ION announces new regional 3D multi-client program in Argentina

first_img ION announces new regional 3D multi-client program in Argentina . Photo: courtesy of John R Perry from Pixabay. ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today announced a new 3D multi-client program in Argentina’s Neuquén Basin.  ION is nearly tripling the size of its Vaca Muerta program to 25,000 sq km over one of the most prospective unconventional plays in the world, which is estimated to hold 16 billion barrels of recoverable hydrocarbons.  The first phase of the program is complete with twenty-five seamlessly merged 3D data sets comprising a single 9,000 sq km depth volume.  The second phase of the program is in progress and will increase the project size to 25,000 sq km by merging an additional 60+ surveys and incorporating 150+ wells.  Future interpretation studies derived from this information will provide the framework for a basin-wide understanding of all major intervals in addition to the Vaca Muerta Formation.“Oil and gas companies are investing billions of dollars to explore and develop this world-class unconventional resource,” said Joe Gagliardi, Senior Vice President of ION’s Ventures group.  “Many operators are active in the area and our project underwriters agree that a large-scale program will improve understanding of the basin architecture as a whole, and how the Vaca Muerta fits into the larger exploration picture.  ION has repeatedly demonstrated its unique ability to rapidly and cost-effectively provide a cohesive view of basin-wide systems using existing 3D seismic and well data.” Source: Company Press Release The first phase of the program is complete with twenty-five seamlessly merged 3D data sets comprising a single 9,000 sq km depth volumelast_img read more

Education and clean energy

first_imgDear Editor:This writer truly believes that all state lawmakers need, for the good of the residents of the State of New Jersey support the following two efforts of our Governor Phil Murphy: tuition consideration for all residents to attend the community colleges in each county. There are so many students who desire to attend a two year college in order to start their education endeavors and just cannot afford even the tuition at any type of institution of higher learning.We are aware of working people with families who did not have the opportunity to attend college directly after graduating high school and now desire to return to school and better their lives and the lives of their families.As the Governor stated, education should not be a privilege but a right. In regards to the issues of the environment and clean energy we stand behind the Governor’s plans concerning wind turbines to combat climate changes in New Jersey. It is Governor Murphy’s goal to be 100% in this area by mid century. Also it is further advantageous in regards to the number of jobs during the construction and when completed permanent jobs.We all should stand behind Governor Murphy in these two goals for the health, education and welfare of the people of New Jersey. Respectfully submitted,Robert B. Knapplast_img read more

With fasting, enzyme turns off body’s production of fats, cholesterol

Fasting helps cause an enzyme with several important roles in energy metabolism to turn off the body’s generation of fats and cholesterol, Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found.  The findings could lead to new approaches to treating elevated cholesterol and lipid levels.The researchers’ report, published today in Genes & Development, describes how SIRT1, one of a group of enzymes called sirtuins, suppresses the activity of a family of proteins called SREBPs, which control the body’s synthesis and handling of fats and cholesterol.The study’s lead author is Amy Walker, PhD, of MGH’s Cancer Center, and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.  The senior author is Anders Näär, PhD, assistant cell biologist at the MGH Center for Cancer Research, and an associate professor of cell biology at the Harvard Medical School.“This study is significant because it explains the signals that tellthe body to burn fat in response to fasting or dieting,” says David A. Sinclair, PhD, a professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) who helped discover the genes that code for sirtuins but was not involved with this MGH-led study.  “This improved understanding could help treat and prevent metabolic diseases such as atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes.”Under normal conditions, the body produces appropriate levels of fats and cholesterol, both of which are essential to life.  A high-fat diet can cause abnormal elevations in fat and cholesterol levels in the blood, which may lead to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and other serious disorders.  If the body is deprived of food for a short time, it shuts down the production and storage of fat and cholesterol and shifts to using stored fats as the primary source of energy.Explains Walker, “SIRT1 had previously been shown to act as an energy sensor, promoting the use of stored fat in response to fooddeprivation. However, its function in shutting down fat and cholesterol synthesis was unknown.  These findings point to SIRT1 as a master regulator of physiologic energy stability that controls the synthesis and storage of fat, as well as its usage as fuel.”Fasting can turn off the activity of SREBP proteins, and the research team investigated whether direct suppression of SREBPs by SIRT1 was responsible for the metabolic shift.A series of experiments in worms, fruit flies and mice showed that the versions of SIRT1 present in those animals suppressed SREBP activity and the associated synthesis and storage of fats.  The experiments also showed in mouse and human cells that SIRT1 acts on SREBP by removing a protective molecule, marking the protein for degradation, and that inhibiting SIRT1 activity caused levels of SREBP to rise.  Treating genetically obese mice fed a high-fat diet with an agent that increases sirtuin activity suppressed the expression of SREBP-regulated fat synthesis genes and reduced the amount of fat stored in the animals livers.Sirtuins have also been associated with the increased longevity in response to reduced calorie intake observed in several species of animals.  Drugs that stimulate sirtuin activity are currently being investigated for treating diabetes and related conditions.“Sirtuin activators could strengthen SIRT1 functions that may be suppressed in individuals with cardiometabolic disorders,” explains Naar. “Our results suggest these agents may be able to ‘trick’ the body into responding as though it was experiencing fasting, with beneficial metabolic consequences, but that hypothesis needs to be tested in future studies.”The study was supported by the Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging at HMS and grants from the National Institutes of Health.  Additional co-authors of the Genes & Development article are Fajun Yang, Karen Jiang, Jun-Yuan Ji, Toshi Shioda, Peter Mulligan, Hani Najafi-Shoushtari, Josh Black, Jitendra Thakur, Johnathan R Whetstine, Raul Mostoslavsky and Nicholas Dyson, MGH Cancer Center; Jennifer Watts, Washington State University; Aparna Purushotham and Xiaoling Li, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Olivier Boss, Michael Hirsch, Scott Ribich, Jesse Smith, Kristine Israelian and Christoph Westphal, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals; Joseph Rodgers and Pere Puigserver, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Sarah Elson and Lisa Kadyk, Exelixis, Inc., and Anne Hart, Brown University. read more

