first_img July 2, 201910:54 PM EDT Filed under News What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Reddit Iacocca began his ascent of the corporate ladder at a propitious time. The Second World War had just ended. After a wartime hiatus to concentrate on military production, Detroit was retooling its factories to turn out civilian vehicles again. The American car was ready to transform the way Americans lived.Millions of war veterans were back from overseas, marrying and having children. Millions more Americans were moving from the cities to suburbs, and they all needed automobiles to support their new lifestyles.Onto this stage strode Iacocca. In August 1946, he arrived in Dearborn, Michigan, as an engineering trainee at Ford. He quickly became bored and restless with the solitary and tedious work.“I was eager to be where the real action was – marketing or sales,” he said. “I liked working with people more than machines.” Ford approved his request for a transfer, on the condition that he find a new job himself, which he did – a low-level fleet sales job in Chester, Pennsylvania.In 1956, Iacocca married Mary McCleary, a receptionist at the Ford sales office in Chester. Around that time, Iacocca worked his way up to assistant sales manager of the Philadelphia district. He tried a sales gimmick that caught the attention of Robert McNamara, the future defense secretary, who was then the company’s vice president in charge of all car and truck divisions.“I decided that any customer who bought a new 1956 Ford should be able to do so for a modest down payment of 20 percent followed by three years of monthly payments of $56,” Iacocca wrote in his memoir. “I called my idea ’56 for ’56.’ ”Former Chrysler Corp. chairman Lee Iacocca and rapper Snoop Dogg in a 2005 Chrysler ad. Lee Iacocca, auto industry icon credited with saving Chrysler from bankruptcy, dead at 94 For a vast swath of the American public, Iacocca was the face, the voice and the symbol of the car business in Detroit at its most resourceful and industrious Featured Stories Join the conversation → Recommended For YouIEA revising oil demand growth forecast down on slowing economyNickel breaks $15,000, extends rally to new one-year peakTrump administration, Congress agree on spending levels – MnuchinStocks fall on trade, earnings caution; oil dropsSoybeans at more than one-week low on crop-friendly U.S. weather Lee Iacocca, left, and Don Frey pictured with an early Mustang.Ford Motor Company Facebook Twitter Email More Sponsored By: advertisement In the mid-1980s, he ranked behind only President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II in a Gallup-poll list of the world’s most respected men. He was admired for his shrewdness and his visceral desire to win. His self-titled 1984 memoir, written with author William Novak, was on the bestseller lists for 38 weeks and sold more than 6.5 million copies.A bona fide celebrity, Iacocca socialized with Frank Sinatra, roused thousands of high school students to their feet at commencement speeches, led fundraising efforts to refurbish the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and was feted like a rock star at political gatherings.Bounding back to success after being dismissed at Ford appealed to an underdog-loving public. Iacocca was beseeched to run in 1988 to succeed Reagan, but his eviscerating management style, notoriously thin skin and off-the-cuff, frequently profane remarks increasingly brought doubt about whether he had the temperament for high office.The car industry was another matter.Even trade unionists, not ordinarily fond of praising executive-suite personnel, basked in his charismatic glow and chanted his name as he strode onto assembly-plant floors. A United Auto Workers president, Douglas Fraser, whom Iacocca placed on the Chrysler board, once told Time magazine that dues-paying members repeatedly asked for a favor: Could he please get Iacocca to sign copies of his autobiography for them?He was neither an operations nor a manufacturing genius, automobile industry analyst Maryann Keller told The Washington Post. But he was a world-class salesman.“He understood marketing,” Keller said. “Using his own persuasive powers, he was able get people to overlook the limitations of Chrysler automobiles and he was able to get Congress to overlook the fact that the company really was in financial trouble. . . . He made people believe in him.” Quotes from Lee Iacocca about U.S. leadership, borrowing money and Henry Ford How a car-crazy Canadian kid became Fiat Chrysler’s head of design Lido Anthony Iacocca was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 15, 1924. His parents, Nicola and Antoinette, had immigrated to the United States from Italy.His father was an entrepreneur who ran a variety of businesses, including a car rental agency and movie theaters.“My father was such a great promoter that kids who came down to the Saturday matinees used to get more excited about his special offers than about the movies,” Iacocca later wrote in his memoir. “People still talk about the day he announced that the ten kids with the dirtiest faces would be admitted free.”The family was wealthy for a few years before the Great Depression, but Nicola Iacocca lost all his money in the stock market crash of 1929. The family’s economic suffering was a driving force in Lee Iacocca’s ambitions for financial success.In his sophomore year of high school, a bout of rheumatic fever led to paralysis in his legs for a time. This kept him out of competitive sports and later out of military service during World War II. He channeled his vigor into academics and the debating society. He became class president and a member of the National Honor Society.He completed a bachelor’s degree at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in three years and, after graduating in 1945, won a fellowship for graduate study in engineering at Princeton University. “I wasn’t interested in a snob degree,” he wrote in his memoir, speaking of the Ivy League degree. “I was after the bucks.”I wasn’t interested in a snob degree DaimlerChrysler/AP Bart Barnes Comment The plan was so successful that in three months, sales of Fords in the Philadelphia district shot to first place from last. McNamara so liked the idea that he made it part of Ford’s national marketing strategy. The company later estimated that the idea was responsible for selling 75,000 additional cars.In 1960, McNamara became president of Ford. Iacocca replaced him as vice president and general manager of the Ford car and truck divisions. He was 36, one year beyond the goal he had set for himself for achieving a vice presidency.To his job, Iacocca brought a new concept in sales and styling that was fundamentally different from McNamara’s. McNamara, he said, had a “deep conviction that a car was a means of transportation, not a toy.”McNamara was primarily concerned with basics, such as fuel efficiency. Iacocca, not so much. Based on market research, Iacocca saw that younger buyers were beginning to dominate the market. The design and appearance of a new model was critical. Cars coming off the Ford assembly lines had to be more than reliable, efficient and functional. They had to look good, what Iacocca described as “a car you could drive to the country club on Friday night, to the drag strip on Saturday, and to church on Sunday.”The result was the Mustang.Months in advance of its debut, an aggressive promotional campaign was launched. Editors of college newspapers were loaned Mustangs to drive several weeks before the official introduction date. Television networks were blanketed with Mustang commercials.In its first year, the Mustang sold 418,812 models, a record for Ford products, and it generated $1.1 billion in profits for the company. The Mustang was a phenomenon – it made the cover of the major newsweeklies and had a pivotal cameo in the police drama “Bullitt” (1968), with ultracool movie star Steve McQueen behind the wheel.Buoyed by the continuing success of the Mustang, Iacocca earned a series of promotions that culminated in his appointment as Ford’s president in 1970.As president, one of his chief tasks was finding ways to cut inefficiencies company-wide – giving heads of lagging divisions a limited time to turn things around or suffer the consequences. He had long been viewed as a hard-nosed manager. He had his department heads define their goals and objectives, and then graded them on their performance in a black notebook.A polarizing figure in the company, he had many who admired his instinctive business savvy and many who could not abide his hyper-critical, micro-managing and shoot-from-the-lip personal style.In the 1970s, Iacocca presided over one of the company’s greatest fiascoes: the Pinto. Initially a moneymaker, the car was revealed to have a gas tank leakage that made it a hazard. A massive recall was ordered.In addition, rising fuel costs during the Arab oil embargo and increasing competition from the Japanese and other foreign car industries that specialized in sporty and fuel-efficient vehicles were threatening Detroit.Iacocca’s eight years as president were made difficult by his tense relationship with Henry Ford II.As Iacocca told it in his autobiography, Ford repeatedly reduced the president’s authority and prestige through a series of executive reorganizations, directed the arbitrary and capricious firing of other executives, and had a close friend of Iacocca’s investigated for Mafia connections, which were never found.“If a guy is over 25 percent a jerk, he’s in trouble,” Iacocca later said. “And Henry was 95 percent.”He said Ford never gave a specific reason for his dismissal. “We had just completed the two best years in our history,” he wrote in his autobiography. But he quoted Ford as telling him: “I think you should leave. It’s personal. . . . It’s just one of those things . . . sometimes you just don’t like somebody.”The Ford-Iacocca showdown was widely perceived as a dust-up between the upstart son of Italian immigrants and the scion of the automotive aristocracy. That Iacocca would cast his lot with Chrysler, a Ford competitor, after being fired was seen as a case of “Don’t get mad. Get even,” which only enhanced the Iacocca mystique.After Iacocca, then 54, accepted an offer to run Chrysler, found a company badly mismanaged – “Nobody knew who was on first,” he said – and hemorrhaging cash.John Riccardo, Iacocca’s predecessor as the Chrysler chairman, had already been traveling to Washington seeking help from Congress in the form of tax credits and the easing of federal regulations, but Riccardo had won little support.Only as a last resort, Iacocca said, did the company ask for federal loan guarantees. As he later said, “There was no other choice except bankruptcy.”“Loan guarantees, I soon learned, were as American as apple pie,” he wrote in his autobiography. “Among those who had received them were electric companies, farmers, railroads, chemical companies, ship builders, small businessmen of every description, college students and airlines.”He was on national television newscasts asking Congress to approve federal loan guarantees for Chrysler, which the company eventually received. The exposure he received through these appearances and Chrysler commercials propelled Iacocca into a national celebrity.The architect of this effort was Leo-Arthur Kelmenson, chief executive of what then was Kenyon & Eckhardt, the advertising agency that had at great risk quit its long-standing client, Ford, to work for Chrysler at Iacocca’s behest.Kelmenson devised an ad campaign that asked bluntly, “Would America be better off without Chrysler?” The answer clearly was no, the ad suggested.Also from Kelmenson came the idea to feature Iacocca in the television commercials for Chrysler cars. It was rare, if not unprecedented, for such advertisements to feature chief executives in person, but Kelmenson argued that television footage of Iacocca in the flesh would give the commercials a credibility and heft they could gain in no other way.There was an element of patriotism in the Iacocca message. By the 1980s, the American automobile industry was no longer the globally dominating colossus it had been. Foreign cars had established deep inroads. Iacocca liked to mention that the cars he was selling were made in America, which conveyed a less-than-subliminal thought that to buy a Chrysler product was to strike a blow on behalf of the U.S.A. against foreign intrusion.In addition to aggressive cost-cutting measures, Iacocca boosted Chrysler finances with strong sales of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager minivans. On those sales and the acquisition of American Motors in 1987 – the maker of the Jeep brand – lay the foundation on which Iacocca rebuilt Chrysler.The firm had a long history teetering between sizable profits and losses, and Iacocca could never entirely keep it in the black. He retired in 1992 but remained a consultant at $500,000 a year.In 1995, he backed billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian’s unsuccessful $23 billion hostile takeover bid for Chrysler. This led to an attempt by the car company to block Iacocca from exercising $42 million in stock options, claiming he gave away confidential information. He sued, and the claim was settled out of court for $21 million.Iacocca’s first wife died in 1983. Iacocca’s later marriages, to advertising executive Peggy Johnson and restaurateur Darrien Earle, ended in divorce. In addition to his daughter, of Laguna Beach, California, survivors include another daughter from his first marriage, Kathryn “Kate” Iacocca Hentz of Cohasset, Massachusetts; a sister; and eight grandchildren.In retirement, Iacocca remained outspoken about the business he knew best.He was dismissive of Chrysler’s merger in 1998 with the German automaker Daimler-Benz, a union that fell apart less than a decade later amid a clash of corporate cultures. Chrysler was sold to the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, which in 2009 allowed Italian carmaker Fiat a large minority stake in Chrysler.Even in later years, Iacocca maintained an aura of success. In recent years, he was often invited back to Chrysler give pep rallies as the company continued to cut jobs and suffer amid rising gas prices, economic turmoil and plummeting sales.He also returned to serve as pitchman, helping the company appeal to different demographics by appearing in commercials with “Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander and the rapper Snoop Dogg.In one TV spot, Iacocca’s famous pitch line – “If you can find a better car, buy it!” – gets a hip-hop translation by Snoop Dog: “If the ride is more fly, then you must buy.” When Iacocca tells viewers the car is a good deal, Snoop Dogg replies, “Fo shizzle, I-ka-zizzle.”“He’s just a good kid,” Iacocca told USA Today about his co-star. “I didn’t understand half the things he was telling me, but it was fun.” 8 Comments Almost immediately, Iacocca rebounded as chairman of Chrysler. He was widely credited with saving the company from bankruptcy by persuading Congress in 1980 to approve federal loan guarantees of up to $1.5 billion.Chrysler, which had been the straggler among Detroit’s Big Three, came roaring back as Iacocca closed factories, dismissed tens of thousands of employees, slashed executive salaries, persuaded suppliers to accept delayed payments and wrung concessions from labor unions. He cut his own salary to a dollar a year.In addition, he boosted sales by introducing the fuel-efficient K-car line and the minivan, which would lead the auto industry in sales for years. He restored profitability in what has been described as the biggest individual corporate save in U.S. business history. Under Iacocca, the company paid back its loans – $1.2 billion and interest – in 1983, seven years before they were due.“We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way. We pay it back,” a beaming Iacocca said at a news conference.At a time when the country was shifting out of a period of economic malaise, Iacocca seemed a straight-shooting leader brimming with self-confidence. Media coverage portrayed Iacocca as an industry savior, and he added to his allure through aggressively cocksure TV commercials promoting Chrysler cars – and, in the process, himself.As the advertisements began airing in late 1980, few could forget the image of the 6-foot-1 Iacocca, with aviator glasses perched atop his nose, pacing the floor of a Chrysler assembly-line factory, shaking a finger at the camera and declaring, “If you can find a better car, buy it!”Lee Iacocca Lee Iacocca, the automobile industry executive who helped launch the Mustang at Ford and save Chrysler from bankruptcy, and whose cunning, ingenuity and swagger made him one of the most successful salesmen of his generation, died July 2 at his home in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles. He was 94.The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his daughter Lia Iacocca Assad.For a vast swath of the American public, Iacocca was the face, the voice and the symbol of the car business in Detroit at its most resourceful and industrious. The hard-charging Iacocca, an immigrant’s son who rose to a vice presidency at Ford at 36, first gained broad renown in 1964, when he helped take the company to a new level of stylishness and panache with the Mustang sports car.Iacocca’s career continued to skyrocket. He became company president, only to be abruptly fired in 1978 by Henry Ford II, the grandson and namesake of the auto company’s founder, in what was often chalked up to a clash of egos and personalities.He understood marketing … He made people believe in him Share this storyLee Iacocca, auto industry icon credited with saving Chrysler from bankruptcy, dead at 94 Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images Washington Post ← Previous Next →last_img read more

