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internazionale contro il crimine organizzato: un
accordo tra Ministero dell'Interno e Formez
Il Prefetto Annapaola Porzio, Direttore Ufficio di Coordinamento e Pianificazione delle Forze di Polizia e il Commissario straordinario di Formez PA Harald Bonura, il 23 settembre 2014 hanno firmato un accordo per la realizzazione del progetto Fight against organised crime: International cooperation in Criminal Justice nei Balcani, finanziato nellambito del programma europeo IPA 2013.Obiettivo del progetto è quello di rafforzare la cooperazione strategica e operativa tra le forze di polizia e gli organismi giudiziari dei Balcani a livello nazionale, transnazionale e internazionale.Carlo Notarmuzi, Direttore dell'Ufficio per la formazione del personale della pubblica amministrazione del Dipartimento della Funzione Pubblica, ha sottolineato la centralità della formazione e aggiunto come grazie ad una struttura flessibile quale Formez PA, il DFP possa essere di supporto al Dipartimento di Pubblica Sicurezza.
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I Social Media spingono il cambiamento organizzativo della Pubblica Amministrazione
di Alessandra Flora
La Pubblica Amministrazione alza lasticella della comunicazione 2.0. Superata la prima fase pionieristica, la presenza della PA sui social network - condizione ormai ineludibile - pone interrogativi cruciali: in che modo calibrare questi strumenti sulle esigenze reali dellutente? Quali sono le professionalità da cercare o da formare? La riflessione si è aperta in occasione di un incontro sul Social Caring, il 21 settembre 2014 a Roma, nellambito della Social Media Week. Ad organizzare l'evento è stato Business International - Fiera Milano Media Spa.
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Scambio tra Italia e Cina: continua il supporto di Formez PA
Ambiente, beni culturali, agricoltura, protezione civile, reclutamento e formazione di dirigenti della PA: sono questi i temi al centro di una serie di visite di studio di funzionari e dirigenti delle nostre Regioni del Mezzogiorno e referenti della SAFEA (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs) di Pechino, listituto del governo cinese deputato alla gestione dei rapporti di scambio tra istituzioni estere e cinesi.Formez PA ha ospitato nei giorni scorsi due delegazioni di funzionari e dirigenti cinesi: la delegazione proveniente dalla provincia di Anhui, che è stata in Italia fino al 27 settembre, ha partecipato ad un percorso formativo sulla conservazione del patrimonio artistico, svolto da Formez PA in collaborazione col Ministero dei Beni Culturali.
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Premio Egov 2014: Formez PA vincitore con ParteciPA
Dopo il successo del 2013, Formez PA vince anche il premio Egov 2014, il concorso di Maggioli per i migliori progetti di innovazione sviluppati dalle Pubbliche Amministrazioni. Formez PA è stato premiato nella sezione Dati aperti, Governo aperto, Trasparenza" per ParteciPA, un insieme di applicazioni per la partecipazione pubblica, realizzate nell'ambito delle attività del progetto PerformancePA, finanziato dal Dipartimento della Funzione Pubblica con risorse FSE. Nelle motivazioni della giuria si legge: Si parla sempre di partecipazione alla cosa pubblica e di open government come qualcosa in divenire. Formez PA ha realizzato la piattaforma per la discussione partecipata di norme, proposte di legge, documenti in genere sui quali gli utenti possono esprimere i propri suggerimenti.
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OPEN DAYS 2014 local events: a Bari il laboratorio su "I patti per le Città"
Connettere la diffusione di contenuti, applicazioni e servizi digitali avanzati con la sperimentazione della pratica della "comunità intelligente" quale sistema territoriale sostenibile. Questo il senso dei Patti per le Città. Se ne è parlato il 20 settembre 2014 a Bari, presso la Fiera del Levante, nel laboratorio SmartCities&Communities: I patti per le Città, promosso dalla Regione Puglia, Servizio Ricerca Industriale e Innovazione, in collaborazione con i progetti Capacity SUD e POAT di Formez PA. Obiettivo della giornata - che rientra nell'ambito dei local events degli OPEN DAYS 2014 European Week of Regions and Cities, - è stato quello di sollecitare il trasferimento dell'esperienza del percorso di capacità istituzionale SmartPuglia 2020, sviluppato dalla Regione con Formez PA, ai sei territori pugliesi coinvolti nell'iniziativa.
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Progetto Twinning Giordania: concluse le study visit sulle politiche di sviluppo nel settore turistico
Il 20 settembre scorso si è chiuso il ciclo di visite di studio che ha portato in Italia i funzionari giordani del Ministero per le Antichità e del Turismo (MoTA), allo scopo di approfondire i modelli di partenariato pubblico-privato adottati in Italia nellambito della gestione e dell'uso sostenibile per finalità turistiche di grandi complessi monumentali. Le visite di studio sono state organizzate nel quadro dellaccrescimento delle competenze nel settore del turismo previsto dal Progetto Giordania Rafforzamento del sistema istituzionale del turismo in Giordania attraverso il potenziamento delle capacità del Ministero del Turismo e delle Antichità.
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senza conflitti: al via la fase sperimentale in
Dopo lintensa fase preparatoria di ricerca scientifica ed elaborazione metodologica in materia di BOS (Blue Ocean Strategy), Formez PA entra nel vivo della fase sperimentale del progetto Innovazione senza conflitti con interventi innovativi che agiranno concretamente sul terreno della pubblica amministrazione italiana. Il progetto punta a contribuire a una riformulazione della strategia che gli Enti normalmente adottano per la loro gestione, al fine di modificare gli aspetti che non ne favoriscono lo sviluppo e valorizzare quelli che possono accrescere la creazione di valore a beneficio del cittadino (public value).
