The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from March 10, 2016

An Unusual Muslim Response to Donald Trump's Comments
The New York comedian Negin Farsad has been trying for years to battle anti-Muslim sentiments in a quintessentially American way: spoof hate with satire.Back in January, after Donald Trump first suggested a "complete shutdown" of all Muslims coming into...
Boston Fire Department Found at Fault in 2014 Blaze. How Can It Do Better?
A recently released federal report indicates the Boston Fire Department shoulders some of the blame for the loss of two firefighters' lives during a 2014 brownstone fire.The report, a 77-page inquiry from the National Institute for Occupational Safety...
Can Republicans Learn to Love Clean Energy?
Liberals love renewables; conservatives stick to fossil fuels. So goes the orthodoxy of US energy politics. In this election cycle - where candidates paint every topic in extremes - the poles seem even farther apart.The truth is muddier. Polling suggests...
Can We Slow Sea Level Rise by Pumping Water onto Antarctica?
Since humans are responsible for changing the global climate, what lengths should we go to to mitigate the damage?A new study investigates one radical solution: 'geoengineering,' or reshaping the planet in a substantial way. In this case, by enlarging...
Can You Have Engineering with No Engine?
A few weeks ago this column noted a new usage of editing. First it meant the work of publishers. Later it meant the work of those who prepare materials for publishing. Now editing has come to mean the work of change agents of all types, including those...
Climate Change Surprise: Biosphere Contributes to Warming
The world's biosphere is now adding to global warming, turning traditional assumptions about greenhouse gases on their heads, according to a new study published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature. Most students learn that plants absorb carbon...
Finding Freedom from Fear
A teacher once asked his students to look around their classroom, making mental note of all the blue items they saw. He then asked them to close their eyes and, without opening them, name all the red items they had seen. The students could name only...
Florida Police Urge Parents to Secure Guns after 4-Year-Old Shoots Mom
A 4-year-old boy in north Florida shot his mother as the two of them were in her pickup truck Tuesday afternoon. Authorities including the state Department of Children and Families, are now investigating how the toddler had access to the weapon.The Jacksonville...
Good News for Teddy: Louisiana Black No Longer Threatened
After decades of recovery, the Louisiana black bear - the furry beast that inspired the creation of teddy bears - is now officially off the lists for threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.The US Department of Interior Secretary...
In South Sudan, Civilians Wonder If Peace Deal Could Bring More Conflict
Peter Deng was homeless once again.His second home, set up in a United Nations compound outside the strategic oil hub of Malakal, was destroyed last month after half the camp was deliberately burned down by South Sudanese forces. The camp is home to...
J.K. Rowling's Latest Wizardry Prompts Criticism from Native Americans
While Harry Potter fans worldwide have breathlessly awaited J.K. Rowling's latest installment that explores her universe of witches and wizards, the best-selling author has recently drawn ire for her portrayal of Native Americans in her "History of Magic...
Mobile Payments Too Slow? Big Banks Introduce Speedy New Plan
Beginning this week, customers at several of the country's largest banks will be able use their mobile phones to send money, split a rent check, or share a restaurant bill.On Wednesday, the service went live for Bank of America customers, while US Bank...
Obama's Approval Rating Up: Will That Hurt the GOP?
President Obama's approval rating is the highest it has been in almost three years - and that's good news for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.Some 50 percent of Americans approve of Mr. Obama's job performance, according to a Gallup survey released...
Researchers Link Inequality to High School Dropout Rates
Social scientists have long pointed to economic inequality as a prognosis for lowered social mobility, given the rate that students from low-income communities drop out of high school. But until now, researchers have been unable to establish the mechanisms...
Scientists Discover Plastic-Loving Bacteria in Recycling Plant
Plastic is everywhere around us. We drink out of plastic cups, buy disposable water bottles, unwrap new electronics from plastic packaging, take home plastic shopping bags, and even wear plastic in polyester fabrics. Some 311 million tons of plastic...
Should a Black Woman Fill Supreme Court Vacancy? What Al Sharpton Says
The Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader known for access to the Obama White House, on Thursday carefully avoided mentioning black women jurists who could be nominated to fill the US Supreme Court vacancy - but was quick to cite Vice President Joe...
Spirit Airlines In-Flight Brawl: Is Civility Dead?
When you're thousands of feet up in the air, restraint and civility are in everyone's best interest.But such virtues were absent on a Baltimore-to-Los Angeles Spirit Airlines flight Wednesday morning, during which five women got into a physical altercation...
