Josh Barstow

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Should I take a gap year before going to college?

<i>This article</i> <i>originally appeared in</i> Inside Higher Ed<i>.</i><p>Over the next few weeks, students around the country will receive offers of admission to colleges …

Next health reforms: Providers, not just insurance, need fixing.

A Gallup survey released Thursday showed a large and sudden decline in the share of Americans lacking health insurance. It’s a potent reminder that …

10 tough questions we get asked

We are outspoken about our optimism. These days, though, optimism seems to be in short supply.<p>The headlines are filled with awful news. Every day …

Computer Science

The World's 85 Richest People Are as Wealthy as the Poorest 3 Billion

What exactly does that mean?<p>The report that everybody's talking about this morning is Oxfam's opus on global inequality, which leads with an eye-popping statistic: The richest 85 people in the world own more wealth than the bottom half of the entire global population.<p>Yes, that equation works out …

China’s Ivory Crush Is Important First Step

In a surprising step, China last week became the latest in a growing number of countries to publicly destroy large quantities of ivory to bring attention to the global trade in illegal ivory. From any angle, China’s move has important and positive implications for the fight against an illegal ivory …

Study Says United States Tops List of Global Warming Offenders

Changing Planet<p>A new study by Canadian researchers finds the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and developing nations Brazil and India were responsible for more than 60 percent of global temperature changes between 1906 and 2005. The U.S. alone was responsible for 22 …

1,000+ Rhinos Poached in 2013: Highest in Modern History

Increasing demand for the animals' horns drove the slaughter, report says.<p>For South Africa's white rhinos, 2013 was perhaps the worst year in modern history.<p><b>One thousand and four animals were killed by poachers, the highest since record keeping began in the early 1900s, according to the South</b> …

US probes images of marines 'burning dead Iraqis'

<b>The US Marine Corps says it is trying to determine the authenticity of images published by a celebrity gossip website that appear to show marines burning the bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents.</b><p>The website TMZ has published eight photographs and says it has a further 33 that are too graphic to show.<p>TMZ …

Military

Obama orders curbs on NSA data use

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1044000/1044975_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524849539_0a5be2bef748a7b8702c5e6b19d8aa44<p><b>President Barack Obama has ordered curbs on the use of bulk data collected by US intelligence agencies, saying civil liberties must be respected.</b><p>Mr …

Surveillance

Arresting Photos of Indonesia's Erupting Mount Sinabung

All Eyes On Google's New 'Smart' Contact Lenses

Google “glucose” right now, and you’ll find a slew of results with Google itself in the header. This is because Google is getting into a new market: Diabetes. The company has just revealed a new method for monitoring glucose, in a classically Google-clever way: Smart contact lenses with tiny …

White House Makes College For Low-Income Students A Priority

<b>Listen · 3:17</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met today with over 140 college presidents at the White House. Also present at the event, were dozens of organizations committed to raising the number of low-income students who attend college.<p>No more …

NSA Reportedly Collected Millions Of Phone Texts Every Day

As recently as 2011, the National Security Agency was collecting almost 200 million text messages each day, according to a new story by <i>The Guardian</i> that cites documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The texts were used to develop financial and location data, the newspaper says.<p>An image …

By Tracking Sugar In Tears, Contact Lens Offers Hope For Diabetics

<b>Listen · 4:44</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The latest project from Google X is a smart contact lens, a tiny, flexible computer capable of monitoring glucose levels in tears. Researchers at Google are hopeful that one day this technology might be used to help diabetes patients better control …

The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America

<b>Listen · 4:49</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>In 1895, legislators in New York state decided to improve working conditions in what at the time could be a deadly profession: baking bread.<p>"Bakeries are actually extremely dangerous places to work," says Eric Rauchway, a historian at the University …

Obama Speaks On Proposed NSA Changes

Live coverage of President Obama's speech on government surveillance starts with Obama outlining the new threats and demands that have emerged over the years for America's intelligence agencies.<p><b>Listen · 3:20</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>

Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor

'Kids Are Different: There Are Lots of Different Ways to Educate Them'

An interview with Glenn Harlan Reynolds about his new book, The New School.<p>There are a dizzying number of theories out there about American education. Smaller classrooms are the solution one day, the next, iPads. Glenn Harlan Reynolds of Instapundit takes on these ideas and makes his own …

How safe is our drinking water? Threats from chemical spills, pathogens, and terrorism.

The area around Charleston, W.Va., has been brought to its knees by contaminated drinking water. Thousands of gallons of an industrial chemical used …