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The team that is transforming Army fires leads the service’s priorities – ArmyTimes.com

Among the new modernization priorities that have become cross functional teams, the top priority listed by top Army leadership was the long range precision fires work.

The Army has become, by its own admission, overly reliant on a permissive air environment and the blessings that unfold with close air support, Air Force long-range strike and golden hour capable casualty evacuation.

Those decades of uncontested airspace that previous generations of soldiers enjoyed can no longer be counted upon.

And its not just in the close fight that air is challenged. Advanced, interlocking networks of air defense strung along the borders and beyond by near-peer competitors such as Russia and China mean that at times the joint force can be hamstrung in even gaining access, leaving the Army far from the fight.

To get after that problem set, Brig. Gen. John Rafferty has his team looking at everything from increasing range and accuracy of the tried-and-true base of the artillery 155mm to a new Precision Strike Missile and hypersonic that will put the Army back in the strategic fires game for the first time in a long time.

Rafferty spoke recently with Army Times about those developments and what is headed to fires formations in the coming years.

First, the newly promoted brigadier general had to tip his hat to a combination of efforts in both structure, new organizations such as the CFTs and Army Futures Command, and focused centers that are finding new ways to solve the distance and accuracy problems of expanding how the fires community contributes to the maneuver fight.

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Shortly before an interview with Army Times, Rafferty had just been briefed by the Readiness and Analysis Center at AFC at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. They provided a lethality analysis of near peer threats in fires. While he couldnt disclose details of the briefing for obvious reasons, he did say that the renewed efforts on tactical, operational and strategic fires are meeting previously identified gaps.

Conclusions? Were in the right place and (Artificial Intelligence) and sensor investment could improve that, he said.

Rafferty said that developments by adversaries to negate U.S. advantages have meant the development of coastal defense, long range air defense and extremely long range artillery.

The U.S. solution has multiple answers.

Strategic fires include the Armys Space and Missile Commands Long Range Hypersonic Weapon and the Strategic Long Range Cannon.

And while putting steel on target is one method, the future will likely combine the kinetic with cyber and electronic warfare to both disable enemy systems and combine to create windows of opportunity for the kinetic strike and maneuver.

Over the past year, Rafferty said, the joint forces science and technology community has been working with commercial industry and NASA on some specific tech challenges. The Armys Science Board has deemed what theyre trying to do in the hypersonic arena as entirely feasible. Tests coming soon at White Sands will try to get through an early technology gate.

Those efforts could result in a full-fledged Army program before 2023, he said.

He couldnt speak to specific ranges, due to security concerns, but said that hypersonics are looking at ranges in the thousands of kilometers, while the strategic cannon is in the hundreds of kilometers range.

Operational-level fires is focused on the Precision Strike Missile, or PrSM.

The existing Army Tactical Missile System has its limits. It has been in service since the 1980s. While its been upgraded several times and will continue to be upgraded under a service life extension program to keep it in the inventory for another decade, it is seeing the horizon of its usefulness.

And theres the range. The ATACMS pushes out to about 300km. Which was fine under past conditions but cant keep up with current competition.

The PrSM will push its range out past 500km now that the United States no longer has to restrain its systems to under that range due to the break of the INF Treaty.

The PrSM will be cheaper to produce than the ATACMs and provide two missiles per pod where now its only one per pod with the ATACMs, Rafferty said.

That helps logistics, the number of launchers needed for certain mission sets and flexibility for commanders on how to load out their force. They expect initial fielding of some of those systems by 2023, with another add-on technology spiral two years later that will add in ways to hit precision emitting targets and operate more effectively in maritime environments and more contested areas.

Tests later this year will establish which companies will continue to the end of the competition. The next wave of development will push the missiles range past the 650km range, he said.

Were committed to the shape and size and keeping two per pod, Rafferty said. But we have to be a little bit patient with the technology.

Thats, in part, because the pre-existing INF treaty didnt just limit fielding but also limited investment in research and development for improving those systems, especially long range propulsion.

Down at the tactical level, where most soldiers get to hear things go boom, is work on Extended Range Cannon Artillery. The ERCA program is putting a lot of changes to both the self-propelled howitzer system and the round it uses.

The big project is one thats been moving along for more than a year now, thats Paladin Integration Management. The PIM program is modernizing the self-propelled howitzer with a robust chassis, safety improvements, electrical system improvements, an auto-loader and longer cannon for longer ranges.

Rafferty announced that shift earlier this year. The cannon will push from a 39 caliber to a 58 caliber length, extending the barrel from 20 feet to 30 feet. Cannon calibers are also a function of length, unlike with rifle caliber barrels.

And the Paladin now has a sliding block breech, like what the tanks use. That means it can withstand more powerful charges in its round and a higher rate of fire without breaking.

Essentially, its an indestructible type of breech, Rafferty said.

But whats inside that breech is what makes the impact.

The 155mm round is undergoing changes it likely hasnt seen in decades. New propellants, precision guidance kits and other technologies are pushing the round out to the 70km range in testing, thats more than double the standard limit of about 30km.

Rafferty said the team expects the first battalions worth of the new system fully fielded by 2023.

But, there are hurdles. Pushing the limits of physics comes with its own set of challenges.

Theyre having to do more gun hardening work to help the systems withstand the increased pressures and stresses.

Even precision guidance brings novel obstacles to overcome. For example, by firing such long ranges, the 155mm rounds are reaching altitudes they had not previously reached.

That means that their guidance kits mush bear the temperature changes and also move through thinner air, which changes the calculus by which theyre set to hit their targets.

And new propellants are pushing muzzle velocities and chamber pressures to numbers that theyve not had to operate before.

Were on the margin of what cannon artillery can do but were going forward with those margins, he said.

And all of these tech changes are having their own ripple effects as far reaching as how the Army fights.

We view fires as essential to (multi-domain operations), Rafferty said. It absolutely changes whats possible for the Army to do and what fires can do to enable that.

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Everyone’s AirPods will die. We’ve got the trick to replacing them. – Roanoke Times

Sorry, we cant help you, said the Apple store Genius. My AirPods were dying. After just 15 minutes of use, the wireless headphones I use daily chirp a sad little battery-depleted alert. I came to Apple to get them repaired.

The employee said there were lots of people like me, with $159 AirPods purchased in 2016 and 2017 that now cant hold a charge. But even though Apple promises battery service, the store had no way to fix my AirPods. It didnt even have a way to test them.

Cupertino, we have a problem: AirPods are comfortable and convenient headphones that have attracted tens of millions of customers. But each one of those white sticks contains a rechargeable battery marching toward an untimely death in as little as two years. Apples plan to deal with that reality is just to sell us new ear buds. When your AirPods day comes, the only option is to ask Apple for discounted replacements but youll need to know its code word to even get that.

Not long ago, headphones were among the most universal, long-lasting electronics. We shouldnt let Apple turn them into expensive, disposable electronics. Its hurting our wallets and the environment.

Apple doesnt dispute that the lithium-ion batteries inside AirPods wear out. All rechargeable batteries have a limited life span and may eventually need to be serviced or recycled, Apple says on its website. Replacing batteries is very common on phones and laptops. In 2018, Apple stores got deluged when the company offered to replace the batteries in older iPhones for $29.

But with AirPods, Apple offers far less help. First, theres no way to determine the health of the batteries in the ear buds or their charging case. Apple wont even share guidelines on their life expectancy. AirPods are built to be long-lasting, said Apple spokeswoman Lori Lodes, without specifics. Mine went for 34 months; others have reported they die as soon as 18 months.

When your AirPod batteries finally go, even Apples employees are confused about your options. Across three separate support encounters in the store and online, they told me I had to buy a replacement pair for $138, nearly the price of a whole new set. But I remembered Apple had once told me it would service depleted batteries for $49.

After weeks of back-and-forth with Apple I finally got answers:

A $98 battery fix is still mighty expensive. Apple will replace the battery on an iPhone for as little as $49. An Apple Watch battery costs just $79. What makes AirPods so different? Because Apples battery service for AirPods is code for throwing it away. Apple isnt repairing AirPods its just replacing the ear buds and recycling your old ones.

To understand why, I performed an autopsy on a dearly departed pair. Inside, I found the design of AirPods makes them inevitably obsolete.

What could be so hard about replacing the battery in an AirPod? I dont ordinarily go CSI on gadgets, so I sought advice from some folks who do.

Kyle Wiens, the CEO of repair website iFixit, offers instructions on how to disassemble electronics and sells replacement parts. The first time Wiens tried to get inside an AirPod, he cut himself and bled all over it. Another time, the battery combusted in a poof of smoke on his team.

AirPods were never meant to be opened, Wiens warned me.

But I wanted to see for myself. With Wiens watching, I began the operation with the silver cap at the end of the AirPod stick. You might think it unscrews to let you get inside. No such luck. Its glued in there, and I couldnt yank it out even after carefully heating the AirPod to loosen the glue. That meant I had to cut in. To save my fingers, Wiens loaned me a special vibrating knife that slices plastic.

Inside the AirPod, I found so much glue I couldnt even tug out the now-exposed end of the battery with tweezers. So I cut very carefully along the edges of the AirPod stick, to crack open a section like the top of a coconut. There, at last, was the battery, about as thick as a large spaghetti noodle.

I had avoided spilling blood, but after all the cutting I still had a problem: My AirPod was now a Humpty Dumpty in so many pieces Id never be able to reassemble it again. Wiens said hed tried this five times, across both the first- and second-generation AirPods, and awarded AirPods a repairability score of zero out of 10.

The cause of death on my AirPods was clear: bad product design.

Earlier this year, the website Vice called AirPods a tragedy of disposable wealth. I see them as a symptom of Apples preoccupation with thin products. Its the tech-world version of fashions fixation on skinny models, where Apple sets the trend and other manufacturers feel pressure to follow.

Excessive thinness isnt healthy for gadgets, either. Apples desire to shave a few millimeters off designs has resulted in MacBook keyboards that fail, iPads that catch fire at recycling centers and now millions of AirPods that will probably end up in the trash.

Sealing up electronics with glue instead of screws and latches can help make devices lighter and more resistant to moisture and dust. But great ear buds dont have to be impenetrable. iFixit found a way to pop open Samsungs $129 Galaxy Buds, so replacement batteries can slip in kind of like on a watch. Samsung doesnt officially offer this repair option, but iFixit sells a pair of replacement batteries for $29.

Apples disposable AirPod design is expensive for us. But its doing permanent damage to our environment. Thats not how Apple talks about it, though.

Apples products are designed with the environment in mind, said Lodes, the Apple spokeswoman. Everything from the materials we select to the way we approach recycling is meant to leave the world better than we found it.

How exactly are AirPods designed with the environment in mind? Because you can bring them to Apple to be recycled. We work closely with our recyclers to ensure AirPods are properly recycled and provide support to recyclers outside of our supply chain as well, said Lodes.

Thats like saying your daily paper coffee cup habit is good for the environment because you always put it in the recycling bin. AirPods may actually be worse than that: Theyre so small, theres isnt much material that can be recycled from them. Significant energy, water and materials go just into the process of making AirPods.

The golden rule for helping the earth is to produce less new stuff. Electronics companies can do that by making their products last as long as possible through repair and reuse.

In the Greenpeace 2017 Guide to Greener Electronics, Apple got a B- grade overall because of its commitments to using renewable energy and efforts to create a closed-loop supply chain. But the environmental group gave Apple a D in the category of product life extension, because it has consistently made it more difficult for customers to repair their devices, replace their batteries, or upgrade the devices so that they continue to stay in use.

Apple isnt the only tech company guilty of pushing consumption over repair. New $130 headphones from Amazon called Echo Buds contain batteries that cant be repaired, the company told me. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.) Microsoft says it would also replace an entire unit when the battery fails on its $249 Surface Earbuds.

Before this trend continues, lets agree on a common-sense rule suggested by Wiens: The life span of an expensive, resource-intensive gadget shouldnt be limited to the life span of one consumable component. You wouldnt buy an electric toothbrush where you couldnt replace the brush. Or a car with glued-on tires.

Apple kept fundamentally the same design for AirPods between its first- and second-generation of the headphones, which debuted in March. Now, the Apple rumor mill has lit up with hints of forthcoming third-generation AirPods in pre-release code for iOS 13.2.

Lets hope this time around, AirPods really are designed with the environment in mind. Not to mention our wallets.

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One Injured in Fire on Tern Alpha Platform – The Maritime Executive

Tern Alpha (file image courtesy TAQA)

By The Maritime Executive 2019-10-15 15:56:04

On Monday, a fire broke out at TAQA's Tern Alpha platform, located about 90 nm to the northeast of the Shetland Islands in the UK North Sea. One worker was injured and medevaced by helicopter to Lerwick for treatment.

