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These 20-Year-Olds Started A Free Mobile Laundry Service for the Homeless

Homelessness is extremely difficult, to say the least. Besides having to battle the elements every day and constantly wondering where your next meal will come from, the homeless tend to have a very difficult time maintaining personal hygiene. So earlier this summer, two young men from Brisbane, Australia came up with an ingenious idea to help improve hygiene for the homeless: a free mobile laundry service. 20-year olds Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, the founders of Orange Sky Laundry, had three goals in

Perspective: 50,000 People Once Lived In 0.0102 Sq. Miles In China (Pictures)

No that’s not a typo. The Kowloon Walled City was a collection of 300+ interconnected high-rise buildings constructed without the guidance of a single architect or engineer. The city was also ungoverned by any health or safety standards. The Walled City was initially built as a Chinese military fort but became an enclave in 1898 while China was under British occupation. The population of the city ballooned after the Japanese took control of Hong Kong during World War II. The

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

This 3-D Printer Uses Mud to Print Homes for People In Impoverished Areas (Video)

Worldwide, about 100 million people are homeless. Another 863 million people are living in slums and other substandard conditions. That’s nearly a billion people living with unacceptably inadequate housing. The rapid development of 3-D printing technology is already starting to play a role in lowering these numbers. Earlier this year, the Chinese company WinSun showed off their new 3-D printer by printing 10 complete homes in just 24 hours: Unfortunately, 3-D printers like the one above are bulky and costly to transport, and materials like concrete are

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

How the Recession’s Lasting Effects Are Interfering With People’s Love Lives

Young people today are marrying later than ever before. It seems that Millennials (people born between 1981 and 2000) are choosing to focus more on their growing economic concerns rather than finding love. And since the economic fallout in 2008, marriage has increasingly been based on financial responsibility, rather than simply on mutual attraction. It has certainly been a rough few years for one of life’s milestones, but that is not to say that people have just stopped getting married altogether. Rather, people

The World’s Largest Coal Mining Company Just Invested $1.2 Billion In Solar Power

Editor’s Note: I am extremely excited to announce that The Higher Learning recently acquired three talented new authors to help us bring you more valuable news and knowledge. Over the next few days we will be introducing you to them and their writing. The following article was authored by Noah Harness.  In the early 1970s, the government of India nationalized the country’s coal reserves to help accommodate the country’s rising energy demands. By 1975, the Indian government was in control of the

This 6-Minute Video Will Forever Change the Way You Think About Wealth Inequality

Since 1976, the share of national wealth owned by the top 1% of Americans has nearly tripled, rising from 9% to 24%. And with the recession in 2008 and the Occupy Movement in 2011, there has been a lot of talk about wealth inequality in the United States lately. But what is wealth inequality really? People who contribute more to society deserve a larger share of the pie, of course, but how big of a share is fair? And how does the average person’s

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

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