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Switching Out the Smoke

“Similar to cigarettes, hookah smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine and it is at least as toxic as cigarette smoking. While many hookah smokers may consider this practice less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarettes.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hookah, also known as […]

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Inside the Secret Service

Pop quiz: True or false, security around the President of the United States is the tightest security in the world. If you answered true, you are wrong. If that surprises you, you are not alone. Last Tuesday, the House Oversight Committee called Julia Pierson, director of the Secret Service, to testify following a number of […]

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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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Talking About Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse is not a topic people usually talk about. That changed last week when a video surfaced showing NFL player Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée, now-wife with a punch to the face. His NFL team, the Baltimore Ravens, cut Rice from the team, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him indefinitely. The conversation […]

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The Roots of Stand Up Comedy

“Can we talk?” For decades, Joan Rivers invited audiences to pull up a chair and listen with that innocent question. What she said next were often biting, always honest, observations about the most taboo topics. Although Rivers often skewered Hollywood’s stars, she was the most frequent target of her material. Hear Rivers’ talk about her […]

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Ninja Warriors of the Sky

Many scientific discoveries reveal things that are mind-boggling immense: the Higgs-Boson, new exoplanets, or that most dinosaurs were likely feathered, the effects of melting polar ice-caps, our carbon imprint, the Mariana Trench or the human genome.  This week, researchers discovered why the hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird species, has a sweet tooth even though it […]

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The World’s Deadliest Germs

Fever, muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhea, rash, internal and external bleeding. The symptoms may sound like a horror movie, but they are the very real symptoms of Ebola, a contagious tropical disease. The west African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leon, Liberia, and Nigeria currently face an Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 660 […]

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Chicks who Code

What careers are interesting to you? What subjects do you enjoy the most? If you are a girl, you most likely did not respond computer coding, and computer science. Google hopes to change your mind. Last month, Google announced a three-year, $50 million initiative to attract girls to computer science. Come learn more about women […]

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