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What is sound therapy?

If music is a universal language, maybe it's a universal healer, too.<p>Handling stress is tough. With all the anxieties of modern life, we can turn to …

Meditation

Dragon blood could provide a cure for antibiotic resistance

The largest lizard on Earth has blood that's deadly to some of the world's most notorious superbugs.<p>It sounds like the recipe for an elixir from some …

Fourth-graders' project showers local humane society in kindness

A little kindness can go a long way. That's the lesson teacher Adam Randall had in mind when he gave his fourth-graders a special assignment. He had …

The 'hole' of Lake Berryessa is a life-saver

No, that's not a terrifying hole into the underworld; it's a terrifying hole playing an important purpose.<p>That 72-feet-wide and 245-feet-long hole is …

Science

Large Hadron Collider disproves the existence of ghosts

As theoretical physicist Brian Cox explains, if ghosts existed then they should have been detected by now.<p>Many people believe in ghosts despite the …

A reality show about kittens? Count me in

'Keeping up with the Kattarshians' is Iceland's antidote to stress.<p>In the mid-'90s, Daniel FitzSimons was surfing around cable during long breaks in …

TV

'Ring of fire' eclipse to put on show for millions

Known as an annular eclipse, this celestial event occurs when the moon blocks all but a sliver of the sun's surface.<p>If you happen to be in the …

Solar System

What is a Mardi Gras king cake?

Do you know the history and tradition of the Mardi Gras king cake?<p>The Mardi Gras festivities that have already begun in New Orleans will culminate …

Mardi Gras

Get this lady some vegan schmear, stat!

Lisa Edelstein urges bagel company to offer vegan cream cheese.<p>What's a bagel without cream cheese?<p>TV's Lisa Edelstein who gained fame for her role …

Vegan

Rani the dog always gets her fish

(Her methods require great patience, including from you.)<p>There's an old saying: Give a dog a fish, and you've fed it for the day. Teach a dog to tear …

Wildlife

6 Tips for Healthier Driving

Spend a lot of time behind the wheel getting from point A to point B? You might be concerned about the impact of those miles on the planet. But …

Yoga

Good behavior could get you a discount the next time you eat out

(And we're not just talking about your kids!)<p>A restaurant in Italy recently made headlines for offering a discount to a party of 11 — six adults and …

Restaurants

Why do buttercups have glossy petals?

Get up close and personal with a perky buttercup and you'll notice that the yellow flower's sunny petals have a distinctive sheen. (Maybe that's why …

Flowers

People that live in this desert have evolved the ability to drink arsenic

Humans are still evolving, and in some pretty surprising ways.<p>While the ability to drink poisonous water might not top the list of many people's most …

Biology

Farmer brings water to wild animals in drought-stricken Kenya

When Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua pulls his huge truck up to its destination in Kenya, dozens of elated four-legged customers are already waiting for him …

Wildlife

America's rural forests are shrinking

A new study finds that living in the country doesn't necessarily mean closer proximity to forested areas.<p>It’s easy — and completely logical — to …

Forests

How bad will allergy season be this spring?

Suffer from seasonal allergies? Depending on where you live, you may already be sneezing, sniffling and rubbing your itchy eyes.<p>And you may be in for …

Allergies

What does stress do to the body?

How stress affects us, and what you can do to minimize the damage.<p>How many saber-toothed tigers tried to maul you to death today? Hopefully, the …

Wellness

Where to Stay on Vieques

Just off the coast of Puerto Rico, this island has a fascinating history.<p>Right off the bat, Vieques surprised me in the best possible way. Just …

Rescued pit bull goes from crack house to firehouse

The newest member of a Lower East Side New York fire station is probably its most popular. With more than 11,000 followers on Instagram, Ashley — …

Dogs

Take this mosquito quiz to prepare for the inevitable onslaught

Question 1 of 12<p>Score: 0<p>Photo: Pavel Kolmogorov/Shutterstock<p>Question 2 of 12<p>Score: 0<p>Photo: William Warby/flickr<p>Question 3 of 12<p>Score: 0<p>Photo: John …

Mosquitoes

What is a ketogenic diet?

These low-carb, high-fat diets put your body into a metabolic state of ketosis, which can help you lose weight.<p>You've heard of low-carbohydrate, …

Nutrition

So you want to move to another country ...

Tool lets you compare everything from free time to health care costs.<p>Getting a little tired of the same-old, same-old and thinking you might pack up …

Health Care

Are you using coffee filters the right way?

(Hint: There are directions on the package.)<p>You can either look at this as a "Duh!" moment or a "Eureka!" moment.<p>Either way, you're probably about to …

Coffee

China to debut world's first bird 'airport'

Tianjin's wetland sanctuary will serve as a rest-stop for peckish migratory birds traveling along one of the world's major flyways.<p>“Birds” and …

China

What we know about the mysterious 'Tully monster'

It looks like nothing else ever seen on Earth, but the bizarre creature is still waiting on a definitive classification.<p>Ever since its …

Paleontology

NASA announces discovery of 7 Earth-sized alien worlds

These planets offer a 'giant leap forward' in the search for other life.<p>NASA is declaring the discovery of seven Earth-like worlds as a major leap …

Exoplanets

Do Ben & Jerry's vegan flavors pass the kid test?

Ice cream is serious business in my home. I insist that it must be made with quality ingredients; my kids insist it must be delicious. So when Ben & …

Meet Chico the capybara, a outsized pet in every sense of the word

“Anybody can have a cat or a dog,” says Jackie Coleman Wren. “But I wanted a pet that would fit my personality.”<p>Her critter of choice? Meet Chico, a …

Wildlife

Why 10,000 steps might not be the right goal

For some, that standard could do more harm than good.<p>My teenage daughter swims further than most people walk in a given day. She gets up at 5 a.m. to …

Wearable Tech