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The real reason why eggs come in so many shapes and sizes may be childishly simple

I spent an unhealthy part of my childhood obsessing over the pointiness of eggs. Not round ones that cracked too easily, but eggs with at least one …

Brunch

Lightning: How much do you know about this striking weather phenomenon?

Question 1 of 13<p>Score: 0<p>Photo: Vasin Lee/Shutterstock<p>Question 2 of 13<p>Score: 0<p>Photo: gary718/Shutterstock<p>Question 3 of 13<p>Score: 0<p>Photo: Mitchell …

Weather

Google will never be a substitute for your brain

Context is key, and it's something machines just don't have yet.<p>What's the use of memorizing data, or even acquiring knowledge, if all information is …

The Brain

California is generating so much solar energy, it's paying other states to take it

Massive investment coupled with falling prices has created a perfect renewable storm in the Golden State.<p>The Golden State may want to consider …

Renewable Energy

Kazakhstan's Altyn Emel boasts deserts, forests — and a sand dune that sings

Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization added 23 new sites to its World Network of Biospheres, areas that …

Nature

Your memories can now be selectively erased

The world in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" could soon be a reality.<p>So goes the famous Alexander Pope poem: “How happy is the blameless …

The Brain

At what age should kids master these life skills?

From packing lunches to doing the laundry, here's when your kids should start soloing these tasks and chores.<p>As parents, we walk a fine line between …

Parenting

Why doesn't anyone want to play with this baby elephant?

Chindi, a baby elephant in Sweden's Borås Zoo, just wants to play. The antelope at the very start of the video veers off, as if to say, "Will someone …

Sweden

Tablet for dogs will allow service animals to call 911

Dogs trained to use the touchscreen device can make calls or send texts.<p>If your bff happens to be of the four-legged variety, there may soon be a …

Pets

How do you make refugees feel more welcome in your community? Invite them to dinner

Refugees Welcome offers the tools and tips to make it happen.<p>There are refugees living among you, even if you haven't met them. They have fled their …

Just because your baby is crying doesn't mean you should feed her, research says

Yes, it's research, but as a parent, I'm not buying it.<p>One night, several weeks after my second daughter was born, my husband and I were having a …

Portugal's threatened rural landscape earns protective designation

An area in the Baixo Alentejo region of southern Portugal has been deemed so unique that it must be preserved, thanks to UNESCO. Biosphere reserves …

Nature

Meet the cecropia moth, the largest moth in North America

Butterflies get all the love. While the sight of a monarch or a painted lady can set human hearts aflutter, moths are often dismissed as a drab …

Insects

5 celebs you didn't know were amazing cooks

You know them for another skill, yet they made Epicurious's list of 100 greatest home cooks of all time.<p>What does it take to elevate a cook to a …

Zola the gorilla dances like he's never danced before

We're often told to dance like nobody's watching as way to motivate ourselves to live life to the fullest and face challenges head on.<p>Zola, a gorilla …

Animals

Winning images in dog photo contest will capture your heart

The Kennel Club's Dog Photographer of the Year competition makes one thing clear: We love our dogs.<p>The winning photos in The Kennel Club's annual Dog …

Dogs

Wanted: Nanny to live in 'lovely, spacious' haunted house in Scotland

For $64K a year, the qualified candidate will be expected to manage 2 young children and some bothersome spirits.<p>At first glance, the official …

Parenting

Embrace your inner couch potato with these socially responsible robes

The couple behind Highway Robery takes lounging seriously.<p>Last June, Jackie Nelson and Evan Streusand headed to west Texas from their Austin home for …

Lingerie

Chimps return favors, even if it costs them

Two new studies look at shades of altruism in chimpanzees, which sometimes forgo rewards and risk injury to help unrelated chimps.<p>We may not always …

Evolution

Power may damage the brain like head trauma

The ability to connect with others is among the first things to go.<p>It’s often said that power goes straight to the head.<p>The pursuit of wealth, …

The Brain

Your own sweat may soon power your phone

Skin patch draws energy from sweat, can power a radio for 2 days.<p>Here's a new technology that might not be the first thing that comes to mind when …

Wearable Tech

Ocean pollution is no laughing matter

Rob Lang gives voice to marine life and what they really think about all that junk we've dumped in the ocean.<p>We go to the beach to see its natural …

Oceans

People once used nuclear radiation to grow really big plants

After WW II, a government program aimed to find a peaceful use for nuclear power. And thus, the atomic garden was born.<p>This promotional Atoms for …

Gardening

Breastfeeding may lower a new mom's risk for heart disease

The longer a woman breastfeeds, the lower her chances for hardening of the arteries.<p>Need another reason to consider breastfeeding? We have already …

Pregnancy

Why are bees producing blue honey?

The bees may be eating discarded sugar from a nearby M&M factory.<p>A popular post has Redditors buzzing about bees that produced blue honey, with each …

Bees

Learn the art of curbing food waste with 'Scraps'

Sur La Table chef teaches home cooks how to use up ugly produce, carrot tops, stale bread and more on new TV show.<p>There's a new television show on …

Food

10 foods and beverages that boost brainpower

Food for thought<p>Just as eating right makes your body healthier, it also keeps your brain fit, happy and working at top capacity. But which nutrients …

Nutrition

11 everyday uses for castile soap

From washing yourself to your vegetables, castile soap cleans up well.<p>Castile soap is made from vegetable oil, rather than from animal fat or …

Olive Oil

5 'Take Your Dog to Work Day' challenges

Allergies, coworkers who are afraid of dogs, pooches that aren't comfortable in new situations are just a few things to consider.<p>Take Your Dog to …

Dogs

Germany's gorgeous Black Forest named UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme gives biosphere reserve status to locations that are great examples of balanced relationships between people …