In this article, 17-year-old science student Sara Sakowitz shares her experience being a girl who loves science.
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Why First Amendment still matters to students
At age 13, Mary Beth Tinker wore a black armband to school and ended up in court over her freedom of speech. Now, 48 years later, Tinker is traveling the country to talk to students about their first amendment rights.
The Benefits of Optimism Are Real
In this article, Emily Esfahani Smith examines two films, Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi, to delve into the relationship between optimism and resilience.
The Most Amazing Optical Illusions (and How They Work)
Thanks to modern neuroscience, we can understand the brain processes that take place we encounter some visual illusions. Explore this collection of popular illusions and find out how they work.
Holocaust survivors reunite with the woman who cared for them after the war
Andra and Tatiana Bucci, who were 4 and 6 years old when they were taken to a concentration camp, traveled to the U.S. as adults to reunite with their former caregiver, a kind woman they called “Manna.” Read this article about the reunion.
Professor Says He Has Solved a Mystery Over a Slave’s Novel
Gregg Hecimovich, a professor of English in South Carolina, may have successfully identified the woman who wrote The Bondwoman’s Narrative. The novel is thought to be the first written by an African-American woman. Until now, no one knew the author’s true identity.
The Benefits of Digging in the Dirt
In this article, Laura Wright Treadway, environmentalist and mom, talks about the importance of playing—and learning—outdoors.
Chimps Can’t Cook, But Maybe They’d Like To
According to new research, chimps have all the brainpower needed to cook — except for the ability to control fire. Read about it here.
One Man’s Epic Quest to Visit Every Former Slave Dwelling in the United States
Joseph McGill, Jr., a descendant of slaves, has slept in 41 of the remaining slave dwellings so far. He hopes to bring awareness to the small buildings that housed slaves before the buildings all disappear.
Can early computer science education boost number of women in tech?
Computer engineering and related fields are historically—and continue to be—dominated by men. Many universities are now looking to increase the number of women who graduate with programming degrees.
The emergence of nature phobias: Why more people are afraid of the outdoors
As more and more people live in urban areas and have limited exposure to the outdoors, more people are becoming afraid of nature. Read this article to find out about the dangers of nature phobias on people and the planet.
Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus
Meet Claudette Colvin, the teenager who inspired Rosa Parks.
Abigail Adams, Founding Mother
In this review of Woody Holton’s book Abigail Adams, we learn more about the First Lady who often reminded her husband to “remember the ladies.” Although the changes of her time had yet to extend to women, Abigail Adams was standing up for her own and other women’s rights.
Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures
See images from a new book documenting the ecological and social results of overpopulation and overconsumption throughout the world.
America, The Startup: How European Settlers Launched The Most Entrepreneurial Economy In The World
In this article, Rob Wile compares the early European settlers to today’s entrepreneurs. Read to find out how the two compare.
Edith Wharton’s World
In this brief biography, guest curators Eleanor Dwight and
Viola Hopkins Winner share details of the life of Edith Wharton.
Kayla Montgomery: Young runner’s brave battle with MS
Champion runner Kayla Montgomery refuses to let Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis halt her running career. Read about her here.
Yesteryears: In Civil War illustrator Waud’s hands, pen was as mighty as the sword
At the time of the Civil War, cameras were too slow to capture scenes of the battles. Illustrator Alfred Rudolph Waud was among the artists who provide first-hand visuals at the Battle of Bull Run and other key battles.
Navajos share stories about their past, the world
In Phoenix, Arizona, a new program allows people to learn about Navajo traditions and stories. Children and their families hear traditional Navajo stories that help them learn more about their roots.
Pat Tillman: Biography
Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Pat Tillman decided to leave his job as a football player for the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the Army. He walked away from fame and a $3.6 million contract to defend his country.