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A cura dell'Area Comunicazione e Servizi al Cittadino, Formez PA
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily h1 a:hover div#emailbody table#itemcontentlist tr td div ul div#emailbody table#itemcontentlist tr td div blockquote div#emailbody table#itemcontentlist tr td div li table#itemcontentlist tr td a:link, table#itemcontentlist tr td a:visited, table#itemcontentlist tr td a:active, ul#summarylist li a img ScienceDaily: Latest Science News Satellite measurements reveal gravity dip from ice loss in West Antarctica U.S., India to collaborate on Mars exploration, Earth-observing mission Rosetta to deploy lander on November 12 Cold Atom Laboratory chills atoms to new lows Aral Sea loses its eastern lobe -- first time in modern history, NASA's Terra satellite shows CDC and Texas Health Department confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. NASA's Swift mission observes mega flares from nearby red dwarf star Improving babies' language skills before they're even old enough to speak Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells Study uncovers important process for immune system development Disease decoded: Gene mutation may lead to development of new cancer drugs New dimension for integrated circuits: 3-D nanomagnetic logic Study shows how chimpanzees share skills: Evidence of new behavior being transmitted socially How dinosaur arms turned into bird wings Novel method for making electrical cellulose fibers Memory loss associated with Alzheimer's reversed: Small trial succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders Depression increasing across the United States High-speed drug screen developed How to predict who will suffer the most from stress Longitudinal report shows challenging reality of aging with an intellectual disability Medications are main culprit of allergic deaths in U.S., comprehensive study finds Revisiting Stokes drift: Waves of the future NASA support key to glacier mapping efforts A heartbeat away? Hybrid 'patch' could replace transplants Potential biomarker to detect SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency) Pollution linked to lethal sea turtle tumors How to make a 'perfect' solar absorber How to beat monk parakeets at their own game: Scientists prevent nests on utility poles New material steals oxygen from the air: One spoonful absorbs all the oxygen in a room Synthetic sperm protein raises the chance for successful in vitro fertilization New blood test determines whether you have or are likely to get cancer Scientists identify which genes are active in muscles of men, women Adolescent exposure to THC may cause immune systems to go up in smoke High metabolic rates and low temperatures were associated with high risk-taking behavior in birds Entanglement made tangible Bacteria may have ability to reduce impact of diazepam on UK river environments Gender equality leads to more Olympic medals for men, women Breakthrough study discovers six changing faces of 'global killer' bacteria Fuel cell-powered mobile lights tested, proven, ready for commercial use Florida's climate boosts soil-carbon storage, cuts greenhouse emissions More waters may deserve federal protection, study suggests Ebola: New therapies to combat virus Unexpected new mechanism reveals how molecules become trapped in ice Taking thin films to the extreme Laser-guided herds of sea monkeys show how zooplankton migrations may affect global ocean currents Genomic data could help doctors know whether to prescribe statins Gene doubling shapes the world: Instant speciation, biodiversity, and the root of our existence Alcohol makes smiles more 'contagious,' but only for men Endoscopists recommend frequent colonoscopies, leading to its overuse, study finds High-dose vitamin D for ICU patients who are vitamin D deficient does not improve outcomes Gut bacteria promote obesity in mice Coral's best defender against an army of sea stars: Crabs New learning mechanism for individual nerve cells Where humans, animals and robots meet Dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids linked to reduced risk of coronary heart disease Cancer therapy: Driving cancer cells to suicide Space debris expert warns of increasing small satellite collision risk Fish need time to adjust to new environmental conditions First evidence that reptiles can learn through imitation Biodiversity does not always improve resistance of forest ecosystems to drought
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 04:54 PM PDTAlthough not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's GOCE satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature. More than doubling its planned life in orbit, GOCE spent four years measuring Earth's gravity in unprecedented detail. Researchers have found that the decrease in the mass of ice during this period was mirrored in GOCE's measurements.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 04:49 PM PDTIn a meeting Sept. 30, 2014 in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 04:47 PM PDTThe European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. Philae's landing site, currently known as Site J, is located on the smaller of the comet's two "lobes," with a backup site on the larger lobe.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 04:45 PM PDTNASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) mission has succeeded in producing a state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, a key breakthrough for the instrument leading up to its debut on the International Space Station in late 2016.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 04:33 PM PDTSummer 2014 marked another milestone for the Aral Sea, the once-extensive lake in Central Asia that has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s. For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 04:09 PM PDTThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:15 PM PDTOn April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star. The initial blast from this record-setting series of explosions was as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:14 PM PDTIn the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds âmightâ be language, accelerating the development of the brain maps which are critical to language acquisition and processing, according to new research.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 11:42 AM PDTUsing a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team has taken a major step in developing long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity for use in electronic devices.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 11:42 AM PDTImmunologists reveals new information about how our immune system functions, shedding light on a vital process that determines how the body's ability to fight infection develops.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 11:42 AM PDTThe discovery of a gene mutation that causes a rare premature aging disease could lead to the development of drugs that block the rapid, unstoppable cell division that makes cancer so deadly, researchers report.