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This crazy concrete ceiling could revolutionize how we build

A building’s slab is rarely seen and even more rarely talked about. But a team of Swiss engineers is revolutionizing how slabs are designed.<p>Swiss engineers have developed a construction technique that could change how buildings are designed and built. It’s called a “Smart Slab:” A mixture of …

Engineering

Inside the Bizarre Subreddit Where Connoisseurs Talk 'Craft Cocaine'

A community of dark net drug users view themselves as cocaine connoisseurs, looking for "organic" coke over "petrol," and batches with good "legs" and "bag-appeal."<p><i>This article originally appeared on</i> <i>VICE UK</i>.<p>According to the Global Drug Survey, one in four British people buy their drugs on the dark …

Darknet

Titan launches its mobile ‘not a hedge fund’

What Robinhood did to democratize buying individual stocks, Titan wants to do for investing in a managed portfolio. Instead of being restricted to rich accredited investors willing to pour $5,000 or even $500,000 into a traditional hedge fund that charges 2 percent fees and 20 percent of profits, …

Investing

They’re Falsely Accused of Shoplifting, but Retailers Demand Penalties

MOBILE, Ala. — Crystal Thompson was at home watching the Rose Bowl parade when a county sheriff came to arrest her for shoplifting from the local Walmart.<p>Ms. Thompson, 43, was baffled and scared. An agoraphobic, she had not shopped at a Walmart in more than a year. She was taken to a Mobile jail, …

Corruption

Reviving a Centuries-Old Japanese Confectionery Art

FIRST THE FINGERS BURN. Any apprentice in the centuries-old Japanese confectionery art of <i>amezaiku</i> must accept this as the price of beauty. Molten syrup, heated to a scalding 176 degrees Fahrenheit, is scooped up with bare hands. There’s no time to cry out; from the moment it touches the skin, you …

Japan

To Win Texas, Beto O'Rourke Is Running To The Left

If you arrived at Beto O'Rourke's recent town hall meeting in San Antonio even 40 minutes ahead of time, you were out of luck. All 650 seats were already taken.<p>It was one sign that the El Paso Democratic congressman has set Texas Democrats on fire this year, as he takes on Republican Sen. Ted …

Government

Will Washington State Voters Make History on Climate Change?

The state could be the first in the union to adopt a carbon price by ballot.<p>This November, voters in Washington State may do what no group of people—in or outside the United States—has done before.<p>They will vote on whether to adopt a carbon fee, an aggressive policy to combat climate change that …

Climate

A New Way of Getting High Is as Easy as Applying Deodorant

This could be the future of medicinal marijuana.<p>Just like nearly everyone in Colorado with a chronic health condition, Barbara MacLean has used marijuana medicinally. MacLean, 56, who lives outside of Boulder, has Crohn’s and Lyme diseases. A digital film and special effects producer by trade, she …

Cannabis

Structure of ion channel reveals how insects smell their way around the world

Different insect species have different numbers and types of odorant receptors, reflecting the range of smells that matter to bees, termites, …

Biology

We may finally know why marijuana helps people with chronic gut problems

And it could have implications for other inflammation, too.<p>As John Mayer tells us (and tells us, and tells us), your body is a wonderland. When it comes to microbial life, this holds especially true for your gut. There, hundreds of residential species eat, breed, and excrete waste. Somehow, your …

Research

The Realtors' Last Hurrah

If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you know the complexity and frustration—and the high fees—involved in this critical transaction. You probably used a professional Realtor throughout the process, who guided you through scores of listings and home tours and helped you put together specific …

Real Estate

“They have no allegiance to liberal democracy”: an expert on antifa explains the group

Why a loose network of militant activists is confronting fascists.<p>When Donald Trump used the phrase “alt-left” to describe the anti-neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville last year, most people had no idea what he meant. I’m actually not sure he knew what he meant.<p>“What about the alt-left that came …

