At the start of this new year, a number of cities in the United States, including its five largest, have a common story to tell about crime. In 2013, they all saw violent crime rates drop significantly. Some also saw murder rates drop to historic lows. From Chicago, NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.
Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 8:38 am
NASA caught our eye earlier today when the space agency tweeted a composite image of the huge winter storm that has covered parts of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. with a deep blanket of snow.
The photos that make up the image were taken Thursday, NASA says, during several passes of its Aqua satellite. The craft used its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer — MODIS — "to capture this true-color image of a massive winter storm moving up the eastern seaboard," the agency says.
Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:32 pm
Updated at 7:55 p.m. ET
When Congress returns next week, House Republicans will welcome their Democratic colleagues with a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't vote.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has let it be known that the House will vote on legislation ostensibly meant to protect Americans from HealthCare.gov data breaches. Several Republicans have introduced HealthCare.gov-related security bills, so Cantor has plenty of material to work with.
The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. The agency has been trying to build a quantum computer, <em>The Washington Post</em> reports — but that news doesn't surprise experts in the field.
So the world's most clandestine spy agency is working on something called a quantum computer, The Washington Post tells us. It's based on rules Einstein himself described as "spooky," and it can crack almost any code. That's got to be top-secret stuff, right?
You can't buy these panties at your local Victoria's Secret. While they mimic the look of that brand's Pink line, they're actually part of a project by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture.
Credit Courtesy of FORCE
Baltimore-based artists Rebecca Nagle and Hannah Brancato didn't like the way <em>Playboy</em>'s annual list of party schools described women. So they decided to make <a href="http://partywithplayboy.com/">a list of their own</a> — one that celebrates consent in <em>Playboy</em>'s distinctive voice.
Credit Courtesy of FORCE
Artist Hannah Brancato says that Victoria's Secret panties featuring phrases like "stop staring" turn "stop" and "no" into part of a flirtation. FORCE's consent-themed underwear is an attempt to change that culture.