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How the NASDAQ Times Square Display Works

The NASDAQ display in NYC's Times Square is impossible to miss. It's the largest continuous sign on the square and takes up almost 9,000 square feet of display space -- about a quarter of an acre.


Find out what a NASDAQ IPO is and see cool videos from a recent HowStuffWorks trip to this Wall Street wonder.

How the NASDAQ Stock Exchange Works

The NASDAQ stock exchange, also known simply as the NASDAQ, is the place where people go to buy and sell shares of stock. How does this bustling business center work?

How Electronic Trading Works

Millions of people trade billions of shares of stock every day on a collection of computer systems that are incredibly reliable and, very nearly, inerrant. Learn about the complex world of electronic trading.

How NASDAQ's Opening and Closing Cross Works

The opening cross is NASDAQ’s current technique for setting opening prices. Learn about NASDAQ's opening and closing cross.

Would a fat tax save lives?

Proponents of a "fat tax" claim it would help combat obesity. Are they right, or would we still buy just as much junk food as before?

How the Peace Corps Works

The Peace Corps provides foreign aid to developing nations in the form of expertise, education and training. Learn what the Peace Corps does, how you can join and where it might take you.

Do Something Spotlight: Augusta DeLisi and Augies Doggies Rescue

Augusta DeLisi rescued her first dogs when she was 12 years old. She started Augies Doggies Rescue with the goal of saving as many dogs as possible. Now in high school, she has big dreams for her organization's future.

How Labor Unions Work

They may seem "old school," but labor unions still play a large role in many professions. Learn about the history and current state of labor unions.

Do Something Spotlight: Daniel Kent and Senior Connects

Senior Connects sends high school and college kids into independent living facilities to bring the Internet to older people, reconnecting them with family, loved ones, and the pulse of today.

How the BRICK Awards Work

The BRICK Awards honor young people for public service work in the areas of community building, education and environment, health and global impact. Meet the 2007 winners.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Cheryl Perera

2007 Brick Award-winner Cheryl Perera works to combat the global child sex trade, and has even gone undercover to catch a pedophile.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: David Fajgenbaum

David Fajgenbaum's mother died from brain cancer. The loss inspired the 2007 BRICK Award winner to start a support group for students coping with a parent's illness or death.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Divine Bradley

2007 BRICK Award-winner Divine Bradley converted his home into a community center so he could provide kids positive role models and get them involved in their communities.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Hannah Taylor

11-year-old Hannah Taylor is proof you're never too young to make a difference. This 2007 BRICK Award winner has raised more than a million dollars to fight homelessness.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Jennifer Staple

A summer job changed not only 2007 BRICK Award winner Jennifer Staple's life, but also the lives of 400,000 people around the world. Her organization, Unite for Sight, is a global eye care provider.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Jennifer Zwilling

2007 Brick Award winner Jennifer Zwilling, diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, teaches students to understand more than just her disorder. She teaches them to accept people's differences.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Kimmie Weeks

A survivor of Liberia's civil war, 2007 BRICK Award Winner Kimmie Weeks vowed to help other children caught in war-torn countries.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: William Hwang

Building better learners is 2007 BRICK Award winner William Hwang's goal and the reason he launched Innoworks, a program to get underprivileged kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Ruth DeGolia

2007 BRICK Award winner Ruth DeGolia always thought of herself as a social activist, but she discovered becoming a businesswoman would allow her to help women in Guatemala earn a living wage with their jewelry creations.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Jacob Komar

2007 BRICK Award Winner Jacob Komar's fascination with computers led to a passion for helping others. Now Jacob rebuilds computers and provides them to schools, prisons and other organizations in need.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Kelly Voigt

A dog attack at age 7 inspired 2007 BRICK Award winner Kelly Voigt to take steps to see that no other child suffers the way she did.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Ashley Rhodes-Courter

2007 BRICK Award-winner Ashley-Rhodes Courter experienced abuse and neglect in foster care, before being adopted. Now she fights to improve the foster care system and encourage adoption.

How Does Do Something Work?

What problem in the world really stinks? What can you do to change it? For many, the first question is easy to answer, but the second one is difficult. Learn how Do Something inspires and helps young people make a difference.

How Bail Works

We hope you'll never need to know the ins-and-outs of getting out of jail. Bail allows people to leave jail and continue their lives while awaiting trial. How does the bail system work?

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