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Supreme Court could tackle partisan gerrymandering in watershed case

By Robert Barnes<p>Robert Barnes<p>Reporter covering the U.S. Supreme Court<p>Email Bio Follow<p>MADISON, Wis. — With newly elected Scott Walker in the governor’s office and a firm grip on the legislature, Wisconsin Republicans in 2011 had a unique opportunity to redraw the state’s electoral maps and fortify …

Government

Our VLF Radio Waves Are Changing Space

Used for submarines, with out-of-this-world side affects.<p>Humanity is changing the near-space environment around Earth, NASA scientists have discovered, and we're not talking about all the space junk orbiting our planet. A type of radio communication known as Very Low Frequencies (VLF) have been …

Meet the legendary G-man investigating Russia's meddling

Robert Mueller will oversee an investigation that critics and fans alike say will finish on his terms alone.<p>Soon after former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was named special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by associates of …

Scientists Are Examining Proxima B's Atmosphere for Livability

Models suggest our closest star could host a habitable planet.<p>In August 2016, astronomers thrilled the world by announcing the discovery of a planet …

President Trump Has Abdicated the Office of Commander-in-Chief

It is irresponsible to give too much power to generals, but that is exactly what this White House has done.<p>Last week, the <i>Washington Post</i> reported that the White House is considering a plan that would not only escalate U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, but also allow the Department of Defense to set …

SolarGaps' new solar blinds shade windows and generate clean energy

What if your window blinds could power your home in addition to shading its rooms? That’s the idea behind SolarGaps’ new solar blinds. These smart …

Clean Energy

Dear France: You Just Got Hacked. Don’t Make The Same Mistakes We Did.

Ooh, la la. So, it happened to you too. The frontrunning presidential candidate got hacked, and all his emails were dumped online in one giant cache. WikiLeaks is tweeting about it. There is a hashtag. 4chan’s /pol/ is all over it. Screenshots purporting to show corruption and secret bank transfers …

Journalism

If America becomes a dystopian hellscape, it might look like this

A haunting new novel lays out a nightmarish vision of America’s future.<p>It’s 2075 and America is sunk deep in its second civil war.<p>Everything has gone to hell. Coastal cities have disappeared under a rising sea; a weaponized plague has killed almost a third of the population; fossil fuels (after …

The Russia Investigations Are a Joke

The Kremlin messed with American democracy, and Congress can’t be bothered to get to the bottom of it?<p>What if they gave a probe, and nobody probed?<p>During the 2016 elections, America was subjected to the most serious cyberattack in our nation’s history: a methodical assault by a hostile foreign …

British Columbia has a plan to counter Trump’s tariffs with a blow to American coal

A worthwhile Canadian initiative.<p>British Columbia’s premier, Christy Clark, has an idea for Canada to hit back at President Trump’s new softwood lumber tariffs in a way that microtargets his political base — banning thermal coal exports from her province’s ports.<p>The ports themselves are under …

The effects of climate change will force millions to migrate. Here’s what this means for human security.

By Kelly M. McFarland and<p>Vanessa Lide<p>Climate change is more than melting ice caps and swamped islands. The environmental effects of climate change — droughts, floods and severe weather, for instance — have increasingly put more people on the move.<p>In 2015, the U.N. Refugee Agency counted 65.3 …

Climate Change

Prediction prof: Trump will be impeached

The professor who took hell for predicting President Donald Trump has a much longer case for predicting President Mike Pence — and it’s all in his new book, out next week.<p>Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University, reached meme-status last fall for predicting long before anyone else that …

Donald Trump

Why Trump’s Attack on Syria Is Legal

“No child of God should ever suffer such horror,” argued President Donald Trump during his statement justifying last Thursday’s U.S. missile strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military. Since then, his decision has faced withering scrutiny, particularly on legal grounds. Critics, from …

A Fight to Restore the Constitution at Customs Checkpoints

Senators are pushing a bipartisan bill to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans returning home by ending intrusive, warrantless searches of their phones and computers.<p>When a U.S. citizen returns home from abroad, the federal government asserts a hugely intrusive prerogative: the option …

Fourth Amendment

Here are the 2017 Hugo Award nominees

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards were announced this morning, and the ballot includes a refreshing number of women and authors of color in what has been a historically white male-dominated field.<p>The Hugo Awards, named after <i>Amazing Stories</i> editor Hugo Gernsback, are awarded to recognize the …

