INTERNATIONAL CRUISE VICTIMS CALL FOR CDC TO EXTEND NO SAIL ORDER INDEFINITELY

“Cruises and COVID-19 are not compatible, and no amount of lip-service or public relations will fix this fact.”

— Jamie Barnett

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — INTERNATIONAL CRUISE VICTIMS CALL FOR CDC TO EXTEND NO SAIL ORDER INDEFINITELY

International Cruise Victims, Inc. (ICV) today calls on the Centers for Disease Control to extend its “no sail” order barring cruises carrying over 250 passengers from U.S. ports. While the order is currently set to expire on October 31st such an extension is unquestionably necessary in order to protect the public from the actions of the cruise industry which was responsible for multiple COVID-19 outbreaks earlier this year. Reports indicate that the White House overruled the CDC’s recommendation to extend the no sail into next year.

“As watchdogs for an industry that has too often gone unregulated and unchecked, once again we see that the cruise lines’ priorities are in conflict with the health and safety of the public,” said Jamie Barnett, president of ICV. “Their attempts to rewrite history and proclaim that they were unaware of the pandemic, while allowing cruises to embark as public health authorities warned otherwise, raises questions as to whether restarting cruising should be a priority while COVID-19 continues to rage across large parts of the world.”

Since the beginning of this public health crisis, the cruise industry has become a symbol of the pandemic, knowingly contributing to the deadly spread of COVID-19. In February, Carnival’s Diamond Princess was the host of more than 700 infections leading to 13 deaths. Despite this ordeal that trapped passengers and had them comparing the ship to a gas chamber, cruise ships kept packing more passengers aboard. Days after the Diamond Princess was evacuated, Carnival’s Grand Princess sailed from San Francisco causing at least another seven deaths. Ten more people died aboard the Ruby Princess – which was the source of one of the largest outbreaks in Australia.

While the industry proclaims they have new protocols in place to stop infections, earlier this month a river cruise in Europe saw 60 of the 92 passengers onboard contract COVID. According to the CDC, “the dynamics of passenger-to-passenger, passenger-to-crew, crew-to-passenger, and crew-to-crew intermingling in a semi-closed setting are particularly conducive to SARS-CoV-2 spread, resulting in high transmission rates.”

“Cruises and COVID-19 are not compatible, and no amount of lip-service or public relations will fix this fact. Cruise lines have yet to make amends for the havoc they caused just seven months ago in spreading the virus. When it comes to putting passenger and crew health and safety first, the cruise industry simply cannot be taken at their word,” said Jamie Barnett in a statement that echoed the sentiments of many within the network of cruise activists.

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JAMES F. O’CONNOR, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, GO SOLAR GROUP, INTERVIEWED BY DOTCOM MAGAZINE

JAMES F. O’CONNOR, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, GO SOLAR GROUP, INTERVIEWED BY DOTCOM MAGAZINE

JAMES F. O’CONNOR, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, GO SOLAR GROUP, INTERVIEWED BY DOTCOM MAGAZINE

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James F. O’Connor Interviewed by DotCom Magazine for The Entrepreneur Spotlight Video Interview Series. A DotCom Magazine Exclusive Interview.

“The interview with James F. O’Connor was remarkably interesting and informative. He is an expert in solar, and it really was fascinating.”

— Andy "Jake" Jacob, CEO, DotCom Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — James F. O’Connor, Director of Marketing of Go Solar Group has been interviewed by DotCom Magazine as part of the online magazine’s Entrepreneur Spotlight Interview Series. James F. O’Connor, Director of Marketing of Go Solar Group, joins other leading CEO’s. Founders, and thought leaders that have participated in this informative video interview series. In the interview, James F. O’Connor discusses new initiatives at Go Solar Group, and shares thoughts on leadership and entrepreneurship. James F. O’Connor joins other leaders building strong and compelling companies who have been invited to participate on the video series.

Andy Jacob, CEO of DotCom Magazine says, “The interview with James F. O’Connor was remarkably interesting and informative. He is an expert in solar, and it really was fascinating. Anyone, especially entrepreneurs, can learn from his wisdom and insight.

