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Billboards That Drop Angels On Your Head

There you are in a train station, and if you stand in the right space, suddenly an angel — a lady with enormous wings, looking like the real deal — appears at your side. She's not real. She's a billboard display gone wild. Which is what a bunch of billboards have been doing lately. We visit three of the wildest.

Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That

The ability to identify musical notes by ear is usually thought to be something developed early in life. Now a Harvard study says a drug normally used as a mood stabilizer might allow adults with no musical experience to learn perfect pitch.

Saving Babies' Lives Starts With Aquarium Pumps And Ingenuity

Students at Rice University in Houston are finding low-cost solutions to big global health problems. The women running the program are hoping to get these young engineers hooked on helping. One particularly successful device that helps infants breathe has already been tested in Malawi and will be distributed to hospitals around the country.

Tree-Incarnation: Christmas Trees Return To Nature (A Poem)

Americans buy about 30 million live trees every year. Many end up as mulch, but in some communities they help rebuild dunes, create fish habitat and feed zoo animals. Hear the story of arborial resurrection in anapestic tetrameter.

'You're Invisible, But I'll Eat You Anyway.' Secrets Of Snow-Diving Foxes

They leap into the air, adjust their tails, land headfirst in the snow, burrow down and hit a teeny moving target — buried 3 feet below. It's their lunch. How does a fox catch a mouse in winter? This is amazing.

Tonight's Meteor Shower: Live, From Space, It's The Quadrantids

If you haven't heard of the Quadrantids, don't worry. Even NASA calls them "a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation." But in the Northern Hemisphere, they can be well worth watching.

Move Over Electric Car, Auto Companies To Make Hydrogen Vehicles

Toyota, Honda and Hyundai have announced that they plan to build hydrogen-powered cars in the next few years. But is America ready for automobiles fueled with liquid hydrogen? Take a test-drive in one and find out.

On Planet GJ1214 B, Expect Exotic Cloud Cover

From the journal Nature, so-called "super Earths" that orbit distant stars are among the most common planets in the galaxy. Now scientists have done a detailed analysis of one super Earth's atmosphere. They say it looks like this planet must have exotic clouds.

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Research suggests that speaking another language fluently changes what you pay attention to and how you remember events. But some say the idea that language can make you see and think differently is overblown.
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Research Highlights Link Between Busy Lives And Bliss

A new study from the University of Maryland suggests the happiest Americans are those who have little or no excess time, and yet seldom feel rushed.