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 11:42 AM PDTElectrical engineers have demonstrated a new kind of building block for digital integrated circuits. Their experiments show that future computer chips could be based on three-dimensional arrangements of nanometer-scale magnets instead of transistors. As CMOS, the main enabling technology of the semiconductor industry, approaches fundamental limits, researchers are exploring 'magnetic computing' as an alternative.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 11:41 AM PDTBiologists have found evidence of new behavior being adopted and transmitted socially from one individual to another within a wild chimpanzee community. This is the first instance of social learning recorded in the wild.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 11:41 AM PDTAlthough we now appreciate that birds evolved from a branch of the dinosaur family tree, a crucial adaptation for flight has continued to puzzle evolutionary biologists. During the millions of years that elapsed, wrists went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, allowing birds to fold their wings neatly against their bodies when not flying. A resolution to this impasse is now provided by an exciting new study.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 11:34 AM PDTBy using liquid salts during formation instead of harsh chemicals, fibers that conduct electricity can be strengthened, according to new research.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 11:34 AM PDTIn the first, small study of a novel, personalized and comprehensive program to reverse memory loss, nine of 10 participants displayed subjective or objective improvement in their memories beginning within three to six months after the programâs start.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 10:28 AM PDTAmericans are more depressed now than they have been in decades, a recent study shows. Analyzing data from 6.9 million adolescents and adults from all over the country, researchers found that Americans now report more psychosomatic symptoms of depression, such as trouble sleeping and trouble concentrating, than their counterparts in the 1980s.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 10:27 AM PDTEngineers have devised a way to rapidly test hundreds of different drug-delivery vehicles in living animals, making it easier to discover promising new ways to deliver a class of drugs called biologics, which includes antibodies, peptides, RNA, and DNA, to human patients.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 10:27 AM PDTNew research has found a way to identify those most susceptible to stress. That's a huge help for health-care professionals working to stop stress before it gets out of control. "By pinpointing those in the general population who are most vulnerable to stress, we can intervene before they hit the breaking point -- and hopefully prevent the negative consequences of stress by doing so. That's why it's important to have an objective diagnostic tool like this one," a researcher says.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 10:27 AM PDTThe serious, complex and unique health and social challenges facing Ireland's intellectual disability population are outlined in a new report. The study is the first study of its kind in Europe and the only one in the world with the ability to compare the aging of people with intellectual disability directly with the general aging population.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 10:25 AM PDTMedications are the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S., according to an analysis of death certificates from 1999 to 2010. The study also found that the risk of fatal drug-induced allergic reactions was particularly high among older people and African-Americans and that such deaths increased significantly in the U.S. in recent years.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 10:25 AM PDTThe 19th-century 'Stokes drift' concept that a tiny sphere on a small wave would trace a spiral, not a closed circle, was assumed to be unlikely to occur in nature. But using 21st-century technologies, scientists found that not only do the particles move, they move predictably, and can even be planned.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:34 AM PDTThanks in part to support from NASA and the National Science Foundation, scientists have produced the first-ever detailed maps of bedrock beneath glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica. This new data will help researchers better project future changes to glaciers and ice sheets, and ultimately, sea level.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:34 AM PDTBecause heart cells cannot multiply and cardiac muscles contain few stem cells, heart tissue is unable to repair itself after a heart attack. Now researchers are literally setting a new gold standard in cardiac tissue engineering, using gold particles to increase the conductivity of biomaterials.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:33 AM PDTA genetic disease called SCID -- short for severe combined immunodeficiency -- forces patients to breathe filtered air and avoid human contact because their bodies cannot fight germs. Now, using a mouse model, researchers describe a potential biomarker to detect SCID.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:33 AM PDTPolluted urban and farm runoff in Hawaii has been linked to lethal tumors in endangered sea turtles. A new study finds that excess nitrogen in the runoff accumulates in algae that the turtles eat and can cause the disease Fibropapillomatosis which is the leading known cause of death in endangered green sea turtles. The disease causes the formation of tumors on the animals' eyes, flippers, and internal organs.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:32 AM PDTResearchers have developed a solar cell that can tap the sun's full radiation spectrum. The material is a two-dimensional metallic dielectric photonic crystal, and has the additional benefits of absorbing sunlight from a wide range of angles and withstanding extremely high temperatures. Perhaps most importantly, the material can also be made cheaply at large scales.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:32 AM PDTResearchers have announced they have found a way to prevent Monk Parakeets from building huge nests on utility poles by blocking access to the electric lines that are the gateway to their nesting sites.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:32 AM PDTResearchers have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen can be released again when and where it is needed.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:32 AM PDTHaving trouble getting pregnant -- even with in vitro fertilization? Here's some hope: A new research report explains how scientists developed a synthetic version of a sperm-originated protein which induced embryo development in human and mouse eggs similar to the natural triggering of embryo development by the sperm cell during fertilization.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:32 AM PDTEarly detection and the risk assessment of cancer as easy as a simple blood test, a new study suggests. "A blood test to detect cancer and determine one's risk for cancer is a game-changer," said one expert. "A test like this -- which is sophisticated in design and simple to perform -- could make effective cancer screening available in places where traditional medical technology might not be available."
