Author Archives: Daniel Stevens

About Daniel Stevens

Danny received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He spent some time working in the tech start-up industry and enjoys reporting on innovations in technology. Other areas of interest include (specifically) green technology and breaking world news. When not writing, Danny can be found in the mountains, the ocean, or playing music. Follow him on twitter @dannystevens91

How CNN’s Over-Reporting is Trading Journalism for Ratings

“Just like the movie “Lost” … And of course, they’re also referencing “The Twilight Zone,” which has a very similar plot. That’s what people are saying. I know it’s preposterous, but is it preposterous, do you think, Mary?” – Don Lemon, CNN, discussing theories on the disappearance of Flight 370 On April 1, President Obama… Read More

Obama Speaks at Rose Garden After 7 Million Mark Reached for Healthcare Signup

Picture from April 2013, Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

The Affordable Care Act has not completely fixed our long broken healthcare system, but this law has made our healthcare system a lot better… a lot better! All told, because of this law, millions of our fellow citizens know the economic security of health insurance, who didn’t just a few years ago. That is something… Read More

A Timeline of the Crisis in Crimea and Ukraine

With a 24-hour news cycle, it is often the case that news from weeks in the past is easily forgotten. When there is an ongoing crisis, it is important to remember the underlying problems and causes that led us to where we are today. Below is a timeline of important events that occurred leading up… Read More

Putin’s Words and Thoughts on Crimea

“Today based on the Crimean referendum, and the will of the people, I introduce to the federal assembly of Russia, and ask them to examine, a bill about admitting two new regions into Russia: Crimea, and the city of Sevastopol. Don’t believe those who intimidate you with Russia, [who] shout that other areas will follow… Read More

Crimea and Russia Push Annexation; US and EU Push back

A Crimean referendum Sunday voted for the secession of the peninsula from Ukraine. On Monday, the government in Crimea officially applied for annexation by Russia.   Putin supports the legitimacy of the referendum and has signed an executive order recognizing Crimea as a “sovereign and independent state.”   However, beyond Russia and Crimea, no other… Read More

Photovoltaic Technology: Past and Future

In the spring of 1953, research scientists Gerald Pearson, Daryl Chapin and Calvin Fuller toiled away inside the Bell research laboratory. While researching the applicability of silicon for use in electronics, Pearson fortuitously created a silicon solar cell that was significantly more efficient than prior solar cell creations using selenium. Chapin and Fuller improved upon… Read More

Pioneers in Social Entrepreneurship: Billy Parish

Writer’s Note: This article is the third article in a series that focuses on individuals who have made a contribution through business or non-profit endeavors that focus on improving the quality of people’s lives.   It is not common for a person to drop out of Yale, especially of their own volition. With 98% of students… Read More

Pioneers in Social Entrepreneurship: Wendy Kopp

We have a massive problem in this country that sadly, I think we’ve really become very immune to… this is a country that says that it is a land of opportunity and yet,  the data shows that of all the advanced countries of the world, this is the country where your background is most predictive… Read More

Pioneers in Social Entrepreneurship: Elon Musk

Writer’s Note: This article is the second in a series that focuses on individuals who have made a contribution through business or non-profit endeavors that focus on improving the quality of people’s lives. “When I was a little kid, I was really scared of the dark. But then I sort of came to see that dark… Read More

Crimea’s Secession Vote Escalates US-Russia Disputes

On Thursday, March 6, the Crimean Parliament voted unanimously to secede from Ukraine. This vote will lead to a referendum, in which the citizens of Crimea will be able to voice their opinion as to which nation Crimea should be a part of.   However, this issue will not be solely decided by the citizens… Read More