101-year-old weather observer gets a place in the sun: An honor from National Weather Service

In this 1930s photo provided by the Hendrickson family, Richard Hendrickson leans into the wind as a storm hits a Long Island, N.Y. beach.AP Richard Hendrickson, 101, demonstrates how he collects temperature [...]

Meerkats kill their children in order to survive, new study shows

Three baby Meerkats cuddle up to their mother.Reuters They might look cute but don’t be deceived by their furry, little faces, these are cold-blooded killers. A group of British scientists followed 12 groups of meerkats in the [...]

Newfound alien planet has longest year known for transiting world

The Uranus-sized exoplanet Kepler-421b appears in this artist’s illustration. The exoplanet orbits an orange, type K star, lying roughly 1,000 light-years from Earth.David A. Aguilar (CfA) A newfound alien planet is one for [...]

NASA spacecraft just one year away from Pluto

An artist’s concept of the New Horizon’s spacecraft with Pluto and three of its five moons.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI) Less than a year from now, NASA’s [...]

Elephants can outsniff rats and dogs

African elephants more olfactory receptors than rats and humans do, and more than any other animal studied to date.Karl Tate/Live Science Elephants are known for their impressively long trunks, but perhaps less well known is the [...]

Germany allows chronic pain sufferers to grow their own cannabis

(REUTERS/Andres Stapff) A German court ruled on Tuesday that some people suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivate their own cannabis “for therapeutic purposes”. Five people suffering from chronic pain [...]

India faces crisis over dwindling numbers of girls, UN warns

A girl gets her face painted with an awareness message on female foeticide during a face-painting competition in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh August 1, 2009. (REUTERS/Ajay Verma) The dwindling numbers of Indian girls, [...]

California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing says on its website that [...]

5 tummy-slimming summer drinks

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Elementary students like new healthier lunches, study finds

REUTERS/Mike Blake When the federal government implemented new school-meal regulations in 2012, a majority of elementary-school students complained about the healthier lunches, but by the end of the school year most found the food [...]