Many cultures have ceremonies that mark the transition from boyhood to manhood. But not all include sleep deprivation, circumcision, and a golf hat.
Last week when I arrived in Reyhanli, a Turkish town on the border with Syria, I was met with an air of anxiety, anger and an unsettling chaotic calm. An hour earlier, two car bombs had exploded, resulting in the death of 51 people.
Two COSAT students traveled to China for a chemistry competition. In the process, they learned a lot of lessons — about snow, about perceptions of Africans, and about chopsticks.
Gertrude Nakigudde is an accountant in Kampala, Uganda. I’m a freelance reporter and journalism instructor in Seattle. Angelina Jolie is, well, Angelina Jolie. We’ve all had mastectomies, and we’ve all nursed parents through their final days with breast cancer [...]
Could you hack it at the Centre of Science and Technology? Take this short math quiz to find out.
Five major European clothing retailers have committed to a safety accord for garment factories in Bangladesh. News of the agreement broke during a day-long chat about the garment industry hosted on The World’s Facebook page. The agreement, and widespread concern about the global garment industry, prompted a lively discussion.
The Guatemalan general who led the country through the bloodiest period of its long civil war, Efrain Rios Montt, has been jailed for 80 years for genocide and crimes against humanity in the early 1980s. BoingBoing’s Xeni Jardin has been tweeting the trial and its aftermath.
Every year, in the spring, Boston celebrates its vibrant Portuguese culture with the Boston Portuguese Festival. The World’s intern, Adizah Eghan, sat down with this year’s featured artist, José L. Santos, to discuss everything from his Portuguese-American identity to his artwork.
The death toll of the April 24 collapse of a garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, has passed 1,000 people, making it the worst industrial accident since the 1984 gas leak at a Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal. Now, a question many shoppers are asking themselves, is whether the clothing they buy is made in a dangerous garment factory.
Earlier this week, reporter Anders Kelto asked a student at COSAT why she had missed class. In perfectly measured tones, she told a truly heart-breaking story, and one that revealed some of the challenges of teaching in Khayelitsha.
A new international study concludes that western countries have the most sleep-deprived children. Parents and teachers: Have you found that your students’ lack of sleep correlates to their performance in the classroom?
At COSAT, as at many urban, township schools, the vast majority of students are Christian. Prayer at school events is the norm. But should it be?
Cemeteries around Massachusetts have said Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev can’t be buried here. And many Americans say he should be sent home.
Some girls at COSAT get sick of all the junk food at their school, and decide to start selling healthy sandwiches. The money starts rolling in, and they decide to spend it in an extremely noble way.
Every day, there seems to be a new story about how cell phone technologies can save the world. I’m skeptical. But a conversation with a COSAT student renews my faith.