Smithsonian, singers share song to save Sumatrans

Teen catches whale of a fish barehanded A northern Ohio teenager is reeling in attention for a big catch after he spotted a 3-foot carp swimming in receding floodwaters on his street and scooped it into his arms as his mother caught the scene on video. North Royalton resident Jake Sawyer, 16, waded through more th... - Posted on May 15, 2014
Which animal lives longest? Sticking with recorded history, the answer might surprise you. It’s not elephants, which live for about 30 or 40 years. It’s not giant tortoises either, even though they often ripen to be well over 100 years old. It’s not even that record-breaking, 507-year-old Arctic clam na... - Posted on May 15, 2014
Getting blood from dogs? Easy! But cats? Not so much Dogs giving blood? Sure! But cats? Not so much. If man's best friend is a dog, then who is a dog's best friend? That would be Rover. Or Glow. Or Ivan or Raina. The four canines recently donated precious pints of blood to their fellow pooches. And they did it without h... - Posted on May 15, 2014
How do microwave ovens cook food? Here's a hint – it's in the name of the machine, and it's not the word “oven.” Microwave ovens use microwaves. This spectrum ranges from radio waves and microwaves, to infra-red, visible light, ultraviolet, and x-rays. Now when you press start on your microwave oven, i... - Posted on May 14, 2014
Columbus discovered America. Is this his ship? A shipwreck off northern Haiti may be the remains of Christopher Columbus' flagship vessel, the Santa Maria. But experts expressed caution about a discovery that was far from confirmed. Explorer Barry Clifford thinks the wreck he found is the Santa Maria. It struck ground an... - Posted on May 14, 2014
Boy Scouts rescue TV star Ann Curry has reported on television from the most dangerous places on earth. She appeared on NBC's “Today” show for many years. But when she broke her leg during a recent hike, it was a troop of New Jersey Boy Scouts that came to her rescue. Curry was hiking with her fa... - Posted on May 13, 2014
Wanna borrow a robot? The Chicago Public Library has more than just books for borrowing. It now has a fleet of 500 robots that can be checked out. The idea is to give Chicago residents of all ages a chance to dabble in the basics of computer coding. The gadgets, known as Finch Robots, were donate... - Posted on May 12, 2014
Driving to Boston? Bedda use yah blinkah! Maybe the reason notoriously aggressive Boston drivers don't use their turn signals is that no one's ever put it in terms they understand. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Friday changed that by posting messages on electronic highway signs around the city th... - Posted on May 11, 2014
Pampered cows pay off for farmer There is reason to envy Jusuf Arifajic's cows. His animals sleep on mattresses in a barn with a computerized air conditioning and lighting system. They are bathed regularly, get a massage whenever they feel like it and receive the occasional pedicure. Relaxing music makes su... - Posted on May 11, 2014
Blind teen is one of the best pole vaulters in Texas Charlotte Brown used her seeing-eye dog to navigate the track. An electronic beeper with a high-pitched signal told her when it was time to jump. About 90 minutes later, the blind pole vaulter had cleared three heights, soaring 11 feet to earn a tie for fourth place at the T... - Posted on May 11, 2014
10,000 RTs get teen a prom date with NFL cheerleader Mike Ramirez is a high school football player who spent most of his time on the bench last season and works part-time at a local McDonalds. Caitlyn is a cheerleader for the NFL's Houston Texans. Her life is devoted to intense workouts, coaching tumbling classes and studying communi... - Posted on May 11, 2014
Do you toss your cafeteria’s food in the trash? Becky Domokos-Bays provides food services in the Alexandria, Virginia City Public Schools. She has served her students whole-grain pasta 20 times. Each time, she says, they rejected it. But starting next school year, pasta and other grain products in Alexandria City Public ... - Posted on May 7, 2014
Here's how to win at rock-paper-scissors Most everyone has played rock-paper-scissors. The game is used to choose up sides, or see who goes first or determine who gets the last piece of cake. Now a study finds that people actually fall into patterns. Led by researchers at Zhejiang University in China, the study recr... - Posted on May 2, 2014
Squirrel goes nuts over teen taking selfie A Maine teenager is flustered but not hurt after a photo op with a squirrel went awry. Seventeen-year-old Brian Genest, of Auburn, said he saw what appeared to be a friendly squirrel on a hand rail while walking through John Chestnut Park near Tampa, Florida. He was on a tri... - Posted on May 2, 2014
What sunk a sub powered by cranking by hand? Scientists near the city where the Civil War began will soak a Confederate submarine in a chemical bath to reveal its hull for the first time in 150 years. They want to solve the mystery of the demise of the first sub to sink an enemy warship The hand-cranked H.L. Hunley res... - Posted on May 2, 2014
Living little carries some big risks The smallest dogs in the world weigh less than 7 pounds. They can easily slip through cracks in a fence, get stepped on or even hugged a little too hard. A few other "little" problems are inherent in the popular "toy" pooches that people love to tote in purses, push in strol... - Posted on May 2, 2014
Would you ride in a car with no driver? Google is trying to make a self-driving car. But despite progress over the past year, the cars have plenty of learning to do before 2017, when the tech giant hopes to get the technology to the public. Others believe it's more likely to take until 2025 to purchase one of the cars.... - Posted on April 30, 2014
Man grows new nose In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels. It is a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory. But it isn't the only lab in the world that is pursuing the futuristic idea of growing organs for transplant. Only a handful of patie... - Posted on April 23, 2014
Mrs. Obama: “It’s OK to splurge” Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn't live without a little chocolate, a little Fren... - Posted on April 23, 2014
Smithsonian, singers share song to save Sumatrans Indie rock band “Portugal. The Man” and the Smithsonian's National Zoo released an "endangered song" Tuesday for Earth Day. The song is meant to demonstrate the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world. The new song, "Sumatran Tiger," was recorded ... - Posted on April 23, 2014