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Sun Storm to Cause Stunning Auroras-Here's How to Watch
Sun Storm to Cause Stunning Auroras-Here's How to Watch

Sky-watchers should keep their eyes turned toward the poles the next few nights, as an incoming solar tempest may trigger colorful displays of auroras.

This past weekend, a giant gaping hole opened up in the corona, the sun’s upper atmosphere. Such coronal holes form when the sun’s magnetic field lines open up, allowing hot plasma to spill into space and sending out intense gusts of solar wind.

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TDHP: 'Saving Texas Dance Halls One Two-Step at a Time'
TDHP: 'Saving Texas Dance Halls One Two-Step at a Time'

Frequently discounted in their importance as state heritage icons, the pièce de résistance for those who love Texas dance halls is their ability to set the stage for get-togethers of not only friends and family, but of entire communities. The sharing of music, history, culture, and fun has been the tie that binds in many rural Texas towns, and throughout the late 1800s and the early 1900s, when these halls flourished, the Lone Star State was home to more than 1,000 of these meeting places.

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Why Hasn't Sexual Harassment Disappeared?
Why Hasn't Sexual Harassment Disappeared?

In bold documentary style, Retro Report looks back at the major stories that shaped the world using fresh interviews, analysis and compelling archival footage. Produced by Retro Report for The New York Times.

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Boy's Video Looking For A Forever Home For His Four-Legged Friend Goes Viral
Boy's Video Looking For A Forever Home For His Four-Legged Friend Goes Viral

Dogs may be man's best friend, but one in particular is the best friend of six-year-old Roman. In a video posted on his mom's Facebook page, Roman tells the story of Legend, a five-and-a-half-year-old deaf Labrador retriever who Roman hangs out with at the local Humane Society and who also is in need of a forever home.

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TASA Midwinter Conference Jan. 28-31
TASA Midwinter Conference Jan. 28-31

The TASA Midwinter Conference has become the most popular conference of the year for Texas school leaders because it provides such a valuable opportunity to come together to discuss and share innovative practices, network with peers, address the administrative issues administrators face every day, and gain fresh insights. We hope you and members of your leadership team will join us in Austin January 28-31, 2018.

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What A Tax Overhaul Could Mean For Students And Schools
What A Tax Overhaul Could Mean For Students And Schools

The House and Senate are working to reconcile their versions of a tax plan, but one thing is certain: Big changes are ahead for the nation's schools and colleges.

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Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media
Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media

With each click of the mouse or flip of the channel, our society is inundated with headlines focused on natural disasters, sexual harassment allegations, countries on the brink of war, and teen suicides. While none of this is anything new, the bombardment of these stories is unique to this generation of student. Social media, the 24-hour news cycle, and questionable media sources (or questionable reporting techniques) have become their own newsworthy headlines. As a result, life can appear dark, far darker than in pre–social media days.

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What Really Happened At The School Where Every Graduate Got Into College
What Really Happened At The School Where Every Graduate Got Into College

Brian Butcher, a history teacher at Ballou High School, sat in the bleachers of the school's brand-new football field last June watching 164 seniors receive diplomas. It was a clear, warm night and he was surrounded by screaming family and friends snapping photos and cheering.

It was a triumphant moment for the students: For the first time, every graduate had applied and been accepted to college. The school is located in one of Washington, D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods and has struggled academically for years with a low graduation rate. For months, the school received national media attention, including from NPR, celebrating the achievement.

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What Tech World Did You Grow Up In?
What Tech World Did You Grow Up In?

In the past three decades, the United States has seen staggering technological changes. In 1984, just 8 percent of households had a personal computer, the World Wide Web was still five years away, and cell phones were enormous. Americans born that year are only 33 years old.

Here’s how some key parts of our technological lives have shifted, split loosely into early, middle and current stages.

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Saving Lives Via Text Message
Saving Lives Via Text Message

Elisheva Adler was 20 years old, sitting in pajamas in her childhood bedroom in Long Island, the first time she saved someone's life via text message.

Adler had just started volunteering as a counselor for Crisis Text Line. The 4-year-old nonprofit provides free crisis intervention through a medium that is increasingly favored by young people: texts. Using the code 741741, counselors have exchanged more than 50 million messages with people who are facing issues from stress at school to self-harm. Out of those exchanges have come thousands of "active rescues" where first responders are called to a scene.

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