According to local media, a small fire started on Tern Alpha on Monday afternoon. The platform shut down temporarily and the fire was quickly extinguished. One worker suffered an arm injury due to the fire, prompting a medevac request to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. An HM Coastguard helicopter out of Sumburgh flew to Tern Alpha to carry the injured worker to shore.

An investigation into the cause of the incident is under way, and production was expected to resume Tuesday. TAQA told media that the worker has already been discharged from the hospital.

The Tern platform was built by Shell in the late 1980s, and it handles production from its own reservoir and from the nearby Hudson, Kestrel, Cladhan and Falcon fields. It was operated under a joint Shell / Exxon license until 2008, when it was sold to Abu Dhabi state oil company TAQA.Tern and the nearby Eider, North Cormorant, South Cormorant, Kestrel and Pelican fields were in decline, and Shell offered them to TAQA as a package for about $680 million. At the time of sale, the fields produced a combined 25-40,000 bpd, down from a peak of 200,000 bpd in the early 1990s.

TAQA has been investing in both plug-and-abandonment work and life extension measures for its North Sea holdings, including a conversion of the aging Eider production platform to a "utility" support role. Today, the firm's entire European portfolio produces about 40,000 bpd.

Fire breaks out on Heather Alpha

In a separate incident Monday, a fire broke out on EnQuest's Heather Alpha platform, a 1978-built installation about 25 nm south of Tern Alpha. The fire was quickly put out, EnQuest told media, but two workers were injured and had to be evacuated. Both have already been discharged from the hospital.

Last March, several gas detectors were triggered on Heather Alpha after a release from a flare system which was extinguished during operation. Gas detectors picked up the leak, triggering an immediate automated shutdown.The UK Health and Safety Executive determined that the incident exposed 131 workers on Healther Alpha to the risk of a fire or explosion.

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Life Extension and Reader’s Digest Unveil the First-Ever "Community Health Heroes" Honorees – PRNewswire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the first ever "Community Health Heroes" were announced by Life Extension and Reader's Digest. "Community Health Heroes" is a companion program to Reader's Digest's search for 2019's "Nicest Places in America." The three organizations and individuals chosen this year exemplify what it means to live a healthy life and give back to those in their community. This year's "Community Health Heroes" honorees are Camp Sweeney in Gainesville, Texas, People's Health Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah and Mariano "Nano" Corona from Okeechobee, Fla.

"We are thrilled to be able to announce our three 'Community Health Heroes' honorees," said Dr. Michael Smith, Life Extension education director. "Each one of these organizations and individuals highlight the best in our country and our local communities. In addition, each honoree exemplifies Life Extension's core values of providing a human connection in all that we do and our passion for excellence."

The 10 finalists for "Community Health Heroes" were selected from the more than 1,000 submissions received this year for Reader's Digest "Nicest Places in America" program. Of those, the three that had the most powerful health impact on the most people were selected as the "Community Health Heroes" honorees. "Community Health Heroes" also features an online hub of custom content filled with inspiring true stories and advice about people living healthier and happier lives, part of Life Extension's sponsorship of "Nicest Places in America."

As a health organization, Life Extension knows first-hand how customers' personal lives have improved through the knowledge and services provided by Life Extension. These three stories of people helping others in need resonated deeply with the judges.

Camp Sweeney is a camp for children with diabetes in Gainesville, Texas. Camp Sweeney opened in 1950 and since then has helped 30,000 children from over 10 different countries and 40 states to make diabetes education a top priority. What began as a camp for children with type 1 diabetes has become the largest camp of its type in the world making it a dream destination for children with the condition.

The People's Health Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, was created in 1999 when a Catholic priest, a physician and a local businessman decided to hold a health fair out of a rented van in a parking lot. More than 700 people showed up and it was then they knew something more must be done for the underinsured of their community. Today, the clinic provides primary care, pediatrics, women's health services (free pap smears and mammograms included), prenatal care, chronic illness treatment and even vision, dental and mental health services, all for free.

The final "Community Health Heroes" honoree is Mariano "Nano" Corona of Okeechobee, Fla. Nano Corona is the founder of the "Ride for the Fight," a fundraising effort to make certain that no local family facing a cancer diagnosis has financial needs that go unmet. "Ride for the Fight" is a rodeo competition in which the proceeds pay for anything someone with cancer might need: groceries, copays for medication, gas money to get to chemotherapy treatments, or school clothes for the children whose parents are sick. Corona was inspired to create "Ride for the Fight" after he had a brush with cancer himself in 2010.

In addition to announcing the "Community Health Heroes," Reader's Digest today named Columbiana, Ohio, as the 2019 "Nicest Place in America". This year's nationwide search received more than 1,000 submissions of stories of places across America where people are kind and civility is winning. From these submissions, Reader's Digest editors and a panel of judges selected the 50 "Nicest Places in America"one for each state. After a nationwide vote, Reader's Digest editors and the panel of judges selected Columbiana, Ohio, as the "Nicest Place in America."

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Will The Navy’s 6th Generation Fighter Jet Be The End Of the U.S. F-35 and F-22? – The National Interest Online

Key point: The Next-Generation Air Dominance program has moved to the prototype stage.

The Navy is currently analyzing air frames, targeting systems, AI-enabled sensors, new weapons and engine technologies to engineer a new 6th-Generation fighter to fly alongside the F-35 and ultimately replace the F/A-18.

The Navy program, called Next-Generation Air Dominance, has moved beyond a purely conceptual phase and begun the exploration of prototype systems and airframes as it pursues a new, carrier-launched 6th-Gen fighter to emerge in 2030 and beyond, service officials explained.

Some important areas of consideration include derivative and developmental air vehicle designs, advanced engines, propulsion, weapons, mission systems, electronic warfare and other emerging technologies, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lauren Chatmas told Warrior earlier this year.

A formal Analysis of Alternatives, expected to complete this year, is weighing the advantages of leveraging nearer-term existing technologies such as new variants or upgrades to cutting edge weapons, sensors and stealth configurations - or allowing more time for leap-ahead developmental systems to emerge.

The current analysis follows a now-completed Initial Capabilities Document detailing some of the sought-after requirements for the new aircraft, or family of aircraft, Chatmas explained.

Anticipated decisions about a 6th-Gen fighter balance themselves upon the as-of-yet unknown maturity of various promising new weapons and technologies nearing a threshold of operational possibility.

For instance, some now-in-development next-gen stealth technologies, including new radar-evading configurations, coating materials and advanced thermal-signature reduction are fast-approaching levels of combat readiness. Yet, absent a clear timeframe when, for example, new stealth or AI enabled sensors can ensure overmatch for decades to come, Navy developers are thinking it may make sense to push the current art-of-the-possible to the maximum extent. (To Read Warrior Maven's Report on Air Force 6th-Gen Prototyping - CLICK HERE)

This challenge, explored by a Naval Postgraduate School essay called The 6th-Generation Quandry, poses the question as to whether it might be equally if not more effective to postpone formal 6th-generation development until truly breakthrough advances emerge, while pursuing advanced variants of current, yet upgradable platforms in the interim.

The 2016 paper, from the Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program, cites a handful of current systems showing significant long-term promise. The paper sites new models of the F-35 optimized for air combat, the emerging B-21, drone-launching C-130 mother ships and weapons truck arsenal planes are positioned to optimize current technological progress.

These systems, including a B-52-like arsenal plane, unmanned fighter jets, AI-empowered sensors and new weapons with unprecedented range are designed to accommodate new iterations of AI, processing speeds, software upgrades and other incremental improvements.

According to this logic, there simply might not be enough of a margin of difference in performance between the best upgraded platforms of today - and something entirely new which could be built in the next 10 years or so.

Could these upgradable systems, fortified by new-iterations of stealth technology now being woven into the B-21, themselves be sufficient to propel naval aviation superiority for decades? This would alleviate the risk and expense of pursuing something truly breakthrough in the near term, potentially freeing up funding and resources to explore paradigm-changing air-fighter technologies for the long term.

Furthermore, current sensors, avionics and weapons systems are increasingly AI-reliant, a circumstance which makes it easier to greatly improve performance by integrating new algorithms, analytics or processing speed. In effect, all of this raises the question as to whether an entirely new airframe is truly needed to achieve overmatch in coming decades? By 2030?

These questions seem to be informing the current Navy rationale, which is to look at both new airframes as well as adaptations of the best of whats available. The latter option brings its own advantages, because various industry developers are already building prototypes of 6th-Gen fighters with newly designed, stealthier airframes. Looking at applications of AI, miniaturized long-range sensors, targeting technology and drones operating with ever-increasing levels of autonomy - some contend that perhaps some of the most essential ingredients of long-term transformational technologies are, in effect, already here. This would be the basis upon which a nearer-term aircraft, drawing from some off-the-shelf-items, would be pursued.

Some of these decisions are also expected to be impacted by the success with which the Navy is able to keep extending the combat service life of the F/A-18. The Navys F/A-18 Service Life Extension Program has already extended the aircrafts initial plans to fly 6,000 flight hours to 8,000 hours through a series of upgrades. Now, looking at the airframes and the state of cutting-edge avionics, the service is hoping to push its fleet of F/A-18s to 10,000 hours.

Navy officials tell Warrior these upgrades are significant and, in many cases, can bring the F/A-18 combat performance well into the future. Some of the adjustments start with the airframes themselves; Service Life Assessment Programs look to possibly replace the center barrel of the airframe and analyze the fatigue of the Nacelle (engine coating or skin), service officials say.

The F/A-18 upgrades also add new navigation technology, digital memory devices, mission computers, helmet-mounted cueing systems, Electronically Scanned Array Radar and an advanced targeting sensor called Infrared Search and Track, As a passive sensor, IRST enables better targeting while not emitting a signal, making it vulnerable to enemy electronic warfare attacks.

All Paths Point to 6th-Gen AI

There is widespread consensus that applications of AI appear to provide the framework for the most defining expected technological progress. In fact, a 2017 paper from a 16-nation NATO conglomerate of analysts, called the Joint Air Power Competence Center, raises questions about when, and how, AI may outpace the human ability to keep up. The essay, titled Air Warfare Communication in a Networked Environment, quotes Air Force Acquisition Executive William Roper from his previous role directing the Pentagons Strategic Capabilities Office, saying AI is progressing beyond the human ability to interface with it.

For instance, smart sensors able to gather, analyze and organize vast volumes of combat information in milliseconds, using AI-fortified algorithms, are now being built into airframes themselves to combine new sensing technology without increasing an aircrafts radar signature. The absence of an external antenna, pod or structured array of some kind removes otherwise more radar-detectable structures from an airframe.

Smart sensors and smart antenna arrays with adaptive properties would be embedded into the structure of an aircraft, an essay from Jain Universitys International Institute for Aerospace Engineering states. ( Sensor Technology and Futuristic Of Fighter Aircraft, Jain Univ).

At the same time, while massive increases in sensor ranges, data-sharing and long-range connectivity will continue to bring as-of-yet unprecedented advantages to warfare operations, there are also challenges which emerge as combat becomes more networked. Referring to this phenomenon as creating clusters of embedded ISR, the Joint Air Power Competence Center paper warns of security risks and what it calls hyper-connectivity.

New much-longer range sensors and weapons, incorporating emerging iterations of AI, are expected to make warfare more disaggregated, and much less of a linear force on force type of engagement. Such a phenomenon, driven by new technology, underscores warfare reliance upon sensors and information networks. All of this, naturally, requires the expansive "embedded ISR" discussed by the paper. Network reliant warfare is of course potentially much more effective in improving targeting and reducing sensor-to-shooter time over long distances, yet it brings a significant need to organize and optimize the vast, yet crucial, flow of information.

Not everybody in the network needs to see and hear everything. There needs to be a hierarchy, and a backup architecture for degraded network operations, the paper writes.

These types of challenges, wherein vast amounts of ISR data needs to be aggregated, analyzed and organized, are precisely what AI and high-speed processing can address. Using advanced algorithms and real-time analytics, computing power can instantly identify and disseminate key moments or items of combat relevance, thereby establishing priorities and massively quickening the human decision cycle.

AI-informed combat decisions, enabled by accelerated real-time analytics, allow human decision makers to draw upon otherwise inaccessible pools of data. Algorithms can integrate new information, instantly compare it against vast amounts of stored data, and come to informed conclusions without requiring human intervention. Often referred to as easing the "cognitive burden," AI and iterations of man-machine interface, can perform time-consuming or otherwise impossible information-analysis tasks, all while a human functions as ultimate decision-maker in a command and control role. While AI is quickly advancing toward being able to discern and organize seemingly subjective information, there are many decision-making abilities and problem solving faculties regarded as unique to human cognition.

Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics& Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at National TV networks. He has a Masters in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. This first appeared earlier in the year.

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No spin here: Wind turbine going through refurbishment – SW News Media

One of Chaskas most noticeable landmarks has had the wind knocked out of it.

A turbine, located near Pioneer Ridge Middle School and just off of Highway 212, has been shut down and bladeless since Sept. 10 for refurbishment, according to a Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) official. The repair of the blades is part of a refurbishment and life extension project.

It is scheduled to be fixed over the next couple months and will regain its gusto in November, according to City Administrator Matt Podhradsky.

The turbine is connected to Chaskas local distribution system and produces up to 160 kilowatts of energy per hour from the wind.

The agency owns and maintains it, and each city has their own turbine that exists within their city, Podhradsky said. There are 11 other cities in the MMPA.

Last year, the agency started providing energy to Elk River, which is the only city that still needs a wind turbine built, Podhradsky added.

The turbine in Chaska has been in operation for almost a decade and now needs to be refurbished as part of its maintenance cycle, according to an email from Krystal Knutson, a senior associate at MMPA. The project includes replacing the hydraulic hoses and pumps, replacement of all control systems, and cleaning and painting of the turbine tower.

The 10 other turbines in the other member cities are also down for routine maintenance, according to Podhradsky.

Turbines have a six-month maintenance schedule and the one in Chaska works during the winter. However, it is turned off occasionally because of ice buildup or if it is below approximately -4 degrees, according to Knutson.

The wind turbine was built near Pioneer Ridge so students could learn about wind power. It is located near a trail for residents to check it out. An informational sign explains how wind is converted to energy.

Additionally, MMPA (Chaskas wholesale electric provider) sponsors an energy education program that buses fourth-graders from member communities to MMPAs Faribault Energy Park power plant every May. At the plant, students rotate through three stations that provide educational information about energy efficiency, renewable energy (including visiting an on-site wind turbine), and power generation and distribution, according to Knutsons email. Students from both Clover Ridge Elementary and St. Johns School in Chaska participated in the program this year.

The maintenance cost of the turbine is covered by MMPA, according to Knutson. When asked what the price of the maintenance would be, Knutson wrote in an email, MMPA does not want to provide to this information.

The cost would not be directly billed back to the city, Podhradsky said, adding that it is supported by rates paid by residents in the member communities.

MMPA also has 24 turbines in Blooming Prairie and 39 in Sauk Centre.

The 80-foot turbine was one of 11 shipped to Minnesota from California, for $300,000 each in 2009.

In 2009, parts for the wind turbine were delivered to Chaska and after delays from the cold winter, it was up and operational the next year.

Initially, energy from the wind turbine was spotty. The turbine had to be repaired three times in 2010. Once because it was creating loud noises, and again almost four months later after a malfunctioning brake at the Faribault site triggered the shutdown of all MMPA turbines.

Last year, MMPA installed solar panels near Clover Ridge Elementary as part of its Hometown Solar Energy program.

The idea was to put the panels near a school so teachers could tie it back to their science curriculum, Podhradsky said.

The purpose of the grant program is to provide an educational asset to our member communities and to help teach local youth first-hand how sunlight is converted into electricity, as well as the unique characteristics of solar power, according to MMPAs website.

Currently, 11 of the 12 member communities have solar panel installations.

MMPA is mandated to have a quarter of its electric utilities supported by renewable energy by 2025. Currently, the agency is on track at about 21-22%, Podhradsky said.

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Everyones AirPods will die. Weve got the trick to replacing them. – The Seattle Times

Sorry, we cant help you, said the Apple store Genius. My AirPods were dying. After just 15 minutes of use, the wireless headphones I use daily chirp a sad little battery-depleted alert. I came to Apple to get them repaired.

The employee said there were lots of people like me, with $159 AirPods purchased in 2016 and 2017 that now cant hold a charge. But even though Apple promises battery service, the store had no way to fix my AirPods. It didnt even have a way to test them.

Cupertino, we have a problem: AirPods are comfortable and convenient headphones that have attracted tens of millions of customers. But each one of those white sticks contains a rechargeable battery marching toward an untimely death in as little as two years. Apples plan to deal with that reality is just to sell us new ear buds. When your AirPods day comes, the only option is to ask Apple for discounted replacements but youll need to know its code word to even get that.

Not long ago, headphones were among the most universal, long-lasting electronics. We shouldnt let Apple turn them into expensive, disposable electronics. Its hurting our wallets and the environment.

Apple doesnt dispute that the lithium-ion batteries inside AirPods wear out. All rechargeable batteries have a limited life span and may eventually need to be serviced or recycled, Apple says on its website. Replacing batteries is very common on phones and laptops. In 2018, Apple stores got deluged when the company offered to replace the batteries in older iPhones for $29.

But with AirPods, Apple offers far less help. First, theres no way to determine the health of the batteries in the ear buds or their charging case. Apple wont even share guidelines on their life expectancy. AirPods are built to be long-lasting, said Apple spokeswoman Lori Lodes, without specifics. Mine went for 34 months; others have reported they die as soon as 18 months.

When your AirPod batteries finally go, even Apples employees are confused about your options. Across three separate support encounters in the store and online, they told me I had to buy a replacement pair for $138, nearly the price of a whole new set. But I remembered Apple had once told me it would service depleted batteries for $49. I reported that, along with my recommendation to buy AirPods. So what gives?

After weeks of back-and-forth with Apple and refusing to take no for an answer at the store I finally got answers:

If your AirPods are less than a year old and the battery is not performing up to the promised five hours of listening time, an Apple store will replace them at no cost.

Apple recently began selling its AppleCare+ warranty for $29, which covers the battery, too. But this extended warranty lasts only two years which wouldnt have been long enough to save my AirPods.

If your AirPods are out of warranty, Apple will replace them for $49 per stick so in reality, $98 total. A replacement for the charging case, which doesnt wear out as quickly, is also $49. The key phrase to say is battery service. (Apple is providing additional training to customer service representatives on that point, but if you still have trouble, show them this link or this column.)

A $98 battery fix is still mighty expensive. Apple will replace the battery on an iPhone for as little as $49. An Apple Watch battery costs just $79. What makes AirPods so different? Because Apples battery service for AirPods is code for throwing it away. Apple isnt repairing AirPods its just replacing the ear buds and recycling your old ones.

To understand why, I performed an autopsy on a dearly departed pair. Inside, I found the design of AirPods makes them inevitably obsolete.

What could be so hard about replacing the battery in an AirPod? I dont ordinarily go CSI on gadgets, so I sought advice from some folks who do.

Kyle Wiens, the CEO of repair website iFixit, offers instructions on how to disassemble electronics and sells replacement parts. The first time Wiens tried to get inside an AirPod, he cut himself and bled all over it. Another time, the battery combusted in a poof of smoke on his team.

AirPods were never meant to be opened, Wiens warned me.

But I wanted to see for myself. With Wiens watching, I began the operation with the silver cap at the end of the AirPod stick. You might think it unscrews to let you get inside. No such luck. Its glued in there, and I couldnt yank it out even after carefully heating the AirPod to loosen the glue. That meant I had to cut in and to save my fingers, Wiens loaned me a special vibrating knife that slices plastic.

Inside the AirPod, I found so much glue I couldnt even tug out the now-exposed end of the battery with tweezers. So I cut very carefully along the edges of the AirPod stick, to crack open a section like the top of a coconut. There, at last, was the battery, about as thick as a large spaghetti noodle.

I had avoided spilling blood, but after all the cutting I still had a problem: My AirPod was now a Humpty Dumpty in so many pieces Id never be able to reassemble it again. Wiens said hed tried this five times, across both the first- and second-generation AirPods, and awarded AirPods a repairability score of zero out of 10. There is no way we can feasibly understand taking the battery out without completely destroying the AirPod, he said.

I asked Apple whether that was true. It didnt answer.

The cause of death on my AirPods was clear: bad product design.

Earlier this year, the website Vice called AirPods a tragedy of disposable wealth. I see them as a symptom of Apples preoccupation with thin products. Its the tech-world version of fashions fixation on skinny models, where Apple sets the trend and other manufacturers feel pressure to follow.

Excessive thinness isnt healthy for gadgets, either. Apples desire to shave a few millimeters off designs has resulted in MacBook keyboards that fail, iPads that catch fire at recycling centers and now millions of AirPods that will probably end up in the trash.

Sealing up electronics with glue instead of screws and latches can help make devices lighter and more resistant to moisture and dust. But great ear buds even ones tiny enough to sit in your ears dont have to be impenetrable. iFixit found a way to pop open Samsungs $129 Galaxy Buds, so replacement batteries can slip in kind of like on a watch. Samsung doesnt officially offer this repair option, but iFixit sells a pair of replacement batteries for $29.

Apples disposable AirPod design is expensive for us. But its doing permanent damage to our environment. Thats not how Apple talks about it, though.

Apples products are designed with the environment in mind, said Lodes, the Apple spokeswoman. Everything from the materials we select to the way we approach recycling is meant to leave the world better than we found it.

How exactly are AirPods designed with the environment in mind? Because you can bring them to Apple to be recycled. We work closely with our recyclers to ensure AirPods are properly recycled and provide support to recyclers outside of our supply chain as well, said Lodes.

Thats like saying your daily paper coffee cup habit is good for the environment because you always put it in the recycling bin. AirPods may actually be worse than that: Theyre so small, theres isnt much material that can be recycled from them. Significant energy, water and materials go just into the process of making AirPods.

The golden rule for helping the earth is to produce less new stuff. Electronics companies can do that by making their products last as long as possible through repair and reuse which are all but impossible with AirPods.

In the Greenpeace 2017 Guide to Greener Electronics, Apple got a B- grade overall because of its commitments to using renewable energy and efforts to create a closed-loop supply chain. But the environmental group gave Apple a D in the category of product life extension, because it has consistently made it more difficult for customers to repair their devices, replace their batteries, or upgrade the devices so that they continue to stay in use.

Apple isnt the only tech company guilty of pushing consumption over repair. New $130 headphones from Amazon called Echo Buds contain batteries that cant be repaired, the company told me. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.) Microsoft says it would also replace an entire unit when the battery fails on its $249 Surface Earbuds.

Before this trend continues, lets agree on a common-sense rule suggested by Wiens: The life span of an expensive, resource-intensive gadget shouldnt be limited to the life span of one consumable component. You wouldnt buy an electric toothbrush where you couldnt replace the brush. Or a car with glued-on tires.

Apple kept fundamentally the same design for AirPods between its first- and second-generation of the headphones, which debuted in March. Now, the Apple rumor mill has lit up with hints of forthcoming third-generation AirPods in pre-release code for iOS 13.2.

Lets hope this time around, AirPods really are designed with the environment in mind. Not to mention our wallets.

Tens of millions of people own AirPods, Apples most successful new product in years. But each one of those white buds contains a rechargeable battery marching toward an untimely death in as little as two years. (REF:pacecornsilkj / The Washington Post)

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Insilico Medicine Becomes the Face of AI Drug Discovery – Nanalyze

In many industries, theres usually one or two companies that become nearly synonymous with their particular market. One of the most obvious examples is Coca Cola (KO). Think about it: We still refer to a soda as a coke, even though the soft drink manufacturer allegedly abandoned using cocaine in its formulation long ago. In emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, its more difficult to pinpoint a clear leader in many cases. Nvidia (NVDA) is still the obvious choice for AI chips. After that, there are very few household names that represent anything close to a pure play in AI technology. However, one name has emerged in the last few years that has become the face of AI drug discovery: Insilico Medicine.

Regular readers will certainly recognize the startup as a key player in the longevity industry. Weve profiled the company on several lists here and here related to drug discovery, as part of our ongoing coverage of life extension science. September was a particularly good month for the Rockville, Maryland startup. At the beginning of the month, it published a paper in Nature Biotechnology that detailed its efforts to design and validate a drug candidate for treating fibrosis and other diseases in just 46 days, shaving off months if not years from the discovery process, not to mention saving millions of dollars. A week later, the five-year-old startup completed a $37 million Series B, bringing its total disclosed funding to $51.3 million.

Insilico Medicine co-founder and CEO Alex Zhavoronkov

We recently caught up with Insilico Medicine co-founder and CEO Alex Zhavoronkov, who is on a crusade to prove that automation will be a big part of the future of healthcare. We talked about the companys recent achievement in accelerating the drug discovery process; its open challenge to big pharma; Insilicos numerous partnerships and joint ventures; the difficulties in getting funding for longevity therapy research and development; and the AI hype surrounding healthcare in general.

