How to Help Child Soldiers in Africa - March 14, 2012 04:00 PM
The Invisible Children campaign has brought a lot of attention to the issue of child soldiers. Here are some other ways that concerned students can help child soldiers in Africa.
Lessons From Kony 2012: How to Critically Analyze Online Content - March 14, 2012 02:00 PM
Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 video has received criticism for being misleading and factually inaccurate. How can students properly evaluate its accuracy?
Kony 2012: Why It Resonates With Students - March 14, 2012 12:00 PM
The Kony 2012 film has become one of the most watched videos on the Internet. How were the filmmakers so successful in gaining the attention of American youths?
On This Day: “The Great Train Robbery” Is Carried Out by 15 Thieves - August 08, 2011 05:00 AM
On Aug. 8, 1963, robbers boarded the Royal Mail train and made off with 2.6 million pounds (equivalent to $50 million today). The crime took only 15 minutes and led to a nearly 40-year manhunt.
On This Day: Treaty of Versailles Signed - June 28, 2011 06:00 AM
On June 28, 1919, Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending its involvement in World War I. The treaty subjected Germany to a number of harsh penalties and restrictions that many historians believe contributed to the rise of Adolf Hitler.
On This Day: Israel Becomes a Nation - May 14, 2011 06:00 AM
On May 14, 1948, the Jewish People’s Council met at the Tel Aviv Museum and announced the creation of the state of Israel.
History of Iranian Revolutions - April 26, 2011 07:00 AM
Modern Iran has been shaped by a series of revolutions and government upheavals during the 20th century.
Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Yet Another Unsung Hero of the Holocaust, Is Honored - April 08, 2011 01:54 PM
A Portuguese consul to Bordeaux, Sousa Mendes defied the orders of Portugal’s prime minister and issued visas to 30,000 Jews during WWII, allowing them to escape Nazi-occupied France.
How Do You Spot Vintage Wine? It Has Fewer Radioactive Particles - January 22, 2011 07:00 AM
The level of radioactive carbon in wines made after 1950 is higher due to nuclear bomb testing, making it easy to identify new wine posing as century-old vintage.
Save Yourself? Sinking Ship Escape Etiquette - January 21, 2011 07:00 AM
Whether passengers on a sinking ship decide to let women and children escape first depends on the speed at which the ship is sinking, a recent study suggests.
Five Daring Art Heists - January 12, 2011 07:00 AM
Elaborate schemes, priceless treasures, black market deals, undercover sting operations, international investigations and unsolved mysteries: the dramatic nature of art theft gives it a remarkable ability to capture the public’s imagination. Read on to learn about some of the most daring and fascinating art heists from the past 100 years.
North Korean Attack Escalates Tensions in 60-Year Korean Conflict - November 24, 2010 12:00 PM
North and South Korea traded artillery attacks Tuesday in one of the most significant clashes between the neighbors since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
A Look at the Plague and Its History - November 20, 2010 07:00 AM
Last year a remote Chinese village had an outbreak of the pneumonic plague. The plague has been responsible for three recorded pandemics over the last 1,500 years and affects 1,000 to 2,000 people annually.
Women of Honor: Writers Who Won’t Be Silenced - October 28, 2010 07:00 AM
Each year scores of journalists and other writers are threatened, arrested, abused and even murdered for sharing true stories about human rights atrocities through news articles, essays, books and poems. Meet five dissident writers whose lives and struggles will enlighten and inspire.
The History of Human Migration - September 29, 2010 07:00 AM
Ninety thousand years ago early humans first ventured out of Africa. Today, humans inhabit virtually every corner of the world. Take a look at the journey humanity has taken across continents through the ages, and connect with interactive resources for exploring the history of human migration.
Changing Language: Shakespeare Is a Far Cry From the English of Text-Savvy Students - August 25, 2010 06:00 AM
A comparison of Shakespeare’s English to a modern student’s text message conversation shows few resemblances, but this isn’t the first time English has undergone radical evolution.
A Clean Record for This Year’s Running of the Bulls - July 15, 2010 11:30 AM
The dozens of injuries at the annual running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival stress the dangers of a tradition kept alive in the Spanish region of Pamplona since the 14th century.
Space After Hubble: Webb, Planck and Herschel Telescopes Will Take Deeper Look at the Universe - May 13, 2010 08:00 AM
As the Hubble Space Telescope enters its twilight years, preparations begin for the 2014 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope—one attempt by the United States to stay in the space race.
Happy Birthday, Oskar Schindler, Keeper of “List” That Saved 1,200 Jews - April 28, 2010 08:00 AM
Oskar Schindler was a Nazi party member, philanderer and war profiteer who saved approximately 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Schindler is now revered as a hero; he is the subject of a prizewinning book and the Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List.” But nobody really knows why this wealthy man, who once enjoyed camaraderie with SS officers, gave up everything he had to save Polish Jews.
The UK Elections: Parties and Leaders - April 26, 2010 06:00 PM
The 2010 U.K. elections are receiving a lot of attention after an unexpectedly strong showing in the polls by perennial third party the Liberal Democrats.
Ancient Books Reveal Timbuktu’s Former Glory, Illustrate Need for Libraries - April 12, 2010 12:00 PM
Work is ongoing to restore and maintain Timbuktu’s ancient texts, calling attention to past scholarship in sub-Saharan Africa, and to book restoration efforts around the world.
Overshadowing Katyn Massacre Commemoration, a Tragic Plane Crash Leaves Poland Reeling - April 10, 2010 10:58 AM
The death of Poland’s President in a plane crash in Russia comes as relations between the two countries had been improving, and as ceremonies commemorating the Katyn massacre take place.
Putin Joins Polish PM in Remembering WWII Massacre of Polish POWs - April 07, 2010 02:00 PM
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made an unprecedented step toward reconciliation with Poland by inviting Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to the Russian town of Katyn to commemorate the infamous Katyn massacre.
Debate Over Jesus Christ’s Resurrection—Miracle or Metaphor? - April 02, 2010 07:00 AM
As Christians prepare to celebrate one of the religion’s most important holidays, debate persists over evidence of Jesus Christ's resurrection.
Nouvel Promotes Cultural Exchange Through Design - March 24, 2010 12:20 PM
French architect Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar is meant to bridge East and West, and promote fading Bedouin culture, demonstrating the power of design.
Buying and Selling Illegal Wildlife Flourishes Online - March 23, 2010 12:40 PM
The Internet has made it easier than ever to buy exotic animals and animal products, creating yet another threat to rare and endangered species.
Unlocking the Talent of a Musical Savant - March 14, 2010 08:08 PM
Nicknamed the “human iPod,” pianist Derek Paravicini is wowing audiences with his extraordinary repertoire of thousands of songs he can play entirely by memory.
Holland Considers Expanding Assisted Suicide Rights - March 10, 2010 04:00 PM
Proposed legislation in Holland would grant anyone older than 70 who felt they had lived a complete life the right to die.
Arabic’s Uncertain Future Has Troubling Cultural Implications - March 04, 2010 10:30 AM
Arabic is being replaced by English in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, prompting concerns about the preservation of national identity and culture.
Missed Olympic Moments - February 27, 2010 08:00 AM
A German skater missed a shot at Olympic glory this week when officials couldn’t reach him on his cell phone before his race. Olympic history is riddled with similar blunders.