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September 22, 2014

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3:54 PM | Explainer: When Can U.S. Presidents Wage War?
With President Obama recently authorizing military action against ISIS, legal scholars are revisiting the question of who can declare war and who can't.
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3:50 PM | Tiny Implants Could Give Humans Self-Healing Superpowers
A new military-sponsored program aims to develop a tiny device that can be implanted in the body, where it will use electrical impulses to monitor the body's organs.

September 21, 2014

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11:09 PM | Thousands of Russians In Moscow and St. Petersburg March In Anti-War Protests
Today, in Moscow, St. Petersburg and a number of other cities across Russia, thousands of Russian citizens protested what they see as a covert war being carried out by Russia in eastern Ukraine. The protests mark the largest demonstrations since Russian President Vladimir Putin was re-elected to a third term in May of 2012. SONAR, an independent monitoring group that counted protestors as they passed through security checkpoints, estimated that around 26,000 protestors took part […]

September 18, 2014

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2:39 PM | Explainer: Which Countries Have Nuclear Weapons?
Although the list of countries that have nukes is not a terribly long one, their presence anywhere can give people mushroom-cloud nightmares. Trace examines the small, confirmed, nuclear club and a few other countries that may be close to joining.

September 17, 2014

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2:54 PM | DARPA Asked This Grad Student To Design A Jetpack That Makes You Faster. He Delivered
Jason Kerestes is a graduate student studying engineering at Arizona State University. Not long ago, Jason was approached by a team from ASU’s Human Machine Integration Labs. They had heard that he owned his own welding business and wanted his help on a project they were working on designing robotic prosthetics to help amputees. The project was being funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new […]
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12:05 PM | Bring Back Our Girls? Boko Haram and the Forgotten Captives
Five months after the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the prospects for their safe return seem more remote than ever. Here's why. Continue reading →

September 16, 2014

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10:30 PM | This School District’s New Vehicle Isn’t a Bus- It’s An Armored Military Vehicle
The flow of military equipment to local police forces has just taken a new turn, with news surfacing that the San Diego Unified School District now has an MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protect vehicle). The district acquired the vehicle via the government’s 1033 Program, which gives away unneeded or unused military equipment to local departments at no cost. This is the same program that provided much of the militaristic equipment seen during the recent events in […]
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1:00 PM | U.S. Sends 3,000 Troops to W.Africa to 'Turn Tide' on Ebola
U.S. Africa Command will set up a headquarters in the Sierra Leone capital Monrovia to act as a command and control center for U.S. military and international relief programs.

September 15, 2014

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2:00 PM | DARPA Wants Orbital Satellite-Repairing Robots
The United States military's high-technology branch is hoping to test out on-orbit satellite servicing in orbit in the next five years.

September 14, 2014

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10:40 PM | Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak
Last week, the State Department performed a small but smart gesture towards countering the continued outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa by releasing a video featuring President Barack Obama speaking to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. Educating the millions of people in this region on the facts of this massive outbreak and […]The post Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak appeared first on Body Horrors.
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10:40 PM | Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak
Last week, the State Department performed a small but smart gesture towards countering the continued outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa by releasing a video featuring President Barack Obama speaking to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. Educating the millions of people in this region on the facts of this massive outbreak and […]The post Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak appeared first on Body Horrors.
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3:20 PM | The Ebola War
Things are just awful in Liberia, and getting worse elsewhere as well. The problem now clearly outpaces the response, resulting in shortages of everything from barrier protection to hospital beds. Worse, there is a breakdown in civil order and trust that makes it impossible to do the hard work of case identification, contact tracing and education--which is what ultimately brings epidemics under control. The latest, and somewhat controversial, call is for a large-scale military or […]

September 11, 2014

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11:33 PM | A Quick Breakdown of Obama’s Plan to Deal With ISIS
Last night, President Obama held a press conference in which he outlined his plans for addressing the growing threat of the Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL, in the Middle East. The President started off his speech by questioning the very legitimacy of the organization and its core beliefs. “We continue to face a terrorist threat… ISIL is not a state, and it certainly isn’t Islamic… ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple.”   The […]
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2:38 PM | Explainer: Could ISIS Attack on U.S. Soil?
With news reports suggesting more than 100 Americans have left the country to fight alongside ISIS terrorists, what's the likelihood they would return to the U.S. to continue the fighting?