Rights & Freedoms

Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV

As Xfinity’s distribution deals expand, disruptors are taking up the same models as past cable companies<p>Since the advent of streaming online video, industry insiders have wondered what impact it would have on the future of television. As more companies move toward launching their own proprietary …

Star Trek

More nurse practitioners now pursue residency programs to hone skills

The patient at the clinic was in his 40s and had lost both his legs to Type 1 diabetes. He had mental health and substance abuse problems and was taking large amounts of opioids to manage pain. He was assigned to Nichole Mitchell, who in 2014 was a newly minted nurse practitioner in her first week …

Health Care

Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.

If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out.<p>Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration.<p>It begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a dirt-floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in …

Immigration

New study reveals proton hydration structures are asymmetric

How water solvates and transports protons is a fundamental question facing chemists and biologists alike and is vital to our understanding of …

University of Chicago

Nico Walker’s Cherry Might Be the First Great Novel of the Opioid Epidemic

Nico Walker wrote <i>Cherry,</i> his first novel, on a typewriter in a federal prison in Kentucky where he’s serving 11 years for bank robbery. It’s the …

Books

The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucus

In the 1980s, Howard-Yana Shapiro, now chief agricultural officer at Mars, Incorporated, was looking for new kinds of corn. He was in the Mixes …

Farming

3 Tax Breaks That May Be Better in the Long Run

Talk to a tax expert long enough and you’re likely to hear some variant on this phrase: Don’t let the tail wag the dog.<p>It makes sense. Focus too much on the details, and you may lose sight of the big picture. When it comes to taxes — the tail in this case — a short-term tax benefit may not be the …

Finance

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

The white supremacists marching at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat counterprotesters. They wanted their beliefs on …

Psychology

Researchers suggest we could tip into a hothouse Earth—here’s what that means

Multiple tipping points may do far more than eliminate glacial cycles.<p>We tend to use "ice age" to mean a period where large ice sheets push south to …

Climate Change

400 free online courses with credits that can count towards your degree

These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. What started with a small number of degree programs, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois (Coursera) and Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science …

Online Education

Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.<p>The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San …

Pesticides

The White Nationalists Are Winning

Fox News anchors and high-profile politicians are now openly pushing the racism of the alt-right. The fringe movement’s messages have permeated the mainstream Republican Party.<p>The year since the white-supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been difficult for the rogues’ …

Rights & Freedoms

The Weird Reason Roman Emperors Were Assassinated

Ancient Rome was a dangerous place to be an emperor. During its more than 500-year run, about 20 percent of Rome's 82 emperors were assassinated …

World History

Black Hat Researcher Shows Why Air Gaps Won't Protect Your Data

Got a secret? Put it behind an air gap by disconnecting your computer from the internet. That works, right? At Black Hat, a researcher showed off …

Black Hat

An L.A. County deputy faked evidence. Here's how his misconduct was kept secret in court for years

They were at the tail end of their overnight shift when they spotted Gerald Simmons near a vacant lot in Inglewood.<p>The two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said they saw the 43-year-old toss a plastic baggie of rock cocaine to the ground.<p>Their testimony would become the backbone of the 2009 …

Corruption

Jeff Sessions assures anti-LGBTQ hate group it’s not a hate group

The Alliance Defending Freedom is totally a hate group.<p>A week after announcing a mysterious new “religious liberty task force,” Attorney General Jeff …

Rights & Freedoms

IRS Provides Guidance On 20% Pass-Through Deduction, But Questions Remain

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — signed into law on December 22, 2017 — gave birth to a brand new provision: Section 199A, which permits owners of sole proprietorships, S corporations, or partnerships to deduct up to 20% of the income earned by the business. While the provision has the potential to …

Retirement

Lowering Your Blood Pressure Could Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk, New Research Shows

Margaret Daffodil Graham tries to live a healthy life, particularly since she has a health issue that requires constant attention. Like more than 100 …

Dementia