KIDS
04.11.14

Lupita's look, a short Afro, becomes a standard of beauty

Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o wears her hair in an extra-short Afro style. She's helped broaden what is considered to be beautiful hair.

MONEY
04.11.14

Pilot saves dogs by flying them all over the U.S.

Arizona is full of Chihuahuas, but they may be adopted should they be sent to Pennsylvania. Peter Rork uses his plane to fly dogs to places where they're more likely to be adopted.

WAR & PEACE
04.11.14

Twenty years after violence tore it apart, Rwanda prospers

“We must work hard because if we wait for others to develop our country, we will not make progress,” says Rwanda's president.

SCIENCE
04.10.14

California's drought is changing the landscaping

A growing number of cities are paying homeowners to tear out their grass lawns and replace them with low-water plants more suited to the state's dry summers and mild winters.

MONEY
04.10.14

Fast-food workers accuse some employers of wage theft

While pressing for an increase in the minimum wage and to join a union, the workers at some demonstrations have carried signs saying "wage theft."

SCIENCE
04.10.14

NASA grapples with morality in space

There has always been risk with spaceflight. But as missions get longer, just how much risk can it ask of its astronauts? NASA asked the Institute of Medicine for some advice.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.