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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!

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.

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