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July 13, 2017

PARI, Our Local, NASA-Built, Astronomical Institute,

Is Ready For August 21st’s Total Eclipse

By Karen Chavez

Asheville Citizen-Times

Rosman, NC (AP) - Hikers trekking deep in the Pisgah National Forest are usually on the lookout for copperheads and black bears.

But sometimes they are startled by a Big Bang of sorts, stumbling out of the woods and into a science fiction-like world of giant telescopes.

But it’s no illusion.

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is a nonprofit science education and research center hidden in the lush and leafy forest of Transylvania County, about 30 miles southwest of Asheville (a little over an hour from Hickory depending upon the route driven).

The storied significance of the NASA-built site has been known to scientists around the world for decades but has flown relatively under the radar in Western North Carolina.

Don Cline, PARI’s founder (c) Guilford College

Locals, not to mention the whole of Earth, will be learning more about PARI in the coming weeks as the institute plays a front-and-center role in the total solar eclipse Aug. 21.

Don Cline, a philanthropist and astronomically obsessed retired engineer from Greensboro, founded PARI with his wife, Jo, in 1998. Don Cline expects the cosmic event to have a quantum effect of science love.

Twenty years ago Cline saw a dire need to make hands-on science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) and scientific research available to the masses.

``I started my pursuit after I retired,’’ said Cline, 79. ``I needed something to do. I thought it would be nice to give back, to bring more people into the sciences, since the government is not doing a particularly good job at it, especially with women and children.’’

Those living near the institute have for years been taking advantage of PARI’s many offerings, from the expertise of instructors, to the science experiments to the AdventureDome Portable Planetarium that inflates to 22 feet and allows students to ``see’’ the moon, the planets and the constellations of the night sky, and real nighttime star gazes.

``Most kids knew PARI was there but didn’t know what types of things it offered,’’ said Amanda Lewis, a seventh-grade teacher at Rosman Middle School, who has taken her students there on field trips.

``They like the planetarium with all the lights turned off so you could see stars and planets. They like the display of rocks and minerals, looking through the telescopes and Smiley the satellite. They let the kids put information into the computer and they could see how the satellite moves.’’

Lewis said the children become absorbed in the surround sound of science and thinks that PARI is already stirring up interest about science and the solar eclipse.

``I’m pretty excited about it. It’s really good for our community,’’ she said. ``I think a lot of people don’t realize what we have here.’’

First of all, Cline says, as he leads a recent tour of the secluded scientific hideaway, PARI, as the institute is known, is pronounced the Southern way - `Perry.’’’

Even after 20 years, Cline is still proud of his PARI, and eagerly glides through the buildings and across the sprawling campus pointing out space-related artifacts - a tire from the Space Shuttle Discovery, an Asheville Citizen-Times clipping from July 20, 1969 with the front page headline, ``Astronauts in Moon Orbit; Descent to Moon is scheduled Today,’’ and the ATS-6 satellite, which provided the first complete view of the Earth and used to pioneer direct-to-home TV, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, and many other historical goodies.

The sky at night at PARI, in Rosman, NC

Cline also has a museum on meteorites and two walls of gemstones from around the world, and the first meteorite seen to fall, which landed Nov. 7, 1492 in Ensisheim, France.

Then there are the sky-spotting instruments on the campus, including a 12-meter (40-foot) radio telescope, a 4.6-meter (15-foot) radio telescope nicknamed ``Smiley’’ and operated remotely by students and teachers, and two 26-meter (85-foot) radio telescopes.

PARI’s scenic Optical Ridge has 12 optical telescopes and is open to the public for scheduled star-watching programs.

NASA originally built the more than 200-acre sprawling site in 1962 as its East Coast hub for tracking satellites and monitoring manned space flights, called the Rosman Tracking Station. The site that sits in a natural bowl was chosen for its remote location (for its radio quiet properties), and the lack of light pollution, allowing for clear sky viewing, Cline said.

In his search for land to build his scientific research and learning center, Cline came across the Rosman station, which was taken over by the Department of Defense in 1980 when the country’s space program ended. He said he tried to get the president of the University of North Carolina system to acquire the site, but was told funding was not a solid option.

Individuals can’t buy land from the government, but they can trade land for land, he said. Cline found three parcels of private land the Forest Service was leasing, including one with 7,000 feet of frontage on the French Broad River, where a developer was planning to build condos. Cline bought the pricey land and worked with Congress to trade it to the Forest Service, forever protecting the land along the river, and in turn setting up PARI.

