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What Is Gaslighting? Here's What to Know About This Form of Emotional Abuse

This sophisticated emotional abuse tactic makes victims question their own sanity.<p>Once in a while, it's normal to have a fleeting moment where you …

Self-confidence

A Stanford researcher is pioneering a dramatic shift in how we treat depression — and you can try her new tool right now

We do know, however, that talking seems to help — especially under the guidance of a licensed mental health professional. But therapy is expensive, inconvenient, and often hard to approach. A recent estimate suggests that of the roughly one in five Americans who have a mental illness, close to …

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence

Nothing will make you appreciate human intelligence like learning about how unbelievably challenging it is to try to create a computer as smart as we …

The Brain Literally Starts Eating Itself When It Doesn't Get Enough Sleep

Holy crap.<p>The need for sleep goes far beyond simply replenishing our energy levels every 12 hours. Our brains actually change states when we sleep to …

Neuroscience

There’s no such thing as “mild depression”

In his memoir, <i>Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression</i>, writer Andrew Solomon makes a critical point about two models of depression, the categorical and dimensional.<p>The first sees depression “as an illness totally separate from other emotions, much as a stomach virus is totally different from acid …

Stony Brook University

The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think

We crunched the data on where journalists work and how fast it’s changing. The results should worry you.<p><b>How did big media miss the Donald Trump swell?</b> News organizations old and new, large and small, print and online, broadcast and cable assigned phalanxes of reporters armed with the most …

Journalism

Living a lie: We deceive ourselves to better deceive others

New research provides the first evidence for a theory first put forward in the 1970s<p>People mislead themselves all day long. We tell ourselves we’re smarter and better looking than our friends, that our political party can do no wrong, that we’re too busy to help a colleague. In 1976, in the …

The Future Of Energy Isn't Fossil Fuels Or Renewables, It's Nuclear Fusion

Let’s pretend, for a moment, that the climate doesn’t matter. That we’re completely ignoring the connection between carbon dioxide, the Earth’s atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, global temperatures, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise. From a long-term point of view, we’d still need to plan …

Nuclear Energy

A Worrying Trend for Psychology’s 'Simple Little Tricks'

In yet another setback for the field, researchers have failed to replicate two studies showing that basic techniques can reduce racial achievement gaps and improve voter turnout.<p>Over the past decade, social psychologists have dazzled us with studies showing that huge social problems can seemingly …

Psychology

9/11 tapes reveal raw and emotional Hillary Clinton

We partnered with WNYC to look back at Clinton’s time at Ground Zero – a far cry from the controlled figure now a step away from the presidency<p>It was 26 August 2003, almost two years since 9/11, and the sickening plume of smoke that hung over Ground Zero in lower Manhattan had long since …

Hillary Clinton

This one quote shows what angry white guys mean when they talk about government overreach

Before Donald Trump, GOP elites — policymakers, intellectuals, DC operators — were in the grips of a comforting illusion: that their party was united around the principles of limited government and free markets. The family values and national security stuff rounded out the picture, of course, but …

Society

Third parties aren't 'spoilers'. They're at the cutting edge of democracy | Kevin Zeese

A vote for the Republicans or Democrats is a vote for the status quo. Pressure from the radical left could be the beginning of a transformational change<p>NBC News recently projected that Hillary Clinton has surpassed the 270 electoral college votes she needs to be elected president. Based on polls, …

Obama reacts to Trump's GOP convention speech: CNN vets the claims

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama on Friday responded to Donald Trump's convention speech, specifically disputing the Republican presidential nominee's view that the country is being threatened by rising crime rates and illegal immigration.<p>CNN's Reality Check Team of reporters, researchers and editors …

Self-assured, Kaine brings a steady hand to Clinton ticket

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tim Kaine has an Election Day tradition when his name is on the ballot. The avid outdoorsman votes early, then goes hiking in the woods with friends and family for a few hours of calm away from the nervous last-minute energy of political campaigns.<p>It's a ritual that's so far …

Government

Why We Don't Know Who's Funding the Republican Convention

When the Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland on Monday, it will be the first time in four decades that a major political party’s …

Government

Vladimir Putin has a plan for destroying the West, and it looks a lot like Donald Trump.

Vladimir Putin has a plan for destroying the West—and that plan looks a lot like Donald Trump. Over the past decade, Russia has boosted right-wing …

Donald Trump

Houston man shot by police while having mental health crisis files lawsuit

A man shot and and shocked with a police Taser inside a hospital room while suffering a mental health crisis has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence, excessive force and fabrication of evidence.<p>Alan Pean, who has a history of bipolar disorder and anxiety, felt he was becoming manic and drove to St …

Brooklyn Voter Purge Disproportionately Affected Hispanics

Earlier this year, an investigative report from WNYC revealed two illegal voter purges that removed more than 120,000 people from voting rolls in …

The FBI’s Growing Surveillance Gap

There are more homegrown jihadists than the feds can actually watch. And not everyone likes what the FBI is doing instead.<p>A day after Omar Mateen killed 49 and wounded 53 in an Orlando nightclub, purportedly under the banner of the Islamic State or other terrorist groups, the FBI announced that it …

Wait a sec everyone - you got us Bernie supporters all wrong

Generally the Bernie supporters I’ve met have been an interesting mix of aging peaceniks and idealistic students of every gender, orientation, race, …

Middle-class

Beyond Bernie, Beyond Capitalism

M-SUR | Shutterstock.com<p>It seems to be a law of modern politics that the health of a democracy stands in inverse proportion to the length of its …

Nick Bostrom: ‘We are like small children playing with a bomb’

Sentient machines are a greater threat to humanity than climate change, according to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom<p>You’ll find the Future of Humanity Institute down a medieval backstreet in the centre of Oxford. It is beside St Ebbe’s church, which has stood on this site since 1005, and above a …

Singularity

Farmers have modified our food for at least 10,000 years, why does it matter all of a sudden?

In the past week you’ve probably eaten crops that wouldn’t exist in nature, or that have evolved extra genes to reach freakish sizes. You’ve probably eaten “cloned” food and you may have even eaten plants whose ancestors were once deliberately blasted with radiation. And you could have bought all …

Agriculture

The most thorough, profound and moving defense of Hillary Clinton I have ever seen.

First of all — this is not my writing. It's a Facebook post by someone I don’t even know, a man named <b>Michael Arnovitz</b> in Portland OR. But as a …

Government

How Bernie Superfans Are Reacting to Obama's Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

Supporters of Bernie Sanders attend a rally outside of RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, June 9, 2016.<p>As Bernie Sanders's campaign shuffles toward its inevitable end, President Barack Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton Thursday did little to dampen the enthusiasm at a rally for the candidate in …

Experts find climate change's fingerprints in French floods

WASHINGTON (AP) — An international team of scientists has found that man-made climate change nearly doubled the likelihood of last month's …

What If Bernie Wins California?

Hillary will declare herself the nominee before Tuesday’s votes are even in, but an energized Sanders probably won’t go away until the fall.<p>Before the first vote is counted in California on Tuesday, the Hillary Clinton campaign—and probably the TV networks—will announce that she has clinched the …

Government

Psychologists and experts explain how to stop being a 'chronically late insane person'

In a Wait But Why analysis of people who are habitually late—whether it's to work, social engagements, or major appointments—Tim Urban concludes that some members of this group, including himself, could be deemed Chronically Late Insane People (CLIP). As classified by Urban, these individuals are …