DotCom Magazine is a leading news platform providing fascinating interviews with news makers, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs. DotCom Magazine is the leader in putting people with insatiable entrepreneurial spirit at the forefront of every story it publishes. The Entrepreneur Spotlight Interview Video Series looks at business through the lens of a successful entrepreneur’s mindset. The Entrepreneur Spotlight Series has included many high-profile leaders, including Inc 5000 founders, Ted Talk presenters, ABC Shark Tank participants, Forbes Council members, venture backed visionaries, and many other wonderful thought leaders and entrepreneurs. DotCom Magazine covers real entrepreneur stories making a difference. Regardless of who the entrepreneur is, where they live, or what they are doing, if it is interesting and newsworthy, DotCom Magazine covers it. The people at DotCom Magazine considers the newsworthiness of the story and what our readers want to learn about. If something is important to their readers, it is important to DotCom Magazine. The people at DotCom Magazine believe in including a diverse range of entrepreneur voices in our reporting, actively pursuing diversity in our entrepreneurs, and listening to our readers and viewers to make sure we are as open and responsive as possible.

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MEDIA ADVISORY – ATTENTION REPORTERS & EDITORS: Join us for a Terramera virtual news conference with Microsoft on Monday

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Join us for a Terramera virtual news conference with Microsoft next Monday.

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, October 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Terramera, a global agtech leader transforming how food is grown and the economics of agriculture, will host a virtual news conference to announce details of a major development for clean technology and agriculture in Canada. Microsoft Canada will participate.

A media availability will follow the announcement.

WHO: Terramera with participation by Microsoft Canada
Karn Manhas, CEO and Founder, Terramera
Travis Good, Chief Technology Officer, Terramera
John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada

WHAT: Virtual Press Conference

WHEN: 10:30 – 11:10 a.m. (PST), Monday, November 2, 2020

WHERE: Virtual

Journalists who wish to participate can register by contacting media@terramera.com with their name and media outlet. A link for media will be provided to those who register.

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Breakthrough Research to Benefit Humans and Horseshoe Crabs

An Atlantic horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) specimen from the Kepley aquaculture facility in North Carolina.

An Atlantic horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) specimen from the Kepley aquaculture facility in North Carolina.

To date, the Kepley team has reported on their work in four articles in the Frontiers in Marine Science research journal.

To date, the Kepley team has reported on their work in four articles in the Frontiers in Marine Science research journal.

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, US, October 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — After studying the existing science as a North Carolina start-up, Kepley BioSystems focused on two objectives in 2018: First, to prove that horseshoe crabs could be sustainably husbanded in aquaculture, and second, that a meticulously harvested substrate from their blood could offer a breakthrough in clinical diagnostics. Both goals would require overcoming daunting barriers that faced earlier efforts while expanding on the established role of horseshoe crab “blue blood” for medical sterility testing.

Undeterred, the group concentrated on addressing the growing threats from antimicrobial resistance and sepsis – and from the annual biomedical industry capture of several hundred thousand horseshoe crabs from their habitats with up to 30% mortality. The former posed an increasingly urgent need for rapid testing for bacteremia with parts-per-trillion sensitivity in human medicine, and the latter required an alternative to current practices to help protect this ancient species while ensuring drug and device safety.

Kepley documented this research in four articles, with the final two publications today and last week. From a far-reaching assessment of the study of horseshoe crabs to date, the group went on to prove novel approaches to feeding them and ensuring their wellbeing, while developing low-impact harvesting protocols for sustainable aquaculture. This alternative to wild capture could help secure the vital resource on which millions of patients depend for sterile, safe implantable medical devices and injectable drugs every year. It could also help ensure ample test supplies for a breakthrough in rapid patient screening to guide timely treatment of bacterial and fungal infections – and mitigate the risks of antimicrobial resistance when treating septicemia.

The first two publications made important contributions to the literature and spanned many disciplines, including: aquaculture, animal feed, infectious disease, diagnostic medicine, and ecology. And the last two round out the specifics with respect to sustainable husbandry, promising disruptive ecological and clinical benefits.

Since the inception of the pandemic, an area of particular interest has been coinfections leading to bacterial sepsis in the management COVID-19 patients with viral pneumonia, especially when blood culturing is impracticable. It has also been widely reported that sterility testing of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines could intensify pressures that further threaten the horseshoe crab viability as a species.

