• Florida's Everglades: The 5 Worst Invasive Species

    Mar 19, 2014 | 5 min
    The Everglades is a world Heritage site, there is no other place quite like it in the world. Though this nationally protected area is currently at war; a war against over 500 invasive species, which are threatening the very fabric of this ecosystem.
  • Puerto Rico's Financial Crisis: Is The Island The New Greece?

    Mar 11, 2014 | 4 min
    The island is in dire financial conditions and it is thousands of U.S. mom-and-pop investors that might lose a big part of their savings if the small territory goes bankrupt.
  • Just Keep Talking: The Filibuster Explained

    Nov 27, 2013 | 3 min
    Everything you need to know about filibusters in the U.S. Senate: the talk-'til-you-drop versions, the so-called "nuclear option" and how even the threat of one can halt the chamber.
  • Time Explains: Meningitis Scares

    Nov 18, 2013 | 3 min
    Seven cases of a rare form of meningitis were reported on Princeton University’s campus. Here’s what you need to know.
  • TIME Explains: Stand Your Ground Legislation

    Nov 15, 2013 | 2 min
    The recent shooting of a 19-year-old woman in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, has reignited a national debate over gun violence and controversial self-defense laws. Here's what you need to know.
  • TIME Explains: The New Cholesterol Guidelines

    Nov 13, 2013 | 4 min
    New guidelines would double the number of Americans on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Here's what you need to know.
  • TIME Explains: Trans-Fats

    Nov 7, 2013 | 2 min
    The FDA announced it is moving towards a ban of trans fat. Here's what you need to know.
  • Healthy Skeptic: Do Hand Sanitizers Work?

    Nov 7, 2013 | 3 min
    Alcohol hand sanitizers claim to be an effective alternative to hand-washing. But are they as good as they claim? The Healthy Skeptic explains.
  • TIME Explains: Crack Cocaine's Comeback

    Nov 5, 2013 | 2 min
    Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said he will not step down after admitting to smoking crack cocaine Tuesday.
  • Time Explains: Daylight Savings Time

    Oct 30, 2013 | 3 min
    A recent study shows that daylight savings actually accomplishes the opposite of its intended goal: saving energy.
  • TIME Explains: Sandy One Year Later

    Oct 28, 2013 | 3 min
    One year later, the numbers of the legacy of Sandy are still staggering. Here's what you need to know.
  • TIME Explains: The Most Distant Galaxy in the Universe

    Oct 28, 2013 | 2 min
    What does it mean for a galaxy to be the most distant galaxy disovered? The numbers are staggering—here's what you need to know.
  • Who Are the Roma? TIME Explains

    Oct 23, 2013 | 3 min
    There are 12 million people worldwide who identify as Roma, and almost as many misconceptions about them. TIME explains what you need to know about this ethnic minority.
  • TIME Explains: Solar Energy

    Oct 22, 2013 | 2 min
    The largest solar plant in the world is going online soon in California. Its construction marks the beginning of an explosion of growth in the U.S Solar industry.
  • TIME Explains: The Return of Hard Cider

    Oct 18, 2013 | 2 min
    Hard cider used to be the most popular drink in America... and it's making a comeback. Here's what you need to know.
  • What if the U.S. Defaults? TIME Explains

    Oct 16, 2013 | 2 min
    TIME economics writer Rana Foroohar explains the economic impact of a U.S. default if a deal isn't reached in Congress.
  • TIME Explains: Challenges to America's Energy Independence

    Oct 10, 2013 | 2 min
    The U.S. has been chasing energy independence for years, but even though new technology might make it possible, the situation is more complex than it appears. TIME's Bryan Walsh explains why.
  • TIME Explains: The Vatican Bank's First Financial Report

    Oct 8, 2013 | 2 min
    The Vatican Bank recently published its first financial report in its 125-year history. Here's what you need to know.
  • TIME Explains: The Link Between Wildlife Trafficking and Terrorism

    Oct 2, 2013 | 2 min
    Ivory trafficking makes big money, with the profits funding terrorist groups. TIME Senior Writer Bryan Walsh explains.
  • TIME Explains: The Obamacare Exchange Marketplace

    Sep 30, 2013 | 1 min
    The Obamacare Marketplace Exchange is open for busines. TIME writer Kate Pickert explains what you need to know.
  • TIME Explains: Musharraf Indicted in Bhutto Assassination

    Aug 27, 2013 | 3 min
    TIME World Co-Editor Ishaan Tharoor explains the charges levied against former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, including his alleged involvement in the murder of Benazir Bhutto, and why it's a landmark moment for Pakistan
  • TIME Explains: Sinkholes

    Aug 13, 2013 | 2 min
    TIME Senior Editor Bryan Walsh explains the science behind sinkholes, and why it seems like the geological phenomenon is becoming more common.
  • TIME Explains: Why Bees Are Going Extinct

    Aug 7, 2013 | 2 min
    The bees are dying and we're to blame. TIME's Bryan Walsh explains colony collapse disorder, and why bees are on the verge of extinction.
  • TIME Explains: How Syria's War is Reviving Al Qaeda in Iraq

    Aug 5, 2013 | 2 min
    Iraq is on the verge of another civil war. TIME's Bobby Ghosh explains how Al Qaeda's growing presence is fueling the deadliest sectarian clashes in years
  • Instagram Announces Video: Explainer

    Jun 20, 2013 | 2 min
    Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom introduced video for the popular photo sharing app. Here's some of the basic features and functions.
  • The Iranian President-Elect: TIME Explains

    Jun 18, 2013 | 3 min
    Known as a political moderate, Hassan Rowhani's strong showing at the polls surprised the conservative establishment in Iran. But is this good for relations with the West? TIME explains
  • Breakthrough in Cloning Human Stem Cells: Explainer

    May 15, 2013 | 1 min
    Scientists report success in cloning human stem cells; a potential breakthrough for the treatment of disease.
  • Test Tube Meat: TIME Explains

    Mar 13, 2013 | 3 min
    Meat grown in labs without the use of animals or factory farming could become a reality in the future. TIME writer Bryan Walsh explains.
  • The Threat of Currency Wars: TIME Explains

    Feb 25, 2013 | 2 min
    More countries are controlling the value of their currency to bolster their economy, but it may lead to further financial woes. TIME's Rana Foroohar explains.
  • The Sequester Fight: TIME Explains

    Feb 19, 2013 | 2 min
    TIME's Rana Foroohar explains the spending cuts that go into effect on March 1st and whether they can be averted
  • TIME Explains: An Asteroid Buzzes the Earth

    Feb 13, 2013 | 3 min
    A near miss of the earth by an asteroid could foreshadow future catastrophe from space. TIME's Jeffrey Kluger explains.
  • TIME Explains: How New Pope is Elected

    Feb 12, 2013 | 3 min
    Soon after Pope Benedict XVI retires, the College of Cardinals will gather to elect a new pope through a unique process that has lasted for centuries.
  • TIME Explains: The Deal on the Fiscal Cliff

    Jan 6, 2013 | 3 min
    Just what's in this fiscal cliff deal and what does it mean for consumers and the economy? TIME Magazine's Rana Forhoohar explains
  • TIME Explains: The Weakening Pro-Choice Movement

    Jan 3, 2013 | 3 min
    Abortion-rights activists won an epic victory in Roe v. Wade. Kate Pickert explains why they've been losing ever since