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14-yo Crowned ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’ for Headphones That Treat Ear Infections With Blue Light

A 14-year-old in San Diego, California, was named the grand prize winner of this year’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier middle school science competition. Leanne Fan developed Finsen Headphones, a low-cost headphone device that uses machine learning and blue light therapy to detect and treat mid-ear infections in children—potentially preventing up to 60% […]

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Marine Vet Gifted With New Vehicle to Resume His Service to Disabled Veterans and Children

To celebrate Veteran’s Day this week, a dedicated 50-year volunteer for Disabled American Veterans was gifted a new van so he could continue his labor of love. Former US Marine Len Johnson drives to other veterans’ homes in Philadelphia to support them in any way he can—so people at the TrueCar website saw an opportunity […]

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Cute Moment a Baby Became Baffled After Dad Shaved His Beard and Played Peek-a-Boo

Michael Balderson thought it would be fun to reveal his newly-shaven face to his baby during a little game of peek-a-boo. The 42-year-old had worn a beard for the entirety of little Theo’s life, so the shock was evident on the child’s face. Mom captured the moment on a video that shows the 11-month-old baby […]

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First Ever Sentence Found in Canaanite Language is a Plea to Remove Hair Lice Discovered Etched on Ivory Comb

The first sentence ever discovered that was written in the Canaanite language turns out to be a plea to eradicate beard lice. Unearthed in the area of an ancient city in Israel by a team from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Southern Adventist University from Tennessee, the ivory comb dates back 3,700 years. The inscription […]

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Black Hole Found Shredding a Nearby Star into ‘Spaghetti’ is Pivotal Moment for Astronomers

An intermediate-mass black hole lurking undetected in a dwarf galaxy revealed itself to astronomers when it gobbled up an unlucky star that strayed too close. The shredding of the star is known as a ‘tidal disruption event’ or ‘spaghettification’—and it produced a flare of radiation that briefly outshone the combined stellar light of the host […]

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Cat Walks Across France to Their Old Home Before Being Reunited With ‘Stunned’ Owners 13 Months Later

A cat traveled more than 280 miles to its old home before being reunited with her relocated owners and taken back to her new home—a whopping 13 months later. Laëtitia De Amicis moved with her family and their three cats because of work reasons a year ago, leaving the Orne region of France. The family […]

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Mindfulness Program Shown to Be as Effective as Antidepressant Drugs for Treating Anxiety Disorders

A guided mindfulness-based stress reduction program was as effective as using ‘the gold-standard’ antidepressant drug—escitalopram—for patients with anxiety disorders, according to a first-of-its-kind, randomized clinical trial from Georgetown University Medical Center. “Mindfulness meditation currently is reimbursed by very few (insurance) providers,” says Elizabeth Hoge, MD, director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program and associate professor […]