For those with terminal illnesses, sometimes their fear and anxiety are so overwhelming it ruins the time they have left. A California psychiatrist has been trying a new treatment that seems to have dramatic benefits: hallucinogens.
The words you hear as an infant can alter your brain in ways that stick with you as an adult, even if you can't consciously recall the language you heard. Canadian researchers found traces of Chinese in the brain activity of kids who were adopted as infants from China.
Architect Bjarke Ingles and his team have an ambitious plan to remake the area around the Smithsonian Castle in Washington. The hope is to open up underground galleries and show people artworks and museums they may not even know existed.
In his new book, Urban Acupuncture, Jaimer Lerner, the mayor who revolutionized the public transit system of Curitiba, Brazil, and cleaned up its waste, documents ways various cities create pleasant and sustainable atmospheres.
Nights during a blackout in a big city offer a scary vision to some. But this new video shows how London's architecture would be set off by the night sky, if city lights weren't obscuring the view. Meanwhile, across the Channel, France has decided to pay foreign victims sent to Nazi camps in French trains. And China asks for US help to crack down on corrupt fugitives, in this weekend's Global Scan.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has defended a failed operation to rescue a US hostage in Yemen. Hagel said the intelligence was sound, and so is the policy behind it. But a lot of questions remain over the raid, which ended with the hostage, Luke Somers, and another hostage, South African aid worker Pierre Korkie, getting killed.
It's no surprise that Twitter is changing the way we communicate with each other — but it's also changing the way we communicate with our government. Meet Arturo Sarukhan, a former ambassador from Mexico and a pioneer in the world of digital diplomacy.
Sidney Crosby is one of the NHL's top goal scorers, but he's also one of more than a dozen players currently sidelined with the mumps. The outbreak has led the league to give players and coaches booster shots in an effort to contain the spread of the disease.
In Pakistan, the struggle against the local version of the Taliban is spreading, and not just in terms of terrorism. The group has muscled its way into the crime scene in Karachi, Pakistan, a booming city with lucrative opportunities in things like kidnapping and extortion.
1962's hit album was The First Family, a comedy album that poked fun at the Kennedy family. It was a top seller and netted leader performer Vaughan Meader a Grammy. But the whole thing came crashing down a year later when Kennedy was assassinated.
Explorer and mercenary Captain John Smith shaped modern America in many ways, spurring its colonization by the English. And his story goes far beyond his friendship with Native Americans like Pocahontas. A new biography argues that this cruel and heroic former mercenary was also the first to formulate the American Dream.
In the 1980s, during Apartheid in Sound Africa, about 150 universities divested their endowments of stocks with companies that did business in South Africa. Today, a growing movement at American universities is pressing their institutions to divest in companies that do business in fossil fuels.
Just who runs protests in places like Kiev and Hong Kong? It's not an easy question to answer, but that doesn't mean the protest movements in those places lack energy or direction. In fact, their loose structure may be a new model for political organization.
More than five dozen Russian athletes are currently suspended from competition for using performance-enhancing drugs — and that may be the tip of the iceberg. Meanwhile in Canada, bear attacks may be on the rise due to climate change. And Americans are questioning the grand jury system that they inherited from England, in today's Global Scan.
In Germany, even saying you're a "veteran" is controversial — even disdained. But a former German soldier says that while Germans don't visibly dote on their troops like Americans, they make up for it with the kinds of benefits American soldiers sometimes lack.
Today, many private companies have serious cybersecurity chops — but it hasn't been that way for long. Journalist Shane Harris describes the major hacking incident that forced corporations to get serious about cyberwarfare in an excerpt from his book, "@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex."