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America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

Mental Health

The World’s Hardest Country for Women

Even without the threat of Boko Haram, the girls of northern Nigeria lead grim lives and face brutal challenges.<p>ABUJA, Nigeria — At age 14, Amina …

Ecocapsules: off-the-grid pods could change camping forever

Environmentally friendly, self-sufficient eco-pods, that can be towed on a trailer or shipped anywhere in the world, could transform the way we experience the outdoors.<p>The egg-shaped Ecocapsules, designed by Slovakian design firm Nice Architects can house two people for a year off the grid, with …

Off-grid

Retirement home in China emphasizes communal living in a natural setting

Though many in China choose to forget much of the Cultural Revolution, architects Atelier Alter have used lessons from the period to inspire the …

NSA surveillance powers lapse after no deal in Senate, but likely to be renewed within days

The National Security Agency lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program made public by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.<p>But that program and several …

Work From Home: 7 Extraordinary Backyard Offices

In the 19th century, Thomas Jefferson designed his very own personal shed office in the Gardens of Monticello. From the cozy confines of the brick garden pavilion of the 5,000-acre property, Jefferson studied and wrote in the glow of the Virginian sunshine.<p>Fast-forward 200 years and office sheds of …