• Home Schooling

    Newsweek: Atheists Hate Homeschooling Because Kids Spend Time with Their Parents | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist

    Newsweek will publish anything, apparently, no matter how poorly researched it is. Yesterday, it posted an article by Paul Glader, a professor at The King’s College in New York City, a Christian school that was led for years by convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza. The piece is intended to respond to concerns about the rise in homeschooling. Instead it comes off as a hit piece against liberals who have been critical of the practice for legitimate reasons. The headline doesn’t help: “How the Pandemic Forces Leftists and Atheists to Make Peace with Home-Schooling.” Here’s the gist of the issue: Because of the pandemic, students were forced to stay at home, where…

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  • Science

    As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

    And it can be invaluable to have a supporter “in whose shoes you walk, or are likely to walk,” says Nilanjana Dasgupta, director of the Institute of Diversity Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her research, Dasgupta has found that same-gender peer mentors, who are close in age and career stage to their mentees, can have particularly salutary effects, perhaps because it’s easier for mentees to recognize themselves in those advisers. “Peer mentors who are just a couple of years more senior than the women they mentor are particularly inspiring, because their success seems more achievable,” she says. Murrell says that her peer mentors have proven to be…

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  • Science

    Mysterious radioactive element einsteinium measured for the first time

    Element 99 — mysterious and exceptionally radioactive — sits inconspicuously in the bottom row of the periodic table. Named for legendary physicist Albert Einstein, einsteinium has been one of the most challenging elements to study since it was discovered in 1952 in the airborne debris from the first full-scale hydrogen bomb explosion. Now, nearly 70 years later, scientists have measured einsteinium for the first time, finally providing a close look at the element’s chemical properties and how it behaves. The researchers said the findings help shed light on this radioactive metal and other so-called transplutonium elements that occupy the fringes of the periodic table. These scarce materials could also themselves…

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  • Home Schooling

    Elton John having a “very hard” time homeschooling his kids

    Like many parents around the country, Elton John is having to homeschool his children due to the ongoing pandemic. And thing’s aren’t going too well. According to The Mirror, John says, “It’s not easy, we’ve been here since May. Our children haven’t seen anybody. It’s very hard but they’ve been amazing. Children need to interact with each other. People need to interact with each other!” Sir Elton John says homeschooling his two sons with David Furnish is ‘hard’https://t.co/M25gUha2kD pic.twitter.com/u3qXfjpza3 — Mirror Celeb (@MirrorCeleb) February 3, 2021 John went on to say that he understands the current policies in place are designed to protect people and to stop the spread of the…

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  • Exchange Student

    Student from Martinique sees snow for the first time during stint studying, playing soccer at B-UHS

    BUCKHANNON – There is nothing like the joy of seeing the first snowfall of the season or making memories while sharing holidays with others. So, just imagine the excitement of going on your first sled ride at age 17 and playing in the snow – not to mention seeing snow for the first time in person – and enjoying only your second celebration of Thanksgiving while enjoying delicious turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. These are some of the most memorable things that Martinique resident Julien Larcher has been able to experience this year while sharing time in Buckhannon as a foreign exchange student with his…

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  • Science

    This is the best time of day to exercise, backed by science

    For many people, early morning or late evening is the only time of day to exercise. Which is best? Chris Tobin/Getty Images Finding time to exercise is really a challenge for many people. Exercise is important, but everyone also has lives with jobs, families, significant others, friends, household duties, errands and, you know, the need for rest and sleep.  Where does exercise fit in, then? Is it better to wake up at the crack of dawn (or earlier) to squeeze in a sweat session, or should you push yourself to extend your long day another 30 to 60 minutes? Get more out of your tech Learn smart gadget and internet…

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  • Science

    What Science Can and Cannot Do in a Time of Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic is at the core of a triple crisis facing the U.S. population. The economic impact, both as a direct consequence of the pandemic and from the cost of accompanying mitigation measures, is the second element of the crisis; it has manifested in lingering high levels of unemployment, with some 26.8 million workers, almost 16 percent of the entire U.S. workforce, either unemployed, otherwise prevented from working by COVID-19, or employed but on reduced pay. Linked to both are the exacerbating effects of the third element of the crisis: the civil unrest and protests linked to systemic racism. While these emerged last year in response to the killing…

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