Are you an eligible prospective immigrant to the United States? Are you feeling lucky? If so, you have 10 more days to apply for the random selection process conducted annually by the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program—in other words, the "green card lottery." The entry window, which opened October 2, closes November 30, and your chances of winning are a sobering 1 in 240: 12 million will enter, 50,000 will win.
Depending on who you are and which country you come from, your opinion of this lottery will probably vary. You might view it as a good-faith attempt to sustain the credo engraved on the Statue of Liberty while balancing it against national security considerations, the pragmatic processing capacity of America's federal government, and so on. Or you might protest that its application window is small and its rate of acceptance callously low—that Lady Liberty's "golden door" should be open to all, all year round. Regardless, odds are that you'll be no less likely to want to move here than you were before the recession: the State Department predicts a huge jump in the number of lottery applicants, from 8.7 to 12 million.
A number of Big Think's experts have had strong opinions about U.S. immigration policy—including, most recently, former Republican Congressman Dick Armey, who condemned his own party's stance for having a "mean spirit" and representing a "failed political vision." Big Think readers undoubtedly have their own opinions, and are welcome to share them in the Comments.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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