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Special "Texters" Lane In China Draws Attention To Worldwide Cell Phone Addiction

By Meera Dolasia on September 20, 2014
Special "Texters" Lane In China Draws Attention To Worldwide Cell Phone Addiction

While people are constantly being reminded to put away their smartphones when driving, there are very few warnings when it comes to being engrossed in them whilst walking. Now the Chinese city of Chongqing has come up with a novel way to highlight the issue, by creating a special 'texters' lane.

The Votes Are In! Scotland Will Remain Part Of The United Kingdom

By Meera Dolasia on September 20, 2014
The Votes Are In! Scotland Will Remain Part Of The United Kingdom

On September 18th, 2014, Scottish residents over the age of 16 went to the polls to answer a simple question - "Should Scotland be an independent country?" If the majority answered yes, Scotland would break off its 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom, which includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and become an independent nation.

Hello Kitty Begins Her 40th Birthday Celebrations By Declaring She Is Not A Cat!

By Meera Dolasia on September 19, 2014
Hello Kitty Begins Her 40th Birthday Celebrations By Declaring She Is Not A Cat!

This is a big year for Kitty White or as she is popularly known, Hello Kitty. That's because on November 1st, 2014, the perpetual 3rd grader will celebrate her 40th birthday! And while she is not shy about revealing her age, Ms. White sure has been keeping a big secret from the world - she is NOT a cat!

How The Removal Of A 'Nuisance' Predator Wreaked Havoc On Yellowstone National Park's Ecosystem

By Meera Dolasia on September 18, 2014
How The Removal Of A 'Nuisance' Predator Wreaked Havoc On Yellowstone National Park's Ecosystem

In the 1800's the Rocky Mountain West area of the USA that now includes Yellowstone National Park, was teeming with gray wolves. However they were considered nuisance predators who killed livestock and therefore, actively hunted down. By the time the National Park was established in 1827, the number of gray wolves had diminished substantially, a trend that continued thanks to a government predator control program that ensured that by 1926, there were none left.

Always Craving Chips And Cookies? Blame It On Your Gut Bacteria!

By Kendall Costello on September 17, 2014
Always Craving Chips And Cookies? Blame It On Your Gut Bacteria!

Always craving junk food? Now you can blame it on the millions of bacteria that live in your gut - At least that's what some researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico, have concluded after reviewing the latest scientific literature about microbes. According to Athena Aktipis, one of the authors of the study, which was published in the journal Bio Essays in mid-August, these microscopic organisms are extremely bossy and have the power to influence not just our food cravings but also moods and overall well-being.

Four-Year-Old Norwegian Toddler Sleepwalks Three Miles To Nearby Town

By Meera Dolasia on September 17, 2014
Four-Year-Old Norwegian Toddler Sleepwalks Three Miles To Nearby Town

When toddlers have bad dreams, they usually run to snuggle up with their parents. Not Thea Helena Robertsen! This four-year-old Norwegian toddler decided to deal with her nightmare by sleepwalking, not just to the kitchen or the neighbor's home, but an astounding 5km (3-miles) - all the way to the next town!

Video Of The Week - Kitesurfers Establish New Guinness World Record In Spain

By Meera Dolasia on September 15, 2014
Video Of The Week - Kitesurfers Establish New Guinness World Record In Spain

On Sunday, August 31st, 352 kitesurfers made their way to the pristine beaches of Tarifa, a small town on the south coast of Spain, to attempt a new Guinness World record for the largest en masse kitesurf, over one nautical mile.

Yay! Simultaneous Solar Flares Create Beautiful Auroras But No Disruptions

By Meera Dolasia on September 15, 2014
Yay! Simultaneous Solar Flares Create Beautiful Auroras But No Disruptions

Last week, scientists waited in anticipation for two massive solar flares that were scheduled to hit the earth's magnetic field on September 11th and 12th, respectively. While the outbursts were not expected to be as powerful as the ones experienced in 2012, it was the back-to-back occurrence that had experts concerned about the damage they could cause to our satellites, electric grids and GPS systems.

Tire-Makers Turn To The Humble Dandelion For Rubber

By Allegra Staples on September 14, 2014
Tire-Makers Turn To The Humble Dandelion For Rubber

Dandelions have long been considered a nuisance weed by most gardeners. However they, along with the rest of the world, may soon start treating the annoying plant with the respect it deserves. That's because the white milky sap of their taproot contains particles of rubber of such superior quality, that Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer, refers to dandelions as the future of road transport.

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