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November 23, 2021

Here are the most common passwords of 2021, is yours on the list?

Media -- The Next Web - If you use "123456", "password" or "qwerty" as a password, you're probably aware that you're leaving yourself vulnerable to hackers. But you're also not alone - these are three of the top ten most common passwords around the world, according...

November 23, 2021 01:43 AM

November 21, 2021

Coming Soon: A Wearable Device to Predict Epileptic Seizures

U.S. News -- Claire Wiedmaier experiences epileptic seizures so bad that she's...

November 21, 2021 11:16 PM

Trial Begins of Nasal Vaccine for Alzheimer's Disease

U.S. News -- The first human clinical trial of a nasal vaccine to slow the...

November 21, 2021 11:16 PM

10 Best-Performing 401(k) Funds

U.S. News -- Retirement savers should look for broad-based funds as core holdings and consider the fees.

November 21, 2021 10:59 PM

E-Commerce Mattress Maker Casper Sold for About $308 Million

U.S. News -- The e-commerce mattress maker Casper is being acquired and taken private for about $308 million.

November 21, 2021 10:50 PM

12 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

Life -- Kiplinger - You may have dreamed of a tax-free retirement, but if you live in one of these states, your Social Security benefits may be subject to state taxes.

November 21, 2021 03:40 AM

How To Protect Your Retirement Portfolio Against Market Pullbacks

Life -- Kiplinger - Would you be ready if stocks start to slide? It's bound to happen one day or another, and here's what you can do to prepare for it.

November 21, 2021 03:40 AM

Disrupted Circadian Regulation of Cognition in Alzheimer's Disease

Life -- Neuroscience News - Amyloid-beta accumulation in the brain may contribute to deficits in circadian regulation of learning and memory during the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

November 21, 2021 03:39 AM

Biden Approval, Legislation and the American Public

Life -- Gallup Headlines - The potential impact of massive new spending legislation on President Joe Biden's job approval rating remains uncertain.

November 21, 2021 03:39 AM

Hospitalizations Among the Vaccinated are Rising

Life -- WebMD - Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky say a growing number of fully vaccinated people who haven't gotten a booster shot are being hospitalized with breakthrough cases of COVID-19.

November 21, 2021 03:37 AM

Important Planning Considerations: Insurance & Long-Term Care

Life -- Kiplinger - Your retirement plan isn't complete until you've looked into getting the insurance you need, including life insurance, disability insurance and a plan for long-term care.

November 21, 2021 03:35 AM

Chronic Stress and Depression Boost This Brain Receptor; A New Study Maps Out How to Block It

Life -- Neuroscience News - Researchers have determined the near-atomic scale structure of the anxiety-associated GPR158 receptor. The findings enable an avenue to create potential therapeutics to block the receptor in order to treat depression, stress, and other...

November 21, 2021 03:35 AM

One year from launch: US-European satellite to track world's water

Life -- Phys.org - An international team of engineers and technicians has finished assembling a next-generation satellite that will make the first global survey of Earth's surface water and study fine-scale ocean currents. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography...

November 21, 2021 03:34 AM

Biden Approval Ratings Mostly Underwater

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Majorities of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden's handling of his job as president and five other key issues.

November 21, 2021 03:33 AM

Why Retirees Who Don't Consider ESG Investing Are Making a Big Mistake

Life -- Kiplinger - More investors are taking into account environmental, social and governance principles when making decisions. That's because of the potential for lower risk and outsized returns.

November 21, 2021 03:28 AM

Suits at the Ready for Next Spacewalk

Life -- NASA Image of the day - A pair of U.S. spacesuits are pictured inside the International Space Station's Quest airlock ready for an upcoming spacewalk.

November 21, 2021 03:27 AM

Rethinking the 4% Safe Withdrawal Rule

Life -- The Retirement Manifesto - The 4% safe withdrawal rule is a well-known "rule of thumb" for those planning for retirement.

One thing it has going for it is that it's simple to apply.

If you have $1 Million, the 4% safe withdrawal rule says you can spend...

