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Cheat Sheet: July 23, 2012

NCAA punishes Penn State severely

Today the NCAA issued several punishments against Penn State’s football program, after the child molestation scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The NCAA stopped just short of delivering the death penalty, or completely shutting down the university’s football program. The reparations include a $60 million fine, a four-year postseason ban, the loss of several scholarships over the next four years and the revocation of all Penn State victories from 1998-2011. As a result of these penalties, Joe Paterno no longer holds the title of most college football career wins. It is expected that it will take the university’s program many years to recover from these sanctions. (Source)

NASA’s runs flight test of new heat shield

All systems were go today at NASA’s test launch at Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore. The aerospace company conducted a test flight of a new heat shield that would be used for future spacecraft landings. NASA performed the launch to determine whether a space capsule could use an inflatable outer shell to slow and protect itself as it enters an atmosphere at hypersonic speeds. The test flight was a success, meaning future launches will test even bigger inflatable aeroshells. (Source)

AIDS conference seeks cure for deadly disease

For the first time in 22 years, the US is hosting the world’s largest gathering of AIDS doctors and experts. The 19th International AIDS Conference will meet this week in Washington, D.C., to discuss research on how to prevent HIV infection, how to treat the disease and on a possible way to cure those who are infected. (Source)  

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