Americas

News and reports from North, Central and South America.

Life is still a cabaret for Erv Raible

Erv Raible is the artistic director of the annual Cabaret Conference at Yale, and his passion has reached a new stage...

Graduate in toy design (Batteries not included)

As toys from China are recalled over safety fears, US universities are encouraging students to design their own trinkets...

Easy does it: Language made simple

What language, invented in 1930, is still used by missionaries, airplane repairmen and the Voice of America? The answer is simple...

Sticky nuisance or collector’s item?

Many find fruit labels a sticky nuisance but collectors exist worldwide. Now a new technology may stamp out the stickers and their hobby...

Hate High School Spanish? Learn to Sign

High schools nationwide are adopting American Sign Language as an alternative for students who need a foreign language to graduate...

Look, Your Honor - No hands!

As technology revolutionizes the sleepy world of transcription, the traditional clicking of court reporters on their stenographic machines may disappear...

For sale: Your lost luggage

Air travel is plagued by delays, security procedures and carry-on restrictions. As more items are confiscated and a record number of bags go missing, a traveler’s loss is a bargain hunter’s gain...

A stitch in time saves...the world

One person’s garbage is another’s creative inspiration. Artists and artisans are using old methods with a new material-the plastic grocery bag...

America's 'most censored' news revealed

Project Censored announces its pick of the top 25 news stories to be spiked in the last 12 months...

"13" still strikes fear in the heart

Number avoidance has measurable economic and even medical consequences. Developers build around it. Businesses avoid it. Even the U.S. Navy refuses to launch boats on Friday the 13th...

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