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Private security firm conducted military-style surveillance and counterintelligence campaign against Standing Rock protesters, documents show

Its surveillance targets included everyone from Native American demonstrators to the actress Shailene Woodley, along with organizations including Black Lives Matter, 350.org, Veterans for Peace, the Catholic Worker Movement, and Food and Water Watch. The records label the protestors "jihadists" and …

Surveillance

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

WASHINGTON — The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.<p>Current and former American officials described the …

National Security

Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth

The interaction between radio transmissions and high-energy particles in space sometimes forms a shield around the planet, protecting it from dangerous cosmic phenomena.<p>The next time someone says you’re living in a bubble, remind them that we all are.<p>A pair of NASA space probes have detected an …

Particles

Russia's Interference in the U.S. Election Was Just the Beginning

Democracies across the West are vulnerable to foreign influence—and some are under attack.<p>Mike Conaway, the Republican who replaced Devin Nunes as head of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, has described his mission simply: “I just want to …

Russia

The 9-1-1 Paradox

Emergency call lines in the United States rarely fail, yet they're more vulnerable than ever.<p>The warnings began trickling in around supper time on Wednesday night.<p>AT&T was experiencing what officials in several states described as a nationwide outage affecting 9-1-1 services. The problem was that …

North Carolina

Jailing of officers shakes Baltimore criminal justice system

BALTIMORE (AP) — They were just seven officers on a police force of more than 3,000, but the Baltimore detectives charged with theft, fraud and conspiracy had an outsized crime-fighting role in a city plagued by violence.<p>The sweeping federal indictment calls into question each and every case …

Corruption

A Brief History of the Senate Rule That Silenced Elizabeth Warren

The prohibition on impugning a fellow senator dates back to a fistfight in 1902. But it’s an edict that is rarely, if ever, enforced.<p><i>Updated on February 9 at 10:39 a.m. ET</i><p>Rule XIX—the suddenly infamous Senate edict that Republicans invoked Tuesday night to silence Elizabeth Warren—began 115 years …

To This Day

Amazon supermarket could operate with just 3 employees

In December last year, Amazon unveiled its vision of grocery shopping called Amazon Go. It involves no lines or registers, just you, an app, and a completely automated shopping experience that should appeal to just about everyone. Here at PCMag we have a few reservations, but a test store in …

eCommerce

Doctors find brain and skull in teen's ovary

During surgery to remove a 16-year-old girl’s appendix, surgeons discovered a surprise guest— a tumor with a brain, hair and neurons that could transmit electric impulses like a normal brain.<p>The nearly 4-inch-wide tumor also had a thin plate of skull bone covering the 1.18-inch brain, which …

The Brain

17 Google products you've never heard of

Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more.<p>While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly …

Apps

MIT's new AI can already detect 85% of cyber attacks

The world has seen numerous major cyber attacks in the past couple of years, with targets ranging from government agencies to health insurers to entertainment companies.<p>A group of scientists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) are working to create a line of defense …

US congressman calls for investigation into vulnerability that lets hackers spy on every phone

Vulnerabilities within SS7 mobile phone network brokerage system allow attackers to listen to calls, read messages and track location using just a phone number<p>A US congressman hacked as part of a demonstration showing that all you need is someone’s phone number to record their calls, texts and …

Privacy

Cincinnati Judge Cruelly Sentences Teen Who Took Photos 6 Months in Jail for Contempt

A Cincinnati judge probably handed down a cruel and unusual punishment to a teenager for taking one last photograph of a friend at a pre-trial …

Police Misconduct

13 unconventional ways to end picky eating for good

Having a picky eater on your hands can make you want to pull your hair out at every meal or give up and call out for pizza. It’s not only frustrating, but you may also worry that your child isn’t eating enough or eating the right types of food to help him grow. You may also be concerned that your …

Nutrition

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Common painkiller found to have significant anti-cancer properties

