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The FBI Arrests the San Bernardino Shooter's Brother

April 28, 2016 Federal agents have arrested three relatives of one of the San Bernardino shooters in California. The AP reported Thursday that the brother and sister-in-law of Syed Rizwan Farook, as well as woman who is married to a friend of Farook’s, have been charged in an investigation of marriage-fraud conspiracy. The...

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Odyssey, the Longest-Surviving Mars Orbiter, Celebrates 15 Years

April 8, 2016 NASA has specific rules about naming its missions. In 2000, a naming committee reviewed more than 200 suggestions for a spacecraft bound for Mars the following year. The group settled on Astrobiological Reconnaissance and Elemental Surveyor, or ARES, like the Greek god of war. The Roman version of that god...

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President Obama's Clemency Bucket List for Prisoners

March 30, 2016 President Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 61 federal prisoners, more than a third of whom were serving life sentences, as part of his administration’s push for changes to decades-old sentencing laws, particularly for nonviolent, drug-related offenses. Most of the individuals are low-level drug offenders “whose sentences would have...

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What to Watch During Obama's Historic Visit to Cuba

March 21, 2016 The last time an American president went to Cuba, he took a battleship to get there. President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country in almost 90 years when Air Force One touched down in Havana Sunday afternoon. The visit comes 15 months after a historic...

What One Year of Space Travel Does to the Human Body

March 3, 2016 Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko have done a lot this past year. In the 340 days they spent on the International Space Station, the American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut orbited Earth 5,440 times, conducted hundreds of experiments, and floated out in space in bulky suits, secured only by a tether,...

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What One Year of Space Travel Does to Bodies of Astronauts

March 1, 2016 Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko have done a lot this past year. In the 340 days they spent on the International Space Station, the American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut orbited Earth 5,440 times, conducted hundreds of experiments, and floated out in space in bulky suits, secured only by a tether,...

When Computers Started Beating Chess Champions

February 11, 2016 There was a time, not long ago, when computers—mere assemblages of silicon and wire and plastic that can fly planes, drive cars, translate languages, and keep failing hearts beating—could really, truly still surprise us. One such moment came on February 10, 1996, at a convention center in Philadelphia. Two chess...

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Obama's Executive Actions on Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons

January 26, 2016 President Obama has issued executive actions to ban the use of solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons across the country. Obama wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that ran in the Tuesday edition of the newspaper that solitary confinement is overused and can lead to dangerous psychological consequences....

What the U.S. East Coast's Massive Snow Storm Looks Like From Space

January 22, 2016 Updated January 22 at 11:10 a.m. EST That swirling cover of white up there is the first blizzard of 2016, captured by satellite as it barreled across the central United States, toward the East Coast. The “potentially crippling” storm is expected to bring powerful winds and up to two feet...

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What Led American Ships Into Iranian Waters?

January 19, 2016 The U.S. military has released its first official account of Iran’s capture and release of 10 American sailors whose vessels entered Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf last week. U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, on Monday provided a timeline of the events, but did not say how the two U.S....