Loro Parque Fundación Introduces More Lear’s Macaws Into Their Natural Habitat in Brazil

Photo 1: Birds born in Loro Parque Fundación – Tenerife, feeding in the wild. Photo: Thiago Filadelfo

Photo 2: Flight of one of the Lear’s Macaws. Photo: Plinio Mantowani

Photo 3: The adaptation of the birds goes through a large acclimatisation aviary in the area. Photo: Thiago Filadelfo

Lear's macaw is one of 10 species that LPF has managed to save from imminent extinction thanks to the funding of 'in situ' and 'ex-situ' conservation projects

Thanks to the efforts of LPF and the coordination team in Brazil led by biologist Erica Pacífico, 17 Lear's macaws have been successfully returned and 8 reintroduced into their habitat in Brazil.”

— Rafael Zamora, Scientific Director of Loro Parque Fundación

PUERTO DE LA CRUZ, SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, SPAIN, March 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Thanks to the initiative of Loro Parque, Animal Embassy and Biodiversity Conservation Centre, in close collaboration with Loro Parque Fundación, two more Lear's Macaws (Anodorhynchus leari) were released into their natural habitat a few days ago. The project for these parrots is one of the most important projects of the Loro Parque Fundación, which has managed to lower the status of the Lear's macaw on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from "critically endangered" to "endangered".

This is not the first time that the Foundation has reintroduced specimens of this species, which is one of the ten it saved from the threat of extinction, into their natural habitat. Already in August 2018, six Lear's macaws raised under the care of the Loro Parque Fundación were released into the wild and managed to adapt to the harsh conditions of their habitats in Brazil.

The conservation and gradual recovery of the Lear's macaw population has been a long and hard work, in which the ex-situ work carried out by the Loro Parque Fundación has played a key role. The Brazilian government gave two pairs of parrots to the Foundation 14 years ago, in 2006, in the hope that the Loro Parque Fundación would successfully breed the species and thus save it from extinction. Because the Lear's Macaw was in a similar situation to the Spix's Macaw, which is now extinct in the wild.

Only six months after the arrival of these two pairs, breeding began and since then more than 40 birds have been born in Tenerife. The aim of the foundation has always been to allow these parrots to return to their natural environment and to ensure their long-term conservation. Thus, in recent years, a total of 17 parrots have been returned to Brazil. Nine specimens to participate in the "National Action Plan for the Conservation of the Species" and eight Lear's macaws for a controlled return to the wild.

Loro Parque Fundación has developed special protocols for the breeding and keeping of this species. That is why our facilities have artificial rock surfaces that imitate the cliffs where the parrots breed in their original habitat. The different breeding techniques that the experts at Loro Parque Fundación have mastered and tested over many years have led to the great success in breeding.

The animals transferred to Brazil by Loro Parque Fundación have all the necessary qualifications to adapt to the conditions of their original home. However, the animals must slowly adapt to their new environment. Before being released into their native habitat, the parrots are prepared for life in the demanding region in large aviaries for several months. The macaws not only had to train their flight muscles, but also learn to recognise natural enemies and to feed independently in their natural habitat. To help the Lear's macaws recognise the dangers in their environment, a team of Brazilian biologists developed a special training programme. Snakes, birds of prey and even humans have to be recognised by them as a threat. Dummies that mimic the silhouettes of predators, as well as recordings of their characteristic sounds, are part of the adaptation process necessary for a successful release.

The reintroduction in 2019 was so successful that now a few days ago it has been possible to reintroduce two Lear's macaws bred in Tenerife to reinforce the population after the acclimatisation phase that started in August 2020. It was exciting to note that the animals to be released had already been visited by free-ranging macaws at the release aviary, as the impressive photos show.

Thanks to the great commitment of Loro Parque Fundación and the coordination team in Brazil, led by biologist Erica Pacífico, 17 Lear's macaws have been successfully returned and 8 of them already reintroduced into their natural habitat in Brazil. This commitment is certainly an exemplary implementation of the so-called "One Plan Approach" initiated by the conservation experts of the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN. In view of the sixth global wave of extinction that the Earth is currently experiencing, this plan foresees a combination of species conservation measures in natural habitats "in situ" combined with coordinated conservation breeding projects under human care "ex-situ". Here, of course, the know-how of modern zoos plays a special key role, as Loro Parque impressively demonstrates in this successful conservation project.

