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Bayer Pledges 5 Million Hands-On Science Learning Experiments for Children in the U.S. by 2025

New pledge accelerates 20+ year commitment to improving science education; program kicks off with unveiling of 'Science Studio' Alexa Skill.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

On the verge of surpassing its goal of providing 1 million hands-on science experiences to children in the United States by the year 2020, Bayer announced today its next ambitious goal – to provide a total of 5 million such experiences by the year 2025.

The milestone, if achieved, will correspond with the 30th anniversary of Bayer's award-winning commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the United States.

Bayer announced the initial 1 million "hands-on" goal at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 2015. To date, Bayer has provided nearly 900,000 engaging science experiences to U.S. students and will reach, and furthermore, surpass its goal by 2020.

Today, Bayer also launched its first-ever Alexa skill – Science Studio by Bayer – to help reach the 5 million mark by 2025. Alexa skills are capabilities that enhance and personalize the voice experience on Alexa-enabled devices and are akin to apps for smartphones. Skills can be tailored for a variety of uses like learning something new, playing a game or being more productive around the home. Science Studio by Bayer, which is a science-focused skill for kids and their parents, offers step-by-step instructions for kid-friendly experiments, including how to build an Alka-Rocket, and how to make slime and elephant's toothpaste. The experiments require adult supervision but are simple enough that they can be conducted at home. Each experiment is accompanied by a scientific explanation, and ultimately aim to help entertain and teach kids about important concepts in STEM. The skill also offers STEM homework assistance and step-by-step instructions for kid-friendly experiments that can be done in and outside the home. Once enabled, just say "Alexa, open Science Studio."

Bayer today will host an event at the Indianapolis Children's Museum that debuts Science Studio by Bayer. The event will introduce more than 300 students from six Indianapolis-area schools to the new Alexa skill.

"Encouraging young people to engage in science in new and innovative ways is just one way that Bayer reinforces its commitment to STEM education," said Raymond F. Kerins, Jr., Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Bayer.

"According to independent research, by 2020, it is thought that 94.2 million U.S. households will own a smart speaker – that's three out of four households," Kerins said. "Now, more than ever, we need novel approaches like this which will help us inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators, because science matters."

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Bayer's Damion Jones Addresses Intersectionality and How to Find Common Ground with Peers

"If we can connect well, we can collaborate well, and if we can collaborate well we can innovate well as an organization," says Jones, Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity for Bayer U.S.

Bayer US: Pivot Bio, Bayer Announce Research Collaboration To Enhance Soybean Inoculant

Improved Bradyrhizobium microbes could help U.S. farmers boost harvests.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

Pivot Bio and Monsanto Company, a member of the Bayer Group, announced a collaboration entered into earlier this year to develop Bradyrhizobium strains with enhanced nitrogen production for U.S. soybean growers. Widely found in U.S. soils, Bradyrhizobium strains help soybean plants thrive by fixing atmospheric nitrogen. Increased access and utilization of nitrogen supports better yields. Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed.

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Bayer: EPA Issues Continued Registration for XtendiMax Herbicide with VaporGrip Technology

With approval of the EPA federal label, 34 soybean and cotton producing states will now work through their approval processes.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a continued registration, including label changes, for XtendiMax® Herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology, following an extensive review. Building on the success of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, this continued registration ensures that growers will have access to this vital weed-control tool for the 2019 season and beyond.

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Hershey: From Impulse to Planned Purchases

Human nature dictates that once something is on your list, you're not likely to take it off out of convenience.


Originally Published by The Hershey Company.

By Doug Straton, Chief Digital Commerce Officer and Phil Stanley, Chief Sales Officer

In-store impulse purchases have long been a key revenue driver for retailers and manufacturers alike. A recent study shows that the average American consumer spends about $5,400 a year on unplanned purchases, and 3 in 4 Americans buy candy at the register before checkout. Additionally, 68 percent of U.S. consumers still say their primary location for making a spontaneous buy is in a physical store. But as consumers continue to migrate their shopping to digital channels, retailers are grappling with how to retain these crucial sales and what the unplanned experience should look like online.

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Innovative Partnership Helps New York Life Speed up the Application Process

"As we transition to a digital model for retrieving health records with consumer consent, we will significantly reduce application processing time, ease the process for new clients and deliver a better experience for our customers."

Originally Published by New York Life.

Applying for life insurance can be a time-consuming experience that prevents some people from getting the coverage they need. New York Life is working to change that. Through our new agreement with Epic, a leading comprehensive health records system, New York Life will become the first life insurance company in the U.S to have the ability to directly access electronic health records. This innovative and industry-leading partnership improves the consumer experience and underwriting process for New York Life customers and eases the administrative burden for healthcare providers on Epic's platform.

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Protected Space for BASF-Employees with Business Idea: The Chemovator

BASF complements existing innovation landscape with a business incubator in Mannheim.


12 – 24 – 35: These are the most important figures of the Chemovator, the newly founded incubator of BASF.

Up to 12 dynamic Venture Teams have up to 24 months to bring their innovative and chemistry related business ideas to the market. Since August 2018, all BASF employees with ambition to explore entrepreneurship find a new home in the Industriestraße 35 in Mannheim. The Chemovator complements the existing innovation landscape of BASF and grants access to new business segments and growth.

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Gulf Power 'SHINES' the Light on Latest Smart Home Technology

The SHINES project installs a battery on the utility's side of the meter to control when and how much solar is sent to the grid.

Self-driving cars are becoming a reality. Hot on their bumpers are homes that self-drive the demand for and storage of renewable energy.

Two of Gulf Power's west Pensacola customers testing "SHINES"(Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar photovoltaic (PV) now have fully integrated battery energy storage systems and a local controller working to make their homes two of the smartest along Florida's Gulf Coast.

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WarnerMedia Scores Big at the 2019 Golden Globe Nominations

Terry Crews, Christian Slater, Leslie Mann and Danai Gurira announced the nominees in both film and television.

Originally Published by Warner Media.

The nominations for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and WarnerMedia walked away with several nominations in a variety of categories.

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