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How you can help bluebirds bounce back

You're not alone if you've seen a small bird slightly bigger than a sparrow and didn't recognize it as a bluebird. Even on sunny days, perching …

Biodiversity

High anxiety: Can living in tall a building cause depression?

Researchers connect the dots between high-rises and mental health.<p>For those who live in population centers where the built environment can best be …

Where are Earth's largest nature reserves?

Preserving the pristine<p>The United States has some massive nature reserves. The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska, for example, is the …

How to get back in shape after a workout break

Are you ready to shake off that long, cold winter and start working out again? Here's how.<p>If you're like a lot of everyday athletes, you probably …

Exercise

The dirt on DIY funerals: What is legal?

As grieving families take control of this ritual, how far can they go?<p>I recently wrote about a friend who lost her son and set out to reclaim the …

Funerals

Drone finds lost dog after 5 days trapped on a mountain

Cherry, a 5-year-old Chihuahua mix, was out walking with her owner in South Wales when she went chasing after a stick and never came back.<p>Her …

Drones

There's a day spa for babies in Australia, and the pics are priceless

Life for a baby can be stressful. One minute you're content in your mother's arms, and the next you're splayed out on a table getting an icy cold …

Babies

3 reasons to stare at the clouds on World Meteorological Day

The theme for this year's celebration of weather on World Meteorological Day is "Understanding Clouds." There's so much more to clouds than whether …

Climate Change

Cicadapocalypse: What you need to know

After a 17-year absence, Brood VI of these bizarre insects will overrun parts of the U.S. in coming months.<p>Spring has sprung in the Northern …

5 venomous animals that could save your life

These dangerous critters could cure cancer and other diseases.<p>Venomous animals tend to get a bad rap. Sure, this could be partly deserved since the …

Nature

Turn your binoculars to the night sky for the Beehive Cluster

Some stars you need a telescope to see, but others you can spot with just a set of binoculars. The Beehive Cluster is one of them. This cluster of …

Astronomy

Thousands of bulging methane bubbles could explode in Siberia

Scientists estimate more than 7,000 dangerous methane 'bumps' have formed in the region over the last couple of years.<p>Siberia's frozen landscape, …

Climate Change

Mix chocolate and caffeine to help you focus

It can improve concentration and ease anxiety, says new study.<p>Sure, you could drink a plain old cup of coffee or a warm cup of cocoa in the morning. …

The Brain

Popeye the Foodie Dog eats better than you

Adorable rescue dog Instagrams his meals at pet-friendly restaurants.<p>I have found my spirit animal, and he likes Shake Shack burgers and fries as …

Restaurants

Take a dive to see the remains of the Titanic

Starting in 2018, an expedition to the final resting place of the ill-fated luxury liner will cost you $105,129.<p>More than a century after it slipped …

Scuba Diving

How to treat a jellyfish sting

For the record, you shouldn't urinate on it.<p>Anyone who's ever been stung by a jellyfish knows that when the pain first hits, you'd do just about …

Australian Universities

Happiest goose ever gives woman a hug

If only every animal was this excited to see you.<p>The woman her arms as if to say, "Hi there! I'm back!" and the goose comes running to greet her, …

Relationships

Everyone, take a deep breath and try the Cup Blowing Challenge

The latest internet craze involves a little bit of magic.<p>Did you take on the Ice Bucket Challenge, wisely avoid the Cinnamon Challenge and then …

Internet

How climate change is stripping the Caribbean of its prized coral reefs

Climate change has had a dismal impact on coral reefs around the globe, including those in the Caribbean. Rising sea temperatures and acidification …

Climate Change

The Living Building Challenge confronts us with a profound question

The starting point for this building process is what sets it apart.<p>We spend most our days inside hulking concrete and steel boxes that are fixed to …

Construction

Do paper toilet seat liners really work?

So which is it: Do you hover or do you cover?<p>When using a public restroom, do you prefer to float over the seat, or cover it with a seat liner or …

Toilets

Chocolate companies put their heads together to save trees

12 of the world's leading chocolate producers intend to tackle deforestation, with a little help from Prince Charles.<p>I recently learned a term I was …

Forests

The easy way to tell the difference between seals and sea lions

Have you ever found yourself wondering whether the seal in front of you is actually a sea lion? Have you been curious about what the differences …

Wildlife

Why Italians are the healthiest in the world

It could have something to do with the fresh vegetables and olive oil.<p>In my parents' hometown of Chiauci, Italy, there are lots of really old people. …

Health

Hiplet: It's ballet with attitude

A Chicago dance center empowers teens by infusing pointe training with the groove and soul of hip-hop.<p>Ballet has a reputation for being pretentious, …

Dance

Tiny origami robots are flexible space rovers

Space is an unforgiving place, and alien worlds are full of surprises that we humans cannot predict. To scout ahead for such surprises, engineers …

Space

What you need to know about your child's teeth

Common questions parents aren’t asking their dentist but should be.<p>Taking care of your kids’ teeth might seem as simple as making sure they brush …

Wellness

Traumatic brain injuries are hurting (and killing) too many of us

New CDC study finds the rate of injury among seniors is rising fast.<p>Hugh Hardy died last week. Paul Goldberger said of the talented New York …

Public Health

Supermarkets step up to save dying suburban shopping malls

As department store anchors sink, will grocery stores fill the void?<p>As a Spencer Gifts-ogling child of the 1980s and Hot Topic-frequenting teenager …

J.C. Penney

These parrots high-five in the air while laughing contagiously

Rare human-like birds know how to have a good time, use tools, and even solve logical puzzles.<p>The categorical boundaries between humans and other …

Birds