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Marvel released the final official poster for Black Window!

Marvel released the final official poster for Black Window featuring the entire cast of the MCU’s latest film. Natasha Romanoff will finally get her due with a solo feature in this film after years of playing a supporting role. Due to her death in Avenger: Endgame, this film will be going back in time, exploring the events between Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. Natasha is left alone, and Avengers disbands; she seeks out her former family to help her confront the demons from her past.

This family includes David Harbour’s Alexei Shostokoff AKA Red Guardian, Rachel Weisz’s Melina Vostokoff, and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova. In addition to the core four, Ray Winstone, William Hurt, and O.T. Fagbenle will star. Early reviews of the film have praised the various performers, particularly Pugh, Johansson. Critics also said the actions in the movie are also one of the best of MCU.

Now only ten days left for Black Window to hit the theaters; Marvel has released the official poster for the highly anticipated film. In the poster, the entire cast can be seen in a classic poster format. Johansson can be seen in the front and center in the one-sheet with the rest of her cast. Black Window TV spots, posters, previews continue to roll out as the preparation is going on for Marvel’s significant return to theaters.

Each new promotion reveals something exciting about the film, but in a short amount of time, with the complete picture set to be told, it seems that Black Window will be a success. The movie will release both in Disney+ and theaters; the film is tracking to have a higher debut at the box office than F9. This past week F9 broke all box office records, and this film could be the same.

The film releasing simultaneously on the streaming platforms and theaters might affect box office collection as per speculations. Warner Bros. has released many films in the past few months, released in both theaters and streaming apps simultaneously. Black Window carries a heavy price tag on Disney+, costing subscribers an additional $30.

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Is Outer Space Black or Colorful?

Looking up in the sky with self eyes or looking at the images of the universe online, one will see the same thing: the blackness of space, punctuated by spacecraft, planets, or bright stars. But why is it black? Why isn’t it colorful?

According to Tenley Hutchinson-Smith, a graduate student of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, “You would think that since there are billions of stars in our galaxy, billions of galaxies in the universe and other objects, such as planets, that reflect light, that when we look up at the sky at night, it would be extremely bright. But instead, it’s actually really dark.”

Hutchinson-Smith said this contradiction, known as Olbers’ paradox in physics and astronomy circles. The theory of space-time expansion can explain this, the idea that “because our universe is expanding faster than the speed of light … the light from distant galaxies might be stretching and turning into infrared waves, microwaves, and radio waves, which are not detectable by our human eyes.

According to Miranda Apfel, who is also a graduate student of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC, Lights in all colors are given by stars, even colors not visible to the human eye, like ultraviolet or infrared. If microwaves could be seen, all of the space would glow, and this because of the cosmic microwave background from the Big Bang light energy that was scattered by electrons and protons existing during the early universe still fills all of space.

Another reason interplanetary and interstellar space appears dark is that space is a nearly perfect vacuum. Space is a near-perfect vacuum meaning it has exceedingly few particles; there’s virtually nothing in the space between planets and stars to scatter light to in eyes. And with no light reaching the eyes, it is seen as black.

A study in The Astrophysical Journal of this year suggests that space may not be as black as scientists thought. Through NASA’s new Horizon Mission to the Kuiper Belt and Pluto, researchers have been able to see space without light interference from Earth or the sun. The images taken by the spacecraft the team shifted through and subtracted all light from known stars, possible galaxies, and Milky Way, as well as any light that might have leaked in from camera quirks. They found that the background light of the universe was still twice as bright as predicted.

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On the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA continues to diagnose a problem!

On the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA continues to diagnose a problem with the payload computer after completing another set of tests on June 23 and 24. On June 13, the payload computer halted, and the spacecraft stopped collecting science data. Currently, the telescope itself and its science instruments remain in good health and a safe configuration.

There are two payload computers in the spacecraft; among the two, one serves as a backup located on the Data Handling and Science Instrument and Command unit. There are various pieces of hardware in both payload computers – one active memory module – stores operational commands to the instruments, a Standard Interface (STINT) – bridges communications between the other component and the computer’s CPM, a Central Processing Module (CPM) – processes the commands that control and coordinate the science instruments.

Additional tests performed on June 23 and 24 included turning on the backup computer for the first time in space. In the test, it was found out that numerous combinations of these hardware pieces all experienced the same error from both the primary and backup payload computer. The commands to read from memory or write into were not successful. It is very unlikely that all individual hardware elements have a problem; the team is now looking at other hardware as the possible culprit. This includes a module on the SI C&DH and the Command Unit/Science Data Formatter (CU/SDF).

