Extraction and characterization of collagen from Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic squid and its potential application in hybrid scaffolds for tissue engineering

first_imgCollagen is the most abundant protein found in mammals and it exhibits a low immunogenicity, high biocompatibility and biodegradability when compared with others natural polymers. For this reason, it has been explored for the development of biologically instructive biomaterials with applications for tissue substitution and regeneration. Marine origin collagen has been pursued as an alternative to the more common bovine and porcine origins. This study focused on squid (Teuthoidea: Cephalopoda), particularly the Antarctic squid Kondakovia longimana and the Sub-Antarctic squid Illex argentinus as potential collagen sources. In this study, collagen has been isolated from the skins of the squids using acid-based and pepsin-based protocols, with the higher yield being obtained from I. argentinus in the presence of pepsin. The produced collagen has been characterized in terms of physicochemical properties, evidencing an amino acid profile similar to the one of calf collagen, but exhibiting a less preserved structure, with hydrolyzed portions and a lower melting temperature. Pepsin-soluble collagen isolated from I. argentinus was selected for further evaluation of biomedical potential, exploring its incorporation on poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) 3D printed scaffolds for the development of hybrid scaffolds for tissue engineering, exhibiting hierarchical featureslast_img read more

China Conducts Large-Scale Military Exercise

first_img China Conducts Large-Scale Military Exercise View post tag: News by topic A local daily reported Monday that China’s East China Sea Fleet has been conducting an unprecedentedly large-scale military exercise in the…By Sofia Wu (focustaiwan)[mappress]Source: focustaiwan, June  14, 2011; Share this article View post tag: Large-scale View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Exercisecenter_img June 14, 2011 View post tag: china View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today China Conducts Large-Scale Military Exercise View post tag: military View post tag: conductslast_img read more


first_imgEarlier this year, the City of Evansville launched a major campaign, and its momentum continues to build.The Diamond Galleria, located on Evansville’s east side, has partnered with the city of Evansville in their “E is for Everyone” campaign. This October, The Diamond Galleria and owners Bert and Tyna Wheat celebrate four years as a local Evansville business, and they could not think of a better way to celebrate than continuing their mission to support Evansville.“If it wasn’t for this city and the people, Bert and I wouldn’t have been able to live out our dream of opening our own jewelry store as a couple. We want to share our story, so others can be inspired to strive for their dreams and Evansville can help them do it,” Tyna says.Drive by The Diamond Galleria at the corner of Burkhardt & Vogel day or night and see their large ‘e is for Engagement’ window display.“We are thankful for members like Bert & Tyna Wheat, owners of The Diamond Galleria, who have embraced the new branding ‘e is for everyone’ to show their community pride to both visitors and residents that Evansville and southwest Indiana is a special place to live, play and grow a business.” Christy Gillenwater, President, Southwest Indiana Chamber.The Diamond Galleria has given over $100k in charitable contributions and hosted 23 in-store charity events over the last four years. Bert & Tyna Wheat say that they’ve been able to give so much due to support from the community and the success of their business. When people shop The Diamond Galleria, they are shopping local and helping us do what we do.Bert said, “This community has done so much for us, so we feel it’s our duty to continue to help it thrive. We want Evansville to be the best it can be, and by participating in local charity, we’re able to do our part.”Check out The Diamond Galleria’s creative display and consider how you will contribute to the city’s campaign – because “E is for Everyone.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Snug Harbor Dredging Is Underway

