Afghanistan (HRW) – Robot Visits US, Afghan Girls Stuck at Home We want to make a difference and most breakthroughs in science, technology, and other industries normally start with the dream of a child to do something great. – Team Afghanistan’s statement on the competition website They seized the chance to study in a country that has long denied that advantage to many girls. They excelled in science and technology – a male-dominated field. And they competed successfully to represent their country against some of the brightest young minds in the world. But, after overcoming these improbable odds, a robotics team of six Afghan girls Read MoreRead More
North America (Ensia) – After decades of regulatory and legal challenges, AquaBounty aims to bring genetically engineered salmon to U.S. and Canadian markets next year. On a hill above the cold waters around Prince Edward Island, technicians painstakingly create fertilized Atlantic salmon eggs that include growth-enhancing DNA from two other fish species. The eggs will be shipped to tanks in the high rainforest of Panama, where they will produce fish that mature far more quickly than normal farmed salmon. More than 20 years after first seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, AquaBounty Technologies of Maynard, Massachusetts, plans Read MoreRead More
United States (ProPublica) – For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious. Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ appears to be turning away from this storied tool, called consent decrees. Top officials in the DOJ civil rights division have issued verbal instructions through the ranks to seek settlements without consent decrees — which would result in no continuing court oversight. The move is just one part of a move by the Trump administration to limit Read MoreRead More
United States (Sputnik) – You free tonight? Yeah, we’re free. The US and many other countries are seeing unprecedented numbers of their populations stay single. They’re not only staying out of relationships for longer periods of time: some are single for life, according to statistics. One of out 50 young adults in the US will have never married by the time they reach 50, according to a 2014 Pew Reports. It reads, “After decades of declining marriage rates and changes in family structure, the share of American adults who have never been married is at an historic high … The dramatic rise in the share of never-married adults and the emerging gender gap are related to a variety Read MoreRead More
United States (Sputnik) – Pork professionals are reporting that bacon reserves in the US are at their lowest point in 50 years. On Tuesday, Columbus-based nonprofit The Ohio Pork Council stated that supplies of the highly-processed frozen pork-belly products cannot keep up with the demand. Council president Rich Deaton said, “Today’s pig farmers are setting historic records by producing more pigs than ever…Yet our reserves are still depleting.” According to the US Department of Agriculture, the country’s pork belly inventory came to roughly 17.8 million pounds in December 2016, the lowest level since 1957. This has caused an increase in prices, which have risen 20 percent since January, according Read MoreRead More
Wealthy politicians and businessmen suspected of corruption in their native lands are fleeing to a safe haven where their wealth and influence shields them from arrest.
They have entered this country on a variety of visas, including one designed to encourage investment. Some have applied for asylum, which is intended to protect people fleeing oppression and political persecution.Read More
More young adolescents died by their own hands in 2014 than died in car accidents, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. In 2014, 425 young people aged 10 to 14 took their own lives, while 384 died as a result of car accidents.
The data reflect a stunning increase in death by suicide among young adolescents. “From 1999 to 2014, the death rate for motor vehicle traffic injury declined 58%, to 1.9 [per 100,000] in 2014 (384 deaths),” the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for November 4 noted in its QuickStats section. “From 1999 to 2007, the death rate for suicide fluctuated and then doubled from 2007 (0.9) to 2014 (2.1, 425 deaths).”
Despite some fluctuations, the death rate from car accidents has fallen steadily since the 1970s. In 1999, young people were four times as likely to die in car accidents than to kill themselves.Read More