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Bernini's NFT Makes History as the First Magic Trick on the Blockchain

Magician Giancarlo Bernini Minted the First NFT Magic Trick

NFTs popularity is exploding. Now Magic is on the blockchain.

There are so many applications for NFT technology. I want to encourage all artists to explore this space. Magicians are the most creative group of artists I know of.”

— Magician Giancarlo Bernini

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, March 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — For Immediate Release Contact: Attorney Ray Genco 716.640.4257 ray@gencolaw.com

Bernini’s NFT Makes History as the First Magic Trick on the Blockchain[Dateline], March 5, 2020 – On February 24, 2021 America’s most innovative young magician ‘minted’ the first ever Magic Trick NFT on the Ethereum Blockchain.

Giancarlo Bernini, a magician who is known to bring philosophy, theology, and community to the magic world, has now incorporated the world’s hottest technology into the Magic ecosystem.

Bernini, represented by entertainment Attorney Ray Genco, stated, "There are so many applications for this technology. I want to encourage the most creative community I know, magicians, to explore this space.”

Bernini goes on to explain, “NFTs are a tool that can allow us all to engage with our fans and our community in deeper and imaginative ways. I minted the first magic trick to the blockchain. This trick called “The Time Box” – it’s one of the earliest tricks I invented. To store magic tricks and their Methods, I implemented a 2 Token system.”

"One NFT is the Effect token, it describes in detail the trick as perceived by the audience. Some are available to be purchased and some have been given away. The second Token is a Method Token, there are only four of these in existence. These tokens are minted to the blockchain and stored securely in secret crypto wallet, which the magician controls. In the future, I can share them with young magicians, I can release them to the public, or I can keep the content hidden. We have brought to life some of the most beautiful and respected traditions of our art.” Bernini stores the 12 word passcode and the wallet’s unique digital ID code (needed for access to the digital wallet) in a safe at an undisclosed location.

The public can own a piece of history, by purchasing one of the limited Effect tokens on the Rarible NFT marketplace.

NFTs are wildly popular in the art community with a vibrant secondary market continuing to grow each day. Congress does not currently recognize Magic as a national art. Bernini hopes his actions may help to change that, “Magicians are artists, Magic is art. Magic is transformative. Magicians build community, painstakingly work at their craft, perform, collaborate, innovate, and inspire. We do all of that in the universal language of wonder, which overcomes any barriers of age, religion, race, and education. I see it the same as a master’s painting or a moving concerto.”

Mark Cuban has made statements on the NFT industry: In addition to collectibles, Cuban predicts that NFTs will disrupt the music and movie industries.

“I think the collectible side of it is going to completely turn the [art], music and movie industry upside down,” Cuban said.

“I’d be going to every musician I know right now. I’d introduce myself, like I did back in the day with Broadcast.com, [to make] anything digital. Same with movies.”

Cuban further to CNBC “Gen Z value digital goods more than anything, other than maybe a house, maybe a car [and] their phone. After that, it’s digital. They’re going to respect something that’s digital before they buy something that’s physical.”

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New Summer Program Lets Students Accelerate Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Degrees

Rose-Hulman Accelerate program gives high school students a head start on STEM college degrees.

Rose=Hulman Institute of Technology introduces new Rose Accelerate program for high school students to earn college credits and get a head start on their Rose-Hulman academic careers.

The new Rose Accelerate virtual program allows high school students to receive credits that will provide a head start on earning Rose-Hulman degrees.

Rose Accelerate allows students flexibility …. They will be able to have specially tailored academic programs to their STEM interests, participate in study abroad, or gain co-op work opportunities.”

— Tom Bear, Vice President of Enrollment Management

TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA, UNITED STATES, March 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is introducing a new virtual program, Rose Accelerate, for high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall – allowing them to earn college credits that will provide a valuable head start on earning Rose-Hulman degrees.

