This is the saddest state capital Christmas tree

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Christmas tree in the rotunda at the Rhode Island Statehouse is dead. Piles of needles were blanketing the area below the tree Friday, beneath several bare branches. When touched, needles dropped instantly. The tree was sitting in a large container of water, also filled with

Archaeologists reconstruct face of 1,200-year-old queen

Archaeologists have learned a great deal about “the Huarmey Queen” in the five years since they discovered the tomb at El Castillo de Huarmey in Peru and found her body inside. They’ve learned that she was from the pre-Incan Wari culture and she lived about 12 centuries ago. They know

MIT creates “Avatar’-like plants that glow in the dark

These plants are glowin’ up. Scientists at MIT have succeeded in creating plants that light up for hours at a time. “The vision is to make a plant that will function as a desk lamp — a lamp that you don’t have to plug in,” Michael Strano, co-author of the

We may not have the biggest solar system anymore

We should have kept Pluto a planet! More On: nasa This new island could help scientists understand life on Mars NASA thinks Pluto may be hiding a vast ocean ISS astronauts throw pizza party in zero gravity NASA unveils new robot that will hunt for Martian life Our solar system is now engaged in a

City’s longest-serving sanitation worker keeps on trucking

View Slideshow FacebookTwitterGoogleFacebook MessengerWhatsAppEmailCopy The city’s longest-serving garbage collector is about to start his 52nd year on the job — and is five years from becoming the oldest city sanitation worker in history. Seventy-five year old Joe Caggiano of Staten Island began working for the Department of Sanitation on Jan. 3,

Walmart workers can request to get paid earlier on special app

NEW YORK — Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday. The retailer said Wednesday that it teamed up with financial technology startup Even and PayActiv to provide an app to 1.4 million Walmart workers. The Even app automatically

Your Tinder matches will know even more about you now

Tinder is testing a new feature that will make it easier to find out more about the people you match with. Introduced in a blogpost, Feed will not only let you know when you make new matches, but also show you updates of any of your matches’ activity on

Bullied boy called ‘ugly’ has celebrities rallying behind him

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee woman’s video of her tearful son recounting being bullied at middle school has prompted a wave of support from athletes and entertainers. Kimberly Jones said in a Facebook post Friday she had just picked up her son, Keaton, from school because he was too

Cool moms are flipping out over this PTA swag

There’s a hip new label in Williamsburg — and it’s called PS 84. The PTA has revamped the standard-issue logo duds in favor of brightly colored T-shirts with bold graphic prints and track suits with retro flare. Even those who aren’t affiliated with the school are taking notice. “People come up to

Website called out for offensive plus-size ads

A website is being called offensive for its advertisements for plus-size tights, which feature petite models being engulfed by the pantyhose to demonstrate each pair’s capacity to stretch. There are several of the ads, which have circulated around the internet, and they all show a slender woman posing inside large tights.

“Scalp facials’ are the new blowouts

There’s a new salon at Bergdorf Goodman that is focused not on your hair, but on your scalp. “Women get facials, they get their manicure, they get their hair done and their whole body scrubbed,” says Jay Ree, a stylist at the John Barrett “head spa,” which opened at the Fifth

Here’s what you need to know about 3D mammograms

WASHINGTON — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now US health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer. It’s the latest dilemma

This is the most millennial-dominated job in the US

These stats speak for themselves. Statistician is the job with the highest rate of millennials in America, according to data released Wednesday by personal finance site SmartAsset. Nearly 45 percent of the 74,000 statisticians in this country are between the ages of 25 and 34, the study, which analyzed

This fitness gadget looks an awful lot like a sex toy

An awkward new exercise is making the rounds on social media — one that claims to help users get “leaner, happier and healthier” in weeks by adding resistance to their bite. Jawzrsize, which sells for around $35, is a clinically untested device that looks like a ball gag with

Monster black hole is the oldest ever found

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronomers have discovered a super-size black hole hearkening back to almost the dawn of creation. It’s the farthest black hole ever found. A team led by the Carnegie Observatories’ Eduardo Banados reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday that the black hole lies in a quasar

New discovery boosts possibility of life on Jupiter’s moon

Europa has more water than Earth. But the frozen moon of Jupiter is just one quarter its size. Now astrophysicists have discovered Europa has something else we do: tectonic activity. And that could be a major boost in the likelihood of life evolving in the oceans between its fiery core and

Degenerative diseases could soon be a thing of the past

It’s understood that degenerative diseases like Alzheimers and cancer can make a person’s “golden years” look pretty bleak. However, there’s some hope on the horizon thanks to some new research from England. A research team at the University of Exeter has found a way to possibly stave off

The International Space Station is as gross as your own home

When you think of the International Space Station — that huge floating laboratory cruising through Earth’s atmosphere that has housed dozens of different astronauts and cosmonauts over the years — what image does your mind paint? If it’s a picture of pristine, almost clinical cleanliness, far away from

This is the latest Earth-like planet that could possibly support life

Scientists have discovered a supersized version of Earth that could host life on a distant galaxy. The planet, named K2-18b, has been dubbed a rocky “super earth” that orbits a sun-like star. And it’s positioned in a solar sweet spot — making it possible to host life-giving liquid water. Researchers at

Google AI built “AI child’ more advanced than anything humans have ever made

A Google supercomputer has created an “AI child” which can outperform its man-made rivals. The incredible machine named NASNet becomes smarter through “reinforcement learning” which sees it report back to its “parent” computer when completing tasks. The AI (artificial intelligence,) which was created earlier this year, is able to recognize

Shoe-devouring escalator is a heel-wearer’s worst nightmare

Looks like a modern-day Cinderella didn’t quite make it to the ball. An escalator ground to a halt at New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel next to Grand Central Station on Monday night, when a pair of high heels got stuck in the grate. Baffled commuter JD Parker snapped a picture of the

The children of Gloria Estefan and Phil Collins are making waves in Miami

Famous fam: He gets his drumming chops from pop-star dad Phil Collins, natch. Why we’re watching: Nic’s band, Fifty Eight Hundred, has played the Montreux Jazz and Okeechobee Music & Arts festivals. “We take inspiration from classic rock, alternative rock, hard rock, funk and blues, which really gives our music a