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Scientists capture animal selfies in Amazon
April 28, 2016 - Trekking through a rainforest to document wildlife is fraught with complexity not the least of which is disrupting the ecosystem by inserting humans. Cue the technology. Earlier this year, scientists from Chicago's Field Museum used 14 motion-activated camera traps and drones to document an unexplored region in the Amazon.
 
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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 not the least of which is disrupting the ecosystem by inserting humans. Cue the technology. Earlier this year, scientists from Chicago's Field Museum used 14 motion-activated camera traps and drones to document an unexplored region in the Amazon.
 
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Week of April 25

confound: verb; not clear, confuse, puzzled;
CDC: flu decreasing, concern about Zika

hone: verb; to narrow down, to focus;
GBBC results in: thousands of species spotted around the world

persuaded: verb; convinced;
Chemical engineers can change the world

underscores: verb; emphasizes; points out, demonstrates;
Grizzly bears are back

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1985: The Challenger Space Shuttle launched from Kennedy Space Center with a crew of seven astronauts.

1899: Library of Congress: Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, often said to be America's greatest composer, bandleader, and recording artist, was born in Washington, D.C. Nicknamed "Duke" as a youngster, Ellington turned down a visual arts scholarship to focus his life on music. With a background in classical, popular, ragtime, and stride music, Ellington emerged as arguably the greatest single talent in the history of jazz.



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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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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 not the least of which is disrupting the ecosystem by inserting humans. Cue the technology. Earlier this year, scientists from Chicago's Field Museum used 14 motion-activated camera traps and drones to document an unexplored region in the Amazon.
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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