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'No Choice': Why Afghans Keep Signing On for Deadly Duty

New York Times: Options are limited in war-torn country

(Newser) - It's a tough choice people face in Afghanistan, where almost constant war has raged on for more than four decades: Keep fighting and sustaining massive casualties, or broker peace with the Taliban to end these mass deaths—and risk putting enemies into power who may then slaughter members of... More »

The US' 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

Loggers are nearly 38 times more likely to die on the job than average US worker

(Newser) - Despite increasing safety regulations—the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act lowered workplace deaths from 14,000 in 1970 to 5,200 in 2016—it seems some jobs will always be inherently dangerous. 24/7 Wall St looked at workplace fatality rates by occupation to rank the 25 most... More »

Black Lung Rates Rise 900%: Report

Appalachian coal miners contracting disease with prevalence not seen since '70s

(Newser) - Just 15 years ago, scientists were confident that the advanced, incurable version of black lung disease had been all but wiped out. Now, coal miners in Appalachia are contracting the illness—also known as progressive massive fibrosis—at rates not seen since the 1970s, the Courier-Journal reports. A National Institute... More »

20 Jobs That Could Kill You

Fishing, mining not for the faint of heart

(Newser) - Tunneling deep into the earth is dangerous business, as West Virginian miners were reminded this week. With that in mind, the Daily Beast takes a look at the most dangerous professions, broken down by deaths per 100,000, injuries per 100,000, and average annual salary:
  1. Fisherman: 129 deaths, 61
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Canaries Get Company in Coal Mines: Recent Grads

Industry luring youth to replace aging workforce

(Newser) - Coal-mining companies are successfully recruiting college kids, promising better work conditions than the industry’s muddied image might suggest, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Some 60% of the current workforce could retire over the next decade, and jobs are suddenly abundant; young people are finding themselves explaining to their parents... More »

Most Dangerous Science Jobs

Forget toiling in a lab coat—only mad scientists need apply

(Newser) - Science isn't just lab rats and microscopes—how does flying into hurricanes grab you? The most hazardous occupations for you biology, chemistry, and physics nerds:
  1. Astronaut: 24 US deaths since 1961.
  2. Biosafety lab researcher: Handle earth's deadliest diseases.
  3. Hurricane hunter: Fly into tempests to gauge pressure and wind speed.
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