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Being Bad at Wordle Doesn't Mean You're Dumb. Here's Why
My work revolves around words — reading them, writing them, editing them — but I still struggle to uncover the right one in Wordle, the viral online game.
Doctor Shares an Honest Look at Life Working in an ICU Right Now
Dr. Jason Chertoff tries to focus on the positive and why he got into the medical profession: to help people. But at the Ohio ICU where he works, morale is rapidly depleting as the unit again fills with COVID-19 patients – most of whom are unvaccinated. Chertoff says he’s tried to convince people to get their shots – meanwhile, staffing...
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Why Super Bowl Champ Vernon Davis Loves Curling So Much
Former San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis says curling and football are both strategic and can feature big plays. Davis is one of curling’s biggest boosters, and has served as honorary captain of the men’s U.S. curling team at 3 Winter Olympics so far.
This Alabama School District is Going Remote Thanks to Omicron
The school district in historic Selma, Alabama is going remote after many cases of COVID-19 among teachers and staff, and in the community. “We did not have the adults available [for in-person learning], because of either testing positive or having close contact with someone who tested positive,” said superintendent Avis Williams.
Senators Introduce the ZOMBIE Act To Slay Washington's Campaign Finance Monsters
Democrats and Republicans alike are exploiting campaign finance loopholes to benefit from their zombie campaigns. Will anyone step up to tame these monsters?
Manatees Are Dying of Starvation. Here's How We Can Protect Them
Manatees are dying of starvation after ecological changes have killed off some of their food supply – and helped toxic organisms take root on the rest. “There have been so many years of change… it’s going to take a lot of work to restore the ecosystem that we once had,” environmental engineer and NOAA scientist Dr. Tracy Fanara tells LX...
TikTok Users Love ‘Encanto' For Its Representation
The movie “Encanto” has been trending because it depicts how familial trauma can linger through generations of Latino and Hispanic families, says NBC News Youth and Internet Culture reporter Kalhan Rosenblatt. Plus, the songs have picked up traction on the app too. Rosenblatt talks about her recent NBC News article on the film and why it’s blowing up on TikTok...
COVID Vaccines Can Cause Small, Temporary Changes in Menstrual Cycles, Study Shows
When the COVID-19 vaccines were first administered, some people who received their shot noticed a change in their menstrual cycles. Now a dataset from a fertility app called Natural Cycles shows vaccinated people did experience a longer cycle, but that change is temporary. Dr. Hugh Taylor, chair of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine, explains...
Omicron Has Peaked in the Northeast, But Cases May Not Drop Right Away
Omicron has probably reached its peak in the northeast United States, says NBC medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar. Cases are rising less quickly than before and could hopefully come down quickly too. But “we have to watch and wait and see what happens,” Azar says.
How to Manage Your Pandemic Stress and Still Plan for the Future
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, Americans were increasingly feeling angry, stressed and worried, according to data from Gallup. But the pandemic has many people looking wistfully at the past, says clinical psychologist Allison Kanter Agliata. She says we need to manage grief about the past while also forging a path for the future. And people struggling should know there are...