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Ruins being reconstructed on hilltop (ACOR/TWLCRM)

From Mongolia to Mexico: Rescuing treasures before they’re gone

In Jordan, two stone sphinxes overlook the remains of the Temple of the Winged Lions, one of the most important temples in the ancient...
People helping take down a graffiti-filled wall (Flickr/Raphaël Thiémard)

What you can learn from a speech that helped change history

“Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate.” So said President Reagan, addressing the Soviet general secretary at the Brandenburg Gate, near the Berlin Wall. “Mr. Gorbachev,...
People looking at papers (Shutterstock)

Here’s the bottom line: Americans use business talk all the time.

Want to do business in the U.S.? It helps to know the lingo — the idioms and slang that American businesspeople like to use. “Business...
Illustration of "War of the Worlds" (Flickr/TimEvanson)

Space aliens invading? But I heard it on the radio…on this...

Do you believe what you see, read, or hear on the news? Ever fallen for an Internet hoax — a fake celebrity death or...
Monks in orange robes looking at computer screen (AP Images)

No Internet? Take an online course offline…at MOOC Camp

Massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) let anyone with an Internet connection access university courses from around the world. But what if you...
Group of international students walking (AP Images)

You can’t learn it all in a classroom. These students share...

No matter how well you’ve prepared to study in the U.S., some things about American universities and culture will probably come as a surprise....
Global Learning XPrize for education (XPrize)

Will a lot of money bring the best idea on how...

More than 250 million children cannot read, write or do basic math. A newcomer to education, Peter Diamandis, thinks he can solve the problem...
An infographic that suggests the importance of libraries in the U.S. by comparing the number of libraries and McDonald's restaurants

Books over burgers: The importance of libraries

Although Americans have a reputation for snacking on fast food rather than savoring world literature, the U.S. has more libraries than McDonald's restaurants. From the...
Hands holding homework lit by Soccket (Courtesy Uncharted Play)

Soccer ball by day, reading light by night

Sometimes innovation is about making a simple connection. The Soccket connects 1.3 billion people's need for electricity and the popularity of soccer (or futbol) among children...