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Why It's So Hard for Americans to Talk About Science

Techonomy | Posted 02.19.2015 | Science
Techonomy

When it comes to scientific topics, both scientists and laypeople hide behind the excuse that the general public in this country simply doesn't have the education to process such complex information. This is leading to real problems.

The Struggle for Equal Rights Continues

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

The tide is shifting both in the judiciary and in the court of public opinion. Civil rights based on race took some time beyond court rulings, but was eventually achieved. Civil rights based on sexual orientation will inevitably follow the same path.

Yes, There Is A Right Way To Use Technology

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

Social media does have the power to make us miserable and stressed out -- or to help us feel love and connection, joy and gratitude, inspiration and curiosity.

8 Tips to Stay Out of Email Hell at Work

John Egan | Posted 02.05.2015 | Business
John Egan

Experts provide these eight tips for making sure your workplace inbox doesn't get you shoved out the door -- or at least doesn't make your colleagues want to immediately delete your emails.

Towards a New Generation of American Hindu Leaders

Murali Balaji | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

If Oprah Winfrey can be seen as a faith leader, then it can be said that public figures who embrace their Hindu identity and lead in the civic realm can be looked at in the same light. In other words, to inspire others with your own faith doesn't necessarily require religious vocational training or connection to religious centers.

My Bias Against Measuring Bias

Margie Omero | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Margie Omero

We'll need far more than a single question to decode the role gender has in Clinton's political fortunes. We would need to control for party, and mask that we're investigating bias. Because if voters are viewing Clinton through the lens of party, rather than gender, perhaps that may be progress after all.

5 Facts About Social Media Usage Today

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 01.27.2015 | Technology
Kyle McCarthy

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, Facebook launched as a network strictly for college students. However, in 2014 more than half of online adults 65 and over are now using Facebook.

#ReclaimMLK: A Radical Dream Unrealized

Arielle Newton | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Arielle Newton

Despite their persistent attempts to make it so, Dr. King was not merely a passive Black leader; he was a radical revolutionary whose vision of a racially and economically equitable society has yet to be realized.

Did We Kill the Web?

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 01.17.2015 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

The Internet extends that ability to a degree without precedent in human history. There is no telling how profound a change -- hopefully for the better -- this will brings to our species and the world we live in."

"Cupcake Amnesty:" Childhood Obesity and the Political Divide

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

No cupcake-related "rules or guidelines" were in fact "abolished" by the Texas Department of Agriculture, which oversees our state's child nutrition programs, but Miller likely cares little about the specifics.

In 2015, Christianity May Be Making a Comeback

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

The Creator seems to be making a serious comeback. Although non-believing cultural elites in media, academia, and entertainment may be the loudest voices in the room, a new study indicates they're becoming the smallest group in the room.

Mom And Dad, Please Explain This One to Your Daughters

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Some months back, Senate Republicans blocked -- for the third time -- the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill proposing to close the pay gap between men and women. The goal of the bill -- the attainment of equal pay for equal work -- seems like a no-brainer, right? Yet not a single Republican voted in favor of the Act.

Don't Just Question the 10 Commandments; Question the Entire Bible

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.23.2015 | Science
Steve Siebold

Most people are familiar with the story of the Ten Commandments. The short version is that God called Moses to Mount Sinai where he gave him two tablets of stone that contained the Ten Commandments.

Wealth Inequality: Trickle-Down or a Sinking Ship?

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 02.22.2015 | Money
Misha Pinkhasov

Three makes a pattern so, with inequality at the top of the news - be it about champagne wars at the House of Lords or the inherent privilege of white males on the streets of America - it is time to have a conversation about the difference between privilege and patronage.

In Elizabeth Warren We Trust

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The negotiations over Cromnibus show why Americans don't trust the government in Washington. While no sensible citizen wants the Federal government to shut down, most of us are sick of special-interest giveaways. Someone has to stop them.

73 Percent Of Americans Believe Jesus Was Born To A Virgin

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

A full 65 percent of American adults believe in the four of primary elements of the Christmas story -- the virgin birth, an angel announcing the birth...

Americans Believe The Internet Has Made Them Better Informed

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.09.2014 | Media

The majority of Americans believe access to the Internet has made them better informed and "improved their ability to learn new things," the Pew Resea...

This Might Be The Reason Your Adult Kid Still Lives At Home

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.14.2014 | Fifty

More than 92 million Americans -- 37 percent of the civilian population who are 16 and older -- are not only not working, but they aren't really even ...

Mythbusters: Bill Maher Edition

Omar Sarwar | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Omar Sarwar

Since his highly controversial exchange with Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on October 3rd, Bill Maher has insisted that he's simply stating the unpleasant facts about the Muslim world. But there are two particularly noxious myths that need to be debunked.

Americans Twice As Likely To Express Religion In Person Than Online: Report

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion

Americans use social media and the Internet for nearly everything, including their faith, and a newly released Pew Research Center report reveals just...

Brittany Maynard: A Tragedy, But Not a Controversy

Margie Omero | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

Death with dignity is an issue with consistent majority support that somehow endures being described as "controversial." But a vocal minority has been given a disproportionately outsized platform.

Are You About to Get Dumped by a Liberal Friend?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 12.30.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

A Pew Center's stunning new report reveals that liberals are more prone to dropping friends who spout conservative dogma than the other way around.

Why the UN Rejected Turkey's Bid for a Security Council Seat?

Harut Sassounian | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Harut Sassounian

By ignoring all these legitimate reasons for Turkey's failure to win the Security Council seat, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu falsely attributed his country's defeat to its reluctance to abandon "its values for the sake of getting more votes."

Facebook Friend... Or Foe?

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Sybil Adelman Sage

Humor helps me cope with negative feelings. That led to my Breaking News Series, mosaics that comment on America's political, social and economic problems.

26 Percent Of Young Women Report That They Have Been Stalked Online

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology

If you look at mild forms of online harassment these days (like name-calling), you'll find that young men and women actually suffer at roughly similar...