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A college player is killed just days after playing in the NCAA tournament

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Just days after playing in the NCAA tournament, Oscar Frayer, a forward on the men’s basketball team at Grand Canyon University, died Tuesday in a vehicle accident near Lodi, California. Frayer, his older sister, and an unidentified third person were all killed in the crash. 

Frayer graduated from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California. After logging a career-high 30 starts as a junior, Frayer was academically ineligible in the 2019-2020 season. But he had the opportunity to return for the Lopes to play one final season, starting 24 games and graduating with a degree in communications. He was to walk at commencement next month.

Grand Canyon, seeded 15th in the NCAA tournament, lost to No. 2 seed Iowa in the round of 64 on Saturday in Indianapolis, Indiana. Frayer scored eight points in his final game. This was Grand Canyon’s first men’s NCAA tournament appearance.

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This is your market update for the day

Stock futures edged higher early this morning, building momentum on yesterday’s gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average this morning was slated for a 100-point opening increase, while futures tied to the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 were also trading higher.

“If you’re positioned the way we are, which is for a cyclical recovery and being overweight [in] the value sectors, certainly you can’t run a victory lap here. But it is nice to see, after the last six days, that some of the trends that have been in place for the better part of six months seem to be reasserting themselves,” said Jason Trennert of Strategas Research Partners.

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Don’t let these 11 muscle-building myths keep you from reaching your goals

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There are some common muscle building myths that might be standing between you and your fitness goals. 

One of those myths is that your workouts have to be long to be effective. The intensity of your training is far more important than the duration of your training. So quick, high-intensity workouts can actually help you build more muscle than long and drawn out workouts. 

Another myth is that you have to lift heavy weights to build muscle. Studies have shown that those who lift lighter weights with more reps can build as much or more muscle than those who use heavy weights. What other muscle-building myths need to be busted?    

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This high schooler invented color-changing sutures that help to detect infection

Dasia Taylor developed beet-based sutures that can detect infections in patients.

She saw a problem and found an inventive way to help. 

While there are currently sutures that are coated with a conductive material that can sense the status of a wound by changes in electrical resistance, and relay that information to the smartphones or computers of patients and doctors, Taylor saw how this wasn’t something that would be available in many poor countries.

In the United States, an average of 3% of surgeries end up in infection. In developing countries, this number shoots up to 11%. 

Check out the incredible way Taylor came up with this hypothesis, how she tested it, and what’s next for this budding inventor.

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On this day in 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk announced the polio vaccine that saved countless lives

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Polio is a disease that attacks the nervous system and can cause minor to very severe paralysis. For most of human history, infants were especially vulnerable to this ravaging disease. In 1952, more than 3,000 people died from polio in the US alone.

Dr. Salk spent time conducting research on viruses before developing effective flu vaccines during World War II. In 1948, after becoming the head of his own research lab, Dr. Salk was awarded a grant to develop a vaccine for the polio virus.

Thanks to Dr. Salk, the United States, and much of the entire world, has developed herd immunity to the polio virus. Read more about his admirable work, and the honors he was awarded, here.

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“From car park to cathedral”: King Richard III, the last English king to die in battle, was reburied at Leicester Cathedral on March 26, 2015

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