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The simple idea that could transform US criminal justice

Municipal court in the US works like this: the accused stands with his attorney in front of the bench, looking up at the judge on high. The accused is effectively invisible, a bystander to the back-and-forth between judge, prosecutor and defence attorney, who speak in jargon that ordinary people do …

Crime

10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating – Infographic

Embed this infographic on your website:<p>Are you eating <b>food that's already banned</b> in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? …

MIT Study suggests current solar power tech is good enough

The standard line about solar power is that while good in theory, the technology just isn't there to keep our lights on and our Netflix streaming. But a new study from MIT (PDF) suggests that's not the case. According to the massive report (an epic 356 pages) current crystalline silicon …

Clean Energy

Mexican girl wrongly sent to US returns to celebration

GUANAJUATO, Mexico (AP) — A 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken by authorities and sent screaming to live in the United States was returned home …

Distractify

Like most people, you've probably struggled with feeling like an occasional failure at work. Everyone makes mistakes and setbacks are inevitable, but …

The Skier's Bucket List

Calling all skiers: Get in your turns before the snow stops flying in the Northern Hemisphere and it's time to head south. From skiing Antarctica to a self-powered adventure through the Alps, here’s a collection of trips that should be on every skier’s bucket list. Plus: Get tips from some of the …

Climbing On Mount Denali

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New diet guidelines might reflect environment cost

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the government has been issuing guidelines about healthy eating choices. Now, a panel that advises the Agriculture …

What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

Shortly before 9/11, officials foresaw a fundamental shift in the nature of power.<p>Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for …

These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

Hiking

“No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society<p>It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have surrendered; shooting unarmed teens; knocking pregnant women to the ground. While the issues involving race, civil rights …

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find

Scientists at the University of California discovered that the human body views red meat as a foreign invader and launches an immune response<p>Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.<p>But …

Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2014

<b>1. Parquet Courts,</b> <i>Sunbathing Animal</i> Too many excellent albums this year for a mere Top 10 — 2014 was the kind of music year where I'd wake up in the …

Obama: 'Go to the movies'

President Barack Obama says Americans should "go to the movies" without fear, despite hackers' threats against venues that show a controversial film that Sony has now decided to pull.<p>Sony announced Wednesday that it won't release the film -- a comedy called "The Interview" that portrays an attempt …

On Manning’s 27th birthday, NSA whistleblower praises WikiLeaks source for having ‘inspired an angry public’ with her ‘extraordinary act of service’<p>From one whistleblower in exile to another in military prison: a birthday greeting. Edward Snowden marks the 27th birthday of Chelsea Manning on …

Drug companies shake their rattlebag at the poor

Fay Schopen (Opinion, 12 December) cheerleads what she considers the American ease of pill-popping. Even a casual glance at the medicating patterns in my country reveal that the poor, and people of colour, especially children, are those that are prescribed the most pills. And this is not because …

Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War

If you look at it one way, these are the best of times for organic egg and milk producers. They can barely keep up with demand. Prices for their products are high. Profits are rolling in. Operations are expanding.<p>But that expansion is provoking suspicion, name-calling, and even clandestine …

Thousands of International Space Station images used to create stunning timelapse film – video

A French video editor has compiled thousands of photographs to create a timelapse view from the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth. The pictures were taken by space station crew members between 2011 and 2014. Guillame Juin told Guardian Australia he had used about 4,000 images. All …

Albert Einstein archive reveals the genius, doubts and loves of scientist

The letter from the 22-year-old Albert Einstein revealed his delight at fathering a daughter, Lieserl, with his sweetheart, former classmate and future wife, Mileva Marić. How the new mother took the missive is less than clear.<p>Posted to her from Berne, Switzerland, on 4 February 1902, the letter …

Indian sterilization clinics under scrutiny after doctor used bike pump on patients

Conditions in Indian sterilization clinics are under renewed scrutiny after a doctor was removed from his job for using a bicycle pump to inflate women's abdomens during the procedure.<p>Health officials in Odisha state have launched an investigation after reports that bicycle pumps were used on 56 …

Scientists hail the most 'advanced anti-ageing serum' in the world

New research suggests skincare tailored to individuals' DNA may be the best way to combat the appearance of ageing<p>Those who believe that beauty is only skin deep may need to think again.<p>A most advanced anti-ageing serum ever created is going far deeper in the pursuit of the ultimate skincare …

Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million

How much is a fast track for the Food and Drug Administration review of a new drug worth? Try $125 million.<p>In an auction, Gilead Sciences, a maker of HIV and hepatitis medicines, just bought a coupon good for the accelerated review of a drug of the company's choice from Knight Therapeutics, a …

Here's How Many Bacteria Spread Through One Kiss

First base is a great place to get your mouth microbes some new friends, finds a new study in the journal <i>Microbiome</i>. A ten-second French kiss can …

10 insane, fear-mongering GOP lies this election cycle

<b>(AP)</b><p>Whether they’re attacking Obama or Michelle Nunn, Republicans are resorting to some of their dirtiest tactics<p>Zaid Jilani<p>November 1, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Halloween has come and gone, but the Republican Party is offering up its own scares, pulling out its …

Americans pay more for slower Internet

When it comes to Internet speeds, the U.S. lags behind much of the developed world.<p>That's one of the conclusions from a new report by the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, which looked at the cost and speed of Internet access in two dozen cities around the world.<p>Clocking in …

NYPD commissioner calls hatchet attack on officers a 'terrorist act'

A man who attacked four New York City police officers with a hatchet Thursday was a recent convert to Islam and had become increasingly reclusive and "self-radicalized," New York's police commissioner said.<p>In a news conference Friday, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton called the incident a …

Give student loans the finger: A new solution to a massive generational outrage

Young people and their future families are being bankrupted. Here’s a radical response to the heist of the century<p>Recently, news broke that Rolling Jubilee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of debt, purchased $4 million in private student loan debt and forgave all of it, …