NASA Reveals Webb Telescope’s First Pictures, Travel + Leisure’s Best of 2022 | This Week On PR Newswire

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy:

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NASA Reveals Webb Telescope’s First Images of Unseen Universe

The dawn of a new era in astronomy is here as the world gets its first look at the full capabilities of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency). The full set of the telescope’s first full-color images and spectroscopic data, which uncover a collection of cosmic features elusive until now, released July 12, are available at: https://www.nasa.gov/webbfirstimages.

Global Total Semiconductor Equipment Sales on Track to Record $118 Billion in 2022, SEMI Reports

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Global sales of total semiconductor manufacturing equipment by original equipment manufacturers are forecast to reach a record $117.5 billion in 2022, rising 14.7% from the previous industry high of $102.5 billion in 2021, and increase to $120.8 billion in 2023, SEMI announced today (July 12) in releasing its Mid-Year Total Semiconductor Equipment Forecast – OEM Perspective at SEMICON West 2022 Hybrid.

“In line with the semiconductor industry’s determined push to increase and upgrade capacity, the wafer fab equipment segment is poised to reach the $100 billion milestone for the first time in 2022,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “Secular trends across a diverse range of markets, coupled with strong investments in digital infrastructure, are powering another record year.”

Travel + Leisure Announces Its 2022 World’s Best Awards Revealing the Top Cities, Islands, Hotels, Cruise Lines, Airlines Plus More

Travel + Leisure 2022 World's Best Awards

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Travel + Leisure announces the top travel destinations and companies in the U.S. and around the globe, according to the World’s Best Awards 2022 readers’ survey. From cities, islands, national parks, and hotels to cruise lines, airlines, airports and more, the complete results of this 27th annual survey are now featured on TravelandLeisure.com/worlds-best and in the August issue of Travel + Leisure, on newsstands July 22.

Travel + Leisure Editor in Chief Jacqui Gifford said, “You’ll find destinations that are transporting and offer a distinct sense of place–whether your focus is on reconnecting with nature or immersing yourself in local cultures.”

U.S. Phones Received Over 4.3 Billion Robocalls in June, Says YouMail Robocall Index

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Americans received over 4.3 billion robocalls in June, marking an 8.5% increase from May. Because May has one more day than June, robocalls were actually up 13.4% on a daily basis. Specifically, June averaged 144.3 million calls/day and 1,670 calls/second, compared to 127.2 million calls/day and 1,472 calls/second in May.

“Now that a year has passed since STIR/SHAKEN was launched nationally, we can see that the big drop in robocalls volumes many predicted simply has not occurred,” said YouMail CEO Alex Quilici. “Robocallers continue to evolve their techniques, and it’s clear that more efforts in enforcement, technology, and changing consumer behavior are going to be required to make continued progress.”

Americans Anxious Over Inflation; Almost Twice More Likely to Lean on Family and Friends Than Speak Openly About Feelings After a Traumatic Event

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Americans’ worries over the economy intensified in June, with 87% indicating they were anxious or very anxious about inflation, up 8 percentage points from the previous month. Americans are also more worried about a potential loss of income (51%) than gun violence (35%) or a natural disaster (29%) personally happening to them. These results are from the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s Healthy Minds Monthly Poll, which was conducted by Morning Consult between June 18 and 20, among a sample of 2,210 adults.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists.  He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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