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'Sugar tax' works at Jamie Oliver's restaurants

But are people buying fewer sweet drinks just because they cost more?<p>A year before the U.K. announced it would place a tax on sugary drinks starting …

Sugar

9 can't-miss public markets

Locals, visitors meet at these hot spots for great food and shopping.<p>Public markets — full of vendors, stalls, delicious food, locally crafted wares …

Restaurants

Proost! Alcohol may improve your foreign language skills

Pronunciation gets better with a little liquid courage.<p>We all know that, among its effects, alcohol can lower inhibitions. Now a study suggests that …

Language Learning

A dying chimp embraces her old friend and refuses to let go

Mama seemed to have all but given up on this world.<p>At 59, the chimpanzee was suffering a long, achingly slow illness, at the Royal Burgers Zoo in the …

Emotions

When dogs and cats interrupt yoga

They either participate or make sure they get in the way.<p>Sure, there's the downward dog. And there's even the cat pose. But names aside, why is it …

Yoga

Leonardo DiCaprio backs vegan meat company

It's all about fighting climate change, says the actor.<p>No stranger to investing in green businesses and organizations committed to creating a more …

Leonardo Dicaprio

Dogs really can smell your emotional state

Not only can dogs tell when you're scared, but they can adopt the emotional state they sense in you.<p>Dog owners are probably already keenly aware of …

Emotions

11 things you didn't know about Ouija

There's a scientific reason why the board responds the way it does.<p>With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time yet again to get freaky with the …

Paranormal

Are you 'crazy-busy' or is your life just full?

How you see your life might affect how you feel about it.<p>When someone asks how you are, is your reflexive response "So crazy-busy!" before you even …

Time Management

Flying insects have declined by 75 percent in 27 years, surprised researchers say

Insects may be in trouble, if a study published in the journal PLOS One is any indication.<p>Conducted over the course of 27 years, a German research …

Bees

Photographer captures the secret life of a stray dog in paradise

Ever wonder what happens to those stray dogs in resort towns, the ones that show up with a playful, wagging tail at the edge of your lounge chair?<p>The …

Travel

Lulu the dog casts aside her CIA dreams

Because some dogs just don't care about sniffing bombs.<p>It's not easy to get chosen to go to the CIA's exclusive explosive detection school. Puppies …

Pets

At what age should kids drink coffee?

The answer depends heavily on the other sources of caffeine that are already in their diet.<p>I've never been a coffee drinker — tea is my caffeinated …

Coffee

The Museum of Ice Cream makes me hungry for old-school museums

The mall of my youth, a 25-minute drive from my rural home, has been shuttered for decades now. It may have been small — a modest fountain made up …

Art

Studying whale sharks to help them survive

Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the ocean, yet scientists don't know much about them. Georgia Aquarium is working to change that.<p>It's the only …

Oceans

Orphaned, Critically Endangered Beluga Whale Calf Rescued, Under 24/7 Care By Marine Mammal Experts

RESCUED BELUGA WHALE CALF UPDATE: October 7, 2017 – This little one suckles specially made formula by his caregivers through a tube to receive …

Biological Species

11 colorful fungi that look like they came from Willy Wonka

The fungi kingdom has an amazing diversity. Some species of fungi are responsible for the creation of life-saving drugs such as penicillin and other …

Willy Wonka

By 2030, electric vehicles will rule Paris' streets

Banning gas-powered cars is the latest in a crackdown on pollution.<p>Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is the pollution-combating, carbon footprint-shrinking, …

Transportation

This giant lava tube on the Moon could be where the first lunar colonies are built

The cavern is large enough to house a city at least the size of Philadelphia.<p>Even though the moon is relatively accessible and the only other …

Moon Missions

Triton the lion becomes a big kitten when soccer ball comes out

Even big cats can behave like domestic house cats under the right circumstances, and Triton, a lion at the Johannesburg Zoo, is no exception.<p>This …

Soccer

This WWII vet loves to walk, but he can’t go far

His neighbors came up with an awesome solution.<p>Few people enjoy a good stroll quite like 95-year-old Harvey Djerf.<p>He’s been seen walking the same …

World War II

Why is it so hard to find 'green' electronics?

Greenpeace reports what the world's leading consumer electronics companies are doing to address their environmental impacts.<p>When you buy a phone or …

Sustainability

375-pound 'minipig' inspires 2 men to go vegan

Esther won the hearts of the men who adopted her, and they hope to inspire others to see animals as more than meat.<p>When Steve Jenkins and Derek …

Emotions

What is 'Planet Nine'?

A new planet in our solar system is making its presence known.<p>Many people were disheartened by the demotion of Pluto as a planet, which left only …

Astronomy

Whales and dolphins have human-like social and cultural skills

When humans look up at the night sky, we often wonder if the universe holds any other complex societies created by intelligent life. It does, many …

How to get rid of rats

Prevent a rodent problem before it starts.<p>Ah, the rat. We have stories about leading the rodents out of towns with flutes and associate them with the …

Home Improvement

Orionid Meteor Shower Is Peaking Now: How to See It

If you step outside before dawn during the next week or so, you might be able to see bright meteors streaking through the sky.<p>The Orionid meteor …

Astronomy

Dog portraits offer a look into canine souls

Andrew Grant's newest 'Rover' book brims with lifelike photos of both homeless and beloved pets.<p>The dog portraits in photographer Andrew Grant's …

Homelessness

The 50 'rattiest' cities in America

Rats like hanging out with humans — and can you blame them?<p>Regardless of where you live, you've likely seen at least one rat scurrying about. Be it …

West Palm Beach

Alligators found hunting and feasting on sharks

This unexpected clash of the predators demonstrates who really sits atop the estuarine food chain.<p>Alligators, occupying estuarine and fresh waters, …

Nature