New technology for tracking self-governing mining lorries

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Researchers have used new technology, based on robotics, to track and assess the status of autonomous underground mining vehicles.
The robotics researchers, based at Queensland University of Technology, have developed a new technology designed to equip underground mining vehicles so they can navigate autonomously through dust, camera blur and bad lighting. These types of hazards normally render a mining vehicle non-operational. The researchers have achieved this new level of control through a combination of mathematics and biologically-inspired algorithms. The new technology makes use of vehicle-mounted cameras. The cameras function to track the location of the vehicle in underground tunnels to within a few meters. Autonomous vehicles are commonly being used in the global underground mining industry. One driver for this is because machinery s required so that mining companies can navigate through harsh environment and maze of tunnels. While machinery has advanced it continues to have limitations in the face of the harsh conditions underground, which was the motivation for the new research. The video below shows the researchers and vehicles in action:

The aim of the new technology was to improve vehicle sensing through infrastructure modifications and to develop new positioning technology to increases efficiency and safety underground. With the development the researchers constructed a different type of positioning system that relies upon cameras rather than lasers. Underground, conventional Global Positioning Systems cannot be used and Wireless Sensor Networks have proved to be unreliable. The research was conducted at the university’s Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, led by Professor Michael Milford. The research was undertaken in collaboration with Catepillar, Mining together with funding provided by the Queensland Government. The next phase of the research is to incorporate artificial intelligence into the camera technology.


Scientists Accidentally Create A Plastic-Eating Enzyme

A Japanese waste dump is an unlikely location for what may be a huge breakthrough in the plastics pollution crisis.

But back in 2016, a team of Japanese scientists sifting through plastic waste found bacteria capable of breaking down and “eating” one of the world’s most popular plastics ― polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. It was hailed as a potential breakthrough at the time. But in a new twist, British and Americanscientists have announced that while studying this bacteria, they accidentally created a mutant enzyme that’s even more efficient at breaking down plastic bottles.

The discovery came as a team of scientists from the University of Portsmouth in the U.K. and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S. examined an enzyme produced by the Japanese bacteria to find out more about its structure. By shining intense beams ofX-rays on it, 10 billion times brighter than the sun, they were able to see individual atoms. Manipulating the structure to better understand how it worked, they accidentally engineered the mutant enzyme.

“Serendipity often plays a significant role in fundamental scientific research and our discovery here is no exception,” said John McGeehan, a biology professor at the University of Portsmouth and one of the lead scientists on the research. “This unanticipated discovery suggests that there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer to a recycling solution for the ever-growing mountain of discarded plastics.”

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A worker sorts plastic bottles at a recycling workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan. 

The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, are now working to further improve the enzyme so it can be used on an industrial scale.

“The engineering process is much the same as for enzymes currently being used in bio-washing detergents and in the manufacture of biofuels ― the technology exists,” said McGeehan. It’s possible that within the next few years there could be an industrially viable process for turning PET into other substances or back into its “original building blocks” so it can be sustainably recycled, he added.

The ability to scale up the process will be crucial. Plastic pollution is fast becoming one of the biggest environmental issues of our time. The mass-produced material is ubiquitous: More than 1 million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute. That’s more than 16,000 every second. Most of these bottles are made from PET, which can take up to 400 years to biodegrade, and many are littering the oceans. Around 8 million tons of plastics enter the oceans each year.

PET is relatively easy to recycle, but over half of global PET waste is not collected for recycling, according to research from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and only 7 percent of bottles are recycled into new bottles (most go into lower-value products).

Some companies that rely on PET have committed to do more. Coca-Cola, for example, which produces more than 100 billion plastic bottles a year, according to Greenpeace, has promised to increase the recycled content of its bottles 50 percent by 2020.

But progress is slow, partly because big businesses have aesthetic concerns about bottles made from 100-percent recycled plastic. The newly discovered enzyme promises to recycle plastic bottles back into new clear plastic bottles, which would require much less virgin plastic. 

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More than 8 million tons of plastic enters the oceans each year. By 2050 it is predicted there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

Some environmentalists and scientists say the breakthrough, though promising, is nowhere near enough to solve our pollution crisis. 

“These enzymes are not abundantly present in nature, so you would need to produce the enzyme first, then add it to the PET plastic to degrade it,” Wim Soetaert, head of the Industrial Biotechnology Centre at the University of Ghent, pointed out. “This is likely to be a slow process. If you have gone through the trouble of collecting the PET waste, then there are clearly far better ways to recycle it or burn it for energy.” He suggested the use of commercially available biodegradable bioplastics would be a better bet.

