Marvel Studios To Diversify Its Movies

The comic juggernaut announced Tuesday that one of its upcoming films will have a female lead, and another will be headlined by a black man.

U.S. Beefs Up Security At Some Federal Buildings

The Federal Protective Service will enhance its presence at some buildings in Washington. Homeland Security said public calls by terrorists to attack the U.S. spurred the new measures.

Who Should Pay To Fix The World’s Salt-Damaged Soils?

The area of land no longer suitable for farming because of salt degradation is rising quickly. Scientists argue the private sector should help fund efforts to reverse it since it relies on the crops.

Constituent Services Give Voters Something To Remember

If played just right, members of Congress can see a political payoff from simply doing their jobs and helping out voters who elected them. It’s one reason incumbents fare well come Election Day.

A Helping Hand To High Achievers

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will invest $10 million over two years to help top students from poor families into college.

Blood Test For Ebola Doesn’t Catch Infection Early

A highly sensitive blood test for Ebola exists, so why isn’t it being used to test all returning health workers from West Africa? Because the virus isn’t in the blood in the first stages of infection.

To Make Bread, Watch The Dough, Not The Recipe

One man’s quest for the perfect loaf took him to Paris, Berlin, California and Kansas. What he learned can’t easily be captured in words. It’s a feeling in your fingers that comes from experience.