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  Sunrise photo from Utah wins $10,000
Sunrise photo from Utah wins $10,000
April 29, 2016 - Yang Lu's photo of a stunning sunrise at Glen Canyon National Recreational Area in Utah will be seen by 500,000 people who will purchase a 2017 America the Beautiful pass, an annual pass for access to more than 2,000 national recreational sites. Yang is the winner of the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest.
 
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Sunrise photo from Utah wins $10,000Sunrise photo from Utah wins $10,000
April 29, 2016 - Yang Lu's photo of a stunning sunrise at Glen Canyon National Recreational Area in Utah will be seen by 500,000 people who will purchase a 2017 America the Beautiful pass, an annual pass for access to more than 2,000 national recreational sites. Yang is the winner of the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest.
 
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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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April 30

1812: Louisiana became the 18th state admitted to the Union.

1798: President John Adams signed a bill that established the Department of Navy.

1789: Library of Congress: George Washington delivered his first inaugural address to a joint session of Congress, assembled in Federal Hall in the nation's new capital, New York City. The newly-elected president delivered the speech in a deep, low voice that betrayed what one observer called "manifest embarrassment." Washington had not sought the office of president and was humbled by the request to serve. Her served until 1797 at which time he returned to his beloved Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. He died just days before the new century - December 14, 1799.

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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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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. Cue the technology.
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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