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News on the taxidermy front: Cheap mounting jobs come at a price


Budget taxidermists lacking the skill have flooded the taxidermy market, and the pros are a little upset.

The sky is falling: Scientists confront asteroid threats

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Because of new technology, scientists will soon be able to spot the smaller asteroids that have a higher likelihood of striking the Earth. They plan to fend off these would-be catastrophes with "gravity tractors" and magnified solar beams.

For some black fraternities, body branding is a symbol of devotion

Forget tattoos, members of African-American fraternities have taken to branding their frat symbol on their bodies.

Braille battles to stay in touch


Only 10 percent of America's blind children rely on Braille. But advocates insist that learning the system is vital for attaining literacy--even in an age of technological advances.

Parents favor the first-born, putting sibs at risk


A new study says parents favor their first-born at the expense of siblings, who face bigger chances of dropping out of school and getting arrested.

Far from home, U.S. students from the Republic of Georgia struggle to preserve their revolution

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Coming from the tradition and Christian Republic of Georgia, some of the young people who led the Rose Revolution in 2003, now suffer through a crisis of faith so far away from home.

Real estate brokers by day, rockers at night


Forget waiting tables and tending bars. These anti-establishment rockers have become real estate agents to earn extra cash.

Open wide! More senior citizens opt for braces


Braces used to be worn in high schools, not at bingo nights. Not anymore. Grandmas now say no to dentures, yes to the orthodontist’s chair.

To cremate or not to cremate? Results are now in: Yes


The number of people opting for cremation, of themselves or of loved ones, has tripled since the 1980s, a trend that's been fueled by lower costs, relaxed religious rules and societal acceptance.

Aerial Yoga provides uplifting experience


The latest variation of yoga uses a trapeze to give practitioners an uplifting experience, in more ways than one.

SWM seeks SWF for long walks on the beach, and leafy greens


Ecosex: the latest web scene for vegetarians searching for like-minded soul mates.

Baby won't sleep? Hire a professional


A growing number of exhausted parents are hiring sleep consultants to put their restless babies to bed.

Out of the closet and into the outdoors


Gays and lesbians look to adventure clubs to find support while testing their limits in the outdoors.

Will livestock soon be joining the tattooing craze?


Somark Innovations has developed a tattooing system that can identify sheep, horses and cows with an ink that can be scanned much the way a UPC barcode is scanned at the grocery store. The system may help officials control outbreaks of mad cow disease and provide the food industry with a safer product.

Companies trade cubicles for 'enclaves' and 'huddle rooms'

Companies are eliminating traditional office set-ups in favor of public work spaces that encourage mobility and interaction between employees. But the trend irks workers who say the set-up makes them insecure about their jobs.

Just divorced? Congratulations, and here's a voodoo doll!

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Divorce American-style: From sexy underwear to voodoo dolls and greeting cards, splitting up has become another occasion to shop.

Americans make passage to India for cheap dentistry


Increasing numbers of Americans are flying to India to get their teeth capped or filled. They say the cheaper cost of materials and labor makes the journey worth the $2,500 flight. And there's always the Taj Mahal.

For artists online, 1,000 photos make a project


Instead of oil paint smeared on a canvas, artists are using the self-portrait photographs of strangers to make online art--a medium that could change art as we know it.

Old-time strongmen bend nails, frying pans, horseshoes


Old-time strongmen bend steel rods into U's and wrench apart horseshoes to prove that no pharmaceuticals are required to attain super-strength.

Darwin Dating: Only the beautiful need apply


A dating site just for the good looking annoys evolutionary biologists who question using Darwin's name to weed out unattractive applicants

Churches work to give "new life" to holy artifacts from closed parishes


What happens to the art in a church when it closes? With their own historians, a few archdioceses are uncovering what treasures they have and finding new homes for them.

Ghostly bikes commemorate fallen cyclists


Ghostly white bicycles chained to street corners are appearing in more and more cities across the globe. Created by cycling activists to commemorate people killed in biking accidents, the memorials are part of a movement to make cycling safer.

Thrift shops feed on nostalgia, except for those old shoes

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Even some hard-core thrift shoppers draw the line at used shoes. Are they overreacting? Some say buying worn footwear helps save money and the environment.

With the heat on, birds show confused behavior


Because of global warming, numerous bird species are showing up where they never have before. Others are refusing to leave locations that they have always migrated from in winter.

The latest in green transportation: Load up the two-wheeler!


Environmentally conscious consumers are using cargo bikes in place of cars, minivans and even moving trucks.

The Internet gives big boost to time-worn hobby of stamp collecting

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Despite rumors that stamp collecting is a dying pastime, the hobby is thriving in its new Internet-age form.

In pursuit of the ivory-billed woodpecker


For a bird that may have been extinct for half a century, the ivory-billed woodpecker has caused quite a stir.

Have problems with math? Take up fencing


Fencing has long been viewed as a sport of the elite. But educators are discovering that dueling can enhance mathematical performance. They liken it to a physical game of chess.

Dance Notation Bureau leaps out of peril

On the verge of bankruptcy only a year ago, the Dance Notation Bureau has turned itself around and remains the leading center in the world for archived and new Labanotation dance scores.

What's in a name? On the Internet, it might surprise you

In the age of Google, something as personal as a name can become a risk, especially when it's shared with someone in the adult entertainment business.

Baseball coffins and urns made to carry die-hard fans into the next world

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On opening day, baseball fanatics will prove their undying loyalty to their favorite franchises by buying urns and coffins decorated in the colors and insignia of Major League Baseball teams.

Sports leagues now play to win donations for charity


Adult sports leagues aren't just for ex-jocks. Charity-minded leagues are mixing outreach and social interaction to connect young professionals with their communities as never before.

Iraqi scholars fleeing violence find new homes at American universities


A year ago, Donny George was an archaeologist and college professor in Baghdad. Today, he teaches classes on Long Island, one of the few Iraqi scholars who have escaped the escalating war on his nation's academics.

Teens in mourning find solace in cyberspace


Young people turn to MySpace and Facebook to memorialize departed friends.

New products help paraplegics have sex

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Many paraplegics say regaining sexual function is as important as walking again. Some new products, like powerful vibrators and Viagra, help them function better in the bedroom.