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April 29, 2014


Atomic clock precision

Atomic Clock Precision

A few seconds lost over millions of years seem irrelevant, but atomic clock scientists say that better clock precision will help us study and feel the heartbeat of the universe.

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April 28, 2014


College debt

College Debt

The level of college debt has risen in the last 20 years, where students now have to choose between overwhelming student loans or community colleges. Reform can start by fixing the financial aid system.

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April 27, 2014


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Who’s the Real Shakespeare?

Plays and poetry written by William Shakespeare are studied in schools around the world. The British playwright is acknowledged as one of the great literary minds of all time - but not everyone believes that the works attributed to Shakespeare were actually written by him. No existing documents link the William Shakespeare from Stratford-upon-Avon to the famous plays. In addition, Shakespeare’s lack of education makes many question how he knew so much about language and the worlds of the rich that he writes about. Listen to learn more about these doubts over Shakespearean authorship and make up your own mind!

And check out this additional PBS resource on the authorship debate “Much Ado About Something”

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April 24, 2014


Starfish sickness

Starfish Sickness

Starfish are mysteriously becoming infected by a deadly disease that causes their arms to fall off and makes regeneration impossible. Scientists are urgently trying to figure out how their sickness is affecting the rest of the marine environment.

Find any sick starfish? Be sure to use #sickstarfish to help scientists!

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April 23, 2014


Cilantro distaste

Cilantro Distaste

The reason why some people dislike cilantro may not be due to taste, but to smell. This cilantro experiment indicates that certain people are genetically-inclined to “hate” cilantro.

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April 22, 2014


Cracked dam impacts farming

Cracked Dam Impacts Farming

A cracked dam in Washington endangers farming near the area with lower water levels and the looming threat of a summer heat. Lowered water levels have caused a temporary increase in tourism in spots but also revealed old graves.

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April 21, 2014


Boston famiy fits runners with prosthetics

Boston Family Fits Runners with Prosthetics

A family-owned prosthetics business in Dorchester, MA fitted more than half of the Boston Marathon bombing survivors with new limbs. New marathon runners look to them to fit them with legs that can run 26.2 miles.

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April 19, 2014



Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier

On April 15, 1947, African American baseball player Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was an interesting choice by the Dodgers to break the race barrier in baseball because he was an older player and not seen as the best player in the Negro league. Listen to learn how Robinson’s strong character, as much as his talent, helped to successfully integrate baseball.

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April 19, 2014



Poverty and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

John Steinbeck’s classic “The Grapes of Wrath” was released more than 75 years ago. The tale of poverty and hope is still frequently read today. The book is the story of the Joad family heading West from Oklahoma to California during the Dust Bowl. The novel’s depiction of poverty shocked readers at the time but remains relevant in America today. Listen to learn how themes of the book reflect the 1930s and the present.

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April 18, 2014


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Keeping Goats Local

Many refugees who have settled in Vermont are used to eating lots of goat meat back in their home countries. However, until recently, this meat has been expensive and hard to find in New England. Now, the Vermont Goat Collaborative is helping refugees find the meat they want. The project makes use of male baby goats are often disposed of because they can’t produce milk. Listen to hear more about this initiative and how it is benefiting local populations.

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April 17, 2014


Tijuana and san diego borderland

Tijuana and San Diego Borderland

Tijuana, a young city, grew out of the construction of the US-Mexico border in California. The physical barrier represents Mexicans’ gateway to opportunities as well as a separation from loved ones.

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April 16, 2014


Submarine searches for plane

Submarine Searches for Missing Plane

The search for the missing Malaysian airplane has gone underwater. The Bluefin robotic submarine is using sound waves to gather images of the ocean floor. It’s mapping out the bottom of the ocean, so that searchers can spot anything unusual.

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April 15, 2014



Boston Marathon Bombings One Year Later

One year ago two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring at least 250 people. Sixteen people lost limbs including the man featured in this story who lost both his legs.

