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Today’s Solutions: July 14, 2024

The five ring symbol of the Olympic Games at tokyo museum and new stadium in background. Japan will host the Tokyo 2020 summer olympics and Paralympic.

CO2 emissions significantly reduced at the last Olympic Games

The Pandemic turned everyone’s world upside down, causing us all to adapt to new ways of life and society to find a new “normal.” While this experience came with its negatives, it also created an opportunity for numerous lessons to be learned and possibilities for change, especially when it Read More...

Escherichia Coli (E. Coli.) cells or bacteria under microscope.

Mummies tell the story of centuries-old E.coli

As humans did not have the current means of recording events and knowledge of diseases, it’s difficult to study the history of humans and diseases. Rare gold mines of preserved genetic material come around once every so often, slowly giving us more and more insight into our fascinating past. This Read More...

School closed due to COVID-19 outbreak and a message was posted on the school blackboard.

Study proves closing schools and workplaces in the pandemic saved lives

The past few years have been challenging. The pandemic forced the world indoors and caused us to adapt to a new way of life. Many of us are still adjusting and getting used to post-pandemic life and although nothing can make that easy, this new study might be able to help us remember that this Read More...

School out

Many US states now allow mental health absences for students

Linnea Sorensen is a 17-year-old student from Schaumburg, Illinois northwest of Chicago. She falls into a funk every time her girlfriend of four years leaves for her six-month stints with the Marine Corps. Linnea has trouble focusing on her schoolwork when she gets like this.  "I'm somebody who Read More...

Young soccer players in blue and greensportswear, huddling round for a pep talk.

Team sports reduce children's risk of mental health problems

Participating in sports from a young age is essential for developing teamwork and motor skills, improving self-esteem, and reinforcing healthy habits. New research from California State University, Fullerton brought this further, explaining how different types of sports can impact youth mental Read More...

Man in grey t shirt isolated against yellow background smelling something stinky and disgusting.

New study sniffs out cause of parosmia, disordered smells

What’s your favorite smell? Is it the whiff of freshly ground coffee in the morning or blossoms in spring? Whatever it may be, imagine a world where this sense is distorted and sometimes disturbing. This is the reality for people living with parosmia, a disease that can turn the smell of freshly Read More...

Chicago internet

Chicago Connected gave internet to 64,000 children in need

When the Pandemic hit and students went home for school, many lower-income families were disadvantaged due to a lack of reliable internet. In Chicago, many students in lower-income neighborhoods couldn’t get their work done, so the city decided to take action.  In March 2020, the city started Read More...

Solar panels installed on public school in the US

Pennsylvania schools doubled their solar power in the last two years

Renewable energy production is taking off in the Keystone State. A new report from the nonprofit Generation180 reveals that Pennsylvania schools doubled their solar power capacity over the last two years of the Pandemic. This helped not only the planet but also the schools' bottom line and Read More...

Girl studying online from her laptop wearing headphones and writing in a notepad with a computer.

4 lessons the pandemic has taught us about online learning

As we reflect on the pandemic it’s easy to pick out the overwhelming negatives that we faced. One of these hardships was online schooling where millions took to their computers to learn digitally. Overnight, institutions had to scramble to keep education running, providing not just an online Read More...

Office Socializing

6 tips for employees and employers to mentally readjust to the office

With the shift from pandemic to endemic and the lifting of mask mandates, many offices are finally unlocking their doors, and employees are returning for in-person work.  Whether we wanted to stay at home or we were looking forward to getting back to a shared space, there are some changes in Read More...