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World Will Gain a Leap Second on Tuesday

World Will Gain a Leap Second on Tuesday

Leap seconds have caused widespread problems in the past—but there's a reason we keep adding them to the world's clocks. Time will stop on Tuesday, but only for a second. The world's timekeepers will be adding a sliver of time—a leap second—to our clocks.  Just as leap year

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Vicki Houska raised 12 foster kids. Now she helps other families do it.

Vicki Houska raised 12 foster kids. Now she helps other families do it.

Vicki Houska is a woman of many gifts. But one of the first things that her friends and colleagues will tell you about her is that she is a hugger. “No one leaves her without a hug and a smile,” says Michelle Barron, a work crew supervisor for the St. Charles County Juvenile Justice Center.

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Backpacks on Seabirds Hint at Their Navigation Secret

Backpacks on Seabirds Hint at Their Navigation Secret

Shearwaters navigate the open ocean based on their memories of smells that waft in from different directions, a new study suggests. The nose knows—smells point many an animal in the right direction. But for birds, the roles that smells may or may not play in navigation has long been up in th

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Invasive Pacu Fish With Human-Like Teeth Found

Invasive Pacu Fish With Human-Like Teeth Found

But fish’s testicle-eating reputation is a myth, scientists say. A relative of the piranhas with a mythical taste for human flesh was found in a New Jersey lake this weekend, setting off fears about the spread of invasive species. The fish, thought to be a South American pacu, is known for its

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Bat-Like, Pigeon-Sized Dino Soared Over China

Bat-Like, Pigeon-Sized Dino Soared Over China

A dinosaur with bat-like wings once soared through the skies of what is now China. The Jurassic dinosaur, named Yi qi, has the shortest name ever given to a dino: Yi qi, pronounced "ee chee," means "strange wing." It also appears to be the earliest known flying non-avian dinosaur. At 160 million

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Kangaroos are lefties

Kangaroos are lefties

Here's an interesting bit of information for your next trivia night: by and large, kangaroos are left-handed. This might seem like really weird news, but the study that backs this up may help scientists get a better handle on the evolution of mammals — in addition to dispelling the notion that tr

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Floating Hoverboard Comes to Life

Floating Hoverboard Comes to Life

The future is here already -- or at least the one imagined for Marty McFly -- with a carmaker unveiling a real, working hoverboard, like that used in the "Back To The Future" film franchise. Toyota's luxury car brand Lexus says it has created a prototype that glides frictionlessly just above the

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Mushroom 'helps keep fat off'

Mushroom ‘helps keep fat off’

A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals, say researchers in Taiwan. The study, published in Nature Communications, suggested Ganoderma lucidum slowed weight gain by altering bacteria in the gut. The researchers suggested the mushroom could eventually be

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Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab Found in Antarctica

Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab Found in Antarctica

The deep-sea crustacean, which lives near hydrothermal vents, is only the third species of yeti crab known to scienceIt's white. It's hairy. It's elusive. It's a yeti … crab. Meet Kiwa tyleri, the newest member of the yeti crab family and the first to be found in the cold waters off Antarctica.

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Olga Murray in Nepal: shaken but undeterred

Olga Murray in Nepal: shaken but undeterred

The founder of the Nepal Youth Foundation, profiled in a 2013 Monitor article, was preparing for a birthday party when the earthquake hit. Now she's back in the US raising funds to aid Nepal. The earthquake struck just hours before 600 guests, including the US ambassador, were to descend on Olga Mu

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