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Diver veterans parachute into shark-infested waters and spend 44 hours battling off predators as they recreate George H.W. Bush’s WWII ordeal when he was downed in the Pacific | Daily Mail

Two adventurers were dumped three miles off land into some of the most shark-infested waters on Earth and told to survive as long as they could. James Glancy and Paul de Gelder parachuted out of a plane into the Pacific Ocean with nothing but their hands to ward off the thousands of sharks in the water below them. They lasted ... Read More »

Here’s one thing military parents should do before their child joins the military | Military Times

As officials sort out the issue of how notes contained in military children’s medical records may disqualify those children from joining the military after they reach adulthood, one possible proactive step parents can take now is to get copies of their children’s records to find out if there are any red flags, said one psychiatrist who is advocating for change. ... Read More »

Climate is warming faster than it has in the last 2,000 years | Science Daily

Many people have a clear picture of the “Little Ice Age” (from approx. 1300 to 1850). It’s characterized by paintings showing people skating on Dutch canals and glaciers advancing far into the alpine valleys. That it was extraordinarily cool in Europe for several centuries is proven by a large number of temperature reconstructions using tree rings, for example, not just ... Read More »

Brain protein mutation from child with autism causes autism-like behavioral change in mice | Science Daily

A de novo gene mutation that encodes a brain protein in a child with autism has been placed into the brains of mice. These mice then showed severe alterations of specific behaviors that closely resemble those seen in human autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. This major finding from a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation “presents the exciting ... Read More »

97-year-old Marine veteran recalls life of service, persistence | Stars and Stripes

Buttoned up in dress blues, June Fremont was treated like a celebrity at a 2017 Marine Corps ball held near Washington. The still-visible bruise on her right hand is proof of the hundreds of handshakes she received that night, many from young female Marines thanking her for her example and inspiration. That same hand, Fremont will proudly tell you, shook ... Read More »

Five years after Phoenix scandal, VA still doesn’t keep reliable wait-time data | Stars and Stripes

The Department of Veterans Affairs still fails to reliably track wait times for veterans seeking health care in the wake of a national scandal that five years ago found more than 200 veterans died while waiting for appointments, a federal watchdog agency reported. The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing Wednesday to assess the VA’s progress on wait ... Read More »

Detail, please halt! Belgian cadets display the worst drill in the history of upright walking | Military Times

The following is an open letter to the esteemed Belgian Defence Forces on behalf of a now-perturbed international community. To whom it should greatly concern, The United States and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration celebrated the 50th anniversary of man’s historic first steps on the Moon this week, a feat Neil Armstrong, reflecting the childlike elation of the rest ... Read More »

Parasitic plants use stolen genes to make them better parasites | Science Daily

Some parasitic plants steal genetic material from their host plants and use the stolen genes to more effectively siphon off the host’s nutrients. A new study led by researchers at Penn State and Virginia Tech reveals that the parasitic plant dodder has stolen a large amount of genetic material from its hosts, including over 100 functional genes. These stolen genes ... Read More »

Why leaving the military is harder for female vets | Military Times

When she left the military in 2005, Jodie M. Grenier went from being on a team of intelligence analysts reporting to then-Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, with a top security clearance, to waiting tables. “It was frustrating. I had a very purpose-driven job, and when I got out, I went to a community college and waited tables,” Grenier said. Grenier ... Read More »

This new Marine was born in Afghanistan and hopes to return – this time to fight extremism | Stars and Stripes

Marine Pvt. Atiqullah Assadi remembers the Afghanistan of his childhood vividly. The country’s mountains and vistas remind Assadi, who later grew up in Detroit, of western states like Colorado and Washington. “I would love to return,” said Assadi, seated on the steps in front of a building at Parris Island, S.C., in a Marine Corps video released Monday. “It’s beautiful ... Read More »