The courses are taught online by faculty at one of the nation’s best science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) colleges. High school students must meet academic requirements, have a school counselor’s recommendation, access to necessary technology to participate in online courses, and if possible, demonstrate college readiness through standardized test scores.

Dean of Faculty Russ Warley said, “The Rose Accelerate program will allow students to be in classes with others who share STEM interests and are passionate about learning. Many of them will become their future peers at Rose-Hulman.”

Vice President of Enrollment Management Tom Bear adds that Rose Accelerate also will give students the opportunity to participate in the institute’s Rose Squared degree program, which provides a pathway for students to earn a Rose-Hulman bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree within four years.

“Rose Accelerate allows students great flexibility for their Rose-Hulman careers. Besides the Rose Squared program, they will be able to have specially tailored academic programs to their STEM interests, participate in study abroad, or gain co-op work opportunities. These could be valuable assets in their future career fields,” Bear said.

Courses being taught from June 3 to August 20 will be Chemistry/Chemistry Lab, Calculus 1, Introduction to Software Development, Introduction to Film Studies, Japanese Popular Culture, and Music Theory 1.

Learn more about the Rose Accelerate course descriptions, costs and how to apply at www.rose-hulman.edu/accelerate.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor and individualized attention. The institute is consistently recognized nationally as an elite STEM school for distinctions that include faculty excellence, return on investment, value-added, and career services. Career placement is near 100 percent year after year. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Rose-Hulman has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and nearly 100 graduate students. Learn more at rose-hulman.edu.

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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
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Powerful Data Analytics Technology Compares and Ranks ‘Lives and Minds of C.W. Männe BINGE’

Lives and Minds of C.W. Männe BINGE                                     Front and Back Book Cover

Lives and Minds of C.W. Männe BINGE Front and Back Book Cover

"To our way of thinking, broadcast advertising is the place great books go to die.'”

— Mahne explained

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, March 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Brainiac Productions LLC, Christopher William Mahne, and Sir David Michael Robinson announce the use of revolutionary data analytics, to define the target audience for their watershed novel, ‘Lives and Minds of C.W. Männe BINGE.’

“As is true for all industries, publishing has been permanently transformed by technology. In the case of BINGE, we used highly specialized analytics programs to build affinity marketing campaigns. To our way of thinking, broadcast advertising is the place great books go to die. BINGE has found a worldwide audience thanks to a customized approach we created, called narrowcasting.” Mahne explained.

Through the use of literary analytics software, Mahne and Robinson are able to predictively model their audience, allowing them to deliver highly customized marketing campaigns. Analytics software can assess a novel for a variety of factors, including writing style, subject matter, genre and the like. Once it has been mapped, the novel can be harmonized to its specific kind, by literally comparing it against all other world literature. This process produces something called, the author affinity model.

Mahne shared further, “In the case of BINGE, you can imagine how thrilled we were to discover a 96% affinity match to Dean Koontz. Koontz is one of the most prolific and widely read authors of our time, with over 450,000,000 books sold. Honestly, his readership demographics inform all of our advertising outreaches.”

Based on 2021 year to date book sales, Brainiac’s narrowcasting campaigns have been a huge success. The novel continues to leverage diverse platforms and formats, with chapter previews being serially distributed through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Soundcloud, IGTV and YouTube.

If you love Koontz, you’re likely to love BINGE.

Book reviewers, bloggers, journalists, and other media contacts who would like to receive a copy and/or schedule an interview with the authors can email inquiries.

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FutoLearn EdTech Pvt. Ltd. conducted an exemplary seminar on 'Artificial Intelligence and Coding in Indian Classroom

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The summit seated some of the top-notch of the education industry as it's panellists—they have immensely contributed to raising the bar of education in India.

