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A $17,850 urine test: Industry boom amid opioid epidemic

After Elizabeth Moreno had back surgery in late 2015, her surgeon prescribed an opioid painkiller and a follow-up drug test that seemed routine -- until the lab slapped her with a bill for $17,850.<p>A Houston lab had tested her urine sample for a constellation of legal and illicit drugs, many of …

CNN

In Sudan, Rediscovering Ancient Nubia Before It’s Too Late

Long ignored by white archaeologists as a mere footnote, modern scientists are now racing to document what’s left of the ancient African civilization.<p>…

Archaeology

Trump’s Miss Universe Gambit

For years, he used his beauty pageants to boost business interests abroad. A 2013 contest, in Moscow, may also have helped give him the Presidency.<p>The first-round results of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant seem to have come as a surprise to some of the competition’s judges, who thought that they …

Donald Trump

These Are the Best (and Worst) Foods for a Healthy Brain

When I think about my long-term health, keeping my body and skin in good shape is certainly important, but making sure my mind stays sharp is …

Nutrition

Suffer from tinnitus? This might bring you relief

People with tinnitus typically hear a ringing or buzzing sound that nobody else seems to notice. The constant noise can be debilitating in worst-case …

Neurophilosophy

GCU Students Trying Not to 3D Print Prosthetics for Amputees in Rwanda

Build team members Ethan Nichols (left), Diego Revilla and Denise Delos Santos test the prosthetic’s motor function. The student researchers launched …

3D Printing

Concern grows within Pentagon about Trump's proposed parade

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is growing concern within the US military about the costs of President Donald Trump's proposed military parade and the disruption it could cause.<p>If Trump insists on a military parade through Washington involving thousands of troops, armored vehicles, missiles and other heavy weapons …

Military

Reading the Mueller Indictment: A Russian-American Fraud

In his first indictments for Russian interference in the 2016 election, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has revealed the inner workings of a shadow campaign—conceived in Moscow and deployed in the United States—that was far more disciplined than Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign. Focussed, …

Donald Trump

Parkland school shooter honed skills on a team supported by the NRA

Classmates of the 19-year-old who used an assault rifle to kill 17 students at a Florida high school on Wednesday say Nikolas Cruz couldn’t stop talking about guns — an interest he was able to hone in part directly thanks to the National Rifle Association.<p>The NRA Foundation, the gun lobby’s …

Guns

Russian bots exploited Parkland shooting to spread pro-gun propaganda

Twitter made several changes in the months after it was publicly humiliated for allowing Russian trolls to overrun its platform. But those efforts …

Internet

Florida vice mayor slams 'absurd' Trump visit

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mark Bogen, the vice mayor of Florida's Broward County, said Friday that President Donald Trump's expected visit with the victims of the Parkland school shooting is "absolutely absurd."<p>"Him coming here is absolutely absurd, and he's a hypocrite," Bogen said of the President in an interview …

CNN

Printing an Elegant & Fashionable BraceCooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

In celebration of the museum’s inaugural Cooper Hewitt Lab: Design Access taking place in the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery through …

3D Printing

Watch this artist create photorealistic embroidery portraits

Verso is a lovely documentary about embroidery artist Cayce Zavaglia (previously), who creates beautiful portraits via embroidery.<p>As she tells …

Art

Ancient footprints reveal lifestyle of children 700,000 years ago

A site in Ethiopia containing the footprints of ancient human children has provided researchers an insight into parenting styles 700,000 years …

Anthropology

Bang & Olufsen will help you turn classic speakers into smart ones

A DIY option for audio nerds<p>Bang & Olufsen has partnered with HiFiBerry to launch a new DIY open-source product that’ll help you upgrade your vintage speakers and turn them into wireless ones. The Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier is a combination board that’s designed for music playback with passive …

Raspberry Pi

E-waste recycler gets 15 month prison sentence for creating worthless backup discs

