For decades former NASA contractor Bob Ebeling was haunted by his failed effort to stop the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger after discovering defective O-rings that caused the spacecraft to disintegrate in flight, claiming the lives of seven astronauts. Just weeks before his death on Monday, however, the 89-year-old man had found peace.
Following a story commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy, in which Ebeling said he still suffered from feelings of regret, NPR reports that many of its readers and listeners reached out to Ebeling to express their support.
"Ebeling heard from hundreds of NPR readers and listeners, who responded to our January story," the news agency reported. more >>
Sometimes people are described as being consume by their work. However for one meteorologist that idiom might have gotten a little too literal.
Liberté Chan of KTLA 5 thought that her dress was light enough that the green screen used to project the weather map would not mistake it for the background.
But boy was she wrong! Hilarity ensues as all of a sudden her body becomes part of the forecast, leading to a coworker putting his jacket over her like a gentleman should. more >>
Even those most closely associated with snow have to have their first time in the white stuff. And this is one of the most adorable examples out there.
A polar bear cub celebrates her 3-month birthday at a Toronto zoo, being given the best present ever for the special day and accepting it in the cutest way possible.
In a video posted to YouTube by an account named "Unusual" on Single Person Awareness Day, the cub wonders about a winter wonderland. more >>
Thousands of campaign volunteers, as well as several buildings including a high school gymnasium and a Pentecostal church, have been incinerated after "Feeling the Bern."
In what many survivors and eye witnesses can only describe as a vast fireball, the Hillary Clinton campaign suffered severe losses after large numbers of supporters felt the Bern.
While details remain unclear as to how the blaze began, its point of origin appears to have been a Bernie Sanders speech accidentally blared over the loudspeakers at the crowded gym. more >>
The 2016 blizzard has brought the East Coast and especially the nation's capital a good deal of grief over the past several days. Consider this one of the few pluses.
At the Smithsonian's National Zoo, one adorable panda discovered the several inches of snow that had fallen and could not get enough of it.
Named Tian Tian, the Smithsonian posted a video on YouTube showing the plump furry creature rolling about the white stuff, throwing it upon himself in glee. more >>
Pro-life activists returning to the Midwest in dozens of buses after taking part in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., were stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike late Saturday due to an accident followed by a massive dumping of snow by Storm Jonas, which has claimed at least 18 lives. A stranded Catholic group celebrated mass on an altar they made with snow.
Hundreds of demonstrators found themselves stuck on the busy Interstate 76 Saturday after braving through the threat of Jonas to march down to the U.S. Supreme Court Building Friday to demand an end to abortion.
Among those stranded was a group of more than 300 students and chaperons from Omaha, Nebraska, reported KETV.com, which said almost all the buses had food, water and gas, and the people in high spirits. more >>