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Video Of The Week — Music Loving Kittens Make Malaysian Street Artist's Day

By Meera Dolasia on May 23, 2016
Video Of The Week — Music Loving Kittens Make Malaysian Street Artist's Day

Like most street artists, Malaysian singer Jass Pangkor has good and bad days. A few weeks ago, the talented artist was experiencing a particularly depressing day because not one person had stopped to listen to his performance.

Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

By Meera Dolasia on May 23, 2016
Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

On Monday, May 30, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day. The Federal holiday that is observed annually on the last Monday of the month is highly anticipated by all, for various reasons. To students, it signifies the end of the school year and the start of a long lazy summer break. For adults, the holiday is a reminder to firm up vacation plans and host barbecue parties.

Award-Winning "SignAloud" Glove Translates American Sign Language To Speech

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 22, 2016
Award-Winning "SignAloud" Glove Translates American Sign Language To Speech

Hundreds of thousands of hearing-impaired people in the United States and many parts of Canada rely solely on American Sign Language (ASL) for communication. But popular as the language is, there are millions of people with normal hearing that are unable to decipher the hand and finger gestures. That may change soon thanks to the ingenious “SignAloud” glove that converts sign language into speech. 

Paralyzed Ohio Man Becomes First Person In The World To Move Limbs With The Power Of Thought

By Shariqua Ahmed on May 20, 2016
Paralyzed Ohio Man Becomes First Person In The World To Move Limbs With The Power Of Thought

Twenty-four-year-old Ohio resident Ian Burkhart had lost all hope of being able to move his limbs again after a tragic diving accident left him paralyzed, six years ago. But on April 13, doctors from The Ohio State University and Battelle Memorial Institute reported that for the first time in medical history, they had been able to restore movement to the young man’s fingers without the use of external prosthetics. This means that Ian can now perform tasks like brushing his teeth, pouring water into a glass, and even playing Guitar Hero by just thinking about them. Though these may seem like small feats, they are tremendous achievements for someone whose body has been totally lifeless for many years.

North Carolina Dog Walks Himself To Doggy Daycare To Be With Friends

By Meera Dolasia on May 19, 2016
North Carolina Dog Walks Himself To Doggy Daycare To Be With Friends

Most dogs hate being dropped off at daycare — Not Riley! In fact, the five-year-old golden retriever, who lives in Belmont, North Carolina, loves being at the Happy Dog Cafe & Boutique so much that he recently decided to pay the center a visit all by himself.

These Biofluorescent Catsharks Glow In The Dark!

By Kim Bussing on May 18, 2016
These Biofluorescent Catsharks Glow In The Dark!

In 2014, marine biologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer David Gruber was on a nighttime dive to observe biofluorescent corals when he noticed a bright green eel darting across. This was the first time biofluorescence had been witnessed in a vertebrate. Curious to see if there were more such creatures just waiting to be discovered, Gruber and his team began combing through coral reefs around the world. Sure enough, they found that 180 species of animals, including bony fishes, reptiles, and even the hawksbill sea turtle, have the capability to “glow”, in the deep dark ocean waters.

Video Of The Week — Muggles Play Quidditch Harry Potter Style

By Meera Dolasia on May 16, 2016
Video Of The Week — Muggles Play Quidditch Harry Potter Style

Harry Potter’s favorite game Quidditch, has been a legitimate sport at high schools and colleges worldwide for over a decade. But no Muggle has ever played the game flying across the sky on a broomstick like the wizards did in J.K. Rowling’s popular book series.

Florida's Babcock Ranch Aims To Be America's Greenest Town

By Kim Bussing on May 16, 2016
Florida's Babcock Ranch Aims To Be America's Greenest Town

When a 91,000-acre piece of vacant land came up for sale in Southwest Florida about ten years ago, it attracted builders from across the country. After all, the chance to develop an area almost five times the size of Manhattan does not come frequently. But to everyone’s surprise, the owners did not auction the property that lies just 20 minutes from Fort Myers to the highest bidder. Instead, they sold it to Palm Beach-based Kitson & Partners who not only promised to preserve a bulk of the land, but also use the remaining acreage to build an environmentally friendly town.

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