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May 12, 2013

Trendsetting U.S. craft beers pour into Germany

by Michael Birnbaum

Almost 65 years after Allied planes flew Western supplies into blockaded Berlin, a new American import is arriving by air: craft beer. The beer is being flown in due to a new surge of German interest in American brewing that’s upending a centuries-old relationship ...

Ancient Roman bones reveal brutal history

Apr 14, 2013

Ancient Roman bones reveal brutal history

by Guy Gugliotta

In the days of ancient Rome, it was never a good idea to send amateurs to pacify the Germanic tribes. The Emperor Augustus found this out in A.D. 9, when his handpicked crony, Varus, blundered into a series of ambushes in the Teutoburg Forest ...

Gardening offers original ideas for repurposing goods

Apr 2, 2013

Gardening offers original ideas for repurposing goods

by Adrian Higgins

Ruthie Mundell opens a door within the warehouse of the nonprofit thrift store known as Community Forklift and eagerly displays the donations of countless gardeners. Hoses, weed whackers, clay pots, axes and lawn mowers all form a silent testimony to hours of yardwork. What ...

Ghosts of Cowra breakout haunt Japan to this day

| Mar 17, 2013

Ghosts of Cowra breakout haunt Japan to this day

by Nobuko Tanaka

Prisoner A: ” ‘Never live to experience the shame of being taken prisoner by the enemy’ … that’s what the Imperial Japanese Military Regulations say, hence there must be no prisoners. So what’s happening here now are the dreams of ghosts” — from “Cowra ...

Will robots end up creating jobs or end them?

Mar 10, 2013

Will robots end up creating jobs or end them?

by Cecilia Kang

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a management robot is learning to run a factory and give orders to artificial coworkers, and a BakeBot robot is reading recipes, whipping together butter, sugar and flour and putting the cookie mix in the oven. At the University ...

Tracing time's passing through faces of Tokyo

| Feb 17, 2013

Tracing time's passing through faces of Tokyo

by Tomoko Otake

Petri Artturi Asikainen would regularly accost strangers in Tokyo, on the streets, in parks or bars and on trains. With a high-end Nikon D3 digital SLR in his hands, the lanky and bespectacled Finn would ask — somewhat timidly summoning one of the few ...