Intel Closing Plant,
Eliminating 700 Jobs
Computer chip maker Intel Corp. has announced
that it is closing its only manufacturing facility
in Massachusetts, a move expected to cost the
state about 700 jobs.
Intel, the world’s biggest chip maker, announced
that it is closing the Hudson plant because it is using outdated technology to make older generation
computer chips that are being phased out.
A company spokesman says the plant will
close by the end of next year.
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel invested more
than $4 billion in the former Digital Equipment
Corp. plant since it acquired the 149-acre site
from DEC in 1998 under a patent infringement
Intel will continue to employ about 850 workers at its separate microprocessor and technical
design facility at the site.
State officials promised to help displaced
Scientists Claim Proof of
Scientists from the University of Sheffield believe
they have found life arriving to Earth from space
after sending a balloon to the stratosphere.
The team, led by Professor (Hon. Cardiff and
Buckingham Universities) Milton Wainwright,
from the University’s Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, found small organisms
that could have come from space after sending a
specially designed balloon over 16 miles into the
stratosphere during the Perseid meteor shower.
Sampling of the stratosphere at heights between 13 and 16 miles was carried out in the
U.K. on July 31, 2013, using balloon-borne equipment carrying aseptically clean electron microscope stubs onto which aerosols were directly
captured. Prior to launch, the inside of the draw
device was scrupulously cleaned, air blasted, and
finally swabbed with alcohol.
The methods used to clean the sampling apparatus would also prevent such contamination, as would
the approaches used to maintain sterility before the
E/M stubs were exposed to the stratosphere.
Professor Wainwright says, “Most people will
assume that these biological particles must have
just drifted up to the stratosphere from Earth, but
it is generally accepted that a particle of the size
found cannot be lifted from Earth to heights of, for
example, 27 km [ 16 miles]. The only known exception is by a violent volcanic eruption, none of which
occurred within three years of the sampling trip.
“In the absence of a mechanism by which
large particles like these can be transported to
the stratosphere we can only conclude that the
biological entities originated from space. Our
conclusion then is that life is continually arriving to
Earth from space, life is not restricted to this plan-
et, and it almost certainly did not originate here.”
Professor Wainwright says the results could
“If life does continue to arrive from space then
we have to completely change our view of biology
and evolution,” he adds. “New textbooks will have
to be written!”
The balloon, designed by Chris Rose and Alex
Baker from the University of Sheffield’s Leonardo
Centre for Tribology, was launched near Chester
and carried microscope studs which were only
exposed to the atmosphere when the balloon
reached heights of between 13 and 16 miles. The
balloon landed safely and intact near Wakefield.
The scientists then discovered that they had cap-
tured a diatom fragment and some unusual bio-
logical entities from the stratosphere, all of which
are too large to have come from Earth.
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