The center has 16 full-time staff, 30-40 volunteers, and is continuously involved with research and education programs with universities in several surrounding states. It is home to the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive, a collection of 400,000 glass plates and films of astronomical photographic data from more than 50 observatories, which are being digitized to a searchable Internet database.

``I said I would set it up as a nonprofit, but all the money had to stay in North Carolina,’’ Cline said. ``The goal was to present an opportunity for young people, which I define as `K to gray,’ (in other words, any age) and get them interested and excited about science.’’

He is proud of how far PARI has come, hosting several thousand students, more than 100,000 people in the AdventureDome and 30,000 people a year at sky-watching programs. Student visits vary from a day to a weekend to spending an intensive couple of weeks working on research projects. The ratio of boys to girls is 50-50, Cline said.

He points to a group of science-enthusiast teenagers buzzing around computer screens in a classroom. They have come from across the country under the Duke Talent Identification Program, spending two weeks at PARI, which hosts groups twice a year.

``At least four girls who have been here have gotten Ph.D.s in astrophysics,’’ Cline said.

Surya Vangala, 15, from Princeton, New Jersey, was attending her first ``PARI camp’’ last week.

``I had not heard of this place before. They’re giving me an opportunity to come and do my own research. Normally I’m sitting in a class and listening to the teacher,’’ she said.

Nicole McClelland, 14, of Atlanta, came to PARI because of her fascination with space. Her project was developing an astrobiology talk on oceans in space.

``We find a topic and explore it and see how something on a planet comes to life and evolves,’’ she said. ``I’m looking at the possible development or creation of life in water. I’m having a lot of fun here. They keep you busy.’’

Hayden Piwonka, 17, of Dallas, was part of a team last week working on simulating an environment of Europa, a moon orbiting Jupiter.

``I have a very strong obsession with astrophysics. It’s what I want to do with my career,’’ he said.

Chris Price, PARI’s director of marketing, said the eclipse timing is perfect as a kickoff for the institute’s new master plan.

``Going forward we want to make PARI a vibrant research destination. We’re going to continue the heritage and continue the evolution of this historic NASA site,’’ Price said. ``We’re not moving away from the education aspects.’’

He said there are several expansion plans in the works, including a restaurant that should be open by eclipse time, capital projects and innovative science education and research.

``It will be a strong economic engine for the region. By the time PARI has transformed it will offer so much we’ll have people wanting to come here and stay overnight. It will be a more well-rounded center. We’re calling it a `PARI-topia,’ a very highly sought after and desirable destination.’’

Adjusting one of the telescopes at PARI

What makes Cline almost giddier than witnessing science blossom in young minds, is the stellar event that puts PARI in the front row for the big show.

On Aug. 21 the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years will sweep a 67-mile wide sheet of midday darkness from Oregon southwest to Charleston.

While partial solar eclipses occur frequently, a total solar eclipse is a rare event in which the Earth, moon and sun line up so perfectly that the moon completely obscures the sun, revealing the sun’s atmosphere, or corona. It blackens its path, causing the temperature to suddenly drop, the wind to stop, and birds to stop singing.

The total solar eclipse will only be seen in the United States, and in only 14 states, including North Carolina, specifically WNC.

This will be the nation’s first total solar eclipse in 26 years and the first seen in the contiguous U.S. in 38 years. It also is the first total eclipse seen exclusively in the U.S. since before the nation’s founding in 1776.

The eclipse is even more exclusive this time around. For the first time, it will pass over an astronomical research facility with gigantic telescopes - PARI - which sits in the ``zone of totality,’’ the area within 10 miles of the eclipse’s center line. The eclipse will last for 1 minute, 47 seconds over PARI, starting at 2:36:44 p.m.

PARI is holding a massive viewing party of 1,000 people, including NASA scientists, astronomers and researchers from around the world, lucky residents who snagged a ticket, and national media. The party is sold out.

Scientists will launch a balloon 90,000 feet into the atmosphere to take video and live stream the eclipse and perform experiments never before possible, Cline said.

Many millions of people across the country will be able to witness the zone of totality, while many millions more will see a partial eclipse.

Asheville is not in the zone of totality.

The blackening band moving at 1,500 mph will cross mostly rural counties west and south of Asheville - parts of Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson and Transylvania - entering at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and exiting at Transylvania County, then passing directly across Greenville, S.C.