We wont spend too much time dissecting Insilicos latest achievement, as thats already gotten plenty of press. You can find a good deep dive into the paper and its significance by Margaretta Colangelo, a managing partner at Deep Knowledge Ventures, which made some of the first investments in the company about five years ago. It wasnt just the fact that Insilico Medicines new AI platform, called Generative Tensorial Reinforcement Learning (GENTRL), accomplished the feat of designing and validating a drug in such a short timeframe. It was also the first time anyone had combined two AI techniques known as generative adversarial networks (GANs) and generative reinforcement learning for drug discovery. Both Colangelo and Zhavoronkov refer to the achievement as pharmas AlphaGo moment, referring to Google DeepMinds defeat of a professional Go player.

Insilico Medicines AI platform, called Generative Tensorial Reinforcement Learning (GENTRL), combines two AI techniques known as generative adversarial networks and generative reinforcement learning for drug discovery. Credit: Insilico Medicine

Zhavoronkov first presented the paper at a conference in Basal, Switzerland, hometown to two of big pharmas biggest players Roche and Novartis. The choice of venue was obviously intentional, as Insilico has actively sought the spotlight since it was founded in 2014 in order to prove the value of AI to improve human health and quality of life. In 2015, for example, a group of Zhavoronkovsstudents and colleagues founded, Youth Laboratories, listing him as an adviser. It was a machine vision company that focused on aging and skin health which made headlines in 2016 for hosting an online beauty contest, Beauty.AI, that was judged solely by machines and attracted a bit of controversy for picking mostlyfair-skinned people. That led to yet another project, Diversity.AI, an effort to use machine learning to make sure we all have an equal opportunity to be spied on marketed to. Last year, the company was named to CB Insights prestigious AI 100 list.

But back to Insilicos primary focus: defeating age-related disease. Zhavoronkov believes his companys AI platform has advanced to the point where it could automate drug pipeline development from end to end and produce a marketable drug within 24 months or less with the right kind of backing. So while its efforts have focused on pre-clinical activities like identifying drug targets and developing therapeutic molecules around those specific disease targets, Insilicos AI also boasts predictive powers.

Insilico Medicine applies artificial intelligence throughout the drug development pipeline. Credit: Insilico Medicine

We also work with some of our pharma partners on predicting clinical trial outcomes; we also analyze clinical trials data, said Zhavoronkov, who is looking to partner with a major pharmaceutical company on an XPRIZE-type challenge where Insilico races against the clock to develop the first drug fully developed using artificial intelligence and one that targets a rare disease. If no contenders emerge, Zhavoronkov said he still believes it will be possible to develop a viable drug using AI within four or five years.

He noted that investment banks are also interested in Insilicos AI predictive analytics around clinical outcomes. The reason for the attention is obvious: If investors can leverage a tool that can better predict the chance of success or failure of a particular drug, that would surely influence how much money if any they are willing to put into a particular project or company. Weve noted previously that venture capitalists are increasingly turning toward AI to guide their investments into the hottest startups.

While Insilico awaits to see what big pharma company will emerge to take up its challenge, it has plenty of other partnerships and ventures to juggle. In fact, the company just announced today a new collaboration worth up to $200 million with one of Chinas biggest pharmaceutical companies, Jiangsu Chia Tai Fenghai Pharmaceutical Co. The goal of the collaboration is to accelerate drug discovery for triple-negative breast cancer using artificial intelligence.

We actually started making those kind of advanced partnerships where we would plan to take products into [clinical trials] only recently, Zhavoronkov said, for about the last year or so.

He noted that his company has about 16 ongoing collaborations, including several with one of the key players in the longevity industry Juvenescence. One of the more advanced joint ventures with Juvenescence is with a company called Generait Pharmaceuticals that is targeting senescent cells, which are cells that have stopped dividing but continue to secrete inflammatory molecules that damage nearby cells and tissues, leading to disease and an earlier death. Generait has already identified several disease targets but Zhavoronkov could not go into details at this time.

A sampling of some of the deals and partnerships brokered by Insilico Medicine. Credit: Insilico Medicine

Another joint venture between Juvenescence and Insilico, which also includes the nonprofit Buck Institute for Research on Aging, is Napa Therapeutics. Insilico has already done its part and Napa is now working on several potential drug molecules that could help boost the levels of an oxidized compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), which is involved in getting the power plant of the cell called the mitochondria revved up again. So far, the molecules look very good, Zhavoronkov said.

Many [partnerships] are with smaller companies, you know, where we do get less money up front, but we do get the data, he noted. We need their pre-clinical data so we can train [our algorithms].

While Zhavoronkov is obviously pleased to have just pocketed $37 million from investors like Chinese AI tech giant Baidu and a pharmaceutical firm like Eli Lilly and Company, he feels that respect for the longevity industry is still lacking. For example, few of Insilicos major investors backed the company because they are specifically interested in life extension science, according to Zhavoronkov.

They invested not because of longevity. I actually need to divest of some of my longevity-focused programs, he explained. They invested because of the generative chemistry. It works; they know it works. Thats a major disruption. So thats why they invested. They didnt consider longevity; longevity is not being perceived as credible in financial circles yet.

Legitimacy is also difficult to build when there is so much hype around artificial intelligence.

There are lots and lots of scientific charlatans very often re-positioning very old technology as AI, he said. Suddenly, every statistician within big pharma became an AI scientist.

In terms of direct competitors, Zhavoronkov noted that he deeply respects the work being done by San Francisco-based Atomwise, but the technology from others is mostly smoke and mirrors. Thats why Insilico is focused on publishing its work in peer-reviewed journals in order to back up its claims. The company has published about 60 papers in the last five years.

Thats because Zhavoronkov believes that there is nothing more important than longevity, whether youre talking about the big-picture economics of healthcare or living more productive, healthier years in the twilight of life.

The goal is to create the longevity economy, he said. So, in the next couple years, as we ingest a little bit more data and develop more advanced algorithms, we will be able to go after more complex problems.

If the longevity industry does live up to its lofty goals of becoming the biggest industry in human history, Insilico Medicine will likely play a major role in that success. Even if we dont all end up living as old as Moses, the potential to cure some of humanitys most debilitating diseases is too good to ignore. And, right now, no one is ignoring Insilico Medicine.

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Everyone’s AirPods will eventually die. We’ve got the trick to replacing them – cleveland.com

AirPod batteries are sealed inside, so you need to cut in to access them. CREDIT: Washington Post photo by James Pace-Cornsilk

"Sorry, we can't help you," said the Apple store Genius. My AirPods were dying. After just 15 minutes of use, the wireless headphones I use daily chirp a sad little battery-depleted alert. I came to Apple to get them repaired.

The employee said there were lots of people like me, with $159 AirPods purchased in 2016 and 2017 that now can't hold a charge. But even though Apple promises "battery service," the store had no way to fix my AirPods. It didn't even have a way to test them.

Cupertino, we have a problem: AirPods are comfortable and convenient headphones that have attracted tens of millions of customers. But each one of those white sticks contains a rechargeable battery marching toward an untimely death in as little as two years. Apple's plan to deal with that reality is just to sell us new ear buds. When your AirPods' day comes, the only option is to ask Apple for discounted replacements - but you'll need to know its code word to even get that.

Not long ago, headphones were among the most universal, long-lasting electronics. We shouldn't let Apple turn them into expensive, disposable electronics. It's hurting our wallets - and the environment.

Apple doesn't dispute that the lithium-ion batteries inside AirPods wear out. "All rechargeable batteries have a limited life span and may eventually need to be serviced or recycled," Apple says on its website. Replacing batteries is very common on phones and laptops. In 2018, Apple stores got deluged when the company offered to replace the batteries in older iPhones for $29.

But with AirPods, Apple offers far less help. First, there's no way to determine the health of the batteries in the ear buds or their charging case. Apple won't even share guidelines on their life expectancy. "AirPods are built to be long-lasting," said Apple spokeswoman Lori Lodes, without specifics. Mine went for 34 months; others have reported they die as soon as 18 months.

When your AirPod batteries finally go, even Apple's employees are confused about your options. Across three separate support encounters in the store and online, they told me I had to buy a replacement pair for $138, nearly the price of a whole new set. But I remembered Apple had once told me it would service depleted batteries for $49. I reported that in The Post, along with my recommendation to buy AirPods. So what gives?

(c) 2019, The Washington Post Geoffrey A. Fowler

Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler takes apart an airport in an attempt to understand the batteries. CREDIT: Washington Post photo by James Pace-Cornsilk

After weeks of back-and-forth with Apple - and refusing to take no for an answer at the store - I finally got answers:

- If your AirPods are less than a year old and the battery is not performing up to the promised five hours of listening time, an Apple store will replace them at no cost.

- Apple recently began selling its AppleCare+ warranty for $29, which covers the battery, too. But this extended warranty lasts only two years - which wouldn't have been long enough to save my AirPods.

- If your AirPods are out of warranty, Apple will replace them for $49 per stick - so in reality, $98 total. A replacement for the charging case, which doesn't wear out as quickly, is also $49. The key phrase to say is "battery service." (Apple is providing additional training to customer service representatives on that point, but if you still have trouble, show them this link - or this column.)

A $98 battery fix is still mighty expensive. Apple will replace the battery on an iPhone for as little as $49. An Apple Watch battery costs just $79. What makes AirPods so different? Because Apple's "battery service" for AirPods is code for "throwing it away." Apple isn't repairing AirPods - it's just replacing the ear buds and recycling your old ones.

To understand why, I performed an autopsy on a dearly departed pair. Inside, I found the design of AirPods makes them inevitably obsolete.

What could be so hard about replacing the battery in an AirPod? I don't ordinarily go CSI on gadgets, so I sought advice from some folks who do.

Kyle Wiens, the CEO of repair website iFixit, offers instructions on how to disassemble electronics and sells replacement parts. The first time Wiens tried to get inside an AirPod, he cut himself and bled all over it. Another time, the battery combusted in a poof of smoke on his team.

AirPods were never meant to be opened, Wiens warned me.

But I wanted to see for myself. With Wiens watching, I began the operation with the silver cap at the end of the AirPod stick. You might think it unscrews to let you get inside. No such luck. It's glued in there, and I couldn't yank it out even after carefully heating the AirPod to loosen the glue. That meant I had to cut in - and to save my fingers, Wiens loaned me a special vibrating knife that slices plastic.

Inside the AirPod, I found so much glue I couldn't even tug out the now-exposed end of the battery with tweezers. So I cut very carefully along the edges of the AirPod stick, to crack open a section like the top of a coconut. There, at last, was the battery, about as thick as a large spaghetti noodle.

I had avoided spilling blood, but after all the cutting I still had a problem: My AirPod was now a Humpty Dumpty in so many pieces I'd never be able to reassemble it again. Wiens said he'd tried this five times, across both the first- and second-generation AirPods, and awarded AirPods a repairability score of zero out of 10. "There is no way we can feasibly understand taking the battery out without completely destroying the AirPod," he said.

I asked Apple whether that was true. It didn't answer.

The cause of death on my AirPods was clear: bad product design.

Earlier this year, the website Vice called AirPods a "tragedy" of disposable wealth. I see them as a symptom of Apple's preoccupation with thin products. It's the tech-world version of fashion's fixation on skinny models, where Apple sets the trend and other manufacturers feel pressure to follow.

Excessive thinness isn't healthy for gadgets, either. Apple's desire to shave a few millimeters off designs has resulted in MacBook keyboards that fail, iPads that catch fire at recycling centers and now millions of AirPods that will probably end up in the trash.

Sealing up electronics with glue instead of screws and latches can help make devices lighter and more resistant to moisture and dust. But great ear buds - even ones tiny enough to sit in your ears - don't have to be impenetrable. iFixit found a way to pop open Samsung's $129 Galaxy Buds, so replacement batteries can slip in kind of like on a watch. Samsung doesn't officially offer this repair option, but iFixit sells a pair of replacement batteries for $29.

Apple's disposable AirPod design is expensive for us. But it's doing permanent damage to our environment. That's not how Apple talks about it, though.

"Apple's products are designed with the environment in mind," said Lodes, the Apple spokeswoman. "Everything from the materials we select to the way we approach recycling is meant to leave the world better than we found it."

How exactly are AirPods designed with the environment in mind? Because you can bring them to Apple to be recycled. "We work closely with our recyclers to ensure AirPods are properly recycled and provide support to recyclers outside of our supply chain as well," said Lodes.

