Have you ever wondered just what, exactly, money is? We earn it. We spend it. But why do we all agree that one little piece of green paper is only worth a bag of chips and a different piece of green paper is worth a full, fancy dinner? This article takes a look at currency, what it is, how it got started, and what forms it might take in the future.
Tag Archives: Current Events
3,000 migrants begin walk north from south Mexico
In the wake of a tragic fire, migrants rally to end the suffering caused by detention centers.
How Ads (and People) Persuade You
If you can recognize when you’re being persuaded, it’s a lot easier to make sure your opinions are actually your own.
Adventures in 21st Century Copyright — AI-generated comic artwork loses US Copyright protection
It seems artificial intelligence is everywhere these days, and the world of art is no exception. This has led to many questions, such as “can AI-generated art be copyrighted?” Courts have started to weigh-in and so far, the answer seems to be that machine generated art should not get the same protections as human-created images.
What Really Destroyed Tulsa’s Black Wall Street
Read this in-depth article about the Tulsa Massacre.
26 Types of Activism To Know (Plus Examples)
Read about different kinds of activism.
Extreme ‘Rogue Wave’ in The North Pacific Confirmed as Most Extreme on Record
Scientists don’t understand exactly how rogue waves form, but they predict these types of waves will only get bigger.
U.S. broadens immigration program for Haitian migrants, citing humanitarian crisis
Due to severe political and economic instability in Haiti, the Department of Homeland Security will allow thousands of Haitian immigrants to remain in the US for longer periods of time.
Why First Amendment still matters to students
At age 13, Mary Beth Tinker wore a black armband to school and ended up in court over her freedom of speech. Now, 48 years later, Tinker is traveling the country to talk to students about their first amendment rights.
These women are shaping the future of African space exploration
Read about three African women who are contributing to space exploration programs on their home continent: a space engineer, a physicist and explorer, and a space law adviser.
Detroit students want poor school conditions addressed
Young people in the Neighborhood Service Organization’s Youth Initiatives Project are making their voices heard. Find out how their student team work is supporting their teachers.
Ohio boy’s $20 investment in kindness yields big return
Myles Eckert paid it forward with a $20 bill. His act of kindness led to many people wanting to repay him. Donations topped more than a quarter of a million dollars and led to the foundation of a charity for children who have lost parents to war.
Around the world, protesters take to the streets in solidarity with Iranian women
This article describes recent worldwide protests against the Iranian government’s oppression of women and girls.
Americans Are Getting Better at Cooperating With Strangers
Click this link to learn more about a recent study that suggests Americans have become more willing to cooperate with strangers over the past several decades.
The librarian who defied the Taliban
Meet Wahida Amiri, a librarian and book-lover forced to flee her homeland after she spoke out against the Taliban and demanded equal rights for Afghan women.
Japan has always been refugee-averse. Then Ukraine happened.
Japan is taking huge strides to aid Ukrainian refugees, which could lead to policy changes in the future.
Review this collection of TED talks on social change; covering topics like justice, freedom, and the collective good.
China to complete ‘Heavenly Palace’ and break world record for space launches in 2022
As China’s space program heats up, they aim to launch 60 missions in 2022 alone, breaking the world record of 55 missions set just last year.
A Battle between Voting Laws and Voting Rights
Click here to find out more about the Brennan Center for Justice and its efforts to defend systems of democracy in the United States by reporting on ongoing legislative efforts to restrict voting rights.
NASA chief: Moon mission is in preparation for Mars
Watch this short interview with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson about the Artemis program and NASA’s plans to return humans to the moon in 2025.