HMS King Alfred Reservists Attend Shipping Festival in Winchester

first_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: Reservists Authorities Proud Naval Reservists from HMS King Alfred, Portsmouth’s Royal Navy Reserve Unit represented the Senior Service on 13 June by leading the Colour Party bearing the White Ensign into Winchester’s Shipping Festival.Chief Petty Officer Ken Turley, Petty Officer Ian Lane and Leading Hand Miranda Cracknell-Burt led an impressive, colourful array of Ensigns and Standards into the ancient flower-filled cathedral for the annual service of dedication which celebrates and gives thanks to God for the continuing prosperity of the shipping industry and the safety of seafarers.The Festival’s organisers, Southampton Master Mariners Club were delighted to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to the Winchester cathedral’s special seafarer’s service.A keen and accomplished sailor The Princess Royal supports numerous maritime organisations.She is a Master of Trinity House, Patron of the Missions to Seafarers and recently agreed to become a Stowaway of the Master Mariners club based in Southampton.Commanding Officer of HMS King Alfred, Commander Anthony Stickland RD RNR was present at the Service accompanied by the RNR unit’s Chaplain, Reverend Bernard Clarke.Cdr Stickland said:“With the cathedral looking magnificent, bedecked with flowers, the numerous Standard bearers made a wonderful sight, I was very proud that HMS King Alfred’s Naval Reservists were bearing the White Ensign on behalf of the entire Naval Service.“Winchester has a deep history associated with the Saxon King Alfred so it is entirely appropriate that HMS King Alfred was there to support this important dedication in Winchester, the ancient capital city of England and county town of Hampshire.”Two other members of the Royal Naval Reserve were also present, Captain Nigel Bassett and Lt Cdr Andrew Robinson but on this occasion not wearing the Senior Service’s uniform.Lt Cdr Robinson wore his ceremonial robes as the Chief Executive of the Diocese of Winchester while Captain Nigel Bassett was also present in his civilian capacity as a Master Mariner and Senior Marine Pilot in Southampton Port.The Princess Royal read the lesson at the cathedral while the Evening Service of Dedication was conducted by the Bishop of Southampton, the Right Reverend Jonathan Frost by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Winchester.Also on parade were the Red and Blue Ensigns of the Merchant Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, HM Coastguard, and Army Ensign worn by Her Majesty’s Army vessels.The National Ensigns were received by The Very Reverend James Atwell Dean of Winchester.The Royal Naval Association, the Association of WRNS, the Royal Marines Association and Merchant Navy Association carried their Standards.Cadets from the Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth units of the Sea Cadets Corps carried the flags of the Mission to Seafarers, the Apostleship of the Sea and the Sailors Society.They also carried flags of Shipping companies and organisations associated with Southampton.[mappress]Press Release, June 17, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: europe June 17, 2013 View post tag: UK View post tag: Winchester View post tag: Kingcenter_img View post tag: Alfred View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: SHIPPING Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS King Alfred Reservists Attend Shipping Festival in Winchester View post tag: attend View post tag: News by topic HMS King Alfred Reservists Attend Shipping Festival in Winchester View post tag: FESTIVALlast_img read more

