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Couple in Japan Is Married By a Robot
At a recent wedding ceremony, a robot named I-Fairy pronounced a couple man-and-wife.
Will a Newly Discovered Lizard Help Scientists Protect Rain Forests?
The discovery of a new lizard -- a cousin of the Komodo -- has got scientists thinking.
Bluefin Tuna Farms Come Under Fire
Much of the worlds tuna is raised on farms that many environmentalists would like to shut down.
Soldiers Say Thank You for the Letters
Four soldiers recently visited schools to thank students for thinking of them while they were stationed overseas.
Will Jordan Romero Make It to the Top of the World
A 13-year-old California boy hopes to become the youngest person to scale Mount Everest.
Classrooms Are Growing Greener
Making classrooms greener" can have a positive impact on student health and learning.
Where Are the Worlds Oldest Trees?
This Arbor Day, travel the world in a search for Earths five oldest trees.
Rare Switch-Pitcher Spotted on Baseball Diamond
Will a young ambidextrous pitcher make his way to the major leagues?
From Millionaire to Mud Hut
One man is giving up his life of luxury to help improve the quality of life of people in Uganda.
All-Black Penguin Is One in a Zillion
New photos prove the existence of a very rare all-black penguin.
Should School Buses Have Seat Belts?
Six states require school buses to have seat belts, but the debate is on in many other states.
Construction Gets Underway at Martin Luther King Memorial
The new memorial will be the first on the National Mall to honor an African American.
Navy to End Ban on Women in Submarines
Women have served on Navy ships for 16 years, but theyve not been allowed on submarines -- until now.
States Declare War on Carp
Invasive species are creating problems in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
Will Jeremy Lin Be the First Asian-American NBA Draft Pick?
Lin might just lead Harvard University to its first NCAA championship series in 64 years.
The 2010 Census Is Coming!
An accurate population count is extremely important to states, cities, and neighborhoods.
New Airline Flies Pet Paw-sengers
A new airline that caters to dogs and cats is helping to take the stress out of pet owners travel.
Olympic Athletes to Compete in Winter Games February 12-28
More than 2,500 athletes from about 80 nations will compete in this years Winter Olympics.
Worlds Tallest Building Opens in Dubai
A new building in the growing emirate of Dubai is the worlds tallest skyscraper.
Arctic Winters Are Slowly Warming
Ice melting in the Arctic is impacting life there and in other places around the world.
Ancient SuperCroc Had Cousins
Five ancient crocodile species were recently discovered in Africas Sahara desert.
Should Kids Spend More Time in School?
Many people -- including President Obama -- are pushing for longer school days or school years.
Some Schools Replace Desk Chairs With Ball Chairs
Teachers say ball chairs engage students brains and help them focus on lessons.
Space Hotel Set to Open in 2012
Got $4.4 million? You could be one of the first to stay at the worlds first space hotel.
Which Animal Is the Weirdest in the World?
Learn about five very weird-looking animals. Vote for the one you think is weirdest.
Here are the results of your students' voting* for the world's weirdest animal:
Chinese giant salamander -- 10%
Yeti crab -- 4.5%
Almiqui -- 7.5%
Blobfish -- 55%
Coconut crab -- 23%
*Voting closed on November 30, 2009
Worlds Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail on December 5
Oasis of the Seas is scheduled to set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Schools Serve Healthful Lunches on Meatless Monday
In Baltimore, chicken nuggets and burgers are off the menu on Meatless Mondays."
Galpagos Islanders Aim to Control Tourism, Mosquitoes
Tourism and mosquitoes are threatening to change the Galpagos landscape forever.
Kid Heroes Use the Heimlich Maneuver
Three youths made headlines last month by saving kids who were choking on food.
Mini T. rex Fossil Surprises Scientists
A new dinosaur find looks a lot like a T. rex, but it is different in some important ways.
New World-Record Book Available in Bookstores
The latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records went on sale last week.
From My House to the White House
One boy walked 668 miles this summer to draw attention to the plight of homeless children.
Do Mosquitoes Like You?
What repels mosquitoes might be more important than one attracts them.
Apartment, Community Smoking Bans Debated
Have smoking bans in apartments and communities gone too far?
Student Author Sells Thousands of Books
Ten-year-old Alec Greven is the author of several best-selling advice books for kids.
Kids Can Lower Their Flu Risk
Two simple pieces of advice can go a long way to preventing the spread of flu viruses.
