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SCIENCE
July 30, 2013 | By Amina Khan
When astronaut Luca Parmitano's helmet suddenly began filling with water as he floated outside the International Space Station, NASA officials said they'd never seen such a malfunction before. Now, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy explains in a video what happened to make his Italian partner's helmet leak. Parmitano, a European Space Agency astronaut who had become Italy's first spacewalker a week before, was roughly an hour into the July 16 exercise when he said his head felt "really wet. " Even as the team called off the spacewalk, liquid bubbles filled his helmet, ears and nose, even blocking his ability to speak.
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SCIENCE
July 16, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Officials are working to understand what caused an astronaut's helmet to fill with water - a serious leak that scrapped a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, NASA representatives said at a news conference Tuesday. The mysterious leak put roughly 1 to 1.5 liters of water into the suit of the European Space Agency's Luca Parmitano, whose helmet began to flood partway through the exercise. The water eventually got into his eyes and at times prevented him from speaking.
SCIENCE
July 16, 2013 | By Amina Khan
    A spacewalk outside the International Space Station was cut off after water began pouring into astronaut Luca Parmitano's helmet, NASA officials said Tuesday. You can watch a live briefing about what happened at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time in the video above. Parmitano, a European Space Agency astronaut who became Italy's first spacewalker after his first foray on July 9, was little more than an hour into the spacewalk when he reported that his head felt "really wet" and that the feeling was increasing.
SPORTS
May 11, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Heads up Brandon McCarthy was eager to inspect the pitcher helmets making the rounds this spring. Then he tried one on. "It felt like a cat was sleeping on my head," he said. McCarthy had emergency brain surgery after he was hit on the head by a line drive last year. J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays was hospitalized overnight and diagnosed with a skull fracture after he was hit on the head Tuesday. McCarthy, with the Oakland Athletics last year and Arizona Diamondbacks this year, said the helmet prototypes this spring were neither comfortable nor sufficiently protective.
SPORTS
April 24, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't been much to look at on the football field of late, but, thanks to a Nike uniform makeover, at least they'll stand out.   The Jaguars' new duds feature a sharp, angular font on jet-black jerseys with teal accents and gold trim, with a new trait unlike any other NFL team: a two-tone helmet that fades from black to gold. Jacksonville also has white- and teal-based versions of the uniform with alternating colors. In a nod to the city of Jacksonville's multiple military bases, the Jaguars' new uniforms also have a military-style patch over the heart.
HEALTH
April 13, 2013 | Roy M. Wallack, Wallack is coauthor of "Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100."
I should be dead, twice. The fact that I'm not -- or even brain-damaged (I think) -- is due to the helmets I wore while being hit by a car and slamming head-first into a mountain trail. By design, their foam shells cracked instead of my skull, leaving me with scrapes, a concussion and the ability to ride another day. Cycling's speed and freedom make it inherently risky. Dangers lurk everywhere: distracted drivers; trees, rocks and potholes; 50 mph downhills. Bike fatalities are overwhelmingly due to head injuries.
SPORTS
March 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
PHOENIX -- Despite complaints that they are fundamentally changing the game, NFL owners voted almost unanimously Wednesday to ban players from ducking their heads to initiate contact in the open field. The rules change, which capped the league's annual meeting, passed by a 31-1 margin, with the only vote against it coming from the Cincinnati Bengals. The rule imposes a 15-yard penalty if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the crown (top) of his helmet when both players are clearly outside the tackle box. The tackle box is defined as an area extending from offensive tackle to tackle and from three yards beyond the line of scrimmage back to the end zone behind the line of scrimmage.
SPORTS
March 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
NFL owners voted Wednesday to approve all proposed rules changes, including the controversial crown-of-the-helmet rule, which seeks to eliminate the use of a helmet as a weapon. That rule passed, 31-1. The rule, which applies mainly to running backs, imposes a 15-yard penalty if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top of his helmet when both players are clearly outside the tackle box. The tackle box is defined as an area extending from tackle to tackle and from three yards behind the line of scrimmage to the offensive team's end line.
SPORTS
March 19, 2013 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
PHOENIX - In the name of player safety, the NFL is weighing a ban on running backs initiating contact in the open field by lowering their heads and using the crown of their helmet to strike defenders. But the proposed rule is jarring to many, including some prominent former ballcarriers who are concerned the potential change fundamentally alters the game and could leave running backs even more vulnerable. "This is a joke," Hall of Fame back Marshall Faulk said Tuesday on NFL Network, for whom he's an analyst.
SPORTS
February 26, 2013 | By Gary Klein, Mike DiGiovanna and Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson occasionally experiences a short, unsettling dream. It comes just as he dozes off, and ends abruptly before he can reach a deep sleep. "A lot of pitchers have that kind of dream," Hanson said, "where the ball is coming at your face and you're jolted awake. " The nightmare became reality for two major league pitchers last season. In September, Brandon McCarthy of the Oakland Athletics suffered a skull fracture that required surgery after a line drive off the bat of Angels shortstop Erick Aybar struck him on the side of his head.
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