Kepley BioSystems horseshoe crab research has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation and the NC Sea Grant Agency, to date. The company is seeking investors and commercialization partners in diagnostics, aquaculture and agricultural feedstocks.

These publications are listed below for further reference and may be accessed at: www.KepleyBioSystems.com/HSCpublications

HUSBANDRY: Effects of Diet on the Biochemical Properties of Limulus Amebocyte Lysate From Horseshoe Crabs in an Aquaculture Setting. Frontiers in Marine Science. 7:541604. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.541604. (2020)
Read online: www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2020.541604/full

IDEAL CONDITIONS: Evaluation of Indoor and Outdoor Aquaculture Systems as Alternatives to Harvesting Hemolymph From Random Wild Capture of Horseshoe Crabs. Frontiers in Marine Science. 7:568628. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.568628. (2020)
Read online: www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2020.568628/full

PROOF OF PRINCIPAL: Horseshoe Crab Aquaculture as a Sustainable Endotoxin Testing Source. Frontiers in Marine Science. 7:153. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00153. (2020)
Read online: www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2020.00153/full

ORIGINAL REVIEW ARTICLE: The Role of Horseshoe Crabs in the Biomedical Industry and Recent Trends Impacting Species Sustainability. Frontiers in Marine Science. 5:185. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00185. (2018)
Read online: www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2018.00185/full

About Kepley BioSystems:
Kepley BioSystems is a North Carolina-based life sciences biotech operating out of Gateway Research Park (GRP) in collaboration with the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), comprised of a partnership between the North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University (NCA&T) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Kepley BioSystems was founded in 2013 with a mission to emerge disruptive innovations to achieve global solutions. Having been primarily grant-funded to date, Kepley is seeking commercial partners and/or equity investors to help realize its full potential in multi-billion dollar markets across the company’s project portfolio. For more information, visit: http://www.kepleybiosystems.com/

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The Haidinger's Illusion turned Tiffany blue into gold

Haidinger’s Brush by DervalResearch

The Science of Colors course by DervalResearch

LVMH latest addition for $15.8B Tiffany & Co. made the most of the Haidinger’s Brush, an illusion turning blue into gold as unveiled in The Science of Colors.

The Haidinger’s Brush occurs on a clear sky, when the retina is turning the overwhelming blue light into gold. Displaying Tiffany jewelry with the distinctive blue background is brilliant, literally.”

— Prof. Diana Derval, PhD, Chair of DervalResearch

PARIS, FRANCE, October 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — LVMH luxury group latest addition for $15.8 billion Tiffany & Co. made the most of the Haidinger’s Brush, optical illusion turning blue into gold. One of the many insights unveiled in the new online course The Science of Colors proposed by DervalResearch on iversity.org by Springer Nature.

LVMH sealed the Tiffany & Co. deal for nearly $16 billion. The coveted legendary brand got famous for its romantic jewelry but mostly also for its Tiffany Blue, aka Pantone 1837 – named after the year of foundation. Unknowingly, the brand harnessed a powerful optical phenomenon turning blue into gold: the Haidinger’s Brush.

Researcher in sensory perception, Prof. Diana Derval, PhD, Chair of DervalResearch and Springer Nature author explains “The Haidinger’s Brush occurs especially on a clear sky, when the macula in the center of the retina is turning part of the overwhelming blue light into gold. Displaying Tiffany jewelry with the distinctive blue background is brilliant, literally.”

Not all people are subject to this illusion, but Vikings for instance used it for navigation purposes as the gold highlights the magnetic field of earth. Prof. Derval also inventor of the Derval Color Test sensation, taken by over 10 million people worldwide to assess their vision of color nuances confirms “During our field research, it was noticed that subjects who liked shiny objects could distinguish fewer shades of yellow but were more likely to be subject to the Haidinger’s Brush. They also saw the famous dress gold instead of blue.”

The Tiffany blue case is one of the many insights concentrated in The Science of Colors course, that finally provides scientific answers to questions like:
– Why do some people prefer blue to red?
– How come some people prefer matte over shiny?
– Why do some people stick to black and white?
– What makes Louboutin shoes and sportscars so popular?
– Can everybody perceive virtual reality and 3D?

