12:01am

Mon February 27, 2012
Books

'Space Chronicles': Why Exploring Space Still Matters

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 12:02 pm

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says valuing space exploration "transforms the culture into one that values science and technology."
AP

After decades of global dominance, America's space shuttle program ended last summer while countries like Russia, China and India continue to advance their programs. But astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of the new book Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, says America's space program is at a critical moment. He thinks it's time for America to invest heavily in space exploration and research.

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12:01am

Mon February 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

New Methods Could Speed Up Repair Of Injured Nerves

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 11:07 am

Pinwheels like these are often used to test nerve responses.
iStockphoto.com

When a nerve is injured, it's often hard to get it to regrow fast enough to restore function.

But now researchers say they can speed up that process, so that damaged nerves can be healed in days instead of months — at least in rats.

The scientists say they've developed a technique that reconnects the severed ends of a nerve, allowing it to begin carrying messages again very quickly. Usually, severed nerves must regrow from the point of injury — a process that can take months, if it ever happens.

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12:01am

Mon February 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Study Suggests Way To Create New Eggs In Women

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 4:15 pm

Alvaro Heinzen iStockphoto

For decades, scientists have thought that one of the big differences between men and women is that men can make children all their lives because men never stop making sperm. But scientific dogma said women aren't so lucky when it comes to their eggs.

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12:00am

Mon February 27, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Increasing Ambulance Runs in Lexington

Lexington Emergency Medical Services crews are making more runs throughout the central Kentucky community.  Emergency Care ambulances made more than 30 thousand trips in 2007.  Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says that figure grew to more than 35 thousand in 20-11.  “We just keep having the same number of E-C units..and eventually we are going to have a crisis,” said Gorton.

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12:00am

Mon February 27, 2012
Kentuckians at War

New Military Financial Manual Out

Managing personal finances can present unique challenges… especially to military families.  Kentucky’s Department of Financial Institutions is offering a revised ‘Financial Field Manual’ to those families.  State spokeswoman Kelly May says it’s meant to help military families steer clear of scams.

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4:46pm

Sun February 26, 2012
News

'Hallwalkers': The Ghosts Of The State Department

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 7:46 am

Peter Van Buren says that although the State Department approved his book, State officials retaliated against him once it was published.
Torie Partridge

The halls of the State Department are haunted, not by actual ghosts, but by people who might as well be ghosts: whistleblowers, people who angered someone powerful and people who for one reason or another, can't be fired.

"People like me, that the State Department no longer wants, but for some reason can't or won't fire, are assigned to what we call 'hallwalking,'" says author Peter Van Buren.

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4:29pm

Sun February 26, 2012
Presidential Race

Energy Fuels Newt Gingrich's Comeback Plan

Republican candidate Newt Gingrich is counting on his promise of $2.50-per-gallon gas to return him to front-runner status.
Evan Vucci AP

When voters in Michigan go the polls Tuesday, it's unlikely many will tick the box for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In part, that's because Gingrich has all but written off the state, leaving his opponents to fight over it.

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3:57pm

Sun February 26, 2012
U.S.

What Happens If The Keystone XL Pipeline Isn't Built?

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 7:56 am

A mock oil pipeline near Cushing, Okla.
Brent Baughman/NPR

Part two of a two-part series on the Keystone XL pipeline

Gas isn't like a rare bottle of wine that fetches a high price just because it's rare. But at the same time, no one can agree what drives gas prices. Demand for gasoline in the U.S. is at its lowest point in more than a decade; domestic oil production is at an eight-year high.

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3:03pm

Sun February 26, 2012
Author Interviews

How Sugar Brought An End to Hawaii's Nationhood

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 7:40 am

iStockphoto.com

If you've seen a Hawaiian tourism commercial, a beach movie, or even a cartoon with Daffy Duck in a lei and a grass skirt, you've heard the poignant strains of "Aloha Oe."

But the tune has a history stretching far beyond cartoons and commercials: It was composed in 1878 by the woman who would become the last queen of Hawaii, Lili'uokalani.

Hawaii is the only state to have once been an independent monarchy. And when Lili'u, as she called herself, was born in 1838, it was at its height.

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11:47am

Sun February 26, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Fire Investigation at Black Mountain

Firefighters were busy Friday afternoon carrying items from inside the Black Mountain Missionary Baptist Church. One firefighter carried a cross from the church to put in a safe place outside.
Debbie Caldwell/Harlan Daily Enterprise

A house was destroyed by fire at Black Mountain on Friday, and within an hour, a church was burning no more than 200 yards away. The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fires, and according to sheriff Marvin Lipfird, he has a suspect. “Because of the quick action by several fire departments and the diligent effort by the firefighters, they were able to contain the fire in the church,” Lipfird said.

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