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Mysterious stranding kills dozens of false killer whales

Rescuers try but fail to herd the animals back to deeper waters.<p>Nearly 100 false killer whales recently were stranded in the mangroves in the …

Biology

Rekindle the magic of childhood with a whimsical fairy garden

Let your creativity run wild with these enchanting design ideas.<p>When was the last time you sat down in the woods and breathed in the magic of nature? …

Landscaping

Should we drink coffee?

The positive and negative effects of drinking it on a regular basis.<p>Coffee and I have had a distant, distrustful relationship — that is, until …

Wellness

Ringling Bros. to shut down in May

After more than a century of setting up the big-top around the country, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is closing down.<p>According to a …

Wildlife

15 famous people who mysteriously disappeared

Though many of them are presumed dead, exactly what happened to these high-profile personalities still remains unknown.<p>The Lost Roanoke Colony. The …

China

Should we stop eating shellfish?

As ocean temps rise, so may a toxin found in these edible creatures.<p>Among the things climate change is altering, add future clam bakes to the list. …

Oceans

Forget what you think senior living looks like

As large numbers of people around the world begin to age, societies need to change — like these great examples here.<p>It's both a challenge and a …

Retirement

How a computer algorithm gave Hamburg's new concert hall its incredible sound

The Elbphilharmonie features over 1 million computer-generated divots to shape sound within its main auditorium.<p>Stepping inside the main auditorium …

Software Engineering

Love is why you call your kid by the dog's name

It's not your fault. It's your brain's (and your heart's).<p>There's finally a name that identifies a problem that the women in my family have. It's …

Parenting

Endangered West Coast oysters could thrive under climate change

But so might the invasive, carnivorous snails that eat them alive.<p>Oysters are the superstars of healthy coastal habitats. They clean pollutants from …

Climate Change

This low-cost paper centrifuge may one day save countless lives

Used to detect various blood infections, the 'paperfuge' can be made for less than twenty cents.<p>Inspired by the design of a classic toy, two Stanford …

Science

Mechanical object frozen to the coldest temperature ever

The temperature was below the supposed quantum limit, bending the laws of physics.<p>Just how cold can a mechanical object get? Apparently, way colder …

All aboard! Next stop: The ski slopes

A new Amtrak train lets Denver skiers and riders relax on the ride to and from the mountain.<p>Unless you stay "on-mountain," getting to and from the …

Colorado

How One Georgia-Pacific Employee Is Making a Difference

In the small community of Big Island, Virginia, one woman is determined to help improve the lives of her fellow citizens, the wee ones in …

Hawaii

200 dogs just got rescued from a South Korean meat farm (and they need a place to call home)

Two hundred dogs have been taken from a meat farm in South Korea, whisked away in vans and then planes for new lives as household pets in the U.S., …

Dogs

Watch the first video of the rare ruby sea dragon

The unique sea dragon was recorded off Australia, its natural habitat.<p>We thought the world contained only two sea dragon species, but then scientists …

Nature

What can a photo of lemons teach you about breast cancer?

This simple image changes the conversation dramatically.<p>If you're a woman, you've likely been asked in the last few weeks to post a heart emoji on …

Cancer

9 things you didn't know about dormice

These adorable animals are experts at sleeping — and winning our hearts.<p>Photo: Miroslav Hlavko/Shutterstock<p>The sleepy rodent from "Alice's Adventures …

Nature

Can You Name The Greenest U.S. Cities?

Question 1 of 11<p>Score: 0<p>Question 2 of 11<p>Score: 0<p>Question 3 of 11<p>Score: 0<p>Question 4 of 11<p>Score: 0<p>Photo: Mercedes-Benz<p>Question 5 of 11<p>Score: 0<p>Question …

Cities

What is a cookbook club?

It's a book club with more eating, more cooking (and less reading).<p>If you've ever been a part of a book club, you know that in addition to discussion …

Cookbooks

Mom and kids with no skills built this house from video tutorials

'Long story short, we needed a house, so we built one,' she writes.<p>Many of us have tried to learn how to do something by watching YouTube videos. The …

Parenting

Why are EpiPens so expensive?

Families are shelling out hundreds of dollars for these epinephrine-filled devices, and their complaints are being heard.<p><i>Editor's note: This file was</i> …

Health

Should you really make your own EpiPen?

It may be cheaper than buying the overpriced prescription 2-pack, but doctors warn of safety risks with the DIY approach.<p>As parents and allergy …

Consumer Reports

Woodland creatures build snowmen, toss snowballs in photographer's winter playground

Russian photographer Vadim Trunov is known for his captivating photos of wildlife. When the snow falls, Trunov takes to the great outdoors to capture …

Astronomers may have found a new way to detect alien planets

New method looks for strange shadows in a star's disk.<p>Searching for planets in other solar systems is more like a detective game than something you …

Space

Some people take travel photos; this guy knits a sweater to mark the occasion

Sam Barsky likes to knit. He also likes to travel. So he's combined his two passions into one entertaining hobby, and in the process he has racked up …

Entertainment

'I never gave up and today I found him!!!!'

Persistence pays off when woman finds kitty missing for 18 months.<p>When Iris Samaniego's cat Diego zipped out her garage door in June 2015, she and …

Wildlife

10 optical illusions that will blow your mind

And the interesting explanations behind why that happens.<p>Optical illusions are popular again thanks to the internet. (Perhaps there's some irony to …

Illusion

Why these camera trap photos of ocelot kittens are a big deal

This year, biologists in Texas were thrilled to discover rare ocelot kittens at den sites they have been monitoring through camera traps and GPS …

Why do we use 'baby talk' with puppies?

You can't help it. You see that sweet little face and immediately begin to blabber in a sing-song voice, "Hello, sweetie pie! Who's a good boy?!"<p>We …

Babies