SCIENCE
04.09.14

Explaining broader connections and the big picture

James Gates is a passionate teacher and well-known physicist. He has colorful opinions about science teaching and the need for diversity of thought.

KIDS
04.09.14

Once unhip instrument is now cool, accordion to Weird Al

The accordion, with its unique sound, is making a big comeback. Part of it has to do with the trend of rediscovering weird things and making them cool.

MONEY
04.09.14

China ventures overseas for farmland

China has 20 percent of the world's population, but just 9 percent of its usable agricultural land. The country is buying foreign farmland, or leasing it, or forming partnerships with companies.

HEALTH
04.08.14

Study's 5-second rule results disputed

The less time food is on the floor before it's picked up, the fewer bacteria get transferred, the study says. But, said one expert, "I think one second is too long."

SCIENCE
04.08.14

Tiny microbes of death nearly wiped out life on Earth, study suggests

Called the Great Dying, a mass extinction occurred at the end of the Permian Period of the Paleozoic Era. The study named a new suspect, a microbe known as Methanosarcina.

ARTS
04.08.14

Recording without sound, capturing all the music notes

A Disklavier piano records the notes digitally then, through the Internet, sends them to another Disklavier which replays the music. It can change the way music is taught.

LAW
04.07.14

Much ado about what to do with the nation's feral cats

A fierce battle is raging between cat lovers and bird lovers over how to handle the millions of feral cats living on the streets.

MONEY
04.07.14

Satellites beam "Dr. Who" to movie theaters, and show the future

The 50th anniversary episode of the British TV show came to movie theaters in the U.S. and Latin America. And so did the fans. Theaters now see themselves showing more than movies.

KIDS
04.07.14

More children and teens crossing into U.S. unaccompanied

Fear of gang violence and hopes that the U.S. will change its immigration laws have driven more youths to make the risky journey across the U.S.-Mexico border.

KIDS
04.04.14

In school, popular kids get bullied just like the outcasts, study says

The study's surprising conclusion is that the more popular teens are, the more likely they are to get bullied, except for those at the very top of the high school social ladder.

MONEY
04.04.14

Mega-menus a huge hit in China

Menus had gotten elaborate with illustrations and calligraphy. A lot of people started taking them home as souvenirs. To stop that, restaurant owners have supersized them.

WAR & PEACE
04.04.14

"Journalist on the run" starting up a digital Cuban newspaper

Generacion Y blogger Yoani Sanchez's online newspaper will use text messages, emails and flash drives to get the news to its readers in Cuba, where the government controls all media.

SCIENCE
04.03.14

Big rib bones hold a clue about the woolly mammoth's extinction

“We knew these were just about the last mammoths living there, so we suspected something was happening,” said a paleontologist about what the rib bones suggest.

SCIENCE
04.03.14

Panthers released into an ever shrinking wild

In South Florida, many male panthers that are sent back into their natural habitat wind up dead, mostly from disease, fighting other males over territory, and cars.

WAR & PEACE
04.03.14

"Rosie the Riveter" reverberates for today's working women

Hardworking women on the home front during World War II were celebrated, and immortalized, by "Rosie the Riveter" on posters and in films.

LAW
04.02.14

Some say Georgia's gun bill is too lax

Allowing guns in churches, schools and airports, many say, will make Georgia more dangerous. But the bill's supporters say it will actually make Georgia safer.

HEALTH
04.02.14

First lady says "Let's Move" to the home kitchen

As part of her fight against childhood obesity, Mrs. Obama wants people to cook more of their meals at home instead of eating out or ordering takeout.

SCIENCE
04.02.14

Yale study may be barking up the right tree

Researchers are looking into how dogs pick up on social cues from humans around them. It may tell us something about childhood development.

WAR & PEACE
04.01.14

Cry havoc, and let loose the ... rocket cats?

And if the cat trick doesn't work, try strapping a bomb to a dove, advises a manual on artillery and siege warfare written around 1530. It comes with illustrations.

MONEY
04.01.14

Women riding scholarships to college for lesser-known sports

They are winning a lot of college scholarships for such sports as bowling, rowing and equestrian activities.

WAR & PEACE
04.01.14

Garbage in the Indian Ocean foils searchers of missing plane

Ocean scientists had warned that ordinary ocean garbage tends to gather where searchers are looking for parts of the missing Malaysian aircraft.

WAR & PEACE
03.31.14

B-2 bomber "Lazarus" lives up to its nickname

The stealth bomber caught fire on Guam. It took four years and cost $105 million to fix it, a bargain considering the plane's $2.1 billion price tag.

SCIENCE
03.31.14

Getting smartphones to create 3-D indoor maps on the go

The 3-D maps app would use about the same processing power as the game Angry Birds.

KIDS
03.31.14

Finding a home for, and in, the LA Derby Dolls

Young women who compete in roller derby skate hard and get bumps and bruises. They walk away with a sense of achievement. Meanwhile, the team's looking for new headquarters.

HEALTH
03.28.14

Milk "moo"ves over for cooler drinks

Good old-fashioned milk, the kind from moo cows, is losing space on grocery shelves to trendy juices, not to mention soy milk, coconut milk and flax milk.

SCIENCE
03.28.14

Pain remains from the Exxon Valdez oil spill 25 years later

At the time, it was the nation's biggest oil spill. And whether Prince William Sound in Alaska has by now recovered remains a contentious issue.

SCIENCE
03.28.14

Report had warned of catastrophe at mudslide site in Washington

The report was written in 1999 and filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The hill's history is one of landslides. The unstable hillside has defied efforts to shore it up.