Why Do We Need to Sleep?

The Importance of Sleep

woman sleepingAll mammals need to sleep due to their brain’s structure. The cortex, where all complex thinking takes place, must have a “daily reset” to organize and categorize daily impressions, ideas and thinking structures.

Human beings are not different in that sense. Sleep is essential for maintaining our learning capabilities and memory, and mental and physical wellbeing.  Experts recommend a full 7 hours of sleep per 24 hours for adults at the age of 18-64. When it comes to children, the number increases. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends 12-16 hours of sleep to babies at the age of 4-12 months. Toddlers at 1-2 years old need 11-14 hours. Young children aging 3 – 5, should sleep 10-13 hours a day. 6-12-year old children must sleep no less that 9-12 hours. 13-18-year old teens need 8-10 hours of a good night sleep.

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The Disastrous Effect of the Spanish Flu

The Spanish Flu of 1918: How It Affected the Whole World

spanish fluAbout hundred years ago, as much as 500 million people across the globe were affected by the influenza pandemic of 1918, or “The Spanish Flu”. There had been a lot of questions raised regarding its origins, especially when a corpse of a Spanish Flu victim was dug up in an Alaskan permafrost.

To begin with, it is worth knowing that it is not named the Spanish Flu because it started in Spain. A news media from the nation was only the first ones to disseminate information on the epidemic.

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The Political Struggle in Arizona

 The Political Setting in Arizona ahead of the 2018 Midterm Elections

Arizona PoliticsThere is a small protest group that holds demonstrations every Tuesday morning outside the offices of two Republican senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain, in Phoenix, Arizona. This began as a small demonstration against Donald Trump and has now evolved into a weekly protest.

The colorful signs that say “Grab ’em by the Midterms 2018” and “Fox News is the real Pravda” that are paraded around by these protesters seem to attract some support from passing motorists and bystanders. There is, of course, the occasional disapproval. However, protesters have said that they are still very much impressed by the amount of support they are getting from a conservative western state.

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The Risk Parents Take When Hiring a Babysitter

Children Who Were Assaulted by Their Babysitter

dangerous babysittersIn May this year, A 42-year-old babysitter in Bemidji, Minnesota broke the legs of a 3-month-old baby under her care. The babysitter, Bridget Renae Stately, confessed she smoked methamphetamine and so she can’t remember the incident. However, she was caught assaulting the baby on camera.

The criminal was arrested and will probably be charged with these two felonies: 3rd degree assault and endangering a child.

In Pittsburgh a 26-year-old babysitter, Dylan M. McKinney, was charged with a rape offense against a 5 year old child. McKinney was hired through an online company that introduces babysitters to parents all over the country.

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The Highest Salaries in the United States

Three High-Paying Jobs in the United States You Might Want to Have

high-paying jobs in the United StatesUnited States was once called as the land of opportunity, where everyone can achieve their dream jobs and get paid a meaningful salary in return. Careers are introduced not only in the United States but also all over the world, with the vast variety of career to choose from, it’s easy for people to seek out jobs that are significant, a career that allows balance in their life as well as a career that will still be around in the future.

However, having a nice career that pays high is also one of the things most people are aiming as well, in this article we will tackle different careers in the U.S. that pays more than the minimum wage , here are the best highest-paying jobs in the United States.

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The Criminal Aspect of Human Trafficking

A Peek Inside The Dirty Industry Of Human Trafficking

human traffickingHuman trafficking has been impeding the economic well-being of the world. The dirty business already made as much as 32 billion dollars (in USD) each year, and the same number pops up repeatedly the year’s before and after. How does this industry affect people and the economy as a whole?

Definition of Human Trafficking

There are roughly 2.5 million people captured in the world wide web of human trafficking, according to the United Nations. This industry is mostly a transnational process were victims are recruited and transported into a different country. They are then exploited for work or commercial sexual exploitation. It impacts people of all backgrounds and each one is trafficked for a purpose.

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Does the Mafia Still Exist?

The Mafia and its legacy – from Past to Present

modern mafiaMany people repeatedly ask: “what does the modern Mafia looks like?” Some may say that the reports of its fall might be told with great exaggeration. So we ask, are the convoluted organized criminal families of the Mafia still exist? And where are they now?

In January 9, the Italian as well as the German law authorities arrested a total of 169 alleged mafiosi, a term used in recognizing a member of the mafia, who are suspected to controlled businesses that ranges from funeral parlours to food production in both Italy and Germany.