first_imgSears to ask bankruptcy judge to liquidate, potentially putting up to 68,000 people out of work, sources say Company unable to reach agreement on Edward Lampert’s takeover bid Sears Holdings Corp will ask a bankruptcy judge on Tuesday if it can proceed with liquidation after it could not reach an agreement on Chairman Edward Lampert’s US$4.4 billion takeover bid, casting doubt on the survival of the 126-year-old U.S. department store, people familiar with the matter said.Should Sears liquidate its assets, it would become perhaps the most high-profile victim in the wave of bankruptcies that have swept the retail sector in the last few years, as the popularity of online shopping exacerbates the fierce price competition facing brick-and-mortar stores.Sears, which filed for bankruptcy protection last October, may have to close hundreds of stores it is still operating, potentially putting up to 68,000 people out of work, the sources said. Its vast inventories of tools, appliances and store fixtures will be sold in fire sales, the sources added. Sears picks liquidator in case Eddie Lampert’s US$4.4-billion takeover bid falls through: sources Eddie Lampert makes $4.6-billion bid to buy Sears in ‘last-ditch effort’ to keep retailer alive Sears’ hedge fund war: Awaiting Eddie Lampert’s next weird move Lawyers for Lampert and his hedge fund, ESL Investments Inc, also plan to present details of his offer and make the case for renewing efforts to save Sears, the sources said.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain in the Southern District of New York, who is presiding over the case, could decide to give Lampert more time to improve on his bid, the sources said. A bankruptcy auction for Sears’ assets is not due until Jan. 14.The sources asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential. Representatives for Sears and Lampert offered no immediate comment. © Thomson Reuters 2019 0 Comments Reuters Twitter Comment Share this storySears to ask bankruptcy judge to liquidate, potentially putting up to 68,000 people out of work, sources say Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn More Redditcenter_img Email Jessica DiNapoli and Mike Spector Sears, which filed for bankruptcy protection last October, may have to close hundreds of stores it is still operating, potentially putting up to 68,000 people out of work, the sources said.Postmedia Network Recommended For YouJapan foreign minister to summon S Korea envoy over WW2 laborer row-NHKBrazil ministries to present Eletrobras privatization plan in next two weeksUK’s new PM must take 5G decision on Huawei urgently -committeeJapan firms see no need for further BOJ stimulus this year: Reuters pollNo need for further BOJ easing, most Japan firms say January 8, 20198:51 AM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Facebook Join the conversation →last_img read more