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April 14, 2014


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Boston Marathon Runners

Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Following the blasts, thousands of runners were told in the middle of their race that they could not reach the finish line due to the bombings. This year many runners are returning, and they are set on finishing what they started.

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April 11, 2014


Animal smuggling

Animal Smuggling

The illegal animal smuggling trade is right behind drugs and weapons smuggling because there is a large market actively seeking exotic, illegal animals. Smugglers have found many creative ways to sneak animals in, from stuffing them in pant legs to tires.

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April 10, 2014


Marian anderson sings at lincoln memorial

Marian Anderson Sings at Lincoln Memorial

Marian Anderson was denied a performance at Constitution Hall, but 75 years ago, she was able to perform to a desegregated crowd at the Lincoln Memorial. Listen to this story to learn more about how she used art and lyrics to fight racism.

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April 9, 2014



Chemo Makes Food Distasteful

Chemotherapy has been known to make patients nauseous. The science behind the nausea shows that the medicine does affect the taste cells. But doctors have found alternative methods for patients to “taste” during chemotherapy.

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April 8, 2014


Rwanda genocide

Rwanda Genocide

Rwanda marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide this week. The ethnically driven killings led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, as the majority Hutu faction targeted ethnic Tutsis. Today, as people remember their loved ones, many feel traumatized by the horrible events of the past. Some feel that the country has become much more progressive since the genocide, but others argue that there is still a long way to go. Listen to the story to hear more about how Rwanda’s past still affects its present.

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April 7, 2014


Syrian refugees

Syrian Refugees

It has been three years since thousands of Syrian refugees living in neighboring countries have worked or attended school. They were forced from their country due to the war. Life is difficult for the refugees, but it is also hard on the host country’s economy as well as international aid groups. Listen to hear more about Syrian refugees.

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April 6, 2014



The Great Gatsby, Book to Movie

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” has inspired many adaptations. From film to opera, this story of wealth, love and reinvention in the Jazz Age has stood the test of time. In 2013 the most recent and epic film adaptation was released. It includes scenes in 3D and music from rap artist Jay-Z. Director Baz Luhrmann shaped the film and its production around Fitzgerald’s writing style and contemporary subject matter. Listen to learn more about how F. Scott Fitzgerald’s style shines through in this contemporary retelling.

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April 4, 2014


Missing airplane mystery

Missing Airplane Mystery

Theories abound about what happened to the Malaysian Airlines flight 370. It’s been about a month since it mysteriously disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysia and Australia are leading the search effort about 1,100 miles off the Australian coast. What happened to the airplane remains a mystery.

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April 3, 2014


Hubble telescope celebrates 24 years in space

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 24 Years in Space

The Hubble Telescope has been transmitting data from space for 24 years. It has endured several changes in U.S. Presidents and it will continue to stay in space until at least 2020. What have we learned from the Hubble Telescope over the last two decades?

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April 2, 2014


Yoga mat compound

Yoga Mat Compound

The same compound found in Subway sandwich breads and other commercial breads is also found in yoga mats. Research shows that the amount of this food additive is not toxic to one’s health, but it all comes down to how comfortable you are eating this ingredient.

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April 1, 2014


Salmon migration affeted by drought

Salmon Migration Affected by Drought

The severe drought in California has affected the usual salmon migration. Typically the fish swim 270 miles from fresh water in Northern California to the Pacific Ocean. But because of low water levels, California hatcheries are ensuring their migration by transporting them in climate-controlled trucks to the ocean.

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March 31, 2014


Nato defends allies

NATO Defends Allies

After Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, NATO looks to strengthen defenses around allied countries in the face of possible aggression from Russia. The international community gathered recently to discuss ways to deter Russia.

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March 28, 2014


Predicting landslides

Predicting Landslides

In Washington state the clean up effort is still underway after a large mud slide killed at least two dozen people. Landslides are hard to predict. Scientists can determine which hills are most vulnerable, but getting the information to people that could use is it difficult.

