Researchers combine photoacoustic and fluorescence imaging in tiny package


IMAGE: A new endoscope about the thickness of a human hair uses a multimode fiber (MMF) for fluorescence imaging and fiber optic sensor (FOS) for photoacoustic imaging.
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Credit: Emmanuel Bossy, CNRS/ Université Grenobe Alpes Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique

WASHINGTON — Researchers have demonstrated a new endoscope that uniquely combines photoacoustic and fluorescent imaging in a device about the thickness of a human hair. The device could one day provide new insights into the brain by enabling blood dynamics to be measured at the same time as neuronal activity.

“Combining these imaging modalities could improve our understanding of the brain’s structure and behavior in specific conditions such as after treatment with a targeted drug,” said research team leader Emmanuel Bossy from the CNRS/ Université Grenobe Alpes Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique. “The endoscope’s small size helps minimize damage to tissue when inserting it into the brains of small animals for

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More than 95,000 job, training opportunities made available so far under SGUnited package: MOM

SINGAPORE: More than 95,000 opportunities under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package have been made available to job seekers so far, said Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo on Friday (Sep 4). 

Responding to parliamentary questions, Mrs Teo said the 95,000 opportunities include 65,000 job opportunities, close to 20,000 company-hosted traineeships, attachments or training places and more than 10,000 opportunities under the SGUnited skills programme. 

Announced in May during the fourth Budget to tide Singaporeans through the COVID-19 pandemic, the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package is a S$2 billion programme aimed at creating 100,000 job, attachment and training openings.

The Government has helped to place more than 25,000 individuals with jobs, traineeships and training places, Mrs Teo added, with 24,000 people across various age groups placed into new jobs. 

“About half are in the public sector, with another quarter in the modern services and lifestyle sectors,” she said. “The

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About 330 offered jobs with start-ups under SGUnited package between April and June

SINGAPORE: About 330 job seekers have taken up jobs with start-ups under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package between April and June, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in its second report on the local jobs market on Thursday (Aug 20).

About half were mid-career workers who took part in the professional conversion programmes (PCPs).

Another 150 fresh and recent graduates have entered the start-up scene under the SGUnited Traineeships Programme since June.

To date, more than 1,600 start-ups are offering over 4,600 jobs and 860 traineeships and attachments, as part of the S$2 billion SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package announced in May during the fourth Budget.

These openings include “unconventional” roles such as gallery manager executive, as well as tech-related positions such as software developers and app developers.

Start-ups are also on the lookout for non-tech roles like sous chefs and business development leads.


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With his political skills, Merrill was able to package, market a governing philosophy in three words

Former Gov. Steve Merrill had a way about him that would make people around him comfortable, even if they disagreed with what he was saying. >> Download the FREE WMUR appMerrill, who died on Saturday at the age of 74, had the political skills to convey his conservative approach to governing succinctly – in three words, in fact: “New Hampshire Advantage.”The genesis of what became known as the New Hampshire Advantage was certainly not new to Merrill. It had been a tradition in the Granite State, especially among Republicans, for decades preceding him.It was brought to the forefront in the 1970s by former Gov. Meldrim “Ax the Tax” Thomson, Jr. and carried on by former Gov. John H. Sununu and then former Gov. Judd Gregg, who went on to serve three terms in the U.S. Senate.It’s a phrase that encapsulates a way of thinking and governing that has been carried … Read More

Another coronavirus aid package is probably ‘not happening’ after August jobs report and deal to avoid government shutdown, analyst says


a group of people in front of a building: Artworks calling for relief from Congress are displayed last month on grass by the U.S. Capitol building.

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Artworks calling for relief from Congress are displayed last month on grass by the U.S. Capitol building.

Friday’s jobs report makes it more likely that Washington won’t deliver another big coronavirus aid package before the November election, according to some analysts.


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The better-than-expected report showed the U.S. economy regained 1.4 million jobs in August as unemployment fell to 8.4% from 10.2%.

See: U.S. regains 1.4 million jobs in August, unemployment falls to 8.4%

And read: ‘What’s concerning is that the pace of jobs growth is slowing down’ — economists react to August jobs report

“For those who, after having voted to explode the budget deficit, have suddenly remembered that they don’t like government welfare payments, this report could strengthen their resolve to deny another package gets passed, since the need is not nearly as great as it had been,” said Joel Naroff, president

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