World Health Organization declares Zika virus global health emergency

In May of last year, an outbreak of the Zika virus was discovered in Brazil.  Less than a year later, the virus has spread to over twenty countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, prompting the World Health Organization to declare it an international public health emergency in early February. An increasing body of evidence links the Zika virus, which […]

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Sweden’s experiment with the 6-hour work day

Happier staff.  Increased profits.  Lower turnover rate.  These are just a few of the reported benefits of the six-hour work day, adopted this year by employers across Sweden – from retirement homes to car centers and hospitals. This approach is not entirely new.  Thirteen years ago, Toyota service centers in the coastal city of Gothenburg cut shifts for their mechanics. […]

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U.N. crowdfunding app helps feed Syrian refugees

On Thursday, the United Nations World Food Programme released a new crowdfunding app in order to help feed Syrian children in Jordanian refugee camps. ShareTheMeal, available for iPhone and Android smartphones, encourages users to “share their meals” with these young refugees by donating as little as $0.50, enough to feed a child for one day.  Those who log in to […]

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Why North Korea’s purported space program poses a threat to the international community

  On January 30, 2013, South Korea successfully launched its first rocket with significant Russian help. The culmination of the decade long effort was a direct response to North Korea’s unsuccessful intermediate-range rocket testing in 1998. At the time, the progression of North Korean rocket technology alarmed the South Korean government so much so that South Korea took radical steps […]

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Weekly Recap – November 11th to 17th

Former Director of the CIA

The Spy Who Loved Me CIA Director, David Petraeus, resigned last week after it was revealed he was having an affair with his biographer. The FBI uncovered the story, working off the original claims of ‘jealousy’ that led them to the woman. Petraeus was a four-starred General with extensive experience in Libya and Afghanistan when he was made Director. He […]

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Drones: A Blessing or a Curse?

It is no secret that the U.S. increasingly uses drones to achieve its counterterrorism goals. During the recent presidential debates, there was no contention over drone usage. Indeed, much of the skepticism surrounding drones appears to have subsided as they have become the Obama administration’s primary tool for fighting terrorism. This is unsurprising considering the lack of serious ramifications stemming […]

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