Summary of “I’ll Need Your Café’s Wi-Fi Password Because I’m Working on My Novel Today”

Oh, gosh, I can’t believe it’s already the afternoon! The plan was to wake up early and be here by 9 A.M. to get to work on my novel.
I’m writing a novel, and it’s going to have characters, conflict, dénouement-all that stuff.
I’ve been telling every single person who will listen that I’m currently working on a novel, but it feels especially amazing to tell you right now.
I don’t know if you heard me: I’m going to be writing a novel here in your café today! How exciting for you!
One day, when I manage to actually write any part of this novel, you’ll get to tell people, “I saw him working on that novel in my café! He asked for the Wi-Fi password and then sat down to write the greatest work of the last fifteen-no, twenty-years!”.
You know what a novel is, right? It’s like a long book.
Please don’t call my name once my tiny coffee is ready, just in case I’m deep in the throes of writing my novel.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m writing a novel with my hands and my brain.

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Summary of “Update: VISA issuers and Mastercard make it harder to buy Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies”

It turns out that VISA issuers and Mastercard decided to reclassify the way Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency purchases are processed on their networks.
Currently, if you want to buy bitcoin, ethereum or any other alt-coin instantly, the only option is to use your debit or credit card.
Now, it seems VISA issuers and Mastercard have quietly reclassified the way Coinbase credit card purchases are processed on their networks.
A $5,000 instant bitcoin purchase made on Coinbase using a VISA or Mastercard credit card will now result in roughly $500 in fees + interest too.
For most people, losing 10 percent of your investment in fees means that the practice of using a credit card to buy cryptocurrency is effectively over.
In an email to all customers last night Coinbase confirmed the change, claiming “The MCC code for digital currency purchases was changed by a number of the major credit card networks” and will now allow banks and card issuers to charge “Additional cash advance fees.” When asked for comment a spokesperson for Mastercard had this to say: “Over the past few weeks, we have clarified to acquirers – or the merchant’s bank – the right transaction or merchant category code to use for these type of transactions. This provides a consistent view of such purchases for both merchants and issuers.”
Authorities are already divided on what bitcoin “Is”: the IRS has already said bitcoin is not “Currency” and treats it as taxable property credit card companies are now telling us that buying bitcoin is the same thing as pulling cash out of an ATM. Both things can’t be true.
“Visa allows credit, debit and certain prepaid Visa products to be used to purchase cryptocurrency, provided such transactions are legal in both the buyer’s and seller’s jurisdictions. Acquirers and merchants are responsible for ensuring that all Visa transactions are properly coded in the Visa payment system, so that issuers can rely on accurate and consistent coding when making authorization decisions. These codes have been in place for some time. Issuers make authorization decisions and determine cardholder fees, if any,” VISA said in a belated statement.

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Summary of “The Cavaliers Are a Brand-New Team”

Hill has not played particularly inspired basketball since signing with Sacramento in the offseason, but Cleveland is hoping he will be revitalized by the opportunity to start on a contender, while also moving back to a more complementary role on offense.
Utah is a deep team with lots of options on the wing, and the Jazz usually play in the half court with two big men who can’t space the floor.
He’ll be the most complete wing that LeBron will have played with in his second stint in Cleveland.
Green has had one of the best seasons of his career playing next to LeBron.
There’s a chance the Cavs will take both of their big men out in the fourth quarter of playoff games and just play with LeBron at center next to four perimeter players, like they did for stretches of the 2017 Finals.
He has never looked more apathetic on defense than he has this season, but now has to set the tone for how the team will play on that side of the ball.
A five-man unit of LeBron, Green, Osman, Hood, and Hill could be a proto-Lineup of Death that spreads the floor with five 3-point shooters and five players who can switch screens.
Oklahoma point guard Trae Young could be available where they are picking; other possibilities are players with the potential to be a high-level contributor on both sides of the ball, like Villanova wing Mikal Bridges, Alabama point guard Collin Sexton, or Michigan State big man Jaren Jackson Jr. The Cavs were able to walk a tightrope with all these trades.

