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'Read And Ride' Aims To Make Students Healthier And Smarter

By Kim Bussing on May 4, 2016
'Read And Ride' Aims To Make Students Healthier And Smarter

Schools across the world are trying to come up with innovative solutions to keep students active and alert. Some are replacing conventional classroom chairs with exercise balls or standing desks. At Ward Elementary School in Winston, North Carolina students have adopted an innovative program that entails riding stationary bikes while reading.

Video Of The Week — Philippines Has 400 More Islands Than Previously Thought!

By Meera Dolasia on May 2, 2016
Video Of The Week — Philippines Has 400 More Islands Than Previously Thought!

On February 10, Ramon Paje, the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines, announced the discovery of 400 "new" islands within the borders of the world's second largest archipelago.

Free At Last! Tuffy The Bear Rejoices After Being Rescued From Bile Farm

By Meera Dolasia on April 28, 2016
Free At Last! Tuffy The Bear Rejoices After Being Rescued From Bile Farm

Animal videos are always heartwarming. However, the one that captured Tuffy, a black bear splashing in a pool, is even more so. That's because it shows the animal's unbridled joy after being rescued from a bear bile farm, where he was locked in a tiny cage and tortured for years. In fact, Tuffy was so thrilled with his newly found freedom that he did not return to his den that evening — Instead, the bear spent the night sleeping under the stars.

Harriet Tubman To Replace President Andrew Jackson On The $20 Bill

By Kim Bussing on April 26, 2016
Harriet Tubman To Replace President Andrew Jackson On The $20 Bill

On Wednesday, April 20, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, on the $20 bill. The former slave and abolitionist is the first African-American, and the first woman in over a century, to be featured on the face of U.S. currency. The last female represented on U.S. notes was Martha Washington who appeared on the $1 silver certificate from 1886 to 1957, when the certificates were discontinued.

Celebrate Earth Day With These Stunning Images Of Our Beautiful Planet

By Meera Dolasia on April 21, 2016
Celebrate Earth Day With These Stunning Images Of Our Beautiful Planet

On Friday, April 22, billions of people across the globe will celebrate Earth Day. They will commemorate the event by staging rallies, participating in environmental clean-up activities, and pledging to undertake "green" initiatives to protect this precious planet. While that is certainly helpful, it would be even better if we could incorporate "greener" habits into our daily lives. These stunning images taken from space by NASA will serve as a reminder of why making every day "Earth Day" is so important.

Anonymous Harry Potter Fan Pays An Astounding $394,000 For J.K. Rowling's Chair

By Meera Dolasia on April 7, 2016
Anonymous Harry Potter Fan Pays An Astounding $394,000 For J.K. Rowling's Chair

On April 6, an anonymous donor paid an astounding $394,000 USD for a rickety old wooden chair. This, of course, was no ordinary chair, but the one J.K. Rowling sat on when she wrote the first two Harry Potter books — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer's in the US) Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Spain's Casa del Acantilado (Cliff House) Is An Architectural Marvel

By Ashley Johnson on April 6, 2016
Spain's Casa del Acantilado (Cliff House) Is An Architectural Marvel

From a distance, the Casa del Acantilado (Cliff House) in Salobrena, Spain looks like something you would expect to encounter in "Game of Thrones" or "The Hobbit." However, come closer and you will realize that this three bedroom home that closely resembles a scaled dragon is an architectural wonder — One that has been designed to fully embrace its beautiful natural surroundings.

Get Ready For Some Fun — April Fool's Day Is Almost Here!

By Meera Dolasia on March 29, 2016
Get Ready For Some Fun — April Fool's Day Is Almost Here!

For those that enjoy pranks, there is no better day than April 1. Also known as 'Fool's Day' it is the one day of the year when light-hearted tricks are not just accepted but welcomed! Nobody knows how this fun tradition started. Some think it began in 1582 when the world moved away from the Julian calendar, (which started the new year in April) to the current Gregorian calendar. Others think it was to celebrate the onset of spring

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