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How The Bacteria In Your Gut Could Be Used To Treat Mental Illness

The trillions of bacteria living in the human gut influence how our brain functions, our mood and behavior. Scientists have linked imbalances in this community of microbes to a range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, autism, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive …

Microbiology

The Biggest Question About The Beginning Of The Universe

Our Universe is expanding, getting less dense and cooling today, teaching us that it was hotter and denser in the distant past. If we extrapolate backwards in time, we can reach epochs where:<p>gravitation hadn’t yet had time to collapse matter into clusters, galaxies or even stars,<br>• the temperature of …

Universe

Prince autopsy planned for today

<b>(CNN) —</b> As stunned fans mourned legendary singer Prince, questions remained on what killed him days after he performed in Atlanta to rave reviews.<p>Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death. An autopsy will be conducted Friday, starting at 9 a.m. CT (10 a.m. ET).<p>Prince …

Comedians

The real reason cocaine, heroin and marijuana are illegal has nothing to do with addiction

The history of drug criminalization in America is a history of social panics rooted in racism and xenophobia<p>Looking out at the trail of devastation and death that the heroin epidemic has left in its wake, it’s hard to imagine that not long ago one could purchase the drug from a Sears …

Great Depression

How to re-wire your body to burn, not store, fat

Like so many other Americans, Mike Berland had been struggling with a big problem: weight gain and a seeming inability to lose it. An avid golfer, skier, runner and triathlete, Berland could no longer enjoy the activities he loved without feeling terrible or gaining weight. Eating restrictions …

Nutrition

Ex-football player jailed after 2 college students slain

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The two Southern University students slain during a shootout at an off-campus party appeared to be "innocent bystanders" who were caught in the crossfire, authorities said Monday.<p>A former Southern University football player remained jailed on charges he traded gunfire with …

Law Enforcement

Rihanna Just Wore the Most Unconventional Red Carpet Look

But it works.<p>Let's face it, the rules just do not apply to Rihanna. In fashion (and otherwise), the singer does whatever she wants, convention be damned, and somehow manages to pull it off every single time. Case in point: Her red carpet look at last night's Black Girls Rock! Awards.<p>RiRi attended …

Miu Miu

NYPD Cops Who Arrested Black Mailman Have History of Alleged Civil Rights Violations | VICE News

<b>VICE News is closely watching policing in America. Check out the Officer Involved blog here.</b><p>Outrage over the arrest of a black mailman in Brooklyn has escalated following the disclosure that the officers involved have a history of alleged civil rights violations. New York City officials are now …

Justice

The Genes for Pot Addiction Have Been Identified

For what may be the first time, specific genes associated with marijuana addiction have been identified— and some of them are also linked to …

Neuroscience

DNA results are in: Early humans and Neanderthals made babies together

<b>(CNN) —</b> Neanderthals may not have been as lucky as our human ancestors in the long run, but that doesn't mean the two subspecies didn't <i>get</i> lucky.<p>Scientists have discovered that Homo sapiens -- that's us -- made more babies with archaic humanlike species than initially thought. That sexual history …

Anthropology

Mark Zuckerberg joins tech bosses in supporting Obama on immigration

The tech industry says the ‘ingenuity, skill and entrepreneurial spirit’ of immigrants is good for the US economy, and is backing Barack Obama<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley leaders have urged the supreme court to uphold Barack Obama’s efforts to allow millions of undocumented …

Silicon Valley

How ‘Blackish’ tackled police brutality while staying true to its roots

“I have never been as afraid about an episode of television that I’ve written in my life,” “Blackish” creator Kenya Barris said in a phone interview ahead of Wednesday’s episode, which deals with police brutality.<p>The episode, titled “Hope,” finds the Johnson family watching news coverage of a case …

TV

Uber driver suspected in shootings in Mich. that kill six

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Jason Brian Dalton had been driving for mobile ride company Uber for only a short time, according to his own account, but he was already alarming passengers. Late Saturday afternoon, he picked up a customer for a short ride; passenger Matthew Mellen said that Dalton’s reckless …

Crime

Grim Sleeper serial killer trial begins, years after slayings terrorized South L.A.

