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Meet the most famous woman in computing you've probably never heard of

Ada Lovelace was born famous: the daughter of celebrated poet Lord Byron. Often considered the world’s first real rockstar, Byron’s wild lifestyle and sexual exploits helped define modern celebrity.<p>Ada’s mom wanted none of it. To prevent her child from acquiring her dad’s crazy temperament, she …

A Christmas classic by Dylan Thomas is set to music

There are several things most of us know about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas: There's his poem "Do not go gentle into that good night," or his 1954 radio drama Under Milk Wood. And that Bob Dylan, born Robert Zimmerman, named himself Welshman.<p>There's also his beloved Christmas classic, "A Child's …

Please don't leave a message after the beep

When’s the last time you listened to a voicemail message?<p>Well if you work for Coca-Cola, you might never have to listen to a voicemail again. The soft drink giant announced it’s eliminating its voicemail system. Bloomberg Businessweek reported that the company would save about $100,000 a year by …

Cuban entrepreneurs find ways to get information — with or without the Internet

Now that the US and Cuba are resuming diplomatic relations, there's hope that Cuba's Internet dirt road will finally become the information superhighway much of the rest of the world has access to.<p>For the past few years, though, some technically minded Cubans have come up with clever ways to …

Why this young Latina decided to block a major intersection in San Francisco

On a recent afternoon, Gabriela García prepared to do something that her mom would be pretty upset about.<p>“If she knew, she’d be very worried,” said García, a 23-year-old grad student studying international relations at the University of San Francisco. “But I’ve learned the things to tell her and …

Venezuela's opposition gets talks with the government — on national TV

In Venezuela, deadly anti-government protests over recent months have tested President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.<p>The protesters want Maduro to step down. But Maduro's government has responded by cracking down on the opposition. At least 40 people have died and about 600 have been wounded since …

A prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has vowed to challenge her ouster from the National Assembly

Venezuelan Deputy Maria Corina Machado like many in the opposition wants President Nicolas Maduro to resign. She even flew to Washington to speak up against repression in Venezuela before the Organization of American States.<p>That did not sit well with Maduro and his allies. They responded by …

Crimea has long held a special place in culture and imagination

It’s fair to say that Crimea holds an important place in Svetlana Boym’s inagination. Boym's a writer, teacher and artist who spent summers in Crimea growing up. Now she writes about Russian culture and is the author of <i>The Future of Nostalgia,</i> which she describes as a history of the "hypochondria …

Canadian folk phenom Basia Bulat performs from her new album 'Tall Tall Shadow'

With her straight, blond hair and her warm, sweet voice, the Toronto-based folk singer Basia Bulat has been compared to Joni Mitchell — but she shakes off the suggestion.<p>"There can only be one, she's just a genre unto herself," said Bulat during a recent visit to The World's studios in Boston. "I …

Joyce Cândido is the young voice of samba in Rio de Janeiro

Joyce Cândido was just 14 when she started her career in music.<p>“I'm from a very small town, so I was the only teenager who was able to play and sing,” she remembers. “I got a lot of gigs, weddings and little parties, and after that, I start[ed] teaching piano lessons. When I went to college, I …

British folk singer Linda Thompson reflects back on her life as a Sufi

Linda Thompson has just released her first new album in six years.<p>The new record is called "Won't Be Long Now."<p>Back in the 1970s, Linda and her then husband Richard were known as the king and queen of the British folk music scene.<p>Together they released the album "Pour Down LIke Silver" in 1974.<p>This …

Maduro comienza a perder el control de los grupos de civiles armados

Las intervenciones de colectivos sociales chavistas en la represión de las manifestaciones aumentan. El presidente se desmarca de las acciones …

El Gobierno de Maduro redobla el acoso a los medios de comunicación

El Ejecutivo venezolano revoca el permiso de trabajo a los periodistas de la CNN como corresponsales acreditados. “Los medios crean desasosiego”, …

Rubén Blades: “La oposición venezolana no son cuatro gatos fascistas”

El artista panameño responde a Maduro y asegura que “no parece poseer la suficiente claridad” para gobernar a Venezuela<p>El cantautor y actor panameño …

China's 'Green Fence' is cleaning up America's dirty recycling

Susan Collins, president of the Container Recycling Institute in Los Angeles, wants to correct a fairy tale many of us like to believe about recycling.<p>“The public has been trained to put their stuff in their bin at the curb, and for the stuff to just go away. And of course there is no such thing as …

Anti-government rallies in Venezuela gain steam and support

It's been almost a year since influential Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died, leaving his hand-picked successor, President Nicolas Maduro, to deal with a mounting opposition movement.<p>Recent clashes between anti-government protestors and police over economic and social issues have had deadly …

Why this violinist wants to change the theme song to 'Game of Thrones'

Before the Lannisters and Starks face off in HBO's hit TV show, "Game of Thrones," a churning theme song with deep melodious cello plays.<p>The theme song was composed by Ramin Djawadi. He's also the man behind the scores for the blockbuster film, "Iron Man," and the TV show, "Prison Break."<p>For most …

29 Heartbreaking Images From The Protests In Venezuela

Protests have been taking place for over a week and are still going strong.<p>Venezuelans have been protesting President Nicolas Maduro's government for over a week now.<p>According to opposition leader Leopoldo López, all the problems the country has been facing — shortages, inflation, insecurity, the …

What should women wear in public? That depends on how you ask

Researchers at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research asked people in seven Middle East countries with Muslim majorities what style of headwear is appropriate for women to don in public.<p>It turns out that those in Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey …

A Filipina caregiver in Israel rockets to fame on X-Factor

Nellie Roliere couldn't understand the Hebrew on Israeli X-Factor, but she watched the show’s finale with bated breath.<p>She was rooting for fellow Filipina Rose Fostanes, a 47-year-old caregiver whose Cinderella story has inspired thousands of foreign workers in Israel. Fostanes came to Israel six …

Novelist Daniel Alarcon on immigration, identity and writing in 2 languages

It’s hard to parcel out where the idea for a novel comes from, says Daniel Alarcón, the Peruvian-American author of the recently published and …

Here are The World newsroom's favorite stories and conversations of 2013

As 2013 came to a close, I took a look back on my favorite stories of the year. I loved the probing, emotional reporting of Anders Kelto in a South African township school, and the fierce debate that Mary Kay Magistad's report on so called "leftover women" in China generated on social media. So …

Was the Spirit of Mawson Antarctic expedition serious science or a reckless tourist trip?

Fifty-two scientists, tourists and journalists spent Christmas and New Year's stranded by thick ice on the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy in Antarctica's Commonwealth Bay. While stuck, the journalists reported about their onboard celebrations of the holidays.<p>Their dramatic rescue, last Thursday — …

With sea levels rising, the UK is starting to let go of some of its coastline

Gareth Finney steps inside his 350-year-old pub in Faversham, England, and recounts the day last month when the sea nearly flooded this old market town, about an hour's train ride east of London.<p>Faversham straddles a creek on the edge of a vast estuary near the North Sea. And in December, this part …