: 4th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, euspen, 30th May - 3rd June 2004, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Glasgow. (Unpublished)
          Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard Medical School - Cambridge, MA   
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          [Illinois] BioNanotechnology Summer Institute 2014   
Attendees participate in two weeks of lectures and hands-on training in engineering and physical science laboratory techniques by experts in the field. Topics include cancer nanotechnology, cell mechanics, molecular biology, micro fabrication, and NanoBio devices. Featuring...
           УлГТУ и ULNANOTECH заключили соглашение о сотрудничестве в области ветроэнергетики    
На базе Ульяновского наноцентра ULNANOTECH создана базовая кафедра УлГТУ «Технологии ветроэнергетики» и подписано соглашение о сотрудничестве с кафедрой УлГТУ «Ветроэнергетические системы и комплексы». 9 июня совместный приказ о создании базовой кафедры и соглашение о сотрудничестве подписали исполняющий обязанности ректора УлГТУ Пинков Александр Петрович и генеральный директор Ульяновского наноцентра Редькин Андрей Павлович.
          Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard Medical School - Cambridge, MA   
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          Episode 5: Like, totally awesome!   
SGG episode 5: Self-cleaning toilets, mythbuster madness, and discoveries galore!

Highlights from this wonderful excellent brilliant superb episode:
-A call for Valentine's greetings!
-Mythbusters! Check out our discussion on contagious yawning and planes taking off from treadmills!
-How sunlight + nanotechnology = a gleaming powder room!
-Mummies! Dinosaurs! Ancient manuscripts hidden in quaint British cupboards!

It's fantabulous, folks. Download it now!

Feel free to e-mail us with comments and suggestions at sciencegeniusgirls@gmail.com. We love hearing from you. Just keep it clean, mmm-kay?

*The conveyor belt story came from kottke.org.

*Check out the Law School Podcast guys!

           Spinning CNT based composite yarns using a dry spinning process    
Tran, Canh-Dung and Smith, Shaun M. and Higgerson, G. and Bui, Anh and Randeniya, Lakshman K. and Tran-Cong, Thanh (2010) Spinning CNT based composite yarns using a dry spinning process. In: International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2010), 22-26 Feb 2010, Sydney, Australia.
          Press release: New method could enable more stable and scalable quantum computing, Penn physicists report   

          Electrodeposition on silicon produces novel nanowire architectures   
Complex structures could find use in a wide range of technology applications.
          Press release: Carbodeon develops nickel-PTFE-nanodiamond coatings with improved abrasive wear properties   

          Press release: Nanostructures taste the rainbow   

          Press release: Bacteria-coated nanofibre electrodes clean pollutants in wastewater   

          Love for High-Tech   
I have been thinking of lately a lot on High-tech.

I have been in love for technology for many years now. I did try my hand at doing an engineering degree from the premier schools in India, the famed IITs, however failed to get it. Statistically it is just tough!

Anyways, I then did not want to go for a lesser engineering college (hubris or plain simple teenage wisdom stopped me). I shifted from science and maths to business and commerce in my undergrads coming out with a Bachelors of Commerce (hons). The one thing I learned was business is interesting, but you can only learn from working not from studying atleast not what I was taught and the way I was taught in my undergrad.

And now after 6 yrs of working I am doing my MBA and can genuinely say that I am learning something. Six months into the MBA program made me realize how much stuff that I need to understand and it has opened up new nodes in my brain which did not exist but the best thing which is happening to me is the connection of the various nodes. This is happening at such a rapid pace that I just cannot fathom.

Sometimes I just get up with just 4 hrs of sleep and start working on my lovely iBook G4. The love for the Mac does play a role, but there is a bigger reason. I just cannot wait to understand the world better.

As I went about this exercises I started to see what electives that I need to take. This made me think about myself. What is that I want to do? Where do I want to go?

Peter Drucker in his "The Effective Executive" suggested that the best way to contribute is to understand your strengths. The way to understand is to find patterns in what you do over years and see where you have been doing good, doing bad, you are happy, comes naturally, etc.

For me two things stood out.

  • My love for working in start-ups
  • My love for high-tech
  • The worldisgreen concept.
I worked in a MNC and then with a start-up and it just seems that I want to be in the start-up world. In fact it is clear as I do my MBA where my interests lie.

MBA for a large part deals with "managing wealth". I want to deal with "creating wealth". That is what start-ups all about.

My reading is predicated with slashdot, emergic.org, blogs on technology, the info wars, google stuff, software, etc. I have been consistently interested in the tech stuff and one thing is sure I have always been able to understand technology and related to geeks.

I think that is a skill that I find in myself and think it is a unique advantage.

The think with geeks is that they love their technology and always would love to talk about it. However, not every geek is good at markets and business. My role as I see it slowly is to fill that gap or what you can call commercializing innovations.

I have been trying to get this together and I see that the best job for me is in "business development" in high-tech stuff.

The more I started to understand this the better it seemed. Technology is changing the world. There is greater than ever need for technology to reach the masses. The only way technology can be reached is when it "the technical domain" makes value for the "social domain".

The gap is something which can be clearly filled by what can be called "business model innovation". The value of a technology is only which can be realised by the society. It is useless if the social aspect is not realized. The greatest idea in the lab is useless compared to a insignificant idea in the use of average people. That is what innovation all about. And the vehicle for that is "business model innovation".

I now see a clear way I can be part of high-tech without being a techie and still contribute as much the techies who develop a particular technology or product. In fact, a business model innovation is more like a " social innovation". Drucker has argued that innovation is in the technological, economic and social realms. And all the three types of innovation is important for making change happen.