To specific destinations, the CU formats and sends data and commands, including the science instruments. SDF formates the science data from the science instruments for transmission to the ground. The team is also checking the power regulator to see if the voltages being supplied to the hardware are correct. A power regulator ensures a steady constant voltage supply. The problem observed could occur if the voltage is out of the limit.

The team will continue to access it over the next week’s hardware on the SI C&DH unit to find out the exact cause of the problem. If the team determines the power regulator or the CU/SDF is the likely cause, they will recommend switching to the backup power regulator and CU/SDF module. 

 

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Post-Covid symptoms can be seen in all age groups!

Millions of Americans have recovered from Covid since last March, as per CDC. But an untold number of patients are still feeling the effects of the Covid weeks or months after 1st becoming ill, which is known as a post-Covid syndrome. Now new research is showing the long-term side effects of the Covid.

In an analysis of 2 million Covid patients, FAIR Health (nonprofit organization) revealed that more than 450,000 people affected by Covid sought treatment for at least one post-Covid condition after their diagnosis a month or more. The most common symptoms across all age groups reported were breathing difficulties, pain, hyperlipidemia, fatigue, malaise, and hypertension. According to the CDC, other common symptoms of long Covid include heart palpitations, headaches, brain fog, lingering loss of smell or taste, and anxiety or depression.

Those who have experienced severe illness long-haul symptoms were most likely to occur, but all types of people were affected. 19% of asymptomatic patients, 27.5% of symptomatic patients, and half of the hospitalized patients reported experiencing long Covid symptoms to their healthcare providers.

Since last spring, experts have been aware of the still-mysterious condition, but there has been no large-scale analysis of just how many people could be affected until this report. After initial diagnosis, symptoms have been reported as long as nine months.

According to Laurie Jacobs, M.D, an internist at the COVID Recovery Center at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey, “Many of my post-COVID patients say their primary care doctors dismissed and disregarded their symptoms, which compounds their suffering. That doesn’t mean it’s not real.”

As per the FAIR Health report, the majority of post-Covid conditions were most common in women. Like blood clotting, difficulty breathing, and high blood pressure, only a handful was more likely in men. Most long-haul patients are young and middle-aged adults, with relatively few cases among those under 19 and over 59. But anyone can experience these conditions. According to CDC, if anyone has to post Covid symptoms, they should talk to their healthcare provider about treating the symptoms. The best way to prevent these long-term complications is to prevent Covid.

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Workers with mental illness treatment alone are not sufficient!

The health insurance policy’s main focus is on the delivery of health care. However, to meaningfully improve people’s lives, health care is not enough in many situations. One of the most common situations in which this is the case is mental illness. Nearly 51.5 million people in the US meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental illness. It can be ranging from mild to moderate to severe. Yet, despite advances in the treatment and diagnosis of these conditions and considerable progress in including mental health care in health insurance, people with mental illness have moderate illnesses such as anxiety or depression and continue to be tensely connected with work.

For workers, mental illness poses difficulty because their symptoms can interface with essential workplace skills. Workers could face trouble in team participation, interacting with co-workers and customers, and maintaining concentration. For people with severe illness bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, these symptoms can be disabling about 2 to 3% of the population. For people with moderate mental illness whose adverse effects on employment, 7 to 9% of the US population is also substantial.

People with moderate mental illness who do work may have interpersonal problems or reduced productivity at work. As a result, such people have lower earnings, accumulate less work experience, and fewer skills in their lives. These labor market consequences are particularly troubling because hand tools are there that would allow us to address them much more effectively. Of course, medical treatment alone isn’t enough, but the negative workplace consequences of illness can be reduced using a combination of policy interventions and clinical workplace.

Innovative programs are integrated by these interventions that combine workplace support and clinal care, workplace accommodations, and comprehensive benefits. Comprehensive benefits include paid leaves and health insurance coverage. For this population, together, this framework could beyond usual care and improve both workplace productivity and mental health.

Workplace interventions examined by most studies have focused on depression, which affects at least 4.7 percent of adults ages 18 and older in the US. Guideline-concordant standard treatment, including psychotherapy, other pharmacotherapies, antidepressants, can effectively improve life satisfaction and reduce symptoms and overall health for depressed workers. When depressive symptoms are relieved by treatment, work impairments reduced, and work outcome improves.

