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Georgia Tech Students Help CSX Innovate

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:37:48 +0000

CSX is creating the future of freight rail — with the help of some very clever college students.

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This startup wants to pay you for saving electricity

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:54:06 +0000

With California-based OhmConnect, it's easy being green when you're also earning green.

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How to manage your attention, not your time

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:24:21 +0000

It's not a lack of time, it's what you spend your time on that really matters.

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Illegal pot farms are endangering spotted owls

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:59:35 +0000

As unpermitted grow sites and recreational marijuana use expand, researchers say the lack of regulatory oversight will only exacerbate the problem.

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'What Were You Thinking?' answers the questions every parent wants to know

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:44:20 +0000

'What Were You Thinking?' is a podcast series that showcases real-life stories of adolescents who made life-altering choices.

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What do propellers and beer have in common?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

'Cavitation' is another example of science getting cozy in the kitchen.

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15 things you didn't know about manatees

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:11:19 +0000

These gentle giants of the ocean love warm springs and swimming solo.

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11 cakes that won't win any beauty pageants

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:27:21 +0000

Some of these hilarious cakes were planned, but many were not. But as any cook knows, you gotta start somewhere!

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Everyone's favorite hippo is turning 1

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:10:44 +0000

A hippo born prematurely a year ago at the Cincinnati Zoo has grown into a healthy hippo with a zest for attention.

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Japanese trains save deer with sound effects

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:50:05 +0000

Rail systems in Japan are reducing deer collisions by outfitting trains to produce life-saving snorts, barks and ultrasounds.

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2017 was one of the top 3 hottest years on record

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:32:42 +0000

2017 continued the trend of record-high temperatures, though NASA and NOAA calculate the numbers in a slightly different way.

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SpaceX's latest mission prepares to make history

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:27:03 +0000

With its maiden launch approaching fast, all eyes will be turned toward what will be the world's most powerful rocket.

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These new blood tests aim to find cancer before it's diagnosed

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:51:23 +0000

New blood tests show promise for early detection of cancer, say researchers.

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Want to stick to your diet? Don't tell your friends

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:47:14 +0000

Social support can help you reach your goals, but it may not come from the people you'd expect.

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Chameleons add glow-in-the-dark bones to long list of cool traits

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:23:34 +0000

We know chameleons change their colors, but we didn't know they glow in the dark, too!

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One woman met a stray dog — and changed everything for a forgotten breed

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:49:20 +0000

Tina Solera made it her life's mission to save the galgo, a traditional dog of Spain that has fallen into deep disregard.

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Don't miss the 'super blue blood moon' on Jan. 31

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:48:30 +0000

The Jan. 31 full moon will be a lunar trifecta: a supermoon, blue moon and blood moon, all at once.

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Do lobsters feel pain?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:21:01 +0000

The Swiss have outlawed putting a live lobster into a pot of boiling water, even as the debate about do they feel pain continues.

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With puppies and kittens, who needs the Super Bowl?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:12:32 +0000

Check out the furry contenders of the Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl.

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These biological illustrations are as profound today as they were in the 19th century

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:49:50 +0000

'The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel' is a collection of beautifully illustrated flora and fauna by a German biologist and artist.

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Divers discover world's longest underwater cave in Yucatan Peninsula

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:40:20 +0000

Great Maya Aquifer Project finds a link between two of the world's largest flooded cave systems — Sac Actun and Dos Ojos — located in the Yucatán Peninsula.

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Moscow got only 6 minutes of sunlight in December

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:41:41 +0000

The Russian capital was cloaked in darkness for practically the entire month.

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China has stopped accepting recycling from other nations — and that's a problem

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:17:07 +0000

China will turn away 24 types of recyclable material imported from the U.S. and other countries due to concerns over contamination.

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What caused 200,000 saigas to die?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:50:19 +0000

Scientists identified the cause of the mystery die-off, as half of the species' population perished within a matter of weeks in 2015.

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9 of the snowiest places on the planet

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:46:10 +0000

From Japan to Canada, France to the U.S., explore the cities that often get hundreds of inches of snow each year.

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This sweet-looking kitty is one of Africa's deadliest cats

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:25:37 +0000

The black-footed cat may be tiny, but it's also killer feline that will walk 20 miles a night in pursuit of prey.

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Cape Town is about to run out of water

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:37:11 +0000

In the midst of the worst drought to hit the Western Cape region in over a century, bustling Cape Town is just a few weeks off from completely drying up.

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Norway pledges to stop fur farming practice

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:35:48 +0000

Norway says it will end all fox and mink farms by 2025, and it's the first Nordic country to take the step,

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The Oxygen Project: Let's save the oceans and put money in our pockets

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:14:00 +0000

Rutherford Seydel's Oxygen Project creates a sustainable Earth while creating financial sustainability for all. All it will take is a massive group action.

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#SeeHer Message to Girls: Nothing Is Beyond Reach

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:11:56 +0000

María Gabriela Gallardo, an engineer at Georgia-Pacific, is a #SeeHer role model working in STEM.

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This dog knows how to break the ice. Literally

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:05:56 +0000

This dog had such a good time smashing a trail of ice that he zoomed around the woods in joy.

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Watch students and teachers rejoice when the power returns to Puerto Rico after 112 days

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:17:03 +0000

It's been 112 days since this school in Puerto Rico had power. The sheer joy of this video when it comes back on is priceless.

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What to eat (and avoid) to improve dry skin

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:37:36 +0000

If winter weather is taking its toll on your skin, these foods can help bring it back to life.

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Mantis shrimp prefer peaceful resolutions

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:08:33 +0000

Mantis shrimp go through a series of communicative 'phases' to discourage a fight from starting.