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Summary of “The Surprising Way to Be More Effective at Storytelling”

Shawn Callahan, author of Putting Stories to Work, explains that when most people think of storytelling, they think big, like the “Elaborately crafted stories we see in movies, novels, plays, and TV drama series” that use techniques like plot structure, character, and scene design.
Although Star Wars is certainly compelling, it’s way too complicated for stories we tell at work, says Callahan.
“Told consistently over time, small stories will help employees understand the concrete actions needed to get a job done, how to bring a value to life, and how to implement a strategy,” Callahan writes.
Stories describe what happened first, then next, then after that.
Writes Callahan: “A story is a promise to share something the audience doesn’t know. To qualify as a story, there must be something in it that’s unanticipated. It doesn’t have to be a great insight, but listeners should at least raise their eyebrows.”
As Callahan explains, “A story describes what happened. A good story helps you see what happened. And a great story helps you feel what happened.”
Now it’s time to incorporate stories into your communication.
“Look for times when you can make a point, tell a story to reinforce it, and collect your rewards from the faces of the people around you.”

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Summary of “The Importance of Infants’ Exposure to Micro-Organisms”

Recent studies have shown that both a vaginal birth and exclusive breast-feeding can significantly affect the kinds and numbers of their gut microbes and the risk of developing various health problems.
Babies born vaginally primarily acquire the microbes that inhabit their mother’s vagina and bowel.
These differences in the gut microbiota were found to persist in children until at least 7 years of age, according to a study in Finland published in 2004.Currently, about one baby in three in the United States is delivered by cesarean section, up from about one in five in the 1990s.
A surgical delivery can be lifesaving when, for example, the fetus or the mother is at risk of a serious or fatal complication from a vaginal delivery.
Even though many babies with borderline readings would be likely to be fine with a vaginal birth, women and their doctors are usually unwilling to take a chance when the monitor suggests that the fetus may be in trouble.
To counter the effects of a surgical birth on the infant’s microbiome, a growing number of women whose babies are delivered by cesarean are requesting that medical staff transfer microbes from the mother’s vagina to their infants soon after birth.
Dr. Suchitra Hourigan, a pediatric gastroenterologist and director of the Inova Translational Medicine Institute in Falls Church, Va., is planning a three-year study of 800 babies delivered by a scheduled cesarean, half of whom will get vaginal seeding, to help determine if the technique is safe and beneficial.
In a study published online last May in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers reported that babies who got all or most of their milk from the breast had microbiota most like their mothers’.

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Summary of “Why a Big Utility Is Embracing Wind and Solar”

You read that right: In parts of the country, wind and solar plants built from scratch now offer the cheapest power available, even counting old coal, which was long seen as unbeatable.
Xcel, Colorado’s biggest power company, has pitched a plan to regulators that will involve replacing two large coal-burning units with renewable energy and possibly some natural gas.
Now, to be clear, the low bids that Xcel is getting include some federal subsidies for clean power.
Costs for renewable technologies are coming down so much that by the time the federal subsidies expire, wind turbines and large-scale solar arrays will still be competitive in large parts of the country.
The costs of huge batteries are also falling, and it looks as if they will turn out to be a big help in managing the variability of wind and solar power.
For decades, utility executives who were wedded to coal regarded solar panels and wind turbines as expensive trinkets.
It recently offered a scheme to subsidize coal and nuclear plants, but the plan was so ludicrous, a federal panel dominated by Trump appointees voted it down 5-0.More ominously, the administration recently imposed costly tariffs on solar panels made in China.
Mr. Fowke has positioned Xcel to take advantage of them, and a handful of other power companies across the country are taking similar steps.

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Summary of “Why a simple, lifesaving rabies shot can cost $10,000 in America”

