Following local reports of laser attacks on Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) aircraft in November 2016, the Association of Air Ambulances has conducted a survey with its air operator membership and found that the reported number of three incidents in 2015 has increased to 10 during 2016. These incidents are potentially extremely dangerous, distracting pilots and with unknown health impact on the vision of the flight crew; the fact that the general public target helicopters is very serious and from the AAA’s investigations appears to be a growing problem. Air Ambulances are either attending a seriously ill patient or carrying patients and the crew who are treating them to hospital. These attacks are potentially extreme dangerous, putting the patient, crew and general public at risk in the event that a laser disorientates a pilot, resulting in a life threating serious incident. The risk to the loss of life from these acts of stupidity by unwitting people, is not acceptable, not to mention against the law and can result in prosecution from the Police. We encourage the general public to not point lasers at any aircraft under any circumstances and if witnessing an individual pointing laser pens at any type of aircraft, they should notify the Police immediately. More information on the Association of Air Ambulances and the air ambulance community can be found by visiting: www.aoaa.org.uk.

Following local reports of laser attacks on Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) aircraft in November 2016, the Association of Air Ambulances has conducted a survey with its air operator membership and found that the reported number of three incidents in 2015 has increased to 10 during 2016.

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Tokyo Institute of Technology research: Sulfide-sensing mechanisms in purple bacteria

Figure 1.  Action and function of the sulfide-responsive transcriptional repressor SqrR

Structural model of SqrR (left) showing sulfide-dependent tetrasulfide-bond formation that reduces its DNA-binding activity (middle). Mutation in sqrR influences photopigment synthesis (right).

Source: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Center for Public Affairs and Communications

Tokyo Institute of Technology research: Sulfide-sensing mechanisms in purple bacteria

(Tokyo, 14 Feb 2017) Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology uncover a sulfide-responsive protein that helps control photosynthesis in the purple bacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus.

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Palladium announces “Shaping the Future through Positive Impact” Summit, London, March 2017

 

  • Features keynote speeches from Dr. Robert S. Kaplan and Mark R. Kramer
  • Introduction of Positive Impact – a new concept to achieve enduring social and economic value at all levels through global collaboration.

14 February 2017, London – Palladium, a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact, today announces details of its 2017 Global Summit taking place at etc. venues St Paul’s, 200 Aldersgate Conference Centre London, 21-22 March.

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Ginetta Reveal Upgraded G55 GT3 Car Ahead Of 2017 British GT Entry

 

The Ginetta G55 GT3 will return to British GT grid in 2017 complete with an upgraded specification and a brand new team at the helm of the entry.

A new Chevrolet LS3 Engine will produce 570bhp and has been repositioned to improve weight distribution, whilst a revised front splitter produces more frontal downforce. To enhance driver experience, internally there is an improved driver interface with Motec dash display, tactile keypad control. Revised brake master cylinders also require less physical effort from the driver under braking.

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