Crab


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Wildlife and Science

Poetry is an Eight-Legged Shuffle

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The migration of the land crab appears quite poetic. Each year thousands of magenta crustaceans descend to the streets, shiny backs glistening, where in tap-dance-like shuffles they cross towards the sea. They often journey in early morning to avoid heat and cash in on the moisture, a trend that casts complimentary light on their backs. Adding to the enchantment, scientists confirm it is the moon that calls them seaward—a functional utility of...
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Bunny gif


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Celebrities and Pop Culture

20 of the most spellbinding GIFs on the Internet

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(ARCHIVED FROM MSN.COM) You wouldn't think bunnies twitching their noses or a cat playing pingpong could be so hypnotic. We can't stop looking at them — there's something about the repetition in the way those dogs run on the treadmill, or Carlton from "The Fresh Prince" does his dance over and over again in these hypnotic gifs. In fact, we're starting to feel sleepy. Veeery sleeepy. Is there...
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Ski goggles


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Outdoors and Action Sports

These are hands-down the best ski and snowboard goggles of the year

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After your boots and bindings, a solid set of goggles is arguably your most important piece of gear. It’s hard to shred out a perfect line when your goggles are fogged up or making you cry from a shoddy seal. Fortunately, the 2016/17 winter season has brought boatloads of awesome new innovations in goggle technology to the ski and snowboard world. We tested dozens of...
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Nicaraguan baseball


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Human Interest and Features

Nicaraguan Migrants Feel at Home with Baseball

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From the end of the dirt road heading away from Playa Potrero, muffled yells and hollers can be heard. As one approaches, a dusty field comes in to view where a distantly boisterous scene is unfolding. The field sits back from the road between two encampments of...
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Kovea electric stove induction cooker


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Outdoors and Action Sports

Kovea’s electric induction camping stove lightens the camping load by ditching propane

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The best part of cooking in the woods with a camp stove is arguably whipping up some delicious bacon and Dutch pancakes. The worst part? Dragging along throngs of cumbersome propane canisters. The outdoor gear company Kovea has come up with a solution to the problem: a portable electric induction cooker. Loads better for the environment and void of any hazardous fumes or landfill fodder, this...
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Man of Steel


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Celebrities and Pop Culture

Watch the fantastically eerie ‘Man of Steel’ trailer

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(ARCHIVED FROM MSN.COM) Behold: the chilling, spine-tingling glimpse of the boy bound to become Superman. Although the much-anticipated "Man of Steel" isn't due out until June next year, producers aren't wasting any time getting would-be fans psyched for the latest Hollywood superhero movie. This trailer, which Internet users have swiftly sent viral, doesn’t...
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Army recruitment


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Opinions and Commentary

There’s Fun and Then There’s Army Fun

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Watching the U.S. Army’s recruitment video on their website is really, really fun. I discovered this yesterday, after hearing a blurb on the radio about a new military fun center to open soon in Florida. “Army fun center?” I thought. “Hmm.” Being raised...
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Rojas


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Wildlife and Science

Shark Tales: Keepers of the Deep Blue

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Behind a rocky marine crag a small fish hides—quiet, motionless and out of sight. There is no sound, movement, or light. Anywhere else on the planet the trembling creature would likely be safe, yet on the other side looms the shadow of...
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News and Politics

Death on tracks prompts official to review railroad safety

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When Shanti Platt was eight months pregnant, she watched a man die in front of her eyes. The young mother-to-be was waiting at a railroad station in Salem on what seemed like an ordinary morning when a man stepped in front of the train. She was looking right at him and, although his back was turned...
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QuickBlade Smart Paddle


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Outdoors and Action Sports

SUP enthusiasts excited about QuickBlade’s innovative new Smart Paddle

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With spring in full force, stand up paddleboarding season is right around the corner. And now, for the first time, paddle enthusiasts have the ability to track detailed metrics in real-time with an easy sweep of their blade via new technology courtesy of QuickBlade Paddles. After initially announcing the device at the 2017 Surf Expo Orlando, Florida, the company just...
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Chilling spy stories


