Activists Seek Freedom for Pizza, 'World’s Saddest' Polar Bear

Chinese activists are demanding that a polar bear named Pizza be moved from captivity in a shopping center to a better home. About 50 animal activist groups across China have joined together to call for moving Pizza. Since January, she has been kept inside an animal display at a shopping center in ...

Nobel Prize Winners Studied Agreements Affecting Everyone

Two professors at American universities have won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. They were honored for their work on business agreements that affect billions of people worldwide: contracts. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Richsbank Prize in Economic Sc ...

Millions of US Voters Will Use Machines with No Paper Backup

Many Americans will be using paperless voting machines when they vote in the US elections. About one fourth of registered voters are expected to use electronic machines that do not produce a paper backup, according to the Reuters news service. Some of the touch screen equipment is over 15 years ol ...

Drones to Deliver Fast Food to Virginia Tech University

Students in the American state of Virginia will soon be able to order burritos carried by unmanned aircraft. The food delivery service is starting at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. This will be one of the first tests of a commercial drone delivery ...

Startup Companies on the Rise in Nigeria

Nigeria is home to a growing number of technology companies and young business leaders. Some business leaders have been seeking government help for their startup companies. Recently, several young entrepreneurs competed for a chance to tell President Muhammadu Buhari about their companies. Nigeri ...

In Michigan City, College Is Free for Many High School Graduates

Emily Olivares was surprised when a friend told her she is 50000 dollars in debt after paying for four years of college. I almost had a heart attack, Olivares said. That's a lot of money. She has no such problem. Her tuition for four years at Western Michigan University was about 40000 dollars. ...

For People Too Busy to Garden, FarmBot Can Help

In a small home garden, about 1.5 meters wide and 3 meters long, a robotic device called the FarmBot is busy planting vegetable seeds. The FarmBot will control the soil's moisture, water the seeds and plants, and take out any wild plants or weeds. Rory Aronson is the inventor of the FarmBot and ch ...

As World Follows Rio Olympics, Brazil’s Economy Struggles

Pictures from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been beautiful. But underlying the beauty, there is unrest in Rio and many other parts of Brazil. The country is in the middle of a political and economic crisis. Many Brazilians are feeling the pinch, and hurting economically. That is espec ...

Iran Executes a Nuclear Scientist for Spying for the US

Last week Iran executed a nuclear scientist on charges of spying for the United States, an official said Sunday. Officials admitted for the first time that Shahram Amiri had been secretly detained and tried. A judicial spokesman said a court sentenced Amiri to death. Iran's Supreme Court upheld t ...

College Students with Children Work Hard to Succeed

Nearly 5 million undergraduate students in the U. S. are parents. Their path is not easy. In addition to the demands of school, student parents face the high cost of childcare and the stress of working one or more jobs. In fact, only a little more than half of student parents in the US will finis ...

Experimental Zika Vaccine Clinical Testing Begins

The United States government has begun the first clinical testing of an experimental vaccine designed to guard against Zika virus. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases made the announcement earlier this week. The experimental vaccine has already been tested in animals. Anthon ...

Texas Students Can Bring Guns to College

The American state of Texas joined eight other states this week in giving individuals a right to bring guns to college classrooms. The Texas law gives people 21 and older permission to carry concealed handguns into buildings at state financed colleges. To do so, the person needs a government permi ...

Kids Learn With Man's Best Friend

In American English we have an expression: A dog is a man's best friend. A dog can also be a child's best friend, especially if that child is having difficulty reading. An organization called Reading Education Assistance Dogs, or READ, has been using dogs to help children learn to read since 1999. ...

China Likely Hacked US Banking Agency Computers

A congressional report says the Chinese government likely illegally entered computers of an American federal agency. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC, supervises banks. The report says employees of the agency hid news about the computer attacks which took place in 2010, 2011 and ...

Did Melania Trump Copy Michelle Obama's Words

This is What's Trending Today. Melania Trump is the wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. On Monday night, she gave a speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a tradition for the partner of party nominees to speak at the convention. Her 1 ...

NASA Responds to Viral UFO Video

This is What's Trending Today People on social media have been accusing the American space agency, NASA, of shutting off its live video from the International Space Station. They claim NASA turned off the video stream last week because it showed images of a UFO an unidentified flying object. The v ...

Brexit - PM meets Euro leaders

The British Prime Minister David Cameron will face European leaders at an emergency meeting in Brussels shortly for the first time since Britain voted to leave the EU. The leaders of Germany, France and Italy have said there will be no talks on Britain's future relationship with the EU until the go ...

US nuclear force still uses floppy disks

The US government Accountability Office says it's concerned that many federal activities, including the country's nuclear arsenal, urgently need to upgrade outdated technologies. It said Pentagon systems helping to coordinate the strategic deterrent, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles an ...