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What 60 years of data tell us about our garbage habits

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America was built and continues to depend on a culture of consumerism—consumer spending makes up roughly 70% of the United States’ gross domestic product. Nowhere is this insatiable appetite for material things more apparent than in our garbage.

To find out how our trash habits, both individually and as a collective society, have changed...Read more

What you should know about product protection plans

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When you buy a new dishwasher, smartphone, or TV, the last thing you want to think about is needing to eventually replace that brand-new item. Still, it’s an unfortunate reality that products will eventually malfunction, break, or come to the end of their useful life. That’s where product protection plans come in.

Also known as service ...Read more

Best government agencies to work for

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It’s been a whirlwind couple of years with the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. government agencies, especially those within the health sector, which are still in full-speed providing public service efforts.

Based on federal agencies that made the Partnership for Public Service’s 2020 Best Places to Work rankings, 84% of federal workers said ...Read more

Hygge and 7 other global wellness terms

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The idea that a word is untranslatable is a bit of a misnomer. There are, however, many words in other languages that encompass a meaning that takes several words in English to convey. Because of differing cultural contexts, it is sometimes difficult to capture the nuance or exact meaning of words through translation, which is a big reason why ...Read more

Prevalence of binge drinking by state

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While having an occasional drink may seem harmless, there are undoubtedly consequences for drinking heavily. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol consumption over time can lead to chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, liver disease, cancer, and has even accounted ...Read more

States with the highest-paid IT specialists

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IT specialists have a wide range of career options to choose from within their chosen field. They can become network support specialists or user support specialists, and a day of work can range from detecting suspicious network activity to helping computer users with their hard drives.

But depending on where IT specialists live in the United...Read more

25 best documentaries about musicians

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Musicians lead extraordinary lives filled with experiences most people can only dream of happening to them. They travel the world, fill concert halls and auditoriums with adoring fans, party with actors and other famous people, and often have immeasurable wealth. Not only is there interest in their music, but there also is an interest in their ...Read more

25 best true crime documentaries

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True crime is having a moment as a highly sought-after genre in books, television, and film. Whether it's an exploration of a serial killer’s crimes or a tale of a spurned lover who gets revenge, and featured on big streamers from Netflix and Hulu to cable giants like HBO, the genre has found its way into the hearts and psyche of audiences ...Read more

States with the most highly ranked colleges

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Every state approaches education differently. For some states, investment in K-12 and higher education is paramount. For others, there is simply not enough tax money to both fully fund the state's public education system and meet certain requirements for higher education—and how that manifests can speak to a student's educational experience ...Read more

Major accidents that happened on the set of a film

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The October 2021 death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film “Rust” has focused industry and public attention on the safety of film sets.

There are many risks involved in a film’s production posed by the set, environment, weapons used as props, and stunts, among many others variables. One of the barriers to better ...Read more

Best college in every state

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Deciding where to go to college is one of the biggest decisions a teenager has to make in their lives, ultimately having an impact on everything from future earnings and potential student loan debt to which opportunities they’ll be afforded to network with alumni.

While every student wants to get the best education they possibly can, there...Read more

Longest-running 'Weekend Update' hosts on 'SNL'

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In 1975, when “Saturday Night Live” first hit the airwaves, the term “fake news” had a totally different connotation than it does today. Rather than being a politicized term used to discredit information you don’t agree with, it simply meant made-up stories with no real basis in fact. It was this sort of “fake news” that Chevy ...Read more

25 oldest colleges in America

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Education has always been a cornerstone of the American experience. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin stressed the importance of having a place to teach America’s youth back in 1749. Franklin famously said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Even before then, the colonists knew education was the key to the furthering...Read more

Best college in every state

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Deciding where to go to college is one of the biggest decisions a teenager has to make in their lives, ultimately having an impact on everything from future earnings and potential student loan debt to which opportunities they’ll be afforded to network with alumni.

While every student wants to get the best education they possibly can, there...Read more

States with the biggest solar economies

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Solar panels have become normalized among landscapes, spotted everywhere from the open spaces of deserts to rooflines of dense residential areas. Installed on rooftops, covered carports, parking lots, and even closed landfills, solar accounted for  3% of America’s electricity in 2020, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (...Read more

History of the Federal Work-Study program

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The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program, part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, was created to increase access to higher education for low-income students. But while the program removed certain mid-century barriers, it has widely been seen as not keeping up with the times—particularly as tuition, cost of living, and inflation continue to ...Read more

10 essential documentaries on the opioid crisis

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breaks the opioid epidemic into three waves. The first wave began with the introduction of OxyContin—the highly addictive painkiller made by Purdue Pharma and introduced in 1996—and an increase in prescribing opioids. Spiked opioid addiction rates quickly followed.

A significant rise in ...Read more

What to know about workers' compensation in your state

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​​​Workers’ compensation, which can provide cash and medical care to employees injured on the job, and benefits to survivors in cases of a work-related death, began with a federal program in 1908. It gave benefits to civilian workers whose jobs were hazardous and became the first kind of social insurance established across the United ...Read more

History of anti-drunk driving advocacy

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The year 2022 marks 40 years of tracking alcohol-related driving trends and major changes to how the United States legally and socially tolerated drunk driving.

Anti-drunk driving advocacy has a relatively recent history, and like many other major civic movements, was galvanized by the culmination of numerous avoidable tragedies. Many of the ...Read more

10 tips for reward points travel

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Many credit cards offer a variety of ways to rack up bonus points with daily spending. It’s all about knowing the right card to get that fits into your budget and lifestyle. Travel credit cards in particular tend to carry high annual fees, but they offer cardholders the opportunity to earn points to redeem for rewards.

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