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45% of Russians Believe A Global Shadow Government Controls the World

Consider the following statement: “The world is run by some sort of overarching entity that pulls the strings in governments around the globe.” While groups like NATO, the United Nations and the G20 all include some of the biggest and most influential nations in the world, most people would probably say that the statement above is a bit of a stretch. Unless, of course, you live in Russia. A recent poll carried out by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center found that a whopping 45% of Russians agreed

New Study: Millennials Are Actually Reading MORE Than Their Elders

I’m sure you’ve heard it before: the media lamenting on how lost the young generation is, how addicted we are to technology, how we’re dumbing ourselves down and losing touch with our societal roots. But at least one study seems to be contradicting this characterization of young people as ignorant internet addicts. The study, published by the Pew Research Center last week, found that 88% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 claimed to have read at least one book over the

What Does It Cost to Completely Turn Around A Rough Neighborhood?

Harris Rosen was born in a tough neighborhood of Manhattan in 1939. Through personal grit and lots of hard work, he made it to Cornell University, where he attended the School of Hotel Administration. Now he’s the owner of seven resort hotels in and around Orlando. But if you ask Rosen what his proudest achievement in life is, he won’t tell you its his success as a businessman and hotel mogul. Rather, he’ll tell you the story of a small

The Most Dangerous Journeys to School From Around the World (Pictures)

This morning, I woke up around 7:30, threw some clothes on and headed towards the University of Texas campus. On my way to class I had to battle an insane swarm of cars, pedestrians and bikers, as well as a ten-minute walk through the Texas heat from my car to class. I was feeling sorry myself, lamenting about my terrible commute, when I stumbled upon something that immediately put the luxury of my educational experiences into perspective… You see, here in the U.S. we

Deaths That Don’t Have to Happen: The Relationship Between Knowledge and Health

Editor’s note: As part of  a writing class I took this summer, I had to do a group project addressing a social issue within our society. Part of that assignment was writing an essay that promotes activism to address the issue.The research inspired me, so I decided to share that essay with you. Hope you enjoy!  Knowledge, and the desire to use it to better our own lives, as well as the lives of everyone else. This is what has made our species

Lack of Education: The Real Reason for the Spread of Ebola

Since the latest Ebola outbreak began in March, there have been more than 2,100 reported cases and 1,145 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. This is already by far the most serious Ebola outbreak in recorded history. But the disease isn’t some super-virus that is spreading through the air and infecting anyone who comes close. The only way it can be spread is through bodily fluids- getting the blood or vomit of a sick person in your eyes, nose,

New Study: The More Education You Have, The Slower Your Brain Ages

A group of Danish researchers recently made an interesting discovery about the relationship between our education level and how fast we age. The researchers were led by Eigil Rostrup, who works as a doctor at Denmark’s Glostrup Hospital. The study, published in the journal Human Brain Mapping, was based off of data from a group of 2,400 boys who had been born in the Greater Copenhagen area in 1953. The boys were tested both physically and mentally at the age of 20, and

Why Calling People Dumb Just Proves Your Own Ignorance

I’m no saint. Just like everyone else, I get frustrated with people from time to time. If you catch me after a particularly maddening encounter, you may hear the words “ignorant”, “bigoted”, “close-minded”, and maybe even “asshole”. But one word you will never hear me use to describe a person is “dumb”. The increasingly popular idea that the world is full of stupid people is a basic misunderstanding of what it means to be “smart”. Real intelligence is simply the measure of a person’s curiosity.

Why The Most Important Educational Instruction Comes Before First Grade (Infographic)

When we talk about educational inequality in our country and the poor conditions of public schools in low income areas, we tend to focus on middle schools and high schools, and their inability to reach “troubled” youth. This is definitely an important aspect of the problem, but the issues start much, much earlier. One of the most important and most ignored aspects of educational inequality is the disparity in resources available for early childhood education. In middle class or upper class families,

The Streets of Chicago Are 4 Times More Deadly Than the Battlefields of the Middle East

This Fourth of July weekend saw joy, laughter, fellowship and fun. It also saw another rash of murders in the streets of Chicago. The 3-day weekend starting on the 4th saw eight murders in Chicago. Two more have already been reported for today. While this weekend was slightly more violent than others, it is definitely not an aberration. Easter weekend this year saw 45 separate shootings in Chicago. The weekend before that, there were 35 shootings in 36 hours. In recent years,

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