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Rikers Island Opens Its First Ever Permanent Public Library

Andrew LaSane

It's the unofficial 93rd branch of the New York Public Library.

9 Forms of Birth Control Used in the Ancient World

Suzanne Raga

Women and men in ancient cultures used a variety of unusual methods to prevent pregnancy, with differing levels of success (and hygiene).

Tiny Fairy Penguin Hatches at the Bronx Zoo

Michele Debczak

The bird is a member of the smallest penguin species on Earth.

How Tomatoes Fend Off Parasitic Vines

Kate Horowitz

This tomato plant can sense and defend itself against invading plants.

How a Dutch Designer Turns Cow Poop Into Biodegradable Fabric

Andrew LaSane

The extraction process creates material that can be made into plastic, paper, or textiles.

5 Tips Picking a Personal Trainer

Kat Rosenfield

The right personal trainer can help you reach your health and fitness goals. The wrong one could spell disaster.

Four Seasons Restaurant's Furnishings Fetch More Than $4 Million at Auction

Kirstin Fawcett

Someone even paid $10,000 for a set of ashtrays.

Ice Bucket Challenge Helps Fund Discovery of a New Gene Linked to ALS

Anna Green

With the help of 80 researchers in 11 countries, the study authors were able to determine that NEK1 was linked to ALS.

How Olympic Sprinter Stella Walsh Nearly Lost Her Medals Because of Her Autopsy

Suzanne Raga

The woman once regarded as the world's greatest female athlete spent her life—and death—trapped between identities.

15 Jobs That Didn't Exist 30 Years Ago

Jake Rossen

There was a time we had no Zumba instructors.

11 Things You Might Not Know About Cartoonist Jim Davis

Suzanne Raga

He named Garfield the cat after his grandfather.

The Castles, and Mysteries, of the Thousand Islands

Lynn Freehill-Maye

Yes, the Thousand Islands is a real place. And they've got some great castles.

Is the Heat Index Real?

Dennis Mersereau

A hot and humid day can have a dramatic effect on both your comfort and your health.

The History of 3D Technology

This post is sponsored by the New York Lottery.

8 Of Our Favorite Bob, Gordon, and Luis Moments from 'Sesame Street'

Chris Higgins

Bob, Gordon, and Luis have left Sesame Street. Let's celebrate our neighbors!

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