PUNE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, March 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — FutoLearn EdTech Pvt. Ltd. conducted an exemplary seminar on 'Artificial Intelligence and Coding in Indian Classroom – The need of the hour' at Ramada Plaza – Pune, on Feb 16, 2021. The summit seated some of the top-notch of the education industry as it's panellists—they have immensely contributed to raising the bar of education in India. The Chief Guest of the event was Adv S.K. Jain, the Chairman of Shikshan Prashikshan Mandal and the panellists included Dr Lakshmi Kumar, Founder and Director of The Orchid School; Mrs Jyotsna Mishra, Principal Director of Allard Public School; Mrs Jayshree Venkatraman, Principal of SNBP International School; Mrs Bindu Saini, Principal of S.B. Patil Public School and Mrs Monika Chhabra, Principal of MITCON International School.

The main topics addressed at the seminar were breaking the myths around AI and coding for children and the revelation of best practices followed to incorporate AI as a curriculum in both the national and the global scenario.

The main reason to introduce Artificial Intelligence or AI in schools is to make young minds more aware of a technology dominating all sectors. Though CBSE released a curriculum elaborating the various ways AI can be integrated into the school syllabus, the challenge exists in the program's execution.

As an education technology company, we analysed the gap and designed an AI and Coding program as an end-to-end solution that breaks down this complex technology into child-friendly content. Our online platform helps conduct classes. Teachers have access to online teaching kits (Lesson plans, teacher notes, PPT's, audio/video lessons and other necessary resources). Master trainers are assigned to school teachers to equip them to deliver the syllabus to their students. Students and teachers get 24hr access to editors, books, activities and AI projects online.

The program teaches the concepts, integrates AI with core subjects (English, Science, Social Studies and Maths) and enhances students skill to apply AI to a real-world scenario.

The aim is to walk along with schools to help create a mindset in students to study AI at a young age that will prepare them for a greater tomorrow.

Skill-based learning is a powerful tool in today's technology-driven and fast-paced world. We believe in exposing children to big ideas of tomorrow. It will help them convert from being consumers to becoming creators.

FutoLearn Edutech Pvt. Ltd., is one of the fastest-growing company in the educational technology space. It is the brain-child of Mr Sivakarthikeyen, who has worked for IT giants such as CISCO and has 20+ years of rich experience in the IT sector. The Co-founder, Mr Mohammed Hanif, has 20+ years of rich experience in the publishing sector. Their combination brought both worlds' strengths into 'FutoLearn AI and Coding' – a skill-based learning program designed as per the CBSE curriculum and the guidelines' released by NEP 2020.

FutoLearn AI and Coding is an initiative to introduce Artificial Intelligence (AI) to children at an early age to unlock creativity, enhance productivity, identify new possibilities and accomplish dreams on their terms.

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Increased Defense Spending Fuels Growth Of The Missiles Industry

Missiles Market Report 2021: COVID 19 Impact And Recovery To 2030

Missiles Global Market Report 2021: COVID 19 Impact And Recovery To 2030

The Business Research Company’s Missiles Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030

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Increased defense spending is expected to fuel the growth of the rocket and missile market. Countries around the world are investing in defense to protect their territory. For instance, on December 20, 2019, the Japanese government signed off on its highest ever defense budget of $48.5 billion for the next financial year, amidst the increasing conflicts with Asia-Pacific. According to current results from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), overall global defense budget increased to $1,917 billion in 2019. Therefore, the increased defense spending drives the growth of the missiles market.

The global missiles market is expected to grow from $15.98 billion in 2020 to $16.21 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.4%. The growth is mainly due to the companies rearranging their operations and recovering from the COVID-19 impact, which had earlier led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of commercial activities that resulted in operational challenges. The market is expected to reach $19.48 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 4.7%. The countries covered in the global missiles market are Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, UK, USA, while the regions covered are Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, Africa.

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OCT Clinical Preparing Data Packages for proinnovera GmbH

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OCT Clinical is the leading CRO in Russia, with operations in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS region.

OCT Clinical’s biostatistics and statistical programming team successfully carried out interim statistical analysis for proinnovera GmbH.

One of the core principles at OCT Clinical is to focus on quality culture and regulatory compliance.”

— Kristina Bondareva, Head of the Biostatistics Department at OCT Clinical

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, March 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In March 2020, proinnovera GmbH, a dermatology-specialized European CRO, joined efforts with OCT Clinical’s team to carry out interim statistical analysis in its study on 7 subjects and prepare necessary data packages. The database lock was performed in September, and by October OCT had successfully completed all assigned tasks and delivered all required data packages. The primary goal of the study is to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetic profile of the active ingredients and their metabolites after application of the studied medical product.