That's like saying your daily paper coffee cup habit is good for the environment because you always put it in the recycling bin. AirPods may actually be worse than that: They're so small, there's isn't much material that can be recycled from them. Significant energy, water and materials go just into the process of making AirPods.

The golden rule for helping the earth is to produce less new stuff. Electronics companies can do that by making their products last as long as possible through repair and reuse - which are all but impossible with AirPods.

In the Greenpeace 2017 Guide to Greener Electronics, Apple got a "B-" grade overall because of its commitments to using renewable energy and efforts to create a closed-loop supply chain. But the environmental group gave Apple a "D" in the category of product life extension, because it has "consistently made it more difficult for customers to repair their devices, replace their batteries, or upgrade the devices so that they continue to stay in use."

Apple isn't the only tech company guilty of pushing consumption over repair. New $130 headphones from Amazon called Echo Buds contain batteries that can't be repaired, the company told me. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.) Microsoft says it would also replace an entire unit when the battery fails on its $249 Surface Earbuds.

Before this trend continues, let's agree on a common-sense rule suggested by Wiens: The life span of an expensive, resource-intensive gadget shouldn't be limited to the life span of one consumable component. You wouldn't buy an electric toothbrush where you couldn't replace the brush. Or a car with glued-on tires.

Apple kept fundamentally the same design for AirPods between its first- and second-generation of the headphones, which debuted in March. Now, the Apple rumor mill has lit up with hints of forthcoming third-generation AirPods in pre-release code for iOS 13.2.

Lets hope this time around, AirPods really are designed with the environment in mind. Not to mention our wallets.

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From phones to Tesla cars, lithium-ion batteries come of age – Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Be it smartphones, notebooks or electric cars, lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our world, laying the foundation for a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on Wednesday while awarding the 2019 Nobel prize in Chemistry to John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino.

The Li-ion technology is currently the best performing technology for energy storage based on batteries. Li-ion batteries are used in small electronics (smartphones, laptops etc) and are also the best options for electric cars.

In the 1970s as the world stared at oil crisis, Whittingham from Binghamton University in the US, American professor and solid-state physicist Goodenough (currently at the University of Texas at Austin) and Japanese chemist Yoshino advanced the development in the field through the 1980s.

Since Lithium is the lightest metal, using lithium ions made batteries lighter.

The lithium-ion batteries were launched commercially by Sony and Asahi Kasei Corporation in 1991.

Today, the race is on among the stakeholders to find a battery that can let users enjoy time on their devices without worrying about the charge.

Researchers from the University of Alberta recently developed a new battery technology that could provide 10 times more charge capacity compared to the lithium-ion power packs.

This battery technology utilizes silicon nanoparticles as an electrode for the lithium-ion batteries. Silicon is abundant, and the substance only costs around a third of the price of high-purity graphite, which sells for more than $10,000 per metric ton.

Going forward, smartphones will sport graphene batteries that charge swiftly, and will mark a quantum leap from the fast charging technologies and the current default of lithium-ion batteries.

When it comes to electric cars, Elon Musk-run Tesla has achieved great deal of efficacy in this field and is now aiming to create a lithium-ion battery that can run a car or an electric truck for over 16 lakh kms.

Current Tesla cars can achieve about 8 lakh kms out of their batteries before they face any serious problem.

A new research paper from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada has claimed the Jeff Dahn-led team is close to creating a lithium-ion battery that can run a car for over 1 million (over 16 lakh) miles.

For more than a decade, Tesla engineers have been obsessed with making the world's most efficient electric vehicles.

As a result, Tesla vehicles already travel farther on a single charge than any other production EV on the market.

Model S and Model X cars can achieve nearly 600 kms and 525 kms per charge on a 100 kWh battery pack.

Tesla's choice of cylindrical cells sets it apart from other EV players. The company also uses a liquid-cooled thermal management system to manage battery temperatures whereas other automakers take a more economical air-cooling approach.

By adjusting the temperature of the battery pack, Tesla is able to ensure that cells are operating in their most efficient and optimal states, thereby maximizing battery longevity as well as performance.

It has been argued that lithium will be one of the main objects of geopolitical competition in a world running on renewable energy and dependent on batteries.

Current research areas for lithium-ion batteries include life extension, energy density, safety, cost reduction and charging speed, among others.

Research has also been under way in the area of non-flammable electrolytes as a pathway to increased safety based on the flammability and volatility of the organic solvents used in the typical electrolyte.

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The Aesthetic Medicine Congress to bring trends in plastic surgery to Dubrovnik – The Dubrovnik Times

"The Aesthetic Medicine Congress", in collaboration with the British College of Aesthetic Medicine, takes place at the Hotel Palace from October 11 to 13. Top international and local experts will present trends in aesthetic medicine, rejuvenation and facial and body shaping for around 400 announced participants.

In addition to presenting the latest technology and research results, there will also be live demonstrations, interactive panels and lectures on topics ranging from aesthetic medicine to medical tourism.

The Second Congress of Aesthetic Medicine in Dubrovnik, under the high auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, will be opened by Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli.

Apart from Croatia and the region, participants from Congress come from Britain, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Greece, USA, Mexico, India, UAE

The famous names of aesthetic medicine are coming to the congrees, such as Raj Kanodia, Tapan Patel, Matt Stefanelli, Bob Khanna, Herve Raspaldo, Tracy Mountford, Tom van Eijk, Iman Nurlin, Dimitris Sykianakis, Ravi Jain and David Ecclestone. The local experts and lecturers are Sinisa Glumicic, Mario Zambelli, Nikola Milojevic, Davor Mijatovic, Zoran Zgaljardic, Tomica Bagatin, Zeljana Bolanca, Aleksandar Milenovic, Mladen Dudukovic and others.

TAMC 2019 is an international aesthetic congress that offers an interactive, evidence-based, multidisciplinary program and provides a platform to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences, educate, initiate intense discussions, and expand opportunities for new contacts.

TAMC 2019 covers all aspects of aesthetic medicine, and this year's highlights include: anti-aging and face shaping dermal fillers, skin rejuvenation treatments including stem cell and blood plasma treatments, aesthetic gynecology, life extension (gerontology), body shaping and fat reduction, Botulinum toxin type A basic and advanced techniques, complication management, anatomy, cosmetic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, patient communication, business building and marketing, as well as medical tourism.

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Black Cumin Seed Oil Market Benefits, Forthcoming Developments, Business Opportunities and Future Investments to 2026 | Henry Lamotte OILS GmbH,…

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Google Extends the Life of Some Chromebooks by 3 Years – PCMag

Eight Chromebooks in total will now receive software updates until June, 2025 rather than the original 2022 Auto Update Expiration date.

New Chromebooks come with a guarantee from Google of regular automatic updates for Chrome OS, but only for 6.5 years, and only for the underlying hardware platform. However, some Chromebooks are having their life extended by three years.

Purchasing a Chromebook may be cheaper than a laptop, but it will have an end-of-life date built in due to Google's Auto Update Expiration (AUE) 6.5 year time limit. Chromebooks will continue to work after their AUE, but won't get updates anymore or receive technical support. If you purchase a Chromebook the day it laucnhes then you get updates for 6.5 years, however, buying an older model means you may only get two or three years of updates.

What makes the situation more complicated is the fact Google attaches the AUE to the hardware platform rather than individual Chromebooks. So if a manufacturer uses Chromebook hardware that's a couple of years old in a new Chromebook, the AUE will be two years shorter. Google even advises manufacturers to always choose the newest platform so as to ensure the longest support.

As Chrome Unboxed reports, some Chromebooks now have a life extension courtesy of Google. There's eight in total, all except one are made by Lenovo. They include:

All eight Chromebooks were due to reach their AUE in June, 2022, but Google has extended the date so they will now continue to receive updates to June, 2025. The one caveat to continued support being that it relies on third-party component suppliers continuing to work with Google to support the devices for the next five years.

With the extended support in place, it makes these Chromebooks look a lot more attractive for anyone after a cheap, internet-focused laptop. For example, the Lenovo S330 is a 14-inch 1080p Chromebook with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for just $269.

We can only hope that this limited extension turns into a more general extension of the AUE for all hardware platforms. If Google could extend support to 10 years, then all Chromebooks would be much better value for money, even if you are buying a model that's a couple of years old.

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McMurdo Station Expansion Relies on Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker – USNI News – USNI News

USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) off McMurdo Sound near McMurdo Station, a United States Antarctic research center in 2018. US Air Force Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. For the next several years, the Coast Guards only heavy icebreaker will lead the annual Antarctic resupply mission as the service develops its new class of icebreaker.

Called the McMurdo Breakout, the Coast Guards heavy icebreaker, USCGCPolar Star (WAGB-10), starts the journey to Antarctica every year at the end of October or early November. Once there, Polar Star breaks a channel through the sea ice so resupply ships can reach McMurdo Station, the National Science Foundations 164-acre research facility perched on the volcanic Ross Island in the Ross Sea.

In about a week, Polar Star is expected to leave drydock in Vallejo, Calif., return to its homeport Seattle for some final preparations, then in about a month, depart for the McMurdo Breakout, Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brickey, a Coast Guard spokesperson told USNI News.

Typically, the breakout involves a fuel ship and a container ship a lifeline arriving once a year with the material needed to keep the station and field research operating for the year, said Scot Arnold, a senior advisor for the National Science Foundations Office of Polar Programs. Arnold was speaking recently at the American Society of Naval Engineers Arctic Day 2019 conference.

The Polar Star, it clears a channel for the two ships, Arnold said. You have to have the heavy icebreaker there to clear ice. It can be up to a 70-mile channel.

When all turbines on Polar Star are running, the icebreaker is an incredible machine, said Capt. Michael Davanzo, the Coast Guards chief of Cutter Forces, at the Arctic Day conference. The problem with Polar Star is its more than 40 years old and a challenge to keep operational.

In April, the Coast Guard awarded the $745.9 million contract to build its first of three planned Polar Security Cutters, the new class of heavy icebreaker to replace Polar Star. The Coast Guard expects delivery of the first PSC in 2024.

With Polar Star, our goal is to keep the cutter running through the delivery of the second PSC and to do that we have to do a service life extension which we think will take three to five years, Davanzo said. We have to try to do without missing a mission down to Antarctica.

Weather conditions in Antarctica and the expense of sending ships to the bottom of the world give the Coast Guard and the National Science Founding one chance at making the annual resupply mission. The McMurdo Breakout is timed for the height of the Antarctic summer at the end of December when high temperatures barely rise above freezing, but the sea ice can be broken, Arnold said.

The fuel tanker arrives with close to 10 million gallons of a special fuel mixture designed for use in Antarctica. The container ship arrives with bulk goods such as food, scientific equipment, vehicles and other material.

This year, and for several more, the container ship will also deliver the construction material used to build a massive new $355 million research facility that will fold the activities performed in 104 buildings into a condensed campus of six main structures, Arnold said.

Aerial view of McMurdo Station, which sits along the shoreline of Ross Island, a volcanic island in the Ross Sea. National Science Foundation photo.

Called the Antarctica Infrastructure Modernization for Science project, work is starting now and is expected to finish in 2026. Weather conditions limit the construction season to between October and April. Then the long, frigid Antarctic night sets in, halting outside work.

Antarcticas weather conditions also create a logistics challenge for such a large construction project. With supplies arriving once a year, in the middle of the construction season, Arnold said builders have to collect supplies a year ahead.

Were collecting materials now for the 20 season. Theyll be put on a ship and delivered to Antarctica in January, Arnold said.

Without the Coast Guards heavy ice breaker, though, these supplies cant reach McMurdo station, which would severely delay the carefully timed build. As sections of the new facility are built, work will migrate into the new structure. Crews will then demolish older structures, which in some cases are standing in the way of the projects final sections.

Once the materials arrive, the builders only have enough time to unload the ships and move most of the material to a storage field. When the construction season ends in April, the team will start sorting and prepping next years building supplies.

It gets off-loaded then dumped because we dont have the space to go through everything nor the manpower, so it all goes to a central receiving field, he said.

When finished, the new McMurdo station will save the National Science Foundation millions of dollars in operations and maintenance costs while also improving the living and working conditions for staff, with a relatively open and flexible floorplan to accommodate future research projects, Arnold said.

Its basically taking our old facilities, which have been around, in some cases since the fifties, from what really represents more of an expeditionary type construction, and bringing it into the future, for the next 50 years, Arnold said.