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:31 AM PDTIf you want your doctor to know what goes wrong with your muscles because of age, disease or injury, it's a good idea to know what 'normal' actually is. That's where a new research report comes in, authors explain.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:31 AM PDTWhen it comes to using marijuana, new research involving mice suggests that just because you can do it, doesn't mean that you should. That's because a team of scientists have found that using marijuana in adolescence may do serious long-term damage to the immune system.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:31 AM PDTA long-term study on different populations of great tits has shown that risk-taking behavior correlates with both metabolic rate and ambient temperature. High metabolic rates and low temperatures were associated with high risk-taking behavior, as in these scenarios birds were more likely to approach potential predators.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:31 AM PDTScientists have designed a first-ever experiment for demonstrating quantum entanglement in the macroscopic realm. Unlike other such proposals, the experiment is relatively easy to set up and run with existing semiconductor devices.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:31 AM PDTA reaction pathway that could reduce the potentially harmful impact of diazepam and similar chemicals on the UK's freshwater environment has been discovered by researchers. Diazepam -- used to treat anxiety and other similar conditions -- has been detected in rivers across the UK and Europe, having been released from waste water treatment plants. At the levels recorded, it has the potential to produce harmful ecological effects in surface waters, including changing the behavior of fish shoals and their ability to sense danger from predators.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:20 AM PDTGender equality boosts a country's Olympic medal count for both women and men, shows a new study. Researchers compared a country's tendency toward sexual equality with its medal counts from the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Countries with greater parity -- particularly for measures of educational equality -- had more women and men reach the podium.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:19 AM PDTEvery ten seconds a human being dies from pneumococcus infection, making it the leading cause of serious illness across the globe. New research discovers six unique states of pneumococcus, which may help in the development of tailored vaccines.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:16 AM PDTMobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events and airport operations, making them ready for commercialization and broader use, developers say.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:16 AM PDTSequestration helps mitigate carbon-based gases from getting into the atmosphere. A new study shows Florida's warm, wet climate helps keep carbon in the soil. Soil-stored carbon can slow the build-up of carbon-based gases in the atmosphere, a phenomenon believed to be a cause of global climate change.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:14 AM PDTGeographically isolated wetlands can be connected in ways that are largely ignored, but that may be critically important for watershed storage and stabilizing downstream flows, researchers say. The connection between wetlands and federally protected waters should not be limited to those with direct surface connections, they add.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:14 AM PDTNew human antibody therapies have been developed for people exposed to the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses, researchers report. Researchers are using a high-efficiency method to isolate and generate large quantities of human antibodies from the blood of people who have survived Ebola and Marburg infections and who are now healthy. No live virus is used, they say.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:14 AM PDTExpanding our knowledge of the way molecules interact with ice surfaces is a key goal not only for climate change but also a much wider range of other environmental, scientific and defense-related issues. Now, a team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism they call âstable energetic embeddingâ of atoms and molecules within ice.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:14 AM PDTApplying a well-known optical phenomenon called thin-film interference, a group of researchers has demonstrated the ability to "paint" ultra-thin coatings onto a rough surface -- work that holds promise for making future, flexible electronic devices, creating advanced solar cells and detailing the sides of next-gen rocket ships and spacecraft with extremely lightweight decorative logos.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:14 AM PDTSea monkeys have captured the popular attention of both children and aquarium hobbyists because of their easily observable life cycle. Physicists are interested in a shorter-term pattern: Like other zooplankton, brine shrimp vertically migrate in large groups throughout the day in response to changing light conditions. New research suggests that the collective movement of small marine organisms could affect global ocean circulation patterns on a level comparable to the wind and the tides.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:06 AM PDTGenomic data could predict whether statins will benefit a patient or not, according to a new article. The research suggests that genomic data alone can explain around 15 percent of patients' responses to a cholesterol-lowering statin, and further studies could increase the accuracy of these predictions.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:06 AM PDTResearchers emphasize that polyploidy and the important role it has played, especially in plant evolution, would not have gained the recognition it deserves would it not have been for its staunch proponent, G. L. Stebbins. In the mid-20th century Stebbins synthesized what was known at that time about polyploidy, classifying different types of ploidy, discussing ancient polyploidy events, and investigating hybridizing species and polyploid derivatives.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:06 AM PDTConsuming an alcoholic beverage may make men more responsive to the smiles of others in their social group, according to new research. The findings suggest that, for men, alcohol increases sensitivity to rewarding social behaviors like smiling, and may shed light on risk factors that contribute to problem drinking among men.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:06 AM PDTAn overuse of colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening and surveillance has been identified by a retrospective study. The study demonstrated that endoscopists commonly recommended shorter follow-up intervals than established guidelines support, and these recommendations were strongly correlated with subsequent colonoscopy overuse.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:06 AM PDTAdministration of high-dose vitamin D3 compared with placebo did not reduce hospital length of stay, intensive care unit length of stay, hospital mortality, or the risk of death at 6 months among patients with vitamin D deficiency who were critically ill, according to a study.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:06 AM PDTA species of gut bacteria called Clostridium ramosum, coupled with a high-fat diet, may cause animals to gain weight, researchers report. They observed that mice harboring human gut bacteria including C. ramosum gained weight when fed a high-fat diet. Mice that did not have C. ramosum were less obese even when consuming a high-fat diet, and mice that had C. ramosum but consumed a low-fat diet also stayed lean.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:06 AM PDTCoral reefs face a suite of perilous threats in today's ocean. From overfishing and pollution to coastal development and climate change, fragile coral ecosystems are disappearing at unprecedented rates. Despite this trend, some species of corals surrounding the island of Moorea in French Polynesia have a natural protector in their tropical environment: coral guard-crabs. New research has helped unravel the complex symbiotic relationship between these crabs and the coral reefs they live in and defend.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:05 AM PDTLearning is based on the strengthening or weakening of the contacts between the nerve cells in the brain -- this has been the traditional understanding. However, this has been challenged by new research findings. These indicate that there is also a third mechanism -- a kind of clock function that gives individual nerve cells the ability to time their reactions.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:04 AM PDTTo meet our everyday needs in an increasingly multifaceted technological world is a challenge that pushes researchers to find innovative tools using a multidisciplinary approach. We inhabit a globalized planet, made up of complex systems, where domains such as communications, business, healthcare, energy or transportation converge, interact and integrate. In this context, a thriving technology trend applies the concept of animal swarms or swarming to the development of complex systems that bridge the gap amongst disciplines as dissimilar as biology, robotics or networking.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:04 AM PDTDietary polyunsaturated fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, a recent study has found. The sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids include fish, vegetable oils, and nuts. The present study shows, in line with earlier research, that the risk of cardiovascular diseases can be reduced by replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:04 AM PDTA new class of chemical compounds makes cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapeutic drugs, researchers report. They have also pinpointed the relevant target enzyme, thus identifying a new target for anti-tumor agents.
