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Whatever Happened To The Surgeon General — WASHINGTON D.C. - Two blocks south of the U.S. Capitol sits the office of the world's least frightening general, the U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy. He's having a good week, appearing both with Sesame Street's Elmo in a public service ad touting vaccinations, and with Vice President Joe Biden, who on Wednesday ceremonially confirmed Murthy in his new post.

Chinese Study Of Human Embryos Raises Fears Of Designer Babies — Confirming rumors buzzing for months in scientific circles, Chinese researchers have published a study showing genetic engineering of human embryos for the first time. The experiments, first reported on Wednesday by Nature News, largely didn't work: Just a few embryos out of dozens were successfully modified.

For Earth Day, A War On The EPA — On this 45th annual celebration of Earth Day, the U.S. federal agency charged with keeping the air and water clean is once again at the center of a political dumping ground. As it does every spring, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is fending off political attacks and court cases from the left and right alike.

Africa At Risk Of Ebola Flare-Up, WHO Leaders Say — WASHINGTON, D.C. - After killing more than 10,000 people in three West African nations over the last year, Ebola is now confirmed in fewer than 40 patients. But the deadly outbreak could still flare up, World Health Organization officials warned on Thursday.

Power Companies In 19 States Are Ending Pay-As-You-Go Electricity — Solar panels are sprouting on rooftops across the country, thanks to plummeting costs. And in response to this solar revolution, many power companies are seeking dramatic changes in how they charge for electricity. Nearly 600,000 United States homes and businesses generate their own solar power.

The Pentagon Is Putting Big Money Into Synthetic Biology — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon's $2.9 billion technology research arm, plans to invest heavily in "synthetic biology" - a field focused on creating man-made life which is widely seen as a future source of drugs, materials, and biofuels.

We Could Easily Have Planes Without Pilots - If Only Passengers Would Fly In Them — The weakest link in cockpit safety - the pilots - appears to have snapped in the the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, which killed 150 passengers on Tuesday. French investigators on Thursday said that the doomed airliner's copilot, Andreas Lubitz, had locked the pilot out of the cockpit and crashed the flight into the French Alps.

6 Reasons There's No Reason To Panic About This Plane Crash — "Statistically speaking, flying just keeps getting safer. Last year was still the safest air travel year on record," airline safety professor Anthony Brickhouse of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, told BuzzFeed News. A 2006 analysis by Harvard's David Ropeik put the yearly odds of dying in a plane crash at 1 in 11 million.

Boeing Patented A Humvee Force Field And It Could Actually Work — Boeing, the aerospace industry giant, was granted a patent last week for a method of thwarting some of the impact of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The patent describes a technology straight out of Star Trek: an electric force field that bends and reflects a bomb's shock waves.

Canadian Disaster Raises Alarm About Shaky U.S. Dams — One early morning last August, at the foot of the massive Mount Polley gold mine in British Columbia, Canada, a large dam broke. Water surged for four days, dumping some 6.6 billion gallons of arsenic-laced sludge into some of the most pristine lakes on the planet.
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