The Difference Between British and American Universities

  When pursuing an education, would you prefer a professional-level specialization or freedom of choice? Going into London for a study abroad program, that was the first time I realized how different the British “uni” system was from the United States. In fact, university and college don’t even mean the same thing to them. It […]

Even Not Having a Facebook Can Affect Your Employment

Source: Reppler In an effort to conceal personal information from potential employers, Facebook users have long learned to adjust privacy settings and name changes to disappear. But recently, interviewed hiring managers say this lack of social media presence is “suspicious”, an error of omission that hurts your chances just as much as a less-than-pristine Facebook […]

“HelpMeSee” in the face of Cataract Blindness

20.3 million people in the developing world, or half of all the blind people in the world, suffer from cataract blindness. There are children that will grow up without ever using their eyes despite the fact that a simple surgery could cure it in less than the time it takes to finish an SAT session.  […]

Air Testing by Kite in Chinese Cities

Air pollution has been an undeniable crisis in China, with the stars hidden by layers of tainted smog in many cities. Government officials, however, have always dodged the issue. They cite the developing status of the nation as an excuse for the environmental contamination. What’s worse, they refuse to release quantified data on the air […]

Save the Pearls – Unintentional, but still Racist

“Save the Pearls: Revealing Eden”, Victoria Foyt’s Young Adult dystopian book, is title that does not imply the black-dominated post apocalyptic world she attempts to write. After what appears to be a disaster caused by global warming and radiation, darker skin offers protection, and the caste system reverses. Apart from many instances that show a lack […]

Book Blogging the New Norm for Published Titles

(Source: allposters) Once upon a time, upcoming authors used to hold their breath and hope that publishing companies didn’t fumble with the marketing budget on ineffective ads. At most, they could hope for a few, distinguished reviews from big-name sources, and hope that the books really hit it off with a few famous people and […]

Female Boxers Can Choose Skirts

Optional, but still a horror that it is even a topic, female athletes can wear skirts to the ring in Olympic Boxing by choice. The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) has compromised the sexist issue successfully by allowing it as an option, but for many federations in other countries, it is not. In response to […]

How Video Games have Opened Your Thinking

(Source) How many of us have found ourselves stuck in a dream, wishing we could control what was happening? How many of us have found we could? The concept of lucid dreaming is an old one, but so is the idea that what happens during our day often finds its way into our REM state. […]

What’s so Wrong about United States Outfits being “Made in China”?

(Source: Screencap from RalphLauren.com) A mere 13 days before the Olympic ceremony, Ralph Lauren and USOC face public outcry as America realizes the U.S. team outfits were “Made in China.” Berets, scarves, blazers, and skirts made a rather formal debut in the opening ceremony, much to the chagrin of many Americans. My question is, what […]

Young Adult Covers Depict Death as Beautiful

(From Rachel Stark’s article) What do recent Young Adult books all have in common, apart from having beautiful people falling in love at an early age? Book covers featuring the teenage heroines in a picturesque background, serene in the embrace of death – a first impression that is meant to portray the epitome of an […]

Bikers Against Child Abuse: Breaking the Chains of Abuse

(Bikers helping a victim feel safe – photo by Karina Bland) If you were a victim to abuse at six years of age, likely at the hands of a once-trustworthy adult figure, who would you turn to for reassurance? Try a beefy, black-leather-wearing guy on a roaring motorcycle. With their emblematic do-rags and tattoos, they […]

US Olympic Team of 3 Girls

(From the left: Erica Wu, Lily Zhang, Ariel Hsing, Timothy Wang. Photo credit Joola USA) With London 2012 approaching and Olympic team selections are being fine-tuned, one lesser known sport has an unusual team lineup. Ping-pong, or better known as table tennis by its athletes, has three of its junior girls representing the U.S. Women’s […]

4D Movies: No Longer Just Theme Park Rides

If you’ve ever been on “Transformers: The Ride” in Universal Studios or something like it at a museum, you’ve felt the seat-rumbling, mist-spraying simulation that is 4D movies. Combined with the already established 3D effects, it is meant to fool a person’s five senses. What is surprising to realize is that specialty movie chains in […]

Computers You can Wear: Google Glasses

(Screenshot from Google I/O’s Skydiving experiment, 6/27/12) It’s been a staple in science fiction films, but now an augmented reality headset display is attracting attention as an imminent prospect. Project Glass, design patented by Google, is a program set to debut a product that offers Smartphone see-through display on an eyewear with voice command capabilities, […]

Our Schools are UNDROPPABLE

“Of all the issues I could make a film about, as an activist for the world, I feel like education is the issue that needs to be fixed.” Jason Pollock is tackling his select problem with a documentary in-the-making, “Undroppable.”  Launched on Tumblr, Pollock’s campaign is all about the unsung schools where it is worth celebrating […]

Five Judges for Pacquiao: Boxing Controversy Deepened

Photo: AFP It’s been two controversial weeks since the Manny Pacquiao v. Timothy Bradley boxing match, where instead of bringing home  another belt to his people, Manny got a judge’s no. The Philippines’s national hero graciously accepted the decision, despite doubting its validity. When even Bradley asked for the tape in disbelief, something must be […]

Modern Day Underground Railroad: Escaping North Korea

Have you ever traveled miles on foot just to gather enough fuel to last the week? Have you ever imagined surviving in the kind of environment that would call for that? I met someone that did. This past spring, representatives or “Nomads” from Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) gave a screening at my school. In […]

Recounting “Six Four”, Tiananmen

(AP Photo/Sadayuki Mikami) “Today’s June 4th? ‘Six Four’ is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protest in 1989.” That was how I was reminded of the event yesterday; my mother stopped in the middle of her daily chores by that date. Without looking up a single news source, she continued knowingly, “Hong Kong will have […]

Kendo as an Olympic Sport

If you have ever wondered how ancient Japanese Samurai sword-fighting has translated into the modern era, the answer is Kendo. After a ban on martial arts in the wake of World War II, kendo developed as a peaceful practice with martial arts values as well as sport-like elements. Widely popular primarily in Japan and Korea, […]