About Ruth @ruthetam
Online Editorial Production Assistant at the PBS NewsHour.
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Nation Oct 31Virgin’s commercial spaceship crashes during test flight
https://twitter.com/corybe/status/528256432173768704/photo/1 A test flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo ended when an in-flight failure occurred on Friday and the aircraft exploded mid-air. The California Highway patrol reported one fatality and one major injury from the accident.
Nation Oct 318 things you didn’t know about Halloween
1. It was the baby boomers who made trick or treating what it is today. A movement to start trick or treating began in the late 20s and early 30s. But, according to Susan Whiteside of the National…
Nation Oct 20Small group of specialty drugs could make up half of total pharmacy spending by 2018
Specialty medications are expected to account for half of total annual pharmacy spending, or $235 billion, by 2018.
Science Sep 30This is how you get Ebola, as explained by science
This post was originally published on Aug. 21 and updated on Sep. 30 to reflect the latest numbers from the World Health Organization. As of Sep. 30, the Ebola virus had killed more than 3,000 people in the West African…
Nation Sep 18Blacks, Hispanics doubtful about media accuracy
A new study by the American Press Institute reveals that African-Americans and Hispanics are using the same digital tools at the same rate as the American population overall. But the majority of these Americans don’t rely on new technology to…
Science Sep 11For dyslexic students, are smart phones easier to read than books?
In a recent report for the National Science Foundation's "Science Nation," NewsHour Science correspondent Miles O'Brien explored how smart phones could help people who are dyslexic with their reading skills.
Politics Sep 10Obama’s airstrike plan met with support and skepticism from the Hill
Reaction to the prime-time address Wednesday night ranged from support to skepticism to questions of a lack of specifics for fighting the Islamic State militants.
Science Sep 03How one tick bite can lead to a life-threatening meat allergy
One night in the summer of 2009, Jeremy Spittle emerged from a hot tub covered in hives that itched “four times more than poison ivy.” For months, his skin broke out like this every few days. The only thing that…
Nation Aug 26When it comes to Facebook, we all just want to be popular, study finds
If you think your Facebook NewsFeed or Twitter timeline is becoming an echo chamber of the same material, you’re right. According to a new Pew Research Center report on the role of social media in civil discourse, Facebook might not…
Nation Aug 22When should police use deadly force?
Even with two investigations underway regarding Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., questions raised during two weeks of riots over the lethal use of police force are unlikely to fade. Did Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown,…