Sizing Up Nanotechnology Safety

Nanoparticles – engineered materials that measure one-billionth of a meter or smaller – can be found in hundreds of consumer products, including food, lotions, cosmetics and more. But according to one expert, some of the research conducted to determine the health and environmental safety impact of nanomaterials may have yielded misleading results. During a lecture at the American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting earlier this month, Christy Haynes, Ph.D., principal investigator of The Haynes Research Group at the University of Minnesota, explained that more than 800 consumer products based on nanotechnology are on the market. A new field, “nanotoxicology,” emerged in the last decade to investigate those concerns. “Initial work […]

Join the RUSH for new effect lights?

RUSH MH 2 Wash Villads Thomsen, Vice President of Global Sales at Martin, commented, “The response at Prolight + Sound was overwhelmingly positive. We feel the time is right to re-energize this segment and are confident that RUSH will appeal to a wide range of markets from clubs and bars to DJ’s, bands and leisure environments. “With a wide array of products to come, there will be a RUSH product to fill every need.” “We are extremely excited about this brand new range as it again brings everything that Martin stands for to the market for installation effect lights. This is by no means new territory for us however as […]

GB4D simplifies the network distribution high in the French Alps

X Games Tignes, 2013 The event was held at the skiing and snowboarding haven of Tignes in the French Alps and, therefore, required specialists at big event productions who are accustomed to working in extreme conditions. Gilles Bouvard compared the challenge of working high in the Alps, with the opposite climatic extreme — since GB4D recently deployed a vast Optocore and BroaMan network over a huge distance for Kuwait’s 50th Constitution Day celebration. “In fact there is little difference,” he said. “On the one hand we have the high temperatures and sand storms, on the other the very low temperatures and snow. We find ourselves in two similar extreme situations […]

Tyson Foods Settlement Addresses Multiple Releases of Anhydrous Ammonia

Tyson Foods Inc. is headquartered in Springdale, Ark. and is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork. EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a Clean Air Act (CAA) settlement with Tyson Foods, Inc. and several of its affiliate corporations to address threats of accidental chemical releases after anhydrous ammonia was released during incidents at facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska, resulting in multiple injuries, property damage and one fatality. “Exposure to anhydrous ammonia can cause serious health issues, and in extreme cases, even death,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “[This] settlement with […]

EPA FY 2014 Versus FY 2012: $300 Million Cut

Despite cuts proposed by the Obama administration, “EPA’s FY 2014 budget reflects our firm commitment to keeping American communities across our country healthy and clean, while also taking into consideration the difficult fiscal situation and the declining resources of state, local and tribal programs,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Our request takes a balanced approach to funding the agency, including increased investments in more efficient technologies as well as necessary program eliminations or reductions.” Fiscal Year 2014 budget highlights include: E-Enterprise, a $60 million initiative, will enable EPA to begin developing tools and expanding systems designed to reduce the reporting burden on regulated entities and provide EPA and state […]

Sennheiser sound goes to Infiniti

Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team The audio specialist has become the team’s Official Audio Supplier, supplying professional audio solutions for the Factory debriefs, driver interviews (providing the wireless 2000 microphone series) and powering the DJ booth in the Paddock Club. The cooperation kicked off at the Shanghai Grand Prix with a special DJ set from Chinese superstar DJ, Jamaster A. Throughout the season, the companies will be working together on a number of projects. The first development to be announced is the creation by Sennheiser of a very special Infiniti Red Bull Racing edition of its acclaimed MOMENTUM headphones, part of Sennheiser’s Style Selection, featuring the colours and logo of […]

XL Video give Biffy Clyro’s ‘Opposites’ added attraction

Biffy Clyro stage set (photo by David Morrell) The ‘Opposites’ tour featured a set with an intricate tree-like structure at first glance which at second squint could morph into of a pair of lungs, complete with the arterial / branch complexity of both structures. This set piece also featured integral video elements. It was combined with a lighting design by Oli Metcalfe and live camera direction by Richard Shipman to form a visual aesthetic and backdrop to the band’s performances. The large upstage LED screen measured 18.5 metres wide by 7.8 metres high and displayed both playback footage and the IMAG mix. In addition to this, ensconced in the set […]

Falls from Roofs Account for One-Third of Construction Fall Fatalities

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) Data Center study, “Fatal Falls from Roofs Among U.S. Construction Workers,” found that falls from roofs accounted for one-third of fall-related construction fatalities from 1992-2009. The findings suggest that workers employed by small establishments, residential construction workers, Hispanic workers and immigrant workers may face disproportionately high risks of roof fatalities. A total of 20,498 occupational fatalities occurred in the construction industry from 1992-2009. Of these deaths, nearly one-third – 6,591 – were attributed to fall injuries, with 2,163 fatalities resulting from roof falls. Citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the study points out that falls account for 76 percent of fatalities […]

NEC Display Solutions adds to medical grade display range

wide-screen 2.3MP MD242C2 It has also refreshed its GammaCompMD QA software suite with a new Graphical User Interface (GUI) and integration of the QAXRAY module in line with the latest Quality Assurance standards. The MD211C3 and MD242C2 are 21.3- and 24.1-inch LED backlit displays for viewing colour and greyscale digital images for diagnosis by trained physicians. The high brightness 3MP resolution of the MD211C3 makes it a perfect upgrade for legacy greyscale and older colour products. Similarly, the wide-screen 2.3MP MD242C2 is a seamless replacement for two 1MP displays. Applications for both monitors include diagnostics image reporting in radiography as well as primary diagnostics imaging, X-Ray, CT, MRI, PET diagnosis […]

Rebecca Brophy named as new PSCo rental manager

Rebecca Brophy, rental manager, PSCo Commenting on Brophy’s appointment, Stuart Holmes, CEO of PSCo Group said, “Our customers appreciate an open and honest approach and we want to show that as part of our integral customer service. Rebecca is a perfect fit to ensure our Rental Team receives the right communications, training, motivation and support they need to deliver this.” Prior to joining PSCo Rental, Brophy spent six years in various retail managerial roles. She holds a BA Hons Degree in Business and Economics from the University of Durham. Your Comment Cancel reply