Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc. Launches 12C Methane QG Diamond for Quantum Applications

TEWKSBURY, MA / ACCESSWIRE / May 27, 2024 / Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc. (CIL) is pleased to announce the release of highly enriched 12C methane with low nitrogen content called 12C Methane QG Diamond™ for quantum applications in the field of color and nitrogen vacancy CVD diamonds. 12C Methane QG Diamond will be useful for academics focused on quantum research, those developing diamonds with specific color properties or nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers, and producers of industrial diamonds. The process of such applications begins with 12C-enriched methane.

"The creation of NV diamonds necessitates an exceptionally high concentration of 12C; minimal and controlled amounts of nitrogen," explains Joel Louette, who oversees business development for Emerging Markets at CIL. "Our interactions with clients from both academia and industry lead us to understand that the ideal material would possess a 12C enrichment of no less than 99.99% and contain nitrogen at levels below 1 part per million."

For over four decades, CIL has honed its skill in separating 13C isotopes through the process of cryogenic distillation. In doing so, CIL has consistently increased its 13C production capabilities to satisfy growing market needs, thereby reinforcing its position as a leader in this sector. Utilizing this deep-seated knowledge in cryogenic distillation, CIL has successfully developed a new 12C separation system, achieving the transition from design to operation in under three years.

Quantum magnetometers based on NV are revolutionizing inertial navigation, enhancing electric vehicle battery efficiency, healthcare, internet security, and may one day enable brain-to-machine interfaces.

About Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc.

CIL is the world’s largest manufacturer and global supplier of stable isotopes and stable isotope-labeled compounds used in research, environmental, neonatal, pharmaceutical, medical diagnostic, OLED, and industrial markets. CIL subsidiary ABX, located in Dresden, Germany, is active in the development and commercialization of radio isotopic-labeled compounds for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers. CIL is an operating business owned by Otsuka Pharmaceutical. The CIL business consists of two facilities in the Boston, MA, area; a large isotope-enrichment production plant in Xenia, OH; CIL China; CIL Canada; ABX in Dresden, Germany; and Eurisotop in Saclay, France. For more information on CIL, visit isotope.com.

Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc.   

Phone: 1.978.749.8000   

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SOURCE: Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc.

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Nha Trang city moves toward sustainable marine tourism


Nha Trang, the capital city of the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, is leveraging its strengths in marine and island tourism toward sustainable development. The tourism industry in Khanh Hoa, particularly in Nha Trang, is on a rapid recovery trajectory following the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the province served over 7 million tourists, with the beach city accounting for approximately 70% of the total figure.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Over 3.6K students in Albay eligible for gov’t cash aid

LEGAZPI CITY: The first batch of more than 3,600 senior high school and tertiary students from Albay province received financial aid Monday under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The initial 1,200 beneficiaries were from 47 villages in Tabaco City and 56 in Bacacay.

“This will be a three-day activity that will benefit more than 3,600 from the first district of Albay,” Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Raul Angelo Bongalon said in an interview during the payout at San Pedro Community College in Bacacay.

The partylist group helped facilitate the DSWD-AICS aid.

It also allocated funds for the Tulong-Dunong Program, Tertiary Education Subsidy and Student Monetary Assistance for Recovery and Transition of the Commission on Higher Education.

Vinz Gabriel Bellen, 18, from Barangay Baclayon in Bacacay patiently waited in line during the payout.

“I will use the PHP5,000 for my enrollment since I’m an incoming first year student a
t Tabaco College. With so many requirements as an incoming freshman, the assistance is a big help for me,” Bellen said in the vernacular.

He added that the financial assistance he received is a big relief for his parents.

“I will not ask for money for my educational expenses. I can enroll and have already helped them. Thank you to the government for helping,” he said.

Josefa de Guzman Bea, 52, of Barangay Mahaponan, Bacacay, said the assistance will be used by his 17-year-old son for medical purposes as a requirement for enrollment in Bicol University.

“Malaking tulong po ito. Makakapa-medical, dental and x-ray na po ang anak ko (This is a big help for us. My son can now get medical, dental, and x-ray tests),” she said.

The AICS program is a social safety net to support the recovery of individuals and families in case of unforeseen crises, such as the illness or death of a family member and other similar circumstances.

