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2010-04-08 08:15:00

DALLAS, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Baron & Budd, P.C. announced their sponsorship of the 6th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. The conference is held by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an organization created to advocate for asbestos victims, and will take place April 9-11 in Chicago. The conference honors April as Asbestos Awareness month and seeks to further public awareness of the dangers of asbestos. (Photo:...

2010-04-02 12:46:00

WELLESLEY, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the United States Senate have declared April 1-7, 2010 as "National Asbestos Awareness Week," a time dedicated to raising the awareness of the dangers surrounding asbestos and its prevalence across America. Asbestos has been banned in some 50 countries but in the United States, it can be easily found in the ceilings and floors of buildings that were built before 1980, duct tape, caulking, textured paints, car brakes, automotive parts,...

2010-03-30 08:15:00

DALLAS, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Baron & Budd, P.C. announced an approximately $11 million asbestos cancer verdict today for a Dallas family. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of mesothelioma patient and career painter Vernon Walker and wife Patsy Walker. Baron & Budd attorneys John Langdoc and Alana Kalantzakis, who represented the Walkers, proved that, despite continued asbestos industry arguments that their "Chrysotile" and "Calidria" brand asbestos does not cause cancer, Mr....

2010-03-22 03:00:00

MANCHESTER, England, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Accident claims solicitors, First Personal Injury, want to see more advice made readily available to parents and pupils about asbestos exposure in schools. The call comes less than a month after a report by the Asbestos Training and Consultancy Association (ATAC) made news for all the wrong reasons. The report, which took a snapshot of sixteen schools in the UK found that none of the sixteen were meeting Health and Safety rules for managing the...

2010-03-08 16:33:00

PHILADELPHIA, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Philip Hecht of K&L Gates and Harry Lee of Steptoe & Johnson will chair the "Asbestos Insurance Litigation Conference" at The Hub Cira Centre at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on April 21, 2010, Tom Hagy, CEO of HB Litigation Conferences, announced today. "Hecht and Lee bring to the program decades of experience handling insurance coverage matters where the underlying claims involve not only asbestos injuries and damage, but other...

2010-03-03 10:44:21

CSIRO scientist Dr Tara Sutherland and her team have achieved another important milestone in the international quest to artificially produce insect silk. They have hand-drawn fine threads of honeybee silk from a "Ëœsoup' of silk proteins that they had produced transgenically. These threads were as strong as threads drawn from the honeybee silk gland, a significant step towards development of coiled coil silk biomaterials. "It means that we can now seriously consider the uses to...

2010-03-01 14:06:00

WELLESLEY, Mass., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- "Ban Asbestos Now," a national campaign to build awareness of the continued use of asbestos in the United States, launched today to educate the public on the dangers of asbestos inhalation and urge Americans to pressure U.S. lawmakers to finally ban this toxic and often deadly substance. It is considered "the largest manmade public health crisis in history" according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Asbestos has been...

2010-02-14 16:46:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold E. Kahn will join a group of other respected jurists participating in the "Third Annual Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation" conference March 3-5, 2010 in Marina del Rey, just outside Los Angeles, according to Tom Hagy, CEO of HB Litigation Conferences. "We are proud to announce yet another judge who is critical to managing the massive and ongoing asbestos litigation," Hagy said. "When Presiding Judge...

2010-02-13 09:30:34

In research that gives literal meaning to the term "power suit," University of California, Berkeley, engineers have created energy-scavenging nanofibers that could one day be woven into clothing and textiles. These nano-sized generators have "piezoelectric" properties that allow them to convert into electricity the energy created through mechanical stress, stretches and twists. "This technology could eventually lead to wearable 'smart clothes' that can power hand-held electronics through...

2010-02-10 11:31:00

WELLESLEY, Mass., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- "Ban Asbestos Now," a campaign to build awareness of the continued use of asbestos in the United States, today launched the Ban Asbestos Now Video Search, asking students across the United States to use their creativity to draw national attention to the toxic, and often deadly, substance considered "the largest manmade public health crisis in history" according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Each year, 2000-3000 people are...

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2005-07-14 11:23:31

The silkworm (Bombyx mori or "raw silk of mulberry") is the larva of a moth that is economically important as the producer of silk. Its diet consists solely of mulberry leaves and it is native to northern China. The silkworm is so called because it spins its cocoon from raw silk. The cocoon is made of a single continuous thread of raw silk from 1000 to 3000 feet (300 to 900 meters) long. Silkworms have a good appetite. They eat mulberry leaves day and night continuously. Thus, they grow...

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Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.