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The Navy’s Most Advanced Communications System is Stuck in a Confusing Tale of Italian Justice

May 4, 2016 Palermo, Italy--Where there was once a cork forest, there is now just barren land. Nothing grows behind the tall fences that mark the 410-acre perimeter around the US Navy area in Niscemi, Sicily. Behind the fences, atop the only hill, three huge satellite dishes dominate the panorama, standing 60 feet...

The US Navy’s Next-Gen Comms System Is Frozen In the Italian Courts

May 4, 2016 PALERMO, ITALY—Where there was once a cork forest, there is now just barren land. Nothing grows behind the tall fences that mark the 410-acre perimeter around the US Navy area in Niscemi, Sicily. Behind the fences, atop the only hill, three huge satellite dishes dominate the panorama, standing 60 feet...

To Survive a War, Yemenis Are Turning Fog Into Water

February 15, 2016 The people of Yemen are facing incredible hardship at the moment: As if internal fighting and air strikes weren’t enough, food and water are scarce in the area, due to Saudi blockade on imports, isolation from humanitarian routes, and a tough natural climate. But there is one resource no one...

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The Confidence Gap Between Western Men and Women is the Worst in the World

January 6, 2016 Self-confidence is hard to build—though perhaps not for everyone. Decades of studies that have been focusing on defining self-esteem—”an individual’s subjective evaluation of his or her worth as a person”—by observing its dynamics in the US and other developed Western nations. But a recent paper published in December in theJournal...

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Citing a Broad Risk of Terror Attacks, State Has Issued a 'Worldwide Travel Alert'

November 24, 2015 In a sweeping advisory, the United States told its citizens to “exercise vigilance” when traveling anywhere in the world because terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in multiple locations. The worldwide travel alert recommended “particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events,” an ominous warning that...

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Here's How Much Sexism Costs Economies Around the Globe

August 26, 2015 When women suffer from sexism, so too does the entire economy. That’s the crux of a new paper by economists (pdf) David Cuberes (Clark University) and Marc Teignier (Universitat de Barcelona), which quantifies the economic loss caused by the limited involvement of women in professional fields, especially among entrepreneurs and...

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The First Openly Transgender White House Staffer Was Just Appointed

August 19, 2015 Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a transgender woman of color, is the White House’s newest employee. And while the Obama administration has several transgender staffers, she is the first to work directly for the president. In an email statement to the Washington Post, the White House said Freedman-Gurspan, 28, has been appointed outreach...

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The FDA is Cracking Down on Kim Kardashian’s Instagram Pharmaceutical Promotion

August 12, 2015 Kim Kardashian is pregnant with her second child, and in her typical fashion she has been sharing updates about her condition through social media. Last month, the reality television star posted a picture of herself holding a bottle of Diclegis, a medication used to treat morning sickness: “As you guys...

Silicon Valley Startup Wants to Make Breast Cancer-Gene Testing Affordable to All Americans

April 22, 2015 BRCA1 and BRCA2 are arguably the best-known human genes because their mutations are linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. When Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed that she’d tested positive for the mutation and decided to undergo a double mastectomy, she also noted...

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Here Are the Places Where the US Has a Military Presence

April 5, 2015 On Mar. 24, US president Barack Obama announced that all 9,800 US troops currently stationed in Afghanistan will remain until the end of 2015. This generated a fair amount of criticism: it was, after all, Obama’s promise that the last American troop would leave the country in 2014. How have...