Greenpeace’s senior oceans campaigner Louise Edge pointed to a desperate need to change recycling and consumption systems on a much wider scale. 

“What we really need are system changes to reduce the volume of throwaway plastic packaging and make sure plastic drinks bottles are collected and separated effectively,” said Edge. “An enzyme alone can’t clean up the complex and widespread legacy of plastic pollution that we have already created.”

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story indicated 20,000 plastic bottles are bought worldwide every second. In fact, the number is more than 16,000.

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New Technology Lets You Put Words In Obama’s Mouth

A paper set to be delivered at next week’s Siggraph conference has gathered a lot of pre-confab attention due to the fact that the innovation might perhaps be utilized to produce phony news videos. The innovation explained in the paper, “Synthesizing Obama: Learning Lip Sync From Audio,” could have many more useful usages, particularly in the entertainment and video gaming industries.Researchers from the University of Washington have established the innovation to photorealistically put different words into former President Barack Obama’s mouth, based on numerous hours of video footage from his weekly addresses. They utilized a frequent neural network to study how Obama’s mouth moves, then they manipulated his mouth and head motions regarding sync them to rearranged words and sentences, developing new sentences.It’s easy to see how

this might possibly be used for dubious purposes, but the innovation is a long way away from becoming commonly offered and it would be fairly simple to spot in fake videos, according to Supasorn Suwajanakorn, the lead author of the study.”It would be reasonably simple to develop a software application to spot fake video,”he states.” Producing a truly realistic, hard-to-verify video may take a lot longer than that due to technical restrictions.”Siggraph’s conference chair Jerome Solomon, dean of Cogswell Polytechnical College, notes that any new innovation can be utilized for good or bad.”This is new technology in computer graphics,”he explains.” We’re making things that may not be believable credible and worlds that do not exist exist. And I believe individuals possibly using any technology from our market might utilize it for bad purposes or excellent.”Plus, Solomon states echoing Suwajanakorn,” I believe it’s a ways far from being readily available to everyone. Our conference is truly a

place where brand-new technology is available in through our technical papers program, but it takes some time for the innovation to appear in the tools. Designers need to go and produce the software to really take this research and get it into the tools.” And there are a wide array of usages for this particular technology.”Automatically editing video to enable accurate lip-sync to a brand-new audio track is an unique advance on an extremely hot subject with lots of useful applications,”states Marie-Paule Cani, Siggraph’s technical paper chair

.”It might be utilized, for example, to seamlessly dub a movie in a foreign language, or to remedy exactly what individuals said in video footage and no cost.” A number of documents and displays of brand-new technology will be on display at Siggraph 2017, to be held July 30 through Aug. 3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.Among the many new technologies will be a presentation by brain-computer user interface company Neurable.” They make a cap that you put on your head and it reads your brainwaves so you can use it instead of a mouse or a keyboard to do different things,”says Solomon.” They’re pertaining to Siggraph with that innovation to demonstrate how you can use it to play a game. Envision playing a game without have a controller in your hand.”A new addition to Siggraph this year is a VR theater with continuous programming. “We’re going to show VR films,” Solomon explains.” We’ll have high-end VR headsets and can really demonstrate VR storytelling. With the noise and the high-end digital,

it’s a truly different experience.”


Madeleine Albright Knows Fascism When She Sees It

Madeleine Albright knows from totalitarian regimes.

The future UN ambassador and secretary of state was only a toddler when Nazi storm troopers invaded her native Czechoslovakia, forcing her family to flee to London. Then, having resettled back home after the war, the family was forced to flee again when the Communists took control of the country.

So Albrights new book, Fascism: A Warning, is the work of a woman who knows authoritarianism when she sees it. And she sees the seeds of it not only in a slew of leaders hell bent on subverting democratic normsTurkeys Erdoan, Venezuelas Maduro, Hungarys Orbn, and othersbut also in Donald Trump, whom she calls in the book the first antidemocratic president in modern U.S. history. On too many days, beginning at dawn, he exhibits his disdain for democratic institutions, the ideals of equality and social justice, civil discourse, civic virtues, and America itself.

