Sometime in the next few weeks, we'll be hearing from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The panel of nutrition experts is tasked with reviewing the latest science on nutrition and medicine and making recommendations on how to update the next version of the federal government's guidance on eating.
Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 8:49 am
My Nintendo Wii character, my Mii, looks a lot like me. She has the same haircut, the same skin tone and even the same eyebrow shape. And while my Mii plays tennis slightly better than I do, I designed her to be a real, virtual me (albeit with balls for hands).
But it turns out I might not have needed to mimic my appearance to let people know what I'm like.
Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 11:17 am
The classroom of the future probably won't be led by a robot with arms and legs, but it may be guided by a digital brain.
It may look like this: one room, about the size of a basketball court; more than 100 students, all plugged into a laptop; and 15 teachers and teaching assistants.
This isn't just the future, it's the sixth grade math class at David Boody Jr. High School in Brooklyn, near Coney Island. Beneath all the human buzz, something other than humans is running the show: algorithms.
Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 12:45 pm
Update at 1:40 p.m. ET. White House Backs Down:
"We should have sent someone with a higher profile," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a briefing Monday.
The admission came a day after criticism surfaced over the fact that the United States was not represented by a high-ranking official at a unity rally in Paris. The British, German, Israeli and Palestinian leaders all had been present.
Earnest said, however, that President Obama would have liked to have been present, but the security situation would have been impossible.
Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:09 pm
Des Moines, Iowa, is confronting the farms that surround it over pollution in two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. Des Moines Water Works says it will sue three neighboring counties for high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. It's a novel attempt to control fertilizer runoff from farms, which has been largely unregulated.
Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 4:45 pm
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It's a half-hour until showtime in Selma, Ala., and the majority of the auditorium seats are already taken.
Paramount Pictures is offering free screenings of Selma, the film depicting the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery marches which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In the movie's namesake town, the audience is excited.
In the front row, in the far left seat, is George Sallie, 85. He's black, grew up near Selma and was drafted as young man.
"Went to Korea fighting for someone else's freedom, and really I didn't have freedom myself," Sallie says.
Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 12:17 pm
Oregon began covering the cost of reassignment surgery for transgender people on Medicaid in January. It also covers things like hormone therapy and puberty suppression.
By doing so, Oregon joins a handful of other states that have recently taken steps to help people with gender dysphoria, or the conflict between the gender people identify with and their physical gender.
Some question the validity of coverage, but people in the transgender community are thrilled.
Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:46 pm
SpaceX has successfully launched another resupply mission to the International Space Station months after a competitor in the private space-launch business suffered a catastrophic lift-off that resulted in the unmanned rocket's destruction.
Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 12:11 pm
Today is my 22nd day back from Liberia, which, as any reporter or health worker who has been in this Ebola hot zone will tell you, is a good day. Yesterday was the last day that I had to report my temperature to the CDC. I've passed the 21-day incubation period for the virus. My temperature is 98.6 degrees. I'm in the clear.
Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 2:15 pm
Some 123 cars were caught by a massive crash that shut down Interstate 94 in Michigan Friday. One fatality was reported, from a scene a witness calls "unreal." Several vehicles caught on fire, including a semi carrying fireworks; video footage shows flames and smoke billowing out amid a barrage of explosions.
Federal prosecutors recommend filing charges against retired Gen. David Petraeus over classified documents that he's accused of leaking when he headed the CIA. When Petraeus resigned his post in 2012, he cited an extramarital affair with a woman whom investigators suspected of receiving secret data.
Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:06 pm
The Senate is set to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, although President Obama has vowed to veto it. What does Nebraska's Supreme Court ruling allowing the pipeline to proceed mean for the administration and those opposed to the expansion? Melissa Block talks with attorney Brian Jorde, who represents the Nebraska landowners challenging the pipeline.