First Woman Overseeing Air Strikes

Air Force Major General Margaret Woodward is in charge of the U.S. air strikes in Libya and the first woman in U.S. history to oversee an air campaign.

Air Force Major General Margaret Woodward is in charge of the U.S. air strikes in Libya and the first woman in U.S. history to oversee an air campaign, reports Grace Wyler. "Woodward's leadership illustrates how the Libya campaign is throwing gender stereotypes about war out the window. In a NYT column Tuesday, Maureen Dowd notes that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, national security aides Samantha Power and Gayle Smith, and – eventually – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were some of the more vocal supporters of the no-fly zone."

4 reasons why Apple, Facebook and other tech stocks are plunging

The so-called FAANG companies have lost more than $700 billion in market value since October.

(Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • The shares of major tech companies were performing exceptionally well earlier this year, but those gains got nearly erased on Monday.
  • Overvaluation, the U.S.-China trade war and recent privacy concerns surrounding tech companies are among the reasons for the drops.
  • Apple and Facebook have been hit the hardest in recent weeks, thanks in part to a few major reports from news outlets.
Keep reading Show less

A new study says alcohol changes how the brain creates memories

A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.

Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Mind & Brain
  • A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
  • This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
  • The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
Keep reading Show less

Why does turkey make you sleepy?

Is everyone's favorite Thanksgiving centerpiece really to blame for the post-dinner doldrums?

(Photo from Flickr)
Surprising Science
  • Americans kill around 45 million turkeys every year in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal, only to blame our favorite centerpiece for the following food comas.
  • Rumor has it our after-dinner sleepiness results from the tryptophan found in turkey.
  • However, it is the meal's overall nutritional imbalance, not just the tryptophan, that make us want to leave the dishes for tomorrow. Or maybe the next day.
Keep reading Show less