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The AutoScan platform includes interchangeable quick-connect probes that measure gas permeability, resistivity, ultrasonic compressional/shear wave velocities, composition (FTIR), mechanical strength, and elastic stiffness. All property measurements are spatially correlated and represent near-surface data.

This spatially correlated data allows the user to integrate all property scans and describe the data in the context of visible mineralogical and structural core properties. AutoScan data can be used for petrophysical rock typing, plug selection, and the determination of upscaled reservoir model parameters. 

Resistivity The resistivity probe measures variations in complex electrical impedance. The probe is a true four electrode frequency-dependent device, designed to be operated submerged in a liquid bath. In addition to resistivity, the measurement is sensitive to mineralogy.

Velocity and Permeability Velocity and permeability measurements are fully integrated into a single probe so that measurements can be made sequentially. The velocity probe measures ultrasonic compressional/shear wave velocities. The probe is directional and can be configured in orthogonal orientations to determine elastic anisotropy variations. The permeability probe, co-located with the velocity probe, measures gas permeability using a steady-state gas injection technique.

Composition (FTIR ) The addition of an FTIR probe provides a measurement sensitive to mineralogic composition. The spectrometer is configured as a non-contacting probe that measures mid-infrared surface reflectance within a 3 mm (.12 in) spot size. The probe includes real time spectral data viewing and support software, an LCD video camera, and data acquisition software.

Mechanical Hardness The impulse hammer probe measures elastic stiffness. The point measurements are sensitive to variations in inelastic stiffness and strength and can be configured to produce a strength index. Unlike competing methods, such as scratch tests, this probe is (i) a non-destructive measurement (millimeter scale indentation only) and (ii) quantitative.

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The vision of the New England Research Cloud (NERC) is to create a regional resource, rich with world-class cloud computing services. We are building a common cloud framework that is tailored for data-driven discovery and will be available to many institutions in New England.  NERC is part of the Mass Open Cloud Alliance . This sustainable partnership is aimed at bringing together research clusters and technology professionals.  The  robust computer science research focusing on cloud technology coupled with strong industry collaboration ,  will create the opportunity for the innovation space to flourish and will allow domain scientists to have access to technology not found elsewhere.  This approach sets NERC apart from today’s public clouds and is critical to bridging the gap in skills that are needed for research and teaching professionals. 

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Our research facility, situated in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is conveniently located in Fairfield County, just over 60 miles from New York City. This location allows us to draw from a substantial patient pool in the Tri-State area. The region is also served by three major teaching hospitals.

If you participate in one of our studies, you’ll find that our facility offers you a comfortable and accommodating environment. We are easily accessible from I-95, Route 15 (Merritt Parkway), U.S. Route 1, and public transportation routes.

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As part of the company’s open research environment, MSR-NE supports the academic tradition of hosting colloquia, seminar series, and special events that contribute to the intellectual commons. Hundreds from the local academic community have joined to speak at or attend these events, and the lab had more than 350 academic visitors this past year, many of whom have engaged deeply with other Microsoft Research researchers and with our product groups.

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The NEERO 2024 conference  will take place Wednesday, April 24 - Friday, April 26, 2024 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, in historic Portsmouth, NH. 

As researchers and practitioners, activists and policy makers, students and teachers, NEERO calls on each of us to rise up and leverage our expertise to share, collaborate, learn, and take action through educational research. This theme calls on this community to explore how educational justice has been successfully pursued, identify the barriers to this pursuit (past and present), and imagine how these pursuits will continue and change in the years ahead. 

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The AutoScan scanner is a unique measurement platform developed by NER for the detailed quantitative and efficient description of core properties.  NER developed this non-destructive measurement system specifically for rock typing, plug selection, and well-log data calibration in order to optimize the use of core for reservoir characterization. A detailed description of core properties and their correlations is made possible via the use of interchangeable probes for ultrasonic velocity (compressional and shear), complex electrical impedance, hardness testing, gas permeability, composition (FTIR), and digital photography. Formation heterogeneity for each of these properties can be measured in a single setup on up to 4 meters (12 feet) of core using point measurements and surface scans. A high-precision computer-controlled XY gantry guided by a laser ranging device positions each probe at programmed locations and sample measurement intervals as small as 0.5 millimeter (.02 inches).

