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Incredibly, zebra finches have started warning their babies about global warming.

<br> More and more, we humans are having to come up with solutions to beat the heat. With the hottest summer in recorded history currently underway, we’ve been doing everything we can — installing AC units, taking multiple cold showers a day, and even attaching fans to our cell phones and converting our refrigerators into air conditioners. Whatever it takes. I know, right? Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images. Of course, animals are dealing with the heat in their own way, and some of their solutions are pretty cool. Elephants vent…

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A heartbreaking photo of a Syrian child went viral. Here are 3 things we can do about it.

We can’t unsee that photo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh. But now, we have a choice: We can turn away, or we can do something about it. <br> By now you’ve probably seen that startling photo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh from Aleppo, Syria. Plenty of other powerful and arresting moments have been caught on camera since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. But none of them have managed to send shockwaves around the world quite like this photo, taken by Mahmoud Raslan: a child dressed in dust and…

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Rio has a brilliant plan for what to do with its Olympic arenas after closing ceremonies.

From schools to public parks to swimming centers, Olympic venues will live on. <br> For 16 spectacular days in August 2016, Rio de Janeiro played host to the world’s greatest athletes. Although Rio was not without its many controversies in the lead-up to the games, things seem to have gone fairly smoothly for the Olympic host city during the event itself. Sure, the attendance hasn’t been so great, and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte may or may not (OK, almost certainly not) have been robbed at gunpoint. In the end, it…

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When it comes to LGBTQ acceptance, female athletes are years ahead of the men.

As stigma surrounding gay athletes has diminished, men remain reluctant to come out. <br> An estimated 50 LGBTQ athletes from around the world will compete during the 2016 Rio Olympics. It makes these 2016 games, quite literally, the gayest Olympics in modern history with more than double the number that Outsports reported participating in the 2012 games. What does this tell us? Nothing, really. It’s not as though there’s been some recent flood of gay and bisexual athletes into the world of elite sports over the past four years. Rather,…

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Kate Middleton said exactly what she’d do if one of her kids had a mental illness.

<br> Kate Middleton’s children are young, but the Duchess of Cambridge already knows what she would do if either of them began showing symptoms of a mental illness later in life. Photo by Mary Turner/WPA Pool/Getty Images. “No parent would fail to call the doctor if their child developed a fever, yet some children are tackling tough times without the support that can help them because the adults in their life are scared to ask,” the duchess said at the launch of a new podcast from the Anna Freud National…

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She pledged to be by his side in sickness and in health. She didn’t let him down.

A year ago, a couple faced what they called ‘the toughest year of our lives.’ But they faced it together, and they’re stronger for it. <br> We see people who stay strong in the face of insurmountable odds in movies and shows all the time, but there are heroes all around us. Challenges are a part of life. But some have bigger and harder hurdles than others. Their inspiring stories remind us that all we are capable of greatness, that we are strong. “Ben-Hur” hits theaters in the U.S. on…

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I compared America’s gun laws to laws in 5 other countries. This is what I learned.

In 1996, Australia initiated the most successful gun intervention to date. Here’s what we can learn from it. <br> In 1996, a mass shooting took 35 lives in Australia. Immediately after, newly elected Prime Minister John Howard decided that something needed to change. A mere 12 days after the tragedy, the government drafted and agreed on the legislation. This led to the National Firearms Programme Implementation Act of 1996. The new act was fairly intense. It restricted the private ownership of high-capacity semi-automatic shotguns, semi-automatic rifles, and pump-action shotguns. While…

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9 Olympians you may not have known were dads because people often only talk about moms.

Meet the moms and dads at the Rio Olympics. <br> 41-year-old Uzbekistan native Oksana Chusovitina is the oldest female gymnast in Olympic history. She also happens to be a mom, which is often the very next thing you learn about her. Chusovitina at the 2011 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Tokyo. Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images. It’s wonderful and inspiring that Chusovitina is a mom to a 17-year-old as well as a seriously talented Olympian at twice the age of her competitors. However, the fact that she’s a mom has…

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Someone told this mom she should stick to one-piece bathing suits. She wasn’t having it.

<br> Any new mom can tell you taking a baby to the pool can be pretty stressful. The last thing you need is input from strangers about how you look in a bikini. But that’s exactly what happened to Lexi Sinclair who, while cooling off at the pool with her son Christian, had a strange and jarring interaction. According to Lexi, an older woman came up to her while she was rubbing sunscreen on her son (every parent’s favorite activity!) and, after some small talk, suggested maybe Lexi ought to…

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Lily Tomlin made a big mark in Hollywood. She’s being recognized for it in an awesome way.

<br> At 76 years old, Lily Tomlin has proven herself to be an acting and comedic badass who’s been making audiences laugh — and cry — for decades. She can play a clever, street-wise, independent woman as easily as she can play a vulnerable ex-wife who’s just had her life turned upside down. Image by Jerod Harris/Getty Images. The comedy icon has been bestowed with a lot of awards throughout the years, but now she’s adding one more. It’s a pretty big one: The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is giving…

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