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Russia Just Announced Plans to Close 40% of Its Universities. Here’s Why

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On Friday (4/17), Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov caused quite a stir when he announced that Russia would be closing 40% of its universities by 2016. The government also plans to cut the number of university branches by 80%, Livanov said. According to data from the Ministry of Education and Science, Russia has 593 state universities (with 1,376 branches) and 486 private universities (with 682 branches). According to Livanov, there are five times as many universities in Russia today than there were during the time of

103-Year-Old Marie Hunt Finally Got Her High School Diploma (Video)

At 103-years-old, Marie Hunt of Wisconsin may be the oldest person to ever receive her high school diploma. According to UK’s Daily Mail… “Now a resident at Meadows Assisted Living and Memory Care in Spring Green, the centenarian was presented with an honorary degree by River Valley High School, 87 years after her fellow classmates graduated.”   Miss Hunt expressed how grateful she was to receive the degree because it was something she always wanted but didn’t have the opportunity to get in earlier

Google Maps Is Now Giving You Access To Some Of Mount Everest (Video)

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On Thursday (3/12), Google Maps announced that users will now be able to take self-guided tours through the Everest region. Although the Khumbu region in Nepal is mainly famous for Mt. Everest, the community that surrounds the mountain is rich in culture. According to Business Insider… “Google has teamed up with Ava Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer who has reached the summit of the world’s most famous mountain a record 21 times as well as nonprofit Story Cycle to bring the rest of the world

X-Prize: From Private Space Race to Tackling Some of the World’s Biggest Problems

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What started as an ambitious plan to spur the private space industry has blossomed into a powerful tool for sparking innovation and affecting large-scale change around the world. Launched in 1996, the X-Prize Foundation uses a contest model to incentivize major technological advancements. The Foundation’s initial contest, the Ansari X-Prize, led to the development of SpaceShipOne, which completed the first privately funded spaceflight in 2004. Since then, the Foundation has expanded, applying their innovative model to all sorts of issues,

Malawi, A Country Where Half of All Girls End Up As Child Brides, Bans Child Marriage

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Every day, in countries around the world, roughly 39,000 girls under the age of 18 are forced into child marriages. The problem is especially pronounced in the African nation of Malawi, where 50% of girls are forced to marry before their 18th birthday and 1 in 8 are forced to marry before age 15. But all that may be starting to change. Earlier this week, the government of Malawi announced a ban on child marriage, raising the minimum age for marriage to 18 years. “This

Ecuador Has Lifted 1.5 Million Out of Poverty In 8 Years Under President Rafael Correa

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This past Friday (1/22), the Ecuadorean National Secretariat for Planning and Development announced that approximately 1.5 million Ecuadoreans have been lifted out of poverty since 2007. The accomplishment is a testament to the impressive job President Rafael Correa has done since taking office in January of 2007. Correa, who was born into a working class family in Guayaquil (Ecuador’s largest city), campaigned on a platform of drastic social reforms. But unlike many politicians these days, Correa has actually followed through on the

President Obama Is Proposing A Plan to Make Community College Free for All Americans

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In a video uploaded to the White House’s official Facebook page on Thursday (January 8), President Obama gave a sneak peak into his upcoming State of the Union speech from aboard Air Force One. The video focused on a bold new plan by the President to make two years of community college free to any American who is interested. “Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for anybody who’s willing

US Funded/Published Textbooks Promoting Jihad Are Still Being Used by Taliban Today

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In the late 1970s, Afghanistan went through a period of political upheaval – exacerbated by the global chess game being played between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War. In 1975, a group of militants from the Jamiat Islami party attempted to overthrow the government. Though the attempt was unsuccessful, support for the Islamist party continued to grow. In April of 1978, Mir Akbar Khyber – a well-known Afghan intellectual and leader of a major faction of the People’s Democratic Party

Malala Yousafzai Donates World Children’s Prize Money to Rebuild Gaza Schools

Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year old education activist from Pakistan who gained worldwide fame after surviving multiple gunshot wounds in an attack by the Taliban. On October 10th, she became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in championing the right to equal education for all children. This past Wednesday (Oct. 29), Malala received another award for her work: the World Children’s Prize, which came with a $50,000 cash prize. In her acceptance speech, Malala announced that she

This Guy Passed Out 520,000 Sandwiches to the Hungry Last Year (Video)

They call him “The Sandwich Man” – and for good reason. Every night for almost 13 years now, Allan Law loads up his mini-van with sandwiches and other basic necessities and drives around the streets of Minneapolis, giving them away to those in need. Law witnessed the effects of poverty firsthand when working as a 5th grade and 6th grade teacher in the inner-city of Minneapolis from the late 60s all the way up until his retirement in 1999. But

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