• Jobs

    Here’s the ranking of best jobs in 2022

    Americans are quitting their jobs in record numbers, and openings have soared across the country in recent months.   Are you looking for a new job opportunity or career change? U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its 2022 ranking of the best jobs.  The list, which can’t necessarily predict your dream job, is based on seven components of a role, such as median salary, stress level, future job prospects and more.   Information security analysts lead the list of best jobs this year. Antonio Barbera, consumer advice senior editor at U.S. News, said in a press release that the role is “increasingly critical as organizations work to protect against data breaches and cyber…

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  • Science

    Are we witnessing the dawn of post-theory science? | Artificial intelligence (AI)

    Isaac Newton apocryphally discovered his second law – the one about gravity – after an apple fell on his head. Much experimentation and data analysis later, he realised there was a fundamental relationship between force, mass and acceleration. He formulated a theory to describe that relationship – one that could be expressed as an equation, F=ma – and used it to predict the behaviour of objects other than apples. His predictions turned out to be right (if not always precise enough for those who came later). Contrast how science is increasingly done today. Facebook’s machine learning tools predict your preferences better than any psychologist. AlphaFold, a program built by DeepMind,…

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  • Exchange Student

    MELHS foreign-exchange students share experience

    EDWARDSVILLE – Leticia Bennasar-Lluy, Elisabeth Adhamy, Maleen Wolf and Renesha Udho-Asnani are four foreign-exchange students for the Metro-East Lutheran High School girls’ basketball team. MELHS goes through an IHSA-approved organization that finds schools willing to host foreign-exchange students. MELHS has used the organization for almost 10 years now, but girls’ basketball coach Rob Stock said this is the first time he remembers getting basketball players through the program. The program allows for foreign-exchange students to stay for one school year at a time. “They work hard and it’s been fun having them,” Stock said. “It gives us as coaches and the team, in general, a different view on things. We’ve…

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  • Online School

    15 Misconceptions About Online College Courses

    You want to get your degree but just can’t see yourself maintaining a rigid schedule where you have to be on campus at specific times each week. Taking college courses online may seem like a good alternative path, but you’re not sure. You don’t know how online classes work, and you don’t want to feel like you’re on your own as you learn.  Here are 15 misconceptions about earning a college degree online that may be on your mind and why you shouldn’t let them deter you from advancing your education.  Misconception #1: I’ll be learning by myself Even though you’re not sitting in a lecture hall, or sitting face-to-face…

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  • Education

    Texas Education Agency releases new quarantine guidance for school staff

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Education Agency on Friday released new quarantine guidance for school staff who have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who does. TEA officials said school employees may return when: If symptomatic, at least five days have passed since symptom onset and fever free, and other symptoms have improved. For those with no symptoms, at least five days after the day they tested positive. “Fever free” means without a fever of 100 degrees or higher for at least 24 hours without the help of medication. This is based on recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC recommends 5-day COVID…

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    ADP Jobs Report: Businesses Added 807,000 Jobs in December, Beating Expectations

    Text size People walk past a Covid-19 testing booth on a street in New York. Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images Private-sector employment boomed in December as concerns over the Delta variant of Covid-19 abated and Omicron’s impact had yet to be felt on the economy, according to data from payroll provider ADP released Wednesday. ADP’s December employment report, which measures the change in employees on private companies’ payrolls, said that 807,000 jobs were added last month, significantly above the 400,000 expected by economists. The November report showed a 505,000 increase, which was revised down from 534,000 in the latest release. “December’s job market strengthened as the fallout from the Delta…

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  • Science

    Don’t Look Up Illustrates 5 Myths That Fuel Rejection of Science

    The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Every disaster movie seems to open with a scientist being ignored. “Don’t Look Up” is no exception—in fact, people ignoring or flat out denying scientific evidence is the point. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play astronomers who make a literally Earth-shattering discovery and then try to persuade the president to take action to save humanity. It’s a satire that explores how individuals, scientists, the media and politicians respond when faced with scientific facts that are uncomfortable, threatening and inconvenient. The movie is an allegory for climate change, showing how those with the power to do something…

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