Nasa showcases potential new heart pump motor

first_imgAn animation released by Nasa on social media on 8 March showcases a new piece of technology which could give hope to people born with a missing ventricle. The video shows a heart motor pump that uses flywheel technology produced by Doctor Mark Rodefeld at Nasas Glenn Research Center.Flywheel technology is a type of technology that features a motor gaining incredible speed and then maintaining the energy produced as rotational or kinetic energy. Rhodes states on Nasas website that the idea behind the pump is to help those, particularly children, who are born with half a heart and therefore lack the full system to pump blood round their bodies.The current method of dealing with this problem is to have a heart transplant or the Fontan procedure, which is a set of surgeries that creates a passive version of the blood pumping system within the heart. Rodefelds solution was to create a small conical pump, driven by an electrical motor to be placed into an existing heart network. This would reproduce the pressures and flow coming from the body and head, reducing the wear and tear on the single remaining ventricle and extend the life of the patient.A team of scientists and researchers spent two years designing and creating prototypes based on Rodefelds idea and their initial tests have been successful. But Nasa states on its website that further development is needed as the pump will need to be the size of a nickel in order to work. Rodefeld hopes that he will be able to engage more engineers at Glenn in the development of the project, with the goal of advancing this life-saving technology in young patients.last_img read more

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UP member killed in police gunfight

first_imgA union parishad member was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Hamid Member alias Dakat Hamid, 45, a member from ward-5 of Sadar union parishad and son of late Abul Hashim of Maheshkhalia in the upazila.According to police, Hamid was accused in 12 cases filed on different charges, including human trafficking, murder, and possessing firearms and drugs.Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf model police station, said a police team, led by sub-inspector Sujit Chandra Dey, conducted a drive in Maheshkhalia area around 3:30pm on Monday and arrested Hamid.Around 1:00am, they conducted another drive at Maheshkhalia Noughat along with Hamid to recover firearms and yaba pills, he said.When police reached the spot, Hamid’s cohorts opened fire on them forcing them to retaliate which triggered a gunfight, the OC said, adding that he was caught in the line of fire at one stage.Hamid was taken to Teknaf Health Complex where the physicians referred him to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for better treatment.However, he succumbed to his injuries around 3:40am.Three policemen were also injured in the gunfight, Pradip claimed, adding that they recovered 4 LGs and 6,000 yaba pills from the spot.last_img read more

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Technologys Daydream Is Becoming the Nightmare of BrickandMortar Retail

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » July 7, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Recently, Amazon announced that it would be buying Whole Foods for an astounding $13.7 billion. To those who have followed Amazon’s trajectory for a while now, this was an obvious next step in parallel with their grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh. To those who still see Amazon as nothing more than a technology company overextending itself, let me explain what this deal means.Related: The Winners and Losers in Amazon’s Whole Foods DealWe’re past the point of offline businesses looking to understand how to get online — a pain point from the mid 2000s — and we’re now entering an age where companies that started online are bringing their business offline. They’re jumping out of the computer screen and into real life.For big retail, and age-old companies that were behemoths before the internet, this is a nightmare. For tech companies and .com disruptors, this is a daydream come true. The internet is big. But when an internet company can move from the computer and into the real, physical world, suddenly that world just got exponentially bigger. Amazon buying Whole Foods is yet another step in this direction.Some see this sort of development as terrifying, threatening, even unfair. As someone who not only watched the first .com boom in 1999, but was building my business, Interline Brands, I can tell you that this sort of rampant growth isn’t new. It just looks bigger, faster and stronger because of the size of the companies. The internet expanded everything in its sight, but the underlying principles, changes, twists and turns are all familiar.This is why, if you are an entrepreneur in today’s day and age, this is the one thing you need to do in order to survive, thrive and not get swept up in the tide of the changing landscapes. You have to go all in and commit to being a “business bachelor” in the sense that you can’t be married to the way your business has always done things. You have to be willing to pivot and adjust as new trends reveal themselves and rules bend.In the past year, top retailers have closed hundreds of store fronts across the U.S. When Amazon announced its acquisition of Whole Foods, Kroger’s stock plummeted 13 percent. Along with it, shares of other retailers with grocery sections such as Target, Costco, SuperValu and Sprouts all plunged as well. You can see this as a looming cloud for your business, especially if you are in retail. Or, you can see this sort of behavior as an opportunity.Related: 8 Interesting Tidbits From Whole Food’s Town Hall Following the Amazon AcquisitionI have been building businesses for a long time. Build long enough, and each decade you’ll start to realize that while the variables may change, the underlying principles remain the same. My most recent company, LendingOne, provides real estate bridge and rental loans to non-owner occupied real estate investment property owners. Now, when I started down this road, I very well could have looked at what had been done already in these markets, followed a similar blueprint and been on my merry way. But any aware entrepreneur in today’s day and age knows that the waves are moving fast, and you can’t base decisions on where the ball was. You have to look hard for where the ball is going to be.Instead, I decided to structure the company with the same fundamental principles that are leading today’s booming startups. Our technology at LendingOne works similar to Uber. They don’t own any cars, and we don’t own any loans. If you’re interested, I tell the full story about how we came up with the idea for LendingOne in my book ALL IN: 101 Real Life Business Lessons For Emerging Entrepreneurs.So, the takeaway for today’s entrepreneurs is this: Don’t become blinded by the big numbers of today’s hottest companies.As the internet enters its next stage of maturity and begins bringing its online successes offline and into the real world, a lot is going to change. Acquisitions are going to be rampant, and they are going to be publicized accordingly. News is going to spread fast because of the internet, and shockwaves are going to be felt through parallel industries, as seen by Kroger’s stock price after Amazon’s announcement about acquiring Whole Foods.Related: With Whole Foods Purchase, Amazon Just Bought a Playground for Big DataThese things are important to take note of, but they should also be kept in proportion to your own business. What matters is that you keep your focus on what your business needs, where the trends are moving and remaining unmarried to the “way things have always been done” so that you can pivot accordingly.If you spend too much time wrestling with the fear of change, you’ll miss the wave. You need to know when to pivot, and do so quickly and effectively. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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