A building block for GPS

first_imgAs Harvard celebrates its 375th anniversary, the Gazette is examining key moments and developments over the University’s broad and compelling history.Next time your Global Positioning System (GPS) helps you get from point A to B without pulling out a map, thank Norman Ramsey.A professor emeritus of physics who recently died at 96, Ramsey’s work lay the foundation for the development of the atomic clock, a device that allows scientists to measure time more precisely than ever, and which is a critical component in global positioning systems (GPS).Just as a grandfather clock counts the oscillations of a pendulum to keep time, atomic clocks use the movement of atoms — which oscillate at precise frequencies — to measure time. Using the devices, a second is no longer measured as a fraction of the time it takes the Earth to revolve around the sun, but as the time it take a cesium-133 atom to oscillate 9,192,631,770 times.The advantage of such clocks is in their previously unheard of accuracy. Since every cesium-133 atom oscillates at the same frequency, clocks can be built that neither lose nor gain a second in millions of years. Such precision is critical in a number of scientific fields. Atomic clocks are used to track satellites in deep space, to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity, by astronomers seeking to use multiple radio telescopes to capture images of objects light-years away, and by geologists, who use GPS to track the movement of earthquake fault lines.Despite the apparent ubiquity, however, Ramsey’s work wasn’t initially directed toward hyperprecise measurement of time, but at probing the internal structure of molecules and atoms.When he arrived at Harvard in the late 1940s, Ramsey established a lab aimed at using magnetic resonance — a technique that involved passing a stream of molecules and atoms through rapidly alternating magnetic fields — to study their structure.Inspired by his difficulty in obtaining uniform magnetic fields, however, Ramsey began searching for ways to refine the technique. What he eventually discovered was that separating the magnetic fields, and exposing the molecules and atoms to the fields briefly as they entered and exited a chamber, vastly improved the resolution. Though Ramsey dubbed his discovery the “separated oscillatory fields method,” it has since become known as the Ramsey method, and today is still in use in labs throughout the world.Ramsey’s discovery promised new insight into the structure of the physical world, but other researchers also saw it as a possible key to creating an atomic clock.“The possibility of making an atomic clock had been suggested years earlier, but no one paid much attention to the idea,” said Daniel Kleppner, Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who worked with Ramsey as a student. “When Norman invented the separated oscillatory fields method, people immediately realized this method could make atomic clocks practical.”But while others devoted their attention to using the Ramsey method to develop an atomic clock, Ramsey, with help from Kleppner, turned his attention in another direction: using a maser, or microwave laser, as the basis for an atomic clock. The work led to the invention of the hydrogen maser, a device still used in a host of technological applications, including GPS timing systems and radio astronomy.“He was interested in making a better clock, and the key idea for it was the hydrogen maser,” Kleppner said. “It’s fair to say that the separated oscillatory fields method opened the way to the creation of atomic clocks, but he wanted to create a still-better clock than could be made with the beams method, and that work led to the hydrogen maser.”Though the design of the device has been refined over the years, Ramsey’s essential creation remains unchanged, Kleppner said. Many time labs actually use both types of timepieces. Cesium-133 beam clocks are extremely accurate over the long term, and hydrogen masers, which are accurate in shorter-term, measure time more precisely than ever.The impact of Ramsey’s work is ultimately incalculable, Kleppner said.“His work was the beginning, and the atomic clock has turned out to be transformative on society,” he said. “The GPS system has transformed the world so many ways that people don’t realize. It’s used to transmit information over the fiber-optic cables that make up the backbone of the Internet. It keeps trucks moving across the country in the right way. It’s used in the airline industry. Without it, life would be very different.”Incredibly, though, Ramsey’s separated oscillatory fields method work didn’t just lead to atomic clocks. The method is also one of the key discoveries that led to the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a medical diagnostic tool, Kleppner said.“I know he took great pleasure in the fact that his early work contributed to the development of MRI,” he said. “He was focused on what seemed like basic problems, but he was confident that the research was worthwhile, and that turned out to be the case.”last_img read more

