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Watching Television in the Cloud

The world is a changin’. You need only to look at your television–it doesn’t even have to be turned on–to see the changes. Back in the day, the only television was the boxy one with rabbit ears and you could count the number of channels available on one hand. Today, televisions are flat,  and cable […]

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Whiz. Bang! Ahh!–The Science of Fireworks

Whiz. Bang! Ahh! On the Fourth of July, fireworks displays will amaze Americans from sea to shining sea. It is just as John Adams, the first Vice President and second President of the United States, imagined when he wrote to his wife Abigail: I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by […]

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Welcome to Brazil!

If soccer was on your mind last week, you are not alone. Viewers worldwide have World Cup frenzy. According to FIFA, a record-setting 43 million people watched the World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia. Even in the United States, where soccer is less popular than Europe and South or Central America, World Cup viewership […]

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And They’re Off!

Saturday was an exciting day for horse racing enthusiasts. Horses took to the track to run the Belmont Stakes, the final race of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Each spring, three-year-old horses race in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. Sitting high atop their shoulders, urging them on, their jockey’s […]

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Maya Angelou’s Song

Celebrated American poet, author, and civil rights advocate Maya Angelou died this past Wednesday, May 28, at the age of 86. Maya Angelou embraced life. She was the first African-American female cable car driver in San Francisco, a teenage mother, an editor (in Egypt!), an actress and producer, and a professor.  Angelou’s life included abuse […]

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The Wait for a VA Doctor

Monday is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor American servicemen and women, to remember servicemen and women who have lost their lives, and to appreciate the sacrifices of both those who serve and their families. This year, the message of Memorial Day shares headlines with an ironic partner: officials working at several Veteran’s […]

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Two Sides of the Net: The Pros and Cons of Net Neutrality

Who decides what you see and do on the Internet? Your answer probably depends upon where you are when you surf. Many school officials block sites whose content they consider inappropriate. Some parents restrict the Web sites their kids may access. However, with friends at the mall there may be no limits to the sites […]

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What is the Right Minimum Wage?

A grocery bagger, a burger flipper, and a cashier—these are all minimum wage jobs. How much do you think people who hold these jobs are paid an hour (before taxes)? If you guessed $10, you aimed too high; if you said $6, you guessed too low. The current minimum wage is $7.25. In his State […]

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Be a Good Neighbor: Share Clean Air

Step outside—what do you see all around you? What do you feel? Now, take a deep breath. Ah! Air. Does it smell clean? The cleaner the air we breathe, the healthier we are. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works to ensure that our air is free of harmful pollutants. It monitors air quality, sets standards […]

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The Future of Medicine: Digital Health Care

Mobile devices and apps make it possible to do most things from any where and at any time. You can listen to music, shop, watch shows, check bank accounts, connect with friends, or play games on the bus in the morning, at the park after class, or at the movie theater at midnight. Combining mobile […]

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