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The first lady will be making appearances and giving remarks at events on tuesday and wednesday, by laney broussard • published february 18, 2024 • updated on february 18, 2024 at 11:25 pm.

First lady Jill Biden will be in New England this week for a fundraiser and an event about research on women's health, the White House said Sunday.

Biden will travel to to Connecticut, then Massachusetts, on Tuesday, and leave Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release from her office.

Biden will arrive at Tweed New Haven Regional Airport in Connecticut at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday ahead of a political finance event for the Biden Victory Fund in Guilford, according to the release.

That evening, the first Lady will arrive at Boston Logan International Airport. She'll speak at an event in Cambridge the next morning as a part of the White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research.

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Biden leads the initiative, launched in November to close the gender research gap in health care.

"Every woman I know has a story about leaving her doctor’s office with more questions than answers. Not because our doctors are withholding information, but because there’s just not enough research yet on how to best manage and treat even common women’s health conditions. In 2023, that is unacceptable," she said in a statement announcing the initiative.

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Tesco has warned customers they only have a limited amount of time to use up £18m worth of Clubcard vouchers. 

Millions of the vouchers issued in February 2022 are to expire by 29 February and can no longer be used. 

Customers can also exchange points for vouchers at more than 100 of Tesco's partners.

New vouchers are issued every three months in February, May, August and November. 

More are set to arrive via post or the Tesco app on 5 February. 

More than 7,000 pubs could close in the next year, according to new polling. 

Some 16% of 200 pubs surveyed said they are likely to close in the next 12 months - equivalent to 7,248 out of the 45,300 in the UK. 

Four in five said they had seen their profits nosedive, according to the survey by Survation for the UK Spirits Alliance. 

Many are now calling for the government to slash alcohol duty in next month's budget. 

David Beckham has quietly sold his shares in an ailing CBD product group, according to a report. 

Cellular Goods - also known as Cel AI - sells cannabinoid infuse creams, lotions and oils. 

When it debuted on the stock market, its shares almost quadrupled from their 5p launch price on their first day of trading. 

Beckham owned 5% of the shares, but The Times is now reporting he is no longer a shareholder. 

The company has suffered a series of problems, including Facebook and Google's ban on the advertising of cannabis-derived products. 

Many holiday destinations are showing a drop in hire car prices, according to a new report from Which? 

The consumer organisation said it had examined data from car hire broker Zest Rental and looked at 3,000 airport rentals in 13 popular locations.

They included Orlando, Alicante, Lanazrote and Corfu, covering the Easter and summer holidays. 

All car types were covered for week-long rentals.

Which? said Corfu currently has the cheapest average rental costs over Easter.

A week is £84 on average, with prices dropping 47% on last year, when the average price was £158. 

Also over Easter, prices in Funchal in Madeira have dropped by 35% on 2023. A week's rental now costs £266.

And in Palma, Mallorca, the average rental is costing £92 less than last Easter - a fall of 29%. 

It is now £227 - compared to £319 a week last year.

Jeremy Hunt has met industry figures to discuss raising the £20,000 tax-free ISA savings limit, according to POLITICO's London Playbook. 

It says Mr Hunt is either looking at adding an extra £5,000 allowance for people who buy shares in small and medium-sized firms on the London Stock Exchange, or creating a "Great British ISA".

The chancellor previously shelved plans for a "Great British ISA" which would have allowed investors to buy a certain amount of UK company shares without paying tax (currently these are taxed at 0.5%). 

But Playbook reports this is "firmly back on the table". 

Officials reportedly say raising the tax-free allowance is the more likely option but no decision has been made. 

The plan could complement the government's aim to sell shares in NatWest to retail investors later this year.

Although inflation has started cooling, prices in January were still 4% higher on average than at the same time last year. 

Use our calculator below to see how much prices have risen on the groceries, clothing and leisure activities you pay for...

With the spring budget looming next month, focus is on what Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will do to boost the economy. 

Tax cuts might sound welcome to households, and the Tory right, but economists are warning they could backfire by reversing the recent fall in mortgage rates. 

Mr Hunt and the prime minister have previously spoken of their ambition to cut taxes at this budget - if it won't negatively effect the economy. 

