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Despite dire predictions, Denver crime falls over 10 percent in wake of pot legalization

Despite dire predictions by anti-marijuana activists, overall crime rates in the city of Denver are down more than five months after legal marijuana sales began in the Rocky Mountain state. According to the Denver Department of Public Safety, rates of violent crime are down, as well as burglaries, leading to…

Scientists building ‘neurotic’ robots to help them make smarter, more human decisions

A group of researchers is exploring the possibility of programming robot brains to be more “neurotic” in order to help them make more human-like decisions. Discovery News reported on one team’s findings which were presented this week at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Hong Kong. Jeff…

Progressives target Congressional holdouts who oppose medical marijuana

U.S.-backed TV channel seeks to counter extremism in Nigeria

A new TV channel soon to launch with US financial backing in northern Nigeria aims to counter the growing influence of radical Islamist groups like Boko Haram, the US State Department said Saturday. The project started last year and is set to begin……

Actor Stephen Fry denounces UK government for not acting on Snowden revelations

Performer and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger among speakers at conference marking first anniversary of NSA leaks Stephen Fry has denounced the government’s failure to act over the mass surveillance programme revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, labelling its behaviour as “squalid and rancid”. Opening a day of debate to galvanise…

Russian leadership backs restoration of ‘Stalingrad’ name to Volgograd

Russia's deputy prime minister called on Saturday for the name Stalingrad to be restored to the city that was the site of a key World War II battle against the Nazis. "I never doubted the need to give back great Stalingrad its name. Not for the sake……

Like it or not, monarchies are enduring for several reasons

Monarchs, it seems, are holding their ground in the modern world. If the amor regem displayed in New Zealand and Australia toward Prince William and family in April is anything to go by, one might conclude that monarchies are not only surviving, but thriving in the 21st century. As a…

3D imaging and robotics device could transform surgery inside the womb

Performing surgery on foetuses while still in the womb is a risky business. Although pioneering work in this field began in the 1980s, it remains very challenging, with only a few highly trained teams scattered around the world treating a handful of conditions. But new technology could transform the treatment…

India’s nuclear reactor reaches ‘full capacity’ for the first time

The first reactor of India's largest nuclear plant -- dogged by protests and multiple delays -- reached full capacity for the first time Saturday, an official said. The Russian-backed Kudankulam plant, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is designed……

Billionaire who confessed to sexually assaulting teen stepdaughter gets four-month sentence

The billionaire heir to the SC Johnson company’s fortune — who confessed to repeatedly sexually assaulting his teenage stepdaughter — received a four-month jail sentence on Friday from a Racine, WI judge who cited the Johnson family’s importance in the community. Milwaukee’s Channel 4 News reported that Circuit Judge Eugene…

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