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Updated 2017-04-23 07:52
Studying splashes to learn more about how disease spreads
In the new Science Friday video “Breakthrough: Connecting the Drops,” Lydia Bourouiba and her team study how droplets travel when we sneeze, or flush the toilet.
Tick season has begun. How much do you know about Lyme disease?
For one, it doesn’t always cause a bull's-eye rash.
As the election looms, this week's terror attack weighs on the minds of voters
Thursday's terror attack will undoubtedly have an influence on the French election, but how won't be clear until Sunday.
Disrupting the Kleptocrat's Playbook, one investigative report at a time
After decades when democracy was on the rise, the current trend seems to be of aspiring autocrats riding populist waves to power, and then misusing that power to amass wealth for themselves and their families. Forget what President Donald Trump says about journalists being the "Enemy of the People," says Drew Sullivan, head of the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project — investigative reporting has never been more important.
A key supplier of Syria's chemical weapons? North Korea.
The civil wars raging in Syria are pretty horrific for most people involved. But for North Korea, the carnage has had a silver lining. They've made a ton of money selling weapons and ammunition.
The great British taxidermy heist: The animals are back, but the theft is still a mystery
Over the centuries London has had more than its fair share of bank robberies, diamond thefts and even train robberies. This month, police solved something a little more exotic: the great British taxidermy heist.
In South Korea, being gay is still taboo
A watchdog group that tracks human rights in the South Korean military says the army leadership is violating its own regulations by going after soldiers suspected of homosexual activity.
Why is the world marching for science? It's local issues, like budgets, education and food security.
In roughly 200 cities across the globe, marchers on Sunday will advocate for everything from GMOs to federal science funding.
What nature can teach us about sustainability and innovation
While humans construct our physical spaces based on individual preferences and then mitigate the consequences later, nature inherently adopts flexibility as a cornerstone of design.
Female genital mutilation is illegal in the US. So why is it still happening?
A doctor in Michigan just got arrested on charges of performing female genital mutilation on young girls. For many, it came as a shock — but mutilating women is a widespread practice around the globe, and it's happening in the US.
One group aims to give Muslim women in France a voice
"In France, we talk constantly about Muslims, especially Muslim women, but you never get to hear us." That's why some French Muslim women started the online magazine, Lallab.
Her love of the stars made her lose track of her life on Earth
Sona Hosseini fell in love with astronomy when she went on a class trip to a Houston planetarium. "I was asking the lady, ‘How can I work here?’ The lady told me, ‘Oh, honey, you should have a PhD.’"
Immigrants brought illegally to the US as kids have new reason to fear the worst under Trump
The deportation of 23-year-old Juan Manuel Montes has made many people given temporary status reason to be nervous. "Now I can't help but look over my shoulder," says Martha Zavala Perez.
Trump outraged South Koreans by saying Korea used to be part of China. Is he right?
A social media firestorm is raging in South Korea over a comment from US President Donald Trump that Korea used to be a part of China. The government in Seoul says that’s not true. But is it?
US law students, driven by their own family stories, are helping asylum-seekers
At the University of California, Davis, law students take on immigrant cases, with guidance, and double as cultural navigators too.
Some migrants are rethinking the US as their ultimate destination
How about Mexico? Some migrants are now considering the country as a possible home, instead of risking getting caught and deported at the US border.
With tensions high, protests erupt across Venezuela
Police backed by armored trucks fired tear gas to break up a large march as it reached a vital freeway in Caracas, then edged back slightly as masked protesters pelted them with stones.
These trash pickers used to have miserable jobs. Now they run their own recycling cooperative.
Fifteen million people around the world have perhaps the worst job imaginable: scavenging junk from the world's dumps. But in Morocco, a group of trash pickers has made the transition to well-paid employees of a new recycling center. And they hope it's an example others can follow.
The number of daily opioid overdoses in South Florida is overwhelming police
The man’s roommates found him unconscious and he was turning blue, not breathing. He was overdosing on heroin.
A massive ICE raid in this town didn't stop undocumented labor — or illegal immigration
ICE detained hundreds of people and deported most of them. A decade later, New Bedford, Massachusetts, is still home to a large undocumented population.
What if someone could hack into a driverless car and slam on the brakes?
According to one leading automotive researcher, designing driverless cars is only half the challenge. These futuristic vehicles are also going to have to be safeguarded from hackers.
Irish singer Imelda May sheds her signature rockabilly sound and style
May's new sound is showcased in her latest album, "Life. Love. Flesh. Blood."
Israel develops new ties with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states
‘A new set of geopolitical circumstances make Israeli outreach — and Arab acceptance — much more possible than it was before’
Science confirms the incredible story of Lithuania's Holocaust escape tunnel
More than 70 years ago, a group of Jewish prisoners dug a tunnel using mostly their hands and spoons to escape their Nazi captors. A team of archaeologists has recently discovered the tunnel in Ponar forest outside of Vilnius, Lithuania. The discovery is the subject of a new documentary.
