While the tension between state and federal laws in the US has created a difficult situation for cannabis users, there's another factor that is complicating the changing attitude towards weed: Hospitals. Though it isn't legally mandated, many US hospitals won't allow people who use weed to be placed on organ transplant waiting lists.
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Courts in New Zealand and India have granted legal personhood status to three rivers. The strange status is meant to protect the waters from pollution, but the measure could lead to unintended consequences, while undermining efforts to grant personhood status to living beings who actually deserve it.
Microsoft just scored a point for its customers' privacy. Today, a US District Judge ruled that the government can't avoid a lawsuit alleging that its surveillance operations violate citizens' constitutional rights. The judge in question is the same one that Donald Trump recently referred to as a "so-called judge".
During a lab test at Northumbria University last March, sports science students were supposed to receive around 300mg of caffeine. Due to a misplaced decimal point, prosecutors say two of them were given 30,000mg — equal to 300 cups of coffee or almost twice the generally recognised lethal dose — instead. And now the university is so, so sorry.
When you're wearing impractical shoes to go out or when you want to duck out to the local shops quickly, it's tempting to drive without shoes on. Wearing thong or high heels while driving can be dangerous so the next best option is to just take them off and drive sans shoes. But is it legal to do this? Let's find out.
Welcome back to Giz Asks, a series where we ask experts hard questions about science, technology and humanity's future. Today, we're trying to find the latest consensus on law and ethics of self-driving cars hitting pedestrians.
On Wednesday, lawyers representing the families of three toddlers killed by recalled IKEA dressers said the company has agreed to settle their wrongful death lawsuits, paying the parents a collective $US50 ($69) million. In addition, IKEA will donate $US250,000 to various children's organisations and increase funding for a campaign highlighting the dangers of tipping furniture, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The only comic-book artist who's ever been found guilty of obscenity can return to Florida without being immediately taken into custody. The Kickstarter for an upcoming documentary about his trial has raised enough to not only fund the film, but also to clear Mike Diana's outstanding warrant for his arrest.
Under the Fourth Amendment, Americans are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures, but according to one group of federal prosecutors, just being in the wrong house at the wrong time is cause enough to make every single person inside provide their fingerprints and unlock their phones.
Video: A country's territorial waters reach twelve miles off its coast, which means it can make up the rules there. Twelve miles beyond that is the contiguous zone where the country can only enforce laws regarding customs, taxation, immigration, and pollution. Up to 200 nautical miles off the coast is the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which is sort of international waters but only that country has the rights to harvest the natural resources there. One country, three different levels of laws over the ocean.
It doesn't take a genius to realise that a lot of Batman's cool weapons and gadgets would be failures in real life. Shark repellent would top the list of course, but the batarang wouldn't be far behind. That didn't stop a 23-year old gentleman in the US from recently trying.
A new guide into 3D printing rights and responsibilities has been launched to explain what consumers need to know before printing in 3D, including the potential risks in creating and sharing 3D printable files, and what kinds of safeguards are in place.
The website "Everything you need to get started in 3D printing" was developed by staff at the University of Melbourne in response to the growing number of users keen to find, share, and create 3D printed goods online.
Are you worried about the San Francisco housing crisis? The city's new law has your back. Are you worried SF's new law might hurt your Airbnb profits? Airbnb has your back. The rental company is suing its hometown for passing a law requiring renters to register with the city, though Airbnb helped draft that very law. Ah, how money changes people.
Last week the Helsinki District Court decided that Peter Sunde, one of the co-founders of file-sharing portal The Pirate Bay, owes quite a bit of money to the music industry. Specifically, he owes a coalition of Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, Universal Music and Warner Music $US400,000 ($533,429), as reported by Torrent Freak. His response? No, screw you.