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Fed up with violent discrimination, these black soldiers took to the streets of Houston for bloody revenge

When it was over, 19 black soldiers were hanged in one of the largest court-martials in U.S. history<p>It was raining on the night of August 23, 1917, …

Justice

Saint David's Day: King Arthur, medieval miracles and how leeks became a Welsh symbol

St David's Day is just around the corner, marking the first day we Britons celebrate one of our patron saints.<p>But how did he become the patron saint of Wales – and why are doves, leeks and daffodils tied to the celebration? Here is everything you need to know about the day.<p>When is St Davids Day?<p>St …

Dad writes superb note explaining his daughter's lateness for school

12-year-old Isabelle had an important engagement with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band<p>When twelve-year-old Isabelle Pipino was late for school earlier this week, she might not have had what sticklers would describe as a 'legitimate' reason - but thanks to her dad she certainly gave a good …

Bruce Springsteen

National Geographic Travel

Hibernating bears could hold the key to long-distance space travel

Bone weakness is a significant problem for astronauts, but a unique biological process that occurs in hibernating bears could be the basis for a new therapy<p>Astronauts could protect themselves against bone wastage by harnessing a unique biological process that allows black bears to maintain their …

Bears
Parenting

Why Bruce Springsteen's The Agora, Cleveland 1978 is the one album you should hear this week – video

Michael Hann recommends Bruce Springsteen's The Agora, Cleveland 1978, which he says is one of those rare live albums that transports you to the front row of the hall. It was recorded at a point when many Springsteen fans believe the E Street Band to have been at their very best. The show was …

Bruce Springsteen

Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret

When 28 civilians were killed in Athens, it wasn’t the Nazis who were to blame, it was the British. Ed Vulliamy and Helena Smith reveal how Churchill’s shameful decision to turn on the partisans who had fought on our side in the war sowed the seeds for the rise of the far right in Greece today<p><i>This</i> …

School Playground Evacuated Due To 'Aggressive' Squirrel: Report

A tail of terror or a nutty lie?<p>Multiple UK publications reported last week that a school playground had to be evacuated earlier this month after an “unusually aggressive” gray squirrel became too much of a threat<p>The Watford Observer reported that a rampaging squirrel went so far as to scratch a …

UFOs Over Toronto Caught On Tape, Prompting Police Reports

Something was flying over Toronto on Saturday night, causing residents to contact police and take to social media with images and videos of lights in the sky.<p>“It was really high up, and was round, bright and shining,” Sarah Chun, who recorded videos of the lights with her iPad and posted them to …

Madagascar Could Be on the Brink of Invasion by Asian Toad

If the amphibian gains a foothold in Madagascar, it could wreak havoc on the island nation's unique fauna.<p>The Asian toad looks poised to mount an invasion of Madagascar, potentially setting off an ecological disaster in a country known for its unique animal species.<p>About 92 percent of Madagascar's …

Bear Simulator will make your dreams come true

I'm calling it now: 2014 is the year of the animal simulator. First we had Catlateral Damage, followed by Goat Simulator, and now Portlander John …

Mount Albert Fire Station Destroyed In Massive Fire

The volunteer firefighters in the community of Mount Albert, Ontario, may have some red faces after the volunteer fire station caught on fire and burned to the ground.<p>The two-alarm fire occurred Sunday morning and gutted the station as well as destroying a new pumper truck, five other fire and …

All-Women College Installs Sculpture of Man in His Underwear, Students Freak Out

A brand new statue installed at the all-women Wellesley College outside of Boston is causing quite the commotion.. mainly because it's of a man in his tighty-whities. Are the complaints justified, or just dumb?<p>The hyper-realistic sculpture by artist Tony Matelli depicts a middle-aged man …

The Science Behind Reindeer's Color-Changing Eyes

It's not the magic of Christmas that turns their eyes from gold to blue.<p>Winter in the Arctic is grim—day and night blur together for 24 hour stints without sunlight. Reindeer manage to survive these gloomy weeks thanks to a peculiar adaptation. As the days grow darker, reindeer's eyes turn from …

Wikimedia

How To Castrate A Hippo

It ain’t easy with “spatially dynamic” testes.<p>Hippopotami weigh anywhere from two to four tons and have got mouths that practically unhinge. I wouldn’t want to have to castrate one, but apparently, sometimes, zoos do. Maintaining male zoo hippos sans glands keeps males from fighting one another and …

Ornithology