Biologist Danielle Lee from Cornell University uses hip hop as a tool in the classroom for science education.
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July 17, 2014

Using Hip Hop To Teach Science

Imagine being in a science class and getting bombarded with complicated terms and phrases. It can be daunting for people of color who are underrepresented in the sciences.


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South Dakota-based meat processor Beef Products Inc. shows a sample of its lean, finely textured beef in September 2012.
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June 18, 2014

‘Pink Slime’ Is Making A Comeback. Do You Have A Beef With That?

A much-maligned beef product that was once frequently added to hamburger is making a comeback. Two years ago, beef processors cut back sharply on producing what they call "lean, finely textured beef" after the nasty nickname for it, "pink slime," caught on in the media. Now, higher beef prices are leading to increased demand for the product.


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Notes From Nature allows volunteers to digitally catalog thousands of scientific specimens, like this insect from the Calbug project.
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March 12, 2014

Evolved Science: Crowds Can Catalog Bugs Faster

The next evolution of science is not happening in a lab, but in a basement in a rural Florida county. Thanks to online crowdsourcing, thousands of non-scientists can visit a site called Notes From Nature and lend a hand to university researchers cataloging their collections, from bark to bugs.


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February 18, 2014

Bird Watchers Flock To Illinois To Catch Sight Of Bald Eagles

The harsh winter has caused headaches for many in the Midwest, but there's a silver lining for some bird watchers looking for bald eagles. Jenna Dooley of member station WNIJ explains how this harsh winter is helping attract them to an unusual spot in Illinois.


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Phil Borgic, propane tank
(Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media)
February 11, 2014

Farmers Among Those Feeling The Propane Pinch

Residents across the Midwest are struggling with tight propane supplies, especially in this bitterly cold, snowy winter. But it’s not just homes in rural counties that are lacking adequate heating fuel.


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