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Cool gift ideas that save energy (and do a world of good)

(BPT) - When checking your holiday list, you’re searching for gifts that inspire joy and delight, and electronic items often fit that description. But what if that gift also happens to have a positive impact on the recipient’s life and the world at large? In these difficult times, many of us have a greater appreciation for the things that protect the health of the planet for everyone.

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Wednesday 11/25/2020
How to be ready for the next power outage
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Chances are, you’ve been through it — when severe weather hits, there's nearby construction or just out of the blue, your power suddenly goes out. And you don’t know how long it will last — minutes, hours or days. It’s not just an inconvenience for your family, especially since everyone is spending more time working and schooling from home these days, but it can actually be unsafe. You may need to heat or cool your home so it’s livable, someone in your family may rely on home medical equipment, and you want your refrigerated food to be safe to eat.

5 tips for budget-savvy gift shopping
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Are you ready for the holidays? Searching for the perfect gifts for friends and family can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful. Especially when money is tight, it's a challenge to shop for just the right gifts for your loved ones and BFFs. But with a bit of planning, holiday shopping can be just as fun as ever — without clearing out your bank account or piling on credit card debt.

Gifts That Do A World Of Good
Updated: November 27, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you don’t have to look far to find items that deliver great features and functionality but use less energy. Products that earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR label save money on energy bills and help protect the environment, making them gifts that do a world of good. 

With a wide range of things to wrap up—from smart thermostats, laptops, tablets and other electronics, appliances and even lighting—you can put a bow on a gift that has been independently certified to meet strict standards for energy efficiency. 

A typical household spends about $2,000 a year on energy bills. A home outfitted with products that have earned the ENERGY STAR label can save 30% or about $575 a year on household energy bills. Over their lifetime these products save about $8,750 on utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 77,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.

The ENERGY STAR Holiday Gift Guide at www.energystar.gov/holiday features energy-saving products popular this time of year, along with special deals from manufacturers, retailers, and utilities that participate in the ENERGY STAR Program. Looking for the ENERGY STAR label on products specially priced for the holidays means you save on the initial price, plus keep saving through the holidays and beyond. 

Tuesday 11/24/2020
Eat, Love, Snap, Share
Updated: November 26, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—These days, it’s still essential for families to stay connected. The last months have been challenging. More than ever people need family and friends.

Modern technology has gone a long way to help. Skype and Zoom are marvelous tools but when the connection ends and the screen goes blank, what then? MyGrandKids, that’s what!

MyGrandKids, a wonderful, free application that allows everyone in the family to snap and share their moment—the special and everyday. Sharing and staying connected is one of the ways that will help all of us get through these difficult times.

My GrandKids lets you instantly share those moments and memories with family and friends over a secure private network. It’s the perfect organizer, that eliminates the frustration of searching for your favorite photos and videos of your grandchildren. With My GrandKids, there is no need going through emails, texts or posts, you go straight to them with one tap. And the great news is that it’s free and available at either Apple’s App Store or Google Play for Android devices.

Explains Boyd Pearce, a Silicon Valley veteran, “We decided to build a mobile app that made it quick and easy for our kids to share photos and videos of our grandkids so my wife and I would never miss those special moments in their lives.”

Pearce further explains, “We designed My GrandKids to eliminate the frustration of searching for your latest and favorite photos and videos of your grandchildren and solve a problem that has been bugging families since the advent of the digital photo revolution. The app organizes your photos and videos into a handy reference gallery ready to be stored for easy access in self-designed albums. What could easier?

Another key benefit of My GrandKids is that a whole family can easily share linked albums with a single Invite. By simply accepting an invite from the originating family member, the family albums are imported and everyone is automatically connected to a secure private network with no setup required. 

Almost instantly the whole family is ready to share photos and videos with everyone. 

 

Holiday shopping online? 5 ways to protect yourself from cybercrime
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you’re planning to do most of your holiday shopping online this year, you’re far from alone. In light of COVID-19, many people are erring on the side of safety and staying out of stores.

