Early Photos of the American West Merge Geography and Art - April 29, 2010 01:25 PM
A Smithsonian exhibit of work by photographer Timothy O’Sullivan reveals the harsh terrain of the unsettled American west, making for intriguing classroom discussions.
Educators That Rock!: Torrey Maldonado - March 26, 2010 03:00 PM
Torrey Maldonado is an author, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Middle School 88 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a trained specialist in conflict resolution. Maldonado, who describes himself as a Black Puerto Rican, says he was inspired to become a teacher by his mother, who gave him homework she created herself, and by a few good teachers in Red Hook. Maldonado's first book, “Secret Saturdays,” will publish in April 2010. Learn more about “Secret Saturdays” at TorreyMaldonado.com
Innovative Temporary Homes Could Replace Tents in Port-au-Prince - February 02, 2010 03:14 PM
Expandable, lightweight houses are being developed for homeless Haitians in Port-au-Prince, though some experts suggest relocating the capital city is the safest option.
Scientists Grow Meat in the Lab - January 15, 2010 04:20 PM
What could save animals, end world hunger and protect the environment? Scientists are hoping that meat engineered in the lab might do the trick.
Britain Drops Proposal to Keep Innocent in DNA Database as US Database Grows - October 19, 2009 07:30 PM
In many U.S. states, the DNA of those arrested but not convicted is held indefinitely. In Britain, however, the Home Office dropped a DNA database proposal due to strong public opposition and a European court ruling.
Corporate Green Walls Could Inspire Energy Conservation Efforts - October 13, 2009 05:00 PM
An enormous green wall has been installed at PNC headquarters in Pittsburgh, an extreme energy-saving method that can be recreated by homeowners and businesses on a smaller scale.
Online Education Proves It Can Go the Distance—to Iraq - October 08, 2009 07:00 AM
Cheryl J. Wachenheim, a North Dakota State University professor, was deployed to Iraq in 2008, but continued to teach classes online from her base in Iraq, highlighting the popularity of online learning.
A New Question Emerges About Thimerosal: Is It Safe for Adults? - October 06, 2009 02:00 PM
With many adults expected to receive the swine flu vaccine/H1N1 influenza vaccine this year, those with a history of allergies to thimerosal may wonder if it’s safe for them.
Is Starbucks Emerging From Its Dark Age? - October 05, 2009 07:00 AM
With Howard Schultz's second act at Starbucks in full swing, some analysts say the company has found a way forward after ambitious expansions left it in financial straits.
Twitter Valued at $1 Billion, But How Will It Monetize? - October 01, 2009 11:00 AM
Twitter, the San Francisco-based micro-blogging service, is reportedly receiving an additional $100 million in funding, but many still wonder how the service will become profitable.
Study: Mothers More Liberal, Fathers More Conservative on Social Issues - September 11, 2009 07:00 AM
A new study suggests that parenting has a polarizing effect on where men and women stand on social welfare issues.
What Can Other Cities Learn From Pittsburgh's Renaissance? - September 03, 2009 05:00 PM
President Obama's selection of Pittsburgh as host of the G-20 Summit later this month is a crowning moment in the city's revitalization, and serves as a model for other struggling cities.
Could a Cuban Cancer Drug Improve US-Cuba Relations? - September 03, 2009 03:00 PM
The U.S. is conducting clinical trials on a cancer drug developed in Cuba, but unless embargo laws are altered, the drug won't be available for sale in the U.S.
Communities Turning Recession and Foreclosures into Positives - August 31, 2009 05:00 PM
In some U.S. locations hit hard by the recession and foreclosures, residents are adapting by looking to the past and reconnecting with their neighbors.
Blackwater Implicated in CIA’s Al-Qaida Assassination Plan - August 21, 2009 05:00 PM
Blackwater, a private company contracted by the U.S. government for security work during the war in Iraq, was involved in the CIA’s recently abandoned plan to assassinate al-Qaida operatives.
Is Crowdsourcing the Future of College Education? - August 18, 2009 04:30 PM
A course at Duke University will allow students to take over aspects of teaching and grading. How will it influence future college courses?
Manson Follower “Squeaky” Fromme Released From Prison - August 18, 2009 07:00 AM
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, one of Charles Manson’s dedicated followers, spent more than 30 years behind bars for attempting to shoot President Gerald Ford.
Summer Filled With Uproarious Town Hall Meetings on Health Care - August 13, 2009 04:00 PM
Some members of Congress have taken to town halls to discuss important issues like health care overhaul with citizens, often with dramatic consequences.
Woodstock Remembered and Reassessed on 40th Anniversary - August 12, 2009 07:00 AM
The historic four-day festival in Bethel, N.Y., looms large for a generation of Americans as a symbol of solidarity and love of music in the face of war, tragedy and generational rifts.
Gym Class Injuries Highlight Genders’ Different Injury Risks - August 05, 2009 07:30 AM
A new study suggests that the rate of injury in school gym classes has risen by 150 percent, and finds that girls and boys tend to suffer from different injuries.
Are Al Qaeda Assassinations Justified? - July 15, 2009 06:22 PM
Some pundits are focusing on the CIA's failure to carry out the eight-year-old plan, the assassination plans that are still active today and in what cases, if any, assassination is justified.
CIA Assassination Plan Reflects Agency’s Controversial Role - July 13, 2009 06:30 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder is considering an investigation into a Bush administration antiterrorism operation that would focus on whether the CIA withheld information from Congress.
Faced With Stardom, Few Choose a Life of Privacy - July 09, 2009 05:00 PM
A new documentary about Neil Armstrong delves into the astronaut’s humble decision to stay out of the spotlight, a choice that few modern celebrities seem to make.
Is America Too Obsessed With Celebrities? - July 01, 2009 07:30 AM
The current onslaught of celebrity news coverage appears to follow Americans’ preferences. But some polls and experts suggest otherwise.
Teens Still Prefer TV Over Digital Tech - June 30, 2009 07:30 AM
At its annual “What Teens Want” Conference on June 25, Nielsen revealed that teenagers are more invested in traditional media than widely believed.
Michael Jackson’s Death Takes the Web by Storm - June 26, 2009 02:30 PM
Web sites were crippled by traffic relating to Michael Jackson’s death. Fans used Twitter and other sites to organize vigils and share tributes, articles, music and videos.
Are User Reviews Helping or Hurting Consumers? - June 20, 2009 10:00 AM
Businesses are seeing their reputations change as more and more people take to the Web to share their opinions. But it can make decision making more confusing for customers.
Man Dressing as Dead Mother Is Latest Twist on Collecting Deceased Relatives’ Benefits - June 19, 2009 07:30 AM
In order to keep her home and collect her social security benefits, Thomas Parkin impersonated his dead mother.
Chefs Add Flavor to Soup Kitchen Fare - June 18, 2009 06:00 PM
Chefs across America are donating their skills to homeless shelters, transforming donated food into gourmet meals.
Favored Castro Son Falls for Internet Masquerade - June 15, 2009 05:30 PM
For the past eight months, Fidel Castro’s son Antonio has been in an online relationship with a male Cuban-American blogger pretending to be a young Colombian woman.