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It's Almost National Donut Day!

By Meera Dolasia on June 4, 2015
It's Almost National Donut Day!

What's better than the school year drawing to a close? How about a National Donut Day, which believe it or not happens to be tomorrow, Friday, June 5th!  Given that the only way to celebrate this all-important occasion is to eat donuts, you really have no choice but to devour one (or even a dozen) of the gooey treats.

Meet CHIP, An Ultra Tiny, Ridiculously Cheap Fully-Functional Computer

By June Liu on June 3, 2015
Meet CHIP, An Ultra Tiny, Ridiculously Cheap Fully-Functional Computer

Need a computer but can't afford the high cost? Then you are in luck. That's because a team of brilliant engineers from Oakland-based Next Thing recently unveiled one that costs a mere $9 USD! Called CHIP, the tiny machine is equipped with a fully-functional operating system that includes dozens of open-source applications such as pre-installed word processing, photo and audio editing, web access, and email.

Video Of The Week - Watch A (Robotic) Surgeon Stitch Back A Grape Skin

By Meera Dolasia on June 1, 2015
Video Of The Week - Watch A (Robotic) Surgeon Stitch Back A Grape Skin

Human-controlled robot "surgeons" have been assisting doctors in operating rooms since 2000. However, the Single Site "wristed needle driver" that was created by Intuitive Surgical takes robotic precision to a whole new level. That's because its flexible "wrist" allows the instrument tip to move up to 45 degrees in all directions, enabling doctors to operate on organs like the uterus, without making huge incisions that result in unsightly scars.

Children's Book Transforms Into A Tree When Planted

By Meera Dolasia on May 31, 2015
Children's Book Transforms Into A Tree When Planted

While e-books are on the rise, most people, especially young kids still prefer printed versions that they can pore over for hours on end. Though that is an excellent habit, it also means cutting down precious trees. But what if the book could revert to its roots and transform back into a tree? Now thanks to a Brazilian children's book publisher, that is possible, at least for one book!

What Do Texas And Delhi Have In Common? Extreme Weather!

By Meera Dolasia on May 30, 2015
What Do Texas And Delhi Have In Common? Extreme Weather!

Texas, the second most populous U.S. state and India's capital Delhi may lie in two different continents and over 8,300 miles apart. But over the past few weeks both have made headlines for the same reason - extreme weather. The only difference is that while Texas is being inundated with torrential rains, Delhi has been experiencing a heat wave so severe that it is melting the roads.

World's Longest And Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge Promises Planet's Highest Bungee Jump!

By Meera Dolasia on May 28, 2015
World's Longest And Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge Promises Planet's Highest Bungee Jump!

Earlier this month, the officials of China's Hunan Province revealed what they believe will be a new "Wonder of the World" - the planet's longest and highest glass-bottom bridge. When complete, the 430m (1,214 ft) long and 6m wide structure will connect the two summits across the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. While the length is certainly impressive, it is the 400 m (1,312 ft) height that will have most visitors gripped by fear as they try to traverse across.

Madrid's Museo Del Prado Encourages Visitors To Touch And Feel Masterpieces

By Shariqua Ahmed on May 27, 2015
Madrid's Museo Del Prado Encourages Visitors To Touch And Feel Masterpieces

One of the first signs visitors encounter at most museums is "Please do not touch the exhibits." However at the new "Hoy toca el Prado" (Come touch the Prado) exhibition at Madrid's Museo Nacional Del Prado, the officials don't just encourage the habit, they insist upon it. That's because this unique art display has been specially created to enable visually impaired patrons to experience the joy of the works of some of the world's most famous artists just like able-bodied people can.

Fake Orca Summoned To Scare Astoria's Sea Lions

By Meera Dolasia on May 26, 2015
Fake Orca Summoned To Scare Astoria's Sea Lions

The Port of Astoria in Oregon is battling an unusual challenge - how to rid the area of the over 2,300 sea lions that have taken up residence on the piers, without harming them. That's because while the squabbling pinnipeds may be adorable to look at, they are a nuisance and extremely destructive, especially in such large numbers.

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