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March 27, 2014


Nose smells 1 trillion smells

Nose Smells 1 Trillion Smells

The human nose is actually more powerful than your eyes because it can detect more than one trillion unique smells. Scientists believe that if the universal code behind each smell could be deciphered, you can do things like send smells over the internet.

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March 26, 2014


Exxon valdez  25 years later

Exxon Valdez, 25 Years Later

The Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 caused extreme environmental damage as well as long-lasting impact on the Alaskan farmer community. What are the lessons learned from the spill?

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March 26, 2014



Teaching Grit

What does it take to be successful in school and life? Research shows that success is strongly correlated to something called “grit.” Grit combines determination, persistence and resilience. People with grit are able to push through difficulties, learn from mistakes, and pick themselves up and try again when they fail. Schools and teachers are trying to instill grit in their students, but is this possible? Listen to learn more from people who support and challenge this new direction in education.

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March 25, 2014


No paid paternity leave

No Paid Paternity Leave in U.S.

The United States is only one of three countries that does not support mandatory paid paternal leave, which often results in economic hardship for families. Examples from other countries show that paid family leave supports the economy and stronger families.

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March 24, 2014


Drought increases coffee bean prices

Drought Increases Coffee Bean Prices

The drought didn't just close down ski resorts and impact agriculture— it also increased coffee bean prices due to a bean condition called "coffee disease rust." The widespread impact might even have customers at the local coffee chop feeling the price change.

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March 21, 2014


Nevada farmers hack drought

Nevada Farmers "Hack" Drought

Nevada's farms are few and far between, and the recent drought has not made survival easier. Some farms decided to "hack" the drought by adapting to the region's water shortage by growing better suited crops.

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March 20, 2014


Pope francis celebrates one year

Pope Francis Celebrates One Year

A year after Pope Francis was elected, the Catholic Church has seen progressive, sweeping changes that bring both Catholics and non-Catholics to his side. From internal change to social issues such as divorce and homosexuality, the Pope has been addressing them publicly.

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March 19, 2014


Missing malaysian airplane

Missing Malaysian Airplane

The Malaysian Airlines airplane, carrying 239 people, is still missing after a week of intense searching by more than a dozen countries. The Malaysian government now believes that its off-course route was deliberately planned.

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March 18, 2014


Crimea votes to succede from ukraine

Crimea Votes to Secede from Ukraine

Residents of Crimea, which is a part of Ukraine, voted to secede and join neighboring Russia. In response, citizens in the capital of Ukraine are preparing to use military force to prevent any action by Russia. Citizens are afraid that one day Ukraine will lose more territory to Russia.

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March 17, 2014


3 d printing creates affordable prosthetics

3-D Printing Creates Affordable Prosthetics

Children can outgrow prosthetics quickly and it is also very expensive. 3-D printing can be used as a replacement since printed prosthetics are cheap to produce and sizing can easily be adjusted when the printer sits at home.

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March 13, 2014


Food waste as energy

Food Waste as Energy

The same methane gas emitted from humans is also produced by the same bacteria that lives in old pizza crusts, curdled milk, and other discarded food. Scientists have found ways to convert the methane gas from old food into energy. Several cities are already converting waste into energy, listen to this story to learn how New York City is trying it out.

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March 12, 2014


Tracking owls

Tracking Owls

Snowy owls made an unusual change to their migration patterns this past winter. Why did they do it? The answer is lemmings. Scientists intend to take advantage of this atypical migration to track their movements with a GPS.

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March 11, 2014


Making stars on earth

Making Stars on Earth

Scientists usually study stars from afar, through a telescope. One scientist discovered a way to study stars up close, and on Earth — through a machine that acts like a powerful energy generator or star, called the Z Machine.

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March 10, 2014


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Minimum Wage Debate

President Obama spent the last week touring the country to promote the benefits of raising the minimum wage. He says it will help lower the income inequality gap. Opponents say raising the minimum wage will force some employers to cut jobs. Economists are divided on whether raising the minimum wage will actually increase jobs. Listen to this story to find out.

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