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UMD Wins Solar Decathlon Challenge

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The University of Maryland has won top overall honors in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.

The competition pits university-designed solar-powered homes against each other, using 10 contests that gauge each house on factors including performance, livability and affordability. The winning home has to produce as much or more energy than it consumes.

Maryland's entry is called WaterShed. It includes water-saving as well as energy-saving technologies. Purdue University took second place, followed by New Zealand's Victoria University in third.

The homes have been on display this week on the National Mall's West Potomac Park. Sunday is the final day to see the winning home.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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