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LANDSEA HOMES LAUNCHES HIGH PERFORMANCE HOME PROGRAM IN COLORADO; CELEBRATES GRAND OPENINGS FOR TWO NEW COMMUNITIES

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Monday, April 8, 2024

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    The company's notable homes merge design, technology, and sustainability to promote energy savings and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Landsea Homes entered the Colorado housing market last October via the acquisition of Richfield Homes.
  • All of Landsea Homes' High Performance Homes are supported by a partnership with Apple®, the homes utilize the Apple HomeKit™ environment to operate all home automation features from one mobile application.
  • For more information about Landsea Homes' High Performance Home program, visit https://landseahomes.com/hph .

Philips GoPure GP5212 Automotive Air Purifier Removes up to 90% of Airborne Pollen Inside Vehicles

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Friday, April 5, 2024

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., April 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumileds, a leading lighting solutions company, offers the Philips GoPure GP5212 Automotive Air Purifier for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Powerful, compact, and simple to use, GoPure GP5212 effectively filters out airborne allergens including pollen and mold that can pass through the cabin filters typically found in vehicles. Standard cabin air filters typically trap particulates of 5-100 microns. The Philips GoPure GP5212 can filter particles as small as .015 microns, including allergens, viruses, and bacteria, as well as toxic gases. The advanced filtering of the GoPure GP5212 helps trap pollen, keeping it out of the eyes and airways of vehicle occupants.

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  • The Philips GoPure GP5212 can filter particles as small as .015 microns, including allergens, viruses, and bacteria, as well as toxic gases.
  • The advanced filtering of the GoPure GP5212 helps trap pollen, keeping it out of the eyes and airways of vehicle occupants.
  • Phillips GoPure GP5212 car air purifier meets a growing demand for clean air solutions.
  • "The new Phillips GoPure GP5212 car air purifier meets a growing demand for clean air solutions," noted Aubry Baugh, Lumileds Sr.

Flowers may be more ancient than dinosaurs – but scientists can’t agree on when they evolved

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Including more than 350,000 known species, they dominate the ecological system, shape food webs and play a vital role in oxygen production.

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  • Including more than 350,000 known species, they dominate the ecological system, shape food webs and play a vital role in oxygen production.
  • Plus, many of them are valuable commercial crops – think of roses, grains and tomatoes.
  • A step change in research is shaking up the way scientists think about plants: they are far more complex and more like us than you might imagine.
  • But not all scientists agree it is an angiosperm, due to the different definitions of flower organs.
  • This is the largest known amber-preserved fossil flower, measuring about 3cm across and about three times as large as most floral fossils, showing beautiful details of this ancient flower.

Jurassic or Cretaceous?

  • The timing of flowers’ evolution is still a matter of debate between scientists, but most scientists are in one of two camps: Jurassic or Cretaceous.
  • Analyses using molecular data (DNA or protein sequences) suggest flowers could be much older than the fossil record shows – a Jurassic (145 million years ago) or even Triassic origin (201 million years ago).

Deciphering the past by molecular data

  • One technique scientists use to determine the timing of evolutionary events is the “molecular clock”.
  • This concept originated from the understanding that genetic mutations tend to accumulate at a constant rate across both time and species.
  • To construct a molecular clock, researchers analyse gene segments that have been conserved throughout a species’ evolution.

Piecing the puzzle together

  • Scientists examine fossil plants and observe the gradual changes in structures such as leaves, flowers and seeds over time.
  • Comparing their anatomy allows researchers to identify similarities and differences between extinct and still-living species, or species in different clades.
  • Biological traits which appear similar may be a result of convergent evolution, indicating changes in characteristics for environmental adaptation, rather than genetic similarity.

Mathematical approach can also help

  • There is also a mathematical approach to estimating the age of angiosperms – for instance, using the Bayesian Brownian Bridge (BBB) method.
  • This statistical model is a scientific formula that uses the distribution of fossils through time to estimate the age of a group.
  • By using the BBB method, an international research team found that the origin of angiosperms supports a pre-Cretaceous hypothesis.


Ruolin Wu does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

AAFA Statement on EPA Cars Rule

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Washington, D.C., March 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) applauds a new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will drive America toward a future with zero vehicle emissions.

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  • Washington, D.C., March 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) applauds a new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will drive America toward a future with zero vehicle emissions.
  • The EPA announced final national pollution standards for passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty vehicles for model years 2027 through 2032 and beyond.
  • “Transportation-related emissions are a leading contributor to air pollution,” said Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of AAFA.
  • By reducing emissions from cars and light trucks, the EPA’s new rule will improve the quality of life for the 27 million people in the United States with asthma.

