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People Are Already Pawning White House Easter Eggs on eBay

April 21, 2014 Let's say you just spent a sunny morning at the White House, watching your kids jab at brightly colored eggs with a wooden spoon, scooting them down the perfectly manicured South Lawn. You posed for photos with the Easter Bunny, and maybe caught a glimpse of the president in the ...

This 67-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Is Headed to Space

April 14, 2014 Dinosaurs once ruled the Earth. Now, 67 million years later, one of them is leaving it. Microorganisms from a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil skeleton nicknamed Sue will be launched into space on Monday, headed for the International Space Station. The microbe paenibacillus mucilaginosus, now found in agriculture fertilizers, was collected from ...

5 Photos That Show Russia’s Buildup Along Ukraine Border

April 10, 2014 There has been no evidence in recent weeks that Russia plans to withdraw its troops from the border of Ukraine. But there is evidence—photographic proof—of its growing presence in the region. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is using satellite imagery to keep tabs on Russian military movement in several cities ...

Is It Time for the U.S. to Partner With China in Space?

April 9, 2014 Only three countries have ever managed to launch humans into space: the United States, Russia and China. The U.S., however, hasn't done so for three years since the retirement of its space-shuttle program, and NASA pays Russia $70 million a seat to send its astronauts to the International Space Station. ...

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Obama: Fort Hood Shooting 'Tears a Wound Still Raw'

April 9, 2014 For the second time in five years, the president of the United States spoke at a memorial for shooting victims at Fort Hood in Texas. "It is love, tested by tragedy, that brings us together again," President Obama said Wednesday afternoon, acknowledging that he—and the entire nation—have been through this ...

Is It Time for the U.S. to Partner With China in Space?

April 9, 2014 Only three countries have ever managed to launch humans into space: the United States, Russia and China. The U.S., however, hasn't done so for three years since the retirement of its space-shuttle program, and NASA pays Russia $70 million a seat to send its astronauts to the International Space Station. ...

How the U.S. Power Grid Is Like a Big Pile of Sand

April 9, 2014 Last month, The Wall Street Journal gave us quite a scare. "The U.S. could suffer a coast-to-coast blackout if saboteurs knocked out just nine of the country's 55,000 electric-transmission substations on a scorching summer day," Rebecca Smith wrote. It's no secret that North America's three massive power grids, the interconnected ...

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The Hidden Human Cost Of Post-9/11 Wars

April 2, 2014 There are 5.5. million people taking care of veterans across the United States. They bathe and feed them, schedule their medical appointments, manage their finances, and watch after their children. They help war-weary soldiers become a part of civilian life again. Almost 20 percent of them, or 1.1. million, are ...

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At Least Russia and the U.S. Still Get Along in Outer Space

March 26, 2014 On Tuesday night, a trio of astronauts launched into space, headed for the International Space Station. Two are Russian, one is American. Their six-hour shared journey to the orbital laboratory was the near opposite of the one that their home nations are taking here on Earth. As the astronauts got ...

Led by McCain, Bipartisan Group of Senators Head to Ukraine

March 14, 2014 The strong hopes for bipartisan agreement on big issues that kicked off the start of the year is slowly fading for this Congress, one of the most polarized in history. But nothing unites lawmakers like a common enemy, and they've finally found one: Russia. Eight senators from both parties are ...