A study detailing the processes that control mole size may help scientists find new ways to prevent skin cancer from growing — ScienceDaily

Moles stop growing when they reach a certain size due to normal interactions between cells, despite having cancer-associated gene mutations, says a new study published today in eLife.

The findings in mice could help scientists develop new ways to prevent skin cancer growth that take advantage of the normal mechanisms that control cell growth in the body.

Mutations that activate the protein made by the BRAF gene are believed to contribute to the development of skin cancer. However, recent studies have shown that these mutations do not often cause skin cancer, but instead result in the formation of completely harmless pigmented moles on the skin. In fact, 90% of moles have these cancer-linked mutations but never go on to form tumours. “Exploring why moles stop growing might lead us to a better understanding of what goes wrong in skin cancer,” says lead author Roland Ruiz-Vega, a postdoctoral researcher at

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Seven Ways To Improve Customer Experience With Technology

CEO of Rialtes Technologies, a global business consulting and cloud-based property management solution company headquartered in Austin, TX. 

The property management industry has traditionally been hyper-social. Although property management has been adopting technology over the past few years, the focus was primarily on accounting and reporting. But with the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to cast uncertainties, it is time to shift that focus toward leveraging technology to improve the customer experience.

So how can an industry like property management adopt technology and continue business while not compromising on customer satisfaction? As the CEO of a cloud-based property management solutions provider, I’ll outline several ways in which property management companies can leverage technology to improve their customer experience in an age of social distancing, along with some best practices for adopting new property management technologies.

How To Improve The Customer Experience Via Technology

• Create virtual showings. As remote working

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Pittsburgh-Area School Districts Use Technology To Help Students Learn In New Ways

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Teaching remotely is a big challenge, but many local school districts are taking advantage of new technology.

Teachers at Pine-Richland schools wear wireless microphones and use tracking cameras, document cameras and interactive display boards with mounted cameras so students both in school and at home can see the same things.

In the Elizabeth Forward and Avonworth school districts, teachers are using Gizmos virtual science labs, which allows students to manipulate the variables and work together.



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Elizabeth Forward Middle School eighth-grader Joseph Maksin grew virtual plants.

“You got to pick what type of plant you were using, how much soil, the amount of sun it was getting, how much water it was getting, and it would show a time-lapse of how it was growing,” said Maksin.

His pre-biology teacher at Elizabeth Forward Middle School, Rachel Lintelman, said, “I liked

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Experiential Museums Find New Ways to Sell Fun Even With Covid Restrictions

Experiential museums—designed to provide visitors with interactive experiences—faced a big problem as coronavirus restrictions were eased: How to boost sanitization measures while demonstrating to visitors that these high-touch spaces were still safe to enter and enjoy.

Many operators of such spaces say they have been able to retain their interactive, immersive identities to a surprising degree as they and their guests navigate the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The masks now required for visitors six years old and up might have made it harder to pick up the scents of the Chromaroma exhibit, for example, at the Houston outpost of the Color Factory, an art exhibit dedicated to color. So the museum amplified the scents.

The Color Factory has introduced social distancing rules in the space.



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The Color Factory’s ball pits in Houston and New York now require everyone over a certain age to wear a

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3 Ways To Invest In The Future Of Air Conditioning

There could be investment gold in a surprising place — air conditioning.

This roughly $48 billion industry is expected to grow at a 1% annual rate in the next five years propelled by powerful trends — most notably climate change.

Carrier
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, Trane Technologies, and Johnson Controls are likely beneficiaries of the future of air conditioning.

HVACR Industry

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) is a large industry that has been hurt by the pandemic but is likely to enjoy modest future growth. According to IBISWorld, in the five years to 2020, residential construction activity has expanded due

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4 Ways The Oil Industry Must Rapidly Evolve To Survive

A common misreading of Darwinism is that only the strongest survive. Not quite. Charles Darwin argued that organisms that mutated to adapt to changing environments would, through a process of natural selection, lead to the evolution of new species. It had nothing to do with strength, but adaptability. And while the oil and gas industry has some of the world’s cleverest engineers and scientists, they don’t call it Big Oil because it’s especially good at change. We all know that if the energy sector’s cost structure does not evolve, the entire industry will end up like the prehistoric giants who provided the raw material for fossil fuels in the first place.

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NASA, space industry seek new ways to cope with space debris

Oct. 5 (UPI) — NASA’s official watchdog panel has renewed calls for the agency to move faster on a plan to better track and mitigate dangers posed by orbiting debris in space.

Members of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel said during a regular meeting last week that the agency has made some progress, but it needs to focus on space debris as a top priority.

At stake is the safety of astronauts, anyone going into space on planned private missions and the nation’s growing fleet of satellites used for national security, communications and scientific observation.

Because debris orbits at thousands of miles per hour, even tiny pieces of space trash can puncture spacecraft.

The panel’s comments came on the heels of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine telling a Senate Committee on Wednesday that the agency needs Congress to fund a comprehensive strategy for debris tracking and management, including international outreach.

“I

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Get ready for the iPhone 12. Here are 3 ways to prepare your phone now

It’s October, and Apple’s entering uncharted territory without having announced a new iPhone by now. Typically Apple announces new iPhone models in September, but this year, things are different. We now expect Apple to announce the iPhone 12 on Oct. 13 or Oct. 14 (here’s why). The delay isn’t really a surprise, as Apple has said this year’s release date is going to be a few weeks later than usual. 



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Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. 


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Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. 


Current rumors point to several new iPhone 12 models, maybe even an iPhone 12 Mini, with a new design (a dark blue color?), 5G connectivity and improved performance. 

With this year’s launch inching closer, it’s not too early to

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15 ways to make extra cash before the end of the weekend

15 ways to make extra cash before the end of the weekend
15 ways to make extra cash before the end of the weekend

Whether you’re struggling to make rent or just saving up for a new smartphone, you’d be glad to have some extra money in your pocket during the pandemic.

Millions of Americans are feeling the pinch these days, especially now that the $600 bonus unemployment benefits are long over and Washington still hasn’t agreed to send more stimulus checks.

Got money woes? You find lots of lists online claiming to have answers, but it’s hard to tell which methods really work and which ones are scams.

To make things easier, we’ve checked out a bunch of money-saving ideas and have put together this roster of 17 legit ways you can give your bank balance a boost during these tough times.

1. Check if you’ve got any unclaimed money lying around

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It’s possible that you

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Four ways sustainability can increase resilience – Sponsor Content

On the latest episode of #BLKBottomLine, Debbie McCoy, BlackRock Systematic Head of Sustainable Investing, highlights why sustainability can accelerate economic recovery.

There are four key areas for increased resilience: systems, policies, companies and innovation.

First, there is heightened focus around climate change. But the broader societal system has come into question as well, particularly around inequality. Climate change and inequality remain salient conversations as we think about how to strengthen for the future.

In this very unusual moment of COVID-19, there is unprecedented policy action taking place. There is opportunity in Europe as new policies are formed, particularly around energy, and in the U.S. and all over the world, there is increased public-private partnership.

Another key area is the resilience of companies through this period of change. Companies are no longer responsible just to themselves, but also to the communities in which they operate.

Lastly, despite processes being upended

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