Archives for August 2019

Hot and Getting Hotter: Why the Urban Heat Island Effect Matters

If you live in a densely populated area, you have probably heard of the urban heat island effect. This localized warming of cities affects many aspects of life, and most aren’t healthy for the Earth or for humanity.

Thankfully, there are ways that we can reduce the effect of urban heat islands.

What Is an Urban Heat Island?… [Read more]

How Healthcare Costs are Affecting Americans This Year

Medical debt is a big price that most of us have to pay at some point in time. In fact, more than one in four Americans can’t afford to pay their medical bills. Scrounging money for a hospital stay or prescription medication can mean skimping on other basic necessities. 

The average amount of unpaid medical debt per collection tradeline is $579, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.… [Read more]

Autonomous Cars: So Close Yet So Far

The 1865 Locomotive Acts obliged cars to drive at a maximum speed of 6 km per hour and be preceded by a man on foot blowing a horn. The law changed slowly as the public view evolved. Today, the rise of autonomous vehicles calls for further changes in transport and other industries. It is clear that the development and adoption of self-driving cars will require a legal framework and the involvement of governments, but also some time before the public adapts.… [Read more]

How the Healthcare Staffing Shortage Is Going to Affect the Next Generation of Seniors

Healthcare for seniors is rapidly approaching a crisis: currently, one in eight Americans are over the age of 65. By 2040, it will be one in five. Additionally, more than 80% of senior citizens live with one or more chronic health conditions. This data reveals a crisis in the making, with a possible healthcare shortage leaving many senior citizens without vital care.… [Read more]