The dog Laika, the first living being to orbit the Earth, lives on in our memories along with her lethal Sputnik 2 mission, on which she was an unwitting pioneer in the USSR's space program more than 57 years ago.
With all those gleaming, stainless-steel tools readied for painful prodding, few people look forward to visiting the dentist. But modern dentistry is a walk in the park compared with old-school methods of treating oral maladies.
Americans celebrated their Independence Day yesterday, and one of the popular items to have on the day is firecrackers. They might not be as big over here, but they do have a long and interesting history.