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The sound of a dying star
August 16th, 2012
11:52 AM ET

The sound of a dying star

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) - Think of this: you’re an astronomer, and you and your team have detected, for the first time, a star being devoured by a supermassive black hole almost four billion light years away.

This is the first time astronomers have captured this drama happening so long ago – and so far away – with a black hole this large.

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The teenage "pressure cooker"
High school students learning in a computer lab.
August 16th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

The teenage "pressure cooker"

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) - Getting into a good college is so competitive that even the nearly perfect student has trouble.

[0:38] “I got a 2390 out of 2400 on my SAT,” said 18-year-old Kevin Mark.

Yet with that near-perfect SAT score, a 4.0+ GPA throughout high school, an Eagle Scout and volunteer work for his church and community, he was not accepted to MIT, his first choice of college, nor his second choice Cal Tech.

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