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They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, but can they also get you to buy cereal? Researchers at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab think so.... READ ON
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The IOC surprised people this week by cutting wrestling from the official Olympic program. They've slashed a number of sports over the years. Should they bring back any of these?... READ ON
To become an Olympic hero in our book, it takes more than athleticism. Whether they were training in an internment camp or somersaulting with one leg, these athletes deserve infinite points for style. Some of them lost big-time, but all of them won our twisted little hearts.
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Let's get ready for Father's Day by taking a look at some dads who gave famous people a giant gift: their names. Here are the seniors behind a slew of well-known Juniors.
1. Martin Luther King, Sr. probably didn't know his name would become so famous when he changed it. The civil rights icon's father was born Michael King in 1899, but after he became a successful minister in the 1930s, he changed his name to Martin Luther King. When Dad changed his name to honor Martin Luther, so did... READ ON
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Last night the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they'll face the Los Angeles Kings. In case you were wondering what exactly a New Jersey Devil is, here's a look at the legend.
As the story goes, in the early 18th century a poor woman named Mother Leeds proclaimed, “Let this one be a devil,” while giving birth to her 13th child, only to have the curse come true. The “child” emerged with hooves, leathery... READ ON
Image credit: NASALet's start with the bad news: Remember that hole in the ozone layer that scientists discovered over the Antarctic in 1985? The one we worried would give us all skin cancer and cataracts with its unshielded bursts of UV rays? It’s still there.It gets worse. Scientists announced that a new hole opened up in early 2011—this one over the Arctic. So it’s still a rough time for the stratosphere, the layer of the atmosphere that helps block out some of the sun’s UV rays.But... READ ON
© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBISEclipse mania is gripping the western part of the United States. Should the wide-eyed and unprotected hazard a peek? NASA doesn't advise it. The truth is, a quick glance at a solar eclipse won't leave you blind. But you're not doing your peepers any... READ ON
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France's last execution via guillotine was in 1977.