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Secrets of ‘1,000-year-old trees’ unlocked | BBC

Ginkgo can be commonly found in backyards and in parks, but it is close to becoming extinct in the wild. One of the mysteries surrounding the tree is their ability to live for over 1,000 years. A recent study has found that the trees secrete protective chemicals that help fend off disease, and that they lack a programmed inevitable deterioration ... Read More »

No Barriers USA program 2020, a great program for our veterans | Mesquite Local News

No Barriers USA 2020 offers four, five-day expeditions that take place in Red Feathers Lake, Colorado. More than just a vacation, the excursions offer challenges and generate an environment for participants to network and create a support team. OPD5 and CoBank will be sponsoring 50 veterans by providing the retreat to the selected nominees at no cost. Any veteran with ... Read More »

Combat artist documents Army life | Fort Hood Sentinel

Sgt. 1st Class Curt Loter has been drawing all his life and received a degree in graphic design and fine arts before joining the Army in the 25M multimedia illustrator position. At his first duty station in the 55th Combat Camera he focused on photography. In addition to photography, Loter also worked on graphic design projects. Seeing that he was ... Read More »

Man requests ‘trial by combat’ with Japanese swords to settle custody battle with ex-wife | USA Today

40-year-old man from Kansas, David Ostrom, asked an Iowa court to “grant his motion for trial by combat,” in attempt to settle a custody battle with his ex-wife. According to Ostrom, his ex-wife, Bridgette Ostrom, destroyed him legally. He asked the court to give him 12 weeks to find or forge katana and wakizashi swords. Ostrom argued in court records ... Read More »

Court rules again to give veterans access to both Post 9/11 and Montgomery GI Bill education benefits | Military Times

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides 36 months of tuition assistance to veterans or their family members if they served for at least three years after September 11, 2001. This has become the main education benefit utilized by military members, followed by the Montgomery GI Bill, which also lasts for 36 months and provides pay outs at the end of ... Read More »

The ‘Jeopardy!’ Greatest of All Time Tournament reveals a brutal truth about life that few people are willing to admit | Inc.

Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer were the most successful contestants on Jeopardy! between the number of games and money won. Jennings has three wins, needing only one more to be declared the ultimate champion. Holzhauer has one win. Rutter has zero. More comes into play here than just being smart, such as physical, mental and strategic aspects. In ... Read More »

Magic tricks: How did this bootneck go from Afghanistan to tricking Tom Hardy? | Forces Network

After his deployment to Afghanistan, Steel Johnson found a new passion in the art of deception and magic tricks. He decided to pursue the new career path after being in the Royal Marines for 10 years. His decision would lead him to perform for celebrities and Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. Johnson said that while he was fascinated with magic ... Read More »

Neil Peart, Rush drummer who set a new standard for Rock Virtuosity, dead at 67 | Rolling Stone

Virtuoso drummer and lyricist for Rush, Neil Peart, died on January 7th at age 67 due to brain cancer. Peart had been quietly battling an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma for three-and-a-half-years. Joining the band in 1974, his musicianship and philosophical lyrics contributed to the band’s great success in becoming one of the classic rock era’s essential bands. ... Read More »

Animal life thriving around Fukushima | Science Daily

Areas in Fukushima, Japan that are void of human life have begun to see a resurgence of wildlife almost a decade after a nuclear accident. More than 20 species including pheasants and Japanese hare have been photographed and documented returning to the area. Animal species that had more run-ins with humans seem to especially be thriving without the conflict with ... Read More »

Austrian skier buried under avalanche for 5 hours survives | DW

A 26-year-old skier was found alive after five hours of being buried by an avalanche. The lucky man had been trapped with an air pocket that allowed him to breathe until he was located by his avalanche transceiver. When he was found, he was in a severe hypothermic condition, but after being transported to a hospital, his body temperature warmed ... Read More »