• The Navajo Nation Faced Water Shortages for Generations — and Then The Pandemic Hit

    Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Navajo Nation coped with a different public health problem: access to safe, running water. One in three Navajo citizens don’t have indoor plumbing.

    Now, with infections skyrocketing across the Southwest, families without running water aren’t able to easily wash their hands. They also increase their risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus each time they venture outside to buy limited supplies of bottled water from stores or haul it home from communal wells. That’s made it harder for the nation to stamp out the disease.

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  • 1000 Calorie Workout - 90 Minute Total Body Strength, HIIT, Kickboxing, Pilates, and Core Workout

    This video came out in April 2020 and is a great way to balance those extra calories you might be consuming right now due to stress or whatever!

    Give it a try, challenge yourself and ALWAYS listen to your body.... modify the moves to be less intense and work up to full moves.  You can do it!

    CLICK HERE to begin your journey and have that sense of accomplishment!

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  • MIT: new class! EarthDNA's Climate 101

    Venice and other coastal cities have experienced more frequent and severe floods in recent years, a trend attributable to human-induced climate change.  The Climate 101 presentation was developed by Brandon Leshchinskiy in collaboration with Professor Dava Newman, MIT Portugal, and EarthDNA in an effort to mobilize young people as educators on the issue of climate change.  Click Here to view this new class offering!

    The presentation addresses not only the science but also the economics and civics of climate change, incorporating a negotiation activity that brings key concepts to life.

    This resource includes the slides and instructions for the presentation, along with an introductory video from Prof. Newman, a video of Leshchinskiy actually delivering the presentation to a classroom full of students, and extensive supporting materials that will help users to become climate ambassadors and deliver the Climate 101 presentation themselves.

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  • Yale (free) Environmental Politics and Law

    Can law change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging? Click Here to view this class on YouTube.

    Law will be examined through case histories including: environmental effects of national security, pesticides, air pollution, consumer products, plastics, parks and protected area management, land use, urban growth and sprawl, public/private transit, drinking water standards, food safety, and hazardous site restoration. In each case we will review the structure of law and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.

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  • Harvard (free) Fat Chance: Probability from the Ground Up

    Increase your quantitative reasoning skills through a deeper understanding of probability and statistics. Click Here to take the class (extended from Feb)

    Created specifically for those who are new to the study of probability, or for those who are seeking an approachable review of core concepts prior to enrolling in a college-level statistics course, Fat Chance prioritizes the development of a mathematical mode of thought over rote memorization of terms and formulae. Through highly visual lessons and guided practice, this course explores the quantitative reasoning behind probability and the cumulative nature of mathematics by tracing probability and statistics back to a foundation in the principles of counting. 

    In Modules 1 and 2, you will be introduced to basic counting skills that you will build upon throughout the course.

    In Module 3, you will apply those skills to simple problems in probability.

    In Modules 4 through 6, you will explore how those ideas and techniques can be adapted to answer a greater range of probability problems.

    Lastly, in Module 7, you will be introduced to statistics through the notion of expected value, variance, and the normal distribution. You will see how to use these ideas to approximate probabilities in situations where it is difficult to calculate their exact values.

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  • The Scientific Debate Over Teens, Screens And Mental Health

    More teens and young adults — particularly girls and young women — are reporting being depressed and anxious, compared with comparable numbers from the mid-2000s. Suicides are up too in that time period, most noticeably among girls ages 10 to 14.

    These trends are the basis of a scientific controversy. Click here to read the story by NPR (National Public Radio).

    Parents, Sometimes You're The Problem When It Comes To Tech Use
    One hypothesis that has gotten a lot of traction is that with nearly every teen using a smartphone these days, digital media must take some of the blame for worsening mental health.

    But some researchers argue that this theory isn't well supported by existing evidence and that it repeats a "moral panic" argument made many times in the past about video games, rap lyrics, television and even radio, back in its early days.

