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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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Pardoned Turkeys "Bread" And "Butter" Trot Away To Freedom

Pardoned Turkeys "Bread" And "Butter" Trot Away To Freedom

While an estimated 46 million turkeys will be taking center stage at Thanksgiving dinner tables around the US on November 28, 2019, two lucky birds will be happily cackling in retirement. On November 26, 2019, President Donald Trump used his executive powers to pardon North Carolina-born fowls "Bread" and "Butter" from the chopping block. The Presidential Turkeys will spend the rest of their lives with Peas and Carrots, last year's pardoned birds, at Gobblers Rest at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

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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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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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America's Northernmost City Just Witnessed Its Last Sunset For 2019

America's Northernmost City Just Witnessed Its Last Sunset For 2019

Not a fan of the increasingly shorter winter days? Then you may want to avoid the town of Utqiagvik, Alaska. That's because the northernmost city in the US just experienced its last sunset of the year on November 19, 2019. Even worse, it will not witness a sunrise again until January 23, 2020. More precisely, that means 65 consecutive days, or 1,560 hours, of no daylight.

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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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