The Common Good

Weekly Wrap 11.8.13: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. America’s Homeless Kids Crisis

Department of Education data says the number of homeless youngsters in our country has hit a record high, topping 1 million and representing a 72 percent increase since the beginning of the 2008 recession.  

2. 13 Things I Learned About Church History From ‘The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2’

Rachel Held Evans in responses to her readings around Reformation Sunday. Among them, Teresa of Avila is the only woman in the history of the church to have founded monastic orders for both women and men, and King James, as in the King James Bible, was probably gay.

3. Are Stereotypes Keeping Women Away From Science?

We’ve come a long way in our work for women’s rights, but women still make up only 24 percent of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workforce. Giving females confidence in science from a young age may stem the tide.

4. ‘12 Years a Slave’ Has Hidden Environmental Lesson

Land exploitation went hand-in-hand with the subjugation of human beings – and it’s still happening today.

5. Incarceration in the United States

This infographic from Boston University, explores the numbers behind the high prison population in the U.S. Why is our country’s prison population so large?

6. Shots Heard Around D.C.

The city is listening through its Shotspotter — sensors that pick up the sounds of gunshots, distinguishing them from firecrackers. In the past eight years, it’s detected 39,000 outdoor gunshots.  

7. Uncensored in North Korea

In a glimpse into a country typically cloaked in secrecy, AP photographer David Guttenfelder shows daily life in North Korea … through Instagram.  

8. Edenics, the Theory That Every Language Came From Hebrew

An eccentric Jerusalem-based researcher says the secret to the origin of languages lies in the Bible. Isaac E. Mozeson has dedicated his life to exploring the similarities of languages.

9. Look, She Can Shrink, She Can Grow

She’s the newest superhero — a Muslim girl who faces familial conflicts and religious tensions, along with supervillians. Kamala Khan, a teenage Muslim girl from Jersey City, will be the latest addition to the Marvel Comics universe. Her creators say the series will explore “the universal experience of all American teenagers, feeling kind of isolated and finding what they are.”

10. Awesome Art Made From Recycled Skateboards

And finally what Friday would be complete without some fun colored sculptures. You’ll never believe these sculptures started as skateboards. 

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