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Peak hurricane season approaching
Aug. 15, 2018 - Peak hurricane season in early September is quickly approaching. After last year's deadly and devastating series of major hurricanes that made landfall, what will this season bring? The National Weather Service (NWS) issued an updated outlook for the season last week that forecasts a less active season.
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Sun, sand, and a sunset say summerSun, sand, and a sunset say summer
Aug. 1, 2018 - For fun in sun and sand, visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan.
Weekly VOCAB

Week of August 13

conterminous: adjective; sharing a boundary, contiguous;
USGS announces wildfire mapping service

imperative: Select Part of speech...; absolutely necessary; can also be a noun: a mandate, need;
Pentagon: Testing begins on remains from North Korea

infectious: adjective; able to cause an infection, an illness caused by a microorganism;
Cyclospora outbreak in Iowa and Illinois

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1948: Babe Ruth, major league baseball player with the New York Yankees who was originally a Boston Red Sox but was traded to the Yankees in 1920, died after battling throat cancer. He was 53. He played in ten World Series. He was elected to the Baseball of Fame in 1936.

1939: Library of Congress: New York City's Hippodrome Theater closed its doors for the last time. Built in 1905 with a seating capacity of 5,200, for a time the Hippodrome was the largest and most successful theater in New York. The Hippodrome featured lavish spectacles complete with circus animals, diving horses, opulent sets, and 500-member choruses. The most popular vaudeville artists of the day, including illusionist Harry Houdini, performed at the Hippodrome during its heyday.

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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.


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, informative and educational field trip for students.

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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