Jamie Laughter, Transylvania County manager, said having a world-class research center in the middle of a rural county is unique.

``This is an opportunity to educate folks about the assets we have in PARI,’’ Laughter said. ``A lot of people who grew up here knew it was there. Some people worked there, but there was a lot of secrecy. Now they’re at that critical point of being able to create a new awareness.’’

And, new mobs of people. Although people at ticketed events such as those at PARI, Brevard College and the Brevard Music Center can be counted, 50 percent of the county’s land area of forests, rivers and waterfalls is publicly owned federal and state forest and state park land, so there is no way to know how many people will be swarming the small towns including Rosman and Brevard, Laughter said.

Most lodging, including campgrounds, are sold out or near capacity for eclipse weekend.

County managers, the Tourism Development Authority, emergency management and state and federal representatives are meeting regularly to plan for health and safety of eclipse watchers - making sure everyone knows to wear special eclipse glasses - and anticipated traffic backups.

But traffic is no reason not to be a part of the action.

``It will be 1,950 years before it comes back here again,’’ Cline said.

Having witnessed the 2008 total solar eclipse in Aruba, he urges everyone within walking and driving distance to get within 10 miles of the center line.

``You must be in the zone of totality - 98 percent is not good enough. When you’re in the center of darkness, Mercury is the brightest you will ever see it, the stars will pop out. The wind will calm down and animals will do strange things. That night the sunset will be spectacular.’’

A man who never takes a step without a camera in his pocket, offers his expert advice for eclipse watchers, even though, he says, no one will take it.

``Each person should get solar eclipse glasses to protect their eyes (PARI sells them), take a chaise lounge, and just lie there and watch it,’’ Cline said.

``Don’t take a camera, no emails, no Tweets. Just watch this happening. You will have two minutes you will remember for the rest of your life. It will be astounding.’’

Whales Ho! - Conservationists & Sailors Help Keep Whales Safe

By William J. Kole

Associated Press

Boston (AP) - For centuries, sailors have shouted their own language aboard - ``Hoist sail!’’ ``Prepare to come about!’’ ``Anchors aweigh!’’

Now they’re teaming up with conservationists to put a new twist on another ancient cry - ``Whales ho!’’

The sport of sailboat racing and nonprofit groups are floating new guidelines aimed at increasing awareness of the majestic mammals and reducing potentially fatal collisions with endangered North Atlantic right whales and other species.

The guidelines were just incorporated into two major open-ocean sailing competitions - the Marblehead to Halifax race starting Sunday from Massachusetts and stretching to Nova Scotia; and last week’s Vineyard Cup regatta off Martha’s Vineyard.

Race crews for both events were given customized information telling them where whales were likely to congregate along their courses.

Humpback Whale

Collisions can be rough on competitors - and crippling or deadly for whales.

Marine scientists said last month that six rare right whales died in Canadian waters in the past few weeks. Preliminary investigations suggest collisions with vessels likely were to blame for at least two of those deaths, and another whale died after becoming entangled in fishing gear.

Federal law requires all boats to slow down in shipping channels known to be frequented by whales. But that doesn’t always help animals in the open Atlantic, where racing sailboats are moving fast.

``In the last year, at least two sailors in open ocean races collided with whales during the competition and had to be rescued,’’ said Monica Pepe, policy manager for Whale and Dolphin Conservation, a conservation and research organization based in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

``We’re hopeful that the information we’ve shared will help to keep everyone safe and help sailors know what to look for while also encouraging them to report any sightings of whales in distress along their courses,’’ Pepe said. Organizers hope the America’s Cup and other major races eventually incorporate it, she said.

Sailors are given tips to navigate safely around whales; contact information for authorities in case they see a whale or sea turtle that’s entangled or otherwise in distress; and reminders on keeping debris out of the ocean. It’s tailored to each race; course maps are overlaid with any nearby whale habitat.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the New Bedford Whaling Museum helped Pepe’s group launch the initiative, which has been dubbed “Sharing the Seas.”

The joint effort also involved US Sailing, the sport’s national governing body, and Sailors for the Sea, a Newport, Rhode Island-based group that promotes responsible ocean stewardship among sailors.

Anne Coulombe, co-director of the Marblehead to Halifax race, calls the information ``critical to the safety of our racing crews as well as to marine life.’’

