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Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
Deirdre Clemente discusses the attention that is paid to what women wear in sports.
How Earthquakes Take Place
This text describes the causes and effects of earthquakes.
How Salt Shook an Empire
Sara Wilson Etienne
In 1930, the Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi protested the British Empire by walking to the sea and gathering his own salt.
Toddlers Like Winners, But How They Win Matters
In a study, scientists find that toddlers prefer winners — but only when they win fairly.
Babies can learn the value of persistence by watching grownups stick with a challenge
Scientists discover that babies learn whether to give up or keep trying when faced with a challenge, all by watching their parents.
Rachel M. Barker
Rachel M. Barker describes the formation of different types of rocks.
Germs power new paper batteries
Scientists have designed a paper battery, that generates electricity from bacteria.
Vinegar Dissolves New Electronics When They’re No Longer Needed
Engineers have developed new technology that allows electronic devices to dissolve after use.
Avoid high student debt and dropping out by asking these 4 questions about any college
Jake Murray discusses four important questions students should ask about any college they consider attending.
Sí Se Puede!
Cesar Chavez was an important civil rights leader who fought for farm workers’ rights.
Quake provides test for tsunami prediction
An earthquake in Chile provided scientists an opportunity to test a new method for predicting tsunamis using GPS devices.
Will chicken cologne guard you from malaria?
Researchers discover that the scent of chickens can help keep mosquitoes away.
Making college more affordable – What needs discussing is the total cost of a degree
The president of Pennsylvania State University discusses how we can make college more affordable.
Justices Bar Mandatory Life Terms for Juveniles
Adam Liptak and Ethan Bronner
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for juvenile offenders to be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without any chance of being free.
Do mosquitoes love you? Blame your parents
A study shows that mosquitoes are more attracted to some people than others because of their genes.
Coming of Age in North Korea
Fyodor Tertitskiy discusses the experiences of North Koreans in their adult lives.
Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, who lost her sister to a juvenile offender, discusses how young offenders should be sentenced.
Prison Is a Poor Deterrent, and a Dangerous Punishment
Daniel Okonkwo discusses how juvenile offenders should be treated differently than adult offenders.
The Race Factor in Trying Juveniles as Adults
Jennifer L. Eberhardt & Aneeta Rattan
Jennifer L. Eberhardt and Aneeta Rattan discuss the impact that race has on sentencing juvenile offenders.