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Rutronik: advanced touch features for new RX130 MCU family

first_imgImproved robustness of the touch sensor makes the Renesas RX130 microcontroller family, now available from Rutronik, especially suitable for use in wet environments such as kitchens and bathrooms.  The newly integrated capacitive touch sensor features improved sensitivity and noise immunity and operates better in wet conditions. It offers greater responsiveness for touch-based applications while also enabling the use of touch keys in wet environments and on non-traditional materials such as wood.Equipped with a new RX v2 core, the 38 new RX130 MCUs promise more performance with less power usage than previous models. Further hardware features include an improved code flash memory, embedded security features, HMI support, and a large user memory. The maximum supply voltage is 5.5V. They are fully compatible with the company’s RX231/RX230 touch MCUs. The RX130 MCU group is compliant with safety standard IEC/UL60730 for consumer electronics. It is suitable for household appliances with touch panels and can also be applied in the industrial sector.There are two kits for the MCUs. The starter kit enables full evaluation of the controller and features a self-contained E2 on-chip debugger with capacitive touch sliders and keys. The capacitive touch evaluation system enables the precise evaluation of various touch functions, for example the testing of buttons, sliders, wheels, matrix keys, and proximity sensors. The kit can be used as a reference tool when developing boards or software and enables simple prototyping.Rutronik now stocks the new MCUs in 48, 64, 80, and 100-pin packages with up to 512KB on-chip flash memory.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Densitron: 2.8-inch mono display with exceptional brightness and ultra-wide viewing angleNext NetSpeed and Esperanto partner to power SoCs for artificial intelligencelast_img read more


Canadian Hurricane Centre eyes storm off southeastern United States

first_imgHALIFAX – The Canadian Hurricane Centre says a large storm system off the coast of Florida will likely push through waters off Atlantic Canada sometime Wednesday or Thursday.Forecasters say potential tropical cyclone ten is expected to become tropical storm Irma on Tuesday, and is then expected to accelerate toward the northeast and evolve into a large and fairly intense post-tropical storm.Based on the latest track, rain and strong winds from Irma are expected to remain offshore and not make landfall.But the centre says some rain and gusty northeast winds could brush Nova Scotia and southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday.Forecasters say at this point southern Canadian waters will likely see gale- to storm-force winds.Forecaster Bob Robichaud says the hurricane centre will have a better idea of what’s expected on Tuesday.last_img read more


