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The leader of the federal bioterrorism lab in which careless procedures may have exposed dozens of workers to live anthrax resigned, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. Michael Farrell, who has led the Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology laboratory since 2009, "voluntarily resigned" on Tuesday, Thomas Skinner, a C.D.C. spokesman said. "It was his decision," Mr. Skinner added. The lab's management was under scrutiny. Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the C.D.C. and Dr. Michael Bell, who is leading the agency's investigation into that incident and another involving a sample contaminated with lethal H5N1 flu, said in an interview last week that they were looking closely at how the lab was run.   more...
 
 
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WASHINGTON - Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state's National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man. On the campaign trail this year, Mr. Walsh, 53, has made his military service a main selling point. Still wearing his hair close-cropped, he notes he was targeted for killing by Iraqi militants and says his time in uniform informs his views on a range of issues.   more...
 
 
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Remember how the open source software movement was supposed to be like Woodstock, with everybody sharing and everything free? An entire economy where you gave a little to get a lot, in a place of love and software? At the risk of bringing down your summer, it's time to admit that this idea didn't work out. Take Big Switch Networks, a company that hoped to be for computer networking what Linux operating system software is for computer servers. A few years ago, Big Switch proposed building networking controller software that was crowd-created and free, which could demolish proprietary networking boxes.   more...
 
 
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PHILADELPHIA - Environmental officials in Pennsylvania have failed to adequately regulate the state's booming natural gas industry, a state report said, reflecting what critics say is weak oversight of the oil and gas industry at a time when drilling is spreading across the United States. Pennsylvania's auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, said Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection has been unable to keep up with the workload placed on it by a proliferation of shale gas wells in the last five years, and has failed to respond adequately to many public complaints about water and air contamination resulting from gas development.   more...
 
 
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EINDHOVEN AIR BASE, the Netherlands - A week ago, they had been packing their bags, preparing for conferences, family visits and vacation. Now, they were returning to the Netherlands in coffins, victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot out of the skies above eastern Ukraine. At 3:48 p.m. on Wednesday, a military cargo plane belonging to the Australian Air Force touched down at the Eindhoven Air Base, home to the Royal Netherlands Air Force, in the southern Netherlands. On board were 24 coffins. Soon afterward, a second, smaller plane landed, its thundering propellers piercing the silence.   more...
 
 
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Any dog owner would testify that dogs are just as prone to jealousy as humans. But can one really compare Othello's agony to Roscoe's pique? The answer, according to Christine Harris, a psychologist at the University of California, San Diego, is that if you are petting another dog, Roscoe is going to show something that Dr. Harris thinks is a form of jealousy, even if not as complex and twisted as the adult human form. Other scientists agree there is something going on, but not all are convinced it is jealousy. And Roscoe and the rest of his tribe were, without exception, unavailable for comment.   more...
 
 
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What really lies across the surface of Mars? Rovers have scurried about the red planet for years, drilling, scooping and analyzing for signs of life, past or present. But to really understand the Martian landscape, scientists need to look at the entire surface. What they have needed is a global geologic map. The red planet is long overdue for a new one. The last major effort in Martian cartography was published in 1987, scraped together from the early Viking probes' scant images and datasets. Since then, four additional orbiters with superior imaging capabilities have journeyed into Martian orbit, collected data and transmitted their findings back to Earth.   more...
 
 
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - It wasn't an aide or a diplomat on the phone with pro-Russian rebels, trying to get them to relinquish the bodies and the "black boxes" from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine - it was the leader of Malaysia himself. Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia played an unusual personal role, holding a series of cellphone conversations with a rebel leader and then coaching a Malaysian colonel on what to say as he passed through nearly a dozen rebel checkpoints on his way to the crash scene, according to a person who was with the prime minister much of the time.   more...
 
 
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CLEMSON, S.C. - After a nearly unprecedented flood destroyed the site, the South Carolina Botanical Garden is almost as good as new - because of the work of more than a dozen Clemson University architecture students. While garden staff worked to restore the thousands of plant species wiped out by the July 2013 flood, the students spent the past year designing and building trails, bridges and drainage plans for the garden on the edge of campus. They finished their work last week.   more...
 
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