World Views | How many stars are there in space?

  Exactly how many stars are in space? – MeeSong, Brookline, Massachusetts Look up at the sky on a clear night, and you’ll see thousands of stars – about 6,000 or so. But

World Views | Europe’s central bank eases support, but it’s not a taper

  The European Central Bank will dial back some of its massive emergency pandemic support for the economy amid signs of increasing business activity and consumer readiness to spend as the

WORLD VIEWS | Who is Mullah Hasan Akhund?

Mullah Akhund is a fascinating but relatively enigmatic figure in the Taliban. He has been an influential figure in Afghanistan since the inception of the militant group in the 1990s. But unlike

World Views | Bitcoin is now ‘legal tender’ in El Salvador – here’s what that means

The government even went a step further in promoting the cryptocurrency’s use by giving US$30 in free bitcoins to citizens who sign up for its national digital wallet, known as “Chivo,” or

World Views | What do Muslims believe and do? Understanding the five pillars of Islam

When I was growing up in India, my father’s Muslim friends would get me new clothes for Eid al-Fitr, a festival that celebrates the end of the fasting month of

World Views | With Merkel going, candidates fail to inspire German voters

  It’s not that politics bore him; quite the opposite. But Christoph Gillitzer is stumped by whom to vote for in Germany’s federal election next month. The retired engineer says he usually

World Views | Schools can reopen safely – an epidemiologist describes what works and what’s not worth the effort

  Just when schools were getting ready to reopen for the new school year, cases of COVID-19 started surging in the United States, driven in large part by the more contagious

World Views | Rapport key to Afghan peace

  The international media have been taken aback by the swift takeover of Kabul by the Taliban following the withdrawal of US forces from the country after almost 20 years. It

World Views | Viral questions on Covid

  What is being done to distribute COVID-19 vaccines globally? Several groups are working to get shots to poor countries, but they’re falling far short of what’s needed to curb outbreaks around

World Views | Afghanistan only the latest US war to be driven by deceit and delusion

In Afghanistan, American hubris – the United States’ capacity for self-delusion and official lying – has struck once again, as it has repeatedly for the last 60 years. This weakness-masquerading-as-strength has

World Views | The Internet Archive has been fighting to keep what’s on the web from disappearing – and you can help

This year the Internet Archive turns 25. It’s best known for its pioneering role in archiving the internet through the Wayback Machine, which allows users to see how websites looked

World Views | Orwell’s ideas remain relevant 75 years after ‘Animal Farm’ was published

Seventy-five years ago, in August 1946, George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” was published in the United States. It was a huge success, with over a half-million copies sold in its first

World Views | Millennial Money: Ready for results? Find a mentor

  As your financial and professional lives become more complex, going it alone will only get you so far. We all need advice, encouragement and a sounding board from time to time.

World Views | Why more intense storms and flooding are expected

  The world watched in July 2021 as extreme rainfall became floods that washed away centuries-old homes in Europe, triggered landslides in Asia and inundated subways in China. More than 900

World Views | What are dark patterns? An online media expert explains

  Dark patterns are design elements that deliberately obscure, mislead, coerce and/or deceive website visitors into making unintended and possibly harmful choices. Dark patterns can be found in many kinds of sites

World Views | Biden wants to crack down on bank mergers – here’s why that could help consumers and the economy

  President Joe Biden signed a sweeping executive order on July 9, 2021, that aims to increase competition throughout the U.S. economy. In one of the order’s most significant provisions, he

World Views | There’s a long history of dances being pilfered for profit – and TikTok is the latest battleground

In January 2020, 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon created what would become one of the biggest viral dance sensations on TikTok. But few users knew that Harmon, who is Black, invented the dance,

World Views | Psychological tips for resisting the Internet’s grip

  “22 of the Cutest Baby Animals,” the headline said. “You won’t believe number 11!” Despite an impending deadline – not to mention my skepticism (how cute could they possibly be?) –

World Views | Far more adults don’t want children than previously thought

  Fertility rates in the United States have plunged to record lows, and this could be related to the fact that more people are choosing not to have children. But just how

World Views | China’s ‘one-child policy’ left at least 1 million bereaved parents childless and alone in old age, with no one to take care of them

  A child’s death is devastating to all parents. But for Chinese parents, losing an only child can add financial ruin to emotional devastation. That’s one conclusion of a research project on

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