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How clean water technologies could get a boost from X-ray synchrotrons

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The world needs clean water, and its need is only going to grow in the coming decades. Yet desalination and other water-purifying technologies are often expensive and require a lot of energy to run, making it that much harder to provide more clean water to a growing population in a warming world.

To move forward, researchers should use tools such as those available at X-ray synchrotrons to better measure the properties of materials involved in purifying salty or otherwise contaminated water, argue scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Paderborn in Germany,

“This is an opportune time for the country really — national labs, academia and industrial partners — to advance the science related to desalination” and other clean water technologies, said Michael Toney, a distinguished scientist at SLAC’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. Toney together with coauthors SSRL scientist Sharon Bone and Paderborn’s Professor Hans-Georg Steinrück have just published a new perspective on advancing clean water technology in the journal Joule.

The challenge is substantial. Around the world, billions of people struggle to find clean drinking water at least one month a year, and projections suggest that demands for water in some parts of the U.S. — including California, which struggles with droughts — will outpace supply by about 2050.

On top of that, desalinating or otherwise cleaning water is often costly and energy inefficient — and it’s not always clear how to improve those technologies.

For instance, in membrane reverse osmosis, saltwater flows over a membrane under pressure, pushing clean water through the membrane into a freshwater stream and retaining salt, organics, and contaminants on the salty water stream. Yet researchers do not understand in much detail the physical and chemical processes responsible for that filtering or how some of the pitfalls of reverse osmosis — such as fouling, the accumulation of organic and inorganic matter on the membrane — interfere with the process.

“It’s the complexity of these systems that make them so difficult to probe, and that’s why the synchrotron is so valuable, because it allows us to probe that,” Prof Steinrück said.

If researchers did understand better how reverse osmosis worked and how it can get fouled up, they could find clues to improve the process and to develop new materials for clean water technologies. X-ray spectroscopy, for example, could reveal which molecules are most responsible for fouling. X-ray scattering experiments and imaging methods, such as electron microscopy, could give scientists and engineers a better picture of what’s happening on a fine scale. The same goes for other techniques, such as capacitive ionization, a technique that works best on low-salinity or brackish groundwater and is closely related to cutting-edge battery research. What’s more, this fine-scale understanding could allow researchers to design new materials for desalination and to mitigate fouling.

That kind of research is also an opportunity for scientists to make more of a direct impact on an increasingly pressing global problem — a factor that motivated Bone, who also works to understand how pollutants and nutrients alike cycle through natural ecosystems, to work with colleagues at SLAC and chemical engineers at Stanford University on clean water technologies. Working with Stanford chemical engineering graduate student Valerie Niemann and Professor William Tarpeh, Bone and Toney have already begun investigating how foulants accumulate on reverse osmosis membranes.

“I wanted to join this effort because I saw it as an opportunity to directly work on a technology that could make an impact in the face of climate change,” Bone said.

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Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200728150652.htm

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MOHAWK INDUSTRIES INVESTIGATION INITIATED BY FORMER LOUISIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates the Officers and Directors of Mohawk Industries, Inc. – MHK

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NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq., a partner at the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC (“KSF”), announces that KSF has commenced an investigation into Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK).  

On July 25, 2019, after a series of prior negative financial revelations, the Company disclosed that sales for its Flooring NA segment were down 7% due to “lower demand” for certain products resulting in excess inventory that had impacted its sales and margins.

Thereafter, the Company and certain of its executives were sued in a securities class action lawsuit, charging them with failing to disclose material information during the Class Period regarding improper revenue recognition, demand and inventory levels as well as fraudulent channel stuffing, among other things, violating federal securities laws. The case remains ongoing.

Then, on July 13, 2020, the Company disclosed it received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to the above issues.

KSF’s investigation is focusing on whether Mohawk’s officers and/or directors breached their fiduciary duties to Mohawk’s shareholders or otherwise violated state or federal laws. 

