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Team of International Botanists Create World’s First True Blue Flower

Photo c/o Nanobu NARO

Flowers have plenty of meanings. For example, red carnations symbolize deep love, white represents pure love, and yellow is meant for dejection. There are meanings for every color flower in the rainbow, except blue. 

That’s because a true blue flower doesn’t exist. Until now.
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Bride Calls Off Wedding, Turns Reception Into Celebration for Homeless Veterans

One Indiana bride is making headlines by using her called-off wedding to make dozens of people happy.

Sarah Cummins and her ex-fiance Logan Araujo were set to get married in the middle of July. Unfortunately, they called the wedding off the week before the big day. The former fiances were left with a reception venue and food for 170 guests that was nonrefundable. The wedding was booked at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, near Indianapolis, and was worth about $30,000.

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Daddy Yankee Officially Becomes First Latin Artist To Reach Number One On Spotify

In an email to The Associated Press last week, Spotify announced that Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, also known as Daddy Yankee, is officially the first Latino artist to reach the music streaming service’s number one spot.

With hits such as Gasolina, Despacito, and Shaky Shaky, Daddy Yankee surpassed Ed Sheeran, who previously held the coveted number-one spot, according to USA Today. Continue reading

Department of Veterans Affairs Fires 500+ With Presumably More To Come

While veterans programs like VA home loans have helped more than 22 million veterans achieve homeownership, a radical shakeup within The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs itself will likely mean that hundreds of former employees will be in need of help themselves. Since Donald Trump took office on January 20, the VA has fired 525 staffers — and there are probably more dismissals on the way. Continue reading

New Procedure Uses Artificial Blood Vessels to Improve Root Canal Outcome

Root canals have long been the best strategy to save teeth that are infected or decaying, but that does not mean it is without its problems: both brittleness and an increased susceptibility to fracture have been thought of as possible side-effects of the tooth saving procedure. By using prefabricated blood vessels, researchers from OHSU hope to reduce the number of root canal related problems. 
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H2- Oh, How Interesting! Scientists Discover Water’s Fourth Molecular Phase

Up until now, the world has viewed water as naturally existing in three separate phases: gas, liquid, and ice. But now, scientists have found that there may be a fourth phase of this interesting molecule that has the potential to change how we view water as a whole.

According to an international group of scientists, liquid water is not just one liquid, but two. Anders Nilsson, a Swedish scientist and head of the water research team reports to the Washington Post that his team was able to physically show the transition between two different forms of liquid water, something that has never been done before.
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College Student, Otto Warmbier, Dies After 17 Months Held In Detention In North Korea

In the United States, roughly 20 million people suffer from depression at any given time. Those depression rates may very well increase over the next couple of years as world events take a turn for the worse. While the UK has suffered a series of tragedies over the past couple of months, the US was delivered a punch to the heart itself on June 19 with the death of college student Otto Warmbier. Continue reading

Pet Wills Are Newest Trend in Estate Planning

Pets are now being incorporated into their owners’ wills and estates.

It is usually recommended for someone to prepare their will by the time they reach 40, and more and more pet owners are adding a specific clause into their will to protect their furry friends.

For many Americans, their pets are much like family. Beverley Passetti considers her three pets, Lennon, Toby, and Shylo, to be her children, and does her best to take care of all their needs. She has even gone so far as to protect her four-legged companions legally, in case something happens to her and they are left alone. Continue reading