Biometrics: Changing the Way Medical Information is Gathered
Culture / Healthcare / Other / Technology

Biometrics: Changing the Way Medical Information is Gathered

In one sense, Telehealth services and biometric devices are similar; both have the potential to improve access to a breadth of valuable health information. They are also different in a sense that the proliferation and use of biometric devices may have more profound long-term societal and policy implications when compared to telehealth services. Biometric devices … Continue reading

The Confident Public: Misguided or Justified on the “Graying of America?”
America / Culture / Economy / Fiscal policy / Medicare / Politics / Social Security

The Confident Public: Misguided or Justified on the “Graying of America?”

The graying of America is not a new fear for economists and politicians. Before even the earliest Baby Boomers began retiring, economists were making predictions about the hardships America would undoubtedly face as it aged. Many say those problems have already begun, while others argue they have been over exaggerated and prematurely predicted. The American … Continue reading

The Cost of Being “Cool”: Politics and Pop Culture
America / Culture / Politics / Presidency

The Cost of Being “Cool”: Politics and Pop Culture

Heading into the 2014 elections, politicians will no doubt use pop culture in an attempt to engage the electorate, specifically young Americans, in the political process in order to encourage voter participation. The question is who will use pop culture effectively and why should politicians care about pop culture in the first place? According to … Continue reading

Tracking Technology to Benefit Children with Autism
Culture / Healthcare / Politics

Tracking Technology to Benefit Children with Autism

The tracking technology that has been successfully used to locate missing individuals with Alzheimer’s can now offer similar success to individuals on the autistic spectrum. On January 29th 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder from the Department of Justice testified at a Hearing with the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Part of his testimony … Continue reading

Beer and Politics
Culture / Other / Politics

Beer and Politics

This Super Bowl Sunday, when you attend your party of choice take a minute to look around the room and see which beers your friends are drinking. According to National Media Research Planning and Placement there are distinct correlations between your beer and liquor preference and your partisan leaning. This data wasn’t pulled together based … Continue reading

Tackling Our Attitudes Toward Aging
Aging / America / Culture / Environment / Politics

Tackling Our Attitudes Toward Aging

Age is a sensitive topic in our society. Even Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain has gone on the record saying that she will never reveal her age because she’s an “actress.” (It is widely speculated she is 35 years old.) Another actress Isabelle Huppert rebuked an interviewer for asking a question about her “longevity” in the … Continue reading

If Pop Stars Were Clean Energy, Miley Cyrus Would Be Corn Ethanol
Culture / Energy / Environment

If Pop Stars Were Clean Energy, Miley Cyrus Would Be Corn Ethanol

Since we can’t stop using energy, it’s necessary to use as clean a form of energy as economically and sustainably possible. I’ve already mentioned power sources with potential and likened them to pop stars in the press. Here’s a few more alternatives: A pop star with country roots but a less wholesome trajectory is Miley … Continue reading

If Pop Stars Were Clean Energy, Taylor Swift Would Be Natural Gas
America / Culture / Energy / Environment / Politics

If Pop Stars Were Clean Energy, Taylor Swift Would Be Natural Gas

If Keystone XL is the Kim Kardashian of energy, what is Taylor Swift? Obviously Miss Swift is natural gas. Media and music darling, Taylor Swift (aka T-Swift) has spent the last few years cultivating the perfect image: “The patriarchy-friendly, virginal, good, pure, feminine, pretty blonde girl that has been an American ideal for decades,” says … Continue reading