In the wake of 9/11, the New York Police Department launched a program known as the Demographics Unit. The controversial unit tracked Muslims as part of an effort to stop terrorism threats, relying on databases which looked at where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed.
In Los Angeles, families with close ties to the Mexican state of Michoacán are playing a role in an effort to end the violent drug conflict in their home country, spurring a debate over the armed civilian groups that have risen to counter drug cartels.
According to one report, Intuit, the makers of Turbo Tax who are based here in Southern California, spent $11.5 million lobbying Congress. Not to simplify the process, but to prevent people from being able to file federal returns for free.
A new study out of Simon Fraser University conducted experiments with over 3,000 participants playing video games to determine the peak of their cognitive development. They also looked at how we adapt as our brains get older.
Millennials — the term for young people between 18 and 33 — are beginning to change things. They are the first demographic group to rival the baby boomers in size, and they're creating new demands in everything from living spaces to work styles.
Believe it or not, scientists have genetically modified goats with spider DNA to secrete spider silk in their milk. The silk is incredibly strong and is being harvested for medical uses, like replacing ligaments or making protective material with the strength of kevlar.