To maintain stable labor force engagement, treatment alone, however, is often not sufficient. After symptoms subside, workers may still face difficulties, and effectual functioning at work can be disrupted by incomplete recovery and residual symptoms, adherence, stigma or suboptimal treatment administration, and difficulty reestablishing good work habits. Build on these clinical treatments; specialized interventions focused on work-related outcomes by combining psycho-social treatments and medication therapy.

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Microsoft is adding guided mindfulness exercises and meditations from Headspace!

Microsoft is bringing meditation and mindfulness app Headspace to its Teams platform. The move aims to prevent the seeming collapse between home life and work life and increased burnout because of work from home due to pandemics.

According to Kamal Janardhan, GM of Microsoft Viva Insights, “The future of work has completely shifted, and the direction and signal from all of our customers from the industry, from the market, and from all of the employees out there is that hybrid work and remote work is here to stay. And while people love the flexibility, they need some of the cognitive structures or the variation that they got from commuting or going to work that are completely lost.”

Microsoft introduced its Viva app as part of Teams in February. To help overcome the loss of things like commuting and walking to grab lunch, that helps break up the day, and the employees get an opportunity to prepare for work or get ready to go home mentally.

Now Microsoft is adding guided mindfulness exercises and meditations from Headspace so that employees can clear their, well, heads while working from home. The new tool will help the employees who have taken permanent work from home or hybrid working environment stave off burnout.

Kamal explained that many people are taken and put into a cage with modern work, and then the feeling comes why they are so stressed out. And of course, they’re stressed out because they do not remember to get up, listen to music, walk around, interact more humanly. And the pandemic, while it allows the employees to stay at home, exacerbated that part of it.

In a survey conducted by Headspace of 5,000 workers across 21 industries in the US according to and four countries, the number of employees experiencing burnout has increased by 10% year-over-year from 42% in 2020. The WHO recognizes burnout as an occupational phenomenon characterized by “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.”

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Is intuitive eating good for runner?

When it comes to nutrition and diet, there is a lot of information available suggesting what to eat and what not to eat, the quantity to be followed while eating a particular food, etc. In the last few years, a new trend has emerged as per nutrition and diet is concerned. Intuitive eating is a way to get back to how people learned to eat before they had any food rules, and again learn to listen to their body clues what to eat when and how much to eat. It seems the best way to eat for many, but for runners, is it the best way?

Megan Kuikman, runner and dietitian, believes intuitive eating can be one of the best ways for runners to fuel their training. According to her, the body is good at knowing the fuel it needs, but most of the time, instead of listening to the body, people often make food decisions based on external factors, like diet rules. This, she says, can lead to a cycle of restricting intake, followed by overeating. She further says we all are born as intuitive eaters, but people often lose these abilities over time. “Most people are only able to feel extreme hunger and extreme fullness but not the in-between,” she says. “These skills can be built back with practice.”

Stephanie MacNeill, fellow runner, and dietitian say if runners are more tune-in with their bodies, they can benefit greatly and develop a more positive relationship with food, learning to choose food that promotes happiness and that help enhance performance.

Racheal Hannah runner and dietitian are different because some athletes may find it difficult to know whether they are eating enough. MacNeill and Kuikman both agree that sometimes listening to the body clues when to eat and how much quantity is not a good idea. There are many times when runners need to ignore the feeling of fullness and eat.

Runners have a different need than the general public. To get the most out of our training, sometimes the runners need to eat when they are hungry, says MacNeill. It is entirely normal not to have much of an appetite before or after some hard training. But understanding when to eat and will impact training can make or break the success and longevity in the sports.

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Mental Health and break from work!

Taking time off from work isn’t easy. For mental health reasons taking off is even more challenging. In late May, 24 years old Nadia Whittome share that she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. As advised by her doctor, she is taking several weeks off from work. “Through being open about my own mental health struggle, I hope that others will also feel able to talk about theirs, and that I can play a small role in creating greater acceptance and facilitating healthier discussions around this issue,” she wrote on her website.

Days later, Naomi Osaka (tennis star) announced she was withdrawing from French Open, and she refused to speak with the media. Since winning her 1st grand slam title in 2018, she suffered from depression. Nadia and Naomi aren’t alone in stepping back from their work due to mental health. Teachers and health workers are leaving their position saying burnout from the Covid crisis.

In the US, there’s a shared sense of optimism as Covid restrictions are being lifted across the country, and people are returning to their old routines. But expert warns that there is 2nd wave of mental health challenges to deal with, the long term effect of stress, depression, anxiety, and isolation that countless people have faced through the Covid. Temporary stepping away from work has many benefits. Taking off can avoid short-term burnout and improve long-term job performance.

