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Drones Coming to the Sky Near You

When you imagine the future, what does it look like? Do drones hover over football games to telecast the action direct to your wireless devices, deliver Dominoes to your door at half-time, and monitor the post-game traffic from the sky above the stadium? If your vision of the future features drones, then the future is […]

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ISIL: A Mounting Crisis in the Middle East

It is not possible to read the news lately without encountering an article about ISIL. They are stories of death, war, and humanitarian disaster halfway around the world, yet they directly involve the United States. On September 10, President Obama spoke to the nation about the importance of confronting ISIL. Last week, Congress approved training […]

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Gaza / Israel – The World Watches as the Conflict Flares… Again

A series of very unfortunate events… four young boys of both Jewish/Israel and Arab/Palestinian origin brutally murdered… sparking simmering tempers on both sides of a very thin and tempestuous figurative and literal line between Israel and Gaza. While the region has enjoyed a relatively quiet period since 2012, tensions escalated again last week leading up […]

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Whiz. Bang! Ahh!–The Science of Fireworks

Whiz. Bang! Ahh! On the Fourth of July, fireworks displays will amaze Americans from sea to shining sea. It is just as John Adams, the first Vice President and second President of the United States, imagined when he wrote to his wife Abigail: I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by […]

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Welcome to Brazil!

If soccer was on your mind last week, you are not alone. Viewers worldwide have World Cup frenzy. According to FIFA, a record-setting 43 million people watched the World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia. Even in the United States, where soccer is less popular than Europe and South or Central America, World Cup viewership […]

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FIFA Frenzy

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup commenced Thursday, June 12 with a Brazil 3-1 victory over Croatia. Brazil, the host nation for the 2014 FIFA games, is pumped up to share the beauty, culture, and energy of its many cities in which the games for 32 countries will compete. Today, Monday June 16, the United […]

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And They’re Off!

Saturday was an exciting day for horse racing enthusiasts. Horses took to the track to run the Belmont Stakes, the final race of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Each spring, three-year-old horses race in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. Sitting high atop their shoulders, urging them on, their jockey’s […]

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The Wait for a VA Doctor

Monday is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor American servicemen and women, to remember servicemen and women who have lost their lives, and to appreciate the sacrifices of both those who serve and their families. This year, the message of Memorial Day shares headlines with an ironic partner: officials working at several Veteran’s […]

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Play Ball! The Physics of Baseball

Roger Hornsby, the baseball player, manager, and coach once said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Last week, umpires across the country ended fans’ and players’ wait when at last they called “Play ball!” […]

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Celebrating a British – American Hero: (Sir) Winston Churchill Day

 Sir Winston Churchill  become an Honorary Citizen of the United States on April 9th, 1963. The 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, bestowed the honor of granting citizenship to the World War II British leader and staunch American ally. Churchill was 89 when he received this honor; he died two years later. Winston Churchill […]

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