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Why We Shouldn't Completely Destroy Smallpox

My grandfather used to keep all sorts of things in the trunk of his car: Fishing gear, duct tape, aluminum foil, a large chain, a defused WWII hand grenade. When we asked why he squirreled away such a random assortment of items, he would shrug and say, "Just in case."

That, in a nutshell, is why we should never destroy the smallpox virus. Just in case we need it someday.

How Many Americans Die at Work?

Most Americans don't think twice about workplace safety. Perhaps they should. In newly updated numbers for 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 4,628 Americans met their demise while on the job.

Will Millennials Rescue American Science?

The U.S. does have one thing in its favor: Inertia. The fact that we have been #1 for so long means that we will continue to live off of past success for several years to come. But, we can't live on fumes forever.