NASA has pulled the plug on one of its two Mars rovers. Spirit hasn't been heard from in more than a year, and now the space agency says it's abandoning hope that it will hear from the rover again.
Any disappointment that Spirit's mission has come to an end has to be tempered by the fantastic success of the robotic explorer. Intended to last 90 days, Spirit operated in Gusev Crater on Mars for more than six Earth years.
Indeed, just landing safely on Mars has to be considered a success, since the red planet has a way of devouring space missions.
Stefanie Schatte belongs to the team that organizes the Carnival of Cultures. For the past 15 years, Berliners from all walks of life and different ethnic backgrounds take part in the Carnival.
50 decorated floats participated in the first street parade through Kreuzberg. The public was thrilled and the Carnival of Cultures became an annual highlight. The idea to celebrate Berlin's cultural richness on the streets of the city originated in the mid 90's, says Schatte:
The English Football Association and the Scottish FA called on FIFA to postpone a vote for president scheduled for tomorrow.
If you haven't been keeping up, recently FIFA has been hit by a barrage of ethics scandals. By its count, Major League Soccer Talk reports that 10 of the 32 members of the sport's governing body are under investigation.
There's an old adage in the insurance business: Policies aren't bought; they're sold.
It took top federal officials a year to figure that out, but the Obama administration now says agents could indeed help them sell their flagging high-risk insurance plans to people with pre-existing medical conditions. The plans were a widely touted part of the new health law when it passed, but administration officials were under pressure to act with enrollment sluggish.
This past week on the New York Timesbestseller list for nonfiction, nine out of 16 titles were "celebrity books" — quickie memoirs, humorous essays, and life lessons dished out by the rich and famous for readers to chew on. Memoirs from Steven Tyler, Dick Van Dyke and Rob Lowe are selling like mad; Shania Twain and Ashley Judd are holding strong.
For hundreds of years, Europe and the U.S. had what Fareed Zakaria calls "the secret sauce" — a powerful combination of capitalism, the rule of law, individual rights, science, technology and education.
Today, the secret sauce has spread around the world. And it's driving rapid economic growth in scores of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.