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Don't Forget To 'Spring Forward' This Weekend

By Meera Dolasia on March 8, 2017
Don't Forget To 'Spring Forward' This Weekend

On Sunday, March 12, most Americans will ‘lose’ an hour by moving their clocks forward sixty minutes. This small sacrifice that marks the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST) is designed to allow residents to enjoy longer days during the upcoming spring and summer months.

National Zoo Giant Panda Bao Bao Begins Her New Life In China

By Meera Dolasia on March 6, 2017
National Zoo Giant Panda Bao Bao Begins Her New Life In China

On February 21, after a week of feasting on her favorite treats that included a multi-tiered ice cake, giant panda Bao Bao started preparing for her one-way journey to China. The National Zoo resident began the morning with a hearty breakfast comprising 17 pounds (8 kg) of bamboo and 5.4 pounds (2.4 kg) of leafeater biscuits before heading out for some fresh air. Shortly after, she was put inside a custom-made, four-by-six, steel travel crate and transported to the Washington Dulles International Airport.

Can Giant Pumps Help Refreeze The Arctic?

By Maitreyi Mantha on March 6, 2017
Can Giant Pumps Help Refreeze The Arctic?

The steady increase in global temperatures has been particularly disastrous for the polar ice caps. Experts warn that if this trend continues, there will be no late summer ice in the Arctic region by the 2030’s. The most effective solution, of course, is to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions before it’s too late. But since that is not happening, scientists are frantically trying to come up with alternative ways to try to reverse the situation.

Yukon Hot Springs Hair Freezing Competition Is Like None Other!

By Kavi Dolasia on March 2, 2017
Yukon Hot Springs Hair Freezing Competition Is Like None Other!

Winter means different things to different people. For some, it is the chance to cozy up to a warm fire, for others, a time to frolic in the snow. Then there are those that head to the Takhini Hot Springs in Yukon, Canada to participate in the wacky and hilarious International Hair Freezing Contest.

The ET-Like Insect That Inhabited Earth 100 Million Years Ago

By Ashley Johnson on March 1, 2017
The ET-Like Insect That Inhabited Earth 100 Million Years Ago

The about million species of insects known to humanity thus far have managed to neatly fit into one of 31 existing scientific orders. However, when George Poinar, Jr., the world’s leading expert on plant and animal life forms, found preserved in amber, saw the carcass of this 100-million-year-old insect, he knew it would require its own scientific order – an incredibly rare event.

Drone Taxis To Debut In Dubai This Summer

By Kim Bussing on February 27, 2017
Drone Taxis To Debut In Dubai This Summer

While the world is still debating the safety of self-driving cars, the futuristic city-state of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is preparing to launch an autonomous aerial taxi. Starting in July, commuters will be able to summon the world’s first passenger drone, the EHang 184, to transport them to their desired destination without having to deal with Dubai’s congested freeways.

Will These Earth-Sized Exoplanets End Our Search For Aliens?

By Daksha Morjaria on February 26, 2017
Will These Earth-Sized Exoplanets End Our Search For Aliens?

About forty light years, or 235 trillion miles, away in the constellation Aquarius lies a planetary system with seven Earth-sized planets, at least three of which could be habitable. The exciting news was revealed to the public at a NASA press briefing and through the release of a study in the journal Nature on February 22.

Ancient Ancestors to Humans Had Not One, But Two Tails

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on February 24, 2017
Ancient Ancestors to Humans Had Not One, But Two Tails

It has always been believed that the final segment of the human vertebral column, the coccyx, or tailbone, is the remnant of a lost tail. Now, some researchers assert it may be the vestige of not one but two tails, both of which, humans and their closest relatives (great apes) managed to shed over millions of years of evolution.

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