How to combat isolation and loneliness among older adults
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Feeling a sense of connection and belonging with others is a basic human need. But unfortunately for many older adults, social isolation and loneliness are on the rise, especially because of the necessary social distancing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Monday 11/23/2020
Moving Ideas
Updated: November 25, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ll be decking the halls of a new home this holiday season, you won’t be alone. Every year, one in ten Americans moves to a new place. It can take some careful coordination in the best of times, but during the holidays—and a pandemic—it can be even more of a challenge. One of the most important things you can do is to stay connected to the people and things that matter most to you. For that, you’ll want your Internet, Cable TV and phone up and running, so you can continue to work and learn from home, celebrate in new ways with family and friends, watch all your favorite holiday movies and shop online for presents and festive foods.  

Here are hints on how: 

1.Take the proper pandemic precautions: Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disinfecting guidelines. While out for move-related errands, be sure to cover your mouth and your nose. Some festive holiday-themed masks are available. Also, wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

2.Stay Connected: A good move, even before you move, is to get in touch with the new home’s local Cable provider through www.smartmove.us and arrange for new Touchless Installs that let you safely connect your tech services yourself. The cable company delivers the equipment with step-by-step activation information so you can set up your system on your own, or with support over the phone, online, through chat functionality or video tutorials. In most cases, no technician needs to come into your house. 

3.Keep up with holiday traditions—or create new one just for your new home: Use your new online connection to find delivery services to help stock your pantry and fridge. Your new house will feel more like home if you take time to watch your favorite holiday shows, maintain your exercise program (to feel fit and fight those holiday pounds). Make time to connect with people you care about through group video chats or viewing parties and show off your holiday decorations or virtually ring in the New Year. 

Learn More  

For further facts and tips, go to www.smartmove.us

 

Friday 11/20/2020
Keep Your Home Network Secure With These Simple Steps
Updated: November 25, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Working and learning from home is the new norm for millions of American families. They’re engaged in a daily juggling act, making sure everyone has the bandwidth and privacy to complete their work, whether it’s the latest algebra assignment or the monthly all-staff meeting. Add in streaming services, online shopping and an assortment of other digital activities and it’s easy to see why cybersecurity might become an afterthought.

Tuesday 11/17/2020
Snow Thrower Safety Tips: Keep Best Practices In Mind This Winter
Updated: November 21, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—Clearing snow and ice from driveways, sidewalks and parking lots is no small job. You rely on your outdoor power equipment to do the heavy lifting, and it’s important to keep safety in mind. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds home and business owners to use snow throwers, often referred to as snow blowers, safely and offers tips to help.

“Weather today is more unpredictable than ever, and you need to have your snow thrower serviced and ready to power up,” says OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser. “Have the right fuel on hand and review your owner’s manual now so you can use your equipment safely.” Kiser says preparation is key and that home and business owners should consider the following:

Review the owner’s manual. Check the owner’s manual for safe handling procedures. If the manual cannot be found, look it up online, and store a copy on your computer so it’s available to reference in the future. Review how to operate controls. Be able to shut off equipment quickly.

Check equipment. The snow thrower should be powered off when being checked over. If fuel was not drained last winter before it was stored, empty the gas tank now. Adjust any cables and check the auger.

Purchase fuel. Be sure to use the correct fuel recommended by the equipment’s manufacturer. For most gasoline-powered snow throwers, that is E10 or less. Often fuel stations are closed after a storm so buy gasoline in advance of storms. Fuel that is more than 30 days old can phase separate and cause operating problems. For more information on fueling properly see www.LookBeforeYouPump.com

Store and use fuel properly. Place gasoline in a proper fuel container and label it with the date purchased and the ethanol content. Store fuel safely and out of the reach of children. Fill the fuel tank outside before starting the engine and while the engine is cold. Never add fuel to a running or hot engine.

Tidy the yard. Snow can sometimes hide objects. Doormats, hoses, balls, toys, boards, wires, and other debris should be removed from areas you intend to clear. When run over by a snow thrower, these objects may harm the machine or people. 

Dress for winter weather. Locate safety gear now, and place it in an accessible closet or location. Wear safety glasses, gloves and footwear that can handle cold and slippery surfaces when operating the snow thrower. 

KEY SAFETY TIP: Never put your hands inside the auger or chute. Use a clean out tool (or stick) to unclog snow or debris from the snow thrower. Your hands should never go inside the auger or chute. 

