Ian Hammersmith

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Inside the Scarily Lucrative Business Model of Human Trafficking

Though many people believe slavery to be a thing from the distant past or award-winning movies, new figures out from the International Labor …

Companies Commit Human-Rights Abuses in America, Too

And yet Americans tend not to describe the exploitation that way.<p>When we think about companies getting caught up in human rights violations, we tend to imagine far-flung lands with weak or repressive governments: Shell accused of complicity in the 1995 hanging of environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa by …

Prevent Alzheimer’s by vaccinating at 40, scientist suggests

A vaccine could wipe out plaques that stop the brain from signalling if given before the onset of the disease, experts say<p>Alzheimer’s Disease could be prevented by vaccinating people as young as 40, decades before any symptoms emerge, it has been suggested.<p>James Nicoll, professor of neuropathology …

Dementia

The Media Response to Mass Shootings

The press should choose not to publish the names or show the faces of the killers.<p>The latest mass-casualty shooting spree — this one in Santa …

Record warm April ... and most Antarctic ice

While the globe last month endured its warmest April in 135 years of records (tied with 2010), Antarctic sea ice reached its largest April extent on record, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).<p>Antarctic sea ice last month measured …

California gunman had 400 bullets left

Elliot Rodger, the son of an assistant director of the Hunger Games films, had more than 400 bullets and three weapons with him<p>The British-born gunman who carried out a massacre in a quiet California university town had 400 rounds of ammunition left when sheriff's deputies brought his murderous …

Crime

Apple announces 'HealthKit' platform and new 'Health' app

SAN FRANCISCO — As expected, Apple jumped into the health-information business today, launching both a new health app and a cloud-based health-information platform.<p>The new app, called simply “Health,” will collect a number of body metrics including blood pressure, heart rate, and stats on diet and …

11 Days Till The World Cup, And The Opening Stadium Is Far From Ready

Yet that scenario has come to pass and the much-delayed Corinthians Arena will be less than three-quarters full for Sunday's final test match to help assess the stadium's readiness.<p>With two temporary seating areas unfinished, only around 40,000 fans will be able to attend the league match between …

Fukushima meltdown is warning to the world, says nuclear plant operator

Naomi Hirose, president of the company that runs Fukushima, said Britain’s nuclear industry must be 'prepared for the worst'<p>The man in charge of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has warned that the meltdown of the plant in 2011 contains important lessons for the British government …

2009 Flu Pandemic Was 10 Times More Deadly Than Previously Thought

Estimates of death rates from swine flu in 2009-10. The value is the upper limit for the rate in each country. Data from <i>PLOS Medicine</i>; map by Michaeleen Doucleff/NPR<p>By the World Health Organization's official tally, the flu pandemic of 2009-10 killed 18,449 people around the world. Those are deaths …

Niger's first slavery conviction: man jailed for four years

Girls taken as a 'fifth wife' – wahaya – are treated as property and face a lifetime of rape and physical and psychological abuse<p>A man has been sentenced to four years in jail in Niger's first conviction for slavery.<p>Elhadji Djadi Raazikou, 63, was convicted of having a "fifth wife" – a practice in …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

Surface Pro 3 hands on: Better laptop, yes; better tablet, maybe

Advertisement<p>35 Comments<p>As I walked back from Microsoft’s Surface event earlier today, one question kept creeping into my mind: Did Microsoft(s MSFT) …