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Wild horses may save threatened butterflies
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Ancient salamander was as long as a car!
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Young scientists impress Obama at White House
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Americans love an underdog
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King Richard III gets funeral, 530 years after death
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Serbian women want to save magic carpets
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Does lightning ever strike twice?
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Give me an N. Give me a Y. (for a the highest bid)
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Case of missing paintings unsolved after 25 years
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NCAA gets high-def replay system for March Madness
Before blues singers came “songsters” Before the "blues," "songsters" played varied tunes on street corners. These traveling musicians made money from passersby. They were a common feature of African American life in the early 1900s. Songsters first appeared during the 1870s. Newly freed slaves became able to tr... - Posted on February 13, 2015
How do you make a better piñata? A Mexican party isn't complete without a piñata. Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures. The figures will later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club. ... - Posted on February 12, 2015
Camps to code instead of canoe? Are you thinking of going to summer camp? If your dream camp involves more coding than canoeing, more technology than tennis and more science than swimming, then STEM summer camps are popular and plentiful. The camps include private half-day camps for younger children... - Posted on February 12, 2015
Scientists see the world differently than we do The American public and U.S. scientists are far apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about. Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power ... - Posted on February 11, 2015
See tiny tuxes but no puppy love at doggy weddings When pet owners dress up their dogs in miniature white dresses and tiny tuxes, some believe the barks that signal "I do" reveal true puppy love. These animal lovers say their pooches can feel real longing for other pets. But experts aren't so sure. Most people agree a weddin... - Posted on February 11, 2015
Why don’t people smile in old photographs? You asked us, why don't people smile in old photographs. Technology is partly to blame. The Daguerreotype, the first widely used photographic process, was invented in 1839. The exposure time in those early days was really long, sometimes lasting up to 15 minutes or so. Way ... - Posted on February 10, 2015
Ancient skull found in Israel may be from Africa Long ago, humans left Africa. They passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey. It's a partial skull from an Israeli cave. The skull dates from around 55,000 years ago. It fits... - Posted on February 10, 2015
This year, Monarchs cover a little more ground The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels. But their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Last year, the Monarchs covered only 1.65 acres. It was the ... - Posted on February 9, 2015
Man who walks 21 miles to and from work gets help Hundreds of people have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to help a man who says he typically walks 21 miles to get to and from work. The Detroit Free Press reports that James Robertson rides buses part of the way to and from his factory job in suburban Rochester Hill... - Posted on February 9, 2015
Would you rather eat your chocolate, or drink it? What do you picture when you hear the word chocolate? Most of us picture a candy bar, a box of bonbons, or an Easter bunny. And when we think about consuming chocolate, we probably think of the verb "eat," not "drink." And we would describe its taste with the adjective "sweet."... - Posted on February 6, 2015
Big bang claim fizzles out Scientists who made headlines last March by announcing that they'd found long-sought evidence about the early universe are abandoning that claim. New data show that their cosmic observations no longer back up that conclusion. The original announcement caused a sensati... - Posted on February 5, 2015
What would you pay for Abraham Lincoln's hair? A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia has been sold at auction for more than $800,000. It includes a lock of the slain president's hair. The Donald P. Dow collection brought top bids totaling $803,889. The amount doubled expectations, said Eric Bradley. He is spokesman... - Posted on February 5, 2015
Would you hang out with cats, rabbits – or owls? In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is an exotic concept. People can't get enough of it. A cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations for another Manhattan cat cafe are almost fully booked more than two months in advance. But in ... - Posted on February 4, 2015
Teen pushes recognition for Idaho giant salamander Some Idaho lawmakers are worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections. So they rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian. The House State Affairs Committee voted against 14-year-old Ilah... - Posted on February 4, 2015
Groundhog says six more weeks of winter The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter. Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the "prediction" Monday morning. A German legend has it that if a furry rodent se... - Posted on February 3, 2015
How would you prepare to spend a year in space? An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are just two months shy of launching to the International Space Station for an entire year. Already, though, scientists are clamoring for additional long-term subjects. Two people are not enough from a scientific perspective. That'... - Posted on February 3, 2015
Wanna a better selfie? Get a selfie stick Selfies at tourist attractions are nothing new. But until recently, if you wanted a perfectly composed picture of yourself with a landmark in the background, you might have asked a passer-by to take the photo. Now, though, relatively new gadgets called selfie sticks make it ... - Posted on February 2, 2015
100 years ago, calling coast-to-coast was costly It was a bit ironic. Smartphones were used this week to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago. On Jan. 25, 1915, to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and to show that San Francisco had recovered f... - Posted on February 2, 2015
Journey to the FIRST® World Festival Journey to the FIRST® World Festival Hello World! It’s time to join the Robolution! I’m Chloe, blogger of Team Geared UP!’s adventures. Team Geared UP! is a nine-person robotics team of middle school students from throughout Loudoun County, Virginia. Join m... - Posted on January 30, 2015
Ballooning across the ocean like camping in the sky An international team is piloting the helium-filled, Two Eagles balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break a pair of major ballooning records. Balloon pilots Troy Bradley, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev), of Russia, launched from Saga... - Posted on January 30, 2015