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  1. Ty R. at |

    I believe the Malaria Vaccine is the most important breakthrough. If the vaccine works, then it could really impact the world from a global standpoint. The rising populations in third world nations (that have more malaria cases) could promote things like tourism, spreading of culture, but maybe increase violence as well. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out in the future.

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  2. Lukas J at |

    I think the most important event during the month of August is the chaos in Syria. Suddenly I feel like USA Army and government has the idea that they need to get involved. I am not saying it is a bad idea, but it is always US army who starts this involvement. And I am asking myself why is it like this?

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  3. Noelle Chorba at |

    As a Nursing major, my interests revolve around healthcare. To me, the most important of all of these news items would be the Malaria vaccine. If this vaccine proves to be valid and works, it can save millions of people affected by this fast-spreading disease. The only issue we may come across is making it affordable for those who live in third world countries, where this disease is more prevalent.

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  4. Breann Gindlesberger at |

    The malaria vaccine was the most important breakthrough to me. I will always have an interest in healthcare advances which is part of the reason I chose to go into nursing. This disease has caused so many deaths and other problems. I was unaware that they were working on a vaccine for it, so this was breaking news to me. I sure hope this testing works well and the vaccine proves to be effective.

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  5. Emily Kaiser at |

    The malaria vaccine is by far the biggest event in August of 2013 purely due to the possibilities that it grants to the world: this vaccine not only brings possible health and well-being, but a tide of hope. A hope for all those infected or in danger of being infected; a hope that missionaries of all sorts feel while helping those in need, renewed by a sense of accomplishment; a hope for all those searching for cures and vaccines for all diseases to continue pushing through because this possible vaccine for malaria proves that it is possible. Although the vaccine itself is groundbreaking, the inspiration that piggybacks with it means more to mankind than the riddance of the disease ever could.

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  6. Tyler Cates at |

    The most important event in August 2013 is the malaria vaccine in my opinion. I am an athletic training major, so I feel anyway to help people is great. If this vaccine actually works it could save a great number of lives. This disease causes so many deaths a year and just to be able to cut that number in half would be a great accomplishment.

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  7. Lia Hart at |

    The most important event in August 2013 would be without a doubt the malaria vaccine because if this can totally cure it then millions of people would survive and get to live this rest of their lives that God gave them. It will save a lot of tears to the people who get malaria and their families. The idea that millions of people will survive is more important and sentimental.

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  8. Andrew Conner at |

    Amazon and The Washington Post did not merge. Bezos bought the post with his own money, not amazons corporate funds.

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  9. T Goff at |

    Although I feel a lot of these issues are incredible (like the new species), horrific (such as the idiot Castro), scary (in terms of terrorism and war), questionable (leaks of information) and “about time” (equal opportunities for everyone regardless of ethnicity, religion and sexual preference) I would equally agree with most of the posts so far…that the Malaria vaccine is most important among these. New species only adds to our wonderful world of diversity; idiots like Castro will spend the rest of their miserable lives in prison; terrorism and war has the potential of uniting a nation; equality strengthens the possibilities of everyone pursuing a lifetime of happiness; but a vaccine allows individuals, who once had no choice but to deal with this disease, an opportunity to no longer suffer or watch their loved ones suffer and that is something that should be important to all of us.

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  10. Alexandra "Ali" Dunn at |

    Although it was very difficult for me to choose the most important event in August 2013, I would have to say it was when Ariel Castro was imprisoned for raping and murder. One, it is justice that will be served for the three woman and some of their unborn children. Two, in my opinion it opens the worlds eyes and makes them wonder how many more cases are out there? Where there are innocent woman being treated like sex slaves. Even though it was a small case, it is powerful because justie is being served.

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  11. Jillian Shultz at |

    The top ten stories in August were all interesting, the story that I felt as most important and interesting for myself was the possible new malaria vaccine. Being a Nursing student I am already interested in learning about the health care system and new findings and advances within science. I think that as our world keeps on advancing more, we will continue to find more medicines to help cure or prevent some of our world’s major diseases.