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Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:04 AM PDTFish can live in almost any aquatic environment on Earth, but when the climate changes and temperatures go up many species are pushed to the limit. The amount of time needed to adjust to new conditions could prove critical for how different species cope in the future, reveals a new study.
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:04 AM PDTNew research has for the first time provided evidence that reptiles could be capable of social learning through imitation. The ability to acquire new skills through the âtrue imitationâ of othersâ behavior is thought to be unique to humans and advanced primates, such as chimpanzees. Â
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Posted: 30 Sep 2014 04:30 PM PDT
The Small Business Administration has just added advanced manufacturing to a national priority list for SBA backed investment. It has also raised a $200 million annual limit on the amount of funding to support investment in these sectors.
The SBA’s Impact Investment Fund was initially launched in 2011 to support the growth and development of Americaâs impact investment industry.
In a release announcing the change, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet (pictured above) explained:
“As head of the SBA, my main goal is to increase access to capital for our nationâs entrepreneurs, especially to our underserved communities. This expansion of the Impact Investment Fund today puts more capital into the hands of entrepreneurs, while offering impact investors a tremendous platform to reach small business owners with innovative ideas.â
Here’s what you need to know about the program.What Are Impact Investments?
In case you aren’t familiar with impact investments, here’s a quick definition:
“Impact investments are put into companies, organizations, orÂ funds with the purpose of positively impactingÂ social and environmental goals, as well as creatingÂ a financial return.”
The SBA’s goal with its Impact Investment Fund is toÂ help capitalize Impact Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs). These companies invest funds in businesses not only with the goal of maximizing financial returns. They are also generally attempting to generate a measurable social, environmental, or economic impact.
The SBA initially launched the Impact Fund as a five-year, $1 billion pilot effort.Â With the recent amendments to the program, it’s clear that the SBA plans to carry it beyond 2016. The agency had already committed to providing roughly $200 million of its $4 billion annual budget to theÂ Impact Investment Fund.What’s New with the Impact Investment Fund
Prior to the announcement, Impact Investment Fund capital had to be aimed at businesses in underserved communities, the education sector or the clean energy sector.
But with the recent addition of advanced manufacturing businesses to the list of eligible impact investments, the SBA is making this sector a priority too. The agency is encouraging fund managers with expertise in the field to consider applying for an Impact SBIC license.
Additionally, the lifting of the $200 million restriction potentially puts Impact SBICs on a par with Standard SBICs for access to funds. Also, existing Standard SBICs may opt-in as Impact SBICs through December 1, 2014.What This Does
The expansion of the Impact Investment Fund means access to more potential investment for businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector, of course. This could also include companies that have already receivedÂ Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. But it could also mean fiercer competition for existing SBA funding funneled through the SBICs. Get more information about the Impact Investment Fund here.
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Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:30 PM PDT
Do women employees at your company feel like theyâre at a disadvantage compared to men? Even if you believe youâre a very equal-opportunity employer, and even if youâre a woman yourself, your female employees may not feel the same.
A new study by Palo Alto Software polled more than 1,000 employees and business owners, both men and women, and found that women are more than five times as likely as men to have experienced gender discrimination in a professional setting.
Over half (52 percent) of women report having experienced hidden gender discrimination in a professional setting, compared to just 9 percent of men. For example, nearly twice as many women as men (40 percent vs. 22 percent) say theyâve been called âbossyâ at work.
Gender discrimination isnât always so overt, of course. Hidden gender discriminationÂ often takes the form of being left behind in terms of advancement, promotions and salary raises because of family issues.
While the average nation globally offers 18 guaranteed weeks of paid maternity leave to workers, the U.S. offers – zero. This lack of support for the efforts involved in raising children has a direct effect on women in the workforce. More than four in 10 (43 percent) women in the survey say theyâre taken substantial time off from their careers, quit their jobs, or reduced their roles as business owners to care for children. Just 15 percent of men have done the same.
Taking even a short time off can have a big impact on a womanâs future career success. For example, the study found women with MBAs who took 18 months off earned 41 percent less, on average, than women with MBAs who didnât take time off from their careers. No wonder 27 percent of women, compared to just 11 percent of men, agree with the statement âI believe I make less money than I would without children.â And while 38 percent of men say having children had no impact on their careers, only 19 percent of women said the same.
