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    Michigan school shooter parents charged with involuntary manslaughter

    DETROIT — Hours after a prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges against the parents of the suspect in the Oxford High School shooting, authorities said multiple agencies were searching for the couple. Jennifer and James Crumbley were each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter after the prosecutor said they bought the firearm for their son as a Christmas gift. Their 15-year-old son, Ethan, is accused of fatally shooting four students and injuring seven others at Oxford High School on Tuesday. The gun had been stored in an unlocked drawer in their house, and Crumbley’s parents did not ask where it was when they were called to the school the day of the shooting for a…

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  • Education

    Baker signs genocide education bill

    Students in Massachusetts middle and high schools will soon learn about the history of genocides around the globe as a required part of their curriculum. Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed legislation to mandate lessons on the Holocaust and other mass atrocities and to help school systems develop those lessons plans. Legislators said the collective knowledge of genocides appears to be declining and said they hoped that teaching about such acts will help prevent them in the future. Chris Mauriello, who leads the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University, told WBUR’s Radio Boston earlier this week that Massachusetts is “a bit late” to enact such a…

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  • Jobs

    This 34-year-old increased her salary by $194,000 after quitting jobs 6 times: Top 7 negotiation tips

    Long before the Great Resignation drove record numbers of American workers to quit their jobs in the wake of the pandemic, quitting had been a key part of my career growth and wealth-building strategy.   I started my first full-time job in 2010, at age 22. Since then, I’ve quit jobs six times — increasing my salary by nearly $194,000, and by an average of 39% each time I left for a new opportunity. I went from making $31,200 per year in 2010 to $225,000 per year in 2020. And that’s just the base salary; when you factor in the signing bonuses I negotiated, I added an additional $160,000 to my…

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  • Science

    Misinformation fuelled by ‘tsunami’ of poor research, says science prize winner | Science prizes

    A “tsunami” of poor quality research is fuelling misinformation and could undermine trust in science, the winner of the prestigious John Maddox prize has warned. Elisabeth Bik, a Dutch microbiologist turned science sleuth who on Wednesday evening won the John Maddox prize for standing up for science in the face of harassment, intimidation and lawsuits, said the intense pressure to publish papers is leading to a “dilution” of the quality of scientific literature. This risks flawed work being “amplified by bad actors” such as those seeking to stoke fears about vaccination. “The danger with social media is that even a mediocre or bad or flawed paper can be taken by…

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  • Education

    Teaching in the ‘Metaverse’? Roblox Looks to Make It a Reality

    Hoping to expand its presence in K-12 schools, gaming company Roblox announced this month a new $10 million fund to support the creation of online learning experiences that take advantage of its platform’s unique way of letting users play, explore, and socialize in an endlessly evolving virtual world. “We’re ready to find and reward developers and organizations who can figure out how to really lean into our great physics, strong immersive 3-D capabilities, and multiplayer experiences to teach in a deeper way,” Rebecca Kantar, the company’s head of education and the director of its new Roblox Community Fund, said in an interview. Founded in 2004, Roblox is now worth an…

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  • Jobs

    Florida Worker Applied to 60 Entry-Level Jobs, Got One Interview

    Businesses across the US say they are struggling to find employees, especially for hourly work. Joey Holz decided to test their claims, submitting two applications a day in September. Holz got one interview, and his summary of the experiment went viral on multiple platforms. Loading Something is loading. We are so sorry! We bumped into a system failure and couldn’t take your email this time. Thank you for signing up! Joey Holz recalled first hearing complaints about a labor shortage last year when he called to donate convalescent plasma at a clinic near Fort Myers, Florida. “The guy went on this rant about how he can’t find help and he…

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  • Science

    The Science of Mind Reading

    As the woman watched the slide show, the scanner tracked patterns of activation among her neurons. These patterns would be analyzed in terms of “voxels”—areas of activation that are roughly a cubic millimetre in size. In some ways, the fMRI data was extremely coarse: each voxel represented the oxygen consumption of about a million neurons, and could be updated only every few seconds, significantly more slowly than neurons fire. But, Norman said, “it turned out that that information was in the data we were collecting—we just weren’t being as smart as we possibly could about how we’d churn through that data.” The breakthrough came when researchers figured out how to…

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