If you have information that would assist KSF in its investigation, or have been a long-term holder of Mohawk shares and would like to discuss your legal rights, you may, without obligation or cost to you, call toll-free at 1-877-515-1850 or email KSF Managing Partner Lewis Kahn ([email protected]), or visit https://www.ksfcounsel.com/cases/nyse-mhk/ to learn more.

About Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC

KSF, whose partners include former Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr., is one of the nation’s premier boutique securities litigation law firms. KSF serves a variety of clients – including public institutional investors, hedge funds, money managers and retail investors – in seeking to recover investment losses due to corporate fraud and malfeasance by publicly traded companies. KSF has offices in New York, California and Louisiana.

To learn more about KSF, you may visit www.ksfcounsel.com.

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Lewis Kahn, Managing Partner
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1-877-515-1850
1100 Poydras St., Suite 3200
New Orleans, LA 70163

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MegaFans and IGDA Foundation Partner for Charity eSports Tournaments Series

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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MegaFans (Mobile eSports Gaming Fanatics), a San Diego area-based mobile-casual eSports platform, has partnered with the International Game Developers Association Foundation again to produce a series of charity fundraising events using MegaFans eSports tournament platform and mobile-casual eSports games. The first tournament runs September 1 – 30, 2020 and is featured on the popular mobile eSports puzzle game, Candy Boo – Tournament Edition. The eSports tournaments are being promoted to raise awareness and funds to go toward the IGDA Foundation’s Diversity Initiative, to improve lives of game developers around the world.

The inaugural tournament in the series is being played on the popular, massive multi-player game, Candy Boo eSports Tournament Edition with over 100,000 downloads. Candy Boo Tournament Edition games are available on both the Apple and Google Play Stores and can be found at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/candy-boo-esports-tournament/id1447419350 and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.megafans.candyboo&hl=en_US respectively. MegaFans is offering virtual and real prizes to the first 76 winners of the tournament. There is a live leader board inside the game that allows players to see their position. 

The IGDA Foundation eSports Tournament is fun, challenging and easy to enter: Download the game, register with an email address or mobile phone number and make in-app purchases for tokens to play the game. Revenue from the token purchases go to the IGDA Foundation as donations and are tax deductible. Prizes will be matched with donations to the IGDA Foundation. Players and supporters are also encouraged to make direct donations outside the eSport tournament to the Camp Pendleton USO, by visiting https://igdafoundation.org.

Previously, MegaFans worked with the IGDA Foundation on the Stay in the Game Relief Fund which raised over $100,000 and MegaFans was the third-largest publicly active contributor.

About MEGAFANS Inc.

MegaFans Inc. is a mobile casual eSports gaming platform company that develops, publishes and manages turnkey, integrated software solutions for mobile games, enabling them to offer a competitive eSports tournament environment for the audience which increases retention, monetization and community growth through this novel approach. MegaFans delivers an inclusive, richer experience for the 2.5 billion mobile casual gaming community globally.

About IGDA Foundation

The IGDA Foundation advances a diverse workforce and ecosystem for the video game industry to better reflect the millions of passionate players enjoying video games worldwide. 

The IGDA-F focuses on promoting a game development community representative of, and welcoming and inclusive to, every person who wants to make games. The IGDA-F garners support for diversity and inclusion in the video game industry with initiatives such as its IGDA Scholars, Velocity and Next Gen Leaders programs, with others in the pipeline.

The IGDA Foundation is a public charity, registered as a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States.

To find out more about the IGDA Foundation’s initiatives visit http://igdafoundation.org.

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Erickson Inc. und Bell Textron Inc. geben unterzeichnete Verträge zum Beginn der Übertragung von Musterzulassungen für die Hubschrauber Bell 214st und B/B1 bekannt

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PORTLAND, Oregon, 5. September 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Erickson Inc. und Bell Textron Inc. haben die Unterzeichnung von Verträgen bekannt gegeben, um die Übertragung der Musterzulassungen für die Hubschraubermodelle 214 ST und B/B1 an Erickson Incorporated einzuleiten. Die Übertragung wird durch die US-Luftfahrtbehörde FAA bearbeitet und der Abschluss wird für das Ende des Jahres erwartet. 

