Minimum wage hikes may have mixed effect on health

Increasing minimum wage may not boost health across the board, researchers report. Instead, wage increases may affect groups of working people differently.

U. Washington | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine jobs laws money

Hemp or marijuana? THC scanner can say in seconds

A new handheld spectrometer can quickly determine whether plants are hemp or marijuana. It's a subtle distinction with legal consequences.

Olga Kuchment-Texas AM | Feb. 11, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture cannabis hemp laws marijuana plants sensors

Staying undocumented seems safer to some immigrants

Some undocumented immigrants fear that holding a legal status would make more vulnerable to deportation. "You have to live cautiously," a woman named Marina says.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford | Feb. 10, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture fears immigrants laws united-states

Expert: Taxes beat bans for promoting reusable bags

More places are restricting or banning plastic bags at the store. A professor of economics and public policy says taxes better push people to reusable.

Robert Polner-NYU | Jan. 31, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture consumers laws plastics pollution taxes

How Jim Crow lives on in skewed housing laws

An expert explains how housing laws that allow (or even require) landlords to evict tenants who've had run ins with the justice system are racially biased.

Jade McClain-NYU | Jan. 28, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture discrimination housing laws race-and-ethnicity

What exactly makes for an endangered species?

"What makes for an endangered species classification isn't always obvious," says John A. Vucetich. He's the coauthor of new research on where Americans would draw the line.

Liz Goodfellow-Futurity | Jan. 27, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation endangered-species laws united-states

38% of mass shooters have committed domestic violence

New research on the overlap between domestic violence and mass shootings suggests firearm restrictions could help prevent these tragedies.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State | Jan. 24, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine society-and-culture abuse crimes guns laws united-states violence weapons

Experts: No, porn isn’t a public health crisis

Legislation has deemed pornography a public health crisis, but experts say there's no evidence to back that up.

Boston University School of Public Health | Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine images laws sex

Air ambulance services seriously overcharge patients

Charges for air ambulance services in 2016 were as much as 9.5 times the rate Medicare allows. A market failure within the industry explains why.

Patrick Ercolano-JHU | Jan. 3, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine society-and-culture emergency-medicine health-care-costs laws

Here’s what you need to know about impeachment

A law professor and former federal prosecutor explains what's going on with the impeachment proceedings in Congress and what's next.

Stanford | Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture government laws politics us-presidents united-states

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