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Learn about space station research in real time
July 19, 2018 - In the early days of the space program, almost all of the astronauts were test pilots. That expertise was needed to codify new techniques for flying spacecraft. Now astronauts have expertise in many different sciences. Aboard the International Space Station (ISS), thousands of scientific experiments have been conducted. Tune into NASA TV next week for an update on space science on the orbiting lab.
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Stamp is a treat for philatelistsStamp is a treat for philatelists
July 17, 2018 - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its first scratch-and-sniff stamp, the Frozen Treats Forever stamp.
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Week of July 16

expedition: noun; journey, trip, adventure;
Supplies en route to space station

manifestations: noun; results, outward appearances, signs;
Kilauea eruption has lava fountains

medley: Select Part of speech...; mixture, assortment;
Iowa included in melon recall

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1899: Library of Congress: Dr. Clarence Hemingway stepped onto the porch of his home and blew his cornet to announce the birth of his son, Ernest. During Ernest Hemingway's boyhood, his family spent much time at their cottage near Walloon Lake in northern Michigan where his father enjoyed hunting and other sports. The love for the great outdoors and the physically active life his father instilled in him remained with Hemingway for the rest of his life. After graduating from high school, Hemingway worked briefly as a reporter for the Kansas City Star before volunteering for service in World War I. Excluded from regular military duty because of a defective eye, he worked as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in Italy, where he was badly injured. Hemingway drew on his wartime experience of falling in love with his nurse while recuperating in a Milan hospital as background for his novel A Farewell to Arms (1929). Hemingway won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in 1961.

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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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