Risk and Policy

By Carl Southwell | Risks that impact policy issues

Bombing at Nigeria Mosque Kills at Least 50

By SAM OLUKOYA, Associated Press<p>LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A teenage suicide bomber attacked worshippers as they gathered for morning prayers Tuesday at a …

Nigeria

Russia reports radioactivity 986 times the norm after nuclear accident claim

Moscow says ‘extremely high’ levels of ruthenium-106 discovered as Greenpeace urges inquiry into possible cover-up<p>Russia’s meteorological service has confirmed that “extremely high” concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in several parts of the country in late September, confirming …

Pollution

Walking While Black

Walking

Private prisons are shrouded in secrecy. I took a job as a guard to get inside—then things got crazy

Chapter 1: “Inmates Run This Bitch”<p>Have you ever had a riot?” I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America …

Prison

How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

It seems that each week, a new development about the Affordable Care Act calls into question the future of health care in the U.S. Such policy …

Human Geography

The neglected art of risk detection

At the core of risk management is risk detection, an art that can be skillfully improved if banks and regulators accept new analytical methods.<p><b>The</b> …

Cybersecurity

Police Oversight Group Set to Dismiss 22 Death Cases Without Investigation

The Vista Detention facility. / Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle<p>The group tasked with investigating in-custody deaths and complaints against county law …

San Diego

Kratom has 'deadly risks,' FDA warns

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Food and Drug Administration dealt another blow Tuesday to supporters of kratom, warning about "deadly risks" associated with the botanical supplement often used to treat pain, anxiety and depression. Kratom also has opioid-like effects -- at low doses, it acts like a stimulant; at …

Scott Gottlieb

The Richest 1% Now Own More Than 50% of the World’s Wealth

The richest 1% now owns more than half of all the world’s household wealth, according to analysts at Credit Suisse. And they say inequality is only …

Credit Suisse

Stories of loss, love and hope: six firsthand accounts from some of America's worst mass shootings

For survivors and family members of victims from Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando and elsewhere, each new massacre is a reminder of inaction on gun control<p>default<p>They see the alerts on their phones. They turn on the news. And then, like the rest of us, the survivors of America’s previous mass …

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Why We Should Be Concerned About Artificial Superintelligence

The human brain isn’t magic; nor are the problem-solving abilities our brains possess. They are, however, still poorly understood. If there’s nothing …

Intelligence

The Germans are making contingency plans for the collapse of Europe. Let’s hope we are, too

A leaked defence document has revealed the country’s worries about the breakup of the global order – a scenario with serious consequences for post-Brexit Britain<p>The German defence ministry set out its worst-case scenario for the year 2040 in a secret document that was leaked to Der Spiegel last …

Der Spiegel

Waymo is first to put fully self-driving cars on US roads without a safety driver

Going Level 4 in Arizona<p>Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, reached an important milestone recently: since mid-October, the company has been operating its autonomous minivans on public roads in Arizona without a safety driver — or any human at all — behind …

Transportation

We must stop unstable Americans from access to military firearms

As the nation is yet again horrified by violent images of another mass shooting, many ask what more can be done to prevent the next attack.

Gun Control

29-year-old man arrested in connection to 'act of terror' in New York

<i>This undated photo provided by St. Charles County Department of Corrections via KMOV shows the Sayfullo Saipov.; Credit: AP</i>Colleen Long, Jake …

Terrorism

Puerto Rico’s Not-So-Natural Disaster

More than a month after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico — destroying houses, flooding streets, and laying waste to basic infrastructure — …

Caribbean

New gene-editing technique may lead to treatment for thousands of diseases

Talk about precision gene editing.<p>Scientists from Harvard University have just unveiled a new gene editor that uses the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 technology to target and change a single letter in a string of DNA bases — no cutting necessary.<p>Considering that there are billions of letters in the …

Genetics

Hurricane Maria: Inside a Puerto Rican Barrio's Fight to Survive

What the G8 neighborhoods in San Juan can teach us about the coming age of permanent disaster<p>On a hot and cloudless afternoon in mid-October, the …

Caribbean

Scientists engineer proteins that caused obese animals to lose weight and lower cholesterol

As the U.S. obesity rate has galloped toward 40%, doctors, drug designers and dispirited dieters have all wondered the same thing: What if a pill could deliver the benefits of weight-loss surgery, but without the knife?<p>New research brings that hope a notch closer.<p>Scientists from the biotechnology …

Medicine

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting

Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability.<p>A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she …

Mobile

Powerful Storm Lashes Ireland, Killing at Least 3 People

BALLYFERRITER, Ireland — One of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the northeastern Atlantic bore down on Ireland on Monday, unleashing strong winds and rain that killed at least three people and visited destruction on an island with little experience of such powerful storms.<p>The national …

Weather

How the US government created and coddled the gun industry

After Stephen Paddock opened fire on Las Vegas concertgoers on Oct. 1, many people responded with calls for more gun control to help prevent mass …

Guns

Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream

A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.”<p><b>In August, after</b> <b>a white</b> nationalist rally in Charlottesville ended in murder, Steve Bannon insisted that "there's no room in American society" for neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, and the …

Donald Trump

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock 'hit tanks full of aviation fuel' as he fired into crowd

Bullets fired by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock hit large aviation fuel tanks near the site of the Route 91 music festival, a law enforcement …

Las Vegas

Las Vegas survivors furious as YouTube promotes clips calling shooting a hoax

‘When I see my wife fighting for her life with a gunshot wound to her chest and my daughter was also shot, it’s pretty conclusive evidence that it did happen’<p>YouTube is promoting conspiracy theory videos claiming that the Las Vegas mass shooting was a hoax, outraging survivors and victims’ …

Las Vegas

The Police Are Using Computer Algorithms to Tell If You’re a Threat

IDEAS<p><i>Ferguson is a professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law and the author of</i> <i>The Rise of Big Data Policing:</i> …

Algorithms

Contaminated Flutes From Bower's Kidseum To Santa Ana Police

Santa Ana Police are collecting contaminated "recorders." The music teacher, not affiliated with the Bower's Kidseum, is being investigated.<p>SANTA …

California

In Natural Disasters, Are Inmates Expendable?

Are prisons built to withstand the kinds of natural disasters that experts say will become more frequent and more intense as a result of climate …

Prison

The Coming Software Apocalypse

A small group of programmers wants to change how we code—before catastrophe strikes.<p>There were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service. People who called for help got a busy signal. One Seattle woman dialed 911 at least 37 …

Programming