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6 Ways That Teen Scientists Are Changing Our World

Considering the research presented by whip-smart high school seniors at the 2014 Intel Science… >>

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“We Were Buried in a Mudslide!”

Michelle Grainger, Steve Le Goff, and their neighbors survived two days of raging floodwaters. It… >>

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What It’s Like to Punch a Shark

A few things went through my mind. The first was, Wow, that’s a very large shark. Second, It’s… >>

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Toni Morrison: “The Night I Stood My Ground”

The Nobel Prize winner writes about finding courage and confronting evil. >>

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What I Learned From the Last Meal My Mother Ever Cooked for Me

Now when I make her beef bourguignonne, I realize how I've moved from fury to forgiveness. >>

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How Everyone in This One Small Town Became Millionaires Overnight

Except for one unlucky resident, everyone in this debt-ridden farming community became incredibly… >>

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Watch: 5 Bionic Dogs Get a New Leash on Life

After suffering cruelty and loss, these canines got good care and new homes. >>

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Everyday Heroes Who Used Robotics to Help a Classmate

Two engineering students help a classmate in need. >>

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She Landed Her Plane on the Hudson River

When her plane lost power, pilot Deniece De Priester pulled off a perfect water landing. >>

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The Stranger Who Changed My Life: Lady of the Library

The elegant woman didn’t seem to belong in these stuffy old stacks. But the book she handed me… >>