Illustrated with anecdotes, real business cases (from fashion, packaging, gaming, automotive), and fun yet clear scientific explanations, the course guides marketers, designers, product managers, and innovators in developing clever product and customer experience strategies.

The Science of Colors course comes in a micro-learning Espresso 45mn format + certificate for $35 and iversity offers special packages for corporations and academia.

“If you would like to find out what Zara, light physics, eye physiology, Louboutin, Red bull and Tiffany (among others) have in common, sign up for the on-line course “The Science of Colors” by Professor Diana Derval. Diana Derval’s expertise will help you to grasp basic concepts as of how the eye and the brain work to process colors and shapes that lead to brand recognition, product preference and ultimately, the desired consumer experience. She makes the whole subject extremely approachable and relatable by combining the basics of physics, cell physiology, product design and marketing with examples of brands and products that we all can relate to or are familiar with. Needless to say, a pleasure hearing her insights and learning so much in only 45 minutes. Whether you are a marketer, a product developer or designer, this webinar is definitely a “Must”: extensive subject matter coverage, high quality relevant content and insightful actionable learnings.”
– Dr Juan Luis Rossi, Director Marketing EMEA New Categories at Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions GmbH

“Very happy for completing and obtaining a certificate from DervalResearch on the Science of Colors: from Product to Experience Design. Thank you Prof. Diana Derval for the wonderful experience! I recommend this course for those interested in product management and consumer psychology.”
– Dr Abdulelah Al-Thagafi, Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Business and Technology, Jeddah, KSA

About DervalResearch
DervalResearch is a pioneer research firm using biosciences and observation to decode and anticipate human behavior and preferences. With powerful predictive tools like the Derval Color Test and the Hormonal Quotient (HQ), our colorful team of scientists and designers help firms increase their innovation rate and deliver engaging experiences from Paris to Shanghai.

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StrongLink Wins 150PB Data Management Project for the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ)

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StrongLink will enable DKRZ to automate 120PB per year of HPC workflows plus the migration of 150PB from its legacy HPSS system to LTFS.

As DKRZ will increase its supercomputing power, their data needs continue to grow to advance cutting edge climate science research. We are thrilled to assist in this important work.”

— Floyd Christofferson, CEO of StrongBox Data Solutions

PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES, October 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — StrongBox Data Solutions (SBDS), the leading provider of autonomous large scale data management and archive solutions, announced today it was awarded a five-year contract to implement a new data management system for DKRZ, to expand the Center’s critical climate science research data services. The project will be driven by SBDS’s flagship StrongLink software, and will replace the existing HPSS HSM with a new system based upon open standard LTFS and S3, providing researchers with seamless access to 150PB of legacy research data. In addition, StrongLink will also automate multi-tier storage workflows, virtualizing flash, disk, and LTFS tape to support at least 120PB per year of new HPC research data flows.

Leveraging StrongLink’s powerful metadata-driven workflow engines, the new system will enable DKRZ to maintain daily production access to all data, even after the HPSS system has been decommissioned. Users will continue to access data as before, with StrongLink presenting a global normalized view of all data across all storage types.

"This new system will enable DKRZ to expand and modernize essential data services to our research community, while also seamlessly transitioning to a new open-standard platform that can grow as we do." said Prof. Thomas Ludwig, CEO at DKRZ. “This will provide a solid foundation to ensure researchers have on-going access to the critical data needed for climate modeling and improved climate projections.”

StrongLink will be deployed in a scale-out architecture to prioritize 120PB per year in frontside production workflows between existing Tier-0 HPC storage and the new multi-tier system. To do this, StrongLink’s metadata-driven workflow engines will virtualize 1PB of new high-performance Tier-1 cache, and the five legacy Tier-2 tape libraries, automating both day-to-day tiering operations plus the background HPSS-to-LTFS migration of 150PB of existing data. In all, tape IO will be parallelized across 90 tape drives in the five libraries with together more than 75.000 media slots.

“StrongLink was designed to provide customers like DKRZ with a vendor-neutral platform that could seamlessly automate data management and high speed data movement across otherwise incompatible storage types at any scale,” said Floyd Christofferson, CEO of StrongBox Data Solutions. “As DKRZ will increase its supercomputing power, their data needs continue to grow to advance cutting edge climate science research. We are thrilled to assist in this important work.”