As death toll rises scientists struggle to track massive elusive right whales

first_imgHALIFAX — They are among the world’s largest creatures, but the planet’s 400 remaining North Atlantic right whales are remarkably elusive.Though adult members of this critically endangered species can be as long as a city bus, their movements remain difficult to track, despite the best efforts of scientists struggling to deal with a rapidly rising death toll off Canada’s east coast.“It is kind of mind-boggling that we can lose track of these large animals,” says Boris Worm, a biology professor and well-known whale expert at Dalhousie University in Halifax.“But the ocean is a very large place, and they only spend part of their time at the surface — and they move around quickly, if they want to.”Though these whales typically travel north to feed in Canadian waters in June, some have been known to stick around most of the year — a recently discovered trait — and one male was spotted off the coast of France a few weeks ago. The same whale swam to Iceland last year.More importantly, a significant number of right whales have changed their migration patterns since 2014-15.Instead of heading to their traditional summer foraging grounds in the Bay of Fundy and the Roseway Basin off southwestern Nova Scotia, the population has shifted to a more northerly destination — right into the busy shipping lanes of the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.Since early June, eight right whales have died in Canadian waters, the worst death toll since 2017 when there were 12 confirmed deaths in Canadian waters and five in the United States.Tests have revealed that at least three of the whales that died this year were probably killed by collisions with ships.“It’s so critical to know where they are to keep them safe,” Worm said in an interview Tuesday. “We’re trying all the approaches in the scientific toolbox. Any traces they leave, we’re trying to pick them up.”Some of Worm’s colleagues are developing a predictive model that could help fisheries officials determine where the whales are most likely to go as they search for their favourite food: copepods.Hansen Johnson, a PhD candidate at the university’s Oceanography Department, said his lab’s research is focused on finding the locations where these flea-sized creatures congregate.“If we can predict where and when there’s going to be good feeding sources — and these copepods show up in large numbers — we can more accurately predict when and where right whales will show up and address the risks,” Johnson said in an interview.For almost three weeks, a team of six scientists has been conducting research aboard a chartered crab fishing boat in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, using nets and electronic gear to find copepods, which look like tiny, translucent shrimp.“It’s unclear at this stage how precise our model could be, but we know that this approach of following the food works,” Johnson said.When Dalhousie researchers looked at the currents and the structure of the ocean floor in the places where right whales were known to forage for zooplankton, including the Roseway Basin, they determined a pattern that also appears in portions of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.When surveillance aircraft were dispatched to search those areas in 2016, they hit the jackpot.“On the first flight, they found 40 right whales and this habitat was discovered,” Johnson said, though he stressed that some right whales may have been frequenting these basins for a long time.“They’re like cereal bowls where these food resources collect,” he said, noting that the latest research in the gulf is based on work by renowned Canadian oceanographer Kimberley Davies.“The currents are right. The ocean bottom structure is there.”On another scientific front, Worm is working with a student to develop an automated satellite tracking system that will eventually spot the whales from space and report their positions.Though the satellite imagery is incredibly detailed, the existing computer algorithms are unable to distinguish between species, and spotting the whales becomes difficult when the ocean is rough.When the water is turbulent, it’s often difficult to distinguish between a surfacing whale and a partially submerged rock — or even a small boat.“We haven’t cracked that nut yet,” Worm said.— Follow @NovaMac on TwitterMichael MacDonald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Ranil to visit Andhra Pradesh temple to seek blessings

He will take a chopper from Chennai to reach Tirupati airport (Renigunta) which is about 130 kilometers from Chennai and proceed to the temple by road from there, they said. Wickremesinghe is set to return to Sri Lanka on the same day after offering prayers at the hill temple, they added. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit the Lord Balaji temple at Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh, on December 22, the Press Trust of India reported.Wickremesinghe will arrive in Chennai on December 21 for the visit, officials said referring to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s tentative itinerary. He was in India in October last, for an official visit and had last year offered prayers at the Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayur in Kerala. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Transcontinental fires back over sale of Atlantic Canada media assets

HALIFAX — Montreal-based Transcontinental Inc. is defending its handling of the sale of its East Coast media assets to SaltWire Network, and says it’s considering a counter-suit against Atlantic Canada’s largest media company.Transcontinental says the 2017 sale to SaltWire was “conducted based on fair, accurate and timely information.”SaltWire, which owns 35 newspapers in Atlantic Canada, has launched a lawsuit accusing Transcontinental of overstating its printing and distribution business and misrepresenting revenue streams of the acquired assets.The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court claims Transcontinental substantially overstated revenues, hid material facts about the condition of the assets and was not forthcoming about a number of questionable business practices.But Transcontinental said Thursday it’s a reputable organization with the highest ethical practices, and added it is considering a counter-suit because SaltWire has “failed to fulfil its payment obligations and is in breach of contract.”SaltWire chief operating officer Ian Scott said Thursday the company “has, in all instances, adhered to the purchase contract with Transcontinental.”He said the company had been unsuccessful in its attempts to reach a settlement with Transcontinental that avoids the courts.SaltWire is seeking compensation for general and special damages, as well as aggravated and punitive damages, interest and costs.Companies in this story: (TSX:TCL.A) read more


