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During a 2012 strike, container ships remain anchored at the entrance to the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors.

Port lockouts and the sea's importance in supply chain

Dan Weissmann | Feb 12, 2015
What happens when your ship comes in, and there’s no one to unload your goods.
The Atibainha River dam is part of the Sao Paulo's Cantareira system of dams, which supplies water to 45% of the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo and its 20 million people.

Brazil is facing its worst drought in a century

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 12, 2015
Schoolkids are told not to brush their teeth, and rationing may be on the horizon.
Posted In: brazil, drought, groundwater
Chickens on a farm north of Cairo.

12 crazy facts about chickens, and then some

Kai Ryssdal and Tommy Andres | Feb 12, 2015
At any one time, 20 billion chickens are alive and squawking on our planet.
Four-year-old Annika Greer, left, builds an airplane using clothespins and popsicle sticks during an engineering-based activity on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21 at the Children's Center at Caltech.

Caltech's little engineers that could

Deepa Fernandes | Feb 12, 2015
Infants and toddlers learn engineering principles at university child-care center.
Preparing to enter a Costco store in Alhambra, California.

Average Costco customer makes six figures

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 12, 2015
Barely. Guess it takes a wee bit of money to buy in bulk.
The International Monetary Fund and conflict-torn Ukraine have reached a preliminary deal on a new financial rescue plan worth $17.5 billion dollars that could be a 'turning point' for Kiev, Christine Lagarde said on February 12 .

This might hurt a bit: The downside of Ukraine's IMF loan

Stan Alcorn | Feb 12, 2015
A $17.5 billion IMF package for Ukraine comes with challenging conditions.
Posted In: austerity, IMF, ukraine
Expedia announced plans to acquire competing travel company Orbitz for a reported $1.6 billion.

Who benefits when Expedia buys the competition?

Gigi Douban | Feb 12, 2015
Weeks after snapping up Travelocity, Expedia announces a $1.6 billion buyout of Orbitz.
Posted In: expedia, orbitz, Travel, vacation
Knox Dormitory at Davidson College

Quiz: Living close to the community

Dan Hill | Feb 12, 2015
Less than 25 percent of community colleges provide on-campus housing, but the number of schools with dorms is growing.
Posted In: Curveball

'Fifty Shades' of merchandising

Sally Herships | Feb 12, 2015
Adapting the kinky bestseller puts the business of film tie-ins in a 'Grey' area.

Workers strike while the economy is hot

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Feb 12, 2015
Partly because a stronger economy means a stronger bargaining position.
Posted In: labor, labor rights, strike

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