Source:https://www.eufic.org/en Harmonizing the methods, approaches and standards used in microbiome research in different types of environment (soil, aquatic environments, animals, humans, etc.) and assess their economic and public health importance Supporting international efforts to align research funding to avoid unnecessary duplication of research by engaging microbiome researchers, funding agencies and policy makers, specifically through coordinating the working group ‘Food Microbiomes’ of the International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF), a flexible multilateral instrument for international cooperation between different countries Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaCoordinator Prof. Angela Sessitsch from the Austrian Institute of Technology: ‘We aim at connecting different microbiome stakeholders and microbiome disciplines to set the scene and align strategic R&D agendas for a microbiome-based food production. By following a food systems approach rather than individual sectors we will be able to work towards food security, sustainable production and bio-economy and improved human health. As food production and sustainability have to be considered from a global perspective MicrobiomeSupport operates globally comprising 13 European countries and Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Argentina and Brazil, most of them members of the International Bioeconomy Forum.’During the kick-off meeting partners from all over the world, including New Zealand, Argentina and the US, had the opportunity to meet each other, consider how to exploit results in such a way that they become relevant in the respective countries from a policy and research perspective, consider which stakeholders need to be engaged for which parts of the project and align on how to practically work together.The project partners are now starting to prepare for the World Microbiome Day on 27th June 2019 with the aim to hold a high level event to engage researchers from academia and industry, policy makers and implementers, as well as regulators, in Brussels. The aim is to expand such an event by citizen engagement activities in the future. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 17 2018The newly started European-funded project MicrobiomeSupport held its kick-off meeting on 28 November 2018 in Ottawa, Canada. The project is a Coordination and Support Action, running until October 2022, with a two-fold aim:
The order doesn’t mention Amazon by name, but Trump has tweeted that the company should pay the post office more for shipping its packages. “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed,” he tweeted earlier this month.The U.S. Postal Service has indeed lost money for years, but package delivery has actually been a bright spot.Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s order, Amazon and the post office:Q: What does the executive order do?A: It creates a task force to look into the post office’s finances and costs, including its pricing in the package delivery market. Trump asks the task force, which will be led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to offer recommendations and possible changes. “The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured,” Trump said in the order.Q: Is this task force related to Amazon?A: Amazon is not named, but Trump has said he wants the company to pay more in shipping costs. In a tweet last month, for example, Trump wrote, “This Post Office scam must stop. Amazon must pay real costs.” In this June 19, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, center, listen as Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, speaks during an American Technology Council roundtable in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington. A task force will study the U.S. Postal Service under an executive order from Trump, who has spent weeks criticizing online retailer Amazon and accused it of not paying enough in shipping costs. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Citation: Q&A: Trump, the post office and Amazon (2018, April 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-qa-trump-office-amazon.html Trump targets Amazon again in new tweets A 2017 analysis by Citigroup concluded that the postal service, which does not use taxpayer money for its operations, was charging below-market rates as a whole on parcels.Q: How much of Amazon’s package volume is shipped through the post office?A: Amazon hasn’t released those numbers, and neither has the U.S. Postal Service. Amazon uses a mix of the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and other shipping services.Q: Could raising package shipping costs hurt Amazon?A: Fast and reliable shipping is the cornerstone of Amazon’s business and what its customers expect. Higher shipping prices could increase costs for the company, but Wall Street analysts say changes by the U.S. Postal Service may not hurt Amazon all that much, since it can take its business elsewhere or continue to build up its own shipping service. Raising prices may in fact hurt the post office more: “What are the options for the USPS?” analysts at Stifel wrote in a note late last month. