Lithicon: Innovation leads to commercial success
A high-technology company set up by The Australian National University and UNSW Australia has been sold for $76 million (US$68 million).
The company, Canberra-based Lithicon AS, has been sold to the US-based FEI Company, a world leader in imaging technology for a range of markets, including oil and gas exploration. ANU will receive $11 million from the sale proceeds, representing a five-fold increase in its original investment, and UNSW will receive $4 million.
The sale is the most significant commercial spinoff for ANU in the past decade, and underlines the strength of the University’s research and partnerships with industry. Today, Lithicon AS employs 18 people in Canberra and markets its services to resource companies around the world.
The Georgian script is a graphically independent alphabetic writing system used to write the Georgian language. It is a phonemic orthography and the current alphabet has 33 letters. The Georgian script can also be used to write other Kartvelian languages (Mingrelian, Svan, sometimes Laz), and occasionally other languages of the Caucasus such as Ossetian and Abkhaz during the 1940s. Historically Ingush, Chechen and Avar languages[ were written in the Georgian script, later replaced in the 17th century by Arabic and by the Cyrillic script in modern times. The Georgian word ანბანი (anbani) meaning “alphabet” is derived from the names of the first two letters of the three Georgian alphabets, which, although they look very different from one another, share the same alphabetic order and letter names. The alphabets can be seen mixed in some context, although Georgian is formally unicameral meaning there is normally no distinction between upper and lower case in any of the alphabets.
In all fairness, you were warned. The Amazon description for sugar-free Haribo Gummy Bears reads, in part: “This product is a sugarless/sugarfree item with ingredients that can cause intestinal distress if eaten in excess.”
"Intestinal distress," in this case, might be an understatement for what a series of viral Amazon reviews call, “trumpets calling the demons back to Hell,” “guttural pronouncement so loud it threatened to drown out my own voice," and "100% liquid. Flammable liquid. NAPALM.”
So why is it that gummy bears, an otherwise delicious, springy snack, become so sphincter-confounding once the sugar is removed?
LORICIFERA – Anaerobic Marine Animals
Loriciferans are a phylum of microscopic animals living between the particles of marine sediments. Discovered in 1983 off the coast of France by the Danish zoologist R. M. Kristensen, … an abundant and cosmopolitan taxon, with worldwide distribution, occurring in sediments from shallow to deep water.
Loricifera are the first known multicellular organisms to spend their entire lives in an oxygen-free environment.
They rely on hydrogenosomes (or similar organelles) instead of mitochondria for energy. And at less than a millimetre in size, they are super-miniaturized.
- Loriciferans are similar in size to large single-celled protozoans (< 0.5 mm)
- but are multicellular, with about 10,000 specialized cells
- creating a tiny but complex body with a brain, digestive and excretory systems, specialized appendages, sense organs, musculature and locomotory functions,
- and separate sexes.
- Pliciloricus enigmaticus - paratypic male, retracted animal, dorsal view; about 300 micrometers
- Pliciloricus enigmaticus - new species, holotypic female, ventral view
- Pliciloricus gracilis - new species, paratypic larva, ventral view, ~ 230 micrometers long
- Pliciloricus gracilis - new species, holotypic ?male, ventral view, ~ 280 micrometers long
"I’m a philosophy professor."
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"Never make an exception of yourself."
"What does that mean?"
"People like to make exceptions of themselves. They hold other people to moral codes that they aren’t willing to follow themselves. For example, people tend to think that if they tell a lie, it’s because it was absolutely necessary. But if someone else tells a lie, it means they’re dishonest. So never make an exception of yourself. If you’re a thief, don’t complain about being robbed.”
Important to keep in mind at all times.
Hayao Miyazaki animated rain, which means every frame is hand drawn.