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The Eiffel Tower Goes Green

The Eiffel Tower Goes Green

The Eiffel Tower may look brownish gray, but it is making an effort to turn green. Wind turbines to create electricity have been installed approximately halfway up the height of the Tower and are hidden in the iron frame of the iconic Paris landmark. When it was first built for the 1889 World’s Fair the […]
Environmental Stories
Good Snow-maritan Digs Neighbors out of a Blizzard

Good Snow-maritan Digs Neighbors out of a Blizzard

This winter, the Northeast was hit with snowfall that reached near all-time records. On one particularly snowy day, Stephen Madelon, 21, of Amsterdam, New York (near Albany) decided to add a post to a local community facebook page. He said that he would shovel snow at anyone’s home that needed it. For free. At the […]
Humanitarian Stories,Inspiring Stories
Girl Asks DC Comics for More Women Superheroes, Becomes One Herself

Girl Asks DC Comics for More Women Superheroes, Becomes One Herself

Rowan Hansen is an 11 year-old girl from Champaign, Illinois, who recently wrote a letter by hand to DC Comics regarding its lack of female superheroes in movies, television and toy versions of their comic book characters. Her letter became an internet sensation when her dad posted it online. In part, she said, “I love […]
Fun Stories,Inspiring Stories,Success Stories
Pieces of Atlantis: The Significance of Orichalcum

Pieces of Atlantis: The Significance of Orichalcum

“Of the combatants on the one side, the city of Athens was reported to have been the leader and to have fought out the war; the combatants on the other side were commanded by the kings of Atlantis, which, as was saying, was an island greater in extent than Libya and Asia, and when afterwards […]
Fun Stories,History Stories
Time Capsule Buried by Paul Revere and Sam Adams Opened

Time Capsule Buried by Paul Revere and Sam Adams Opened

Essential basement repairs led to the unveiling of a priceless piece of history on Tuesday: a time capsule dating back to the infancy of the United States. Officials at the Massachusetts State House discovered water marks in the basement of the historic building and identified the cornerstone as a source of concern and decided to […]
Fun Stories,History Stories
On the Origins of Santa’s Elves

On the Origins of Santa’s Elves

Any employer would be lucky to have a limitless workforce of hardworking magical creatures, and really, that’s the only kind of workforce that could hope to make toys for the world’s entire child population. So how did Santa Claus get to be so lucky? Where did all of these elves come from? Elves have always […]
Fun Stories
3D Printers Give Injured Animals a Leg up

3D Printers Give Injured Animals a Leg up

Last week, the story of Derby the Dog made waves across the internet. Born with underdeveloped front legs, Derby was rejected by his original owners and nearly put down before he was adopted into a loving home and given a second chance. His condition drew the attention of Tara Anderson of 3D Systems in New […]
Animal Stories,Success Stories
Why Santa Claus Prefers Reindeer to Caribou

Why Santa Claus Prefers Reindeer to Caribou

It’s that time of year again when Santa readies the team for his annual Holiday World Tour. His eight deer (nine if you count Rudolph), strain with anticipation to sail through the stratosphere on a time-bending mission to spread joy and cheer. But the iconic image of Santa’s sleigh begs the question, what makes his […]
Animal Stories,Environmental Stories
Cook and Janitor Become Unlikely Caregivers, Heroes

Cook and Janitor Become Unlikely Caregivers, Heroes

In October 2013, the California Department of Social Services shut down Valley Springs Manor Assisted Living Facility for policy violation. Owner Mary Manuel closed up shop, and all but two staff members left because they were no longer being paid. The seniors were left to fend for themselves. The two staff members who stayed behind […]
Humanitarian Stories,Inspiring Stories
The Comet Landing: Small Finding, Huge Implications

The Comet Landing: Small Finding, Huge Implications

“You are all stardust,” said theoretical physicist, Lawrence Krauss, in his book A Universe from Nothing. Krauss was describing how all the known elements on this planet, including those that compose us, can be traced to exploding stars. This is part of a complex theory known as panspermia, which is Greek for “Seeds from Everywhere.” […]
Environmental Stories