Renewable Energy Is on the Rise — and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It

Good news for the world: scientists who’ve discovered an enzyme that eats plastic have accidentally mutated it, making it stronger. This is great news, considering that our oceans are littered with plastics throughout. While there may not actually be a “giant Pacific garbage patch,” but without these enzymes, the chance that our race will someday face such a disaster is high, because plastics aren’t traditionally biodegradable.… [Read more]

Why Thousands Cross the US Mexico Border to Seek Affordable Health Care is Curbing Medical Bankruptcies

In 2013, an estimated 1,800 medical-related bankruptcy were filed a day. 2013 saw nearly 1,800,000 wives, husbands, kids, and other related family members were affected by these bankruptcies. The high cost of healthcare is the leading cause of bankruptcy, affecting more than 1 million families per year.

Healthcare has become so expensive that even those with health insurance may not be able to afford their $5,000 or $10,000 deductibles, as 57% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings.… [Read more]

American Anti-Intellectualism and Social Inequalities in the Age of Trump

We live in the age of Trump. What this means will vary from individual to individual, but for every person who thinks he represents straightforward business, there is another that believes he represents an affront to American intellectualism.

Perhaps it’s because of comments like this, spoken by Trump at a campaign rally in 2016:

“You know, I’ve always wanted to say this—I’ve never said this before with all the talking we all do, all of these experts, ‘Oh we need an expert’—the experts are terrible!”

Nicholas Baer, Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, mentions as much in his article, “American Idiot: Rethinking Anti-Intellectualism in the Age of Trump.” He draws heavily upon the work of Tom Nichols, a book titled The Death of Expertise.… [Read more]

84% Think Medical Cannabis Should Be Legal: 4 Health Facts to Convince the Other 16%

Although it is still controversial, the idea of medical cannabis is becoming more popular. According to Business Insider, 84% of the population believe that it should be legalized. If you’re still on the fence about this issue, there are several health benefits that you should be aware of.

It’s a Safe Alternative to Opioids

Drug-related overdoses has reached epidemic levels across the country.… [Read more]

What’s the Progress on Sustainable Goal Development, Worldwide?

In January 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as Global Goals, came into action. In the United Nations Development Programme’s words, these 17 goals are a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.” In replacing the  Millenium Development Goals, the SDGs introduce new areas of concern, with the aim of reaching all of these goals by 2030.… [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]

6 Countries with the Fewest Wars

Certain countries around the world are known for their almost nonexistent war records. Many other countries that are involved in regular military conflicts can learn a lot from these peaceful nations on how to settle disputes without having to go to battle. Here are a few countries in the world that have had the least wars.… [Read more]

Gender Pay Gap: Are Female Coaches Paid Less Than Their Male Counterparts?

Despite the 1972 Title IX legislation requiring equal pay in all educational institutions funded by the federal government, the gender pay gap in sports coaching seems to be widening, according to an article earlier this year by the Centre Daily. Not only do female coaches make less money, they also make up less and less of the athletic coaching staff at colleges across the country.… [Read more]

Three Considerations for Commercial Driverless Cars

With driverless cars quickly becoming a reality — both privately and commercially — it’s time to look at a few considerations for using a driverless car as part of a business.

Security

Imagine a taxi service with driverless cars. Overhead is lower, as you won’t need a driver. But there’s one problem: In the past, hackers have remotely hacked internet-enabled cars.… [Read more]

You Recycle, Right? Yet, You Still Might Be Destroying the Planet By Doing It Wrong

Recycling becomes more and more commonplace each year. Before you pat yourself on the back for your eco-friendliness, however, you should know that many people mess up their recycling in unexpected and unintended ways. Here are just a few mistakes that you might be making with your big blue bins.

You’re Throwing Away Dirty Items

Contamination is a widespread problem with recycled goods.… [Read more]

The Impact of Climate Change on Summer Storms and What You Can Do About It

Have you ever been in a harsh summer rain storm—one of those where lightning seems to continuously charge across the sky, thunder rolls on day or night, and rain and hail pound the earth with fury—and thought to yourself, “I caused that?” You may not be Thor, God of Thunder, but your presence on this earth does have a power and influence to it.… [Read more]

4 Ways Trump’s Presidency Might Affect Healthcare Legislation

Sweeping changes to legislature are occurring barely one month into Donald Trump’s presidency. On January 9, 2017, the Journal of the American College of Radiology released an article citing four main areas of healthcare that might be affected by Trump’s presidency: repealing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), increasing executive branch authority over physicians’ practices and payments, eliminating the CMMI and its impact on The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, and changing tort reform.… [Read more]

The Key Tax Changes to Anticipate in 2017

Back in October, the IRS announced a number of key changes to policies regarding taxes, both for individuals and businesses. As we enter 2017, it is important to anticipate these changes coming into effect. These changes will affect the taxes you file for the fiscal term of 2017. What are the key changes to anticipate this year?… [Read more]

What Do You Think Would Fix Global Healthcare? Here Is One Suggestion

There is no question about the fact that healthcare is broken in the United States and really has been for many years. It was largely on the issue of unaffordable healthcare that Obama won the presidency in 2008, and it is still largely due to an unaffordable and broken healthcare system that led Donald J. Trump to victory in 2016.… [Read more]

College and Faith – Important Things to Consider

For many students, faith doesn’t play a huge part in deciding which college to attend. For them, the only real consideration is which college offers the right course, or whether they can afford to go to an Ivy League college. For students of faith, however, there is another issue: that is, whether to apply to a secular college or attend a mainstream college.… [Read more]

3 Misconceptions Related to Hiring Veterans

Transitioning back to civilian life after actively serving as a soldier can be tough, but becoming employed is arguably one goal that could help soldiers feel like they’re doing worthwhile things and contributing to society. Unfortunately, some employers balk at the idea of hiring veterans. That’s less likely to happen, though, if they’re educated about what to expect, plus understand the truth about common misconceptions.… [Read more]

Breaking Political Branding

Politics aren’t as easy as the 1800s when you could ply your voters by providing enough booze to kill them and hope they hit your name on the ballot box. It involves complex branding and image control. There are degrees based around setting up a good political image. It’s a serious business.

The real question is how much of your vote is based around branding and not candidates?… [Read more]

Legalized Cannabis Too Good an Investment to Ignore

Every once in a while, an investment opportunity comes along that is just too good to ignore. These don’t happen often, and you need to be able to react when they do pop up. If you’re looking into what that big opportunity will be in the coming months, then look no further than cannabis investments. Thanks to the legalization of cannabis in a handful of states, investors must look at it in a serious and rather exciting manner.… [Read more]

Myths About the Affordable Care Act Debunked!

Another session of open enrollment for affordable health insurance is running from November 1, 2016 all the way to January 31, 2017. Under the new open enrollment period, you can enroll and acquire proper healthcare coverage. Election results haven’t changed this.

While there is plenty of information you can read to understand this latest open enrollment period and the available plans, there are still a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding health insurance and the healthcare industry in general.… [Read more]

4 Ways HR Can Save Your Company Money

Amid new fears that China’s financial problems will bring the global economy plummeting again, more and more companies are looking for ways to save money in order to protect their bottom line. From cutting back on energy to seeking cheaper materials, small businesses around the globe are trying to trim expenditures to the bare minimum. There are actually some ways your Human Resources (HR)  department can help you cut back on payroll going forward.… [Read more]