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Shingles

Overview<p>Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a …

Public Health

The Fall Novel Guide

A privileged problem: Too many really good books came out this summer to fit them all in before Labor Day, and this fall’s reads are proving equally …

Books

U.S. envoy goes to Syria to press the fight against the Islamic State

By Liz Sly<p>, Bureau Chief<p>GENEVA — A top U.S. official has made a rare visit to Syria, crossing into the Kurdish-held north of the country over the weekend to meet with Kurdish officials and fighters who are battling the Islamic State, U.S. and Kurdish officials said Sunday.<p>The visit by President …

Middle East

United Airlines Flight Returns to Honolulu Due to 'Mechanical Issue'

A United Airlines plane from Honolulu to Washington, D.C., returned to Hawaii shortly after takeoff Saturday night after a “mechanical issue,” the airline said.<p>A passenger on the Boeing 767 posted on Twitter that the plane turned around an hour and a half after takeoff from Honolulu International …

Straws in the LHC wind: Lepton universality & an update on "that bump"

As new data continue to be collected at CERN, another look at some of the straws in the wind, otherwise known as “hints of new physics”, that might develop into exciting breakthroughs<p>A couple of months ago I wrote about an anomalous bump in data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This is one …