first_imgWork on an almost $1 million effort to dredge Snug Harbor began this week.The operation is pretty simple: An excavator with a long arm scoops mud from the floor of the lagoon, swivels and dumps it on a barge. The material is then transported across the channel to a site underneath the Ninth Street Bridge.Low tide at Snug Harbor on Thursday, Aug. 27, the day City Council approved spending more than $997,000 to make it six feet deeper.City Council in August awarded a $937,900 contract to Wickberg Marine Contracting of Belford, N.J. to complete the job at Snug Harbor, a lagoon between Eighth and Ninth streets that has no water at low tide.Equipment arrived earlier this month, but the contractor had to wait for final approvals from state regulators before work could begin.An estimated 14,000 cubic yards of material will be removed to make Snug Harbor six feet deeper from the Bay Avenue bulkhead to a 150-square-foot box outside the mouth of the lagoon (leading to the channel).Because the disposal site under the bridge has only 8,600 cubic yards of capacity, the contractor will haul material away by truck to the Wildwood landfill to make room to complete the project.The contractor will be required to dig twice to remove material that fills in immediately.Read more: A Costly Quest to Unclog Ocean City Lagoons and Bayside. A contractor dumps the first load of material dredged from Snug Harbor at a site under the Ninth Street Bridge along the Route 52 causeway on Wednesday.last_img read more

Festive focus

first_imgSainsbury’s Taste the Difference dessert line for Christmas features 14 new or improved-recipe products, including a Belgian Chocolate Brownie Torte and a Toffee Pecan Roulade. It is also launching several Taste the Difference chocolate desserts, including: Gift Cake a square sponge base topped with a rich mousse, laced with brandy, glazed with a ganache-style topping and adorned with a handmade white chocolate ribbon; a Triple Layer Cake three layers of Belgian chocolate cake; and an all-butter vanilla cake sandwich, together with a chocolate buttercream filling and topped with chocolate icing and flakes. All its Christmas cakes, including a Taste The Difference Holly Leaf version, are new, says a spokesperson.Morrisons will be making festive bakery products fresh in-store every day, according to a spokesperson. These include several new items: a White Chocolate Snowball Dessert; a Chocolate and Mandarin Bar Gateau; panettone in addition to an Indulgent Belgian Chocolate Cake; stollen; and mince pies.Its savoury range includes game pies and a Chicken and Stuffing Star Roll, while its ’The Best…’ range features a Chocolate and Ginger Pudding, Winter Spiced Pudding, Cherry Almond Topped Pudding, and a Chocolate and Irish Cream Cluster Cake.The two big cake launches for Asda this year are an Alpine scene cake and a ski-slope scene cake, says a spokesperson. The Extra Special 3 Month Matured Courvoisier VS Cognac Laced Alpine Scene Cake is an all-butter fruit cake, laced with Courvoisier VS Cognac and layered with marzipan and icing, and hand-finished with an Alpine snow scenein edible decorations and glitter. The ski-slope scene sponge cake, filled with plum and raspberry jam and vanilla frosting, is covered with soft fondant icing and hand-finished with royal icing snow, with Rudolph and Percy Penguin characters. The retailer will also offer mini brownies and biscuit bites for a mixed dessert option, a sherry trifle cake and a profiterole cake.Waitrose’s Christmas bakery range features a Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding, from the new Heston at Waitrose range, with a whole candied orange hidden inside. Also new for 2010 is a Toffee and Pecan Pudding; Mincemeat Crumble Slices; and Royal Iced Christmas Cake Slices. A spokesperson says the recipes for its decorated fruit Christmas cakes including Waitrose Christmas Tree Iced Christmas Cake, Waitrose Richly Fruited Snowflake Cake by Fiona Cairns and Duchy Originals Organic Dundee Cake have all been redeveloped for this Christmas and feature new decorations. Some of its undecorated cakes have also seen recipe changes, including its Waitrose Rich Fruit Christmas Cake.The Co-operative’s in-store bakery will be offering mini chocolate logs, ’decorate your own’ gingerbread men, gingerbread novelty shapes and mince pies. One of its key Christmas items is a Limited Edition Truly Irresistible Irish Cream Melting Middle dessert made with rich dark chocolate free-range egg sponge filled with Belgian milk chocolate and Irish cream-flavoured sauce. For ethically-minded food fans, Fairtrade products include Christmas pudding and mince pies.New products in Tesco’s bakery range include, in its Finest Range: an Ultimate Christmas Cake and Iced Rich Fruit Christmas Cake; a Tesco Angel Fruitcake; and a Luxury Chocolate Panettone. As part of its party food selection Tesco will be offering Finest Mini Steak & Ale Pies, Mini Cornish Pasties, Mini Eclairs and Mini Doughnuts. Other festive bakery products include a Tesco Fresh Cream Chocolate Log; Iced Rich Fruit Christmas Cake Bar; Ultimate Matured Christmas Pudding with Courvoisier VS Cognac; and a Matured Christmas Pudding with Cherries and Brandy or Apricots and Cognac.last_img read more