Turn OFF the snow thrower if you need to clear a clog. If you need to remove debris or unclog snow, always turn off the snow thrower. Wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop before clearing any clogs or debris.

Operate in visible conditions. Never operate the snow thrower without good visibility or light. 

Aim with care. Never throw snow toward people or cars. Keep children or pets inside and away from your snow thrower when it is operating. 

Use extreme caution on slopes and hills. Use caution when changing directions on slopes. Do not attempt to clear steep slopes. 

Know where the cord is. If using an electric powered snow thrower, be aware of where the power cord is at all times. Avoid tripping. Do not run over the power cord.

 

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Expand Your Self-Care Horizon with Quantum Energy
Updated: November 21, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - These days, stress seems to spike at every turn, especially in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and stressed out individuals continue to seek strategies to improve health, wellbeing and harmony.

Monday 11/16/2020
Manufacturing, Technology: Saving The Workforce
Updated: November 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—If you have a job—or wish you did—or a child in school, a new way of looking at technology, education and the world of work may prove good news for you.

COVID-19 has deeply affected both the American workforce and higher education, with community college enrollment down nationwide. This poses a dire challenge, as community colleges serve as a critical pipeline in making universities and advanced fields accessible to a broader population, while also exposing students to new educational pathways across various industries. With enrollment down and workforce numbers at a tipping point, these institutions of opportunity need momentum to drive motivation back to where it was before the pandemic—starting with the next generation of diverse advanced manufacturing workers. 

Thanks to explosive growth in such sectors as flexible hybrid electronics (FHE), in the next few years industry leaders will serve as intermediaries between technical fields of the future and the workforce that’s needed. Equipping community colleges with programs that serve this transition will help bolster a new American workforce, powered by advanced manufacturing and FHE and other technology. Increased demand for both awareness-boosting and skill-building programs will help drive technology development and subsequent commercial proliferation of FHE and the greater advanced manufacturing industry. 

While the tech workforce hasn’t been immune to disruption from COVID-19, it remains a field expected to have one of the biggest demands for a skilled workforce in the future. The pandemic has temporarily reduced that workforce; there’s a promising future for advanced manufacturing in 2021 and beyond. 

To match these growing markets, there will be an increasing demand for workshops and seminars that showcase the benefits the technology offers for diverse application spaces, as FHE technology continues to mature and demonstrate its potential to transform advanced manufactured products. This includes more defense and industrial demand for engineers with the knowledge, skills and abilities to design and manufacture FHE-enabled products as the technology nears commercialization. 

This is where community colleges come in. They will play a vital role, acting as a bridge to help new high school graduates and adults looking to change career paths meet the academic and industry players that will help develop the new workforce. 

• Ms. Mcgrath is Director of Workforce Development at NextFlex, an organization that facilitates technology innovation and commercialization, accelerates manufacturing workforce development, and promotes a sustainable ecosystem for advanced manufacturing. Learn more at www.nextflex.us.

 

Friday 11/13/2020
Demystifying the carton recycling process
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - While recycling is a proactive way to have a positive impact on the planet, putting recyclable items out on the curb is just one step in the overall process. Cartons, like those made by Tetra Pak, are recyclable and are common in many households since they package food and beverage staples including milk, soups, broths, juices, protein shakes and other prepared foods. There are two types of cartons: those that need to be refrigerated and those that are shelf-stable, which means they store food safely at room temperature.

Thursday 11/12/2020
How the rest of the world sees America in 2020
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The United States of America is confusing in the best of times. Tax returns. Fifty different legal systems. Why we still use pounds, inches and Fahrenheit. Daylight saving time. We could go on.

BookBites: True Crime, Historical Fact and Fiction, Learning Tips for Parents
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:36 am

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5 questions to ask before giving your tween a smartphone
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you've considered gifting your son or daughter a smartphone, you’re not alone. In a survey by SellCell last year, about 41% of parents thought a smartphone was the top holiday or birthday gift choice for their teenager. But with Common Sense Media reporting that most (53%) kids have their own smartphone by the time they are 11, and 69% have one by age 12, how do you know when your child is ready for the responsibility — and potential pitfalls — of having the world at their fingertips?

