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Global Consortium Aims to Create and Stockpile New Vaccines

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:30:00 -0500

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations hopes to get out in front of potential epidemics.

This Phone's Molecular Sensor Scans and Analyzes Objects

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:30:00 -0500

The Changhong H2 can tell how sweet a strawberry is, detect fake medicines, and measure body fat percentage.

A Redhead Emoji May Be on the Way

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:00:00 -0500

Good news for all the Anne Shirleys and Ron Weasleys of the world.

In Australia, Horses Kill More People Than Venomous Creatures Do

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:30:00 -0500

But you should still watch out for bees.

5 Criminals Who Claimed to Have Multiple Personalities

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:00:00 -0500

Accused criminals have used some wild excuses to explain away their crimes.

Want to Eat Less Junk Food? Serve Yourself

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:30:00 -0500

A new study finds that being physically involved with serving your food can lead you to healthier eating choices.

Jon Hamm Is Being Turned Into a Hologram for the Sundance Film Festival

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:00:00 -0500

The ‘Mad Men’ star will become part of the virtual world to promote his new movie, ‘Marjorie Prime.’

Cadbury-Style Oreo Eggs Will Soon Arrive in the U.S.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:30:00 -0500

Oreo-flavored candy eggs will soon be upon us.

11 Idioms for 'Exhausted' from Across the United States

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Just because you’re tired doesn’t mean your language has to be.

Finally, a Toaster Tough Enough for Bacon

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:30:00 -0500

Never be disappointed by shriveled-up bacon again.

The Hidden Room Behind Mount Rushmore

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:00:00 -0500

Just behind Lincoln's hairline sits a massive chamber. What's inside may never be seen by human eyes again.

Villagers in India Knit Giant Sweaters for Rescued Elephants

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0500

Snug, and stylish to boot.

14 Facts About 'Where's Waldo?'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:00:00 -0500

The bespectacled world traveler has been hunted down by eagle-eyed fans since 1987.

Using This Browser Setting Leaves You Vulnerable to Hackers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:30:00 -0500

This scam finds a sneaky way to steal credit card info.

Watch a Fan Trailer for 'Singin’ in the Rain' Set to the Music of 'La La Land'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:00:00 -0500

The hit musicals fit together amazingly well.

10 Dinner Party Entrees You Can Make for Under $20

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Don't sacrifice your social calendar in order to stick to your budget. These delicious dishes don't require deep pockets.

What’s the Story Behind This Superman Comic?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0500

The history of a nationwide tolerance movement and the government officials who just couldn’t tolerate it.

The Top-Secret Inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:30:00 -0500

The March 5, 1877 inauguration of Hayes was merely for show. Though the public didn't know it, he was already their president.

5 Elements of a Great Joke

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0500

See a breakdown of how a master comedian like Louis C.K. puts together a joke.

When—and How—to Say 'No' at Work

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:30:00 -0500

Don't be scared to turn down assignments you're too time-strapped to satisfactorily complete.

Replace Your Inspirational Posters With Retro Patent Prints

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

A reminder that even the biggest success stories had humble beginnings.

Wander the Virtual Halls of One of the World's Largest Prison Museums

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:30:00 -0500

Denmark's Horsen State Prison closed in 2006.

5 Questions: In"aug"uration Day

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:45:00 -0500

Make Your Own Knit Unicorn Trophy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:30:00 -0500

Why hunt when you can knit?