An initiative to highlight the achievements of people with albinism will tomorrow reach out through communities nation-wide as Australians celebrate the third World Albinism Awareness Day.
With a frequency of one in 17,000, more than 1300 Australians are affected by albinism, a genetic condition that arises from a lack of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes, typically causing pale skin, white hair and poor eyesight, often in the range of legal blindness.
Tomorrow, throughout Australia, children with albinism and their parents will use World Albinism Awareness Day to share with classmates their experiences of the world, why they avoid the sun and the challenges of limited vision.
Australians with albinism work in a wide range of professions, with members of the community including a State MP, a doctor, business owners, a professional singer and an astronomer.
In Geelong, two schoolgirls born with oculocutaneous albinism, Sammy McCombe, 12, and Lucy Carpenter, 14, recently launched an Instagram account to use fashion to raise awareness of the condition. The duo use it to model the latest clothing to show people that different is beautiful. Their Instagram account @Lucy_and_sammy has already attracted more than 4000 followers! “I have been very surprised at how many people loved our photos and gave us great feedback,” revealed Sammy (above, right).
Global Connected Vehicle technology leader Cohda Wireless today announces that the new 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan contains Cohda’s world-leading V2X software as a standard feature. V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) uses both vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications to enable cooperation between vehicles and infrastructure to improve safety, mobility, and have a positive environmental impact.
Cohda Wireless will supply its Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) solutions for the 2017 Cadillac CTS, sold in the US and Canada. DSRC is a two-way, short to medium range wireless technology defined by the 802.11p communications standard. Unlike cameras, radars or lidar sensors, DSRC isn’t bound by line of sight, offering car manufacturers a much safer and more reliable communication solution.
The Cadillac CTS uses the Cohda-based DSRC solution and GPS to transmit and receive as many as 1000 messages per second from other vehicles as far as 300 metres (1000 feet) away.
This pioneering project sees the 2017 Cadillac CTS roll off the production line with Cohda Wireless V2X software installed as a standard feature. This provides the car with ‘360-degree awareness’ by gathering and synthesising data from sensors on nearby vehicles and roadside infrastructure to detect hidden threats by extending the horizon of awareness beyond what the driver can see. Cohda Wireless has supplied the complete software stack for the 2017 Cadillac CTS, comprising 10 DSRC V2X applications including Intersection Collision Warning, Hazardous Location Warning and Emergency Vehicle Warning.
Cohda Wireless CEO Paul Gray said General Motors had achieved a world first with the 2017 Cadillac CTS. “This is now the benchmark that other production cars will be judged against when it comes to technology and safety,” he said.
Redflow ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries to store self-produced solar energy that can support its milk production with sun-harvested energy.In a Netherlands first, a Dutch dairy farm has deployed six
Dubbed the Photon Farmer, the project aims to store solar energy for the farm’s use with six 10 kilowatt hour (kWh) ZBM2 batteries, the first Redflow deployment in theNetherlands.
Located at Vierakker in the eastern Netherlands, the 57.5-hectare family-owned farm currently stocks 110 diary cows. Due to public importance, the European Union is co-financing the deployment, which could revolutionise energy supply by supporting businesses to become energy independent.
ICL, a leading global producer of bromine and supplier of the advanced zinc-bromide electrolyte used in ZBM2 batteries, proposed Redflow for the Photon Farmer project because of the ground-breaking advantages of zinc-bromine flow batteries over older battery types such as lithium and lead-acid.
Redflow Global Sales Director Andrew Kempster, who is visiting the Netherlands this week for the project’s launch, said the Photon Farmer had produced energy with solar panels for several years. “The battery project is seeking the best business model for future local sustainable energy production, including energy storage in a battery,” he said. “Our zinc-bromine flow battery technology is well-suited for this project.”