Brooks & Crowley - May 2021


439 Washington Street Dedham, MA 02026 Inside This Issue

1 Believe in Yourself — It Might Get You $7 Billion 2 The Support Your Posture Needs 6 Mistakes to Avoid After Your Mortgage Preapproval 3 5 Best Recipe Apps for a Healthier Mind and Body Thai Minced Pork Salad 4 Good News In Boston: Leaders in Science & Music Doing Good

Good News in Boston

MIT Research Breakthrough and Yo-Yo Ma Performing at Vaccination Center

Masters at their craft rarely rest, and that’s certainly the case in this month’s Good News! From the world’s leading scientific researchers at MIT to the highly acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, here’s what they’ve been up to and why it’s putting a smile on our faces. Clothing That Could Help Save the Ocean The fashion and textile industry is one of the highest polluting industries in the world. It permeates landfills with waste, annually generates over 5%–10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and uses manufactured threads (made of nylon or polyester) that consume massive amounts of water. In addition to this, none of the fabrics are recyclable. That’s why easily produced, recyclable clothing may be able to make such a remarkable difference in the industry. Svetlana Boriskina, a research scientist in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, writes, “Once someone throws a plastic bag in the ocean,

that’s a problem. But those bags could easily be recycled, and if you can make [that] polyethylene into a sneaker or a hoodie, it would make economic sense to pick up these bags and recycle them.” So, Boriskina helped create a way to make it happen, and the multinational team at MIT has invented a method of threading polyethylene into an “efficient water wicking and fast-drying” material with “excellent stain resistance.” Additionally, polyethylene clothing would consume less energy than polyester, and even natural cotton. We can’t wait to see what people do with these findings! Yo-Yo Ma Fills a Vaccination Center With Music After you take your vaccine, there’s a 15-minute observation period to see how your body will respond, just in case you have an adverse

reaction. The famous 65-year-old cellist Yo- Yo Ma took his second vaccine at Berkshire Community College — and performed during the 15-minute observation period to share a few classical pieces with fellow patients. He wanted to “give something back,” and it’s not his first time surprising people with music. In September, he joined Emanuel Ax for a series of concerts for essential workers, the Eagle reported. We hope you enjoyed this batch of good news! Have a wonderful, hope-filled month.


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