first_imgSource: BMZ via Green Car Congress Battery system manufacturer BMZ is launching a long-term cooperation with Samsung SDI, and plans to order just under $1 billion worth of Li-ion cells over the next five years.BMZ says its European automotive customers will double their EV production volumes in the coming year, and is responding by expanding manufacturing capacity of its Li-ion battery systems.BMZ is headquartered in Germany, with production facilities in China, Poland and the US, as well as offices in Japan and France. Source: Electric Vehicles Magazinelast_img read more

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 21, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Consumption With Roof Rack Blows Away Subaru Forester Tesla Model X Shown With Ski/Snowboard Carrying Hitch Rack So, what if you have a car full of passengers and need to transport skis or any other long item in your Model 3? A trunk pass-through between the rear seats is the most obvious answer. Of course, this is not something the Model 3 offers. However, if you’re handy, you can make it happen.We’ve included Jenkins’ entire press release below the video description. What do you think of this idea? Is it something you’d use? Do you have any concerns that it diminishes the car’s structural integrity? Let us know in the comment section below.Video Description via i1Tesla on YouTube:Model 3 Ski / Trunk Pass-ThruThis was a fun project brought to me by a subscriber that saw this on Reddit. I was able to complete this in about 6 hours of work total over two days.The intro took me 5 hours to edit!i1Tesla shows-off Model 3 Ski Pass-Thru Another “first” from Brian Jenkins, the DIY Guy on the i1Tesla YouTube channelCHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Another amazing Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project has been revealed on the i1Tesla YouTube channel. You may recall that Brian Jenkins, the DIY Guy over at i1Tesla, was the first to bring us a simple and inexpensive modification to fully open the Model 3 frunk hands-free. The latest creation from Jenkins’ lab is a Tesla Model 3 modification that allows objects as long as 10 feet to be hauled inside the modestly-dimensioned Model 3. What is commonly known as a “Ski Pass-Thru” is a small opening between the trunk and the rear passenger seating area permitting long but narrow cargo (like snow skis or 2×4 lumber) to fit completely inside the vehicle. “I wasn’t sure it was even possible, but it was an interesting feature request from an i1Tesla member that I thought should be explored”, Jenkins said.Jenkins was the first to perform this customization on his own Tesla Model 3. He even put the entire project on video for the world to see how it’s done. While he admits this DIY project isn’t for most people due to the complexity (and the fact that you have to cut through the steel seat back plate), he wanted to demonstrate that it was indeed possible. The i1Tesla video shows step-by-step the removal of the rear seat, the customization of the backrest, and the finished installation. The pass-thru feature remains hidden behind the rear seat folding armrest when not in use keeping the interior appearance factory stock. Simply folding down the armrest reveals the pass-thru directly into the trunk space. If you need to pick up some lumber, haul snow skis, or some other long (but narrow) item you no longer need to take the pickup truck. Just jump into your Model 3 and get the job done quickly.Brian has plans to do more of these unique DIY projects on his channel to demonstrate the possibilities for the Tesla Model 3, and to help owners make practical improvements that save time and money. The i1Tesla channel was also the first to develop a simple and inexpensive option to fully open the front truck (the “Frunk”) without having to lift the hood by hand. This DIY video was so popular that Amazon quickly sold-out of the parts, and it is estimated that thousands of Model 3 owners now have fully-opening frunks with the touch of a button, all thanks to Brian’s innovation and YouTube channel.  Check Out This Auto-Lifting Tesla Model 3 Frunk If you’re an avid skier, this Tesla Model 3 modification has your name on it.YouTuber Brian Jenkins of i1Tesla has made a name for himself with videos showcasing original concepts. While many YouTubers tend to recreate much of what others have done before, Jenkins makes a concerted effort to be different. Sometimes this leads to quirky shares like that of a box boy tin man for Tesla Autopilot testing. Other times, he dives into some pretty interesting DIY projects that may appeal to certain Tesla owners. This most recent video shows Jenkins doing surgery on his Model 3 to add a ski pass-through.Related Stories:last_img read more

