Opinion | Americans turned out to vote with their tweet

Beyond their role as a comforting escape from the horrors of traditional election coverage, there’s a case to be made that such posts may have contributed to the election’s record turnout. It’s one way in which social media — rightly criticized for its part in increasing polarization and spreading disinformation — may have helped democracy.

At first glance, this claim probably seems counterintuitive. The 2020 turnout was undoubtedly bolstered by strong feelings on both sides. One would think that the pandemic-driven expansion of mail-in voting also contributed to turnout by making it easier to vote — a plausible explanation that has nothing to do with social media. The problem with this reasoning is that there’s plenty of evidence — for example, from the United States and Switzerland — that mail-in voting has historically had a very limited impact on turnout.

This phenomenon is elucidated in a remarkable 2010 paper by

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When Sharks Turned Up at Their Beach, They Called in Drones

Once rare off Southern California beaches, great white sharks are beginning to show up more often. The newcomers are mostly juvenile sharks, which prefer the warm waters closer to shore. That means many beachgoers who are now spotting sharks have never seen the predators before.

“When these little fins started to pop up, everyone was scrambling to figure out what was going on,” said Douglas J. McCauley, a marine science professor and the director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

A new project using artificial intelligence called SharkEye may help keep track of these fearsome fish. The technology is being developed by Dr. McCauley’s lab (which works with A.I. researchers at Salesforce, the company led by his lab’s sponsor, Marc Benioff) and computer scientists at San Diego State University to monitor more of the oceanfront while learning about shark migrations.

SharkEye has been tested

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Jets ‘turned on’ in past two decades or so — ScienceDaily

Astronomers using data from the ongoing VLA Sky Survey (VLASS) have found a number of distant galaxies with supermassive black holes at their cores that have launched powerful, radio-emitting jets of material within the past two decades or so. The scientists compared data from VLASS with data from an earlier survey that also used the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) to reach their conclusion.

“We found galaxies that showed no evidence of jets before but now show clear indications of having young, compact jets,” said Dr. Kristina Nyland, who is an NRC postdoctoral fellow in residence at the Naval Research Laboratory.

“Jets like these can strongly affect the growth and evolution of their galaxies, but we still don’t understand all of the details. Catching newborn jets with surveys like VLASS provides a measure of the role of powerful radio jets in shaping the lives of

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How Kind Turned 17 Years, 8 Product Lines, and a Love for Healthy Snacking into a $5 Billion Exit

Seventeen years after launching Kind, founder Daniel Lubetzky has found his exit strategy.

The New York City-based maker of Kind bars will be acquired by snack food and petcare giant Mars, the companies announced on Tuesday. The deal has been oft-rumored ever since Mars, one of the largest privately-held companies in the U.S., purchased a minority stake in Kind Snacks back in 2017. While terms of the agreement remain undisclosed, the New York Times estimates the acquisition cost at roughly $5 billion.

The Kind story has long been one of perseverance: After launching in 2003, the business weathered the storm of the Great Recession to become a healthy-snacking powerhouse, ranking No. 889 on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. in 2012. The company made $719 million in revenue last year, according to estimates from private research firm PrivCo, while selling eight product lines across 35 countries.

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S&P 500 Weekly Update: Obsessing Over The Election Turned Out To Be A Mistake

“Information is not knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Last week it was all about “the calm before the storm”. Instead of more anxiety, the storm turned out to be a whirlwind for the Bulls.

It’s finally over. Yes although we don’t have a declared “winner” three days after an election, it’s over. All of the different political scenarios, all of the forecasts of what sectors/stocks are going to do well under Biden or Trump. Whether there is a Blue Wave or there is a gridlock setup in congress. I for one now will have fewer distractions, take time to regroup, and more than likely go back to playing the cards that are dealt.