Bloomberg's senior economist has warned the chancellor must be careful not to undermine Bank of England efforts to tame prices.

Mr Hunt will need to "deliver sweeteners for voters that don't cause the BoE to rethink the merits of reducing interest rates this year", he said. 

"A policy package that ends up lifting mortgage rates is the last thing Hunt will want with an election looming."

Simon French, chief UK economist at Panmure Gordon, also warned increases in the minimum wage, pensions and benefits in April could be inflationary so the chancellor should avoid doing "anything that risks amplifying that". 

Over the last fortnight we've reported extensively on experts suggesting the UK retirement age may need to rise to 71 - so we thought it was worth taking a look at what happens in other countries.

The current UK state pension age is 66, but it will rise to 67 between May 2026 and March 2028. A further rise is expected from 2044, to 68. 

Earlier this month a report by the International Longevity Centre suggested the retirement age in the UK and some other countries would need to rise to 71 by 2050 to support a rapidly ageing population - meaning anyone born after April 1970 would have to work longer. 

So how does the UK currently compare with other countries across the world?

Australia, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy and the Netherlands all have a retirement age of 67 - the highest in the world.

Those with the lowest ages include China, India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and Ukraine - with Indonesia the lowest on 58.

The supermarket has been forced to recall its Carlos Takeaway Meat Feast Pasta Bake over an ingredient not mentioned on the label. 

The pasta dish contains mustard but its absence from the ingredient list means it's a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to the condiment. 

Dishes with a use-by of 25 to 27 February are being recalled, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said. 

Customers who have bought the pasta bake can return it to their nearest store for a full refund. 

Airbnbs could be impacted by new rules aimed at improving the rental market.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has announced restrictions on short-term letting, requiring new planning permission if a house is going to be rented out for more than 90 days in a year - like if it is being used as an Airbnb.

There are also plans to set up a register of properties being used for short-terms letting within each council.

Regions like the South West of England have raised concerns that the property market is being skewed by many properties being used as short-term lets at the expense of those living in the area.

Mr Gove said: "These changes will ensure people have more control over housing in their cherished communities.

"We know short-term lets can be helpful for the tourist economy, but we are now giving councils the tools to bring them under control so that local people can rent those homes as well.

"These changes strike a balance between giving local people access to more affordable housing, while ensuring the visitor economy continues to flourish."

Amanda Cupples, Airbnb general manager for northern Europe, said: "The introduction of a short-term lets register is good news for everyone.

"Families who host on Airbnb will benefit from clear rules that support their activity, and local authorities will get access to the information they need to assess and manage housing impacts and keep communities healthy, where necessary.

"We have long led calls for the introduction of a host register and we look forward to working together to make it a success."

A pause for breath on the FTSE 100 this morning after Friday's surge.

Then, the index gained 1.5% on the back of renewed hope for Bank of England rate cuts ahead.

It fell back by 0.2% to 7,692 in early deals at Monday's open.

On the wider market, shares in Currys rose by 38% at the open.

That reflected confirmation of a possible bidding war for the electricals retailer following a Sky News story at the weekend of an offer .

The initial approach by activist investor Elliott Advisors was rejected on value grounds.

China's JD.com has since admitted interest too.

Brent crude oil costs continue to hover around the $83 a barrel mark, reflecting the Middle East tensions.

A pound is worth $1.26 and €1.17.

76% of teachers think most young people leave school or college without the money skills they need for adulthood.

The poll was conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Money and Pensions Service, a government-backed body that has warned hundreds of thousands of young people could be leaving school each year financially unequipped.

Money is on the curriculum in all four UK nations but the age at which schools deliver it to young people can differ. It is usually taught as part of maths and numeracy, citizenship and personal development subjects.

The average price tag on a home jumped by more than £3,000 month-on-month in February, Rightmove says.

The average new seller asking price increased by 0.9% or £3,091 to £362,839, according to the property website - in line with seasonal expectations.

Tim Bannister, Rightmove's director of property science, said "momentum to move in 2024 is continuing to build, but prospective sellers mustn't get carried away". 

Buyers have more choice and many are still very price-sensitive, with mortgage rates remaining elevated, he said.

Hospitality bodies have united to make demands of Jeremy Hunt ahead of his spring budget.

