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The rainy season may be here, but after so many months of staying inside, it feels good to take the kids to a nearby playground in Seattle

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The rainy season may be here, but after so many months of staying inside, it feels good to take the kids to a nearby playground in Seattle

So bundle those kiddos in their best rain suits and plan to recreate responsibly at one of our favorite spots where kids can swing, slide or zip on a sunny (or at least dry) winter day. Tips for playing safely in the time of COVID-19: 1. Kids ages two and up should wear a mask while playing, please. 2. Please limit the number of kids on each piece of equipment to five or fewer. 3. Remember to wash or sanitize little (and big) hands when you’re done playing. 4. Keep up the social distancing, even on the sidelines. 5. If...

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The Librarian War Against QAnon

The Librarian War Against QAnon

For too long now, shared reality has been fracturing before our eyes. Eli Pariser’s concept of the “filter bubble” is already a decade old. Yochai Benkler’s research on propaganda networks finds that the roots of our epistemic crisis predate even the existence of the social web. The origins of this broken informational environment may be complicated, but the stakes are quite clearly life-and-death—and they prompt a question: How can so many people believe things that are obviously untrue? Setting aside the fact that the people most likely to share misinformation haven’t been in a classroom for decades, most students in...

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Will Safer Batteries Finally Take Over the Home Storage Market?

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Will Safer Batteries Finally Take Over the Home Storage Market?

If the U.S. converts to a carbon-free grid, millions of homeowners may want to generate and store their own solar power. Companies are already jockeying over that potentially massive market — and the commercial contest revolves around safety. Tesla and LG Chem currently dominate the U.S. home battery market. Both use the lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt-oxide (NMC) chemistry favored by the electric vehicle industry. In cars, the goal is to pack as much energy into as little space as possible. That comes with a tradeoff: the potential for cells to heat up and kick off a chain reaction that can end with fire and, in enclosed spaces, explosion. Such calamities are extremely...

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The 50 Best Alt-Rock Love Song

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The 50 Best Alt-Rock Love Song

s Not all love songs are romantic. Not all love songs are even happy. It all depends on your definition of the term. For every “My Girl” or “Your Song,” there’s at least one track with a nuanced take on the darker, more complicated sides of love — the drama of a long-term relationship, the fear of losing a partner, the void left in love’s wake. Many of those songs fall under the admittedly broad umbrella of “alt-rock.” So to mark Valentine’s Day, we decided to gather 50 of our favorite “love songs” in the genre — both conventional and...

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How to Create an Amazing Webinar in 2021

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How to Create an Amazing Webinar in 2021

Creating a webinar is one of the best ways to engage with potential customers in an increasingly remote world.  Since the rise of remote work, people rely on technology for education and social interaction more than ever. This means more Zoom meetings instead of in-person meetings, more walks to a home office instead of commutes to a high-rise, and of course, more webinars instead of live events. The B2B webinar platform BrightTalk reported a 76% increase in video, webinar, and virtual events uploaded to their platform from March to June 2020. From April 2019 to April 2020, ON24 saw a...

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