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5 Adults Allegedly Shoot 5 Kids With BB Guns And Force Them To Watch Sex Acts

Five adults in Pennsylvania have been accused of abusing five children by shooting them with BB guns and forcing them to watch the adults have sex, among other heinous accusations.<p>In court documents obtained by the Delco Times, the abuse ranged from “being punched, slapped, thrown over a bannister" …

Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

What if you could track people getting sick just by analyzing how they surf the Web?<p>Researchers from Google and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tried that back in 2009. They linked the number of Google searches for flu-like symptoms with the percentage of doctor's visits related to …

'Alex From Target,' The Teen Who Went Viral On Social Media, Was All A Marketing Ploy

All good things must come to an end.<p>Such is the case with Alex, the good-looking teenager who went viral on social media on Monday.<p>According to CNET's Chris Matyszczyk, however, that was all thanks to a new company called Breakr. Its purpose is to help small content creators spread their work.<p>In …

Social Media

The Real Truth Behind How 'Truth-Telling' Drugs Actually Work

The term "truth serum" refers to a number of mind-altering drugs that make you incapable of lying, or so the theory goes. Yes, such mind-altering drugs exist, but their effect does not completely inhibit a subject's ability to lie.<p>Some truth serums, like sodium thiopental, slow the speed at which …

University of California

Internet trolls could face 2 years in prison if British proposal becomes law

Britain is considering harsher punishments for online abuse.<p>The U.K.’s Justice Secretary Chris Graying told the <i>The Daily Mail</i> he will be introducing a proposal to quadruple the country’s current punishment for online abuse, from 6 months of jail to two years.<p>“These internet trolls are cowards who …

Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Freeway? To Breed

In Los Angeles' Griffith Park, there is a mountain lion known as the "Hollywood Lion."<p>The big cat — known as P22 to ecologists — somehow made it across two very busy freeways to get there. Mountain lions like solitude, but if P22 wants to find a mate and have some cubs, he'll have to risk his life …

Your Creativity Might Be Stifled By Your Expertise

Your expertise got you where you are. But will it keep you from seeing where to go next?<p>It's great to be an expert, right? Of course it is. But is it possible that your expertise is actually undermining your ability to think creatively and be open to new ideas? Recent research has revealed that …

Advisors work to freeze 'summer melt,' get students to college

JanicaRose Buensuceso had planned to leave Orange County and attend college at Cal State East Bay in Northern California. Then family and financial problems emerged in the weeks after she graduated from Los Amigos High School, making the move increasingly difficult.<p>As the summer wound down, the …

The Week in Review: Women Take Center Stage

“We are having a moment,” Barnard College President Debora Spar told The New York Times. “Young women are identifying as feminist at levels and in …

Civil Rights

The Dangerous Impacts of Social Media on Mental Illnesses

<i>Mariel Norton is a copywriter for a digital marketing agency, and is also a relationship blogger for WeLoveDates.</i><p>Less FaceTime, more face-to-face time.<p>Tallulah Wilson was just 15 years old when she took her own life back in October 2012. The gifted ballerina had been receiving treatment for …