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For the first time, President Trump is giving a speech to a joint session of Congress*. Since the President has a habit of keeping us all guessing, here is a wish-list of things we would like to hear Mr. Trump talk about.
Famed "People's Court" Judge Joseph Wapner died at 97 in his sleep as per his son. We often hear on the news or even in daily conversation that a person died in his or her sleep. This concept is routinely conflated with the notion a death was by “old age” or "natural causes" or “debility." What do these terms actually mean? 
In a unanimous Supreme Court victory, a young girl with cerebral palsy, Ehlena Fry, and her service dog, Wonder, succeeded in making the ability to pursue justice against discrimination for those managing disabilities that much easier.
The Pew Research Center asked scientists and non-scientists their opinions on various scientific topics: GMOs, global warming, pesticide usage, etc. The results are not surprising - there is a big gap between what those two groups think. The question is - why and what can be done to shrink the gap?  
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just announced they are temporarily suspending work by lab scientists in BSL-4 (aka biosafety level 4) facilities. They recently learned their current stock of air hoses that  attach to the protective suits worn by staff have not been certified for breathing air.
Past studies have suggested a link between cat ownership and psychosis, specifically Schizophrenia. But researchers say the latest studies simply don't show any association. That's bad news for the crazy ole cat lady, who can't use her feline friends as an excuse. 
Tattoo artists must lean over their customers and maintain steady positions, sometimes for hours at a time – and the physical strains they endure can be significant. That's the key finding of the first-ever study of its kind, researchers say, measuring neck- and back-muscle stress at work.
A new report, entitled "Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance," addresses three major applications of genome editing. However, it includes a focus on making changes in the DNA – germline editing –that can be passed down through generations. 
Three separate bills have been introduced in the U.S. Congress that are designed to drive a stake into the vampire-like Independent Payment Advisory Board. It has no members, little funding and bipartisan support for its demise.    
Kim Jong Un's half-brother Kim Jong-Nam was assassinated – with a poison. No one knows what it was, but that hasn't stopped chemists from speculating. Here are a few of the intriguing possibilities. They are almost certainly wrong.
Among the conclusions from a newly-released study focusing on women's military service during the Vietnam War – both in uniform and as civilians – one is rather eye-catching: That longer service corresponded to greater happiness and life satisfaction decades later. 
Who knew that you would wake up one day, only to find that you have 79 organs – rather than the 78 you went to sleep with? It didn't exactly happen this way, but the classification of the mesentery as an organ is an important discovery with many medical implications.