Cassius Winston Michigan State CommitMichigan State head coach Tom Izzo has done it again. Friday, the Spartans officially landed the services of four-star point guard Cassius Winston. Winston chose MSU over Stanford and Pittsburgh during a ceremony at his high school – Detroit Jesuit. Cassius Winston selects @msubasketball today! pic.twitter.com/yOKAYj5q8C— Athletics (@udjesuitsports) September 18, 2015Detroit Jesuit guard Cassius Winston just committed to Michigan State. Tom Izzo may be on the verge of his best recruiting class ever.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 18, 2015Winston, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 194 pounds on 247Sports, joins five-star guard Joshua Langford and four-star power forward Nick Ward in Michigan State’s 2016 class. If the Spartans are also able to land five-star small forward Miles Bridges, they may have the top recruiting class in the entire country.
COOKS BROOK, N.S. – Someone is stealing the free-range pigs and chickens of central Nova Scotia — even leaving the remains of one pig behind after butchering it.A litter of piglets, six heritage Berkshire pigs and 40 chickens were stolen from Moo Nay Farms in Cooks Brook, about an hour northeast of Halifax.Farmer Melvin Burns said he also found the remains of a slaughtered pig on a plastic sheet at the edge of the sprawling free-range family farm.“They stole a pig from the field, butchered it and carried the meat away,” he said in an interview. “They dumped the rest of it.”Down the road at Snowy River Farms, about 33 meat hens were noticed missing earlier this week.“They were full grown meat hens ready for processing next week,” farmer Amy Hill said. “It means someone has been watching us. They know our set up and schedule.”She said the thefts have left her feeling nervous.“I went out last night to tuck in our birds, that’s when we close the doors for the night, and I brought my husband and dogs with me,” Hill said. “To have someone come on to your property at night while you are sleeping and take things makes me feel really mad and exposed.”But she said the butchering of her neighbour’s pig is what makes her fearful.“They had a weapon with them,” Hill said.Burns said the theft of his free-range Berkshire pigs and chickens has left him feeling uneasy and represents a loss of thousands of dollars.The hearty livestock graze the roughly 60 acres of farmland at will, but there is a fence at the perimeter of the property.The pasture and woods-raised animals eat mostly organic grains from craft breweries in Halifax as well as fruits and vegetables, he said.“The pork chops you’d buy in Sobeys are mostly corn-fed and very light in colour,” Burns said. “Our pork is a much darker colour, almost like a red steak.”He doesn’t call his livestock organic but said they are raised naturally. Along with his girlfriend, Bianca Massarella, the couple raises goats, cows, chickens, turkeys and pigs and also boards horses. They also host farm tours and birthday parties to share their farming experience with youth.RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said such a brazen theft of livestock, especially two robberies on the same stretch of road, is unusual.“It’s relatively rare for these sorts of thefts to be reported to police,” he said. “Farmers will sometimes lose an animal or two to predators like coyotes or foxes but this is certainly someone going onto the properties to steal animals. I’m sure it’s unnerving for the community.”The Mounties are asking anyone with information to come forward to police, or call Crime Stoppers if they prefer to remain anonymous.Hill urged anyone who notices someone suddenly with several Berkshire pigs or a freezer full of meat to report it to police.Burns said he’s unsure police will be able to track down the culprits, but said he hopes the ongoing RCMP investigation and media attention will stop any further thefts.— By Brett Bundale in HalifaxNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Cpl. Dal Hutchinson’s last name.
