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Modern palaeontology keeps unmasking fossil forgeries – and a new study has uncovered the latest fake

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Friday, February 16, 2024

This is a serious problem – counterfeited specimens can mislead palaeontologists into studying an ancient past that never existed.

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  • This is a serious problem – counterfeited specimens can mislead palaeontologists into studying an ancient past that never existed.
  • In a new study, my colleagues and I reveal a surprising truth about a fossil celebrated for decades as one of the best preserved fossils from the Alps.
  • The Tridentinosaurus antiquus was a small lizard-like reptile that lived during the Permian period (299-252 million years ago), where the Alps are today.
  • The fossil has been reported in books and articles but has never been studied in detail with modern techniques.


The circumstances behind this forgery are unknown, but we know that it took place before 1959 – the date of the official scientific description of the fossil. However, this discovery is a reminder of how important it is to report such specimens and combat fossil forgeries.

The history of fossil forgeries

  • The history of fossil forgery goes as far back as the dawn of palaeontology itself, with early reports dating back to the late 18th and 19th centuries.
  • This was mainly driven by the lucrative market of selling fossil specimens to private collectors and museums.
  • Scientists have discovered that natural history museums around the world have counterfeit specimens in their collections.
  • The fossil trade in Morocco alone is worth US$40 million (£32 million) a year and supplies fossil shows all over the world.
  • We might not be able to put an end to the making of fake fossils, but we are here and ready to unmask them and protect our marvellous fossil heritage.
  • Valentina Rossi is currently affiliated with the University College Cork.
  • 11/34; CUP H32F20000010003) awarded to Prof. Evelyn Kustatscher (Museum of Nature South Tyrol, Bolzano, Italy).

InventHelp Inventor Develops Versatile Mop for Cleaning Hard-To-Reach Areas (TPL-359)

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Friday, February 16, 2024

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- "I wanted to create a versatile mop for cleaning hard-to-reach areas, such as under furniture and appliances," said an inventor, from Albertville, Minn., "so I invented the VERSATILE MOP.

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  • PITTSBURGH, Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- "I wanted to create a versatile mop for cleaning hard-to-reach areas, such as under furniture and appliances," said an inventor, from Albertville, Minn., "so I invented the VERSATILE MOP.
  • The patent-pending invention provides an effective mop for cleaning hard-to-reach areas of a home.
  • The invention features an adjustable design that is easy to maneuver and use so it is ideal for households.
  • 22-TPL-359, InventHelp, 100 Beecham Drive, Suite 110, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-9801, or call (412) 288-1300 ext.

Festool Unveils New Drywall Sander for the Modern Professional: Setting New Standard for the Drywall Sanding Experience

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

LEBANON, Ind., Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Festool, a leading manufacturer of innovative, precision-engineered, and durable power tool solutions, today announced new sanding and abrasive solutions for drywallers and painters, along with a new guide rail set designed to meet the needs of woodworkers. Available beginning March 15, 2024, the PLANEX LHS 2-M Drywall Sander (PLANEX M), two abrasive combo kits, and FS 1400/2-KP Guide Rail Starter Set are designed to enhance efficiency and improve finish results on the jobsite and in the shop.

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  • PLANEX LHS 2-M Drywall Sander: The Specialist for Smooth Walls & Ceilings
    The Planex M redefines the sanding pattern with its easy-to-use interface.
  • The ergonomic design is highly controllable and comfortable while being able to reach most surfaces.
  • With a working length of 55-inches and an ergonomic T-shaped handle, it is comfortable to handle and well-suited for standard room height.
  • Starting March 15, 2024, the PLANEX LHS 2-M Drywall Sander (577359) will be available starting at $999.00.

Internist Shirin Peters, M.D. of Bethany Medical Clinic, Shares Top Tips for the Challenges of Winter Allergies

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

has identified at-home recommendations to combat winter allergy symptoms, helping allergy sufferers manage triggers, ease concerns, and avoid future flare-ups.

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  • has identified at-home recommendations to combat winter allergy symptoms, helping allergy sufferers manage triggers, ease concerns, and avoid future flare-ups.
  • “Many associate seasonal allergies just with spring but winter presents a different challenge to allergy sufferers.
  • Moreover, simple lifestyle changes and at-home tips can help manage symptoms and bring some relief during these cooler months,” says Dr. Peters, with Bethany Medical Clinic.
  • Dr. Peters shares preventative measures to decrease your chances of winter and indoor allergies and lower your risk of developing sinusitis and nasal polyps.

Five reasons to heat your home using infrared fabric

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Once installed like wallpaper, hi-tech infrared fabric emits heat in a similar way to the sun’s rays.

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  • Once installed like wallpaper, hi-tech infrared fabric emits heat in a similar way to the sun’s rays.
  • This could be a logical way to add low-carbon heat into existing homes that need retrofitting to improve energy efficiency.
  • However, infrared fabric technology could be much better suited as a low-carbon heating solution for our existing housing stock, and here’s why.

1. Instant heat

  • Unlike heat pumps, which are a slow response heating system, infrared fabric emits radiant heat that can be felt within minutes.
  • Gas boilers heat up our rooms quickly so we don’t have to leave the heating on when we’re out, but heat pumps don’t work like that.
  • Instead, they deliver a continuous low level of heat, so homes need to be well-insulated to retain that heat and airtight to stop draughts.

2. Simple to install

  • It’s essentially a graphene sandwich, a thin film of carbon between two sheets of paper that conducts low voltage electricity and emits infrared heat, like the sun, but without the light or harmful ultraviolet.
  • A room’s ceiling area emits the right amount of heat for a room, making installation very simple in any property, irrespective of its construction, shape or size.

