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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

Thoughts of Drugs, and Other Things, While in Prison

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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. ————————- A 1992 study, The Dynamics of Recidivism, was cited by the Home Secretary of the Conservative government [...]

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The White Noise

Traveling to Prison, There Are No Systems

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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. ————————- Geographic separation from family is one consequence of imprisonment. Depending on the state, prisons are often located [...]

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The White Noise

What’s Allowed in Prison? Not Hair Conditioner

Prison List

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. ————————- Jail inmates face substantial emotional, economic, legal, and other challenges when they are incarcerated. The extent to [...]

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The White Noise

Visiting Prison, Things Are Taken

Visitors' Restroom, Prison

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. ————————- Little has been written about policies affecting the public who visit jails. As the number of jail [...]

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The White Noise

The Man with Two Names, for Charm and Retribution

Moses, Hunts Point

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. ————————- This article examines the subculture of violence thesis as it relates to female street sex workers in [...]

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The White Noise

The Harm Men Do Women in the Bronx

Sarah and Ramone, Hunts Point

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. ————————- Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted while residing next to a crack house in El Barrio, New York, [...]

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The White Noise

The Man Who Prowls the Abandoned House for Women

Cowboy, Hunts Pont

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. ————————- Literature addressing the relationship between substance use and physical and sexual violence against women is reviewed briefly. [...]

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The White Noise

Mental Illness, Sexual Advances and What Women Face

Cavern, Hunts Point

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. ————————- OBJECTIVE: To examine the comorbidity of severe mental illness with sexual offending in men. METHOD: A case-control [...]

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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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