activist's mom learns to read
Years after her daughter became a global crusader for women's education, Tor Pekai Yousafzai, the mother of Malala Yousafzai, has finally learned to read and write and to speak a bit of English. "She wants to learn. She wants to get an education. She goes to school five days a week. She does her homework," Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old campaigner for girls' education in Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban, said of her mother in an interview Tuesday about the release of the young readers' edition of her book, I Am Malala.
Beneath ice sheet, Microbial life
In an icy lake half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have discovered a diverse ecosystem of single-celled organisms that have survived without ever seeing sunlight. The research team spent 10 years and more than $10 million to prove life existed in subglacial lakes near the South Pole. The findings, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, have major implications for the search for life outside of Earth.
Japanese man is world's oldest
A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man. Sakari Momoi received a certificate Wednesday from Guinness World Records. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days. The world's oldest living person is also Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.