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Blog 7: What should we eat so we don’t get cancer?

October 27, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. This article argues that people will be more healthy if they eat less red meat and adopt a more Mediterranean-style diet, such as eating more vegetables, fruits, and nuts. I chose this article because there has been a long debate about whether or not there is a positive correlation between eating red meat and contracting cancer.
  2. The article comes from CNN Health, and the specific research comes from an International Agency for Research on Cancer’s study, the National Cattleman’s Beef Association, and other previous research from CNN articles done on Americans’ health and diet.
  3.  Is red meat actually causing more cancer, or is it the hormones injected in the meats and processed meats? If people ate all organic meats and produce, would the health problem be better?

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Blog 6: Missouri’s Experiencing Drought-like Weather

October 25, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. This article discusses how Missouri, specifically Boone County, has experienced abnormal dryness this past September and October, which has affected livestock farmers across the state. I chose this article because the weather occurring now will affect the weather this winter, and the crops and livestock.
  2. The article is from the Columbian Missourian, and data came from the United States Drought Monitor.
  3. Do most meteorologists believe this drier weather is because of global warming?

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Blog 5: Immigrants are the Best-Educated

October 17, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. This article discusses how the most recent immigrants who have come to the U.S. are the most educated ever. Immigrants are even more likely than U.S. born citizens to get a bachelor’s degree. I chose this article because immigration is such a hot topic in our country right now, and it is interesting to see how the education levels compare.
  2. The data comes from Pew Research Center, and they found their statistics from analyzing data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
  3. Why are immigrants more likely than people born in the U.S, to receive a higher education?

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Blog 4: Why do people own a gun (or not)?

  1. This study surveyed people about why they own guns (or do not own guns). They also asked people if they think the existing gun laws are effective. I chose this article because communication about gun laws in the U.S. is a very popular topic of conversation.
  2. This information comes from the Pew Research Center. They used national surveys and a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center to come up with their data.
  3. Does the percentage of people who say they own guns because it makes them feel safer or the percentage of people who think stricter laws are necessary to prevent mass shootings change drastically after there is a recent mass shooting in the U.S.?

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Blog 3: Increase in Immigration and Foreign-Born Population in the U.S.

September 28, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. The foreign-born population in the United States as increased a great deal over the years, going from 5.4% in 1960 to 13.1% in 2013. The demographic of the foreign born population has also changed from being mostly Canadian or European in the 1960s to being mostly Mexican or Asian in 2013. I chose this article because I think it is interesting to see how much immigration and different cultures influence America and its values.
  2. The information comes from Pew Research Center. They collected data from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010, American Community Survey in 2013, and the 1960-2000 decennial censuses.
  3. Are more countries noticing an increase in immigration in their countries, or is it just the United States? How has the increase of immigration changed the immigration laws in America over the years?

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Blog 2: Changing Catholic Demographic in the U.S.

September 14, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. The Catholic population in the U.S. is still considerably large with 1 in 5 adults who identify as primarily Catholic, however, the demographics are changing. Nowadays, American Catholics are more spread out across the country, they are older in age, and are more likely to be immigrants or children of immigrants. I chose this article because I think it is interesting to see how much religion changes with the modernization and globalization of our country.
  2. The research comes from the Pew Research Center, more specifically Chapter 3 of of the Pew Research Center Report “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” The research was conducted using information from the U.S. Census Bureau, General Social Surveys, Washington Post-ABC News Surveys, and American Religious Identification Surveys.
  3. In regards to the increased age of the majority of Catholics in the U.S., is this just a U.S. trend or is it worldwide? Are other 1st world countries, like European countries, experiencing a change in religious demographics as well?

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Blog 1: Blindly Borrowing

August 30, 2015 1 comment
  1. I shared this tweet because it is relevant to myself and my peers; most of us have taken out loans to attend Mizzou. However, even though we are all borrowing money for our education, the majority of us probably do not realize how much or how the loan process actually works.
  2.  The article is very recent; it was written on August 30, 2015. The data in the article are from a couple different sources, including a study by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in November 2014 and a Brookings Institute Study in December 2014.
  3. Questions that I have from reading this article are, what can universities do to make sure their students have a better understanding of their financial situation? Should their be a required course to teach them about their student loans?

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