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9 Photos of the Most Dramatic Rescues from Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey killed at least 14 victims and left dozens injured in a category 4 hurricane—the most powerful one to...



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Calling All Muggles! You Can Now Buy Harry Potter’s House

You'll just need $1.3 million, that's all.




Sperm Counts Have Dropped 50 Percent in 40 Years—Here’s Why

For some mysterious reason, men's sperm counts are dropping—rapidly—around the world. Here's what you need to know.


These Vaccine Patches Will Have You Saying So Long to Needles at the Doctor

No words if nurses will still be handing out lollipops for being a good sport about the whole affair.

Pacemakers May Soon Be Powered By Your Own Heart

A new biofriendly energy technology taps the body's own movement—like a self-winding watch—to make implanted devices even safer.


Firefighters from All Over the Country Call This the ‘Most Hospitable’ Small Town They’ve Ever Served

The government sent Hotshots, an elite team of firefighters, to fight wildfires raging near Hayesville, NC. The community's outpouring of...


One of the World’s Most Iconic Ships Sailed Straight Into Hurricane Sandy. Sandy Won.

The HMS Bounty experienced its final moments during Hurricane Sandy. Did any passengers survive the wreckage?


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The Psychology of Picking a President: What Your Brain Says About Your Vote

You can predict who will win the next presidential election using these simple facts, explains psychologist John D. Gartner.


An Ohio Couple Was Trapped in a Flooding Basement. Their Dramatic Rescue Will Restore Your Faith in ...

The Hammondses were trapped in their flooded basement, with the water line rapidly rising above 8 feet. It would take...


A Deaf Woman Wants to Be a Nurse. Can a School Deem Her Unfit for the Job?

You be the judge: Can a nursing school dismiss a hearing-impaired person because they say she's not able to care...


5 Judges Who Will Erode Your Faith in the System

Most jurists warrant our respect. Then there are those who shake public trust.


Faces of America: A Civil War Reenactment in Dublin, VA

Photographer Glenn Glasser meets passionate performers in Dublin, VA at the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain Civil War Reenactment.

You be the Judge: The Case of the Kid and the Cash

An unmarried, absent father dies at work. Does his company have to pay to support his child?


How and Why We Pray

Organized religion may be losing members, but prayer is more popular than ever. A look at the myriad reasons why.


Profile in Courage: The Firefighters

In June 2013, 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives fighting one of the worst wildfires in American history.


When Lightning Strikes a Golfer, Is the Course Responsible?

The caddie master learned of lightning in the area and set off in a cart with the club pro to...


6 Creative Ways to Save Endangered Languages Before They Disappear

Each year twenty-five languages die out, but these groups are developing creative ways to keep other endangered languages from becoming...

Boston Bombing: An Emotional First Aid Kit

Once again, senseless carnage has been visited upon the innocent. And once again, we are following the terrible events and...


The Six Apps You Need This Election Season

With more Americans turning to mobile devices for political news, navigating the plethora of politics apps camouflaged in red, white,...


Life Found in Outer Space!

Aliens!? Possibly...


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Kivalina, Alaska: A Disappearing Town

At the tip of a barrier island 80 miles above the Arctic Circle, the town of Kivalina, Alaska, is melting...


Study: Should Men Get a PSA Test?

Yes, prostate cancer screening saves lives, but does the test do more harm than good?


The Road Ahead for Middle Class Families

Being middle class is the very heart  of the American Dream. In practical terms, it's having a job (or two)...