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  1. Sheryl Sandberg gave a moving commencement speech about death and resilienceRead the original story w/Photo

    May 16, 2016 |

    With graduation season comes a plethora of commencement speakers bestowing wisdom upon young people. This year, President Obama spoke about building walls, literally and figuratively.


  2. A visionary project aims for a star 4.37 light-years awayRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 12, 2016 |

    In an attempt to leapfrog the planets and vault into the interstellar age, a bevy of scientists and other luminaries from Silicon Valley and beyond, led by Yuri Milner, a Russian philanthropist and Internet entrepreneur, announced a plan on Tuesday to send a fleet of robots no bigger than iPhones to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system, 4.37 light-years away. If it all worked out - a cosmically big "if" that would occur decades and perhaps $10 billion from now - a rocket would deliver a "mother ship" carrying a thousand or so small probes to space.


  3. Colleges spending millions to deal with sexual misconduct complaintsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 30, 2016 |

    In a brightly lit classroom here at Harvard, Mia Karvonides was trying to explain to a group of bemused student leaders the difference between a romantic encounter and "unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature," as the university's relatively new code of sexual misconduct defines it. She tried to leaven the legalistic atmosphere at the town-hall-style meeting with realistic-sounding examples, defying gender stereotypes.


  4. Can high-fives and fist-bumps help teams win? 01.03.16 |Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 3, 2016 |

    It happens in every game. A hand extends upward to deliver a high-five or down low to slap a teammate's behind.


  5. Local astronomer helped bring attention to issue of sexual harassment in scienceRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 16, 2015 |

    Sarah Ballard first met renowned astronomer Geoffrey Marcy a decade ago when she was an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. The professor taught her astronomy class and showed special interest in her career, she told NPR .


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