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Month: August 2018

Charleston SC: Where Community Meets Mobility
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Charleston SC: Where Community Meets Mobility

Charleston, South Carolina has made a name for itself has a vacation hotspot. Offering entertainment for people of all ages, the popular southern city attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Despite its fame regarding tourism and scenic beauty, Charleston boasts something even more important: a strong community that cares about its members. Earlier this month, a local woman received help doing something most people take completely for granted: getting in and out of her house. Operation Home, a non-profit focused on building ramps for those with limited mobility, teamed up with two nearby churches to make this woman's life a little bit easier. Young volunteers worked with knowledgeable professionals to construct the wheelchair ramp through the blistering heat and humidit...
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The Future Of Death: Cremation On The Rise

Views on death are beginning to change as the average lifespan increases; the number of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to rise 26% within this decade, and no state understands that better than Maine. The Pine Tree State's aging population (65 or older) is predicted to outnumber the young by the year 2020. Interestingly enough, Maine is one of the 12 states where cremation is growing fastest. Joe Dumais, superintendent at Portland's historic Evergreen Cemetery, had planned for this boom and added a semicircular columbarium with 300 niches, which can hold as many as 600 cremated remains. "We're over 50 percent cremations now, and we know as a nation we’re trending toward cremations," he said of the interments for that year. "In some cemeteries, it’s as high as 60 percent ...
More Than Half of UK Motorists Plan on Going Green With Their Next Vehicle
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More Than Half of UK Motorists Plan on Going Green With Their Next Vehicle

More vehicles are being produced around the world than ever before. In fact, a PwC forecast expects about 107 million vehicles to be made globally in 2020 alone. But with more vehicles generally comes more damage to the environment due to harmful fuels. This may be why a new study found that 55% of UK motorists plan on choosing a more environmentally-friendly vehicle in the near future. But it's not just the concern of harming the environment that is influencing this decision -- the study found that 42% of respondents are concerned about being taxed more for having a vehicle that runs on diesel fuel. Furthermore, 53% of respondents believe that they should make the switch simply because diesel vehicles are going to become less popular within the next few years. The study involved 2,...
Can’t We All Just Get Along? International Fencing Disputes Causing Serious Problems
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Can’t We All Just Get Along? International Fencing Disputes Causing Serious Problems

It's hot out and tensions are on the rise all across the country, especially when it comes to property disputes. In most cases, neighbors are generally friendly with each other, or at the very least, stay out of each other's business. But in recent months, there have been some serious problems as a result of fencing and property disputes. Different jurisdictions may require residential fencing to be set either two, four, six, or eight inches away from the property line. Though there are plenty of property and neighborly issues that occur on U.S. soil, in Germany and Australia, they seem to be a little more high profile as of late. According to The Leader-Herald, a fencing dispute even lead to physical violence. In Oppenheim, Germany, two individuals were injured and are currently b...
Could the Vivo Nex Be the ‘Nex’ Big Thing in Smartphone Technology?
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Could the Vivo Nex Be the ‘Nex’ Big Thing in Smartphone Technology?

Although nearly 395 iPhones are sold nearly every single minute, that doesn't mean Apple's got the phone game on lock (though your home screen might be). Vivo, a slightly lesser-known electronics maker based in China, has a new smartphone release that might just catch your eye. The Vivo NEX, with its 6.59 inch display and reportedly the first elevated front-facing camera, is meant to impress. It's supposed to embody a new dawn of smartphone technology, with its alternative to speakers and smooth, bezel-less display. The latter development is thanks to encapsulation technology. Encapsulation is already used in electronics quite readily to protect the delicate components in a way that doesn't leave air bubbles or voids; the viscosity range (between 400 cps and 50,000 cps) of the potting c...
Demi Lovato Agrees to Enter Rehab Following Drug-Related Hospitalization
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Demi Lovato Agrees to Enter Rehab Following Drug-Related Hospitalization

Demi Lovato has made no secret of her struggles -- and unfortunately for the singer, they're still very much a part of her life. After recently celebrating six years of sobriety, Lovato was rushed to the hospital for an apparent drug overdose on July 24. Luckily, Lovato survived and will continue to recover in a rehabilitation program. Lovato has spoken openly about her addiction issues, as well as her battles with mental illness and disordered eating. She took part in a rehabilitation program for addiction, self-harm, bulimia, and bipolar disorder in 2010. A 2014 report revealed that 7.9 million Americans experience concurrent substance abuse disorders and mental disorders, which is known as having a "dual diagnosis." But 56% of people with dual diagnoses don't receive treatment for ei...
New Study Shows Businesses Spending More Money on Company Events
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New Study Shows Businesses Spending More Money on Company Events

In today's society, businesses have a lot of things to worry about. Making sales, attracting customers, and keeping their website and blog updated are all crucial aspects of running a business. In fact, 57% of businesses have gained new customers through their blog, so these tasks can't be left behind. Approximately 40% of small businesses are profitable -- but more and more businesses (of all sizes) are beginning to pay more attention to their employees. And a new study shows that companies are spending more money than ever before on company events. Cvent Inc., a big event technology supplier, recently released the results of their annual Global Planner Sourcing report. The report showed evidence that companies are investing more and more in meetings and events for their employers and ...
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Canadian Roadway Puddle Pilot Veers Through Standing Water, Purposely Soaking Pedestrians

Human beings are capable of awe-inspiring things. The air we breathe is 79% nitrogen and we're capable of breathing that air into brilliantly complex ideas and functions, making the world an extraordinary place. This is not a story about inhaling air and exhaling excellence. This is a story of doing something ridiculous, getting caught on camera, and dealing with the swift and severe repercussions. In yet another display of ill-conceived ideations, our species is continuing to show that we are capable of such idiocy that we take pause to consider our cognitive superiority. Let's go to Canada. In the northeast United States, it rained a lot recently. One Canadian man, driving a utility van down the streets of Ottowa, was purposely driving through standing water on the roadside in o...
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States Pledge To Sue Against Trump’s Rollback On Emission Standards

Trump announced on August 2 that his administration plans to roll back environmental emission standards. In response, nearly 20 states have pledged to sue the administration. The current emission standards have been in place for 50 years, but Trump wants to lower the fuel efficiency standards for cars to only 29 miles a gallon by 2025. For context, the Obama administration set a more fuel-efficient standard. The current requirement plans to achieve 43 miles per gallon in the same time frame. The 13 states that have been granted the fuel-efficiency waiver have said that the new plan posed by the administration is illegal. According to them, lowering fuel efficiency standards will raise gas prices for consumers while simultaneously contributing to increased levels of air pollution. Som...
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To Share Or Not To Share? California Faces Energy Indecision Regarding Electricity

California is no doubt the United States' biggest source of clean, sustainable energy in the country. So far the state has utilized several grids to sustain its eco-friendly agenda. But as Trump threatens the Clean Air Act of California, a major question has been posed: will California share its energy? There are pros and cons to California sharing and expanding its decarbonized grid with nearby markets. Pros include lower prices and new methods of integrating different forms of renewable energy. The cons, however, deal with the deregulation of the electricity market. Even though the U.S. would move toward a more sustainable future, it would become "one of the largest energy markets in the country," according to Vox. This would push the country toward making a final decision regarding ...