Dell Technologies Capital and Portfolio Companies Arrive at Dell Technologies World to Talk Innovation & Success

first_imgTwo years ago, Dell Technologies World (DTW) served as the stage in which Dell Technologies Capital (DTC) came out of stealth and revealed itself to the world. Embodying the Dell Technologies spirit of innovation pioneered by Michael Dell when he founded his company 35 years ago, DTC was established to augment and lead innovation at Dell Technologies, and to deliver even more innovative solutions for our customers and for the industry.As DTW 2019 is set to kick off in Las Vegas, it’s a perfect opportunity to look back and see how Dell Tech Capital has emerged as one of the top performing corporate venture capital firms in the world.DTC has invested $100+ million a year in a total of 90 early stage startups, completing 38 exits.Our 2018 results are especially noteworthy:IPO exits: ZScaler (ZS), Docusign (DOCU)Acquisition exits: Cylance (acquired by Blackberry for $1.4B), RedLock (acquired by Palo Alto Networks for $173M), CloudEndure (acquired by AWS), Edico Genome (acquired by Illumina), BlueData (acquired by HPE)3 new unicorns: Graphcore ($1.7B valuation in Series D), JFrog ($1B+ valuation in Series D), Netskope ($1B+ valuation in Series F)10 new investments: Faction, Immuta, Iotech, Netifi, Noodle.ai, Provino Technologies, Toka, Yugabyte, two in stealth12 follow-on investments: Agari, Cloudknox, CNEXLabs, Graphcore, Jask, JFrog, Moogsoft, Netskope, Packet, RiskRecon, Twistlock, VastNumerous DTC portfolio companies are currently experiencing growth rates of 100%+ and several are exceeding $50 million in revenue.As we gather for DTW 2019, select DTC portfolio companies will join us to share their stories, and how they’re partnering with DTC:Faction2018/19 Developments: Faction has seen explosive growth in their VMware Cloud on AWS practice over the last year, backed by their unique Cloud Control Volumes (CCV) and Hybrid DRaaS multi-cloud portfolio of products. They’ve also expanded their reach across the Atlantic into London, with additional European and APAC location planned for 2019.How they’re partnering with Dell Technologies: Faction has been working on a strategic initiative with Dell EMC that has culminated in a joint launch for Dell Cloud Storage Services. Faction added support for the Dell EMC Storage portfolio to their Hybrid Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (HDRaaS) and Cloud Control Volumes™ (CCV™) products. The available storage platforms now include Dell EMC Unity, Isilon, and PowerMax. As part of this partnership, Faction recently announced its membership in the Dell EMC Select Partner Program as the only multi-cloud managed service provider for Dell EMC Storage, giving customers the ability to procure these offerings through a familiar purchasing vehicle.Graphcore2018/19 Developments: Graphcore officially gained unicorn status in 2018, with a valuation of $1.7 billion after raising $200 million in its Series D funding.How they’re partnering with Dell Technologies: With production AI silicon shipping in 2018, Graphcore is working closely with Dell EMC on go-to-market plans for a Dell/Graphcore IPU offering.Immuta2018/19 Developments: Immuta, the automated data governance company, launched several industry-first platform advancements in 2018 that make it easy for users to access and collaborate with the data they need, when they need it, while protecting sensitive data and ensuring their customers’ privacy. Recognized by CNBC as one of the most promising up-and-coming companies with the potential to transform industries, and named 451 Firestarter and 2018 Gartner Cool Vendor in Data Science and Machine Learning, Immuta also announced several new technology integrations, and a cloud business unit dedicated to building managed cloud-services for its customers.Lightbits Labs 2018/19 Developments: Lightbits Labs emerged from stealth mode in March, announcing its series of solutions for remaking modern cloud infrastructure. The company is reinventing the way storage and networking are conducted in cloud data centers by disaggregating storage and compute, improving performance and TCO.How they’re partnering with Dell Technologies: Lightbits is a VMware partner that delivers storage-compute disaggregation using