first_img Pinterest TAGS  Twitter TREVOR, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Vonco Products LLC, an industry-leader in the manufacture of liquid-tight medical devices, fluid bags and infection prevention solutions announced today that it is responding to the nationwide demand for safe and secure COVID-19 testing by increasing production of 95kPa biohazard transport bags. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005331/en/ The 95kPa VonSeal liquid-tight specimen transport bag is designed to withstand, without leakage 95kPa which meet IATA requirements for shipping hazardous liquids on air transport. All 95kPa bags are made with a custom film structure that features a strong adhesive closure and continuous seal, which makes it ideal for critical liquid and substance containment. (Photo: Business Wire) “With over one million people in the United States tested every day for COVID-19, it’s critical that tests are handled and transported in safe, secure, liquid-tight materials,” said Keith Smith, president of Vonco. “We’re committed to support the need for safe air transport of COVID biohazard samples from testing sites to laboratories across the country.” Made in the USA, and invented by Vonco, the 95kPa biohazard transport bag is designed to meet IATA requirements for shipping hazardous liquids on air transport. Each Vonco 95kPa bag is made with a custom film structure that features a strong adhesive closure and continuous seal, which makes it ideal for critical liquid and substance containment. Specifications include:Ability to maintain differential pressure of 13.8 psi (95kPa) consistentlyA continuous seal that can withstand an almost 100 degree change in temperatureA patented, liquid-tight, tamper-evident adhesive closer that maintains product protectionMulti-layer film designAvailable in 4 standard sizes; custom sizes and labels available Click here for more information or to place an order. For bulk purchases and pricing call 800.323.9077 or [email protected] Vonco is an FDA registered facility with Class II medical device capability and is ISO 9001 and ISO 13485:2016 Certified. Visit Vonco for more information about in-stock liquid-tight fluid, specimen, security mailer, and evidence property bags. About Vonco Vonco ( www.vonco.com ) is a contract manufacturer of liquid-tight medical device and consumer stand up pouches. We provide fast custom design for the ‘craziest’ of bags with unique shapes, fitment insertions and assembly of unsupported or laminated films. With more than 60 years of experience, we have the flexibility to design and develop your bags in a fraction of the time to increase speed-to-market, lower costs and improve returns on investment. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005331/en/ CONTACT: Kyle Vlasak VP Sales & Marketing [email protected] 262-298-7201 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA WISCONSIN INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER MANUFACTURING MEDICAL DEVICES MEDICAL SUPPLIES INFECTIOUS DISEASES PACKAGING AIR TRANSPORT MANUFACTURING HEALTH LOGISTICS/SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SOURCE: Vonco Products LLC Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 10:04 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 10:04 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005331/en Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Local NewsBusiness Facebook Pinterest Vonco Products 95kPa Biohazard Bags Help Front-Line Workers Secure COVID Tests Transported by Air WhatsApp Previous articleBiorasi Welcomes Dermatologist Dr. Lawrence Green to Scientific Advisory BoardNext articleDentalPlans.com Educating Americans on Oral Health’s Role in Heart Health Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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first_imgThis year’s Candler Park Music & Food Festival is going down June 3 & 4 in Atlanta, Georgia. With impressive headlining acts from Galactic, Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood, and The Revivalists, this year’s gathering promises to be the best yet, filled with music, food, local brews, and an artist market.To make the weekend even better, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Lee Fields & The Expressions, and several other exciting acts will also be amplifying the two-day experience. Check out the full lineup on the festival poster below!Tickets are now on sale at the festival’s website.Candler Park Music & Food Festival 2016 Lineup:GalacticChris Robinson BrotherhoodThe RevivalistsYonder Mountain String BandKeller Williams’ Grateful GrassLee Fields & The ExpressionsGreat PeacockBlair Crimmins & The HookersKing BabyWebsterlast_img read more

