After not playing a show since 2013, Animal Collective has made a strong return in 2016. Following the release of Painting With, they’ve announced an extensive fall tour, and have even confirmed plans to host their own festival. Animal Collective Shares Psychedelic New Single That Samples ‘The Golden Girls’ A N I M A L C O L L E C T I V E is going down September 23-24 in the beauty of Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, California. The two-day festival presents two nights of Animal Collective, along with sets from WIFE, Winter, The Range of Light Wilderness, M. Geddes Gengras, and Jessica Pratt. Tickets for the festival officially go on-sale Wednesday, March 23.Animal Collective Drops Super Trippy New Music Video For ‘FloriDada’ [Watch]With their tour kicking off in Belgium next week, Animal Collective has expanded their worldly travels an additional several months and cities, ending in November at The Civic Center in New Orleans. All ticketing information can be found on the band’s website.Animal Collective Tour Dates:April 1 Brussels, Belgium—Botanique Orangerie^April 2 The Hague, Holland—Rewire Festival at Paard Van TrojeApril 4 Hamburg, Germany—Uebel & Gefahrlich^April 5 Berlin, Germany—Postbahnhof^April 7 Milan, Italy—C2C Festival at Magazzini Generali^April 8 Stans, Switzerland—Stanser Musiktage Festival at KollegiApril 9 Paris, France—La Cigale^April 12 London, UK—02 The Troxy^April 13 Manchester, UK—Manchester Academy^April 28 Fayetteville, AR—Georges Majestic Lounge+April 29-May 1 Austin, TX—LevitationMay 1 Tulsa, OK—Cains Ballroom+May 3 St. Louis, MO—The Pageant+May 4 Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Music Theatre+May 6 Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works+May 7 Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theatre+May 8 Asheville, NC—Orange Peel+May 10 Washington, DC—9:30 Club+May 11 Washington, DC—9:30 Club+May 13 Wilmington, DE—World Café Live at the Queen+May 14 Sayreville, NJ—Starland Ballroom+June 3 Barcelona, ESP—Primavera SoundJune 5 Lyon, FRA—Le TransbordeurJune 6 Bordeaux, FRA—Le Rocher de PalmerJune 7 Madrid, ESP—Joy EslavaJune 9 Porto, POR—Nos Primavera SoundAugust 22 Honolulu, HI—The RepublikSeptember 2-4 Dorset, UK—End of the Road FestivalSeptember 3 Liverpool, UK—O2 Academy LiverpoolSeptember 2-4 Laois, IRE—Electric Picnic Music and Arts FestivalSeptember 6 Glasgow, UK—O2 ABC GlasgowSeptember 7 Leeds, UK—Leeds Uni StylusSeptember 8-11 Isle of Wight, UK—BestivalSeptember 20 San Diego, CA—The Observatory North ParkSeptember 21 Santa Ana, CA—The ObservatorySeptember 23 Big Sur, CA—Fernwood ResortSeptember 24 Big Sur, CA—Fernwood ResortSeptember 26 Eugene, OR—McDonald TheatreSeptember 27 Vancouver, BC—Vogue TheatreSeptember 29 Calgary, AB—Union Hall Night ClubOctober 3 Sioux Falls, SD—Orpheum TheatreOctober 5 Indianapolis, IN—Egyptian Room at Old National CentreOctober 6 Morgantown, WV—Mainstage MorgantownOctober 7 Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls TheatreNovember 2 New York, NY—Terminal 5November 3 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live!November 4 Richmond, VA—The NationalNovember 5 Carrboro, NC—Cat’s CradleNovember 7 Tallahassee, FL—The MoonNovember 8 Tampa, FL—The Ritz YborNovember 10 Miami Beach, FL—The Fillmore at Jackie GleasonNovember 11 Orlando, FL—The Beacham TheatreNovember 12 Jacksonville, FL—Mavericks November 14 New Orleans, LA—Civic Theatre(*) w/ Ratking(^) w/ GFOTY(+) w/ Kaitlyn Smith
In its opinion, the increased engagement was caused by more direct and less informal language.“The wording makes a big difference,” said Peter Borgdorff, the pension fund’s director. “We [will] try to fine-tune this further.”Since 2017, the healthcare scheme has also sent its participants a reminder, in case they had failed to follow up on the initial invitation to view the annual statements. This doubled the response, it said.PFZW also said that the increased interest in the UPOs also could have been caused by the increased number of participants who had indicated that they wanted to switch from paper to digital statements.No more than 130,000 of its 1.1m participants receive the UPO on paper.The pension fund said that its survey had revealed that the new approach had also scored well on its usefulness, clarity and comprehensibility of the pensions statement. Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW has increased member engagement significantly through carefully fine-tuning its digital annual pension statements.The €197bn pension fund – the third-largest in Europe – said it had boosted the percentage of participants actually reading their annual statements to 13% of those aged under 42, compared to just 0.5% in 2015.Of those aged over 55, 45% had read their statement in 2017, against 1.8% two years previously, according to the pension fund.It added that the appreciation of the statements – known as UPOs – had increased after it introduced a summary of the statement, offering participants additional information on a separate page.
In conjunction with the Vitebri School of Engineering, Mahta Moghaddam, a professor of electrical engineering, and her research team are working on new imaging and treatment for breast cancer through the use of microwaves.Breast cancer will affect one in eight women, and it is the second leading cause of death in women, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website. Though risk factors have been identified for breast cancer, researchers are usually unable to pinpoint a single cause of breast cancer.Research Assistant Professor John Stang, technical lead for the project, noted how past research showed opportunities to use microwaves to both treat and detect breast cancer. He has been working on this project for almost four years.“Our research started out of research that was done in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, showing contrast that existed in the microwave properties of breast cancer,” Stang said.He stressed how breast cancer research is often motivated by emotional intentions.“Everyone has their own personal relationship with breast cancer, so I think that’s also part of the appeal [of the project],” Stang said.Stang explained exactly how this new system is utilizing microwaves.“The system that we are working on now is a combined imagery and therapy system. It is using microwaves, a single modality to do both the image guidance and the therapy,” Stang said.This new system is proving to be a pioneering technology in the breast cancer field.“There currently aren’t any systems like that that are using a single modality to guide the focused heating,” Stang said.The team wants to be able to “cook” the cancerous tissue instead of having to surgically remove it. This will, in turn, reduce the recovery time.“The system started out as independent projects where we were doing microwave imaging,” Stang said. “The idea was to have an alternative to mammograms.”The team was motivated to provide an alternative as current mammograms use ionizing radiation, which their innovative cancer treatment would not.Microwaves are much safer than ionizing radiation, and there would be no pain or discomfort involved with the procedure since the breasts would not need to be flattened as they are in current mammograms. Instead, patients would lie down with their breasts placed in two imaging tunnels.In addition to Viterbi, the researchers will also work with the Keck School of Medicine and Dr. Eugene Chung, an M.D. who focuses more on the medical aspect of the project.Currently, the researchers have created a “laboratory prototype,” but this prototype cannot be used in a clinical setting.“We have explored contracting out a building of something that would be manufactured with a company with medical history,” Stang said. “It is more advantageous to go through a company that has the experience and the track record.”The laboratory is currently in conversation with a company in order to create the prototype.The clinical prototype will have amplifiers that lead to several antennae aimed at various angles. These antennae will allow the device to focus the microwaves on specific parts of the breast tissue, allowing the researchers to cook the cancerous tissues the way that a microwave cooks food.Stang hopes a prototype will be ready for use in a clinical setting in the next few years.