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Worth a pretty penny
This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows a glass U.S. penny. Faced with a copper shortage at the beginning of World War II, the U.S. Mint authorized experiments to make pennies from other metals, plastic and rubber.
 
A fossil found in limestone along a remote South Texas riverbed could be that of a dolphin-like reptile that swam in oceans 90 million years ago, according to paleontologists.
 
Always mangle Korean names? It might not be your fault
Impeached President Park Geun-hye's surname is "Park," right? Nope. In Korean it's closer to "Bahk." Park's allegedly corrupt confidante, Choi Soon-sil, pronounces her name more like "Chwey" than the way it's rendered in English.
 
Fancy watching the 101 fireworks with a slightly smaller crowd? Look here
2017 is upon us -- here is a breakdown of places where you can enjoy the Taipei 101 New Year's fireworks while avoiding the Xinyi shopping area mosh pit.
 
Ancient spuds recently dug up on Canada's Pacific coast are blackened and surely unedible, but are the first proof, say researchers, that North American natives tended gardens at least 3,800 years ago.
 
Scientists in China have identified the first known dinosaur species that grew teeth as juveniles then lost them as adults, a finding that may explain why birds have beaks, said a study Thursday.
 
Happy birthday Colo: Oldest gorilla in US turns 60
She is a mother of three, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 12 and great-great-grandmother of three. She recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumor, but doctors say she's doing well.
 
Marion Pritchard, a woman credited with saving dozens of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust, has died at 96. Her son, Arnold Pritchard, said Wednesday by telephone that his mother died Dec. 11 from cerebral arteriosclerosis in Washington.
 
Anne Frank may not have been betrayed to Nazi occupiers, but captured by chance.
 
Time to rediscover luxury at sea
Perhaps you are familiar with the golden age of cruise liners, when cruise ships were a leisurely means to cross the ocean. While much about cruise liners has changed over the past decades, the sense of luxury has remained the same. This sense of luxury comes alive on newly-launched Dream Cruises.
 
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