Archives for December 2017

Renting in NYC: How the Economy is Making it Tough

The housing market has always been a large indicator of economic standing. When the economy is doing well, real estate value goes up, rent increases and residents are expected to keep up. However, when the economy is doing poorly, rent prices do not follow the decreasing trend, and for those with stagnant wages, finding affordable housing in big cities is not made any easier.… [Read more]

How Will We Fix Our Opioid Crisis?

Our country’s problem with opioids has become increasingly urgent. Every year, thousands die from opioid overdose. Drugs classified alongside heroin and fentanyl — including some prescribed painkillers — are making a resurgence, reaching record addiction levels across the nation. New England, the Midwest and Appalachia, in particular, harbor some of the highest rates of opioid addiction and overdose.… [Read more]

Why Has Teen Pregnancy Slowed? Stats on Generation Z

If you’re looking for good news, you might be surprised to find it in teen pregnancy trends. Since the 1990s, there has been a sharp decline in teen pregnancy. In fact, from 2008 to 2010, there was a 15 percent decline alone. There is clear indication of some major things slowing down the trend and below covers a few other factors to consider.… [Read more]

The Stats Are In: The Criminal Justice System Needs More Data

You can never truly tell how well a system works if you don’t have the statistics to back it up. Unfortunately, one of the most important systems in the United States is severely lacking in usable data: the criminal justice system. We may know the “what” of crimes, but very little is known on the more important “why.”

At a time where people are demanding more transparency from companies and their government, the call is even stronger when it comes to the criminal justice system.… [Read more]

The UK’s Infrastructure Budget: What Do The Cuts Mean?

Despite once being one of the world’s ‘superpowers’, or indeed ruling over around 23% of the world’s total population, the United Kingdom is now facing some heavy times. Infrastructure budget cuts, political instability, Brexit (and the expected ’buy-out’ fee of £50bn) and financial cuts means that ‘Great Britain’ could now be better known as ‘Alright on a good day Britain’.… [Read more]

Virtual Reality & Documentary Filmmaking: What’s Next? Has Society Become Desensitized?

“What if I could present you a story that you remember with your entire body and not just with your mind?” asks journalist and virtual reality pioneer Nonny De La Peña. When it comes to VR, science fiction, gaming, and simulated reality have the potential to really change up the way we experience entertainment as well as storytelling.… [Read more]

5 Common Misconceptions About Prison and What the Truth Really Is

The perspective of a prison warden or guard is quite different than that of the prison inmate. The inmate views prison incarceration negatively, while the warden views it positively. Here, we will examine 5 common misconceptions about prison and we give you the truth.

The Food is Bad

This one might have a hint of truth, but it depends on where you are and the behavior of the inmates.… [Read more]

3 Great Scholarship Sources for Tech Students

Despite the Republican tax plan that includes elimination of student loan interest deductions, earning an education is still worthwhile – especially in areas that are in demand globally. Given the increasing demand for STEM graduates, questions remain for many about their ability to earn a degree – including how they would pay for it. Fortunately, there are many scholarships open specifically to tech students.… [Read more]