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Striking mother-of-pearl clouds may have inspired 'The Scream'

In Edvard Munch's famous painting, "The Scream," a figure with an agonized expression holds his face while the sky behind him is composed of …

Art History

Mom? … Anybody? Adorable bear cub needs a hand with clingy scallop

Grizzly bears are top-notch eaters, and they eat just about anything, from moose to moles to plants. Naturally, they enjoy seafood as well, but they …

Cute Animals

Everything you need to know about restaurant health inspections (and wish you didn't)

You go out to dinner, have a nice meal with friends, but later that night, things just don't feel right. Was it something you ate?<p>If you're lucky, …

Public Health

Why doesn't the U.S. have a Children's Day?

Kids have their special day in lots of other places around the world.<p>Ask any parent that question and you'll get a sideways look and this likely …

Town bids farewell to 600-year-old oak

Historic white oak in New Jersey was one of the oldest in the nation.<p>School field trips often made a pilgrimage to Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church …

Forests

Cinnamon's health benefits go way beyond a bowl of oatmeal

New research suggests that a gram of cinnamon a day can help reduce blood sugar and may boost metabolism.<p>Deep within the inner recesses of your …

Diabetes

Houston, we have a space debris problem

Leaving Earth for another planet is going to be a challenge. Sure, there's the matter of building the rocket and launching it, but what do you do …

Space

Are boomers going to age in place or be stuck in place?

Millennials may not be buying what the boomers are selling.<p>Four years ago, Emily Badger wrote in CityLab how the great senior sell-off could cause …

Housing

15 pets that sure look like they're smiling

We know that animals have feelings. Studies have shown that animals have consciousness and emotions. But if you have a pet, you know this …

Common caterpillar found to eat plastic shopping bags

It could represent a biodegradable solution to the omnipresent pollution clogging our landfills.<p>Sometimes the solution to your problem can be found …

Plastic

Georgia-Pacific and Historically Black Colleges: Nurturing Tomorrow's Engineers

Georgia-Pacific looks to hire the best and brightest to join its team of 35,000 employees nationally, and one place it sees that talent is HBCUs — …

College & University

The case for transforming Californian gridlock into a green energy source

The Golden State's congested freeways could be a boon for large-scale piezoelectric power generation.<p>Considering that Las Vegas streetlights are now …

Renewable Energy

This is your brain on art

'Self Reflected,' a light-animated art exhibit, shows the beauty of information flowing through your brain.<p>"This is what consciousness looks like," …

Neurology

Is your kid's lemonade stand legal?

Odds are it isn't, but here's how to stay on the right side of the law.<p>With summer approaching, many a young, budding entrepreneur will find ways to …

Parenting

See that beautiful river of light? That's 'Steve'

Aurora enthusiasts first documented the ribbon of light last year.<p>If you happen to see a vertical ribbon of dancing, flickering light playing across …

Astronomy

Turn your shower into a spa with these DIY aromatherapy squares

When it's allergy season, symptoms like stuffy heads, congested sinuses, nonstop sneezing and watery eyes can send us scrambling for relief. Of …

Herbs

The Arctic is a 'dead end' for ocean plastic

Ocean currents have carried about 300 billion pieces of plastic trash to the Arctic Ocean, a new study finds, and more is on the way.<p>The Arctic isn't …

Oceans

How to Make Your Car Parts Last Longer

The less often you have to replace your car’s parts, the better. How can you make your car parts last longer? A little bit of maintenance goes a long …

Batteries

This cookie box needs 2 people to open it

Resisting the siren's song of a chocolate chip cookie — or any type of cookie, really — can be difficult. Whether they're held in a classic cookie …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bradford watermelons were so juicy and delicious, people literally used to die for them

Today, a Bradford heir is resurrecting the fruit and using the proceeds to fund the drilling of fresh water wells around the world.<p>Once upon a time, …

Bradford

These male birds like to keep their wives happy and well-fed

Happy wife, happy life! Humans aren't the only ones to worry about keeping "the wife" happy while she focuses on bringing the next generation of …

Zoology

Tiny Oregon 'ghost town' may be reborn as a permaculture school

Tiller, Oregon, a dying timber town on the market for $3.85 million, has found a buyer with green intentions.<p>Tiller, Oregon, a small town built at …

Ghost Towns

We could visit another star system in just 69 years

It makes sense if the first star we visit is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.<p>When news broke last year that an Earth-like planet was …

Astronomy

Dog makes a run for it ... cage included

This dog has probably been planning an escape for months. It's been quietly sabotaging all the other cages and changed the paperwork so it didn't end …

Dogs

Last 2 wolves on Michigan's Isle Royale reveal new info about predator-prey relationships

This we know: Top carnivores profoundly influence local ecosystems.<p>The American people's relationship with top predators — especially wolves — is …

Creating more 'maple-ier' syrup in Vermont

The Maple Guild's organic syrup is the only Rainforest Alliance-certified syrup in the U.S.<p>In Vermont, The Maple Guild currently has about 350,000 …

Beverages

How to get rid of crabgrass

Crabgrass doesn't have to ruin your otherwise perfect lawn.<p>If you're trying to grow a lawn as eye-catching as the field at a Major League Baseball …

Gardening

This video could be proof that efforts to return pandas to the wild are working

In a panda first, a bear raised in captivity and then released into the wild has journeyed to a different protected reserve.<p>Zhang Xiang, who was also …

Wildlife

Military meals get the Michelin treatment

A collaboration takes the MREs that different governments use to feed their warriors and makes them look like food porn.<p>This dessert MRE for U.S. …

Food Safety

What artificial sweeteners do to your health

They've been linked to diabetes, stroke and dementia.<p>My mother used to joke about my “drinking problem.” But before you think I have a problem with …

Diabetes