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The coldest natural temperature ever recorded on Earth was -89.2 C (-128.6 F) at the Russian Vostok Station in Antarctica on 21 July 1983.
Covert Maneuvers - Episode One, Part Nine - The Symphony's young helm officer is having a hard time settling into her new position. How will she fare when she learns the true nature of the Symphony's mission?
The Garden - A comic strip set in a garden populated by intelligent plants and insects. This week, Daisy recruits a quarterback.
Punished Props For Serious Cosplay - Remember when we were kids and we'd tie a towel around our neck and pretend we were superheros? Well, we're not children anymore; we're adults. But that doesn't mean we should stop playing. It means we should be better at it! Helping us do that is Bill "Chinbeard" Doran, cosplay prop and costume maker extraordinaire at Punished Props.
Custom Wood Urns by Luke Thornton - Luke Thornton is an artist and master craftsman in Oregon specializing in wood sculpting. We spoke with him about his technique in creating beautiful custom wood urns, dealing with loss, and the value of art.
Top Toys of 2013 - After rigorous review by families from across the country, this year's top 30 toys have been selected by FamilyFun magazine for its 22nd annual Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards. The 30 winning toys deliver child-tested play value and fun factor, along with innovation, durability, and safety, after being selected from more than 300 contenders.
What is Energy Star and why does it matter? - Years ago, you'd buy an appliance and think nothing of plugging it into your wall and turning it on. You didn't worry about how much energy it used or where that energy came from. Energy was cheap and most of us had never heard of global warming. Times have changed!
Can You Be Vegetarian And Healthy? - A certain well-known actress reportedly stated that she was a vegan for a long time but that the diet nearly killed her because she wasn't getting enough nutrition. Yet, there are many people who don't eat meat and who enjoy health most of us would envy. What's their secret? What's the key to a healthy vegetarian lifestyle?
Who's Watching You? - Are you concerned about your online privacy? Some people feel they have nothing to hide so there's nothing to worry about. Others feel that any invasion of our privacy damages us, whether we have something to hide or not. Who worries you the most? Let us know in our latest poll.
Look Both Ways Before You Cross The Street - You'd think everyone would know how to cross the street. Unfortunately, the rise of smartphones seems to have given rise to some foolish behavior. Proof: 60 percent of pedestrians walk while texting, emailing, talking on the phone, or listening to music, leading to an increase in pedestrian fatalities.
Groovik's Cube - The World's Largest Rubik's Cube - Liberty Science Center, on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty, is endeavoring to build Groovik's Cube -- a 1.5-story high Rubik's Cube that can be controlled via the Web from anywhere in the world.
How Will You Make A Difference On Earth Day? - April 22, 2013 is Earth Day. It's a day when we reflect on the challenges our shared home is facing and hopefully take action to correct them. Is Earth Day really necessary? And if it is, what can we do to make our planet a cleaner place?
Poll: Internet Connections - Remember way back when you'd connect to the Internet -- or maybe a BBS -- through a modem connected to your phone? When you made the switch from a 300 baud modem to a 1200 baud? Then 2400? Then 14.4? 56k? How do you connect today? Tell us in our latest poll.