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Svitlana Volkova, a data scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, found that emotion and opinion expressed in tweets change when people get sick. Her team identified unique trends based on location and subpopulations so that health workers can get real-time information. (Courtesy PNNL)

Social media could help researchers identify public health risks

PNNL study finds opinion, emotion in tweets change when you get sick In the future, public health workers could monitor trends on social media to quickly identify a rise of influenza, depression or other health issues in a specific area, thanks to research at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. Public health […]

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HarvestMoore of Pasco developed a prototype fork impact limiter that reduces the shock bins of fruit or other fragile items face when carried by a forklift. (Courtesy HarvestMoore)

Pasco company invents forklift shock absorber

Prototype reduces transport impact on bins of fruit, inventor says Pasco-based HarvestMoore prototype fork impact limiter is now in production, with one run scheduled in time for apple harvest. The new invention is designed to reduce the shock loads and impact to fruit bins carried by forklifts. Prototype testing completed last month showed reduced impacts […]

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PNNL scientist receives $2.5 million grant to research violent storms

Richland researcher is among 57 nationwide to receive award A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientist will receive $2.5 million over five years to study the growing frequency of violent thunderstorms in the central United States. Jiwen Fan is among 57 scientists nationwide to receive the award designed to bolster the nation’s scientific work force by providing […]

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AWB bus to stop in Tri-Cities on Oct. 3 to highlight manufacturing

By Kris Johnson Washington makes great things. In addition to the best airplanes in the world, we also make one of the world’s fastest rowing shells, state-of-the-art medical devices that save lives, the exceptional food and wines enjoyed around our tables, and countless other highly sought-after products. As Washington’s designated manufacturing association, the Association of […]

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Mobile Pet Works has a fleet of five vans that have been transformed into rolling pet spas.

Mobile Pet Works provides front-door grooming service

By Laura Kostad Two years ago, Eric and Jalyn Calaway introduced Tri-Citians to a new way to groom their beloved furry friends: mobile salons offering front door service. The idea for Mobile Pet Works was born when Eric Calaway had to pick up their own two dogs from the groomer one day. “We had to […]

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Speakers sought for annual Pasco High career fair

Organizers of Pasco High School’s second annual career fair on Nov. 14 are recruiting speakers for the event. Each session with students will be 30 minutes and speakers will be accompanied by a host teacher throughout the day. Volunteers should be willing to speak for the full day, but organizers may be able to accommodate […]

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Double Canyon Winery’s barrel room heating and cooling system allows for appropriate temperatures during the barrel aging process and provides control over the timing of fermentation, so blends can be assembled earlier and have more time to develop as full-composed wines. The new West Richland winery on Keene Road celebrated its grand opening Sept. 13.

West Richland’s Double Canyon winery celebrates grand opening

Double Canyon celebrated the opening of its winery with wine tastings, tours of the new facility, a lunch menu featuring creations from a “Top Chef Masters” chef and live music. West Richland Mayor Pro Tem Rich Buel read a proclamation declaring the new winery at 8060 Keene Road the city’s Business of the Day, as […]

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Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

BBB gives tips on giving to help hurricane victims

The Better Business Bureau and BBB Wise Giving Alliance are offering tips about giving assistance in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma: • Verify the trustworthiness of soliciting relief. • Check the charity’s website if it has an on-the-ground presence in the affected areas. Unless the charity already has staff in those areas, it […]

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