OCT Clinical’s biostatistics and statistical programming team was assigned to do the following: SDTM package (SDTM datasets programming and validation, annotated CRF, Study Data Reviewer’s Guide, define.xml), ADaM package (ADaM datasets programming and validation, Analysis Data Reviewer’s Guide, define.xml), Interim Statistical Analysis Plan, TFLs programming and validation, and Interim Statistical Analysis Report. Prior to the database lock a Data Review Meeting was organized to ensure the completeness and correctness of the data, as well as to review and assign ratings to protocol deviations and define analysis populations.

A draft interim statistical report was written by the OCT biostatistics and statistical programming team within 2 weeks of the meeting and database lock. All the minor comments were addressed effectively, which allowed for the statistical analysis report to be finalized within 3 weeks of the DBL.

Datasets and metadata were prepared in CDISC compliant format. The process of preparation of SDTM and ADaM packages was carried out in parallel with TFLs programming, so they were also delivered shortly after the interim statistical report. As per standard OCT practice, all analysis datasets and the majority of TFLs were QCed by double programming. SDRG/ADRG and define.xml also underwent rigorous review by a senior statistical programmer and a biostatistician.

Despite extremely tight deadlines and an extensive number of required deliverables, the OCT team was able to manage the workload and deadlines effectively and provide carefully designed data packages compliant with ICH guidelines, regulatory standards, and research objectives.

“One of the core principles at OCT Clinical is to focus on quality culture and regulatory compliance. To support this principle, we have been performing in-depth quality control and validation of statistical deliverables,” — commented Kristina Bondareva, Head of the Biostatistics Department at OCT Clinical.

Preparing data packages for successful submission is a significant part of OCT’s services portfolio. OCT Clinical’s experts offer flexible biostatistics solutions driven by every particular clinical research goal.

For more information on OCT Clinical’s CRO services, visit www.oct-clinicaltrials.com/services.

About OCT Clinical
OCT Clinical is the leading CRO in Russia, with operations in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS region. With a team of over 200 professionals, the company provides a full range of high-quality clinical research services for phase I-IV and BE studies. With strong local expertise and focus on quality, OCT ensures seamless clinical trial conduct and drug registration on time and within budget. OCT’s experienced team delivers both standalone services such as medical writing, consultancy, project management/monitoring, data management/biostatistics and turnkey service for clinical development. Since 2005, OCT Clinical Trials has worked on over 300 full-service and functional service projects in more than 20 therapeutic areas. OCT Clinical, a CRO operating in 12 countries, was selected as a principal CRO, responsible for the full range of activities for the vaccine trial in Russia, including regulatory and logistic support, project management, subject enrollment, site monitoring. Learn more at www.OCT-ClinicalTrials.com

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10 Tech Trends to Watch in 2021

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We built this custom server “condo” rack system for a major computer manufacturer; it allows technicians to test 5 servers at a time, which reduced countertop space usage by 37%.

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This installation for a Silicon Valley tech company features push-button height-adjustable work surfaces that allow workers to set their preferred work height, as well as built-in ESD protection and over 20 integrated power outlets.

Looking for insight into technology trends for 2021? Check out our top 10 emerging trends that will drive change in the tech market in 2021.

In 2021, new technologies like wooden skyscrapers, lab-grown chicken meat, heat pump water heaters, or Toyota’s solid state batteries will become widely adopted to meet the climate change challenge.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Looking for insight into technology trends for 2021?

Here are the top 10 emerging trends that will drive change in the tech market this year and beyond.

1. Today’s Chip-Pocalypse And The Coming Electric Car Crash

The start of 2021 was marked by widespread manufacturing shutdowns—not caused by coronavirus outbreaks in factories— but a crippling shortage of computer chips that find their way into everyday consumer products, ranging from phones to computers, to new cars and trucks. Bloomberg estimates that the auto industry may lose over $61 billion in sales during 2021 due to these acute chip shortages. Explanations for the shortfall vary, but analysts point to Huawei stockpiling chips throughout 2020 (in advance of a US export ban) as well as extraordinary demand for high-performance chips from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

Today’s microprocessor chip shortages could mark the beginning of more serious component and raw material shortages as car and truck manufacturers undertake a massive transformation from ICE motors to electric propulsion systems.