The installation, configuration and project management for the new DKRZ data management system will be provided by Cristie Data GmbH, with headquarters in Niedernberg, Germany. Cristie Data will also provide integration services for all of the hardware needed for the project, including servers for StrongLink software, 1PB of Tier-1 storage, and all networking and other components.

About DKRZ
The German Climate Computing Center (Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum, DKRZ) is a central national service facility for climate and earth system research. Its high-performance computers, data storage and services form the central research infrastructure for simulation-based climate science in Germany. The data management system is one of the largest in the world.
DKRZ provides its resources (computing time, hard-drive storage and archive capacity, consultancy and visualizations) free of charge. Any scientists conducting research in the field of climate and earth system science in Germany, and requiring HPC resources for their work may apply for resources at DKRZ.
DKRZ Media Contacts:
Michael Böttinger | DKRZ | info@dkrz.de | +49 40 460094 344

About Cristie Data
With over 50 years of experience Cristie Data has been providing reliable storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions. Since its founding in Stroud, England, in 1969, Cristie has expanded operations globally with more than 300,000 installations worldwide. Cristie has focused on data management, data storage and data security for over 20 years. From storing data to metadata management. This includes the retrieval of files, e-mail archiving, intelligent storage management as well as long-term archiving and HSM.
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StrongBox Data Solutions (SBDS) is a worldwide leader in intelligent data management and archiving, servicing the world’s most demanding data environments, with over 12 years of experience in virtualizing data workflows between tape and disk. SBDS’s flagship StrongLink autonomous data management software is a vendor-neutral solution designed to automate data management across otherwise incompatible storage types, including flash, disk, tape and cloud storage for data environments at any scale.
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Lightbox Opens $94 Million US Lab-grown Diamond Manufacturing Lab and Announces Partnership with Blue Nile

The new facility will produce 200,000 polished carats of lab-grown diamonds annually including an exclusive jewelry collection for the online retailer

GRESHAM, OR, USA, October 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The new facility will produce 200,000 carats annually including an exclusive collection of lab-grown diamond jewelry for the online retailer

Lightbox, the innovative laboratory-grown diamond jewelry company, today announced the official opening of its new US manufacturing facility in Gresham, Oregon and a major partnership with Blue Nile, the largest online fine jewelry retailer. The Lightbox facility, located just outside of Portland, started manufacturing this summer as construction on the 60,000 square foot structure was being completed. It will continue to ramp up production through 2020 and once fully operational, will produce approximately 200,000 carats of ‘Grown in the USA’ lab-grown diamonds annually. An exclusive fashion jewelry collection featuring Lightbox lab-grown diamonds will launch on the Blue Nile website today, marking the first time in the online retailer’s 21-year history that it has sold lab-grown diamonds.

“The opening of this facility is a true milestone for the company,” said Steve Coe, Lightbox CEO. “Manufacturing lab-grown diamonds in the US was a goal from the beginning and we are so proud to have achieved it with this state-of-the-art laboratory in a region that has become a hub for advanced industries. With this facility and our ground-breaking partnership with Blue Nile, we have an incredible opportunity to grow our business, improve consumer education and further establish Lightbox as the leading lab-grown diamond jewelry brand.”

State of the Art Manufacturing Facility
Lightbox tapped Chicago-based architecture firm Sheehan Nagle Hartray (SNHA) to design the industry-leading manufacturing lab which was conceived as a simple white box, carved away to reveal and recall the faceted structure of a Lightbox lab-grown diamond. The dramatic exterior features fritted glass panels and louver screens, while the modern, monochrome interior includes a precision-designed production floor with mechanical and electrical support spaces, as well as lab spaces, offices and conference rooms.

Employing about 60 full-time engineers, technicians, and administrative personnel, the two-story
$94-million advanced manufacturing operation efficiently maximizes mechanical and utility needs while providing a multifunction workspace. First-floor manufacturing operations are overseen at a central command station where every aspect of lab-grown diamond production is monitored along with the building’s overall performance. Second-floor office spaces are connected to ground floor activities via expansive overlooks and soaring walkways, providing a sense of height and dimension to the staff gathering and meeting areas below.

