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  • What does cooking 'from scratch' mean to you?

    22 July 2014, 5:09 pm by: rshreeves

    In France, restaurants now have a way to let customers know if the food is made from scratch or not.
  • What is chikungunya?

    22 July 2014, 4:33 pm by: melbreyer

    Before mid-July of 2014, there were 357 cases of chikungunya infection in the United States, all acquired by mosquito-bitten travelers outside of the country. But with the recent announcement by health officials that a Florida man and woman – who had not…
  • 'Manhattan' marries fact and fiction to recreate the birth of the atomic bomb

    22 July 2014, 3:48 pm by: gmiller

    In the early 1940s, some of the greatest scientific minds of the era were secretly spirited to the New Mexico desert to work on a top-secret project: the atomic bomb that would end World War II. This rarefied milieu is the setting for the WGN America series…
  • I drank Bulletproof Coffee for one week. Will I keep drinking it?

    22 July 2014, 2:13 pm by: rshreeves

    A week ago, I told you about Bulletproof Coffee, a trendy way to drink coffee blended with butter from grass-fed cows and a medium-chain triglyceride oil that’s supposed to boost physical and mental clarity.  
  • Hero cat fights off bullies to save 5 year old

    22 July 2014, 1:21 pm by: jsavedge

    A tabby cat name Smudge has become a national celebrity in the United Kingdom after the news hit that he saved his 5 year old 'human' from a gang of bullies.  Smudge has been nominated for Hero Cat of the Year in the U.K.'s National Cat Competition coming up…
  • A red fox enjoys the sunset from a path at Katmai National Park

    22 July 2014, 1:00 pm by: pod_user

    Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch/MNN Flickr Group   Late afternoon leisure time for a foxy friend
  • 9 of the most interesting inventions of 2014

    22 July 2014, 12:51 pm by: kbell

    Every year, creative minds from around the globe come up with great new innovations — ideas that may make you exclaim "Why didn't I think of that?" This is a list of a few great ideas that have debuted so far in 2014. They are attention-grabbing because they…
  • The climate change science behind 'Sharknado'

    22 July 2014, 12:42 pm by: mdestries

    With "Sharknado 2: The Second One" readying for its global premiere on July 30, you might be asking yourself why the world all of a sudden has to deal with tornadoes filled with airborne sharks. Thankfully, the writer behind the delightfully terrible franchise…
  • Teen's death prompts caffeine powder investigation

    22 July 2014, 11:12 am by: jsavedge

    We sure do love our caffeine in this country. All across America, the day begins with percolating coffee and steeping tea, and for many, the caffeine fix keeps coming throughout the day. We joke about our need for caffeine and treat each cup coffee, tea, or…
  • How solar-equipped donkeys are changing the lives of Turkish shepherds

    22 July 2014, 9:34 am by: sgrover

  • Cigarette butt recycling comes to the Big Easy

    22 July 2014, 8:30 am by: mhickman

  • 22 things you didn't know about hedgehogs

    22 July 2014, 8:28 am by: melbreyer

    Long before Beatrix Potter unleashed the twinkly-eyed hedgehog washerwoman Mrs. Tiggy-Winkles upon the world, children have been enamored by the spiny mammals. In fact, a carved toy hedgehog — presumably a prized possession — was found buried next to a…
  • July 22

    22 July 2014, 6:00 am by: dailynews

    July 22, 1822: The British Parliament passes Martin's Act, one of the first comprehensive laws to prevent animal cruelty. The law banned cruelty to dogs, cockfighting, and bear-baiting.  
  • Finland supports new moms with an amazing box of baby supplies

    21 July 2014, 11:08 pm by: jsavedge

    Seventy-five years ago, Finland had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. But that rate has dropped considerably over the past several decades thanks in part to a government program that supports new moms. And it all starts with a box.  
  • 2,000-pound rubber duck goes missing in Guiyang, China

    21 July 2014, 6:31 pm by: mhickman

    It would appear that the catastrophic, mudslide-triggering floodwaters unleashed by Typhoon Rammasun have claimed a most unusual victim: a house-sized rubber duckie.   
  • Martha-approved, American-made gear for your next BBQ or backyard bash

    21 July 2014, 4:00 pm by: mhickman

    Martha Stewart, single lady and former salmonella victim, is once again celebrating homegrown makers, entrepreneurs, artisans, designers, handicraft-ers, yarn geniuses, and Etsy shopkeepers with the American Made Awards.  
  • Miss Idaho wears insulin pump on bikini, inspires viral Twitter campaign

    21 July 2014, 3:33 pm by: mdestries

    Newly crowned Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison is rejoicing not only in her win last weekend, but also from the huge show of support she's received in its wake. …
  • Hookahs and harm: Study finds young adults underestimate the risk

    21 July 2014, 2:39 pm by: jsavedge

    When asked whether or not hookah smoking is hazardous to your health, the majority of young adults in a recent survey said 'no,' a pretty strong indication that they may not fully understand the actual risks involved.…
  • 14 surprising foods that contain animal products

    21 July 2014, 2:34 pm by: lmoss

    If you're a vegetarian or vegan, you know the obvious foods to avoid — there's no confusion about where that steak came from. But the ingredients of other foods aren't so obvious.…
  • Looking for an awesome summer experience? Try flying trapeze school

    21 July 2014, 2:18 pm by: rshreeves

    It was the morning of the 4th of July, and my free-spirited 12-year-old was about as free as he’d ever been – flying through the air and literally becoming “the daring young man on the flying trapeze” at Fly School Circus Arts in Philadelphia.…

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