Monthly Archives: December 2015

Is This Congressman's 'Oversight' An Effort To Hobble Climate Science?

5:09 Download U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Kathryn Sullivan, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, have been tangling for months over the legitimacy of a climate study NOAA scientists published in Science. Drew Angerer/AP; Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/AP; Mark Wilson/Getty Images About 600 scientists and engineers, including former employees of the National ...

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Why Has The Death Penalty Grown Increasingly Rare?

7:01 Download A gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where death row inmates are strapped down to receive a lethal dose of drugs. Pat Sullivan/AP hide caption toggle caption Pat Sullivan/AP The last execution scheduled in the U.S. for the year is set for Tuesday in Georgia. But capital punishment has gown rare in America, to the point of near extinction. Even ...

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How A School's Attendance Number Hides Big Problems

LA Johnson/NPR Every morning, the familiar routine plays out in hundreds of thousands of classrooms: A teacher looks out over the desks, taking note of who’s in their seats and who isn’t. On any given day, maybe there are one or two empty chairs. One here, one there. And that all goes into the school’s daily attendance rate. But here’s ...

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People Of Color With Albinism Ask: Where Do I Belong?

Brandi Green negotiates the world as an African American woman with albinism. Courtesy of Brandi Green hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Brandi Green Growing up, Natalie Devora always questioned how she fit into her African-American family. “Everyone was brown, and then there was me,” Devora says. “I’m a white-skinned black woman. That’s how I navigate through the world. That’s ...

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Building The Library Of Congress — In A GIF

Credit: Library of Congress Contracted by the government between 1880 and 1896, photographer Levin C. Handy documented the construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill. The completed Library of Congress. Library of Congress hide caption toggle caption Library of Congress Handy, who was nephew to legendary American photographer Mathew Brady, “produced more than ...

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Army Says It Will Review Cases Of Dismissed Soldiers With Mental Health Problems

Evans Army Community Hospital, which stands on the Fort Carson military base, is a central part of the base’s behavioral health system. Courtesy of Evans Army Community Hospital/U.S. Army hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Evans Army Community Hospital/U.S. Army The acting secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, promises to conduct a “thorough, multidisciplinary review” to determine whether thousands of ...

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Why Aren't Ads Buying GOP Candidates Better Poll Numbers?

With supporters as fervent as these, Trump has found he doesn’t need TV ads to stay afloat in the packed GOP field. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images TV ads are unavoidable during a presidential election campaign — just ask the Iowans and New Hampshirites being bombarded with advertisements right now. So why aren’t those TV ...

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