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Samantha Cole
at 09:42 AM Aug 29 2016
NASA
Space // 

Dragon's taking a bath in the Pacific Ocean after spending a little over a month hanging out with the International Space Station.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:42 AM Aug 29 2016
Justin Wolpert, U.S. Navy

Last summer, the Pentagon's Defense Science Board commissioned a study to examine angles on a particular challenge for DoD, with participants drawn from consulting, defense and technical industries, as well as the military and academia. In possibly the worst John Lennon cover ever made, participants were asked to “Imagine if….We could covertly deploy networks of smart mines and UUVs [Unmanned Underwater Vehicles] to blockade and deny the sea surface, differentiating between fishing vessels and fighting ships… …and not put U.S. Service personnel or high-value assets at risk.”

Coby McDonald
at 09:42 AM Aug 29 2016
El Avi via Flickr CC By 2.0

All donated blood in the US and its territories should be tested for Zika virus, according to a new guidance announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Samantha Cole
at 09:42 AM Aug 29 2016
ESO/M. Kornmesser
Science // 

In his first foray into virtual reality, President Obama chats with Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher for a newly-released video that was filmed in June. You can now take a virtual reality tour of Yosemite narrated by President Obama. The film meanders through forests, rivers and mountains, highlighting El Capitan, the Merced River, Yosemite Falls and the sequoias of Mariposa Grove.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:42 AM Aug 29 2016
Screenshot by author, from YouTube
Drones // 

Russia's Tigr is a decade-old armored car. Seating 10 soldiers inside with gear, the Tigr's primary missions is to get Russian forces safely to where they need to be, across rough terrain. Since it was made to be filled with people, the newest design takes the Tigr in an odd direction. Instead of a human-driven troop carrier, the latest Tigr model is a remotely controlled gun-firing robot.

Samantha Cole
at 09:42 AM Aug 29 2016
The Austin Diagnostic Clinic (ADCHealth)

Climate change is coming for our sinuses: If it continues at this rate, hay fever could double in the next 35 years, according to new research out of Europe.

Samantha Cole
at 09:42 AM Aug 29 2016

If you're already jittering from excessive coffee today, you can blame it on your genes.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:42 AM Aug 29 2016
National Institute of Standards and Technology, via Wikimedia Commons
Tech // 

Seconds can make the difference between life and death on the battlefield. That's why DARPA, the Pentagon's future projects wing, wants better, portable atomic clocks, small enough to go into battery-powered devices. While GPS receivers can pick up the precise time from the satellites, when the signal is weak or absent, a local clock on the device can supplement the navigation, providing continuity. For troops navigating by GPS, better clocks on their GPS receivers means they go where they're supposed to.

Kate Baggaley
at 09:42 AM Aug 29 2016
Nature // 

Small tweaks on a spit-related gene might have helped our drool to become the viscous, microbe-fighting goop that graces our mouths today. A new genetic analysis offers clues about how saliva evolved in humans and other primates.

Jason Lederman
at 09:28 AM Aug 29 2016
NASA/Bill Ingalls
Space // 

Johnson played a pivotal role in the American space program. She was one of the first African-American women to work at NASA (and the agency's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics). A mathematician, she worked as a "human computer" performing calculations for the Mercury, Apollo, and Shuttle programs.

Alexandra Ossola
at 09:28 AM Aug 29 2016

If you have a life-threatening allergy, you've probably been prescribed an EpiPen to use in case of emergencies. You might keep it in your purse or at your office and not given it a whole lot of thought—that is, until this week, when the name “EpiPen” has been all over the news. Here's what you need to know about the latest drug pricing scandal that affects some 3.6 million Americans - and should give every Australian a wake-up call about the health system we take for granted.

Josh Chamot
at 10:52 AM Aug 26 2016
Pixabay
Nature // 

As the planet warms, insects will migrate into new habitats and environments as they adapt. However, the cockroach is already among the most adapted animals on the planet—will it weather climate change unfazed? For some insight into the not-so-humble cockroach and its future, Nexus Media News reached out to journalist Richard Schweid, author of The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore.

Stacy Morford
at 10:52 AM Aug 26 2016
Pixabay
Tech // 

Large-scale groundwater pumping is opening doors for dangerously high levels of arsenic to enter some of Southeast Asia's aquifers, with water now seeping in through riverbeds with arsenic concentrations more than 100 times the limits of safety, according to a new study from scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, MIT, and Hanoi University of Science.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:52 AM Aug 26 2016
Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams' father was a seasonal Park Ranger with the National Park Service, taking his family out to Wyoming every summer.

Kate Baggaley
at 10:52 AM Aug 26 2016
Nature // 

As climate change warps the preferred habitats of mammals, birds and amphibians, these animals will be forced to flee. A beautiful but troubling new map predicts what this massive migration might look like for North and South America.

 
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