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New police radars can 'see' inside homes

WASHINGTON At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

Those agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, began deploying the radar systems more than two years ago with little notice to the courts and no public disclosure of when or how they would be used. The technology raises legal and privacy issues because the U.S. Supreme Court has said officers generally cannot use high-tech sensors to tell them about the inside of a person's house without first obtaining a search warrant.

The radars work like finely tuned motion detectors, using radio waves to zero in on movements as slight as human breathing from a distance of more than 50 feet. They can detect whether anyone is inside of a house, where they are and whether they are moving.

Current and former federal officials say the information is critical for keeping officers safe if they need to storm buildings or rescue hostages. But privacy advocates and judges have nonetheless expressed concerned about the circumstances in which law enforcement agencies may be using the radars and the fact that they have so far done so without public scrutiny.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/19/police-radar-see-through-walls/22007615/

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Micro-machines journey inside animal for first time

In a case of science fiction meeting reality, microscopic "machines" have journeyed inside a living animal for the first time.

The tiny devices delivered a cargo of nano-particles into the stomach lining of a mouse.

The research by scientists at the University of California is published in the journal ACS Nano.

Medical applications for micro-machines include the release of drugs into specific locations within the body.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30875102

Not sure I would call these 'machines'. Nice application of targeted chemistry, though.

Hamsters!

This is so ridiculous. Just watch

http://paaastaaaaa.tumblr.com/post/107405997743/mikkynga-themetaisawesome-kushkissesz

Elizabeth Warren keeps pressure on Hillary Clinton and Democrats ahead of 2016

By Karen Tumulty
January 17


Sen. Elizabeth Warren has an explanation for the singular nature of her power.

Ill always be an outsider. Thats how I understand the world, the Massachusetts Democrat said in an interview. Theres a real benefit to being clear about this. I know why Im here. I think about this every morning before I open my eyes, and Im still thinking about it every night when I go to sleep.

Being the target of that kind of focus can be an excruciating experience the freshest case in point being investment banker Antonio Weiss, whom President Obama put forward last year as his nominee for Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance.

Initially seen as a highly credentialed and noncontroversial pick for a low-profile post, Weiss found himself up against a storm of opposition, led by Warren, who said he was yet another example of Wall Street cronyism within the Obama administration.

On Monday, Weiss wrote a letter to the president asking that his name be taken out of consideration.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/elizabeth-warren-keeps-pressure-on-hillary-clinton-and-democrats-ahead-of-2016/2015/01/17/cc844300-9b49-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html?hpid=z1

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