Joseph G Keary

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NATO's Secretary General Tells Europe To Stop Relying On The US And Provide Its Own Defense

The Secretary General of NATO touched on one of the more sensitive aspects of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine during a speech at a security conference in Slovakia today. Because Europe has been fairly peaceful in recent decades, and because European NATO states are under the American defense …

U.S. House panel subpoenas Kerry again over Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Republican lawmaker on Thursday issued a second subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before Congress this month about the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi in which four Americans were killed.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the …

VA watchdog says federal prosecutors involved in scandal probe, charges possible

The chief watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Thursday that his office is working with federal prosecutors to weigh whether criminal charges are warranted in the health care scandal at a Phoenix VA facility.<p>VA acting Inspector General Richard J. Griffin, who spoke to lawmakers …

Homeland chief: Immigration program up for review

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who's conducting a politically charged review of the nation's deportation policy, said …

Hungary’s Cold War battle with polio

Trapped by conflict and scarred by a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against the crippling disease, as Penny Bailey discovered.<p>Kisvarda, Hungary, 1954. The summer night was warm, the road outside deserted. No one drove any more unless they were secret police or …

Reading the minds of the ‘dead’

Thousands of patients remain trapped in a vegetative state between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them, as Roger Highfield reports.<p>“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. "It's a perfect fit, down to every last one of your fingers and toes. It's a strange …

What do animals dream about?

If animals dream like us, where do they go in their slumber? Jason G Goldman explores how we can peer into the minds of sleeping cats, birds and other creatures.<p>"Almost all other animals are clearly observed to partake in sleep, whether they are aquatic, aerial, or terrestrial," wrote Aristotle in …

Why people are getting fatter

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the tricks of the food trade, how AI could change our world and China’s secretive tech giant.<p>Why Apple is like a movie studio<br>Walter Mossberg | Recode | 22nd April 2014<br>Since Steve Jobs died, Apple isn’t making originals any more, it’s making …

How faecal transplantation is gaining credibility

Many find the idea of faecal, or poo transplants disgusting. However a growing body of evidence suggests this could be a lifesaver, as Bryn Nelson reports.<p>This is how far a mother will go.<p>Your daughter has been sick for more than four years with a severe autoimmune disease that has left her colon …

Medicine

Why bad inventions are good

It’s easy to dismiss or laugh at ideas that never take off, but failure plays a vital role in shaping the devices that rule our lives, as Richard Fisher discovers.<p>Timothy Prestero expected big things from his idea. He believed it would save the lives of millions of children worldwide – and he …

How to create the ideal password

Our picks of the week from around the web, including making memorable yet secure passwords, the state of synthetic biology and how rumours spread on Facebook.<p>A eulogy for Twitter<br>Adrienne LaFrance & Robinson Meyer | Atlantic | 30 April 2014<br>“Something is wrong on Twitter. And people are noticing. Or, …

Synthetic Biology

Would you accept a pig’s heart?

If animal organs could be used to save our lives, will it mean we become a bit less human? Frank Swain speculates<p>Imagine that your heart is failing. You desperately need a replacement. Every day, your family waits nervously for a call from the hospital to say they’ve found a donor. Then one day, …