Under growing pressure to rein in domestic surveillance, President Barack Obama recently offered a proposal to end the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. Under the new plan, those records would stay with phone companies but be accessible to the government with the permission of a judge. While the proposal is a step in the right direction, many questions remain about how exactly it will be implemented. But even more important, it is just a small part of what needs to be done on comprehensive surveillance reform.
Still left unaddressed are mass bulk collection and indiscriminate U.S. surveillance practices abroad, which affect many more people and include the collection of the actual content of internet activities and phone calls, not just metadata.
I think I saw one headline that was ‘Marijuana reshapes the brain’ and I groaned — that’s not what we did … The conclusions were modest in the paper — we never say marijuana causes these changes,” Gilman said, who’s a neuroscientist with a Ph.D. from Brown University. “The media may have given that impression in headlines, but the study doesn’t show causation.
Dr. Jodi Gilman, 31, author of the now-famous Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital study on marijuana’s effects
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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has found an Earth-sized planet within the habitable zone of the star it orbits, the space agency announced Thursday.
The planet, which NASA calls Kepler-186f, is located in the constellation Cygnus, about 500 light-years from Earth. Kepler-186f orbits the star Kepler-186 once every 130 days and receives one-third of the energy from that star than Earth does from the sun, NASA said in a statement. The amount of energy Kepler-186f receives at noon is similar to what Earth receives an hour before sunset, which places the newly discovered planet at the outer edge of the habitable zone.
NASA defines the habitable zone as “the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.” Being in the habitable zone, however, does not guarantee that life is possible, just that it could be.
The US District Court of Massachusetts has ruled to allow the family of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to visit him in prison without an FBI escort, the National Law Journal reported Thursday.
Attorneys of the defendant said they feared that family conversations between the Tsarnaevs could be misinterpreted by the FBI. The court gave US authorities two weeks to prepare counterarguments against such visits.
On Wednesday, the court also denied a motion by prosecutors to limit Tsarnaev’s access to pictures of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. In addition, District Judge George O’Toole turned down an appeal of the defense to dismiss a number of charges.
Twenty-year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested in April 2013 and is facing 30 charges, half of which are punishable by the death penalty. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty.
Three people were killed and over 260 wounded after two bombs went off near the finish line of the prestigious Boston Marathon on April 15 last year. The Tsarnaev brothers were soon after identified as suspects in the blasts.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a gunfight with police in the days following the bomb attack. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, tried to flee the city but was wounded and later arrested. He is now awaiting trial in federal court, scheduled to begin November 3.