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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

After a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, left 26 people dead Sunday, state Attorney General Ken Paxton suggested that institutions have to decide either to allow firearms or to hire private security to defend against future carnage. read more


Saturday, October 21, 2017

When the drinking water in Flint, Mich., became contaminated with lead, causing a major public health crisis, 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao took notice. She set about creating a device that could identify lead compounds in water, and was portable and relatively inexpensive. Her device consists of three parts. There's a disposable cartridge containing chemically treated carbon nanotube arrays, an Arduino-based signal processor with a Bluetooth attachment and a smartphone app that can display the results. The carbon nanotubes in the cartridge are sensitive to changes in the flow of electrons. Those tubes are lined with atoms that have an affinity to lead, which adds a measurable resistance to the electron flow. read more


Friday, October 20, 2017

In her October 19, 2017 broadcast Rachel Maddow tied President Trump's latest version of his travel ban to the withdrawal of Chadian troops from Niger, thus placing US troops at greater risk in their battle against Boko Haram. The reason Chad--a military ally of the US--was added to the travel ban seems ridiculous but in line with the current administration's standard operating procedures. The upshot, according to Maddow is that US troops found themselves without a reliable and effective local ally, with fatal results. read more


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