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  • Ending malaria: How genetically modified mosquitoes could unlock Africa's wealth

    Change Agent Ending malaria: How genetically modified mosquitoes could unlock Africa's wealth

    Ending malaria could lift African nations out of poverty by spurring education, market productivity, and economic growth.

  • 6 perfect gifts for the book lover in your life

    6 perfect gifts for the book lover in your life

    Searching out a gift for a bibliophile? From an annotated Jane Austen novel to an exhaustive plot compendium, one of these six books is sure to please.

  • In Pictures War by remote control

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate students Tuna Tuksoz (l.) and Mark Cutler in the school’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics fly a simulator of a small quadrotor that has military applications.

  • For Art Clokey's birthday, five great stop-motion shorts

    For Art Clokey's birthday, five great stop-motion shorts

    October 12 marks the birthday of stop-motion animation pioneer Art Clokey. The creator of the iconic jade green clay humanoid, Gumby, and his faithful equine companion, Pokey, Clokey was among the very first animators to combine clay figures with stop motion, which he first did with a short film in 1953. Many animators followed in Gumby's rectangular footsteps, including "California Raisins" creator Will Vinton and "Wallace & Gromit" creator Nick Park. The 1990s saw the rise of computer generated animation, but a handful of film directors still like the unique textures and often eerie movement that stop motion offers, qualities that are on display in films such as "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Chicken Run," "James and the Giant Peach," "Coraline," and "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." But almost all great animators got their start with short films. Here are five of our favorite stop-motion shorts.

  • A toad with canine companions

    A toad with canine companions

    The deep Texas drought creates a new ecosystem, and some new lifelines.

  • An attractive fall wreath starts with a disliked vegetable

    Diggin' It An attractive fall wreath starts with a disliked vegetable

    You don't have to like to eat okra to find it useful. Okra has beautiful flowers, and its dried pods are great in crafts, especially on fall wreaths.

  • Crazy ants invading US Gulf coast region

    Crazy ants invading US Gulf coast region

    Crazy ants of a hairy variety are finding their way into the southern United States, from Texas to Florida. These crazy ants, known for their swarming, can even shut down local industry.

  • 20 banned books that may surprise you

    20 banned books that may surprise you

    Why do books get banned from schools and libraries? Even readers who disagree with the practice of banning can comprehend that books heavy on sex and/or violence can polarize decision-makers when it comes to young readers. But there are other books – titles like "Where's Waldo?" or "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" – whose presence on a banned book list seems completely mysterious. The following 20 books seem innocent to many, but they have nonetheless raised reader objections at one time or another.

  • An encounter with black blister beetles

    Diggin' It An encounter with black blister beetles

    Black blister beetles enjoy making meals of maple-shaped leaves and cause problems when they infest hay.

  • Fall house cleaning -- birdhouses, that is

    Diggin' It Fall house cleaning -- birdhouses, that is

    One fall house cleaning chore is done outdoors -- cleaning out birdhouses so they'll be ready for next year's occupants.