Intelligence expert Malcolm Nance on Trump scandal: “As close to Benedict Arnold as we’re ever going to get”

<b>Donald Trump; Vladimir Putin (Getty/Drew Angerer/AP/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Career counterterrorism officer says Putin pulled off a “brilliant” coup — but Trump is headed for impeachment<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>March 14, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>On an almost daily basis there are new revelations about the …

ACLU Files Complaint Against Jeff Sessions For Lying Under Oath

They want the Alabama State Bar to investigate him for lying about Russia.<p>The ACLU filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Alabama’s State Bar for statements he made during sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing in …

The astonishing dysfunction of Trump's State Department, in one quote

The Trump administration has failed to staff key positions in vital federal agencies. It isn’t clear who is responsible for what, and the White House’s relationship with the federal bureaucracy is rocky.<p>All of this screws up the US government in ways that are often hard to notice from the outside. …

What the CIA WikiLeaks dump tells us: Encryption works

NEW YORK (AP) — If the tech industry is drawing one lesson from the latest WikiLeaks disclosures, it's that data-scrambling encryption works, and the …

WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents

WASHINGTON — In what appears to be the largest leak of C.I.A documents in history, WikiLeaks released on Tuesday thousands of pages describing sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.<p>The documents …

Surveillance

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

• Nay'Quan Wright<br>• RB / 5-8 / 185<br>• NA<br>• Predicted by: EJ Holland<p>Tristan Sinclair<br>• ATH / 6-2 / 209<br>• NA<br>• Predicted by: EJ Holland<p>Mike Morris<br>• SDE / 6-5 / 255<br>• NA<br>• Predicted …

The best trick to make kids eat more fruits and veggies at school, according to psychologists

Stealth nutrition is all about sleight of hand—the magic is convincing children who typically might eschew a vegetable to take a bite.<p>To do that, psychologists are working to find creative ways to up the intake of healthier foods among US children. That includes using hunger to their advantage, and …

More Than Half of Donated Hearts and Lungs Get Thrown Out

But scientists may have discovered a workaround.<p>Twenty-two Americans die every day waiting for an organ transplant. The number of transplantations is on the rise, but there are some inherent roadblocks in the system, like the fact that organs have a very short shelf life, so to speak: More than 60 …

Teenager's sickle cell reversed with world-first therapy

<b>A French teenager's sickle cell disease has been reversed using a pioneering treatment to change his DNA.</b><p>The world-first procedure at Necker Children's Hospital in Paris offers hope to millions of people with the blood disorder.<p>Scientists altered the genetic instructions in his bone marrow so it …

Genetic Engineering

The NASA 2017-2018 Catalog of Free Software Is Now Available

NASA has just released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which includes hundreds of free, royalty-free applications for a wide variety of uses.<p>The …

NASA's MAVEN Discovers How Mars Lost Its Atmosphere

In many ways, Mars is the most Earth-like planet we’ve ever examined up close, besides our own. With a history of a watery past, copious amounts of erosion, revealed sedimentary rock, volcanoes, clouds, icecaps, sand dunes and features like dried-up riverbeds, there’s an entire geological history …

Magnetism

Previously untouched 600BC palace discovered under shrine demolished by Isil in Mosul

Archaeologists documenting Isil’s destruction of the ruins of the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah say they have made an unexpected discovery which could help in our understanding of the world’s first empire.<p>The Nebi Yunus shrine - containing what Muslims and Christians believe to be the tomb of Jonah, as …

5 Books I’d Love to Read Again (For the First Time): Part 2

The Dark Tower IV<p>One of the ways to get on my Top of lists is to pull emotion out of me. When I finished <i>Wizard & Glass</i>, I cried. And every time I …

McMaster Has the Islamophobes Worried. Good.

Trump’s new national security adviser can be a powerful counterweight to the baleful influence of Steve Bannon.<p>When America’s most influential Islamophobes are upset, you know the president made a good choice. “Score one [for] the swamp,” whined Robert Spencer upon hearing the news that Donald …

The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist

Increasingly American politics are driven by generational change. The election of Donald Trump was not just a triumph of whiter, heartland America. …

Demographics