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How to Read a Japanese Address

The Japanese address system is based on geographic entities and areas, rather than on a building’s location on a specific street, which is the case …

How to Create Realistic Jedi Levitation Portraits

Photographer, weird lens expert, and friend of <i>PetaPixel</i> Mathieu Stern created this very simple and straightforward Photoshop tutorial for anybody out …

Tutorials

It Might Be the Biggest Food Crime in History

(Newser) – It was an epic heist <i>and</i> the most Canadian crime ever, to boot: Back in 2012, thieves stole 540,000 gallons of maple syrup worth at least …

French Canada

What Happens to a Town When the Local Prison Closes?

As America reconsidered mass incarceration, some citizens of "prison towns" were watching with bated breath.<p>As America's modern prison-industrial complex took shape in the second half of the 20th century, once-bustling manufacturing hubs—steel mills, coal mines, and industrial plants—were …

Hudson Valley

The Future of Incarceration: A Letter from the Editors

Criminal justice reform needs to happen, even under President Trump.<p>America loves jails. And prisons. Also juvenile and immigrant detention centers. Right now, more than 2 million men, women, and kids are sitting behind bars across the country, many of whom have not had a trial or been convicted of …

Race & Ethnicity

US man charged with killing British couple in cold blood nearly 40 years ago

Silas Duane Boston allegedly beat and bound Christopher Farmer and his girlfriend Peta Frampton, attaching weights to their bindings and covering their heads with plastic bags before dumping them alive overboard in a fit of rage.<p>The murders took place between June and July 1978 and their corpses …

Crime

Racist graffiti at Giants player home being investigated as hate crime

MOONACHIE, N.J. — Police are investigating a break-in and the scrawling of racist graffiti at the New Jersey home of a New York Giants player.<p>The …

Crime

39% of Prisoners Should Not Be in Prison

For the past year, President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on “law and order,” stating at the Republican National Convention that under a Trump …

Crime

China says Dalai Lama's border visit will damage ties with India

Beijing has said India's decision to let the Dalai Lama visit the border state of Arunachal Pradesh will damage ties. New Delhi has, however, said …

India

Why Doesn't Dark Matter Form Black Holes?

Dark matter is the most abundant form of mass in our Universe. If you were to add up all the stars, planets, lifeforms, gas, dust, plasma and more — all the known, “normal” matter in our Universe — it would only account for about 15-to-17% of the total gravitation that we see. The remaining mass, …

Dark Matter

Japan can't escape deflation

But outside of price developments, the news elsewhere was OK.<p>According to Japanese government, consumer price inflation (CPI) fell by 0.5% in the year to September, unchanged from the decline reported in August and in line with expectations.<p>Core CPI, excluding fresh food prices, also fell by 0.5% …

Economics

Miss Hokusai tells an artist’s tale in poetic, episodic fashion

Some would probably prefer a more spoon-fed version of the life of the Edo-era painter Hokusai and his lesser-known artistic daughter, O-Ei, but this plush anime version of Hinako Sugiura's original manga tells a tale in a poetic, episodic fashion.<p>The film is as much about Hokusai as it is about …

Art

A weird hexagon pattern on Saturn that’s as big as the Earth has changed color—and nobody knows why

In a list of wonders in our solar system, Saturn’s hexagon ranks high. Discovered by the Voyager mission in the 1980s, it’s a cloud pattern that swirls around the north pole of the ringed planet. Each side of the hexagon is longer than the diameter of the Earth, and its total surface area (192 …

Astronomy

11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Airplanes

What's the safest seat on the plane? Why does the food taste so bad?<p>Planes have changed a lot since the days of the Wright Brothers (or, perhaps more …

Travel
Government

What makes Prop. 63 different than the gun control laws passed over summer, and how that's split gun control supporters

Californians weighing how to vote on the gun controls in Proposition 63 may find themselves experiencing déjà vu.<p>Some key issues addressed in the initiative by Lt. Gov.<p>Gavin Newsom, including background checks for those buying bullets and a ban on high capacity magazines, have also been tackled in …

Cops Fatally Shoot Pregnant Native American Woman During 'Wellness Check'

Sheriff’s deputies in Washington state fatally shot a pregnant Native American woman on Friday after being dispatched to her home for a “wellness check.”<p>Renee Davis was at her home on Muckleshoot tribal lands that evening with two of her three children, her foster sister, Daniella Bargala, told the …

United States

Women in Law Enforcement - There's Research on That

Protests broke out throughout Tulsa, Oklahoma the night an unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher, was shot and killed by a white female police officer, …

Sociology

Taser is considering a flying, autonomous police drone armed with a stun gun

Using potentially lethal force is one of the toughest decisions a police officer can make in the course of their work. In the future, they could …

Law Enforcement

Finn's law: 100,000 sign petition after police dog stabbed in the head

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for police animals to be given the same status as police officers if assaulted while on duty.<p>It comes after police dog Finn was stabbed in the head and chest while chasing a suspect in Stevenage on October 4.<p>Police animals are not currently …

Crime

48 anti-government protesters were shot, burned, beat and hacked to death by Congo police last month

The death toll of the two days of violence in the capital Kinshasa, which also included four police officers killed by protesters and one other civilian, was higher than during the 2011 electoral process, the U.N. Joint Human Rights Office in Congo (UNJHRO) said in a report.<p>Democratic Republic of …

Africa
Justice

A Mexican police chief is finally arrested in the disappearance of 43 students. But will he talk?

Mexican authorities said they hope the arrest of a former police chief who had been a fugitive for more than two years will help them solve one of the country's most notorious human rights cases: the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 students.<p>Felipe Flores Velazquez, 58, was arrested Friday …

Man Accused of Raping and Killing New Mexico Girl Says Victim ‘Loved’ Him: Police

<i>Warning: Some of the following descriptions and language are graphic</i>.<p>Fabian Gonzales, one of the adults accused in a 10-year-old New Mexico girl’s …

The Modern Samurai Who Safeguards the Rich and Famous

<i>In this occasional series, OZY takes to streets and neighborhoods across the globe to ask a simple question: “How was your day?”</i><p><b>Kent Moyer</b><b><br>Los …

Martial Arts

This Short Film Made By Pixar Animators in Their Spare Time Is Damn Good

Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj made this short film <i>Borrowed Time</i> over the past 5 years, and it’s fantastic. The story is set up as …

Try Not to Cry While Watching Earth Rise From the Moon in HD

These aren’t renderings, special effects, or a scene from <i>No Man’s Sky</i>. This is actual footage of the Earth and the Moon, as seen by Japan’s Kaguya …

Aerospace

Texas police find dozens of people held captive in fake treatment centers, arrest 10

Police in Texas have arrested nine people after discovering dozens of people being held captive, beaten and tied to chairs in fake drug and alcohol …

SFU researcher develops DUI detecting device for drugs and alcohol

A new device developed by a Simon Fraser University researcher may someday be the first in the world to perform roadside sobriety tests for both …