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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What's behind the fact that you can drink three cups of coffee and still feel sleepy while your coworker feels jittery after one cup? Our bodies all process caffeine differently. Here's why.

Scientists are using 3-D printers to make human corneas, an advancement that could end the perennial shortage of corneas from donors.

The exact summer-evoking scents of the stamps won't be revealed until the dedication party on June 20, 2018.

An as-yet untested Ebola vaccine is giving health officials hope of containing the outbreak sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa.

Having a baby? You can name your little bundle of joy anything you want to, right? Well, not so fast — there are some rules.

Oak processionary moth caterpillars can trigger allergic reactions causing everything from eye irritation to anaphylactic shock.

Activated charcoal is making its way into smoothies, pills and food of all kinds these days. What's the truth behind the health claims?

Scientists have identified a substance responsible for breaking down pesticides in bees, which will help them come up with a bee-friendlier bug spray.

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.

Tetragametic chimerism occurs when a single organism has two genetically distinct types of DNA.

Little tiny vegetables seem to pop up everywhere these days, but where do they come from?

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?

Secrets can take a measurable mental and physical toll on those who keep — and share — them.

Arsenic? Been there, done that! These six other poisons should delight you murder nerds and obscurists out there.

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.