Custom artistic installations, inspired by the lab-grown diamond fabrication process, are experienced simultaneously from the ground floor dining area and second-level display room. The works, created for Lightbox by SNHA, evoke elements and colors of the brand and celebrate its drive to deliver consistently precise lab-grown diamonds of extraordinary quality.
A product of science and technology, Lightbox lab-grown diamonds are created in blush pink, pale blue and white using chemical vapor deposition (CVD). All are accessibly priced at $800 per carat. The opening of this new future-forward facility gives Lightbox the ability to further improve efficiency and provide consumers increased offerings at exceptional value. With its close proximity to reliable hydroelectric power and access to a tech savvy, highly skilled workforce, Lightbox is well positioned to continue its pioneering role in the lab-grown diamond space.

Blue Nile x Lightbox Exclusive Collection
An everyday, on-trend premium fashion product line released just in time for the holidays, Blue Nile’s Lightbox collection features lab-grown diamonds created in timeless white and brilliant blush pink and pale blue, all set in 14K gold. The collection includes new and exclusive styles of earrings, pendants, bracelets and rings – accessibly priced and starting at $600. All items are available exclusively online at BlueNile.com

“We’re thrilled that the launch of the Blue Nile Lightbox collection is a milestone that now adds even more variety, quality and value for our customers as we head into the new year,” said Sean Kell, Blue Nile CEO. “In collaboration with Lightbox, Blue Nile will further expand and transform its product assortment to meet the needs of evolving consumers in the jewelry space.”

The new collection extends the variety and assortment, incredible quality and accessible internet-based pricing to customers. This product innovation news follows the Blue Nile’s recent announcement about its massive showroom expansion, with the promise to open 50 showrooms over the next three-five years.

Lightbox jewelry is now available on www.bluenile.com, as well as through other select retailers and always on www.lightboxjewelry.com.

ABOUT LIGHTBOX
Lightbox is an innovative company offering consumers fashion jewelry featuring high quality pink, white and blue laboratory-grown diamonds at transparent and accessible prices. Lightbox is the only brand that sources laboratory-grown diamonds from Element Six, the world’s leading laboratory-grown diamond producer, based in Oxford, England, and built on more than 50 years of ground-breaking innovation. Learn more at www.lightboxjewelry.com.

ABOUT BLUE NILE
Blue Nile, Inc. is the largest online retailer of graded diamonds and fine jewelry. The company offers a superior experience for purchasing engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing expert guidance, in-depth educational materials, and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently-graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its physical Showrooms in Salem, New Hampshire; Long Island, New York; Portland, Oregon; Fairfax County, Virginia; Bellevue, Washington and Lone Tree, Colorado; and new locations opening in Irvine, California and Oakbrook, Illinois.

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Mara Viggiano, Battalion
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Austin Blythe, Blue Nile
Tel: +1 503 333 4117
Austin.blythe@bluenile.com

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Green Boom Corp. Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

Innovative ‘green’ products clean the environment while saving on overall cleanup time and costs

The Green Boom team is thrilled to have achieved this certification that will inform our current and potential customers about the validity of our products.”

— Green Boom Co-Founder Sudhir Sharma

ATLANTA, GA, UNITED STATES, October 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Green Boom is proud to announce the company’s family of absorbents has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Certification. Green Boom’s 100 percent biodegradable oil spill prevention, response and remediation products will now display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content.

“The Green Boom team is thrilled to have achieved this certification that will inform our current and potential customers about the validity of our products,” said Green Boom Co-Founder Sudhir Sharma. “We believe that our revolutionary products are going to disrupt the oil spill industry. It’s also important to note that our green products are cost-comparative, readily available and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.”

Available in industry-standard sized pillows, socks, booms along with custom sizes, Green Boom’s products are made from patent-pending biomass up-cycling technologies that use sustainably sourced agricultural wastes and textiles. Led by a team with broad chemical engineering experience, Green Boom created a technology that converts renewable, biodegradable and low-value agricultural materials into water-repellent, oil-only absorbents.

“We applaud Green Boom Corp. for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product label," said Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Program. “Products from Green Boom Corp. are contributing to an ever-expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities, creates jobs in rural communities and decreases our reliance on petroleum.”

Third-party verification for a product's biobased content is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, an initiative created by the 2002 Farm Bill (and recently reauthorized by the 2018 Farm Bill). One of the goals of the BioPreferred Program is to increase the development, purchase and use of biobased products. Biobased products, through petroleum displacement, have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that exacerbate global climate change.