Chinese woman kills herself and children after husband fakes death

The man’s alleged plan to claim an insurance payout went tragically wrong(BBC) – A man in China whose wife killed herself and their two children after he allegedly faked his own death for an insurance payout has surrendered to police.The 34-year-old was presumed dead after his car was found in a river, though his body was never recovered.He did not tell his wife his alleged plan and she believed he had died.She later jumped into a pond with their children after posting a suicide note online.The man, who police said was surnamed He, turned himself in to police in Xinhua county in Hunan province last Friday.He has been detained on charges of insurance fraud and intentional damage to property, Xinhua police said in a statement on WeChat – a social media platform.In early September Mr He bought an insurance plan worth one million yuan (£110,000; $145,000) without his wife’s knowledge, police said.According to a report by state-run Voice of China radio, his wife was named as the beneficiary.On 19 September, Mr He used a borrowed vehicle to fake his own death in a car crash, police said. He was found to have loans of more than 100,000 yuan.On 11 October, the bodies of his 31-year-old wife, their four-year-old son and three-year-old daughter were found in a pond near their home, according to the Voice of China.In a suicide note posted on WeChat, she wrote that she was coming to “accompany” him, adding that she had “only ever wanted our family of four to be together”, the Voice of China added.Mr He turned himself over to police the next day.He had earlier posted a video online, which was later widely circulated, in which he was crying and saying he had borrowed money to pay for treatment for his three-year-old daughter, who suffered from epilepsy.The incident has been widely talked about across Chinese social media over the past week, sparking conversations about financial pressures and familial issues.The hashtag #ManFakesDeathLeadingtoWifesDeath been viewed almost 29 million times on microblogging-site Weibo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into alleged deadly police beating as Wife cries for justiceNovember 28, 2014In “Crime”Essequibo mechanic chops wife, then attempts suicideApril 19, 2017In “Crime”Russian gets 14 years in prison for chopping off wife’s handsNovember 15, 2018In “World” read more


Column These are the incredible people we ignore until its too late

first_imgYESTERDAY, FRONT LINE Defenders published the list of six human rights defenders who have been selected as the finalists for the 2014 Front Line Defenders Award. All six were been nominated because of their exceptional courage defending human rights in their country and on the basis that an increased international profile can contribute to their security. Part of the excitement was that Al Jazeera Media Network has come on board as our global media partner for the Award and this will hopefully take these stories of courage to a global audience.At the same time, sadly, we normally face great difficulties getting the stories of human rights defenders out into the mainstream media. In this age of digitalised 24-hour news, how can it be so difficult to find a space where the stories of these courageous people can be told? Is it that, just that because these stories of death-defying courage don’t connect to the economy or jobs, they are completely irrelevant? Have we reached such a point of obsession with our own narrow interests that there is no time or space to celebrate our common humanity and the lives of those who, like Seamus Heaney, believe that “ we were put here to improve civilisation”?Horrific dangers faced by human rights defendersBerta Caceres is one of the most respected human rights defenders in Honduras. She defends the rights and the lands of the Lenca indigenous people against the ravages of greedy mining and logging companies. But Berta has seen two of her colleagues assassinated. She has herself has been under constant surveillance, labelled a terrorist and a threat to national security and arrested on trumped-up charges.When the Government of Belarus announced plans to introduce a new Foreign Agents Law to stop human rights organisation from receiving international funds, Ales Bialiatski set up two personal accounts in Poland and Lithuania to make sure that his organisation, Human Rights Centre Viasna, could continue its work documenting human rights abuses and challenging state erosion of civil liberties. He was subsequently charged with “concealment of income on a large scale” and is now serving four-and-a-half years in a maximum security prison.Dr Mohamed Al Roken is a leading lawyer and human rights defender in the UAE who has defended human rights defenders and other activists facing prosecution under the state’s draconian security laws As a result, in 2012, he was forcibly disappeared, held in a secret location for eight months and tortured. Later that year, he was one of 94 human rights defenders and political activists arrested on charges of belonging to an Islamist group and plotting to overthrow the state. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after an unfair trial and prevented from lodging an appeal.In Bangladesh, Adilur Ahmed Khan was arrested by 10 plain clothes policemen and charged with ‘disrupting the law and order situation.’ for reporting on human rights abuses. In Kenya Lydia Mukami was abducted, beaten and stripped of her clothes in public for defending the land rights of farmers, while in Pakistan, Farida Afridi, founder of women’s rights organisation SAWERA, was shot dead on her way to work and the offices of the organisation were bombed.Front Line Defender received 110 nominations from 51 countries for this year’s award. Every one of them tells a similar sorry tale of oppressive states using the force of the law or the power of the state to silence dissent, shut down human rights organisations, criminalise LGBT rights or gag the independent media. Every one of those stories could be a feature-length documentary in its own right.Human rights defenders deserve betterThis year Front Line Defenders has highlighted the courage of human rights defenders from six countries. Honduras, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Belarus UAE and Kenya. Every one of those countries face serious human rights issues. At the same time governments and large sections of the media ignore the fact that respect for basic human rights and the rule of law are key indicators of the stability that is essential for successful economic development. Economic development and human rights go hand in hand – they are the key indicators of a successful state which will guarantee the maximum benefit for the maximum number of people.Richard Bruton recently articulated the view that the issue of human rights had no place on the agenda of a trade mission. When John Hume and Ian Paisley went to the United States to seek the assistance of the US government in resolving the problems of Northern Ireland – they argued the strategy that the effects of political negotiation combined with economic investment would help to take the province out of its troubles. However we don’t seem to think that the same strategy might well work in other countries. If a crisis erupts in Kenya or Belarus or the UAE, it will in the end cost more pain and money than if we had made a serious and concerted attempt to address the fundamental human rights issues at a much earlier stage.It is deeply depressing when you hear experienced and sympathetic journalists saying that for editors the words ‘foreign’ or ‘human rights’ are a complete turn off. Human rights defenders deserve better. They both deserve and desperately need the oxygen of publicity not just to air their views but to survive. As one human rights defender said “if you are visible you have rights”. We need to be confronted with the brutality and horrors that are inflicted in the name of stability and security.At the same time we need to be reminded of the passion, the energy and the commitment of courageous people who see the world through a different lens – one that perhaps can show us how we can create societies which value notions such as dignity, equality and human rights, and where, maybe, finally, “everyone [will] be born free and equal in dignity and rights”.Mary Lawlor is the founder and Executive Director of Front Line Defenders.Read: Gulf states trade trip ‘not time or place’ to bring up human rights concernsColumn: The abuse a US President – and the world – chooses to ignorelast_img read more