Die Verträge ersetzen den vorigen Vertrag über Lizenz und Produktsupport, der von den Firmen 2015 unterzeichnet wurde. Erickson ist einer der größten Betreiber des 214ST und macht sich an den nächsten Schritt, die Leistungsverbesserung und betriebliche Nachhaltigkeit der 214-Plattform zu unterstützen, wie man es für die 1992 erworbene S-64-Plattform getan hat. Erickson wird mit Bell an der Übertragung der entscheidenden verbleibenden Funktionen und Verfahren arbeiten, um die volle Unterstützung der Musterzulassungen zu ermöglichen.

„Der 214 ist eine sehr gute Drehflügel-Gebrauchsplattform. Wir sind zuversichtlich, unseren innovativen Geist und unsere betriebliche Erfahrung dafür einzusetzen, für diesen Hubschrauber eine Zukunft zu gestalten, wie wir es in den letzten 30 Jahren bereits für den Helikopter S-64 Air Crane® getan haben. Die 214-Modelle sind eine willkommene Ergänzung des Portfolios unterstützter Luftfahrzeuge von Erickson.” – Doug Kitani, CEO

INFORMATIONEN ZU ERICKSON
Erickson ist ein führender globaler Anbieter von Luftfahrtdienstleistungen mit Fokus auf Verteidigung und nationale Sicherheit, Fertigung, Wartung/Reparatur/Überholung (MRO) und Dienstleistungen für den zivilen Markt. Zu den Herstellungs- und MRO-Diensten von Erickson gehört der Bau des Helikopters S-64 Aircrane® als Erstausrüster (OEM) und man ist ein wichtiger Zulieferer für zahlreiche OEMs der Luft- und Raumfahrt. Zu den kommerziellen Luftverkehrsdienstleistungen gehört der Betrieb von 20 S-64 Aircrane® Helikoptern in Besitz und Betrieb von Erickson, die für die Brandbekämpfung, den Bau von Hochspannungsleitungen, die Holzernte, Klimatechnik und spezialisierte Schwertransporte für die Branchen Öl und Gas eingesetzt werden. Erickson wurde 1971 gegründet und hat seinen Hauptsitz in Portland im US-Bundesstaat Oregon, mit Niederlassungen in Nordamerika, Südamerika, Europa, dem Nahen Osten, Afrika, dem Raum Asien-Pazifik und Australien.

INFORMATIONEN ZU BELL TEXTRON INC.
Wir denken weiter und weiter hinaus. Seit mehr als 80 Jahren denken wir die Erfahrung des Fliegens, und wo es uns hinführen kann, neu.

Wir sind Vorreiter. Wir waren die ersten, die die Schallmauer durchbrachen und einen kommerziellen Helikopter zur Zulassung brachten. Wir haben an der ersten Mission der NASA zum Mond teilgenommen und modernste Schwenkrotorsysteme auf den Markt gebracht. Heute definieren wir die Zukunft der On-demand-Mobilität.

Das Unternehmen ist eine hundertprozentige Tochtergesellschaft der Textron Inc. und hat seinen Sitz in Fort Worth (Texas) mit strategischen Niederlassungen weltweit. Fast ein Viertel unserer Belegschaft hat in der Armee gedient und wir engagieren uns dafür, unsere Streitkräfte zu unterstützen, ihre Aufgaben zu erfüllen.

Vor allem aber liefern unsere bahnbrechenden Innovationen unseren Kunden herausragende Erfahrungen. Effizient. Zuverlässig. Und stets mit der Sicherheit als Priorität.

WEITERE INFORMATIONEN ÜBER UNSERE PRODUKTE UND DIENSTE ERHALTEN SIE UNTER ERICKSONINC.COM

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