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Harry Potter kills Voldemort, solves racism

Harry Potter kills Voldemort, solves racism

New research suggests those who read Harry Potter books and identify with Harry are more likely to empathize with immigrants, homosexuals and refugees.
Brooks Hays
Fisherman catches alligator in Missouri pond

Fisherman catches alligator in Missouri pond

A man in St. Charles, Missouri, hooked a baby alligator while fishing a local pond this week. It measured just over 18 inches long.
Brooks Hays
Thousands of velellas wash up on the shores of San Francisco

Thousands of velellas wash up on the shores of San Francisco

Thousands of jellyfish-like blobs called velellas have sailed onto the beaches surrounding San Francisco.
Brooks Hays
Infant Earth was peppered by asteroids for 500 million years

Infant Earth was peppered by asteroids for 500 million years

Scientists say early Earth would have been inhabitable, but it would have been a terrible place to live -- amid magma and incessant asteroid collisions.
Brooks Hays
Deep-sea octopus guards eggs longer than any other animal

Deep-sea octopus guards eggs longer than any other animal

Scientists have discovered a deep-sea octopus that sits atop her eggs for 4.5 years -- a record among all animals.
Brooks Hays
The moon is (kind of) flat, and scientists know why

The moon is (kind of) flat, and scientists know why

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) say that tidal forces early in the moon's formational history account for its odd appearance.
Brooks Hays
Ancient cricket found in neglected primeval amber

Ancient cricket found in neglected primeval amber

An ancient cricket has been discovered in a piece of hardened amber -- an artifact that spent some 50 years in a storage closet, mostly ignored.
Brooks Hays
Man creates ice cream that changes color when licked

Man creates ice cream that changes color when licked

An ice cream store owner in Spain has invented "Xamaleon" ice cream that changes colors when licked.
Brooks Hays
A daily five-minute run could save your life

A daily five-minute run could save your life

According to a new study by researchers at Iowa State University, running just five to ten minutes a day can significantly reduce the chance of heart attack.
Brooks Hays
Extinction threatens all eight pangolin species

Extinction threatens all eight pangolin species

There are eight species of pangolin, and all eight are threatened by extinction, as they continue to be poached to death in Africa and Asia.
Brooks Hays
Study: facial features predict first impressions

Study: facial features predict first impressions

According to a new study, before even a word is spoken, first impressions are influenced by the shape and features of a person's face.
Brooks Hays
Two more giant holes found in Siberia

Two more giant holes found in Siberia

Just two weeks after footage of a mysterious crater in Russia's northern Yamal peninsula went viral, two more massive holes have been discovered in Siberia.
Brooks Hays
Worldwide water shortage by 2040, new studies suggest

Worldwide water shortage by 2040, new studies suggest

Studies suggest a worldwide water shortage is just 25 years away, and at least 30 to 40 percent of the globe will be struggling to meet supply demands by 2020.
Brooks Hays
Brazilian Air Force orders more C295 aircraft

Brazilian Air Force orders more C295 aircraft

Airbus Defense and Space receives order from the Brazilian Air Force.
Richard Tomkins
Study: Deepwater Horizon spill 'deeper and wider' than thought

Study: Deepwater Horizon spill 'deeper and wider' than thought

Researchers are gathering a greater understanding of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's footprint, and it's "deeper and wider" than they originally thought.
Brooks Hays
Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has 101 geysers

Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has 101 geysers

Saturn's tiny icy moon Enceladus boasts at least 101 geysers, NASA scientists say. And they're most likely composed of vapors shot from deep below the surface.
Brooks Hays
Mars rover captures off-Earth travel distance record

Mars rover captures off-Earth travel distance record

NASA's other Mars rover, Opportunity, has injected itself back into the headlines, grabbing its own world record -- longest off-Earth driving distance.
Brooks Hays
'Nuisance' flooding at all-time highs along East Coast

'Nuisance' flooding at all-time highs along East Coast

So-called nuisance flooding along the coast is on the rise, courtesy of rising sea levels and global warming, according to a new report from the NOAA.
Brooks Hays
Maine Ocean Acidification Commission to meet Friday, August 1

Maine Ocean Acidification Commission to meet Friday, August 1

The Maine Ocean Acidification Commission, the first of its kind on the East Coast, is set to hold its inaugural meeting on Friday, August 1.
Brooks Hays
Massive Wisconsin mayfly hatch shows up on radar

Massive Wisconsin mayfly hatch shows up on radar

Billions of mayflies hatching along the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin, gathered in a swarm large enough to appear on local radar systems.
Brooks Hays
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