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Laurie Dove

Laurie L. Dove is an award-winning journalist who covers timely topics for HowStuffWorks. She is the author of six books and the former owner of a newspaper and magazine. When not reporting on the latest tech breakthrough, health advance or economic development, Dove is tracking down hidden history, science innovations and biologic discoveries. As the Honorable Laurie Dove, Mayor, she has brought multi-million-dollar improvements to the small Midwest town where she lives with her husband, five children and two Akitas.

Recent Contributions

5 Fun Facts About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City may be an iconic symbol of the holidays, but how well do you know this tree-dition?

The Curse of Brewing Beer in Your Own Belly

It's called auto-brewery syndrome and, for some folks, it's a fact of life.

Munchkin Cats: The Wiener Dogs of the Feline World

The most remarkable feature of a Munchkin cat is its short legs, though most litters have both normal-legged kittens and short-legged kittens.

Chalk Paint Is a Do-It-Yourself Superstar

No priming, no sanding, no expectation of a perfectly pristine surface. Chalk paint is the perfect answer for all kinds of do-it-yourself painting and refinishing projects.

Maine Coon Cats: Gentle Giants of the Feline World

Known as the dogs of the cat world, Maine Coons are intelligent, eager to please and love water.

7 Lovely Facts About Lovebirds

Lovebirds make great pets either alone or in pairs and flourish when they're shown lots of affection.

10 Famous Commencement Speeches

Fellow graduates, as you go forward and seize the day, we pause to consider some less-clich├ęd and far more memorable commencement speeches given over the years, including one that made graduates wealthier.

When Lost Luggage Is Reclaimed for Good

Ever lost a bag when traveling? This story might just warm your heart and help to ease your pain.

How Dirty Is Your Shower Head?

It's probably dirtier than you think.

Egyptian Pyramids Built with Ramps, Not Alien Technology

We may finally know how the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids.

FDA Unveils New Food Nutrition Labels

The new labels, required to be in place by 2020, will help consumers make better food choices.

Meet the World's Longest Sea-Crossing Bridge

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is 34 miles (55 kilometers) long and connects the territories of Hong Kong and Macao to mainland China for the first time.

Who Decides When Your Social Security Check Increases?

Presidents like to take credit for increases in Social Security, but is it the president, Congress or the Social Security Administration that decides when your check goes up?

Study Says 2035 Is Climate Change Point of No Return

After 2035 it will be extremely unlikely we can stop Earth's temperature from rising enough to kick off a dangerous medley of global disasters.

Bao Bing: A Sweet Treat That's Survived for Centuries

From as early as the 7th century, people have been eating this concoction of shaved ice, sweetened condensed milk and, yes, red beans.

France Cracks Down on Catcalling

The new law is being hailed as a victory for women tired of being harassed on French streets.

Shared Electric Scooters: Commuter Solution or Urban Nightmare?

Pay-as-you-go electric scooters are becoming ubiquitous features of urban life. They're great for the environment, but how safe are they?

Earth's Oldest Color Was Pink

Scientists have found that ancient fossilized chlorophyll was dark red and purple in its concentrated form, which means that when diluted by water or soil, it would have lent a pink cast to earth and sea.

Smart Bandages Can Monitor, Treat Chronic Wounds

Flexible electronics have enabled a team at Tufts University to create a bandage that not only monitors wounds, but delivers treatment as well.

More Women in Government Means Less Corruption

A new and comprehensive study finds corruption is lower in countries that have more women in elected roles.

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