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Christmas Quiz

Christmas Quiz 2020

The festive season is here, but sadly the usual celebrations, parties and get-togethers will be toned down this year due to the pandemic.

Families across the nation will once again turn to virtual quizzes and games to spread some much-needed Christmas cheer and make merry.

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Christmas quiz questions

Christmas general knowledge questions

1. What day of the year is Christmas Day in 2020?

2. Which animal carried Mary before she gave birth to Jesus?

3. Which world leader celebrates his birthday on Christmas Day?

4. When do the 12 Days of Christmas start?

5. Which country annually sends a Christmas tree to be erected in London’s Trafalgar Square?

6. Which monarch delivered the first Royal Christmas Day Message?

7. Which country is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition?

8. What happened in the 1914 Christmas Day truce during the First World War?

9. In which year was the first Christmas card sent?

10. What indispensable item for the Christmas table did Tom Smith, a confectioner, invent?

11. Which ocean can Christmas Island be found in?

12. In what type of building was the baby Jesus born in?

13. What is your star sign if you are born on Christmas Day?

14. What time is the Queen’s speech traditionally broadcast?

15. What gifts did The Three Wise Men give Jesus on his birthday?

16. Who was crowned King of England on Christmas Day in 1066?

17. Which country traditionally plays the Boxing Day Test Match every year?

18. Which plant based Christmas tradition was started by servants in Victorian Britain?

19. Which plant has bright red and green leaves and is sometimes known as the Christmas Flower?

20. How many ghosts appear in A Christmas Carol?

Answers to the quiz above

1. 360th day 2. Donkey 3. Justin Trudeau 4. Christmas Day 5. Norway 6. King George V 7. Germany 8. A game of football between British and German soldiers 9. 1843 10. The Christmas cracker 11. Indian Ocean 12. A stable 13. Capricorn 14. 3pm 15. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh 16. William the Conqueror (William I) 17. Australia 18. Kissing under mistletoe 19. Poinsettia 20. Four

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connects your people, products, and processes to power digital transformation. Using industrial IoT platforms, companies connect, monitor, analyze, and act on data in new ways.

You can start fast with digital transformation, using IoT for strategic pilots, while easily scaling solutions to reshape your organization. Leaders depend on the industrial IoT from how they design, manufacture, and service products, to how they create value and engage with customers.

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Unlock your potential with IIoT solutions

The best way to accelerate digital transformation is by using a proven industrial IoT platform that’s purpose-built for you. An established platform offers several advantages:

  • REDUCE TIME: Get to market faster with rapid application development. Use industrial Internet of Things platforms to wrap and extend legacy assets for new functionality.
  • REDUCE COSTS: Harness data from connected products and systems to boost productivity and efficiency while lowering costs.
  • IMPROVE QUALITY: Make product, service, and factory operations more secure and scalable. Improve service quality, reliability, and satisfaction.
  • MAXIMIZE REVENUE: Scale to new markets, improve throughput, and unlock new business models such as products as a service.

DSM Partners

DSM Network’s initial partners

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We have, as Network partners, some of the most innovative coatings manufacturers and related companies in the UK, including Monitor Coatings, Wallwork, Poeton, Thin Metal Films, Micromaterials, and TRL9; and other appropriate manufacturing hubs, networks and catapults (eg. MAPP and AMRC).

The number of UK academic and industrial partners  ensures a Direct National Impact of the DSM Nework and its activities. 

We invite you to join us
  • Other companies and networks will be invited to join the NetworkPlus during the lifecycle of the project. 
  • The Network will benefit from close collaboration with: 
  • The Henry Royce Institute (HRI) for Advanced Materials: a key collaborator in this project that will provide links to many other academics institutions. The HRI will allocate 1250m2 floor space and £3m of existing capital equipment for the making, testing and imaging of coating systems. 
  • The Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF): set up following the report of the SEAC special interest group, SELF comprises senior representatives from industry trade bodies, research and technology organisations, professional engineering institutions and specialist manufacturers.  
  • The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), a member of the IUK funded HVM Catapult, is a RTO that develops and proves innovative manufacturing processes and technologies, with emphasis on digitalisation of manufacturing processes, in partnership with industry and academia. 

Demystifying Industry 4.0

Demystifying Industry 4.0 – Helping SMEs lay the tracks for Australia’s digitalisation express train

Industry 4.0 (I4.0) is also known as the fourth industrial revolution. Its impact will be felt by individual companies and industry sectors in every country across the globe. As the revolution progresses, businesses that fully embrace the transformation will be in the best position to thrive, while those that have lagged behind their more agile competitors may struggle to survive. 

There are also misconceptions among many small and medium enterprises (SMEs), in particular, that the new technologies are too costly and beyond their reach.

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Some highlights from the report

  • … most businesses are not yet prepared to meet the inevitable challenges of I4.0 or to exploit the vast opportunities it represents.
  • No industry sector or business will escape the impact of I4.0. The disruptive changes are already happening and are escalating rapidly.
  • Many businesses in the early stages of implementing I4.0 systems are analysing the data generated at relatively superficial levels.
  • The chief economic potential of Industry 4.0 lies in its ability to accelerate corporate decision-making and adaptation processes.
  • Contrary to existing perceptions, transitioning to I4.0 technologies does not necessarily require major investment … there are more affordable technologies, such as data analytics, that can return significant value when expertly deployed within a manufacturing enterprise.

Deactivating coronavirus on N95 respirators for reuse

Deactivating coronavirus on N95 respirators for reuse

Inner and outer view of an N95 mask between dry heat treatment cycles showing no deformation of the respirator. A thermocouple is affixed to the inner surface of the respirator with Kapton tape to measure the surface temperature of the mask over 10 heating cycles in a standard laboratory convection box oven. Masks are heat treated inside a self-sealing autoclave pouch (background) to prevent dispersion of viral particles from airflow inside the oven. Photos by Trevis Massey/LLNL.

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Thermal process to deactivate virus
The LLNL team is testing the efficacy of using a thermal process, where heat penetrates through the outer cover of the respirator to deactivate the virus on internal parts, including the filtering element. At the same time, they are studying whether respirators retain functionality after thermal treatment.
Using a standard laboratory oven, the team conducted initial tests regarding how thermal treatment affects respirator components that play a key role in ensuring a secure fit on the user’s face, such as the metal nose clip, nose foam and neck straps. Following treatment, they tested the fit of the masks in LLNL’s respirator shop and identified thermal conditions that do not compromise the fit.
With these initial tests completed, the team is now studying deactivation efficacy. Using a mouse hepatitis virus that is related to SARS-CoV-2 but does not cause disease in humans, they are investigating whether any live virus remains on the filter of an N95 respirator after heat treatment. Following treatment, they will gently remove viral particles from the material and count the number of infectious particles that are present.
While thermal treatment does not completely decontaminate all pathogens, the research team anticipates that it can deactivate viruses.
“We are thrilled to be part of this effort to explore options for field-based reuse of respirators,” said Bob Maxwell, who leads LLNL’s Materials Science Division. “This type of solution would make it possible to safely reuse respirators during a pandemic, or any other situation where supplies are limited, and front-line health care workers need protection.”
The multidisciplinary research team includes materials scientists, biologists and engineers who rapidly came together during LLNL’s limited operations to study this challenge and provide results in an accelerated timeframe. In addition to Baxamusa, the team includes Mihail Bora, Monica Borucki, Eric Duoss, Kyle Fuhrer, Razi Haque, Travis Massey, Samuel Paik and Maxim Shusteff.