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first_imgOne of the reasons Darwinism has such staying power may be because it is so flexible.  Any speculation can be spliced in or out, as long as the belief that “evolution is a fact” is not jeopardized.  Here are some recent examples of claims made by certain scientists that everything you know about evolution is wrong (well, almost)), but evolution itself is, nevertheless, not threatened.  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)What Would Darwin Do?  According to Geerat Vermeij (UC Davis), if you played the evolution tape again, you’d probably wind up with life similar to what we have.  “Many traits are so advantageous under so many circumstances that you are likely to see the same things again and again,” he said.  He illustrated his belief with the speculation that barnacles “desperately want to be mollusks.”  This perspective is diametrically opposed to the position of many 20th century Darwinists, such as Stephen Jay Gould, who believed that, since evolution is unguided and without goals, the evolutionary history on Earth would never happen the same way twice.  Surprisingly, Vermeij came to his conclusion by studying 55 unique innovations in living things and determining that they were very ancient.  If they arose early, they must have been nearly inevitable, he concluded.  Ker Than gave this theory good press in LiveScience on March 14.Fiddling with Origin of Life (FOOL):  Robert Hazen has a new book out, Genesis, that was reviewed favorably by a rival, Leslie Orgel, in Nature last week.  Orgel and Miller long argued for the primordial soup story.  Hazen, with Harold Morowitz, is more attracted to the “metabolism-first” story.  Orgel says about the only thing researchers agree on is that the earth is old and life evolved by natural selection.  “There aren’t many facts or opinions about the origin of life that are universally accepted,” he began.  The fact of evolution is not disputed, “But almost everything else about the origin of life remains obscure.  Little is known with certainty about the physical environment in which life evolved or about the detailed steps that led from unconstrained abiotic chemistry to the organized complexity of biochemistry.”  This is over 50 years after the Miller experiment had newspapers announcing confidently that we had figured out how life began.  Incidentally, Orgel called his review, “In the beginning,” in honor of Hazen’s title, Genesis.  Plagiarism?To Lose Is to Gain:  Surprisingly, an evolutionist thinks humans evolved from apes by losing genes.  A press release from University of Michigan.  This is called the “less is more” hypothesis.  Most evolutionists would have thought that the origin of the large brain, upright posture, language faculty, and many more human characteristics would have required a lot of new genetic information.  Anti-darwinist Lee Spetner would probably jest that this story reminds him of the merchant who lost money on every sale but thought he could make it up in volume.Darwin Was Sexist:  Joan Roughgarden is at it again (05/17/2004).  The transsexual biologist seems determined to consign Darwin’s theory of sexual selection to the wastebin.  She (formerly John) preached again in Science (17 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5763, pp. 965 – 969, DOI: 10.1126/science.1110105).  “Theories about sexual selection can be traced back to Darwin in 1871,” Joan and two colleagues wrote; “…Since its proposal, problems with this narrative have continued to accumulate, and it is our view that sexual selection theory needs to be replaced.”  They have a new proposal based on game theory.  Boy, she called the idea a narrative (any synonyms come to mind?)  Lest this appear a revolution against evolution, Darwin’s other narrative theory, natural selection, is safe (for now).Why Sex, Anyway?  Darwinists still aren’t sure why sex evolved.  A review in Science (17 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5763, pp. 960 – 961, DOI: 10.1126/science.1124663) re-entertained the on-again, off-again idea that sex helps protect against mutations.  The impact of the story is even more profound: “Slowly, our weltanschauung in evolutionary biology is changing from a static view of a largely optimized genome to a dynamic view of organisms constantly challenged by selection and struggling with the large genetic load imposed by deleterious and new advantageous mutations segregating in the population,” Rasmus Nielsen said in a review.  The theory seems as dynamic as the genome.Heresy on the Rise:  The “heretical” theory of sympatric speciation (01/15/2003) gained points in February.  Science Now summarized two recent papers, one on fish and another on palm trees, that claimed to show how species could split into two in the same population and the same environment.  This flies in the face of classical neo-Darwinism that taught that populations had to be segregated, perhaps by a geographical barrier, before speciation could occur (i.e., allopatric speciation).  