September 10, 2014

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7:22 PM | Why Do the Majority of Chinese Citizens Think A War With Japan Is Imminent?
Recently, Genron, a Japanese non-governmental organization, teamed up with the state-run Chinese newspaper China Daily to conduct a survey about how people living in Japan and China felt about the two countries’ relations with one another. The results of the poll were a bit shocking. 53.4% of Chinese citizens believe that a conflict between China and Japan will happen in the near future, with a significant portion saying they believed it would happen within […]

September 08, 2014

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1:02 AM | The Arab League Has Joined The United States and Europe to Destroy ISIS
Earlier today, the Arab League elected to endorse the U.S./NATO coalition that was formed at a NATO meeting (which was mostly about the Russia issue) in Wales this past Friday. The League condemned the Islamic State’s crimes against humanity and vowed to provide any and all support to the United States and Europe. In another important move, the Arab League also voiced support for a UN resolution to stem the flow of weapons to rebel groups in Syria which was passed last […]

September 06, 2014

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5:17 AM | The Lone Survivor of An Islamic State Massacre Tells His Story (Video)
Ali Hussein Kadhim is an Iraqi soldier and a Shiite Muslim. Back in June, he was captured (along with hundreds of other Iraqi military recruits) by the Sunni jihadist group ISIS. After taking the captives to Saddam Hussein’s old complex in Tikrit, the militants separated the soldiers: Sunnis were given an opportunity to repent for their service to the Iraqi government while all the Shiites were lined up in groups and marked for death. Kadhim was 4th in the execution line.

September 05, 2014

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10:05 PM | The State Dept. Just Released A Video That Looks A Lot Like ISIS Propaganda
Warning: This article contains some graphic images. In recent weeks, the U.S. government has been working feverishly on trying to figure out ways to combat the growing threat of the Islamic State. One of their main focuses has been ISIS’s highly-successful internet recruitment campaigns. In an attempt to counteract the success of these ISIS recruiting videos, the State Department’s branch of Strategic Counterterrorism Communications made a mock ISIS recruitment video. […]

September 04, 2014

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11:40 PM | ISIS Captures Russian Jets in Syria, Tells Putin “We Are Coming to Russia”
Late last month, Islamic State fighters captured Taqba Airbase after a bloody battle with Syrian government forces that left hundreds dead on both sides. The airbase was the last government stronghold in the northern part of the country. After overrunning the base, Islamic State fighters made a YouTube video showing the mass execution of some 250 Syrian soldiers. The IS militants forced the captives march naked into the desert before killing them. The Islamic State also […]
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3:10 PM | Explainer: Why Russia and Ukraine Are Fighting
TestTube's Steve Goldbloom breaks down the current conflict in Ukraine -- what it's all about, and how the battling factions ended up squaring off.

September 03, 2014

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5:16 PM | Did You Know… The First Video of Earth from Space Was Captured In 1946?
Most people have heard of the Space Race, a period of about 20 years from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s when the United States and Russia feverishly developed their space programs in a constant attempt to one up each other. The race was kicked off in earnest by the Russians when they launched Sputnik (the world’s first artificial satellite) on the evening of October 4, 1957. What many people don’t know, however, is that nearly 11 years before Sputnik, a team of

August 30, 2014

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11:40 PM | U.S. Announces Plans to Send Tanks and Troops to Eastern Europe
Following reports earlier this week of over 1,000 Russian troops and more than 100 Russian tanks crossing over into Ukraine, the U.S. has announced plans to send American tanks and troops to participate in military drills alongside the United States’ NATO allies. About 600 troops from the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (also known as the “Iron Horse brigade”) will deploy from their base in Fort Hood, Texas in October. But unlike the 173rd Airborne Brigade troops […]

August 29, 2014

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7:48 PM | It's OK, Russia will Cooperate with US on Asteroid Threat
Russian state media has announced a Russia-US agreement to share information in the event of natural or man-made disasters, despite the escalating unrest in Eastern Ukraine.
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7:45 PM | Russian Army Wives Demand Answers About Their Incognito Husbands
Yesterday, the U.S. State Department confirmed that over 1,000 Russian troops and armored vehicles had crossed the border into Ukraine and engaged in the fighting there. Despite satellite imagery released by NATO showing the Russian forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin is still denying that the troops and weaponry are of Russian origin. Now, even people within Russia want some answers. Yesterday, several dozen mothers and wives gathered outside of a Russian military base […]

August 28, 2014

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11:43 PM | 1,000 Russian Troops Have Crossed Into Ukraine, Along With Tanks and Heavy Armor
For the past week or so, there have been a number of reports coming out about Russian troop movements across the Ukrainian border. Finally, earlier today, officials from the U.S. State Department confirmed that around 1,000 Russian troops (as well as other heavy weaponry) had crossed over the border to join pro-Russian rebels in southeastern Ukraine. U.S. officials said that Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers fought alongside these pro-Russian rebels in two […]

August 26, 2014

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6:27 PM | A Supersonic, Stealth Sub Could Sneak Up from China
Engineers are working on a next-generation submarine that would fly through water in an air bubble. Continue reading →
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