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Kansas City Zoo Chimps Stage 'Madagascar' Style Escape

By Meera Dolasia on April 23, 2014
Kansas City Zoo Chimps Stage 'Madagascar' Style Escape

When one hears about animals escaping from their zoo enclosures, it is usually because the door has been inadvertently left open. However, what happened at the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri on April 9th, was an orchestrated escape, conjured up by one smart chimpanzee.

U.S. Naval Research Scientists Create Fuel From Seawater

By Allegra Staples on April 21, 2014
U.S. Naval Research Scientists Create Fuel From Seawater

On April 7th, 2014, scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory announced that they had been successful in flying a radio-controlled scale-model of an old WWII era plane, the P-52 Mustang, using liquid hydrocarbon fuel. Not impressed? How about if we tell you that the fuel was created entirely from ordinary seawater?

Seattle's Park Passive House Takes Energy Efficiency To A Whole New Level

By Allegra Staples on April 20, 2014
Seattle's Park Passive House Takes Energy Efficiency To A Whole New Level

Residential houses have come a long way in reducing their energy footprint. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, homes built after 2000, consume only 2% more energy than older homes, despite being 30% larger. While that is certainly encouraging, advocates of the Passive House movement believe that there is a lot more that can and needs to be done - not just to reduce energy costs, but also, to help reverse global warming.

Eggshelland - Cleveland's 56-Year-Old Easter Tradition Continues To Amaze

By Meera Dolasia on April 20, 2014
Eggshelland - Cleveland's 56-Year-Old Easter Tradition Continues To Amaze

For over half a century, the city of Lyndhurst in the eastern suburb of Cleveland has been home to a fun Easter tradition - Eggshelland, an elaborate mosaic made entirely from colorful eggshells put together by Ron and Betty Manolio in their front yard on Linden Lane.

Interactive Art Installation Allows Public To 'Paint' Vancouver Skies

By June Liu on April 13, 2014
Interactive Art Installation Allows Public To 'Paint' Vancouver Skies

Visitors to the 30th anniversary of the Technology, Entertainment & Design (TED) Conference in Vancouver, Canada, encountered an unusual sight - A giant public art display, suspended between the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront Hotel tower and the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre, where the conference was being held. Called 'Skies Painted With Unnumbered Sparks' it was a delicately flowing 'jelly-fish' like piece of art that sported subtle colors, almost blending in, with the city's beautiful blue skies - at least during the day!

Get Ready For The First Total Lunar Eclipse Of 2014

By Meera Dolasia on April 11, 2014
Get Ready For The First Total Lunar Eclipse Of 2014

Stargazers all over the world are getting ready to experience the first of four total lunar eclipses that are scheduled to occur before the end of 2015. The 'tetrad' lunar eclipses are a rare phenomenon - one encountered only seven times, this century. What makes it even more special is that all four eclipses will be visible to the residents of the United States.

It's Official! 6th Grade Fargo Students Are Smarter At Investing Than College Students

By Meera Dolasia on April 10, 2014
It's Official! 6th Grade Fargo Students Are Smarter At Investing Than College Students

A group of sixth-grade math students from Fargo's Oak Grove Lutheran School are making headlines for achieving something quite extraordinary - Generating better portfolio investment returns than students from some of the country's most prestigious universities.

Think Fairies Are Real? So Does This Professor

By Meera Dolasia on April 9, 2014
Think Fairies Are Real? So Does This Professor

Always wanted to meet Tinker Bell? Then you may want to head over to Rossendale Valley in Lancashire, England, where you will encounter not one, but numerous versions of the fairy that first made her appearance in J.M. Barrie's 1904 play, Peter Pan. At least that is what one university professor is asserting and he even has pictures to prove it!

Visitors To Stockholm Museum Can Unwrap Ancient Egyptian Mummy, One Layer At A Time

By Allegra Staples on April 6, 2014
Visitors To Stockholm Museum Can Unwrap Ancient Egyptian Mummy, One Layer At A Time

Always wondered what an Egyptian mummy might look like underneath all of its wrappings? Then you may want to head to Stockholm's Medelhavsmuseet, where a new exhibit allows visitors to peel off all the layers right down to the skeleton - with a swipe of a finger!

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