Ripples in ancient light form the first direct evidence of the Big Bang, the original expansion of the universe from a tiny compressed mass that gave birth to the present vastness of the cosmos, scientists said.
Joan Mondale, the political spouse and avid potter known as “Joan of Art” for her cultural pursuits during her husband Walter’s four years as U.S. vice president under Jimmy Carter, has died. She was 83.
Boosters of Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards, built at taxpayer cost of $210 million, promised the baseball stadium would lead an urban renaissance, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods and bringing jobs and tax revenue to the city’s struggling downtown.
At Dugsi Academy, a public school in St. Paul, Minnesota, girls wearing traditional Muslim headscarves and flowing ankle-length skirts study Arabic and Somali. The charter school educates “East African children in the Twin Cities,” its website says. Every student is black.
World grain and soybean yields are not growing fast enough to double harvests by 2050, meaning output may fail to meet rising demand without clearing more land for farming, according to a University of Minnesota study.