Alicia Gale

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Exclusive: As Venezuelans suffer, Maduro buys foreign oil to subsidize Cuba

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's state-run oil firm PDVSA has bought nearly $440 million worth of foreign crude and shipped it directly to Cuba on friendly credit terms - and often at a loss, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters.<p>The shipments are the first documented instances …

Deaths of 59 Palestinians spark international calls for investigation as thousands mourn in Gaza

Amid international fallout and funerals, at least two more people were killed Tuesday as violence erupted along the Israeli border in the wake of the …

Face recognition police tools 'staggeringly inaccurate'

<b>Police must address concerns over the use of facial recognition systems or may face legal action, the UK's privacy watchdog says.</b><p>Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the issue had become a "priority" for her office.<p>An investigation by campaign group Big Brother Watch suggested the …

Amazon Go cashier-less stores will open in these 2 major US cities

Amazon is hiring — and while that news isn't particularly unusual, some very detailed job listings from the company may have given away the online …

Lie-detecting computer kiosks equipped with artificial intelligence look like the future of border security

International travelers could find themselves in the near future talking to a lie-detecting kiosk when they're going through customs at an airport or …

Facebook Axed 583 Million Fake Accounts, Enforcing Standards

Facebook Inc. said it took down 583 million fake profiles in the first three months of the year, usually within minutes of their creation.<p>The social …

Kenya court rejects plea for equal property rights in divorce

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Kenyan court on Monday rejected a plea for a change to the laws on how property should be split in divorce cases, a ruling activists said was a blow for women’s rights in the country.<p>A gavel is seen in a file photo. April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso<p>Kenya’s …

Civil Rights

How the Feds Will Use DNA To Track Legal Weed

A new technology allows law enforcement to track legal marijuana using DNA.<p>Pot may be legal in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean the state has no illegal pot. Legal growers have illegally sold cannabis across state lines, and illegal growers can forge a paper trail to enter the legal market. It’s a …

Uber Agrees to Let Sexual Assault Victims Sue the Company in Court

Uber Technologies Inc. said it will let sexual assault and harassment victims sue the company in court and plans to release data on sexual violence …

Virtual Influencers Lead to Virtual Inauthenticity

A recent new trend that’s popped up is the emergence of virtual influencers, particularly for those active in social media and the influencer …

Public Relations

Louisiana Wants To Use The Muddy Mississippi To Build Up Its Coast

Over the past century, Louisiana has lost more than 2,000 square miles of coastline, leaving it more vulnerable to storms, flooding and sea level rise. State officials have been fighting back, building levees, artificial marshes and barrier islands. Now they want to harness the muddy Mississippi …

Hundreds arrested as activists pick up where Martin Luther King left off

The Poor People’s campaign kicked off 40 days of nonviolent protest on Monday, reviving King’s anti-poverty efforts and demanding action<p>Hundreds of low-wage workers, faith leaders, civil rights organizers and liberal activists were arrested in demonstrations in Washington and in cities across the …

Youths who choked student on Tube, forcing him to apologise for being gay, walk free from court

Two youths who choked a student and forced him to apologise for being gay in a vile homophobic attack on the Tube have walked free from court.<p>Will …

3 States Are Pushing Medicaid Reforms That Discriminate Against Black People

Frustrated in their congressional efforts to “reform” Medicaid by ending its status as a personal entitlement and rolling back the expanded coverage …

Secrets in the ice: Pollution in Greenland reveals rise and fall of ancient European civilizations

Air pollution isn't just a modern thing: Humans have been polluting the Earth's atmosphere for thousands of years.<p>Now, traces of lead pollution buried deep in the Greenland ice are being uncovered, revealing the rise and fall of ancient European civilizations, according to a new study.<p>"We found …

National Academy of Sciences

My stolen childhood - investigating Ghana's practice of 'trokosi'

Thousands of women across West Africa have been enslaved by a centuries-old practice called “trokosi”.<p>Girls are forced to live and work with priests in shrines, some for the rest of their lives, to “pay” for the sins of family members.<p>Brigitte Sossou Perenyi was one of those girls. Twenty years …

Africa

US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

The company embroiled in a privacy row has "direct connections" to all major US wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint -- …

DeepMind's AI taught itself to navigate like a mammal

DeepMind created an AI which spontaneously developed the machine learning equivalent of gut-based navigation.<p>The UK-based Google sister-company seems to specialize in creating machine learning experiments designed to determine if AI can inform the field of neurology, and vice versa. DeepMind …

Memories Physically Transferred Between Snails Through Strings of RNA

It just took one injection to teach these snails fear.<p>To most of us, memories are intangible, like floating photo albums existing only in the mind. …

Report: Google Employees Resigning Over Controversial Pentagon Contract

A number of Google employees have resigned in protest over a contract between the tech giant and the Pentagon, according to tech news site Gizmodo.<p>In …

Israeli Scientists Uncover Therapy That Converts Cancer Cells Into Normal Ones

Cancer cells, by definition, are abnormal cells that divide with abandon and have the potential to spread throughout and wreak havoc on your vital …

Seattle OKs taxing companies like Amazon to aid the homeless

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders.<p>The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday that taxes businesses making at least $20 …

Homelessness

Chips, chocolate and coffee – our food crops face mass extinction too

It’s not just animals, many seed crops are also endangered. So why is agrobiodiversity so overlooked? This valuable source of affordable, nutritious food could disappear if we don’t act<p>• Read more: Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies<p>A “sixth mass extinction” is …

Extinction

Intel unveils an AI chip that mimics the human brain

Lots of tech companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA and Intel itself have created chips for image recognition and other deep-learning chores. However, Intel is taking another tack as well with an experimental chip called "Loihi." Rather than relying on raw computing horsepower, it …

I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets

The dating app knows me better than I do, but these reams of intimate information are just the tip of the iceberg. What if my data is hacked – or sold?<p>At 9.24pm (and one second) on the night of Wednesday 18 December 2013, from the second arrondissement of Paris, I wrote “Hello!” to my first ever …

Relationships

Beach audit reveals which brands are worst offenders for plastic waste

<b>Knowing where trash comes from is the first step in figuring out better, more sustainable solutions.</b><p>Freedom Island is a beautiful stretch of …

Wind power is now cheaper than nuclear – the energy revolution is happening | John Sauven

Far-sighted government policy means the cost of offshore wind energy has halved. The benefits in terms of climate change and UK jobs will be enormous<p>In March I went to see Henrik Poulsen, the boss of Dong Energy, in Copenhagen. Never heard of him or his company? You are not alone, but the chances …

Wind Power

I spent a year undercover with the far right. We must not let their hatred spread | Patrik Hermansson

Constant exposure to extreme racists was a numbing experience – after a while, I learned to live with unthinkably toxic ideas. The danger is that we all will<br>• Patrik Hermansson is a Hope Not Hate researcher<p>For the past year, I have been living a dual life. To my friends, I am Patrik, a 25-year-old …

Alt-Right

Evaporation Engines Could Produce More Power Than Coal, with a Huge Caveat - MIT Technology Review

Technology that can tap into the renewable power of natural water evaporation could produce a huge portion of the nation's energy needs—at least …

Engines