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LEGO is making 13,000 plastic face visors a day for hospital workers

Danish toy company LEGO has announced that it is taking on the challenge of providing protective equipment for medical workers as PPE remains in short supply around the world.

Viruses primarily enter the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth. While masks cover the nose and mouth, some kind of barrier is needed to keep droplets from coughs or sneezes from reaching the eyes. That's why face shields are in high demand and why LEGO is using its plastic manufacturing expertise to create clear plastic visors for medical workers in Denmark.


The company announced its new production line on Instagram, writing:

"This week we began to make visors at our factory in Billund for healthcare workers on the frontline in Denmark. We are so incredibly proud of the team who made this happen. They worked around the clock to create designs and make moulds that can produce more than 13,000 visors a day. We are grateful to have such talented, dedicated and caring colleagues."

Representatives from Denmark's healthcare system consulted with LEGO designers to create an effective visor, which has a wide, transparent shield and handles to go over ears.

LEGO is also giving away 500,000 building sets to children in need with their rainbow campaign. LEGO builders can:

1. Create a rainbow 🌈
2. Share it with #LetsBuildTogether
3. Tag 3 friends and nominate them to build and share rainbows!

The company says the rainbows are "symbols of hope," which is certainly something we can all use right now.

LEGO also partnered with the U.K. government to create a cute video encouraging kids to be superheroes by staying home during the pandemic.


Thank you, LEGO, for being a good example of how businesses can work with governments and heathcare systems to serve the public during a public health crisis.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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