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As Asylum Seekers Swap Prison Beds For Ankle Bracelets, Same Firm Profits

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been under fire for opening three detention centers to hold Central American immigrant families who fled to this country seeking asylum.<p>Under the pressure of a federal court order, ICE is now exploring ways to release the mothers and children with …

Immigration

Behind Bars, Cheap Ramen Is As Good As Gold

Instant ramen noodles are often looked upon with scorn as cheap food for starving college kids.<p>But as a new book points out, those noodles are like gold for people in prison.<p>Gustavo "Goose" Alvarez spent more than a decade locked up on a weapons charge, among others. And during that time, he grew …

Vegetables

The Most Ambitious Effort Yet To Abolish The Death Penalty Is Already Happening

Derided this spring as “guerrilla warfare” by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the death penalty abolition movement is coming out into the open. The 8th Amendment Project’s leaders talk with BuzzFeed News about why — and how they plan to win.<p>Henderson Hill and Rob Smith are the odd couple …

Eighth Amendment

British scientists create a 'tractor beam' of ultrasonic sound

A team of researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Sussex have developed the world's first functioning sonic tractor beam able to operate outside of a lab environment. The device uses 64 miniature speakers to generate high-amplitude, ultrasonic sound waves. These waves create an "acoustic …

This Is The #1 Ritual You Need To Do Every Day

You read a lot on the internet about rituals that can help you be better in the morning or leap over tall building with a single bound. Maybe some …

Happiness

The Dark Web isn't as revolutionary as you'd think

When the United States Naval Research Laboratory began development of The Onion Router (TOR) in the mid-1990’s they meant well.<p>How could they have known it would eventually become a popular habitat for hackers, child pornographers and criminals?<p>The goal was to create a portal where dissidents of …

How I Would Launder Money With DraftKings

American Banker wants to know whether the explosion in daily fantasy sports startups is creating “havens for money laundering.” It’s difficult to say. People have theorized that online betting is an ideal platform for money laundering, but few actual cases exist. (See one noteworthy exception.)<p>As …

Botox After Bypass Surgery Evens Out Heart Rhythms, Study Says

It’s a staple in any dermatologist’s office for releasing wrinkles, but botox could one day become a routine part of heart bypass surgeries, the …

There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome

Geneticists can’t see this machine, but they can see its works—and they say it might be the key to reshaping the genome.<p>Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three …

For men in prison, child support becomes a crushing debt

FERGUSON, MO. —Earl L. Harris did not owe child support when he was sent to prison in 1997 for selling marijuana. He now concedes that dealing drugs may have been a stupid move for a new father.<p>But Harris, then 19, had grown up poor and dropped out of school, and the only legitimate work available …

Personal Finance

She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

Her name is ‘Sparkle.’ She operates a drone. She is sick of whiny boys. And she is perfectly OK with dealing out death.<p>Anne crawled out of bed in her …

Al-Qaeda

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System

Google's algorithm for happiness

Deep inside the global tech behemoth Google sits an engineer with an unusual job description: to make people happier and the world more peaceful.<p>A few years ago, Chade-Meng Tan, one of the company's first engineering employees in Mountain View, noticed many of his colleagues were stressed out and …

Happiness

State solar users would lose savings if proposal is OKd; SolarCity describes 'catastrophic' future

Tired of growing electricity bills, Miguel Espinoza decided to turn to the sun, rather than the grid, for power.<p>The Inglewood resident signed in March with solar leasing giant SolarCity to fix his electric bills at $130 a month — down from the $250 to $300 he had been paying.<p>Those savings, however, …

Solar Power

Everyone has a 'microbial cloud'

<b>Everyone is surrounded by a unique "cloud" of millions of their own bacteria, according to scientists at the University of Oregon in the US.</b><p>Walk through someone else's cloud, and it will "rain" bacteria on your skin and be breathed into your lungs.<p>The study on 11 people, published in the journal …

Microbiology

Smoking Doesn’t Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

Future of food: how we grow

VERTICAL FARMING<p>“I know it sounds utopian”, says Steve Fry, apologetically, as he explains the merits of multi-layer hydroponics. Known colloquially as “vertical” farming, the approach in which plants are grown in water instead of soil has grown significantly over the past 20 years. Fry, as head of …

Farming

Concern mounts over UK role in Pakistan drone attacks

MoD refuses to confirm if military at US base are involved in airstrikes<p>UK military personnel are suspected of having participated in the CIA’s controversial drone war in Pakistan, which has resulted in thousands of fatalities.<p>The Ministry of Defence has declined to answer a Freedom of Information …

Obama Administration

High Desert Suicide: Was a Prison Guard Hazed to Death?

At one of the country's most dangerous prisons, correctional officers face off against murderers, rapists, gangsters and each other<p>In August 2006, in …

Crime

Jetpack Company Loses $5 Million In Its First Year

Still promises future filled with jetpacks<p>Personal jetpacks are almost here, if the market can support the company long enough for them to ship. New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft has a jetpack ready to go, if a pair of ducted fans worn as a gigantic backpack counts as a “jetpack”. In development for …

5 Phrases The Happiest Couples Use To Stay Crazy In Love

<i>By Coach Todd Reed</i><p>Who knew that just a few little words could make all the difference in a relationship?<p>In my work with couples, I've found that repeating certain phrases is key to staying close and connected to the one you love most. Here are five magic phrases that help keep happy couples feeling …

Flexible phone concept bends to control apps

This phone has a bendable screen, and it isn't just for show: it's equipped with a bending sensor and can actually be used as a form of input, like a stylus or your fingers on touchscreen displays. Our colleagues at <i>Engadget Chinese</i> got a chance to check the concept out at Touch Taiwan 2015, where …

The Microbiome Is Science’s Hot New Kid

‘Microbiome’ is a word you’ve probably been reading everywhere—and it’s only the beginning.<p>As Americans, we love the concept of …

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? The rise of mind control

Ahundred electrodes are pressed tightly against my scalp and a mixture of salt water and baby shampoo is dripping down my back. The goings-on in my slightly agitated brain are represented by a baffling array of graphs on a screen in front of me. When I close my eyes and relax, the messy spikes and …

Neurophilosophy

Cannabis startup Tradiv is raising $1M to connect growers and sellers

Boulder, Colorado-based Tradiv is raising a $1 million round as it gears up to launch its B2B marketplace for cannabis cultivators, marijuana infused product companies, and dispensaries.<p>That’s right: The B2B pot ecosystem is unfolding right before our eyes.<p>Backed by Cannabis accelerator …

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

SEO