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Cities and States Look to Crack Down on ‘Less-Lethal’ Weapons Used by Police

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). Following nationwide protests against police brutality in which law enforcement officers wounded or blinded protesters, state and local lawmakers and an international police association are taking steps to restrict the use of “less-lethal” weapons that caused the injuries. At least… Read More »

Rise of measles linked with emergence of large cities 2500 years ago

By Clare Wilson Cities may have provided the measles virus with an environment to succeedIain Masterton / Alamy The measles virus crossed over to people from cattle around 500 BC, supporting the idea that it could only get established as a human disease once large enough cities had developed. “It’s not proof, but it’s compatible… Read More »

AI that spots inequality could monitor living conditions in cities

Some measures of inequality can be inferred from imagesTangMan Photography/Getty By Donna Lu Social and economic inequality has no easy fix, but now a system that automatically detects signs of inequality from street images could be used to help. Esra Suel and colleagues at Imperial College London trained artificial intelligence to detect inequalities in four… Read More »