Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Oct 25, 2014 04:41PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station (ISS).

A boat will take the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA within 48 hours. Dragon will be prepared for a return journey to SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing.

"This mission enabled research critical to achieving NASA's goal of long-duration human spaceflight in deep space," said Sam Scimemi, director of the International Space Station division at NASA Headquarters. "The delivery of the ISS RapidScatterometer advances our understanding of Earth science, and the 3-D printer will enable a critical technology demonstration. Investigations in the returned cargo could aid in the development of more efficient solar cells and semiconductor-based electronics, the development of plants better suited for space, and improvements in sustainable agriculture."

Among the returned investigations was part of the Rodent Research-1 experiment, which also launched last month to space aboard this Dragon. This study supports ongoing research into how microgravity affects animals, providing information relevant to human spaceflight, discoveries in basic biology, and knowledge that may direct affect human health on Earth. NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) are developing spaceflight experiments that will use the Rodent Research Hardware System.

When returned, data from the Fundamental and Applied Studies of Emulsion Stability (FASES) investigation will be processed to help determine the physical principles which play a part in stabilizing different emulsions and the compounds that influenced those emulsions while in orbit. Emulsions are mixtures of two or more liquids where one liquid is present in droplet form and distributed throughout the other liquid; common emulsions include milk, mayonnaise and paint.

NanoRacks-Girl Scouts of Hawai'i-Arugula Plant Growth study was returned to Earth, as well. This study seeks to determine the impact that various nutrients and microgravity have on the growth and nutritious value of arugula seedlings grown in space. The goal of the study is to develop better ways to grow plants with a high nutritional content in the space environment. If the study samples have a high nutrition value, this may enable NASA and astronauts to grow and consume fresh, healthy food during future space travel.

Dragon is the only space station resupply spacecraft able to return a significant amount of cargo to Earth. The spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sept. 21 carrying almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and elements to support 255 scientific investigations the crew members of Expeditions 41 and 42 will conduct. The mission was the fourth of 12 cargo resupply trips SpaceX will make to the space station through 2016 under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract.

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State Bank of Texas Announces the Acquisition of the National Republic Bank of Chicago Oct 25, 2014 04:36PM

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) October 25, 2014

Highlights of the Announced Transaction:

   •  National Republic Bank of Chicago ("NRB") was closed on October 24, 2014 by the OCC, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, appointing the FDIC as Receiver.
   •  FDIC entered into a Purchase and Assumption Agreement with State Bank of Texas ("SBT").
   •  As of June 30, 2014, the NRB had approximately $993 million in total assets and $915 million in total deposits.
   •  In addition to assuming all of the non-brokered deposits of the failed bank, SBT agreed to purchase close to $626 million of the total assets.
   •  The two branches of NRB will reopen as branches of SBT and maintain their normal business hours on October 25, 2014.
   •  Depositors of NRB automatically will become depositors of SBT. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit insurance coverage up to applicable limits. Customers of NRB can continue to use their existing branch.
   •  Opportunity for SBT to expand its operations into a major market and continue its niche lending strategy in the lodging sector

State Bank of Texas announced that it has acquired the National Republic Bank of Chicago by entering into a Purchase and Assumption Agreement with the FDIC acting as Receiver for the National Republic Bank of Chicago, a Chicago based nationally chartered bank with $993 million in total assets and $915 million in total deposits as of June 30, 2014. This transaction will strengthen State Bank of Texas to be the largest Indian-American owned and operated bank in the United States with over $1 billion in total assets. In addition, it provides a unique opportunity for SBT to expand its operations to a major market in Chicago while retaining its strong lending foothold in the lodging industry. State Bank of Texas is led by Chan Patel, CEO and Chairman, and his two sons, Sushil Patel, EVP and Chief Lending Officer, and Rajan Patel, SVP of Lending.

Chan Patel commented, "This is truly a unique and attractive opportunity for our Bank to acquire a banking operation in Chicago which is such a major market. And with over [66%] of the acquired loans in the lodging sector, we will be expanding our asset base while still sticking to what we know – Indian borrowers and hotel loans." NRB has two branches in Chicago which will reopen as branches of State Bank of Texas and continue operations with their normal business hours. Chan Patel added, "NRB's existing customers will continue to receive the same customer service and products without disruption and we anticipate business as usual." SBT will retain its headquarters in Dallas, TX and anticipates significant cost savings and synergies from the eventual merging of the back office bank operations and loan departments.

