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100 Years of Tear Gas

A chemical weapon drifts off the battlefield and into the streets.<p>In August 1914, French troops fired tear-gas grenades into German trenches along the border between the two countries. While the exact details of this first tear-gas launch are fuzzy, historians mark the Battle of the Frontiers, as …

The Song of Ferguson

J. Cole's tribute to Michael Brown implores, "All we wanna do is be free."<p>Yesterday artist J. Cole released a disconsolate homage to Michael Brown. Since its upload to the music-streaming site SoundCloud, "Be Free" has already been played almost half a million times.<p>In keeping with its soul as a …

BadUSB hack may be one of the biggest threats you have seen!

comedy_nose<p>A new threat named “BadUSB” has just emerged, a name that may be a bit of an understatement. This exploit is one of the nastiest security threats we have seen in a long time. It’s dangerous, often undetectable and very hard to kill. BadUSB literally leaves current antivirus defenses …

Engineering

2 + 2 Doesn't Always Equal 4

2 + 2 = ? appears to be one of the easiest problems in mathematics, and it is probably one of the first you ever encountered. If Kate has 2 apples and Matt gives her 2 more apples, then she has 4 apples. Obviously.<p>But what if we told you that 2 + 2 = ? has stumped even some of the smartest …

John Boehner Is Getting Ready To Mount A Potentially Gigantic Lawsuit Against Obama

Roll Call's Daniel Newhause reports Boehner told House Republicans during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday he could have an announcement in the coming days on whether he will mount the legal challenge. According to the report, he has been "consulting with legal scholars" ahead of his next …

Authorities Show Up At Journalist's Home Over Web Searches About 'Pressure Cookers' And 'Backpacks'

<i>Editor's note: This story has been updated.</i><p>Freelance journalist Michele Catalano, a former music contributor at Forbes, received a friendly visit at her Long Island home from six agents from a joint terrorism task force on Wednesday morning.<p>She thinks it was related to her online search history, as …

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>The NSA boasts in …

A Challenge to the NSA: Deny Snowden's Most Radical Claims Under Oath

Some officials say the whistleblower was lying. The journalist who brought his revelations to light wants them to say it under oath.<p>Reuters<p>On ABC's Sunday-morning news program, <i>This Week</i>, George Stephanopolous led with the Anthony Weiner scandal -- after all, whatever happens to be going on in New …

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s <i>apis mellifera</i> population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the …

Insects

Trayvon Martin's father tells congressional caucus son's long-term legacy will be reconciliation

On Capitol Hill, Trayvon Martin's father vowed Wednesday that he would work "with everything that I have left in me" to make sure the lessons learned from his son's death help to bridge the nation's racial divide.<p>Tracy Martin made his promise at a meeting in Washington, D.C., of the Congressional …

LAW PROFESSOR: Here's How I Would Have Prosecuted George Zimmerman

"What you need in a criminal case is you have to lay out a theory of why you believe this crime was committed and you have to stick with the theory and you have to explain the theory," University of Florida law professor Kenneth Nunn tells us.<p>During closing arguments, prosecutors focused largely on …

George Zimmerman Could Face Civil Suits, Death Threats, Federal Prosecution

George Zimmerman left a Florida courtroom Saturday night a free man after being acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, but his troubles …

Here Is the GOP Playbook for the Next Debt-Ceiling Showdown

President Obama says he won't negotiate, but House Republicans hope to force him to agree to part of the Ryan budget.<p>Reuters<p>With an anxious eye toward the coming debt-ceiling negotiations, House Republicans are drafting what members call a "menu" of mandatory spending cuts to offer the White House …

How the media outrageously blew the IRS scandal: A full accounting

Almost everything “reported” about the big Obama scandal was wrong, and no one has been held to account (UPDATED)<p>The first few days of the IRS scandal that would consume Washington for weeks went like this: Conservatives were indignant, the media was outraged, the president had to respond, his …

Don’t call it “Independence Day”

I love July 4. But what is “independence,” if full freedom still doesn’t exist for everyone in this country?<p>Comedian Chris Rock sparked a debate a year ago today, when he tweeted: "Happy white people's independence day! The slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks." The sentiment …