Tuesday 11/10/2020
How project managers brought 2020’s most influential projects to life
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Recent projects have seen project managers and change makers find resourceful ways to maintain momentum and avoid obstacles, despite a global pandemic. To honor this perseverance, Project Management Institute (PMI), with input from hundreds of experts globally, has unveiled 2020’s 50 Most Influential Projects, off the heels of its inaugural year in 2019.

BookBites: Psycho Thrillers, Moral Dilemmas, Dangers of Automation
Updated: November 13, 2020 - 2:30 am

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Monday 11/09/2020
3 lessons in resilience to help you get through 2020
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Billionaire Mark Cuban was fired from his first job in software. Actress Jameela Jamil endured three life-changing medical diagnoses before breaking big in Hollywood. Musician John Legend was receiving unemployment checks while waiting for his big break.

Avoid the holi-daze with this one-size-fits-all holiday gift guide
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Thursday 11/05/2020
Election overload? Fun ways to escape politics at home
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The election season is a lot to handle no matter where you land on the political spectrum. It can be draining on many levels, which is why now is the perfect time to escape the political drama and make up your own political fun at home.

New Research Highlights Cybersecurity Threats as Workforces Go Remote
Updated: November 13, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) The business landscape changed significantly in 2020, and new research suggests that cyber criminals took note.

Monday 11/02/2020
Stay Informed By Subscribing To Texts From Ticket To Work
Updated: November 06, 2020 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—Getting a job may not be as difficult as some people fear thanks to innovative efforts by a government agency.

For example, on July 15, 2020, Social Security launched a campaign to inform the public about the Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program. The Ticket Program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who get Social Security disability benefits (SSI/SSDI) and want to work. This free and voluntary program helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence by connecting them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce. 

Anyone can opt in to get text messages with the most up-to-date information about the Ticket Program. Each month, those who choose to opt in will receive useful and timely advice, encouragement and stories about people who met their employment goals and achieved financial independence with the help of the Ticket Program. 

To sign up for the text messages, text TICKET to 474747 (standard messaging rates may apply). Then, Social Security will send you the latest news from the Choose Work! Blog, information about upcoming events, identify the next steps you can take on your path to employment, and more. You can opt out of text messaging at any time. 

Ready to take the next step? 

Participation in the Ticket Program is free and voluntary. To learn more, visit choosework.ssa.gov. You can also call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8?a.m. to 8?p.m.?ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers. Or, you can find providers on your own with the Ticket Program Find Help tool. 

 

The Way We Work: New Tools Tackle Old Barriers
Updated: November 04, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Generations of people with disabilities have faced the challenge of figuring out how to best contribute their skills and talents in workplaces that weren’t originally designed with them in mind. Increasingly, employers are acknowledging the benefits of a diverse workforce and advances in technology have improved the outlook for job seekers with disabilities. 

The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) marks a transformative milestone in our nation’s civil rights movement. As the ADA improved access to all aspects of public life, Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program and other Work Incentives give adults with disabilities better access to the workforce. The Ticket Program offers free employment support services; other Work Incentives give people time to acclimate to employment without immediately losing their benefits, including Medicare or Medicaid coverage. Adults ages 18–64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI/SSI) are eligible. 

Although barriers to employment remain, the authors of the ADA and the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act would be encouraged by our progress. Assistive technology solutions are becoming universal. For example, smart phones with speech recognition and voice-activated assistants revolutionized the way we interact with our phones. This technology allowed more people with disabilities to use the phone and improved the experience for all users. Screen readers and screen magnifiers enable people with severe visual impairments to use a computer. Other common examples of technology in the workplace include lights that automatically turn on when someone enters the room, doors that open automatically, voice-controlled thermostats and desks that can be adjusted easily. 

Today’s video conferencing, webinar and open access education platforms have had the greatest impact on the way we work. By enabling telework, offices create positions that are not limited by a company’s location. A virtual interface removes the transportation barrier for some and makes office work more accessible for all employees.  

As we adopt more technologies and inclusive approaches into our work environments, we develop communities that are more welcoming and beneficial to people of all abilities.  