According to Reuters reports, the cooperative operation between the two police force was to seize the Farao-Marincola branch of the “Ndrangheta Family”, which is one of the three Italian syndicates along with the Camorra in Campania and the Sicilian Mafia.

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Recidivism Rate in the United States

Recidivism Rate of Former U.S. Prison Inmates 

recidivism rateRecidivism is defined as the act of a person recommitting a crime  after they had been released from prison. Usually, the term is used to indicate the percentage of released prisoners who are rearrested for a similar crime, particularly in coincidence with criminal behavior and substance abuse.

In 2017, the United States, reports and data indicated a massive 75% recidivism rate in the country in a span of only five years. This is from the data released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the United States which published studies that indicated high rates of recidivism among released prisoners. A high number of approximately 404,638 prisoners in 30 states have undergone recidivism after their release from prison in 2005.

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The Connection between Immigration and Crime

Does Immigration Really Lead to an Increase in Crime Rate?

immigration and crimeAmerican citizens have been concerned ever since the colonial days when they are mostly victimized by immigrants. Regardless of the different reports claiming the link between crime and immigration, research exploring this issue had been infrequent.

Citizens of the United States, along with policymakers, have already expressed their worries about the connection these two throughout the past century. Concerns were widely perceived to be driven by unexpected growth in immigration and other economic events. Whatever the immediate causes are, immigration and crime will always appear to be connected.

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Germany’s DAX 30

A Look on Germany’s DAX 30 Stock Index

DAX 30 German stock marketAmong the stock market in Europe, the DAX 30 of Germany has been one of the biggest performers in recent years. In August 2016, the German equities have officially entered the bull market after they recovered 20% of their weakness.

Since then, it has maintained its good performance despite rising geopolitical and economic tensions that hounded the following years. In 2017, the DAX 30 registered a double digit gain as it recorded a 13% full-year advancement.

Let’s get to know more about the German stock index, its composition, and some bite to its history.

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The ISIS Threat in the Philippines

The Isis Attempt to Infiltrate the Philippines

ISIS threat to the PhilippinesLast summer, the Philippine Army successfully subdued the rebellion that claimed to have connections to ISIS. The insurrection took place in the southern part of the country in the islands of Mindanao.

However, ISIS fighters falling back from Iraq and Syria are still crossing borders into the country which might pose a serious issue of the ever expanding jihadist threat across Southeast Asia.

Although both the Philippines and the U.S. work profusely in cementing their cooperative efforts to fortify defense measures in the wake of these events, the Philippine’s diverse and irregular geography as well as the government’s failure to give major services and aid to far areas of the country has permitted jihadists fighters to enter and make the Philippines a suitable base of operations for their cause all through out the region.

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How Does Terrorism Affect Wall Street?

The Effect Terrorism has on Wall Street and Global Financial Markets

terrorism and wall streetTerrorist attacks, no matter where they occur, resonates a universal feeling – shock, dread, revulsion and uncertainty. The feeling of uncertainty rings the most, especially on the aftermath of the attack. Who were the terrorists? Will they ever strike again? How did they plan the attack? These are just some of the questions that are often asked after a major terrorist attack.

The effects of terrorism spreads throughout the overall status of a country and its people. The physical mental, emotional, social and economic standing of a country may be disrupted because of these attacks. As someone who has invested or is planning to invest in the financial market, have you ever wondered how the financial markets deal with terrorism aftermath?

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Create a Better Life for Humanity

How Can Artificial Intelligence Help Improve Science and Our Daily Lives?

artificial intelligenceWith the fast development of technology, artificial intelligence are getting more and more precise and accurate that they are being used now as an essential tool that assists people with their everyday lives. With the vast utilization of smartphones, internet and other modern technological gadgets and apparatus, it’s not a surprise that AI could offer some assistance with every user’s requests and demands, making each swipe, and button pressing more efficient.

Artificial Intelligence

Nowadays, artificial intelligence such as Siri and Google assistant, as well as Amazon’s Alexa has been giving users the efficiency of operating modern gadgets, particularly smartphones which is a device designed and created to initiate several tasks and applications faster and much reliable. Smartphones are powerful devices, which can become more powerful with the use of internet, in which most AI’s found in smartphones are powered with internet as well.

