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Video Of The Week — Muggles Play Quidditch Harry Potter Style

By Meera Dolasia on May 16, 2016
Video Of The Week — Muggles Play Quidditch Harry Potter Style

Harry Potter’s favorite game Quidditch, has been a legitimate sport at high schools and colleges worldwide for over a decade. But no Muggle has ever played the game flying across the sky on a broomstick like the wizards did in J.K. Rowling’s popular book series.

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.

"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.

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.

Video Of The Week - Obamas Celebrate Star Wars Day With Stormtroopers And R2D2

By Meera Dolasia on May 9, 2016
Video Of The Week - Obamas Celebrate Star Wars Day With Stormtroopers And R2D2

On Wednesday, May 4th, fans across the world celebrated Star Wars Day. Most commemorated the unofficial holiday by binge watching all seven films or greeting passersby with “May the fourth be with you” — A nod to the movie’s famous line, “May the force be with you.”  

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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