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.

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Previously undiscovered geoglyphs found in Peru were invisible from the ground and too faint and sprawling to be picked up by space satellites. But not drones.

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So far there have been no reports of people contracting zombie deer disease, but could it make the jump from animal to human?

Twenty-one cities have hosted the Winter Olympics, but many of them may soon be too warm for cold weather games.

The decades-old LSAT test is losing its hold on law school admissions. What will this mean for prospective graduate students?

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There are nude bike rides, naked yoga sessions and even the occasional bare-it-all Crossfit sesh. Would our bodies be more efficient without clothes getting in the way?

Oh Christmas tree — how did you get your signature shape? These iconic symbols don't naturally grow into a perfect pyramid, but that doesn't stop us from expecting it.

Although there's no official record that the late Fats Domino and Chubby Checker ever met, these music legends have common ground.

It's a force of habit to shake spray canisters, but when it comes to canned air, that inclination could cause frostbite.

Education and money go a long way, but it takes marriage to become a royal. Here are five times Americans have married into royal families.

Middle names aren't a purely modern invention, so why do we still have them?

The plague took millions of lives in the 1600s, but Parisians fought back with tart, sweet lemonade.

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?

Whether you like to pile them up and jump in with abandon or rue the time of year when they fall, leaves are at the center of a heated debate.

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