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NASA grants $50 million to 7 teams studying life in the universe

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $50 million to seven research teams nationwide to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. “With the Curiosity rover characterizing the potential habitability of Mars, the Kepler mission…

Republicans are reckless, dangerous and dishonest

Republicans are reckless with public money, irresponsible with human life and notoriously dishonest. The federal debt was only about $1 trillion when President Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, but it climbed to $4.4 trillion by the time trillion when…

Astronauts complete 6-hour spacewalk

Astronauts Reid Wiseman of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency completed the first of three Expedition 41 spacewalks at 2:43 p.m. EDT Tuesday. The spacewalkers worked outside the Quest airlock of the International Space Station for 6…

Six nukes remain lost

Since 1950, there have been 32 nuclear weapon accidents, known as “Broken Arrows,” which are defined as an unexpected event involving nuclear weapons that result in the accidental launching, firing, detonating, theft or loss of the weapon. To date, six…

Steep decline in wildlife population reported

The world’s wildlife population has been cut by more than half since 1971 because of human industry, according to a new report that shows mankind is engaged in activity that threatens to extinguish life on our planet. Between 1970 and 2010 populations of mammals,…

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is observed on October 4

Yom Kippur, known as Day of Atonement, is the most important event in the Jewish calendar, traditionally observed with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often in synagogue services, repenting for the sins of the past year. It…

Give me death taxes or let us eat the rich

New Jersey “death taxes” deprive people who did not work for the money earned by their parents, grandparents, uncles or aunts a small part of the inheritance built up during the life of their benefactor. Federal “death taxes” deprive those…

Former New Jerseyan killed fighting in Ukraine

A West Point graduate who grew up in New Jersey and was the only known American-born soldier fighting pro-Russian separatists in the Ukraine, was killed in battle during August. Mark Gregory Paslawsky was a 55-year-old investment banker who moved to…

Green movement embracing more radical tactics as desperation grows

by Peter Moskowitz @ptrmsk Hundreds of thousands of people marched recently in the biggest climate-related demonstration ever. The slogan of the march: “To change everything, we need everyone.” A day later hundreds of people were arrested in downtown Manhattan for blocking…