Four-time GRAMMY Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban, long committed to numerous music education programs, today announced that he has teamed with leading interactive lifestyle retailer HSN to offer an affordable line of guitars to as many aspiring musicians as possible, as well as to those seeking to learn how to play.Keith Urban Announces The World Premiere Of The URBAN Guitar Collection Debuting Live On HSN November 3rdThe URBAN Guitar Collection, which includes two one-hour instructional DVDs and his first custom created, limited-edition acoustic and electric guitar line, will become available for sale exclusively on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 A.M. (ET).A portion of the proceeds from the URBAN Guitar Collection, as well as guitar packages, will go to Mr Holland’s Opus Foundation and The GRAMMY Foundation.“I’ve watched some of the greatest guitarists in the world perform and I’ve seen people just learning how to play,” said Urban. “The looks on their faces are almost always the same and the connection with the instrument is genuine.”The URBAN Guitar Collection features two versions of the “Phoenix Edition” guitar – electric and acoustic/electric – and will be available in Brazilian Burst, Emerald Brazilian Burst, Rich Black and Vintage Natural Ivory. It is part of a 21-piece set that includes a custom amplifier, coated guitar strings, embroidered guitar strap, guitar picks and more.“We are thrilled to welcome Keith Urban to HSN,” said Joy Mangano, President of Ingenious Designs, an affiliate of HSN. “Great stories and great storytelling are at the heart of everything we do, and I can’t think of a better guitarist and storyteller than Keith. His guitar-playing skills are legendary, and the passion he has for music will surely inspire our viewers to pick up a guitar and play when Keith makes his debut in November.”Urban recently released his seventh studio album FUSE, which marked the first time that ANY country artist has simultaneously debuted at #1 on the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. He is currently on the road for his “Light The Fuse Tour”. At each show, Keith uses the standard Phoenix guitar – the same guitar that will be available at HSN – and then signs it and gives it away to one lucky fan in the audience.Urban has sold more than 15 million albums. He’s won four GRAMMY Awards and was the first artist to win the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award, for best new artist, and go on to win Best Male Vocalist, a title he’s captured three times, as well as the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award. He’s won five Academy of Country Music Awards, an American Music Award and People’s Choice Award. He’s had 15 No. 1 singles and five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums.Source:PR Newswire
Annette Francis APTN National NewsIt’s that time of year again for the season harvest of wild rice.That tradition has been carried on for hundreds of years.But it hasn’t been easy.Many people around the lakes where it’s grown mistake rice for weeds.And that isn’t going over firstname.lastname@example.org
Trina Roache APTN National NewsFor decades, the Mi’kmaq who live in Potlotek First Nation in Nova Scotia have struggled with poor water – from boil water advisories to muddy water coming out of the taps.Indigenous Affairs is working on a fix but not fast enough for the community.And now frustration is boiling over.Find more here: Watertroache@aptn.ca
Britain’s tech startup scene was having a bumper year in terms of new company creation, fresh funding and acquisitions by global tech players before voters decided to leave the European Union in Thursday’s referendum.Now high-profile companies are threatening to pull out or slow down plans to enter the U.K. market, international employees are second-guessing their immigration standing and investors could cut new funding that is the lifeblood of young tech firms.Market researchers are predicting a sharp slowdown in U.K. technology and advertising spending and the longer-term threat that sizeable portions of these budgets will move to the continent.”Nothing’s changed yet but everything’s changed,” said Taavet Hinrikus, the Estonian CEO and co-founder of cross-border money service Transferwise, which is based in London.London has become a magnet for tech entrepreneurs looking to do business in the European Union and a global launch pad for firms aiming to compete with U.S. and Asian web giants. Half the founders of London’s top tech startups come from outside Britain.One-third of recent European investments by venture capitalists, who are often drawn to tech startups, were made in Britain. In the first quarter, U.K. firms drew in $1.3 billion (984 million pounds) in funding, while the rest of Europe took $2.2 billion, according to research firm CBInsights.”The two main benefits of being part of the EU are access to talent because of the free movement of labor and the fact that you can ‘passport’ regulation so if you’re regulated in the U.K., you’re regulated across the EU,” said Hinrikus.”We don’t know what’s going to happen with either of those.”The Transferwise CEO now says “it’s too early to say” what the company may do but said before the referendum that his company could scale back further investment in London and consider moving its headquarters if Britain voted to leave the EU. Body blowsNumber26, a Berlin-based startup offering internet banking services over smartphones in eight European countries, is now reconsidering its planned entry into the U.K. market.”We are probably going to consider other markets first,” said co-founder and chief executive Valentin Stalf, citing separate bank licensing requirements likely to be required once