State Bank of Texas was founded in 1987 by Chan Patel with the vision of supporting the entrepreneurship of his fellow Indian immigrants. It is a Texas state-chartered, family owned and operated bank based in Dallas, TX. As of June 30, 2014, SBT had $413 million in total assets and about $100 million in total capital. State Bank of Texas was recently named as the top performing community bank in the United States by Sageworks based on an analysis of more than 4,500 banks that had between $100 million and $10 billion in assets. Based on return on average assets (ROAA), a metric Warren Buffett reportedly uses to identify the best big-bank investments, State Bank of Texas did the best job at generating income using available assets. Its efficiency ratio was also superior to the other banks evaluated using data from Sageworks Bank Information. State Bank of Texas has produced a 5.1 percent return on average assets (ROAA) and an efficiency ratio of 24.4 percent, through June 30 of this year. Efficiency Ratio is determined by taking the bank's overhead cost as a percentage of its revenue, so it is a frequently assessed metric to determine bank performance. As Chan Patel described it, "Great efficiency ratios occur when you have any owner-operated business…it means no throwing away any money, no top heavy staff, and no unnecessary expenses." With the acquisition of NRB and its growth to over $1 billion in total assets, State Bank of Texas intends to continue its formula of providing loans to hard-working entrepreneurs while applying the same conservative fiscal practices that have been responsible for its historical success.

About State Bank of Texas and Its Owners

Founded in 1987, State Bank of Texas ( was founded by Chan Patel with the vision of supporting the entrepreneurship of other fellow Indian immigrants. State Bank of Texas is a Texas state-chartered, family-owned and operated bank based in Dallas, TX. As of June 30, 2014, SBT had $413 million in total assets with a strong niche lending focus in the lodging industry. Under the leadership and guidance of Chan Patel, a graduate of Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University graduate programs, and the expertise and execution of his two sons, Sushil Patel and Rajan Patel, who joined in 2004 after obtaining degrees in Business and Finance (Sushil - an MBA from the University of Chicago; and Rajan – a Masters in Banking from the Southwest Graduate School of Banking), they operate SBT with a strong family ethic and continue to assist other immigrants in obtaining loans in order to build upon their dreams, just as he and his own family did.

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African Lions Rescued from Mexico Oct 25, 2014 04:00PM

KEENESBURG, Colo., Oct. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eleven exotic animals including African Lions and other large carnivores were transferred from Mexico to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado after the animals were confiscated from illegal or abusive situations.   The Lions and other carnivores made the 1,700 mile journey to The Wild Animal Sanctuary where they will be rehabilitated and allowed to live the rest of their lives in large natural habitats.

Working in cooperation with a Mexican organization known as Bioparque Convivencia Pachuca, The Wild Animal Sanctuary began planning the rescue in late 2013.  All eleven animals were rescued and sent to Bioparque's newly-renovated Captive Wildlife Way Station located approximately 150 miles northeast of Mexico City.

Once all the animals were at the single location, The Wild Animal Sanctuary coordinated with the US and Mexican Wildlife Authorities and the Way Station to transfer the animals to the Sanctuary's 720 acre facility in Colorado.  To date, the Colorado non-profit organization has rescued over 30 exotic animals from various places within Mexico, and has plans to return in early 2015 to retrieve a number of rescued Tigers.

About The Wild Animal Sanctuary:The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a 720 acre refuge for large carnivores that have been confiscated from illegal or abusive situations. The Sanctuary is located 30 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado near the town of Keenesburg. The non-profit organization currently cares for more than 350 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other large carnivores and provides lifelong care for its rescued animals.  The Sanctuary is the oldest and largest carnivore sanctuary in existence, having been in operation since 1980.  The facility is distinctive among others in that it provides large acreage natural habitats for its rescued animals to live in and roam freely. The Sanctuary is open daily to the public for educational purposes and features an elevated "Mile Into The Wild" Walkway that visitors utilize to see the animals living in their habitats. 