Debra Jackson, a 29-year-old waitress, was discovered shot in the chest three decades ago in an alley. The body of Janecia Peters, 25, was found in a dumpster in 2007. There were at least eight other women. And one who got away.<p>They were young and black and leading troubled lives. Most were killed …

10 Things We Learned From Spike Lee's New Michael Jackson Doc

How Studio 54 and 'The Wiz' paved the way for Jackson's solo breakthrough, and other revelations from Lee's latest MJ chronicle<p>Michael Jackson made …

Meek Mill gets 90 days' house arrest, can't work on music during that time

Looks like it's not bad to have Nicki Minaj on your side: Meek Mill was sentenced Friday to house arrest for a probation violation that could have seen him back behind bars.<p>The rapper, real name Robert Williams, was given a prison term of six to 12 months by the judge in a Philadelphia court and …

Dallas reports case of Zika spread through sex; CDC urges condom use

Dallas health officials said Tuesday that a local resident was infected with the Zika virus by having sex with a person who had contracted the disease while traveling in Venezuela.<p><i>[Zika and sex: Seven key things you need to know about the case in Dallas]</i><p>The case adds a troubling new dimension to a …

Public Health

Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose make nice in selfie after Kanye-Wiz feud

A selfie is worth a thousand words, and<p>Kim KardashianandAmber Roseproved that early Monday morning when they appeared to make nice after last week's intense feud between rappersKanye WestandWiz Khalifa.<p>"Tea anyone?" tweeted the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" starlet, sharing a glam close-up of …

Jamie Foxx on rescuing man from burning truck: 'You just had to do something'

Jamie Foxx, who along with another man pulled a driver out of his crashed truck just seconds before it burst into flames, says he doesn't look at what he did as heroic.<p>"I just look at it like, you know, you just had to do something," said the Oscar winner, who on Tuesday met with Brad Kyle, the …

Wal-Mart to close 269 stores, including 154 in the U.S. and 9 in California

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday that it will close 269 of its 11,600 stores, including 154 in the U.S. — nine in California — as the company tries to find its footing in a difficult retail climate.<p>The retailer also said that in the next year it plans to open more than 140 new stores nationwide. …

Giant supernova in the sky smashes previous record, stuns scientists

There's breaking a record, and then there's blowing it to smithereens. Astronomers using relatively small telescopes around the globe have spotted the brightest supernova ever seen, shining about 20 times brighter than the 100 billion stars in the entire Milky Way galaxy — or, put another way, as …

Five booksellers have gone missing in Hong Kong

A British citizen has become the latest bookseller to go missing in Hong Kong, CNN reports. Lee Bo, who co-owns a bookstore associated with a publisher of books critical of the Chinese government, disappeared last week.<p>Lee is the fifth bookseller from Causeway Bay Books, associated with the …

Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach sends message to Miss Colombia after crowning mistake

Miss Universe winner Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach penned a message praising Miss Colombia after Steve Harvey mistakenly awarded her the crown during last …

No charges in Sandra Bland's death, rules grand jury

Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead in a Texas jail cell on July 13, three days after she was arrested during a traffic stop<p>A grand jury decided on Monday that no felony crime was committed by the sheriff's office or jailers in the treatment of a black woman who died in a south-east Texas county jail …

Black Lives Matter

How To Peel An Orange With A Spoon And Make Zero Mess

Cracking into an orange is a messy business. There's the initial mist of citrus juice when you break the skin, which continues to spray throughout the whole peeling process. Then there's the juice that is accidentally released if the orange slices are handled with too much pressure. By the end of …

Juice

How Nearly Nude Celebrities Took Over the Red Carpet

Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian West, and J.Lo caused flashbulbs to explode by wearing next to nothing on Monday night’s Met Gala red carpet. Why is so …