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Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. No explanation was given for Aldrin's absence from…

Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

NEW YORK (AP) — At the ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools Pesach Eisen attended in Brooklyn, most of the day was spent studying religious texts with classes taught in Yiddish. One class at the end of the day was spent on secular subjects including English and math, enough to be "able to go to the food stamps…

Crackdown feared as Russian grad school faces govt penalty

MOSCOW (AP) — One of Russia's best-known graduate schools, created to avoid a brain drain among top academics in the newly open Russia of the 1990s, has lost its state accreditation, amid fears of a wider clampdown on educational institutions with strong Western connections. Russian government auditors last month revoked the accreditation of the Moscow…

Britain has a summer job for you: Count the butterflies

LONDON (AP) — What to do during Britain's hottest summer in years? Why, count butterflies, of course. Britain is holding a Big Butterfly Count to help experts assess the state of the wildlife environment. The count is being backed by celebrities, including naturalist David Attenborough, and depends on people devoting 15 minutes to counting butterfly…

Aldrin skips Space Center gala amid feud with his children

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. The black-tie Apollo Celebration Gala held under a…

Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

BERLIN (AP) — Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart. Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst "dropping in" for a live performance from the International Space Station. Using a tablet computer…

Hotrod team donates brains, urges same from military members

MORRISON, Colo. (AP) — Concussion experts would someday like to conduct the same amount of research on head injuries among military members as they've done for football players. One way to get there: racecar drivers. All seven members of the world's largest hotrod team, Don Schumacher Racing, pledged their brains to concussion research Friday as…

Expert and advocate for iconic monarch butterfly has died

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Lincoln Brower, who was considered one of the foremost experts on the iconic monarch butterfly and a scientist who advocated for the declining species' protection, has died. He was 86. Linda Fink, his wife, confirmed Friday that Brower passed away Tuesday at home in Nelson County, Virginia, after a long illness.…