Problems With Mental-Health Services In NE Florida? Lawmakers To Take Note Thursday

Problems with mental-health services will be the subject of a public workshop in Jacksonville tomorrow. Several lawmakers representing Duval County will attend the forum at City Hall starting at 1 p.m. Duval County Legislative Delegation Coordinator Paula Shoup says Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach) is hosting the event to see if there is new legislation […]

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can’t control impulses and make rapid smart decisions like adults can — but why? Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built, but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly. “Teenagers are not as readily able to access […]

Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, ‘American Sniper’ Shows The Cost Of War

In the years following the invasion of Iraq, it became a truism that Americans simply didn’t want to hear about the war — especially at the movies. While there were scads of films about Iraq, including Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, none was able to attract a big audience. Until American Sniper. Based on […]

Buzz Bin: A Proper Look At Where Kazoos Come From

In case it’s not marked on your calendar, Wednesday, Jan. 28, is National Kazoo Day. Kazoos are the instrument everyone can play, practically no skill required — but only two places in the U.S. make them. The metal ones are made in northern New York State, while the plastic ones hail from Beaufort, S.C. That’s […]

Jacksonville Lawmaker: Police Shouldn’t Take Money Without Arrest

A Jacksonville Senator is pushing to change a state law that allows police to take people’s personal property when they suspect it’s connected to a crime — even if the person is never arrested. Jacksonville Republican Aaron Bean says it’s time to overhaul the system known as civil-asset forfeiture. Jacksonville Senator Aaron Bean says civil asset […]

‘Maker Space’ Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

All around the country, computer hackers, artists, and other do-it-yourselfers are meeting up in “maker spaces,” to share tools and build cool stuff together, such as robots or musical instruments. Maker spaces are popping up in all sorts of places: school auditoriums, libraries, under tents at community festivals, and now, even at the hospital. At […]

Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

The FDA is considering whether to approve the experimental use of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to help stop the spread of dengue fever and other diseases. Mosquito control officials in the region say they hope to get approval to begin releasing the insects in the Keys as soon as this spring. There […]

Amid Fighting In Donetsk, On Edge And Seeking Safety Underground

As war rages in eastern Ukraine, European Union foreign ministers are preparing to meet Thursday to consider drastic new sanctions against Russia. The EU and the United States say Moscow’s troops and weapons are directly involved in an offensive by anti-government militias in Ukraine’s eastern provinces. The offensive is the latest phase in a war […]

Remaking The U.S. Government’s Online Image, One Website At A Time

When you think of the federal government and computers, these days, the image that likely comes to mind is the botched rollout of the HealthCare.gov website. But the government is changing the way it develops and designs software systems. There’s a new chief technology officer hired from Google, and new initiatives have been launched aimed […]