In New York City, like in other parts of the US, some students spend their break digging into algebra equations, hoping to ace a test that will get them into a top public high school. But some question whether a single test unfairly leaves some students out.
The 8- to 10-foot-thick ice that once stretched way out to sea is all but gone. Increasingly powerful storms batter its exposed coastline. A lawsuit seeking damages from fossil fuel companies was refused by the Supreme Court. Now the residents of remote Kivalina, Alaska are now wondering how long they can hold out and if anyone is willing to help them.
In the 1960s, rock 'n' roll gave birth to many new styles of popular music. One of those was Ska, which originated in Jamaica and was a precursor to reggae. Filmmaker Brad Klein has just come out with a documentary tracing the history of ska, "Legends of Ska. Without ska, there is no reggae."
Japan's high speed trains run upwards of 200 miles per hour while Amtrak's Acela can only go its top speed of 150 for short stretches. The reason? Outdated infrastructure. After World War II, the US invested in cars, not trains, and today its passenger railways lag far behind countries in Europe and Asia. Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter lays out a new vision for US transportation in her book "Move: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead."
After more than half a century, the stars and stripes are flying in Havana, Cuba, once more. Secretary of State John Kerry presided over a flag raising ceremony at the newly re-opened US Embassy to Cuba Friday morning. A hopeful sign of change to come? One Cuban dissident is not so sure.
Jennifer Teege never knew about her grandfather until she was an adult. That's probably good, as her grandfather was the terrifying, sadistic Nazi Commandant Amon Goeth, who was played by Ralph Fiennes in "Schindler's List."
The Yaybahar was created about six years ago as a mix of all sorts of instruments: the Australian didgeridoo, the Turkish Ney and, most importantly, the thunder drum, a small cylindrical instrument that has two drum-like membranes linked by a spring.
Who needs Disney World when you could visit museums dedicated to locks, magnets, Titan missiles, an experimental nuclear reactor or a Carl Sagan-inspired celestial "walk." Or the place where they confirmed the Big Bang? Here are 12 geek travel suggestions.
The Ben & Jerry's ice cream company is known for their themed flavors. Remember Americone Dream? The Tonight Dough? Well, our Middle East reporter is pushing for the ice cream moguls to turn their spoofing talents to the Iran nuclear deal. And he has some suggestions already.
ISIS militants beheaded a renowned antiquities scholar and hanged his body on a column in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Khaled al-Asaad, 81, was apparently killed for refusing to reveal where valuable artifacts had been moved for safekeeping before ISIS seized the UNESCO World Heritage site in May.