outside the EU. “The U.K. market suddenly became a much more expensive proposition.”Detached from the EU, London could lose some key advantages: its status as a world financial center, European talent and the uniformity of regulations that allowed London-based companies to cater to the European market.Its international employee base may leave the city amid uncertainty about future immigration laws, creating shortages in retail, hospitality, healthcare and financial services, Forrester Research analyst Laura Koetzle said.Questions about who will have the right to stay “will both drive footloose talent to look for jobs abroad and dissuade others from coming,” she said, as employers likely face tougher work visa regimes.Berlin, London’s biggest rival for new tech firms, is likely to become more attractive as a European base, nearly a dozen entrepreneurs told Reuters. Aspiring fintech hubs including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dublin and Switzerland also could see more investment shift in their direction, financial services players said.Matthias Kroener, head of Munich-based internet bank Fidor, which entered Britain only last year, said: “Fintechs with the European market in their sights, may pull the plug on London because as young companies with the smallest roots they can react fastest and move first.”The vote requires Britain to file a two-year notice of plans to leave Europe, creating a period of uncertainty that will have immediate effect on overall technology and advertising spending, as well as fragile startups, analysts and entrepreneurs said.Number26 is likely to focus on other countries in Europe before expanding to the U.S. or Asia starting in 2018, although it has not ruled out the UK market completely, Stalf said.”The decision weakens Britain but it is not good for Europe altogether. Suddenly, the common market has shrunk by 60 million people,” the Berlin-based executive said.The decision is a setback for Europe generally, which in recent years has been out-gunned by five-fold in tech funding by the United States and twice over by Asia, as its bids to build world-class firms capable of taking on Apple, Google, Amazon and Uber.Budgets at riskTechnology spending for both Britain and Western Europe will turn negative both this year and next due to uncertainty caused by ongoing political volatility, said John Lovelock, chief forecaster for global technology market research firm Gartner.U.K. spending will sink by 0.3 percent in 2016 and 3 percent in 2017, the world’s largest corporate technology advisory firm now estimates, while expected tepid growth of 0.2 percent across Western Europe will fall to an unspecified level below zero.Gartner previously saw U.K. tech spending growing 1.7 percent in 2016 and 2 percent in 2017. The tech sector accounts for around 10 percent of British gross domestic product.Frost & Sullivan, another research firm, said start-ups face steeper funding and credit hurdles, with the big question mark whether the European Investment Fund (EIF), the largest investor in U.K. venture capital firms, will continue to invest there, and for how long.But not everyone thinks Brexit will harm London startups.”People are going to continue to live in London, the world’s hippest city. Whether or not the U.K. is part of the European Union, it still has a super business environment,” said Mark Tluszcz, co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Capital Partners, a Luxembourg-based venture capital firm with $750 million under management. With 15 to 20 percent of his portfolio in Britain, he’s still looking for fresh prospects.Oleg Fomenko is a Russian-born London entrepreneur whose latest company, Sweatcoin, is a fitness app which pays people to be more active. He said entrepreneurs adapt quickly.”The whole country turned around 180 degrees,” Formenko said. “If anyone knows how to get through this, it’s us.”(By Eric Auchard; additional reporting by Andreas Kroener in Frankfurt and Meg Garner in San Francisco; editing by Anna Willard) Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Reuters | Paul Hackett –shares Add to Queue Russian co-founders of Sweatcoin fitness app (L-R) Oleg Fomenko, Ranbir Arora and Anton Derlyatka. Next Article Reuters London Startup Scene Weighs Threat of British ‘Techxit’ Brexit This story originally appeared on Reuters 6 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand June 28, 2016 Enroll Now for $5
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Summer Streamlining: 7 Tools to Help You Automate Your Workload 7 min read Next Article Workload Automation Guest Writer Image credit: ShutterStock July 3, 2016 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Managing partner of HigherVisibility Add to Queue –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Scott Langdon It’s summer, and that means nice weather, pool parties, beach days and relaxation. Summer shouldn’t mean long days at the office, cooped up in a small space and missing all the outdoor fun. If the latter describes how you’ve been spending your time, perhaps now is a good time to start outsourcing some of your workload. Let a program do the annoying, tedious tasks your business requires to survive (and thrive), leaving you more time to enjoy summer with family and friends.Related: 4 Tools to Put a Stop to Time Wasters in 2016Workload automation might seem like a dream come true, but it’s important to understand that not every automated program is going to be right for your business. The land of workload automation is more complex now than ever, and there are an abundance of tools out there vying for the chance to handle your business tasks. So which one(s) are right for you? Read below to learn about eight of the most helpful tools in workload