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 25, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Porsche Taycan Factory To Help Clean The Air Porsche Taycan Production Reportedly Set For 40,000 Annually Watch Porsche Taycan Get Tested By Rally Legend Source: Electric Vehicle News More details surface about the upcoming all-electric Porsche Taycan.Reportedly, Porsche put together a list of frequently asked questions provided by Taycan reservation holders in Norway. It expects the car to be significantly popular in the EV-friendly country. In fact, Norwegians account for about 3,000 paid deposits for the Taycan. The questions made their way to Porsche chief of electric vehicles and programs, Stefan Weckbach. This resulted in some answers, which provide never-before-publicized information about the production version of the upcoming battery-electric Porsche.Additional Porsche Taycan News: We have few official details about the Porsche Taycan. For a time, the automaker shared information and images of its Mission E concept. However, since then, we’ve learned that the Mission E is an entire family of all-electric vehicles. The Taycan will be the first model within the group. This is precisely why we don’t have images of a Taycan prototype. It’s also why we aren’t quite sure if early information about the Mission E applies directly to the Taycan or if those details have changed.A Porsche Taycan reservation holder named of Jim Roger Johansen reached out to Electrek with a copy of the recent question and answer session. As far as we understand, it was essentially a copy of the Weckbach interview.New DetailsAccording to Electrek, Weckbach said the Taycan will be equipped with a 90-kWh battery pack and a 22 kW onboard charger. He also spoke briefly about how the production Taycan may differ from the original Mission E concept. He said it will be much the same, aside from some aerodynamic and feature changes. However, he admitted that the suicide doors are not going to happen. Weckbach shared (via Electrek):It will be very similar, only more suited to practical use, and we had to optimize the aerodynamics. The car will, for example, have conventional doors instead of hinged doors for safety reasons, and to get the lowest weight and ease of use.The exec confirmed that the Taycan will not have a hitch. It will, however, feature a cold weather package with front and rear heated seats. A heated steering wheel and a heat pump will be optional.Expect the Taycan to arrive by the end of the year. Porsche has not yet disclosed pricing, but Weckbach said higher priced versions will go into production first.Source: Electreklast_img read more

first_imgIn this article, I will discuss handling of the Tesla 3 (and other cars) in slippery conditions. I’m not going to cover frozen door handles or reduced range in the winter. Those could be issues that you might want to research and I encourage you to do that. They’re just not part of this articleSource: CleanTechnica Car Reviews RSS Feedlast_img

first_img Aston Martin Rapide E Validation Prototype Moves Under Own Power Rapide 3 Gets 80 Percent Charge In Only 15 Minutes The Rapide E to get its feature film debutDoes it make a difference whether the car driven by James Bond makes farting sounds as it races off? It appears we’ll soon find out. According to a report in the The Guardian, the car driven by Agent 007 in the next Bond flick will be an Aston Martin Rapide E. This is something company CEO Andy Palmer suggested as a possibility two years ago.More on the Aston Martin Rapide E Source: Electric Vehicle News Aston Martin Reveals Secrets Of Rapide E: Range Over 200 Miles Played once again by Daniel Craig, the fictional spy will return to the big screen next year — the current release date is said to be April of 2020 — and give the new model its big screen debut. It’s the first time a Rapide of any motivational persuasion has been in a Bond flick.A battery-powered Bond will find himself in control of one of only 155 copies of the sportscar to be made. They will sell for a reported  250,000 British pounds ($333,391 at today’s rates) and should be appearing in showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year. Here are some of the specifications the posh brand shared in September:a target range of more than 200 miles (320 km) under WLTP cycle65 kWh battery (5,600 lithium-ion cells – 18650 type)rear-wheel drive with two motors and total system output of 610 PS and 950 Nm0-60 mph (nearly 100 km/h) in less than 4 seconds50-70 mph in 1.5 secondstop speed of 155 mph (250 km/h)800 V system voltage with capability to charge at 100 kW or moreThough we imagine some fans will feel shaken by the switch to an all-electric, we have no problem with it. Though, being big fans of the classic shape of the DB5 that has a long history with the film franchise, our own souls would have been more stirred by the appearance of one those classics converted in the company’s recently announced Heritage EV program.Source: The Guardian Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 13, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

first_imgWhat’s actually happening with Tesla in China?While many naysayers chose to post video and images over the holidays to try to disprove Tesla’s progress on its Shanghai-based Gigafactory 3, it was all a fraud and FUD, as expected. As it turns out, Tesla never halted the manufacturing process of the all-new battery factory. As you can see from our multiple recent video shares, in addition to this recent addition, construction is moving along nicely, if not much better than anticipated.More Tesla Gigafactory 3 Coverage: Tesla Gigafactory 3 Filmed From Drone April 6, 2019: Video Yes, we will admit that these Chinese videos are surely somewhat weird in terms of their music and overall coverage. However, that’s well beyond the point here. What’s much more substantial is that Tesla is making major progress on its new Shanghai Gigafactory, and it seems it may become functional in the near future, as anticipated.What do you think? Leave us your comments below.Video Description via 烏瓦 via YouTube:Tesla shanghai gigafactory Steel roof hoisting and wall paving stage特斯拉上海超級工廠The shooting seemed to be an adventure, and my UAV almost couldn’t come back. The weather in Shanghai is changing dramatically that day, but in order to get the aerial lens, in the case of wind 41-60/h to shoot, in the downwind, when returning, due to too much wind, UAVs are unable to return. After struggling in the air, before the end of the power, the uncontrolled landing landed in the weeds outside the factory. Fortunately, the runaway UAVs were retrieved through remote control positioning.This time, the appearance of the Tesla site has not changed much. Compared with the previous week, there are more Hoists on the site, and the steel structure support of the plant is more intensive than before. Many workers are working on the steel structure roof. They seem to be laying the roof.When I was filming, I met sanitation workers and chatted with them. They told me that it was safe for foreigners to invest in factories in China and that they were insecure that they could buy guns freely abroad. They think it’s a good thing for Americans to build factories here. Americans can make money and their country can benefit.這次拍攝似乎是一次冒險,我的無人機差點回不來了。當天正遇到上海天氣大變,但為了得到空中鏡頭,在風力41-60/h的情況下升空拍攝,在順風而去,返航時,因風力太大,無人機無力返航,在空中掙扎後,電力快結束前,失控降落在工廠外的荒草中,還好,通過遙控器定位找回了失控的無人機。這次看到的特斯拉工地在外型上沒有太多的變化,相比上週前,工地多了吊裝機,廠房的鋼結構支架也比之前密集了,許多的工人正在鋼結構屋頂作業,他們像是在鋪設屋頂。我在拍攝時,遇到了環衛工人,和他們聊了起來,他們告知,外國人來中國投資建廠是安全的,他們對國外可以隨便購買槍支而感到不安全。他們認為美國人在這裡建廠是件好事,美國人可以掙錢,自己的國家也能得到好處、、、。 Tesla Gigafactory 3 Rises Up Out Of The Ground: Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 15, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News UPDATE: Tesla Gigafactory 3 Is Under Construction At Night Too: Video Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

