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Want to Become a Sharp Dresser? Sport a Knife in Your Collar

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No matter how far human society progresses, there will always be criminal acts of violence. While many of the crimes have stayed the same, methods of self-defense looked a little different one hundred and fifty-four years ago.      The 1857 issue of Scientific American featured an invention aimed at preventing strangulation, the Anti-Garrote Collar. [...]

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Observations

Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones

Researchers studied the practicality of using free-form gestures for access authentication on smart phones and tablets. Image courtesy of Michael Sherman, Gradeigh Clark, Yulong Yang, Shridatt Sugrim, Arttu Modig, Janne Lindqvist, Antti Oulasvirta, and Teemu Roos; Rutgers University, Max-Planck Institute for Informatics and University of Helsinki.

To protect your financial and personal data, most mobiles come with PIN-based security, biometrics or number grids that require you to retrace a particular pattern to access your device. But is that good enough in crowded places full of spying eyes? Not necessarily, according to a team of researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey, [...]

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Observations

Colorado ‘Batman’ Shootings Eerily Similar to Others Involving a Lack of Cognitive Control

Shortly after moviegoers had settled in to watch a midnight premier of The Dark Night Rises on Friday morning, a heavily armed gunman entered the Aurora, Colo., theater through an emergency exit and opened fire. In just a few minutes the assailant shot more than 60 children and adults—killing at least a dozen—before police arrested [...]

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Observations

Sleep Violence: A Real Danger, Little Understood

Lady Macbeth sleepwalking, painting by Henry Fuseli

Last month, psychiatrists at Stanford University announced that sleepwalking is on the rise. More than 8.4 million adult Americans—3.6 percent of the population over 18—are prone to sleepwalking. That’s up from a 2 percent prevalence the same authors found a decade ago. And as the latest issue of Scientific American Mind notes, a subset of [...]

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Observations

Forensic Anthropology Gives Voice to Unidentified Remains

RALEIGH, N.C.—Bone-hunters and anthropologists typically guard their fossils as priceless specimens. I’ve learned to ask: “Is that real or a cast?” when shown a specimen. Often it’s a replica. So, I was as thrilled as a 12-year-old today when I saw two real, contemporary human skeletons and several human skulls during a tour here of [...]

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Plugged In

Further Science Adventures from North Carolina

In North Carolina, as you well know, we like our science with a side of crazy. The old Flying Burrito Brothers tune says, “The scientists say it’ll all wash away, but we don’t believe them anymore,” and we love our country music here, so we made quite a splash with the legislative nuh-unhs about sea [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

One Man’s Mission to Save Struggling Students

VANCOUVER. You could call his classroom a rescue mission. Each September, Tyson Schoeber takes under his wing 15 fourth through seventh graders that normal classrooms have left behind, defeated and too often, deflated. Ten-year-olds arrive unable to decode more than a few words without help. One eight-year-old who loved geography had trouble finding any book [...]

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The White Noise

A New Town, a New Try at Outrunning a Felony

On the Way Out, Eric and Sonya

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- The purpose of this study is to evaluate the deterrent effect of imprisonment. Using data on offenders [...]

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The White Noise

Unanswered Calls from Jail

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This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- The present invention is a system and method that allows a calling party to call a destination [...]

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The White Noise

Letter to Charlie in Prison: Never Thought I’d Like a Pimp

Charlie

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- In 2002, over 600,000 individuals left state and federal prison, four times as many as were released [...]

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The White Noise

Conversations with Men on the Run, or Not on the Run

Sonya and Eric's New Home

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Delaware researchers have argued for a continuum of primary (in prison), secondary (work release), and tertiary (aftercare) [...]

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The White Noise

The No-Help Cycle: Jail Fails Addicts

Sonya

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Sonya and Eric: Hunts Point, Bronx. Courtesy of Chris Arnade. Sonya’s going to court today to see [...]

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The White Noise

Who Feels the War on Drugs? Two Hours in Drugs and Poverty

Brenda

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- In response to the newly-released US 2013 National Drug Strategy (PDF), I’ve written a portrait of those [...]

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The White Noise

Roland: Children’s Group Home to Drugs to Jail … Now What?

Roland

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Roland: Hunts Point. Courtesy of Chris Arnade. Roland’s new to drugs and the street life at 21 [...]

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The White Noise

Haunted by Emily: When Addicts Disappear

Emily

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty and prostitution in NYC. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Emily, Jackson Heights. Photo courtesy of Chris Arnade. Her eyes were frightening, wide, confrontational, their color stolen by lenses the shade [...]

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The White Noise

A Street Addict’s Cycle in NYC

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This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty and prostitution in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ———- Each year, about 100,000 people return to New York City communities from the city jails; another 25,000 return from [...]

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The White Noise

Are Urban Drug Dealers as Supernatural as Vampires and Aliens?

Courtesy of twp, Wikimedia Commons

The most studied media empire topics in the last 20 years, and arguably the most popular, lie in the fantastical realm — aliens, vampires, dual realities…and drug dealers. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Matrix, Alien, and The Wire comprise the most academically cited TV shows and films of recent times. There are, of course, a [...]

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