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James Webb telescope images

James Webb telescope had a long, expensive journey to launch

August 11, 2022

The James Webb telescope is already sending back breathtaking images from space, but it apparently wasn’t easy getting the telescope up and running. The project hit several bumps along the way, which resulted in it being years late and billions of dollars over budget. Plus, learn what it means to take “a crack at” something.

Asian carp invasion

America is trying to eat its way out of its invasive Asian carp problem

August 8, 2022

Asian carp were first introduced in the United States in the 1970s as a solution to a growing algae problem. Now, the species has created more problems than they’ve solved. As the invasive fish continues to march northward, Americans are trying to eat their way out of the problem. Plus, learn “overrun with.”

James Webb space telescope images

James Webb telescope’s first photos show us a look back in cosmic time

August 4, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope launched in December 2021, and just seven months later, it has sent its first images from deep in space back to Earth. This has been a project twenty years in the making, and the telescope will help build a better understanding of the universe, its creation, and what it contains now. Plus, learn “turn over.”

Elon Musk Twitter court case

Elon Musk and Twitter are headed to court

August 1, 2022

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, has gone back-and-forth about buying Twitter over the past few months. They finally came to an agreement for Musk to buy the company, but then the stock market tanked and now Musk wants out. A state court will decide whether he has to go through with the deal. Plus, learn “side with.”

Boris Johnson resigns

Boris Johnson resigns as UK prime minister after turbulent few years

July 28, 2022

Boris Johnson stepped down as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party after three years leading the U.K. government. His tenure has had many challenges, including negotiating Brexit, leading the country through COVID-19, and supporting the war in Ukraine. But he’s also had his fair share of scandals. Plus, learn “go after.”

South African nightclub deaths

21 teenagers mysteriously found dead in South African nightclub

July 25, 2022

Twenty-one teenagers were tragically found dead in a South African nightclub after they were out celebrating the end of the school term. One survivor said she smelled a bad odor in the nightclub, but weeks later, authorities still do not know for sure what happened. Plus, learn “pass out.”


California school start times pushed back so kids can get more sleep

July 21, 2022

A new California law mandates that high schools start the school day no earlier than 8:30 AM and middle schools no earlier than 8:00 AM. This is in an effort to work with teenagers’ biological clocks that naturally tell them to sleep around 11 and wake up around 8. But how will this work logistically? Plus, learn “stay up.”


How to plan for your digital death

July 18, 2022

End-of-life planning is a terrifying thing for most people to consider, but just a few minutes of planning can set your loved ones up for success with your digital assets. Last week, we covered what exactly happens to your digital assets when you die, and this lesson covers how exactly to set up your digital legacy. Plus, learn “up to date.”

Digital assets after death

What happens to your online accounts when you die?

July 14, 2022

In estate planning, it’s common to think about who will inherit personal possessions, bank accounts, investments, real estate, and other property. But we rarely consider what happens to our digital assets and accounts. This lesson dives into what happens when you die – digitally. Plus, learn “in progress.”