Science-fiction inspires inventions, young scientists

A group of people inside the Computer-Assisted Virtual Environment, or CAVE, at Idaho National Laboratory’s Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls. The CAVE allows researchers to “step into” 3-D renderings of their data. Post Register file

Maybe it isn’t so strange that a child who grew up watching robot maids assist people on “The Jetsons” would eventually research artificial intelligence.

Small cities often struggle to find candidates

Mayor George Judd sits for a photo in his home office in Lewisville on Wednesday. The city of Lewisville, with a population of 481, has a hard time filling government seats such as mayor or city council. The city will be appointing a member to the city council after there weren’t enough residents who ran in the past election. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

LEWISVILLE — George Judd became the mayor of his new hometown almost by accident.

Hayden girl erasing lunch debt

Amiah Van Hill, a 6-year-old Hayden second-grader, has started a GoFundMe page to erase all of the Gem State’s public school lunch debt — roughly $100,000. GoFundMe

A 6-year-old Hayden second-grader was featured in stories by ABC, the Los Angeles Times and Huffington Post after raising thousands of dollars to erase lunch debt in the Coeur d’Alene School District. But she’s not done yet.

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