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  • Horseshoe Crabs: helping solve the vaccine riddle?

    Read this interesting article that discusses how Horseshoe Crabs are bled every year in an effort to expedite vaccine development. This year, with the Covid 19 pandemic, even more are being harvested but at what cost?


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  • Interview: A disease modeler talks Covid-19, contact tracing, and quarantine

    As the pandemic stretches into its fourth month, it may feel to many of us like we’re eating, sleeping, and living all things “coronavirus.” But in this respect, Rae Wannier outdoes even the most devoted COVID-19 newshound. A fourth-year doctoral candidate at the University of California, San Francisco, Wannier builds disease models using the computer programming language R at the university’s Proctor Foundation. That means she has spent the last few months living the pandemic reality so many of us share—long hours inside, childcare challenges, quarantine birthdays—while simultaneously immersing herself in models of what that reality might become. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

    Wannier, who earned a master’s in public health from Yale University’s Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases before moving west to study disease modeling, worked mostly on modeling Ebola and measles before the COVID crisis. Now she’s helping produce some of the models that agencies like the San Francisco Department of Public Health rely on to make essential decisions about how to react as a community to a largely unprecedented disease threat. NOVA spoke with Wannier about what modeling looks like for her now, the lessons she’s learned from her work, and the importance of fondue in quarantine. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/infectious-disease-modeling-covid/

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  • Nike Training Club App - FREE

    Come Train With Us   The Nike Training Club app helps you reach your fitness goals with expertly designed workouts from our world-class Nike Master Trainers. NTC provides free workouts for everything from bodyweight-only sessions, invigorating yoga classes, targeted training programs, and full-equipment home workouts for all fitness levels.

    NTC Premium is Free   We’re evolving as the world is evolving and we want you to stay healthy and active. Enjoy on-demand class-style workouts, programs, and expert tips on nutrition, sleep, and more with free access to NTC Premium to all Nike Members until further notice.

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  • Health news

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    New brain networks come 'online' during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at ...

    Feb. 25, 2020 — Study found that adequate sleep allowed students to cope with discrimination and challenges associated with ethnic or racial bias. It also helps them problem-solve more effectively and seek peer ...

    Mar. 16, 2020 — Acne treatment including the highly effective acne medication isotretinoin should be made more readily available despite reports of its association with depression and teen suicide, a study ...

    April 8, 2020 - A number of epidemiological reports have suggested that people with sickle cell disease experience low rates of HIV infection compared to the general population. However, the mechanisms behind this reduced risk remain unclear.

    Early exposure to anesthetics may make adolescents more susceptible to developing alcohol use disorder (AUD), according to new ...

    An experimental cancer drug can extend the life of mice with Rett Syndrome, a devastating genetic disorder that afflicts about one of every 10,000 to 15,000 girls within 6 to 18 months after ...

    June 17, 2020 — Teenagers who experience very poor sleep may be more likely to experience poor mental health in later life, as depressed teens in study slept 30 minutes less per night than other ...

    June 29, 2020 - Bioengineers have designed a glove-like device that can translate American Sign Language into English speech in real time though a smartphone app. The system includes a pair of gloves with thin, stretchable sensors that run the length of each of the five fingers. These sensors, made

    July 6, 2020 — Teenagers who prefer to stay up late and wake later in the morning are more likely to suffer with asthma and allergies compared to those who sleep and wake earlier, according to a new ...

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    As Lyme disease increases, researchers have taken a significant step toward finding new ways to prevent its transmission. The experts, who include a pioneer in Lyme disease discovery, have sequenced ...

    Herpes is the dreaded 'gift that keeps on giving'. But could it also be taking our memories? Decades of research show a striking correlation between Alzheimer's disease risk and infection with Herpes ...

    Researchers have a new way to understand the much-studied Berlin patient's unexpected cure from HIV and improve outcomes of stem cell transplants for patients with other blood-related diseases such ...

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