Reading Harry Potter might make you a better person

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Film appears from before Amelia Earhart disappeared
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Messages in a meteorites bring news from outer space
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Woman sets out to row across Pacific Ocean
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Wanna buy “The Flintstones” home?
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Fake orca flops as sea lion scarecrow
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When will the leaning tower of Pisa fall over?
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Moons “dance” around Pluto
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They’re called “wild animals” for a reason
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Tanzania is losing its elephants
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Baseball star snaps selfie with fan’s phone
Do you suffer from cellphone separation anxiety? If you feel anxious when you don't have your phone nearby, you are not alone. About 6 billion cellphones are in circulation on Earth. We depend on them for a huge range of services. We text friends, share selfies, order food, get news, watch movies, access clouds, etc. Our c... - Posted on May 29, 2015
Not just a movie: the facts on the San Andreas Fault The San Andreas Fault awakens. It unleashes back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the famous Hollywood sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge. Hollywood's favorite ... - Posted on May 29, 2015
Washington gets it first dino Scientists say they've discovered Washington state's first dinosaur fossil. The announcement marks a unique find for the state. It’s a rare moment for North America's Pacific coast. Paleontologists at Seattle's Burke Museum said that the bone fragment is 80 million years o... - Posted on May 28, 2015
Mrs. Obama asks, “How do you stay healthy?” Michelle Obama has finally revealed some of her workout secrets. The first lady skips rope. She does abdominal crunches with a weighted ball. She jumps on and off a bench. It's all part of a White House video released as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of her "Let'... - Posted on May 28, 2015
Performers audition for spots in New York subways It's a rite of spring: performers auditioning for the privilege of doing their thing in grubby, noisy subway stations. Seventy showed up recently at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. They were vying for permission to set up their underground acts for tips. They appear... - Posted on May 27, 2015
Does acupuncture work? You asked us, does acupuncture work? At about 2,500 years old, acupuncture is not, in fact, a form of torture. It's actually one of the world's oldest medical practices. Here's how it works. According to traditional Chinese medicine. Energy flows through our bodies a... - Posted on May 27, 2015
Britney, Katy on display at Smithsonian It’s the age of selfies, social media and streaming videos. The idea of what makes a celebrity has expanded far beyond the Hollywood icons of the past. Now scientists, technology geeks, designers, writers and YouTube stars achieve fame. They can be seen right alongside athletes a... - Posted on May 26, 2015
Male cat takes on role of mom Six abandoned kittens named after the kids in "The Brady Bunch" TV series are getting a nurturing boost. It has come from an unlikely source, a male cat with a slight neurological disorder. The 3-week-old kittens are named Jan, Marcia, Cindy, Greg, Peter and Bobby. They have... - Posted on May 26, 2015
What can we do to save the bees? The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations. It wants to make more federal land bee-friendly. And it wants to spend more money on research and consider the use of less pesticides. Bees are crucial to pollinate many c... - Posted on May 22, 2015
Tennis and fashion are a match in Paris Well before Andre Agassi caused a stir with his stone-washed denim shorts at the French Open, the clay courts at Roland Garros in Paris were a sporting catwalk. The courts were known almost as much for fashion as for world-class tennis. Tennis fashion has come a long way. T... - Posted on May 22, 2015
Great white shark becomes Twitter star They're going to need a bigger Twitter. An organization studying great white sharks is enjoying some welcome attention. One of the creatures they've been monitoring has started gaining a loyal social media following. @MaryLeeShark is the fake Twitter handle for a very real, ... - Posted on May 21, 2015
She’s a pole vaulter, and she’s blind For three years, Charlotte Brown has been chasing a medal by trying to jump over a bar she couldn't see. The senior pole vaulter finally cleared that bar, earning a third-place finish at the Texas state high school championships. And proudly joining her on the podium as the ... - Posted on May 21, 2015
Man survives a nail in the eye There must have been a four-leaf clover in those weeds. A 27-year-old landscaper escaped with barely a scratch after a nearly 3-inch nail hurtled into his eye when he accidentally hit it with a weed-whacker. Doctors who removed the nail at Boston's Massachusetts Gener... - Posted on May 20, 2015
What would happen if a big asteroid hit the moon? You asked us, what would happen if a large asteroid hit the moon. Thousands of meteorites have impacted the moon over the last few billion years. And without an atmosphere like we have here on Earth to break up and burn these hurtling objects, the rocks have left their mark.... - Posted on May 20, 2015
Is it easier to name a child than a horse? Coming up with a clever name for a racehorse can be a challenge. While parents simply put their choice of names for their child on a birth certificate and are done, registering a thoroughbred foal is not so easy. The owners can submit up to six choices in order of pre... - Posted on May 19, 2015
Iran plasters billboards with famous art In an unusual move by Tehran's mayor, hundreds of copies of famous artworks were plastered on some 1,500 billboards across the city. It transformed the Iranian capital into a gigantic, open-air exhibition. The 10-day project stirred both appreciation and criticism. But wheth... - Posted on May 19, 2015
Fitting rooms go high tech Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror. It can suggest jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video. It can allow you to compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without having to ch... - Posted on May 18, 2015
China plans to reveal more terra cotta warriors China is expanding the ranks of the famed Terra Cotta Warrior army with new excavations. They are expected to yield hundreds more of the ancient life-size figures. The museum overseeing the vast mausoleum of China's first emperor says it began work March 30. The work is on t... - Posted on May 18, 2015
Sailor gets snoring sea lion shipmate Mother's Day may have been a bit of a bust for a baby sea lion in San Diego. And a bit of a surprise, too. Michael Duffy, 48, said he was on his 41-foot Kettenburg boat "Elixir" at the San Diego Yacht Club. He awoke at 2:30 a.m. on Mother's Day to sounds of sneezing and snor... - Posted on May 15, 2015
Reading Harry Potter might make you a better person It’s been almost 20 years since Harry Potter was introduced to the world. And the boy wizard is still fighting the forces of evil. Of course, it's all in the imaginations of millions. But Harry’s victory over the evil Voldemort may not be limited to the pages of a book. This is... - Posted on May 15, 2015