Is It Irrational to Believe in Aliens?

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For many years, people have discussed the possibility of extraterrestrial life in the universe. Scientists such as Stephen Hawking have stated the probability of life existing on another planet, other than earth, is favorable... especially when considering the size of the universe.

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70th Anniversary of the "Battle of Iwo Jima"

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Today is the 70th year anniversary to the beginning of the Battle of Iwo Jima. It began on February 19, 1945 when the United States fought the Japanese Empire for Iwo Jima.

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Why We Pick And Choose Which Science To Believe In

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Climate change, vaccines, genetically modified foods -- those topics are ripe for debate and disbelief among people of every political persuasion who aren’t convinced by scientific evidence. 

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How much would you sacrifice to be the first person on Mars?

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Michael McDonnell has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He has a physics degree. He’s worked in hazardous environments. He hopes these qualifications will convince a selection committee that he’s the perfect candidate for the first human voyage to Mars.

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Things To Avoid On Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th is a day of superstition and bad luck. However, there are plenty of ways to ensure you have good luck on this day full of taboo. According to Discovery news, there are 13 things people should avoid doing on Friday the 13th.

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House Education Committee Passes Bill To Limit Power Of The South Dakota High School Activities Association

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The House Education Committee passed a bill on Wednesday to limit the decision-making powers of the South Dakota High School Activities Association. This bill would not allow the Association to create a policy regarding sexuality or gender identity with high school students. 

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Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

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In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the bells of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower were programmed to play a score composed in real time by the data from seismic shifts happening under the campus.

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Nick’s Burger Shop Has Top Burger in South Dakota? What about Black Hills Burger and Bun?

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MSN has labeled Nick’s Hamburger Shop in Brookings for having the best hamburger in South Dakota.  This old fashion style hamburger joint opened in November of 1929. Although the times have changed, the demand for their burgers has not.

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Once A Vaccine Skeptic, This Mom Changed Her Mind

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The ongoing measles outbreak linked to Disneyland has led to some harsh comments about parents who don't vaccinate their kids. But Juniper Russo, a writer in Chattanooga, Tenn., says she understands those parents because she used to be one of them.

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Gov. Daugaard To Honor South Dakotans For Work In The Arts

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present the 22nd Governor's Awards in the Arts Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at the Best Western Ramkota in Pierre. 

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‘Baby-talk’ might not be easy to understand for kids, study finds

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Parents may be using “baby-talk” when speaking to infants with the goal of making it easier for babies to understand, but a new Japanese study shows this may have the opposite effect. 

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Obama's Budget Proposal Lifts 2013 Caps, Adds Billions In Spending

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President Obama says he wants to work with Congress to "replace mindless austerity with smart investments that strengthen America," in remarks that came hours after the release of his $3.99 trillion budget proposal, which is already drawing criticism from Republicans.

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Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline Approaching

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As of January 9th, just over 17,000 South Dakotans had enrolled in private health insurance plans through the state health insurance exchange. The deadline for people to sign up for through the Marketplace Open Enrollment is February 15th. 

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President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address

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Re-watch President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address (Full Video).

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2015 South Dakota Legislative Session: Why Should South Dakotans Care?

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The 2015 Legislative Session is underway at the state capital building in Pierre, SD. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the session with his State of the State Address on Tuesday of this week.

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