Dont misunderstand Albright. I do not call Trump a fascist, she said in an interview with The Daily Beast. But ever since she wrote the book, Albright says POTUS has gone beyond what I thought was possible in terms of disrespect for the rule of law, that nobody is above the law.

Trump may be the reason Albright decided to write Fascism, but the books subjects range far beyond the orange-haired one. Essentially a history of 20th century fascism and authoritarianism, the work opens by discussing the original goose-stepping bad boys, Hitler and Mussolini, and how they came to power, thanks to a combination of rising nationalism, technology driven angst and revulsion at governments that appeared corrupt.

Sound a bit familiar? Albright told The Daily Beast that when it comes to similarities between the 30s and today, In the United States there are people who are feeling left out economically. Also, theres the sense that America is better off not being involved in international relations, that people around the world havent appreciated America enough.

Fascism is particularly valuable for its analysis of how democratic regimes can slowly descend into authoritarianism and then fascism. The tipping point is when there has been a systematic attempt to undermine the rule of law, to have the judiciary be a proponent of one point of view, she said in the interview. Also, when freedom of the press is subverted, and there is a sense that all the vehicles of information are identified with the leader and his policies. The absolute tipping point [toward fascism] is violence, when the military is being used to control people.

Given these parameters, probably the only truly fascist regime in existence is Kim Jong Uns North Korea, although Albright identifies plenty of authoritarian governmentsTurkey, Russia, Venezuela, Hungarythat are close to the tipping point, and other countriesGermany, France, Poland, Greecewhere extreme right-wing parties are gaining increasing influence.

The interesting regimes to watch are those who have just had their elections, said Albright, who pointed to Russia and Hungary as countries where re-elected autocrats might take steps to further subvert democracy.

Here in the U.S., Albright, who describes herself in the book as an optimist who worries a lot, describes a whole checklist of Trumpian horrors. He likes strongmen. He speaks with scorn about U.S. institutions. His analysis of events is full of exaggerations unsupported by facts, which are designed to exploit insecurities and stir up resentment (Think: Mexicans as rapists). He threatens to lock up political rivals, denigrates the press, nurtures bigotry toward Islam.

Albright admitted that like many people, she is dumbfounded that given his failures, GOP leaders have not denounced Trump.

Even more frightening, the book draws distinct parallels between Trump and Hitler (the powers-that-be underestimated both men initially, thought they were in over their heads), Trump and Mussolini (a belief in their own infallibility, a poor judge of individuals) and Trump and Sen. Joseph McCarthy (political leaders uncomfortable with their bullying tactics but afraid to call their bluff).

Not that there hasnt been a little bit of a learning curve since Trump was elected. As far as North Korea is concerned, he has begun to understand the importance of diplomacy, said Albright. But with the hollowing out of the State Department under former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, we dont have a lot of diplomats, she said, and any meeting like this involves a lot of preparation.

Plus, when it comes to brand new national security adviser and super hawk John Bolton, Albright isnt really all that sanguine about the foreign relations situation. I am very nervous about Bolton, she said. If you look at what he has said in the past, it makes me very nervous. He is a hard-liner and doctrinaire in a job that requires collegiality.

Albright admitted that like many people, she is dumbfounded that given his failures, GOP leaders have not denounced Trump. I dont know why, she said, Ive been surprised they havent. When they look at the cliff they are about to go over in the midterms, well, I am fascinated by the number of retirements taking place.

She also seems perplexed by the total commitment of the presidents supporters. I try very hard to be careful about not denigrating those who voted for Trump, she said. Is it that they are enamored of reality TV? Its entertaining, its something outrageous.

But she does see some slight movement away from total support, and it all has to do with the pocketbook. What I find interesting is the Chinese trade aspect, she said. You are now seeing these ads by farmers who see they are going to be hurt by the tariffs. When they see a policy that has unintended consequences, it becomes a matter to what extent they are being hurt.

This slight bit of optimism comes when American democracy is definitely at a crossroads. For the first time ever, the Democracy Index published by The Economist lists the U.S. as a flawed democracy, and nearly one in five Americans (and 23 percent of Republicans) believe military rule would be good for the country. Albrights book discusses how lies spread on phony websites and Facebook, conspiracy theories, false science, and the coarsening of political discourse all play a role in a lack of faith in our most basic institutions.

When social media began, I thought it was democratizing, said Albright, it would give people access to information. But what has happened is we now see some of the problems, everyone gets their information in their own way, and it becomes an echo chamber. It kind of works against creating functional political parties.

