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Regional Health Provides Cancer Patients With a New Fun Tool

By Cali Montana
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA, TV) - Rapid City Regional Health welcomed some new feathered friends to its pediatric floor.

Thanks to a donation from Aflac, the hospital is providing young patients with a new fun tool.

"It's a gift that we can give to all of our patients that we see who have cancer and are receiving chemo. It's a way for them to communicate their feelings," says Regional Health Nurse Amanda Horsley.

Commercial, Industrial Manufacturers Press for Sustainability, Rethink Energy Options

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By Jason Abiecunas, Director of Distributed Energy Resources; Daniel Chang, Market Development Services Lead for Distributed Energy Resources; and Randal Kaufman, Sales Director for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business

The changing energy landscape is prodding businesses to rethink how they use and manage electricity, and 3M Co.’s aggressive shift to renewable energy illustrates that thirst for sustainability.

Ecolab Ahead of Pace to Save Enough Water for 1 Billion People

2018 sustainability report highlights how the company is helping businesses accelerate meaningful change
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July 8, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies, has released its 2018 corporate sustainability report, Accelerating Meaningful Change, which highlights its work with leading companies throughout the world to reduce environmental impact and drive cost savings. The 2018 publication is Ecolab’s 12th annual corporate sustainability report. 
 

Sustainability and Automation: Two Megatrends Reshaping the Commercial & Industrial Space

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$10 trillion dollars. If you run, work for, or are seeking to invest in a global company, this is a figure that should be top of mind. $10 trillion is larger than the annual GDP of all but two of the world’s economies. $10 trillion is nearly double the market cap of the Dow Jones Industrial Average companies. And yet, $10 trillion is just a fraction of the financial might working to transform how companies view and invest in sustainability.

Predictive Maintenance Offers Promise in Asset Management

When it comes to asset management, water utilities tend to weight their efforts toward preventive maintenance
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Water utilities the world over faced with challenges, including of increasing demand, falling revenues and climate change. While building new assets remains part of the solution, enhancing the performance of existing assets is more important than ever before.

Download the full 2019 Water Report

Children Battling Cancer Can’t Always Express Their Feelings. Now a Robotic Duck Is Doing It for Them.

By Peter Holley
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It was hard enough that Savi Abdallah-Sinha was only a 2-year-old when he began undergoing chemotherapy treatment to rid his body of leukemia.

What made his situation even more difficult, his parents say, was knowing that the little boy was so young he lacked the words to communicate the many varieties of acute pain he was experiencing. Each time a new drug was introduced or a round of treatment completed, the boy’s inner world remained largely mysterious to the adults caring for him.

More Than a Mascot: Aflac Duck Robot Comforts Kid Cancer Patients—and Sets an Example for Pharma

By Beth Snyder Bulik
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CANNES, FRANCE—From advertising icon to pediatric cancer pal, the Aflac duck has transformed from a TV commercial attention-getter to a trusted friend for children with cancer. The plush Alfac duck robot, with naturalistic movements, comes to life with quacks and nuzzles, but it also helps kids communicate.

Sappi Collaborates With University of Maine on Innovative Paper Applications

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New devices made from patterned release paper— for use in biotechnical applications—were included as one of five discoveries showcased at the University of Maine earlier this year, as part of their Maine Innovation, Research and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA) program. The innovative devices were developed in partnership with Sappi’s Westbrook Technology Center. MIRTA is a 16-week program that guides participants through customer discovery, market analysis, intellectual property analysis, and the development of a business model.

Project Update: What's New at the MCAS Miramar Microgrid

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Completion of Energy & Water Operations Center (EWOC)

One of the most integral components of the MCAS Miramar microgrid is now operational. Construction is complete for the new Energy and Water Operations Center (EWOC), where the microgrid system will be monitored, controlled and managed. The EWOC provides operators with direct control of integrated microgrid control system, utilizing Schneider Electric’s OASyS SCADA software, as well as other utility and energy control systems.

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