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At the National STEM Festival, 12th-grader Treyonna Sullivan talks with visitors about her "Project Poop," created to encourage pet owners in her community to dispose of their pet's waste. Dee Dwyer for NPR hide caption

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Women of color still lag behind in STEM jobs, despite efforts to change

Amid longstanding efforts to increase diversity in these fields, and as STEM jobs are expected to rise in the coming years, women of color remain underrepresented and underpaid in the STEM workforce.

A Palestinian youth mourns his relative killed in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, at the morgue of the Kuwaiti Hospital in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, early Saturday, April 20, 2024. Ismael Abu Dayyah/AP hide caption

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Israeli strikes on southern Gaza city of Rafah kill 22, including 18 children

Israeli strikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah killed 22 people, including 18 children. Meanwhile, the United States approved $26 billion in aid for Israel, including around $9 billion for Gaza.

Some baby boomers would like to downsize from their large homes, but say it doesn't make financial sense. Single-family homes in Dumfries, Va., are seen here last year. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Many baby boomers own homes that are too big. Can they be enticed to sell them?

Lots of older Americans say they'd love to downsize, but it doesn't make financial sense. The housing roadblock has left some would-be buyers stuck. We asked experts what policies could change that.

Many baby boomers own homes that are too big. Can they be enticed to sell them?

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Although matzo sold in supermarkets is typically square, the round matzo is believed to be the earliest form of this unleavened bread that is eaten during the Passover holiday as a symbol of both suffering and freedom. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Matzo — Passover's bread of affliction and freedom — is a timely tradition

Bread — and the lack thereof — plays a role in many corners of the world facing a crisis, from Israel and Gaza to Ukraine to Afghanistan to Sudan.

Kevin Bacon returned to Payson High School outside of Provo, Utah, on Saturday for a day of charity. The school is where his 1984 hit "Footloose" was filmed. Ciara Hulet /KUER hide caption

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Kevin Bacon returns to Payson High, the scene of 'Footloose,' for a day of charity

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It took years of plotting and planning to get Bacon back to Payson High School, where his 1984 hit "Footloose" was filmed. But the Hollywood star's visit was more than just a nostalgic, fun time — it will also benefit Utah communities in need.

A new study finds that front yards with friendly features, such as pink flamingos or porch furniture, are correlated with happier, more connected neighbors and a greater "sense of place." Robert Sullivan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Garden gnomes and porch swings: Lively front yards are linked to more connected residents

A new study finds a neighborhood's front yards may be the window to its soul: Welcoming or whimsical features such as benches and flamingos are linked to happier, more connected neighbors.

Surviving children of the Auschwitz concentration camp, one of the camps the Nazis had set up to exterminate Jews and kill millions of others. Research into the appropriate way to "re-feed" those who've experienced starvation was prompted by the deaths of camp survivors after liberation. ullstein bild/Getty Images hide caption

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What World War II taught us about how to help starving people today

The modern study of the starvation was sparked by the liberation of concentration camp survivors. U.S. and British soldiers rushed to feed them — and yet they sometimes perished.

A law enforcement official monitors the perimeter of the Swan Creek Boat Club after a driver crashed a vehicle through a building where a children's birthday party was taking place, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Berlin Township, Mich. Kathleen Kildee/AP hide caption

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Siblings, 8 and 5, killed as suspected drunk driver crashes into children's birthday

A young brother and sister died and several people were injured, some seriously, when a vehicle driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a young child's birthday party at a boat club.

On Taylor Swift's 11th album, The Tortured Poets Department, her artistry is tangled up in the details of her private life and her deployment of celebrity. But Swift's lack of concern about whether these songs speak to and for anyone but herself is audible throughout the album. Beth Garrabrant /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Taylor Swift's 'Tortured Poets' is written in blood

With The Tortured Poets Department, the defining pop star of her era has made an album as messy and confrontational as any good girl's work can get.

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George Takei 'Lost Freedom' some 80 years ago – now he's written that story for kids

When actor George Takei was 4 years old, he was labeled an "enemy" by the U.S. government and sent to a string of incarceration camps. His new children's book about that time is My Lost Freedom.

George Takei 'Lost Freedom' some 80 years ago – now he's written that story for kids

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In honor of 4/20, it's only right to spotlight this cultural celebration of cannabis with a Tiny Desk from the pioneering rap group, whom were fervent advocates for the legalization of weed long before it came to fruition.

A vendor sorts grains at a market in Ghana. Fonio, a drought-resilient grain native to West Africa, could bolster the regional food supply if there are advances in its harvesting and processing. Nipah Dennis/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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What are 'orphan crops'? And why is there a new campaign to get them adopted?

An agriculturist is spearheading an effort to diversify what farmers grow as climate change threatens staples like corn and wheat.

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Hannah Allen attends Hudson County Community College and is the mother of three children. "First you put your kids," she says. "Then you put your jobs, then you put your school. And last, you put yourself." Yunuen Bonaparte/The Hechinger Report hide caption

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College is hard enough — try doing it while raising kids

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More than 5 million college students are also parents. But many colleges do little to support them. Most don't even offer child care.

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Negotiating isn't just for job offers. Here's how to use it in everyday life

Techniques to help you make decisions with more confidence and get the outcome you want.

Negotiating isn't just for job offers. Here's how to use it in everyday life

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Alvin Bragg, Manhattan's district attorney, draws friends close and critics closer

Alvin Bragg, Manhattan's District Attorney, has great friends and determined critics

Alvin Bragg, Manhattan's district attorney, draws friends close and critics closer

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This undated photo released by and taken from the official website of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, shows a SH-60K chopper. Two Japanese navy helicopters of the same type crashed in the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo during a nighttime training flight after possibly colliding with each other, the country's defense minister said Sunday, April 21, 2024. AP hide caption

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2 Japanese navy helicopters crash in the Pacific Ocean — 1 dead and 7 missing

Two Japanese navy helicopters carrying eight crew members crashed in the Pacific Ocean during a nighttime training flight after possibly colliding with each other.

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