Source: Philippines News Agency

PSU gets P90-M grant for salt research, development

BAYAMBANG: The Pangasinan State University (PSU) has been given PHP90 million as initial budget for salt research by the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).

The grant was awarded through the Niche Centers in the Regions for Research and Development (NICER) for its Accelerating Salt Research and Innovation (ASIN) program after five attempts or proposals, PSU president Dr. Elbert Galas said in an interview on Monday.

‘It is proper that we claim that we are the salt center in the country since the province’s name came from the word “Panag Asinan,” or where salt is made,’ he said.

Galas said the province produces salt through the traditional way using solar drying and conventional cooking in Western Pangasinan.

He said the main objective of getting a DOST grant is to increase salt production using innovative equipment, which will be acquired using the initial funding.

‘Traditional salt production halt
s during the rainy season. What we are doing, however, is we will invent or provide or make a machine that can produce salt in any weather, climate, and time, may it be 24 hours a day or seven days a week,’ he said.

Galas said their goal is to make a machine similar to those being used in Japan, which can produce 400 metric tons of salt a day, to help the dying salt industry in the country.

‘We will collaborate with the provincial government of Pangasinan. We will be working with the engineering and information technology department of the PSU Urdaneta Campus,’ he said.

Once the research hits its target within the targeted three-year period, Galas said they will ask the government for a large scale production of the machine.

Last year, the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources launched in Pangasinan the operation plan or ‘Oplan Asin’ eyed to develop the salt industry.

Oplan Asin aims to give continuous support to salt makers by giving them technology and equipment to incre
ase production quantity and quality, and improve farmers’ capabilities based on food safety standards and proper food handling to help them increase their income.

Source: Philippines News Agency

UN chief calls WHA ‘vital’ as health suffers amid ongoing crisis

GENEVA: The UN secretary-general on Monday described the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), as “vital” amid the ongoing crisis, saying health suffers when it rages.

In a video message to the opening day of the 77th session of the assembly, Antonio Guterres said: “Our world is in trouble, from climate chaos to rising poverty and inequalities and multiplying conflicts. And when crisis rages, health suffers.”

The annual WHA will continue until June 1 under the theme of “All for Health, Health for All” in the UN office in Geneva and is being attended by delegations from all WHO member states, NGOs, and prominent individuals.

Guterres stressed that there are more than 20 million children missing routine vaccinations across the globe, rising cases of Dengue and other diseases linked with rising global temperatures, causing outbreaks in more than 20 countries in 2024 alone, and the mountain of evidence that “health is a casualty of war.”

“Millions of peo
ple in Sudan and Gaza are at risk of dying not only from bullets and bombs but from untreated injuries and disease, and precedent attacks on healthcare go beyond anything I’ve seen in my time as secretary-general,” he said.

He noted that WHA is an opportunity to address many global health challenges, and “utilize our international architecture, building the systems we need for the crisis we know will come.”

Regarding the pandemic agreement, he said it is “a once-in-a-generation” opportunity to ensure the global health system can respond “more quickly and equitably” when the next pandemic strikes.

“I urge you to bring it to fruition and to support the amendment,” he said. “Let’s seize this chance to make these World Health Assembly counts and help build a healthier, safer, fairer world for us all.”

EU is ‘strong, reliable’ partner

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, also in a video message, said the assembly brings together almost 200 countries with “one clear goal to promote health and we
ll-being around the world.”

“They all share a strong commitment to multilateralism and solidarity. In this endeavor, you can count on the European Union as a strong ally and reliable partner,” said von der Leyen.

Noting that the bloc mobilized “more funds resources than ever before” in the past five years, she said: “We have taken immediate and concrete actions with the World Health Organization as our key partner.”

And one of these actions, she said, is the Team Europe Initiative for regional and local vaccine manufacturing hubs in Africa.

“Only by working together will we succeed in bringing better health and well-being to people across the globe and create a safer and healthier world for future generations. Now is the moment to do this,” she said, and added: “I urge all of us to keep that in mind as we continue.”

At the beginning of the session, the WHA elected Botswana Health Minister Edwin Dikoloti as the president of the 77th assembly.

Source: Philippines News Agency

DSWD resolute to address needs of IPs cited in WB study report

MANILA: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is determined to addressing issues sorted out on the World Bank (WB) report on indigenous peoples (IPs), Undersecretary Fatima Aliah Dimaporo said on Monday.

