Candy for a Cause

Candy for a Cause

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in People and Culture | No Comments

Between Valentine’s Day and Girl Scout cookies, this time of year can mean one thing to many people: chocolate. Scientists are beginning to figure out what Girl Scouts and lovers have always known, which is that aside from being delicious, chocolate also can be a great way to get people to pay attention. Chocolate with […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Paralyzed Man Regains Sense of Touch Nathan Copeland, who is 30 years old and has been paralyzed for the last 12 years, has just become the first person to feel the sense of touch in a prosthetic limb. For many years, the technology has existed to allow people to control robotic arms using just their […]

UN Climate Change Conference

UN Climate Change Conference

Over the years, btw has brought you stories about Climate Control—what it is, what it does, and measures proposed to slow its effect. Last week, around 25,000 representatives from nearly 200 countries came together in Paris for talks aimed at creating a legally-binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions globally. Key Issues From November 30 to […]

UN Creates Global Goals

UN Creates Global Goals

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in World | No Comments

Each year, the United Nations General Assembly (a division within the UN) meets for a three-day meeting called a summit. In its most recent summit, representatives from 193 countries formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda is made up of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be used by all participating governments […]

A Closer Look at the Syrian Refugee Crisis

A Closer Look at the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Current Events, World | No Comments

Thousands of people have died fleeing war-torn Syria since conflict intensified in 2011. But it was the haunting image of a lifeless, three-year-old boy washed up on the coast of Turkey that has intensified the conversation about what is happening and what can/should be done. What is a Refugee? For as long as there have […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Jimmy Carter’s Cancer News The years 1977 to 1981 were turbulent ones for Jimmy Carter, our 39th president of the United States. The country suffered high inflation and interest rates, as well as an energy crisis. Despite playing a successful role in the Camp David Peace Accord between Israel and Egypt, Carter’s presidency was plagued […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

UN Seeks More Aid for Syrian Refugees It’s been more than two years since btw brought you news of the growing refugee crisis in Syria brought on by an ongoing civil war. With its neighboring countries like Turkey and Jordan experiencing enormous burdens, the United Nation is calling on more nations, like the United States, […]

The Economics of Terrorist Groups

The Economics of Terrorist Groups

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Economics, Top Stories, World, World History | No Comments

Last month, btw published news of “cultural vandalism” committed by the Islamic State (which is variously referred to as IS, ISIS, and ISIL). The extremist group appeared to have destroyed ancient artifacts in the Middle East because the objects were viewed as religiously offensive. However, there is growing evidence to suggest that ISIS has been […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Youth Recognized August 12 is International Youth Day, as designated by the United Nations (Resolution 54/120). Established in 1999, this day of awareness exists because its creators believe that young people are “essential partners in change in a growing global society.” Each year has a different theme. Last year it was “Youth Migration: Moving Forward.” […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Yankees Rivera Retires New York Yankee, Mariano Rivera, pitched his last professional baseball game last month. Known by his nickname “Sandman,” he is considered one of the best relief pitchers the game has ever seen. As a “closer,” Rivera typically pitches the last inning of a game to protect his team’s lead and save the […]