Can You Last a Week Without Screen Time?
A new report says the average American spends 151 hours a month in front of a screen.
Island Nation May Need to Move to New Home
Rising sea levels have led to a plan to buy land where residents might someday recreate their country.
Scientists Marvel at Dinosaur Dance Floor
Scientists have discovered thousands of dino footprints in the U.S. Southwest.
Will She Make the Big Leagues?
A Japanese teen has become the first female drafted by a professional baseball team.
Saving Sea Turtles
A sea turtle center in Georgia is working hard to save sea turtles and educate people.
Could Vitamin D Help Cut Winter Colds?
Doctors are learning more about the effects of vitamin D on colds and the body.
Little Brothers Share Big Bond
Two dwarf brothers may be short of stature, but they are big on their bond for one another.
Zoo Welcomes Baby Animals
The San Francisco Zoo is doing its part to help protect endangered species.
U.S. Set to Celebrate Lincoln Bicentennial
The bicentennial of Abraham Lincolns birth (February 12, 1809) is cause for a national celebration.
January 26-30 Is No Name-Calling Week
What is this special week all about? And what are some schools doing to recognize it?
Kids Get School Named for Obama
After Barack Obama was elected president, kids campaigned successfully to have their school renamed.
Pilot Takes Off in Kid-Built Plane
The youngest pilot to circle the globe is inspiring kids in a different way now.
Could a Tiny Home Be the Home for You?
Some people are saving money and conserving energy by moving into homes the size of a closet.
Pets Are Popular With U.S. Presidents
The Obamas choice for a new dog will continue a long history of White House pets.
Students Bank Loans Money to Start Businesses
Some U.S. students are helping poor women improve their families lives.
National Turkey Off to Disneyland
Learn about a Thanksgiving tradition that has its start in the White House.
Companies Racing to Build Electric Car
The Chevy Volt and Tesla Roadster are two electric cars that are on the drawing board.
Football a Big Success in Small Alaska City
Football has found its way to the northernmost U.S. city, Barrow, Alaska.
Kids Build Pumpkin-Tossing Catapult
Kids in New Jersey learned science and history by building a pumpkin-tossing catapult.
U.S. Penny to Get Four New Designs
Four new designs for the back of the coin reflect stages in
Abraham Lincolns life.
Farmers Use Falcons to Protect Berries
Falcons are an eco-friendly alternative to chemicals and other methods of protecting crops.
Family Sells House to Help the Hungry
One Georgia family will help African villagers by trading their mansion for a smaller home.
Bike-Sharing Catches On
A new bike-sharing program in Washington, D.C., provides a healthy alternative to driving.
Good Sportsmanship Leads to Homerun
A lesson in good sportsmanship has been making news headlines around the world.
Editor Travels U.S. Fixing Errors on Signs
Jeff Deck is making America a better place by correcting spelling and punctuation errors.
Drought Threatens Huge Man-Made Lake
Many peoples water and power supplies could be affected if Lake Mead dries up.
Parents Hand Out Unusual Punishments
Were the unusual punishments handed out by these parents fair or unfair?
Were Rivets to Blame for Titanic Sinking?
Some scientists are making the case that rivets caused the Titanic to sink.
Recycled Vegetable Oil Powers Vans, Cars
Engines powered by vegetable oil are doing their part to clean our air.
Scientists Discover Giant Frog Fossil
How could the giant frog of Madagascar be so closely related to frogs half a world away?
Will Smog Be a Problem at the Olympic Games?
Dirty air is likely to impact athletes at this summers Olympics in Beijing, China.
No Cussing Clubs Catching On With Kids
A boy in California was tired of his peers bad language, so he decided to do something about it.
Underground Vault Protects Worlds Seeds
A huge vault on an Arctic island is the new home for billions of seeds.
Students Slide to School on Air-Powered Sled
A windsled serves as one Wisconsin islands wintertime school bus.
Grab a Winning Book to Read on March 3
Read Across America Day is a day for great books, like one award-winning book written by a school librarian.
Grocery Store Bans Plastic Bags
The paper vs. plastic debate goes on Will other stores follow suit?
Rising Temperatures Threaten Penguins
Temperatures and other factors are causing a decline in Antarctic penguin populations.
Carts Give Mobility to Disabled Dogs
Three Chihuahuas born without legs now have front-wheel drive."
