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Girl Scouts add new STEM badges in robotics, coding, and racecar design

You go, girls<p>Today, the Girl Scouts of the USA introduced 23 new badges in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math, and the outdoors. This is the largest rollout of new badges for the organization in almost a decade, aiming its focus on encouraging interest in STEM and environmental …

Girl Scouts

Prepare to update, because Google Drive PC app dies next March

The new Backup and Sync app for Windows and MacOS expands Google's approach to file storage spanning your PC and phone. Your choices: update now or update later.<p>If you're among the hundreds of millions of people using Google Drive to synchronize files across your PCs and phones, be warned: you've …

Software
Myrtle Beach

The G Word: Gentrification and Its Many Meanings

Changing neighborhoods may be a class issue, but in America, that means it's also a racial one.<p>Ask city-dwellers to describe what, precisely, gentrification is you’ll get an array of answers. The term is a murky one, used to describe the many different ways through which money and development enter …

New York City

Dozens Of Dogs Rescued From South Korean Meat Farm Arrive In U.S.

Dozens of dogs rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm are destined for lives of belly rubs and squeaky toys after being flown to shelters in the U.S. over the weekend.<p>Humane Society International removed the 55 dogs from a farm in Goyang, just northwest of Seoul, after reaching an agreement with …

Animal Rescue

Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Expire This Month

Share<p>Tweet<p>Share<p>Pin<p>Three weeks.<p>That’s how long until a law that protects people who are following state medical marijuana laws from being prosecuted …

11 Surprisingly Unhealthy Foods You Eat Every Day

11 Foods I Thought Were Healthy, But Really Aren't<p>Don't be fooled by deceptively "healthy" choices.<p>November 20, 2016<p>All too often, I get tricked by …

Nutrition

How University Costs Keep Rising Despite Tuition Freezes

Ballooning fees are leaving some students feeling nickel-and-dimed.<p>DAYTON, Ohio—At a time when public anger is laser-focused on tuition charges that are rising three times faster than inflation, something less well understood has actually been largely responsible for pushing up the cost of college: …

Higher Education

Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case (updated)

Amazon's Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help with a murder case. According to <i>The Information,</i> authorities in Bentonville issued a …

Using Multiple Social Media Platforms May Lead to Depression and Anxiety, New Study Finds

This is scary.<p>By now, it's no secret that social media affects your mental health. The downside of social media has been well-covered and, perhaps ironically, often shared. It's linked with depression and can seriously impact your mood. But what hasn't been said about social media, at least as …

Mental Health

How the Justice System Pushes Kids Out of Classrooms and Into Prisons

The playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith explored the link between schools and incarceration in her one-woman show Notes From the Field.<p><i>This is the third installment in our series examining the intersections of education and entertainment in 2016. Read previous entries on</i> <i>a</i> <i>documentary and</i> …

Education
Law Enforcement

These climate change truths are much worse than inconvenient

THE EARTH’S natural systems are so complex that it can be hard to prove links between specific instances of extreme weather and the long-term shifting of global temperatures that humans are causing. But that does not suggest there are no links, or that warming is not happening. In fact, experts are …

Climate Change

How to Support Mental Health Through Urban Planning

This group advocates designing cities with emotional well-being in mind.<p>TheTokyo-based psychiatrist Layla McCay founded the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health over a year ago, and it’s grown at a more rapid pace than she expected. “Be careful of finding an unmet need,” she jokes, noting that …

Navigating Campus Together

First-generation faculty can steer first-generation college students toward success.<p>I knew Sarah was one of them on the first day of class. We made eye contact as I reviewed the lengthy roll of campus resources listed on my syllabus. “Just so you know,” I said, “all of these people are here to help …

College & University
Housing

Obama's Weak Defense of His Record on Drone Killings

His choices made unjust strikes predictable and inevitable—and with Donald Trump poised to take power, the precedents he set are all the more alarming.<p>When my colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates interviewed President Obama for his recent article, “My President Was Black,” the discussion briefly turned to …

National Security

Escaping the Disability Trap

What’s the best way to prepare special-needs students for the workforce?<p>Today, more than 1 million students are trapped in an education system that wasn’t built for them. That system wasn’t designed to accommodate their disabilities—the kinds of intellectual, cognitive, communicative, and physical …

Education

A New Missouri Law Could Give Kids Serious Criminal Records For School Fights, Schools Say

A new Missouri statute is drawing the ire of civil rights advocates over concerns that it unnecessarily criminalizes children. However, a state lawmaker says that the statute is being mischaracterized and does not spur significant change.<p>A letter to parents and guardians that Hazelwood School …

Justice

Post-concussion exercise may help children, teens recover: study

Exercise increases blood flow to brain and could help speed up healing, improve cognitive function, researchers said.<p>TORONTO – Getting physical …

The Brain

The Strange Case of the American Death Penalty

It’s a paradoxical moment in the history of the death penalty in the United States. The number of executions has dwindled to just a few, but the voters, even in the most liberal states, seem to want the punishment to remain on the books. That’s the message of the annual report from the Death …

Death Row

Drinking on Antidepressants

“So why did you stop drinking?” my friend Brad asked recently when we were out for dinner. “You never seemed to have a drinking problem.”<p>The question surprised me, coming as it did a full two years after my decision to take a “break” from alcohol. He was scanning the wine list, and I sensed he was …

Mental Health

The Interesting Case of LCD Screens and Post Concussive Headaches

<b>Nellie Develops Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS)</b><p><i>Nellie is a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a sailboat boom five days ago. She did not pass out, but has headaches, fatigue, dizziness and nausea. Read more about her injury in the blog post "Anatomy of a Concussion."</i><p>Wednesday morning, she developed …

Headaches
Health Care

Black men in the US are nearly three times as likely to be killed in an encounter with the police as white men

So far this year, 922 people were shot and killed by the police in America. Nearly all of those people were men. Nearly half of those victims were white, while a quarter were black, reports the Washington Post. That sounds good until you account for the fact that, according to the 2015 census, just …

Law Enforcement

How Much Is Too Much? New Study Casts Doubts On Sugar Guidelines

By now, you've very likely heard the case for limiting sugar.<p>Over the past two years the World Health Organization and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines have begun urging us to consume no more than 10 percent of our daily calories from added sugar. Drinking more than one sugar-sweetened soda a day can …

Diabetes

A Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration

A Brennan Center report argues that releasing the “unnecessarily incarcerated” could reduce U.S. prison populations by almost 40 percent.<p>Much of the debate surrounding mass incarceration is centered on its statistics: The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its …

Crime

Study shows charitable giving fell during the Great Recession.

There are lots of reasons why private philanthropy can't replace the government safety net, but one of the most fundamental is that people tend to …

San Francisco

The Case for the Cuba Embargo

Senator Robert Menendez explains why he thinks Obama opened to the island too soon.<p>On November 26, the New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez held a press conference at the Union of Ex-Political Prisoners of Cuba, a human rights group based in Union City. Known colloquially as “Havana on the Hudson,” …

Cuba