Efficient batteries and electric motors rely on rare earth metals such as lithium and other materials that are in short supply, especially outside of China, which has invested heavily in rare earth mining.

The result may throw a wrench into the Biden administration’s favored plan (inspired by a whitepaper written by the UAW) to promote EVs as a way to boost the economy with green jobs. It may also mean that major companies will face difficulties meeting their goals of switching over to 100% EV production (GM by 2035, Ford by 2030).

2. Solid State Batteries, Wooden Skyscrapers, And Lab-Grown Chicken Nuggets: Ideas That Could Save The Planet

Climate change has been on everyone’s mind as a polar vortex swept south this month and brought the Texas electrical grid down to its knees, leaving millions (including most of us at Formaspace) without power or even access to water for several days.

Our second tech trend is a renewed focus on climate change resiliency and the adoption of new technologies that can reduce harmful carbon pollution into the atmosphere.

As Bill Gates writes in his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need,” there are five areas he believes we need to focus on:

1. Reducing the 51 billion tons of greenhouse gases emitted each year.
2. Manufacturing, especially cement and steel production, amounts to the biggest chunk (31%) of greenhouse emissions, bigger than transportation by car, truck, or plane.
3. We need green alternatives to power a world that currently consumes 5000 GW of energy each year – or alternatively, we need to consume less.
4. Space is a consideration. Some green solutions take up vast land areas, including wind farms or biomass cultivation.
5. As always, money is the big issue but so is informed decision-making. Yet, how can we prioritize what actions to take if we don’t understand the relative costs of investing or doing nothing.

We predict that in 2021 new technologies, even crazy-sounding ones, such as wooden skyscrapers, lab-grown chicken meat, heat pump water heaters, or Toyota’s upcoming solid state batteries (capable of recharging EVs in just 10 minutes) will become more widely adopted to help meet the climate change challenge.

3. Forget 5G. StarLink Is The Future.

Space is back, as anyone who watched the heartwarming success of NASA’s Perseverance Rover successfully touching down on Mars will attest. If all goes right, we’ll see an unprecedented rollout of exploration technology in the coming days, including NASA’s remarkable Mars Ingenuity Helicopter set to fly across the Martian landscape.

But, barring the discovery of actual Martians on Mars, there’s a space technology development closer to home that may have a greater immediate impact.

We’re talking about Elon Musk’s StarLink venture, which has launched a massive number of near-earth satellites to provide Internet access and phone service emergency backup communications capabilities here on earth.

StarLink reports it already has over 10,000 customers, a number that is sure to grow thanks to increased demand for high-speed Internet access and remote locations, fueled by work from home types who want to live the cabin-in-the-woods lifestyle.

If StarLink lives up to its promise, this type of near-earth satellite communication system may prove to offer far more tangible benefits than the rollout of terrestrial-based 5G cellular services, making it our 5th tech trend of 2021.

4. All IT Infrastructure Is Compromised All The Time

Our next tech trend is frankly a bit dispiriting.

Over the past year, we became aware of major hacking attacks that have infiltrated computer systems—once considered to be very secure—at large government agencies and major private corporations.

Security analysts believe that Chinese state actors were responsible for compromised hardware systems manufactured by Super Micro Computer Inc. in San Jose, California, that allowed remote access into sensitive government systems.

Equally troubling is the infiltration of enterprise software monitoring products from Austin-based SolarWinds, which allowed foreign actors (presumably Russians) access into nearly every major US government agency and quite a few prominent corporations as well.

And this month, we’ve seen the first publicly reported attempt to hack into public utilities where the motivation appears to be, frankly speaking, to cause physical harm. The incident took place in Florida at a small water treatment facility, and the as-yet-unnamed hacker used remote login software to increase the concentration of water treatment chemicals to a dangerous degree, which, if it had not been discovered by chance, could have caused countless injuries or death to the public.

