— December 24, 2008
To track Santa's travels from the North Pole and beyond with Virtual Earth 3D visit:
December 16, 2008
In her report on Nightly News, "First Lady gets big perks, no pay," Andrea Mitchell asked the question, Should the First Lady be paid? Here's what the more than 2,000 MSNBC.com users who participated in our online vote had to say
December 13, 2008
To check the condition and inspection dates of the bridges you cross visit: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21840954
December 12, 2008
Making a Difference: Visit New Jersey's Electronic Information and Education Service site here: http://www.eiesofnj.org
Read NBC News Beijing Bureau Chief Eric Baculinao's World Blog post, "Amid growing unrest, will China Changes it's ways?"
December 11, 2008
Read the full NBC/WSJ survey
December 8, 2008
Read the abstract of the "Sex Differences in Medical Care and Early Death After Acute Myocardial Infarction" study, as reported in the journal Circulation, here.
December 7, 2008
For more of Carmen Wong Ulrich's personal finance tips, visit "On the Money"
December 6, 2008
More information on the people filling the positions within Barack Obama's Cabinet: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27343359/
A state-by-state look at the deteriorating employment situation:
December 2, 2008
Information on the released Nixon tapes:
For more information on the Institute of Medicine's report on the hours worked by doctors in training:
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For information about the young man who died and his mother's efforts to improve patient safety:
December 1, 2008
More information on Mujeres en Accion
November 26, 2008
Tracking the toolbox:
Read the best summary of where it is, and how long it will be visible for here:
Watch it move across the planet here: http://www.n2yo.com/?s=33442
Find out when you can see it in your area here:
November 25, 2008
List of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 2009 "Top Safety Pick" cars.
November 24, 2008
National Geographic's Crittercam Chronicles
November 23, 2008
To watch the live stream of the space shuttle Endeavour's nearly two-week visit to the orbiting outpost,click here.
November 18, 2008
For more information on the "Paws for Purple Hearts" program, which involves veterans with PTSD training dogs for physically wounded veterans, click here: http://www.assistancedog.org/about_us/PPH.html
November 17, 2008
For more information on the diabetes research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and carried out at the University of California, San Francisco, click here: http://news.ucsf.edu/
The research has so far only been conducted in mice; human trials are in the planning stages.
November 14, 2008
Slideshow of big budget events
Milestones in government spending from CNBC.com
For more information from tonight's "Making a Difference," please contact:
Sabrina Brinson, Ph.D
Founder & National Director
Boys Booked on Barbershops / Girls Booked on Beautyshops
Associate Professor, Childhood Education and Family Studies
Missouri State University
901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
Mocha Moms, Inc.
For more information on literacy services, please contact:
National Institute for Literacy
1775 I Street, NW, Suite 730
Washington, DC 20006-2401
The Institute, a federal agency, seeks solutions to improve literacy across the lifespan - children, youth, and adults. It also makes available free scientifically based publications on reading and literacy for learners.
The National Institute for Literacy also offers the America's Literacy Directory (ALD) to support your search for literacy, reading, GED, math, and English as a Second Language programs and resources in your area. The ALD, a free, national online resource, features more than 5,000 entries in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Please visit www.literacydirectory.org or call 1(800) 228-8813 (for English and in Spanish).
Reading is Fundamental, Inc.
1825 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009-5726
1 (877) RIF-READ
Reading is Fundamental, the nation's oldest and largest non-profit children's literacy organization, prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy materials to those who need them most.
November 11, 2008
November 9, 2008
November 5, 2008
On the scene: Witnessing history
Msnbc.com documents the thoughts and emotions of voters.
November 4, 2008
Relive Election Day hour-by-hour
Watch the best of NBC News' coverage from November 4.
October 28, 2008
The cartilage repair procedure featured in Robert Bazell's arthritis report is called NeoCart and is carried out by the Histogenics Corporation located in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information go to:
The adult stem cell research being conducted at the University of California San Francisco is still only in the laboratory stages. For more information on the research program, go to: http://irm.ucsf.edu/
October 23, 2008
October 21, 2008
'Tip of the Spear' -- How to help the Viper Company:
The Army servicemen featured in Richard Engel's reporting from their outpost in Afghanistan would welcome winter hats, gloves and socks, comedy DVDs, videogames, cigars and Christmas treats. Send them to:
Captain James Howell
126 INF 3-1 IBCT
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Related News from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Alzheimer's Association: http://www.alz.org
Alzheimer's Association Spanish language web portal: http://www.alz.org/espanol_recursos_para_los_latinos.asp
Alzheimer's Association 24/7 toll-free national Helpline (Spanish-speaking operators available): 1-800-272-3900.
October 14, 2008
Our Second Generation Americans series is based in part on the following research:
Census national population projections (2008 to 2050): http://www.census.gov/population/www/projections/2008projections.html
A state-by-state breakdown of the percent of people who are foreign born (2007 US Census).
More than 40 percent of America's population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation allows anyone to search passenger names for free: www.ellisisland.org
October 1, 2008
Join Dr. Susan Love's Army of Women -- visit here
Sept. 30, 2008
Erin Burnett mentioned that you can look at the FDIC Web site to see the rules for insuring deposits
September 19, 2008
How to help victims of Hurricane Ike
• The Best Friends Animal Society has rescued dozens of animals in the Galveston area following Hurricane Ike. You can make donations through their Web site, http://www.bestfriends.org/
• The United Way of Greater Houston is asking anyone who would like to volunteer -- as well as those who need assistance -- in the Houston-Galveston area to call 2-1-1 Texas / United Way HELPLINE. Specialists will connect potential volunteers with local agencies in need of help.
