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Snakes found hunting in packs

Scientists aren't yet sure if this is a unique phenomenon or if it's something all snakes are capable of.<p>Snakes are most commonly thought of as …

Animals

Seattle businesses are slipping on Amazon's 1.7 million free bananas

The online retailer's good deed is turning into a market disruption.<p>Amazon looked to be doing Seattle a solid turn in 2015 when the online retailer …

Amazon

The worst everyday air pollutants — and what they do to our bodies

Here's how some of the most common air pollutants are created and the effect they have on our bodies.<p>The Clean Air Act of 1970 and other measures …

Pollution

When is the best time to eat dinner?

Timing matters, especially if your goal is to lose weight.<p>When making dinner reservations, should you be fashionably late or go for the early-bird …

Weight Loss

How to keep scratch-happy cats off furniture

If your feline friend is shredding the couch, here's how to get the clawing under control.<p>Scratching is an instinctive behavior for cats. They …

Cats

Why did whales get so big?

Believe it or not, their size is a relatively recent development.<p>Whales are huge. Even the smallest of them, the pygmy right whale, can reach 20 …

Oceans

Massive Big Sur landslide tumbles into Pacific

Part of Highway 1 is now covered under tons of dirt and rock.<p>If you had plans to drive end-to-end along California's iconic coastal Highway 1 this …

California

The real reason why flamingos stand on one leg

There are plenty of good reasons why flamingos are so famous. Their pink plumage is hard to ignore, of course, but so are those stilt-like legs and …

Birds

Top 11 chocolate myths

Aphrodisiac? Acne inciter? Friend or foe? Here's the skinny on the world's most beloved confectionery.<p>The Latin name for the cacao tree, <i>Theobroma</i> …

Nutrition

Are hedges better at fighting urban air pollution than trees?

New study praises pollutant-absorbing qualities of the humble hedge.<p>Make no mistake: the temperature-lowering, mood-improving, habitat-providing, …

Pollution

Wild crows seem to obey 'do not enter' signs

Crows can't read, but the signs have still apparently curbed their habit of stealing insulation material from a university building in Japan.<p>Crows …

Birds

Rare twin foals are fighting for their lives

Their birth is highly unusual — but they're still battling for survival.<p>When the Tucker family in Bastrop County, Texas, checked on a pregnant mare …

Horses

'Rat Cafe' to open in San Francisco with live rats scurrying around

You've heard of cat cafes, but this might be taking things too far...<p>There might be a loophole in San Francisco's health inspection guidelines. A new …

San Francisco

Quantum experiment could test if human consciousness is material or immaterial

Is there more to the mind than just classical physics?<p>The moment that the philosopher René Descartes first considered that famous phrase, "I think, …

Consciousness

10 real-life fairy tale castles

Fantasy in reality<p>Castles are often romanticized in fairy tales. They are homes for royal protagonists and settings for drama and romance. In …

Castles

Pint-sized hero helps tiny seahorse avoid being seagull's lunch

This is one lucky seahorse.<p>About a month ago, a little girl was walking along Indian Shores Beach in Florida when she saw a seagull overhead carrying …

Animals

Chagas disease more deadly than previously thought

Transmitted by the assassin or kissing bug, this parasite can cause fatal heart disease.<p>It seems hard to believe that a disease spread by the …

Public Health

Happy World Turtle Day

With 40 percent of all turtle species at risk of extinction, it's a crucial time to stick out our necks for these ancient animals.<p>The earliest …

Nature

Every kid should know what birthday cake tastes like

A Pittsburgh nonprofit brings birthdays to kids in need.<p>Last weekend, my kids went to two different parties, each with its share of gifts, games and …

Kids

Don't bash millennials about avocados — blame their parents

Avocado toast is not what's keeping them from owning homes.<p>Millennial-bashing is the favorite sport of baby boomer journalists and bloggers. They're …

Millennials

73 percent of sunscreens don't work

The Environmental Working Group's 11th annual sunscreen guide rates the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 products.<p>I recently took a trip to …

Skin Care

Baby emu tests limits of basset hound's patience

The American Kennel Club describes the basset hound as "low-key" and "patient," but we all have our limits. One brave emu in Minnesota decided to …

Dogs

Bolivian salt flats provide infinite backdrop for ethereal light tube photos

Photographer Eric Paré and dancer Kim Henry visit Salar de Uyuni for their latest light-painting project.<p>Photographer Eric Paré and contemporary …

Photography

Big game hunter crushed by dying elephant

Theunis Botha, a veteran South African big game hunter, was killed while leading a trophy hunt with clients.<p>After decades of leading high-paying …

Wildlife

Sea lion episode provides fresh reminder: Don't interact with wildlife

Little girl's run-in is terrifying, but thankfully everyone's OK.<p>Maybe you've seen or heard about the terrifying video featuring a bold sea lion and …

Sea Lions

What are some healthy drinks for kids?

Juice and soda aren’t the only drink options available. Here some healthy alternatives to try.<p>It feels like we can't go a month without there being …

Smoothies

15 priceless pet reactions to the new puppy

Sure, you're excited, but what about your other pets?<p>New puppy meeting her big sister. (Photo: DiggyPablo/Reddit)<p>When you decide to bring home a new …

Cats

Strange distant star is dimming, and scientists don't know why

Natural explanations include an orbiting planet or comet, but the dimming is too irregular, leaving some to suggest alien activity.<p>The most …

Aliens

Seattle is topping one of its famous floating bridges with light rail

The gridlock-relieving rapid transit project is a world's first.<p>As if it weren’t enough for the state of Washington to claim bragging rights as the …

Seattle

Fake caterpillars trick ants into spilling secrets

Scientists deployed thousands of fake caterpillars at 31 sites around the world, shedding new light on the global patterns of predators.<p>Thousands of …

Insects