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The Mummified Monk That Rests Inside An Ancient Buddha Statue

By Meera Dolasia on February 27, 2015
The Mummified Monk That Rests Inside An Ancient Buddha Statue

Asian countries like China, Thailand, and Vietnam are teeming with ancient statues of Buddha. Some are famous for their size, others because they are carved from solid gold and precious stones. However, very few can lay claim to being the final resting place of a 1,200-year-old mummified monk.

Scientists Discover Spectacular Ruby-Red Seadragon

By Allegra Staples on February 26, 2015
Scientists Discover Spectacular Ruby-Red Seadragon

Seadragons may sound like mythical creatures from a fairy tale, but these tiny fish that are close cousins of seahorses and pipefish do exist. Found in the coastal waters off southern and western Australia, the gorgeous creatures that feed off tiny crustaceans, plankton, and larval fishes, do not have teeth or a stomach. They therefore, have to eat constantly and are always scouring the oceans in search of prey.

Stick-On Nanowafers Could Mean An End To Messy Eye Drops

By Meera Dolasia on February 22, 2015
Stick-On Nanowafers Could Mean An End To Messy Eye Drops

Those of you that have suffered from dry eyes, severe allergies or experienced an infection know how difficult it is to apply eye drops. The most annoying part is that even after you have managed to administer the medicine, most of it streams out with the first blink. In fact, that is the reason doctors always recommend multiple applications. Now, some researchers have come up with a stick-on nanowafer that will alleviate the aggravation and also help heal faster.

X-Ray Technique Allows Researchers To Read Scorched Herculaneum Scrolls

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on February 21, 2015
X-Ray Technique Allows Researchers To Read Scorched Herculaneum Scrolls

When Italy's Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, it buried not only the city of Pompeii, but also the nearby resort town of Herculaneum. In 1752, an excavation team discovered a large number of papyrus scrolls inside an entombed Herculaneum villa. Though the exterior of the scrolls that were rolled up for storage are carbonized and resemble pieces of charred wood, the interior is remarkably well preserved.

China Gets Ready To Usher In The Year Of Goat/Sheep

By Meera Dolasia on February 18, 2015
China Gets Ready To Usher In The Year Of Goat/Sheep

Like most Asian countries, China has numerous festivals. However none is celebrated with as much enthusiasm as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, which begins on Thursday, February 19th. The age-old tradition that will usher in the year 4713, was started to celebrate the advent of spring. Today it is the longest and the most significant of all Chinese festivals.

Video Of The Week - Why We Celebrate Presidents' Day

By Meera Dolasia on February 16, 2015
Video Of The Week - Why We Celebrate Presidents' Day

While Presidents' Day appears to be largely about sales, there is more to this holiday. Observed on the third Monday of February each year, it is a day to honor all US presidents, past and present. Prior to 1968, Americans celebrated two holidays - February 12th and 22nd in honor of Abraham Lincoln's and George Washington's birthdays respectively.

The Alaskan Town Where Most Residents Live Under One Roof!

By Meera Dolasia on February 16, 2015
The Alaskan Town Where Most Residents Live Under One Roof!

At first sight Whittier, which lies 65 miles southeast of Anchorage, looks just like any other picturesque town in Alaska. However, look closer and you will notice that there are no cute little homes scattered around. The only structures you will see are a few buildings, the most prominent ones being the Buckner Building and the Begich Towers.

Taiwan's New Law Imposes Fines On Parents That Allow Kids To Spend "Excessive" Time On Electronic Devices

By Meera Dolasia on February 15, 2015
Taiwan's New Law Imposes Fines On Parents That Allow Kids To Spend "Excessive" Time On Electronic Devices

As our world goes increasingly digital, kids are spending an inordinate amount of time with their electronic devices - smartphones, computers and tablets. This has raised concern among experts who believe that this habit is detrimental to children's well-being. Now the government of one country has taken an unusual measure to try curb this "harmful" activity.

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