The concept of sympatric speciation “was largely resisted by the great evolutionist Ernst Mayr,” said Michael Hopkin in Nature (439, 640-641 (9 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/439640b).About the only thing certain in evolutionary theory is that evolutionary theory itself will continue to evolve (by artificial selection, that is); today’s heresy may become tomorrow’s orthodoxy, provided Darwin gets the glory.    Footnote: there’s a new book out about discredited scientific ideas (but Darwinism is not among them—some would add yet).  The book is Theories on the Scrap Heap by John Losee (U of Pittsburgh Press, 2005); it was reviewed by Douglas Allchin in Science (10 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5762, pp. 781 – 782, DOI: 10.1126/science.1122678).  Allchin raises the issue that there is no one agreed-on criterion of science.  Some well-known flops were falsifiable and made predictions.  Falsification is usually a good thing, but surprisingly, Allchin turned this criterion into a protection for Darwinism:In 16 cases, single findings were interpreted explicitly as falsifying some claim.  A news item noted that critics of teaching evolution frequently apply such stark falsificationist views.  In far fewer (three) cases, authors deemed such judgments too simplistic.  One cautioned against rejecting a theory prematurely.  Losee agrees, echoing a decades-old consensus among philosophers of science.  He details through historic cases how one set of negative results is rarely decisive, except for quite low-level hypotheses.  Rather, researchers typically finesse the evidence by redefining terms, modifying theories, restricting their scope, or even tolerating unresolved anomalies.  Effective reasoning seems to integrate both counterevidence and evidence, and weaker theories wane.A question remains, who decides?We liked Newton’s science better: equations, explanations, predictions, precision, rigor and observability.  Did you know that most 18th and 19th century scientists deplored speculative ideas?  Men like Cuvier, Sedgwick and Verner strongly rebuked the imaginations of the storytellers of their day – Buffon, Lamarck and even Darwin himself.  It’s sad that the storytellers have usurped science and taken over the world.  We need a reformation.  Our headline is a play on the title of a classic book by Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis.  Still good; 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December 16, 2019

Living in a Passivhaus

first_imgWe moved in to our new house on New Year’s Day 2014. We have found that living in a Passivhaus is fantastic, and the house performs as expected.During our first winter, we experienced one of the most severe tests we will ever face in our Passivhaus. The cold “polar vortex” winter of 2014 was one of the toughest winters in many years. In spite of this, the house remained very comfortable. On sunny days, the minsiplit heat pump stayed offTo us, comfortable meant temperatures from about 65°F to 70°F, relative humidity of about 40%, and of course no drafts. We found ourselves rarely using the backup minisplit heat pump. If the sun was shining during the day, the sun and internal heat sources (people, dogs, appliances, etc.) in the house were sufficient for us to remain comfortable all day and night, and we didn’t need to turn on the backup heat. Indeed, for our preference, we would have preferred a somewhat colder bedroom for nighttime sleeping.If the day was cloudy, we turned on the heat pump, usually for an hour or two. We found that once the heat was inside the house, it wasn’t going anywhere very quickly. We found ourselves using the heat pump maybe once a week. Admittedly, we had some extra heating assistance from our other heat source, our 8-year-old plasma TV, which cranks out a warming 500 watts when we watch it in the evening. We have since replaced the TV with an LED unit that consumes only 120 watts. The wi-fi signal was blockedOne disadvantage of a tight house is that wi-fi signals are unable to penetrate the walls, just like the heat energy. Future Passivhaus buildings should have exterior Ethernet connections so that people on decks and patios can be online.Another product which could use improvement is the condensing clothes dryer — a dryer does not exhaust to the outside. It is small and inefficient to run. With a Passivhaus, there is no simple non-mechanical way to use exterior exhausting products like conventional clothes dryers and range hoods. Even when we run our 120-cfm central vacuum cleaner, it is pulling a vacuum on the inside of the house. If we leave a window cracked, the vacuum airflow will pull it open. The reason is that there is no easy way to get the high air flows needed for these devices, unlike in a conventional house where the extra air is supplied by leakage through cracks and crevices in the house. Fresh ventilation airWe love the idea of living in a house that has no combustion and 24/7 ventilation. This keeps the air fresh and filtered (when we keep the windows closed).Everything in the house is electric, including the heat-pump water heater, the induction cooktop, the clothes dryer, and the backup heating and