Samuel Whitman

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White House downplays surprise Russian military exercises

<b>(CNN)</b> – Russia began large-scale air defense drills 280 miles east from its border with Ukraine Thursday, according to Russian state news.<p>But White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes downplayed the surprise military exercises in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

A 60-Year-Old Technology Offers A Solution To A Modern Problem

Tape is the oldest computer storage medium still in use. It was first put to work on a UNIVAC computer in 1951. But although tape sales have been falling since 2008 and dropped by 14% in 2012, according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group, tape's decline has now gone into reverse: sales grew by 1% …

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The Higgs boson does a new trick (probably)

At a seminar at CERN this morning, Aliaksandr Pranko announced an interesting new result on the Higgs boson from the ATLAS experiment.<p>In brief - we know the Higgs boson is there, and is involved in giving mass to some fundamental particles. Today we saw strong evidence that it gives mass to all of …

Supreme Court will take up controversial Obamacare provision on contraception

<i>By Pete Williams, NBC News Justice Correspondent</i><p>The Supreme Court, taking up a controversial provision of Obamacare, agreed Tuesday to consider whether a company can refuse to provide contraceptive care to female employees on the grounds that doing so would violate its religious freedom.<p>It’s a …

The Deadline for Fixing Obamacare Is Saturday—Here's What to Watch For

Don't expect a clear victory nor a total disaster for the White House. The reality will be much muddier.<p>The deadline on which Barack Obama has staked his presidency is upon us. The president has pledged that Healthcare.gov will be "working for the vast majority of Americans in a smooth, consistent …

How the visual language of comics could have its roots in the ice age

Neil Cohn's love of comic strips began in his family's attic. In one of his earliest memories, he recalls his dad climbing the stairs and pulling down a box of 1960s <i>Batman</i> and <i>Superman</i> books that he had stashed away from his own childhood. To Cohn's four-year-old self, it was as if they'd been …