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How Did “A Christmas Carol” Influence People in 1867?

Charles Dickens is one of the greatest authors of modern times. He gave us classics like Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. But did you know that his A Christmas Carol had a significant impact on the lives of those who read it? Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” influenced many people since its publication. It promoted generosity …

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How Big was Secretariat’s Heart?

With his Triple Crown achievement, Secretariat set a record no racing horse could beat. Even as a 2-year old horse, many recognized the vastness of his potential. Acknowledged by Time, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and many more, nobody could ignore the powerful speed generated by Big Red.  During Secretariat’s necropsy, Dr. Swerczek was shocked to see …

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Which is Better for the Environment? Fake Christmas Trees or Real Ones?

The Fake Christmas Tree or Real Christmas Tree environmental debate happens to most Christmas shoppers every year. In being an environmentally conscious consumer, one should always consider the environmental risks in the manufacturing and disposal of both trees.  Both environmentalists and energy analysts agree that artificial trees are more environmentally detrimental due to their significant …

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How Does the Spirit Halloween Pop-Up Store Work?

By fall, abandoned retail establishments are repurposed by Spencer’s Gifts. Spirit Halloween has built a multimillion-dollar industry out of seasonal pop-up stores. But how does this system work, and does it truly earn enough? Spirit Halloween, a pop-up store owned by Spencers Gifts, operates in over 1,200 locations each year for about 4 to 8 …

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How Smart Are Cats?

While cats and dogs have been rivals on several occasions, only a handful of tests and studies are done with cats to learning about them truly. But how smart are our feline friends? Cats are actually intelligent. They are quite independent, and they can understand a whole lot of things. They even have excellent short-term …

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How Does Tolerance Influence Olympic Swimming Results?

Olympic swimming is notorious for awarding ties. However, for the first time in history, in the 2016 Rio Olympics, three Olympians were awarded silver medals.  Pools were not designed to the millimeter tolerances required to measure thousandths of a second. As a result, Olympic swimming is timed only in hundredths of a second. This method …

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Why Did an African Giant Pouched Rat Receive a Gold Medal From the PDSA?

There are dozens of animals we can train to help in human activities, we have police dogs, work horses, and messenger pigeons. But did you know rats are extremely easy to train too? An African giant pouch rat, has been awarded a gold medal for his work in detecting land mines. Rats can be trained …

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Has Anyone Tried Raising a Chimpanzee as a Human Child?

Scientifically speaking, the DNA of humans and chimpanzees are almost identical, 98.7% to be exact. They are knowing to be our closest living relatives. If we were to raise a chimpanzee like how we raised a human child, will they be as intelligent as we are? In 1931, a psychologist adopted a Chimpanzee and raised …

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