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Tony Hawk skates off a kitchen counter.

Pro skater Tony Hawk empowers young people around the world

If you see skateboarders in your country, it’s likely that legendary athlete Tony Hawk has had something to do with it. Hawk is more than...
Illustration of canary in the coal mine idiom (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Idiom in the news: Canary in the coal mine

Understanding idioms is one of the hardest parts of mastering a language. An idiom is a group of words that together assume a new...
Illustration of a worker pushing gears (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Is your business idea ‘disruptive’? Find out on November 14.

Before Skype there was the long distance call, and before email you had to wait for the postman to arrive. Both innovations not only...
Close-up of Saira Blair (© AP Images)

Teenager becomes America’s youngest state lawmaker

Saira Blair became the youngest state lawmaker in America by winning a seat in West Virginia’s House of Delegates in the November 4 midterm...

Women make history in 2014 midterm elections

This year’s U.S. midterm elections, held November 4, created a number of historic firsts for women. Midterm elections, when U.S. voters decide on candidates...
Students in common area (Gallaudet University)

There isn’t another university like this one anywhere in the world

The students at Gallaudet University in Washington are changing perceptions about the deaf. All of Gallaudet's academic programs are designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing graduate...

Meet America’s top young scientist. He turns waste into clean energy.

Identify an everyday problem and solve it. That was the task for 14-year-old Sahil Doshi from Pittsburgh and other contenders in the Discovery 3M...
Woman with coffee in glass flasks (Matt Biddulph/Blue Bottle Cafe)

Science Cafes: Grab a coffee. Talk about astrophysics.

These days, you don’t have to attend a lecture to learn about science. Just visit your local cafe. People anywhere can attend informal, grassroots-organized talks...
Beyoncé Knowles (AP Images)

Can a Beyoncé song change the world?

Can a song change the world? A group of Iraqis in Baghdad thinks so, and proves it with acts of kindness. On World Humanitarian Day...