Specifically, the drug that prevents rabies from spreading to the brain can cost more than $10,000 in the United States.
“Rabies treatment is more expensive in the United States, as are many medical treatments, because we don’t have price controls,” says Charles Rupprecht, a biomedical consultant who previously ran the rabies control program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Depending on where you go, a key rabies drug could cost $280 – or $9,912 Between 20,000 and 40,000 Americans are treated each year for rabies exposure, typically after encounters with wildlife including bats, raccoons, and skunks.
The first step in treatment involves two drugs: a rabies vaccine and something called rabies immunoglobulin.
Rabies immunoglobulin costs more than something like a flu shot because it’s derived from human blood, which has to be carefully screened for disease.
Sanofi, which manufacturers one of the two brands of rabies immunogloublin provided Vox with a statement regarding its prices: “Rabies is a serious viral infection that is nearly always fatal. We believe the price of the immunoglobulin is appropriate taking into consideration the life-saving value the product may provide and the complexity of its manufacturing.”
Pricey “Facility fees” drive the costs of rabies treatment even higher Most health care providers do not stock rabies immunoglobulin because the expensive drug has a short shelf life, typically expiring a few years after production.
To her, the visits all seemed the same: a quick stop by the emergency room to receive a shot of the rabies vaccine.

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Summary of “Japan lays groundwork for boom in robot carers”

Japanese government wants to increase acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce.
Japan’s elderly are being told to get used to being looked after by robots.
With Japan’s ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants to increase community acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce.
Dr Hirohisa Hirukawa, director of robot innovation research at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, said the aims included easing the burden on nursing staff and boosting the autonomy of people still living at home.
Hirukawa said lifting robotics had so far been deployed in only about 8% of nursing homes in Japan, partly because of the cost and partly because of the “The mindset by the people on the frontline of caregiving that after all it must be human beings who provide this kind of care”.
In the interests of lowering cost and complexity, these types of robots do not yet resemble humans or talk to users, but deploy smart technology to help people in specific situations.
“In Japan we already have motor-supported bicycles so it is like a version of an assist for walking,” Hirukawa said during a demonstration at the Foreign Press Center Japan.
According to Japan’s robot strategy, the government hopes that four in five care recipients accept having some support provided by robots by 2020.

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Summary of “Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News”

The study is significant because it identifies what may be a major risk factor for vulnerability to fake news.
The bio explained that Nathalie, a nurse at a local hospital, “Was arrested for stealing drugs from the hospital; she has been stealing drugs for 2 years and selling them on the street in order to buy designer clothes.” The subjects then rated Nathalie on traits such as trustworthiness and sincerity, after which they took a test of cognitive ability.
The subjects in the experimental condition initially rated Nathalie much more negatively than did the subjects in the control condition.
The interesting question was whether cognitive ability would predict attitude adjustment-that is, the degree to which the subjects in the experimental condition would rate Nathalie more favorably after being told that this information was false.
It did: subjects high in cognitive ability adjusted their ratings more than did those lower in cognitive ability.
The subjects with lower cognitive ability had more trouble shaking their negative first impression of Nathalie.
Research on cognitive aging indicates that, in adulthood, this ability declines considerably with advancing age, suggesting that older adults may also be especially vulnerable to fake news.
Another reason why cognitive ability may predict vulnerability to fake news is that it correlates highly with education.

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Summary of “How to Know When a Child’s Flu Turns Serious”

Half of the children hospitalized with influenza this flu season did not have any of the underlying chronic conditions that make children susceptible to complications from influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that’s not unusual.
What to Watch ForSigns to watch for in children are persistent high fevers that don’t subside and fevers that abate only to flare up again after the child seems to be over the worst of the illness, experts say.
Symptoms that call for immediate medical care are if a child’s breathing becomes labored, and he or she is taking fast, shallow breaths or feels chest pain or pressure; if the child’s lips turn blue or purple; if he or she is less responsive than usual; if the child’s skin becomes clammy; or if the child refuses to eat or drink or has diarrhea and is vomiting, raising the risk of dehydration.
In general, if a child is particularly irritable, is sleeping too much, seems confused, dizzy or not mentally alert, and not acting like his or her usual self, parents should seek medical help.
Concerns for Babies and ToddlersFor children under 2, parents must be vigilant about making sure their child is getting enough fluids, and watch for urine that becomes dark in color, a sign of dehydration that calls for immediate medical care.
They know their children better than anyone else, and if they think something is wrong, they should call a doctor and ask for advice, or take the child to an urgent care center or emergency room.
“When mom is really worried, that should not be trivialized – the pediatrician should look at that child closely,” Dr. Schaffner said.
Wash your hands frequently and if you’re holding a sick child, keep their chin on your shoulder so they don’t cough on you.

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