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JENNIFER RUBIN: The U.S. is failing in Yemen and as far as the eye can see

Reuters reports, “Houthi militia forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized an air base on Wednesday and appeared poised to capture the southern port of Aden from defenders loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, local residents said. After taking al-Anad air base, the Houthis and their military allies, supported by heavy armor, advanced to within 20 km (12 miles) of Aden, where Hadi has been holed up since fleeing the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa last month.”

DNA engineering could lead to new food flavors and ingredients

NEW YORK — Thanks to recent advances in synthetic biology — a hybrid discipline of engineering and biology that makes possible the manipulation of DNA of microorganisms such as yeast, bacteria, fungi and algae — a new generation of “organism engineers” has already started experimenting with the creation of new flavors and ingredients. In doing so, they have the potential to transform synthetic biology into a new creative platform to enable chefs, bakers or brewers to create new flavor profiles for food and drink.

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KYLE SCHWARTZ: Learning to teach to Common Core standards made us better teachers

When the Common Core State Standards were rolled out in Colorado in 2010, it was a challenge. At first, my colleagues and I at Doull Elementary in southwest Denver struggled to understand this monumental change. We read the documents, pored over the appendices and wrestled with the terminology. Teachers sat around lunch tables debating the merits of each standard. We wondered whether students could meet these new, much higher expectations, and we discussed how to best explain the changes to families.

Germanwings crash and aviation safety trends

Tuesday’s crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps, which most likely resulted in the death of all 150 people on board, will undoubtedly lead to a re-examination of flight safety statistics. What we’ll find is that although the number of crashes is steadily declining, the number of casualties per accident is on the rise.

ADAM MINTER: Care to guess where those fish sticks came from?

If you want to know where your smartphone or blender was assembled, you just have to search its exterior. More likely than not, you’ll find a label saying “Assembled in China” — a disclosure required by the U.S. government. But what if you want to know where the frozen chicken nuggets you found in your local supermarket were processed? You can search the box, but you won’t find the answer. That’s because, under U.S. law, processed meat, poultry and seafood products don’t need to declare where their ingredients came from.