How Pope Francis Was Selected

By ALICE BRENNAN, age 10 PHOTO: Catholic Church (England and Wales) Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope, was chosen by the College of Cardinals* on March 13, 2013. To select a new pope, the Cardinals formed a conclave**, following a tradition that has been in...

Return of the Astronaut and Cosmonauts

By ANA PHELAN, age 9 Russian Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin, left, Russian Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, center, and Commander Kevin Ford of NASA, right. PHOTO: NASA On Saturday, March 16, three astronauts returned to Earth from space. Astronaut Kevin Ford from the...

The Universe is 80 Million Years Older Than We Thought

By SUNDAR THOMAS, age 9 PHOTO: ESA/LFI and HFI Consortia In March 2013, the Planck Satellite took a picture of light and sound in space, leading scientists at the European Space Agency to discover that the 
universe is 80 to 100 million years older than originally...

Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Scouts

By ZOLA ROSS-GRAY, age 11 While the BSA lifted the ban on gay scouts, a ban is still in place against gay scout leaders. PHOTO: GLAAD The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has broken its longstanding ban on gay scouts. Before the vote was held the BSA proposed to end the...