Still, she remains that worrier who is optimistic. On a scale of one to ten, she said she is in the ten point optimist category, but I am worried in the seven to eight point category, because of the coming together of a whole set of issues. Clearly whats going on internationally is worrying, and the fact that every hour we are getting some kind of information that President Trump thinks he is above the law.

But I do believe in the resiliency of democracy.

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New Technology Can Forecast Whether a Tune Will Become a Struck With 84% Precision

New Innovation Can Forecast Whether a Song Will Become a Struck With 84% Accuracy

Hyperlive claims its algorithm can nearly forecast which tunes will become hits. So, why hasn’t it released any proof?After simply 7 months on the platform, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s single,’Despacito’became the most-watched video on YouTube. Last August, the music video reached 3 billion views. Simply two months later, it crossed the 4 billion mark. Who would’ve anticipated that ‘Despacito’ would’ve gotten rid of ‘Gangnam Style’ and ‘See You Once again’?

Inning accordance with one music tech startup, its new innovation may have.Hyperlive has allegedly developed an algorithm that reportedly anticipates a tune’s hit capacity from using its audio signature. The innovation does not concentrate on examining similarity to past hits nor co-varying aspects like social networks activity. Rather, it models a range of neurobiobehavioral responses to music as well as underpinning mental processes. This, says the business, permits forecast of large-scale musical engagement with supposedly”unmatched levels of precision.”So, with such large claims, what proof does the business have

? Plenty, obviously. Hyperlive’s algorithm correctly forecasted how 10 tracks from significant artists, consisting of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, would do. Given that their release, the tunes have actually accrued a combined 180+billion streams and over 1.2 billion single sales. Evaluating each track’s audio signature, Hyperlive’s algorithm anticipated real efficiency with 84%general precision. In addition, for tracks improperly recognized as hits, anticipated overall track sales and streams fell within an average of 25% of their actual range.Speaking on the outcomes, Hyperlive CEO Geoff Luck stated, “The major advantage of our algorithm depends on how accurately it forecasts a tune’s hit potential prior to it being exposed to a broader audience … Exactly what’smore, from artists, publishers and labels to music repositories, streaming platforms and music tech business, we imagine a whole host of value-creation possibilities allowed by an algorithm that’s able to predict a track’s potential for success.”Luck that from an innovative viewpoint, it might help songwriters and producers make much better hits. One crucial thing to keep in mind, however, is that Hyperlive has yet to reveal

conclusive proof. Its news release doesn’t contain any released graphs nor research study to support Luck’s extraordinary claims. Till then, Hyperlive’s alleged effective new technology stays just a fairy tale.Featured image by by 2.0 )


The best ways to Harness the Power of New Innovation to Individualize to Your Audience

We remain in the midst of an informational and technological revolution. It is continuously altering the method we interact. There is an unmentioned drive deep down in the collective psyche of mankind that is pushing us to make communication faster and universal.Being able to express complex concepts is vital to our species ‘survival. It’s taken us from caverns to high rises. From wall paintings and smoke signals to emails and global phone calls, the method we communicate is versatile and fluid. Exactly what’s the standard the other day might easily be archaic tomorrow.As marketers we have to interact our business ‘ideas, items and worths to

potential consumers in any medium they communicate in. As we approach more immediate communication, the online marketer needs to develop with customers. Much likethe shift from direct mail to email, the savvy marketer should understand when to move to a new technological medium and the best ways to market properly in that medium.Mobile email For several years there have actually been forecasts about the end of e-mail. While e-mail has actually changed considerably in the last 20 years, we now send more e-mails than ever before.According to, there are presently 4.1 billion email accounts that send 122+ billion e-mails per hour– and