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The Possibility of Curing Cancer

Has Modern Medicine Found Cure for Cancer?

curing cancerCancer has been one of the most dreaded diseases in the world up to this day. It is known to be lethal, and is a very serious kind of disease that is hard to treat. A recent estimate from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) stated that around 1,735,350 new cases of cancer is going to be diagnosed in the U.S. and around 609,640 people are likely to die from the disease.

Cancer is known as an uncontrollable division of abnormal cells. These cells may start to grow and form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can either be benign or malignant. Benign tumors are the ones that could grow but will not spread to other tissues in the body; while malignant tumors are also called cancerous tumors. These are likely to spread on other parts of the body.

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The Serious Risks of Identity Theft

What is Identity Theft and What Risks It Poses

identity theftIdentity theft also known as identity fraud, is a crime in which an imposter collects key pieces of another person’s personally identifiable information in order to impersonate someone else. Common instances include the using of a person’s name, address, Social Security number, credit card or medical insurance number to obtain money or services under the original holder’s name.

Identity Theft Types

Identity theft is classified into two types: true name and account takeover.

True-name identity theft is where the thief uses personal information to create or open new accounts which may include credit card account, or a checking account to obtain bank checks. Account takeover on the other hand, is where the thief uses personal information to gain access to a person’s existing accounts. Commonly, the thief will change an account’s mailing address and run up a large bill before the actual owner of the account realizes that there is a problem.

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The Performance of Wall Street in 2018

Wall Street Leaning on Private Equity Stocks for a Productive 2018

wall street performances in 2018In the previous year, the US stock market has heavily relied to the huge performance of technology stocks. The tech sector served as the main catalyst of Wall Street’s notable surge in 2017, which saw the three major indices smashing record highs after record highs.

Sad part is, they are all a thing of the past now and Wall Street has ridden the waves of President Donald Trump highly-anticipated tax cut, only it was enough to bail the stock market out of the correction phase seen in the onset of the current year.

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Israel and Iran’s Conflict in Syria

Syria: The War Torn Country Caught in between Israel and Iran’s Conflict

Israel and Iran ConflictSyria and Israel have been technically in war since the founding of Israel in 1948. However, as hard as it is to digest, for more than thirty years, Syria has been Israel’s most quiet border. The country is mainly ruled with an iron fist by the Assad family.

However, the silence was broken when the Syrian Civil War started in the year 2011. During the early phase of the conflict, Sunni rebels with tight connections to Saudi and other countries in the Gulf has hit Assad with a series of battlefield defeats.

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Explaining Gender Wage Inequality in America

Defining Gender Wage Inequality in the United States Based on Real Figures

gender wage inequalityFor the past years, women in the United States have already made a lot of progress on attaining equal rights in relation to men. However, recent reports have been suggesting woman under 40 are experiencing gender wage inequality. This article will emphasize the differences in pay between the sexes in the United States at present.

Looking at national polls, about 75 percent of respondents believed that the country is doing its best efforts to reach gender equality, but 70 percent still claim that it is unlikely for a woman to be considered for leadership roles. Almost 69 percent of respondents suggest that women are paid less than men on the same survey.

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What Affects Gold Prices

Four Main Factors that Determine Gold Prices

Gold prices
Gold prices are determined by 4 major economic factors

Aside from being melted and used as jewelries, gold can also be used as fiat money or fiat currency, where fiat money is a legal tender whose value is assisted by the government that issued it. Legal tender on the other hand, is a form of any official payment perceived by the law that can be used and accountable to extinguish both public and private debt. Gold is considered by the market as a precious metal, along with silver and other metals that have high values . However, what really drives gold prices? In this article, we are going to tackle the different factors that affects the value of gold.

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The Freedom of Information Act and Background Checks

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that allows for the disclosure of information held by public authorities. The Freedom of Information Act achieves this by requiring public officials to publish information regarding each activity they undertake as well as allowing citizens to request certain information from public authorities.

FOIA has been in place ever since the late 60s and is often described as the law that informs citizens of their government’s activities. Citizens have the right to request access to federal agency records under the FOIA unless it falls under one of the nine exemptions.

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Why Do People Commit Crimes?

A crime is defined as an illegal action or activity that may lead to prosecution and is punishable by law. Committing a crime could lead to serious or even lethal consequences, yet there are still people who commit even the most serious ones. So why do people commit crimes?

Some crimes may appear foolish and unbelievable at first sight. But to the person who committed the crime, this was executed because of logical reasons. The concept of ‘why’ did the person do it may be difficult to understand since the causes of crimes are complex. The only way to know them exactly is through the perpetrator himself.