UKHospitality, the British Beer and Pub Association, British Institute of Innkeeping and Hospitality Ulster have called for a VAT cut, further energy support, capping the business rates increase due in April and reducing the rate of alcohol duty.

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Drug offers ‘wonderful’ breakthrough in treatment of asbestos-linked cancer

Medicine used alongside chemotherapy in trials quadrupled three-year survival rates for mesothelioma

Scientists have developed a drug to treat mesothelioma, a notoriously hard-to-treat cancer linked to asbestos, in the biggest breakthrough in two decades.

Thousands of people are diagnosed with the disease globally every year, which tends to develop in the lungs and is mainly caused by exposure to asbestos at work . It is aggressive and deadly, and has one of the world’s worst cancer survival rates.

Now scientists are hailing the “truly wonderful” arrival of a new therapy, which they say should offer fresh hope to those with the disease and their families.

In an international trial spanning five countries, led by Queen Mary University of London, a new drug that cuts off the tumour’s food supply quadrupled three-year survival rates. The results were published in the journal JAMA Oncology .

“This trial has changed the lives of people with mesothelioma, allowing us to live longer,” said one of the patients who benefited from the drug. The 80-year-old, who wished to remain anonymous, won compensation from his former employer after being exposed to asbestos in a factory in the 1970s.

He was given four months to live, but thanks to the trial is still alive five years later. “I have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren now – I wouldn’t want to miss all that,” he said.

The breakthrough is significant, experts say, because mesothelioma has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer. The new drug, ADI-PEG20 (pegargiminase), is the first of its kind to be successfully combined with chemotherapy in 20 years.

The trial involved patients from the UK, US, Australia, Italy and Taiwan, and was led by Prof Peter Szlosarek at Queen Mary. Each received chemotherapy every three weeks for up to six cycles. Half were also given injections of new drug, while the other half received a placebo for two years.

Among the patients included in the final analysis were 249 people with pleural mesothelioma – when the disease affects the lining of the lungs. They had an average age of 70.

The study, known as the ATOMIC-meso trial, was conducted at 43 centres in the five countries between 2017 and 2021. Those who received pegargiminase and chemotherapy survived for an average of 9.3 months, compared with 7.7 months for those who had the placebo and chemotherapy, according to the results published in JAMA Oncology.

The average “progression-free survival” was 6.2 months with pegargiminase-chemotherapy, compared with 5.6 months among patients who had the placebo and chemotherapy.

“In this pivotal, randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial in 249 patients with pleural mesothelioma, pegargiminase-chemotherapy increased significantly the median overall survival by 1.6 months and quadrupled the survival at 36 months compared to placebo-chemotherapy,” the authors wrote.

“Pegargiminase-based chemotherapy was well tolerated with no new safety signals.”

The breakthrough follows two decades of work by Szlosarek, after his original discovery that mesothelioma cells lack a protein called ASS1, which enables cells to manufacture the amino acid arginine.

This knowledge was used to develop the drug. ADI-PEG20 works by depleting arginine levels in the bloodstream. For tumour cells that cannot manufacture their own arginine, this means their growth is thwarted.

“It’s truly wonderful to see the research into the arginine starvation of cancer cells come to fruition,” said Szlosarek. “This discovery is something I have been driving from its earliest stages in the lab, with a new treatment, ADI-PEG20, now improving patient lives affected by mesothelioma.”

Dr Tayyaba Jiwani of Cancer Research UK, which funded the research alongside the biotechnology company Polaris Group, said: “This study shows the power of discovery research which allows us to dig deep into the biology of mesothelioma to uncover vulnerabilities that we can now target with ADI-PEG20.”

Liz Darlison, chief executive of the charity Mesothelioma UK, said: “The UK mesothelioma community, including doctors, nurses, patients and families living with mesothelioma, are extremely proud of ATOMIC. It offers another much-needed treatment option and, above all, hope to those living with mesothelioma.

“We look forward to seeing this treatment become available as a standard option to all patients in the future.”

