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The sadism of white men: why America must atone for its lynchings

The new National Memorial for Peace and Justice – along with the related Legacy Museum – aims to shine a light on America’s history of enforcing white supremacy through racial terrorism in the form of lynching<p>Vanessa Croft was driving home after work in Gadsden, Alabama, last month when she noticed …

Black History

The 10 Best Poems According to a Professor Who Teaches the Best 100

The Collected Poems of A. E. Housman<p>If there is one poem on this list that you should memorize, it’s this one. A.E. Housman, pessimist, classicist and connoisseur of melancholy, was also one the greatest formal masters of his age. The elements he employs here are deceptively familiar: the rhymed …

Literature

How white Americans used lynchings to terrorize and control black people

The Guardian is in Montgomery, Alabama, to cover the opening of America’s first memorial to lynching victims. The legacy of such brutal, racist murders is still largely ignored<p><b>What were lynchings?</b><p>Historians broadly agree that lynchings were a method of social and racial control meant to terrorize …

Black History

Race, Freedom, and Extermination in America and the Atlantic World

Kay Wright Lewis’s new book, <i>A Curse Upon the Nation: Race, Freedom, and Extermination in America and the Atlantic World</i> (University of Georgia Press, …

Behance

Expressive Color-Filled Portraits of Friends and Family by Hope Gangloff | Colossal

<p>Artist Hope Gangloff captures the personalities of her friends and family in brightly colored large-scale portraits. Gangloff’s acrylic and collage …

Art

There Is More Than One Kind Of Déjà Vu

Some are so intense you might realize you have never experienced them, even if you consider yourself a déjà vu veteran.<p>In 1999, a 42-year-old woman went to the doctor for what she described as a popping noise in both her ears. The noise was so loud it had started to keep her up at night. The woman …

The Brain

Gmail spam mystery: Before you change your password, read this

Some Gmail users have been reporting spam in their sent folders. But before you change your password, do this first.<p>There's something weird afoot in the world of Gmail. As widely reported earlier -- first by Mashable, then by our sister sites ZDNet and TechRepublic -- some people have noticed spam …

Information Systems

Neuroscience is unlocking mysteries of the teenage brain

How would you describe an average teenager? For most people, the following characteristics might come to mind: moody, impulsive, risk taking, likely …

Teens

This is what love does to your brain

“It’s really an addiction.”<p>What happens to your brain on love? Is there such a thing as “casual sex”? What do we get wrong about male and female sexuality?<p>These are a few of the questions I put to Helen Fisher in a recent interview.<p>Fisher is a biological anthropologist, the chief scientific adviser …

Relationships

5 Brain Exercises to Strengthen Your Mind

1<p>What Can You Do to Strengthen Your Mind?<p>While you might know that you need to exercise your body, did you know that it might also be important to …

The Brain

Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston: “The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor”

<b>David Cay Johnston; Donald Trump (Simon & Schuster/Bonk Johnston/AP)</b><p>Investigative reporter who has covered Trump for 30 years dares to imagine impeachment — and President Nancy Pelosi<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>April 23, 2018 9:00am (UTC)<p>The saga of President Donald Trump consists of several parallel and …

Donald Trump

Your Brain on Social Media, According to Neuroscience

Take a break from Facebook to watch this video about Facebook.<p>Neuroscientist Shannon Odell is back, and this time she’s inside your freaking …

Social Media

The Delay

After an 11-year-old Navajo girl was kidnapped, her family and friends sprang into action to find her. Why did it take so long for law enforcement to join them?<p>The first day I was in Shiprock, New Mexico, a horse made the front page of the local newspaper<i>.</i> The dark bay with a white stripe down its …

Crime

Behance

How scary are Christians?

Only 3 percent of white Christians are first-generation immigrants. That compares with 10 percent of black Christians, 58 percent of Latino …

Christianity

Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian Attack on Heavy Water That Deprived the Nazis of the Atomic Bomb

After handing them their suicide capsules, Norwegian Royal Army Colonel Leif Tronstad informed his soldiers, “I cannot tell you why this mission is …

Neutrons

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

"We found a world that we had never imagined."<p>Last year, neuroscientists used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the …

Humanity

Just how bad is America, really?

I don’t normally watch the GLAAD Media Awards. Not that there’s anything wrong with them. But I did see a video of Britney Spears’ acceptance of …

Political Science

The Darkest Instagram Account Ever Will Make You Laugh, Then Cry

Ever since you've taken that introduction to Philosophy in college you can't stop thinking what life is really all about. I feel you; the same …

Art

Singer Morrissey says that ‘modern loony left’ forgot that Hitler was ‘left wing’

Morrissey, famed English rocker and former lead singer of The Smiths, blasted the “modern loony left” in a recent interview for apparently forgetting that former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was “left wing.”<p>What else did he say?<p>Morrissey — full name Stephen Patrick Morrissey — spoke with John Riggers …

Morrissey

The Gruesome Story of Hannah Duston, Whose Slaying of Indians Made Her an American Folk “Hero”

On a small island north of Concord, New Hampshire, stands a 25-foot-tall granite statue of Hannah Duston, an English colonist taken captive by Native …

Native Americans

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The myth of the online echo chamber<p>David Robson<p>Contrary to popular belief, we now hear more diverse voices than ever before – studies suggest that …

A Powerful New Weapon in the Fight Against Shoddy Statistics

Using the wrong method to analyze a data set can yield misleading results. So one researcher is championing an approach that works for nearly everything.<p>In statistics, abstract math meets real life. To find meaning in unruly sets of raw numbers, statisticians like Donald Richards first look for …

Mathematics

These online volunteers fight fake reviews, ghost listings and other scams on Google Maps — and say the problem's getting worse

Tom Waddington was hanging out at a friend's house when he got an unexpected notification from Google Maps.<p>Waddington is part of a group of Google …

Google Maps

Why do smart people do stupid things? The science of avoiding poor decision making

The quality of your decisions today will determine the quality of your life tomorrow.<p>Our decisions influence how well we make use of our talents, …

Critical Thinking

Is Trump's Presidency Turning White Evangelical Christianity into a 'Cult'? This Religion Scholar Thinks So

It's a compelling case.Reza Aslan, a religion scholar and former CNN host who has written extensively about Islamic fundamentalism, is featured in a …

Religion

Brain development influenced by the immune system

University of Queensland researchers have highlighted a link between fetal brain development and the origins of developmental diseases such as …

Neuroscience

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These Twins, One Black and One White, Will Make You Rethink Race<p>Marcia and Millie Biggs say they’ve never been subjected to racism—just curiosity and …

Black teen who wanted directions shot at by white man

DETROIT (AP) — A black 14-year-old boy who got lost in a Detroit suburban neighborhood while trying to get to school was shot at by a white homeowner after knocking on a door to ask directions, prosecutors said Friday, citing home security video and the account of the boy.<p>Jeffery Zeigler, a retired …

Crime