Olympians Outside the Olympics

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:16 PM For some Olympians, training and competing in their sport is a full time job—for others, it's something akin to a side hustle. Many Olympians around the world have full time jobs outside their sport, including priests, teachers, doctors, lawyers, business owners and more. Head over to BuzzFeed to learn more about Olympic athletes and their day jobs. 

Finally Equal Footing

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 11:14 AM This year's Olympic games mark the first time that Paralympians will earn the same amount of money as Olympians. According to HuffPost, "athletes will now receive $37,500 for each gold medal earned at the Paralympics, $22,500 for silver and $15,000 for bronze." This is on par with what Olympians are paid, and "boosts compensation for some Paralympians by as much as 400 percent." Head over to HuffPost to learn more about this important change.

Full Approval Could Be Coming Soon

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Monday, July 26, 2021 2:56 PM Although three COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for emergency use in the United States, none of them are fully FDA approved just yet. The vaccines are safe and effective, but it's plausible that many Americans are holding out on getting their shots until full FDA approval, and with the Delta variant increasing cases across the country, getting more shots in arms is more important than ever. Head over to WebMD for more information on when we could expect that full approval to hit the news. 

What Happens to All Those Olympic Venues?

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Friday, July 23, 2021 10:44 AM Each Olympic cycle, the host nations go to incredible lengths to prepare to welcome athletes from all over the world to their country, and this often includes constructing new buildings and venues for sporting events or, even, the Opening Ceremony. But once the Games are over, what happens to these structures that took so much time, money and manpower to create? Head over to Sports Insider for a look at what a second life looks like for an Olympic venue, from complete abandonment to adaptation. 

New Tech For Those With Low Vision

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 11:43 AM Through its business creation program Ignition, Honda is showing off a new naviagtion system for people with low vision: an insert that attaches to the user's shoes to help them navigate and avoid potential dangers. Head over to Mashable to learn more about this new tech and how it could help change lives.

Beauty in the Night Sky

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:33 PM This August, many of us will have a front row seat to view a special and rare celestial treat: a blue moon (or, the rare case of a second full moon falling within one calendar month), combined with Jupiter and Saturn at opposition, visible in the night sky. This means we should be able to see all three of them at once. Head over to Mental Floss for more on this special celestial cross over.

What to Look Out for This Olympic Season

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 1:17 PM If all goes well, the Summer Olympics will begin this week. As always, the Olympics are three weeks of nonstop action, and it can be hard to know what's worth watching, and then to catch all the events you want, especially when there's a time difference to take into account. Head over to NPR for a list of the top 10 things to prioritize this Olympic season, and why certain moments might just be history-making.

The Fourth Type of Olympic Medal

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Monday, July 19, 2021 11:27 AM As we gear up to watch athletes around the world earn gold, silver and bronze medals at the Olympics, it's also worth nothing that there is a fourth kind of Olympic medal: the Pierre de Coubertin medal. The medal is named after the founder of the modern Olympics, and is awarded to those within the industry who display good sportsmanship or particularly noteworthy contributions to the Olympics. The medal isn't handed out at every Games either, only appearing when the Olympic Comittee decides someone really deserves it. Head over to Mental Floss to learn more about the Pierre de Coubertin medal, and those who have won it in the past.

Understanding COVID's Impact

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Friday, July 16, 2021 12:03 PM The American Foundation for the Blind has launched its Journey Forward survey, with the goal of better understanding the short and long term impacts COVID-19 has had on the vision loss community. Head over to the AFB to take a look at the survey or pass it along to someone you know who qualifies.

Keeping Pets Safe This Summer

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021 1:43 PM Once you get the hang of things, it's not too hard to know what to look for when checking yourself for ticks or other bug bites, but checking your furry friends might prove a little more difficult—from dogs that refuse to stand still to lots and lots of fur blocking the skin, there are quite a few complications. Head over to WebMD to learn more about what to look for, where to look and how to proceed if you find something.

Catching Up With the Emmys

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021 11:59 AM The 2021 Emmy nominations were announced yesterday morning, with a few surprises. Head over to the LA Times to get up to date on all the nominees before the ceremony in September. 

Phoebe Returns

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Monday, July 12, 2021 1:09 PM Phoebe Philo, the fashion designer who transformed Chloé and Céline into the iconic, modern brands they are today, is officially launching her own brand, three years after she stepped away from Céline. Head over to Vogue to learn more about Philo, her history as a designer, and what we may be able to expect from her new eponymous brand (which may very well likely include eyewear). 

Get to Know James Holman

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Friday, July 9, 2021 11:16 AM Born in 1786, James Holman was a British author and adventurer who was also completely blind. In 1832, he became the first blind person to circumnavigate the globe, and by 1846 he had visited every inhabited continent. His story is remarkable, and so are his accounts of his travels. Head over to Mental Floss to meet James, and to learn his fascinating story. 

The Cicadas Head Back Underground

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:33 PM The cicada invasion of 2021 is mostly over, but the mark they left behind is still visible. Although you might not be hearing the noisy bugs as often as earlier this spring and summer, billions of ciacada eggs are still hanging out in the trees, getting ready to hatch, and you can see them if you know what to look for. Head over to NPR to learn more about the future of Brood X, including when the eggs will hatch and when and where the bugs will emerge next. 

Keeping Unvaccinated Kids Safe

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:18 PM Children under 12 are not yet eligible for any COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, which can make things both tricky and scary for parents and families with young kids. Head over to the American Medical Association's website for a run-down of some things doctors want parents of young kids to know, and some ideas of safe, family friendly activities that even the not-yet-vaccinated can join.