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In September 2014, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 1135, a bill banning the forced sterilization of female inmates as a form of birth control. The bill was introduced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson after the Center for Investigative Reporting disclosed in 2013 that 148 women were sterilized in violation of prison rules between […]
After decades of theorizing and searching, scientists are reporting that they’ve found a massive reservoir of water in the Earth’s mantle — a reservoir so vast that it could fill the Earth’s oceans three times over. This discovery suggests Earth’s surface water comes from within, as part of a “whole-Earth water cycle.” This new study, authored […]
After an unprecedented communitywide protest for justice, a male student at Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma, was belatedly arrested and charged with raping at least two female students. The case began in September 2014, when a 16-year-old girl awoke in a lot of pain the morning after a party, with no memory of what […]
As the climate continue to change, invasive species will continue to seek out favorable climates. Ebola and West Nile are just the first of many. Daniel Brooks of the Laboratory of Parasitology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a co-author of a February 2015 report that documents how the appearance of diseases in new places […]
In August 2014, the creators of OpenBazaar, an unregulated website for buying and selling, announced they were releasing a beta version of their software that could change online commerce forever. OpenBazaar’s plans reminded many of past unsuccessful attempts to establish surveillance-free trade zones online – most notoriously Napster, which ran afoul of corporate copyright law, […]