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Hydrologist Fadji Maina’s path from Niger to NASA

Fadji Maina made history as NASA's first Nigerien scientist. Learn how her childhood inspired her to become a hydrologist and what she's working on.
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What does a public defender do in the U.S.?

Public defenders back criminal defendants in the U.S. who can't afford a private attorney and are at risk of going to prison. Learn how they came to be.
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A tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Commemorations in New York, northern Virginia and Pennsylvania honor the 2,977 victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S.
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Check out these experiments on the International Space Station

Find out about some of the work done aboard the International Space Station, including two critical experiments that examine muscle tone and microbes.
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On the rise in America: Bachelor’s degrees in environmental science

More and more students in the United States are earning bachelor's degrees in environmental science. Learn what's involved.
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America’s most prestigious awards

Find out how the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom were established and who may receive them.
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On V-J Day: Memories from veterans who were there

In remembrance of Victory over Japan Day, which effectively ended World War II, read reflections from three American veterans who served in that war.
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U.S. scientists invite careful scrutiny

In a world where scientists are eager to publish their discoveries and phony research is on the rise, learn how one journal weeds out bad science.
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Historically black colleges and universities offer success

Historically black colleges and universities have served students for over a century and can lead to success in the 21st century.