A platform for rapid innovation

first_imgWhen Regina Dugan, Facebook’s vice president of engineering and head of Building 8, spoke at Harvard, she described the discipline and architecture required for a company or institution to sustain “a hot cauldron of activity,” producing innovations of lasting impact.Common to the greatest innovations in history is a shared passion for advancing “use-inspired basic research” — which is to say, “audacious science and an application that matters” said the former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) during her Nov. 7 talk.Affirming the essential value of transformative research in shaping the future, Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) has established a collaborative research agreement with Facebook. It establishes a platform on which Harvard faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers can quickly and easily pursue joint or sponsored research projects with Facebook, bringing both academic and product-driven perspectives to bear on scientific questions of mutual interest. Harvard is among 17 academic institutions that have signed on to Facebook’s Sponsored Academic Research Agreement (SARA), announced today.Computer scientists, social scientists, and electrical engineers from Harvard routinely attend the same conferences as Facebook’s internal researchers, each presenting innovative discoveries that inspire new lines of inquiry. The new agreement facilitates the type of interactions and collaborations that naturally arise from this intellectual cross-pollination.“When curiosity strikes, with this new agreement in place, Harvard researchers can initiate new projects with scientific colleagues at Facebook almost immediately,” said Isaac T. Kohlberg, Harvard’s chief technology development officer and senior associate provost. “Technological advancement poses urgent challenges and opportunities in fields such as computational science, artificial intelligence, privacy, computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and advanced materials and manufacturing. This agreement with Facebook recognizes that the most significant, transformative solutions will be informed by university science.”The University has similar agreements, typically known at Harvard as strategic research alliances, with companies including BASF, Evotec, UCB, Charoen Pokphand, and a group of Tata companies, among others. The alliances foster long-term scientific partnerships that can advance discovery in a broad area of science, drawing on strengths from across the University.last_img read more

MOL-Karpowership to bring LNG-to-Powership to Mozambique

first_imgMitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Karpower International, a unit of the Turkish Karadeniz Holding, have agreed to jointly carry out the first LNG-to-Powership project under the co-brand Karmol in Mozambique.For this purpose, the two companies will jointly own and operate an FSRU and a Powership, MOL said in its statement, noting that the pair have already introduced the concept of LNG-to-Powership solution outlining the Mozambique project.This LNG-to-Powership project consists of the collaborative operations of the FSRU to deliver regasified LNG and the Powership to receive regasified LNG in order to produce electricity, which is subsequently provided to Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), the Mozambican National Power Utility, through the electricity connection and transmission facility.The FSRU is now being converted from an existing LNG carrier, while the Powership is currently operating with heavy fuel oil in Nacala, but in accordance with the prior arrangement with EDM, it will be switched to operation with LNG after the FSRU delivery.In the past years, Mozambique has seen rapid economic growth, which in order to sustain requires the increased supply of stable and affordable supply of electricity.Karmol’s LNG-to-Powership solution with power generation capacity of 120 MW will create the supply of electricity for the people of Mozambique and, provide critical infrastructure for the use of LNG within Mozambican territory.When completed, the project will be the first LNG -to Power solution and FSRU project in Eastern and Southern Africa.MOL and Karpowership intend to continue to jointly develop LNG-to-Powership projects all over the world.last_img read more

TV blackout

first_imgSpanish women’s football is going through its most turbulent season. Of the hard negotiations for the first agreement in this category, whose agreement came in December with a heading that is expected, the television conflict, which directly interferes with the delay in signing this document. The situation is the least confusing. On December 20, unions and employers raised a world historical pre-agreement, which set from wages to maternity or work disability protocols. But its official signature, agreed for January 15 and subject to the economic agreement between the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Association of Women’s Soccer Clubs (ACFF), is expected. The Causes They walk on another of the fronts that maintain the controversial day after day in the First Iberdrola: television rights. As it happened at the beginning of this century in the men’s category, there is no audiovisual regulation that encompasses all clubs. Everything revolves around a war of interests, among which many point to Real Madrid and Barça. Both clubs, with their own televisions, are key to understanding this audiovisual block and, therefore, the agreement. And if there is no agreement in this area, there is no economic consensus and the agreement cannot see the light, since the teams cannot ensure compliance. As indicated to AS various sources, the two clubs want to broadcast their matches through their channels, without financial consideration for the visiting team, and even broadcast their meetings away from home based on the simulcast (give a match on two platforms at the same time), without exclusivity. A fact that has upset what was agreed between Mediapro, the RFEF and the ACFF, which agreed to broadcast two games on GOL TV, the rest to be determined.The problem of all this was manifested with the non-retransmission of Atleti-Barça, the most important match in Primera. María Teixidor, secretary of the Barça club, blamed Mediapro for it, ensuring that from Barça they did not oppose the issuance of the match, but Your consent was not in writing, as requested, since the culé entity accepts its field right (retransmit the duels at home), the principle by which it issued the Classic’s outing without the Atleti accepting it. A conflict that denotes the lack of specific regulation for retransmissions of women’s football and in which a consensus is urgent. For now, the most affected are still the players. They have no agreement or visibility …last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 23 (PTI) Scoreboard of the World Twenty20 New Delhi, Mar 23 (PTI) Scoreboard of the World Twenty20 Super 10 Group 1 match between Afghanistan and England at the Feroz shah Kotla stadium here.England innings JJ Roy b Amir Hamza 5 JM Vince c & b Mohammad Nabi 22 JE Root run out (Rashid Khan/Mohammad Nabi)12 EJG Morgan* b Mohammad Nabi 0 BA Stokes b Rashid Khan 7 JC Buttler?c Mohammad Nabi b Samiullah Shenwari6 MM Ali not out 41 CJ Jordan c & b Rashid Khan 15 DJ Willey not out 20 Extras: (LB-6, W-8) 14Total: (7 wickets in 20 overs) 142 Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-42, 3-42, 4-42, 5-50, 6-57, 7-85Bowling: Amir Hamza 4-0-45-1, Shapoor Zadran 4-0-34-0, Mohammad Nabi 4-0-17-2, Samiullah Shenwari 4-0-23-1, Rashid Khan 4-0-17-2. MORE PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more