A Pakistani journalism student was lynched for alleged blasphemy
Mashal Khan was a young journalism student with his whole future ahead of him. On April 13, fellow classmates apparently attacked him to death.
While Flint waits, Nestle pumps Michigan water on the cheap
Nestle extracts billions of dollars worth of groundwater from western Michigan, but it pays the state just $200 a year in paperwork fees to do so.
Wounded San Diego activist is recovering after disappearing in Mexico
Castro went missing Thursday evening after posting a Facebook Live video from the shoulder of a highway near Mexico City, saying a group of criminals was "hunting" him.
A tiny Canadian town has a new best friend: This massive, gorgeous iceberg
It's iceberg season in Ferryland, Canada. Check out the photos!
The noise of cities can harm our health but it can also make us more creative
Journalist Susie Neilson explores our love-hate relationship with city noise.
Jacques Fesch killed a cop in the 1950s. Here's why the French Catholic Church wants to make him a saint.
Gerard Fesch was 40 when he learned his father, Jacques Fesch, had been executed for murder in France.
Mexico’s 'Mama Africa' welcomes migrants on a long journey
An unmarked hotel along the Mexico-Guatemala border has become a frequent stop for weary migrants from parts of Africa and Haiti heading north.
Undocumented workers demand rights in a city scarred by a massive raid
Even without legal status, immigrants in New Bedford, Mass. are organizing to face what they think is unfair work treatment.
Scientists say the Great Barrier Reef is officially dying
Climate change is the primary culprit, and while it's long been suspected that reefs would be devastated by ocean warming, scientists were not expecting this level of destruction for another 30 years.
Secret crypt in London: Beware of exploding bishops
A forgotten crypt has been uncovered in London with the remains of at least five archbishops of Canterbury from several centuries ago.
Driverless cars could either be 'scary' or great for the environment
It all depends on how we design and use them.
With the French election looming, all eyes on a tightening race
French voters were on edge after two men were arrested and accused of plotting an attack to disrupt the upcoming election. Meanwhile, polls indicate a tightening race.
Hemingway's love letter to Marlene Dietrich goes on the auction block
He called her "daughter" or "dearest Kraut." She called him "Papa." A letter from Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich goes on sale next month in New York, and it speaks to their intense, flirty relationship.
How to talk like a TV writer, as explained by David Mandel of 'Veep'
“Veep” showrunner David Mandel explains five TV-writing terms you may not have heard before.
An eye doctor was out on a yacht one night and ended up in the middle of a humanitarian disaster
Optician Carmine Menna, his wife Rosario, and six of their friends were sleeping after a night of revelry at sea in a small yacht off the coast Lampedusa in the early hours of Oct. 3, 2013, when they heard what sounded like seagulls fighting.
Turks vote by a slim margin to expand their president's powers, and dissent erupts on social media
A razor-thin victory for Turkey's president seems to further destabilize a NATO ally.
Tensions with North Korea are on the rise, yet again
Vice President Mike Pence visited South Korea this week and offered a pointed warning to North Korea. But this is far from the first time the rhetoric over North Korea’s nuclear program has grown heated.
How we could simplify the American tax filing process
If you're still working on your taxes, you're probably not alone: Americans will spend more than 6 billion hours preparing their taxes, which includes digging up W-2s, sifting through receipts, and filling out any number of forms. The amount we spend to get it done by firms or by ourselves with software is high.
How 'adventurer of the year' Mira Rai went from child soldier to ultrarunner
Nepal's long-distance trail runner Mira Rai was once a child soldier. Now she's showing Nepali girls that they can be athletes.
Mr. Trump, lovers of Iran would like to thank you for helping our cause
As a writer dedicated to promoting Iranian culture, stories I pitched ages ago have now, because of Trump, become more relevant than ever.
The mathematician who’s using geometry to fight gerrymandering
It can be difficult for courts to assess whether districts have been gerrymandered. Moon Duchin is spearheading a program that will train math experts to help.
How do you lead a government agency you once said should be abolished?
Former presidential hopeful and one-time Texas Gov. Rick Perry now heads the Department of Energy, an agency he once said could be eliminated with no loss to the public.
The dinosaur family tree isn't quite what we thought it was
Traditionally, we’ve split dinosaurs into two groups, based on the shape of their hips. A new study suggests that classification isn’t quite right.
Some Americans are panicking about North Korea. Here’s why South Koreans aren’t.
Saturday is a big day in North Korea: The 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung. It's thought that North Korea will conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark the occasion. But South Koreans aren't that worried.
'Serene' and 'beautiful.' That's how one Afghan describes where the US dropped 'the mother of all bombs.'
Noorjahan Akbar recalls picnicking in the Nangarhar province, where the US dropped its biggest non-nuclear bomb on Thursday. She says it's one of the most beautiful regions in the country.
After church bombings in Cairo, a poignant Good Friday for pilgrims in Jerusalem
After the Palm Sunday bombings of Christian churches in Egypt, pilgrims to the Holy Land observe an especially poignant Good Friday.