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  • 2 days ago
    Current Event distant

    Mexico murder rate reaches record high

    Mexico registered more than 2,000 murders in May, a record high for any month since 1997, underlining the country's struggles to deal with the trade in narcotics. There were 2,186 murder investigations in May, according to the latest government statistics released on Wednesday, surpassing the previous monthly high of 2,131 in May 2011. Some cases may include multiple homicides, and the number of murder victims reported in May was 2,452, the highest for any month in a separate series of data...

  • 2 days ago
    Current Event distant

    Trump presidency gives Australians a negative view of US, Lowy poll finds

    Faith in the US “acting responsibly” has plummeted among Australians but the rise of China is still viewed as a potential military threat by many, the 2017 Lowy poll has found. The poll of Australian attitudes to the world, now in its 13th year, found Australians had never felt less safe in the world, with rising concerns about terrorism, climate change, cyberattacks and a nuclear-armed North Korea.

  • 6 days ago
    Current Event distant

    China begins first of eight large-scale carbon capture projects

    China has definitely taken the lead globally in its effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, just recently beginning construction of the first of eight large-scale carbon capture and storage projects. Just two weeks ago, Digital Journal featured the world's first commercial carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant opened in Zurich, Switzerland with the goal of selling compressed CO2 gas to industry, basically re-purposing the gas.

  • 10 days ago
    Current Event distant

    ‘Plankton explosion’ turns Istanbul’s Bosphorus turquoise

    Transformation of the usually blue waters of the Bosphorus is not caused by pollution, say scientists.

  • 10 days ago
    Current Event distant

    You won't need to plug in the upcoming iPhone to charge it, Apple partner says

    Apple supplier Wistron said on Wednesday that Apple's new iPhones will charge without wires. Apples upcoming iPhones won't require any cables to charge, according to the president of a company that assembles iPhones. Wistron president and CEO Robert Hwang revealed the details during a recent shareholder meeting, according to Nikkei. "Assembly process for the previous generations have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some diffe...

  • 12 days ago
    Analysis distant

    Why America Keeps Criminalizing Autistic Children

    When non-white autistic students get in trouble, schools have a track record of escalating tensions and treating it as a criminal matter. Two recent cases in Orange County, Florida, help illustrate the problem.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis distant

    Pirate Bay founder: We’ve lost the internet, it’s all about damage control now

    TNW spoke with Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde about the miserable state of the internet and how we've lost the chance to decentralize it.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    Bolivian President Warns Trump's America 'Main Threat to Mother Earth and Life Itself'

    As the United Nations this week warned the world's oceans are "under threat as never before" from global warming and other human activity, Bolivian President Evo Morales took direct aim at President Donald Trump by saying his decision to withdraw from Paris climate agreement proves the United States is now the "main threat to mother Earth and life itself."

  • 3 weeks ago
    Expression distant

    'Pirates 5' and 'Baywatch' Set Sail Over Memorial Day Weekend

    No big surprises this weekend after yesterday's results as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales led the way on Friday with an estimated $23.5 million heading toward an anticipated $62+ million three-day and $76+ million four-day, holiday weekend. In second is Paramount's Baywatch, which kicked off its holiday run on Thursday with $4.6 million, brought in an estimated $5.7 million and is looking at a rather disappointing three-day in the mid-to-high teens and a four-day arig...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Analysis distant

    A 16th-century engineer whose work almost defeated an Empire

    When the Ottomans laid siege to Rhodes, this smart inventor held them off for months.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Analysis distant

    The brain starts to eat itself after chronic sleep deprivation

    Sleep loss in mice sends the brain’s immune cells into overdrive. This might be helpful in the short term, but could increase the risk of dementia in the long run

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Trump Budget Axes Alaska’s Sea Grant Program

    The proposed U.S. federal budget would cancel a program that provides support to coastal Alaskan communities with everything from monitoring shoreline erosion to maintaining healthy ecosystems.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Born exposed to drugs, what chance did he have? One mom risked finding out

    The boy was only two days old when his mother slipped out of the hospital. Hours later, he shuddered and convulsed, his body going into withdrawal from the opioids he had grown used to in her womb.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Macron condemns 'massive' hacking attack as documents leaked

    The campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says it has been the target of a "massive hacking attack" after a trove of documents was released online. The campaign said that genuine files were mixed up with fake ones in order to confuse people. It said that it was clear the hackers wanted to undermine Mr Macron ahead of Sunday's second round vote.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Judge won't hear gay adoptions because it's not in a child's 'best interest'

    A family court judge who sits in Barren and Metcalfe counties has announced he will no longer hear adoption cases involving “homosexual parties” because he believes allowing a gay person to adopt could never be in the child's best interest. Judge W. Mitchell Nance, who begins court each day by requiring everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, said in an order this week that he would recuse himself from all adoptions involving gay people.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Coca-Cola in crisis as company cuts more than a thousand jobs

    Coca-Cola has announced plans to cut about 20 per cent of it corporate workforce, as the company battles a drop in sales due to falling demand for its sugary drinks. The US firm said it will cut 1,200 jobs starting later this year as it increases its cost-cutting target by $800m and is now expecting to save $3.8bn by 2019. This represents about a 22 per cent reduction of its 5,500 corporate staff or a 1 per cent reduction in its total workforce of 100,300 employees, according to figures by FactS...

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event distant

    Bill Nye criticizes CNN on air for inviting climate change skeptic

    Bill Nye on Saturday accused CNN of doing a "disservice" to viewers by bringing a climate change skeptic onto the network for a panel discussion. "I will say, much as I love CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic, and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change," Nye said during an appearance on CNN's "New Day." Nye was participating in a panel discussion on the network with May Boeve, the executive directo...

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event distant

    Country music is the most drug-ridden of any genre, including rap

    A mother or father traveling through American life with their children planted in the backseat of their car will often times change the tunes on the radio from rap and hip-hop to so-called "safer" genres, like jazz or country music. Many parents figure exposing their offspring to certain types of music will also introduce them to controversial topics, including the appropriation, or "coolness," of drug use.

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event distant

    Undercover 420 operations underway in Wyoming, Minnesota

    After winning 4/20 with a viral post last year, the Wyoming, Minnesota Police Department is back at it this year on the stoner holiday. Wyoming PD posted a photo of its “undercover 4/20 operations” which include an officer with a net, waiting behind the pothead bait of Doritos, Cheetos, Mountain Dew, White Castle and a few video games.