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The most dangerous ‘date rape drug’ by far – alcohol

September 26th, 2014 at 8:50 am » Comments Off

The substance most commonly associated with drug-facilitated sexual assault is alcohol. Last month, the news that a nail polish was being developed to detect “date rape drugs,” created a media furor, attracting praise and skepticism in roughly equal measure. But this is not the first product that claims to detect drugs added surreptitiously to drinks. In recent years, […]



The mystery surrounding the ‘interceptor’ cell towers deepens

September 8th, 2014 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

A map of the interceptors discovered so far. In the U.S., mysterious “interceptor” cell towers are grabbing phone calls — but they’re not part of the phone networks. And, two experts said the towers don’t appear to be projects of the National Security Agency (NSA).    



Norway’s boom in electric car sales has become a big problem

September 5th, 2014 at 8:27 am » Comments Off

Electric cars in Norway clog bus lanes. Norway is a major and rich oil-producing country, but Norway’s ministers are under increasing public pressure to reduce perks and tax breaks for booming electric car sales.    



Are adjustable ethics setting for robotic cars a terrible idea?

September 2nd, 2014 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

With ethics settings in cars we create new responsibility for ourselves to get it right. Do you remember that day when your autonomous car saved the lives of five people you aimed for with your car when you temporarily lost your mind?  By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to […]



The end of the printed newspaper

August 22nd, 2014 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. By Clay Shirky: The Roanoke Times, the local paper in my family home, is a classic metro daily, with roots that go back to the 1880s. Like most such papers, it ran into trouble in the middle of last decade, as […]



Design flaw turns solar plant into a death trap for birds

August 19th, 2014 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Super-concentrated sunbeams from BrightSource Energy Plant are deadly for birds flying overhead. In February, the $2.2 billion BrightSource Energy Plant opened up in the Mojave Desert with good intentions: to harvest clean, sustainable solar power, by using 300 mirrors to reflect sunbeams onto a steam-producing water boiler. But a design flaw has turned the plant into a death trap […]



America’s massive trucker shortage and why it’s only getting worse

August 14th, 2014 at 8:42 am » Comments Off

The biggest issue is a problem of supply and demand. Drivers don’t like big rigs on the highways because of their intimidating size and slow speed. Semis are absolutely vital to moving goods around the country. But, the US is on the road to a major trucking crisis. A recent analysis from Business Insider finds that we […]



Who is on America’s secret terrorist tracking-system?

August 13th, 2014 at 7:56 am » Comments Off

More than 40% of the people on United States government’s shared database of  terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept.    



Does internet privacy come at a premium?

August 8th, 2014 at 3:45 pm » Comments Off

Would you pay for online privacy? Once we went online the concept of privacy changed. What was once private personal information has now been twisted and altered by the digital age, like so many analog and now antiquated concepts before it.    



Mass incarceration may be the greatest social crisis in modern American history

July 28th, 2014 at 6:49 am » Comments Off

More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously last week to allow nearly 50,000 nonviolent federal drug offenders to seek lower sentences. The decision of the commission retroactively applied an earlier change in sentencing guidelines to now cover roughly half of those serving federal drug sentences. Both the Department […]



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