Top News Stories with Tom & Ana (March 21, 2018) Brought to you by WA State Fair
There has been a lot of buzz on the news lately! We have all the inside scoop for you, in case you missed anything.
- While thousands of people in Washington D.C. are expected to protest gun violence on Saturday, thousands more across the country are planning their own March for Our Lives demonstrations this weekend. According to Moms Demand Action, the marches are aimed at taking “to the streets to demand that… lives and safety become a priority, and (to) end gun violence in our schools and communities.” In Washington state alone, there were nearly 30 marches as of Tuesday. In Seattle, marchers will meet at Cal Anderson Park on Saturday at 10 a.m.
- Seattle is world famous for its cancer research, and UW Medicine is developing a promising breast cancer vaccine. Vaccine Institute director, Dr. Nora Disis, says they came at it like a flu vaccine when they first tested it on mice.The vaccine has since started the clinical trial, testing the vaccine on people. This vaccine is primarily designed to prevent early staged cancers from coming back. Disis says a new effective vaccine will also provide real hope against the fear of recurrence, eliminating that fear, will be lifesaving in its own mental way.”
- Americans’ heavy use of their mobile phones has spurred creation of a cottage industry that encourages people to take a much-needed screen break. Americans spend five hours on their phones, touching and swiping nearly 2,600 times a day. Psychologists even coined a word, nomophobia, the fear of being without one’s phone. It’s gotten so bad that a cottage industry is popping up to encourage people to take a much-needed screen break. Pocket Points debuted at Chico State in the fall of 2014 and, within a few weeks, was in use by almost a third of Chico State’s 17,000 students. The app has since spread to almost 400 schools in the U.S. — 74 in Washington state, including the University of Washington and Seattle Central College — and boasts more than a million users. The app uses a phone’s location to detect when students are on campus and, once they are, offers the choice to lock the mobile and start accruing points toward discounts or gifts at shops and restaurants. The longer the app stays locked, the more rewards they get. Similar to Groupon, Pocket Points makes money by taking a small percentage of whatever students buy at the stores and websites where they get the offers. According to Pocket Points app founders, the goal of the pocket points app is to help People become more conscious of how they are using their apps, and if they are having a positive or negative effect on their life”. Pocket Points aims to be on every U.S. college campus within the year.
- Just another tool to battle traffic across the Puget Sound region, Waze expanded its Carpool app in Washington state on Tuesday. Waze Carpool lets users choose their carpool buddies based on profiles, ratings, number of mutual friends, and filters. It uses the tried-true Waze system to provide real-time traffic updates and find drivers the fastest routes. If you choose to be a driver, you can earn gas money paid by your passengers through the app. “Waze has always been about outsmarting traffic, together,” said Noam Bardin, Chief Wazer. “With Waze Carpool, we are expanding our mission to ending traffic, altogether. Traffic is a universal problem affecting our well-being, environment, and economy. However, there is a solution that can improve the quality of everyone’s daily commute—with Waze Carpool, we are getting extra cars off the road, while helping people save time, money, and the environment.” Waze estimates there are already 375,000 monthly active Wazers in Seattle.
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