November 21, 2021 03:25 AM

Death Penalty Support Holding at Five-Decade Low

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Fifty-four percent of Americans are in favor of the death penalty, similar to recent years and remaining the lowest since 1972.

November 21, 2021 03:23 AM

Young People Rely on Social Media, but Don't Trust It

Life -- Gallup Headlines - A new UNICEF study reveals new insights into the changing nature of childhood, including how young people are staying informed and the institutions they trust.

November 21, 2021 03:22 AM

Exercise Increases the Body's Own 'Cannabis' Which Reduces Chronic Inflammation

Life -- Neuroscience News - For people with arthritis, exercise reduces pain and lowers levels of inflammatory cytokines. Exercise also increases the production of natural endocannabinoids. Researchers found the way exercise promotes these changes was due to...

November 21, 2021 03:22 AM

Learning How to Starve a Tumor

Life -- WebMD - By studying cancer growth in mice eating different diets, scientists are learning what makes tumors thrive-and what might weaken them and slow their growth.

November 21, 2021 03:21 AM

5 Year-End Moves to Help Retirees Trim Their Tax Bill

Life -- Kiplinger - The end of the year is a great time to start thinking about next year's tax bill. Here are some strategies on how to reduce what you will owe Uncle Sam.

November 21, 2021 03:19 AM

Stricter Gun Laws Less Popular in U.S.

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Americans' 52% support for stricter gun laws is the lowest since 2014, and the 19% who favor a ban on possession of handguns is the lowest on record.

November 21, 2021 03:17 AM

Gun Owners Increasingly Cite Crime as Reason for Ownership

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Many more U.S. gun owners say they own a gun for protection against crime than said so in the past. Gun ownership rates remain steady.

November 21, 2021 03:17 AM

Coffee and Tea Drinking May Be Associated With Reduced Rates of Stroke and Dementia

Life -- Neuroscience News - People who drink between 4 - 6 cups of coffee or tea per day have a lower risk of stroke and dementia, researchers report. Drinking coffee alone, or in combination with tea, was associated with lower risk of post-stroke dementia.

November 21, 2021 03:10 AM

Fauci on the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic and the 'insanity' of the threats he faces for pushing masks, vaccines

Life -- Stat - Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert who himself has become a something of a Rorschach test for people's views on the pandemic, warned that the politicization of the Covid-19 response threatens the country's ability to withstand...

November 21, 2021 03:05 AM

What Retirees Will Pay for Medicare in 2022

Life -- Kiplinger - Seniors will pay more for Parts B and D next year, though Medicare Advantage plans should be slightly cheaper.

November 21, 2021 03:03 AM

Observing Earth from the Space Station

Life -- NASA Image of the day - This image taken from the space station shows the blue-green waters around the Bahamas.

November 21, 2021 03:02 AM

Political News Receiving Heightened Public Attention

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Americans are paying closer attention to political news this fall than is usual for a year in which there is no presidential election. Republicans maintained their election-year focus on the news, while Democrats shifted their gaze.

November 21, 2021 03:01 AM

Law and Order Survives the Pandemic

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Gallup's update on global law and order shows that people worldwide didn't feel less safe during the first year of the pandemic.

November 21, 2021 03:00 AM

Where Does the Saying "Tie the Knot" Come From?

Life -- Reader's Digest - Did somebody say wedding season? I'm a sucker for a good love story. I mean, who isn't? There's just something so beautiful about two people actively choosing to spend the rest of their lives together. But there are so many wedding traditions...

November 21, 2021 02:59 AM

What Are Heart Rate Zones, and How Can You Find Yours?

Life -- Lifehacker - Tracking your heart rate is useful for gauging how hard you're working during exercise, and thanks to all the smartwatches and wearables available these days, it's easy to keep tabs on your real-time heart rate and adjust your intensity...

November 21, 2021 02:59 AM

New Approach Provides Potential Vaccine and Treatment for Alzheimer's

Life -- Neuroscience News - A newly developed antibody-based treatment and protein-based vaccine reduced Alzheimer's symptoms in mouse models, researchers report.

