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Research assistant Georgina Bowyer works on a vaccine for Ebola at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, on January 16, 2015.

Science isn’t just ‘boys with toys,’ and these ‘girls’ can prove it


If you think women aren’t playing important roles in math, science and engineering, just hop on Twitter and see more than 17,000 of them proving you wrong. But female scientists say there’s still much more to be done to encourage women to get into those fields.

Solo activities, anything from meditating alone to catching a dinner by yourself, can have major benefits.

Going out alone isn’t just OK, it’s actually healthy

Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia testify before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing in 2010.

The Supreme Court is crankier than ever

Gay marriage supporters hold a gay rights flag in front of the Supreme Court before a hearing about gay marriage on April 28, 2015.

Meet the county clerk who launched the same-sex marriage revolution

Pro-independence Catalonians hold up giant letters reading "We are ready, Independence" during the final meeting before a ceremonial referendum in Barcelona on November 7, 2014.

Catalonia’s leaders plan secession from Spain

Global Politics
A portrait of a Vietnamese couple.

The many misunderstood reasons people don’t have kids


Are people who choose not to have kids really “selfish, shallow and self-absorbed?” That’s the title of a new book that explores why the childless are actually none of the above, and want the rest of society to understand their often-complex reasons for not having kids.

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power reads a statement following a United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution about the ongoing crisis in Iraq on August 15, 2014.

Shocking photos push Samantha Power to seek peace in Syria


A photo exhibit now lining the halls of UN headquarters in New York shows Syrian victims of torture. It’s hard to look at, but US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power says the images are yet more evidence that peace is desperately needed in Syria — and motivation to make sure the Assad regime is toppled.

Oscar theater

Trying to figure out who will walk away with an Oscar? Let us help


The Oscars are Sunday, which means it’s time to brush up on all the movies you missed in 2014 — or get a quick reminder about what you really liked, or loathed, in theaters.