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Petasites Japonicus Extract Market boosting the growth Worldwide: Market dynamics and trends, efficiencies Forecast 2022 – Space Market Research

Petasites Japonicus is an herbaceous perennial plant which is also known as Japanese sweet coltsfoot and Japanese butterbur. Petasites Japonicus belongs to asteraceae family, primarily found in Japan, China, Korea and Europe. Petasites Japonicus was introduced to Western Europe by Japanese immigrants. The stalk of petasites japonicus is known as fuki, which is a rich source of potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, and vitamin. Now a days petasites japonicus extract has be used for the prevention of migraine and the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Petasites japonicus extract has anti- inflammable properties which instantly reduces inflammation caused by arthritis or immune response.

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Petasites Japonicus extract market is segmented on the basis of type, end-user, application, and region. On the basis of type the market is segmented into petasites japonicus leaf extract and petasites japonicus root extract. The demand for petasites japonicus extract is increasing as it offers many anti-oxidant properties as well as is a rich source of flavonoid. On the basis of end-user the market is segmented into industrial and retail. The retail segment is further sub-segmented into supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores and online stores. It is expected that online store will hold a relatively higher share in the petasites japonicus extract market compared to other distribution channels. On the basis of application the petasites japonicus extract market is segmented into cosmetic industry, and pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical industry is expected to hold the major market share in the forecast period.

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Regional segment for the market of petasites japonicus extract is divided into five different regions: North America, APAC, Europe, Latin America and MEA. Among these regions Asia Pacific is expected to be the major contributor of petasites japonicus extract market globally and is expected to dominant the market in the forecaster period. In Asia Pacific region countries such as China and Japan holds the key market for petasites japonicus extract. In Europe region countries such as Italy and Spain holds the key market for petasites japonicus extract. In terms of revenue Europe is expected to be the second leading contributor of the petasites japonicus extract market in the forecast period.

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Petasites Japonicus extract has been popular from ancient times and increasing awareness among the consumers about the health benefits associated with petasites japonicus extract is expected to drive the market in the near future. Petasites japonicus extract offers various health benefits such as it enables to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation), helps in the treatment of wounds, enables to reduce common cold, as petasites is an antihistamine element, therefore it helps to prevent allergic reactions, helps to reduce headaches and reduce fever and also helps to control the blood sugar level of the body which is expected to bolster the growth of the petasites japonicus extract market. The demand for anti-aging cream is further expected to boost the petasites japonicus as antioxidants present in the root extract helps in preventing free radical damage of the body. Petasites japonicus extract is also known to cure dehydration, potassium and magnesium deficiency along with calcium deficiency in pregnant women. Furthermore, it contains flavonoid which keeps the level of bad cholesterol low, these factors are also expected to drive the Petasites Japonicus extract market during the forecast period.

Market Key Players:

Some of the key players in petasites japonicus market are Swanson, Planetary Herbals, Solaray, Life Extension, Vitacost, Hawaii Pharm LLC, Piping Rock Health Products, Linpharma, Inc and Source Naturals among others.

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Sealed Air Corp (NYSE:SEE) Shares Acquired by Bank of Nova Scotia – TechNewsObserver

Bank of Nova Scotia grew its stake in Sealed Air Corp (NYSE:SEE) by 7.2% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 128,998 shares of the industrial products companys stock after purchasing an additional 8,668 shares during the period. Bank of Nova Scotia owned about 0.08% of Sealed Air worth $5,519,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in SEE. LSV Asset Management purchased a new stake in Sealed Air in the 1st quarter worth approximately $50,283,000. APG Asset Management N.V. boosted its position in Sealed Air by 173.0% in the 2nd quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. now owns 829,152 shares of the industrial products companys stock worth $31,148,000 after purchasing an additional 525,381 shares in the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its position in Sealed Air by 23.8% in the 2nd quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,408,334 shares of the industrial products companys stock worth $60,249,000 after purchasing an additional 271,125 shares in the last quarter. AJO LP purchased a new stake in Sealed Air in the 1st quarter worth approximately $7,036,000. Finally, Cibc World Markets Corp boosted its position in Sealed Air by 287.5% in the 2nd quarter. Cibc World Markets Corp now owns 195,749 shares of the industrial products companys stock worth $8,374,000 after purchasing an additional 145,235 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.58% of the companys stock.

NYSE SEE opened at $41.37 on Monday. The business has a fifty day moving average price of $41.56 and a 200 day moving average price of $43.47. Sealed Air Corp has a one year low of $30.22 and a one year high of $47.13. The company has a market cap of $6.33 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.55, a P/E/G ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 1.08.

Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, August 2nd. The industrial products company reported $0.80 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.64 by $0.16. Sealed Air had a negative return on equity of 121.14% and a net margin of 7.84%. The firm had revenue of $1.16 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.17 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.64 EPS. The firms revenue was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, research analysts predict that Sealed Air Corp will post 2.78 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 20th. Investors of record on Friday, September 6th were paid a $0.16 dividend. This represents a $0.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.55%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 5th. Sealed Airs dividend payout ratio is currently 25.60%.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on SEE. Wells Fargo & Co increased their target price on Sealed Air from $42.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a market perform rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 6th. ValuEngine lowered Sealed Air from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 4th. KeyCorp reiterated a sell rating and set a $39.00 target price on shares of Sealed Air in a research report on Friday, August 2nd. Finally, Bank of America lowered Sealed Air from a buy rating to a neutral rating and set a $41.63 target price on the stock. in a research report on Friday, June 21st. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $42.69.

Sealed Air Profile

Sealed Air Corporation provides food safety and security, and product protection solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Food Care and Product Care. The Food Care segment offers integrated packaging materials and equipment solutions to provide food safety, shelf life extension, and total cost optimization for perishable food processors in the fresh red meat, smoked and processed meats, poultry, and dairy markets under the Cryovac, Cryovac Grip & Tear, Cryovac Darfresh, Cryovac Mirabella, Simple Steps, and Optidure brands.

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Inside the lab where frozen bodies wait for a second lease on life – 9News

The idea of paying a company hundreds of thousands of dollars to freeze your body or brain in the hope that they will one day bring you back to life initially may seem farcical.

The mere fact that this notion has featured in several movies and television shows suggests this is make-believe, something that would probably not happen in real life.

Who could forget that fantastic scene from Austin Powers when doctors successfully thaw out Mike Myers so that he can live in another era?

Well, this is no movie. And no joke.

And interestingly, Alcor CEO Max More isn't bothered by cryonics being trivialised for entertainment.

"I don't think it stigmatises it, I think it actually makes it seem more plausible," More says when I asked him about this at his Arizona Headquarters.

He shares the building with about 170 frozen bodies and brains all suspended upside down in liquid nitrogen-filled vats.

As I walked through the room where all these cryopreserved people are, it feels eerie and weird, quite frankly.

But there are more than 1250 Alcor members who've signed up for the same fate from all over the world Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, the UK, the US, Italy, Israel and more.

These members all have the choice of freezing their whole body for about A$300,000 or just their brain for A$118,000.

That is, needless to say, a lot of cash to hand over for a service the company can't even promise will eventuate.

"There's no guarantee but it seems like it's worth a shot," More says.

Alcor founder Linda Chamberlain explains that members sign a nine-page consent form.

"We tell people everything that could possibly go wrong and that's extremely important because what we are doing is still experimental and people need to know that," she says.

"The Alcor Life Extension Foundation is the world leader in cryonics, cryonics research, and cryonics technology," their website reads.

"Cryonics is the practice of using ultra-cold temperature to preserve a human body with the intent of restoring good health when the technology becomes available to do so."

The hope or as they prefer to call it, "probability" is that one day science will have been developed that is capable of reviving frozen patients.

They would come back to life as the same person, with the same DNA.

I was wildly sceptical about this upon arriving at their Scottsdale building in the hot desert of Arizona.

I was worried members may be vulnerable to handing over thousands of dollars on false promises.

But it was quickly evident that those running this business whole-heartedly believe the plausibility of cryonics recreating life in the future.

The reality is not many people can afford to become a member and embark on such a thing.

But, if you were a millionaire, even if you thought this was questionable, what have you got to lose? When you're dead, you're dead.

Or are you? That's the question.

Even the masterminds behind this concept don't have the answer. Hence the consent form.

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Path Shifts for Advanced Nuclear Legislation in the House – Morning Consult

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee said it is drafting its own nuclear energy bill, which two people familiar with the matter said will imperil passage of the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act in its current form. But people in talks with the committee say that it is likely to draw heavily from the premier advanced nuclear energy legislation in Congress.

House Science Committee majority staff said in an email Thursday that the committee is still in the process of drafting its legislation. Our bill wont be identical to NELA, but we expect it will comprehensively authorize and guide DOE nuclear energy R&D activities, the committee staff said.

Jeremy Harrell, managing director of policy at the conservative energy nonprofit ClearPath, said the science committees move does not necessarily extend the timeline or complicate passage of much of NELA, which would call on the federal government to establish a 10-year national strategy for nuclear energy and to demonstrate multiple advanced nuclear reactor concepts over the next several years, among other things.

He said the committee appears supportive of NELAs reactor demonstrations provision, for example, through which the Energy Department would need to demonstrate between four and seven advanced nuclear reactor designs by the end of 2035.

I think when push comes to shove, Science and Tech wants to make sure that they have their own bill within their circuit, Harrell said. Theyve got their own ideas; theyre not going to just take something from Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska lawmaker who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and sponsored the bill in the Senate.

Science moving forward with its own bill means that another vehicle will need to be found to enact an industry-favored provision of NELA to extend the federal power purchase agreement length from 10 to 40 years for nuclear, since the provision falls outside the committees jurisdiction.

I cannot envision any legislation on power purchase agreements coming out of the House any time soon, said a person familiar with the matter, who said there has been no sign from Energy and Commerce that they intend to work on power purchase agreement legislation.

The person, who said the plan appears for the committee to circulate a working draft of the bill to stakeholders before Thanksgiving, said that the science panel is considering including some language on high-assay low-enriched uranium fuel which multiple advanced reactors would require to operate from NELA as well as from the McNerney-Flores HALEU bill that recently passed the House.

The House Science measure, which is intended to lie under the panels sole jurisdiction, means that movement on NELA in the House is now more unlikely, according to two people familiar with the developments.

Alyse Huffman, the committees American Nuclear Society Glenn T. Seaborg congressional fellow, is the lead author of the new legislation. It remains unclear whether the panels nuclear bill will be folded into a broader energy package out of the committee.

In a brief interview Friday morning, House Science EnergySubcommittee Chairman Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) said the committee is considering a possible parallel to the Senate version of NELA, while somewhat separately considering legislation for advanced nuclear research in areas such as the national labs and ARPA-E program. He did not yet have a sense of when the committees legislation might come out and said that talks were ongoing with House Science Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).

Were looking at things for life extension of the existing plants, which is important, Lamb added, as NELA instead focuses on newer reactor concepts.

It is not yet clear whether the House Energy and Commerce Committee will take separate action on NELA. The bill has also been referred to the House Armed Services and Oversight and Reform committees.

The only thing Im aware of is the positive news that Representative Clyburn is very interested in advancing it, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said in a brief interview Friday morning, referring to the Democratic representative from South Carolina. Luria introduced NELA in the House on June 18. Were working with his staff to help that happen.

Lamb said Luria had asked him to champion NELA within the science committee.

An Energy and Commerce Committee spokesperson said in an email Friday that there have been staff-level conversations between it, Luria and others.

David Blee, chief executive of the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council, cautioned that NELA has not yet passed the Senate a difficult feat in the current political climate.

Harrell said that the current expectation is that senators will try to pass NELA as part of a larger energy package, with potential floor time in January or February.

Blee said that the preference is usually to have it as part of a package, since both parties want action across the energy and environmental space, and the House will likely want balancing legislation for renewables and other energy sources if it moves on a nuclear bill.

To the extent the House Science panel comes up with that recipe, thats helpful, Blee added.

Even if NELAs provisions are not enactedquickly, there are promising signs from the Senate that bolstering federal support and development of advanced nuclear technologies is a priority. The Senate Energy and Water appropriations subcommittee, led by NELA co-sponsor Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), has slated key funding for provisions within NELA without cutting other federal nuclear energy R&D efforts, as had been feared. Harrell said the House is also likely to be supportive of nuclear energy funding.

But a lot remains up in the air on the budget and appropriationsas a whole, and it remains useful to pass legislation authorizing the provisions of NELA outright, said Harrell, especially since the demonstration portion runs through 2035.

We think its critical that were demonstrating new technologies in that time frame, Harrell said. Otherwise, nuclears going to get left behind.

