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Why do we have leap years? Without them, Halloween would be in the spring.

Without leap years, the Fourth of July would eventually be in the winter. Leap days, which are tacked on at the end of February every four years, ensure our calendars remain in sync with the Earth’s orbit, said Shauna Edson, an astronomy educator at the National Air and Space Museum. Our standard calendar year is 365 days long - but the Earth actually takes “365.256ish” days to orbit the sun, she said.
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‘What is this, “The Handmaid’s Tale”?’ Exploring moral questions posed by controversial IVF ruling

Is a frozen embryo a child? The Alabama Supreme Court says yes. In ruling this month that three couples who lost frozen embryos in a storage facility accident could sue for wrongful death of a minor child, the court wrote that the "natural, ordinary, commonly understood meaning" of the word "child" includes an "unborn child" — whether that's a fetus in a womb or an embryo in a freezer. Hospitals and clinics across the conservative state have since paused in vitro fertilization services as they scramble to figure out the legal and ethical ramifications of the decision.
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Record-setting $1 billion gift will allow Einstein Medical School to go tuition-free

NEW YORK — Students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx will no longer have to pay tuition after a longtime professor donated $1 billion to the school, removing a major financial hurdle to becoming a physician in a historically underserved borough. The gift by Ruth Gottesman, chairwoman of Einstein’s Board of Trustees, is considered the largest gift made to a medical school in ...