first_imgShanghai, China, April 16, 2019―Toyota announces that today the company premiered its C-HR and IZOA battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as part of its activities on the opening day of Auto Shanghai 2019. The C-HR and IZOA will be the first BEVs to launch in China under the Toyota brand. Sales on the new models are slated to start from 2020.Additionally, Toyota’s other booth exhibits at the show include a variety of electrified vehicles, such as the debut of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) variants for the RAV4 and the Alphard/Vellfire in China, as well as the Corolla and Levin plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) series that were launched in March 2019. Toyota also showed the RHOMBUS, a battery electric vehicle concept car developed by TMEC*, Toyota’s base for R&D in China. The RHOMBUS aims to suit the values and lifestyles of drivers born after 1990.Commenting on fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), Toyota Executive Vice President Moritaka Yoshida stated, “Since 2017, Toyota has been conducting demonstration tests with the Mirai in China. We are considering the local introduction of other fuel cell vehicles such as the FC Coaster.”Beginning with the China debut of the electrified C-HR and IZOA vehicle models, Toyota plans to roll out more than ten BEV models globally during the first half of the 2020s, and is moving steadily forward to popularize electrified vehicles, setting a sales target of more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles globally by 2030.As of the end of February 2019, Toyota has sold nearly 13 million electrified vehicles worldwide since the initial launch of Prius, a hybrid electric vehicle, in 1997. The volume of vehicles represents a reduction in global CO2 emissions of more than 103 million tons.In November 2018, at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Toyota proposed a new mobility concept that aims to support peoples’ lives through leveraging electrification, intelligence, and informatization, such as with the e-Pallete.Toyota has plans to use the new mobility concept for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Furthermore, the company also plans to endeavor to make the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 a success by utilizing the knowledge it gains from the Tokyo 2020 Games and working in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and the Organising Committee of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and Paralympic Games. Toyota Debuts Corolla PHEV With 31 Miles Of Electric Range, BEV C-HR SUV Coming 7 photos Toyota To Launch New Electric Car In China In 2020 Source: Toyota, Autocar Toyota Will Sell GAC Electric Cars In Its Showrooms In Chinacenter_img Source: Electric Vehicle News Don’t ask about specifications just yet.Toyota has just jumped into the battery-powered pool, revealing a small collection of all-electrics at the Auto Shanghai 2019. The most notable was its compact crossover, the C-HR EV. It’s the first completely electrified vehicle from the Japanese brand to come to China. Curiously, the other main EV is also the C-HR, but wears a badge proclaiming itself to be the Izoa EV. It, according to Autocar,  will be built by the state-owned outfit FAW. Toyota says the twins should be offered to consumers in 2020.More about Toyota in China: The third vehicle drives solidly on the concept-vehicle side of the road. The Rhombus (image below, as well as a brief video) was designed by TMEC (Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China)). Besides the soft quadrilateral shapes on each side of its protruding snout, the geometric shape repeats inside. The seats are laid out in a rhombic fashion, which gives all four seating positions tons of leg space for stretching out. This helps the car keep a narrow profile, but unfortunately also removes any meaningful amount of cargo space.The appearance of the all-electric C-HR sparks the inevitable questions, “Will it come to other markets?” While we have no definitive answer, the automaker reminds us that it plans to introduce more than 10 battery-electric vehicles before 2025. While we would hope it makes its way outside of China, the automaker has yet to release technical specifications for the vehicle, so it’s difficult to judge how well suited it might be for Western markets. The gasoline-powered version of the car sold close to 50,000 examples in the U.S. in 2018, so there seems, at least, to be an appetite for the overall packaging.For more details on the trio of electrics and other vehicles Toyota brought to show off in Shanghai, check out the official press release below..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 16, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

first_imgBecause Senator Chuck Grassley is a Republican and Hillary Clinton is a Democrat, it would be easy to dismiss the underlying issues as merely political gamesmanship.However, if that is your reaction to this recent letter from Senator Grassley to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (and others) it would be unfortunate because the underlying issues go to the glaring double standard that has frequently been highlighted on FCPA Professor.The double standard being how business interactions with “foreign officials” seem to be subject to different standards than business interactions with U.S. officials.Senator Grassley’s letter concerns allegations first raised in this New York Times article (see also here) concerning the “Clinton Foundation’s tie to a number of investors involved in a business transactions that resulted in the acquisition of Uranium One, owner of U.S. based Uranium assets, by a subsidiary of Rosatom, a Russian government owned company.As stated in Senator Grassley’s letter:“[D]uring critical stages of the acquisition approval, interested parties made large donations – some in the millions of dollars – to the Clinton Foundation while Ms. Hillary Clinton held the position of Secretary of State. When millions of dollars flow to decision makers who have substantial discretion to provide support for or against approval of controversial transactions, public confidence in the integrity of the process requires a commitment to transparency and responsiveness to oversight inquiries.”The Uranium One deal is merely one of several criticisms or concerns of financial ties between the Clinton Foundation and various business interests.  See here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. In fact, new revelations and findings are so numerous it is hard to keep up.In this recent Breitbart news article I stated as follows.“When asked if the donations to the Clinton Foundation by defense contractors including Boeing (which subsequently received State Department approval of sales of their products to foreign governments) constituted a violation of domestic bribery statues, Law School Professor and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) expert Michael Koehler tells Breitbart News, “I’ll answer that question by quoting a former law professor who was fond of saying ‘if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck chances are it is a duck’”I was an intern in the Clinton White House and I generally admired the Clintons.  However, with each new revelation or finding, it is hard not to see several potential double standards.After all, several FCPA enforcement actions have been based on donations to charities or foundations favored by “foreign officials” and/or things of value provided to family members of “foreign officials.”Recently, I was contacted by an individual who has a brother in federal prison for violating the FCPA.  The individual asked why is my brother in federal prison while Hillary Clinton is running for President?As a professor, I always strive to give substantive, well-reasoned answers to questions? However, with this one, I was left scratching my head.last_img read more

first_imgby, Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.orgTweetShareShareEmail0 Shares   Local author William H. Thomas, a Harvard-trained physician, award-winning social activist, visionary eldercare reformer, mixed-power farmer, musician, and playwright, brings his vision for a new old age in a public reading and signing of his new book Tribes of Eden at the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Book Fair July 28.Thomas joins a wealth of local and regional fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books authors and illustrators who will be showcased at the Book Fair and on hand to discuss, read and personally autograph their books. The Book Fair tents will be located at the heart of the festival just off Columbus Circle in the 300 block of Montgomery Street between East Jefferson Street and the entrance to the YMCA.Available in paperback at, Tribes of Eden uses a post-apocalyptic scenario to show how trust, community and wisdom can overcome even the most tyrannical power and repair a broken world.Tribes of Eden is inspired by Thomas life’s work as a self-proclaimed “nursing home abolitionist” seeking to change the way society views aging. Thomas is founder of The Eden Alternative, a global nonprofit focused on transforming nursing homes into elder-centered communities, and The Green House Project, a revolutionary model to replace institutional nursing homes with smaller, 10-12 person homes.“Tribes of Eden is a classic thriller and coming-of-age story that people of all ages can enjoy,” said Thomas. “But the story is inspired by and dedicated to the real tribes of Eden, the thousands of people worldwide who believe that elders deserve a place at the heart of society and the opportunity for continued growth throughout life.”Set in the near future after the collapse of society, Tribes of Eden follows a mother and her two children as they find refuge in an isolated community in upstate New York hidden from “The GRID,” a totalitarian power that restored order with an iron fist. As The GRID’s virtual new world order begins to threaten the community, a young girl must lead an alliance of the young and old to restore humanity.Thomas’ publishing company, Sana Publications, has dedicated all proceeds from the novel to The Eden Alternative global non-profit to support education, innovation and development of new models of “person-centered care” that put the needs of people before the needs of institutions.Related PostsBaltimore Book Reading Features Post-Apocalyptic Novel With New Vision For Old AgeWilliam H. Thomas, a Harvard-trained physician, award-winning social activist, visionary eldercare reformer, mixed-power farmer, musician, playwright and author, brings his vision for a new old age to Baltimore with a public reading of his new novel Tribes of Eden, hosted by GEDCO at Stadium Place Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m.Tune-In To The Cindy Laverty Show Friday For an Hour of Tribes of EdenLast week Tribes of Eden author William H. Thomas joined radio host Cindy Laverty to discuss the power of trust and relationship in both fiction and real life. Listen to the interview online here: The Cindy Laverty Show: 04/20 Cindy Talks with Dr. Bill Thomas About His New Book, Tribes…Read the May 24 ChangingAging Blogstream RoundupThe ChangingAging Weekly Blogstream Roundup is now posted online. Please click here to read, comment and share this week’s top stories on the culture, politics and news of aging.TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: tribes of edenlast_img read more

