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Intriguing Lime-Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

Oops.<p>Someone dropped lime sherbet on the desert — and it's melting. Who's going to clean this up?<p>Nobody. Because this — believe it or not — is a plant. It may look like a glob of goo, but it's not at all gooey. It's solid to the touch — so solid that a man can lie on top of it and not sink in, not …

A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors

Eating a bowl of cereal in the morning seems like such a simple thing, but it's close to impossible for some of the 1 million Americans who struggle with the tremors of Parkinson's disease.<p>There are also as many as 10 million Americans who have a disorder called essential tremor — sometimes …

Europeans Are Getting Fatter, Just Like Americans

Ireland is predicted to become the fattest country in Europe by 2030, according to a study released by the World Health Organization and the UK Health Forum.<p>As many as 90 percent of Irish men and 84 percent of Irish women are projected to be classified as overweight or obese by then. Blame goes to …

The Test for Heart Disease Your Doc May Be Doing Wrong

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General Hospital

18 Weird-Yet-Wonderful Things You Never Knew About Your Body

Come along as we admire the peerless beauty, elegant function and incredible capabilities of nature's greatest design marvel—the human body.<p>Photo: …

Illustration

Commute-Case : A Briefcase That Transforms Into Electric Personal Vehicle

<b>Commute-Case</b> looks like an ordinary briefcase when carried around, but actually, it’s nothing but ordinary. Starting out as a standard briefcase, you …

Industrial Design

This Japanese Restaurant Of The Future Has No Employees, And It's Absolutely Terrifying

Sure, waiters can be distracting. But imagine going to a restaurant and having no need to interact with a single human.<p>Welcome to the future, as sketched out in a new video by a Tokyo-based tech company. In it, a customer manages to study a menu, order several items, and settle her bill, all …

In The Not So Distant Future, Glow-In-The-Dark Trees Could Replace Street Lights

According to Daan Roosegaarde, the future of art and design is awash with spectacular innovation.<p>From giant vacuum cleaning systems aimed at eradicating smog to "smart" apparel that becomes translucent when the wearer is turned on, the Dutch artist/designer/architect has helped imagine some …

Magnitude-5.1 earthquake rattles Los Angeles area

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake struck the Los Angeles area Friday night, jolting nearby communities and breaking water mains in some neighborhoods.<p>Its epicenter was in Orange County, one mile east of La Habra and four miles north of Fullerton, the U.S. Geological Survey said.<p>Shortly after the …

How Steven Spielberg Made Millions Off 'Star Wars' After A 1977 Bet With George Lucas

Steven Spielberg would go on to win the bet and take millions of dollars from George Lucas over time.<p>Here's how the out-of-this-world wager came to be.<p>In the mid-1970s, science-fiction films weren't very popular.<p>1968's "2001: A Space Odyssey" led the way for the genre but made just $56 million at …

Celebrate Women’s History Month with this Marie-Denise Villers painting that was once attributed to Jacques-Louis David. See more works by women artists from Europe: http://met.org/1kX0PWF Marie-Denise Villers (French, 1774–1821) | Charlotte du Val d'Ognes (died 1868) | 1801

1475 titles including books, “Bulletins,” “Journals,” and online publications, published by the Met, from the last five decades are available to read, download, and/or search for free in our publishing portal MetPublications. http://met.org/Nve42g Albert Bartholomé (French, 1848–1928) | The Artist's Wife (Périe, 1849–1887) Reading | 1883

E. E. Cummings

• <b>Author:</b> Susan Cheever<p>From the author of <i>American Bloomsbury, Louisa May Alcott</i>, and <i>Home Before Dark</i>, a major reassessment of the life and work of the novelist, painter, and playwright considered to be one of America’s preeminent twentieth-century poets. At the time of his death in 1962, at age …

Wickham: Do you know when slavery began and ended?

Many don't know the answer. We should declare Dec. 6 Liberation Day.<p>I cringe every year when Black History Month rolls around. Don't get me wrong, I think it's important for all Americans to know something about "the black experience" that played such a big role in shaping the culture and politics …

AT&T unveils new low-cost family plan

As wireless carriers turn up the heat on competitive pricing plans, AT&T announces lower-cost shared plans with unlimited talk, text and 10GB of data.<p>AT&T chose Super Bowl eve to announce what the carrier insists is a new super pricing deal for families. Under the plan that kicks in on Sunday, a …

The Answer to Affordable Housing Could Lie Within a 3D Printer

Forget waiting weeks or months for your new home to be ready. Researchers from the University of Southern California created a 3D printer that can …

The Unusual Personal Transportation Designs of Shane Chen

Shane Chen is a Washington-based inventor obsessed with moving the human body. His company, Inventist, has been developing strange-looking personal …

Kickstarter

'Le Divorce' Author Finds Stories Closer To Home In 'Flyover'

For most of her readers, the American author Diane Johnson is wholly identified with France and especially Paris. She's the author of novels like <i>L'Affaire</i>, <i>Le Marriage</i>, and <i>Le Divorce</i> — the last of which was made into a film.<p>So it comes as something of a surprise that Johnson's new book is about her …

5 Simple Habits Can Help Doctors Connect With Patients

I pulled back the curtain, ready to meet the next patient on my hospital rounds.<p>"Why are you standing there?" she asked me. "Come, have a seat, let's talk."<p>Lenore could have been my grandmother. She was 77 years old, and all of 93 pounds. What she lacked in girth, she more than made up for in …

Sealant Inspired By Beach Worm Could Become Surgical Superglue

Remember that wacky glue commercial from the 1980s? "Krazy Glue, you crazy rat," the narrator says. "Strong enough to hold this man suspended in mid-air." He promises the stuff can bond almost anything: a plastic knob, a plastic plug, a rubber boot, a door knob, and even a flashlight case.<p>Heck, a …

50 Years After Landmark Warning, 8 Million Fewer Smoking Deaths

Saturday marks an important milestone in public health – the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health.<p>Few if any documents have had the impact of this one — both on the amount of disease and death prevented, and on the very scope of public health.<p>An analysis in …

Quinoa Salad with Orange and Pistachio Recipe

<b>Serves 4</b><p>Ingredients<p>½ tsp. grated orange zest<br>• 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice<br>• 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil<br>• 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar<br>• ¾ tsp. sesame oil<br>• ½ …

Food

It's so freaking cold that...

With record-low temps hitting parts of the USA, it's so freaking cold that ...<p>1) In Minnesota, some ski and sledding hills and ice rinks have been declared closed until Tuesday. In Ohio, the Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski resort is shut. Even the cold-weather recreation enthusiasts said it was just …

First Photo from Clint Eastwood's JERSEY BOYS

Norman Rockwell Style Sci-Fi Pinocchio Art

Beautiful churches around the world

Throughout the world, faith inspires beauty. Here, we taking a look at 45 of the world's most beautiful churches and cathedrals. Getty Images/iStockphoto<p>The neo-Gothic Las Laras Sanctuary sits perched on a bridge spanning a deep river gorge in southern Colombia -- one of South America's most …