Report: Climate Change Makes Living with Allergies a Challenge

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

The top 20 Allergy Capitals™ for 2024 are:

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  • The top 20 Allergy Capitals™ for 2024 are:
    This year’s report again calls attention to the urgency of the climate crisis.
  • Due to climate change, growing seasons start earlier and last longer than they did just 30 years ago.
  • “Climate change fuels a perfect storm of conditions that make allergy season worse for people with pollen allergy,” said AAFA President and CEO Kenneth Mendez.
  • “Allergies are a common asthma trigger and lead to increased hospital visits for asthma during peak pollen seasons.”
    For information on preventing and treating allergies and asthma, visit aafa.org .

New Survey Results from Cloudbreak Pharma Highlight Disease Burden, Need for Non-surgical Treatment Options for Underdiagnosed and Undertreated Ocular Disease

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Friday, April 5, 2024

“Simple tasks like putting in contact lenses, applying makeup and using a computer or phone are made significantly more difficult, if not impossible, for those with pterygium.

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  • “Simple tasks like putting in contact lenses, applying makeup and using a computer or phone are made significantly more difficult, if not impossible, for those with pterygium.
  • As ophthalmologists, we need to listen closely to our patients and coordinate with optometrists to fully understand the impact of pterygium.
  • More information about this trial is available here: Safety and Efficacy of CBT-001 Ophthalmic Solution in Patients With Pterygium .
  • The survey was designed with multiple-choice questions, rating questions and open-ended questions.2

9 DIY Spring Cleaning Tips: Prism Specialties' Experts Share Essential Home Spring Refresh Advice

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

LIVONIA, Mich., March 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The season of open windows and wardrobe refreshes is upon us. As people start their springtime deep-clean, Prism Specialties, the leader in specialty residential and industrial restoration projects, is pulling back the curtain on essential cleaning strategies for homeowners wanting to refresh some of the harder-to-clean appliances and objects in their kitchens, living rooms and laundry rooms.

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  • Cleaning your home during the transitional period between winter and spring is essential for warding off common allergens, improving the interior air quality, and eliminating potentially deadly fire hazards.
  • From kitchen deep cleans to routine rug cleanings, there is more to spring cleaning than just opening the windows and wiping down surfaces.
  • It is essential to clean your machine regularly so your clothes and home smell fresh this season!
  • Since 1993, Prism Specialties has been committed to providing expert restoration services for more specialty categories than anyone in the market.

U.S. Postal Service Issues Garden Delights

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Saturday, March 16, 2024

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, March 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Postal Service has issued Garden Delights, four stamps celebrating the flora of America's spring and summer gardens and the vital role of hummingbirds in their pollination. Each stamp showcases a female ruby-throated hummingbird hovering next to either a zinnia, cigar flower, spotted touch-me-not or sunflower. A dedication for the stamps was held today in Strongsville.

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  • Postal Service has issued Garden Delights, four stamps celebrating the flora of America's spring and summer gardens and the vital role of hummingbirds in their pollination.
  • Garden Delights stamps come in booklets of 20 and are Forever stamps, meaning they will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1‑ounce price.
  • The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
  • For more information about the Postal Service, visit usps.com and facts.usps.com .

Catkins are flowering at different times as climate changes – threatening their pollination and the wildlife that feed on them

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Depending on the species and the year’s environmental conditions, catkins dance to their own beat.

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  • Depending on the species and the year’s environmental conditions, catkins dance to their own beat.
  • Hazels might kick off the floral festivities between January and March, while oaks take their turn between mid-April and May.
  • Climate change is distorting nature’s calendar, causing plants to flower early and animals to emerge at the wrong time.
  • Changing temperatures could result in a split in the timing of their development with male and female catkins blooming at different times.
  • Changes in rainfall, whether it’s a drought or a sudden downpour, can throw things off-kilter, affecting the production and flowering success of catkins.

Symbols of springtime

  • You’ve probably spotted them as the first signs of spring, adorning trees with their unique charm.
  • These little beauties are essential players in the life cycle of many trees found in the cooler regions of the world.
  • Trees like alder, silver birch, hazel, oak and white willow are the stars of the catkin show.
  • Birch pollen, for instance, can range from a thousand to ten thousand grains per cubic metre, making it an airborne irritant.


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Sven Batke does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

MHI Thermal Systems to Launch 31 Models of Residential-use Air-Conditioners for the Japanese Market in 2024

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Monday, March 11, 2024

- Two types of sensors, and functions using ions and ozone provide comfort and cleanliness (S Series / SK Series)

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  • - Two types of sensors, and functions using ions and ozone provide comfort and cleanliness (S Series / SK Series)
    TOKYO, Mar 11, 2024 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, will launch 31 new models of residential-use air-conditioners for the Japanese market for 2024.
  • The new models in five series will be released starting April 1.
  • Together these new models provide comfortable living spaces for diverse lifestyles.
  • In addition, the AI learns how the room cools and warms, and adjusts automatically for comfortable and energy-saving operation.