How to Fortify Your (and Your Kids’) Screen Time with a Dose of Physics
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Physics Toolbox Play consists of seven gamified tasks that introduce learners to sensors, basic physicsprinciples, data representations, and careers that make use of sensors. Children can observe the air pressure decrease as they go up a flight of stairs or climb a hill, and increase as they go back down. Since 2017, over one million users have downloaded Physics Toolbox Play. However, one of the best places to do science is home, especially in the presence of families.Completing the Physics Toolbox Play tasks takes around 30-45 minutes for most family groups. Completing the tasks with Physics Toolbox Play takes only a short period of time, but any spark of interest in physics can last a lifetime!

Mysterious Heat Spikes inside Cells Are Probed with Tiny Diamonds
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The dispersal of that heat sets an overall body temperature, with different types of cells contributing to varying degrees. Because the fluid in cells is water-based, scientists have generally assumed it carries heat much like water does. Instead heat dissipates in cells about five times more slowly—a speed more akin to the way it dissipates in oil. Until now “nobody knew this basic property of living cells,” Suzuki says. The heat conductivity identified in the new work can explain smaller heat spikes of a couple of degrees F, though not the massive heat surge in mitochondria, Suzuki says.

Coronavirus News Roundup: January 9–January 15
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People “should not really consider themselves protected until after a week or two following dose two,” he adds. The researchers now are studying whether outcomes vary for people on specific types of these drugs, the release states. Experts call this a One Health approach or concept, and they want governments to factor it into policies, Robbins reports. As humans move into more of Earth’s natural environments, more spillovers of animal diseases into humans are expected. “The spillover of animal, or zoonotic, viruses into humans causes some 75% of emerging infectious diseases,” Robbins writes.

Kidney Dialysis Is a Booming Business—Is It Also a Rigged One?
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What's more, both are widely known to donate hundreds of millions of dollars to the American Kidney Fund, covering the vast majority of the nonprofit’s budget. The social worker paused, then asked if she’d heard about the American Kidney Fund. They found fewer kidney transplants, higher rates of hospitalization, and lower rates of overall survival among dialysis patients at for-profit clinics. Records from the California Secretary of State showed that dialysis corporations forked over upwards of $110 million via the California Dialysis Council in 2018. Unlike Karabasz, who blames AB 290 and those behind it for the uncertainty of her position, Carroll says some responsibility falls on the American Kidney Fund.

Should Your Kidney Doctor Have a Financial Stake in Dialysis?
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By 2008, the average zip code in the U.S. had 1.2 dialysis clinics, with some having as many as seven. Especially for young nephrologists, joint venture dialysis clinics can seem like the only viable path. Joint venture dialysis facilities take advantage of certain exceptions written into Stark Law rules, but a closely related federal law, the Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits payments for patient referrals. But the database didn’t include any information about which dialysis clinics were joint ventures, let alone the parties that owned them. With everyone profiting from the current arrangement except for patients, dialysis clinics have little incentive to change.

What Is Chronic Kidney Disease, and How Might It Affect You?
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This is called Chronic Kidney Disease and it’s a growing global problem. Unless a donor kidney can be found for a transplant - patients with kidney failure require dialysis. Dialysis does not cure kidney disease and in the case of end stage kidney failure—a patient must remain on dialysis until a new kidney can be found. And yet, studies show that despite having higher rates of kidney disease, racial and ethnic minorities often struggle to afford dialysis. But for those with chronic kidney disease, there is really only one option: stay in the system, stay on dialysis, wait for a kidney—or die.

A Half Century Later, the Journey of Apollo 8 Still Inspires
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Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted in December 2008 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic mission. On December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 was launched on one of the greatest journeys in the history of human exploration. Not only was the clock ticking, but also the CIA had informed the agency that it believed the Soviet Union was on the verge of launching cosmonauts on a moon mission. In August 1968 NASA's Apollo Spacecraft Program Office manager, George Low, proposed making Apollo 8 a mission to circumnavigate the moon some 234,000 miles away. Apollo 8 astronauts (left to right): Frank Borman, James A. Lovell Jr. and William A. Anders arrive on the carrier U.S.S.

Ridiculous History: How MLK Influenced the Direction of 'Star Trek'
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\" \" Nichelle Nichols stars as Lt. Uhura in the \"Star Trek\" episode \"Spock's Brain.\" After the first season of \"Star Trek,\" she was approached with the opportunity to return to the stage and decided to take it. Nichols' continued presence on the show cemented Lieutenant Uhura as a cultural icon in science fiction and American pop culture. \" Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner lock lips on the \"Star Trek\" episode \"Plato's Stepchildren,\" originally aired Nov. 22, 1968. The play aired in 1962, years before the fateful \"Star Trek\" scene.

Why Generation Z Is So Stressed Out
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The report showed that 27 percent of Gen Z members reported that their mental health was poor, compared with 15 percent of Millennials (Generation Y), 13 percent of Gen Xers and 7 percent of Baby Boomers. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Biggest Issues for Gen ZSo what most stresses out Gen Z? In fact, 75 percent of Gen Z respondents said that mass shootings are a significant source of stress, compared with 62 percent of adults overall. For instance, among Gen Z social media is noted as a source of support, yet 45 percent say it makes them feel judged. Now That's Important The report took note of the special stresses some Gen Z members of color face.

Why Does the Secret Service Protect a President's Adult Children?
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The Secret Service has, during the four years of Trump's tenure, spent enormous amounts of money providing protection to Trump's children. The adult Trump children have caught plenty of flak during their father's administration for hauling their Secret Service details all over the world at the U.S. taxpayer's expense. While in office, neither the president nor the vice president can decline Secret Service protection, but their spouses and adult children can. Almost all presidential families have accepted full Secret Service protection for as long as the law allows. Despite the cost, the Trump family is doing nothing unusual by accepting Secret Service protection at home and while traveling abroad.