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Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market To Grow in the Coming Years, New Research explores Factors Responsible – NewsStoner

Growing emphasis on the food safety and longer shelf life has played an important role in the development of ingredients that aid in food preservation. These ingredients vary from simple water content to salt or sugar to chemicals like antioxidants and are used to prevent growth of microorganisms, thereby delaying the spoilage process. In terms of origin, food safety and shelf life extension ingredients can be synthetic or natural in nature.

Food preserving ingredients have been an integral part of kitchen aisles in the form of lemon, ginger, vinegar, spices, salt and sugar. Their traditional utilization was replaced by synthetic ingredients with increasing commercialization of the food industry in past decades. However, with the dissemination of knowledge related to harmful effects of synthetic ingredients, currently, the industry is witnessing a prominent shift toward natural ingredients for food safety and shelf life extension.

Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market Notable Developments In January 2019, Kemin, a global nutritional ingredient company launched NaturCEASE Dry, a new clean-label and natural food safety solution. The product is a combination of natural plant extract and buffered vinegar for the use in the preservation of processed meat products. Researchers from the Penn State University studied a class of Alkylresorcinils (AR) found in grain plants such as barley, rye and wheat. Scientists revealed that these compounds can act as food preservative owing to their antioxidant and mold and bacteria prevention properties. The European Court of Auditors (ECA) announced publication of the report 'Chemical hazards in our food: EU food safety policy protects us but face challenges on 15 January 2019. The conclusion of the report focuses on updating current EU legal framework and implementing and enforcing new issues that compromise consumer protection from chemical hazard in food.

Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market Dynamics

Clean-Label Trend Fuels Synthetic to Natural Transition in Food Ingredient Landscape

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Naturally sourced ingredients have gained significant traction as consumer preference for natural products continues to surge. In terms of effectiveness, natural preservatives are superior in delivering greater protection and longer shelf life. As they work with equivalent efficiency and are healthful in nature, adoption of naturally sourced ingredients is increasing consistently as compared to the synthetic options.

Natural ingredients such as antimicrobials or antioxidants have additional potential health benefits also. Well aware of the increasing consumer demand for natural food products that are without artificial ingredients, manufacturers in the food ingredient market are introducing bio-based or naturally sourced food safety ingredients.

Frozen Foods Drive Demand for Specialized Food Safety Ingredients

Ranging from salads to sauces or ready meals to rice, a plethora of food products are available in frozen forms. As the demand for fresh and frozen foods increase across the globe, food manufacturers are seeking innovative ways to introduce novel food safety ingredients to extend the shelf life of frozen foods.

Manufacturers in the food safety and shelf life extension ingredient market are introducing ingredients specific to refrigerated products. Along with providing safety, these ingredients are label friendly and help in reducing sodium content while enhancing consumers sensory experience.

Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market Regional Outlook

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North America presents lucrative opportunities for the Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market on the back of buoyancy in regions the food and beverage industry and presence of leading F&B companies.

The market is likely to witness increasing opportunities in the developing countries of Asia pacific. These countries are witnessing huge demand for frozen foods, RTD food and beverages and processed food, thereby presenting higher potential for the market in the future.

Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market Segmentation

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Based on type, Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market can be segmented in, Natural Synthetic

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13 Books by LGBTQ Writers to Read This Fall – Rewire.News

Fall is one of the biggest seasons for publishers, so there are always lots of new books to get excited about. But how many of these books exist outside of the white, cisgender, heterosexual norm? The answer continues to be, not enough.

However, there are still a lot of compelling titles being released over the next few months from LGBTQIA+ writers for those of us who seek broader representation in literature. Theres a sports anthology that bursts with poetry and a decolonization narrative; there are memoirs about aging; short stories; novels that take place in Uruguay and Portland, Oregon,and Brooklyn, New York; new books from debut authors and old favorites of the queer literary canon. Its an exciting time for queer readers: Although we have a long way to go toward diversifying the publishing industry, more of our stories are being given space to be told. Here are some highlights coming up.

Elissa Altman, Motherland(Ballantine, 8/6)

Elissa Altman is the author of two previous memoirs, including Poor Mans Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, born of her James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name. In this new memoir, Altman explores her codependent relationship with her mother, a glamorous Manhattan singer named Rita. Growing up, Elissa didnt fit her mothers high-femme standards of makeup, dresses, and generally keeping up appearances. Her identity as a lesbian was also a source of tension between them. As an adult, Elissa moved to New England, where she lived with her wife, Susan, forging her own identity away from her mother. But when Rita hasa fall that results in physical disability, Elissa finds herself taking care of her mother again and coming to terms with the reality of caring for an aging parent. With poignant and often very funny prose, Motherland makes for a wonderful addition to the narrow canon of stories about queer women caring for their aging mothers. Another great memoir in this vein is Cherre Moragas Native Country of the Heart (FSG, 2019).

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Kimberly King Parsons, Black Light (Vintage, 8/13)

If you pay attention to best-of book lists, Black Light has probably come across your radar.The prose in this debut short-story collection is richly detailed in describing both the characterswho are weird, flawed, and so humanand the settings theyre in; its lyricism feels like a delicate dance and a gut-punch at once. The book isnt marketed as queer, but there is a lot of queer content here; Parsons is particularly strong in writing about the complicated intimacies between teenage girls.

Carolina de Robertis, Cantoras (Knopf, 9/3)

The new novel from the author of The Gods of Tango (which also features a protagonist who explores their fluid gender and sexuality), Cantoras begins in 1970s Uruguay as five young queer women come together on an island for a getaway. Over the course of about 40 years, it follows their lives together and apart, including under the Uruguayan dictatorship during the 70s and early 80s. This is another multi character-driven epic, both painful and beautiful to read, with vivid prose. Also, it has one of the best opening paragraphs this reviewer has seen in a while.

Carley Moore, The Not Wives (Feminist Press, 9/10)

In this debut novel, Carley Moore (author of the essay collection 16 Pills) transports the reader right into the heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Brimming with details that will bring anyone who remembers the early 2010s right back to that era (from fashion, to the way people talked about politics and queerness), this story follows a sprawling cast of characters, almost all of whom are queer: the protagonist, Stevie, her young daughter Sasha, her friends Mel and Jenny, a young runaway named Johanna, and a number of others. Moore deftly captures the atmosphere of Zuccotti Park as well as the political atmosphere around the movement, which spurred people all over the world to renew discussions about class, race, gender, and social structures.

Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes a Breath (Penguin Teen re-release, 9/19)

This debut novel from Gabby Riverawho also wrote Marvels Americawas originally published in 2016. An instant queer YA classic, it is now getting the wide distribution it deserves with a reprint from Penguin Teen. It follows maybe one of the best characters ever written, Juliet Milagros Palante, a young queer Latinx woman from the Bronx who spends a summer interning for fictional white feminist icon author Harlowe Brisbane in Portland, Oregon. The ways in which Juliet grapples with coming out, unlearning colonialist and white supremacist ideas, and discovering her own values give this novel teeth. But the real joy of this story is Juliet herself, a character whose self-doubt is rivaled by her self-confidence; whose big heart and book-nerd brain envelop the reader; and whose relationships with the fascinating characters around her make for one of this falls most satisfying reads.

Jacqueline Woodson, Red at the Bone (Riverhead, 9/17)

Jaqueline Woodson is an award-winning author of many YA novels, including Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming. Shes now bringing her signature spare and poetic prose to this adult novel set in Brooklyn. The book opens with the seemingly lighthearted scene of 16-year-old Melodys coming-of-age ceremony, which happens to the orchestral tunes of Prince. From there, the story moves back and forth in time, spanning the events faced by three generations of Melodys family. Red at the Bone has one explicitly queer character, but isnt really about being queer. In that way, its a beautiful example of queerness being a part of everyday life, in families and friendships. The book touches on class, gender, sexuality, age, race in the United Statesall within a tender story of love in its many forms. Its a perfect one- or two-sitting read for a crisp fall day, one that will stay with you long after its over.

Jeanette Winterson, Frankissstein (Grove Atlantic, 10/1)

Jeanette Winterson is well-known to many queer readers from her prolific work, notably Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Written on the Body, The Passion, and Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? Her latest novel delivers a reinterpretation of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein. Multiple Frankensteins are being produced and experimented with in this novel:Shelley is creating her novel in the fictionalized chapters about her; scientist Victor Stein is creating an AI in the very near future, while trans nonbinary scientist Ry is falling in love with him; a creepy foundation in Arizona called Alcor Life Extension is scheming to create live humans from body parts; and a man named Ron Lord is creating the next generation of sex dolls. Its a wacky ride about what it means to be human and what it means to be alive, and it will not disappoint Winterson fans.

Natalie Daz & Hannah Ensor, eds., Bodies Built for Game (University of Nebraska Press, 10/1)

You might recognize Natalie Dazname from her professional basketball career, or her poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (shes also got one forthcoming in March called Postcolonial Love Poem); and Hannah Ensors from her collection Love Dream With Television or her recent Lambda Literary 2019 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers win. But if you dont, rest assured that they are a dream team for bringing together this unique and innovative anthology of sports writing. With an array of writers (including Danez Smith, Fatimah Asghar, and Hanif Abdurraqib, among others), this book picks apart the meaning of sport from the perspective of people who are not cis straight white men. From participation in sports (team or otherwise) to sports fandom; from analyzing the metaphor of sport to examining modern sports oppressive, exploitative, and colonialist roots; from exploring the intersections of identity (including gender and sexuality) and sports to grappling with the corporeal demands of athletics; his anthology breaks all kinds of barriers. And although it includes essay, fiction, and creative nonfiction, the book centers poetry as the dominant form, which is unusual for sports anthologies. This is definitely a must-read before that NFL game on Thanksgiving Day.

Edie Windsor and Joshua Lyon, A Wild and Precious Life (St. Martins, 10/8)

Edie Windsors case against the United States led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. This, in turn,paved the way for Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized marriage equality nationwide in 2015. But Windsor was more than these headlines, and more than her constant presence at rallies and protests. This memoir, begun by Windsor and completed by her co-writer Joshua Lyon after her death in 2017, chronicles her life beginning with her childhood in Philadelphia and moving through her young adulthood in 1950s Greenwich Village, her life with her partner of 44 years, Thea Spyer, and her fascinating rise in the ranks of computing at IBM. Windsor was a queer woman who believed in her right to take up space and be seen, which makes for an uplifting and inspiring story in which Lyons does an excellent job of making sure Windsors stirring and joyful voice shines through.

Jaquira Daz, Ordinary Girls (Algonquin, 10/29)

Every once in a while a truly electric debut memoir comes along, and this fall, Ordinary Girls is it. As a young person, Dazlife was upended many times by physical and emotional violence. Longing for family and sometimes finding itin her sister, her grandmother, her friendsDaz writes her story in a musical prose that plays with future and past tense, putting the reader in the narrators shoes as she navigates unreliable memories and unknown futures. Daz narrative starts in Puerto Rico, goes to Miami Beach, into schools and juvenile detention centers, into stronger-than-blood relationships with friends, lovers and family; it goes into the navy, into familial legacy and colonial history. Its the story of an ordinary girl; its the story of all of the extraordinary girls. Daz is a skilled writer who strongly layers micro details with the macro structures of identity, white supremacy, colonialism, and brown, queer, and femme resilience and resistance.

Cyrus Grace Dunham, A Year Without a Name (Little, Brown, 10/15)

A Year Without a Name, an honest account of one persons journey with gender, identity, and mental illness, is Cyrus Grace Dunhams snapshot of a recent two-year span in which they become a changing adult in a changing world. Its a quick read, but punchynearly every sentence is sharp, full of importance, at once deeply intellectual and ethereal. Dunham navigates how confusing gender is: how useless it can be while also existing as an essential facet of identity. Theyre extremely self-aware, which at times feels like more of a burden than a gift. Dunham stays true to their unfinished story by packing a lot of meaning into just 176 pages but never reaching concrete conclusions. But the concrete would be antithetical to the story; Dunham lives in the truth that all of us are unfinished, forever growing and learning. This in itself is a very queer frame of thought.

Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House (Graywolf, 11/5)

Carmen Maria Machado became everyones gay aunt, thank goodness, when she Mary Poppinsd into our hearts with her genre-bending, brutal, gorgeous, queer, wild debut story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, in 2017. Her debut memoir, In The Dream House, is a firecracker of a follow-upa story that is as scary as it is playful, as intellectual as it is emotional, as personal as it is universal. Its the story of Machados relationship with an abusive partner and how it, along with her upbringing and beliefs imposed by society, affected her growth as a person. It brings to the page something that is sorely lacking in mainstream literature: the reality of abuse in queer relationships, especially lesbian ones. Machado uses her characteristic wit and fearlessness to shed light on love, terror, history, culture, narrative structure, and representation from multiple angles. Its a must-read, haunting story for the dark months ahead.

