Theoretical physicist and former high-ranking Pentagon insider Ashton Carter is fully expected to be the next Secretary of Defense. His confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee is less about him and more about President Obama's defense record, which Republicans consider feckless.

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Nursing employees suffer 35,000 back and other injuries nearly every year. But many career-ending injuries could be prevented if hospitals brought in new technology and taught "safe patient handling."

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There are already 1,200 voting bills introduced in state legislatures this year. Many seek to expand early voting, online voting and mail voting.

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A study, which tracked students enrolled in preschool and Smart Start programs in North Carolina, showed that the programs reduced the likelihood of the students' ending up in special education later.

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The fact that science opens a window for us to peer into our deep past should be a cause for celebration, irrespective of what we find when we are able to look, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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