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What if your pet could really 'talk' to you?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:27:07 +0000

With this new technology from Con Slobodchikoff, a pet translator could tell you exactly what your dog or cat is trying to say.

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Why do we hoard?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:11:31 +0000

Hoarding is a vicious cycle of anxiety, indecision and, finally, comfort that sends hoarders' brains into overdrive, a study finds.

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13 tips to help you sleep better

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:18:42 +0000

From bedtime routines to nightly to-do lists, here are ways to help you get a good night's sleep.

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How to help your houseplants through winter

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:54:51 +0000

Short, dry days with no sunlight and cold temperatures: You can nurse your houseplants through the perils of winter with some simple care and attention.

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Italians are balking at a new produce bag fee

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:38:21 +0000

Plastic bags are bad, for sure. But a new fee for produce bags is angering some ... and you're not even allowed to bring your reusables!

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Why you should care about the grass cows eat

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:51:12 +0000

Cow poop from fields where cattle graze prove there are fewer nutrients in the grass these cows eat — and that affects how they grow.

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The rusty-spotted cat is the world's smallest (and most adorable) big cat

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:33:40 +0000

The deceptively cute tiny rusty-spotted cat is also incredibly feisty.

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10 good luck charms from around the world

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:04:49 +0000

These symbols of good luck from around the world might just improve your energy in the universe.

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What is sleep yoga?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:53:03 +0000

Yoga nidra, also called sleep yoga, is a restorative style of yoga that looks (and feels) more like taking a nap than exercise.

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What happens to your body when you sneeze?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:09:38 +0000

Sneezing is one of the many wonders of the human body. When something irritates the inside of our nose, the nerve endings send a message to the brain which send

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How downsizing and decluttering are fueling the self-storage boom

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:03:11 +0000

The self-storage industry is profiting from a generational shift of stuff that just keeps coming back to us.

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New Jersey plan to ban exotic circus animals suffers setback

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:45:57 +0000

Inspired by the 35-year-old elephant Nosey, New Jersey lawmakers drafted legislation to protect exotic animals by banning their use at fairs and circuses.

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It's not crankiness, it's 'sickness behavior'

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:58:50 +0000

When you're sick and want to crawl into bed and stay home, that's your body trying to divert energy to helping you heal.

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Scientists may have unearthed 'permafrost tomb' of ancient Siberian prince

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:37:54 +0000

Discovered in a Siberian swamp, the 3,000-year-old tomb may contain well-preserved treasures, weapons and other priceless artifacts.

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Why do we buy into conspiracy theories?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:18:47 +0000

About half of us, according to one study, believe in at least one conspiracy theory. Why we do is part psychology, part personality.

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American Kennel Club recognizes 2 new adorable breeds

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:34:20 +0000

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen are the latest breeds to be recognized by the American Kennel Club.

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Largest retirement community in the U.S. gets a fleet of self-driving taxis

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:59:16 +0000

The Villages, the largest retirement community in the world, is getting self-driving taxis from Voyage.

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Is this housing solution just a pipe dream?

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:05:00 +0000

A cylindrical concrete abode named O-Pod could squeeze into Hong Kong's scarce unclaimed space.

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50-year-old woman qualifies for Olympic Marathon Trials

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:42:00 +0000

Molly Friel crushed the finishing time she needed to qualify for the Olympic trials.

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6 of your childhood movies your kids will love

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:33:16 +0000

Some films from way back when may not be as OK as you remember. Here are a few that are just good, clean fun.

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'Firehawks' flush out prey with flames

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:17:57 +0000

Australia's indigenous peoples have known that three birds of prey species pick up fire and use it to smoke out their prey.

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How to squeeze in 5 hours of learning a week

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:44:52 +0000

5 hours a week is a real commitment, but not a huge one. And it'll make your life so much better.

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Is it unmanly to care about the environment?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:29:52 +0000

The green gender gap is a thing. Studies show women are more attuned to the environment, and that some men may think the 'green' movement un-masculine.

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How sustainable will the Winter Olympics be?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:15:34 +0000

Olympics officials are trying to make February's Winter Games in Korea one of the most environmentally friendly gatherings ever.

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Supermassive black hole eats, burps and naps

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:14:15 +0000

A black hole located in a galaxy about 800 million light-years from Earth was caught munching on two other galaxies. Seriously, the manners.

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Stressed? Try sniffing your partner's T-shirt

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:39:29 +0000

Researchers at the University of British Columbia suggest you may want to add sniffing your partner's clothes to your arsenal of stress-busting habits.

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Dog missing for 5 days rescued from snowbank

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:21:59 +0000

Sophie, a 13-year-old Lab, wandered away in the cold, triggering a huge search.

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9 travel hacks for even the most-seasoned fliers

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:49:07 +0000

These tips and tricks will help you from takeoff to landing.

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Is raw pet food safe?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:51:33 +0000

New research shows some raw food contains deadly bacteria.

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What you need to know about dog flu

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:27:37 +0000

This highly contagious illness can spread like wildfire. Here's how to keep your dog safe.

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Yellow River Game Ranch closes its doors

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:11:35 +0000

When Georgia's Yellow River Game Ranch abruptly shut down, the facility's 600 residents needed new homes.

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Should you let a fever run its course?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:27:16 +0000

Fevers are a way for the body to fend off illness, and not necessarily a call to automatically head to the medicine cabinet.

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Unstoppable dad cuts road across mountains to send kids to school

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:47:47 +0000

Working eight hours a day for two years, Jalandhar Nayak cut nearly five miles of road through the mountainous terrain of eastern India.

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Baby sea turtles walk on treadmills for science

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:48:03 +0000

Researchers are trying to better understand how light pollution affects the endangered animals.

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