Twitter Bots Are a Major Source of Climate Disinformation
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Twitter accounts run by machines are a major source of climate change disinformation that might drain support from policies to address rising temperatures. “Twitter bots have been this growing force of evil over a half a decade now,” said John Cook, a professor at George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication who was not involved with the study. “Twitter bots have been a part of that.”Marlow’s team measured the influence of bots on Twitter’s climate conversation by analyzing 6.8 million tweets sent by 1.6 million users between May and June 2017. But those bots accounted for 25% of the total tweets about climate change on most days. The bots were also more prevalent in discussions on climate research and news.

Are Small Modular Reactors the Future of Nuclear Power?
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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration , nuclear power plants produced 19.6% of the total electricity generated in the U.S. in 2019. Over the last several years, however, there has been a decline in the number of operating nuclear power plants. If conventional nuclear power plants continue to be shuttered, then how will we replace this energy source? Nuclear reactors are, effectively, costly boilers.While the debate about nuclear power is contentious, one thing remains clear: it remains a critical part of our energy infrastructure. The continued development of SMR technologies may be an important and beneficial upgrade to commercial nuclear energy production.

The Second-Generation COVID Vaccines Are Coming
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Now, a year after the pandemic first erupted, three COVID vaccines have been given emergency authorization by either the U.S. or U.K., as well as other countries. But impressive as they are, these vaccines alone will likely not be sufficient to end the pandemic, experts say. Luckily, there are hundreds of other COVID vaccines under development—including many with new mechanisms of action—that could prove to be effective and cheaper and easier to distribute. And mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer’s and Moderna’s—touted by many as the future of vaccinology—have never previously been brought to market. But instead of injecting the entire spike protein, they have homed in on the virus’s “Achilles’ heel”: the receptor binding domain (RBD), the portion of the spike protein that directly fuses with human cells.

Forever Chemicals Are Widespread in U.S. Drinking Water
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“We're also being exposed to many more PFASs via the drinking water,” Wang says. Higgins notes that people are also exposed to the compounds in substances besides drinking water, such as household products and food. “Aggressively addressing PFAS in drinking water continues to be an active and ongoing priority for the EPA,” an EPA spokesperson wrote to Scientific American. “The agency has taken significant steps to monitor for PFAS in drinking water and is following the process provided under the Safe Drinking Water Act to address these chemicals.”Technologies to remove PFASs from drinking water exist on both household and municipal levels. Some states have instituted or proposed limits on PFASs in drinking water, but experts say federal action is needed to tackle such a widespread problem.

Your Bed Has More Poop Than a Chimp's
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Dylan Coker/Newspix/Getty ImagesYour parents probably spent years yelling at you to clean your room and make your bed. It seems no matter how tight your bed corners are or how many quarters you can bounce off that blanket, your bed still isn't as clean as a chimpanzee's. Researchers at North Carolina State University compared human beds to the treetop nests chimpanzees make for themselves nightly. The chimp nests also had no insects or spiders, though the team expected to see some parasitic species in the nests. Now That's Cool It won't solve your bacteria problem, but the humankind evolution bed could solve your insomnia.

New Technology Turns a Sunny Day into Safe Water
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\" \" More than 2 billion people worldwide live without access to safe, clean water. As the problem is exacerbated by climate change, scientists have come up with a new solution using sunlight, a plentiful resource. That's enough drinking water for four people for one day. Ramping up production for large-scale purification is still in development, but this method is encouraging as an additional means of securing safe water for a growing population. It's time to see the future of clean water in a whole new light.

Be Skeptical of Video Showing Vaccine \"Side Effect
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Such is the case with a “viral” video showing a woman who claims her symptoms are a side effect of the Moderna vaccine (short answer – they almost certainly are not). But are there any positive signs that indicate a conversion disorder, rather than this only being a diagnosis of exclusions? In any case – if I looked at this video without any context, I would conclude this is overwhelmingly likely to be conversion disorder. Conversion disorder is not “faking” (faking is technically called a factitious disorder, or more colloquially, malingering). This also is a real medical disorder, just a psychological one, and should not be stigmatized.

Our Improbable Existence Is No Evidence for a Multiverse
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However, experts in the mathematics of probability have identified the inference from the fine-tuning to the multiverse as an instance of fallacious reasoning. Specifically, multiverse theorists commit the inverse gambler’s fallacy, which is a slight twist on the regular gambler’s fallacy. Some physicists do indeed think there is a tentative empirical evidence for a kind of multiverse, that described by the hypothesis of eternal inflation. The reason some scientists take seriously the possibility of a multiverse in which the constants vary in different universes is that it seems to explain the fine-tuning. But on closer examination, the inference from fine-tuning to the multiverse proves to be instance of flawed reasoning.

How have events shaped the Clinton-Trump race?
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This is unfortunate because a weak get out the vote effort is probably worth a couple of points on election day. It is unfortunate because some Trump scandals increase, rather than decrease, his numbers. He could suddenly gain a couple of points if he says or does just the wright/wrong things. Then Wikileaks, weak as it is, or some other issue, will come into play and knock two points off of her numbers. It is unfortunate because the difference between Clinton and Trump is now between about 5 and 7 points, and 2 + 2 + 2 = 6.

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From stolen credit cards and other financial information to theft of your Social Security number and legal information, identity theft can happen in many ways. Identity theft protection services. In addition to these basic services, identity theft protection can be purchased in two forms. Identity Theft Monitoring ServicesIdentity theft monitoring services are one of the most popular options. Protect Yourself With Identity Theft Protection Options TodayIf you’re worried about the dangerous threat of identity theft, you aren’t alone.

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