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Powerful Earthquakes Rock Italy And Myanmar Hours Apart On Wednesday

By Meera Dolasia on August 26, 2016
Powerful Earthquakes Rock Italy And Myanmar Hours Apart On Wednesday

On Wednesday, August 24, the residents of the Apennine regions in central Italy were jolted awake at 3.36 a.m. by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake. To make matters worse, it was followed by over 80 aftershocks, including a 5.5 magnitude tremor that hit Umbria an hour later, at 4.33 a.m.

Athletes To Watch At The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

By Meera Dolasia on August 7, 2016
Athletes To Watch At The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

After years of planning and months of anticipation, the 2016 Summer Games finally kicked off in Brazil on August 5. The beautiful opening ceremony, held at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium, featured lots of great music and dancing, and even a supermodel. The highlight of the evening, however, was the over 10,000 athletes from 207 countries that marched across the stadium, proud to represent their respective nations at the world’s most prestigious sporting event. Though they are all champions in their own right, here are few youngsters that are expected to leave their mark at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.

Pokémon Go Takes The World By Storm

By Kim Bussing on August 2, 2016
Pokémon Go Takes The World By Storm

A few weeks ago, if you saw someone wandering around your neighborhood staring at their phone, you might have assumed they were lost. Now, it would not be too much of a stretch to think that they are busy locating, capturing, battling or training fictional creatures called Pokémon Welcome to Pokémon Go, the free-to-play location-based augmented reality game that has taken the world by storm since its release on July 6. For those that are unfamiliar with the Pokémon brand and wondering what the latest hoopla is all about, here is a brief rundown.

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton — The Sprint To The White House Begins

By Meera Dolasia on July 30, 2016
Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton — The Sprint To The White House Begins

In February 2016, 22 presidential hopefuls (5 Democrats and 17 Republicans) began their quest to convince the American public to vote for them in the November 8 elections. Based on the outcomes of the caucuses and preliminary elections, it became apparent that the Republican Party had a clear winner – Donald Trump. It was therefore not surprising that at the GOP National Convention held in Cleveland, Ohio from July 19 -21, Mr. Trump easily earned the 1,237 delegates he needed to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.

Meet Theresa May, Britain's 76th Prime Minister

By Meera Dolasia on July 17, 2016
Meet Theresa May, Britain's 76th Prime Minister

On June 23, British voters stunned the world with their decision to leave the European Union. Almost immediately, Prime Minister David Cameron, who had lobbied hard against what has popularly become known as “Brexit,” announced his resignation, leaving officials scrambling to find a new leader.

California's "Ugliest Dog" Contest Celebrates Imperfections

By Meera Dolasia on July 12, 2016
California's "Ugliest Dog" Contest Celebrates Imperfections

A contest to crown “The World’s Ugliest Dog” may appear to be derogatory to dogs. However, that is not the intention of the organizers of the Sonoma-Marin Fair where the popular event has been held for the past 28 years. They view the unusual event as a celebration of the spirit and imperfections that make the dogs loveable and adoptable.

Britain's Surprising Decision To Leave The European Union Roils Global Markets

By Meera Dolasia on June 29, 2016
Britain's Surprising Decision To Leave The European Union Roils Global Markets

On June 23, residents of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom (UK) — England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales — went to the polls to determine if the country should leave the European Union (EU). Most experts believed that Britons would make the “sensible” decision and vote against what has popularly been dubbed “Brexit.” After all, the benefits of remaining with the world’s largest economy far outweigh the drawbacks. But the experts were wrong!

Can An Elevated Bus Solve China's Traffic Woes?

By Jeffrey Shao on June 24, 2016
Can An Elevated Bus Solve China's Traffic Woes?

To state that China has traffic issues is an understatement. A 2015 study conducted by navigation system maker TomTom revealed that the country is home to five of the top twenty most traffic congested cities in the world. Though Chinese authorities have tried to control the traffic flow with tactics that range from charging road tolls to building expressways with 50 lanes, nothing appears to be working. Now, some engineers are proposing an ingenious solution to ease the country’s traffic woes — An elevated bus that glides over cars!

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