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Motown’s Swan Song?

In an extraordinary political drama, Detroit, yes the city, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, July 18th. It has faced a number of economic hurdles in recent years, including plummeting population, sinking tax revenue, and skyrocketing debt. By filing for Chapter 9, city officials hope to gain protection from unions and creditors.  Watch […]

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The Upper Crust: Serving Up A Closer Look at Plate Tectonics

As a kid you learned that Earth has continents. American students are taught there are seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. Students in other countries are taught there are five or six continents. (Which do you think they consider one continent?) One thing we can agree upon: long, long […]

You Can Prevent Wildfires

There is much to enjoy about summer–sunny, no-school days with self-selected to-do lists bursting with ‘chores’ such as taste-test donuts, tie-dye tshirts, or perhaps something more ambitious like learn to sew or train for a half marathon. But, summertime also has its downside. Summer breezes blow in all sorts of unpleasant weather. High winds and […]

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Cast Your Vote: The Voting Rights Act of 1965

During the summer of 1965, Americans joined hands and marched for civil rights. Among those rights was the right to vote. In 1965, eligible African American voters often faced discrimination at the ballot box. To combat the systematic voter discrimination against African Americans found primarily in southern states, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act […]

Peeping Online – Security vs. Privacy – the Debate Continues

Perhaps you have heard about the ongoing debate regarding privacy versus security. The national conversation was sparked again over the recent uproar regarding a recent leak of classified information from one of the United States Government’s top security agencies. The current national focus on the practices of The National Security Agency’s  (NSA), previously undisclosed program known […]

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No Fin Soup, Please

Last week, on June 3rd, a group of professional fishermen caught what they suspect is a record-setting shortfin mako shark.  The 1,323.5 pound, 11 feet long, 8 feet around shark was caught after an hours-long tussle off the coast of California. While they are waiting for the measurements to be verified, a controversy has surfaced: […]

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Take a Hike!

People across the country laced up their boots, strapped on a backpack, and headed outside this past weekend. Sunday, June 1 marked National Trails Day. The American Hiking Society began the tradition in 1993. Since then, the first Sunday of June has been a day to learn about and to explore America’s trails. National Trails […]

Breast Cancer 101

When you think of Angelina Jolie, what comes to mind? Jolie is often in the news attending red carpet events, promoting movies, and traveling as a United Nations representative. On May 14, Angelina Jolie made headlines across the country for a different reason. The New York Times published an op-ed piece written by Jolie in which she […]

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A Look through Google Glass at the Future

Last week was an exciting one for tech fans across the country. Google released prototypes of Google Glass to a few lucky thousand who completed a short application, and paid $1,500. If you are not a tester, do not expect to use Google Glass anytime soon. Testers had to sign a contract which forbids sharing […]

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