life management


Dog Runs For First Time In His Life

Dog Runs For First Time In His Life

Some might say Derby the dog is disabled, but clearly they haven't seen him in action. "He has always been the happiest dog I know," Derby's adopted human, Sherry Portanova, tells The Dodo. But before he met Sherry, things weren't so bright for him. Derby was born with underdeveloped front lim

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Sick Ants Self-Medicate to Fight Infection

Sick Ants Self-Medicate to Fight Infection

Healthy ants typically avoid harmful substances called reactive oxygen species, such as peroxides. But when they’re infected by a fungus, selectively ingesting those molecules will actually help them survive. The findings, published in Evolution this week, show that ants know how to fight disease

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L.A. Drop 96 Million ‘Shade Balls’ Into Its Water

L.A. Drop 96 Million ‘Shade Balls’ Into Its Water

Los Angeles has turned its main reservoir into a giant ball pit. City officials hope millions of “shade balls” released into the Los Angeles Reservoir will save water in the midst of the worst drought in California history.On Monday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti supervised the latest

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Smart People Live Longer — Here's Why

Smart People Live Longer — Here’s Why

Smarter people tend to live longer than those with less luck in the intelligence department. Now, a new study hints at why: It's (almost) all about good genes. About 95 percent of the relationship between intelligence and longevity is explained by genetic influences on both traits, researchers r

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What a ‘Tree of 40 Fruit’ Tells Us About Agricultural Evolution

What a ‘Tree of 40 Fruit’ Tells Us About Agricultural Evolution

Compass, Mirabelle, Long John, and Early Golden—they’re not a fleet of ships headed for the high seas. These are actually a few of the plum varieties artist Sam Van Aken worked with while creating his “Tree of 40 Fruit,” which as its name suggests, bears 40 varieties of stone fruit, includ

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Surfer Attacked by Shark ‘Did Everything Right’

Surfer Attacked by Shark ‘Did Everything Right’

During a summer of high-profile shark attacks, experts have weighed in on the best ways to avoid and survive the rare but harrowing incidents. Now, dramatic TV footage that has been broadcast around the world shows a pro surfer doing things just right. The surfer successfully evaded a sha

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Little girl, 3, saves  two children by donating her organs

Little girl, 3, saves two children by donating her organs

Olivia Swedberg was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer on May 7. The three-year-old from North Platte, Nebraska, had a tumor known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), which has a 0 percent survival rate and only affects children. Her parents decided they needed to do whatever they could

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My disability has never come in the way

My disability has never come in the way

Manikandan Kumar, aka Mani Rogers, is India’s first world Para-climbing Champion, a feat for anyone in India, where recognition for outdoor activities and sports is a rarity.  However, in the case of Mani Rogers, this was taken a step further. Apart from breaking the norm, this young 28-year-old

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Paralysed soldier learns to walk with exoskeleton

Paralysed soldier learns to walk with exoskeleton

A former British soldier who was paralysed in Afghanistan is learning how to walk again with the help of an exoskeleton.  James Johnson, who served with the Grenadier Guards, is the first paraplegic person to be part of the Salford University pilot scheme to teach people how to walk using robotics

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'Centipede from Hell' Found in World's Deepest Caves

‘Centipede from Hell’ Found in World’s Deepest Caves

Lurking in some of the world’s deepest caves is the aptly named Hades centipede, just discovered in Croatia. The centipede, whose name refers to the Greek god of the underworld, is a top predator in caves that are located nearly 4,700 feet beneath the Earth’s surface. “When I first saw t

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