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4:06pm

Sat August 3, 2013
Sports

How Major League Baseball Alleviated Its Broken Bat Problem

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 5:29 pm

Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers breaks his bat on a single to right field during a game in June. The rate of such breaks has been cut in half since 2008.
Victor Decolongon Getty Images

Back in 2008, Major League Baseball had a problem with broken bats. That season, bats were breaking into multiple pieces at a higher rate than ever before: around once per game.

The problem coincided with a surge in the popularity of maple bats over the traditional ash.

A bat that simply cracks isn't too big a deal. But in 2008, maple bats kept breaking apart. Often, they'd break along the handle, sending the heavier upper barrel of the bat flying.

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3:30pm

Sat August 3, 2013
Research News

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 6:50 pm

A nematode worm glows as it nears death in this screenshot from a YouTube video showing the work of researchers in London.
Wellcome Trust YouTube

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.

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4:19pm

Fri August 2, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama Nominee For IRS Chief Has History With Tough Tasks

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 5:26 pm

President Obama has nominated John Koskinen to be commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.
Ron Edmonds AP

The Internal Revenue Service, under attack by congressional Republicans, has been operating without a permanent commissioner. President Obama nominated John Koskinen on Thursday for what might be seen as a thankless job.

The president called his nominee "an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform." But Koskinen will have his work cut out for him, starting with his Senate confirmation hearing.

History With Struggling Agencies

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4:19pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Congress May Be Getting Its Own Obamacare Glitch Fixed

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 9:16 pm

If you worked here, you'd be worried about losing your employer-funded health insurance contributions.
iStockphoto.com

As its last official action before leaving for a five-week summer break, the House today voted — for the 40th time — to block implementation of the federal health law.

But it was something that happened late Thursday night affecting members of Congress and their staffers' own health insurance that attracted more attention around the Capitol.

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3:28pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Political Crisis In Egypt

In Egypt, 'Third Square' Protesters Seek Middle Road

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 6:05 pm

Activists from a group called "Third Square," which promotes a middle way in the rift between the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of the army's overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, shout slogans as they gather to oppose both parties at Sphinx Square in Giza on July 30.
Asmaa Waguih Reuters/Landov

Tensions are running high in Egypt, as supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi continue their protests. But they aren't the only ones.

Barely two weeks after Morsi was toppled in early July, a new protest movement emerged on the scene in Cairo.

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