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Seven Alien ‘Earths’ Found Orbiting Nearby Star

February 23, 2017

Seven rocky planets orbiting a nearby star may be roughly the size of Earth and could even be right for water—and maybe life.  The Earth-size worlds orbit a star just 39 light-years away, and most may have the right conditions to host liquid water on their surfaces. The planets, which circle a star called TRAPPIST-1 […]

Can you guess the nickname of the 100-percent-female lizard species?

February 22, 2017

There’s a species of lizards that are 100 percent females and they’re nicknamed the Lesbian Lizards! The New Mexico whiptail is a species of lizard found in the southern United States in New Mexico and Arizona, and in northern Mexico in Chihuahua. It is the official state reptile of New Mexico. It is one of […]

A high school teacher gets fired in 1960 for assigning what book?

February 21, 2017

In 1960, a teacher was fired for assigning the novel The Catcher in the Rye to his class. Unfortunately the 11th Grade English teacher’s name has mostly escaped from history. The teacher was eventually reinstated, however the 1951 novel by J.D. Salinger was removed from the school library. As many a high-schooler knows, Catcher in […]

What famous inventor’s last breath is saved in a test tube?

February 20, 2017

You may have heard of Thomas Edison, or at least a few small things he invented. You know, like the first movie camera, the incandescent light bulb, just a few minor things. Anyway, Edison was close friends with Henry Ford, yes, the same Henry Ford that owned the car company. It is rumored that when […]

What country has a water bridge that allows massive ships to cross over another river?

February 19, 2017

It’s called the Magdeburg Water Bridge and it’s a navigable aqueduct in Germany that connect the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mitteland Canal and allows ships to cross over the Elbe river. It measures 918 meters, which makes it the longest navigable aqueduct in the world. Before this bridge was built, ships had to go on […]

Spring is when life’s alive in everything. —Christina Rossetti

February 18, 2017

Just to get the mood started…..we all are ready for spring and mother earth to get green again….here are a few quotes from some people you may or may not know: You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming. —Pablo Neruda Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ —Robin […]

Copyrights are an American thing… Sort of..

February 17, 2017

Copyright laws are a bit of an odd thing in the United States. The Copyright Act of 1976 made copyrights last for the life of the author plus 50 years or 75 years for a work of corporate authorship. The Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 extended copyright terms in the United States by 20 […]

The female praying mantis RIPS OFF THE MALE’S HEAD during sex!

February 16, 2017

Often, the male will try to initiate courtship in secret (technically rape, but in his defense, there’s a good chance he’s about to become someone’s lunch). If detected, the female will kill him and eat him, often by ripping off his head mid-coitus. Upon being decapitated, the male mantis will reflexively tense up and start […]

Who stays angry longer, men or women?

February 15, 2017

Strong emotions start with physiological changes in your body. The heart rate increases, adrenaline surges, and muscles tighten; all before you realize you’re angry. Men and women generally get angry at the same rate of speed, according to neurobiologists. In women, however, it takes a bit longer for nervous system to settle down and return […]

St. Valentine….Valentine’s Day Not What He Expected

February 14, 2017

On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers […]

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