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Alonzo Cushing, Harry Reese and the Issue over Medals of Honor. . .

Lt. Alonzo Cushing News broke last night that Lt. Alonzo Cushing will receive a Medal of Honor and the reaction from those in the Civil War community has thus far been overwhelmingly positive. "At long last," "finally," "it's about time"...these are just some of the common statements I have seen from bloggers and facebookers. Show More Summary

Alonzo Cushing and the Medal of Honor

The soldier in the image is Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who is set to receive a Medal of Honor on September 15, 2014, 151+ years after his death at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Of the following facts, there is no dispute or doubt: Alonzo Cushing was a brave and very capable young soldier who died as a hero. Show More Summary

Mid-Morning of the Planet of the Selfies

A few weeks ago I started flagging stories about selfies. I’m not sure why. I think I wanted to make the late-to-the-party claim that the selfie may be the emblem of our summer. But it was probably the emblem of… Continue reading ?

Did the Arab Emitrates & Egypt Conduct Air Strikes in Libya?

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were responsible for carrying out two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli, Libya, U.S. officials said on Monday.The officials said the two Arab countries used aircraft based in Egypt.Earlier the New York Times reported that the two U.S. Show More Summary

Europa: How Less Can Be More

Van Kane explains three factors that make exploring Europa hard—factors that can make a mission concept that seems like less actually be more.

Scientists craft atomically seamless, thinnest-possible semiconductor junctions

Scientists have developed what they believe is the thinnest-possible semiconductor, a new class of nanoscale materials made in sheets only three atoms thick. The University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that two of these single-layer semiconductor materials can be connected in an atomically seamless fashion known as a heterojunction. Show More Summary

The Record of Holocene Quaternary Tsunamis in Sri Lanka

Holocene Indian Ocean tsunami history in Sri LankaAuthors:Jackson et alAbstract:Sediment cores from Karagan Lagoon in southeastern Sri Lanka retrieved deposits from the A.D. 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and older similar deposits that provide evidence for a tsunami 2417 ± 152 cal. Show More Summary

Professors’ Pet Peeves

I got this email from an Ivy League student when I arrived to give a speech. She was responsible for making sure that I was delivered to my hotel and knew where to go the next day: Omg you’re here! Ahh i need to get my shit together now lol. Jk. Give me a ring […]

MU researchers discover protein's ability to inhibit HIV release

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A family of proteins that promotes virus entry into cells also has the ability to block the release of HIV and other viruses, University of Missouri researchers have found. "This is a surprising finding that providesShow More Summary

New study charts the global invasion of crop pests

Many of the world's most important crop-producing countries will be fully saturated with pests by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a new study led by the University of Exeter. More than one-in-ten pest types can already be found in around half the countries that grow their host crops. Show More Summary

Better classification to improve treatments for breast cancer

Breast cancer can be classified into ten different subtypes, and scientists have developed a tool to identify which is which. The research, published in the journal Genome Biology, could improve treatments and targeting of treatments for the disease. read more

The Lancet journals: Three-quarters of depressed cancer patients do not receive treatment for depression but a new approach coul

Three papers published in The Lancet Psychiatry, The Lancet, and The Lancet Oncology reveal that around three-quarters of cancer patients who have major depression are not currently receiving treatment for depression, and that a new integrated treatment programme is strikingly more effective at reducing depression and improving quality of life than current care. read more

Paleontology: Oldest representative of a weird arthropod group

Biologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have assigned a number of 435-million-year-old fossils to a new genus of predatory arthropods. These animals lived in shallow marine habitats and were far less eye-catching than related forms found in Jurassic strata. read more

Haootia quadriformis: a Muscular Cnidarian From Ediacaran NeoProterozoic Newfoundland, Canada

Lucernaria quadricornis (extant) and Haootia quadriformis (ediacaran) Haootia quadriformis n. gen., n. sp., interpreted as a muscular cnidarian impression from the Late Ediacaran period (approx. 560 Ma) Authors:Liu et alAbstract:Muscle tissue is a fundamentally eumetazoan attribute. Show More Summary

The Leftist Take-Over of College Board

Conservatives such as Stanley Kurtz can’t seem to say enough about the recent revisions made to College Board’s AP US History Curriculum. These changes will go into effect for this school year. Kurtz and others believe that the new curriculum reflects a dangerous turn to the left, though in the entire article the author fails... Continue reading

The Potato Eaters

Nice interview with Bela Tarr’s cinematographer, Fred Kelemen, discussing the film The Turin Horse (which I recently watched, and which is incredible). Even the brief intro to this interview is packed with more insight than most things you’re likely to read on this film. Show More Summary

Wooden Toilet Seat from Vindolanda

From a Vindolanda Trust press release: Finding something that you can relate to is always a special moment on an archaeological dig. At Vindolanda this is a common occurrence, a site where the special qualities lie not only in the discovery of gold and silver or artefacts which relate to the military might of the […]

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