``We thought it essential to include it in our skipper’s packets,’’ she said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Cat Sold In Bed Is Home Again, Safe, This Week In The Civil War, Weirdness Everywhere — Thank Goodness — In 2014, Old-School Booksellers Find A Niche In The Digital Age, Christmas Tree Science: How To Limit Needles Dropping

Town’s Charlie Brown Christmas Tree ‘Has Its Own Voice Now’, Letters To Santa Claus Are A Top Priority For His Elves, The Film Behind The Sony Hack: The Interview Should Be Seen, This Week In The Civil War: Savannah & Fort Fisher, NC

How Old Do You Feel? The Answer May Predict Lifespan, Research Reveals Tensions At Gone With The Wind Première

A Reading Brain Uses Same Area As If the Action Is Reality, Legendary Or Obscure, ‘Doctor Film’ Wants To Save Them All

This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Nashville, Tennessee, Many Families Researching Their Ancestors Find Big Surprises

Former Convict Returns To Art And Finds A New Life, SC Engineer Bitten By A Rare Bug: Making Legal Moonshine

NC TV & Film Exhibit Features Industry That May Be Dead, This Week In The Civil War: November 23 & 30

Former WASP Ignored Insults & Served As Pilot In World War II, This Week In The Civil War: November 2, 9 & 16, 1864

Doggy Cooking Network Gives Owners Safe Choices For Pets, UN Climate Report: Change Is Here, Humans Caused It

At Age 14, Helen The Blind Bison Has Lots Of Fans & Gifts, 3-D Images Of Civil War Scenes Offer Tourists Rare, Fresh View

Smithsonian’s Fossil Hall Taken Down For Full Restoration, This Week In The Civil War

Man Dreams Of Year-Round Tourism For Hatteras Village, Gossip-Loving Confederate Wrote His Diary In Code

This Week In The Civil War: Judge For Dred Scott Dies, Historic Register Adds 1950’s Savannah Enclave To Its List

This Week In The Civil War, Texas Scientists Commit To Saving Obscure Salamander

This Week In The Civil War For Weeks Of September 21 & 28, Sticking Pork Up A Kid’s Nose Stops Bleeding: Ig Noble Awards

Museum Marks 100-Year Loss Of Passenger Pigeon - Why?

This Week In The Civil War: August 31 Through September 14, Canada Locates One Of Two Lost Explorer Ships From 1840s

Woman Seeks To Honor The Dead At Lost Native Graveyard

Eternal Butterfly Program Takes Shame & Stress Out Of Death, Formerly Homeless, NC Woman Lives To Help Others, UN Panel Finds Global Warming Likely Irreversible

How Do Kids Learn Math?  The Answer Is So Simple..., Kai The Shelter Dog Is Now Top Dog At SA Fire Department, This Week In The Civil War: Ft. Sumter Reduced To Rubble

Do Dogs Feel Jealousy Or Shame? Read & Decide, This Week In The Civil War: The Hunley & Fort Sumter

This Week In The Civil War: Sherman Advances, West Virginia Native Answers “What Is It To Be Appalachian?”, Artist Who Created Ghostbusters Logo Assigns ‘The Bird’, Man With ‘Disabilities’ Founds Comfortable With Myself To Encourage Everyone

Small Is Sometimes Better In The Vegetable World, Last Of Crew That Dropped The First Atomic Bomb Dies In GA

Coke® Is Restoring Ad Murals All Across Appalachia, This Week In The Civil War: July 20 & July 27, Author Of Forrest Gump Reflects On Its Influence & Appeal

Scientists Use CSI-Type Tools To Track Alaska’s Wolves, Casual Childhood Sale Of Star Wars Stuff Leads To Big Business

This Week In The Civil War: Life & Death In Petersburg, VA, MIT Developing ‘Finger Reader’ To Help Visually Impaired, 20 Million Year Old Fossils Revealed At Dam Site

This Week In The Civil War: The Battle For Washington, DC,PBS To Air Dick Cavett Special On Watergate August 8, 9 PM, Seniors (or almost anyone) Can Increase Strength With Parkour, NC’s NAACP Seeks To Extend Extend Eugenic’s Deadline

This Week In The Civil War For June 22 And June 29, Monday, June 30, Is Deadline For NC Eugenics Victims To File, Great White Shark Population Is Surging Along East Coast, Shipwreck Hunter ‘99.9% Sure’ 17th Century Ship Found

Fulfilling Will’s Stipulations Is Bugging The Smithsonian, In The Rat Race In NYC, The Rats Appear To Be Winning, Toad Detour In Philly Helps Thousands Of Toadlets Live, Chubby Checker Asks For Hall Of Fame Induction ASAP!