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  12. Carie Edwards at |

    As a daughter of a Vietnam veteran I am concerned with the state our government as gotten into with Syria. President Obama decided that the United States “should take military action against Syrian targets”. This could be a new destination for our troops; many of which are my friends, friends’ husbands and family members. I am curious and worried that the United States is getting over our heads with Syria at this time.

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  13. Angela Reed at |

    I think that the Malaria Vaccine is the most important event because if it works, it could change so many peoples lives, and even save some as well. I’m a nursing major, and up until this point I’ve learned more things about the effects of this disease then anything else. So to see that there could be a cure/vaccine for it is extremely important to the medical field, IF it works!

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  14. Melissa Smith at |

    Although there were many important events, I feel that the malaria vaccine was the most important event in August 2013. This can potentially save thousands of peoples lives. Since it has such an effect on so many people I feel that this makes it to the top of the list. Also, I feel that many times it is best to focus on the good (such as the cure) rather than focusing on the negative things (such as Ariel Castro).

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  15. Katie Redmond at |

    I believe that there are many important advances and news named on this list. From the perspective of a nursing major I find the Malaria vaccine interesting and hope that this gives others hope to eventually find cures/vaccines for other diseases such as HIV or cancer.
    From the perspective of an Ohioan I am pleased with the news that Castro has faced judgement and is getting a sentencing that he deserves. It is terrifying to think that things like this have happened so close to home.
    Also I think for people involved in political sciences they would have a “hay-day” reading this list because of all of the political and governmental information included.

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  16. TMK at |

    I think that the Malaria vaccine is a true break through. Not only for the people of the third world nations but also for the people that provide humanitarian efforts to these countries. As for the killing of Syrian people something has to be done. I do not understand President Obama reasoning for asking congress and waiting for them to return to make a decision. I think his decisions on Syria will definitely be brought up during election time.

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  17. Trisha Harvey at |

    I believe that the new Malaria vaccine is very important. I am currently a nursing student and working in the nursing field. More and more we see viruses and bacteria that are now resistant to everything that we have and it is harder to find cures for these viruses and bacterial infections. This is a positive to help with the spread of Malaria and we will not have to worry about these outbreaks if we can start to get everyone vaccinated for this.

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  18. Lynnette Bosley at |

    It was a tough call to pick an event for this month, but I am going to have to go with the events in Syria. The government intervening could have some serious consequences for the U.S., but only time will tell what they will be. The idea of chemical weapons is pretty scary and could have further consequences as well. On a positive note I believe that the breakthrough with the malaria vaccine is a great thing. Millions of lives could be saved, and with everything going on with other countries we needed some positive news.

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  19. Robyn Siburt at |

    In light of Castro’s recent death, I would like to say that he made my top 10. But he’s a creep, and I won’t give him the time of day. I would have to say, then, that my Top 10 would be the newly instated rights for the LBGT community! Regardless of personal beliefs and values, I can’t fathom why people, regardless of who or how they love, can’t have the same basic rights as any other person. It seems to me that everyone should be entitled to have a family and a home life, and be able to do all of the things that families do. Fear of the unfamiliar or something outside of another person’s comfort zone shouldn’t have an impact on the happiness of others. Thumbs up to California and all of the other states that recognize the that LBGT community has rights too!

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  20. Kia Tyler at |

    I know it is not the most important article from the choices above. Considering I have a gay brother though, it is to me. I believe the LGBT article where transgender students having the choice to choose which restroom they use and legally same-sex marriages are to be treated equal with female and male marriages is the most important. This is a huge step for the LGBT community. I will never understand the dilemma with this topic in the first place. Love is love, no matter the gender. Hundreds of years from now when whoever finds our remains we will all be bones and the same. Everyone is equal and nobody should be punished for who they love.

