The field of Augmentative and Alternative Communciation (AAC) covers communication methods used by those who are

The field of Augmentative and Alternative Communciation (AAC) covers communication methods used by those who are unable to otherwise produce or comprehend spoken or written language. Many will be familiar with the speech synthesizer used by Stephen Hawking as just one such example of AAC technology. [Christina Hunger] is a speech language pathologist, and is intimately familiar with such tools. She decided to use these techniques to teach her dog, Stella, to talk. [Christina] began her project by implementing a button board which triggers various speech samples when triggered. There are plenty of typical words that a dog may wish to use, like beach, park, and ball – as well as words describing concepts, such as where, later, and come. Over time, she has observed Stella using the button board in various ways, that she claims indicate a deeper understanding and use of language than would normally be ascribed to a dog. From the outset, [Christina] has been intentional in her methods, being sure to only demonstrate the use of the board to Stella, rather than simply pressing the buttons for her. The experiment has many similarities to the case of Koko the gorilla, known for learning ...

The Global Blow Molded Plastics Market to Generate Revenues of Around $137 Billion During the Period 2020 −2025

CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to Arizton’s recent research report, Blow Molded Plastics Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2020-2025 is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% during the period 2019−2025. 1.  A large part of the transaction of blow-molded plastic takes place at the production facility (spot decision made outside of the contractual agreements). Hence, the industry is characterized by both contractual and spot transactions. 2.  Bio-PET bottle is over 45% costlier than petroleum-based PET bottles. Currently, vendors exhibit a high preference for non-food bio-based bioplastic suppliers than food-based feedstock suppliers, as the cost difference between the two is over 30%. 3.  The transfer of higher raw material cost to customers by way of increasing the packaging cost is not instant and there exists a time lag of about 1 to 1.5 months. This transfer is independent of the client (long-term or one-off customers). 4.  The pressure to introduce more non-virgin materials into the production process is high. However, at the micro-level, the adoption of alternate materials is very low and their growth is not expected to be very signific...

Tesla’s Gigafactory 4 Is One Of Elon Musk’s Smartest Moves

Recently, however, Tesla surprised me again (now for the second time in a short time) and I have no problem admitting it. Since I know a little more about the location and the (fundamental) key characteristics, I would like to share the reasons why Tesla’s decision looks like a very smart choice. Last month, Tesla (TSLA) reported its third quarter numbers. The most surprising item seems to be a profit. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.86, compared to the second quarter loss UPVC Roofing Sheet, Roof Tile, Asa Roof Tile, Resin Roof Tiles, Roofing Sheet – Gongli,https://www.glroofsheet.com/

6 Best Wheel Spacers For Cars, Trucks and SUVs in 2019

How much do you know about wheel spacers? Do you know that wheel spacers play a very important role in the installation of custom wheels and tires? Wheel spacers are used in order to fit tires between the car’s wheel and hub. For many, it is still a wonder how wheel spacers make it possible to fit tires in the wheel. Just imagine how much if you have the best wheel spacers on the market. If ordinary wheel spacers can do wonders, then you can bet that the best wheel spacers can do better. So, check out these top rated wheel spacers on the market now: RockTrix for Precision European is 2 inches thick since it is specially designed to fit in jeeps and other related wheels. This is the solution if you want to enhance the performance and look of your jeep without buying an entire set of wheels. Aside from being a cost-effective solution, it only requires a few hand tool essentials to be installed. However, it is recommended to be installed by professionals only to ensure a satisfying result. RockTrix for Precision European 4pc 2″ Thick Jeep Hubcentric 5×5 Wheel Spacers come in a pair to give your Jeep a unique look. If you are looking for a very simple way to give your wheels a littl...

Okinawa Cruiser Electric Scooter With 120 km Range And 100 Kmph Top Speed Will Debut At The Expo

One of the first manufacturers to introduce electric scooters in the country, Okinawa will unveil a brand new battery-powered two-wheeler at the upcoming Auto Expo. Called the Okinawa Cruiser, this new electric scooter claims to go 120 kilometres on a full charge, can hit a top speed of 100 kmph and can recharge its battery within 2-3 hours, using a fast charger. The manufacturer has teased an image of the Cruiser which does drop hints that this scooter’s styling will lean towards a Maxi-scooter-like design. However, if the aforementioned numbers do stay true during real-world usage, the Okinawa Cruiser could go on to become the fastest electric scooter in India. Not just that, it will also boast of the biggest number in terms of range and will also be the quickest when it comes to charging time required. Okinawa hasn’t revealed too many details but we’ll get you all the information about this new scooter when it is unveiled at the upcoming Expo. Okinawa’s most recent launch was the LITE electric scooter which was launched late last year at an ex-showroom price of Rs 59,990. This scooter comes equipped with a detachable lithium-ion battery which is essential for those who wish ...

At first sight, the view could be mistaken for the rolling hummocks of Hobbiton, right down

At first sight, the view could be mistaken for the rolling hummocks of Hobbiton, right down to the perfectly circular doors opening out of the lush green hillside. But the doors are made of glass, and inside them are not cosy hobbit holes but an array of large mechanical steel arms and levers holding some of the doors ajar. These hills are part of the roof of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, US. The undulating green roof is one of a series of engineering and design features that make the academy one of the largest passively ventilated spaces in the US. This means that even in the peak of summer, the bulk of this building relies on clever manipulation of the elements to stay cool, with next to no air conditioning. Roofs like these are one way that architects, engineers and designers are rethinking buildings to find ways to keep them cool without air conditioning. The challenge is becoming increasingly urgent; it has been yet another scorching year, with heatwaves steamrolling Australia, southern Asia, North America and Europe. To deal with heatwaves, made more frequent by climate change, the number of AC units is expected to more than triple worldwide by 2050....