automation and how to use them most effectively.Social media.1. BufferBuffer is a social media marketing tool that is geared towards saving you time by connecting to various social media sites and posting on your behalf. They offer three different plans, and each includes varying amounts of assistance based on your budget and goals. As you can see below, the bigger your budget, the more you get from Buffer. But don’t feel like you need to go deep into your pockets in order to make this program a success. Their $10 a month plan still gets you 100 scheduled posts across 10 different social media accounts. Although it’s nowhere near as much as their Enterprise Plan — which also comes with analytics data — depending on the size of your business and your future goals, it might just be enough. It’s 100 less times you need to worry about making a scheduled post. This would be a very helpful tool if you’re struggling to handle a wide variety of social media accounts. If you have the extra money, the analytic data that comes with the Business and Enterprise plans could also be helpful in seeing whether or not your social media marketing is working — and thus, whether or not Buffer is a good investment.2. Sprout SocialSprout Social is another type of social media management software that works with many of the most popular social media sites out there — Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Feedly, zendesk, etc. Sprout Social is different in that instead of integrating with as many profiles as possible, it focuses on quality vs. quantity. The most expensive plan only includes up to 30 profiles for $500 a month.That being said, they offer a lot more goodies for your money than Buffer does, including, but not limited to, analytic data, an all-in-one social inbox, varying types of reports, keyword tracking and message and content tracking. So again, think about your budget and your long-term goals before deciding which, if any, of these social media programs would be beneficial. Sprout Social would be great for businesses that don’t integrate with a ton of social media sites, and instead want to get the most value for the few that they do use for marketing.Related: Top 20 Social Media Tools to Add to Your Arsenal in 2016Productivity.3. IfThisThenThatIFTTT is a great way to cut down on your workload and increase productivity by creating “recipes” that utilize “if this, then that” statements. They give you an extensive list of suggestions to choose from to meet the needs of your business, home or personal life. You also have the option to customize recipes to really get the most out of this creative program. For example, you can use this site to easily and quickly create events in Google Calendar, catalog important emails using Evernote (which will also be discussed below), send reminders to yourself and/or your team, keep track of recurring tasks by scheduling to-dos and sync items across various cloud storage folders.4. TopTrackerTopTracker is a free time tracking app. Free! Who doesn’t like that? Whereas IFTTT is an app designed to increase productivity, TopTracker is designed to track your productivity in order to identify and correct deficiencies. TopTracker was made specifically with freelancers in mind. It can track activity levels and integrate timed screenshots, webcam shots or simple time tracking. It has a basic dashboard that gives you an uncluttered view of all your projects and their progress. You will also get detailed productivity reports so you know how everything is going. In addition, TopTracker gives freelancers a ton of privacy options, such as blurred screenshots and detailed privacy settings. This is a great way for small businesses to easily and privately track their productivity so they know what to improve on in the future.Organization.5. WunderlistWunderlist does exactly what their homepage boasts — it helps users keep their lives in sync by offering customized lists and reminders that you can create based off of your needs and goals. You can access Wunderlist on your phone, computer or tablet no matter where you are, making it very simple to create and keep up with all your daily, weekly and monthly tasks. You can also share your lists with friends, family and coworkers in order to collaborate on the aforementioned tasks. This would be very helpful for a business. Instead of one person slaving away on a list, you can divide and conquer with your coworkers so the work gets done more efficiently.Communication.6. InfusionsoftInfusionsoft automates your sales and marketing by combining your CRM, email marketing, lead capture and ecommerce all in one place. Their homepage boasts of the following benefits:Unfortunately, these benefits come with a price. Their cheapest plan is $199 a month and only includes CRM and marketing automation. The most expensive plan costs $599 a month and includes CRM, marketing automation, sales automation and ecommerce for up to 10 users. There’s also some plans in between that are customized for your various needs, whether they be ecommerce, sales automation or something else. There’s no doubt in my mind that Infusionsoft could help ease your workload by automating so many of your important tasks, but is the time saved worth the cost? Weigh the pros and cons before making an investment as big as this one.Content.7. EvernoteEvernote is exactly what it sounds like — an online note-taking application that allows you to keep your thoughts, creative ideas, lists and more in a space that can be accessed from pretty much anywhere. Similar to Wunderlist, Evernote lets you keep track of photos and notes in an easy-to-find format that can also be shared with others in order to promote collaboration. Related: 4 Transformational Questions Your Business Should