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North Korea’s controversial rocket launch a failure

Haejin Song

April 20, 2012

In 2006, North Korea’s nuclear test was considered a fizzle, and in 2009, a similar fate followed their missile launch. Several days ago, North Korea thought the third time would be its charm. However, things did not go as planned. Pyongyang announced initial plans to launch the Unha-3 rocket, “Milky...

Autism linked to obesity in mothers

Ali Krantzler

April 20, 2012

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study on April 9 showing obese mothers have a greater risk of giving birth to a baby with autism. While there is limited knowledge about autism, researchers have concluded that women who are obese face greater health concerns and may...

Pulitzer center feature: villagers, communities protest logging in Cambodia

Keyla Beebe

April 20, 2012

“My life is important,” said Yin Chum, an activity leader with the Prey Lang Network in Cambodia. “But the forest is my number one priority.” Many villagers across Cambodia share Chum’s attitude, and this has led to grassroots community organizing  to protect the country’s quickly disa...

U.S. amps up surveillance before Iran nuclear talks

U.S. amps up surveillance  before Iran nuclear talks

Kate Gibson

April 20, 2012

CIA surveillance of Iran evaded public knowledge until a bat-winged stealth surveillance drone crashed in Iran last December. Now, the Washington Post reports that this drone was one of many sent over the past three years to gather intel on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Though Iran has publicly denied...

The UK has got your Number: New legislation to watch web use

Justyn Melrose

April 13, 2012

Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? Soon, a new law in the U.K. will allow the government to monitor citizens’ internet use. “There’s two parts,” said Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch to The Guilfordian in an email interview. “Firstly, it involves asking...

Escalation in the Syrian rebellion: United States and other countries come to aid

Alex Lindberg

April 13, 2012

“The world must judge Assad by what he does, not what he says, and we cannot sit back and wait any longer,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Friends of Syria conference. Shortly afterwards, she announced the United States’ intention of donating $12 million to the Syrian rebels...

Aspirin meta-studies show reduced risks of cancer

Michael MacVane

April 6, 2012

The three main causes of death in the U.S. are chronic heart disease, cancer, and lower respiratory diseases. What would you say if you could take one pill a day to prevent and even possibly treat cancer? A study of 25,000 people in Dec. 2010 showed the first signs that this might become a reality. “What...

Endangered island nations call for global action on climate change

Linda Catoe

April 6, 2012

On Wednesday, recently-ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed appeared on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” to promote his film, “The Island President,” and to send an important message to Americans. “If carbon emissions were to stop today, the planet would not see a difference...

Trayvon Martin: beyond the speculation & towards the truth

Trayvon Martin: beyond the speculation & towards the truth

Kate Gibson

April 6, 2012

Senators and Representatives donning hooded sweatshirts. Student protestors rattling bags of Skittles in unison. Social networks and blogospheres erupting with demands for action. “We want arrests … shot in the chest,” chanted thousands of protestors on March 31 in Sanford, Fla., reported Reuters. This...