Scientists have discovered that massive amounts of microplastics are falling into remote areas in protected US national parks every year. The tiny bits of plastic are carried there by winds and rains.
Published in June 2020
A second election has brought Malawi a new president - Lazarus Chakwera, who took nearly 60% of the vote. In Poland, the lack of a clear winner in Sunday's voting means the country will hold a runoff election on July 12.
News Roundup: Dust Storm, Fake Pilots, NASA Renames Headquarters
In today's news roundup, a dust cloud from the Sahara Desert reaches all the way to the US, Pakistan reports that 30% of its pilots have fake licenses, and NASA renames its headquarters for Mary Jackson, its first black female engineer.
For Real? Monkey Town, Plant Concert, & a Smelly Package
Among the more unusual news stories recently…gangs of monkeys have taken over the streets in Lopburi, Thailand, a Barcelona opera house offers a concert for thousands of plants, and a smelly fruit causes big problems in a German post office.
Saniniu Laizer, who works as a miner in Tanzania, has suddenly become a millionaire after finding and selling two large chunks of a gemstone called Tanzanite. The stones found by Mr. Laizer were the largest samples of Tanzanite ever found.
Students in Christiansburg, Virginia have an unusual option for getting books this summer - having them delivered by drone. The Montgomery County School District is teaming up with a company called Wing to deliver summer reading by drone.
Following weeks of protests after the police killing of a black man, people are looking carefully at racist ideas commonly found in everyday life. One result is that many businesses are changing the pictures and names that represent their products.
A Hood Island giant tortoise named Diego has returned to his home island in the Galapagos after becoming the father of up to 800 tortoises. Diego's efforts have helped raise the number of Hood Island tortoises from 15 to nearly 2,000.
People depend on the press to inform them about what's going on in the world. But around the world, the press is being attacked on many different levels. Today's article looks at two recent government attempts to control the press.
News Roundup: LBGTQ Ruling, Black College Support, & a Beyoncé Song
In today's news roundup, a historic US Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ people, the leader of Netflix gives $120 million to black colleges, and Beyoncé makes a surprise release of a new song.
For Real? #1 Movie, Backyard Weather, & Statue Fishing
Among the more unusual news stories recently, America's "#1 movie" has only been seen by two people, a weather reporter turns his back yard into a weather map, and a fisherman in Galicia, Spain turns up a 700-year-old statue.