Should we keep Daylight Saving Time?
1. We will switch over to Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 12. DST was originally implemented during World War I and again after the United States entered World War II to save energy. The rationale is that by extending the daylight hours into the evening, less energy will be consumed. It is a tradition we have kept up until today.
2. However, more and more Americans think switching to DST isn't worth the hassle. Most people do feel worse in the few days following the time switch because they've essential "lost" an hour on the clock. Even losing an hour of sleep can mess with your sleep cycle. Additionally, it turns out that DST doesn't actually save us much energy. It only reduces energy consumption by about .03 percent. That's basically nothing.
3. So should we keep Daylight Saving Time?
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Should Facebook filter for fake news?
1. Facebook has launched a fake news filter in France. The social media giant has partnered with eight media companies to fact-check articles ahead of the country's presidential election. Facebook launched a similar filter for the United States after the 2016 election. "Fake news" refers to sensationalist articles that are often completely untrue or spread conspiracy theories. Facebook has launched these filters after receiving a lot of criticism for allowing the false articles to spread like wildfire on the site.
2. However, it was Facebook's algorithm that led to the spread of fake news articles. The algorithm gives users more of what they want based on what the read and interact with on the site. It is this algorithm that made Facebook so popular and successful. After the presidential election, Facebook received a lot of criticism for its algorithm and how it can enable the spread of conspiracy theories and false stories. But the company still cannot reasonably control how any user interacts with the site.
3. So, should Facebook be held responsible for the media diet of some users?
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The Boy Scouts has officially changed its decades-old policy to allow transgender kids to freely join the program. Enrollment will now be based on the gender a child or parent lists on his application to become a scout, instead of the gender on his birth certificate. Any child who identifies as a boy, regardless of their sex, can now become a scout. The policy goes into effect immediately. The Girl Scouts, a separate organization, has already accepted transgender girls into its program for several years.
Final results of an experimental Ebola vaccine confirm that it can provide 100 percent protection against the virus. The vaccine was developed with the help of the Canadian government, and is under development by U.S. drug manufacturer Merck. The trial for the vaccine involved 11,841 people in Guinea in 2015. Mild side-effects to the vaccine include headache, fatigue and muscle pain. Only two adverse effects were found. One was a case of fever and another was a case of an allergic reaction. The vaccine is yet to be approved by regulators.