Even the recent new hardware from Apple is not immune, as security analysts report hackers have crafted new malware for Apple’s homegrown M1 chips.

‘New York Times’ cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth, who has written a new book on cyber threats facing the US, This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends, is very pessimistic. She writes that there is an active market for new computer hacking discoveries, and in some cases, government spy agencies around the world, like the NSA, choose to pocket these hacks rather than reveal them in order to crack into other government systems.

What is the tech trend here?

The reality is we may have to drastically change our assumptions about computer security – and start to assume all the systems we use on a daily basis are vulnerable and may have already been compromised in some way.

This change of mindset will require a major rethink on whether we can safely store confidential data in computer systems in the future.

5. The End Of Social Media As We Know It

The public internet is tracking the history of radio, an industry which in its early stages was dominated by enthusiastic amateur broadcasters, later followed by the emergence of corporate broadcasters, and finally dominated by a few national networks (Columbia, DuMont among others), which fell under Federal regulations by the newly minted FCC in 1934.

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Wild Pansy Releases Orgasm Matters

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Second Title of New Imprint for Sex and Human Sexuality

…the most accurate, helpful, practical, and insightful work on this subject…I highly recommend this book.”

— Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

BOULDER, CO, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — ORGASM MATTERS, by well-known sexual researcher and facilitator Dr. Steve Bodansky, has been released by Wild Pansy, a new imprint of Armin Lear Press.

Steve Bodansky, PhD is known for the groundbreaking work in extended massive orgasm that he has done with his wife of several decades, Dr. Vera Bodansky. In this book, he guides the reader to healthy, satisfying sexual pleasure through explicit instruction–and humor.

Endorsements tell the story of why ORGASM MATTERS belongs in every intimate relationship:

"Steve and Vera Bodansky's work on orgasm is the most accurate, helpful, practical, and insightful work on this subject that one is likely to find anywhere. I highly recommend this book."

Christiane Northrup, MD
The New York Times bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

"Another outstanding book by Steve Bodansky on the benefits of pleasure, how to create orgasm with a partner, self-pleasuring and more."

Francoise Devresse, Welcomed Consensus

"The book goes beyond the moment of bliss and into how orgasm is part of our vital life force."

Betsy Blankenbaker, Author, Autobiography of an Orgasm

"A joy to read. This book is not only insightful, but it is also an incredibly practical approach to expanding our collective perception of pleasure!"

Gia Lynne, Author, On Blossoming: Frank and Practical Advice on Our Bodies, Sexual Health, Sensuality, Pleasure, Orgasm and More

"What I learned from Steve and Vera changed my life and improved my marriage tremendously. The ideas and practices in this book will transform your sex and your relationship."

Dave Ellis, Author, Becoming a Master Student

About Armin Lear Press

Armin Lear was founded in 2019 with the purpose of publishing books connecting people with ideas that make our lives richer, more fulfilling, and happier. Its founders have 26 years of publishing experience. Armin Lear imprints are Thousand Acres (fiction) and Wild Pansy (sex and human sexuality). The company headquarters is near Boulder, Colorado with a production office in Arlington, Virginia. Armin Lear is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association.

TITLE Orgasm Matters
AUTHOR Steve Bodansky, PhD
ISBN 9781736298862 (PB)
9781736298879 (eBook)
PUB DATE March 4, 2021
PUBLISHER Wild Pansy, an imprint of Armin Lear Press

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New Pharmaceutical Industry Developments for 2021

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As coronavirus vaccines begin to rollout, the pharmaceutical industry faces new challenges. Read more to find out the top pharmaceutical trends in 2021.

It looks like we have the tools to make Covid like the flu. That means it will not disturb our lives or the economy. We just need to be very vigilant about tracking new strains and vaccinating people.”

— Albert Bourla

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The start of this new decade will forever be identified with the coronavirus pandemic, and it has shoved the normally low profile pharmaceutical industry out of the background into the spotlight.

The past year was marked by rapid vaccine development. 2021 will be different, as much of the Pharma industry focuses its energies on mass vaccine production.

