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Insect-Inspired Metal Could Lead To The Creation Of Unsinkable Ships

Insect-Inspired Metal Could Lead To The Creation Of Unsinkable Ships

Though it has been over a century since the R.M.S. Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg, modern-day ships remain as vulnerable to such catastrophes. The most recent disaster occurred in May 2019, when a sightseeing boat on the Danube River in Hungary capsized and sank after colliding with a river cruise ship, killing 28 of the 35 tourists aboard. Now, researchers from New York's University of Rochester may have found a way to avert such tragedies, with a water-repellant metal that can stay afloat even after having several holes drilled in it.

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Kick Off Your 2019 Charitable Season With #GivingTuesday On December 3

Kick Off Your 2019 Charitable Season With #GivingTuesday On December 3

Celebrated annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the popular shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is designed to kick off the season of generosity. Now in its eighth year, the charitable event uses the power of social media to encourage organizations and individuals to donate funds or resources towards worthy causes. Established in 2012 by New York City nonprofit 92nd Street Y, #GivingTuesday is now observed worldwide, with millions of people coming together each year to bring positive change to their communities.

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Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas (Book 1)

Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas (Book 1)

By Crispin Boyer

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Zeus: The Quest for the Mighty Fleas, the first in this middle grade fact-based fiction series, introduces kids to Zeus, a tiny hamster with a mighty appetite for power and his crew of critter companions at the Mount Olympus Pet Center. In this humorous retelling of the classic Golden Fleece tale, the animals eavesdrop on a podcast called Greeking Out and since the owner has named them all after Greek gods and goddesses, that’s who they think they are. The story follows their epic—and potentially perilous—adventures across the kingdom to find out if Zeus can save the day. Educator resources include a Truth behind the Fiction section in the back of the book and an educator’s guide.
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The Origins Of Five Popular Thanksgiving Traditions

The Origins Of Five Popular Thanksgiving Traditions

Few American holidays are as anticipated as Thanksgiving. Observed annually on the last Thursday of November, the secular holiday, which marks the start of the festive season, is credited to a harvest feast shared by the early European settlers, or Pilgrims, and Native Americans in 1621. Though food remains the centerpiece of the celebration, many fun traditions have been added since. Here are some fun Thanksgiving tradition facts to share with family and friends as you enjoy the delicious meal on November 28, 2019.

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Nepalese Mountaineer Nirmal "Nims" Purja Conquers World's 14 Highest Peaks in Six Months!

Nepalese Mountaineer Nirmal "Nims" Purja Conquers World's 14 Highest Peaks in Six Months!

Though thousands of adventurers have scaled Mount Everest, the highest and most famous of the world's 14 tallest mountains, only 40 climbers have conquered them all. Located in Asia's Himalayan and Karakoram ranges, the "eight-thousanders" each stand over 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) tall, above the so-called "death zone," where the amount of oxygen is insufficient to sustain human life for an extended period.

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MIT's Mini Cheetah Robots Showcase Their Soccer And Gymnastic Skills

MIT's Mini Cheetah Robots Showcase Their Soccer And Gymnastic Skills

On November 10, 2019, nine agile mini cheetah robots, built by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), were let off their leash to demonstrate their superior athletic abilities. The four-legged machines, controlled by their human creators, began with a warm-up run across the field in full formation. They then took turns maneuvering a soccer ball. As often happens in games, a couple of the team members got into a skirmish and jostled with each other until they both fell onto their backs. Fortunately, they reconciled for the grand finale — a perfectly synchronized backflip, one that would make even a world-class gymnast like Simone Biles proud!

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Rocket Lab Plans To Catch Its Reusable Rockets In Midair With A Helicopter

Rocket Lab Plans To Catch Its Reusable Rockets In Midair With A Helicopter

Two years ago, aerospace manufacturer SpaceX stunned the world by landing its reusable booster engine — the biggest and most costly part of the rocket used to power spacecrafts into low orbit — on an autonomous drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Now, California-based startup Rocket Lab, has come up with an even bolder idea: using parachutes and helicopters to capture the returning booster, or first stage as it is often called, in midair!

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The Amazon's White Bellbirds Shatter Record For World's Loudest Bird "Song"

The Amazon's White Bellbirds Shatter Record For World's Loudest Bird "Song"

Most male birds try to attract mates with elegant gestures. Seabirds bob their heads and flutter their wings, while peacocks fan out their beautiful feathers. However, the white bellbird, endemic to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, dispenses with the pleasantries and cut to the chase by shrieking in its prospective "date's" face at a deafening 125 decibels (Db)— the loudest bird call ever recorded. To put it in perspective, that is 40 Db higher than the safe hearing range for humans! Prior to this, the honor belonged to another Amazon-dweller — the aptly-named screaming piha — which has a peak recorded "song" volume of 116 Db.

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