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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!

World Bids Fond Farewell To Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali

By Kim Bussing on June 11, 2016
World Bids Fond Farewell To Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali

On Friday, June 10, over 100,000 fans lined up along the streets of Louisville, KY and chanted “Ali Ali” as the hearse carrying legendary boxing icon Mohammad Ali’s cherry-red casket made its way to the Cave Hill National Cemetery. The 74-year-old, who had been battling Parkinson’s disease for 32 years, passed away at a hospital near Phoenix on June 3, 2016. Ali was famous not only for his athletic prowess but also for his social activism.

Visually Impaired Srikanth Bolla Sees No Challenges, Just Opportunities

By Kim Bussing on June 9, 2016
Visually Impaired Srikanth Bolla Sees No Challenges, Just Opportunities

Being blind is tough under any circumstances. But things were even harder for Srikanth Bolla who born in a small village near Hyderabad, India, where the common belief was that kids with disabilities were “useless” and even a “sin” and therefore, better off dead. Fortunately, Srikanth’s parents loved their son and refused to give in to societal pressure. Instead, they encouraged the blind boy to dream big and reach for the stars.

Guess What? Today Is National Donut Day!

By Meera Dolasia on June 3, 2016
Guess What? Today Is National Donut Day!

Though few people need an excuse to bite into a warm, gooey donut, it is always nice to have one. And what better reason to justify eating the treat than the fact that it is National Donut Day! Observed annually on the first Friday of June,  the origins of this yummy holiday can be traced all the way back to World War I.

Panama's Plastic Bottle Village Will Be Constructed From Recycled PET Bottles

By Kim Bussing on May 28, 2016
Panama's Plastic Bottle Village Will Be Constructed From Recycled PET Bottles

Though the detrimental impact of plastic waste on the environment is well-known, consumption of drinks bottled in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) —the most commonly used polymer — continues to rise at alarming levels. According to experts, over 22,000 plastic bottles are discarded every second, and the numbers are only growing. While a fraction of them do get recycled, most end up in the ocean, where they disintegrate into smaller pieces and are often mistaken for food by innocent fish and birds.

British Voters Get Ready To Decide If The U.K. Should Leave The European Union

By Meera Dolasia on May 25, 2016
British Voters Get Ready To Decide If The U.K. Should Leave The European Union

On Thursday, June 23, residents of the United Kingdom will head to the polls to vote “yes” or “no” to a single question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” Simple as it sounds, the outcome of the referendum will have a significant impact on the country’s future.

Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

By Meera Dolasia on May 23, 2016
Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

On Monday, May 30, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day. The Federal holiday that is observed annually on the last Monday of the month is highly anticipated by all, for various reasons. To students, it signifies the end of the school year and the start of a long lazy summer break. For adults, the holiday is a reminder to firm up vacation plans and host barbecue parties.

Award-Winning "SignAloud" Glove Translates American Sign Language To Speech

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 22, 2016
Award-Winning "SignAloud" Glove Translates American Sign Language To Speech

Hundreds of thousands of hearing-impaired people in the United States and many parts of Canada rely solely on American Sign Language (ASL) for communication. But popular as the language is, there are millions of people with normal hearing that are unable to decipher the hand and finger gestures. That may change soon thanks to the ingenious “SignAloud” glove that converts sign language into speech. 

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