Dinosaur-Killing Meteorite Caused Acidification That Led to Mass Extinction

Fossils from 66 million years ago have pointed to a potential link between mass extinction of marine life and ocean acidification. A study published yesterday by the National Academy of Sciences revealed how the collapse of marine species occurred following a meteorite’s impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. The meteorite increased carbon levels in theContinue reading “Dinosaur-Killing Meteorite Caused Acidification That Led to Mass Extinction”

Meet ‘The Bee Lady’ Of Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — On an evening in late March, Jan Day is standing outside her red brick rowhouse in Capitol Hill holding a white helmet fastened with black netting. Day’s 8-year-old airedale terrier, Echo, barks as she strolls past the garden, toward the back of her house. Neighbors driving by in a white car wave andContinue reading “Meet ‘The Bee Lady’ Of Capitol Hill”

In speech to new U.S. governors, Gov. Tom Wolf shares Pa.’s experience fighting opioid abuse

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf told officials from 33 states and territories Monday that his state’s efforts to reduce one of the highest opioid death rates in the country were built on creating 45 centers to address the mental health and behavioral issues that lead to addiction. Although the data has not been fully reportedContinue reading “In speech to new U.S. governors, Gov. Tom Wolf shares Pa.’s experience fighting opioid abuse”

Zebrafish are making waves for limb regeneration research

WASHINGTON, April 3 — Could humans regrow their limbs? Researchers are considering this possibility as they study the regrowth of tail fins and other organs in zebrafish. Zebrafish are a member of the minnow family that live in freshwater and are no bigger than two inches in length. Despite their small size, this fish hasContinue reading “Zebrafish are making waves for limb regeneration research”

Supreme Court hears arguments on alleged discrimination in jury selection

    March 20 (UPI) — WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday about racial discrimination in jury selection for a case that could reverse a conviction for a Mississippi man on death row. The justices considered whether purposeful racial discrimination played a role in the exclusion of jurors for a murder trial in a Mississippi.Continue reading “Supreme Court hears arguments on alleged discrimination in jury selection”

Biological and chemical weapons: the other threats from North Korea

  When it comes to North Korea, all eyes are on nuclear weapons, but the lack of attention toward chemical and biological capabilities weakens defense against potential attacks, according to experts in the field.   After the breakdown of talks between the United States and Pyongyang last week, the future of not only nuclear weapons but biologicalContinue reading “Biological and chemical weapons: the other threats from North Korea”

New GAO report evaluates climate change and cybersecurity policies at the federal level

Climate change, cyberinfrastructure, and personal security clearances dominated Wednesday’s House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday released a biennial report assessing the waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement of government operations. The 2019 report identified 35 areas inside the government that required reevaluation, more than half of which are unchanged sinceContinue reading “New GAO report evaluates climate change and cybersecurity policies at the federal level”

Former Afghani Refugee Gives Back to Community

When he lived outside a metro station in Paris, Shikhali Mirzai received a sleeping bag, tent, and clothes from a student group dedicated to aiding refugees in the city. The kind gesture stayed with the then-22-year-old, who now helps the group distribute similar packages to new arrivals. “[Many Parisians] think refugees are like terrorists. SomeContinue reading “Former Afghani Refugee Gives Back to Community”

Activists shifting abortion debate to focus on human rights

WASHINGTON — With the future of abortion rights on the verge of changing like no time since before Roe v. Wade, advocates are presenting new arguments to plead their cases. Both sides have amped up messaging in an effort to intertwine human rights and abortion since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy andContinue reading “Activists shifting abortion debate to focus on human rights”

How generations born after Roe v. Wade are leading the country’s abortion debate

WASHINGTON — Younger generations of pro and anti-abortion advocates are digging in their heels and preparing for a long, drawn-out legal battle as President Trump alters access to reproductive care and courts across the country continue to rule on abortion. This past week Trump released proposed changes to Title X, a federal grant program thatContinue reading “How generations born after Roe v. Wade are leading the country’s abortion debate”