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Are poinsettias poisonous? What science says about common holiday lore

Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here's what science says about some of them.

California man launching homemade rocket to prove Earth is flat

It is now just one day until ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes plans to strap himself to a homebuilt, steam-powered rocket, and fire himself 1,800 feet into the air in a bid to prove that the Earth is flat.

Missouri approves using pigs for research, despite protests

The University of Missouri says it will continue to use live pigs to train emergency room doctors, despite protests involving national and local advocates.
Artist's concept of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flying by 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019. Early observations hint at the Kuiper Belt object being either a binary orbiting pair or a contact (stuck together) pair of nearly like-sized bodies with diameters near 12 and 11 miles. (Photo: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Carlos Hernandez)video

NASA seeks nickname for tiny, icy world on solar system edge

NASA is seeking a nickname for a tiny, icy world on the edge of the solar system that's the next destination for New Horizons, the spacecraft that surveyed Pluto.

Einstein’s theory of happiness sells for $1.3M at auction

While Albert Einstein's theory of happiness may be relative, it fetched $1.3 million at a Jerusalem auction on Tuesday.
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Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created.
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Wilmington teacher receives scholarship for STEM curriculum

A local teacher has been recognized for her dedication to STEM education in our community.
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Afghan girls robotics team competes after visa obstacles

A group of Afghan girls competing Monday in an international robotics competition in Washington were clearly excited to be representing their nation as they were twice rejected for U.S. visas.
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Hundreds show up for adults-only museum event

They say you're never too old to stop learning, and one local museum put on a special event Thursday night that was just for the grown-ups.

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