53%of those e-mails were opened on a mobile phone. The future of communication is mobile e-mail, and there is already a great deal of it going on.In order to get ahead of this curve, e-mail service companies(ESPs)are developing algorithms that immediately arrange your e-mails. Google revealed their response to the overcrowded inbox late in 2014. A skilled innovator and

leader in the e-mail space, Google has established a system that immediately sweeps your e-mails into three simple to manage subfolders: Updates, Social and Promotions. They have actually enabled more style aspects to be included in the subject line area and have actually made it even easier to clear an entire inbox in seconds.So what does that mean for marketers?It implies that as ESPs move into the future, they will use bundling to arrange individuals’s e-mails. This will probably result in the typical

clickthrough rate decreasing. The quality of the leads will go up because emails, instead of being cookie-cutter sends out, can be individualized for people based on data marketers accumulate. In the future, designers will need to deal with content authors to make sure their emails protrude visually, along with personalization.Chart courtesy of: MailChimp Marketing efforts will have to operate in conjunction with all the other marketing options the business is using. We have to move away from considering specific campaigns and to holistic, cohesive marketing tactics.Instant messaging In order to’ forecast ‘the future, do your research study. According to Nielsen, making use of instantaneous messaging apps accounted for 12%of the total time Americans invested in their phone in 2013. That number is expected to leap to 75%by 2018. Instantaneous messaging

allows users to interact in genuine time with anybody on the planet. You can now transfer files and get immediate feedback. It is the next development of info transference, which acts more like a sluggish call than a fast letter chain.Companies have actually noticed the surge of public interest in instant messaging and have actually invested heavily in the innovation. IBM has spent a great deal of time and cash establishing the Sametime system, which, like Skype, permits instant text and video interaction however on a secure server. Facebook has actually invested$19 billion getting Whatsapp, which permits users to interact to anybody online in their

system without using cellular service. Considering that Facebook bought Whatsapp, the app has grown by 800,000 users per day.People will rely on immediate messaging for individual communication and e-mail for professional . This makes immediate messaging the holy grailof 21st digital marketing. To be successful in any project with instantaneous messaging, you require to know that instant interaction is as individualas a telephone call. It’s about forming relationships with your prospective client in an open format. To do this: Online marketers will require to end up being a jack-of-all-trades. A brand name representative, a designer, as well as a client service associate– the marketer taking part in an IM project ought to be able to answer common customer care questions rapidly and reliably.Personalization will be key. Since today, there aren’t many IM apps with direct advertising space, so all interaction in between you and your possible customer will be using the apps features. Robotic one-size-fits-all messages will quickly get you blocked.Follow the crowd wherever it may lead. Do not be afraid to leap ship onto the most recent biggest app. Brand loyalty is practically useless in the IM app world.We have no idea how innovation will change the way we interact in the far future. We could be communicating telepathically via cybernetic implants, or we could roundabout and wind up painting on cavern walls again.However, no matter the

Michael Cohen Took Cash From Oligarch-Connected Firm After Election

The Daily Beast can confirm that Donald Trumps personal lawyer Michael Cohen received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a company connected to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.

The allegations were initially made Tuesday by Michael Avenatti, porn actress Stormy Daniels lawyer, and confirmed by a source familiar with the matter.

How the fuck did Avenatti find out? the source asked The Daily Beast.

According to a dossier published by Avenatti on Tuesday evening, Vekselberg and his cousin Mr. Andrew Intrater routed eight payments to Mr. Cohen through a company named Columbus Nova LLC beginning in January 2017 and continuing until at least August 2017.

The funds, Avenatti suggested, may have been used to reimburse Cohen for the $130,000 payment made to Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump.

Intrater was also a donor to the Republican National Committee, on which Cohen served as a deputy finance chairman. In June 2017, Intrater donated $35,000 to a joint fundraising committee for the RNC and Trumps reelection campaign. He also gave a quarter-million dollars to Trumps inaugural committee. (Previously, Intrater gave only to Democrats like Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Ted Kennedy.)

Intrater and Vekselberg have also been active investors in the U.S. technology and media sectors. Columbus Nova Technology Partners was the first and only outside investor in Gawker Media, before the company was felled by a lawsuit funded by Trump ally Peter Thiel. Columbus Nova also backed the record label of former Def Jam boss Lyor Cohen, invested in the streaming-music pioneer Rhapsody, and put money behind a gig-economy site, a genetic risk firm, and a company called Tomfoolery Incorporated.

In a statement, Columbus Nova lawyer Richard Owens of Latham & Watkins insisted that Vekselberg did not have an ownership interest in the firm. Reports today that Viktor Vekselberg used Columbus Nova as a conduit for payments to Michael Cohen are false. The claim that Viktor Vekselberg was involved in or provided any funding for Columbus Novas engagement of Michael Cohen is patently untrue, Owens said. Neither Viktor Vekselberg nor anyone else outside of Columbus Nova was involved in the decision to hire Cohen or provided funding for his engagement.