AskBoth offer free versions of the basic app with the option to pay to upgrade. Evernote also has a specific business option for $12 a month per user. The business version encourages teams to work together and share feedback on projects, and individuals to keep track of and sync their lists, images, files and web research all in once place. This is a great app to use to promote working together and team-building among coworkers, which will in turn lighten everyone’s workload. Who wouldn’t be interested in that?Successful workload automation can help businesses combine both customer expectations with their business practices, resulting in happy customers and a more efficient business model. Who doesn’t want their business to operate more efficiently, especially during the summer months when there’s so much to enjoy outside of the office? Start incorporating one or more of the tools above, and you’re guaranteed to have business success, more free time and happier employees. How are you going to start? Comment in the section below! Register Now »
Email Marketing Can Generate an ROI of over 4400%. Designrush Determined the Top Email Marketing Best Practices to Increase Revenue and the Best Email and Marketing Automation Agencies Research shows that email marketing can provide a return on investment up to 4400 percent. However, certain tactics within email campaigns will foster better revenue growth than others.DesignRush.com, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies, discovered the three best email marketing best practices that can boost brands and encourage high click-through and conversion rates.The top 3 email marketing best practices of 2019 are:1. Collect Email Addresses HonestlyBrands should always ensure that the recipients of their email lists are aggregated fairly. Consumers should know exactly what they are signing up for, who is sending it, and how often they can expect emails.In addition, businesses should avoid tactics such as buying email lists. Although those might initially boost the number of people who receive communications, brands will also likely see lower click-through rates and conversions, and higher unsubscribe rates.Marketing Technology News: Contact Centers Adding AI to Become More Intelligent, Responsive to Customers2. Write Engaging Subject Lines Without Looking Like SpamThe key to increasing open rates – which is essentially the first step to email-driven conversions – is to write buzz-worthy subject lines. These should concisely describe the contents of the email and the unique value added. For instance, eCommerce stores should highlight sale details, while news organizations should focus on breaking news.However, too many buzz words can look like spam to inboxes – causing messages to go straight to spam – and recipients – causing them to delete the email. Avoid elements such as all capital letters and too many emojis in subject lines.3. A/B TestEach brand will find that certain email strategies work better for them than others – and no two brands are exactly the same. Therefore, the best way to understand the content and email tactics that a target audience wants is to A/B test campaigns.To do so, brands send two email campaigns that are exactly the same save for one element – such as delivery time, subject line, content format, or something else. A randomized half of their email list will receive one, and the other will receive the test campaign. Then, brands can compare results to determine which tactic was the most effective.“Email is one of the most effective – and trackable – forms of digital marketing,” says DesignRush Founder and Executive Director Gabriel Shaoolian. “By implementing a few best practices, brands will be able to sharpen their email campaigns, improve overall success, and grow their businesses and revenue more effectively.”Marketing Technology News: PX Open Marketplace Surpasses 500 Publishers in its ExchangeDesignRush’s Agency Listing section features the top local and global email marketing companies. The top email and marketing automation agencies include:1. B2B Data GuyB2B Data Guy is a one-stop shop for B2B email lists and managed email campaigns. All contacts are verified deliverable, and if an email bounces its refunded. B2B Data Guy boasts average open rates 62%, varies by industry, lists delivered within 72 hours of payment, discounts for orders over 1,000 contacts and for repeat orders, 36 data points per contact, amazing customer service, and email campaign creation/support help available upon request.2. BestSEO4uBestSEO4u is an online marketing agency which stands proudly among the leading specialist UK WordPress agencies and is a trusted Internet Marketing expert. To them, online success doesn’t mean just traffic – it translates to top conversion rates and earnings. Their experience and portfolio recommend them as the dynamic, flexible, innovative and reliable partner each online business has always needed. Their London-based company is at the heart of everything – they’re among thriving businesses in a most competitive environment, where players are always on the look for the next best strategy. Nothing better for them, as it allows BestSEO4u to improve their game consistently and deliver outstanding solutions to clients!3. Black87Black87 is the team of inspired, ambitious and creative fellows. Their performance marketing services are designed for brands to have full control over their marketing spending. They can help brands own their piece of the web. Driving measurable results, Black87’s forward-looking approach has helped clients in technology, physical retail, e-commerce, and crowdfunding projects.Marketing Technology News: Pagely Announces 2nd Annual Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in Tech Top Email Marketing Best Practices to Increase Revenue PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 4:00 pmApril 25, 2019 A/B testb2b marketplacecrowdfunding projectsemail marketingmarketing automationMarketing TechnologyNews Previous Article9 out of 10 Marketers Deploy Personalization to Improve Customer Experiences, According to New Evergage StudyNext ArticleData-Driven Marketers Head to the Cloud
