Destroyed World War Two weapons are displayed during a media demonstration at the Society for the Disposal of Chemical Weapons and Ordnance (GEKA) in Munster, March 5, 2014. The state owned GEKA is the only German company which is able to destroy chemical munitions and explosives. Syria has shipped out about a third of its chemical weapons, including mustard gas, for destruction abroad, the global chemical arms watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Tuesday. They are to be transferred to the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray and commercial destruction facilities in the United Kingdom and Germany, as part of a Russian-U.S. deal struck last year.  REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY MILITARY) - RTR3G2L8

Military conducted race-based experiments during WWII


The U.S. tested the effects of highly toxic mustard gas on troops in nonconsensual, race-based experiments during World War II, according to a new NPR investigation. Continue reading

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A man walks by a farm in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba, on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. Cuba, which had been pushing to attract more foreign investment in agriculture even before U.S. President Obama's announcement normalizing relations, could become a significant market for companies like Caterpillar Inc. Photographer: Bloomberg

What can we learn from Cuba’s organic farms?


After the fall of the Soviet Union, the government offered state-owned farms to anyone prepared to grow food to help feed the suffering population. Without pesticides, fertilizer or fuel for tractors, Cubans turned to organic farming. Continue reading

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Mourners hug after praying outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015, a day after a mass shooting left nine dead during a bible study at the church.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1H60G

Gunman shoots nine people at Charleston church


A deadly shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina has left the country shocked and calling for answers. Continue reading

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Overcoming the stigma of mental illness in Pakistan


Years of domestic turmoil and stigma around mental illness have left Pakistanis struggling to find mental health support. Continue reading

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Why do we waste so much food?


Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. do not know where their next meal will come from; meanwhile, 40 percent of the country’s produce ends up in the garbage. Continue reading

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