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Baby Joanne, studying the risks of e-cigarettes and spitting cherry pits

A man uses an E-cigarette. REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN

After hot dogs, we spit cherry pits

After the annual hot dog eating contest in New York, the record-holder for the longest distance one can spit a cherry pit held onto his title at the annual event in Michigan.

The vape gets in your eyes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a series of research experiments to test e-cigarettes for health risks and their appeal to children.

She’ll be potty trained in no time

After an emergency C-section at the San Diego Zoo, baby gorilla Joanne is showing her wild side.

Have you considered…computers?

The founder of Udacity says a ‘Nanodegree’ can make a computer programmer out of you in six months.

It’s eco-friendly, inexpensive and highly explosive

Methanol, a fuel used in race cars and jets, is being tested as a greener alternative in ships. There’s just one problem…

Magic mushrooms, zombies and other immature things

Boxes containing magic mushrooms are displayed at a coffee and smart shop in Rotterdam November 28, 2008. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Boxes containing magic mushrooms are displayed at a coffee and smart shop in Rotterdam November 28, 2008. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

We thought it was pixie dust

Scientists are studying the effects of psychedelic mushrooms in order to discover exactly how they alter human minds.

 

Jury’s still out on gummy bears

Dark chocolate may aid blood flow in the legs of patients suffering from artery disease.

Berkeley soda tax, NASA-funded climate change mission and other hippie stuff

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission (OCO-2) launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission (OCO-2) launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

In space, no one can hear you pollute

NASA launches the Delta 2 rocket, an unmanned vessel tasked with surveying where carbon dioxide moves in and out of the atmosphere.

 

Yes, Animal Style fries are worth it

McDonald’s, KFC and Taco Bell used to be America’s fast food kings. But pricier chains like In-N-Out and Chipotle are gaining ground with younger diners.

Policing pottymouths

Visitors watch Russian President Vladimir Putin's broadcast of a nationwide phone-in at a library in Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Visitors watch Russian President Vladimir Putin’s broadcast of a nationwide phone-in at a library in Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Watch your damn mouth 

Russia bans swearing in movies, plays, books and the Internet. Putin critics suggest perhaps this violates free speech.

 

‘Gay therapy’ fails to convert opinion

The Supreme Court declines to hear arguments in favor of overturning a California ban on “gay conversion” treatment.

Of penguins and petunias

A foraging Emperor penguin preens on snow-covered sea ice in Antarctica. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko

A foraging Emperor penguin preens on sea ice in Antarctica. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko

Penguins in peril

Climate change may slash the population of emperor penguins by more than a fifth by 2100.

 

Stop and smell the roses – if you can

Air pollutants make it difficult for some pollinating insects to find flowers, which could hurt U.S. agriculture.

A new mammal, a new minimum wage and (possibly) a new saint

A Macroscelides micus elephant shrew found in the remote deserts of southwestern Africa is shown in this handout photo. REUTERS/California Academy of Sciences/Handout via Reuters

A Macroscelides micus elephant shrew found in the remote deserts of southwestern Africa is shown in this handout photo. REUTERS/California Academy of Sciences/Handout via Reuters

Science: It’s adorable 

Happy Friday: Researchers have discovered a new mammal! It’s a tiny mouse with a long nose and, inexplicably, it’s closely related to the elephant.

 

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

That’s not a jellyfish, it’s a trash bag: American oceans may be more polluted than you thought.

Poop, lice, dead whales

Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Video: I’ll start checking the want ads

A Tokyo museum unveils a robot newscaster. Sure, but can it provide quirky and engaging wrap-ups of obscure news stories?

 

But seriously, it’s a rough time to be a journalist

Big Brother is watching news: Thailand’s military authorities say they plan to monitor and crack down on media outlets that are critical of junta policies.

 

Gallery: Weak stomach? Maybe skip this one.

Japanese whalers demonstrate the controversial practice of butchering giant sea mammals.

Facebook foibles, big-time bikes

A bicycle decorated with polka dots hangs from the wall of a pub on the route of the Tour de France in Addingham, northern England June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A bicycle decorated with polka dots hangs from the wall of a pub on the route of the Tour de France in Addingham, northern England June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Slideshow: That other really big summer sporting tournament

Tour de France starting line host Britain gears up for the famed bicycle race, beginning July 5.

 

A kinder gentler road hog

Harley Davidson releases an electric motorcycle.

 

From poking to pokey

A man allegedly burglarizes a house – and is caught after leaving his Facebook profile open on the victim’s computer.

A gross understanding

  Visitors view the blooming of a five-foot-tall ''corpse'' flower at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida June 21, 2014. REUTERS/William S. Speer/Marie Selby Botanical Gardens/Handout via Reuters

Visitors view the blooming of a five-foot-tall ”corpse” flower at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. REUTERS/William S. Speer/Marie Selby Botanical Gardens/Handout via Reuters

Roses are red, violets are blue, this smells like death, we’re warning you

Two ‘corpse’ flowers (so called for the pungent, rotting flesh-like smell they emit) blossom at a Florida botanical garden, an exceedingly rare floral event.

Of knights and men

Men dressed as knights pose for a photo during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Perfect day for a sail

Reuters’ Alex Smith climbs aboard Ben Ainslie’s yacht for a voyage around the Isle of Wight where they talk about the next big event the Olympic sailor is preparing for — The America’s Cup.

 

Flesh wounds, minimal

Teams from 25 countries met in Croatia for an annual four-day event in which participants dress in medieval armor and fight, but not to the death. See pictures at Reuters’ The Wider Image.

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