Crypto-Mining Frisco Kids Earn $32,000 a Month

Frisco kids, Ishaan and Aanya Thakur,  have been earning $32,000 per month by mining Ethereum according to a Newsbreak article from August 16 which states,

“An enterprising brother-sister team in a North Dallas suburb are pulling down as much as $32,000 a month by eschewing the lemonade stand and focusing instead on mining Ethereum.

With interest spurred after hearing their father talk about the rise of cryptocurrencies, the pair initially wanted to invest in crypto, but it was already too expensive, so with the help of YouTube and their father, the ninth-grader and fourth-grader learned how to mine. They’ve reinvested their earnings to buy additional equipment, signing up for supply updates (generally graphics cards) from nearby electronics stores to fight this summer’s chip shortage.”

A Dallas Morning News article from August 16 reported the siblings’ ingenious idea of saving more money by skipping the electric energy. It said,

“Ishaan and Aanya said it was important for them to use renewable energy, which costs about 12 cents per kilowatt-hour versus traditional energy that costs about 10 cents.

The difference in cost is insignificant compared to what they make, especially because mining for Ethereum is more efficient than bitcoin. Last month’s electric bill, including their home and the data center, was $2,500. A typical home electric bill in the summer is $500 for them; with mining, it increased to $850. The downtown data center electric bill was $1,650.”

The story of these two siblings is exceptional. By becoming extraordinarily resourceful and innovative during the pandemic, they’ve taken a huge leap in reaching their goal which is to fund their own college and medical school expenses.

What Can You Eat And Drink With Invisalign On?

Invisalign has a lot of benefits. They’re less invasive compared to braces, and they’re more discreet too. On top of that, they can be removed for ease of cleaning, brushing, and eating. That being said, there are a few things you need to be aware of before you down that soda pop and wolf down those chips. 

 

Can you eat while your Invisalign trays are in? 

No. Eating with your trays in will be incredibly cumbersome and uncomfortable. More than that, the human bite is stronger than you think. It takes a surprising amount to force to bite into things and chew as anyone who has ever accidentally bitten their finger while eating will know. That force is strong enough to do some serious damage to your trays if you keep them on while eating. 

 

How about chewing gum and candy?

Absolutely not. Chewing gum with your retainers on ticks almost all of the bad side effects we mentioned above, the destructive bite, the sugar residue, the plastic staining, everything except heat warping. Remove your trays before taking a piece of gum.  Even if it’s the strength of your bite that’s the primary concern, many foods that don’t require chewing can still be harmful to your trays. For example, ice cream and candy, while easy enough to eat and not needing any chewing, can still leave some residue on your trays that can lead to corrosion and bacterial growth if not properly cleaned out. Best to remove your trays before eating anything. 

 

What about drinks?

Yes, you can drink with your trays in, as long as it isn’t a hot beverage. The heat can cause the plastic to warp and misshape. Also, be wary of making a habit out of keeping your aligner in while drinking. Popular beverages like tea and coffee (yes, even Boba milk tea and ice coffee frappes) can stain the color of your aligners, defeating the “invisible” purpose of Invisalign. Also, sugary drinks like soda and pre-packed juice can leave sugar residue which makes it easier for bacteria to propagate. As a safe rule of thumb, if it isn’t col water, take your trays off before drinking. 

 

Yes, Invisalign has quite a deal of benefits and is probably easier to adjust to compared to braces, but there are still a few changes you have to make in order to maximize the effects of your treatment. For any more concerns or inquiries, or to start your journey to get the smile you deserve, feel free to schedule a consultation with us here at mBrace. 

Frisco Teen Wins 3M Young Scientist Challenge with Covid Breakthrough 

A 14-year-old in Frisco, Texas has won a prestigious national award for a scientific breakthrough related to the SARS-COV 2 virus, which causes the Covid-19 illness. WFAA published an article on the brilliant Anika Chebrolu, the winner of the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In it, they say,

“Chebrolu first came across the in-silico method for drug discovery, which uses software and databases instead of lab testing, in the 8th grade at Nelson Middle School in Frisco. She quickly pivoted from researching influenza to researching the molecule that could inhibit the protein behind COVID-19 for her 3M competition.”

Anika Chebrolu originally centered her research on common influenza, as she told CNN in an article they published online but changed focus to something related to it, but more pressing, Covid-19.

” ‘After spending so much time researching about pandemics, viruses, and drug discovery, it was crazy to think that I was actually living through something like this,’ Anika said. ‘Because of the immense severity of the Covid-19 pandemic and the drastic impact it had made on the world in such a short time, I, with the help of my mentor, changed directions to target the SARS-CoV-2 virus.’ “

This Frisco native, who has gained both national respect and recognition from the scientific community also took home a well-deserved $25,000 prize for her research.