According to a 2020 report from the Common Wealth Fund, Americans suffered more mental health consequences Covid as compared to 9 other high-income countries. 33% of respondents reported experiencing anxiety, stress, or significant sadness that was difficult to cope with alone. These are the feeling that shouldn’t be ignored. But for most people, taking a break from work isn’t easy.

All the people were thrown at Covid simultaneously but emerging from lockdown at different paces and in different ways. Some of the people have lost their loved ones to Covid. Many people have lost the sense of safety and security which they had before. All people are going through significant changes, and they are feeling the effect of those changes. Mental challenges have become one of the major concerns.

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CDC announced Thursday that it would hold an emergency meeting!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it would hold an emergency meeting of its advisers on June 18th. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss rare but higher-than-expected reports of heart inflammation following the doses of Covid vaccinations (Pfizer and Moderna).

So far, 226 reports have been identified by the CDC that might meet the working case definition of pericarditis and myocarditis following the shots. The vast majority have recovered, but forty-one had ongoing symptoms, fifteen are still hospitalized, and three are in the intensive care unit. The reports represent just a small fraction of the nearly 130 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated.

“It’s a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison because, again, these are preliminary reports. Not all these will turn out to be true myocarditis or pericarditis reports,” cautioned Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, a CDC vaccine safety official. Tom said their findings are mostly consistent with heart inflammation reports very rare that had been studied in Israel and earlier this year reported from the U.S. Department of Defense. According to him, CDC is working on more data and analysis on the reports ahead of the emergency meeting next week and also will analyze the risk of heart inflammation caused by Covid.

The new details about pericarditis and myocarditis emerged 1st in presentations to a panel of independent advisers for the Food and Drug Administration. These advisers are meeting on Thursday to discuss how the regulator should approach emergency use authorization for using Covid vaccines in young children. After earning an emergency use authorization for its vaccine for Covid in the U.S. as young as 12 months, Pfizer announced this week that it will now start a clinical trial of the vaccine at six months old and hope to submit the data by October. Moderna said Thursday it had requested the FDA’s permission for the use of its vaccine to adolescents.

Pfizer said they expect to finish clinical trials for children as young as two by September. FDA officials have previously said authorization for these vaccines will take time for these age groups mid to late fall at the earliest because they would need additional follow-up data needed for children after they receive the shots.

The CDC previously disclosed that reports of heart inflammation were primarily detected in teenage boys and young men following their second dose. There was a higher number of observed than expected cases in 16- to 24-year-olds.

 

 

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Few positive signs to look for during workouts!

What happens when one feels physically good, happy with the progress they are making on their workout and healthy diet but step on the scale to see no pounds lost? While establishing a consistent workout routine, it is common to look at the scale directly when tracking progress. But dropping numbers are aren’t the only signs of success. There many positive signs to look for when it comes to working out.

Weight maintenance or loss is associated with improved self-satisfaction and self-esteem, according to some studies. Even without necessarily losing weight, there is evidence that physical fitness training can lead to better work behavior and improve mood. Weight loss takes time that doesn’t mean one is not progressing.

Few positive signs to look for during workouts –

More energy – With increased levels of energy, physical activity has been correlated. According to some researchers, aerobic exercise can help to reduce symptoms of depression. This has to do with an increase in endorphin levels that can result from working out. When we need energy, endorphins are released hormones, so it is clear that exercise increases endorphin levels in the body. Exercise can also help to get good sleep at night.

Carving less sugar – After a workout, one may be less likely to go to sugar food. Exercise releases serotonin, a mood-enhancing hormone. Because of most of the people think of having snacks and sugar food after a long day of work. However, exercise naturally provides a natural mood enhancer. This decreases sugar cravings. 

Tighter strap on bra – If one can hook their bra strap a little tighter than before, progress is happening with the workout routine. Exercises that target the chest area help tone the back, shoulders, and pectorals. These exercises can include chest flies, push-ups, and bench presses. If one has started these exercises recently, then a change in the way the bra fits is a sign of positive success.

Pants are looser – If anyone has pant that is tight fit then after regular workouts if they wear it they will find the difference. The pant will feel little looser when one lose fat and gain muscles. If weight loss is the main aim, then core exercise and cardio should be done. After some time, stomach and waistline are areas should look more toned and defined. That doesn’t mean the number in the scale will change drastically. Muscle growth happens when core exercise is done—paying attention to how pants fits can say a lot about progress.