When it comes to child-friendly policies, the survey was somewhat surprising: More than half of both male and female CEOs surveyed say theyâd consider allowing parents to bring their children to the office once in a whileâand more than one-third of both women and men say theyâd take advantage of that opportunity.
But why did the other two-thirds say they wouldnât bring their children to work? Clearly, in the average workplace – being a parent is seen as a liability.
Why should small business owners want to change that? Here are just a few reasons.Instituting parent-friendly policies enables both men and women to keep working during their most productive yearsâinstead of forcing one parent to opt out of the workforce, even temporarily. Parent-friendly policies make your business a place both men and women want to workâhelping you attract and retain qualified employees. With more women than men now earning college degrees and pursuing higher education, we canât afford to keep forcing women to choose between career and children. If the best-educated individuals in the U.S. workforce get squeezed out, how will our businesses and our nation compete?
Take a good look at your business and your attitudes – are you guilty of hidden gender discrimination? And what could it be costing your business?
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Posted: 30 Sep 2014 12:30 PM PDT
The state of California has passed a law that appears to prevent businesses from trying to punish customers financially for a poor review online. The law is apparently a response to several high profile cases in which businesses, upset by the new weight placed on customer feedback online, tried to fight back.
Earlier this year, a hipster guest house in the Catskills made headlines over such an issue. A supposed policy charged guests $500 for leaving negative online reviews about their experiences at the establishment. The Union Street Guest House near Hudson, N.Y. allegedly went so far as to try to fine wedding parties if anyone in their group posted a negative review while they were staying at the guest house.
The policy in question later mysteriously vanished from the guest house’s website. The removal seemed to coincide with negative coverage of the policy peaking in August. The guest house’s management eventually insisted the whole thing had been a bad joke. They also claimed no fine had ever been levied against anyone. But few customers were laughing.
In a potentially weirder case, an eCommerce site called KlearGear allegedly tried to bill a Utah couple $3,500. The reason was a negative comment they had posted about the company’s customer service. The couple claimed the company then tried to ruin their credit as well. Â KlearGear allegedly claimed the couple was in violation of a “non-disparagement” clause in the terms of service of its website. However, a federal judge disagreed.
Hopefully, most small business owners these days know better than to try to solve customer service problems this way. For those who don’t, the new California law makes things pretty clear.
California Assembly Bill 2365 updates the state’s rules on unlawfulÂ contracts explaining:
“This bill would prohibit a contract or proposed contract for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services from including a provision waiving the consumerâs right to make any statement regarding the seller or lessor or its employees or agents, or concerning the goods or services.”
Once in place, the new law would authorize the state Attorney General, a district attorney or city attorney to bring suit against any business that attempted to violate the law. A business could be found in violation for either attempting to place language limiting a customer’s speech into a contract or for threatening customers over a negative review.
A business owner would be fined $2,500 for a first offense and $5,000 for each follow-up. A $10,000 fine would be possible if it is determined the violation is “intentional.”
Some might argue the new law and those that will doubtless follow open small businesses to fraudulent claims as well. But the real lesson might be simply to make sure your business is handling feedback correctly.
The new law is expected to go into effect in California by 2015.
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Posted: 30 Sep 2014 10:00 AM PDT
Thanks to hundreds of tools that now exist online, itâs easier than ever to create original images and visuals to share on your websiteÂ and social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
According to Wishpond, photo posts on Facebook generated 104% more comments on an average post than those without. In addition, because 83% of learning is visual (according to j6 design), your readers will absorb more information from content with images than from those without.
Below are some tips, tricks, and resources you can use to createÂ original visuals for social media and written content.1.Â Canva
Canva is an easy-to-use free visual designer web app. Once you sign up for a free account, you can choose the format youâd like, from a Facebook cover photo to an image to accompany a Twitter post. Additionally, if you want to use Canvaâs premium graphics, they are just $1 each.2.Â Fiverr
The Fiverr online marketplace has âgigsâ starting at just $5 and surprisingly boasts some great designers that can make logos, infographics, and visuals for your online content. You can view actual samples and reviews of gigs that have been completed by the user and even order additional âextrasâ, like expedited turnaround or the Illustrator or Photoshop file.
PicMonkey is another freemium online image designer, and has a lot of great fonts, textures, and graphics to dress up your existing images. The paid subscription offers seasons clip art and illustrations that are modern and have a fresh look, which is helpful for seasonal campaigns.4. Illustrative Screenshots
If you want to illustrate your point in a blog post or debut a new feature, an illustrative screenshot may be all your need to get your point across. Use Microsoft Windowâs Snipping Tool or a browser plugin like Awesome Screenshot to take shots of your desktop or browser. Awesome Screenshot also allows you to add arrows to your screenshots to highlight what you are trying to show your readers. Screenshots can also cut down on frequently asked questions if the directions could be confusing for some.5. Put a Bird/Scroll/Frame on It
Portlandia was right: Adding a decorative element to something visual really can make a difference. Use Canva or PicMonkey above to add flourishes to your images to make them standout, whether that be frames, starbursts, or a textured layer.
