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  Sunrise photo from Utah wins $10,000
Sunrise photo from Utah wins $10,000
April 29, 2016 - Yang Lu's photo of a stunning sunrise at Glen Canyon National Recreational Area in Utah will be seen by 500,000 people who will purchase a 2017 America the Beautiful pass, an annual pass for access to more than 2,000 national recreational sites. Yang is the winner of the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest.
 
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Sunrise photo from Utah wins $10,000Sunrise photo from Utah wins $10,000
April 29, 2016 - Yang Lu's photo of a stunning sunrise at Glen Canyon National Recreational Area in Utah will be seen by 500,000 people who will purchase a 2017 America the Beautiful pass, an annual pass for access to more than 2,000 national recreational sites. Yang is the winner of the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest.
 
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Week of May 02

irreplaceable: adjective; not able to be replaced, unique;
National Park Week: Redwood National and State Parks

molten: adjective; related to and having qualities of being liquefied by heat;
Glass: a hot and cool combo of art and science

viscous: adjective; in material science, the degree to which a substance flows indicating thickness;
Stay out of Big Boiler - a boiling mud pot!

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1885: Library of Congress: Good Housekeeping made its debut. One of several popular women's magazines founded in the 1880s and 1890s, Good Housekeeping provided information about running a home, a broad range of literary offerings, and opportunities for reader input. Founded by journalist-businessman Clark W. Bryan in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Good Housekeeping soon moved to Springfield. In 1911, with a circulation of 300,000, the magazine was purchased by the Hearst Publishing Company and moved to New York. In 2006, the magazine had approximately 4.6 million paid subscribers.

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1903 'Flying Machine' patent lost - and found1903 'Flying Machine' patent lost - and found
April 4, 2016 - Orville and Wilbur Wright's 1903 patent for their “Flying Machine” was last seen in 1979 until it was recently found.

 

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2. What evidence in the story explains the total dedication and commitment Orville and Wilbur had to conquering human controlled flight?

3. How did Orville and Wilbur prepare themselves for the first successful flight in their Flying Machine? In other words, why was it not a surprise they succeeded?  


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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. 
Rosetta Orbiter and Philae Lander update: Three young engineers from the European Space Agency (ESA) speak with students about the Philae Lander's successful landing on a comet.   
 

 
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Scientists capture animal selfies in AmazonScientists capture animal selfies in Amazon
April 28, 2016 - Trekking through a rainforest to document wildlife is fraught with complexity. Cue the technology.
California student wins Junior Duck Stamp Art ContestCalifornia student wins Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
April 27, 2016 - From 27,192 entries, Stacy Shen, 16, was named the winner of the USFWS Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.
Park the Phone Before You Drive Park the Phone Before You Drive
April 26, 2016 - Distracted driving is a deadly serious public safety issue, both literally and figuratively. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed.
Earth Day: think indoors and outdoorsEarth Day: think indoors and outdoors
April 22, 2016 - Earth Day Network (EDN) estimates more than 1 billion will participate in Earth Day.
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