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High school freshman creates breakthrough test for pancreatic cancer

High school freshman creates breakthrough test for pancreatic cancer

Jack Andraka (center) moments after it was announced that he won the Gordon E. Moore Award and $75,000 prize at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania held in May. Credit: Society for Science & the Public Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose and often goes [...]

Sheila E plays the Playboy

Sheila E plays the Playboy

Sheila E. Credit: Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for Global Green Sheila Escovedo, known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American drummer and percussionist, perhaps best known for her work with Prince, George Duke and Ringo Starr. Sheila E was born into and raised around musical royalty. She is the daughter of percussionist Pete Escovedo, [...]

Prop. 28 seeks to change California Legislature’s term limits

Prop. 28 seeks to change California Legislature’s term limits

Should term limits be lengthened to 12 years? Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images Should term limits be tweaked in California? One state ballot measure up for vote on June 5 is Proposition 28, which seeks to reduce the amount of time a person may serve in the state legislature from 14 years to 12 years. [...]

Soldiers’ remains return from Tarawa 69 years after the battle

Soldiers’ remains return from Tarawa 69 years after the battle

Patt in the studio with veteran Leon Cooper (C) and film maker Steven Barber (R). Leon Cooper was a young Navy seaman who piloted a Higgins landing craft during the first Marine amphibious assault of the Pacific Theater in World War II on the island of Tarawa. In three days of fighting, nearly 6,000 soldiers [...]

Those men in black are back

Those men in black are back

Barry Sonnenfeld .attends the “Men In Black 3″ New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on May 23, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Today, Earth will once again be reunited with Agents J, K, and aliens from all over the galaxy. In “Men in Black 3,” Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones [...]

West Hollywood nightclub, The Abbey, boycotts bachelorette parties

West Hollywood nightclub, The Abbey, boycotts bachelorette parties

Sonora Chase (L) and Dasha Snyder (2ed L), and Matthew Krumlick (2ed R) and Sawyer Snowden (R) participate in a symbolic group commitment ceremony for same-sex couples to kick off National Gay Pride Month at The Abbey bar and restaurant on June 4, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Brad Pitt and [...]

College is harder than ever to get in, but is it easier once you’re there?

College is harder than ever to get in, but is it easier once you’re there?

Did these kids get off easy? Credit: Pool/Getty Images In a recent research paper from the University of California at Santa Barbara, evidence shows college students have it easier than ever. The paper, titled “Leisure College, USA” compared modern survey responses with information from past studies, notably a longitudinal study called Project Talent, which focused [...]

Are Google’s search results protected by the First Amendment?

Are Google’s search results protected by the First Amendment?

Google’s music search feature is demonstrated at a press conference to announce the new feature, called OneBox, at Capitol Records headquarters in Los Angeles on October 28, 2009. Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Do you consider Internet search engines like Google to be publications that fall into the same category as newspapers and magazines or do [...]

The appeal of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

The appeal of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Fifty Shades of Grey “Fifty Shades of Grey” induces cringes and giggles, but still has the ladies talking about sexual domination. Why has this particular book exploded? Why are so many women passing it around and talking about it? What impact is the safety in numbers having? Guest: Rachel Kramer Bussel, author, editor, blogger and [...]

My 64,000+ member book club, on Twitter: Is the book dying, or getting a social life?

My 64,000+ member book club, on Twitter: Is the book dying, or getting a social life?

A close-up view of the homepage of the microblogging website Twitter on June 1, 2011. Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images It’s always difficult for book clubs to choose their next subject, but it’s especially difficult for Jeff Howe, who runs a book club with over 64,000 members…on Twitter. How does it work? What do they read? [...]