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NASA's Newest Astronaut Recruits Report For Training

NASA's Newest Astronaut Recruits Report For Training

Many kids dream of venturing into space to search for new planets or to conduct cutting-edge research on the International Space Station (ISS). In August 2017, twelve eager men and women came one step closer to realizing their lifelong ambition, when they reported to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to begin two years of grueling training. If they succeed, they will be NASA’s biggest graduating class of astronauts since 2000.

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2,363 Pound Gourd Sets New American Record At Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest

2,363 Pound Gourd Sets New American Record At Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest

October is pumpkin month in the US. For most people, this means devouring the various pumpkin-filled treats or visiting pumpkin patches to pick out the perfect gourd to carve for Halloween. However, for some, it means the chance to showcase their giant produce at pumpkin weigh-offs. Though there are numerous such contests held across the country, the “Super Bowl” takes place annually at Half Moon Bay, CA, aka “The World Pumpkin Capital.”

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Ferocious Northern California Fires Show No Signs Of Slowing Down

Ferocious Northern California Fires Show No Signs Of Slowing Down

Wildfires are a common occurrence in California from early spring to late autumn due to the dry, windy, and hot weather conditions. However, the Golden State has never experienced anything as devastating as the fires that are currently burning through parts of Northern California. Though it has been four days since the first flames ignited, firefighters still have no control over the blazes that extend all the way from Napa to Mendocino County.

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Even James Bond Would Approve Of Aston Martin's New Luxury Submarine

Even James Bond Would Approve Of Aston Martin's New Luxury Submarine

Aston Martin, the maker of James Bond’s preferred cars, may soon have another offering for the British secret service agent – a luxury submarine. However, this underwater craft is not reserved exclusively for Bond, but available to anyone that can afford its hefty $4 million cost.

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It's Almost Friday The 13th — Are You Ready?

It's Almost Friday The 13th — Are You Ready?

For most of you, this Friday, which happens to be October 13, will mean little more than the start of a weekend. However, don’t tell that to the 20 million people worldwide that suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia. They are convinced that the combination of the day and number brings bad luck. While no one knows for sure how Friday the 13th began to be so feared, there are numerous theories.

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Video Of The Week - US Navy Blue Angels Soar Over San Francisco Skies

Video Of The Week - US Navy Blue Angels Soar Over San Francisco Skies

This past weekend, over a million San Francisco Bay Area residents flocked to the city’s waterfront to watch the impressive airshows staged by the Blue Angels, the US Navy’s flight demonstration squadron that comprises aviators from both the Navy and the Marines. They were not disappointed.

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Austin And Los Angeles Join The Growing Trend To Replace Columbus Day With Indigenous People's Day

Austin And Los Angeles Join The Growing Trend To Replace Columbus Day With Indigenous People's Day

Columbus Day has been a fixture on American calendars since 1937, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared October 12 a federal holiday to honor the Italian explorer who “discovered” the Americas in 1492. However, the holiday, whose date has since been changed to the second Monday of October, has always been somewhat controversial. Many people believe that Christopher Columbus should not be given credit for “discovering” the continent, since Native Americans had already been residing there for generations.

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Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Women Drivers

Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Women Drivers

In most countries being able to drive is a fundamental right, afforded to anyone that is of legal age. However, this is not the case in Saudi Arabia. In this ultraconservative Islamic nation, women are not allowed to do many things that females worldwide take for granted, including getting behind the wheel. Though there is no official law in place, local authorities consistently turn down license requests from women, effectively resulting in a defacto ban. Those who defy the unspoken rule often end up losing their jobs and even risk getting arrested and jailed.

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