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7 Speed Reading Designer eReflect Applauds Scholastic's Effort In Promoting Summer Reading Oct 25, 2014 04:00PM

New York City, NY (PRWEB) October 26, 2014

Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge has been a great success in 2014, as students enthusiastically embraced the initiative and broke last year's record of 176,438,473 minutes, eReflect announces. 304,749,681 minutes have been logged this past summer by the participating students, something that led Scholastic to declare the initiative a huge success, eReflect reports.

eReflect, a company that promotes reading through its best speed reading software, 7 Speed Reading™, congratulates all participating students for embracing this summer reading project. Reading is one of the most rewarding and eye-opening activities young people can engage in and Scholastic has managed to make summer reading an enjoyable and attractive pastime for millions of students worldwide.

While a speed reading course improves a person's reading pace and comprehension, eReflect asserts that students need to first become aware of the importance of reading in their lives, careers, and future. Reading is how people gain knowledge, learn skills, and improve their critical thinking and communication abilities. Speed reading only amplifies these benefits in view of its ability to help people read more in less time.

The Scholastic Summer Reading project achieved a world record on Summer Reading with over 304 million minutes logged by the students. This is proof that reading initiatives, when successfully promoted, can engage students and lure them into the exciting world of knowledge, something eReflect supports. 1,310,163 students from all 50 US states and 30 countries had registered for the Challenge in 2014, and over 406 schools surpassed the 100,000 minutes threshold.

As eReflect states, even if students are not very fond of reading, let alone summer reading, by improving their reading skills they will be able to see reading more favorably and recognize how beneficial and essential it is to their development. Once people learn to speed read they immediately get ahead of the pack; they can read more in less time, and saving time is an advantage no one can afford to pass up.

For more information about the benefits of using 7 Speed Reading, please visit the official website at

About 7 Speed Reading™

7 Speed Reading is the only modern speed reading software that uses the latest technology to produce superior results.

The software provides its users with a new way to master speed reading that guarantees three times the reading speed along with improved memory and comprehension.

The software is poised as the most comprehensive speed reading system anywhere. It contains seven learning strategies, fifteen software activities, video training, advanced tracking capabilities and many more exciting features.

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Nutek Disposables, Inc. Issues Alert Due to Potential Bacteria in Baby Wipes Oct 25, 2014 03:24PM

MCELHATTAN, Pa., Oct. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nutek Disposables, Inc. of McElhattan, PA has initiated a nationwide voluntary product recall at the retail level of all lots of baby wipes that it manufactured under the brand names Cuties,, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings, because some packages may contain bacteria.  These wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014 to the following retail stores:  Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and

After receiving a small number of complaints of odor and discoloration, Nutek conducted microbial testing that showed the presence of a bacteria, called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of these products.  Soon after, on October 3, 2014 the company initiated a voluntary withdrawal of lots that had tested positive for the bacteria, as well as other baby wipes in the surrounding time frame.  After some additional lots were tested, as a precautionary measure, Nutek believed it was a prudent decision to withdraw all its baby wipe products. 

B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people.  However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia.  If you believe you have a weakened immune system or chronic lung disease and you have used one of the affected wipe products, you should call your doctor promptly for medical advice.

As of October 3, 2014, the date of the original withdrawal, the company had received only one report of irritation.  Numerous reports of complaints have since been received by the company that include rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues, though these reports have not been confirmed to be related to the use of these products.

The company has not identified the cause of the problem, but is continuing to investigate.  In the interim, Nutek has stopped shipping baby wipes manufactured at the facility. 

Nutek takes the safety of consumers and the quality of its products very seriously and is taking all appropriate steps to address the issue and ensure this does not happen again.

The company is working with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the affected retailers and distributors throughout this process to address the issue.

Consumers who have purchased this product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM EDT.

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Lot Numbers of Product Manufactured by Nutek


Internet and various retailers

All Lots

All Lots


Family Dollar

All Lots



All Lots


Family Dollar

All Lots

Member's Mark

Sam's Club

All Lots

Simply Right

Sam's Club

All Lots

Sunny Smiles


All Lots

Tender Touch

Various retailers

All Lots

Well Beginnings*


Certain Lots±

*These lot numbers represent all lots manufactured by Nutek.  There may be other lots that are made by manufacturers other than Nutek and that are not subject to this recall.

Nutek Media Contacts:

Sean Wood   212-445-8310


Hallie Bozzi   212-445-8276

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