Two fancied exAll Blacks out of the running for Connacht job

first_img 20 Comments By John Fallon Jan 18th 2017, 8:03 AM Share6 Tweet Email 22,083 Views Follow us: Short URL We’ve always been about process, regardless of winning and losing – what you do well and what you can do better – and that hasn’t changed.“Sticking to that process for four years now has enabled us to isolate the things we can do better, rather than being bogged down by thinking things are terrible,” said Lam.A losing bonus point could be enough for Connacht to qualify but they will head into the final round leading the pool from four-time winners Toulouse and Wasps, who lifted the crown in 2004 and 2007.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!center_img Two fancied ex-All Blacks out of the running for Connacht job Tony Brown has ruled himself out, while Jono Gibbes will be staying in France. Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 8:03 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ex-Connacht captain Clarke forced at gunpoint to aid getawayZebre part ways with head coach after hammerings by Leinster and Connacht CONNACHT’S SEARCH FOR a successor to Pat Lam will continue without two of the fancied contenders, following confirmation that former All Blacks Tony Brown and Jono Gibbes are not in the running to take over at the Sportsground.Former All Blacks out-half Tony Brown emerged as a favourite over the weekend but he has since dismissed the move, while Gibbes has made it clear he is not leaving Clermont Auvergne. Gibbes will be staying put in Clermont. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOBrown will coach the Highlanders during the 2017 Super Rugby season before moving to Japan to link up full-time with head coach Jamie Joseph through to the end of the 2019 World Cup which will be hosted there.Browne, who worked with Japan during last November’s test matches, was queried on the suggested move by Japanese media but told Kyodo News he knew nothing about it.“That’s the first I’ve heard about it. I am contracted to Japan until after the World Cup in 2019,” said the 41-year old.Meanwhile, sources in France have confirmed that Gibbes is not in the running to take over from Lam.An indirect approach was made to Gibbes to check out his level of interest, but the former Leinster forwards coach made it clear he would not be in the running.Gibbes was a key figure in Leinster’s golden era, winning three Heineken Cup titles, three Pro12 crowns and an European Challenge Cup success during his six years working with Michael Cheika and Joe Schmidt before he moved to Clermont in 2014.He has been linked with a number of head coach positions. He is contracted to Clermont until the summer of 2018 but has get-out clauses. Former All Black Tony Brown. Source: EMPICS SportMeanwhile, Connacht are hopeful that Jack Carty will be fit for their trip to France this weekend to take on Toulouse, with a first ever Champions Cup quarter-final spot on the line.The out-half said at the weekend that the knee injury he picked up against Ospreys was not as bad as first feared.Scrum-half John Cooney converted to the number 10 position for the first time in his career and produced a superb display in the 66-21 rout of Zebre on Saturday.Cooney, whose move to Ulster in the summer was confirmed on Monday, scored a try and landed eight out of ten conversions but Lam will be hoping that Carty can make it this weekend.He said that they have learned over the past few seasons to take each game on its merits and, while he has billed this clash with Toulouse as possibly the biggest in Connacht’s history, the key to another win at Stade Ernest Wallon will lie in the quality of their training this week.last_img read more


