Stay Healthy All Summer

Ah summer! Who doesn’t love long days of backyard barbecues and walks on the beach? If you’re like us, you don’t want to spend even one of those days either sick or injured — —or let’s face it— — worrying about getting sick or injured. So here’s our guide to summer hazards, including ones that […]

Abdul Sattar Edhi

Pakistan’s legendary philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, who devoted his life to the poor and the destitute, died on Friday at a hospital in Karachi following a prolonged illness. He was 88. Edhi’s family announced his death and his son, Faisal Edhi, asked all people to “pray for the departed soul” of his father. Earlier in […]

Leap Second

The people responsible for measuring the world’s time have got very good at determining just how long a second is supposed to last—the most accurate clock in the world uses cesium atoms to determine the exact length of a second, and it won’t get out of sync for at least 300 million years. But the […]

Summer

Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is […]

Disney’s New Shanghai Park Is Supersized

The red carpet is being rolled out, Woody and Jesse from Toy Story are practicing their moves, and even the trash bins are being polished to bright shine. Amid much fanfare after five years of construction, Disney opens its long-awaited mega-park here Thursday. At a cost of $5.5 billion, it is supersized in many ways, […]

‘ALF’ Actor Meszaros

Michu Meszaros, the actor who played “ALF” in the popular ’80s sitcom, has died, according to longtime friend and manager Dennis Varga. Meszaros, who stood only 33 inches tall, had a stroke last Thursday and had been hospitalized since. Varga says the 76-year-old actor died Sunday night. Meszaros wore a full-body suit to portray the […]

Students Face Up To 7 Years In Prison

Chinese students sitting down to the most important exams of their lives this week needed no reminder of how high stakes were. But they got one — the promise of jail time if they were caught cheating on their tests. It’s the first time that custodial sentences have been stipulated for anyone using underhand tactics […]