Discovery of synchronous firefly population expected to draw more visitors to Watoga |

West Virginians through the generations have marveled at the intermittent flashes of light that take place in the night skies of late spring and summer, as swarms of fireflies emerge from the ground to perform their annual bioluminescence-enhanced mating ritual.

While such displays can be spectacular, particularly if large populations of fireflies are involved, imagine viewing a light show created by thousands of lightning bugs all flashing at the same time, at the same intervals.

Such displays are created by synchronous fireflies, members of two or three of the 2,000 species of fireflies known to exist in North America. Until recently, synchronous fireflies could be found on public lands in the U.S. only in portions of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest, the Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area in east Tennessee, and South Carolina’s Congaree National Park.

As of this year, Watoga State Park in

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Cloudflare: This new WordPress accelerator makes sites much faster for visitors

DDoS protection and website accelerator Cloudflare has teamed up with WordPress to launch its new Automatic Platform Optimization (APO) service to speed up a site’s experience for end users. 

The new service, which costs $5 a month for WordPress customers on Cloudflare’s Free plan, extends Cloudflare’s content delivery network (CDN) beyond the delivery of static content to include slower-to-fetch dynamic content. 

A key metric Cloudflare uses is Time to First Byte (TTFB), which is the first of several hurdles to using its CDN or edge network. If the TTFB is slow, it slows down each remaining step to using the CDN, like compressing images and caching static content.

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Cloudflare says APO testing shows a 72% improvement in TTFB for WordPress sites, a 13% improvement on the Speed Index, and a 23% improvement to First Contentful Paint, or how fast users

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Medtec China 2020 rounds off with nearly 36,000 visitors, highlighting strong momentum in the medical industry

SHANGHAI, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Medtec China 2020, sponsored by Informa Markets, took place in Shanghai on September 14. The event was for the first time held in both Hall 2&4 simultaneously, its exhibition area spread over a floor space of 22,500 sqm. A total of 489 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions were in attendance, including 170 first-time exhibitors. Over the three-day duration of the show, the event attracted 36,508 visitors in total.  >>> Click to view short video of Medtec China 2020

Visitors queuing up to visit Medtec China 2020 (PRNewsfoto/Medtec China)
Visitors queuing up to visit Medtec China 2020 (PRNewsfoto/Medtec China)

New products and technologies are exhibited at Medtec to accelerate R&D and innovation of medical devices under the new situation

In order to respond to the fast-changing circumstances and needs, the suppliers of medical device raw materials, precision parts, manufacturing and processing equipment and regulatory consulting services exhibiting at Medtec are likewise changing

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