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Let’s be honest for a moment. You’d probably be thrilled to have a cool million or 2 in the bank. Money can’t buy happiness, as the saying goes, but what you do with your money (as well as time and talents, for that matter) might have an awful lot to do with your quality of life. Sure, doing something nice for someone else feels nice, but a recent study suggests that generosity has a positive biological effect on the brain.
A 2-year-old Akita Inu (dog breed) named Maya has become somewhat of a celebrity in Spain after refusing to leave the hospital where her owner is staying for over 6 days. While dogs generally are known to be loyal to their human companions, Akita Inus are recognized far more for their faithfulness than many other breeds. 
Humans may think movement and dancing is restricted only to ourselves, however, researchers at the University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography have been able to give us a new view entirely.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have recreated Van Gogh’s iconic Starry Night painting in order to test methods of folding DNA and attaching fluorescent molecules. This is a practice that is often done on small computer chips. The monochromatic painting is about the width of a dime.
While some kids play video games or play on their iPads in their spare time, 11-year-old Garrett Lowry from the Littleton area in Colorado has a unique after-school activity: he knits hats for kids with cancer. The hats all go to the Colorado Children’s Hospital and is entirely a labor of love.