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Meet the Highest-Ranking Openly Gay Military Official in U.S. History

May 18, 2016 In January of this year, Eric Fanning testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination to be the next secretary of the Army. The line of questioning from lawmakers was standard for hearings with military officials these days. Is the United States winning the war against ISIS?...

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Who Is Left at Guantanamo?

May 17, 2016 On January 20, 2016, Mohammed Ali Abdullah Bwazir stood with shackles on his ankles, wrists, and waist at the bottom of a ramp leading up to a U.S. Air Force cargo plane. The plane was going to take him, along with two other Guantanamo Bay prisoners, to an undisclosed southern...

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The International Space Station's Odometer Hits 100,000 Orbits

May 16, 2016 The International Space Station has made its 100,000th orbit around the Earth. The orbital station has now traveled about 2.6 billion miles since its launch in 1998, or “roughly the distance between Earth and Neptune” and the “equivalent of about 10 round trips between Earth and Mars at the average...

The Detainee With No Country—And the 79 Others Still at Guantanamo

May 13, 2016 On January 20, 2016, Mohammed Ali Abdullah Bwazir stood with shackles on his ankles, wrists, and waist at the bottom of a ramp leading up to a U.S. Air Force cargo plane. The plane was going to take him, along with two other Guantanamo Bay prisoners, to an undisclosed southern...

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The First Infantry Women of the U.S. Marines

May 12, 2016 The U.S. Marine Corps has allowed two female service members to join the infantry, marking the first time women will hold jobs in the combat force. The Marines have approved one woman to become a rifleman and another to become a machine gunner, The Military Times reported Monday. Both women...

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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,...