Melissa Carpenter

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Dog Brains Process Voices & Emotions Just Like Humans, Study Finds

You may snicker when you see dog owners talk to their pets as though they were human or view YouTube videos of dogs supposedly speaking English back to their owners, saying words like “banana” and “I love you.” And with good reason: although dogs have the capacity to understand more than 100 words, …

The Coolest Places On Earth To Read A Book

Between museum visits and sightseeing, traveling can be a tiring sport. What better way to take a break than settle down somewhere beautiful and historic with a book?<p>Whether it's your vacation book, a travel guide or your handy map, take a time out with your reading material and enjoy your …

A Gift Registry for Baby Books

A small bookstore hacks its system to prevent expectant parents from receiving 10 different copies of Good Night, Moon.<p>It starts the way so many minor problems do: with good intentions. Your friends or relatives have a baby; you want to give a gift that will be not just temporarily useful for the …

2 simple words that will change the way you use paper towels and help save the planet

AS RIDICULOUS as this may seem, I think it’s making an impact on the crazy amounts of paper towels we use on a daily basis. At least whenever <i>I</i> use a …

New York mayor to skip St. Patrick's parade over gay group exclusion

(Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not march in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, an annual spectacle that draws about 1 million people to Fifth Avenue, because event organizers do not allow gay-rights groups to participate.<p>New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a news …

Breaking: Union rule despised by right-wingers now roaring back to life

<b>Mitt Romney (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>A rule that Romney scorched and judges killed is being revived by Obama appointees<p>Josh Eidelson<p>February 5, 2014 1:45pm (UTC)<p>A proposal to streamline union elections that was slammed by Mitt Romney and scrapped by a Woody Allen-quoting judge is being revived by …

That’s cold, Whole Foods: Polar vortex firing spurs Chicago strike

<b>(AP/Steven Senne)</b><p>Workers walk off the job to support a co-worker who stayed home in the snowstorm with her special needs son<p>Josh Eidelson<p>February 5, 2014 2:42pm (UTC)<p>Whole Foods workers in Chicago walked off the job Wednesday in support of a co-worker they say was wrongly fired after staying home …

Ken Ham’s radical quackery: Why his debate with Bill Nye on evolution was so maddening

<b>Ken Ham, Bill Nye (Reuters/John Sommers II/AP/Kevin Rivoli)</b><p>In a debate about evolution, Bill Nye argued that the creationist Ham was essentially a cultish leader. He was right<p>Sean McElwee<p>February 5, 2014 2:46pm (UTC)<p>In a much-hyped event live-streamed last night, "Science Guy" Bill Nye set out to …

Read Satya Nadella's first letter to employees as Microsoft's CEO

CEO calls for focus as he warns that "our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation."<p>It's official, Satya Nadella is Microsoft's next CEO, and on his first day on the job he's sent a letter to the whole staff. In the letter, Nadella speaks of what he thinks makes Microsoft a …

OBAMA TO BILL O'REILLY: 'Of Course' You've Been Unfair To Me

Obama told O'Reilly that he "of course" had been unfair to him, but joked that he liked him anyway.<p>"Bill — we've just run through an interview in which you asked about health care not working, IRS ... Benghazi, right? So, the list of issues that you talk about," Obama said.<p>"But these are unanswered …

Enabling Chris Christie: How Fox News, Joe Scarborough and faux-centrist pundits lie, deny and shade the truth

<b>Joe Scarborough, Chris Christie (AP/Virginia Sherwood/Mel Evans)</b><p>Bad journalism, false equivalency, phony objectivity: Christie coverage shows why mainstream media can’t be trusted<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>February 4, 2014 7:53pm (UTC)<p>The day Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal broke, with the release of …

An Experiment in Low-Income Housing in Rapidly Gentrifying San Francisco

To make sure kids in her neigh­bor­hood go to school, Uzuri Pease-Greene walks them her­self. Out­fit­ted in bright yel­low vests, she and her …

13 GIFs That Show You How Everyday Items Are Made

Some we use everyday, others we only ever see the final product - but how exactly are things like forks, crash barriers, springs and even camouflage …

Coke Had Americans Singing 'America The Beautiful' In Different Languages And A Bunch Of People Hated It

In the spot — titled "It's Beautiful" — "America The Beautiful" starts off being sung in English but is also sung in languages like Hindi, Arabic, and Tagalog. It highlights the multicultural makeup of the U.S. and even features a gay couple.<p>Right now, it's looking like it will be the most-talked …

A Brief History of 'What Time Is the Super Bowl?'

The story behind "the most legendary act of SEO trolling ever"<p>Perusing the metaphorical tomes of modern civilization, we can already speak to some of the Great Questions—the ones that might define our era. “How do we balance security and liberty?” captivates our public discussions. Scientists …