Every new invention is supposed to be the "next big thing" – and some are. The cellphone, the PC, the plane: all inventions that revolutionized the way we live our lives and far surpassed their initial hype. But some inventions don't quite measure up to the fanfare that precedes their release. These end up in the scrap bin of history. Check out what inventions we all though would revolutionize our world... but only ended up on this website list.
Many readers have responded with praise and gratitude for the new Common Ground, Common Good feature in Commentary, and for Sen. Olympia Snowe's inaugural column. We've collected some of their remarks here.
The courage, poise, and wisdom of Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot by the Taliban for advocating girls' education in Pakistan, has captured the hearts and minds of Westerners. While Western girls may take their education for granted, in the Muslim world, girls must cross cultural and religious barriers to attend school. Here are five snapshots of girls' education in the Muslim world. [Editor's note: The original headline and text incorrectly said "Arab world" instead of the Muslim world.]
The Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Gravituy' is a visual spectacle, in no small part due to director Alfonso Cuarón's desire to pay tribute to space exploration. The film includes some obvious and not so obvious nods to real space history – and even past space films. These may not be "easter eggs" in the traditional sense, but here are five details that space enthusiasts might only notice in "Gravity."
The Stimson Center's Russell Sticklor argues in a recent op-ed for the Monitor that more attention must be paid to a looming water crisis in the Middle East and North Africa. Here, Sticklor offers four ways that individuals can learn about and help combat water scarcity.