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Author talk: Robert A. Welcome, author of "In Search of Destiny: The Universe and Man," will at 6:30 p.m. Thursday present a talk titled "Relativity Simplified," at the Lee Library, 100 Main St., Lee. Welcome will talk about this complex subject making it more understandable and relevant for non-scientists.

Part of the library's summer reading program for adults, this talk is free and open to the general public. For more information, visit or call (413) 243-0385.

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Design challenge: Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., is giving kids, ages 9 to 16, a chance to compete for a $1,000 scholarship through the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge.

The national program, which challenges kids to design a Helicopter of the Future, runs through Sept. 30. Contestants will design a helicopter that addresses the potential challenges of 2050 and plan for how their "Helicopters of the Future" would overcome those challenges.

The winner of the 2014 competition will receive the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award along with the scholarship. In addition, the young innovator will be flown to Sikorsky's headquarters in Stratford, Conn., to tour the assembly line of the iconic Blackhawk and Seahawk military helicopters and meet with Sikorsky rotorcraft engineers.

Students can enter the competition, and educators can receive free STEM-related program materials at