Short-Sighted: NCLB Taking Students In Wrong Direction By Cutting Recess, PE

Studies are increasingly revealing the connection between physical exercise and performance in the classroom.

Fourth-grade student Kevin Killion listens attentively to his daily class lesson, all the while walking at a moderate pace on a classroom treadmill. “It gets oxygen in your brain,” the fourth grader told Mint Press News. “I feel like I get a lot of oxygen so I can go back to work and work better.” Killion is among a generation of learners who are


Drone Schools Suggest Inevitability Of Drones In Everyday Life

A rush to start drone engineering and research programs […]

This week, the United States Navy launched its drone prototype, the X-47B, from the deck of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush off the coast of Maryland. The X-47B is the first drone that has proven successful in launching from and landing on an aircraft carrier, giving the military the capability of launching drone strikes without first setting up a


Peace Activists Face Terrorism Charges For Trying To Turn Reactor Into Plowshares

Their intent to break into the facility was to follow the words of Isaiah 2:4: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.”

On June 28, 2012, three longtime peace activists -- Sister Megan Rice, 82, Greg Boertje-Obed, 57 and Michael Walli, 63 -- cut through a chain-link fence surrounding a nuclear weapons production facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which had signs saying “No Trespassing.” Their goal was to symbolically disarm the nuclear weapons industry, using non-violent


Caribbean Talks Conservation On Branson’s Island

To safeguard the Caribbean’s future, Branson says politics and business-as-usual will have to change.

In a bid to safeguard biodiversity and the Caribbean's tourism-based economy, regional political leaders and corporate executives will gather Friday on billionaire Richard Branson's private island with the aim of protecting 20 percent of the region's coastal resources by 2020. Participants are expected to announce various commitments to advance


Charitable Donations Keep Arizona Buyback Program Alive Before Summer Ban

More than $200,000 in charitable donations are giving A […]

More than $200,000 in charitable donations are giving Arizona residents another opportunity to take part in a gun buyback program, just one month after Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law that essentially will halt similar programs from taking place. The law goes into effect this summer. The new law will require police departments to


New Illinois Fracking Regulations Heralded As ‘Compromise’; Locals Disagree

New statewide requirements for the industry come at the expense of localities’ ability to impose their own rules.

While touted as a compromise by local media, proposed fracking regulations being considered by Illinois lawmakers aren’t being accepted by community members who long have called for a moratorium and science-based environmental study on the impacts of the industry. The law being considered in the House -- HB 265 -- does put some safeguards in