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Do you suffer from cellphone separation anxiety?
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Not just a movie: the facts on the San Andreas Fault
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Washington gets it first dino
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Mrs. Obama asks, “How do you stay healthy?”
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Performers audition for spots in New York subways
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Does acupuncture work?
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Britney, Katy on display at Smithsonian
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Male cat takes on role of mom
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What can we do to save the bees?
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Tennis and fashion are a match in Paris
Has the Washington Monument shrunk? Government surveyors have determined a height for the Washington Monument. It's nearly 10 inches shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years. The measurement puts the monument at 554 feet, 7 and eleven-thirty-seconds of an inch. That is measured from the floor... - Posted on February 20, 2015
Beat winter boredom by fishing on ice Standing on an icy lake. Watching a 10-inch hole all day. Waiting for a fish to bite. It's a popular pastime in colder climates like the Adirondack Mountains, especially when there's cash on the line. More than 1,700 competitors spread out across the icy expanse of Gr... - Posted on February 19, 2015
How do you count octopuses? Very carefully To check on the health of the giant Pacific octopus population in Washington's Puget Sound, an unusual census takes place every year. Volunteer divers are enlisted by the Seattle Aquarium. They take to inland waters to look for their eight-tentacle neighbors. Weighing as muc... - Posted on February 19, 2015
Watch out for that owl! The host on an MSNBC program has inspired Oregon's capital to post new warning signs in a park. That's where four runners reported attacks from an angry owl likely defending its nest against perceived threats. One jogger, a surgeon, said the owl hit him twice in Bush's Pastu... - Posted on February 18, 2015
Students claim more school, more stress than parents Today's high school seniors aren't partying and socializing as much as their parents' generation. They're too busy trying to get into college. And when they get there, some don't feel good about themselves, a survey reports. It's an annual survey of college freshmen. It was ... - Posted on February 18, 2015
She’s a human cannonball! Plenty of performers have had explosive entrances. Some rise like meteors, soaring to new heights. Others find their moment in the spotlight fleeting. Few have done all of this at once. Or quite so literally as Gemma Kirby. She is the 25-year-old human cannonball at Circus X... - Posted on February 17, 2015
What’s a stone baby? You asked us, what's a stone baby? Well, science calls it a lithopedion, which is Greek for stone baby. News organizations have been all over the story of these two women in their '80s going to their doctor for stomach pains, only to find something like this in their ... - Posted on February 17, 2015
Is this plant cool or creepy? There's a fat, furry, tan foot creeping over the edge of the pot in the hanging basket over my desk. No cause for alarm. It just shows that my plant is growing happily. That foot is a hairy, creeping stem of rabbit's foot fern. Taking the basket down off its hook, I see that... - Posted on February 13, 2015
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