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Sotomayor issues blistering opposition to evidence obtained in unlawful stops

Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented as the US supreme court ruled that evidence of a crime could be used even if police illegally stopped the defendant<p>Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a blistering dissent on Monday as the US supreme court ruled that evidence of a crime could be used even though police …

Salt Lake City

6 Things to Know about Mass Shootings in America

<i>Editor’s Note: This story was first published in 2016 and was updated after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.</i> <i>It is being resurfaced following</i> <i>a mass</i> …

10 Proven Ways To Grow Your Brain: Neurogenesis And Neuroplasticity

Scientists once thought the brain stopped developing after the first few years of life. But new research has shown that the brain can form new neural pathways and create neurons even in adulthood (Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis).<p>Exercise for 30 minutes per day or meditation stimulates the …

The Brain

Black males struggle in segregated schools

A new study using federal data finds that black students who attend schools that have a majority of black students score lower on achievement tests than black students who go to school with fewer other black students.<p>The findings held true after researchers accounted for family income, level of …

Education

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income

I think that wherever possible, we should look to permanently eliminate underlying causes instead of treating symptoms without end. When it comes to minimum wage laws, we're perpetually treating a symptom and not a cause. The problem we wish to solve is that employees aren't getting paid enough to …

25 comic books for nerdy newbies to read first

Every comic book nerd has an origin story, and it starts with opening that first book.<p>There are so many titles with so much history, so it's natural …

The Revolt Against the Ruling Class

"He can't possibly win the nomination," is the phrase heard most often when Washington insiders mention either Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders.<p>Yet as enthusiasm for the bombastic billionaire and the socialist senior continues to build within each party, the political establishment is mystified.<p>They …

The New Sandra Bland Conspiracy Theory Is Dangerous and Embarrassing

And it's certainly not helping the situation.<p>Yesterday, authority-hating hacktivist group Anonymous released a YouTube video arguing that Sandra Bland didn't commit suicide, as the official story goes, but that she was killed by police in Waller County, Texas. When and how the alleged injustice …

Women of Color

Mass shootings are so common in the US that you don't even hear about most of them

It's "a gun killing that is horrific in its shock and numerous in its casualties but not sufficiently large enough in the number of dead to really register as a major event," Gopnik wrote.<p>This term seems apropos when considering the Mass Shooting Tracker created by the anti-gun subreddit Guns Are …

Why You Should Never Ask a Pregnant Woman if She's Going Back to Work

I've heard the question repeatedly. Not a single person has asked my husband the same thing.<p>When I was 12 weeks pregnant, my husband and I started telling people beyond our immediate family about our future child. I informed my boss first, then spent most of that night calling close friends and …

How Aggressive Policing Affects Police Officers Themselves

The pressure on cops to consistently deliver arrests and traffic stops is immense, and can discourage them from taking more effective approaches that aren't as quantifiable.<p>One of the questions at the heart of the national debate over race and policing is why minorities are routinely arrested for …

Justice

Q&A on the Iranian nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's what you need to know about the Iran nuclear deal:<p>WHAT JUST HAPPENED AND WHY IS THIS SUCH A BIG DEAL?<p>In general, Iran has …

New Wonderfully Witty Animal Comics by Liz Climo

Step into the wonderfully wacky world of Liz Climo, where animals of all species enjoy witty jokes, adorable friendships, and everyday joys together. In her trademark style, the artist uses two panels and a minimalist, folksy style to deliver punchlines that are both clever and sweet. Her charming …

Cute

China has issued a scathing report on human rights abuses in the United States

The human rights situation in the United States is “increasingly grave,” according to a seven-page report released today by China’s State Council, and unlikely to get better in the near term—the US shows “not a bit of regret for or intention to improve” the country’s “terrible” human rights …

Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

<b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p><i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Quiet.<p><b>About Susan Cain's TED Talk</b><p>In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be …

Why Personality Is A Better Predictor Of Success Than Intelligence

When it comes to academic achievement, intelligence is an important factor -- but it is certainly not the only, or even the most important, factor.<p>According to a new Australian study, <i>personality</i> is a better predictor of success in school than intelligence as measured by traditional standardized …

Psychology