NVMe over TCP/IP networks and a global FTL software layer that optimizes for performance and endurance. The technology holds great promise for customers looking to extend hyperconverged infrastructure to environments that are served by traditional storage products today.Noodle.ai2018/19 Developments: After joining the DTC portfolio in 2018, Noodle.ai was ranked #1 B2B Top Startup by LinkedIn, and is leading the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s initiative to reduce waste with AI. Noodle.ai was also recently named a 2019 Gartner Cool Vendor in Artificial Intelligence Across the Supply Chain.How they’re partnering with Dell Technologies: Dell and Noodle.ai are announcing the launch of the world’s first Enterprise AI® platform supporting manufacturing and supply chain digital transformation projects at Dell Technologies World. Even before DTC invested $35 million in Noodle.ai to build the world’s first multi-tier industrial-grade edge-to-cloud-to-edge solution, Noodle.ai has been working in stealth mode to deliver artificial intelligence for Industry 4.0.Packet2018/19 Developments: Packet expanded its position as the leading bare metal automation platform for developers by growing to 20+ public cloud regions, releasing an on-premises solution for Enterprises, and launching edge deployments to serve global operators and new use cases.How they’re partnering with Dell Technologies: Packet is working closely with Dell Technologies to innovate on both Intel and AMD EPYC platforms, including a popular system optimized for VMware and Telco / NFV and released at Google Next.The success of DTC is rooted in our approach to business building and innovation. We invest in passionate founders who push the envelope in enterprise technology: next generation hybrid/multi cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, devops, AI/ML, IoT, storage, compute, networking and open source. We are early-stage investors who can leverage the go-to-market capabilities of Dell Technologies for the benefit of our startups.The most innovative startups today aren’t necessarily struggling to secure funding – they’re looking for partners who can help them scale their business. DTC specializes in showing our portfolio companies how to grow while connecting them with Dell Technologies and its business units to provide critical market leverage. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver for our customers, and most DTC investments have product or sales integration with Dell, Dell EMC, VMWare, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks or Virtustream.We hope to see you this week at DTW as we demonstrate how we’re pushing the envelope on digital technology for enterprises and consumers, and how we’re driving innovation throughout Dell Technologies.About Dell Technologies CapitalDell Technologies Capital is the investment arm for Dell Technologies.  We’ve invested in over 100 companies that push the envelope on digital technology for enterprises and consumers.  We are a team of world-class investors who help our companies succeed.  We focus on early-stage investments with passionate founders. Our companies gain unique access to the go-to-market capabilities of Dell Technologies. For more information visit www.delltechcapital.comDell Technologies is the parent company of Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream, and VMWare. Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information.last_img read more

Prosecutors appeal ruling that split trials in Floyd’s death

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in Minnesota have appealed a judge’s ruling that split the trials of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death and kept the first trial scheduled to start in March. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled earlier in January that Derek Chauvin, the officer seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck last May even as he said he couldn’t breathe, would go on trial March 8. Cahill also ruled that the other three officers on the scene would be tried later. He said at the time that trying all four officers at the same time would make social distancing difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Prosecutors appealed to the state Court of Appeals Thursday.last_img

