Washington, DC - Today, the President made grants of commutation of sentences to the following 214 individuals:

Washington, DC - With college students preparing for the fall semester and 11 percent of all student loans in delinquency or default as of Q1 2016, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best and Worst States for Student Debt.

Imperial, California - A federal judge has ruled that Imperial Irrigation District’s court case alleging monopolistic practices by the California Independent System Operator can proceed. 

Los Angeles, California - It’s time to toast environmentally friendly grapes. A new UCLA study shows that eco-certified wine tastes better — and making the choice even easier, earlier research shows it’s often cheaper, too.

Los Angeles, California - Researchers at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have discovered that a metabolic molecule called alpha-ketoglutarate helps pluripotent stem cells mature early in the process of becoming adult organs and tissues. The findings, published online today in the journal Cell Metabolism, could be valuable for scientists working toward stem cell–based therapies for a wide range of diseases.

Washington, DC - As I peer into the cardboard box NIST researcher Amanda Forster holds out for me, I can’t help thinking that this mild-mannered materials scientist has an impressive collection of shivs. The handmade prison weapons include a ballpoint pen with a razor embedded in the shaft and a toothbrush — originally designed to be gentle on your gums — that’s been re-engineered to easily puncture flesh. They are vivid evidence of a scary fact of prison life: anything can be turned into a weapon.