Serving as a local interpreter for the US during the war in Afghanistan was a deeply risky move. It was like putting a target on your head for Taliban fighters. The US promised to help interpreters, but for two of them, the road to their holiday lunch this week reunited in the US was long and complex.
Xenon is a gas that occurs naturally, in tiny amounts, in the air all around us. But is it the next super drug for athletes who want an illegal edge? Rumors say yes, but the science is far from certain.
The modern American economy is based largely on talent and knowledge, but the way we pay people never caught up with the country's big economic changes. That's how CEOs get paid huge amounts, even though the incentives don't work the way they used to.
Fighters from ISIS trapped thousands of people on the slopes of Mount Sinjar in August, and never left — until Friday. Kurdish forces say they have finally broken the siege with the help of Western airstrikes.
You've probably never heard of switchel, and for good reason — it was a popular drink during early America's agricultural days, kind of like cider or lemonade. But the concoction is making a comeback on supermarket shelves and in trendy bars.
Despite a major influx of supplies and expertise, new cases of Ebola are spreading faster in Sierra Leone than in neighboring Liberia. While some Sierra Leoneans are pointing the finger at the UK, which once ruled the country, the government's disorganized response is playing a big role.
You can see the phrase scrawled on walls around the globe from Tahrir Square to Ferguson, seemingly anywhere people take to the streets: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." It was the creation of American jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, whose biographer says he'd enjoy the term's enduring use.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey's president, is trying to make the long-lost Ottoman form of Turkish a mandatory part of his country's schooling. Some Turks are excited to be reconnected to their history, but others say it's simply part of Erdoğan's religious political agenda.
Like millions of Americans, composer Michael Hearst hates to fly, from take-off to baggage claim. He can't avoid planes, so he created a soundtrack to ease his pain, complete with a spoken-word cameo from comedian Whoopi Goldberg — another fearful flyer.
As the Sydney hostage crisis unfolded, some Australians feared their Muslim neighbors would be targeted for harassment and abuse. So, starting with Melbourne's Tessa Kum, they volunteered to ride the trains and buses alongside Muslims, using a hashtag that exploded in a matter of hours.
When it comes to coping with climate change, crowdsourcing of small solutions around the world can be as important as big-ticket approaches. That's the philosophy behind the Climate CoLab project at MIT.
For the first time, the US Navy has deployed a laser weapon on the high seas, ready to fry any drones or speedboats that might dare to attack. It's still a prototype for now, but it could be a first step in a new, lethal — and relatively cheap — era of naval combat.
President Vladimir Putin delivered a fiercely patriotic State of the Nation speech Thursday. He said Russia would defeat those enemies seeking to destroy and dismember it. But the rhetoric failed to reassure markets and the ruble continues its slide.
The genteel world of cricket was rocked this week by the death of Phillip Hughes, an Australian star who was seemingly on his way to greatness. Hughes was hit in the neck by a bowled ball, highlighting the dangers of a sport many think of as an easygoing pastime.
The cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the US have their own analogues in Brazil, where relations between black citizens and police are also tense. But one Brazilian activist hopes the news from the US could push Brazilians to talk more openly about racial issues.