QuotesCover is a great site for creating quote images. Quote images are extremely popular on social media (especially Pinterest) and are an easy way to include an image that isnât a cheesy stock photo, but adds emphasis to the words of the text. QuotesCover instantly pairs colors and fonts together to create an image that you can customize to make it fit the style of your brand or content.7.Â Pixlr
If you donât have Photoshop or Illustrator but want features that go beyond Paint, try the web app, Pixlr, which has many of the same functionalities of Photoshop, but in a lighter version. You can add layers, retouch photos, and add filters to make sure they are the best version possible.8. Get a Unique Font
As part of your branding, the marketing and design team should decide on a font or set of font that will be used on all company materials, both offline and online. Most web designers like using Google Fonts as they are accessible to a large number of people and are free to use. Having a specific font that you use on all your visual content will help users subconsciously begin to recognize your content, separating it from others.9. Pull from Your Existing Collateral
If you are running low on promotional images to use, check your own companyâs files. There may be an inventive past campaign, newsletter, t-shirt design, or giveaway promotion that has great images that you can reuse for your current campaigns. While you shouldnât use the same images every season, occasionally repeating images can cut down on creation time and design budgets.10. Use Unique Event or Product Photos
Actual photos that are taken of your company events or products will have a much larger impact on social media and blog posts, because they humanize your company and allow users to see your employees, products, or services in a more personal light.11. Make Infographics With Piktochart and infogr.am
If you donât want to hire a designer to make your infographics, give Piktochart and infogr.am a try. Both of these infographic creation platforms are easy to use and offer free and paid accounts, with varying levels of templates, editing capabilities, and custom branding.12. Stats Make an Impact
Another way to use QuotesCover or another image editor is to create statistic graphs or points of interest. A graphic that pulls a statistic out of content makes more of an impact than just the content itself. Similarly, you can use free online graph-making tools like ChartGo to make basic graph images.13. Ask For User Photos
One thing clothing and decor retailer ModCloth does really well is managing and interacting with their online community, which actively submits actual photos of themselves modeling the items theyâve gotten from the site. This not only helps users see how a dress lays, for example, but it gives the product a chance to shine in a new light, beyond the model and studio background that is used for most eCommerce sites. Encourage your customers to share photos of themselves using your products and promote them on social media or in an article or round-up piece.14. Make a Collage
Using your user-submitted photos, or ones you have on hand of events, employees, or products, make a collage of the images to share. PicMonkey has a collage maker, and BeFunky allow you to add text and backgrounds to collages on their tool. These images can highlight customers, employees, products, or a specific season or promotion.
Being creative with your social media and articleÂ images doesnât have to be difficult, especially with the aforementioned free tools and resources. Incorporate original content creation to your regular schedule, and youâll be increasing your engagement with visuals in no time.
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Some high-flying Silicon Valley companies are famous for the perks they provide to their employees. One of those perks at the top of the list consists of free food and beverages.
Not only do many of those companies provide coffee, soft drinks and snacks, but quite a few actually have full restaurants on site serving hot meals each day.
At one point about six years ago it was estimated to cost Google over $70 million a year to provide free meals to its employees.
Before you fall on the floor in a faint from hearing that number, keep in mind that no one is suggesting you go broke providing free food and drink. It is possible on a modest budget to get the positive impact that comes from providing a stocked break room.
We have a few suggestions for cost effective ways to stock your break room. But first, letâs take a look at why it makes business sense to provide beverages and snacks to employees.Four Good Reasons to Offer A Well-Stocked Break Room 1. Employee Satisfaction
Small businesses like ours may not always be able to match salaries at some larger companies, but studies show that people work in small businesses in part because they like the atmosphere. Anything you can do to make the workday more pleasant, helps your business compete in the employment market, and retain loyal employees.
Remember to try to walk in your employeeâs shoes. As a business owner you might prefer an upscale lunch out once a quarter or an offsite retreat, but employees may value the little niceties that make every day more enjoyable (such as free coffee or subsidized soft drinks).2. Productivity
Snacks and beverages keep people at the office longer and minimize trips outside the office. People whose bellies are grumbling or who need a boost of caffeine wonât be running out to pick up coffee or snacks as often, if there are options right on site.3. Health
By providing low-calorie and low-sugar snacks and drinks, you can give employees a healthy alternative to fast food and soft drinks. Nearby restaurants may be filled with fast food and high calorie choices. You can reaffirm your companyâs commitment to staying healthy by the choice of snacks you provide, and potentially contribute to a healthier workforce.4. Cost
Yes, it costs more to provide snacks and beverages in a break room than not to. But compared to the costs of other perks, such as tuition reimbursement plans or expensive holiday bashes, it may be less expensive and appreciated more. The break room may be available to more employees, too, as more can take advantage of it but may not necessarily be able to attend a holiday party or take advantage of some benefits. Also, snacks in the break room tend to have low overhead and fewer complexities in terms of administration, compared with some other benefits — mainly just stocking and cleaning.
And there are ways to save money.Stocking the Break Room Inexpensively
Having a well-stocked break room doesnât mean infinite choices or that everything needs to be free.
Limit the items you provide for free. Youâre not Google, after all! Most companies look at providing coffee and tea service, a bottled water cooler, and perhaps some inexpensive snacks such as pretzels and fruit.
Provide vending machines for more choices. You can always subsidize the cost of items in a vending machine. For example, you pay half the cost of soft drinks and snacks, and employees pay the other half.
Make one day of the week or month special, where you bring in food. For instance, Fridays could be the day you bring in bagels and fruit salad for everyone. Or once a month bring in pizza or a sandwich tray for lunch. And donât forget the healthy and low-cost alternatives on those days, such as veggies and yogurt dip.
Provide refrigerators and microwave ovens to encourage people to bring their own food. Just having a place to store and heat up the meal you bring to work with you, can be a positive thing.
Buy in bulk. And shop around. You can save a lot of money just through intelligent buying.
