What powers does the President have in a crisis?

A legal historian and constitutional law scholar discusses the role of executive power in addressing the coronavirus crisis.

March 27, 2020 | futurity

~1 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine society-and-culture covid-19 history laws us-presidents united-states

California’s strict air pollution laws are good for farmers

"The irony is that by fighting against certain environmental regulations, these folks may be damaging their own earning capacity."

Brian Bell-UC Irvine
March 18, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture california climate-change farmers food laws pollution sustainability

States with gun license laws have 56% fewer mass shootings

In states with gun licensing laws that require an in-person application and giving fingerprints, there are fewer fatal mass shootings.

Johns Hopkins University
March 6, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine society-and-culture consumers crimes deaths guns laws weapons

App tells you who’s collecting your data and why

A new app called IoT Assistant can tell you when your data's being collected in public places. Try it out on your own phone.

Daniel Tkacik-Carnegie Mellon
Feb. 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology internet-of-things laws privacy security

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

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