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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Massive Canadian Wildfire That Ravaged Fort McMurray Continues To Burn

By Meera Dolasia on May 11, 2016
Massive Canadian Wildfire That Ravaged Fort McMurray Continues To Burn

On Sunday, May 1 shortly after 4 pm, a crew from the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Department reported a wildfire in the vicinity of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Though the fire, which was labeled MWF-009 because it was the ninth such blaze encountered this season was similar to the previous ones, it concerned firefighters more for two reasons.

Computer Generated 'Rembrandt' Painting Unveiled in Amsterdam

By Kim Bussing on May 9, 2016
Computer Generated 'Rembrandt' Painting Unveiled in Amsterdam

A new “Rembrandt” painting unveiled in Amsterdam in early April is making headlines around the world. However, the authentic-looking masterpiece is not the work of the 17th century Dutch artist. It is a brand new painting that uses technology to mimic Rembrandt’s technique so perfectly, that it could easily be mistaken for one created by the great artist himself.

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