For more information about Green Boom, please visit www.greenboom.com. To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, please visit www.biopreferred.gov.

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About the USDA BioPreferred Program and Certified Biobased Product label

The BioPreferred Program is a USDA-led initiative that assists the development and expansion of markets for biobased products. The BioPreferred Program is transforming the marketplace for biobased products through two initiatives: mandatory purchasing requirements for Federal Agencies and Federal contractors and voluntary product certification and labeling. Biobased products span a diverse range of applications, such as lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals and bioplastics. The USDA Certified Biobased Product label communicates a product's biobased content. Expressed as a percentage, biobased content is the ratio of non-fossil organic carbon (new organic carbon) to total organic carbon in a product. New organic carbon is derived from recently-created materials. The total organic carbon in a product consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon that originates from fossil carbon materials, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas. More than 3,500 products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label. To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, please visit www.biopreferred.gov, and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.

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Dialyzer Market Value to grasp $4.52 billion by 2025, at CAGR of 6.2% | AMR

Dialyzer

Significant rise in the prevalence of end stage renal disease (ESRD) across the globe supplement the market growth for dialyzer.

Rise in patients with ESRD, surge in incidence of diabetes and hypertension, shortage of kidneys for transplantation, & rapid technological advancements are expected to propel the growth of the market”

— Mangesh Panhale

PORTLAND, OR, UNITED STATES, October 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — UPDATE AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

The report on the global dialyzer market highlights that the market is expected to reach $2.81 billion by 2017, from $4.53 billion in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2018 to 2025. The report offers the current market size and forecasts along with Porter’s Five Forces analysis to help market players, stakeholders, startups, and investors to determine the current scenario and take further steps for the future. Drivers and opportunities for highest revenue generating and fastest growing segments would help in tapping into specific segment to achieve growth. Moreover, regional analysis would assist in expansion strategies for the market players and startups.

The Covid-19 outbreak has severely affected every sector across the world. The patient numbers have been increasing every day and the majority of the countries are in complete lockdown. This has affected the supply chain and overall business operations. International trading has taken a significant downfall and has created uncertainty in the stock market. These factors have affected the dialyzer market.

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Remarkable surge in the number of patients suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD), increase in incidences of diabetes and hypertension, and shortage of kidneys for transplantation are the major drivers of the global dialyzer market. However, risks and complications associated with dialyzers reuse and high cost of hemodialysis hamper the market growth. On the contrary, rapid technological advancements are expected to create lucrative opportunities in the near future.

High-flux dialyzer segment to create lucrative opportunities through 2025

The high-flux dialyzer segment held the largest share in 2017, contributing more than two-thirds of the total market, as it is more effective in removal of largest molecules while performing dialysis as compared to the low-flux dialyzer. Moreover, the segment is expected to manifest the fastest CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period. The low-flux dialyzer segment is expected to portray a gradual growth through 2025.

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In-center dialysis segment to dominate the market by 2025

The in-center dialysis segment dominated the market in 2017 in terms of revenue, contributing more than four-fifths of the market, owing to availability of trained medical staff in dialysis centers to offer better services to patients. However, the home dialysis segment is estimated to portray the fastest CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period, owing to advent of advanced dialysis products with enhanced efficiency that patients could use at home.

Asia-Pacific to manifest fastest CAGR by 2025

Asia-Pacific region is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 8.6% through 2025, owing to increase in healthcare expenditure, improvements in healthcare infrastructure, and rise in medical tourism in the region. However, the North America region held the largest share in 2017, contributing more than half of the total market, owing to significant rise in prevalence of ESRD, diabetes, and hypertension in the region. The other regions such as Europe and Latin America, Middle East and Africa (LAMEA) are analyzed in the report.