This could be the year to find out what is possible for you. For 20 years, the Ticket Program has helped thousands of people find their path to a better future. If you would like to explore your employment options, call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, or visit choosework.ssa.gov

 

Friday 10/30/2020
5 ways to become a better remote citizen
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Whether working from home for the first time, helping kids navigate the new madness of Zoom classes, or simply trying to connect online with relatives, our newfound pandemic-driven remote lifestyles are creating a completely new relationship between ourselves, our homes and our technology. Regardless of your current work/home situation, we can all be better virtual remote citizens to ensure a less stressful, more fruitful experience. Here are five ways to ensure you are creating a virtual space that works for everyone.

Thursday 10/29/2020
10 tips to help you choose the right smartphone
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Quality smartphones come in all configurations and price points these days. Here are some of the key things you’ll want to look for to make sure you find one that works best for your needs. Happy shopping!

Monday 10/26/2020
3 ways to give and get the best tech this holiday
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Heading full speed toward winter, we all know holiday shopping won’t look the same as years past. But that doesn’t mean you should let the latest trends pass you by this gift-giving season. These tips from UScellular will keep you from missing out on the best gifts and gadgets for you and your loved ones.

Friday 10/16/2020
New Realities Film Series Champions 10 Young Changemakers [Video]
Updated: October 21, 2020 - 2:34 am

How a master’s degree can boost your career
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Returning to school for a master’s degree may seem like a daunting undertaking, no matter what your current situation is. However, it’s important to understand the many benefits of pursuing a master’s degree, and how those benefits can be applied to enhance your current job — or leveraged in a new career.

Tuesday 10/13/2020
Online more these days? 5 facts about entertainment news scams
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As Americans continue to follow stay-at-home and social distancing recommendations, their personal and professional online activity has drastically increased. As a result of the jump in online activity, the threat of data breaches and identity theft is greater than ever.

Thursday 10/08/2020
Breaking: Free movie and TV streaming service now has live news channels
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

How to Safely Select Your 2021 Medicare Plan During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Choosing a Medicare plan is a big decision for eligible individuals, including those who are age 65 or older or are living with a disability, as the plan you select during the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period is the plan you'll have for the coming year, with a few exceptions.

Tuesday 10/06/2020
Liftoff movie showcases innovative new foldable laptop [Video]
Updated: October 07, 2020 - 2:32 am

3 focus areas to get your finances back on track
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many people hard financially. From furloughs to job loss and from strict budgets to depleted savings and much more, people are making adjustments as needed. It's important to stay focused on your financial well-being and take simple steps so you can recover and thrive in the future.

Pros and cons of using credit cards today
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - One of the many changes spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic is a fundamental shift in how people are paying for the goods and services they need. Due to both health and safety concerns, consumers and retailers are more frequently choosing credit cards for online and in-person payments in an effort to make transactions as contactless as possible. Moreover, the pandemic has caused a national coin shortage, causing retailers to prefer and, at times, even require the use of a card instead of cash.

Wednesday 09/30/2020
Multigenerational households provide outstanding benefits during COVID-19 & beyond
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Eighty-two percent of multigenerational families say that living together has increased their bonds among family members, according to a study published by Generations United. As COVID-19 has led to increased hardships throughout the United States, many families have taken the opportunity to use this time to live together and create lasting memories they couldn’t before.

Tuesday 09/29/2020
Unicorns Of The Sea Share Their Secrets
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various sounds of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord. The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy and mysterious creatures, according to the researchers.  

Narwhals are difficult to study because they are shy and spend most of their time in deep water. They tend to summer in glacial fjords around Greenland and Canada, but scientists often have trouble getting close enough to study them. Inuit hunters familiar with the narwhal can get closer to the animals without disturbing them. So, in July 2019, researchers accompanied several Inuit whale-hunting expeditions in northwest Greenland to study the narwhals in more detail. Using underwater microphones attached to small boats, the researchers captured narwhal social calls and foraging sounds.  

In combination with sightings, the recordings show that narwhals get closer to glacier ice than previously thought for this area and the animals forage for food in summer. 

“Their world is the soundscape of this glacial fjord,” said Evgeny Podolskiy, a geophysicist at Hokkaido University, and lead author of a new study detailing the findings in the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. “There are many questions we can answer by listening to glacier fjords in general.”  

Getting Close  

Podolskiy and his colleagues had been working in Greenland fjords for several years, studying the sounds made by melting glaciers. “I realized working in the area and not paying attention to the elephant in the room—the key endemic legendary Arctic unicorn just flowing around our glacier—was a big mistake,” he said.  

