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Loose pig visits Illinois high school

Officials at an Illinois high school said a loose pig has taken up residence on campus and has thus far managed to evade all attempts at capture. Mount Vernon Township High School in Jefferson County said in a Facebook post that the pig wandered onto the campus Thursday and took a tour of the school’s […]

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Dramatic photos show tree burning from the inside out

When firefighters from the Ridgeville Township Volunteer Firefighter Department arrived on the scene to extinguish a burning tree Tuesday morning, they were met with a particularly challenging job. Lightning from some early morning storms had struck and ignited a tree near a home in Ridgeville, Ohio, a town between Dayton and Cincinnati in southwestern Ohio. […]

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Lone car narrowly outraces landslide on an isolated highway

One unlucky driver in suddenly ended up in the middle of a real-life James Bond movie when a mountainside in China’s southwestern Sichuan province gave way, causing rocks and debris to spill onto the roadway, leaving the imperiled car no choice but to outrun the carnage. The landslide, which occurred on July 5, sent plumes […]

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Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Pain by Separating it From the Self

For centuries, people have been using mindfulness meditation to try to relieve their pain, but neuroscientists recently showed it does actually work—by interrupting communications from the pain to the brain. Researchers measuring the effects of mindfulness on pain perception and brain activity showed that meditation interrupted the communication between brain areas involved in pain sensation […]

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Carpet Cleaner With Autism Has Learned 40 Languages

A carpet cleaner in Maryland has a secret. There’s nothing else to call it but a superpower, but you would never know it unless you took him to the UN headquarters. Vaughn Smith of Gaithersburg, Maryland is a “hyperpolyglot,” a person who speaks 11 languages or more. In a basic sense, it means learning languages […]

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Paul Rudd With Ant Man Helmet Befriends Boy Who Had No Friends

When a 12-year-old was saddened after a schoolyear yielded him just 2 signatures in his year book, A-lister Paul Rudd stepped up to support the youngster. It’s a superhero update to a story GNN covered in June—of young Brody Ridder from the Denver suburbs who had to sign his own yearbook in lieu of friends […]

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Webb Telescope Captures Images That Move a NASA Scientist ‘to Tears’

The dawn of a new era in astronomy is here as the world gets its first look at the full capabilities of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The full set of the telescope’s first full-color images and spectroscopic data, which uncover a collection of cosmic features elusive until now, released Tuesday to an eager and […]