You may recognize the name Eric Lundgren. In 2017, he was all over the news for creating a $13,000 DIY electric car with a 380-plus mile range, easily besting a Tesla. Today he’s on his way to jail.<p>Lundgren has always been a tinkerer. His LA-based company specialized in managing e-waste from common …

Software

EPA boss encourages production of dirty diesel gliders, report says

Gliders -- new heavy-duty trucks with old, rebuilt engines -- can emit 44 to 50 times more pollutants than the new legal limit. And the EPA head is OK with that.<p>How incredulous would you be if we told you that there was an Environmental Protection Agency loophole that allowed the production of …

Scott Pruitt

EPA Says Scott Pruitt Flies First Class Because Angry People Yell At Him Too Much

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt frequently flies in first and business class because he’s regularly confronted by angry members of the public during his travels, according to a report in Politico on Thursday.<p>The EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement told Politico that …

Scott Pruitt

#MAGA: Trump Properties Needed 144 Employees, They Hired 143 Foreign Guest Workers and 1 American

President Trump is a roadside magician whose best trick is convincing the public that he’s actually has tricks. The funny thing is that there are no …

Donald Trump

Little wood boat is actually a model of modern technology

<b>You could do this without CNC routers and 3D printers, but it would be really hard.</b><p>It has long been a TreeHugger mantra that less is more, smaller is …

3D Printing

White House Reportedly Had a Sinister Ulterior Motive for Rolling Out Its Cruel 'Meal Boxes' Idea

The Trump administration does not want to force cash poor families to eat pre-boxed meal rations after all. It just wants them to stop receiving food …

Sonny Perdue

Kimmel writer quotes every GOP lawmaker’s post-Florida ‘thoughts and prayers’ tweet — and how much money they took from the NRA

As Republicans begin heaping “thoughts and prayers” on the families of the 17-plus people killed in Wednesday’s deadly shooting at a high school …

Thom Tillis

'We can only take so much abuse': Whole Foods suppliers slam 'hellacious' new policies and say rising costs are hurting business

Whole Foods is changing the way it does business with suppliers, and some local and regional brands say it's having a crippling impact on their business.<p>The grocery chain is charging brands more money for prime shelf space and in-store product demonstrations and taste tests while also requiring …

eCommerce

Thanks, Boston Dynamics! We are doomed.

I’m sorry to inform you, but it appears the end is nigh.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company now owned by SoftBank (and once deemed too creepy for Google to keep its hands on), released a new video today (Feb. 12) of its latest four-legged creation.<p>The video shows the latest iteration of its Spot …

Robotics

Donald Trump And Felix Sater: Secrets From Trump’s Past Coming Out As Court Unseals Files On Shadowy Partner

In interviews and even in a 2013 sworn deposition, Donald Trump has claimed that he does not know the 51-year-old Russian-born businessman Felix …

Donald Trump

CNN Exclusive: California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

<b>(CNN) —</b> California's insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.<p>California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones expressed …

Health Care

Trump's America will be saddled with debt – like his bankrupted hotels were

The Republican spending bill throws conservative principles – whatever remains of them – into the wind<p>Once upon a time, conservatives said they hated Barack Obama because of his budget deficits. They said he was destroying America and its future, which made them very angry indeed. They were so mad …

Donald Trump

California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue 'anti-racist' activists, documents show

Officers expressed sympathy with white supremacists and sought their help to target counter-protesters after a violent 2016 rally, according to court documents<p>California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter-protesters …

Rights & Freedoms

George W. Bush says Russia meddled in 2016 US election

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former President George W. Bush said on Thursday that "there's pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled" in the 2016 American presidential election, forcefully rebutting fellow Republican Donald Trump's denials of Moscow trying to affect the vote.<p>While …

Abu Dhabi

Pentagon says Trump ordered Washington military parade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to stage a military parade.<p>The Washington Post, which was first to report the presidential order, said Trump wants a grand parade this year in the nation's capital, with soldiers marching and tanks rolling.<p>White …

North Korea