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Sesame Street: Star Wars Song

Oral History: In 1985 Snuffy Shocked Sesame Street

Introduced during the third-season premiere of <i>Sesame Street</i> on November 8, 1971, Aloysius Snuffleupagus proved immediately indispensable: Lacking a …

New Jersey

Illeana Douglas' 'great bunch of stories' includes one about Brando

Illeana Douglas was a teenager when she visited the set of the 1979 film classic "Being There," starring<p>Peter Sellers,Shirley MacLaineand her beloved grandfather Melvyn Douglas, who would win his second supporting actor Oscar for the satire.<p>An aspiring actress, Douglas was thrilled when her …

Marlon Brando

Top 10 Free (or Super Cheap) Things to Do with Kids Under 5

No one ever said having kids was cheap! But since the best things in life are free, having a blast with young kids in LA doesn’t have to break the …

Kids

Event Horizon

Here’s what the dark side of the moon looks like

NASA released a GIF of the dark side of the moon as it passed across the illuminated face of the Earth.<p>The images were taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite over the course of the day on July 16. DSCOVR, which is run by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration …

Imaging

12 Jim Gaffigan Quotes & Jokes: Everything You Need To Know About Family & Parenting

By<p>Jun 29 2015, 4:38 PM<p>If you’re like most parents, when your kid’s first full written sentence is “Dad is fat,” you go find a book about how to raise …

UC Scientists Discover Drug Makes Brains, Bodies Young Again

BERKELEY (CBS SF)– Imagine a drug that could make your aging mind and body young again. It sounds like the fountain of youth.<p>Researchers at UC …

UC Berkeley

41 easy ways to overcome that summertime refrain, 'I'm bored!'

Ahhhh, summer — that magical season when the days are long, the hours are unstructured, and the kids sing (or whine, or scream) that oft-repeated refrain: “I’m bored!!”<p>Sound familiar? Don’t panic! The TODAY Parenting Team has got you covered. We asked contributors to share their secrets for …

Solar Dynamics Observatory

Five for Five<p>The Sun unleashed no less than five solar flares in five days this week all from the same dynamic active region (June 21-25, 2015). Many …

Adult colouring-in books: the latest weapon against stress and anxiety

Are we really a nation vibrating with anxiety? The booming sales of colouring books that help calm us down would suggest so<p>The Michael O’Mara publishing empire is housed exactly as you would expect from a company that had no idea how fast it was going to grow. Clara Nelson, the publicity director, …

Mental Health

How Bungie built the technology to render Destiny

If you're making games for modern consoles, you know that they sport heterogeneous, multi-core computation architectures that differ vastly in …

Game Development

NHS endorses Sleepio app for alleviating anxiety and depression

Digital sleep programme Sleepio aids recovery not only from insomnia, but from depression and anxiety according to an informal NHS study.<p>Sleepio was …

Time-Lapse: 16 Years of Jon Stewart Hosting ‘The Daily Show’ in 2 Minutes

Shooting a self-portrait a day over many years to create “passage of time” videos has been a popular project ever since Noah Kalina’s everyday video …

Games with Gold expands to two Xbox One games, starting in July with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Microsoft is announcing that, beginning in July, its Games for Gold program will expand from one free game on Xbox One each month to two, in addition to the two free Xbox 360 games currently being offered to Xbox Live Gold subscribers.<p>Unlike the Xbox 360 offer — which sees both games divide the …

4 New Parenting Tips That Will Make Your Kids Awesome

Parenting tips are everywhere but most have zero legitimate research behind them. So what does science have to say? And how can you remember what’s …

Super Seal!

House cats don’t know they are house cats. [Previously / video]

House cats don’t know they are house cats. [Previously / video]

Waiting For Kindergarten

<i>I slept outside for 16 days to enroll my son in Fairview-Clifton Elementary School.</i><p>I said goodbye to my wife and turned back to Big Agnes, the new …

Jupiter's Movements Made Way for Earth

There's something about our solar system that appears to be unusual. For some reason, most of our bigger planets are far away from our host star, …

2 Things That Lead to a Happy Life, Backed By Research

I’ve posted a number of times about two nearly-lifelong studies: the Terman Study (covered in The Longevity Project) and the Grant Study (covered in …

Madagascar's lemurs cling to survival

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1174000/1174068_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524699715_4457b4f820c4075d5020207674741bd2<p><b>The famous lemurs of Madagascar face such severe threats to their survival that none of them may be left in the wild within 25 years.</b><p>That stark …

Lemurs

House Cat Is So Not Impressed By Mountain Lion At The Door

No one seems to have told this little house cat that mountain lions are fierce predators known for snacking on small pets unlucky enough to cross their path.<p>Certainly, it helped that there was a glass door between the two felines. But the house cat seems thoroughly unimpressed by the cougar as it …

Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars

PASADENA, Calif. -- Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark …

New Patch Arrives For The Witcher 3

Bug fixes, improvements and more.<p>The Witcher 3 is getting a new patch today on PS4 and Xbox One, bringing a host of bug fixes and to the open-world …

The Witcher