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The Power of Psyllium
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Friday, 23 June 2017 22:21
Ashland, Oregon, June 2017—For those seeking a vegan, organic, gluten-free way to promote regularity, heart health, and weight control, Yerba Prima now offers organic psyllium in capsules made entirely from vegetables.

Unlike gelatin based capsules, created from bone and other animal products put through a process to make a gel-like substance, veggie caps are created using cellulose, which is naturally derived from plants and allows rapid delivery to the body.
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Call From Fido
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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:10
Santa Clara, California and Cambridge, England, United Kingdom, May 2017—Dog-loving homeowners will soon be able to seamlessly connect their pet to their smart home, enabling a wide range of applications to support home security or monitor pet wellness.

Using AI-based sound recognition software, next-generation smart home products can respond instantly to the distinct sound of a barking dog. The range of applications are unlimited but could include turning on home appliances like lights, personal digital assistants and speakers to deter intruders or alerting consumers who can connect to their home security cameras to check on their pet.
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There’s an App for That
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Monday, 26 December 2016 16:17
London, England, United Kingdom, December 2016—BioBeats, a leader in digital health and artificial intelligence, has announced it has created a new proprietary algorithm that effectively estimates user stress level from physiological signals. BioBeats Hear and Now platform uses machine learning and AI to provide highly personalized stress monitoring and management tools for individuals as well as corporate wellness programs. 
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From Smelly to Smiley
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Friday, 18 November 2016 22:23
Helsinki, Finland, November 2016—VTT, a Finnish research center, has developed a solution for converting small sources of methane-rich biogas into raw materials for animal feed or bioplastic on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. The emission-reducing solution is based on ability of a certain kind of bacteria to grow on methane in gas fermentors.

Methane-rich biogas is generated worldwide on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants in anaerobic digestion of biological material. Until now, the processing of such gas into biomethane has only been viable on large biogas-producing sites; small biogas sources such as farms have remained largely unexploited.
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Making Sense of Two Special Words
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Monday, 26 September 2016 20:07
Jefferson City, Missouri, September 2016—And those words are: Engineered Composites.

As identified, an engineered composite is a combination of polymers and resins, mixed with marble or granite chips and a recyclable such as glass, and created in a mold made special for the job involved, which soon becomes part of someone’s kitchen or bath.

Exceptionally beautiful, almost impervious to damage—and thus destined for a long life, engineered composites bring enormous possibilities to the table (maybe even the table itself!) Plus, it carries with it a statement about the environment and about the home or office owner who is having it made. 
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Farmer Drones
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:49
Urbana, Illinois, March 2017—Crop breeders grow thousands of potential varieties at a time. But until recently, observations of key traits were done by hand. And there are not only a lot of plants to contend with, the checking needs to be done repeatedly.

“Farmers might have a 100-acre field planted with one soybean variety, whereas breeders may have 10,000 potential varieties planted on one 10-acre field. The farmer can fairly quickly determine whether the single variety in a field is ready to be harvested. However, breeders have to walk through research fields several times in the fall to determine the date when each potential variety matures,” explained University of Illinois soybean breeder Brian Diers.
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Tofurky Talk
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Friday, 18 November 2016 22:48
Hood River, Oregon, November 2016—For those of you who may have been away for awhile, The Tofurky Company is the company which produces Tofurky, a popular vegetarian and vegan alternative to turkey, as well other meatless products. All are vegan and approved by the UK Vegan Society, and most are kosher-certified by the Kosher Services of America.

Starting out small in the tempeh business, today Tofurky is leading the charge on animal-friendly eating through a mission of yumminess. The family company reports it is still sure of one thing: that people, animals and the environment matter more than profit margins.
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Children’s Health Month
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Friday, 28 October 2016 15:39
Lenexa, Kansas, October 2016 – Like all the months of the year, each has been set aside for at least one ‘special’ month—usually to point attention to creating a better world for all of us. October is no exception, and was designated years ago as Children’s Health Month.
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Good News for East-Siders
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Monday, 26 September 2016 19:50
Washington, DC, September 2016—Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized updates to the agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). This means that it most surely will help protect communities in the eastern U.S. from smog-forming pollution that crosses state lines and will help states meet the 2008 air quality standards for smog, or ozone.

The CSAPR Update will continue to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from power plants that contribute to downwind ozone problems in the eastern U.S.
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