David Alexander

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Your Home Is Your Prison

<b>How to Lock Down Your Neighborhood, Your Country, and You</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>On January 27th, domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander will walk out of Florida's Duval County jail -- but she won't be free.<p>Alexander, whose case has gained some notoriety, endured three years of jail …

The Most Important Trial in America

The federal government’s case against the proprietor of a ‘darknet’ website could forever alter how we all use the Internet.<p>One of the potentially …

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Discovers New Batch of Earthlike Planets

Planet-hunting mission confirms eight new worlds, including some of the most Earthlike yet.<p>SEATTLE—NASA's venerable planet-hunter, the Kepler spacecraft, has shaken its one-thousandth planet from the sky. Eight new worlds beyond our solar system, announced Tuesday, boost the number of Kepler's …

Universe

Dirty car artist leaves masterpieces in the dust

He is an Eagle Scout, a versatile bar-band drummer and a senior GUI designer for a company that creates mobile apps for the health care industry.<p>But Scott Wade is famous for drawing dirty pictures.<p>It’s not the content that raises eyebrows but the canvas on which Wade creates. Present him with a …

This is your future smart home — and no, it doesn't look like 'The Jetsons'

LAS VEGAS — In just a few years, you'll awake in the morning to the sound of your alarm, and the hidden sensors in the room will know you're getting …

Smart Homes

Menacing authoritarians can now download the crappy NSA-style PowerPoint template they deserve

Thanks to Edward Snowden, we've learned a lot about the dark wings of our secret government:<p>The NSA operates a vast phone data collection program that scoops up sensitive metadata about all cellphone calls placed in the United States.<br>• With the help of partners around the world, the NSA taps major …

We flew over the Nevada desert with Avegant's 'Jellyfish' video glasses

​Avegant's video headsets are like buses. You wait all year for one, and then two suddenly turn up at once. That thing you see above might look a million miles away from the headphone-inspired Glyph, but it is in fact a very close relative. Codenamed "Jellyfish" the video headset/wearable display …

Drones

"I'M NOT CHARLIE": Leaked Al Jazeera Newsroom Emails Reveal Charlie Hebdo Debate

"What Charlie Hebdo did was not free speech. It was an abuse of free speech," one Al Jazeera journalist wrote. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, an Al Jazeera spokesperson defended the internal debate.<p>The internal staff email chain began with a Jan. 8 email from Al Jazeera English's executive …

Comet Lovejoy visible over U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was a tough decision for any space junkie. Comet sleuth Terry Lovejoy had just pinged me on Facebook Messenger answering my request for an interview. Then, my amateur astronomer husband, Jim Ribble, opened the garage door to shout that he had spotted Comet Lovejoy with his telescope from …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Pillars Bloom, a Star Illuminates, and a Moon Sets

Hubble revisits an iconic place in space, a star lights up Saturn's rings, and a wolf moon sets in this week's best space pictures.

Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

In places where fresh water is hard to come by, how do you come up with clean drinking water? Easy — get the water from poop.<p>It's a scientifically sound idea, and Bill Gates has a video to prove it. In the video, released this week, he stands in front of the Janicki Omniprocessor, a giant new …

A new breakthrough could end our antibiotic crisis

The rise of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics is a growing worry and threatens to put healthcare back to the early 20th century. Such resistance to drugs was inevitable, because bacteria evolve and learn to defend themselves. But we are worried now because new classes of antibiotics aren’t …

The Best Of CES 2015

The shiniest, most significant gadgetry we saw on the showroom floor<p>Every year, the International Consumer Electronics Show hosts more than 3,500 tech and electronics companies from around the world. And that's a lot.<p>The staff of <i>Popular Science</i> have scoured the 2015 CES showroom floors all over Las …

A Star Just Got Swallowed By A Warp In Space-Time

Om nom nom<p>A star has slipped out of view thanks to the space-time warp it creates as it orbits.<p>The disappearing star is part of a binary star system called J1906. It's a pulsar, which means it's a rotating neutron star, the result of a massive star collapsing in on itself. Researchers have been …

Obama turns focus to Internet security, privacy | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will highlight plans next week to protect American consumers and businesses from cyber threats, a month after the most high-profile hacking attack on a U.S. company.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the French hostage situation during his visit …

End-of-life wishes absent in e-records

The federal government has spent billions helping doctors and hospitals digitize patients’ lives, but there are still many holes in our electronic records including a big one: We can’t list end-of-life wishes.<p>Recording the desires of patients who are on their death beds — or even noting whether a …

Best photos: Snowflakes

A lot of us have been cold and “snow-verwhelmed” recently, but – although we might be getting tired of snow – we’re never tired of snowflake pics …

Largest human migration takes place around now

Hundreds of millions return to their home villages around the Chinese New Year. In a week to 10 days, 3.6 billion passenger miles are clocked on …

White House: Obama awaits more Keystone reviews; timing unclear | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama still wants to hear from other federal agencies before deciding whether to accept the State Department’s finding that the Keystone XL pipeline would have no major impact on climate change, his top aide said on Sunday.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama …

How Richard Nixon reinvented American warfare

As the public soured on Vietnam, Nixon rebooted U.S. military strategy — and paved the way for Iraq and Afghanistan<p>In 1972, with the Vietnam War still raging, Democrats certainly hoped to make the large loss of American life a pivotal issue in their effort to oust Nixon. Washington Post cartoonist …

Labor pains: The racist policies that set workplace equality back decades

In the Jim Crow-era South, white soldiers returning from war used their bargaining power to get black workers fired<p>On a cold winter morning in Memphis, in January of 1919, a committee of four white switchmen marched into the office of one Edward Bodamer, superintendent of the Yazoo and Mississippi …

Love, sex, Iraq: A roadside bomb won’t kill my marriage

My love was severely wounded in Iraq. The military, VA and other civilians didn’t seem to care. We fought anyway<p>The ten-year anniversary of Brian’s injury is coming up. A lot of people in the veterans’ community call it their Alive Day. Brian calls it his Phoenix Day—I strongly prefer that term. …

Italy battles floods as bad weather batters Europe

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1049000/1049036_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524629820_1c6e0f42576dd846b6c08d1e37530115<p><b>Areas of Italy and France are on flood alert as heavy rain brings chaos to parts of Europe.</b><p>Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes in …

Obama’s 34 Words That Matter Most

No one paid much attention when he said he would appeal for more help for young men of color, but those could prove the most important words of the …

Knox Case Could Put U.S. In An Extradition Quandary

This week, Amanda Knox was found guilty, again, by an Italian court.<p>She was found guilty of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2009, though the verdict was overturned two years later. Last year, Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation, its highest court, sent the case back to an appeals court …