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A Brief History of Militarized Lasers

December 12, 2014 Welcome to the future: The United States Navy's laser cannons are now fully operational. On Monday, the military unveiled the all-too-boringly named "Laser Weapon System" (LaWS), a 30-kilowatt weapon perched aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. Like a hair dryer, LaWS can be operated on a number of ...

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Obama Takes Over The Colbert Report

December 9, 2014 This was President Obama at his most self deprecating. Monday night, Obama was the guest on a special edition of The Colbert Report filmed at George Washington University. But he didn't just come for a sit-down interview. At the beginning of the broadcast, the president interrupted Colbert before "The Word"—a ...

83,000 American Veterans Are Still Missing in Action

November 11, 2014 Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the service and sacrifices of the men and women who have put themselves in harm's way for this country. But it is also a time to remember and acknowledge that the government's various programs often stumble and fail in the handling of ...

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Remember: 83,000 American Veterans Are Still Missing

November 11, 2014 Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the service and sacrifices of the men and women who have put themselves in harm's way for this country. But it is also a time to remember and acknowledge that the government's various programs often stumble and fail in the handling of ...

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White House Sheep, a History

October 18, 2014 President Woodrow Wilson wanted sheep. It was 1918, and "while riding in one of the White House automobiles through the country with Dr. Grayson [a personal friend] the president remarked that he would like to see some sheep at the White House, and that Mrs. Wilson would like to see ...

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Can California Make It Rain With Drones?

October 7, 2014 Billowy and filled with life-sustaining water vapor, the cloud passes overhead without emitting a drop of rain. In times of severe drought, that cloud is a frustrating, lumbering tease. That cloud is tantalizing. Delicious even. What that cloud needs is a kick start, a catalyst to squeeze the water out ...

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The ISIS Conflict Has Saturated the American Mind

October 3, 2014 In a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 94 percent of Americans said they were following the news of the horrendous and tragic beheadings of American journalists at the hands of ISIS. That number is astounding, seeing how public knowledge of the news can often be lacking. The widening conflict in ...

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Is the White House Door Locked Yet?

September 22, 2014 After Omar Gonzalez, a troubled veteran of Iraq, successfully scaled White House fences Friday and gained entry into the mansion with a knife in hand, the first question most asked was, "How did it happen?" This is the White House, after all. How could the center of American executive power ...

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Who Is Saying What About American Troops 'On the Ground' in Iraq?

September 18, 2014 It's the fog of war rhetoric. The Obama administration is calling on Congress to approve its plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels in the hopes of defeating the Islamic State, the terrorist organization that has come to occupy broad tracts of Iraq and Syria. The House approved the ...

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This Is Literally the Formula for Happiness

August 6, 2014 What is an instance of happiness? That's a squishy question philosophers have discussed for millennia. According to Sparknotes, Aristotle said happiness is an end to itself. The poet Kahlil Galbraith wrote that happiness "is your sorrow unmasked," whatever that means. Rhetoric aside, researchers at the University College London say happiness ...