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Real Estate Leads For Realtors

Because real estate prices have dropped quite a bit, the potential commissions that real estate agents and brokers could earn have also dropped. But the drop in commissions can be more than offset by the amount of properties that can be sold. And getting quality real estate leads is one of the keys to making this a reality for real estate professionals. This is because there are so many more properties on the market now than there were before the bubble burst.

The rise in the number of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages has increased so much that a very large number of them have decided that they cannot afford to stay in their homes. They would rather sell their home and buy a comparable home for a much lower price, and take the loss so that they can improve their cash flow situation by having a lower mortgage payment each month. And since there is no shortage of properties to buy, these people had no problem finding a suitable home for a good price.

And another result of the rise in available properties is that more and more people are becoming first-time homeowners. Since prices on homes

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The best food sources of every vitamin and mineral

Skip the supplements and add these healthy foods to your diet.

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What’s your go-to when you have symptoms such as a headache, fatigue, poor sleep or trouble focusing? Maybe you reach for caffeine; maybe you take a nap. If you’re a health-conscious person, perhaps you think about how much water you’ve had recently or if you forgot to take your daily multivitamin. 

It’s normal to turn to supplements in an attempt to supply your body with nutrients you think might be missing from your diet (and responsible for your symptoms). 

However, turning to supplements without first considering the quality of your diet may not get you anywhere. Supplements can help fill gaps in your diet, but it’s always best to get most of your vitamins and minerals through a nutritious diet. 

Try taking a food-first approach with this guide to the top food sources for every vitamin and mineral. You’ll notice that many overlap and — who’d’ve known — vegetables appear as a top source for almost every nutrient. 

Read more: Personalized multivitamins: Worth it or no better than store-bought?


Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is a single vitamin, but two types

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Reshaping the world of research through remote experimentation

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We all remember the impact of stay-at-home-orders on our everyday lives in spring 2020. However, it was not only restaurants, salons, flower shops, and bookstores that had to close their doors. National user research facilities shut down most operations, closing the doors to thousands of visiting scientists, and bringing research on new batteries, pharmaceutical drugs, and many other materials to a grinding halt, at a time when the country needed these facilities more than ever. So, seven user research facilities decided to form a team of experts, the Remote Access Working Group (RAWG), to figure out how these facilities could keep the science going even when the researchers couldn’t access them in person.

The solution is as simple as it is difficult. Research facilities that serve visiting researchers have to create an environment in which experiments can be run from afar—with nearly no human interaction. Scientists have dubbed this new way of doing research remote experimentation. While each facility started the unexpected journey to remote experimentation on their own, the RAWG has brought all the different ideas together to help each facility overcome the numerous challenges encountered along the way.

Most challenges result from the nature

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Bored Ape Yacht Club: What you need to know about the NFT collection

There are 10,000 NFTs in the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection. Here are three examples. The middle one is owned by Jimmy Fallon.

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A quiz: What do Paris Hilton, Jimmy Fallon, Steph Curry and Eminem have in common? 

They’re all members of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, a prestigious collection of 10,000 ape avatar NFTs with different traits and attributes. You can see three Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs above. That middle one with the captain’s hat? It’s Jimmy Fallon’s. He paid over $200,000 for it.

You may already it’s Fallon’s if you’re a viewer of Fallon’s Tonight Show, since he flaunted his ape on Monday’s episode with guest Paris Hilton. Moments prior, Hilton revealed that she’d recently bought a Bored Ape of her own, which Fallon showed to a slightly confused audience. 

What makes BAYC “prestigious”? Well, for starters the minimum cost of entry is 93 ether. For those of you who don’t know the value of cryptocurrencies off the top of their head, that’s about $224,000. And again, there are only 10,000 of them. As more famous people buy in, that fixed supply is percieved as becoming more and more valuable.

If you spend any amount

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Self-powered stretchable thermometer can be integrated into soft robots, smart clothing

Self-powered sensor can be integrated into soft robots, smart clothing. Credit: Harvard SEAS

The next generation of soft robotics, smart clothing and biocompatible medical devices are going to need integrated soft sensors that can stretch and twist with the device or wearer. The challenge: most of the components used in traditional sensing are rigid.

Now, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a soft, stretchable, self-powered thermometer that can be integrated into stretchable electronics and soft robots.

“We have developed soft temperature sensors with high sensitivity and quick response time, opening new possibilities to create new human–machine interfaces and soft robots in healthcare, engineering and entertainment,” said Zhigang Suo, the Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials at SEAS and senior author of the paper.

The research is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The thermometer consists of three simple parts: an electrolyte, an electrode, and a dielectric material to separate the two. The electrolyte/dielectric interface accumulates ions while the dielectric/electrode interface accumulates electrons. The charge imbalance between the two sets up an ionic cloud in the electrolyte. When the temperature changes,

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Child tax credit: Keep this IRS letter to make sure you get your money

The IRS started sending copies of Letter 6419 in December and will continue to mail them through January.

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Tax season starts Monday. That means it’s almost time for you to get the rest of your child tax credit money. Parents who didn’t opt out of advance payments received half of their money in 2021. Those parents and those who unenrolled from advance payments can both receive their remaining expanded child tax credit money after filing their 2021 taxes

To ensure you get that money, you’ll need to be on the lookout for a specific letter from the IRS with important information about your child tax credit. The IRS started mailing copies of Letter 6419 in late December and will continue to send more letters throughout January. The agency is urging you to hold on to the notice as you’ll need it when you file your 2021 taxes.

We’ll tell you what the letter contains and why you shouldn’t throw it away. For more information, here’s everything to know about the upcoming child tax credit payment. Also, here’s what to do if you’re having issues with a missing payment.

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