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The end of the printed newspaper

August 22nd, 2014 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. By Clay Shirky: The Roanoke Times, the local paper in my family home, is a classic metro daily, with roots that go back to the 1880s. Like most such papers, it ran into trouble in the middle of last decade, as […]



Design flaw turns solar plant into a death trap for birds

August 19th, 2014 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Super-concentrated sunbeams from BrightSource Energy Plant are deadly for birds flying overhead. In February, the $2.2 billion BrightSource Energy Plant opened up in the Mojave Desert with good intentions: to harvest clean, sustainable solar power, by using 300 mirrors to reflect sunbeams onto a steam-producing water boiler. But a design flaw has turned the plant into a death trap […]



America’s massive trucker shortage and why it’s only getting worse

August 14th, 2014 at 8:42 am » Comments Off

The biggest issue is a problem of supply and demand. Drivers don’t like big rigs on the highways because of their intimidating size and slow speed. Semis are absolutely vital to moving goods around the country. But, the US is on the road to a major trucking crisis. A recent analysis from Business Insider finds that we […]



Who is on America’s secret terrorist tracking-system?

August 13th, 2014 at 7:56 am » Comments Off

More than 40% of the people on United States government’s shared database of  terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept.    



Does internet privacy come at a premium?

August 8th, 2014 at 3:45 pm » Comments Off

Would you pay for online privacy? Once we went online the concept of privacy changed. What was once private personal information has now been twisted and altered by the digital age, like so many analog and now antiquated concepts before it.    



Mass incarceration may be the greatest social crisis in modern American history

July 28th, 2014 at 6:49 am » Comments Off

More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously last week to allow nearly 50,000 nonviolent federal drug offenders to seek lower sentences. The decision of the commission retroactively applied an earlier change in sentencing guidelines to now cover roughly half of those serving federal drug sentences. Both the Department […]



The U.S. government’s secret rulebook for labeling you a terrorist

July 25th, 2014 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

The guidelines state that “the general policy of the U.S. Government is to neither confirm nor deny an individual’s watchlist status. There has been a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system and it has been quietly approved by the Obama administration. It authorizes a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to […]



Abandoned luxury cars become a big problem in Dubai

July 15th, 2014 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

Thousands of luxury cars are being abandoned every year since Dubai’s financial meltdown. Dubai over the last several years has been facing an unusual problem of high end sports cars being abandoned and left to gather thick layers of dust at airport parking lots and on the roadside across the city. If you’ve ever been […]



Educational technology is making achievement gaps bigger between rich and poor

June 29th, 2014 at 8:30 am » Comments Off

Poor kids don’t receive as much guidance in a library as affluent kids do. “The Badlands” is the local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kennsington. The neighborhood is pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. The neighborhood […]



More that 50% of teens in the U.S. are sexting, 28% are sexting with photos

June 25th, 2014 at 8:36 am » Comments Off

Many teens could be held liable for texts they sent as a minor or between their friends of different ages. More than half of teens surveyed said they send sexual texts to each other, and one in four of them are sexting pictures, according to a new study from Drexel University.    



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