The researchers tagged along on several Inuit hunting expeditions, placing microphones underwater and recording the baseline sounds of the fjord. They captured several types of sounds made by narwhals, including social calls or whistles, and clicks used for echolocation, the biological sonar used by other animals to navigate and find food. The closer narwhals get to their food, the faster they click, until the noise becomes a buzz like that of a chainsaw. This terminal buzz helps the narwhals pinpoint their prey. “If you approach and target these fast fish, you better know precisely where they are; you need to gather this information more frequently,” Podolskiy said.  

Researchers found narwhals come roughly within half a mile of a glacier calving front, despite the fact that these areas are some of the noisiest and most dangerous places in the ocean. “There is so much cracking due to ice fracturing and bubbles melting out… it’s like a fizzy drink underwater,” Podolskiy said. 

AGU (www.agu.org) supports 130,000 enthusiasts to experts worldwide in Earth and space sciences. Through broad and inclusive partnerships, AGU advances discoveries and solutions that are ethical, unbiased and respectful of communities and their values. Its programs include serving as a scholarly publisher, convening virtual and in-person events and providing career support. It lives its valuest through its Ethics and Equity Center, which fosters a diverse and inclusive geoscience community to ensure responsible conduct. 

  "“There are many questions we can answer by listening to glacier fjords,” said Evgeny Podolskiy, a geophysicist and lead author of a new study detailing the findings in the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.https://bit.ly/2GmJZ5X"
 
 
 

Meet the generation working to rebuild society [Infographic]
Updated: October 01, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - New research from Spotify, part of its annual “Culture Next” report, takes a closer look at the force that is Gen Z, revealing them to be a passionate crew of young people taking the reins for their future — a plugged-in, podcast-listening squad streaming news podcasts The Daily, NPR News and The Journal. A progress-driven group more interested in moving forward than they are in political parties. A dynamic unit made up of independent thinkers, who intend to be their own bosses one day (if they aren’t already).

Is a master’s degree worth it?
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The economic impact of COVID-19 has hit U.S. employees hard, causing millions to lose their jobs or be furloughed, while others switched to all-remote work — and still others risk their health to stay employed. The pandemic has also affected some sectors much harder than others.

Friday 09/25/2020
Knowledge is power: Why genetic testing is essential for patients with acute myeloid leukemia
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Roughly 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States in 2020, according to the National Cancer Institute.[1] Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)—the most common type of acute leukemia—is an aggressive blood cancer characterized by the rapid growth of cells that accumulate in the bone marrow.[2],[3],[4]

Shedding light on a rare bile duct cancer for the second annual Rare Cancer Day
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - While there is growing public awareness about cancer in general, there are many types of cancer that are not well known or are misunderstood.

Thursday 09/24/2020
The top 5 trends driving Gen Z and millennial culture right now
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Memes, stans and DMs, oh my.

A Grandparent’s Best Friend
Updated: October 09, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s good news for America’s approximately 70 million grandparents: A growing problem that has been bugging families since the advent of the digital photo revolution—“Where is the latest photo of my grandchild?”—may have a surprising solution thanks to two enterprising granddads, Silicon Valley alumni.

Vinnie Jones and Boyd Pearce put their heads together and designed a simple, free and user-friendly mobile app that lets families share and re-live at will their daily experiences, as well as special moments with loved ones even thousands of miles apart. Called My Grandkids, it works with a simple click or two of a button. 

Explains Pearce, formerly with IBM, Teradata and Hitachi, “Vinnie and I decided to take what we called the Ph.D approach (Press Here Dummy). We wanted to design an application that solved the photo problem but in a simple, easy way.” 

Jones, who worked with Pearce at Teradata, said, “My wife and I became swamped with all the photos that started to accumulate digitally. We were creating the digital equivalent of that old shoebox where you used to store your pictures and rummage from time to time to find the one you wanted. Yes, some people took the time to create photo albums but for those who didn’t, My Grandkids is a great solution—almost instantaneous albums that you can access at the touch of a button, right there on your mobile.”

The app lets you collect all photos taken by or received into your mobile device and display them in a handy reference gallery ready to be stored for easy access in self-designed albums.   