Survey: 'Machines Will Take Jobs - Just Not Mine'
We, the people, expect most jobs to be commandeered by robots and computers within the next 50 years, yet we also think our own jobs will be safe, according to a new survey.The study, published Thursday by Pew Research Center, consulted more than 2,000...
Taco Bell's $1 Breakfast Burrito: The Latest Skirmish in the 'Breakfast Wars'?
Breakfast has become the most profitable battleground for a slowing fast-food industry, as the appeal of a.m.-friendly foods shows a chance of winning the hearts and wallets of Americans. Taco Bell announced its latest move in this direction Thursday, with...
'The Waters of Eternal Youth' Allows Guido Brunetti to Shine Once More
Back in 1992's "Death at La Fenice," the first of Donna Leon's murder mystery novels set in Venice, her main character, police commissario Guido Brunetti reflected on the odd nature of crime in the city admirers call La Serenissima: the narrow calles...
'We Know Our Reality': Why Poland Is Cool on the EU Refugee Crisis
Anna Paku[197 130 ]a-Sacharczuk has dedicated the past half year to a furious bid to get Syrian refugees to Poland.That makes the city clerk somewhat of an anomaly. Poles have voiced some of the strongest dissent in Europe against taking in refugees...
What Is the Amazon Echo, Anyway?
Amazon may not be winning in the smartphone market, but its new Amazon Echo household assistant is making waves in the digital assistant sphere.Although the Echo was initially available by invitation only starting in late 2014, it was released to the...
What's Age Got to Do with Running for President?
Who's counting? That's a serious question to ask in the 2016 presidential campaign. Voters in both parties, it seems, do not care much about the advanced ages of the three front-runners.If either Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump were to be elected, they would...
What Would Brexit Mean for Science?
Scientists from one of the United Kingdom's top universities have joined calls for Britain to stay in the European Union.The call arrived Wednesday in the form of a letter addressed to the editor of The Times, a London-based newspaper. It was signed...
Why Canada Embraces Syrian Refugees, While US Is Still Wary
On a chilly Canadian night in December, the country's new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, greeted the first planeload of Syrian refugees to reach Canadian soil under his open-armed refugee policy with handshakes, hugs, and warm puffy coats."You are safe...
Why Does a Penguin Visit a Brazilian Fisherman Every Year?
A most unusual and endearing relationship has blossomed in a small island village on the coast of southwest Brazil. A Magellanic penguin, found only in Latin America, and 71-year-old retired bricklayer and part-time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, have developed...
Why Does This Butterfly Have Such Spectacular Color Vision?
A common butterfly species surprised researchers with its unique eyes.Researchers studying Common Bluebottles butterflies have discovered that the species may have some of the most capable eyes in the animal kingdom. The species of butterfly are known...
Why Is the Military Flying Drones over US Soil?
An official report released last week shows that the United States Department of Defense (DoD) has repeatedly deployed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, over US territory the last 10 years.The report, completed last March by the Defense Department Inspector...
Why Mark Zuckerberg Is Defending Obama's Immigration Actions
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and dozens of other Silicon Valley tech giants filed a brief this week with the US Supreme Court in support the Obama administration's immigration plan to shield immigrant families from deportation."I hope we find the...
Why NASA Plans to Set a Supply Vehicle on Fire
Things are heating up around the International Space Station (ISS) as NASA launches an experiment to explore just how gravity affects fire.On Wednesday, NASA announced plans to launch the fiery Saffire-1 experiment, which involves setting a large-scale...
Why Was a Humpback Whale Caught in a Headstand?
A recently released video taken by a scientific research drone off the coast of Maui, Hawaii caught a humpback whale in an unusual position: swimming vertically with its tail above the water.The whale "headstand" was captured in February by an unmanned aircraft...
Why Yellowstone Officials Are Forced to Slaughter Bison
Yellowstone National Park, home to one of the last remaining populations of wild buffalo, is sending some of its herd to slaughter.Some 150 bison will be sent to slaughter over the next few days as part of a plan to cull the herd. The culling has been...
With Gay Marriage Bill, Missouri Conservatives Ask: What about Us?
The way state Sen. Bob Onder (R) sees it, his proposed amendment to the Missouri constitution will only strengthen America's traditions of pluralism and tolerance. Wedding vendors, for example, will now have the right to opt out of providing services...
Yuval Roth Gives Palestinians a Lift So They Can Get Medical Care in Israel
Yuval Roth woke at the crack of dawn to drive his large, white van from his home on Israel's Mediterranean coast to Checkpoint 300, the main passageway leading from Palestinian -controlled Bethlehem to Israeli-controlled Jerusalem.On this gray winter...
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