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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes On Memorial Day

By Meera Dolasia on May 22, 2017
Honoring Our Fallen Heroes On Memorial Day

Memorial Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, May 29 this year, is one of the most important holidays in the American calendar. Observed annually on the last Monday of the month, it honors the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Though the tradition is believed to have been started by local communities in the late 1800’s, the first official Memorial Day celebration is credited to Waterloo, New York. On May 5, 1866, the town’s residents organized a community-wide event to pay respects to perished soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and flags.

Microsoft's Project Torino Helps Visually Impaired Children Learn To Code

By Viswa Teja on May 20, 2017
Microsoft's Project Torino Helps Visually Impaired Children Learn To Code

With technology permeating almost every aspect of our lives, the demand for computer programmers can only increase. To train the workforce of the future, companies around the world are frantically developing computing languages to introduce children as young as seven to the mysterious world of programming both in and out of school.

Mark Your Calendars For This Summer's "Great American Eclipse"

By Kim Bussing on May 18, 2017
Mark Your Calendars For This Summer's "Great American Eclipse"

As you are firming up your summer plans, you may want to pencil in the total solar eclipse on August 21. Dubbed the ‘Great American Eclipse,' it is not just the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since February 26, 1979, but also the first that can be seen across the country, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, in almost a century. The last time the celestial phenomenon was experienced coast-to-coast was on June 8, 1918!

California-Based Perfect Day Makes Cow Milk Without The Cow!

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 16, 2017
California-Based Perfect Day Makes Cow Milk Without The Cow!

Supermarket shelves are filled with plant-based milk alternatives, including soy, almond, and coconut milk, that cater to the lactose intolerant or those concerned about livestock welfare and environmental sustainability. While the milk-free options work well with cereal or in coffee, they fail miserably when it comes to making derivatives like cheese or yogurt. However, these shortcomings may soon be a thing of the past thanks to California-based start-up Perfect Day, which has figured out how to create lactose-free dairy milk in a laboratory!

U.K. Gym Offers Group Napping Classes For Exhausted Clients

By Meera Dolasia on May 15, 2017
U.K. Gym Offers Group Napping Classes For Exhausted Clients

In our increasingly fast-paced, technology-driven world, most adults do not get the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep every night. Things are even worse for those with young children. A recent study revealed that 86% of parents in the United Kingdom complain of fatigue and about 26% get less than 5 hours of sleep every night. To provide exhausted patrons a little relief from their hectic schedules, David Lloyd Clubs, a chain of gyms and fitness centers in Europe, has introduced a napercise class!

Emmanuel Macron Is France's Youngest Leader Since Napoleon Bonaparte

By Kim Bussing on May 11, 2017
Emmanuel Macron Is France's Youngest Leader Since Napoleon Bonaparte

On May 7, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron became France’s youngest leader since 35-year-old Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned emperor in 1804. The former economy minister is also the first president in modern French history who does not belong to the country’s two mainstream political parties — the conservative Republicans and the left-wing Socialists. Macron, who quit the government in 2016 to form Centrist party, “En Marche!” (“On the Move”), identifies himself as a radical outsider and promises to overhaul the country’s “failing” political system and revive the shrinking economy.

Mother's Day Gifts Will Earn U.S. Retailers $23.6 Billion!

By Meera Dolasia on May 10, 2017
Mother's Day Gifts Will Earn U.S. Retailers $23.6 Billion!

Every Mother’s Day, Americans show their appreciation for the special woman in their lives by showering her with lavish gifts. This Sunday (May 14) is going to be no exception. A National Retail Foundation (NRF) study of 7,400 people revealed that consumers plan to spend an average of $186 for the holiday, totaling to an astounding $23.6 billion. This is the highest amount since the survey began 14 years ago, and easily topples 2016’s record spend of $21.4 billion.

Indonesian Activists Rescue Rare Albino Orangutan

By Meera Dolasia on May 4, 2017
Indonesian Activists Rescue Rare Albino Orangutan

On April 29, officials at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) received a tip from the local police chief that some villagers in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province were holding a Bornean orangutan captive. When the rescue team arrived at the Tanggirang village they discovered that instead of the signature orange-reddish brown hair, the great ape had white hair, a paler skin color, and blue eyes. The mammal was also very sensitive to light.

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