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“Dirt is Good”

A new book is coming out in June. It has an interesting title, Dirt is Good. In the book, the authors explain this idea; dirt and germs can make children healthier. Babies first contact germs inside of their mother. After birth, many drink their mother’s breast milk. Breast milk has germs in it.

05.1.2017| General News

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America first

Donald Trump is putting “America first.” He is ordering the federal government to buy American products and hire American workers. As a result, the H-1B visa program will come under review this year. H-1B visa holders are foreign workers with special skills needed by companies in the US.

05.1.2017| General News

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Dam problems

In February 2017, a dam almost broke apart in Oroville, CA. Rain caused the dam to overflow. Then big flood danger caused 200,000 people to leave their homes. Is this story old news, or is it a look at the future? Many of America’s dams are in poor condition. The US has about 84,000 dams, but 15,498 of them are “high hazard” dams like Oroville.

03.1.2017| General News

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Be a fact checker!

Since the presidential election, fake news has become a hot topic. Fake news acts like a rumor that spreads rapidly. Fake news stories are lies or part lies and part truth. On the internet fake news often looks authentic, but it is harmful when it is shared millions of times because many people start to believe the untruths. Perhaps you have seen the post, “Facebook is going to make all your posts public.” This fake news story looks believable.

03.1.2017| General News

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Pets at work

About 65% of all Americans own pets, mostly cats and dogs. Of course, these pet owners love their animals and want to take them everywhere, including work! In the past, pets just had to stay home, however, this is changing now. Some companies are friendly to pets.

01.1.2017| General News

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The best: pencil and paper

Students nowadays use laptops and tablets to take notes. Typing complete notes with important details is faster. However, recent research shows that taking notes the old-fashioned way, by hand, is more effective. Pam A. Mueller from Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California studied how note taking affected student learning.

01.1.2017| General News

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A Pilgrim Thanksgiving

A Pilgrim Thanksgiving

One-hundred and two Pilgrims sailed to the New World. They arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts on December 16, 1620. In fall, 1621, fifty-two celebrated the first Thanksgiving. Today we enjoy turkey, dressing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but what did those first settlers eat? The Pilgrims probably had wild turkey.

11.1.2016| General News

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Read the fine print!

When you get an app or update your operating system, do you get an annoying agreement to read? Do you pay attention to it, or do you just click, “I agree?” This agreement is a type of contract and it has many words, or “fine print.” Most people don’t take the time to read the fine print, but two friends, Oliver Hart at Harvard University and Bengt Holmstrom at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have just won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics for reading that fine print and studying the impact of contracts in modern life.

11.1.2016| General News

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Express your emoji

Express your emoji

  Emojis are changing Internet communication. Emojis are the little yellow faces or other symbols on smartphones or other devices. They add emotion to a text message and are attracting many users, especially the young. In the U.S. 74% of all Internet users add emojis to their text messages.

07.1.2016| General News

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Happy 100th Birthday, NPS

Happy 100th Birthday, NPS

The National Park Service (NPS) is turning 100 this year on August 25. For this special anniversary, the NPS is celebrating its past achievements and looking at a challenge to its future. How can the NPS engage the next generation in service? President Woodrow Wilson established the NPS in 1916 when he signed the Organic Act.

07.1.2016| General News

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Can’t get to sleep?

Twenty to thirty percent of Americans can’t get to sleep. The light from lamps and screens may be the cause. But a new study points to a surprising finding; temperature, not light, may be causing the problem. The study compared modern Americans to several hunter-gatherer groups, two from Africa and one from South America.

05.1.2016| General News

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Put the baby laptop away!

A study published recently in JAMA Pediatrics, led by Dr. Anna V. Sosa, a professor at Northern Arizona University, had some surprising information for parents.  Electronic toys are less effective than traditional toys in the language development of children. This news is important for parents of young children because critical connections for language development in the brain occur in the first 5 years.

05.1.2016| General News

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How to avoid bug bites

Mosquitoes are rapidly spreading the Zika virus from Brazil north to the United States. People are worried. They don’t want to get the zika virus or any other sickness from a mosquito bite. The Zika virus causes flu-like symptoms in most people. However, it may cause birth defects in babies and paralysis in some people. Mosquitoes can also carry yellow fever, dengue fever, and West Nile virus.

03.1.2016| General News

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Sorry meat lovers

Meat eaters recently received a warning from the World Health Organization (WHO). Ham, hot dogs, sausage, and even red meat can cause cancer. Researchers in Lyon, France examined 800 cancer studies from the past twenty years and from many different countries. They found that processed meats can be directly linked to a rise in stomach and colon cancer.

03.1.2016| General News

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A new, old name

A new, old name

It’s the highest mountain in North America. It is 20, 310 feet (6,186 meters) tall. For many years, its official name was Mt. McKinley. But in August 2015, President Obama changed the name of the mountain to Denali, its traditional Alaskan name. This name change ended many years of confusion. The first people in the area nearly 10,000 years ago were the Athabascan Native Americans.

01.1.2016| General News

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Air Force One

Air Force One

Air Force One is the plane that carries the President of the U.S. around the world. The current Air Force One is very old, so the Air Force is making plans to replace it in the next ten years. The Air Force just selected Boeing to design and eventually build a new Air Force One using a 747-8 frame.

01.1.2016| General News

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Let’s go window-shopping

Let’s go window-shopping

Beautiful decorations in windows signal the start of the holiday season. Because they attract shoppers, large stores put a lot of time, effort, and money into decorating their windows. Actually holiday decorations in windows started back in the 1800s. At that time storeowners started to buy plate glass to build large windows.

12.1.2015| General News

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ADA’s 25th Anniversary

ADA’s 25th Anniversary

25 years ago Congress passed the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). This important law has helped 55 million Americans with disabilities go to school, get jobs, and move around with independence in their communities. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees them equal access to the same opportunities as all other people have.

11.1.2015| General News

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Organic turkeys

George Washington ate them. They are turkeys with interesting names. Heirloom Bronze. Narrangansett. White Holland. And now, over 200 years later, these turkeys are coming back to the holiday table. People want to eat healthy, so they are paying more money to buy these old, organic breeds for meat. Right now most Americans buy inexpensive White Broad Breasted turkeys.

11.1.2015| General News

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No “diet” in diet sodas

No “diet” in diet sodas

Photo credit: Environment Illness Network Diet drinks, especially Coke and Pepsi, have few or no calories. So many people think diet beverages will help them lose weight. However, research is showing the opposite. Now a California group wants beverage companies to stop using “diet” in their brand names. Diet drinks use sugar replacements, such as NutraSweet, Splenda, and Sunett or Ace K.

09.1.2015| General News

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