cooling systems. With the house so tight and insulated, we have found the interior to be very quiet. Only our dogs seem to be able to detect the faint barking sounds out there. On track to be net-zeroWe are on track to use about 7,200 kWh per year for our all-electric house. This is the same number of kWh we used in our previous conventional house, but at that house everything was gas (heat, hot water, clothes dryer, and cooking). The new photovoltaic system that we installed will generate about 10,000 kWh annually, enough to also power a future electric car and still have our new home be net zero. I should get about 10,000 miles with the 2,500 excess kWh that my PV system provides. Energy-stingy ways to stay coolDuring the spring, we kept the windows closed most of the time to keep out the pollen and relied on the inlet air filtration of our ERV. Our ERV is equipped with a pre-cooling ground loop, and that system was usually sufficient to keep the house comfortable.This summer, we experienced what it was like living in a coastal humid climate. With outdoor relative humidities consistently at 80% or higher, we wanted to keep the house at about 55% RH. We did this by running the heat pump in either AC (“cool”) or dehumidification (“dry”) mode through most of July and August. Our ceiling fans are equipped with high-efficiency DC motors, and we ran these fans much of the time. These methods kept the house very comfortable (75° to 78°F). In spite of this, our monthly electric bills went up by only about 100 kWh (or $20, based on our electricity cost of 20 cents per kWh here on the Cape).During the fall, we typically open two or three windows on both the first and second floors to allow for natural stack-effect cooling, provided the humidity is low. Dan Roy is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) with PHIUS and a licensed professional engineer (mechanical) in Massachusetts. He worked many years in various engineering jobs, but this is his first Passive House design. Dan wanted to live in his first design so that he could experience it firsthand and share what it is like living in a Passive House. [Editor’s note: Daniel Roy is one of the owners of a recently completed Passivhaus in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Designed by architect Steve Baczek, the house was featured in a series of GBA videos. For more information on the home’s energy specifications, see the attached Excel spreadsheet.] Falmouth Passivhaus.xlsxlast_img read more

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first_imgAt CeBIT this week, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner revealed that 33% of the world’s voice calls happen on Skype now, as Stephen Shankland reports. That’s a tremendous number. But it just might represent a hollow victory for Microsoft, which owns Skype.Microsoft acquired Skype to “increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities.” The video aspect of the deal may well bear fruit, but voice? Voice communication is now a commodity, one that telcos – mobile and fixed line alike – are finding it increasingly hard to monetize.This Is The United States Calling, Are We Reaching…?Ironically, Skype can shoulder some of the blame, as an ARCchart study points out. And I might as well admit it: I’m part of the problem. I had to make a call from London to the US today, and didn’t want to impoverish my family by paying AT&T’s absurdly high roaming rates. So I sprinted to St. Pancras station, logged into the free wifi, and made my call using Skype. It wasn’t free, but at pennies per minute, it might as well have been.I’m clearly not alone in using Skype to skirt telco’s last source of profitability for voice – international calling – which has continued to grow: Source: TeleGeography, 2013 via Gary Kim.That’s the upside: Skype is cannibalizing international voice traffic. The downside is that overall traffic has fallen, as TeleGeography, Analysys Mason and others have shown, and voice’s profitability keeps falling:Source: TeleGeography, 2013, via Gary Kim.So Skype is now the Robin Hood of voice traffic, taking from rich telcos and giving to… itself. And its customers. Fair enough. That’s the free market.Still, I wonder if Microsoft benefits much from owning a big stake in a depreciating asset (voice), one that brings with it a host of data privacy issues. Again, video may well prove to be the winning bet, with instant video communications popping up around Word documents and PowerPoint files. But come on: do you really want that?The Viability Of SkypeThis seems somewhat similar to eBay’s acquisition of Skype. Remember how then-eBay CEO Meg Whitman pitched the deal? That sellers and buyers could commune over Skype to haggle over a sale? It never happened. And frankly, who besides the most deluded within eBay ever thought it would? We type and text because we don’t want to talk. And while I occasionally find video conferencing useful within my workplace, I mostly avoid it.In the US, mobile