3. Affordable heat

  • Heat pumps are known to generate more energy than they use, up to three times as much, by taking low grade heat out of the air and compressing it.
  • Infrared fabric can’t match that, but because radiant heat is instant, it’s only being emitted when needed in the rooms that you’re in, so even allowing for a hot water system the total energy use can be up to 20% less than from a heat pump.

4. Radiant heat is healthy and safe

  • Once the infrared heat warms the people, objects and surfaces that it touches, they in turn give off secondary heat through the process of convection.
  • Radiant heat also means the air carries fewer allergens due to reduced air movement – it’s the convection currents from traditional heating systems that stir up the dust and allergens.
  • Radiators reach 60 – 70˚C, whereas infrared fabric emits a low-level heat (45˚C) over the whole area.

5. Our homegrown future

  • That’s a long and expensive process, but the all important SAP Appendix Q certification is due in 2025 if not before.
  • It already has BSEN (British Standard) approval as a large area low temperature emitter and it’s class A fire rated.


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Tivoli Lighting Introduces Inspire Series of Chandeliers to Expand Creative Options for Aesthetic Applications

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

With more than 50 years of innovation and linear lighting leadership, Tivoli Lighting introduces its Inspire Series, which includes Array and Eos chandeliers with its Flexile light engine that illuminates uniformly in multiple lengths to provide the look of traditional 360° neon.

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  • With more than 50 years of innovation and linear lighting leadership, Tivoli Lighting introduces its Inspire Series, which includes Array and Eos chandeliers with its Flexile light engine that illuminates uniformly in multiple lengths to provide the look of traditional 360° neon.
  • Ideal for architectural, entertainment, commercial and food-grade environments, Inspire Array and Eos have a UV-stabilized silicone housing that resists saline solutions, acids, alkali, corrosive gases, yellowing and cracking.
  • Inspire Array has a 32.5” light engine (two pieces at 16.25”) with 96” and 120” rods.
  • For more information about the Inspire Series, visit https://tivolilighting.com/tivoli-product-cat/inspire-series/ , call Tivoli Lighting at 714-957-6101.

Tineco Expands PURE ONE Station Series with Two Powerful Options

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240213637179/en/
    Tineco PURE ONE Station Series (Photo: Business Wire)
    This new series, encompassing both the PURE ONE Station FurFree and the PURE ONE Station, delivers exceptional performance and innovative design tailored to both pet owners and value-conscious consumers.
  • Whether you're battling relentless pet hair or simply seeking effortless home care, the PURE ONE Station series has you covered.
  • Both PURE ONE Station models boast the revolutionary station, a multifunctional charging and cleaning hub featuring a full-path self-cleaning design.
  • Both the PURE ONE Station FurFree (MSRP $799 USD) and PURE ONE Station (MSRP $599 USD) are now available for purchase on the Tineco Amazon store and Tineco official webstore .

Tineco Expands PURE ONE Station Series with Two Powerful Options

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

SEATTLE, Feb. 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the triumphant debut of the high-end PURE ONE Station FurFree at the 2023 IFA, Tineco, a leader in smart home cleaning solutions, takes another step forward in cleaning technology leadership. Today, the PURE ONE Station series arrives, introducing not one, but two exceptional vacuum cleaners designed to empower a seamless cleaning experience for any need.

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  • This new series, encompassing both the PURE ONE Station FurFree and the PURE ONE Station, delivers exceptional performance and innovative design tailored to both pet owners and value-conscious consumers.
  • Whether you're battling relentless pet hair or simply seeking effortless home care, the PURE ONE Station series has you covered.
  • Both PURE ONE Station models boast the revolutionary station, a multifunctional charging and cleaning hub featuring a full-path self-cleaning design.
  • Both the PURE ONE Station FurFree (MSRP $799 USD) and PURE ONE Station (MSRP $599 USD) are now available for purchase on the Tineco Amazon store and Tineco official webstore .

Tineco Expands the PURE ONE STATION Series with Two Powerful Options

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Tineco , pioneer in the field of floor care and smart home devices, proudly presents its latest acquisition: the PURE ONE STATION.

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  • Tineco , pioneer in the field of floor care and smart home devices, proudly presents its latest acquisition: the PURE ONE STATION.
  • This series consists of two variants - the PURE ONE STATION and the PURE ONE STATION Pet, both designed to meet different user preferences and needs.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240213726580/en/
    Tineco PURE ONE STATION series (Photo: Business Wire)
    This new series, which includes both the PURE ONE STATION Pet and the PURE ONE STATION, offers exceptional performance and innovative design tailored to both pet owners and budget-conscious consumers.
  • Both models of the PURE ONE STATION feature the ingenious station - a multifunctional charging and cleaning hub with a fully self-cleaning design.

Tineco Expands PURE ONE Station Lineup with New Features

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

This new series, which includes the PURE ONE Station Pet and the PURE ONE Station, offers exceptional performance and innovative design for pet owners and budget-conscious consumers.

Key Points: 
  • This new series, which includes the PURE ONE Station Pet and the PURE ONE Station, offers exceptional performance and innovative design for pet owners and budget-conscious consumers.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240213150134/en/
    Tineco PURE ONE Station series (Photo: Business Wire)
    PURE ONE Station models are equipped with the multi-functional charging and cleaning station featuring a full-path self-cleaning design.
  • PURE ONE Station: Your Stylish Design Cleaning Hub:
    The PURE ONE Station offers all the essentials for effortless cleaning in an affordable package.
  • The PURE ONE Pet Station (€799) and the PURE ONE Station (€599) are now available for purchase on Amazon and on the Tineco online store .