Julie Borg

Julie is a clinical psychologist and writer who lives in Dayton, Ohio. She reports on science and intelligent design for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital.

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Fukushima radioactive leaks 'impossible to stop'

Environment
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/13/13, 04:15 pm

Japanese government officials admitted last month that radioactive water has been leaking into the ocean everyday—at least 300 tons in recent months. Most of the water is being used to prevent overheating at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

To add to the plant’s woes, a new tank leak announced two weeks ago spilled another 300 tons of radioactive water into the ground. The leak, along with rising contamination levels, is particularly concerning as Tokyo is set to host the 2020 Olympics. 

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Are poor people bound to make poor decisions?

Poverty
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/07/13, 09:00 am

Researchers claim a new study debunks long-standing conservative economic theory by showing that being short on money can impair cognitive function. Their conclusion is that circumstances, not individuals, are the major cause of poverty, without recognizing the responsibility people still have in making decisions.

Using only two studies, Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan and his colleagues found financial stress monopolizes thinking, making other calculations slower and more difficult, like the effects of going without sleep for a night.

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The most important guest

Marriage | Marlene and Bob Bibby invited Jesus into their marriage as well as their wedding
by Julie Borg
Posted 8/31/13, 08:18 am

This article is the 38th in a series profiling couples who have been married for at least 35 years. As sociologist Mark Regnerus writes, “Young adults want to know that it’s possible for two fellow believers to stay happy together for a lifetime, and they need to hear how the generations preceding them did it.” It is also important to see that marriages are not always happy all the time, but commitment is crucial.

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