Mayor Puts City on Diet to Lose a Million Pounds
The mayor of one of Americas fattest cities" hopes to trim the fat.
Wind Provides Electricity for Homes, Schools
Windmills, which used to dot the landscape, are making a comeback.
Scientists Study Dinosaur Mummy"
The remains of a hadrosaur are being called the closest thing to a real, live dinosaur" ever found.
Jet Delivers Books to Kids Overseas
An organization called Room to Read is shipping thousands of books to children in poor countries.
New Food Saves Lives, Could End Hunger
A new kind of food called Plumpynut is helping doctors fight childhood hunger in Africa.
Archaeologists Reveal King Tuts Mummy
The face of the mummy of Egypts King Tut is on display for the first time.
Presidential Election One Year Away
The list of candidates must be narrowed before citizens vote on Election Day 2008.
Scientists Breed See-Through Frogs
Why in the world would scientists want to breed see-through frogs?
Baby Animals Debut at Zoos
In recent weeks, a handful of zoos have witnessed the births of baby animals.
Hot Weather, Rain Mean Fewer Pumpkins
Pumpkins might be harder to come by and more expensive in some parts of the U.S.
Spiders Build Giant Web in Texas
Scientists were surprised to learn that thousands of spiders worked together to build the humongous web.
Teacher-Astronaut Offers New Lessons
Now that Barbara Morgan is back on Earth, she continues to teach about life in space.
Honeybees Are Vanishing
Whats causing the disappearance of millions of U.S. honeybees?
From the School House to the White House
A new exhibit shows what the U.S. presidents were like during their school days.
Several prehistoric discoveries have been making news over the last few weeks.
Stamps Are Making News
The price of stamps is going up; 15 Star Wars stamps are coming soon too.
Scientist Spends 13 Days Underwater
Many lessons can be learned from a scientist who lived in an underwater habitat.
Shaun Ellis: Leader of the (Wolf) Pack
Shaun Ellis lives side by side with wolves in order to learn about them.
Planting Trees to Help the Planet
Millions of new trees will be planted this Arbor Day.
Scientists Say Exercise Is "Food for the Brain"
New research indicates that exercise can improve students academic performance.
Coming Soon: Sodas With Vitamins
Will adding vitamins and minerals help beef up sagging soda sales?
Jamestown Celebrates 400th Anniversary
The building of the Jamestown colony in 1607 is cause for celebration this year.
Colossal Squid Caught in Antarctic
A colossal squid caught off Antarctica might be the largest one ever seen.
New $1 Coins Honor U.S. Presidents
A new U.S. Mint program is "banking" on the popularity of its state-quarters series.
The Cat in the Hat Is 50!
A special event honors the 50th birthday of The Cat in the Hat.
Remembering Jackie Robinson
This Black History Month, recognize the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseballs color barrier.
NASA Plans Moon Base
NASA is making plans to build a permanent base on the moon by 2025.
A Town on the Move
What if they wanted to move half the buildings in your town? Read about one town "on the move."
Is a Tough Smoking Law Coming to Your State?
Will other states follow the lead set by a tough new anti-smoking law in Hawaii?
Strange Winter Weather Affects Nature, People
What is causing record temperatures in many places around the world?
Oprah Winfrey Opens New School in Africa
The school will give more than 150 students a chance for a better future.
Fountain Pen Makes a Comeback in Scotland
Why are students at one school learning to write using old-fashioned fountain pens?
New D.C. Memorial to Honor Dr. King
Ground has been broken for a new memorial on the National Mall.
Kids Collect LEGOs for New Orleans
Children learned valuable lessons by collecting more than 1.6 million LEGO bricks.
Animal Artists Paint for Fun, Food
Maggie the seal and Janey the orangutan have become accomplished artists.
Ben Franklins 300th Birthday Bash
A new exhibit helps us understand why Ben Franklin is such a popular figure in U.S. history.
Disney, New York City Push for Healthful Eating
Many companies, and at least one city, aim to help solve Americas obesity problem.
A Look at Penguin Life
A new film about penguins will appear on television November 12.
U.S. Population Hits 300 Million
It took only 39 years for the population to grow from 200 to 300 million.
Orionid Meteors to Shower Earth
October 21 is the peak viewing time for this years Orionid meteor showers.
Lemony Snicket Series Comes to an End (Unfortunately)
The thirteenth book in the series makes its debut on the thirteenth of the month.