Tests Confirm Donated Art Is Rembrandt Self-Portrait, Healthy Seniors In Study Seeking A Way To Block Alzheimer’s, NC’s 13th Amendment On Tour To Celebrate Juneteenth

Scientists Say Creating Embryo From Three People May Be OK, This Week In The Civil War, Staging Of The Wizard Of Oz Gives Inmates Hope & Purpose, Backyard Chickens: A Green Investment In Sourcing Food

This Week In The Civil War: Weeks of May 25 & June 1, Options For Honoring Beloved Pets When They Cross Over, Surprising DNA Test Links Kiwi To Giant Bird, 1000 Years Gone, Music Therapy Opens Windows Of Communication For Many, Woman Prowls Graveyards In Search Of Mysteries & Fun

Chicks With Picks: Climbers Find Power & Peace On The Ice, Robert E. Lee’s Former Land Is Now Arlington Nat’l Cemetery

Man Gently Works To Reverse Die-Off Of Honey Bees, Mad Men Style Drinking Cars Closing Down On Metro North, Oregon’s Gray Wolf, OR-7, May Have Found A Sweetie

Two Weeks In The Civil War: Overland Campaign & Sherman, Archaeologist Claims He’s Found King David’s Citadel, Blood Of Young Mice Helped Older Mice - Are We Next?!

Bees Are Disappearing, But Gardeners Can Help, Freed After 24 Years In Prison, Man Knows ‘God Has A Plan’, Yeah, It’s True. The Dude Has Had His Own Festival For Years

This Week In The Civil War: Fighting in Arkansas, Most Americans Still Question The Big Bang Theory, ‘What Would Abbie Think?’ Radical’s Presence Felt Today

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates Take Plymouth, Study Reveals Snacks May Help Avoid Marital Arguments, It’s Probably Just A Matter Of Time: 3D-Printed Heart

Descendants Of Civil War Battle Of New Market Sought By VMI, This Week In The Civil War: Raid On Fort Pillow, TN, 1964 World’s Fair Site Will Cost Millions To Restore

This Week In The Civil War: The Red River Campaign, 11 Ancient Burial Boxes Seized From Thieves, Music Program Puts Alzheimer’s Patients Back In Tune For A Bit

Noah, Opening Friday, Swirls Into A Strong Faith Market, Spring Time Is Puppy Time! How To Puppy-ize Your Life, This Week In The Civil War, Historically Vital Photos Of SC Slave Descendants New Home

Ethyl The Grizzly Loves Travel And Apple Orchards

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson’s Latest Is A Hit, This Week In The Civil War: Slaves Freed In Louisiana, Peerless Card Shark & Magician Richard Turner Is Totally Blind, The Debate Continues On Safety & Impact, But Vaping Is Gaining Acceptance & Growing

This Week In The Civil War: U.S. Grant Takes Charge, The Hard Part Is Digging The Hole: Backyard Pond Tips

Researchers Find Mexico’s Endangered ‘Water Monster’, This Week In The Civil War: Confederate Submarine, Bumblebees Are Getting Stung By Honeybee Sickness, New Exhibit Features Telegram From Elvis To His Parents

Hasty Dig At Camp Asylum, SC: The Developer’s Coming!, Backyard Bird Counters Reveal Snowy Owl Migration, Surgeon Who Invented Heimlich Maneuver: Remember It!

Saving The World’s Great Art: The Real Monuments Men, This Week In The Civil War: Sherman In Mississippi, Folkies Recall Opening For The Beatles At Carnegie Hall In ‘64

Hoffman’s Relapse & Death Is A Tragic, Common Outcome, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting At Morton’s Ford, VA, ‘Jar Nut’s’ Collection Of Bottles Is On Display In Spencer, NC

Monuments Men: 1,000 Years Of Culture Saved From Nazis, This Week In The Civil War: The Union Campaign, Film & Museum Reveal More Realistic View Of Bonnie & Clyde, IRS Is Working To Save Tax Payers Money Through EITC

2013 Was 4th Hottest Year On Record, Says NOAA, This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Jan. 26, Germans’ Longing For American West Births Documentary Play, What Do Fish Poo, Fresh Berries & School Kids Have In Common?