Within this pandemic environment, we take a deeper look at the key trends to watch across all of the pharmaceutical industry in 2021.

The Success Of MRNA Coronavirus Vaccines Opens The Door To A Wider Genomic Medicine Revolution

When we first wrote about coronavirus vaccine development a year ago, we shared the skepticism of many health experts who, based on previous experience, believed it would take at least 18 months to develop and deploy a successful vaccine – at the very quickest!

Little did we know at the time that scientists at Moderna had developed a theoretical messenger RNA-based vaccine design in just 48 hours before the US had its first recorded case – and they had a working prototype ready to test on lab animals just 6 weeks after that.

The crash vaccine development programs at Moderna (and fellow mRNA vaccine pioneer Pfizer BioNTech) have accelerated the adoption of mRNA vaccine technology by many years – and the potential for treating other diseases using this technology is great – making this one of our top bellwether trends for 2021.

Speaking to MIT Technology Review, Moderna’s CEO Stéphane Bancel, whose company’s stock has made him a millionaire on paper, points out that the mRNA components can be reprogrammed – just like software. “The way we make mRNA for one vaccine is exactly the same as for another,” he says. “Because mRNA is an information molecule, the difference between our Covid vaccine, Zika vaccine, and the flu vaccine is only the order of the nucleotides.”

In theory, this new technology could allow scientists to develop vaccines and clinical treatments for many of the most stubborn diseases, including sickle-cell anemia, HIV, herpes, infant respiratory virus, liver disease, and malaria.

Coronavirus Vaccines Will Become A Recurring Revenue Stream

The coronavirus vaccine has not been well-controlled in many nations, and unfortunately, Covid-19 has taken advantage of this opportunity to develop new viral strains, which complicate efforts to successfully vaccinate populations in time to achieve herd immunity.

Strain B.1.1.7, which was first detected in the UK, has now spread to America. It’s much more contagious than the original strain, and B.1.1.7 infections are reportedly doubling every 10 days, which means that this UK variant will be the dominant strain in the US sometime in March.

These variants, such as the B.1.315 South African one, can significantly reduce the effectiveness of certain vaccines. The South African government recently halted its rollout of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine because it was found to only be 10% effective against B.1.315.

That’s not the only discouraging news. Some of these new variants may also reinfect people who have already had the original version of the coronavirus.

The emergence of these new variants is causing a rethink among public health officials about the strategy for developing herd immunity.

In the future, we may come to view coronavirus vaccination programs as an annual event, much like getting an annual flu shot, where people need to be re-inoculated against whatever variant of the disease is currently circulating among the population.

Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, was recently asked about whether Covid vaccination programs will follow the pattern of annual flu shots. “We do not know yet, but it looks like Covid is here to stay,” says Bourla. “But also, it looks like we have the tools to make Covid like the flu. That means it will not disturb our lives or the economy. We just need to be very vigilant about [tracking new] strains. And we need to be very vigilant about vaccinating people.”

(The good news for Pfizer is that preliminary studies indicate that its vaccine will work against the current generation of virus variants.)

What are the implications for the pharma industry overall?

First, as Bourla suggests, we are going to have to significantly beef up our ability to perform rapid genomic sequencing across the US to detect new variants early.

The second implication is that the nascent Covid vaccine industry will need to transition to an FDA approval process that is modeled after flu vaccines; this approach, known as bridging studies, allows regulators to assess and approve minor changes in a vaccine formulation to account for different virus variants without having to redo massive vaccine trials, which can take many months.

Plans for this are already underway. Both Moderna and Pfizer have indicated that they are ready to alter their mRNA vaccines as needed, and Glaxo Smith Klein (GSK) and CureVac recently inked a $183 million deal to develop a vaccine that addresses multiple variants in one shot.

The financial implications for the pharmaceutical industry may be significant. The revenue model for a recurring vaccine is potentially much more lucrative than one that only needs to be administered one time.

World-Wide Pharma Supply Chain Challenges Through 2022

Our third trend touches on how the pharmaceutical industry is being dragged into national politics as efforts are underway to ramp up vaccine production around the world.

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Julia Solodovnikova
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