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The Re-Segregation of American Public Schools (Infographic)

In the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that separate schools for different races were inherently unequal, legally ending the practice of public school segregation. It was a major step. Schools slowly began to integrate, leading to better academic achievement amongst minorities. Unfortunately, this integration peaked in 1988, and since the government released all schools from federal oversight in 1992, America’s public schools are looking more and more like they did before desegregation. One striking

This Awesome Video Lets You Experience Chemistry’s Most Mesmerizing Reactions Up Close!

Since so much of chemistry happens faster, slower, or on a much smaller scale than we’re used to, the science is often taken for granted by the average person. But what if we were able to shrink ourselves down to the microscopic level and had the ability to control just how fast or slow a reaction happened? This is what Tsinghua University Press and the University of Science and Technology of China had in mind when they came together to create the

Can A Suicide Bomber Be a Hero? Or, In This Case, A Heroine?

As I write this, ISIS fighters are slowly taking the city of Kobane in northern Syria, just miles from the Turkish border. With fighting raging outside the city for the past three weeks, nearly 160,000 Syrians, mostly Kurds, have fled the city. Kobane is being valiantly defended by Syrian Kurdish fighters. Last night, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that one of these defenders, a young Kurdish woman named Arin Mirkin, blew herself up (along with a number of ISIS fighters) after a long battle with the

Germany Just Scrapped ALL Their Tuition Fees- Can We Can Get A Break Here in the US??

While the average college graduate in the United States is graduating with about $30,000 in student loan debt, Germany has decided that even much lower levels of tuition are simply unacceptable. The state of Lower Saxony, in northwest Germany, was the last of the country’s 16 states to do away with tuition fees. Dorothee Stapelfeldt is a senator in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. She is also head of Hamburg’s Department of Science and Research. She spoke to The Times about the

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,

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