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Virtual tour teaches people what it’s like to have dementia

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 55 million people have dementia worldwide. One local facility is offering free tours that simulate what it’s like to live with dementia to help others understand.

“It’s a home. It’s not a home-like environment. It is a home. Just the way that we care for the residents and treating everything like it’s their home, and really focusing on them and making their life enjoyable,” Tori Rotar, the admissions and marketing director at Parkcliffe Memory Care Community said.

The goal at Parkcliffe Memory Care is to make residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s feel as comfortable as possible in a place they are unfamiliar with. Part of creating that comfort is helping families to understand what it’s like to live with dementia through the virtual dementia tour.

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Toledo Public Schools announces new Electric Vehicle Center

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo Public Schools said Wednesday it will break ground on a $5.7 million Electric Vehicle Center on the Toledo Technology Academy (TTA) campus.

TPS Superintendent Romules Durant said the project is a team approach and was spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, who secured $1.25 million in federal funding for the new center.

“For America to remain a leader and for Toledo to be at the center in the new propulsion age and the new age of clean energy and power, we have to educate to the future,” Kaptur said.

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Local dentist introduces AI technology in patient care

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Caring for teeth takes a keen eye and now a local dentist is explaining how artificial intelligence is helping the professionals hone in on trouble spots earlier than ever.

Dr. Alap Choksey has been seeing patients for 20 years. 13 Action News anchor Sashem Brey met him at his Corner Dental practice on Talmadge Road to learn about new technology that he says is changing the game.

“It’s simply a tool,” Dr. Choksey explained. “It’s not telling us what to do, it’s just giving us some guidelines, a roadmap to say, ‘hey, maybe you wanna double check something.’”

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EPA awards electric school buses to 6 school districts in Ohi

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Big yellow school buses are some of the most recognized vehicles on the road, but are some of the most polluting as well.

According to the EPA, the diesel exhaust from these buses negatively impacts human health, especially children whose lungs aren’t fully developed.

“Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen and a known trigger for asthma,” said Kindra Weid, a volunteer with Mom’s Clean Air Force.

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Verizon to increase 5G bandwidth in multiple rural northwest Ohio communities

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Verizon is improving the 5G experience for customers in multiple northwest Ohio rural communities.

Customers in Sylvania, Swanton, Lima, Ada, Mount Vernon, Zanesville, and Cambridge will now have access to higher bandwidth speeds with the deployment of Verizon’s recently acquired C-Band spectrum.

The tech company is planning to deploy 5G Ultra Wideband, using up to 100 MHz of C-Band spectrum, in multiple markets across the state, including the previously mentioned cities.

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Recycling event | Give your laptop a new life and support local students, sustainable practices

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If you have old laptops you no longer use, need or want, you can take care of some spring cleaning while promoting sustainability efforts by bringing them to a local recycling event.

Through May 31, Genoa Bank’s Maumee, Sylvania and Perrysburg/Rossford locations will accept laptops for recycling during a month-long event called “Graduate Your Laptop”. According to a post made to Genoa Bank’s Facebook page, all data from donated laptops will be securely destroyed.

Laptops will then be either fully recycled or refurbished and resold at a low price to students in the fall. AIM Ecycling LLC, a northwest Ohio-based e-cycling company, will recycle and refurbish the items.

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Toledo Solar Wins $8.8 Federal Grant To Make See-Through Solar Windows, a near-term solution for Net Positive Buildings

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oledo Solar Inc (TSI), a leading American manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, has been awarded $8.8 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to continue TSI’s work on commercialization of transparent and semi-transparent (PV) solar glass products for Architectural windows.

The DOE’s award to Toledo Solar reflects their commitment to drive American innovation to meet the nation’s evolving electrical demand from domestically manufactured and renewable sources. As part of its $8.8 million cooperative award from SETO, TSI and its partners will contribute a cost share of $9 million, bringing the total funding for the project to $17.8 million.

This award represents the largest investment of its kind to a solar panel manufacturer as part of the SETO Fiscal Year 2022 Solar Manufacturing Incubator.

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TikTok faces potential nationwide ban; local influencer says app can be beneficial

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TOLEDO, Ohio — U.S. lawmakers questioned the CEO of TikTok during a congressional hearing Thursday about data security and harmful content as the app faces a potential nationwide ban. The short-form video app, owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance, has already been banned by federal agencies and many states, including Ohio, over concerns of personal information and other sensitive data being shared with the Chinese government.

But one Toledo-area TikToker and educator said many social media apps, not just TikTok, require users and parents of youths to be selective and take measures to ensure the content they see is safe.

Katie Peters, the communications director for Washington Local Schools, has gained over 100,000 followers on the platform after she started posting content for students during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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American Transmission Systems installing larger, high-voltage transmission lines in northwest Ohio

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Utilizing helicopters, American Transmission Systems, Inc. is in the process of upgrading nearly eight miles of 138 kV transmission lines in Ottawa County, Ohio, swapping them for larger wires capable of handling additional demand for greater grid reliability overall.

In addition to the wires, ATSI will replace six transmission structures along that route with new steel monopoles more capable of supporting the larger wires. Modifications will benefit another 42 transmission structures, including new components and insulators to separate the lines from their grounded support towers.

“This line upgrade will reinforce our transmission system and will help provide us with the flexibility we need to continue delivering reliable power to customers in northwest Ohio,” said Carl Bridenbaugh, FirstEnergy Corp. vice president of Transmission.

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Researchers solve perovskites puzzle for better solar cells

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Published in Science, the research led by The University of Toledo, Ohio, in collaboration with the University of Washington, University of Toronto, Northwestern University and Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) solved the problem with the durability of perovskite solar cells.

“Perovskite solar cells offer a route to lowering the cost of solar electricity given their high-power conversion efficiencies and low manufacturing cost,” said Dr Yanfa Yan, UToledo Distinguished University Professor of physics and a member of the UToledo Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization. “However, we needed to strengthen the emerging solar cell technology’s endurance during outdoor operation.”

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