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Imagine the act of baking chocolate chip cookies from scratch. In a bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs and chocolate chips with a bit of elbow grease and love. Thumb the plops of dough onto a pan and wait.     Wait.     Pad around the kitchen. Peek in your oven window and watch the dough begin to rise. Finally, when the cookies are  finished, wait some more for them to cool because you've burned your tongue before.  Expecting that first batch can be excruciating--painful even.

Awww. Isn't this squirrel just so cute? You might think that now, but stare long enough at the beady eye of this Eastern Fox Squirrel (Family Sciuridae : Sciurus niger Linnaeus), and you'll see that it's actually a reproducing nightmare overrunning a campus or orchard near you. In fact, the Eastern Fox Squirrel is reproducing so quickly that researchers at the University of California Davis are putting them on birth control.

You've had the flu three years in a row. The first year, you got it from Bob, the IT guy, who sneezed while updating your computer. The second year, you got it from Harry, who touched the tab on the water cooler after sneezing into his hand. The third year, you got it from Linda because she made out with Harry, and Harry's wife got the flu from their kids. Gross.

Scientists know how to have a good time. Just ask Yahoo Serious about when he played Young Einstein. That guy really knew how to par-tay! To see for yourself this Halloween, host your very own Mad Scientist Halloween Party. Check out these ideas to really get your party started. You'll be amazed at how easily you can transform your digs into a Spooky Laboratory!

Just last month, Hubble Space Telescope's main instruments were idled by a computer failure, but not to worry, thanks to NASA engineers, who successfully transferred the work of the failed science data downlink computer to a backup system, Hubble is up and running just a couple of days after the orbiting observatory was brought back online.
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