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Texas 8th-graders asked to list positives of slavery

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio charter school has apologized after a teacher asked students in an eighth grade American history class to list the positive and negative aspects of slavery.<p>The Great Hearts Monte Vista teacher who distributed the worksheet titled "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced …

Teaching

Senate confirms a homophobic climate change denier with no scientific credentials to lead NASA

Homophobic climate change denier Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) "has made a career out of ignoring scientific expertise" says Sen. Brian Schatz …

Clean Technology

Forget Smartphone Addiction. Here's What Experts Are Really Worried About

Our phones are not the problem when it comes to gadget addiction. It's this @jmbrandonbb<p>It's not the smartphone in your hand. It's not the tablet or the laptop. Reports about shiny objects captivating us all day miss the mark by a long shot. Apple is not to blame for making a useful phone, and …

Social Media

Hydra and the Quest to Understand Immortality

The Hydra, a small freshwater invertebrate, is an advantageous model organism for regenerative biologists. Named after the serpent from Greek …

Biology

Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see aging of their blood vessels reverse …

Wellness

Yale has made its most popular class available online for free

“Students want to change, to be happier themselves, and to change the culture here on campus,” she said. "If we see good habits, things like students …

Self-improvement

40% of Louisiana state senators voted against making bestiality a crime because they're homophobic

On Tuesday, the state senate of Louisiana voted to make bestiality against the law. The vote was 25-10. Why would ten people vote against making …

Homophobia

Fox News actually runs a poll showing how little people trust them

Fox News wants to tell people the truth, including how no one trusts them.<p>The network did just that Sunday when it had Republican strategist Frank …

Social Media

Presidential historian Gil Troy: Donald Trump has committed “a crime against the American people”

Scholar Gil Troy says it’s not too late for Trump to change — but history will judge his enablers harshly<p>Donald Trump is president of the United States by title and law. He is not president of all Americans. Trump cares only about his voters and the most enthusiastic part of his "base." He is a …

Donald Trump

A Beginner’s Guide to Magickal Healing Crystals and What They Do

<i>Welcome, cosmic warriors. I'm Aliza Kelly Faragher, your resident astrologer, and this is Allure Astrology, a column dedicated to astrology, esotericism, and all things magick. Today, grab your favorite energetic stone and join me as we discuss the basics of crystal healing.</i><p>As a professional …

Spirituality

Here’s the real reason so many people now believe the Earth is flat

There is now an alarmingly large number of people who really believe that the Earth is some kind of magic pancake thing floating in space.<p>A frankly …

Flat Earth

Banish Infection With These 5 Powerful All-Natural Antibiotics

Since the discovery of antibiotics in the 1920s and the development of new products through the 1980s, it has become much harder for scientists to …

Alternative Medicine

These before-and-after photos show how much you can realistically change your abs in 2 weeks

When you already have abs, that is.<p>Most people who want more defined abs do a couple extra crunches or eat half a tub of ice cream rather than the whole thing — but Iulia Danilova, a 25-year-old Los Angeles mum to a 2-year-old daughter, recently pulled out ALL the stops in an effort to sculpt her …

Fitness

“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettThe idea that we learn better when taught via our preferred modality or “learning style” – such as visually, orally, or by doing …

Learning

Too Many Atheists Are Veering Dangerously Toward the Alt-Right

And atheists can't afford to be quiet about it.<p>Many Americans have been rightly horrified by the videos of white supremacists shouting “Jews will not replace us!” But what has gone less noticed is that, unlike far-right American movements of years past, you don’t hear much talk of God or religion …

Religion

How to ghost your internet provider with a secret IP address

Two new projects just launched that could hinder internet-service providers’ ability to eavesdrop on their customers, helping internet users protect …

Information Security

Nick Chater picks five books to explore the mysteries of the mind

Confabulator, storyteller, illusionist … psychology and neuroscience suggest that everything we thought we knew about the inner world is false<p>Since Plato, philosophers have had doubts about how our senses provide knowledge of the external world. But surely we are the ultimate arbiters of the …

Consciousness

Consumer DNA Tests Are Wrong 40 Percent of the Time

(via qimono/Pixabay)<p>Just because you can conduct at-home DNA testing without the advice of a doctor doesn’t mean you should.<p>As people take a more …

Molecular Biology
Alternative Medicine

Japanese Are Polishing Foil Balls To Perfection, And The Result Is Too Satisfying

Aluminum foil looks pretty boring. It is used for packaging, insulation, cooking… and making really shiny balls that appear to have no real purpose, …

Social Media

Teachers are striking all over. What is going on?

Teachers across the country are striking and protesting en masse, shutting down school systems and putting the pressure on state lawmakers to meet their demands.<p>At least four states this year have mobilized, often with similar gripes. Educators in West Virginia and Oklahoma are lobbying for more …

Education

How to avoid losing your mind to Alzheimer's or dementia. Hint: Start now, says Maria Shriver

The most disturbing thing I heard recently about the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and dementia was a comment made by Maria Shriver, the former first lady of California who founded the Women's Alzheimer's Movement after discovering the disease affects twice as many women as men.<p>It would seem, …

Dementia

Brain Imaging Shows We Can Unlearn Chronic Pain

Two new studies, one published last month and another slated for publication in early 2018, confirm through brain imaging and other techniques, that …

Pain

Home genetics tests could be giving you false results

Home genetic tests like 23andMe have grown more popular, and so too have stories of people surprised by their results. Sometimes they’re whimsical, …

Genetics

Another Reminder That Consumer DNA Tests Are Not 100% Accurate

Not long ago, decrypting DNA was an expensive undertaking that could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now, for $199 you can spit into a …

Genetics

Huge New Study Confirms What REALLY Works in Controlling Kids' Disruptive Behavior

Although all kids act up from time to time, some children do it way too much. To help parents stop the tantrums, yelling and arguing—or possibly …

Psychology

17 Ketogenic Dinner Recipes for Lazy Cooks

Feed the whole family, whip up something fun <i>and</i> stick to the ketogenic diet? It’s tough to do it all. Especially when eating keto means buying a ton …

Cooking

At Just $75, This Sound Bar Has no Business Sounding so Good

There are plenty of soundbar options to choose from today, but often times budget-priced models lack quality and performance. <i>Boy Genius Report</i> has …

Soundbar

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy

Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. …

The Brain

The Small Tweak That Makes Intermittent Fasting Way More Effective For Weight Loss

Many people are familiar by now with intermittent fasting, or periods of eating and not eating. They're not familiar with the concept of IFPC: …

Holistic Medicine