gallifreyan99 writes: Google Express, Postmates, and an entire generation of instant delivery services promised workers they could pick up jobs whenever they want. But in reality many of them are being messed around in byzantine ways. Link to Original Source
gallifreyan99 writes: Fascinating story about a forensic expert from New Zealand who had used plant material to solve cases all over the world—but had to pull out every trick in the book to track down a murderer in his own back yard. Link to Original Source
gallifreyan99 writes: Like every foreigner who flies into the US (and an increasing number of Americans, too) Tor Project contributor Runa Sandvik is tracked by Homeland Security with a series of photos taken at the border. When she filed an FOIA request to get hold of those images, what emerged was a weird, Big Brotherish take on time lapse photography.
gallifreyan99 writes: When the shuttle program was ended, and manned space exploration was put on hold, the people of Titusville, Florida were left in big trouble.
"Just 20 miles northwest of Kennedy Space Center in Florida, it used to have a proud nickname: Space City USA. The dizzying boom of the 1950s and ‘60s helped create myriad jobs by giving work to nearby aerospace companies. Unfortunately, the past 15 years have seen everything dry up By December 2010, Titusville had one of the America’s highest unemployment rates, 13.8 percent."
gallifreyan99 writes: Jason Leopold, the crusading journalist who's broken stories about the CIA, Guantánamo, and the NSA, is probably the world's foremost user of Freedom of Information laws: he's scored countless scoops by getting the US government to spill its own secrets. But this profile of Leopold explains not only how he uses FOIA, but why. Turns out, it's part of an attempt to atone for his past mistakes. Link to Original Source
gallifreyan99 writes: Morgellons is a disease that has risen in prominence in the last decade, as thousands of people report the same symptoms: itching, burning fibers that burrow into the skin and make life miserable for those who suffer from it. There's only one problem with the condition: It doesn't exist. Link to Original Source
blastboy writes: The symptoms of Morgellons sound terrifying—burning, biting, scratching fibers found in the skin that leave victims frantic, wild and depressed. Is it an infection? Allergies? Alien parasites? In fact, say doctors, it doesn't exist at all. Link to Original Source
superboj writes: Everyone wants a piece of Egypt's most famous pharaoh, including the media, the Muslim Brotherhood and even the Mormon church. But while scientists have been trying to excavate his DNA and prove who he was—Egypt's turbulent politics have been making progress hard. Will experts be able to make a major discovery? And what happens if they do? Link to Original Source
gallifreyan99 writes: Scientists have spent decades trying to understand and fix social problems like violence and alcoholism, usually focusing on the poor and disadvantaged. But now a small band of researchers is claiming that biology plays a vitally important role—because trauma can change you at a genetic level that gets passed on to kids, grandkids, and perhaps even beyond. Astonishing story. Link to Original Source
gallifreyan99 writes: The real revolution in drugs isn't Silk Road—it's the open web. Thanks to the net, almost anyone with a basic handle on chemistry can design, manufacture and sell their own narcotics, and in most cases the cops are utterly unable to stop them. This piece is kind of crazy: the writer actually creates a new powerful-but-legal stimulant based on a banned substance, and gets a Chinese lab to manufacture it. Link to Original Source