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What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.
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Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.
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From Cotton Candy To Cat Pee: Decoding Tasting Notes In Honey

A California researcher wants to give honey the same nuanced flavor vocabulary as wine and coffee. The flavor wheel she and her testers created is certainly a conversation starter.
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Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared With 4 Years Ago

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.
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For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many

One in five newly hired teachers has skipped university preparation for teaching. Indiana is the latest state to make entering the classroom easier.
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Pair Of F/A-18s Crash In Western Pacific Ocean, U.S. Navy Says

One pilot has been rescued and the search continues for the other after the two warplanes from the USS Carl Vinson went down.
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Giving Every Kid Equal Standing In The School Lunch Line

For students who don't have enough money for a hot lunch each day, visiting the cafeteria can be a source of shame. In Houston, school volunteer Kenny Thompson decided he wanted to change that.
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Yahoo Threatened With Huge Fines If It Didn't Release User Data

On Thursday, a court unsealed some 15,000 pages of documents in which Yahoo and the government battled it out. The government threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 a day for not complying.
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Survey: Companies Hold Back On Hiring Full-Time Workers

Steve Inskeep talks to Harvard Business School professor Jan Rivkin about his survey on U.S. competitiveness. He found many businesses prefer to use part-time workers rather than hire them full time.
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20 Years Later, Parts Of Major Crime Bill Viewed As Terrible Mistake

In 1994, Congress passed the most significant crime-fighting legislation in a generation. Now, policymakers are dialing back Clinton's tough-on-crime policies.

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