Why India’s air pollution is so horrendous

Why India’s air pollution is so horrendous

Eleven out of the 12 most polluted cities on a World Health Organization list were in India. India is once again heading into the worst time of year for air pollution, a season where the country’s notoriously poor quality become even more toxic. Soot, dust, ozone, and sulfur oxides are a growing threat for billions of people around the world. The World Health Organization reported this week that 93 percent of all children in the…

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How looks can influence courtroom bias

How looks can influence courtroom bias

Proud Boy John Kinsman looked drastically different during a recent courtroom appearance. When John Kinsman of the Proud Boys, a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group, appeared in court for a hearing last week, he looked like an entirely different man. During a previous court appearance, on October 19, Kinsman had a scraggly beard, long hair, and wore a T-shirt and overalls. Less than a week later, he was unrecognizable in court in a suit,…

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Chocolate has been around for millennia. New research suggests it’s even older than we thought.

Chocolate has been around for millennia. New research suggests it’s even older than we thought.

New research puts the origins of domesticated cacao in South America — 1,500 years earlier than previously believed. It’s Halloween, which means for a lot of us, it’s time to eat a lot of soon-to-be-extremely-discounted fun-size chocolate bars. And just in time for the occasion, a team of researchers with an excellent sense of seasonal timing have shed some new light on the origins of chocolate — challenging a lot of long-held beliefs about where the…

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The EU plans to test an AI lie detector at border points

The EU plans to test an AI lie detector at border points

Trials for AI lie detection at border patrol checkpoints are set to begin soon in the EU. The program, called iBorderCtrl, will run for six months at four border crossing points in Hungary, Latvia and Greece with countries outside the European Union, as reported by Gizmodo. iBorderCtrl is an EU-funded project that uses AI in order to facilitate faster border crossings for travelers. The system has users fill out an online application and upload some…

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On bitcoin’s 10th birthday, JP Morgan CEO says he doesn’t ‘really give a shit’ about it

On bitcoin’s 10th birthday, JP Morgan CEO says he doesn’t ‘really give a shit’ about it

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon says he doesn’t “really give a shit” about bitcoin, his latest harsh comment on the popular cryptocurrency. Dimon spoke out about bitcoin yesterday at an Axios conference, after keeping silent for a period of time following an apology for calling bitcoin a “fraud.” Last September, Dimon called out bitcoin in searing comments, added that, “It won’t end well. Someone will get killed.” But by January, he had backpedalled, saying that…

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Midterms 2018: Ayanna Pressley runs unopposed for Massachusetts’s 7th District

Midterms 2018: Ayanna Pressley runs unopposed for Massachusetts’s 7th District

The Boston City Council member is poised to become the state’s first black woman in Congress. Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley surprised America in September when she defeated 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano to win the primary for Massachusetts’s Seventh Congressional District. It marked a major win for Democratic candidates of color, especially black women. And because there’s no Republican challenger, Pressley is poised to take the seat — which would make her Massachusetts’s first-ever…

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What women’s early voting numbers tell us — and what they don’t

What women’s early voting numbers tell us — and what they don’t

Democrats shouldn’t celebrate just yet. Women have been more likely than men to cast ballots early so far this year: they make up 56 percent of early voters so far in Georgia; 54 percent in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee; and 53 percent in Nevada, according to an analysis by CNN and the data company Catalist. Given the gender gap between the parties, there’s a temptation to interpret this as good news for Democrats. But it’s…

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Midterms 2018: Deb Haaland vs. Janice Arnold-Jones in New Mexico’s 1st District

Midterms 2018: Deb Haaland vs. Janice Arnold-Jones in New Mexico’s 1st District

Haaland could become the first Native American woman elected to Congress. In New Mexico’s First Congressional District, Democrat Deb Haaland is running against Republican Janice Arnold-Jones. This district leans blue and went for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Haaland is the former chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party and a member of the Pueblo of Laguna. Her candidacy is historic: If she wins, she would become the first Native American woman elected to Congress. There…

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Midterms 2018: Jahana Hayes vs. Manny Santos in Connecticut’s 5th District

Midterms 2018: Jahana Hayes vs. Manny Santos in Connecticut’s 5th District

Hayes, a former National Teacher of the Year, is hoping to become the first black Democrat to represent Connecticut in Congress. In Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District, Democrat Jahana Hayes is running against Republican Manny Santos for a seat left open by current Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who is retiring. Hayes is an educator who was named National Teacher of the Year in 2016 by President Barack Obama. She was considered an underdog in the Democratic primary,…

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Midterms 2018: Ilhan Omar and Jennifer Zielinski compete for Minnesota’s 5th District

Midterms 2018: Ilhan Omar and Jennifer Zielinski compete for Minnesota’s 5th District

The solidly blue district is likely to elect Omar to replace Keith Ellison. Minnesota’s Fifth District, which includes all of Minneapolis, hasn’t sent a Republican to Congress since 1962. The seat opened up this year when Rep. Keith Ellison stepped down to run for Minnesota attorney general, and now Democrat Ilhan Omar and Republican Jennifer Zielinski are competing to fill it. Omar — a 36-year-old Somali refugee who immigrated to the United States when she…

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