Greeks should consider euro exit

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Giscard is a longtime friend of Greece. He pressed Greece’s EU candidacy over German objections, clearing the way for Athens to join what was then called the European Economic Community in 1981. Two decades later Greece joined the euro. In an interview at his Paris home, Giscard said Greece faced a difficult choice. Last Tuesday, the Greek government approved another round of austerity measures as protesters clashed with police outside parliament. Its economy will shrink again next year, a fifth straight year of recession. “Greece could stay in the eurozone but it is very difficult to achieve economic recovery with a strong currency,” the 85-year-old former president said. “Is it better to use a national currency for a period, or have the safety of a strong currency? It is Greece’s choice.” Giscard said that had Greece kept the drachma, it would probably have devalued by 40-50 per cent by now. He feared the Greek people would not accept the 40 per cent internal deflation that the country’s economy needs. “That approach has huge human, social and political costs.” But he had no doubt Greece would remain in the European Union, whether inside or outside the euro. Asked about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s repeated assertion that it would be disastrous if one country were to leave the euro, Giscard said: “He is wrong.” Instant treaty Giscard, the most pro-European among French conservative politicians of his generation, was defeated by socialist Francois Mitterrand in 1981. He was the main architect of the draft European Constitution, drawn up by a congress of national and European lawmakers that he chaired. French and Dutch voters rejected the charter in referendums in 2005. The text was largely recycled in the Lisbon Treaty, negotiated in 2007 and approved by national parliaments and, at the second attempt, in an Irish referendum in 2009. The document redefined European institutions. He said that European leaders at their summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, widely seen as a final chance to get on top of the eurozone debt crisis, have to forget about trying to revise European treaties. “Reforming treaties that have to be modified by unanimous vote is impossible. Choosing the path of treaty revision with 27 (EU members) would make the crisis last and would give the impression that it is intractable,” he said. Instead, the 17 eurozone states should consider drafting a simple agreement among members of the single currency, similar to the Schengen agreement that introduced passport-free travel within 22 EU and non-EU states. “It must be done very quickly, in the first quarter of 2012, a Schengen-type agreement driven by France and Germany and including other countries like Belgium and Italy. But it should only be open to eurozone countries, otherwise it will be a mess,” he said. The possibility of a smaller and more integrated core eurozone has been discussed by senior French and German civil servants, officials told Reuters last month. “I think that in the end that is how it will happen,” Giscard said. Yesterday EU leaders were to review Franco-German proposals to reform eurozone governance via an amendment to the EU treaty to bring about more fiscal discipline. Giscard said leaders must agree quickly on debt and deficit limits and on sanctions for those countries that do not respect the agreement. If some countries found the debt and deficit requirements under the new treaty too severe, they should return to their national currency, he said.“It is necessary to allow for the possibility of eurozone exit. This must be done under conditions that are correct, and not punitive,” he said. Giscard said Europe needed to fight speculators against the euro, whom he suspected were mainly American. “Europe is like a city under siege. A big city, with a large population, and a strong economy. If its leaders do what needs to be done, this city will be free again,” he said. But Europe could do this without American help. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who is touring Europe this week to press EU leaders for more decisive crisis management. “Geithner’s visit is inopportune. He should not be meddling in European affairs. “The French do not go take part in Federal Reserve meetings; who has ever heard of such a thing.”last_img read more


