The Week: Most Recent U.S. Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 30 Oct 2014 11:28:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent U.S. Posts from THE WEEKThu, 30 Oct 2014 11:28:00 -0400Is 3-D sound the future of audio?<img src="" /></P><p class="normal">Is it possible to close your eyes and trick your mind into thinking you're in a completely different place? 3-D sound hopes to provide that kind of immersive experience, putting you right in the middle of a crowded street or an opera house &mdash; all without leaving your living room.</p><p class="normal">3-D movies have become the norm for big summer blockbusters, but haven't quite made the jump into people's homes, despite the fact that technology companies have been relentlessly pushing them on consumers. 3-D sound, on the other hand, is a largely forgotten technology with far more potential for mass adoption....</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/tyler-hayes" ><span class="byline">Tyler Hayes</span></a>Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:28:00 -0400#SANDY, through the iPhone's lens<img src="" /></P><p>Two years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy battered the Eastern Seaboard, ripping up houses, flooding subways and streets, and forever altering entire communities.</p><p ><br />Oakwood Beach, Staten Island, New York | (<strong>Copyright Giles Clarke </strong>/ <em>#SANDY</em>)<br /><br /></p><p>Today, it can be easy to forget that many coastal residents and businesses are still struggling to recover from the devastation the storm left in its wake.</p><p><em>#SANDY: Seen Through The iPhones of Acclaimed Photographers</em> (Daylight Books) seeks to remind people of that truth &mdash; and encourage them to help in whatever capacity they are able. To that end, 100 percent...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:12:00 -0400Jailed for an unsightly lawn<img src="" /></P><p>A Tennessee homeowner was jailed for failing to mow her lawn. Karen Holloway spent five hours behind bars for violating local lawn-maintenance laws. "The bushes and trees were overgrown, but that's not a criminal offense," she said, adding that she and her husband were busy with their jobs. "Why would you put me in jail with child molesters and people who have done real crimes?"</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 26 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400The colonoscopy prank<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A Delaware man is suing a medical clinic because he woke up from a colonoscopy wearing a pair of pink women's underwear. Andrew Walls, 32, was employed at the Delaware Surgery Center at the time of the incident and claims that the "extreme and outrageous'' joke played by his colleagues caused him to suffer "severe emotional stress and mental anguish."</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 25 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400Gamergate might be gaming sexism's Waterloo<img src="" /></P><p>The series of events the internet has called "Gamergate" might be a seminal moment for the gaming community in America.</p><p><em>The Week</em>'s Ryan Cooper has a good summary of what Gamergate actually is, and how real valuable consumer products brands aren't able to figure out the core of the controversy.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Aside from a few articles, the mainstream media has also stayed away from Gamergate, perhaps because editors think it's an insular, self-referential controversy that says nothing about society at large. Perhaps it's because the media doesn't really get gamers and doesn't know how to cover them.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Ostensibly...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderFri, 24 Oct 2014 09:07:00 -0400Here comes the Pentagon's newest space plane<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>We're entering a new era of space flight. The result &mdash; if all the new toys in development work &mdash; will be cheaper, lighter, and more frequent travels into space.</p><p>One example is the XS-1, a program to build a space plane led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In August, Northrop Grumman &mdash; which is competing with Boeing and Masten Space Systems for a final contract &mdash; revealed a concept for its version of the craft.</p><p>It's designed to be unmanned and capable of lifting small and medium-size satellites into space &mdash; like a tiny, sub-orbital drone version...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Robert BeckhusenFri, 24 Oct 2014 08:45:00 -0400Why the government should pay every American child an allowance<img src="" /></P><p>Good news, America: Child poverty is declining! A Census Bureau report last week showed that 1.2 million fewer children were in poverty last year than the year before, a reduction that more than accounts for the entire drop in the overall poverty rate last year.</p><p>So why does it feel so bittersweet?</p><p>The decline in child poverty is definitely very good news, but it is merely a drop in the bucket of the larger child poverty problem. Even with last year's progress, the United States is poised to maintain the shameful distinction of having one of the highest child poverty rates in the developed world...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-bruenig" ><span class="byline">Matt Bruenig</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:30:00 -0400Did the media get Ferguson wrong?<img src="" /></P><p>In August, after a Ferguson, Missouri police officer shot and killed a young, unarmed black man named Michael Brown, the reaction by local residents, civil rights activists, and the media instantly went nuclear. The DNA of our political and legal systems rest on principles of equality and color-blindness, and here was yet another example of a major genetic mutation that we've been unable to fix: young black men being murdered by the police because they're young and black. Still. Even in 2014, this happened, at a time when adults are supposed to be racially enlightened.</p><p>Ferguson checked several...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderThu, 23 Oct 2014 10:04:00 -0400The U.S. government is actually trouncing Ebola. When will it get credit?<img src="" /></P><p>Here's a story you won't read.</p><p >WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American public health system has largely contained the exceptionally deadly Ebola virus, despite early mistakes and some confusing public statements from official voices.</p><p >No person who contracted the disease in the United States has died. A Texas nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, an Ebola patient from Liberia, has been upgraded to "good" condition. A second nurse, Amber Vinson, remains "weak," according to her mother, but is recovering.</p><p >Duncan's fiance, Louis Troh, shows no signs of the disease after a three week quarantine. A freelance...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderWed, 22 Oct 2014 10:08:00 -0400Secret Service stretched mission to protect employee, report finds<img src="" /></P><p>A top Secret Service official ordered its Washington Field Office to protect an employee whose family had been threatened by a neighbor, a job that probably fell outside the scope of the agency's general duties, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has concluded. But the "welfare check," as described by the Secret Service, lasted for parts of only five days, and none of the agents who conducted the protective surveillance in 2011 believed that the security of president or White House was compromised.</p><p>In the context of the Secret Service scandals, it's hard to know how this will...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderWed, 22 Oct 2014 07:09:00 -0400