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  Kilauea eruption producing lava fountains - and more
Kilauea eruption producing lava fountains - and more
May 24, 2018 - Images from the ongoing eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano resemble special effects on a movie set. Lava fountains bubbling up to 160 feet high emerge from fissures. The scenes are geologic manifestations of an active volcano, not a movie set. USGS geologists continue to monitor the volcano 24/7.
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Geologists follow Hawaiian proverb: By observing, one learnsGeologists follow Hawaiian proverb: By observing, one learns
May 14, 2018 - USGS geologists are working around the clock monitoring Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano.
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Week of May 21

anagram: noun; a word that is made from using all of the letters of a different word;
Student rocketeers ready for Fly-Off

curators: noun; people who curate (assemble, pull together) exhibits at museums;
Iconic artifact: the Rosa Parks bus

repercussions: noun; results, consequences that can be positive but often negative;
Dark-Sky Association: Losing dark of night at the speed of light

Volcanology: noun; the study of volcanoes;
Geologists follow Hawaiian proverb: By observing, one learns

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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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Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE DayHands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day
Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home in Cresco, Iowa served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders.


1. How did Norman Borlaug save the lives of one billion people through his research and work in Mexico?

2. How is the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation keeping the legacy of Norman Borlaug alive?

3. What does it mean to "literally walk in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug?"

INSPIRE Day was an exciting, informative and educational field trip for students.

I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
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. 

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