Tommy Pico, Feed (Tin House, 11/5)

The final installment of Tommy Picos Teebs tetrology (preceeded by IRL, Nature Poem, and Junk), this collection from the superstar queer Indigenous writer-hero returns us to the character of Teebs, a kind of alter-ego. Like his previous volumes, Feed is full of irreverent humor, razor-sharp stanzas, and stream-of-consciousness philosophy. Pico explores uncertainty and seasonality, the horror and ubiquity of todays headlines, friendship and dating, food and aliens, and of course, a few signature dick jokes. Nothing is quite like the experience of reading Picos workits a simultaneously heady and grounding adventure.

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From the archives: Regional workhorse: Bombardier Dash 8 in Australia – Australian Aviation

This story from the Australian Aviation archives comes from October 2012, when Ellis Taylor wrote about the Bombardier Dash 8 operations in Australia.

A Skippers Dash 8-300. (Paul Sadler)

Since the late 1980s, the Bombardier Dash8 has been a staple of regional aviation in Australia, with various iterations of the turboprop in service across the country.

Today, the 84 Dash 8 aircraft registered in the country serve a number of regional communities, both on scheduled services and in charters, while some have also been modified for special missions.

Those form part of a global fleet of over 1,000 Dash 8s of all types which fly in practically every corner of the globe.

Development of the aircraft started in the late 1970s when De Havilland Canada (DHC) found there to be large demand for a 30-40 seat commuter aircraft. Part of that requirement was to replace the venerable Fokker F27 Friendship, while it also provided a step up from smaller 19seat regional aircraft such as the Fairchild Metroliner.

It also followed the technically successful but sales-challenged Dash 7. That aircraft, which featured four turboprops and a capacity for 50 passengers, was legendary for its short takeoff and landing (STOL) abilities, capable of operating from airstrips as small as 610m.

At the time, it was envisioned that networks of STOL-ports could be established across Europe and North America close to major city centres.

However, the Dash 7 was a relative sales flop, with only 113 produced. While the STOL capabilities were impressive, many commuter airlines in North America and other markets simply did not require it. The higher fuel and maintenance costs of the four engines also made it uneconomical against other types.

That led to the development of the Dash8-100, which made its first flight in 1983 and entered service in 1984.

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120 turboprops driving four-bladed propellers, the Dash 8 promised the capability of carrying up to 39 passengers in an airliner-style cabin. And although it did not have the STOL capability of the Dash7, the aircrafts high wing and still respectable landing performance made it well suited to the regional environment.

The aircraft quickly became a success in the market, with many sold to a range of operators around the world.

Over time, DHC also added tweaks to the 100 series Dash 8. In 1990, it introduced the -101 which had additional headroom in the cabin and introduced PW120A engines. This was followed in 1992 with the -106 variant which introduced more powerful PW121 engines capable of producing 1,605kW (2,150shp) of power, and improved the aircrafts climb and short field performance.

Following the early success of the Dash8 in the 37-seat category, DHC pressed ahead in 1986 with plans to stretch the basic airframe and create a variant capable of accommodating 50 passengers.

That resulted in the launch of the Dash8300, which featured a 3.43m stretch to the fuselage with a stretch to the basic airframe to accommodate 50 seats and more powerful PW123 turboprops.

The first Dash 8-300 made its first flight in May 1987, with first delivery in May 1989.

The underside of a Skippers Dash 8-300. (Les Bushell)

As with the -100 series before it, DHC would launch improved variants of the -300, utilising different engine combinations to deliver more performance. The -311 was introduced in 1990 with new PW123A engines and a revised interior, while the -300A allowed for increased payload.

Then in 1992 DHC announced plans to add further enhancements to the basic -100 design that became the -200 series. Using the same fuselage and wing design as the -100, this variant introduced PW123 engines as used on the -300 series, giving it better range and performance in hot and high conditions. The type entered service in 1995, and most of the 105 produced remain in service today.

A Skytrans Dash 8 Q300 at Sydney Airport in August 2013. (Rob Finlayson)

For a number of years, Dash 8 production and development continued on while DHC underwent a series of changes. In 1986 the company was sold by the Canadian government to Boeing, which later tried to use it to win a significant aircraft order from Air Canada. Following the loss of that competition to Airbus, Boeing immediately put the company up for sale, and in 1992 it was sold to transport conglomerate Bombardier.

Despite the changes in ownership during the late 1980s and early 1990s, DHC/Bombardier continued to work on further developments to the Dash 8. This included the addition of an ingenious active noise and vibration suppression system being added across the lineup in 1996, and resulted in the Q designations being added to aircraft after that.

In total, Bombardier delivered 299 Dash8-100s, 105 Q200s and 267 Q300s before production of those types ceased in 2009 due to the backlog for the models being filled, and production switching solely to the 74-seat Q400.

A file image of a QantasLink Q200 at Mt Hotham. (Australian Aviation archive)

Q400

As with the -300/Q300 before it, the Q400 was largely based on the basic Dash8 design but with a further stretch. That necessitated a number of modifications to the aircrafts tail and wings.

The other major change was to the engines, with the model introducing the PW150A engines capable of producing 3,781kW (5,071shp) and driving six-bladed Dowty composite propellers. These engines also introduced full authority digital engine control (FADEC) to the Dash 8.

In the cockpit, Bombardier added a Thales digital avionics suite, making the cockpit more aligned to modern airliners than the previous Dash 8 models.

The Q400 also introduced two entry doors at the forward and aft ends of the aircraft, while earlier Dash 8s only featured front access doors.

The aircraft had its first flight in January 1998, with Canadian certification awarded in 1999. The first delivery to launch customer SAS Commuter occurred in January 2000.

The Q400 is able to cruise at 360kt, putting it closer towards the speeds of regional jets. Added to that, the aircraft has a ceiling of 27,000ft, allowing it to fly higher than other regional turboprops.

Despite those capabilities, the Q400s reputation became tarnished in 2007 following a series of landing gear failures in Europe. Launch customer SAS even publicly stated that it would dispose of its fleet as a result of the accidents, but the airline later ordered more aircraft after reaching an agreement on compensation with Bombardier.

A file image of an Air Niugini Q400. (Australian Aviation archive)

The Q400 has also had some troubles locally with landing gear issues. Following a manufacturer-mandated inspection in August 2010, QantasLink was forced to ground five Q400s temporarily to replace certain parts of the landing gear after cracks were found.

While it has been the mainstay of production for a number of years, Bombardier has more recently transitioned across to solely produce the upgraded Q400 NextGen.

Compared to the standard Q400, the NextGen has an updated cabin with improved lighting, larger overhead bins and revised windows, while it has also delivered some improvements in maintenance costs and fuel burn.

Last year Bombardier announced that it would offer a two-class configuration on the Q400 NextGen which would also be offered as a retrofit for existing Q400 operators. United Express is the first carrier to operate a Q400 with the three-abreast business class configuration.

Despite the general turn back towards operating turboprops over regional jets, the Q400 has lagged in the sales race, with the rival ATR 72 stealing a number of orders.

On a global scale, the Q400s sales success has been somewhat muted until recently. A number of larger competitions saw orders go to the rival ATR 72, which some analysts say has a lower acquisition price and lower fuel burn.

Nevertheless, Bombardier has recently had significant orders from Canadian carrier WestJet and Polands EuroLot, which have helped to boost its backlog to 54 aircraft.

QantasLink Q400 named Darling Downs at Wellcamp Airport. (Wellcamp)

Local operations

With regional services such a large part of Australias aviation network, it was inevitable that the Dash 8 would have a long career flying in southern skies.

Eastern Australia Airlines received its first Dash 8-100 in 1988. That was followed in 1998 by the arrival of Sunstate Airlines first -200 series aircraft. Sunstate later took delivery of its first Q300 in January 2000, while the Q400 was added to its fleet from January 2006.

Today QantasLink operates 27 Q400s, 16 Q300s and five Dash 8-200s, with one Q400 still to be delivered. The aircraft now operate in almost all states, with routes ranging from Sydney-Canberra right up to the much longer Cairns-Port Moresby sector. The -200 series aircraft are also used to maintain the link between Sydney and Lord Howe Island.

A QantasLink Q300. (Australian Aviation archive)

QantasLink disposed of its last -100 series aircraft in 2010, with most of them joining the other major Dash 8 operators, Cairns-based Skytrans and Perth-based Skippers Aviation.

Skytrans now operates 11 Dash 8-100s and three Dash 8-300s, while Skippers has a fleet of four Dash 8-100s and six Dash8-300s.

Both operators primarily use the aircraft on mining charter services, where the aircrafts range and hot and high capabilities have been especially valued, as well as its ability to operate from unpaved airstrips when serving remote mine sites. The carriers also use them on their limited regular public transport (RPT) networks to remote centres to great effect.

For Skippers, adding the -300 to its fleet has allowed it to ride the resources boom, with the aircraft allowing for bigger shift changes at some of the mines it flies to. Similarly, the aircraft has also given it the option to up-gauge some of its RPT services in WA to meet demand.

Cobham Aviation Services has also been a longtime Dash 8 operator, having leased in -100 and -300 series aircraft to meet the needs of its resource charter clients.

Cobhams Surveillance Australia is also a notable Dash 8 operator, flying six Dash8-200s and four Dash 8-300s, which have been modified to carry a specialised sensor system and larger fuel tanks to enable it to carry out maritime surveillance missions on behalf of Customs.

A file image of a Dash 8 aircraft operated by Cobham conducting aerial surveillance. (Cobham Aviation Services)

Across the Tasman, now-defunct carriers Ansett New Zealand and Origin Pacific operated Dash 8-100s and -300s.

Air New Zealand also ordered Q300s to replace the Saab 340s operated by Air Nelson. The first one was delivered in Montreal in July 2005 and today the airline operates 23.

The Air New Zealand order was something of a coup for Bombardier at the time, especially as one of the carriers other regional subsidiaries, Mount Cook Airline, already operated ATR 72s.

Further north, Dash 8s have been long-term residents of Papua New Guinea, having been flown for many years by AirNiugini and Airlines PNG, providing vital internal connections and also flying between Port Moresby and Cairns.

Air New Zealand Q300 ZK-NEP at Wellington. (Gary Hollier)

Future Developments

Despite the earliest model Dash 8s now having been out of production for three years, demand for the -100, -200 and -300 series remains high and overall plenty of life remains in the fleet, particularly with the manufacturer continuing to support the oldest aircraft still flying.

Bombardier announced in 2009 that it would extend the life of the -100 series out to 120,000 cycles from the previous 80,000 cycles through an Extended Service Program.

The company says that on current usage trends the effective life of the aircraft could be extended for up to 12 years.

One operator Australian Aviation spoke to said that the life extension had meant that the values of Dash 8-100s had increased and that it was getting hard to find aircraft available. As a result, some operators with a requirement for more aircraft are moving up to the larger -300 which are easier to source on the global market.

Another problem for Dash 8 operators has been the lack of new aircraft in the market, especially in the 37-seat category.

The Q400 introduced a Thales digital avionics suite. (Bombardier)

Further support is coming from Fokker Services, which last year signed an agreement with Bombardier to provide spares and logistical services to Dash 8 operators. The service builds on its ABACUS program which helps to support legacy Fokker types.

At the same time, Bombardier has also given every indication that it plans to further extend the Dash 8 design up into a new 90-seat aircraft in future.

In 2007 Bombardier started talking of a Q400X, which would use the basic airframe but feature a stronger wing and upgraded engines and would be aimed at operating on short but dense regional routes. Originally, the manufacturer had indicated that the Q400X could be developed to enter service as early as 2013.

The Q400X talk has also prompted ATR to closely examine a larger aircraft, with the two manufacturers playing a game of cat and mouse over the last few years.

More recently engine manufacturers General Electric and Pratt & Whitney have indicated that they are working on developing more powerful turboprops for both Bombardier and ATR.

However, this year Bombardier has cooled on attacking the 90-seat market, with recent comments from its marketing team indicating that any move on that segment would likely come after 2016.

In the meantime though, the Dash 8 looks set to continue its legacy in Australia of being a flexible and hardy regional workhorse.

VIDEO: A look at a QantasLink Dash 8 Q200 taking off from Lord Howe Island Airport from the wiiwheel64 YouTube channel, which highlights the excellent field performance of the aircraft.

Postscript: In November 2018, Bombardier announced the sale of the Q400 program, as well as all assets, intellectual property and type certificates associated with the out-of-production Dash 8 series, to Longview Aviation Capital. It established a new company with a famous name De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd for manufacturing the Q400 turboprop.

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