The Gamer Who Raised Me


There are many factors that have made me into the person I am today, as is the case with any person on this planet. My personality has been partially formed by that chemical factor called 'depression' that I have discussed here many times but, as any good psychologist would tell me, there are also plenty of external… »6/29/13 11:29am6/29/13 11:29am

"I Am Sorry That It Has Come to This": A Soldier's Last Words


Daniel Somers was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was part of Task Force Lightning, an intelligence unit. In 2004-2005, he was mainly assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad, Iraq, where he ran more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, interviewed… »6/22/13 11:54am6/22/13 11:54am

Unemployment Stories, Vol. 38: 'You Think It Can't Happen to You?'


America's official unemployment rate edged up to 7.6% in May; a more accurate measure is closer to 14%. Either way, millions of Americans are unable to find decent jobs. Each week, we hear from some of them in our "Unemployment Stories" series. This is what's happening out there. »6/10/13 7:44pm6/10/13 7:44pm

How a Supercomputer May Have Finally Unlocked a Way to Beat HIV


There's no easy answer for HIV; the sly virus uses our own immune cells to its advantage and mutates readily to shrug off round after round of anti-retrovirals. But thanks to the efforts researchers from the University of Illinois and some heavy-duty number crunching from one of the world's fastest petaflop… »6/01/13 5:32pm6/01/13 5:32pm

Unemployment Stories, Vol. 33: 'We Will Not Bounce Back From This'


America's official unemployment rate is 7.5%. But among young people, our unemployment rate is one of the worst in the developed world, and we are rapidly developing a new permanent underclass of the long-term unemployed. Each week (now that a brief sabbatical is over), we bring you true stories of unemployment,… »5/06/13 6:14pm5/06/13 6:14pm