Finally, consider letting employees have a say in the choices. You may be surprised what they opt for if you indicate what the monthly budget is. You might even consider taking a company vote giving choices for break room items. Just giving a choice may build positive sentiment in its own right, because you are empowering employees by letting them decide.
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Posted: 30 Sep 2014 05:00 AM PDT
You don’t have to wait for the holidays to send out business gifts. There are several different groups of people that might warrant gift giving. But if you’re wondering when to give business gifts and who to give them to, a general rule of thumb is to send gifts to the people who help make your company great.
In general, this includes clients, employees, and certain service providers. Read on for some tips about when to give business gifts and who you should send them.Gifts for Clients
You should send something small to all of your companyâs clients at least once a year. Gifts keep you at the top of clients’ minds year round, writes Forbes contributor John Hall. And even as some company’s cut back in recent times due to the economic crunch, others continue to be convinced gift giving is important for maintaining relationships, reports the Saremento Business Journal.
If your company has a small number of clients, or a small number of clients with particularly large accounts, you should try to customize their gifts as much as possible. Pay attention to each clientâs habits or get some information from the sales people who have dealt with them.
For instance, if a client orders wine during dinner meetings, wine is a safe choice. If youâve met with the client over golf, then a small token from their favorite course could be more appropriate. These personalized gifts can make your clients feel like theyâre special and really important to your business.
But if your business has too many clients for you to manage individual purchases, smaller more general items will do. Just avoid cheap promotional items like pens or notepads with your business logo. Even a handwritten card seems more genuine than these purely promotional items.
You should also cater the timing of the gift giving to particular clients. Some clients, for instance, might not celebrate Christmas. You can ask clients if they do, without any specific questions about their religion or beliefs. But try to cater your gift giving to your clientsâ preferences rather than your own.
Alternatively, you might consider sending a gift to clients during another time of year. You could send a gift after the completion of a large project, a new product launch, or another type of milestone.
But be sure to avoid sending gifts during inappropriate times. For instance, if youâre currently trying to close an account with another company or are involved in a bidding war with a competitor, sending a gift could send the wrong message.Gifts for Employees
Employees have come to expect at least a small token of appreciation from their employer at least once per year. This often takes place during the holiday season or at the end of the year, an annual holiday survey by CareerBuilderÂ explains.
Of course, most would prefer a simple cash bonus. So if thatâs a possibility for your company, donât forego it in favor of a token that only some employees might appreciate.
If you canât afford sizeable bonuses for every employee, a small token like a restaurant gift card can still make them feel appreciated, suggests Salary.com. For most employees, you should stick to the same type of gift or at least gifts of similar value. But if you have one or two employees or colleagues who you work with more closely, like an assistant or partner, larger gifts may be more appropriate.
The most important aspect of giving employee gifts is to remember every single person. Co-workers are likely to exchange information and you donât want anyone feeling under-appreciated or forgotten.Gifts for Service Providers
Certain types of service providers for your business may also warrant holiday or end-of-year gifts. These can include virtual assistants, consultants, and even postal workers.
You may choose to either send gifts to these service providers over the holidays (taking into account their preferences and habits, of course). Or you could send a gift after a big project or period of time where they went above and beyond to help your company.
These service providers are also likely to prefer gifts like cash or gift cards. You can decide on an amount based on how closely you work with the person and what types of services they provide.
But you can also personalize these gifts by adding a small token if appropriate. For instance, if you work closely with a virtual assistant and know his or her favorite type of candy or dessert, pair it with the cash or gift card. But you could be less likely to know the preferences of your postal worker, so cash inside a simple card may be a safer route.
In addition, ask or find out if they have any restrictions on gifts. Postal workers, for example, are only supposed to receive gifts that are under $20 in value. So giving a larger tip or item could lead to an awkward situation for both parties.
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Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:30 AM PDT
Do you have a Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson working at your business?
These are the incredibly talented employees whose behavior is destructive to the culture of your company. They may be the top salesperson that never comes to work on time. It may be the most senior employee that is always bad mouthing the customers. While you pretend that these standouts and your business can coexist, they are in fact destroying your company from the inside out.
What makes it worse is that every other employee knows it and, in fact, it affects their own performance.
Remember that you teach what you tolerate. By allowing their behavior, you are sending the message they are special and that the rules do not apply to them. Your short term thinking further encourages their harmful behavior. The sooner that the business owner realizes the overall effect, the faster the company can move forward.
To be proactive, here are the steps to take today:Envision a Company Without Them
Imagining your business without these star players is scary. But think of how all the performances of the other team members will improve without them.Counsel Them
They will be surprised when you first approach them that their behavior is detrimental to the rest of the team since you have tolerated it for so long. They will think that their performance more than makes up for any other bad behavior.
Instead, review exactly what you expect and how you will monitor their future behavior. Most likely, they will agree to try to change.Hold Them Accountable for Their Behavior
Since change is difficult, the star employee needs to be monitored on an ongoing basis. Each time they exhibit the bad behavior again, review the change you expect. Repeat on an ongoing basis.Fire Them (If Necessary)
In reality, few of these star employees will be able to change and in most cases, they will need to be fired. Be prepared to have to replace this person and have the timing fit when it is optimal for the company. Use documentation that you have monitored to complete the separation process.Share With the Team
Tell the team why the star employee was let go and what the plan is to move forward without them. Most of them will applaud your decision and will work harder to help with the transition.
Republished by permission. Originally published at Nextiva.
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