On Monday July 7, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, which allows doctors to prescribe medical marijuana under certain conditions. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Washington fulfilled voters’ wishes by opening medical marijuana dispensaries for business.
Which states will be next to legalize marijuana? (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
In November 2012, voters in both Washington and Colorado passed legislation that legalizes marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The increase in legislation approving medical cannabis seems to be part of a growing trend among states to legalize marijuana.
Facebook’s recent study of the emotional behavior of some of its 1.3 billion users without their knowledge or consent has raised ethical concerns for academic research. When the study’s results were published in a science journal, people raised questions of privacy rights and research ethics.
The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)
“This is just the latest in a string of incidents that have raised questions about whether the privacy rights of Facebook’s nearly 1.3 billion users are being trampled by the company’s drive to dissect data and promote behavior that could help sell more online advertising,” reported the Associated Press in “Facebook Faces Inquiry over Psych Experiment: New Feed Content Manipulated for 700,000 Users” published in Daily Herald, July 3, 2014. British, Irish and French regulators are investigating the case to see if any privacy laws were violated.
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Tagged academic, academic research, ethical, ethics, Facebook, privacy rights, research ethics, science journal
What an exciting past month it has been celebrating the journey to The Cup with Questia! Now that there are two teams left to face off for The Cup, this is your LAST CHANCE to send us your photos of you cheering on your favorite football team.
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You catch a bug, head to the doctor, they hook you up with an antibiotic and you go on your merry way. Right? Well, the latest news in health and medicine says we may have been overdoing it, and, in the process, creating diseases with antibiotic resistance. So how to prevent antibiotic resistance from getting worse?
People have been overdoing it with antibiotics, which can result in antibiotic resistance. (Credit: Amanda Kahler)
There haven’t been any new antibiotic drugs created by the pharmaceutical industry in recent years nor any on the horizon, leaving doctors stumped and more and more people worried.
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Tagged antibiotic drugs, antibiotic resistance, health and medicine, how to, how to prevent, how to prevent antibiotic resistance, pharmaceutical industry, prevent antibiotic resistance
“The Case Against 8” is an HBO documentary that takes an in-depth look at the federal lawsuit to overturn California Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages. Five years in the making, the film shows the behind-the-scenes workings of a legal team dedicated to restoring the right to marriage for all Californians.
A behind-the-scenes view of the fight against California Proposition 8 is shown in “The Case Against 8.” (Credit: Flixster)
Currently running on HBO, “The Case Against 8” has won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Audience award since its opening on June 6, 2014.
Summertime—a period when college students get to kick back and just relax. Who cares if you forget half of what you learned during the last semester, right? Not so fast, doing some summer reading will not only keep your brain sharp, but also give you a head start on classes in the fall.
You can still enjoy the great outdoors while you finish your summer reading list. (Credit: presta HertzaHaeon)
No one is saying you have to read War and Peace, but the benefits of adding some of the written word into your diet of sun and fun from June through August may just outlast your tan. Here are some things to consider when creating or selecting your summer reading list.
Since President Richard Nixon first declared a nationwide War on Drugs in June 1971, law enforcement and the U.S. government have operated under the idea that the best drug policy was to jail anyone using or selling drugs. Debate continues to rage about how effective this has been over the last 40 years.
Isn’t it time to repeal the War on Drugs? (Credit: William Reed)
Many believe that the War on Drugs has created more problems than it has solved, such as treating addicts like criminals instead of treating drug addiction as a medical condition. There are also the class issues involved with how drug abuse is punished, prison overcrowding, increasing violence and death connected to drug cartels, and finally a growing movement for legalization of drugs.
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Tagged drug abuse, drug addiction, drug cartels, drug policy, legalization of drugs, prison overcrowding, War on Drugs
The student debt crisis received a setback recently when the Bank on Student Loan Fairness Act sponsored by Senator Elizabeth Warren died in the Senate. It fell four votes shy of moving on for debate.
The default rate for a student loan is its highest since 1995. (Credit: Alex Dvorkin)
According to the Project on Student Debt, 71% of college seniors who graduated in 2013 had an average student loan debt of $29,400 per borrower. From 2008 to 2012, debt at graduation increased an average of 6% each year. President Obama has issued several executive orders to help college students with their debt.
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Tagged average student loan debt, college students, Elizabeth Warren, executive orders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, student debt crisis
In recent weeks, the situation in Iraq has unraveled, with ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) overtaking much of the country. Iraq news today brings new information about how ISIS is challenging Al-Qaeda by declaring a new Islamic state as they strive to build on the centuries-old conflict of Sunni vs. Shiite in the region.
ISIS, the militant jihadists terrorizing and overtaking city after city in Iraq. (Credit: StMA)
Creation of new Islamic state
The leaders of ISIS recently announced the restoration of the 7th-century Islamic caliphate.
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Tagged Al-Qaeda, Iraq, Iraq news today, ISIS, Islamic state, Sunni vs. Shiite
When you finally finish college you’re going to face a lot of competition out there. Career planning now will give you an advantage. Some things to do would include job shadowing, attending job fairs and even taking a field trip to visit a company that interests you.
Take the next step in your career while taking your summer road trip. (Credit: CEHD)
Summer road trips can be combined with job hunting and checking out future employers. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
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Tagged career plan, career planning, field trip, job shadowing, road trips, things to do, trip, trips