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The Mission Newsletter, 9/19/18

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” -William Shakespeare

What Is College Worth and How Do You Pay For It?

Episode 1 of Education Trends

Education Trends is your #1 podcast for news that matters in education, college, technology, leadership and the science of learning.

In this episode, Chad and Tonio discuss what ISAs are, how they are useful to young people, and how Vemo is partnering with colleges to eliminate financial barriers to education.

Listen to Episode 1!


A Breakthrough in The Fight Against Cancer!
UC San Francisco researchers have have discovered genetic mutations in a form of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may drive tumor formation by blurring cells’ perception of key growth signals. This means that doctors may have a new way to target mutated cells which has receptors that are getting wacky signals telling them to replicate and divide and migrate out of control. By turning that mutation off, treatments for cancer could become more effective.

“This new technique is like a diagnostic instrument that we hook up to a diseased cell, which lets us stimulate and interrogate the cell with many light-based stimuli to see how it responds,” said UCSF synthetic biologist Wendell Lim, PhD, one of the study’s senior authors. “Using this approach, we were able to identify cancer cells that have certain defects in how they process signals, behaviors that lead to cell proliferation in response to signals that normally are filtered by the cell circuits.”


You know Trade Wars…they are kind of a big deal.

And with all the talk of their impact, it’s easy to get lost in the confusion of it all so enter David Ricardo, a British guy who, way back in 1817 explained trade like this:

“If a country is relatively better at making wine than wool, it makes sense to put more resources into wine, and to export some of the wine to pay for imports of wool. This is even true if that country is the world’s best wool producer, since the country will have more of both wool and wine than it would have without trade. A country does not have to be best at anything to gain from trade. Because it is relative advantage that matters, it is meaningless to say a country has a comparative advantage in nothing.”

And the bottom line is; trade leads to economic growth.


Ah, now we know why we want to forget things.

Thanks to some volunteers who allowed researchers to stick probes in their brains, we are a bit closer to understanding how and why we forget things.

The prefrontal cortex and hippocampus are the parts of the brain that are involved in forgetting, and, with proper therapy, you can actively forget things by stimulating those bits of gray matter.
This could be very useful for treating things like post-traumatic stress disorder and anyone suffering from years of reliving traumatic experiences.


The truth…is out there.

And the folks at SETI are finding more of it every day.

Recently, SETI spotted 72 signals from an alien galaxy three billion light years away. Using artificial intelligence, the scientists identified fast radio bursts (FRBs), but they can’t identify what is emitting them. They will keep developing the technology to learn more about the mysteries of the universe.


Too bad the title Toy Story is already taken…

Recently, Mattel launched a film division to help the toy manufacturer cash in on the Hollywood market.

Following the lead of Lego and even Hasbro (how many Transformers movies are there now?!), Mattel wants to turn some of their iconic properties into the next blockbuster. Two of the first projects Brenner is expected to tackle for Mattel are films based on Barbie and Masters of the Universe.

No word on if and when an Uno movie will be hitting theaters, but we’ll keep you posted.


Parents will do anything for their kids — including waiting in a line in the frigid cold to sign them up for an after-school program. And while parents are doing it out of love, sure, it’s also due to logistics — a typical (not to mention archaic) 9–5 job does not match up well with an 8:34 am — 3:00 pm school day.

In recent years — since fewer than half of U.S public schools offer programs after the final bell — the need and demand for safe, reputable after-school programs has been growing. According to a 2014 report from the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group, the parents of 19.4 million children said their kids aren’t enrolled in an after-school program because open spots aren’t available.

Some schools have experimented with “extended learning,” which adds 90 minutes to the end of the traditional school day, but those programs are few and far between.

The Best of What We’re Eating:

It’s hump day, and sometimes you need a little jolt of something extra to push you through it. For us, that means crushing some Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza while cranking out some awesome content for ya’ll!

If you haven’t had it, it’s a low glycemic index must eat!

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