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Pristine Copy Of First Marvel Comics Issue Auctions For $1.26 Million

Pristine Copy Of First Marvel Comics Issue Auctions For $1.26 Million

A perfectly-preserved copy of Marvel's first-ever comic book was sold to an anonymous buyer for a record $1.26 million by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions on November 21, 2019. Published in 1939 by Timely Comics, which later became Marvel Comics, it features an android superhero called The Human Torch, a costumed detective known as Angel, and a mutant anti-hero dubbed Namor the Sub-Mariner.

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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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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 29th Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Was Spooktacular!

The 29th Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Was Spooktacular!

Halloween dog parades, where pooches get to strut around in fun costumes, are a fairly common occurrence during this time of the year. However, very few compare to New York City's Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, the largest and most popular gathering of its kind. The annual event attracts over 300 pooches and their proud owners, who often dress in coordinated outfits to help their furry, four-legged friends win the coveted Best in Show title.

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The National Zoo Prepares To Bid Farewell To Beloved Giant Panda Bei Bei

The National Zoo Prepares To Bid Farewell To Beloved Giant Panda Bei Bei

The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC, is home to 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species. However, few are as beloved as giant panda cub Bei Bei, whose progress, from a frail newborn weighing less than a third of a pound to a healthy, 240-pound (109-kg) "toddler," has been eagerly followed by millions of fans both online and on-site. On November 19, 2019, America will bid farewell as its favorite panda cub departs for Chengdu, China, to join a cooperative breeding program to try to save his vulnerable species, which currently numbers just 1,864 specimens in the wild.

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The First All-Female Spacewalk Is A Success!

The First All-Female Spacewalk Is A Success!

Ever since humans began venturing into space, 227 astronauts have left the spacecraft to perform some sort of extravehicular activity (EVA). While 14 of those have been women, the female astronauts have always been accompanied by a male counterpart. On October 18, 2019, US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all-female team to conduct a spacewalk to replace a failed battery controller.

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Adorable Baby Koala Mistakes Pet Dog For Its Mother

Adorable Baby Koala Mistakes Pet Dog For Its Mother

An Australian dog is still recovering from a hilarious case of mistaken identity. On October 6, 2019, Tony was out in his yard in Adelaide, South Australia, with his owner Henry when a baby koala leaped onto his back. The bewildered pooch squirmed around to nudge the adorable joey, which was clinging to its fur, off his body. Every time he thought he had succeeded, the smart koala found a way to clamber back on.

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