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Celebrities and Pop Culture

15 Chilling Spy Stories That’ll Make You Question Your Government

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Tales of murder, espionage, assassinations and international hit men—they sound like something out of a James Bond movie, or a Hollywood blockbuster film. Stories of mysterious women dressed in cloaks and wigs knocking off unassuming diplomats with undetectable vials of poison or discrete lethal injections and fleeing the scene. Men in disguise sneaking up behind foreign dignitaries...
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Dog cuddling bunnies


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Celebrities and Pop Culture

23 reasons why all dogs go to heaven

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(ARCHIVED FROM MSN.COM) Two churches recently had a play fight about whether or not dogs go to heaven, and we don’t know why they didn't just ask us. We could have settled this debate in a minute. Have they ever watched a dog wait patiently all day for its human to return from work? Or sit for days by its deceased owner's side? Dogs fight crime, save babies and...
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Catfish


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Food and Culture

Out For Dinner? No, Gone Fishing

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It isn’t often you arrive at a new seafood bistro, dressed for a casual evening out, only to be handed a fishing rod, stocked with chicken bait, and directed to the backyard pond. But if you want dinner at Rob and Rena Willis’ place, that’s precisely what to expect. Whether you bring your own rod or use one of the lines on site, dining at...
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Shopping


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Opinions and Commentary

In Modern Society, Has the Consumer Become the Consumed?

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Last week, a security guard was trampled to death at a Walmart in New York. There, beneath a mass of a 2,000 shoppers, a man lost his life to a mad stampede of pounding elbows, knees, and feet. CBS News reported items on sale at that particular Walmart during the infamous “Black Friday” rollbacks included...
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Copywriting

NIKE: How Do I Return My Nike.com Order?

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Nike.com orders can be returned for any reason within 30 days of the shipping date. After 30 days, product can be returned if unworn and unwashed. Some exceptions apply. If your package did not include a prepaid return label, start your online return by clicking the button below and following the on-screen prompts. After you...
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Copywriting

VERTICAL BRANDS: Come to Missoula, Montana!

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Do you want to live in a place where you can wear your Birkenstocks 360 days a year—not because it’s warm outside but because it’s considered stylish with wool socks? A place where the smell of patchouli isn’t a cliché, it’s real, and residents don’t think...
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Thirty Two Prime


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U.S. OUTDOOR STORE: Thirty Two Prime is for the Daring Snow Shredder

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The Thirty Two Prime isn’t your beginner’s snowboard boot. This boot is for the tough, daring snow shredder that needs a stiff boot to absorb turns and stomp hard landings. Made with new and improved, cutting edge STI Evolution Foam, the Prime offers...
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Copywriting

PDA DENTISTRY: Revitalize Your Reception Area: 5 Quick Tips

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You all know the old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” It’s something we’ve been hearing since we were kids. So why is it that this common pearl of wisdom is so often overlooked among dental professionals? Often, it’s because we get caught up in...
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News and Politics

Thousands Detained in Immigration Raid

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Heavily-armed police detained at least 1,000 people in separate immigration and crime raids in Tamarindo, Playas del Coco, and Filadelfia on the weekend. The raids began Friday at around midnight, when officers with automatic weapons and wearing bulletproof vests blocked exits to...
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News and Politics

Local hospitals to decide on physician-assisted dying in wake of election

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The Klickitat Valley Health (KVH) hospital is among local health care providers that will decide in the coming weeks how to respond to the passing of ballot measure I-1000, which allows doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients. The practice, formerly called “doctor-assisted suicide,” is part of...
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Rachel Cavanaugh
Portland, OR

Rachel Cavanaugh is a long-time journalist based in the Pacific Northwest. With more than 13 years of experience as a news reporter, writer, photographer, editor and digital producer, her work has been featured on MSN News, Digital Trends Magazine, The Richest, Sungrower Magazine, Bozeman Chronicle, Woodburn Independent, Canby Herald, Lone Peak Lookout, Belgrade News, West Yellowstone News and The Beach Times. She's worked as a Digital Producer for MSN News, as well as a Digital Content Writer on Nike's Global Consumer Services' team. She is currently a full-time freelance writer and regularly contributes to Digital Trends' Outdoor Tech section, focusing on outdoor-related feature news stories and gear testing. She also runs two commercial photography studios in downtown Portland, OR and spends her free time snowboarding, playing outside with her dog and talking her friends into last-minute dance parties.