Des minicerveaux créés en laboratoire à partir de cellules souches

first_imgDes “mini-cerveaux” créés en laboratoire à partir de cellules souchesDes chercheurs sont parvenus à concevoir des “mini-cerveaux” à partir de cellules souches. Grâce à cette incroyable réussite, les scientifiques espèrent pouvoir étudier des maladies et les premières étapes de développement du cerveau.Alors que le cerveau cache encore bien des mystères, malgré toutes les études dont il fait l’objet, c’est une avancée majeure qu’ont réalisée des chercheurs de l’Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) de Vienne en Autriche. Pour la première fois, ils sont parvenus à créer dans des boîtes de Petri des “organoïdes cérébraux”, c’est à dire des amas de tissus cérébraux en trois dimensions. Ce “mini cerveau” comprend même des parties du cortex ou encore de l’hippocampe. Et ces structures présentent toutes les caractéristiques du tissu cérébral embryonnaire. Pour parvenir à ce résultat, les chercheurs ont utilisé des cellules souches pluripotentes induites (iPS) qu’ils ont mis en contact avec des nutriments considérés comme essentiels pour le développement cérébral. Grâce à cela, les cellules se sont peu à peu changées en cellules nerveuses. Puis ce “tissu” a été suspendu sur une structure en gel qui a permis aux cellules de s'”auto-organiser” en organoïdes de la taille d’un pois, aboutissant à une structure en 3 dimensions. “Si vous fournissez les bons nutriments, les cellules ont une incroyable capacité de s’auto-organiser”, a commenté Madeline Lancaster du IMB citée par The New Scientist.Un aperçu de cerveau précieux pour les chercheurs Ces “mini-cerveaux”, dénués de circulation sanguine, ont ensuite survécu plusieurs mois dans un bioréacteur, grâce à l’oxygène et aux nutriments fournis. “Ce système de culture en 3D développe une variété de régions cérébrales capables d’influer les unes sur les autres”, indique un résumé de l’étude repris par l’AFP.Grâce à cela, les auteurs de cette étude espère bien donner l’occasion de mieux étudier les maladies cérébrales humaines et de tester des molécules directement sur du matériel humain (plutôt que sur des souris). En effet, ces organoïdes recréent les premières étapes de la formation du cortex cérébral. Ils pourraient ainsi permettre de comprendre voire même de détecter des anomalies de la différenciation neuronale, ce qui expliquerait notamment la microcéphalie (cerveau de petite taille) qui affecte certaines personnes.Pas encore de “cerveau dans une boite de Pétri” À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Toutefois, ces modèles ne peuvent pas permettre d’étudier toutes les zones cérébrales dans la mesure où certaines se développent plus tardivement. Aussi, on est loin de pouvoir créer “un cerveau dans une boite de Petri”, précise Oliver Brüstle de l’Université de Bonn. Il doute même que cela puisse se produire un jour étant donnée l’extrême complexité de cet organe. Reste que les études réalisées grâce à ces organoïdes pourraient tout de même faire avancer la recherche.”N’importe quelle technique qui peut nous donner ‘quelque chose ressemblant à un cerveau’ que nous pouvons modifier, sur lequel nous pouvons travailler et que nous pouvons observer se développer, est excitante. Mais ceci dépendra des résultats que cette technique va permettre de produire”, a confirmé Martin Coath du Cognition Institute de la Plymouth University.Le 29 août 2013 à 18:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more