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Fiona, Cincinnati's Adorable Baby Hippo, Gets Her Own Ice Cream Flavor

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden  favorite Fiona the baby hippo  became wildly popular around the world after video footage of her adorable antics went viral . Now, Ohio-based ice cream company has announced a new flavor crafted in the calf’s honor, featuring a toffee base, roast peanuts and caramel truffles ― because only the best ingredients will do.  Graeter’s ice cream is calling ...

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Thousands Flee As California Wildfire Grows At Unprecedented Rate

A major fire west of Yosemite National Park nearly doubled in size since Tuesday, forcing thousands of evacuations in what’s shaping up to be an overwhelming fire season for California.  The Detwiler Fire  in California’s Mariposa County has swelled to more than 45,000, nearly twice the size of the 25,000 acres it covered early Tuesday, the California Department of Forestry ...

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Fish And Wildlife Service Backs GOP-Led Bills To Chip Away At Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON — As Earth stares down the barrel of a sixth mass extinction event, conservative lawmakers in Washington have taken aim not at climate change or habitat loss, but at one of the most important laws meant to protect imperiled species and combat the biodiversity crisis : the Endangered Species Act. This Republican-led effort was on full display Wednesday when the ...

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Can You Hear Me Now? How to Protect Yourself From Voice Hackers

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation , an online publication covering the latest research. It’s a lot easier to talk to a smartphone than to try to type instructions on its keyboard. This is particularly true when a person is trying to log in to a device or a system: Few people would choose to type a ...

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Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware

Every moment of your waking life and whenever you dream, you have the distinct inner feeling of being “you.” When you see the warm hues of a sunrise, smell the aroma of morning coffee or mull over a new idea, you are having conscious experience. But could an artificial intelligence (AI) ever have experience, like some of the androids depicted ...

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Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides

The woman disappeared. She had been coming to our group therapy sessions for months, and suddenly she stopped. Other group members told me why: she had been beaten so badly by her husband that she ended up in the hospital. The assault happened while her husband was, to use a too dainty phrase, “under the influence” of alcohol. I wish ...

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No Evidence for Past Martian Civilization, Scientists Tell Congress

In case you were wondering, there’s no evidence that Mars hosted an alien civilization thousands of years ago. Nonetheless, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., asked a panel of planetary scientists to speculate about this possibility today (July 18), during a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Space Subcommittee. The inquiry followed testimony by panelist ...

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Schools Are Turning to Virtual Doctors for Sick Kids

School nurses offer far more than just Band-Aids these days. As the prevalence of childhood conditions like asthma and diabetes have risen, nurses treat a wide range of problems. Still, only an estimated 40 percent of U.S. schools have a full-time nurse, according to the National Association of School Nurses. But now telemedicine — virtual doctor visits over video — is ...

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The U.S. Is Not Ready to Clean Up an Arctic Oil Spill

The United States is not ready to clean up an oil spill in the Arctic, the head of the Coast Guard said yesterday. The warning comes as Congress prepares to open up more drilling in a region quickly being transformed by climate change. Adm. Paul Zukunft said that the challenges of cleaning up the BP PLC Deepwater Horizon oil spill ...

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3 Toxic Thinking Habits That Feed Your Insecurity

Mental Health This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen reveals three toxic thinking habits that keep you feeling insecure, plus offers three ways to feel more confident. Credit: Tom Merton Getty Images There’s that old saying—the mind makes a wonderful servant but a terrible master. If you’re feeling insecure—about yourself, your relationship, or your life—these three thinking habits may be ...

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