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  21. Alexander Byers at |

    I think that the most important event of August 2013 is the discovery of a new species. While this doesn’t have an impact on the day to day lives of most of the world’s population like the vaccine may or social change that the new tax regulations will, but I still think it is fascinating. We have been living here for thousands of years and we are just now finding this cute little guy and I think that that is awesome. It’s not like he’s super tiny and he doesn’t live at the bottom of the ocean. He looks like something you should see every day crossing the road in front of you. Sorry for getting so geeked out about this but I just think its really cool and Important for the scientific community.

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  22. Nicole Wrubel at |

    To me, the most important event during the month of August was the developments in the LGBT community. The changes brought in California allow for those who identify as being transgendered to be more comfortable being themselves. Now, it no longer would be humiliating to be forced to use a restroom or play on a sports team with what your sex may be biologically, but not with what you identify with as your gender. Also, recognizing these legally same-sex marriages federally was a huge step! To me, these changes are steps towards having all citizens have the same equal rights regardless of sexual orientation. Hopefully these acts will lead toward a more accepting society.

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  23. Brooke Keber at |

    It was extremely difficult for me to decide whether the Malaria vaccine was the most important event in August or the continued chaos in the Middle East. Both are huge events that could change history, but I’m going to go with the Malaria vaccine because it has the potential to save millions of lives and improve millions more, whereas the conflict in the Middle East will only destroy people’s lives. I truly hope the vaccine proves to be successful not only for the countless lives it will save, but also for the inspiration it could provide for other possible medical breakthroughs.

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  24. Karl Paulik at |

    I think the malaria vaccine is the most important. If the vaccine actually works it could save lives all over the world. It also shows how our technology and scientist continue to make new discoveries all the time which allows us to continue to grow as a country. Finally it gives hope that we will find vaccines or cures for diseases we do not have today such as cancer or AIDS

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  25. Amber Johnson at |

    Ariel Castro you are one crazy guy. I feel so bad for the girls that had to deal with his freaky personality, or should I say no personality. I did recently hear that he committed suicide in prison. Yes! He deserved it!! I would have to say my top 10 most interesting to me would have to be the malaria vaccine. The vaccine that could help out many people that are having problems. It now gives those people the fight to make this world a viable and worthwhile fight for more cures.

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  26. Molly at |

    I think that is disgusting that men who take women hostage for years at a time get away with it for so long. Those women are damaged for life and the brutality that they go through is unreal. Ariel Castro is a gross person with awful things that he did to women in his home, the fact he is in prison for life plus a 1000 years is totally appropriate. Death would have been way to easy.

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  27. Mallory M at |

    I think it is amazing that we are able to still find new animals!! The olinguito is exactly as the description impies, a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear. How much more adorable can you get?

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  28. RFonseca at |

    I believe that the vaccine is the most important and exciting to me because the fact is, I am going to be a doctor. If we can make breakthroughs like finding something to help possibly prevent deaths and serious illnesses buy one of the most deadliest diseases of the world then I believe that this will push researchers harder to succeed in their research in the cures for cancer. I have heard that there is a certain part of the AIDS virus that is extracted and put into the bloodstream which then in turn destroy the cancer causing cells. Before that, in Boston, Massachusetts, student researchers and professional researchers had discovered possibilities of finding if a person is prone to cancerous cells through the bloodstream. Malaria, at times, has been more scary to me because I am an outdoors type of person. I will get bit by a mosquito or tick and not think twice about it. Then I started hearing about diseases that insects were carrying from other countries and the lack of preventative care (bug spray and candles doesn’t count). After having a child, who also loves to be outside as much as I, well let’s just say it’s a scary thought…malaria. Although I do not really believe in most of the man made medicines and vaccines out there, I do care for my son’s health and well being so I would consider having him get the malaria vaccine if it were to come available. Does it not scare you to put a disease or a strain of a disease into your body to build up your fighter cells? To me, I have thoughts of so many other things happening….all the “what ifs.”

