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Contest will Name New Cornell Grape

Scientists at Cornell University are bringing a new seedless table grape to market and they’re inviting the public to help name it. This isn’t the first time that Cornell has drawn upon the creativity of the public in naming a grape. But since that contest in 2012, seeking names from the public has had some unexpected results. Britain famously declined the name a research vessel Boaty McBoatface, though a Swedish railway firm decided just this past week that Trainy McTrainface was fine. It’s...

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What You Can Do With 2,000 Pounds Of Butter

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. There's no limit to what you can achieve with 2,000 pounds of butter. Sculptors completed the annual butter sculpture at the Ohio State Fair. And the centerpiece is a 6-foot-tall bottle of chocolate milk.

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I'm Steve Inskeep. And this is Alice Cooper.

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ALICE COOPER: (Singing) Welcome to my nightmare. I think you're gonna like it.

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On a recent camping trip, the itinerary for Girl Scout Troop 6000 was full of only-in-the-wilderness activities for these New York City kids. At a campground upstate, the girls — age 5 to 15 — milked cows and roasted marshmallows, and screamed when a moth flew by or someone found a spiderweb in the bathroom.

At the end of the trip, the girls left the cabins where they'd stayed and returned to the closest thing they have to a home: a 10-story budget hotel in Queens, where New York City's Department of Homeless Services pays to shelter homeless families.

Teachers have one of the lowest-paid professional jobs in the U.S. You need a bachelor's degree, which can be costly — an equation that often means a lot of student loans. We've reported on the factors that make this particular job even more vulnerable to a ton of debt, including chronically low teacher pay, the increasing pressure to get a master's degree and the many ways to repay loans or apply for loan forgiveness.

A prototype of what could be the next generation of space stations is currently in orbit around the Earth.

The prototype is unusual. Instead of arriving in space fully assembled, it was folded up and then expanded to its full size once in orbit.

The Costs Of Fighting Wildfires In Montana

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In an emotional return to the Senate floor on Tuesday afternoon, Sen. John McCain admonished the leaders of his party for how they managed the health care bill and called instead for "regular order."

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