Making Of Lone Survivor Challenging & Controversial, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Tennessee, Archaeologist Seeks WWII DNA From Pacific Graveyards, Handyman Program’s ‘Angels’ Help Keep Seniors At Home

This Week In The Civil War, Originals Of The Star-Spangled Banner & Flag To Be Displayed, Our Universe At Its Infancy: Images From Hubble Telescope, 100 Years Later, The British Still Debate WWI’s Legacy

Music Therapy Organization Helps Vets Cope With PTSD, This Week In The Civil War: Winter Furloughs, Rare 1886 Michigan Lighthouse For Sale, Concern For Elves Prompts Iceland To Halt Roadway

This Week In The Civil War, New Survey Reveals US Dads Very Involved In Child Rearing, Dolphin Center Offers Course In Marine Mammal Care

Papers Stolen During Civil War Going Home To Virginia, New Vero Beach Dig: Ice Age Humans In North American?

This Week In The Civil War: Lincoln’s Restoration Plan, Oldest DNA By 100,000 Years Throws Science Into A New Era, Bird Lovers Seek Respect For Sweet Birds: Iowa Blue Chickens

Police Still Seeking Clues To TV Star’s 1957 Murder, Scrawny Stray Cat Becomes Media Star: Pete The Cat

Researchers Seek To Teach Computer Common Sense, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Tennessee, New Trend For Vets Helps Pets & Owners: Euthanasia At Home, Florida Archaeologists Carefully Ponder & Paw Mystery Site

President Kennedy Is Best Remembered In His Own Words, This Week In The Civil War: The Battle Above The Clouds, German Who Held Nazi-Era Art Trove Wants Collection Back, Fifty Years Ago, A Young Boy Sought To Comfort JFK’s Bugler

This Week In The Civil War: The Gettysburg Address, NC Student, A ‘Modern Hippie,’ Treasures His 1977 VW Bus, 1869 Account Of Yellowstone Was Disbelieved, Nearly Lost, Amazing Story Of 17th Century Gem & Its Princess Savior, BBB: Tips For Donating To Typhoon Haiyan Relief

2013 Meteor Crash In Russia Is More Likely Than Realized, This Week In The Civil War

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates’ Knoxville Move, Was The Exorcist A True Story? The Answer Remains Elusive, OK, Weather Nerds! Here’re Some Weird Sandy Facts, LA’s La Brea Tar Pits Mark 100 Years Of Excavations

Inspired By Hugo’s Wrath, SC Building Arts College Thrives, This Week In The Civil War, Evidence Found Of Yeti: Oxford’s DNA Analysis Irrefutable

Remembering The Civil War, Graves Spanning Decades Of Tragedy Featured On Hike, NC Twins Meet Biological Mother On Their 20th Birthday

In Debate Over Redskins’ Name Whose Opinion Matters Most?, ‘Appearance Isn’t Everything’ & Model Finds Attention ‘Creepy’

Texas Historical Commission Look For Old Socorro Mission, At 86, Man Continues Career As Mason: ‘I love to do it’

Burger King Seeks To Make Fries Less ‘Painful’, Pirate Ship Which Sank In 1717 Yields Valuable, Rare Booty, Miss Piggy Sets Up House With Kermit & Fozzie At Smithsonian

Beep Baseball Helps Blind Players Gain Confidence

Woman Loses 160 lb. In Two Years, Without Suffering, US Wind Farms Responsible For Dozens Of Raptor Deaths

Detroit Asserts Driverless Cars Are Only Eight Years Away, Beloved Irish Poet’s Final Words: “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Report Highlights Importance Of Increasing Fruit And Vegetable Access In North Carolina, Area Of Brain Where ‘Normal’ Memory Loss Occurs Is Found

Life After TV’s Smash Still Busy For Its Songwriters, Free Dogwood Trees For Joining Arbor Day Foundation, August, Back To School Sleep Habits: Tips For Getting Kids In Gear!

NOAA Features Live Ocean‘TV’ Through August 16, Amazing Mayan Frieze Is Found In Guatemala, New Film The Butler Bridges Decades Of Struggle For Blacks

Elvis Week Honored With Release Of Elvis At Stax, Agencies Now Track The Biggest Fish: Whale Sharks, Suburb Seeks To Reduce Deer Population With Birth Control

Tick-Killing Robot May Change The World - And Your Backyard, Research On Monogamy In Animals Yields Varied Results, Back To School Overview Of Cool Stuff For Kids!

