The Two-Way
10:46 am
Thu August 11, 2011

DARPA Loses Contact With Experimental 'Hypersonic Glider'

This US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) artists rendering shows the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2).
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Earlier this morning, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, launched an experimental hypersonic glider.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Japan Takes Nuclear Safety Agency Away From Trade Ministry

Japan is removing its nuclear regulatory agency from the control of its trade ministry, dissolving a relationship that was criticized in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. The new nuclear safety agency will be under the environmental agency, Kyodo News reports.

The move, coming exactly five month after a powerful earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear crisis in Japan, may help ease criticisms that regulators are too cozy with pro-nuclear interests.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:58 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Gene Therapy Breakthrough Trains Immune System To Fight Leukemia

Until now, scientists have had a tough time getting therapeutic genes to go where they need to go.
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Any time you report on promising but preliminary results about a new therapy for a lethal disease, you worry that you might be raising false hopes. So be warned: Although this is a "good news" story, it's preliminary. Don't expect to find it at a hospital near you any time soon.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Pa. Judge Sentenced To 28 Years In Massive Juvenile Justice Bribery Scandal

A Pennsylvania judge was sentenced to 28 years in prison in connection to a bribery scandal that roiled the state's juvenile justice system. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was convicted of taking $1 million in bribes from developers of juvenile detention centers. The judge then presiding over cases that would send juveniles to those same centers. The case came to be known as "kids-for-cash."

The AP adds:

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Shots - Health Blog
9:03 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Can CT Scans Be Made Smarter To Use Safer Amounts Of Radiation?

Originally published on Tue August 16, 2011 9:14 am

Doctors are crazy for computed tomography, or CT scans. The medical images can help them make diagnoses quickly, and they're easy to use. The scanning devices are often housed in the emergency department, which is one reason CT use among emergency patients rose 330 percent 1996 to 2007, according to a study out this week. By 2007, 1 in 7 emergency patients got a CT scan, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Thu August 11, 2011

China Lowers Speed Of Bullet Trains; Suspend New Rail Projects

A railway employee stands next to a high speed train at Beijing south railway station.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

In reaction to last month's deadly rail crash, China has decided to slow down all of its high-speed trains. Starting Sept. 1, China's fastest trains will run at 185 mph, instead of 215 mph.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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Opinion
8:31 am
Thu August 11, 2011

The Nation: A Not So Super-Committee

Sen. Patty Murray answers a question during a brief news conference following a visit to the headquarters of Amazon.com Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Seattle. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid named Murray as part of a powerful new committee tasked to find a bipartisan plan to slash the federal budget deficit.
Elaine Thompson AP

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.

On Tuesday Harry Reid announced his picks for the Congressional debt-reduction "super-committee": Senators Max Baucus, John Kerry and Patty Murray.

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Opinion
8:30 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Weekly Standard: Will Liberals Blast Reid's Picks?

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid speaks about debt ceiling legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. On Tuesday, Reid announced his super-committee picks.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Daniel Halper is the deputy online editor for The Weekly Standard.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid picked his three representatives to the twelve congressional member supercommittee Tuesday, selecting Max Baucus, John Kerry, and Patty Murray. The first two choices make sense: Baucus is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Kerry was the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 and, as his website describes, "holds senior positions on the Finance, Commerce, and Small Business Committees."

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The Two-Way
7:51 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Markets Off To Another Volatile Start

At opening the markets opened low, then regained their steam on the good news we reported earlier about lower unemployment claims. Then, the stocks headed lower. All of that to say, it looks like it's going to be another dramatic day on Wall Street.

The European markets still dealing with fears about France's credit ratings could give us some indication of the type of up-and-down day we may be in for. Here's Dow Jones Newswires with what happened there:

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The Two-Way
7:34 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Authorities Will Not Charge Gizmodo Over iPhone Prototype Purchase

If you remember the iPhone 4 frenzy back in 2010, then you remember Jason Chen, a writer for Gizmodo. He was the one who bought a prototype of the iPhone 4 that an Apple engineer left at a bar and then Chen published a story about it that revealed the new phone's new specs.

Probably because Apple is known to be so secretive, the story blew up. And a few days later Chen's home was raided by a law enforcement task force called the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team.

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