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2011-02-02 21:08:27

Nacre, commonly known as mother-of-pearl, is the iridescent material lining many mollusk shells. It is part of a two-layer armor system that protects the animal from predators. The brittle outer layer of the shell absorbs the initial impact, but is prone to cracking. To prevent these cracks from catastrophically propagating through the shell to the animal itself, the nacreous layer is surprisingly strong and tough, with outstanding crack arresting properties. Thus it acts as a lining to...

2011-01-03 02:18:00

HAIFA, Israel, January 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) ("ESLT") announced today that it signed an agreement to invest in Pearls of Wisdom Advanced Technologies Ltd. ("Pearls of Wisdom") an amount of approximately $18 million. The investment will be made by one of Elbit Systems' subsidiaries and will be performed in several stages over several years, according to a road map agreed by Elbit Systems and the current investors. (Logo:...

2009-11-06 13:28:00

BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For more than 25 years, all attempts at culturing pearls from the queen conch (Strombus gigas) have been unsuccessful--until now. For the first time, novel and proprietary seeding techniques to produce beaded (nucleated) and non-beaded cultured pearls from the queen conch have been developed by scientists from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). With less than two years of research and...

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2009-11-04 09:15:00

For more than 25 years, all attempts at culturing pearls from the queen conch (Strombus gigas) have been unsuccessful"”until now. For the first time, novel and proprietary seeding techniques to produce beaded (nucleated) and non-beaded cultured pearls from the queen conch have been developed by scientists from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). With less than two years of research and experimentation, Drs. H©ctor Acosta-Salm³n and Megan...

2009-03-31 09:30:00

Chapter Written By PearlParadise.com CEO Jeremy Shepherd LOS ANGELES, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeremy Shepherd of PearlParadise.com is a contributing author to the new book, Small Businesses Give Big. The book captures the heart, values and passion of entrepreneurs and business owners, across the United States, through their own inspiring profiles and profound giving back stories. Each business presents the important role that philanthropy has in their success and how it serves both their...

2008-12-05 13:19:21

Biomimicry "“ technological innovation inspired by nature "“ is one of the hottest ideas in science but has yet to yield many practical advances. Time for a change. Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have mimicked the structure of mother of pearl to create what may well be the toughest ceramic ever produced.The roughness of the alumina/PMMA hybrid ceramic controls the strength of the interfaces, which is critical in...

2008-09-11 00:00:06

World News IN BRIEF *TYRE A Lebanese restaurant owner and his wife found 26 pearls in a single oyster that she was having for lunch. Raymond Salha said the discovery at his Al-Fanar restaurant was a "total surprise". They have only found a single pearl previously while opening an oyster. The couple have put the oyster and its band of tiny pearls on display and hope they may have a world recordon their hands. (c) 2008 Independent, The; London (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights...

2008-07-23 03:00:46

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 23--When you think of pearls, you usually imagine white, smooth and round -- not brown, textured, and square. These are not your grandmother's pearls. The collection of freshwater pearls at the Shadyside Mining Co. in Shadyside come in many colors, shapes and sizes and will be on display at a trunk show running Thursday to Monday. "Pearls are getting very, very popular," says owner and jewelry designer Robert Patak. "You...

2008-07-18 18:00:28

By Christopher Blank Almost every woman owns a piece of jewelry that belonged to her mother or a beloved relative - a keepsake that holds sentimental value or a secret story cherished by its owner. In "String of Pearls," produced by Playhouse on the Square and running through Aug. 3 at TheatreWorks, the history of such an heirloom is revealed as it changes hands and hearts. Playwright Michele Lowe's inventive storytelling is reminiscent of the film "The Red Violin," as the title object...

2008-06-24 06:02:37

By Steven Kalas He's not in love anymore. When he says it, I think of Dorothy holding her scruffy dog and saying, "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto." He's dismayed. A little awed. Eyes wide. Unsure. But relieved. Ever so relieved. And maybe a little anxious, too, like, if he surrenders to the relief and enjoys it, then perhaps he'll relapse into heartsickness once again. I'm not Jewish, but still I pantomime raising a glass of wine and I say, "Mazel tov!" Almost three years...


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2013-04-25 16:49:52

Pinctada maxima is a species of pearl oyster, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pteriidae, the pearl oysters. There are two different color varieties: the White lipped oyster and the Gold lipped oyster. These bivalves are considered to be the largest pearl oysters in the world. They have a very strong inner shell layer composed of nacre, also known as “mother of pearl”. They’re significant in the cultured pearl industry as they are used to produce South Sea pearls....

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2008-04-30 23:14:23

The Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera), is an endangered species of freshwater mussel. They are used in the production of freshwater pearls. There are three subspecies. Margaritifera margaritifera margaritifera, Margaritifera margaritifera parvula, and Margaritifera margaritifera durrovensis. M. m. durrovensis is a critically endangered species in Ireland. Photo Copyright and Credit

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