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  Bison are ready for summer
Bison are ready for summer
May 24, 2016 - On Jan. 12, 2016 when Student News Net visited the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City, Iowa, the temperature was 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Yesterday it was 82 degrees. There are many signs of summer at the refuge but none as dramatic as observing a bison herd.
 
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molting: verb;shedding hair, fur, or feathers during change of seasons; Find it in blue in today's top story!
 
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Bison are ready for summerBison are ready for summer
May 24, 2016 - On Jan. 12, 2016 when Student News Net visited the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City, Iowa, the temperature was 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Yesterday it was 82 degrees. There are many signs of summer at the refuge but none as dramatic as observing a bison herd.
 
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Week of May 23

colossal: adjective; huge, very large, enormous;
Preserving art through science at Mount Rushmore

lofty: Select Part of speech...; high or elevated in terms of idea, feeling or plan; high in the air;
Astronauts harvest lettuce grown in space

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

stupendous: adjective; great in size or quality;
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1961: President John F. Kennedy issued  his challenge to the nation in an address to Congress to send a man to the moon and return safely to Earth before the end of the decade.

1878: Library of Congress: Legendary jazz tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born in Richmond, Virginia. His given name was Luther, but he despised it and appropriated that of his younger brother, William. An extraordinary performer and synthesizer of the tap tradition, Robinson is also credited with one major innovation in this American art form: transforming its flat footwork into dancing up on the toes. Many steps Robinson perfected with his trademark clarity, precision, and elegance, including the famous "stair dance," remain part of the tap repertoire today.

1803: Library of Congress: Essayist, philosopher, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston. Son and grandson of Protestant divines, Emerson attended Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School, entering the Unitarian ministry in 1829.

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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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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. 
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.   
 

 
Science
Visit a park this weekendVisit a park this weekend
May 20, 2016 - Today and tomorrow, a number of parks are hosting BioBlitz days for citizen scientists to document ecosystems. And tomorrow is Kids to Parks Day.
Preserving art through science at Mount RushmorePreserving art through science at Mount Rushmore
May 19, 2016 - More than three million people annually visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Preserving it is the job of the NPS.
Iowa, Illinois, and New Jersey teachers in final Jeopardy! matchIowa, Illinois, and New Jersey teachers in final Jeopardy! match
May 13, 2016 - Three teachers remain with clickers in hand to compete in The Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament.
A rush for gold ended quickly A rush for gold ended quickly
May 12, 2016 - The story of the short-lived Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) is told at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in downtown Seattle.
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