No matter who sits in the White House next year it is ‘likely” investors in the stock market will be laboring with the backdrop of a divided government, or as one analyst mentioned, a “frozen government”. The stock

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A Teenage Mark Zuckerberg Turned Down an Offer From His Dad. It’s Why Facebook Exists Today

Before Mark Zuckerbergleft for college in 2002, his father offered him a choice: He could either have a Harvard education, or else his father would purchase a McDonald’s franchise for him to run, according to a report at CNBC.com. The franchise would likely have provided many years or perhaps a lifetime of steady income. Today, franchise owners typically earn& $90,000 a year or more, CNBC.com says. [Disclosure: I’m a CNBC.com contributor.]

Each of the four Zuckerberg children got the same offer from their Dad, who was a dentist, Mark’s sister Randi Zuckerberg recalled in a CNBC interview. It was, in effect, a choice to either get an education and make their own way in the world, or follow an easier path and be set for life.

If someone had made me that offer before I went of to college, I have to admit, I’d probably have taken it.

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Body camera turned on after fatal shooting of unarmed Black couple in Illinois, footage shows

A police officer involved in a fatal shooting in Waukegan, Illinois, did not turn his body-worn camera on until after the deadly confrontation with an unarmed Black couple, footage released by the police department showed.

Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was fatally shot and his girlfriend, Tafara Williams, 20, was seriously wounded during the Oct. 20 altercation in the suburban Chicago city after the officer opened fired into a car Williams was driving.

On Wednesday, the city released six videos related to the incident from body-worn cameras, dash cameras and building surveillance cameras. None capture the shooting itself.

PHOTO: Authorities released six videos related to a fatal police-involved shooting in Waukegan, Ill., Oct. 20, 2020. Here, body-worn camera footage shows one of the victims, Tafara Williams, in a car before the shooting occurred.

Authorities released six videos related to a fatal police-involved shooting in Waukegan, Ill., Oct. 20, 2020. Here, body-worn camera footage shows one of the victims, Tafara Williams, in a car before the shooting occurred.

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Body camera only turned on after fatal shooting of Black couple, footage shows

A police officer involved in a fatal shooting in Waukegan, Illinois, did not turn his body-worn camera on until after the deadly confrontation with an unarmed Black couple, footage released by the police department showed.



a man looking at the camera: In this image taken from a video screen, Tafara Williams speaks to reporters from her hospital bed during a Zoom call, Oct. 27, 2020, in Libertyville, Ill.


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In this image taken from a video screen, Tafara Williams speaks to reporters from her hospital bed during a Zoom call, Oct. 27, 2020, in Libertyville, Ill.

Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was fatally shot and his girlfriend, Tafara Williams, 20, was seriously wounded during the Oct. 20 altercation in the suburban Chicago city after the officer opened fired into a car Williams was driving.

On Wednesday, the city released six videos related to the incident from body-worn cameras, dash cameras and building surveillance cameras. None capture the shooting itself.



a blurry image of a person driving a car: Authorities released six videos related to a fatal police-involved shooting in Waukegan, Ill., Oct. 20, 2020. Here, body-worn camera footage shows one of the victims, Tafara Williams, in a car before the shooting occurred.


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Authorities released six videos related to a fatal police-involved shooting in Waukegan, Ill., Oct. 20, 2020. Here, body-worn

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Meet The Mathematician Turned Startup Founder Who’s Helping Black Girls Build Their Confidence In Math

Math anxiety is a real thing. In fact, women struggle with a fear of math more than their male counterparts. According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, that fear begins to show up in young girls as early as the second grade. In turn, the urge to avoid numbers often impacts the professional and financial decisions that women make later in life.  

To inspire girls to lean into math, Brittany Rhodes, mathematician turned tech founder created Black Girl MATHgic, a monthly subscription box service curated to increase math confidence and decrease math anxiety in girls on a third to eighth-grade math skill level. The company’s mission is to help girls succeed in class today and in society tomorrow.

Solving For America’s Math Anxiety Problem

The Black Girl MATHgic equation to solve for math anxiety is simple:

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