Full story - February 02, 2018
Sicily, 1943: Whose blood was this U.S. soldier getting?
The story of how blood got desegregated also reminds Americans that, as novelist Ralph Ellison wrote nearly a half-century ago, “The black American … puts pressure upon the nation to live up to its ideals.”
Full story - February 02, 2018
Emancipation is about financial security, too.
The story of the rise and collapse of the Freedman’s Bank is an important and little-known episode in black and American history in the years following emancipation.
Full story - January 31, 2018
US President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 30, 2018.
We asked three academics to choose key quotes and add the context missing from the president’s words.
Full story - January 25, 2018
Rohingya refugees walk at Jamtoli camp in the morning in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Jan. 22, 2018.
In a recent trip to Bangladesh, I witnessed this benevolence firsthand. I saw roads adorned with pro-refugee banners. Even those with opposing political views have come together to support the Rohingyas.
Full story - December 25, 2017
Animals are commonly found in nativity scenes, but surprisingly not in the Bible.
The animals that are so familiar in Christmas cards and carols didn't begin to make an appearance until hundreds of years after Jesus' birth.
Full story - November 05, 2017
Peter Shugrue checks one of four clocks destined for installation in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Electric Time Company factory in Medfield, Massachusetts
Studies show that injuries and illnesses rise when the clocks change. Some states may end the practice; others could make it permanent.
Full story - October 18, 2017
Salem Abdullah Musabih, 6, lies on a bed at a malnutrition intensive care unit at a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Hodaida, Yemen, Sept. 11, 2016. Millions of Yemenis face food shortages and the threat of famine after more than two years of civil wa
Around the globe, about 815 million people — 11 percent of the world’s population — went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years.
Full story - August 03, 2017
a boy shows off his handwriting practice
The writing performance of school-age children is a matter of considerable concern. Educators and researchers from around the world have highlighted the challenges students face to master writing.
Full story - July 26, 2017
pigs and calves
Researchers at the University of Western Australia have developed non-invasive means for measuring stress and mood in animals and are now working with sheep farmers to improve the well-being of their animals. PTSD has been identified in elephants, dogs, chimpanzees and baboons, for example.
Full story - February 27, 2017
Revelers catch Mardi Gras beads during the Krewe of Thoth parade down St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, March 5, 2000.
Each Mardi Gras, 25 million pounds of beads hit the streets of New Orleans. The story of how they got there — from the Middle East, to China, to Bourbon Street — reveals a cycle of environmental degradation, worker exploitation and irreparable health consequences.

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