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Stuff YOU Should Know
Jul 23, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Close Up on Pluto Back in 2006, NASA launched New Horizons, a mission to explore the Kuiper belt. This is the region of our solar system that lies beyond our planets and includes Pluto. On July 14, the unmanned spacecraft made its closest approach, getting within 7,800 miles of the former planet (downgraded to dwarf […]

You Decide: Is the Iran Deal Good for America?
Jul 22, 2015

You Decide: Is the Iran Deal Good for America?

As btw reported back in April, many countries have viewed Iran’s nuclear ambitions as a considerable threat. In 2006, a diplomatic group made up of six world powers calling themselves P5+1 (named for the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus one non-member), gathered together to strategize on the best way to […]

We the People
Jul 4, 2015

We the People

We live in a country where it is easy to take our freedom for granted. But the concept that the government must answer to its citizens is a very complicated idea. Despite the challenges and the shortcomings that are a reality in our very complicated nation, the basic foundation of our democracy remains a model […]

Landmark Ruling on Marriage Equality
Jul 1, 2015

Landmark Ruling on Marriage Equality

At the end of June, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ended its 2014–2015 term with a number of hot-topic decisions. One of its biggest was a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage. This means that the decision will have significant and lasting impact on future legislation. You’ve probably witnessed the flurry of reactions […]

You Decide: A Woman on the $10
Jun 25, 2015

You Decide: A Woman on the $10

On June 17, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that a woman would be featured on a reissue of the ten-dollar bill. The response to the news has created a triggered a passionate national debate. We want to know what you think. To clarify, the question is not whether a woman belongs on currency in […]

Charleston Deaths Cause National Debate
Jun 24, 2015

Charleston Deaths Cause National Debate

On Wednesday, June 18, in Charleston, South Carolina, nine African American members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church were shot and killed while attending a Bible study meeting. The victims were members of the Emanuel AME church and citizens of the Charleston area. The three men and six women ranged in age from the […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jun 20, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Zimbabwe Demonetizes Currency When the African country Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1980 from British rule, its currency had the approximate value of $1.25 US dollars. The economy was strong. In the early 1990s, however, President Robert Mugabe implemented government-sponsored economic programs that ultimately had a devastating effect on the country’s economy. Designed to “correct […]

Happy Juneteenth
Jun 19, 2015

Happy Juneteenth

President Abraham Lincoln declared an end to slavery in the United States with the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862. Following the Union army’s success at the Battle of Antietam, Lincoln proclaimed “That on the 1st day of January . . . 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a […]

Happy 800th Birthday, Magna Carta!
Jun 19, 2015

Happy 800th Birthday, Magna Carta!

If there were a Hall of Fame for historical documents, the Magna Carta would be its most valuable player. It is considered one of the most influential pieces of writings in all of history. This past weekend marked the 800th anniversary of the signing of this historic document of governing principles. To mark this milestone […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jun 16, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Is Cooking Monkey Business? Consuming cooked food is considered to be an important evolutionary milestone for the human race. Since chimpanzees are closely linked to humans in terms of DNA composition and shared traits, researchers at Harvard University decided to conduct a study involving chimps and cooking devices. The series of experiments were conducted at […]