In mere hours, scientists using MENNDL created a neural network that performed as well as a human expert. It reduces the time to analyze electron microscopy images by months. MENNDL is the first known approach to automatically identify atomic-level structural information in scanning transmission electron microscopy data. In 2018, MENNDL received an R&D 100 award, considered the Oscars of innovation. It’s also a finalist for the Gordon Bell award.MENNDL, an artificial intelligence system, automatically designed an optimal deep learning network to extract structural information from raw atomic-resolution microscopy data. To design the network, MENNDL used 18,000 GPUs on all of the available 3000 nodes of the Summit supercomputer. In a few hours, MENNDL creates and evaluates millions of networks using a scalable, parallel, asynchronous genetic algorithm augmented with a support vector machine to automatically find a superior deep learning network topology and hyper-parameter set. This work is far faster than could be done by a human expert. For the application of electron microscopy, the system furthers the goal of better understanding the electron-beam-matter interactions and real-time image-based feedback, which enables a huge step beyond human capacity toward nanofabricating materials automatically. Explore further Citation: Deep learning for electron microscopy (2018, December 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-deep-electron-microscopy.html Provided by US Department of Energy Researchers use Titan to accelerate design, training of deep learning networks More information: 167-PFlops deep learning for electron microscopy: From learning physics to atomic manipulation. SC’18: Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Dallas, TX (2018). Finding defects in electron microscopy images takes months. Now, there’s a faster way. It’s called MENNDL, the Multinode Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning. It creates artificial neural networks—computational systems that loosely mimic the human brain—that tease defects out of dynamic data. It runs on all available nodes of the Summit supercomputer, performing 152 thousand million million calculations a second. The same image shown using different analysis methods. a) Raw electron microscopy image. b) Defects (white) as labelled by a human expert. c) Defects (white) as labelled by a Fourier transform method. d) Defects (white) as labelled by the optimal neural network. Defects that don’t exist are shown in purple, and defects that weren’t identified are orange. In mere hours, researchers created a neural network that performed as well as a human expert, demonstrating MENNDL’s ability to significantly reduce the time to analyze electron microscopy images. Credit: US Department of Energy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Provided by Purdue University Just in time for summer—a new technology to improve the taste, quality and shelf life of juice and other beverages, and help craft brewers make more beer. Citation: New technology aims to improve taste, shelf life, production of beer, food (2019, June 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-technology-aims-shelf-life-production.html Explore further Food technology goes from the moon to grocery aisle, improving food production and quality, taste Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Purdue University-affiliated startup Induction Food Systems (IFS) has finished the major first round of testing on a technology system to provide on-demand heating options for food and beverage manufacturers.”We were tired of seeing the old-school processes for heating food and beverages during manufacturing,” said entrepreneur Francesco Aimone from Columbia University, who co-founded IFS with George Sadler, an alumnus of Purdue’s College of Agriculture. “Those legacy systems like steam are slow, energy-consuming and can take away some of the food’s natural flavors and textures.”IFS plans to launch in the next few months its first go-to-market line, which involves a fluid heating system for use in the manufacturing of beer, water products and juices.Aimone said their technology increases the speed and efficiency for producing beverages and foods, and helps manufacturers grow. He said the IFS on-demand heating system uses plug-and-play heating components involving electromagnetic energy and induction, which has been shown to be about six times more precise in controlling temperature than conventional methods.IFS’ technology uses a coil and core design in its heating systems. It uses solid-state electronics to generate electromagnetic energy instead of the traditional combustion that creates steam in boilers.”We know that manufacturers need and want more nimble, responsive and sustainable heating options,” Aimone said. “We are prepared to meet those needs with our technology.”Aimone said their technology is part of a $20 billion market for heating equipment in the food and beverage segment.Aimone said the next focus for the startup is to address the problem of fouling—which is sticky substances left behind after processing—for manufacturers.”It’s similar to when you are making eggs and you have the gunk stuck to your pan when you’re preparing them,” Aimone said. “Our preliminary testing shows we can reduce fouling in some applications by up to 30 percent.”