• The American Red Cross generally accepts only trained volunteers, but it does need bilingual volunteers who will be given onsite training. Call 713-526-8300 for more information or go to www.redcross.org. Bilingual volunteers are also needed at several San Antonio shelters, a Red Cross spokesperson said. Call 210-224-5151, for more information.
• Catholic Charities of Houston: Call volunteer coordinator Nancy Mercado at 713-305-8268 for information on upcoming disaster relief projects.
• St. Vincent de Paul has activated its home visit program to the elderly and sick known as "Arms Wide Open." To volunteer, e-mail email@example.com.
• Houston mayor Bill White set up the Houston Ike Relief Fund. Send cash donations to: Houston Ike Relief Fund, C/O Greater Houston Community Foundation, 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 100, Houston TX 77027.
• The Houston SPCA is working hard to reconnect lost pets with their owners, as well as rescuing animals from hard-hit areas. You can make a donation here. The animal rescue hotline is 713-435-2990.
The Houston Chronicle has also posted a comprehensive list of places to give and get help.
September 18, 2008
Where They Stand: The Kaiser Family Foundation has conducted an independent comparison of Sen. John McCain's and Sen. Barack Obama's positions on health care reform. You can also read the candidates' official position statements here:
Sen. John McCain: "Straight Talk on Health Care Reform"
Sen. Barack Obama: "Plan for a Healthy America"
September 12, 2008
Learn more about "To Write Love on Her Arms," the suicide prevention program featured in Savannah Guthrie's story, on the project's MySpace page. You can also order merchandise from the official website.
September 11, 2008
More information on neurologist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who wrote a best-selling memoir about her own eight-year recovery from an aneurysm, can be found on her website, http://drjilltaylor.com.
September 5, 2008
Learn more about the Standup2Cancer effort at http://su2c.standup2cancer.org.
September 4, 2008
September 2, 2008
PNAS, the journal that published the article referenced in Robert Bazell's report on the "monogamy gene," has the full research paper here.
The Karolinska Institute has issued public press release as well.
August 26, 2008
Read the full Stanford University study mentioned in John Larson's "Improving with Age" report: "Reduced Disability and Mortality Among Aging Runners."
August 12, 2008
According to a story today in the New York Times, U.S. spending on contractors in Iraq will reach $100 billion sometime this year.
A study appearing in the August 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests citizen-soldiers pressed into service have less preparation for the stress of war and fewer support services after they come back home.
August 5, 2008
More on prostate health and screening
August 3, 2008
More on Newsweek's Christopher Dickey's diary
August 2, 2008
On Nightly Saturday, we reported more details on Ivers' possible motive and audio tapes posted on the New York Times' Web site. In court, a former therapist called Ivers a psychotic "revenge killer."
Read more on the new AIDS infection rate report from the CDC here.
And to learn more on Mark Potters' report on the Run For The Fallen, click here. You can track the runners' journey on the site.
August 1, 2008
On msnbc.com, NBC News employee Casey Chamberlain wrote about her ordeal, opening the lettter addressed to Tom Brokaw.
We also profiled China's Yiwu Commodity Market, the biggest in the world where merchants around the globe travel to buy the stuff they sell you. Click here to learn more about an author mentioned in the piece Sara Bongiorni, on her year on living without China.
At the end of tonight's broadcast, we featured a summer camp that's making a difference in the lives of dyslexic kids. You can learn more about that organization here.
July 31, 2008
And did you see the solar eclipse? Meet a man who travels the world just to witness an eclipse (video).
July 30, 2008
In tonight's broadcast, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell and Chuck Todd reported on the controversial new John McCain tv ad . The First Read folks also weighed in on the matter, offering a glimpse of what people were saying over at Drudge, politico.com, and theinsider.com. Lively discussions on the subject were also taking place over at Huffingtonpost.com, and talkingpointsmemo.com, and NBC's Andrea Mitchell summed up her conversation with Obama senior strategist David Axelrod here.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released its evaluation of the safety of synthetic turf athletic fields, concluding that young children are not at risk from exposure to lead in these fields. As an overall guideline, the CPSC recommends that children wash their hands after playing outside. The commission's evaluation is available at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08348.html.
July 29, 2008
A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. There were no immediate reports of major damage or serious injuries. Read the story here. Newsviners shared their accounts of the earthquake here. What causes quakes? See this interactive.
July 25, 2008
Mark Potter's report on parents who are deferring their own retirement to keep their kids out of debt refers to an AARP survey statistic that says 39 percent of respondents ages 45 and older are paying bills for their adult children. You can read the full AARP report, "The Economic Slowdown's Impact on Middle-Aged and Older Americans," here.
Several photos of the barge-and-tanker collision that caused a major oil spill in the Mississippi River near New Orleans can be viewed here.
July 22, 2008
Caught on tape: The video showing President Bush making light of the economic and housing crisis at a fundraiser in Houston can be seen here.
RX for Sex?: You can read the full JAMA report on the use Viagra to treat women with antidepressant-associated sexual dysfunction here.
You can view Part One of Robert Bazell's report on Iceland's genetic jackpot here; NBC Producer Jane Derenowski also wrote this related blog post from Iceland.