first_imgJun 21 2018A team of researchers led by Dr Pierre Close, WELBIO researcher at the ULiège GIGA Institute and Dr Francesca Rapino has uncovered a new therapeutic opportunity in the treatment of malignant melanoma that acquired resistance to targeted therapies. In collaboration with researchers from VIB, they have revealed that malignant melanoma can reprogram their protein synthesis machinery and become addicted to a new family of enzymes that modify transfer RNAs during acquired resistance. Strikingly, the inhibition of these molecules synergies with targeted therapies to produce a strong anti-tumoral effect. These new findings, published in Nature, will be key in the development of improved diagnostic tools and melanoma treatment.Resistance to therapy is the principal limitation of current treatment of aggressive cancers such as malignant melanoma. Insurgence of resistance relates to the capability of tumor cells to circumvent the stress induced by the treatment. In order to survive, cancer cells develop a series of adaptation mechanisms through rewiring fundamental processes. Among those, reprogramming of mRNA translation favors the expression of proteins essential for tumor development. The lab of Dr. Close has been studying the contribution of wobble tRNA modification in cancer development through regulation of selective mRNA translation for a few years now, uncovering their central role in tumor initiation and metastatic potential.Modification of certain tRNA molecules at the wobble position regulates selective mRNA translation and impact on protein expression. The GIGA-ULiège team discovered that melanoma that carry the BRAF(V600E) mutation – found in more than 50% of the melanoma patients – are addicted to enzymes modifying wobble uridine tRNAs (U34-tRNA).Francesca Rapino, post-doctoral researcher in Dr Close’s lab: “Our research showed that wobble uridine tRNA modification enzymes are upregulated in melanoma clinical samples and very lowly expressed in melanocytes, the normal melanin-producing cells. Strikingly, inhibition of this family of enzymes led to a very strong and specific cell death in BRAF(V600E) melanoma, but had no effect on melanocytes. This very specific effect led us to postulate that these enzymes may play an important role in melanoma development.”Related StoriesBU researchers identify biomarker and possible new therapy for melanomaNew drug combination found to be effective against uveal melanoma in preclinical studiesStudy identifies possible way to predict which melanomas are hot and coldGrowing melanoma tumors adapt their metabolism and use glucose (sugar) as source of energy. The scientists from the University of Liège demonstrated that U34-tRNA enzymes are key for the expression of proteins involved in glucose metabolism.Pierre Close (WELBIO, ULiège): “Using melanoma patients derived samples, we found that U34-tRNA enzymes are essential to sustain glucose metabolism. Therefore, the inhibition of these enzymes prevents glucose metabolism in melanoma cells, and limits their energy income. As a consequence, the growth and survival of melanoma cells is strongly reduced after inhibition of U34-tRNA enzymes. Strikingly, we discovered that acquired resistance to targeted therapy, which strongly limits the clinical benefit of the treatment of malignant melanoma, is prevented by the inhibition of U34-tRNA enzymes. In other words, the inhibition of these enzymes synergizes with targeted therapies to block malignant melanoma growth.”This work revealed the clinical potential of U34-tRNA enzymes inhibition for the treatment of human malignant melanoma, a disease that remains extremely difficult to treat. Further research will be necessary to firmly establish the real clinical benefit of this approach and to develop therapeutic tools that could achieve this goal.Source: read more

first_img Source: Jun 26 2018A genetic anomaly in certain men with prostate cancer may impact their response to common drugs used to treat the disease, according to new research at Cleveland Clinic. The findings may provide important information for identifying which patients potentially fare better when treated with an alternate therapy.In a newly published study in Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found that abiraterone, a common prostate cancer drug, yields high-levels of a testosterone-like byproduct in men with advanced disease who have a specific genetic variant.The study’s lead researcher, Nima Sharifi, M.D., Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute Department of Cancer Biology, previously discovered that men with aggressive prostate cancer who have a specific variant in the HSD3B1 gene have poorer outcomes than patients without the variant. HSD3B1 encodes an enzyme that allows cancer cells to use adrenal androgens for fuel. This enzyme is overactive in patients with the variant HSD3B1(1245C).In the new study, Dr. Sharifi and his team, including first author Mohammad Alyamani, Ph.D., found that men with the genetic anomaly metabolize abiraterone differently than men without the variant. “We are hopeful these finding will lead to us being able to better tailor prostate cancer treatments based on a patient’s specific genetic make-up,” said Dr. Sharifi. “More studies are needed, but we have strong evidence that HSD3B1 status affects abiraterone metabolism and probably its effectiveness. If confirmed, we hope to identify an effective alternative drug that might be more effective in men with this genetic anomaly.”Traditional therapy for advanced prostate cancer – called androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) – blocks cells’ supply of androgens (male hormones), which they use to grow and spread. While ADT is successful early on, cancer cells grow resistant, allowing the disease to progress to a lethal phase called castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). In CRPC, cancer cells utilize an alternative source of androgens produced in the adrenal glands. Abiraterone blocks these adrenal androgens.Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyLiving with advanced breast cancerIn the study, the researchers examined small molecule byproducts of abiraterone in several groups of men with CRPC and found that patients with the gene variant had high levels of a metabolite called 5α-abiraterone. The metabolite tricks androgen receptors into turning on dangerous pro-cancer pathways. Remarkably, this byproduct of abiraterone – which is designed to block androgens – may behave like an androgen and cause prostate cancer cells to grow. Investigating abiraterone’s impact on clinical outcomes in CRPC patients will be an important next step.”This study adds to our understanding of the deleterious effect of inherited variants of the HSD3B1 gene and holds promise for precision medicine approaches in the management of men with advanced prostate cancer,” said Eric Klein, M.D., chair of Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute.The study was supported in part by grants from the National Cancer Institute and Prostate Cancer Foundation.”This study helps to define a novel resistance pathway for abiraterone, a commonly used medication for patients with advanced prostate cancer. Dr. Sharifi’s results could enable selection of different systemic therapies for patients who are carriers of certain genetic alterations in the HSD3B1 gene in order to prolong clinical response,” said Howard Soule, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief science officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “The Prostate Cancer Foundation is thankful to Dr. Sharifi for his continued investigations to improve therapy for advanced prostate cancer patients, and is proud to have funded this study.”last_img read more

