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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

How baby boomers shaped the US


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In 1968, the average American was just 28 years old. Fast forward to today – and the U.S. has grown a few gray hairs. Over the last half-century, baby boomers reshaped the demographic landscape of the U.S., writes SUNY Buffalo’s Peter Rogerson. Not only is the nation’s average age nearly 40, but cities are shrinking, the coasts are getting more crowded, and the number of births is on the decline.

Efforts to tighten job requirements for SNAP benefits have faltered, along with the latest version of the farm bill. As debate continues, North Carolina State University’s Lindsey Haynes-Maslow looks at the benefits offered by the program commonly known as food stamps, compared to the true costs of healthy eating.

When will we have self-driving cars? Huei Peng from University of Michigan’s Mcity research center explains the different levels of autonomous vehicles, ranging from cars with features we have today to ones that could – perhaps, someday – completely take over.

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America's graying population in 3 maps

Peter Rogerson, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Over the last 50 years, Americans have steadily gotten older, more bicoastal and less likely to move to a new city.

Everyone needs to eat their veggies. wavebreakmedia/

A healthy diet isn't always possible for low-income Americans, even when they get SNAP benefits

Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, North Carolina State University

Accounting for grocery prices and the effort eating home-prepared meals requires, the benefits commonly called food stamps fall far short of paying enough for the poor to eat right.

What can this car do on its own, and what does it still need human help with? AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

What are these 'levels' of autonomous vehicles?

Huei Peng, University of Michigan

There are a few notable milestones along the road to fully self-driving cars.

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  • Why we need to rethink how to teach the Holocaust

    Alan Marcus, University of Connecticut

    Foundational to the work of Holocaust educators and many teachers have been the survivors. Given there are fewer survivors who are alive today, how do educators inform future generations?

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