These galleries grow automatically as new photos appear ready for storage. Sharing is easy and safe via a private, secure network operating in the Cloud. Add as many contacts as you wish and have them share and exchange photo and video experiences easily—no emails, texts or post required. 

My Grandkids can be used not only for family photos but for categorizing your favorite dishes or recipes, wine labels, whatever visual information you want at your fingertips. 

The app works on most mobile phone operating systems and tablets and it’s available in the Apple Store and as an Android version on Google Play.

It could be a wonderful gift for grandparents who haven’t seen enough of their grandkids lately (and what grandparents have?)—even if they give it to themselves.

 

Wednesday 09/23/2020
Social Media and Kids: What Parents Can Do to Ensure Safe Use
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) The negative effects of social media have been much discussed as of late, thanks to the recently released documentary on Netflix, “The Social Dilemma.”

Tuesday 09/22/2020
Free TV and other low-cost activities to cure boredom at home
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Social distance, remote work and shelter in place orders continue. As seasons change, the dropping temperatures drive more people indoors as well. Now that you're spending more time at home, what can you do to make the most of it? Many people want to find fun at-home activities that are budget-friendly to help them enjoy the extra time being spent indoors. You can maximize your home time, strengthen your relationships and make memories together with these low-cost ideas.

Monday 09/21/2020
Online Recovery Provides New Hope for People Battling Addiction
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the more than 42 million Americans battling addiction and struggling with the isolation and stress of the pandemic, there’s a ray of hope and a positive path forward in the form of online recovery and support programs. Among increased feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety, therapy has become a necessity, and in the midst of COVID-19, the recovery community has pivoted to online meetings and teletherapy sessions to fight the war of isolation. 

Before COVID-19 shut down life as we knew it, most people associated addiction recovery with meetings in church basements and community centers or 30-day stays in treatment centers. In fact, online recovery treatment and support has been around for more than 10 years and has proven as effective, if not superior to in-person treatment, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

In addition, an independent study conducted by Lionrock Recovery, a telehealth provider of substance use disorder treatment and support, showed that 80 percent of people in their online recovery meetings since the pandemic started, had never attended any support meetings—either online or in person - prior to the coronavirus outbreak. Half of those surveyed said they would  attend only online meetings when restrictions were lifted. Nearly all of the participants (98 percent) said they would continue to attend online meetings, even when in person meetings become a viable option again. Lionrock has experienced over 400 percent growth in attendance of online recovery support meetings since the pandemic first caused national shutdowns in March. 

Addiction Risk Rising With COVID-19: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) surveyed adults during late June to assess mental health, substance use, and suicidal ideation during the pandemic. The agency found an alarming 24.7 percent of young adults and 19.5 percent of adults ages 25 to 44 started or increased substance use to cope with pandemic-related stress or emotions in June, with the Black and Hispanic populations and essential workers disproportionately affected. However, the report concluded that expanded use of telehealth, an effective means of delivering treatment for mental health conditions, including depression, SUD, and suicidal ideation, might reduce COVID-19-related mental health consequences. 

According to Peter Loeb, co-founder of Lionrock, one of the reasons telehealth is so effective in treating people with substance use disorder and supporting long-term recovery, is  its flexibility and privacy. People can seek and receive HIPAA-compliant treatment from the privacy of their home, any time of day. To-date, a major barrier for people seeking treatment is the fear of stigma in their communities; online treatment’s privacy eliminates that concern. 

The benefits of telehealth inspired Loeb to create National Online Recovery Day, which is celebrated on September 22, as part of National Recovery Month. National Online Recovery Day is a campaign to raise awareness for online treatment of substance abuse. It is the first national health awareness day focused on the benefits and advantages of telehealth services for any health issue. 

While 42.2 million people need treatment, SAMHSA data reveals only 4 million people actually receive it. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to create an epidemic from substance abuse, but by improving awareness of, and access to, online care, more Americans can receive the care and support they need. 

Learn More 

To learn more about online recovery for substance use disorders visit www.NationalOnlineRecoveryDay.com

 

Saturday 09/19/2020
Unlock nostalgia on your favorite music and podcast streaming app
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - There’s something about songs and stories that have the power to stick with us through the years. There are certain tracks that make us feel good no matter how many times we listen, and certain conversations that we can’t seem to get out of our heads.

