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  Memorial Day evolved from Decoration Day
Memorial Day evolved from Decoration Day
May 29, 2016 - In 1866, one year after the Civil War ended, citizens in many states began decorating graves of soldiers killed during the war between the states. Decoration Day was officially established in 1868 when Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared May 30 as a day to decorate the graves of war dead with flowers.
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recited: verb;to say as in giving a speech or saying a poem; 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 - There are many signs of summer at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa but none as dramatic as observing bison.
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Week of May 30

expugnable: adjective; capable of being conquered;
Spellers converge at expugnable Bee (What?!)

invaluable: adjective; having such high value it cannot be quantified or expressed;
Sky is the limit for robotic and rocketry students

preventable: adjective; related to being able to be prevented, avoided;
Park the Phone Before You Drive

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May 31

1819: Library of Congress: Walt Whitman, American poet, journalist, and essayist, was born in West Hills, New York. His verse collection Leaves of Grass is a landmark in the history of American literature. Whitman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and at age twelve began to learn the printing trade. In 1855, Whitman published, anonymously and at his own expense, the first edition of Leaves of Grass. Revolutionary too was the content of his poems celebrating the human body and the common man. Whitman would spend the rest of his life revising and enlarging Leaves of Grass; the ninth edition appeared in 1892, the year of his death.

1790: Authors of books were given 14 years of protection under the first copyright law in the United Stated that was signed by President George Washington.

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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.



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. 
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.   

Bee crowns co-champions again! Bee crowns co-champions again!
May 27, 2016 - After 24 championship rounds and three hours of nonstop spelling, Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga were crowned Spelling Bee co-champions.
Spellers converge at expugnable Bee (What?!)Spellers converge at expugnable Bee (What?!)
May 26, 2016 - The annual drama and excitement of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is palpable today.
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.
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