Staying Safe While Being Spooky

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:43 AM From pumpkin carving to costume making, there's a lot to do before Halloween arrives this Sunday. But to keep the spooky holiday fun and memorable, it's also important to keep safety in mind. Pumpkin carving is the number one cause of Halloween-related injuries, WebMD reports, but there are a few easy ways to keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible. Head over to WebMD to learn more.

It May Be Time to Start Your Holiday Shopping

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Monday, October 25, 2021 1:26 PM It's not even November yet, but it may be time to get started on your holiday shopping. It's likely that you've heard about massive supply chain issues and labor shortages this year, and these two things combined could make for a stressful and unsatisfying holiday shopping season. Head over to HuffPost to learn how to save yourself some stress this year, from shopping early to avoiding shipping delays. 

Predicting This Year's Most Popular Costumes

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:54 PM With Halloween just around the corner, you may be finding yourself in one of two scenarios: stuck for costume ideas, or worried everyone will be wearing the same thing as you this October 31. Thankfully, Google's annual Frightgeist feature, which complies Google searches and data to determine the most popular Halloween costimes each year, is here to help. Head over to Patch to learn more about the feature, or head straight to Frightgeist to try it out for yourself. You can search locally or nationwide. 

Online Holiday Spending Expected to Soar

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:44 PM According to data from Adobe Analytics, reported by Inc., online holiday shopping is expected to reach a record $910 billion this year globally. Head over to Inc. to read some more about what this prediction means for retailers, and what to focus on to ensure happy, repeat customers.

It's Almost Time to Set Those Clocks Back

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 1:00 PM In just a few weeks, Americans will set their clocks back an hour to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. Every year, Daylight Saving Time causes some confusion and annoyance, and some states and counties are taking steps to end the tradition. Head over to The New York Times to learn some more about the history of changing our clocks, and why some states want to end it.

What We Know About Breakthrough Infections

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:49 PM Breakthrough infections, or COVID-19 infections in the fully vaccinated, do happen, but the risk of severe illness and death is much lower. However, high-risk individuals may be more likely to experience severe illness when infected with COVID-19, even if they are fully vaccinated. Head over to USA Today to learn more about what we know about breakthrough infections. 

Just Some Sweet Candy Facts

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Monday, October 18, 2021 1:15 PM If you haven't already stocked up on candy for trick-or-treaters, you're probably planning to do so soon. Before you head out to the store, or break open the bag you bought earlier for a little treat for yourself, head over to Mental Floss to read some fun, sweet facts about classic Halloween candies—you can hand out some fun facts, too, this Halloween.

Wild Photography

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Friday, October 15, 2021 9:47 AM Last week, the Natural History Museum in London, England released the winners of its prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The stunning images include a close-up of a spiderweb taken by 10-year-old Vidyun R Hebbar, battling reindeer, a raven courtship and more. Head over to NPR for a look at the images. 

An Out Of This World Wake Up Call

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:22 PM A woman in British Columbia, Canada, was woken up in the middle of the night earlier this month by something falling from the sky and into her bed. As it turns out, that something was a meteorite. Head over to the New York Times to read the full, out of this world story. 

A New Honor for Henrietta Lacks

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 2:25 PM Yesterday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, MD, director-general of the World Health Organization, honored Henrietta Lacks with a posthumous WHO Director-General’s award. Head over to the WHO website to learn more about Henrietta Lacks, her legacy and why this honor is so important.

Staying Safe This Halloween

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 11:28 AM Halloween is here, and, while things might not be as dire as they were this time last year in the U.S., the COVID-19 risk hasn't disappeared. Head over to ABC News to hear from WebMD's John Whyte, MD, and get some tips for having a fun and safe Halloween 2021.

Welcome, Indigenous Peoples' Day

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Monday, October 11, 2021 12:39 PM Yesterday marked the first-ever federally recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day. So, what is the history of Indigenous Peoples' Day, what does it mean to Native American people in the United States, and what about Columbus Day (still a Federal Holiday)? Head over to NPR to learn some more. 

Flu Shot Perks

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Friday, October 8, 2021 11:33 AM It's flu shot season, and in addition to protection from the virus itself, some flu shots offer extra-special perks. Head over to Science Insider to learn about some of the freebies you can get with your flu shot. 

Finally, a Malaria Vaccine

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Thursday, October 7, 2021 1:53 PM All our eyes and ears may be on COVID-19 vaccines right now, but, at the same time, the scientific community and people all around the world, particularly Sub-Sarahan Africa, are celebrating the first-ever Malaria vaccine. The World Health Organization states that Malaria kills over 260,000 under the age of 5 every year on the African continent—this new vaccine could save hundreds of thousands of lives. Head over to WebMD to learn more about this historic moment.

The Future of At-Home COVID Tests

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:00 PM The FDA has now approved Acon Laboratories’ rapid, at-home COVID-19 test, making COVID-19 testing quicker, easier and more accessible for Americans everywhere. Head over to the New York Times to learn more about the future of at-home COVID tests, how they work and why they are so important in our continued fight against COVID-19.