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8 Most Impregnable Prisons on Earth

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, U.S.A
Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, U.S.A

A few decades ago, maximum security prisons are not that common in the world. Facilities that are built especially for notorious criminals have greatly evolved and stronger bars seemed inadequate these days. Here are 8 prisons that are famous for their advanced security measures that are impossible to escape.

Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX), U.S.A

ADX Florence was built on Florence Colorado in 1994. This super maximum federal prison is not just considered the most secure prison in the United States, but also in the world. It is also dubbed as the safest one as inmates are kept in their cells the entire day. ADX is built on a 37-acre land that can house 490 Supermax prisoners.

This facility is specially designed for both high-profile and dangerous prisoners. About 95 percent of prisoners here have histories of aggressive behavior in other penitentiaries.

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Scientists Call for Increased Efforts amid Rise of HIV-related Virus Called HTLV-1

A group of scientists are giving people a stern warning on the dramatic rise of a new virus that is closely related to incurable Human Immuno Virus or HIV.

The virus is called HTLV-1, or the T-cell leukemia virus type 1, something that is uncommonly heard and new to medical discussion.

This is why the Institute of Human Virology, which based on the University of Maryland, calls the public to apply extra vigilance and efforts in the prevention of spread of the disease.

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Thailand Encounters Multiple Bomb Attacks

Multiple bomb attacks in different provinces of Thailand on Sunday have injured at least three people in the deep south, the military said. Possible suspects are separatist insurgents.

According to the Deep South Watch Group, which monitors the violence, a decades-old separatist insurgency has claimed the lives of nearly 7,000 people since 2004. The separatist insurgency is found in the predominantly Buddhist Thailand’s largely ethnic Malay, Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

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Charles Ponzi And His Infamous “Ponzi Scheme”

Charles Ponzi has been the talk of the East Coast in 1920. Most investors consider him an accomplished swindler, while some a financial genius. He is famous for persuading people into investing millions with a promise of big returns. Who is Charles Ponzi and what is this fraudulent scheme derived from his own name?

Early Life

Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi, or famously known as Charles Ponzi, was born on March 3, 1882, at Lugo, Italy. Just like a normal person, he started out working unusual jobs, including a waiter in a hotel and restaurant dishwasher. Ponzi became a teller at Bank Zarossi as soon as he moved to Montreal by 1907.

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9 Facts Really Few People Know about Wall Street

Wall Street is in the southern section of Manhattan in New York City. It is the financial center of the United States as it homes two major stock exchanges, the Nasdaq and the NYSE. Aside from that, here are some things about Wall Street that will make you check Google if they’re true.

The Name

The Dutch people are the ones who named in the 17th century. It was originally called “de Waal Straat” during the times when New York was a Dutch settlement. They enslaved Africans to make them build a wall for protection from the English, giving it the name “Wall Street”. Speaking of slavery, it is widely believed that thousands of slaves are buried under the area.

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What Does North Korea Really Want?

The historic Korean summit held on April 27, 2018 gave the whole world a great impression of change, as both North and South Korea agreed to the complete denuclearization of the whole Korean peninsula, as well as to end the war between the two countries. Both Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Kim Jong-un of North Korea agreed to end hostilities and work towards a complete reconciliation of both countries in order to gain a peaceful and harmonized Korean peninsula.

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Bitcoin Surges Again Early this Year as Stated by CoinShares Chairman

Bitcoin is expected to rally this year and reach its previous highs, CoinShares Chairman Danny Masters predicted.

But here’s what should happen before that; Bitcoin should have better structures and a life cycle post initial coin offerings which the fundraising process is helping launch new cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin was found with a tag of $8,300 on Wednesday While the coin has recovered from lows earlier this year. The cryptocurrency briefly dropped below $6,000 in February while bitcoin is still far away from its mid-December peak that is was around $19,500.

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Cybercrime and The Impact It Has On Business

Cyber crime is the act of committing a crime using a computer or the internet as an instrument. While most cyber crimes are carried out in order to generate profit for the cyber-criminals, some cyber crimes are carried out against computers or devices directly to cause damage or to destabilize them. Others, however, use computers or networks to spread malware, illegal information, images or other materials. The different types of cybercrime include committing fraud, trafficking in child pornography and intellectual property, stealing identities, or violating privacy.

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