Aislinn Hein, The National Desk

Aislinn Hein

The National Desk

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Past articles by Aislinn:

Meet the 'Sesame Street' character helping the show address child homelessness

In a recent video, Lily revealed that her family lost their apartment. → Read More

The intersection of fashion and diplomacy: Can a dress ever just be a dress?

Exhibit A: Melania Trump's infamous jacket. → Read More

Work to save fin whales and mountain gorillas from extinction appears effective, report finds

A new report suggests wildlife conservation efforts may be yielding some positive results. → Read More

Trauma channeled into art: How a doll-making workshop is helping survivors of domestic abuse

“The only thing that I wanted all these dolls to have was a spine.” → Read More

Life dwelling beneath our oceans may help scientists understand habitability in our solar system

WASHINGTON (Circa) - The search for life in the solar system may begin in the Earth's oceans. → Read More

Study: online daters look for people slightly out of their league

According to a study published in the journal Science Advances, online daters tend to pursue people considered 25 percent "more desirable." → Read More

National #EqualPayDay: Studies highlight wage disparities between women and men

Tuesday is National Equal Pay Day, dedicated to calling attention to wage disparities between women and men. → Read More

Drones floated down the runway at Dolce & Gabbana's Milan Fashion Week show

The Fall-Winter 2018/19 collection was defined by unexpected aircraft and a spiritual theme. → Read More

Researchers are closing in on a universal flu vaccine

The innovation would eliminate the need for a new shot every year. → Read More

Special cellblocks for veterans are becoming more common in jails nationwide

Over 80 'veterans pods' across the country feature programs aimed at reducing the recidivism rate among veterans. → Read More

Stunned reptiles are falling out of trees and washing ashore immobilized from the cold

Stunned iguanas are falling out of trees and turtles are washing ashore immobilized from the cold. → Read More

Many states are seeing frigid temperatures as extreme cold has gripped most of the nation

Frigid weather gripped much of the country breaking temperature records in many cities. → Read More

States push schools to teach the difference between facts and fake news

Courses would instruct students in how to be critical of their online sources. → Read More

An online video game dispute may have led to a deadly hoax 911 call

The FBI estimates that about 400 cases of the 'swatting' prank happen every year. → Read More

Transgender people will be able to enlist in the military after the DOJ dropped its appeal

Previously, transgender service members could continue service, but now they will be able to enlist openly. → Read More

A historic Christmas snowstorm dumped a record of 53 inches of snow in Erie, Pa.

A lake-effect snowstorm hammered Erie, Pennsylvania, Christmas Day into Tuesday, shattering not only city records, but also at least one all-time Pennsylvania snowstorm record. → Read More

A boy born without his right hand is getting a bionic one for Christmas

He says he can't wait to be just like his hero, Luke Skywalker. → Read More

Every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies of malnutrition

Yemen currently has the greatest level of humanitarian needs in the world, but has received almost no international attention from media, or politicians. → Read More

A Roy Moore spokeswoman brought up an anchor's unborn child in an interview

Janet Porter, a spokeswoman for Roy Moore's Senate campaign, brought up a CNN anchor's unborn child in a heated interview. → Read More

Our first interstellar visitor may give us insight into other solar systems

"Oumuamua" was first spotted on Oct. 19 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. → Read More