String Cheese Incident Shares Pro-Shot ‘Midnight Moonlight’ From Vegas Run

first_imgOne weekend ago, The String Cheese Incident hit the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV, hosting a trio of Sin City Incidents for eager fans. Among the many, many highlights from the run came in the first set of night two, when the band broke out into their rendition of “Midnight Moonlight.” The classic Peter Rowan song came to life in the cheesy enthusiasm of the Brooklyn Bowl crowd, and, thanks to SCI, we now have pro-shot footage to share.Watch “Midnight Moonlight” from Las Vegas below:Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 3/19/16Set One: Sweet Spot, Rhum N’ Zouc, Eye Know Why, Midnight Moonlight, Smile, Turn This Around > In a Cold Sweat > Turn This AroundSet Two: Desert Dawn, Bumpin’ Reel, I Wish > Piece of Mine, Until the Music’s Over, Miss Brown’s Teahouse > I’m Your Boogie Man > Miss Brown’s Teahouse > Colorado Bluebird SkyEncore: Shaking the Tree[Cover photo via Erik Kabik]last_img read more

Grateful Dead In September 1983 Revisited: Flying Saucers, Sombreros, Stars, & Speed Traps

first_imgIn the summer of 2018, the Grateful Dead’s ongoing Dave’s Pick’s CD subscription series made its first foray into the band’s so-called “dirty eighties” era when it released the Boise, ID show from September 2, 1983 as the 27th release since its inception in 2011. It remains a standout show from one of the more inconsistent eras from the Grateful Dead’s 30-year history from 1965 to 1995, and after repeated listens, it prompted a deep dive into the two weeks of shows in the western U.S. that followed it–and what we re-discovered was too much fun not to share.The so-called “dirty eighties” era ran from March 1983 through July 1986, in the middle of an 11-year period from 1979 to 1990 that featured the longest run of one lineup in the band’s history: guitarists/vocalists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, keyboardist/vocalist Brent Mydland and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. Musically, the “dirty eighties” era is frequently defined by Jerry Garcia’s inconsistent performances due to health issues, but the band continued to sell out arenas because the “on” shows, (or the “on” portion of a shows) would contain unusual bursts of creativity that came out of nowhere but then were almost never repeated. Shows from this era can also be immediately identified by Brent Mydland’s polarizing use of a more synthesized keyboard sound (as opposed to a piano) as his primary tone, but this was the era Brent also made significant leaps as a creative contributor out of necessity. He had to be much busier on Garcia’s off-nights, and by the time Garcia’s health had returned in 1987, Mydland’s ability to follow his playing and react accordingly bordered on the telepathic.PRELUDEThe Boise show was always on the shortlist for official release as it has a great performance and a great setlist, but it was also the first show of a great run for this era. After a week of gigs in the Pacific Northwest (a fertile territory for Grateful Dead music from the early days), and still remains so now that generated momentum, the Boise show kicked off an 8-show run bolstered by a “secret weapon”: a lovestruck Phil Lesh.A look back through Phil Lesh’s memoir Searching for The Sound reveals that the bassist was in the early days of his relationship with his soon-to-be-spouse Jill (the couple recently celebrated their 34th anniversary), and he was looking for a way to spend some extra time with her on the road:“So I stayed up late one night in Eugene, Oregon, concocting a plan: I would rent a car and we would drive, just the two of us, through Portland and Pendleton on the way to our next gig, Boise – and maybe even from there…we laughed and talked our way across the countryside, picking up local radio stations wherever we could, discovering incredible synchronicities between the places we were and the music we heard.” (SFTS, p. 262)BOISE – September 2ndAs one might expect, Phil was in a great mood at the Boise show, taking a rare step to the mike to good-naturedly declare, “Citizens of Boise! Surrender or perish, for you are a conquered people!” before the band eased into a surprise opener of “Wang Dang Doodle” in its second-ever airing, followed by “Jack Straw”. The remainder of the first set contained a healthy selection of western-themed songs, but the second set went deep into psychedelic territory with stellar versions of “Help on the Way” > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower” and “Estimated Prophet” into “Eyes of the World” into a long Bob & Brent jam.Unfortunately, the Dave’s Picks version of the show is sold out and is not found on streaming services, but a link to an audience recording of the show is here.However, Boise was only the beginning, and it was already far from a “normal” road trip when Jill and Phil had a real-life close encounter of the first kind after the show: “While traveling from Boise to Park City, Utah, we saw a flying saucer streak across the sky in front of us.” SFTS, p. 262Well, then.PARK CITY – September 4thThe Grateful Dead’s next show at Park City Mountain Resort on September 4th took place in a decidedly casual setting, even for the era–an uncovered stage was set up next to the resort’s ski lift, and some well-connected fans were actually able to view the daytime show from the balconies of the ski condos situated directly behind the stage. And while the Boise show got the nod for a Dave’s Picks release, the Park City show could have easily been chosen in its place.A