carriers now concede that voice is a commodity, changing their pricing strategies to give away voice at flat rates and actively seeking new revenue opportunities through data, among other things. Microsoft now owns one-third of that commodity, grossing (and netting?) far less per minute than the carriers ever did. Presumably this will shore up Microsoft’s already impressive collaboration tools, even if Skype’s revenue contribution – estimated at $792 million in FY 2012 – doesn’t move the Microsoft needle.But given our decreasing willingness to pick up the phone and call people, did Microsoft essentially pay $8.5 billion for a nice upgrade on its Windows Live Messenger service, which actually had three times as many users as Skype at the time of acquisition? It’s possible. It’s also possible that Microsoft will turn Skype into gold, perhaps by integrating it seamlessly into Windows Phone 8. Or maybe it simply gives Microsoft access to an instant messaging platform that I and others routinely do use in a business context, unlike Windows Live Messenger, which is almost wholly a consumer tool.But right now, there’s a valid question as to whether Microsoft owns one-third of an asset that its telco competition expects to replace, and which its business customers may actually not want to use.Disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#collaboration#Microsoft#Skype#telecom#voice traffic center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Matt Asaylast_img read more

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first_imgJapanese carmaker Suzuki has revealed that the new 2017 Swift Sport will be officially revealed at the 2017 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show. This will be the first public viewing of the new Swift Sport.Cosmetically speaking, you can differentiate between the regular Swift and Swift Sport by comparing the front fascia of the car. While the overall design remains the same, the Swift Sport features new bigger black honeycomb grille with thick black plastic cladding running across it. The front bumper has also been tweaked to incorporate the new grille.Suzuki has not revealed any technical specifications of the Swift Sport but we expect it to be powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that puts out 140bhp and 220Nm of torque. The previous generation of the Swift Sport was powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol unit that made 135bhp. Even though displacement is less as compared to before, the new engine makes more power due to turbocharging.The Swift Sport has never been sold in India before but with the changing times and people warming up to the idea of hot hatches in India, the Swift Sport might just come to India this time around.Also Read:Maruti Suzuki now offering petrol Alpha variant Baleno with CVT gearboxlast_img read more

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first_imgAmerican Airlines is adding another group of expanded holiday flights from Sioux City to their hub in Dallas/Ft. Worth.The airline is adding additional flights for two weeks around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.The second flight will take place from December 23rd to January 5th of 2018.The Christmas to New Year’s flight will depart Sioux City at 6 a.m. and arrive at Dallas/Ft. Worth at 8:27 a.m.The return flight departs Dallas at 10:35 p.m. and arrives back in Sioux City at 12:31 a.m.American had previously announced a second daily flight around the Thanksgiving holiday from November 20th through the 28th.Travelers are reminded that anyone flying on American Airlines must be checked in 45 minutes prior to departure.last_img

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales- -If Ebola were to hit The Turks and Caicos, 75% of the staff in Provo have been trained and medical officials feel they are ready for the challenge… overall, 50% of medical practitioners have been adequately prepared and still there is an ongoing effort to be EVD ready. This health scare is scary and demanding… last Thursday media was allowed to see what happened at a workshop… one trainee talked about that Ebola proof suit, where the heat of the TCI is playing a role in temperature discomfort. QUOTE. The group being trained admits this is no easy task, and it is more than physical, preparations are also mental. QUOTE. In countries like the US, it has been dictated now that putting on and taking off of the suit must be observed by a secondary person to ensure there are no errors. These practitioners are on the front line; currently there is temperature and other screening at the airport. The TCIAA has assured, if there were need for quarantine at the airport, there are rooms suited to do the job. TCIG is prepared to spend nearly half a million dollars to be Ebola, Dengue and ChikV ready. Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Related Items:airport, Ebola, quarantine, Tciaalast_img read more

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