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Jewett Unbound: Global Perspectives on New England Regionalism

Jewett Unbound:

Global Perspectives on New England Regionalism

 October 18-19, 2024

Université Paris Cité Paris, France

https://jewettparis2024.weebly.com/

Conference co-organizers: Vesna Kuiken (SUNY-Albany) & Cécile Roudeau (LARCA, Université Paris Cité  and the National Centre for Scientific Research)

  Partners:  Brown University, Maine Women Writers Collection, SUNY-Albany,  LARCA CNRS-UMR 8225, Université Paris Cité   Deadline for proposals: April 15, 2024 Proposals (300 words and a short bio)  should be sent to: [email protected]     Conference fee: 100 EUR 20 EUR for graduate students, independent scholars, and retired faculty

Conference Outline

      France figures prominently in Jewett’s life and writing: she claimed French (Huguenot) descendance through her paternal grandmother; she knew French well and integrated French language, painting, and literature in her work; shewas a frequent visitor to France; she was translated into French by Th. Bentzon (Mme Blanc) and waspublished in La Revue des Deux Mondes ; she maintained contact with the Acadians, or the “Québecois”, of Maine. More particularly to the current moment, the worldwide canonization of Jewett and her enduring importance is perhaps nowhere better epitomized than in her work’s inclusion in France’s prestigious agrégation examinations: in 2021-2023 all French universities were required to teach at least one class on Jewett. 

      But these two—biographical and strictly academic—are not the only reasons to situate the first ever conference dedicated to Jewett’s work in France. By dislocating Jewett from Maine and New England, to which she is all too often bound, we aim to dislocate the study of American literary regionalism—as well as the concept of “the region” in general—from its narrow territorial framework and emphasize its transatlantic and global dimensions. We find this move to be strategically important on at least two levels: first, by widening Jewett’s territorial scope, we necessarily widen the span of her work’s reception, possibly encouraging the translation of her prose and poetry into other languages, as well as the recognition and translation of other American regionalist authors from Jewett’s period and circle. Secondly, by dislocating the concept of “the region”—via regionalist literature—we aim to rearticulate the relationship between the local and the global to show that no single region can any longer be understood as an isolated unit but rather must be understood as a site where the local and global inextricably meet, alerting us to the new reality of climate change and the wholesale revaluation of all values and concepts that this phenomenon elicits. Unhinging Jewett from New England and transplanting her to another locale opens the way for internationalizing her work and allowing it to mobilize the themes so urgently in front of us in the Anthropocene. 

      In 2024, “Sarah Orne Jewett Unbound” aims to initiate a new wave of regionalist Jewett scholarship that will both celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the groundbreaking volume New Essays on The Country of the Pointed Firs and respond to it by offering new critical avenues for a twenty-first century Jewett. To that end, we invite proposals that bring Jewett’s regionalism into conversation with current topics in literary humanities, focused but not limited to:

-       Blue Humanities: The Atlantic ocean links Jewett’s Maine seascapes with European and Caribbean spaces, repositioning her regionalism as a truly transcontinental formation concerned with plantation slavery, colonial trade, and the transplantation of invasive biota to imperial spaces.  -       Environmentalism and Post-Humanism: Environmental exploitation in Jewett’s work is linked with New England’s logging, shipping, fishing, and whaling industries revealing a rarely explored thematic cluster of her writing’s proto-environmentalism that extends to the urgent questions of the entanglement of human and non-human worlds, and the rearticulation of human identity as trans- and/or post-human. -       Critical Race and Indigenous Studies: Recent scholarship has uncovered Jewett’s interest in deep time geology and indigenous cultures which links Jewett regionalist temporality with pre-contact eras and reveals its neglected focus on the violence against, and dispossession of, native civilizations. -       LGBTQ and Post-Gender Concerns: Jewett’s “Boston marriage” with Annie Field was the topic of the first two scholarly waves but its link with other gender and sexual identities, as well as with the concerns of queer intimacies not restricted to heteronormative practices, has not been sufficiently explored. -       The Future of the Jewett Archive: While Jewett’s work is immense, critics, students, and teachers tend to focus on a handful of them. The conference will seek to explore Jewett’s rarely considered and unpublished stories, poetry, and vast correspondence, as well as the ways in which these texts will be transcribed, digitized, and archived.          The conference will be the inaugurating event for the institution of the first Sarah Orne Jewett Society, the most reliable avenue to preserve an author’s legacy. It will feature a show-case and Q&A session with the Maine Women Writers Collection about the practical dimensions of archival work as well as the future of regionalist research. 

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