innovation

Science, Tech & Environment

How a century-old rule is keeping the American legal profession from innovating like its foreign colleagues

If you want to get legal advice in Canada, you can swing by Wal-Mart. And in the UK, legal advice is handed out in grocery stores. But a rule implemented more than 100 years ago in the US keeps legal advice largely out of reach for most Americans and keeps innovations from changing the stodgy legal field.

Science, Tech & Environment

These university students have found a way to make prosthetic limbs affordable to the masses

The fact is, prosthetics can change the course of someone's life. But they're usually prohibitively expensive — available only to the well-insured and the well-to-do. But a team of graduate students in Massachusetts say they've found a way to build artificial limbs for just a few dollars, potentially making these life-changing devices available all over the world.

Lifestyle & Belief

Qom report

The World's Quil Lawrence reports on Islamic scholars in the Iranian city of Qom who are taking full advantage of the latest technology to pursue their studies.

Global Politics

Norman Borlaug's life and legacy

PRI's The World speaks with Lester Brown, head of the Earth Policy Institute, about the life and career of Norman Borlaug, a scientist whose work developing high-yield crops earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. He died this past weekend.

Global Politics

US and Russia nuclear treaty

The US and Russia are moving closer to signing a new arms control agreement that would reduce the nuclear arsenals in both countries. The World's Matthew Bell reports on the significance of the treaty and what obstacles lay ahead.