University of Wisconsin-Madison to offer free tuition for families making less than $56K

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will now offer free tuition and fees for in-state students from households that make less than $56,000 a year, The Associated Press reported. The program, called Bucky’s Tuition Promise, is the latest move by a major university to try and make higher education more accessible and affordable for students. In-state students at […]

Painkiller deaths drop by 25% in states with legalized medical marijuana

A study put out by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2014 made an interesting discovery.  In every state that had legalized medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010 (13 states in all), there was a 25% reduction in deaths related to the overdose of legally prescribed opioids. “The difference is quite striking,” said study co-author Colleen Barry, a […]

Women in Saudi Arabia will be able to travel and study without needing a man’s permission

Women in Saudi Arabia are to get more basic freedoms as the king relaxes the country’s controversial guardianship laws. The KSA continues to be one of the world’s most gender-segregated nations. At present women must live under the supervision of a male guardian, requiring his permission to do things like travel, access education, see doctors, […]

Trump caps off a long day by letting coal companies dump waste into streams.

The president’s unhinged 77-minute press conference wasn’t the only news he made today. After an exhausting fracas with the media, he popped back into the Oval Office to repeal an environmental regulation restricting coal companies from polluting waterways with mining waste. Trump signed a bill undoing the so-called Stream Protection Rule, an Obama-era regulation which aimed to curb environmental […]

Why Study Philosophy?

Physicists study matter, motion, and energy. Chemists study substances and their forms of combination, interaction and decomposition. Biologists study living things. And so forth. But what is it that philosophers study? One answer common throughout the ages is that as physicists study physics, philosophers study meta-physics. Philosophers, or at any rate the deepest of philosophers, […]

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