strong 10-song first set kicks things off, featuring 1983 regular and subsequent rarity “Brother Esau”, “Althea”, an early “Hell in A Bucket” and “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider” to close. Meanwhile, the second started with a standout 27-minute “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain” and a surging sequence of “Spanish Jam” > “Other One” > Wharf Rat” out of space before Bob changed the lyrics throughout the “One More Saturday Night” encore to “One More Labor Day Night”.RED ROCKS – September 6th, 7th and 8thThe legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, a venue carved into a hillside between two stone monoliths, is a venue that conjured up musical magic from the Grateful Dead from 1978 onwards, and Phil didn’t half know it: “I had been talking up Red Rocks and the music we made there all the way from Portland, and I was going to make sure she got some great shows. With a crescent moon in the sky, I showed off for Jill by dropping bass bombs (loud, profoundly percussive low notes or chords) left and right. By the third show I was bopping around the stage with a fiendish grin on my face–it was that much fun.” SFTS, p. 263The first night on September 6th was the band’s third straight exemplary show, with a first set highlighted by “Bird Song” and one of the Grateful Dead’s final performances of the much-missed “Lazy Lightning > Supplication”, while the second set centered around an interstellar 54-minute journey comprised of “Playing in The Band” > “Drums” > “Space” > “Uncle John’s Band” > “Playing in The Band”.The second night on September 7th contained a more “standard” setlist on paper with the notable exception of “I Need a Miracle” leading off a second set for the first time since 1979, and playing remained powerful and energetic throughout. The final night of the run on September 8th started with the only “Shakedown Street” on this run and a strong “Deal” to close out the first set, and the show’s peaks came from a pre-drums sequence of the second 27-minute “Scarlet > Fire” in a week, followed by a bass-driven “Estimated Prophet” into “Terrapin Station.”After the final Red Rocks show Phil and Jill headed south on the day off, but they made a point to undertake some of the journey after dark: “We stopped and got out, walking away from the car under the high plains stars. Not quite as an intimate experience as in Egypt, these stars, but more brilliant, more colorful, sharper and clearer. We at first stood, transfixed, then climbed on top of the car to lie on our backs, drinking in the glory.” SFTS, p. 263SANTA FE – September 10th and 11thThe next morning, Phil and Jill continued south to New Mexico for the next two shows at the Downs of Santa Fe racetrack, but not without incident:“We cruise over the last rise before the turnoff in Santa Fe, and–what’s this? State police standing on the side of the road, waving everyone over? They pull seven or eight cars, including us, over to the side and give us all speeding tickets. Apparently they’ve been tracking us, along with hundreds of Heads on their way to the show, for thirty miles by plane. So after a thousand miles, the journey ends with a speeding ticket, literally within sight of our destination.” SFTS p. 262-264That minor setback had no effect on the Santa Fe shows, with a pair of weekend daytime shows that each took place at 2:00 p.m. The first show on September 10th features a highly unusual set list, nearly always the sign of a strong show: “The Music Never Stopped” was the surprise opener, while Phil subsequently donned a large sombrero to the delight of the crowd for one of the last first-set appearances of “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” in this slot before its permanent move to the second set. Following a rain-induced intermission the second set kicked off with “Man Smart, Woman Smarter” in its only second set opener appearance of 1983, and later came a five-minute jam after “China Doll” led by Bob and Brent, a rare “no ballads” post-drums sequence of “The Other One” > “Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad” > “One More Saturday Night” and an only-time-ever “Cold Rain & Snow” encore as grey skies and rain clouds approached.The band then celebrated Mickey Hart’s 40th birthday on September 11th by delivering the fourth of the four exceptional shows from this run. While the 10-song first set was rock solid, the second set rivalled Boise with another “Help>Slip>Franklin’s” trio, a rare second-set appearance by “Let It Grow” (one of only seven after 1980), and the tasty post-drums salvo included the still-new “Wang Dang Doodle” (extended to nearly 11 greasy minutes due to equipment problems) into the sole “Morning Dew” performed during these 8 shows.AUSTIN – September 13thPhil and Jill then turned in their rental car and flew to Austin with the rest of the band for the final show of the run on September 13th at the Manor Downs racetrack in Austin, Texas. While this show doesn’t quite match up to the previous shows on this run, it’s still an above-average show by 1983 standards and serves as a nice “encore” to the preceding seven. The first set is set apart by a completely random middle-of-the-set version of “Don’t Ease Me In” (well away from its usual position as the set-closer), and the second set’s clear highlight was the 30-minute “Scarlet > Fire”, followed by the autobiographical anthem “Truckin,”, which couldn’t be better placed for the fortunate souls that experienced some (or all!) of this western swing firsthand.Happy listening and safe travels!last_img read more

