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An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank  |   

A Beverly Hills auction house has an unusual fossil for sale. It's not an ancient animal. It's something an ancient animal left behind — and it's very, very long.

Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It   |   

A significant percentage of obese kids think their weight is just fine. But do they need to know the truth to get healthier?

Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?  |   

What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person.

Thousands Of Migrating Birds Take Their Layover In A Texas Parking Lot  |   

For one month every summer, hundreds of thousands of purple martins stop by an abandoned shopping mall parking lot in Austin, Texas, on their way to the Amazon Basin. Reporter Luke Quinton visited this year's roosting and offers a glimpse of the phenomenon.

Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes  |   

Researchers have stumbled on an ingenious idea: Use bubble wrap as a cheap test tube and petri dish. They've even run tests on blood that's sitting inside the poppable packaging. So how does it work?