A common painkiller often used to treat migraines, fever and rheumatoid arthritis may also play a key role in treating cancer. Researchers involved with The Repurposing Drugs in Oncology (ReDO) project say the drug diclofenac, also sold as Voltaren, Zipsor, Solaraze and Cambia, has been shown to …

Cancer

5 Myths About Gravitational Waves

<i>This article was originally published at</i> The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Physics

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The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

New Jersey

How Wall Street’s Bankers Stayed Out of Jail

The probes into bank fraud leading up to the financial industry’s crash have been quietly closed. Is this justice?<p>On May 27, in her first major prosecutorial act as the new U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch unsealed a 47-count indictment against nine FIFA officials and another five corporate …

Corruption

A Scientific Look at Bad Science

What recent research says about fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems<p>In May, the journal <i>Science</i> retracted a much-talked-about study suggesting that gay canvassers might cause same-sex marriage opponents to change their opinion, after an independent <b>statistical analysis</b> <b>revealed</b> …

Clinical Trials

The U.S. Supreme Court Goes to Ferguson

An arrest on Monday highlights the importance of two recent Fourth Amendment rulings.<p>On Monday, 57 protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement were arrested during a demonstration at the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse in St. Louis. Among them were Johnetta Elzie and DeRay Mckesson, two prominent …

U.S. Supreme Court

Putin Gets Caught in His Own Trap

The war in Ukraine and shifts in energy markets have put the Russian leader in a bind.<p>Are little green men about to appear on the North Pole?<p>Russia’s claim last week, using an extremely creative interpretation of international law, to exclusive economic rights to nearly half a million square miles …

Russia

Should There Be a Criminal Investigation Into Hillary Clinton's Email?

The request for a formal probe highlights the deep dysfunction of America’s system for classifying documents and prosecuting leaks.<p><i>This story was updated.</i><p>Federal overseers are urging an inquiry into whether Hillary Clinton illegally mishandled classified documents during her four-year tenure as …

Surveillance

Why Is It So Hard to Track Taser Use?

Sandra Bland was threatened with a Taser even though she posed no harm to officers. She’s not the only one.<p>The new video of the arrest of Sandra Bland is brutal and hard to watch.<p>It also raises a question: <i>Why did an officer threaten her with a stun gun?</i><p>In the video, Bland, the 28-year-old woman …

Law Enforcement

From Whitewater to Benghazi: A Clinton-Scandal Primer

In a letter on Sunday, FBI Director James Comey wrote that newly discovered emails do not change the FBI’s prior conclusion that Hillary Clinton should not be charged with a crime.<p>Oops, never mind!<p>That’s FBI Director James Comey’s new message to Congress and, by extension, the American public on …

Clinton Foundation

The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the Ugliest Corners of the Internet

A team tasked with protecting the president of the United States is constantly sifting through hateful online comments to find would-be assassins or terrorists.<p>When President Obama launched his Twitter account in May, people noticed his rapid accumulation of followers, a silly back-and-forth with …

Secret Service

The Toxins in Feminine-Hygiene Products

How perfumed toiletries—particularly douches—lead to dangerously high levels of chemicals in the body<p>In a 2010 ad, feminine-hygiene purveyor Summer’s Eve seemed to suggest that using its products will lead to getting a raise. The next year, the company sparked an outcry when a series of its …

George Washington University

Texting From the Operating Room

Hospitals are struggling to develop policies on doctors using cellphones during surgery. They can be both a valuable resource and a dangerous distraction.<p>Cellphone use is not generally restricted in the operating room, but some experts say the time for rules has come. In interviews, many described …

Data Protection

The Cash-Strapped Agency at the Heart of the Iran Deal

Enforcing the agreement falls to the IAEA, whose budget is the size of the San Diego police department’s.<p>In his public-relations blitz to defend the Iran nuclear deal, Barack Obama has repeatedly insisted that the agreement is not based on trust between Iran and the United States. “It’s not enough …

South Asia