However, up until Tuesday night, Columbus Novas own website described the company is the U.S. investment vehicle for the Renova GroupVekselbergs asset-management firm. The site also noted that Intrater is a former Director and current Member of the Executive Board of Renova Group. (That page of the site was suddenly removed early Wednesday morning.)

In addition, Columbus Nova was listed on the website for the Renova Group as one of its companies until late last year, as NBC News reported. (That website is currently under construction.)

Through Renova, Vekselberg has holdings all over the worldincluding a 26.2 percent stake in Rusal, the aluminum-producing giant owned by Oleg Deripaska, the Russian oligarch now infamous for bankrolling former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort. The U.S. government imposed economic sanctions on both Deripaska and Vekselberg in early April. But later that month, the U.S. Treasury Department, in effect, slow-rolled the sanctions, giving companies and individuals until late October to get out of business with Rusal, which is appealing Washingtons ruling. Given the impact on our partners and allies, we are… extending the maintenance and wind-down period while we consider Rusals petition, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

According to The New York Times, Vekselberg was recently questioned by federal agents working with special counsel Robert Mueller. CNN reported that those queries involved the oligarchs payments to Cohen.

While Cohens lawyers refused to comment on the payments, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani dismissed the news as Avenatti having foreseen the presidents Tuesday withdrawal from the Iran nuclear dealpart of one of the best days of the Trump presidencyand simply trying to stink it up as much as possible.

Cohen and Trumps lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But this development could put further pressure on the presidents inner circle. If Avenattis analysis is correct and the payments violated federal banking law, then Cohen could be in serious legal jeopardy. There are reportedly concerns in the presidents inner circle that Cohen could begin cooperating with investigators. The greater the legal jeopardy he faces, the greater pressure he will face to cooperate. And he wouldnt be the only one; former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump campaign official Rick Gates are already cooperating with Muellers investigators.

Meanwhile, Avenatti is making a sport of riding Cohen in the press.

When Cohen appeared in federal court last month, Avenatti and his porn-star client were in the gallery watching. Following the appearance, Daniels crowed to a gaggle of reporters, For years, Mr. Cohen has acted like he is above the law, he has considered himself and openly referred to himself as Mr. Trumps fixer. He has played by a different set of rules, or should we say no rules at all.

That ends now, Daniels concluded.

Avenatti also filed a defamation claim against Cohen one day after Daniels highly anticipated 60 Minutes appearance.

Days after Cohen won a 90-day stay in Daniels lawsuit and said hed invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in the case, Avenatti filed a defamation claim against the president.

Additional reporting by Lisa Schwartz and Betsy Woodruff

UPDATE: This story has been updated with a statement from Columbus Nova and additional information on its relationship to Viktor Vekselberg.

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How International Witness is using brand-new innovation to expose corrupt networks


In October Global Witness’ examination Narco-A-Lago: Cash Laundering at the Trump Ocean Club, Panama exposed how make money from Colombian cartels were trafficked through the purchase of real estate units at a Panama home advancement which Donald Trump made millions selling his name to. The investigation was based upon months of research, interviews and extensive data deal with public sources consisting of the Panamanian Company Registry, the Panamanian Land Computer system registry and post describes in

broad brush strokes a few of the steps we took in the data research study for Narco-A-Lago: Loan Laundering at the TrumpOcean Club Panama. It describes how we built programs that took raw information from and turned it into something that the broader investigative team might aesthetically explore, confirm and then integrate into their last story. The scripts might be re-run quickly whenever the underlying data was altered, for instance, when new companies of interest were identified as having been associated with purchasing residential or commercial property. The methods described here are ending up being increasingly central to how organisations like ours team up around digital sources and data to expose corruption better in the digital age.AUTOMATING SEARCHES FOR RELEVANT COMPANIES UTILIZING OPENCORPORATES Using scripts that automatically queried OpenCorporates we were able to integrate much

larger sets of information in our research than would be permitted by manual extraction. OpenCorporates is the world’s largest open database of company information; it contains the records on over 138 million business registered in a huge series of jurisdictions. As offering web-based search it also provides a number of tools to data journalists by means of its Application Shows Interface(API)to help them find, extract and link large numbers of business in automated workflows. In many cases this can considerably lower the amount of time requiredto do investigative tasks. Drawing out all the business a given individual is a director of can be automated by means of writing a simple computer system script. In the case of Narco-A-Lago: Loan Laundering at the Trump Ocean Club Panama we utilized this to determine business that had been created obviously in order to purchase residential or commercial properties at Trump Ocean Club.USING NETWORK ANALYSIS TOOLS– NEO4J AND LINKURIOUS– TO REVEAL PATTERNS IN THE DATA We utilized a visualisationtool called Linkurious that enables us to share and find patterns that would otherwise be difficult to identify if simply taking a look at tables and

stats. As is the case in lots of International Witness investigations, our core dataset on Narco-A-Lago:

