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The Immigrant Crackdown Is a Cash Cow for Private Prisons

Detaining immigrants has turned into a very lucrative growth industry<p>Earlier this month, Daniel Ragsdale, the second-in-command at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), confirmed he will be leaving his position to work at GEO Group, the nation's second-largest private prison company.<p>…

Immigration

Study: US cities have worse inequality than Mexico, with rich and poor living side by side

The cities of the Americas are unequal places.<p>US census data and recent American Community Surveys show that in most modern American metropolises, …

A New Technology Could Provide 40% of the World's Energy Needs, and It's Carbon-Neutral

Harnessing Salt Concentrations<p>Estuaries are ecosystems constantly in flux — brackish bodies of water where fresh and ocean water meet and mix. These …

Penn State

Glaciers are melting so much they are changing the shape of the Earth's crust

Glaciers are melting so much that they are causing the Earth’s crust to change shape.<p>And now scientists have used this effect to discover an alarming …

These "Printed" Solar Panels Were Made for Energy-Starved Regions

These panels are in the final testing phase before being released to the public.<p>On Monday, a team of researchers in Australia unrolled a field of the …

Clean Energy

New MIT water purification method eliminates even trace chemical waste and pesticides

Ridding water of tiny concentrations of pollutants isn’t easy. Typically, a lot of energy or chemicals are required to remove these dangerous …

Developing Countries

Inequality Isn’t the Real Issue

Research suggests that people care most about fair chances, not the distribution of wealth<p>What do Americans and Europeans see as the greatest threat now facing the world? A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that the most common answer is inequality—ranking above religious and ethnic …

Income Inequality

Incredible farming skyscraper could fight poverty and feed the world

This incredible skyscraper is more than just eye candy—its modular and farm-integrated design was created to fight world hunger and poverty. …

Sub-Saharan Africa

His emotions have been stirred – but Trump’s bombs won’t help Syria

From Reagan in 1982 to Bush in 2001, there is an ignominious history of US presidents meddling in Middle Eastern affairs. It never works<p>US airstrikes in Syria: what we know so far<p>There is nothing in the world more dangerous than an American president watching television. Donald Trump last night …

Middle East

8 of The Best Web Tools for Taking Students On Virtual Field Trips

April 3, 2017 The Internet has brought the entire world right into our own homes. The world’s knowledge is just a click away. Our students have …

Web Tools

15 free games that will help you learn how to code

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.<p>While a game alone probably isn't going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really …

JavaScript

The Future Of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

<i>What according to you is the future of MOOCs? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Deepak Mehta, long time student, on Quora:</b><p>I think MOOCs are the future. There are many inherent …

Online Education

Yuval Harari on why humans won’t dominate Earth in 300 years

“It's not because I overestimate the AI. It's because most people tend to overestimate human beings.”<p>Yuval Noah Harari’s first book, <i>Sapiens</i>, was an international sensation. The Israeli historian’s mind-bending tour through the triumph of <i>Homo sapiens</i>is a favorite of, among others, Bill Gates, Mark …

Kentucky’s religious freedom law gives students the green light to discriminate against LGBTQ peers

The new law comes after the governor declared 2017 the “Year of the Bible.”<p>Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and his Republican peers in the state legislature want to make certain that students in public schools can discriminate against LGBTQ kids.<p>So even though the states’ civil rights laws already fail to …

Trump plans to strip NASA’s earth science division, promote mission to Mars

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed into law a new plan for NASA’s future. The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 calls for a $19.5 …

Space Science

This Brilliant Solar Panel System Might Put a Huge Kink in President Trump's Coal Plans | Inc.com

Under the ink of President Donald Trump's America First Energy Plan, the fate of the solar industry is suffering a shoulder shrug period of uncertainty. But that isn't stopping major companies within the solar industry from pushing forward and asserting that the foundation for a shift to renewables …

Donald Trump

This New Molecule Can Collect Solar Energy Without Solar Panels

A big step towards a carbon-neutral future.<p>The discussion on climate has persisted for decades since we first discovered that there is a human-made …

Here’s My Entire ELL Beginners Seven-Week Unit On Writing A Story (Including Hand-outs & Links)

My previous post, Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story, was very popular, so I thought readers …

Teaching

For Online Class Discussions, Instructors Move From Text to Video

Postsecondary Learning<p>For Online Class Discussions, Instructors Move From Text to Video<p>By Jeffrey R. Young     Mar 17, 2017<p>hanss / Shutterstock<p>For …

3 Cities Prove Climate Action Works

The climate crisis is a problem caused by humans that can be solved by humans. These three cities are proving it.<p>While a lot of media coverage around …

New York City

Digital Financial Inclusion of the Rural Poor in Bangladesh

Considering Bangladesh’s lack of development and a predominantly rural context, it would have been difficult to imagine even a few years ago that an …

Sustainable Development Goals

New Research Suggests Ancient Humans Helped Make The World's Largest Desert

Causing climate change since 6,000 BCE.<p>It seems impossible to imagine, but where the Sahara is dominated today by a landscape of sand dunes, just a …

Climate Change

Fearing U.S. Withdrawal, Europe Considers Its Own Nuclear Deterrent

BERLIN — An idea, once unthinkable, is gaining attention in European policy circles: a European Union nuclear weapons program.<p>Under such a plan, France’s arsenal would be repurposed to protect the rest of Europe and would be put under a common European command, funding plan, defense doctrine, or …

Geopolitics

This Stuff Turns Solar, Heat, And Kinetic Energy Into Electricity—At The Same Time

Scientists have discovered a material that might be science's biggest overachiever. This material, which is a type of a mineral called perovskite, …

Clean Energy

A 10-Year-Old Girl Slammed Transphobia in One Sentence

Are you scared of her?<p>A 10-year-old girl stood up for transgender rights at a rally recently, and the sign she held up said everything you need to know about the fear inspiring transphobic laws and actions across the country. Rebekah, smiling under her braided pink hair, held up a sign that says …

10 Great Tools for Creating High-Quality Educational Podcasts

Have you Ever Considered Implementing Podcasts as a Part of in Your Teaching Methods? In 2004, Ben Hammersley was the first person to use the word …

Podcasting

I made my classroom look like the real world…and test scores soared

<i>Anthony Johnson is an elementary school teacher in North Carolina and a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Below, he describes his innovative classroom</i> …

Teaching