Famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian tycoon Yuri Milner held a news conference in London to announce their new project: injecting $100 million and a whole lot of brain power into the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life.

Off The Grid When I lay out here in the Baja and I look up and see the thousands upon thousands of stars, I believe we can’t be the only ones inhabiting the universe. Of course there’s other life forms out there. How arrogant do we have to be to believe that’s not so? That’s

Over 1,000 artificial intelligence experts and researchers are demanding a ban on autonomous weapons that can engage targets “without human intervention.”

Off The Grid Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking – along with more than 1,000 leading robotics experts and researchers – have signed an open letter calling for the ban of artificially intelligent and autonomous weaponry – ie, weapons that can kill “without human intervention,” so the letter states. The

Ralkina Jones was reportedly found dead in her jail cell in Cleveland Heights this past Sunday morning. Family claims to have called police repeatedly, to no avail.

Off The Grid According to The Independent, the police had accused Jones, age 37, of “striking her ex-husband in the arm with a tire iron outside of a Save-A-Lot food store” this past Friday.  Police also state that Jones attempted to run her ex-husband over with her car, while her young daughter was in the

Sgt Erica Hay is getting a lot of attention after a photo of her sharing a meal with a homeless man went viral.

Off The Grid Lately, it’s been easy to forget that there are still some amazing police officers serving their communities. With many news stories revolving around police brutality and shootings, it’s nice to hear something positive once in a while. According to The Independent, Sgt Hay was caught on camera showing an act of kindness

The White House issued an official statement in response to a petition that has gathered more than 160,000 signatures requesting a pardon for Edward Snowden.

Off The Grid It’s typical of what I would expect from them. In their official response they quote: “We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership in the world, while upholding the civil liberties and privacy protections that our ideals and our Constitution require.” Instead of constructively

Obama really wants the Trans Pacific Partnership to pass. In fact, it seems like he wants it so badly that he might even be putting politics above facts.

Brigida Santos Reuters reports that the United States has bumped Malaysia up from a Tier 3 country to a Tier 2 country on the U.S. State Department’s annual human ‘Trafficking in Persons’ report in order to allegedly eliminate a barrier that would have kept Malaysia from being included in Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. In addition to the United States, Malaysia

A Hillview, Kentucky man was arrested for shooting down a drone worth $1,800. He says he was protecting his property and the privacy of his daughters, as the drone was hovering over them in his backyard.

Jen Hobbs  Is it an invasion of privacy for someone to fly a personal drone over someone else’s property without that person’s permission?  I’d say yes. There’s no way to tell what the intentions are of the anonymous person manning the drone. Is this person flying the drone for fun? Is this person gathering intel to rob you later

Protestors in Portland work together to stop Shell from sending ship to drill for oil in the Arctic.

Off The Grid According to reports from the Seattle Times, protestors in Portland are doing everything they can to delay Shell’s Arctic icebreaker from leaving their port. The 380-foot vessel, named the MSV Fennica, arrived in Portland last Saturday for repairs. Shell received a permit last week to begin drilling but cannot start until the

Two moderate earthquakes have been recorded in central Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Geological Survey issued a report in April saying it’s “very likely” most of the state’s recent earthquakes were triggered by the injection of wastewater from oil and gas drilling operations.

Off The Grid   Let’s call it what it is – fracking. Not only is fracking wrong and dangerous, but also we’re putting oil ahead of water. Water that’s used in fracking gets contaminated for a minimum of thirty years: it’s useless. If you’ve been out in the desert for a week and you’re dying

Time reports that heroin use has reached epidemic proportions, increasing 63% in the last 11 years. That means the number of addicts seeking treatment are up too. But with health care in America being in the state it’s in today, treatment options aren’t exactly easy to come by.

Brigida Santos The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out that heroin-related overdose deaths have quadrupled during the 11 years between 2002 and 2013 due to the heroin epidemic.  Here are some other relevant facts:  Related Story Off The Grid: The Militarization Of Police Just Got Worse Thanks To The War On Drugs In 2013 an estimated

Oregon Governor Kate Brown approves recreational marijuana a year ahead of schedule.

Jen Hobbs KATU News reports that Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to sell pot to recreational users, effective October 1, 2015. Anyone over the age of 21 will be able to purchase marijuana at a dispensary starting October 1. This gives the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) a little more than two months to