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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

This Guy Uses Other People’s Trash to Make Amazing Mini-Houses for the Homeless

If you’re ever in Oakland, you might see a man named Gregory Kloehn dumpster-diving or digging through illegally dumped piles of trash. The only thing is, Gregory isn’t homeless. In fact, he uses the materials he collects from the dumpsters to build small creative houses for the homeless. Gregory is an artist who started making mini-houses with the intention of selling them. But one day, a homeless man came to his studio asking for a tarp. At the time, all Gregory had built

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

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