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The Major Key Players Are:

Asahi Kasei Corporation, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Baxter International Inc., Browndove Healthcare (P) Ltd., Bain Medical Equipment, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, Kawasumi Laboratories Inc., NIKKISO CO., LTD., Medtronic Plc. (Bellco), Jihua Medical Apparatus & Instruments Co., Ltd., Allmed Medical Care Holdings Limited, Weigao group, Farmasol, China Chengdu Wesley Biotech Co., Ltd., Toray Industries, Inc., Medica Group, JMS Co. Ltd., Jiangsu Lengthen Life Science and Technology Co., Ltd., Medivators, Inc., and Dialifegroup

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Oxford University Research: “IB Students Appear to Hold an Advantage When it Comes to Critical Thinking”

International Baccalaureate Organization

University of Oxford research shows International Baccalaureate students demonstrate stronger critical thinking skills.

IB students and teachers have identified many potential avenues by which the IB encourages the development of critical thinking.”

— Dr. Therese Hopfenbeck

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, October 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Evidence from the University of Oxford finds International Baccalaureate (IB) students exhibit significantly stronger critical thinking skills than non-IB peers. In today’s rapidly changing world, schools seek ways to teach students skills needed for success beyond the classroom. Previous studies indicate that critical thinking skills are key determinants of individual and collective success, which is why these skills are sought after by students, parents, schools and universities.

More than 560 students from eight schools in Australia, England and Norway participated in this study that examines the impact of the IB’s Diploma Programme (DP) on students’ critical thinking abilities. No previous research has taken this approach of comparing DP and non-DP students across the globe, using a validated critical thinking assessment.

The year-long IB-commissioned study was conducted by the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA). The quantitative results show that the DP students possess significantly higher levels of critical thinking skills than their non-DP counterparts, an advantage that held even after relevant covariates were controlled for using regression approaches and propensity score-matching. Additionally, as students advanced through the DP, critical thinking skills increased and further distinguished them from their non-DP counterparts.

Following a review of the DP curriculum, OUCEA’s analysis indicated that the IB’s approach to developing critical thinking is in line with evidence-based best practice. Both individual DP courses and unique components of the DP curriculum, such as the theory of knowledge (TOK) course, offer opportunities for developing critical thinking skills.

“I feel like our students end up maybe more rounded than other students would, just because we, we kind of facilitate both sides and thinking about things from different perspectives and then coming up with their own validated conclusions. And I think that's a very valuable part of the course”, Environment systems and society teacher, England.

In addition to TOK, the extended essay was highlighted by students as shaping critical thinking development in the IB. Students and educators both further commented on the advantage that the DP offers as preparation for further studies when compared to national curriculums.

“While we can't know for certain whether IB participation improves critical thinking, it is noteworthy that, even after controlling for many pre-existing differences, IB students appear to hold an advantage when it comes to critical thinking. The findings suggest that instructional approaches that focus on teaching critical thinking skills explicitly as well as embedding opportunities for students to think critically within each subject may facilitate the development of critical thinking skills. IB students and teachers have identified many potential avenues by which the IB encourages the development of critical thinking and hopefully in the future we can build an even clearer picture of how to improve students' critical thinking skills”, commented Dr. Therese Hopfenbeck, lead researcher on the project.

As part of the IB’s continued curriculum innovation strategy, this research precedes a large project in collaboration with OUCEA, the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) and the Jacobs Foundation, which aims to identify and share classroom practices that support the development of IB learner profile attributes, skills that foster international-mindedness in young people.

Dr. Hopfenbeck and her team at OUCEA will be presenting their research on critical thinking at the IB Virtual Conference. For more information about the research or regarding interest in attending the discussion, please contact Dan Rene at daniel.rene@kglobal.com.

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) pioneered a movement of international education, and now offers four high quality, challenging educational programmes to students aged 3-19. The IB gives students distinct advantages by providing strong foundations, critical thinking skills, and a proficiency for solving complex problems, while encouraging diversity, curiosity, and a healthy appetite for learning and excellence. In a world where asking the right questions is as important as discovering answers, the IB champions critical thinking and flexibility in study by crossing disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries. Supported by world class educators and coordinators, the IB currently engages with more than 1.4 million students in over 5,300 schools across 158 countries. To find out more, please visit www.ibo.org.

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Summarized from The effect of the Diploma Programme (DP) on critical thinking development: An international multi-site evaluation by Hopfenbeck, T. (University of Oxford), Double K. (University of Oxford), El Masri, Y. (University of Oxford), McGrane, J. (University of Oxford) et al. Copyright 2020. Published by the International Baccalaureate Organization. All rights reserved. To learn more read the research summary or full report.

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