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The Extreme Hazing of the Most Expensive Telescope Ever Built

December 7, 2016 The James Webb telescope is an incredible feat of human engineering. Its honeycomb-like mirrors, made of super-strong, lightweight beryllium and coated in gold, are designed to see in infrared, to detect the faint light exhaled by distant stars and galaxies. When it launches in two years, Webb, $8.8 billion and...

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The Extreme Hazing of the Most Expensive Telescope NASA Has Ever Built

December 7, 2016 The James Webb telescope is an incredible feat of human engineering. Its honeycomb-like mirrors, made of super-strong, lightweight beryllium and coated in gold, are designed to see in infrared, to detect the faint light exhaled by distant stars and galaxies. When it launches in two years, Webb, $8.8 billion and...

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The First American to Vote From Space

November 8, 2016 David Wolf won’t mind waiting in a long line to cast his ballot today. In 1997, the retired NASA astronaut voted in a local Texas election while he was more than 200 miles above Earth, on the Russian space station Mir. At the time, humans were still trying to figure...

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The FBI's Arrest of an NSA Contractor

October 6, 2016 The FBI arrested a National Security Agency contractor in late August for stealing classified material from the intelligence organization, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. Federal prosecutors have charged Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified...

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Edward Snowden's Suggestion for Obama: A Presidential Pardon

September 14, 2016 Barack Obama has been on a clemency kick during his final months in office. Last month he commuted the sentences of more than 200 federal inmates, the most presidential clemencies granted in a single day in more than a century. There will likely be more commutations, and perhaps some pardons...

Jeff Bezos' New Rocket, Built to Carry Payloads and People

September 13, 2016 Blue Origin, the aerospace company founded by Jeff Bezos, has unveiled the design of a new rocket that will carry satellites and astronauts to space, fly back to land on Earth, and stand almost as tall as the rocket that launched Americans to the moon nearly 50 years ago. Bezos...

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Clinton Battles Pneumonia and Rumors

September 12, 2016 Updated at 5:52 p.m. ET Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with pneumonia, her doctor said Sunday after her sudden departure from a memorial ceremony at Ground Zero sparked a frenzy of speculation about her health. “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies,” said Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s physician,...

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Obama in Louisiana: 'I Don’t Worry Too Much About Politics'

August 23, 2016 President Obama visited Louisiana Tuesday, the site of recent historic flooding that has displaced tens of thousands of people, damaged scores more homes, and is blamed for the death of 17 people. The president arrived in Baton Rouge, the state capital, amid criticism for not cutting short his annual vacation...

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Guantanamo's Shrinking Population

August 16, 2016 The United States has released 15 prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison and sent them to the United Arab Emirates, marking the largest single transfer of detainees in the Obama presidency. The prisoners, 12 Yemenis and three Afghans, were deemed to no longer pose a security threat to the country...

Milwaukee Leaders Call for Peace Following Weekend Violence

August 14, 2016 Crowds clashed with police in Milwaukee Saturday night, setting fire to buildings, shattering bus shelters, and throwing rocks in protest against a fatal police shooting of a man in the Wisconsin city earlier that day. The standoff lasted several hours, and at least 200 people took to the streets, police...

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