Why there’s a ring of natural disasters around the Pacific

Why there’s a ring of natural disasters around the Pacific

“Offer a magnificent view of nature’s greatest power display.” Mount Mayon in the Philippines erupted in January. It continued for over a month. In February, Mount Sinabung erupted in Indonesia. Here’s the ash cloud as seen from space. And in June an eruption in Guatemala …

How the Kurds became a key player in Syria’s war

How the Kurds became a key player in Syria’s war

Kurds are carving out their own state called Rojava. This is Rojava, a region in northern Syria that runs along the border of Turkey. It’s home to over a million Kurds, one of the largest ethnic groups in the Middle East. Until a few years …

China’s trillion dollar plan to dominate global trade

There’s a new highway in Pakistan. And a new rail terminal in Kazakhstan. A sea port in Sri Lanka recently opened. As well as this bridge in rural Laos. What’s interesting is that they’re all part of one country’s project that spans 3 continents and …

Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

This is the Stena Impero, a British oil tanker traveling through the Persian Gulf. On July 19th 2019, it was on its way to Saudi Arabia when it received a radio message from Iranian naval forces. Later, the Stena Impero was dramatically boarded and seized. …

Why the Tour de France is so brutal

Why the Tour de France is so brutal

If you look closely at this pack of riders in the Tour de France, you’ll see some of the best cyclists in the world. They’re here in the back. They’re keeping up but also resting while their teammates in the front do most of the …