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Kai Kloepfer has a talent for technology. He has been teaching himself engineering skills since he was a child. He decided to create a gun designed to prevent accidental shootings.
An American expert on China says the Chinese government is not influencing information about the country’s economic growth. He believes that the economy is changing quickly. And he says the ways of measuring new economic activity is unable to keep up with the changes.
A non-profit group called Thread helps high school students find a job, wash their clothes, complete school and more. The relationships between its volunteers and the students are designed to last at least 10 years. | As It Is
China’s stock market has dropped by more than 40 percent since June. Signs of a slowing economy in China have had effects on other stock markets and raised questions of whether measure to increase growth are enough.
President Obama has called climate change the greatest threat to national security. At a clean energy meeting this week, he pushed solar power and other renewable energy sources. His political opponents say his plans will hurt the oil, gas and coal industries and the American economy.
The expression "a thirst for knowledge" may soon have a new meaning for millions of people who have no way to get clean water. Researchers have developed a book with specially treated pages that can make water safe to drink.
The Philippines has launched a campaign to push for an "ecotourism zone" in the middle of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Under the plan, tourists could visit Philippine-controlled parts of the disputed area. China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims to the area.
Musicians once performed at the store, which used to sell record albums. Cassettes, CDs and MP3s caused lowered sales because they were easily-copied. But the renewed popularity of vinyl records may save the store, and some once-forgotten East African music is being heard again.
The new commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet says the U.S. pivot to East Asia will continue. Some allies in the area are concerned about China's maritime activities in the South China Sea. Defense Department released its maritime security roadmap with key role for Japan and others
Ukraine celebrated Independence Day earlier this week. President Poroshenko says the next year will be one of struggle against Russian efforts to weaken his country. At the celebration in Kyiv, he adds that Ukraine’s fight for independence would last many years.
Two women recently completed what many believe is the American military’s most difficult training. But current rules do not permit them to join a combat unit. However, that may soon change. The Army is reviewing the rules on whether women will be able to join men in combat roles.
The Shanghai Composite dropped 8.5 percent, marking the sharpest fall China has seen since 2007. Stock markets in the U.S., Asia and Europe responded to China's drop Monday. Observers warn changes in global markets are likely to continue.
Developing countries in Asia are building businesses and homes, but not enough trains, roads, and bridges. Some new bank programs are beginning to loan money for the purpose of building the needed facilities.
Three Americans, a Briton and a Frenchman overpowered a heavily-armed gunman on a train in France last Friday. The three Americans told reporters that “gut instinct” to survive drove them to stop the gunman. They spoke Sunday at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
Community supported agriculture farms, or CSAs, allow participants to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown by local farmers. John Glebocki, owner of Glebocki farms, has expanded his CSA program to a law firm in New York City.
Researchers want to know how humans and animals are affected by noise pollution. They have already learned that car noise causes migratory birds to flee and fail to gain weight. They have found that noise lessened the ability of the birdwatchers to identify recorded bird sounds.
They can search an area of 100 square meters in less than 20 minutes. A human would need four or five days to examine the same area. Land mines have killed an estimated 20,000 Cambodians since the civil war ended 40 years ago. | As It Is
A shopping center in Brazil is growing vegetables on its rooftop using waste collected from the mall’s restaurants. The garden is on the roof of the Eldorado shopping center in Sao Paulo. Workers there use trash from the restaurants to create compost for the garden.
Lawyers in two California cities have expanded their civil lawsuit against the online ride-sharing service Uber. Court records show that the company has hired people previously convicted of murder and sex crimes, despite background checks.
Greece made a debt payment of $3.5 billion to the European Central Bank. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned calling for new elections on Sept. 20th. And the International Monetary Fund decides to delay including China’s currency, the yuan, as a special reserve currency form.
Kai Kloepfer has a talent for technology. He has been teaching himself engineering skills since he was a child. He decided to create a gun designed to prevent accidental shootings. More
An American expert on China says the Chinese government is not influencing information about the country’s economic growth. He believes that the economy is changing quickly. And he says the ways of measuring new economic activity is unable to keep up with the changes. More
On the anniversary of storm, President Obama and other officials recognize efforts to remake a city famous for its culture and music. More
A non-profit group called Thread helps high school students find a job, wash their clothes, complete school and more. The relationships between its volunteers and the students are designed to last at least 10 years. | As It Is More
China’s stock market has dropped by more than 40 percent since June. Signs of a slowing economy in China have had effects on other stock markets and raised questions of whether measure to increase growth are enough. More
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Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers. More
It all started with a question from a student. The year was 1965. Betty Azar was teaching her first English as a Second Language class at the University of Iowa. A student from the Middle East asked Ms. Azar, “Why can’t I put a in front of water?’ As in ‘I drank a water.’” More
The World Health Organization reports that hundreds of millions of people worldwide have a mental disorder. However, the WHO adds that most get little or no treatment. Learn the vocabulary needed to talk about this important study. More
A new movement in the United States is all about clearing away unnecessary things in your life. A Japanese cleaning expert on clutter is now the hot topic on playgrounds, at work and parties. But can cleaning out clutter really help you succeed at your job or lose weight? Read on to learn more. More
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