first_imgJun 27 2018Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, and high triglyceride levels in the blood are cited as just one of several risk factors. Millions of lipid panels, blood tests that look at cholesterol levels as well as triglycerides, are performed in clinics each year.Two new Morgridge Institute for Research studies suggest the current tests, which measure the abundance of lipid classes, are insufficient. Rather, lipids identified and studied at the individual species level–instead of grouped in classes–may be better signatures of metabolic health.The results were published online June 13, 2018, in Cell Systems as open access papers, one focusing on plasma lipid species and the second on liver lipid species.Lipids, or fats, are incredibly important to human health, yet one of the hardest biomolecules to study. Harnessing advances in mass spectrometry technology, Morgridge scientists measured almost 150 lipid species in the blood and liver of mice and identified some that can act as signatures of healthy or unhealthy metabolic states.For patients getting a lipid panel–something the American Heart Association suggests for everyone over the age of 20–results will include a reference to triglyceride levels. These tests look at triglycerides in bulk, as a group, and measure how much is in the blood.But Molly McDevitt, a graduate student in Dave Pagliarini’s Lab at Morgridge and co-first author on the papers, says looking at individual species of triglycerides provides a much more accurate picture.”We don’t even know how many different triglycerides there are–hundreds, thousands,” says McDevitt. “We found that some triglycerides correlate positively with a fatty liver, while others correlate negatively with a fatty liver. Lumping all triglycerides into one class masks these subtler associations.”In this study, the scientists identified seven triglyceride species in the blood that associated with either healthy or fatty liver.Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)–a disease in which the liver gets fat and cells start dying, eventually leading to organ failure–was a focus in this work, though the results also impact other diseases related to lipid metabolism like diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaDon’t ignore diastolic blood pressure values, say researchersAlternate cell growth pathway could open door to new treatments for metastatic cancersThe work was co-led by Johan Auwerx’s team from EPFL in Switzerland, and Morgridge affiliate and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Josh Coon contributed expertise in mass spectrometry to the studies.Identifying biomarkers for diseaseOne of the questions posed across the two papers: does measuring the lipids in plasma (a simple blood test) tell you something about what’s happening in an organ? Often, in order to identify a fatty liver, an invasive liver biopsy is required. Taking a blood sample would be a much simpler way to diagnose it.The studies are still in the early stages, but the results look promising.”As we move from measuring a bulk lipid class in serum to specific lipids, we’re finding that some do indeed predict what’s happening in the liver,” says Dave Pagliarini, director of the Morgridge Metabolism Theme. “That gives us confidence that we might be able to discover biomarkers in plasma that report on what’s happening in organ metabolism.”Using multi-omics approaches to further discoveryBy combining lipids data with other biomedical datasets, an approach known as multi-omics, the scientists were able to identify and prioritize sets of genes they know are causing the changes in lipid levels.”We might find a location on the DNA that contains 400 genes, and it would be really hard to follow up on all of those,” McDevitt says. “By using the different layers of the multi-omic approach, like the phenotypes and the gene expression levels, it helps us narrow down that list to something much easier to handle.”Future work will investigate regions of the genome the team found linked to the various lipids. The goal is to identify the genes responsible for lipid changes and uncover the mechanisms of how they do what they do.”This is really a jumping-off point,” Pagliarini says. “These large-scale studies now provide us and others in the community the opportunity to prioritize these genes for new mechanistic insights.” Source: read more

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Sep 21 2018AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, announced today that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted a positive opinion for VENCLYXTO® (venetoclax tablets) in combination with rituximab for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (R/R CLL) who have received at least one prior therapy. The positive CHMP opinion is a scientific recommendation for marketing authorization to the European Commission (EC), which will deliver its final decision, valid in all 28 member states of the European Union, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.In 2016, VENCLYXTO was approved by the EC as a monotherapy for the treatment of R/R CLL in the presence of 17p deletion or TP53 mutation in adult patients who are unsuitable for or have failed a B-cell receptor pathway inhibitor, and for the treatment of CLL in the absence of 17p deletion or TP53 mutation in adult patients who have failed both chemoimmunotherapy and a B-cell receptor pathway inhibitor. If approved by the EC, VENCLYXTO plus rituximab could be prescribed to a broader patient population with R/R CLL than the currently approved indication for VENCLYXTO monotherapy in the EU.”This positive CHMP opinion is one important step forward as AbbVie continues to further the research and development of novel medicines with the potential to transform the standard of care in blood cancers,” said Michael Severino, M.D., executive vice president, research and development and chief scientific officer, AbbVie. “The combination of VENCLYXTO with rituximab has the potential to give patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia a chance to live longer without their disease progressing, and to stop treatment after their two-year course.”The CHMP positive opinion is based on results from the MURANO Phase 3 clinical trial, which evaluated the efficacy and safety of VENCLYXTO in combination with rituximab compared with bendamustine in combination with rituximab. At the time of the primary analysis, the trial demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in investigator-assessed progression-free survival (PFS; the time on treatment without disease progression or death) for patients who received VENCLYXTO plus rituximab compared with bendamustine plus rituximab.Related StoriesChemistry researchers patent new method for making anti-leukemia compoundsResearch sheds light on how leukemia cells become resistant to drugsStudy identifies patterns of chronic lymphocytic leukemia growthIn the MURANO clinical trial, undetectable minimal residual disease (uMRD), also known as minimal residual disease negativity (MRD-) was a secondary endpoint assessed at the end of combination therapy (nine-month assessment). The majority of patients in the trial who received VENCLYXTO plus rituximab achieved uMRD in the peripheral blood. Undetectable minimal residual disease, is defined as the presence of less than one CLL cell in 10,000 white blood cells remaining in the blood or bone marrow following treatment.”The venetoclax plus rituximab combination has the potential to be truly transformative for patients with relapsed/refractory CLL,” said Prof. John Seymour, MBBS, Ph.D., lead investigator of the MURANO trial and Director of Cancer Medicine at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia. “The progression-free survival observed in the MURANO trial, and the fixed duration of treatment that may allow patients to stop treatment, are encouraging developments with the potential to advance the care and management of patients with relapsed/refractory CLL.”CLL is a slow-growing form of leukemia, or blood cancer, in which too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) are found predominantly in the blood and bone marrow. CLL accounts for approximately one third of new leukemia diagnoses.VENCLYXTO is being developed by AbbVie and Roche. It is jointly commercialized by AbbVie and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, in the U.S. and by AbbVie outside of the U.S. Source: read more

first_imgWhere has some of the world’s oldest cave art been found? Can prosthetics be made to feel? And what’s the secret of the Internet’s favorite file-sharing network? Science’s David Shultz chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi. Plus, news writer Dennis Normile discusses the roles robots will take on in society.last_img