Thursday 09/17/2020
3 Ways To Boost Your Business During A Crisis
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re a business owner and you haven’t already pivoted your business model to accommodate the pandemic, you could be missing out on higher revenue opportunities. A June 2020 GetApp.com survey found that 92% of small businesses in the U.S. had already done so, adding elements such as online sales, takeout and to-go orders, virtual offerings and more. Such companies were three times more likely to report higher-than-expected revenues than those that didn’t. That’s a significant number, and it’s incredible news considering the far-reaching economic downturn. 

If your company has already made changes, it’s not time to take your foot off the gas just yet. Many businesses went into emergency mode after the crisis and put a quick solution in place. This is great and necessary for the short term, but it’s not enough. It’s crucial to keep adapting as the crisis continues. It’s now time to think about the long term. Do you have the right technology in place to support your business goals for the next five years? What about the next 10? Technology is such an important part of the recipe for business success as we move into a more digitally connected world.  

If those numbers about higher-than-expected revenue have convinced you it’s time to add more digital revenue streams, take a look at three of the most common business pivots made by business owners we surveyed and how you can build on them for long-term success.  

Pivot 1: Adopt a new online delivery channel. Most people we spoke to have incorporated more digital elements to their business, such as online ordering for restaurants or using eCommerce software to set up online product sales. While many small businesses may have already wanted to go digital, COVID-19 forced them to change quickly and rush to get a minimally viable product up and running.

How to build on this: Small businesses that have invested in IT and software since the pandemic and see technology as a driver right now are able to thrive. Take restaurants as an example. Before COVID-19, many only had an online booking system. Now, having a point-of-sale (POS) platform that enables curbside pickup and local delivery is essential.  

Pivot 2: Develop a new virtual service. Two out of five GetApp.com survey respondents added a new virtual service to their offerings. Think of a fitness class offering training or a craft cocktail bar offering mixology classes online using a video conferencing platform.  

How to build on this: Don’t feel limited to recreating an in-person experience online. The video conferencing technology available now opens the doors to a lot of innovative ideas. For example, while some virtual workout attendees may enjoy meeting at the same time as their classmates, there’s no reason fitness centers couldn’t record a class and offer it on demand for those who aren’t able to make a 6 a.m. workout. Think of it as the ability to reach even more customers than you may have been able to with in-person offerings.  

Pivot 3: Create a new offline delivery channel. Business owners are also adding new offline offerings. In our survey, this was the third most popular business model change. Yes, digital transformation is incredibly important for your business, but offline channels work hand in hand with your software tools. How to build on this: eCommerce and POS software vendors are moving quickly to ensure their platforms include curbside, takeout and online ordering as an option. Find a vendor that allows this as an add-on or included as part of your software so you can keep revenue up during a time of social distancing. Once you have a solid platform in place, ensure it’s backed by an offline process and marketing plan so customers know about your new services.  

Next steps: You may not have the right software in place to grow your business. Whether you’re still thinking about changing your business model or have already added new offerings to your lineup, it’s important to have the right software in place. It’s always easier to scale once you have a solid foundation. The right software can help support your business model changes to ensure you’re able to not just survive the current economic downturn, but grow your business for years to come.  

For more tips about how software can help grow your business, visit ­GetApp.com/resources

 

Wednesday 09/16/2020
Helping People With Hearing Loss Connect
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the 48 million Americans who experience hearing loss, here’s some news for you.  

Access to communication is especially vital during national emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many Americans isolated due to physical distancing. Fortunately, services such as Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) empower people to connect.  

How It Works 

IP CTS, also known as captioned telephone service, allows people with hearing loss to use their residual hearing and speak during a phone call and read captions on a telephone or mobile app when the other person responds. Speech recognition technology, along with skilled transcribers, are used to provide this live service.  

The Clear2Connect Coalition is a group of disability and veterans service organizations working together to preserve the quality of and access to captioned telephone service through advocacy and education, as well as meeting with Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. The coalition is committed to protecting the right, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act, for Americans with hearing loss to communicate using a phone.  

Learn More 

For further information, visit Clear2Connect.org.  

 

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