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Vaccine Exemptions Could Help Make Whooping Cough a Thing Again

June 4, 2013 The rising percentage of parents opting out of at least one mandatory vaccination could be a major factor in the recent increase in whooping cough cases. That's according to a study, published in Pediatrics today, based on data from New York state, where religious exemptions to vaccination requirements are enforced...

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The Bedside Manner of James Comey, Obama's FBI Pick

May 30, 2013 President Obama will reach back into the Bush administration and pick former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey as the new head of the FBI, according to unnamed sources speaking to NPR and multiple other outlets. Corney would become the seventh director of the agency in the fall, after FBI...

Lisa Jackson, Former EPA Chief, Works for Tim Cook Now

May 29, 2013 One of the bigger announcements out of Apple CEO Tim Cook's appearance at the D11 conference Tuesday night was the appointment of Lisa Jackson, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to run Apple's environmental responsibility efforts. That and some other big stuff — you know, like maybe the...

NASA's Plan to Lasso an Asteroid is Making Progress

May 24, 2013 Quick update on NASA's amazing plan to lasso an asteroid: they're making progress on the ion propulsion engine they'll need for the mission, one month after president Obama proposed giving NASA $100 mission to get this thing going. So far, NASA has a prototype of the ion propulsion engine, and...

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Washington Bridge Collapse Sparks the Infrastructure Talk

May 24, 2013 Late Thursday, a bridge over the Skagit River north of Seattle collapsed, taking at least two cars (and the people inside them) with it. While the cause of the collapse isn't yet known, three people were rescued from the site of the collapse as the sun set in the area....

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West Point Sergeant Accused of Spying on Female Cadets

May 23, 2013 An Army Sergeant employed at West Point Military Academy has been charged with secretly filming female cadets in the school's showers and locker rooms. Unlike the other three cases of alleged sexual misconduct by military leadership reported just this month, Sgt. 1st Class Michael McClendon doesn't appear to have been...

NASA's Mission to Find Earth-Like Planets Might Be Over

May 16, 2013 There's something wrong with Kepler, the sun-orbiting spacecraft at the center of NASA's mission to identify Earth-like, habitable planets orbiting other stars. And if the space agency's engineers can't fix it, one of the coolest NASA missions, ever, could end before its time. Last month, Kepler found some extremely promising...