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Past articles by Ryan:

Thousands of baby flamingos rescued by volunteers from dried-up South African Dam

A drought dried up their home, forcing adult flamingos to abandon their chicks for a chance at survival. → Read More

This adoptable kitten named Rose is blind but still sweet as her namesake

Meet Rose, an eyeless tabby cat at the King Street Cats adoption shelter in Alexandria, Va. She's sweet and really gives hugs! → Read More

If the figures on US adult illiteracy aren't stunning enough, just hear those people's stories

Approximately 32 million adults in America can't read above a third-grade level. → Read More

This is what it's like to be a federal employee weeks into the government shutdown

“I’m just hoping something comes through, because my baby girl has to eat, and so does my wife. So do I.” → Read More

Women love stories about murder. According to psychology experts, it's totally normal.

Let's break down the key psychological aspect that makes these stories so attractive. → Read More

You're not alone. Even Batman and Wonder Woman are fighting for their mental health.

New DC Comics series redefines the superhero mythos, exposing the anxieties and vulnerabilities of characters. → Read More

Confessing to more than 90 killings, this man may be America's most deadly serial killer

With 49 convictions, Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, ranks as the most deadly American serial killer. → Read More

Here's what Americans at the polls had to say Tuesday about the midterm elections

Circa interviewed more than 45 voters in six states the morning of Election Day. → Read More

A chuck wagon cook-off isn't just a food competition, it's a tribute to the Wild West

"If it wouldn't have been for the cattle drives back then, we probably wouldn't be eating beef today." → Read More

Steve Aoki's new comic book series 'Neon Future' is a techno-surrealist dystopia

The story follows the lives of those battling in a civil war between “Authentic” and “Augmented” humans. → Read More

Rodeo athletes play through the pain because they can't afford not to

Rodeo athletes are basically freelance workers. They have no guaranteed salaries and no health insurance. There’s no governing body like in other major sports which means… → Read More

Rodeo athletes play through the pain because they can't afford not to

"When you make a good ride at a big rodeo, there's no other feeling in the world.” → Read More

The Army is using animals as blueprints to design the drones of the future

Whether it is a dog's leg or a squid's tentacle, the researchers hope that these simple examples from nature will one day let drones and robots take over some of the more dangerous and physically taxing jobs from soldiers. → Read More

Plogging turns your average run into an eco-conscious frenzy

The Swedish fitness craze sweeping through Europe is starting to pick up traction in the United States. → Read More

Off the mat: Turning a life sentence into a second chance through yoga

"... it was growth, it was misery, it was physical, sensory deprivation," said Kempis Songster. → Read More

These people live with raw sewage in their yards which is causing parasite infections

A 2017 study found one-third of Lowndes County residents tested infected with hookworm. → Read More

Sickle cell patients feel the effects of the opioid crackdown

Millions of people around the world suffer from sickle cell disease. → Read More

This refugee started his own coffee company. He wants to change people's perception of refugees at large.

Manyang Reath Keer is an entrepreneur, human rights activist and friend to most anyone he meets. → Read More

Here's what it takes to run an award-winning alpaca farm

A horse accident had the Lysantris looking to other animals for their farm. → Read More