New standards call for Interstate sign replacement

first_imgBy David Dill. Now that we are about halfway through the summer construction season, many Vermonters have become aware that the Agency of Transportation is replacing all the road signs along Vermont’s interstate system. This work has prompted many questions, the most common is why?Understandably, many motorists believe that our old highway signs are just fine and that the money we are using to replace these highway signs could be better spent repairing bridges, expanding public transit and paving roads. I too would prefer to put every available dollar into these kinds of high-priority programs, but we do have to address our other responsibilities as well.The bottom line is that from an engineering and safety perspective, those old signs are not OK and the state must replace them. Here is why.Congress recently directed the Federal Highway Administration to adopt a national standard for retro-reflectivity for traffic signs and pavement markings. These new standards, which were established in 2008, apply to all roads open to public travel. Compliance with these new retro-reflectivity rules is a requirement that VTrans must meet by 2015 to continue to receive the critical federal-aid highway funds that come to Vermont.Federal-aid highway funds make up $250 million of the state’s $595 million transportation budget, and are used in all facets of the state’s highway, bridge and public transportation programs.The goal of this new reflectivity mandate is to provide signs that are legible during all times of day and weather conditions.  This is largely accomplished through the retro-reflectivity of the sign sheeting.  The expected life of this sheeting is approximately 15 years.  Many of the signs on our interstate system are at least 20 years old, and some that were recently replaced on northern portions of I-91 were the original signs from way back in the 1960s and 70s.The posts and foundations for these signs are also being replaced. All new signposts are designed to be “breakaway” if struck by a vehicle. This modern technology is a valuable safety tool that will prevent injury and save lives. On the financial front, these sign projects do not tap funds that could otherwise be used for bridge, public transit or pavement projects, so they are not in conflict with those programs. Instead, the new signs are 100 percent federally funded with money called “Section 148 Highway Safety Improvement Program” funds, which can only be spent on safety-related projects.Sign improvements are one of several allowable project categories under Section 148.  The federal government identified sign retro-reflectivity as an important safety feature, which led to the Highway Administration’s adoption of the mandate requiring states to upgrade their existing signs. As a result, VTrans, over the next few years, will replace all traffic control signs on a system-wide basis, prioritized by sign age, which is why the northern section of I-91 was completed first, followed by the current I-89 projects. The rest of the interstate system will follow so that we complete the work by the federally mandated 2015 deadline.David Dill is the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation8.4.2010last_img read more

