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EasyJet's Smart "Sneakairs" Makes Sightseeing Effortless

By Kim Bussing on May 27, 2016
EasyJet's Smart "Sneakairs" Makes Sightseeing Effortless

Most airlines go all out to ensure their passengers have the best possible flight experience. Now, Europe’s low-budget airline easyJet, wants to extend the positive experience beyond the plane ride with “Sneakairs” — Smart shoes that allow visitors to explore new cities and towns without ever looking at a map.

British Voters Get Ready To Decide If The U.K. Should Leave The European Union

By Meera Dolasia on May 25, 2016
British Voters Get Ready To Decide If The U.K. Should Leave The European Union

On Thursday, June 23, residents of the United Kingdom will head to the polls to vote “yes” or “no” to a single question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” Simple as it sounds, the outcome of the referendum will have a significant impact on the country’s future.

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.

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.

"Breakthrough Starshot" Aims To Launch Nano Starships To Search For Aliens

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 15, 2016
"Breakthrough Starshot" Aims To Launch Nano Starships To Search For Aliens

Are we the only intelligent beings in the Universe or are there several other perhaps even smarter civilizations just waiting to be discovered? That is the million dollar question scientists have been trying to answer for over 50 years. Now Russian billionaire Yuri Milner wants to solve the mystery once and for all, by reaching for the stars . . . Literally!

Seven-Year-Old Anaya Ellick Proves "Disability Is Not Inability"

By Meera Dolasia on May 14, 2016
Seven-Year-Old Anaya Ellick Proves "Disability Is Not Inability"

To win a national award for handwriting, especially in this digital age, is an achievement in itself. But what makes Anaya Ellick’s accolade extra special is that the seven-year-old accomplished the feat despite having no hands. Even more amazing? The first-grader from Chesapeake, Virginia, who won the prestigious Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship, on April 11, does not use prosthetics. The young girl produces her perfect penmanship by standing close to her desk with her pencil firmly gripped between her forearms.

Get Ready To Enjoy (Or Fear) This Year's Only Friday The 13th!

By Meera Dolasia on May 12, 2016
Get Ready To Enjoy (Or Fear) This Year's Only Friday The 13th!

Ordinarily, the 13th of the month is just another day on the calendar. However, when it falls on a Friday, as it will tomorrow, the day takes on a whole new significance. That’s because Friday the 13th has a reputation for being unlucky. The unfounded fear that affects over twenty million people in the U.S. and many more worldwide, is so serious, that it is considered a medical disorder that goes by the names friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia.

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