Transparent artificial muscle plays music

first_imgIn a materials science laboratory at Harvard, a transparent disk connected to a laptop fills the room with music — it’s the “Morning” prelude from “Peer Gynt” played on an ionic speaker.No ordinary speaker, it consists of a thin sheet of rubber sandwiched between two layers of a saltwater gel, and it’s as clear as glass. A high-voltage signal that runs across the surfaces and through the layers forces the rubber to rapidly contract and vibrate, producing sounds that span the entire audible spectrum, 20 hertz to 20 kilohertz.But this is not an electronic device, nor has it ever been seen before. As described in a paper published in the Aug. 30 issue of Science, it represents the first demonstration that electrical charges carried by ions, rather than electrons, can be put to meaningful use in fast-moving, high-voltage devices.“Ionic conductors could replace certain electronic systems; they even offer several advantages,” says co-lead author Jeong-Yun Sun, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).For example, ionic conductors can be stretched to many times their normal area without an increase in resistivity — a problem common in stretchable electronic devices. Secondly, they can be transparent, making them well-suited for optical applications. Thirdly, the gels used as electrolytes are biocompatible, so it would be relatively easy to incorporate ionic devices — such as artificial muscles or skin — into biological systems.Jeong-Yun Sun (left) and Christoph Keplinger show off an ionically conductive material that is very stretchy and completely transparent. Photo by Eliza Grinnell/SEAS CommunicationsAfter all, signals carried by charged ions are the electricity of the human body, allowing neurons to share knowledge and spurring the heart to beat. Bioengineers would love to mesh artificial organs and limbs with that system.“The big vision is soft machines,” said co-lead author Christoph Keplinger, who worked on the project as a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS and in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. “Engineered ionic systems can achieve a lot of functions that our body has: They can sense, they can conduct a signal, and they can actuate movement. We’re really approaching the type of soft machine that biology has to offer.”The audio speaker represents proof of concept for ionic conductors because producing sounds across the entire audible spectrum requires both high voltage (to squeeze hard on the rubber layer) and high-speed actuation (to vibrate quickly) — two criteria that are important for applications but that would have ruled out the use of ionic conductors in the past.The traditional constraints are well known: High voltages can set off electrochemical reactions in ionic materials, producing gases and burning up the materials. Ions are also much larger and heavier than electrons, so physically moving them through a circuit is typically slow. The system invented at Harvard overcomes both of these problems, opening up a vast number of potential applications including not just biomedical devices, but also fast-moving robotics and adaptive optics.“It must seem counterintuitive to many people, that ionic conductors could be used in a system that requires very fast actuation, like our speaker,” said Sun. “Yet by exploiting the rubber layer as an insulator, we’re able to control the voltage at the interfaces where the gel connects to the electrodes, so we don’t have to worry about unwanted chemical reactions. The input signal is an alternating current, and we use the rubber sheet as a capacitor, which blocks the flow of charge carriers through the circuit. As a result, we don’t have to continuously move the ions in one direction, which would be slow; we simply redistribute them, which we can do thousands of times per second.”Sun works in a research group led by Zhigang Suo, the Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials at SEAS. An expert in the mechanical behaviors of materials, Suo is also a Kavli Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology, which is based at SEAS.Suo teamed up with George M. Whitesides, a prominent chemist who specializes in soft machines, among many other topics. Whitesides is the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, co-director of the Kavli Institute at Harvard, and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.“We’d like to change people’s attitudes about where ionics can be used,” said Keplinger, who now works in Whitesides’ research group. “Our system doesn’t need a lot of power, and you can integrate it anywhere you would need a soft, transparent layer that deforms in response to electrical stimuli — for example, on the screen of a TV, laptop, or smartphone to generate sound or provide localized haptic feedback — and people are even thinking about smart windows. You could potentially place this speaker on a window and achieve active noise cancellation, with complete silence inside.”Sam Liss, director of business development in Harvard’s Office of Technology Development, is working closely with the Suo and Whitesides labs to commercialize the technology. Their plan is to work with companies in a range of product categories, including tablet computing, smartphones, wearable electronics, consumer audio devices, and adaptive optics.“With wearable computing devices becoming a reality, you could imagine eventually having a pair of glasses that toggles between wide-angle, telephoto, or reading modes based on voice commands or gestures,” suggested Liss.For now, there is much more engineering and chemistry work to be done. The Harvard team chose to make its audio speaker out of very simple materials — the electrolyte is a polyacrylamide gel swollen with salt water — but they emphasize that an entire class of ionically conductive materials is available for experimentation. Future work will focus on identifying the best combinations of materials for compatibility, long life, and adhesion between the layers.In addition to Keplinger, Sun, Whitesides, and Suo, coauthors included Keith Choon Chiang Foo, a former postdoctoral fellow at SEAS, now at the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore; and Philipp Rothemund, a graduate student at SEAS.This research was supported by the National Science Foundation through a grant to the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Harvard University and by the Army Research Office. It was also enabled in part by the Department of Energy and the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore.last_img read more

Kwadwo Asamoah’s ‘issues’ prevented me from playing him more – Kwesi Appiah denies rift

first_imgThe former head coach of the Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah, has explained that despite rumours of a rift between him and midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, the player’s frequent absence from the side under his tenure was due to the certain “issues” the player had.He was speaking to Godfred Akoto Boafo in an all new Citi TV’s Face To Face which will on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 9 pm.Kwadwo Asamoah’s relationship with coach Kwesi Appiah appeared to take a nosedive at the AFCON resulting in him playing just two times.The player came out to say that he was not comfortable with the left-sided midfield role assigned him.The Inter Milan player was then dropped from Kwesi Appiah’s squad for Ghana’s African Cup of Nation qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe last November.While some fans have expressed disappointment at the player’s frequent exclusion under Appiah, the former national team coach claims the player had his own problems, including injuries, which left him no option than not to rely on other players in Ghana’s quest to glory.“He had a lot of issues that people don’t know about. He really wanted to serve his country. He had an injury and that has bothered him. Even now he has to take some injections before he comes to the field.“Now the game is developing so fast and his exclusion and inclusion is based on his problems and the dynamics of the game.”last_img read more