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House Approves Bill to Enhance Internet Access for Disabled

The House yesterday voted 348 to 23 to pass a bill that gives Americans with disabilities full access to the Internet and television. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which was sponsored by Rep. Edward J. Markey, gives people with disabilities more options to view and listen to …

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NIST, DARPA Develop Cutting-Edge Translation Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Defense are working together on an avant-garde voice-translation technology designed to improve communication between the U.S. military and non-English speakers in Afghanistan. Called TRANSTAC (spoken language communication and TRANSlation system for TACtical use), the DARPA project currently focuses on …

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HHS Awards $9M to Support Preventive-Medicine Professionals

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week announced awards totaling $9 million to support Preventive Medicine Residency Programs at accredited schools of public health, medical schools and hospitals. Nearly $6.7 million of these 15 awards is part of the $200 million appropriated to HHS’ Health Resources and Services …

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Aspiring Explores Gets Chance to Experiment with NASA

NASA is giving undergraduate students an opportunity to test an experiment in weightless science as part of the its Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. The program offers aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected teams will get to test and evaluate their experiment aboard …

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Dr. Jill Biden Urges Support for Military Children

Dr. Jill Biden stressed the importance of quality education and support for children of military families during a conference last week for the Military Child Education Coalition. The conference was held to raise awareness, address the impact of the stresses of military life on school children and hear feedback from …

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal Retires

Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who recently commanded all U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, retired last Friday in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called McChrystal one of America’s greatest warriors and a treasured friend and colleague. “We bid farewell to Stan McChrystal …

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DHS Launches Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday launched the “Blue Campaign”—a DHS-wide initiative to combat human trafficking through public awareness, victim-assistance programs, and law-enforcement training and efforts. “The battle against human trafficking is a shared responsibility involving the department’s federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners, nonprofit and …

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Napolitano Announces Progress in 9/11 Commission Security Recommendations

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday released the 2010 progress report that highlighted some of the department’s advancements in capabilities for U.S. aviation security in accordance with the 9/11 Commission. “The 9/11 Commission’s recommendations have in many ways set the course for the department’s efforts to combat security …

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Patriotism is the Newest Trend in Cyber Theft

Cyber criminals hiding behind false identities have begun preying on patriotic Internet users to gain money or information. Department of Defense officials have reported a rise in cyber criminals posing as military members to take advantage of patriotic women seeking love online. The criminals oftentimes say they’re deployed, and claim …

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