Student Loans in The Great Recession

       May 21st, 2018 Brandon Duvall

A new study from RTI released recently about those who graduated during the Great Recession. This period being 2007-2009. Melissa Cominole, Ph.D., RTI research education analyst and co-author of the report, stated that students are suffering from their student loans unexpected ways. Upwards of 26 percent of borrowers postponed marriage due to debt. The same is true for 44 percent of these borrowers, purchasing a home and choosing a job in their field were postponed due to debt. Hopefully finds like this will spark the conversation for more assistance for borrowers. The increasing plight of student debt is something we need to combat to help the quality of life within the United States. With research like this showing that the pursuit of happiness can be stigmatised by debt from higher education it seems like a pretty straight forward request. Thanks for reading.

RTI International. (2018, May 2). New report details experiences of graduates with student loan debt during the Great Recession: Marriage, housing, family decisions delayed; employment choices made based on the cost of education. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 20, 2018.

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Self-assembling Batteries That Charge in Seconds

May 20th, 2018 Brandon Duvall

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A multi-campus collaboration led by Ulrich Wiesner, professor of engineering in the at Cornell University. Is seeking to address the demand for a novel energy storage device architecture that has the potential for lightning-quick charges. The group has redesigned the battery, modifying it with gyroidal thin films of carbon with nanoscale pores. The design is said to help with the expansion and degradation of polymer strips within standard batteries. It also helps increases the speed of charge by a multitude. Wiesner states the battery will charge within seconds if not less. An innovation like this has profound effects for consumers, manufacturers and engineers alike. The ability to develop devices that can maintain their power supply’s integrity for a longer period of time is an important quality by itself. Quick charging is just a giant convenience for the consumer. As always, thank you for reading, we will try to keep you in the now.

J. G. Werner, G. G. Rodríguez-Calero, H. D. Abruña, U. Wiesner. Block copolymer derived 3-D interpenetrating multifunctional gyroidal nanohybrids for electrical energy storage. Energy & Environmental Science, 2018.

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     Violent Gamers? No way!!

      Mar 30th, 2018 Nathaniel Duvall

In recent years, much controversy has been given to the idea of priming in our media content. This controversy reinforcing the idea that, violent video games influence violent behavior in viewers. The University of York in the UK, analyzed both the previous results from these media priming studies and participants response to facilitated media. The study found that there wasn’t enough data to support the supposed link between exposure to realistic violence in games and the viewer’s behavior. Interestingly the study only focused on adults, this may have skewed the results. The group intends to do more research into the effect on children. Although, to compare another mass media theory called, Cultivation Theory by George Gerbner. Violent media seems to create this “mean world” effect; where heavy viewership, correlates with a negative world view. The theory originally focused on television but many scholars have applied it to many different forms of mediated content.  

David Zendle, Daniel Kudenko, Paul Cairns. Behavioural realism and the activation of aggressive concepts in violent video games. Entertainment Computing, 2018.

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Greenhouse Gas to Renewable Resources

May 21st, 2018 Brandon Duvall

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A team of engineers at University of Toronto have developed a way to extract CO2 from the atmosphere and use the renewable resources of energy to transform this CO2 into Ethylene. Ethylene is a common precursor to many plastics. Precursors of common plastics themselves are said to be responsible for 1.4 percent of CO2 emissions. The hope is to use this process to create a more carbon-neutral future by lessening emissions of industrial plastic production. Innovations like this are important for combating climate change, we hope to see other great ideas to reduce greenhouse emissions.

Cao-Thang Dinh, Thomas Burdyny, Md Golam Kibria, Ali Seifitokaldani, Christine M. Gabardo, F. Pelayo García de Arquer, Amirreza Kiani, Jonathan P. Edwards, Phil De Luna, Oleksandr S. Bushuyev, Chengqin Zou, Rafael Quintero-Bermudez, Yuanjie Pang, David Sinton, Edward H. Sargent. CO2electroreduction to ethylene via hydroxide-mediated copper catalysis at an abrupt interface. Science, 2018

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Pot Problems

May 21st, 2018 Brandon Duvall

  With the increasing popularity and public acceptance of Marijuana. More children than ever are being introduced to the drug before more conventional substances, like alcohol or tobacco. This is leading to the possible need for drug intervention and treatment programs to help with those with a Marijuana use problem. Though there has been an increased use of Marijuana, some argue that this is a positive shift in drug usage. This is due to the overall health hazards of Marijuana being less than those of Alcohol and Tobacco. That doesn’t, however, make this a positive choice for young American’s to make ad as the study stated will likely lead to rehabilitation and intervention programs.

Brian J. Fairman, C. Debra Furr-Holden, Renee M. Johnson. When Marijuana Is Used before Cigarettes or Alcohol: Demographic Predictors and Associations with Heavy Use, Cannabis Use Disorder, and Other Drug-related Outcomes. Prevention Science, 2018

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