NRG Systems’ Jan Blittersdorf named chair of American Wind Wildlife Institute

first_imgNRG Systems Inc,Jan Blittersdorf, CEO/Owner of NRG Systems (www.nrgsystems.com(link is external)), was recently named chair of the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) (http://www.awwi.org/(link is external)). As a first order of business, Jan attended a meeting in February with top White House officials to discuss new wind energy siting guidelines issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. â ¢ The development, with the Nature Conservancy, of a unique landscape assessment tool designed to identify sensitive wildlife habitat and areas that are likely to have low wildlife risk where wind energy development could be prioritized;â ¢ Launch of pilot study to build a comprehensive research information system, gathering existing wind-wildlife data to support critical scientific research and analysis;â ¢ The release of Enabling Progress (http://www.awwi.org/initiatives/mitigation.aspx(link is external)), a report that provides a review of current wildlife related mitigation practices employed in the United States and how those practices might relate to future wind energy development.‘From the outset, Jan’s collaborative style and vision have provided clear direction to this group,’ says Abby Arnold, AWWI executive director. ‘With her as chair, we will continue to benefit from her leadership and advance our vision of furthering wind energy and addressing potential wildlife impacts.’Jan Blittersdorf previously served as AWWI vice chair.The eight non-profit partner organizations of AWWI include: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists. In addition to NRG Systems, the remaining ten AWWI industry and utility partners include: American Wind Energy Association, BP Wind Energy, GE Energy, Horizon Wind Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, Pacific Gas & Electric, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Ridgeline Energy, Shell WindEnergy, and Vestas Americas.For more information about American Wind Wildlife Institute, visit www.awwi.org(link is external).About NRG SystemsNRG Systems’ wind measurement equipment can be found on every continent in more than 140 countries, serving electric utilities, wind farm developers, research institutes, and government agencies. The Hinesburg (VT) company, founded in 1982, has been nationally recognized for its LEED gold-certified manufacturing facility and its employee best-practices. For more information on NRG Systems, Inc., visit www.nrgsystems.com(link is external).# # #last_img read more

Cops: Freeport Teen Shooter Visits Victim In Hospital, Is Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager suspected of shooting another teen in Freeport last month was arrested after visiting the victim in the hospital on New Year’s Day, Nassau County police said.Gabriel Tavares allegedly shot the 17-year-old Albhert Corsino in the left calf and thigh near the corner of Guy Lombardo Avenue and Atlantic Avenue on the night of Dec. 12.Officers who responded to the report of shots fired had stopped a car that was fleeing the scene. Police have said they found the victim suffering from two bullet wounds and a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the car.They charged the driver, 22-year-old Alex Valerio-Fernandez, and the victim with criminal possession of a weapon.Corsino, whose bail was set at $40,000, is listed in stable condition at Nassau University Medical Center.After visiting Corsino, Tavares was charged with assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and defacing a weapon.Tavares’ bail was set at $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash during his initial court appearance at First District Court in Hempstead.Valerio-Fernandez is free on $40,000 bond and is due back in court Friday. Corsino is scheduled to be back in court Jan. 10.All three men are from Freeport. None had an attorney listed as representing them.last_img read more