Loan Laundering at the Trump Ocean Club Panama was made of properties, people and companies that represented a complicated real-world network. This network had specific features that were of interest to our researchers. For instance, we wished to know which individuals directed the most property-purchasing companies and who else the business were connected to.In order to discover this out and explore the connections in our data we utilized a database tool called Neo4J and an expedition technology, Linkurious. This tool stack was likewise used by the International Consortium of Investigative Reporters to question the data consisted of within both the Panama and Paradise Documents and

now powers their Offshore Leaks website. While the dataset for Narco-A-Lago: Loan Laundering at the Trump Ocean Club Panama was much smaller than either of theseenormous leaks, these tools assisted us to do 3 things.First, it allowed us to measure and see how people of interest, such as Alexandre Ventura Nogueira, were linked to companies obviously utilized to purchase residential or commercial properties at the Trump Ocean Club, Panama:. Second, it permitted us to gain a different perspective on our data. Data visualisation has actually long been understood in data as not merely about generating quite insights, however likewise essential to the procedure of information expedition( for those who haven’t seen it, Anscombe’s quartet is a wonderful illustration of this). Third, it allowed us to supply an interactive snapshot of some minimal parts of our information when we published the report online: The interactive above shows the networks we found utilizing OpenCorporates and network analysis tool, Linkurious. It reveals some of the directors, officers, representatives, and subscribers of 7 Houses companies talked about in our investigation Narco-A-Lago: Cash Laundering at the Trump Ocean Club, Panama. Click the companies to discover more information about them. Business and officer data was extracted from OpenCorporates and confirmed in the initial Panamanian company windows registry. Check out the full report here. An analysis is reproducible if you can reach the very same conclusions or make the exact same reasonings based upon the same data. The importance of reproducibility to the advancement of contemporary science has been understood for a minimum of 3 centuries. It is the ways through which the conclusion of one person or group can be tested and questioned by others. As more journalism becomes reliant on data sources, the tools utilized for doing reproducible analysis in the sciences have started to be used to examinations. These tools assist information journalists and the groups they are working with relocation from the raw data to their conclusions, documenting each step on the method. For those desiring an excellent description of the key components to a reproducible analysis that can be shown others, see Jeff Leek. In Narco-A-Lago: Loan Laundering at the Trump Ocean Club Panama all our analysis was written in the easy-to-learn programming language Python and stored as a reproducible script in a Jupyter Note pad. This had three key advantages.If the underlying data was altered(for circumstances we identified brand-new business that had actually been set up with the obvious intent of being used to acquire Trump Ocean Club homes )the analysis might be re-run at the clickof a button . This conserved us time and reduced the possibility of introducing mistake by re-doing the analysis.Every action that we took extracting, cleansing and analysing the information was composed out in plain non-technical English so that we developed a record of each presumption we made. This implied that lawyers, scientists

How are nurses integrating new technology?

From left: Linda Lockwood of AVIA moderated a panel that consisted of Anna Young of MakerHealth, Ellen Kuhnert of Rightsourcing, and Joe Novello of NurseGrid.The perspective of nurses concerning brand-new technology combination from pain points to ways it can be successful were the focus of a panel conversation at the MedCity ENGAGE conference in San Diego this week.Asked how they see technology empowering nurses, the panelists

provided a range of perspectives.Joe Novello, creator and CEO of NurseGrid, kept in mind that his company is working with nurses to establish apps to make scheduling much easier and enhancecommunication for booking time off and care coordination.Ellen Kuhnert, Chief Medical Officer with Rightsourcing, noted that apps that help nurses keep an eye on patients from mobile gadgets such as medication drip rates are helping minimize the requirement to frequently go to the nurses’station todoublecheck information. They are allowing nurses to provide prompt care and do a much better task of managing their other obligations. Kuhnert likewise accentuated biometric innovation for medical gadgets such as using fingerprint scans to minimize the problem of looking up forgotten passwords or look for assistance.In an effort to assist nurses recognize problems they see in their work environment and harness technology to address them,

