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What Mushroom Clouds Can Reveal about the Waco Explosion

On Wednesday night a fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas, caught fire and exploded. The violent rupture shook the earth for miles around (the explosion was picked up by seismographs in Oklahoma), set fire to the surroundings, and collapsed nearby buildings...

April 18, 2013 — Kyle Hill

What Mushroom Clouds Can Reveal About The Waco Explosion

On Wednesday night a fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas, caught fire and exploded. The violent rupture shook the earth for miles around (the explosion was picked up by seismographs in Oklahoma), set fire to the surroundings, and collapsed nearby buildings.Tragically, as you might suspect with an explosion this size, there are many suspected fatalities and hundreds have been admitted to area hospitals.As chilling pictures like these rolled in, the comparison to an atomic mushroom cloud by the media was immediate...

April 18, 2013 — Kyle Hill

The Countdown, Episode 20 - Star Factory, Five New Exoplanets, Saturn Ring Rain, Planet-Naming Controversy, Missing Mars Lander Found

5) Star FactoryAbout 880 million years after the Big Bang, a huge galaxy was building new stars at an incredible pace. An international team of astronomers discovered the galaxy HFLS3 with help from 12 observatories all over the world.HFLS3 is a starburst galaxy, which means it turns gas into stars at an extremely high rate...

STAFFApril 18, 2013 — Eric R. Olson

A Vignette from Psychiatry

I didn’t make it to rounds with the rest of my team because I was occupied with another one of our patients who was being assessed by the neurology consultant to be cleared to undergo electroconvulsive therapy...

April 18, 2013 — Samyukta Mullangi

Senators Who Opposed Background Checks Voted Against Their Constituents

Yesterday the U.S. Senate defeated a measure that would require background checks for individuals purchasing guns. Various senators who voted against it said their constituents told them to do so—despite nationwide surveys in the past few months indicating that roughly 90 percent of the nation favors background checks...

April 18, 2013 — Mark Fischetti

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