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Month: October 2015

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New Load Cell Technology Goes Micro

A China-based company, Forsentek Co., had introduced new load cell technology that will give the industry even more applications. Most load cells use strain gauge technology, which is well established and has been for 40 years, but this latest technology involves micro load cells. Forsentek designed and developed the compact load cells, which have numerous applications in weighing systems used across many industries. These micro load cells will be able to be used within limited spaces, giving precise compression force and weight measurements. The Forsentek spokesperson says that the cells will be able to be used within most industrial facilities. They are made from stainless steel that has been heat-treated, which helps them to ensure accuracy and stability. The cells are also sea...
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Some Sanitary Practices May Actually be Doing More Harm Than Good

While bacteria and germs have the ability to cause illness and disease, one of their most terrifying and dangerous qualities is their invisibility to the naked human eye. We often correlate certain areas or rooms that might collect more bacteria than others and put extra effort into cleanliness. However, this may not be as helpful as many people assume. According to Medical Daily, a recent study was conducted inside a public restroom in an attempt to find out just how dirty these rooms are. It was found that regardless of the regular use of toilet seat covers and a focus on rigorous hand washing, bacteria still persevered. The most common germs found on toilet bowls were gut bacteria. Unfortunately, our microbes can survive for hours after being expelled from the body. Some germs can...
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How and Why the AB InBev-SABMiller Merger Is Terrifying for Craft Breweries

Just when the world thought Anheuser-Busch InBev couldn’t gain any more control of the global beer market, it happened: AB InBev reached a deal with SABMiller, thereby uniting two of the biggest competing beer manufacturers under one beer behemoth of a corporation. Collectively, the two companies brought in about $70 billion in revenue during 2014, and together (though technically still separate), they held one-third of the entire international beer market, according to U.S. News and World Report. The deal was struck to the sweet, golden, bubbly tune of $105 billion paid to SABMiller after the company rejected four other proposals from AB Inbev, stated Bloomberg Business. But one question remains for American craft beer lovers: what’s going to happen to the substantial industry of...
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Why You’re More Likely to Die from Drugs Than a Car Accident in Virginia

Drug-related deaths now outpace fatalities stemming from car accidents in the state of Virginia for the first time ever, newly released data has shown. Following a nationwide increase in drug addiction and death, particularly related to heroin, 728 Virginians lost their lives to drugs in 2014, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Oct. 11 -- an increase from 661 in 2013. During the same time period, only 700 highway deaths were recorded, a decrease from 741 in 2013. Because determining whether an individual died of a drug-related cause can be a lengthy, elusive process, it's difficult to find recent drug death figures for 2015 so far. Highway deaths for the year so far are trending slightly upward from last year's data. Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring called these new ...
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Fireplaces That Don’t Receive Regular Maintenance May Be Life Threatening

A fireplace can be an essential part of anyone's dream home, but making sure that it is regularly maintained is much more important than some people may realize. According to NJ.com, a family from Teaneck, New Jersey, recently had an unnerving issue with their fireplace that cemented the importance of servicing a fireplace. After realizing something was wrong, the family reported that smoke was spilling into their home from the lit fireplace at 3:19 p.m. Fortunately, local fire officials were able to control the fire within just 15 minutes of them reaching the home. Not only were they quick enough to prevent any serious damage to the structure, but the family came out unharmed. After some inspection, fire officials determined the problem stemmed from a blockage in the chimney, ...
Los Angeles Sports Arena Hosts Free Three-Day Clinic for Health, Vision, and Dental Care
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Los Angeles Sports Arena Hosts Free Three-Day Clinic for Health, Vision, and Dental Care

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFYdnGmq-Yc During your working period, it is vital to apply for social security benefits as well as apply for Medicare advantage. Humana Medicare advantage plans are medical insurance from the private sector. Applying for Medicare at age 65 demands an understanding of the coverage, benefits, costs, and plans of your choice. Before you apply for Medicaid and Medicare, consider the details of the plan based on your budget, health, and financial risk after retirement. Most Medicare advantage plans cater to various services such as hospitalization, part of home health care bills, care in a hospice, your visit to a doctor, dental visits, preventive care, hearing, and vision.The Medicare advantage plan provides a variety of types of plans for a personali...
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California to Require Vaccines for Daycare Workers

By next year, those working in California daycare centers will be required to have vaccinations for measles and whooping cough. The bill recently passed in the Senate 34 to 3 and the Assembly 60 to 16. The law was then approved by Gov. Jerry Brown following the measles outbreak at Disneyland. It was California's worst outbreak in 24 years, infecting 130 residents and two dozen out-of-state visitors. Getting measles isn't just a risk for children, but it is dangerous to any age group. A February report from the Los Angeles Times stated that more people than ever are not being vaccinated even as adults. Overall, measles vaccinations have dropped in this generation, seeing a steep decline over the last 12 years. The Disneyland outbreak had many childcare organizations scrambling...
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EPA Updates Cleanup System of Contaminated Groundwater Site in New Jersey

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that they have finalized changes to their groundwater remediation plans for the contaminated Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. site in Newfield and Vineland, New Jersey. According to a press release from EPA.gov, the changes will update the plan that's been in place since 1996 by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, who controlled responsibility of the site at the time. While that system involved groundwater remediation equipment pumping the contaminated water out and treating it, the new plan calls for a newer approach by using non-hazardous additives to add to the groundwater that will break down the contaminants. This should allow the contaminants to decline naturally. They will also cap about 1.3 acres of ...
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Gold Prices Reach 3.5 Month High Thanks to Chinese Involvement and Dollar Decline

Gold is one of the most precious metals on the planet. It's been a valuable commodity used for trade for centuries, and after an up-and-down summer the price of gold as hit a three and a half-month high, according to The Wall Street Journal. The main reason experts give for the recent surge is due to investors discounting the chance the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, and there have been a great deal of purchases from Chinese investors trying not to get beat up by the volatile stock market. “We have seen interest from Chinese consumers and investors rising again on gold,“ said Daniel Meng, analyst at brokerage CLSA in Hong Kong. “We believe this is partly related to the turmoil of A-share market and some worries about the recent renminbi depreciation.” The price of go...
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Profanity Vs. Technology, Which is the Best Way to Reach Your Government?

As the winter season begins to roll in, the inevitable car damage and hazards brought on by poor road conditions is a growing concern. The repair of these roads does cost the respective cities money, but in the long-term, the reduction of damage costs as well as road accident fatalities are well worth footing the bill. With one-third of all fatal and serious car accidents being, at least, in part due to bad road conditions, these repairs should top the list of any local government. The road conditions have become so poor in some areas that individual residents have begun taking action to gain the attention of officials. The New York Post reported on a graffiti artist called Wanksy in Britain who took the initiative to force the repairs of local roads through his artwork. Cock Lane...