Event promotes safe driving

first_img “Women’s Health brought the idea to SGA, and we felt that it was a great idea,” she said. “We think the texting while driving simulation is especially worthwhile because it is something that is gaining more attention across the country.” The event, co-sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and Women’s Health, Saint Mary’s health services center, is intended to increase awareness about drunk driving and texting while driving. Parsons said that while there is no set speaker or planned discussion, students are able to stop by the “Arrive Alive” at any point during the afternoon to participate in the simulator, ask questions or get more information about UNITE. She expects students to gain a new level of respect for the importance of not taking part in risky driving behaviors and the simulator is an effective way to help spread this message. “[SGA] hopes that students learn of the consequences that can come from drinking and driving as well as texting while driving,” she said. “I think anytime you allow students to physically participate in something, the message is better understood.” “As college students, it is always important to remind students of the dangers of drinking and driving.” “I think texting while driving is especially important for students to understand the consequences of because it is a more recent problem with the increase in technology over the last decade,” senior student body president Maureen Parsons said. “People are now tweeting, using Facebook and emailing while driving. It is important for students to understand what can happen and the risks of texting and driving. “With the simulation, student will be able to truly experience what it feels like and what can happen drinking and driving or texting while driving,” Parsons said. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 3,000 people were killed as a result of drivers sending text messages while behind the wheel in 2010. In the same year, more than 10,000 people were killed due to drivers getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol, the equivalent of one crash every 51 minutes. These statistics lead Women’s Health and Parsons to bring “Arrive Alive” to campus. The event will feature a car simulation to help participants to get an idea of what it is physically like to drive while drunk or texting. The presenting company, UNITE, is a top health and wellness organization in the country. UNITE visits schools and universities to educate students of all ages across the nation about the risks of distracted driving. Parsons said she is thankful to Women’s Health for bringing the concept to SGA’s attention. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to experience distracted driving firsthand at the “Arrive Alive” present Tuesday at the Student Center atrium. “Arrive Alive” will take place Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Center atrium.last_img read more

Jamestown Red Raiders Win 2020 State Championship

first_imgPhoto by Andrew Stevenson/WNY News Now.JAMESTOWN – On Monday, the Jamestown Raiders hockey team took home the 2020 State Championship with a 6-2 victory over Lancaster at Northwest Arena.Going 2-0-1 in the preliminary round, the Raiders picked up a victory in the Semi-Finals Monday morning to advance to the Championship Round, defeating Syosset 6-4.Less than a minute into the championship game, the Raiders drew first blood via the first of two goals by Raiders defenseman Alex MacCallum.MacCallum would extend Jamestown’s lead to 2-0 after netting his second goal of the game in the second period, a lead the Raiders would not relinquish. In the losing effort for Lancaster, Devin Clemons did score a goal to cut the team’s deficit to 2-1 with under six minutes left in the second period.Jamestown responded with a 4-0 scoring run after Clemons’s goal, with two goals by forward Cooper Bergman and goals by forwards Cooper Bergman and Tristan Spillane. Jared Voelker scored the other goal for Lancaster with the game out of reach.Named the MVP of the championship game, MacCallum went into the championship game with just one goal scored in 16 games played this season.In the regular season, Bergman was the team leader with 22 points, scoring eight goals and adding 14 assists.Spillane averaged one point a game during the 2019-2020 regular season, scoring nine goals and 18 points in 18 games. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local Distillery Donating Hand Sanitizer Proceeds To Local Food Bank Program

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Submitted Image.LAKEWOOD – A local brewery is donating 100 percent of its hand sanitizers proceeds to a local food bank program.Southern Tier Distilling Company, who pivoted their production to produce alcohol base hand sanitizer amid the COVID-19 pandemic, has so far donated over $5,000 to FeedMore WNY, a group who helps the St. Susan Center in Jamestown.Company officials say since March they have sold nearly 1,000 4oz hand sanitizers bottles.“These unprecedented times require companies to think and act differently,” said Phin DeMink, Founder of Southern Tier Distilling Company. “Every individual and company in this community has an obligation to help out and support each other as we work through this crisis.” “We are proud of this effort and happy that we could pass on the proceeds to such a great cause,” furthered DeMink. “The inspiring work of St. Susan Center, in Jamestown, and similar organizations around Western New York, deserve as much support as they can get at any time, and especially now.”To purchase the locally made hand sanitizer, visit stdcspirits.com.last_img read more

Focus your credit union’s sales and service culture

first_imgUse a focused sales and service culture to attract and retain your most important members, says Denny Graham, president/CEO of FI Strategies LLC, a CUNA strategic partner.“Everybody out there wants a share of the member,” Graham said about building and maintaining a service-oriented strategy during CUNA’s Sales & Service Culture Institute. “It is not enough to just give good service. Everybody gives good service.”Credit unions must define for their employees and members what makes their financial institution unique in the marketplace.Nearly 40 credit union professionals gathered in Madison, Wis., in October for the institute to learn how to establish a sales and service culture within their credit unions and improve their workplace culture. Graham was one of the primary presenters. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more