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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.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

Beyond Boston: A reporter leaves home soon after the bombings and finds some solace in science

I live in Boston. Or rather in Somerville - over the river, as we locals say, across the Charles from downtown. It's a short walk from my apartment to the halls of MIT and Harvard, a bike or subway ride to Tufts and Boston University, easy access to the constantly expanding hub of hospitals, research institutions, biotech giants and start-ups, next-generation technology companies...

April 17, 2013 — Cynthia Graber

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