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  29. Michael Long at |

    I believe that the Malaria Vaccine is probably one of the most important things that has happened in August. Being able to save millions of lives each year is a tremendous achievement. Malaria is one of the most deadly diseases that we know of to this day, and to be able to eliminate one of our most feared diseases is a big sigh of relief. Hopefully more vaccines for other diseases come out soon as well.

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  30. KRT at |

    In light of all the horrible things that are happening in this country i would have to say that the most significant event that happen in august would be regarding our government and syria. Im very concerned about why our government feels the need to involve ourselves in other country we have yet to finish with iraq and what about iran? which i feel there is more of a threat to our nation then in syria.

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  31. Ashley Arthur at |

    I believe the Mallaria Vacine is the most important big thing that has happened during the month of August. The reason I say this is because the disease within mosquitoes kills millions of people and there is no vaccine. So finally scientists have come up with the right thing because this could save so many lives. It is so amazing how technology has advanced through over a decade and is still amazing me with what it can do . So I feel with more technology involved and scientists this will be nothing to worry about anymore.

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  32. Ethan Rawson at |

    I think the Malaria Vaccine is by far the most imortant topic on this list. Something like this could save millions of lives not just a specific area or group of people. Plus it’s a poitive subject that I didn’t even hear about on the news. Not the say the other topics are important, but the news like to appeal to our emotional side and focus on tragedies rather than the good.

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  33. Nathan Craig at |

    I think the most important event of the month was the conflict in Syria. Things have been getting very heated and this could not only effect our future but also the future of our world. Although I think all of these event were extremely important I would say that the conflict in Syria would be the most important of them all.

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  34. Christopher Bierman at |

    Instead of the Justice Dept, crying foul, I would much rather have Ben Stein or another qualified economist do their own analysis on the American Airlines and US Airways merger. When United and Continental merged, yeah ticket costs shot up. Will it happen with American Airlines and US Airways? Probably, but I think economists are better to tell us what the consequences of a merger are then a government body or news agency.

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  35. Annie Woolf at |

    I believe that the malaria vaccination is one of the top stories this month. Malaria has been an ongoing problem that doctors have been trying to tackle. There has been a lot of fundraising to get nets that protect people from mosquito bites. This is the most common way malaria is transmitted. If researchers found a cure to malaria it would be a huge break through in the medical world. Vaccinations to prevent malaria is just one step closer to helping solve this huge problem.

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  36. James Sedoris at |

    I think the developments in syria are the most important of the month, not only because they were just about the only leading story, but because it showed how polarized public opinion could be on the topic. It shows that the war hawks and peace doves of Vietnam are still around today.

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  37. gk at |

    The new species olinguito is uplifting and positive new. to much death and sorrow or politics.

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  38. Jeremy Snyder at |

    I think the new malaria vaccine is the most important. It could be a life changing advancement in medicine that effects many many people for years to come.

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  39. Titus at |

    Even though there were a lot of big stories in August, eventually most will be forgotten. I think number 10 on the list (New Species Announced) is an important one. Not so much on this one, but I think it great that new species are always being discovered.

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  40. kh at |

    I think the new species is the most interesting because it isn’t every day you see a cross between a cat and a teddy bear. I just think its cool to see all of the different creatures that people discover throughout time and what they are.

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  41. Cody B at |

    I agree with the others that some of these stories will be forgotten, however a vaccination for Malaria will be remembered for years to come when people are receiving them. Besides that, the chaos in the Middle East is dangerous because of the involvement Obama wanted to partake. You never know what could come of the United States entering even with positive intentions-it is just overall very dangerous for America.

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  42. Brandon at |

    I believe the merger of the airlines is most important because i believe if not watched carefully we might be dealing with someone who has a monopoly over the airfair in america, thus eliminitation of competition

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