Mulvaney’s Spin on Ukraine Aid

White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney engaged in some serious political spin when he tried to deny what he said in a televised press conference: that the White House withheld security aid to Ukraine, in part, because the administration wanted Ukraine to investigate Democrats and the 2016 election. During an interview with Chris […]

House Panel Approves Nancy Pelosi’s Legislation To Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Lowering pharmaceutical drug prices is a rare bipartisan goal in Washington, and a legislative proposal to do just that cleared the Ways and Means House committee on Tuesday. The proposed law would allow Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies over the price of 250 of the United States’ most costly drugs, and in turn […]

Blue Origin is Partnering with Major Aerospace Companies to Land Humans on the Moon

An illustration of Blue Moon, the lunar lander Blue Origin is planning. A larger version of this could be the model for the new Human Landing System. (Credit: Blue Origin) Some of the biggest names in the aerospace industry are teaming up with Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos to create the Human Landing System (HLS), […]

DEA Accepting Vaping Products On National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Later this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are sponsoring the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event is designed to give people a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs. And there will be local drop-off spots around the country. This year, the agencies have decided […]

California And NYC Sue US Postal Service For Trafficking Cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — California and New York City sued the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday to stop tens of thousands of cigarette packages from being mailed from foreign countries to U.S. residents, saying the smugglers are engaging in tax evasion while postal workers look the other way. The lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court blames […]

The Giant Geode of Pulpi is 25 feet long. Now Scientists Know How it Formed

(Credit: Hector Garrido) From one end to another, this giant geode is about as long as a small RV. If you wanted, you could comfortably house several adults within its dazzling interior. And the crystalline slabs that jut from its walls may even be taller than you are. However you slice it, the geode of […]

New Police Unit Will Investigate Illegally Prescribed Opioids in Michigan

The Michigan State Police has created a new unit to investigate and prosecute medical professionals who illegally prescribe opioids in the state. The new Diversion Investigation Unit was formed this summer after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order in August that created the Michigan Opioids Task Force. Col. Joe Gasper, the director of […]

These Rats Have Learned How to Drive Tiny Cars

A rat in its new ride. (Credit: University of Richmond) Researchers report that they’ve taught rats to drive cars, knocking human technical superiority down another notch. It’s not quite as amazing as it sounds, of course. The “cars” are simple wheeled platforms controlled by means of electrically conductive bars. And the rats aren’t quite navigating […]

Dark Matter Makes ‘Super Spiral’ Galaxies Spin up to 350 Miles Per Second

(Credit: NASA, ESA, P. Ogle and J. DePasquale (STScI)) The larger the spiral galaxy, the faster it spins. That’s a well-known fact for astronomers. But a few years ago, researchers discovered a new class of jumbo-sized spiral galaxies; astronomers call them “super spirals.” And, in a surprise find published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, researchers […]

Cincinnati May Stop Testing Some Job Applicants For Marijuana Use

Job applicants seeking employment with the city of Cincinnati may soon no longer have to face a drug test for marijuana. That is the underlying motivation behind a pair of proposals being considered by the Cincinnati city council, which this week heard arguments over how the city government treats cannabis use among prospective employees. One […]