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


The beautiful scenery in Washington state hides a darker history. It was formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption that cooled the planet.

Fifty vacuum-packed frogs, a wedding gown and an actual human skull. These are just a few of the world's best lost-and-found items.

Does the sound of a leaf blower make you mad? There might be a physical reason for it.

Wintry, icy conditions mean the elderly slip, fall and break a hip more often when venturing outdoors, right? Actually, quite the opposite is true, with some caveats.

The country's first statewide ban on the retail sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits from commercial breeders is in effect.

The Porsche Passport app will let drivers swap out different luxury sports cars and SUVs for a regular monthly fee.

Are plastic surgeons more likely to go under the knife to enhance their looks? Not when it comes to breast augmentations, finds one study.

Amazon does everything else, so why not own a city, too? If all goes according to plan, Amazon The City may be coming to a municipality near you.

Don't think you have much in common with a jellyfish? What researchers just discovered may surprise you.

Will Amazon's age of home delivery bury the environment in extra boxes? You might be surprised by the answer.

As sea levels rise, understanding the 'new normal' for coastal regions prone to flooding will be essential. There's an app for that.

Most North American names are a mix of colonial and indigenous languages, so how did the Canadian province "New Scotland" end up with a moniker from a dead tongue?

It isn't often that trash comes to the environment's rescue, but one company's wasted orange peels have transformed a barren plot of land into a lush forest.

Experts advocate teens start school slightly later in the morning, but not all parents give the idea a passing grade.

The tradition dates back centuries, but an aging population of workers and dwindling profits endanger the free-diving culture.

A newly discovered exoplanet is hotter than most stars, and may be possibly disintegrating because of it.

The century-plus pastry outlasted its owner Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who took it with him on a race to the South Pole from which he never returned.

Can a solar eclipse change the world as we know it? If the past is any indication, it might.

Due to a quirk in their anatomy, injured hedgehogs can experience skin inflating to the size of a basketball, which can be a painful and life-threatening development.

Credit for the ubiquity of the name as shorthand for a generic, random dog goes to one of the most popular U.S. presidents.