Learning Fire Safety Can Help Save Lives
Fire safety in the kitchen is the focus of Fire Prevention Week 2006.
Kids Buy Lunch With Finger Scans
There are many uses for new fingerprint scanning technology in schools.
Astronauts Finish Building Space Station Addition
Atlantis astronauts put in place solar panels that provide power for the space station.
Irwin's Death Draws Attention to Stingrays
The untimely death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin offers a teachable moment.
Pluto a Planet No More
Scientists' new definition of a planet means Pluto is being demoted. Now we have only eight planets instead of nine.
Soda To Be Absent from Schools
A new agreement will eliminate soda and other sugary drinks from most schools.
Teenage Golfer Already a Star
Michelle Wie is well on her way to being the "female Tiger Woods."
Construction Starts on Freedom Tower
A new tower at the site of the former World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the U.S.
Gas Prices Keep Rising
The price of gas is up to $3 a gallon or more. Will that cause prices for other things to increase too?
Trailers Become Schools After Hurricane Katrina
Life at Second Street Elementary School has changed a lot in the aftermath of Katrina.
Baby Elephant Orphans Get New Home, Families
An orphanage in Africa protects young elephants from harm.
Turn Down Music to Save Hearing
Could those portable music players be harming kids' hearing?
Computer chips implanted under the skin are changing some people's lives.
Real Ice Ages Longer Than Movie Ice Ages
Clear up some misconceptions that the movie Ice Age 2 might give kids.
Scientists Use Web Site to Report Volcano Activity
Scientists are monitoring eruptions at Alaska's Augustine volcano. Will it erupt soon?
Texas Kid Writes Book About Presidents
Ten-year-old Noah McCullough is a recognized expert on the topic of U.S. presidents.
Computer Program Tracks Lunch Choices
A new computer program enables parents to monitor kids' school lunch choices.
Scientists Find Fossils of T. rex Relative
How does this new dinosaur compare to T. rex?
Scientists Find 27 New Species in Caves
Unique creatures have been found in California caves. Might more new species be found?
Spacecraft Launched on Mission to Pluto
The New Horizons spacecraft will help scientists learn about distant parts of the solar system.
U.S. Mint Releases New Jefferson Nickel
Have you noticed that the nickel has a brand new design?
Winter Olympic Torch Traveling Across Italy
The Olympic torch is on its way to Torino, site of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.
Scientists Discover Oldest Mayan Mural
Archaeologists have learned new things about the Mayans from an ancient mural.
New Year Celebrations Around the World
People around the world celebrate the start of a new year in different ways.
Traveling Cat Flown Home to Family
A cat that stowed away on a ship to Europe is back home in Wisconsin now.
Giant Smelly Plant Attracts Thousands
A giant "corpse plant" recently bloomed in Washington, D.C.
Beethoven Manuscript Sold at Auction
A 179-year-old manuscript by Ludwig van Beethoven was sold at auction on December 1.
Creative Can Sculptures Help Feed the Hungry
Sculptures built from cans of food highlight the annual "Canstruction" competition.
Zoo-Goers Ready to Greet Baby Panda
A baby panda makes his debut at the National Zoo in D.C.
British Royalty Tours the U.S.
Prince Charles, the next King of England, visited the U.S. this month.
Chicago White Sox Win World Series
Chicago White Sox win their first World Series since 1917.
Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks Dies
The person many call "the mother of the civil rights movement" died on October 24.
Japanese Scientists Photograph Giant Squid
Scientists capture first-ever photos of a giant squid in its habitat.
Return to the Moon
U.S. hopes to resume manned flights to the moon.
New Supreme Court Justice Sworn In
John Roberts was confirmed by a Senate vote of 78 to 22.
Could the Solar System Have Ten Planets?
Some scientists think they have discovered a planet larger than Pluto.
New Bulbs Provide More Light, Save Energy
A new, more energy efficient light bulb, might replace the light bulbs we all know.
Athletes Need to Make the Grade to Play
New rules will force college athletes to study harder, get good grades.
King Tut On the Move
Ancient artifacts of King Tut are traveling around the U.S.
School Lunches Get More Healthful
One U.S. state is taking the lead in improving school lunches. 08/24/2005
Hurricane Season Blows In
The 2005 hurricane season looks like it might be a rough one. 08/19/2005