Finding Your Way(band)

Finding Your Way(band)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in Science and Technology | No Comments

Running a marathon is extremely difficult, even under the best of circumstances. But runners with disabilities may face a whole host of additional challenges. Here, btw takes a look at the unique story of a runner named Simon Wheatcroft, and how new technology helped make it possible for him to run the New York City […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 1, 2020 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

A New Name for Rhode Island Did you know that the real name of Rhode Island isn’t just . . . Rhode Island? It’s actually “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” For the past several decades, residents have pushed to have the second part of the state’s name removed, due to its historical […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Reconsidering Facial Recognition Technology Imagine that you are accused by law enforcement of a crime you didn’t commit. Imagine that the reason for your arrest is that you were misidentified by flawed facial recognition technology. Following the protests surrounding George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Democrats in Congress have been considering widespread police reform. One of […]

Smartphones: The Future of Voting?

Smartphones: The Future of Voting?

Last week, btw took a closer look at the new use of smartphones in the Iowa caucus: for the first time ever, Iowans will be able to vote for their favorite candidate in the Democratic primary election from the comfort of their own homes, using an app on their phones. But Iowa isn’t the only […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jan 23, 2020 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

A Nation at War? Congress Wants a Say Last week, btw brought you a closer look at the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Now, Congress is trying to dial back that tension and avoid war by putting a limit on some of the president’s war-related powers. Introduced by Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, the […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

A Festival of . . . Camels? Now that summer is approaching, festival season is upon us. Across the United States, you can find festivals celebrating nearly everything, from hot air balloons to sauerkraut, from corn to walleye. But here’s one festival you’ll need to travel a bit further for: the Thousand Camel Festival. Held […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Deadly Shooting in California It was supposed to be just a fun night out. But for a dozen people at a California bar, the evening ended in tragedy. Last Wednesday evening at about 11:20 pm, during “College Country Night,” Ian David Long entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, dressed all in […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Silence of the Girls As you can probably imagine, cell phones are an important part of life for teenagers in almost all parts of the world, not just the United States. And you can probably also imagine that some teenagers have greater access to technology than others, right? But what you might not know is […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Digital License Plates? A company called Reviver Auto may have finally found a solution for everyone who is tired of waiting in long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to get their annual license plate registration renewed. The answer? The Rplate: a digital license plate. Here’s how the Rplates work: they display large […]

YOU DECIDE: Should Video Games Be Used to Teach History?

YOU DECIDE: Should Video Games Be Used to Teach History?

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in You Decide! | No Comments

It’s no surprise that teenagers like video games. But can they actually use gaming to learn? One gaming company, Ubisoft, has long used historical backdrops for its Assassin’s Creed series. Now, however, they’ve taken the link between gaming and history a step further. Assassin’s Creed: Origins is set in Ptolemaic Egypt. When played in “Discovery […]