Wealth and income inequality have many causes, and it’s pretty much beyond dispute that any well-functioning capitalist society will have some degree of disparity between the richest and the poorest.
It’s also beyond dispute that we are approaching a social consensus that wealth and income inequality in the United States today now threatens to seriously damage our social fabric. That fabric is grounded in two fundamental ideas: liberty, or the freedom to determine our own destinies, and equality. The problem is that over the past thirty years – in tandem with rising inequality – we have favored liberty over equality.
When you look up at the blue sky, where are the stars that you see at night? They’re there but we can’t see them. A firefly flitting across a field is invisible to us during the day, but at night we can easily spot its flashes. Similarly, proteins, viruses, parasites and bacteria inside living cells can’t be seen by the naked eye under normal conditions. But a technique using a fluorescent protein can light up cells' molecular machinations like a microscopic flashlight.
Featuring its' own underground river, the Hang Son Soong in Vietnam is the largest known cave in the world and was discovered only recently in 1991 by a local man named Ho Khanh. It wasn't internationally known until 2009 when members from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard and Deb Limbert, conducted a survey there. The ever-expanding cave was created 2-5 million years ago by erosion caused by river water flowing through limestone mountains.
During times of stress, the human body often has a difficult time fighting infections or other nasty health issues. That subtle weakness may soon change with a new high-tech gadget which can clear infections and even unknown pathogens from blood.
Self-aware and highly intelligent, dolphins are well known for their hunting skills in the wild. In this video, these crafty dolphins have figured out a way to catch fish by utilizing mud to trick fish into a contained area.
From hydro-electric dams to hydrogen powered vehicles, scientists for years have been struggling to figure out innovative ways to capture the limitless potential of water. Despite the shortcomings, new wave energy technology may be a unique approach to harnessing wave power in our oceans instead.
From small business to corporate conglomerates, politicians have a tendency to play both sides of the fence when it comes to their campaigns. Both republicans and democrats are guilty of this facade since monopolies have graced all sides the spectrum and continue to prosper beyond public opinion or control.
There's no doubt children come equipped with wild imaginations, but what happens there's actual truth behind it all? That's exactly what happened when a young boy named Ryan began experiencing nightmares at the age of four.
It wasn't until he turned five that he decided to finally confront his parents about his past life which centered around being an actor and working on various movies in the 1930s.
For those who haven't witnessed his abilities, most people consider Richard Turner to be the most talented card mechanic alive today. In this amazing video, he performs on the show "Fool Us" which Penn and Teller host to demonstrate exactly why many magicians still study his work even today.