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World Jun 06How to stop illegal fishing in the world’s oceans? Send in the hackers.
On Friday, coders and others came together in 12 cities throughout the world for the second annual Fishackathon, a 24-hour event to create mobile apps and other devices to help fishermen around the globe report catches, build better management systems,…
World May 165 things you should know about the South China Sea conflict
Despite pressure from the United States, China is not backing down from claiming controversial territory in the South China Sea as its own. While the U.S. has not taken an official position in the dispute, Sec. Kerry has emphasized the…
World Apr 11El Salvador set to become deadliest peacetime country in the world
March of this year was the most deadly month on record in El Salvador in more than a decade.
Nation Nov 28What did the shopping mall look like in 1956?
The indoor mall became a ubiquitous symbol of American suburbia in the 20th century. But America's first shopping mall, still landing in Edina, Minnesota, was designed, like every enclosed mall modeled after it, to bring some urbanity to suburbia. NewHour…
Arts Oct 08For readers young and old, YA is A-OK
Young adult fiction is one of the most successful categories of book sales for the publishing industry today, and authors who've traditionally wrote for an older crowd have begun to dip their pen in YA ink.
Nation Aug 23POLL: Do you think employers should use background checks?
Employers and screeners say the checks are an important tool for reducing liability for negligent hiring. But the practice has come under fire from those who say it can lead to discrimination and decreased job opportunities for the 70 million…
Arts Aug 10Islam a German secret weapon? New book uncovers forgotten POW camp
In author Eugene Rogan’s forthcoming book, The Fall of the Ottomans, Rogan writes about a small and relatively unknown prisoner-of-war camp called Halbmondlager, or ‘Half Moon Camp’ that was specifically designed for Muslim captives.
Nation Aug 03UPDATE: New York becomes latest state to challenge teacher tenure law
Two separate education advocacy groups have filed suits in New York challenging the state’s teacher tenure laws, claiming that current laws, which protect teacher employment, violate the constitutional rights of children and make it difficult to dismiss ineffective teachers.
Science Jun 21So you want to create your own Rubik’s Cube
In honor of four decades of the Rubik’s Cube, Google has created a “Chrome Lab” where you can build your own Rubik’s Cube.
World Jun 13Brazil braces for increase in e-waste as fans upgrade TVs for the World Cup
As the World Cup kicks off in Brazil this week, plenty of Brazilians without tickets are at home watching the action on new televisions. Quartz.com reports the demand for newer and bigger TVs has spiked during the months leading…