Jack O’ Lantern: Once upon a time, there was a bloke called Stingy Jack who often messed around with the Devil. After Stingy Jack died, the angry Devil sent him into the night with only burning coal. Jack was not only mischievous, he was also smart. He carved a turnip, threw the burning coal into it and lit his way with the turnip lantern. So, the Celtic legend goes. Originally, Jack o’Lanterns were only made of carved turnip, beetroots, and potatoes. The pumpkin as the popular lantern is a much later Halloween addition. … [Read more...] about Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve?
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And in a year when more people want to take advantage of early voting, the lack of poll workers can gum up that process as well. “We’ve already seen the consequences,” says Ben Brown, founder and CEO of the AYA. “Poll worker shortages lead to reduced polling locations, long lines, confusion, and ultimately, voter disenfranchisement.” Early voting sites in Fairfax County, Virginia, have already seen long lines—but Hishta says Election Day, when most people are still expected to vote, will be the real crunch, and a turnover of poll workers will be needed throughout the day and night, especially in places like New York City, where polls close at 9 p.m. … [Read more...] about A new generation of younger poll workers is stepping up to protect the elderly from COVID-19
Several studies have found a relationship between depression and social media use and in particular that higher levels of depression are correlated with more time spent online. However, the exact nature of the relationship between social media and depression is not clear. Researchers haven’t proven that social media actively causes depression. It’s possible that people who are depressed are drawn to spending more time online. It is also true that people who have experienced trauma or are depressed sometimes seek out support in online communities—a positive aspect of social networks. What we do know is that there is a population of people who spend time online who may be particularly vulnerable to having a negative reaction to seeing a suicide, especially if they weren’t expecting to see it. … [Read more...] about Researchers can’t even begin to assess the damage from viral suicide videos
“Over the last decade there has been a decline in overall public health preparedness within the system in the United States and around the world,” he said at the Fast Company Innovation Festival. “As the investment goes down, the preparedness goes down, so I do think we were at a unique moment where we were more susceptible than we would have been a few years ago.” … [Read more...] about Novartis CEO: A vaccine will not magically save us from COVID-19
“Do we need to have an enormous pro-vaccine movement waste tons of resources on that just because social media has decided to preference the voices and positions of people who will go online and advocate for dangerous or mistaken points of view? What would be the value in that?” Donovan said. “Nevertheless that’s one of the only solutions on the table.” … [Read more...] about This game can stop people from falling for COVID-19 conspiracies