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  Cornell Lab announces 'Year of the Bird'
Cornell Lab announces 'Year of the Bird'
Jan. 16, 2018 - The Migratory Bird Treaty Act turns 100 in 2018. It's the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. To observe the Centennial, millions of people and more than 100 organizations around the world will celebrate 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.” The tweets will be flying!
 
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ramifications: noun;results from another action, behavior, or event; Find it in blue in today's top story!
 
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National parks offer wonderful opportunity to observe MLK Day National parks offer wonderful opportunity to observe MLK Day
Jan. 12, 2018 - Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday. Three national parks are dedicated to honoring Dr. King.
 
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Week of January 15

blizzard: noun; a severe snowstorm noted by hours of snowfall and sustained winds of 35 mph or higher;
Winter storm brewing

compiler: noun; a person who compiles or organizes, usually data;
The CBC is worthy of a tweet!

trilogy: noun; set of three, such as books, movies, or events that are related;
Trilogy of supermoons ends with super blue, blood moon

whirlwind: noun; flurry of activity, a storm;
Blizzards and bombogenesis begin 2018! What?

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1994: An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale struck the Los Angeles area about 4:20 a.m. The epicenter was about 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Fifty-one people were killed.

1991: The U.S., through a mission called Desert Storm, launched missiles into Iraq near Baghdad to force Iraq to end its invasion of Kuwait, its neighbor.

1945: Poland was liberated from Nazi Germany.

1706: Benjamin Franklin, statesman, Founding Father, and scientist/inventor, was born in Boston. He signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. After fighting with his brother, whom he worked for as an apprentice in his print shop as a teenager, Ben left Boston and moved to Philadelphia where he lived the rest of his life.


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Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE DayHands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day
Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home in Cresco, Iowa served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders.

 

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1. How did Norman Borlaug save the lives of one billion people through his research and work in Mexico?

2. How is the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation keeping the legacy of Norman Borlaug alive?

3. What does it mean to "literally walk in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug?" 


INSPIRE Day was an exciting and educational field trip for students.


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I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 
 
 
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Cornell Lab announces 'Year of the Bird'Cornell Lab announces 'Year of the Bird'
Jan. 16, 2018 - The Migratory Bird Treaty Act turns 100 in 2018. It's the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. To observe the Centennial, millions of people and more than 100 organizations around the world will celebrate 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.” The tweets will be flying!
National parks offer wonderful opportunity to observe MLK Day National parks offer wonderful opportunity to observe MLK Day
Jan. 12, 2018 - Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday. Three national parks are dedicated to honoring Dr. King.
Influenza is nothing to sneeze atInfluenza is nothing to sneeze at
Jan. 11, 2018 - The season of influenza and colds has followed the season of joy. Both illnesses are caused by viruses.
Mudslides follow wildfires in southern CaliforniaMudslides follow wildfires in southern California
Jan. 10, 2018 - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office has confirmed 15 fatalities from mudslides.
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