• Science

    Hollywood Can Take On Science Denial; Don’t Look Up Is a Great Example

    On a recent morning, in Lower Manhattan, 20 scientists, including me, gathered for a private screening of the new film Don’t Look Up, followed by lunch with the film’s director, Adam McKay. The film’s plot is simple. An astronomy graduate student, Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), and her professor, Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio), discover a new comet and realize that it will strike the Earth in six months. It is about nine kilometers across, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. The astronomers try to alert the president, played by Meryl Streep, to their impending doom. “Let’s just sit tight and assess,” she says, and an…

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  • Jobs

    Jobs That Are Great If You’re Looking to Work Remotely and Enjoy Moving

    How HireAHelper came up with this ranking During the pandemic, many Americans resorted to working from home, and some people moved to a new city or state, even if temporarily. HireAHelper, a company that helps people find nearby movers and works with over 2,000 moving companies, put together a list of the best jobs for people who move a lot. Then they divided that list into jobs that can likely be accomplished remotely and those that probably cannot.  “Moving to work remotely has been a huge trend in the last few years, so we wanted to find out what are the best remote-friendly jobs that can be done from anywhere and…

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  • Online School

    De La Salle Blackfeet School temporarily moving to online learning | ABC Fox Great Falls

    BROWNING, Mont. – De La Salle Blackfeet School (DLSBS) announced the school is beginning its planned quarantine process after a student tested positive for COVID-19. The school’s policy is that when they are notified of a positive case among students or staff, the school would move to online virtual learning for two weeks starting from the last time that student or staff member was in the school building. There will be no in-person learning from Wednesday, Nov. 3 until Wednesday, Nov. 10. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the school will be using virtual learning. Staff PD is rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 12 and virtual classes will be held for students instead…

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  • Online School

    Great Falls High School Moves Online After COVID-19 Outbreak | Montana News

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — About 1,500 students at Great Falls High School will begin remote learning Tuesday and through the rest of the week because of an increase in COVID-19 cases among students and staff, Great Falls Public Schools said Monday. More than 35 people have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. Classes will return to a normal schedule on Monday, Sept. 20. “This will allow for the quarantine or isolation times of staff and students to lapse and for our sanitation teams to do the necessary deep cleaning and air exchange of the entire school,” school officials said in a statement. Over 40 classrooms will need to be…

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  • Science

    An ample Great Barrier Reef coral offers hope amidst climate change

    A coral the size of a carousel is the widest known in the Great Barrier Reef. Found just off the coast of Goolboodi Island in Northeast Australia, this reef-building Porites measures 10.4 meters in diameter — earning it the nickname Muga dhambi, or “big coral,” from the Indigenous custodians of the island, the Manbarra people. In addition to its record-setting width, Muga dhambi stands a little over 5 meters tall, making it the sixth tallest coral in the Great Barrier Reef, researchers report August 19 in Scientific Reports. “It’s a stand-alone coral … and we don’t see many that size,” says marine scientist Nathan Cook of Reef Ecologic, a climate…

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  • Science

    The Great American Science Heist

    1979: Inventing Competitiveness On the morning of June 6, 1979, Navy Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the longest-serving officer in the history of the U.S. armed services, sat down before a Senate subcommittee on the Constitution. Famous as the father of the nuclear submarine program, Rickover had recently emerged as that rarest of Washington breeds: a top-brass crusader against waste and corruption in defense contracting. On this day, he deployed his reputation and characteristic bluntness to stop a bill called the University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act. At stake was the government’s long-standing proprietorship of patents on inventions resulting from the research it underwrote. The proposed legislation would hand patents…

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  • Education

    Opinion | Is Education No Longer the ‘Great Equalizer’?

    As the skill premium and the economic cost of failing to ascend the education ladder rise in tandem, scholars find that adults are adopting differing parental styles — a crucial form of investment in the human capital of their children — and these differing styles appear to be further entrenching inequality. Such key factors as the level of inequality, the degree to which higher education is rewarded and the strength of the welfare state are shaping parental strategies in raising children. In their paper “The Economics of Parenting,” three economists, Matthias Doepke at Northwestern, Giuseppe Sorrenti at University of Zurich and Fabrizio Zilibotti at Yale, describe three basic forms of…

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