Wax Filled PC Strand Market 2020-2026: Product Types, by Applications, By Market Trends, Market Reserach Report

Our latest research report entitle Global Wax Filled PC Strand Market provides comprehensive and deep insights into the market dynamics and growth of Global Wax Filled PC Strand Industry. Latest information on market risks, industry chain structure, Wax Filled PC Strand cost structure and opportunities are offered in this report. The entire industry is fragmented based on geographical regions, a wide range of applications and Global Wax Filled PC Strand Market types. The past, present and forecast market information will lead to investment feasibility by studying the crucial Global Wax Filled PC Strand Industry growth factors. Get FREE Sample Report Copy @ https://www.globalmarketers.biz/report/chemicals-and-materials/2018-global-wax-filled-pc-strand-industry-depth-research-report/118983 #request_sample Kiswire ORI MARTIN (SML) Tianjin Metallurgical ArcelorMittal Usha Martin Tycsa PSC Xinhua Metal Bekaert Scaw Metals Group NEDRI Spanstaal • Wax Filled PC Strand Market in Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa) Global Wax Filled PC Strand Market news, plans & policies, market drivers, analysis of upstream raw material suppliers and downstr...

New EarthCam Software features Continuous Video Recording for Better Jobsite Security

Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Feb. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —                                     EarthCam, the leading provider of construction camera technology and services, released an update to its popular Control Center 8 Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) suite that supports advanced jobsite security. The latest version, 8.6, features EarthCam’s Edge Video Recorder (EVR), a powerful security solution that goes beyond event-based recording. It offers High-Definition continuous video recording with up to 120 days of retention and secure 256 bit AES encryption. An intuitive, visual timeline interface makes access to recorded video fast and simple on a smart phone, tablet or computer from any location. Footage can be reviewed quickly and incidents are easily shareable with security response personnel. Additional benefits include the implementation of low-latency, full-duplex WebSockets for Pan-Tilt-Zoom resulting in significantly more accurate and responsive control of jobsite security cameras. The new service also offers user-definable visual motion detection with include/exclude area definitions, intelligent object detection capabilities such as loitering, left object an...

Weaker HLA Footprints on HIV in the Unique and Highly Genetically Admixed Host Population of Mexico

HIV circumvents HLA class I-restricted CD8+ T-cell responses through selection of escape mutations that leave characteristic mutational “footprints,” also known as HLA-associated polymorphisms (HAPs), on HIV sequences at the population level. While many HLA footprints are universal across HIV subtypes and human populations, others can be region specific as a result of the unique immunogenetic background of each host population. Using a published probabilistic phylogenetically informed model, we compared HAPs in HIV Gag and Pol (PR-RT) in 1,612 subtype B-infected, antiretroviral treatment-naive individuals from Mexico and 1,641 individuals from Canada/United States. A total of 252 HLA class I allele subtypes were represented, including 140 observed in both cohorts, 67 unique to Mexico, and 45 unique to Canada/United States. At the predefined statistical threshold of a q value of <0.2, 358 HAPs (201 in Gag, 157 in PR-RT) were identified in Mexico, while 905 (534 in Gag and 371 in PR-RT) were identified in Canada/United States. HAPs identified in Mexico included both canonical HLA-associated escape pathways and novel associations, in particular with HLA alleles enriched in A...

Flexible and stretchable nanowire-coated fibers for optoelectronic probing of spinal cord circuits

Studies of neural pathways that contribute to loss and recovery of function following paralyzing spinal cord injury require devices for modulating and recording electrophysiological activity in specific neurons. These devices must be sufficiently flexible to match the low elastic modulus of neural tissue and to withstand repeated strains experienced by the spinal cord during normal movement. We report flexible, stretchable probes consisting of thermally drawn polymer fibers coated with micrometer-thick conductive meshes of silver nanowires. These hybrid probes maintain low optical transmission losses in the visible range and impedance suitable for extracellular recording under strains exceeding those occurring in mammalian spinal cords. Evaluation in freely moving mice confirms the ability of these probes to record endogenous electrophysiological activity in the spinal cord. Simultaneous stimulation and recording is demonstrated in transgenic mice expressing channelrhodopsin 2, where optical excitation evokes electromyographic activity and hindlimb movement correlated to local field potentials measured in the spinal cord. Traumatic injuries to the spinal cord are frequently asso...

Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn money if you buy from a

Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn money if you buy from a link. How we test gear. One unintended consequence of creating a cozy, comfortable home is that it becomes an inviting habitat for creepy, crawly pests, including all manner of insects and rodents. Here, I’ll discuss how to detect which pests have moved into your home, and then offer ways to evict them. Since most pests prefer to avoid human interaction, you might not realize you’ve got a pest problem until it’s too late. For example, you’ll likely see mouse droppings on countertops long before you ever see a mouse. And, like most pests, if you see one mouse, you can be sure there are plenty more hidden from sight. And if squirrels or bats get into your home, you might not see them, but you’ll surely hear them scratching inside the walls and above ceilings. Termites are the most destructive of all pests and they, too, can be difficult to detect until they start devouring your home. Of course there are plenty of pests—ants, cockroaches, gnats, moths, flies—that are easy to detect because you can see them scurrying around or flying through the air. The good news is that once you’ve discovered...

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