Dimaporo, representing Secretary Rex Gatchalian, thanked the WB for the invitation in the launching of the study report titled ‘No Data, No Story: Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines’ which shed light on crucial issues such as education, health, and access to clean water among the IPs.

‘We are resolute in tackling these challenges by refining our strategies and collaborating closely with the well-being of the indigenous communities,’ Dimaporo said during the launch at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City.

The DSWD, she said, has remained steadfast in its commitment to addressing the unique needs of IPs through various initiatives like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KA
LAHI-CIDSS).

‘Recently, we have bolstered our support for indigenous peoples by incorporating ethnicity variables in social safety net programs, as exemplified by the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program for IPs in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas,’ she added.

Dimaporo said the DSWD has implemented the IPs community-driven development program which underscores the agency’s dedication to empowering indigenous communities in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas by providing them access to essential services and fostering their involvement in culturally sensitive community-driven development processes.

To recall, the DSWD even had collaborated recently with the World Bank in crafting the ‘Panahon ng Pagkilos’ project to enhance services for marginalized communities, particularly IPs affected by climate change.

Dimaporo also cited the DSWD partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and other partners, which, she said, remains indispensable.

‘We, in the
department, believe that collaboration with other government agencies and the private sector will intensify our efforts. Together we will continue to uplift the lives of the indigenous communities,’ she said.

Dimaporo said the DSWD has started conducting a pilot profiling of IPs, with the initial phase completed in Capas, Tarlac and plans to extend it to Mindanao.

This initiative, she said, aims to gather comprehensive data to better understand IPs’ needs and take informed actions, particularly in social protection.

‘Again, on behalf of our Secretary, let us continue working together, fueled by the insights from the World Bank’s study, to achieve our goal of providing opportunities and enhancing the well-being of IPs in the Philippines,’ she added.

Livelihood support

On May 24, the DSWD turned over sustainable livelihood support to 10 Aeta families in Barangay Sto. Niño in Bamban and Capas, Tarlac.

The livelihood aid includes one carabao each worth PHP50,000 which can be used to make their farms product
ion and PHP10,000 outright cash assistance for farming maintenance costs.

‘The provision of carabaos and cash aid aims to enhance the agricultural capabilities of the Pag-abot clients, and promotes self-sufficiency and economic stability among them,’ DSWD Social Technology Bureau (STB) Assistant Director Marilyn Moral said in a news release on Monday.

‘This initiative ensures that reintegrated Aetas will have a decent life and livelihood that is sustainable. This will help them build a new life after they were reached out by the Pag-Abot Team and reintegrated into their communities,’ she said.

Moral said these Aetas were among the clients who were reached out by the Pag-Abot Team during its expanded Pag-Abot sa Pasko program last December 2023.

‘After the reach-out operations, the DSWD has continued to support and reintegrate them into their respective Aeta communities in Tarlac,’ she said.

Nanay Fanny Victoria, 54, who was among the Aetas assisted by the Pag-Abot Program, expressed her gratitude for the
help she received from the DSWD.

‘Ngayon na lang po namin naranasan na binigyan kami ng malaking blessing, kaya salamat po sa Diyos… Ngayon po ay natanggap namin yung blessing mula sa Pag-abot ng DSWD kaya maraming-maraming salamat sa kanilang tulong na naibigay sa amin na mga katutubo (This is the first time we have experienced receiving such a great blessing so we thank God… Today, we received a blessing from the DSWD’s Pag-Abot program, and we are very grateful for the help they have given to us indigenous peoples,’ a beaming Nanay Fanny said.

Nanay Fanny said the assistance will greatly help her family, especially in providing their daily needs.

‘Magagamit po namin ito sa pagtatanim po ng kamote, bigas, at tsaka po kaunting palay para hindi na po kami magugutuman (We will use this for planting sweet potatoes, rice, and some grains so that we will no longer go hungry),’ she said.

Launched in July 2023, as a priority program of Gatchalian, the Pag-Abot Program is being implemented in Metro Manila to rea
ch out to people living and staying on the streets and provide them with the necessary and appropriate interventions, as well as opportunities to improve their social and economic status and fulfill their fundamental rights.

Source: Philippines News Agency