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  Asteroid Day has a mission
Asteroid Day has a mission
June 30, 2016 - There are days set aside to observe important aspects of life on Earth so why not set aside a day to focus on asteroids? Today is Asteroid Day, held on June 30 to remember this day in 1908 when a small asteroid exploded over Siberia. It devastated an area of about 800 square miles and released the equivalent of 100 tons of TNT.
 
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astrophysicist: noun;a person who is an expert in physics as it relates to space and astronomy. Find it in blue in today's top story!
 
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'Standing Lincoln' returns home'Standing Lincoln' returns home
June 28, 2016 - A full size bronze cast of Standing Lincoln was unveiled Sunday at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire.
 
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Week of June 27

civilian: noun; a person who is not a member of the military or police force;
Hot air has an upside

magnetosphere: Select Part of speech...; NASA: the area of space around a planet that is controlled by the planet's magnetic field;
NASA: looking for data, not trouble at Jupiter

midst: noun; middle;
Summer sun, courtesy of nuclear fusion

ritual: noun; a practice performed over and over again, part of cultural and/or family traditions;
Celebrate salsa science!

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1863: The three-day Battle of Gettysburg began after a chance encounter in the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania area on June 30 between Union forces under the leadership of General George Meade and Confederate forces under the leadership of General Robert E. Lee.    Library of Congress: On June 30, General John Buford of the Union's Army of the Potomac and his cavalry had taken possession of Seminary Ridge west of Gettysburg. Union General George Reynolds arrived with the First Corps on July 1 to assist Buford. Reynolds opened the battle but was struck by a bullet and killed before noon. His death set the tone for the day. Both armies suffered devastating losses on the first day of the battle, but Union losses proved much greater. While the first day of the battle was counted as a Confederate victory, the tide turned on July 2 and the battle came to be viewed as the turning point of the Civil War.

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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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1. Why was it so important to find the missing Wright Brothers' patent application?

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. 
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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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Smithsonian Learning Lab resources available 24/7Smithsonian Learning Lab resources available 24/7
June 23, 2016 - More than one million resources from the Smithsonian are now available online.
Gold Medal flour recalledGold Medal flour recalled
June 15, 2016 - Currently an outbreak of toxin-producing E.coli is potentially being linked to many varieties of Gold Medal flour.
Florida governor declares State of EmergencyFlorida governor declares State of Emergency
June 13, 2016 - Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency yesterday following the shooting deaths of 50 people on Sunday.
Students design uBox for Gen-ZStudents design uBox for Gen-Z
June 10, 2016 - In partnership with Toyota, Clemson University students have designed, engineered, and hand-built the uBox.
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