A large part of innovation is concentrated on the "technological aspect". The social concept sometimes comes in marketing (Moore stuff) but it is far more important. The "business model" encompasses the "social and economic aspect" and hence the place where future innovation battles going to take place.

This fits in very well with my love for "green stuff". The bottom of the pyramid or rural development is one part of the green stuff for me. Green here would signify prosperity and growth. This is where I see that much change can be made. Deeshaa Ventures provided me a chance to work on that aspect.

The other Green stuff is "environmental" stuff. The ones which we are generally familiar with and associate with green. This is my job currently. I am an "Environmental Project Officer" working in the Govt. of South Australia to implement their Greening program in one of the agencies.

The unique thing is this - all of the above aspect; high-tech (IT, bio-tech, nanotech), BoP, Green technology have much in common. They all are dependent on "innovation".

Innovation in the sense of technology, economic and social. Depending on the situation one more than the other. Take the "bottom of the pyramid" ideas. It is a technological and a greatly economic innovation to make products and services available to the 4 billion people living in poverty or just above it in the world.

The same goes for "Green Technologies". The need for commercializing the Toyota Prius or the solar car, organic food. Or social innovation in terms of "stopping the use of plastic bags".

Somehow in all these I have had a chance to work in or relate to it.

My goal now is to concentrate on learning the stuff in the MBA and in the future related to "business model innovation".
          Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard Medical School - Cambridge, MA   
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           Early stage in the silicon self-assembled growth of nanodots grown on corning glass (7059) substrate    
Sakrani, Samsudi and Wahab, Yussof and Sumpono, Imam and Lim, Qiao Jie (2007) Early stage in the silicon self-assembled growth of nanodots grown on corning glass (7059) substrate. In: The 3rd International Conference on Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology, 2007, Victoria University of Wellington.
           Carbon monoxide sensors based on thin films of ZnO:Al    
Md. Yusuf, Mohd. Nor and Wan Shamsuri, Wan Nurulhuda and Wahab, Yussof and Othaman, Zulkafli and Abdul Manap, Yazid and Ismail, Bakar (2007) Carbon monoxide sensors based on thin films of ZnO:Al. In: ISESCO International Workshop and Conference on Nanotechnology (IWCN 2007), 2007, Bangi.
           Nanotechnology in Malaysia : a new paradigm    
Hamdan, Halimaton (2007) Nanotechnology in Malaysia : a new paradigm. In: Proceedings SIMPOMIN 2007 (Mineral Symposium 2007), 4-6th September 2007, Orient Star Resort, Lumut, Perak.
           A partial coupling power of single mode fiber fusion    
Toto, Saktioto and Ali, Jalil and Abd Rahman, Rosly and Fadhali, Mohammed and Zainal, Jasman (2007) A partial coupling power of single mode fiber fusion. International workshop and conference on photonics and nanotechnology . p. 1.
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          Chad Mirkin named ACS fellow   
Nanotechnology pioneer one of 65 members honored for outstanding achievements in science
          Nanotech's Big Ideas: From Tumor Zappers to Space Elevators   
Scientists and engineers at Future Con described the latest discoveries in nanotechnology that are fueling research in space travel and in medicine.

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          UPDATED: Private fund establishes $15m in support for women and minority owned nanotech companies in New York   
BigIT is making another sizable investment in New York State nanotechnology – women and minority owned nanotechnology businesses will now have support from a private...
          New York gets nanotech boost   
New York will be getting a boost to its tech sector thanks to a large investment from five technology companies. Intel, IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Samsung, and...
          Daily GK Update 25th & 26th June 2017, Important Current Affairs   
1. By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit.

2. India and Portugal have signed eleven MOUs for cooperation in areas including double taxation avoidance, science and technology, trade and investment, nanotechnology, space research, administrative reforms and culture.

3. The 54th Femina Miss India World 2017 winner is Manushi Chhillar from Haryana, while the first runner-up is Sana Dua from Jammu and Kashmir and the second runner-up is Priyanka Kumari from Bihar.

4. Bhumika Sharma, another Indian has become Miss World in bodybuilding championship.

5. Aadhaar is not a valid identification document for Indians traveling to Nepal and Bhutan, according to the Union home ministry. Indians can travel to Nepal and Bhutan- both countries for which they don't need visas - if they possess a valid national passport or election ID card issued by the Election Commission.

6. IDFC Ltd announced the elevation of its CFO Sunil Kakar as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the companywith effect from July 16 for three years.

7. India became the team to score the most 300-plus totals in One Day International (ODI) Cricket. India did so when they scored a total of 310 for the loss of five wickets in the second ODI against West Indies.It was the 96th time that India crossed the 300-run mark, surpassing Australia’s 95.

8. The fast-rising Ankush Dahiya (60kg) clinched a goldwhile the experienced L Devendro Singh (52kg) settled for a silver medal on the final day of the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament in Mongolia.

9. Haryana's Anish Bhanwala gave a robust start for the Indian challenge by clinching the 25-metre standard pistol gold with a world junior record in the Junior World Shooting Championship in Suhl, Germany.

10. n Badminton, ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has lifted the Australian Open Superseries trophy in Sydney. In the summit clash, 11th world ranked Srikanth stunned former world number one and Rio Olympics Gold medalist Chen Long of Chinain straight games, 22-20, 21-16.

11. Venkaiah Naidu has launched the book which titled 'The Emergency - Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour'. A book is written by Surya Prakash who is a chairman of Prasar Bharati.

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