first_imgThe gargantuan mastodons, mammoths, and giant ground sloths that once roamed North America seem much too big for most prehistoric predators to contend with. But a new study suggests that the lions and saber-toothed cats that once roamed North America did indeed attack these beasts and may have significantly reduced their populations. If so, these carnivores may have had a much more dramatic impact on ancient ecosystems than previously believed.“This is a landmark paper because it really puts together an unusually broad range of lines of evidence on this issue,” says John Damuth, paleobiologist at the University of California (UC), Santa Barbara, who was not involved in the study.The scientific thinking that large herbivores are immune to predators goes back to Charles Darwin. In his 1859 Origin of Species, the famed naturalist wrote that “… with the elephants and rhinoceroses, none are destroyed by beasts of prey. Even the tiger in India most rarely dares to attack a young elephant protected by its dam.” But Blaire Van Valkenburgh wasn’t so sure. “I just said, no, I don’t believe that,” says the UC Los Angeles paleoecologist and lead author of the new study. Predators might think twice before attacking an adult mammoth, she theorized, but a baby could have been a different story. 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Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)center_img Email To find out what ancient predators were capable of, Van Valkenburgh and her colleagues first had to figure out just how big the large herbivores and carnivores were that lived during the Pleistocene epoch, 12,000 to 2.5 million years ago. The researchers used thousands of measurements of fossil bones and compared them to the bones of modern elephants to infer the range of body masses of both adults and juveniles of the different species of extinct megaherbivores, including mammoths and mastodons. They used a similar method to infer the size ranges of  extinct carnivore species, comparing saber-toothed cats to modern tigers, for example.The analyses indicated that the juvenile megaherbivores weighed from 200 to 2000 kg. Adults weighed several tons; estimates for some adult males exceed 10,000 kg. The prehistoric carnivores ranged from 150 kg to more than 400 kg.So could ancient carnivores have actually taken down these herbivores? To answer this question, the researchers compiled information from thousands of records of prey killed by big modern carnivores such as lions and tigers hunting solo and in groups—a task that took several years. Conservation ecologist and co-author Matt Hayward of Bangor University in the U.K. used these data to develop a mathematical model to predict typical and maximum prey size for any given carnivore.Finally, the researchers needed to determine how protected young mega-herbivores were. “There’s a sweet spot in there, from the predator’s standpoint, where the juveniles can wander away from mom frequently enough and far enough to be accessible, and where they are of a size small enough that they can actually be tackled,” explains co-author Louise Roth, a biologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.For this, the researchers relied on earlier studies of the chemical signature in the enamel layers that are added annually at the base of herbivore tusks as they grow out from the skull. The chemistry of the tusks changes when the animal’s diet switches from mother’s milk to vegetation. The researchers assumed that baby herbivores stayed close to mom while nursing, but wandered farther away once they began to forage for themselves. The team found that there was indeed a window when juvenile mammoths and other herbivores were weaned but were still small enough to be hunted by lions and other predators. “A solitary saber-toothed cat could have taken young mammoths aged 2 to 4—sometimes up to age 9—and a pride would have been able to take adult females,” says Roth.  All told, lions, wolves, and saber-toothed cats could have killed about 17% of young mastodons and other mega-herbivores, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science [url tk]. Although the researchers do not have direct evidence of predation on the bones of the extinct herbivores, for studies of prehistoric ecosystems, “getting smoking gun evidence is always difficult,” notes Kathleen Lyons, paleobiologist at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History who was not involved in the study. But the evidence that Van Valkenburgh and her coauthors brought together to make the case is convincing, she says. “It’s a really nice, solid, piece of work.”These predators didn’t just have dramatic impacts on prey populations—they could have had cascading effects on the entire ecosystem, Van Valkenburgh says. “Large carnivores provide carcasses that feed a whole array of smaller species like eagles, coyotes, and foxes,” she says. And keeping the megaherbivore populations in check meant that there was more vegetation for small mammals and birds. The predators might even have indirect effects on river ecosystems, she says, because the banks of the rivers were not being denuded by megaherbivores and eroding rapidly. “So aquatic species like beavers and otters did well and fish were abundant.”The work may have important implications for today’s conservation efforts, Damuth says. “It’s important to know that the current ecological communities differ in critical ways from those in which those herbivores evolved,” he says. Modern megaherbivores like elephants and rhinoceroses are threatened, and “if we want to manage them, we have to understand how they worked naturally, as opposed to how they might be working under current conditions.”last_img read more

first_imgA new microscope has given researchers their most detailed view yet of the earliest days of mouse development. For the first time, scientists can track each cell as it divides, from the fertilized egg all the way to the round ball of cells called a blastocyst, which implants in the mother’s uterus (see video, above). Mammalian embryos, including mice and humans, are very sensitive to the bright light used in standard high-resolution microscopes. A technique called light-sheet microscopy illuminates just a thin slice of the embryo at a time, minimizing the living specimen’s exposure. Researchers have now designed a light-sheet microscope that can image multiple embryos at once, keeping them at a stable temperature in their growth media. That allows the scientists to average out the differences between individual embryos and better recognize meaningful patterns in development. They report this week in Nature Methods that in mouse embryos, the first differentiation of cell types happens when the embryo grows from eight to 16 cells. When the cells in the eight-celled embryo divide, cells that end up on the inside (tagged red in this video) continue to develop into the body of the mouse, while those on the outside (tagged blue) go on to form the placenta. The technique could also be used on human embryos, the researchers say, and might help settle a long-running dispute on exactly when cells in the embryo start to differentiate into specific cell types.(Video credit: European Molecular Biology Laboratory)last_img read more

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Not all species sleep alike, however, and scientists have long puzzled over which aspects are truly fundamental. Now, a new study on lizards suggests that sleep states once thought to occur only in mammals and birds have much older evolutionary origins.Scientists had long suspected that birds and mammals are the only vertebrates to experience rapid eye movement (REM), a sleep state in which the body is mostly immobile but the brain is in overdrive. During REM sleep, the brain generates high-frequency waves of electrical activity and the eyes flicker; in humans, REM is closely linked to dreaming. Punctuating REM are interludes of slow-wave sleep, a state in which brain activity ebbs and the waves become more synchronized. This slower state is widely thought to be important to memory formation and storage.But scientists who looked for signs of REM and slow-wave sleep in reptiles have had “confusing” results, says Gilles Laurent, a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. So when he and colleagues picked up on similar sleep patterns in Australian dragons (Pogona vitticeps) while recording their brain activity for a separate study, it came as a shock.center_img The team had planned to examine how the lizards—a common pet in Germany—use visual information to chase treats. They continuously recorded the lizards’ brain activity with electrodes over several weeks. At night, the sleeping reptiles’ brains produced rhythms that could be separated into two different patterns—one at very low frequency, about 4HZ, and another, higher frequency about 20HZ, the team reports today in Science. The two frequencies alternated every 40 seconds, reminding Laurent of the regular oscillations between high-frequency REM and slow-wave sleep found in mammals and birds. “The more we looked, the more it appeared as though we were looking at bona fide REM sleep,” he says.Using an infrared camera, the team found that the sleeping lizards’ eyelids twitched during the REM-like stage, just like other animals. They also found a tantalizingly familiar pattern within the slower phase of the lizards’ brain waves. During this slow phase, electrodes picked up sharp waves of voltage, followed by ripples of electricity that closely resembled patterns seen in humans and rodents. Some scientists believe these waves and ripples help convert new information into memories by replaying past events in fast-forward. Although more studies are still needed to determine whether the function of these brain wave patterns is the same across species, the results suggest that these REM and slow-wave, sleeplike patterns could date all the way back to the common ancestor of reptiles, birds, and mammals, Laurent says.The “provocative” findings also suggest that “there is something that goes on during sleep that is important to the function of all animals,” says Matt Wilson, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. The lizards could be rehearsing the day’s events as they sleep, forming new memories of all the places they found a snack. Or maybe they’re simply dragons dreaming.(Video credit: AAAS/Science) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrylast_img read more