Retired Professor Sweeps Village Streets For The Good Of All, Particle Bs Sighting Confirms Clue To Universe’s Origin, Native Artist Seeks To Redefine What It Is To Be An Indian

Chance Meeting At Auschwitz Leads To Understanding, High Point Man Recalls Days On Lone Ranger Radio Show, Monks’ Sand Mandala Tour Spreads Cultural Tolerance

Solar Powered Plane Finishes Historical Journey In NYC, Raising Butterflies Is Spiritual Medicine For SC Man, More People Are Donating Bodies To Science

Teaching Each Other How To Live, Inmates & Dogs Reform, Easy July 4th Dessert! Raspberry Coconut Pie, Freshly Made Lemonade With Fresh Berry Ice Cubes, Utah Man Submits Bigfoot Skull Fossil To Science For Exam

NC WW II Veteran’s Family Receives His Bible, Missing Nearly 70 Years In Europe, Greensboro Science Center Works 24/7 To Save Little Duke

Formerly Obese Man Will Cycle To The South Pole, Site Of Native American Chiefs In Virginia Is Now Protected, Infant Left In Phone Booth Grows Up & Seeks Birth Family, Yummy Hobby! Mushrooms In A Grow-Your-Own Kit

Search For First Web Page Leads To North Carolina, Myspace Is Reinvented (by Justin Timberlake) As A Home For Musicians, Artists & Writers, Keep It Down! New Products Help Soften Noise Sensitivity

Staying At Historic Inns Requires Some Homework - Do It!, Retired From ‘Real Jobs,’ People Embrace New Lives As Artists

Modern Home Classics: Noguchi’s Light Sculptures, Facial Recognition Technology To Stop Crime...Invade Privacy?

At 100, ACS Has Made Huge Strides In Reducing Cancer, Authors Seek To Align Horses With Owners’ Personalities, Honeybees Trained In Croatia To Find Land Mines

Dan Brown’s Very Latest, Inferno, Is An Engrossing Read, Man Hits The Road On Harley To Collect WWII Vets’ Stories, Fitzgerald’s Obscure Grave Garnering More Visitors Now

Sundance Takes A Look At Animal Moms On Mother’s Day, It’s All The Rage: Moms & Dads Taking ‘Stroller Hikes’

Britain’s Pinewood Studios Opens Its Branch In Atlanta, Fido Swallowed A Sock? That’ll Be Expensive And Maybe Fatal, Replica Of 8th Century Buddhist Caves Now On Exhibit

Planets With Life, “Goldilocks Planets,” Are Everywhere

A Place For Artists & Poets, Marked By A Big, Big Head, Woman Gets Book & Movie Deal After Self-Publishing On Amazon

Are You A Lilly Girl? It’s Hard To Resist The Sunny Lilly Lifestyle, NYC Pay Phone Project Features Neighborhoods’ Past

Everything You Need To Know About Backyard Chickens, History Buffs Gather To Mark 80th Anniversary Of Air Disaster, Hurricane Uncovers Sadness Of Unclaimed Patients’ Remains

Love Hummingbirds? Tips For Attracting These Tiny Miracles, Haiti Paints A Slum And Honors Artist Prefete Duffaut

PA Exhibit Features Local Reading Railroad Artifacts, Rite Of Spring Gives Right Of Way To Jersey Salamanders, Restoration Of Last Wooden Whaler Nears Completion

Stonehenge A emetery?, What’s A Rogue Taxidermist?“Cat” Grey Is, For Example

Community Helps Excavate Oldest Street In The US, For Fun & As Collectibles, Retro-Style Toys Remain Popular

Email, Text, Instant Message: Does Lack Of Response Bug You?

Re-enactors Skill At Acting Out History Has Dual Purpose, Team Retraces Shackleton’s Amazing 1916 Rescue, Virginia Volunteers Offer Chocolate & Hugs

Helping Kids & Adults Heal From Trauma: There’s No Clear Path, Cat Stars Of The Internet: How Did This Happen?

Shoah Foundation Produces Holograms Of Nazi Survivors, Museum Mounts Exhibit Of Ice Age Masterpieces, Family Restores Rare Airplane After ‘Coyote Chase’ Crash


 

 

 

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