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Q: Is the post office losing money because of Amazon?A: The U.S. Postal Service’s finances have mainly been hurt by high pension and health care costs for its workers, as well as declines in revenue from first-class letters and other mail. Revenue from shipping and package services, which includes boxes from Amazon and other e-commerce companies, rose 12 percent to $19.5 billion in fiscal year 2017 compared with the previous year. First-class mail revenue fell 7 percent to $25.6 billion in the same period. A task force will study the U.S. Postal Service under an executive order from President Donald Trump, who has spent weeks criticizing online retailer Amazon and accused it of not paying enough in shipping costs. Explore further In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, packages pass through a scanner at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. A task force will study the U.S. Postal Service under an executive order from President Donald Trump, who has spent weeks criticizing online retailer Amazon and accused it of not paying enough in shipping costs. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) Q: What does Amazon pay the U.S. Postal Service?A: The details of its contract are not publicly known, and both Amazon and the post office have declined to comment. Amazon executive Jay Carney said this week at a Yale University event open to the public that the company’s contract is profitable for the post office and that it is renewed and reviewed every year. Carney, who oversees Amazon’s public and government relations, didn’t comment on Trump’s tweets, saying: “We’re focused on what we do every day, on our customers, on the responsibilities we have.”Q: Is the U.S. Postal Service losing money?A: Yes, the post office has been losing money every year for more than a decade, adding up to $65 billion in losses, as Trump’s executive order states. In its most recent year, its losses narrowed to $2.7 billion from the year before as it paid less in retiree health benefits during that time; its losses in the previous year were more than double that number. In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, boxes for sorted mail are stacked at the main post office in Omaha, Neb. A task force will study the U.S. Postal Service under an executive order from President Donald Trump, who has spent weeks criticizing online retailer Amazon and accused it of not paying enough in shipping costs. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Credit: MixedEmotions project This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. New search tools open up access to medical information Citation: MixedEmotions: open-source toolbox for emotion analysis (2018, October 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-mixedemotions-open-source-toolbox-emotion-analysis.html A European team of researchers, including Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, has developed an open-source toolbox to assess emotions in texts, audios and videos. Explore further MixedEmotions Toolkit is a set of open-source tools that analyzes emotions. This toolbox is the result of the research project MixedEmotions. The aim of this project is the automatic recognition of emotions through text, audio and video processing.Our actions are affected by both our mood and the way we perceive others. There is a growing demand for automatic analysis of emotions in different fields. The possible applications are wide, including call centers, smart environments, brand reputation analysis and assistive technology.First, analysis tools can be highly complex. Emotion detection may require age, gender or facial recognition. Second, the analysis also requires both prior knowledge and linguistic resources that are not always public, and third, these tools are usually designed in one language, generally in English.Adapting these tool to other languages is an arduous task that requires specific resources on each language. The combination of these issues reduces the range of freely available tools.The aim of MixedEmotions was to increase the number of these tools. The developed tools are adapted to various European languages in order to recognize the multicultural and multilingual outlook of the current technology.In order to show the utility of these tools, the researchers tested them in the context of three concrete use cases: a smart TV application that provides emotion-driven recommendations, a call center monitoring system that assesses the mood and the reaction of clients in each call, and an online brand reputation system for companies that study opinions and responses of customers.The Intelligent System Group (GSI) from UPM contributed to the project. First, they led the linked data modeling for services and semantic vocabulary. As a result, all the project tools use this type of vocabulary based on the linked data principles.This eases the interoperability, since analyses in various modalities are conducted using fusion techniques. Fernando Sánchez, a GSI researcher says, “Given the relevance of this issue, we developed a community group on the World Wide Web consortium (W3C), an international community focused on the development of standards to ensure the long term Web growth, to discuss this modeling semantic and transfer the results.”Second, the GSI group developed Senpy, a software package for developing and publishing emotion analysis services and tools, mainly focused on text processing. Finally, the group improved the emotion analysis through social context, that is, additional information about the user, the content and different relationships in the social networks. Provided by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid More information: Paul Buitelaar et al. MixedEmotions: An Open-Source Toolbox for Multimodal Emotion Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2018). DOI: 10.1109/TMM.2018.2798287
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