November 21, 2021 02:59 AM

Earn 7% Risk-Free on Your Savings With Government I Bonds

Life -- The Penny Hoarder - Forget high-yield savings accounts and CDs. If you want a nearly risk-free way to grow your cash, Uncle Sam has an attractive offer.

The U.S. government announced a new 7.12% interest rate for Series I savings bonds from November 2021...

November 21, 2021 02:58 AM

A Spectacular Side-On Spiral

Life -- ESA-Hubble POW - This astronomical portrait from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope showcases an edge-on view of the majestic spiral galaxy UGC 11537. Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 has captured the tightly wound spiral arms swirling around the heart of...

November 21, 2021 02:24 AM

Verizon introduces hands-free calling via Alexa at Home

Globe Newswire -- Telecommunications - "Alexa, answer the call." Verizon's New Number Share lets you use your mobile number for hands-free calls on Alexa-enabled devices at home "Alexa, answer the call." Verizon's New Number Share lets you use your mobile number for hands-free...

November 21, 2021 02:10 AM

Apple Announces Self Service Repair

Business Wire -- Apple(r) today announced Self Service Repair, which will allow customers who are comfortable with completing their own repairs access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Available first for the iPhone(r) 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, and soon to be followed...

November 21, 2021 12:39 AM

November 15, 2021

Fauci won't quit until pandemic 'is in the rearview mirror'; Austria orders lockdown for unvaccinated: Latest COVID-19 updates

Media -- USATODAY - News Top Stories - Dr. Anthony Fauci says he won't resign despite a recent national survey indicating more than half of voters believe he should step down.

November 15, 2021 03:14 AM

Singles' Day, the World's Biggest Shopping Event, Faces a Headwind

Media -- Time - Business - Singles' Day-the world's largest annual online shopping event-will see its thirteenth iteration on Nov. 11. What began in China in 2009 with only 27 merchants has ballooned into an international bonanza featuring celebrities, livestreamed...

November 15, 2021 03:11 AM

November 14, 2021

Hallmark and Youtube TV team up to add more feel-good Christmas movies at no extra cost

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - As a part of Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Miracles of Christmas events, Crown Media has launched three new channels at no additional cost on Youtube TV so that you and your family can enjoy...

November 14, 2021 07:32 AM

Fitbit is rolling out an ECG app to the Charge 5

Tech -- The Verge - Fitbit released its Charge 5 fitness tracker with a brand new design and a color screen in September, but it launched without two key software features: an electrocardiogram (ECG) app and Fitbit's...

November 14, 2021 07:09 AM

Disney Plus is upgrading Marvel movies to IMAX aspect ratio

Tech -- The Verge - Disney and IMAX have announced a collaboration that will see several Marvel movies presented in IMAX's Expanded Aspect Ratio format on Disney Plus. 13 MCU movies in total will be upgraded to IMAX Enhanced on November 12th, including Shang-Chi...

November 14, 2021 07:04 AM

People With Diabetes Less Likely to Spot Dangerous A-Fib: Study

U.S. News -- If they have diabetes, people with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) are...

November 14, 2021 06:47 AM

Alzheimer's Diagnosis May Come With Big Cost to Social Life

U.S. News -- Alzheimer's is a devastating disease, slowly robbing patients of...

November 14, 2021 06:47 AM

Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to Choose

U.S. News -- Should you opt for Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage (Part C)?

November 14, 2021 06:44 AM

Many People May Be Eating Their Way to Dementia

U.S. News -- Eating lots of fruits, veggies, beans and other foods with...

November 14, 2021 06:43 AM

What to Consider When Shopping for Medicare Coverage

U.S. News -- Six things to consider during Fall Open Enrollment, which is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

November 14, 2021 06:36 AM

Your Guide to Medicare Coverage

U.S. News -- Here's how to take advantage of Medicare benefits and figure out how much it costs.

November 14, 2021 06:36 AM

Two New Symptoms That Could Point to Pancreatic Cancer

U.S. News -- Researchers have identified two previously unrecognized symptoms...

November 14, 2021 06:36 AM