What to celebrate and where to travel in winter holidays

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Winter holidays in America are probably the most beautiful time of the year — Christmas trees, fairy lights and festivals. The end of the year brings not only Christmas and New Year’s but other holidays as well. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and the African week-long celebration of Kwanzaa are also among the widely-celebrated holidays in America due to the large number of Jewish and African Americans.

Continue reading What to celebrate and where to travel in winter holidays

Smart home market – a new way to control your home

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

“Smart home” is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, air conditioning, lightning, computers, TVs, entertainment devices or security that are capable of communication with one another, can be controlled remotely or run on a schedule from any room in the home or from any location in the world by phone or Internet. Basically, it encompasses a wide range of products and devices that allow automation by the consumer.

Continue reading Smart home market – a new way to control your home

Mental health problems in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In this time of such a rapidly-changing environment, people with full-time office jobs and a modern lifestyle people are often exposed to high levels of stress. Nowadays anxiety is a normal part of life — everyone can be a bit nervous before an important meeting at the office or taking an exam at the university. But for a person who suffers from an anxiety disorder, things are different; this person feels anxiety all the time, and it doesn’t go away.

Continue reading Mental health problems in the United States

Waste recycling and composting

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to information published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, American people generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled around 87 million tons of material in 2013. In terms of actively recycling and composting waste, the United States falls far behind other countries. The U.S. recycles about 35 percent of all its municipal waste.  Germany leads the world in this regard, composting or recycling 65 percent of all its municipal waste. South Korea takes second place with a recycling rate of 59 percent.

Continue reading Waste recycling and composting

Where to be born in the U.S.

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Have you ever seen “Quality of Life” comparisons between different countries? There are many ways to measure such things (some involving much more guesswork than the others). Among the most prominent is the Economist’s Where-to-be-born index, which we have thoroughly discussed in previous posts.

There are many fewer studies on how the quality of life differs between the states in our country. Moreover, this is not an empty question: California alone could be the fifth-largest economy in the world. Wouldn’t it be logical to assume that life in North Dakota may be somewhat different?

Continue reading Where to be born in the U.S.

The Rise of the Southern Automobile Industry

Benjamin Schultz

Benjamin Schultz, Ph.D. Geography

In the minds of most people, the American auto industry is synonymous with the Midwest (Detroit in particular). After having been left for dead many times since the 1970s, the Midwest still conjures up images of American heavy industry and assembly lines churning out cars. Indeed, the Motor City continues to be a major hub of automobile production in America, and heavy industry is still alive and well in parts of the Midwest.

Continue reading The Rise of the Southern Automobile Industry

Varied opinions about feminism in the United States

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Some people define feminism as believing in equality. In most cases, feminism does not bring violence and hate, and if it is a fight, it’s a fight for acceptance and liberation. In 2014, about 18 percent of people in the United States stated that they very much agreed as defining themselves as feminists according to a Statista.com survey. The largest number of all of the surveyed women (34 percent) somewhat agreed that they defined themselves as feminists. There were also women who somewhat disagreed about them belonging to the feminist group – 24 percent of respondents. About 25 percent stated that they very much disagreed with the idea of feminism.

Continue reading Varied opinions about feminism in the United States

Information security is the fastest-growing technology in the U.S.

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

The technological landscape has changed tremendously in the last five years. Moreover, the numbers indeed reflect the fact that even more companies are focusing on innovation.

In 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued 108,000 utility patents. This number increased to 141,000 in just five years — a tremendous 30 percent growth! Let’s take a look at the technologies that benefited the most from this spurt.

Here are the top five:

Continue reading Information security is the fastest-growing technology in the U.S.

Who are the visitors of libraries?

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to statistics published by Statista.com regarding the number of libraries in the United States, the largest library category in 2015 was school libraries: over 98,400 libraries fell into this category. In 2015, public libraries made up 9,082 units, compared to 7,179 special libraries (corporate, medical or law). There were 3,793 academic libraries and 955 government libraries in the country last year. Libraries for the armed forces came in last with 260 units.

Continue reading Who are the visitors of libraries?