MakerHealth CEO Anna Young talked about the advancement of MakerNurse, which is part of MakerHealth. She also noted how her company has established design toolkits and innovative areas for medical facilities to tailor and use technology at the point of care. Not just do they help nurses make an effect however likewise nurses collaborate with patients to enhance their experience.The toolkits and imaginative workstations can include Velcro and zip ties; fabrics and electronic devices, such as sensing units and microcontrollers; and tools such as pliers and stitching needles to 3D printers and laser cutters. “We are running a network of health center maker areas and likewise backend software where nurses have the ability to publish exactly what they develop and the procedure and tools they’re using, “Young said.”What is really amazing is how a community has actually been formed around this.”Young drew attention to a number of examples

of the group’s vision in action, referencing its partner University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. One nurse, Courtney DelBosque, established a procedure for custom-made cutting sticker labels for extremely little patients to protect their fragile skin from televisions that deliver nutrients and oxygen as an alternative to the medical grade tape that keeps televisions in place at UTMB’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.In another case, a hospital repair led to brand-new chairs that did not have the parts to protect catheter bags. Rachel Murphy developed hooks on the chairs for the bags, utilizing a laser cutter after creating a particular pattern for a hook to hang the catheter bag over the chair.”This was an oversite in procurement where nobody brought a nurse into the space to point out this defect,”Young recalled.But panelists likewise spoke about the drawbacks of a few of the innovations adopted by hospitals and the methods in which it was integrated. Kuhnert recalled a conversation with one patient who compared the experience of a patient identification system to guarantee that the ideal client gets the appropriate medication

to a grocery product being scanned at the checkout counter,”since the only time nurses engaged with her was when they scanned ID bracelets and medication.”EHR systems have actually developed a lot of pressure on nurses, Kuhnert observed. They discover it challenging to stabilize patient engagement, education and assistance and describe why clients are getting specific medications while battling a time crunch.”Although the technology has brought a great deal of fantastic solutions, it has likewise created a great deal of barriers that we were not prepared to deal with, “Kuhnert said.The detach in between the user experience and the procedure medical facilities utilize to obtain brand-new technology provided disappointment familiar to Novello.”Unfortunately for me, the majority of the innovation put in front of me has not had the best user experience. There is a huge problem that the procurement cycle does not include people utilizing the innovation. Sometimes the value that’s expected to be derived from that innovation does not always work out the way it is supposed to.”Image: Jill Fleming Photography


Put new technology with millennial docs and you get more empathy-oriented marketing messages

Pharma marketers aren’t limiting their emotional messaging to consumers. These days, they’re trying to tap doctors’ compassion, too.

Inspiring empathy is commonly used to help consumers understand the struggles of patients with diseases chronic and acute. But advanced technology, an increase in the number of millennial doctors and consumers’ tendency to identify with brands are conspiring to push more compassion-oriented messaging to healthcare providers.  

“I think we mistakenly continue to think that engagement for HCPs, especially in social media, needs to be a clinical dialogue,” said Chris Cullmann, head of digital at Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, in an interview. “We keep swallowing this pill that physicians stop being physicians when they go on Facebook. When we talk about physicians making the choice between multiple brands repeatedly—in areas like diabetes, endocrinology or cardiology—making them feel good about the choices they make is as much about the brand story as it is the clinical point of differentiation.”

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He cited Ogilvy’s work for Philips in “Breathless Choir,” which won multiple accolades and awards last year as an example of marketing that spoke to providers. The work—featuring people with respiratory illnesses who were brought together to sing in a choir with the help of Philips equipment—resulted in an elevation of the Phillips brand in physicians’ estimation, he said.

Klick Health created an entire empathy device this year via its own Klick Labs with a two-piece armband that can transmit tremors from a Parkinson’s patient to someone who doesn’t suffer from the disease, such as a caregiver or doctor. The device dramatically illustrated the disease’s effects for HCPs who treat patients with the disease.  

That growth of emotional messaging and empathy extends to pharma ranks as well. Ogilvy CommonHealth head of planning Johanna Skilling additionally predicted that the “Chief Empathy Officer will be the next generation of the Chief Patient Officer, a trend which got under way 5 years ago,” adding that the emerging trend “is being seeded as empathy becomes a cultural watchword.”