Washington, DC - Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have conducted simulations suggesting that graphene, in addition to its many other useful features, can be modified with special pores to act as a tunable filter or strainer for ions (charged atoms) in a liquid.

Washington, DC - Use of e-cigarettes (also known as vaping) by high school students has jumped 78% since last year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And it has jumped 48% among middle schoolers. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responding with a proposal to restrict youth access to flavored nicotine products, which the CDC blames for contributing to the surging popularity of vaping.

Washington, DC - U.S. Customs and Border Protection encourages travelers to “Know Before You Go” when traveling to the United States or returning home during the holiday season. CBP officers at international airports, cruise terminals and land border ports of entry around the country and at Preclearance facilities around the world are prepared for the additional traffic expected.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana - A Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based doctor pleaded guilty Tuesday for his role in a scheme to receive approximately $336,000 in illegal health care kickback payments.

Washington, DC -  Today I had my interview for Social Security and was told that because I receive a government retirement pension from the United Kingdom, my Social Security check will be reduced by up to 55%. My question is, how can this be so? My U. K. pension was not a voluntary contribution but a mandatory deduction withheld from my paycheck just like for my U.S. Social Security. Is there any way to get around this drawback? Any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated as I am not financially well off and was depending on both checks and not still having to work after retirement. ~ Perturbed

Washington, DC - On November 21, World COPD Day 2018, the National Institutes of Health unites with millions of people to renew our long-standing commitment to reducing the burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious and debilitating lung disease. A leading cause of death, COPD impacts an estimated  251 million people worldwide (link is external). While many have been diagnosed with the disease, millions more are believed to have it and not know it. In the United States, 16 million people have COPD, and each year more than 150,000 people die because of it.