Aug 10 2012

Troops Are Coming Home

August is heaviest homecoming month for Marines in Afghanistan. U.S. News 

The highest number of U.S. Marines will exit Afghanistan in August compared to any other month in 2012 as a large exodus of American troops continues. Coming home to a huge backlog of disability claims clogging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and it could potentially exacerbate a high college drop-out rate and sluggish job hiring, lack of mental health help, physical therapy, now plaguing many veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

"They’re afraid. This is the worst possible time for anybody to look for work let alone anybody who has been wounded and has the cards stacked up against them," said Maretich, who was wounded by a car bomb in Iraq in 2009 and has had trouble finding work in his current city, Colorado Springs. "They could retire (from the military) at 20 ...  They just don't see a job in the civilian world that is safe and pays the same."  What's more, "they don't have enough mental health (help available) now at the VA. Many soldiers will need medical care for problems with their neck, back, or knees and the system that is already trying to catch up will be paralyzed again," he said. "Mix in budget  cuts and what a mess we will have."

 

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Aug 10 2012

Non-Stick Sand

Why doesn’t sand stick to beach volleyball players? YAHOO! Sports 

The sand used in competition is heavily regulated by the International Volleyball Federation. There are no pebbles or bits of shells. The shape ensures a smoother grain. The size is Goldilocks style: not too small or too big. Why doesn't it stick? Because it's designed not to.

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Aug 10 2012

Is It Really Gold?

 

You've just won a gold medal! So why are you trying to eat it? TODAY 

It takes years of grueling training and competition to nab gold at the Olympics. So why do the winners immediately chomp on their hard-earned prizes?

The simple answer: Because the photographers ask them to, says David Wallechinsky, president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and author of “The Complete Book of the Olympics, via email.

While Olympic historians aren’t sure which athlete started the trend, they believe the athletes nibble their prizes to test the metal. People once bit gold coins try to make an indent; a small tooth mark in a coin assured it consisted of real gold, which is more malleable than counterfeit gold-plated lead coins. 

“We know that only in 1912 the gold medals were real gold and that in all later Olympics the gold medals were made from silver with a gilt layer to show it as being gold,” explains Tony Bijkerk, secretary-general of the International Society of Olympic Historians via email. The 2012 medals contain 1.34 percent of gold, making it one of the biggest medals.

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Aug 09 2012

Overcoming Multiple sclerosis

Yesterday, a man shared with us a miraculous story of how God healed him from blindness and Multiple Sclerosis. 

What miracle has God worked in your life?

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