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Can virtual reality relieve pain?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The next time you habitually search your bathroom cabinet for some pain medication, you may want to consider playing a video game first. Research has shown that psychology plays an important part in how we experience both acute and chronic pain -- and that painful sensations can be …

Virtual Reality

A Long Love Affair With the Scottish Isles, in Pictures

For photographer Jim Richardson the remote islands of northwest Scotland have become like home.<p>From the deck of the boat, the cloud-raked island of Boreray beckoned me, flanked by fanged stacks rising out of the sea. Odd, perhaps, that I should find this welcoming. But I do.<p>Boreray is part of the …

My Breast Implants Don't Make Me a Bad Feminist

<i>Aged 14, sitting in a classroom waiting for the teacher to come in</i>. Beside me, a bunch of the guys were sniggering, huddled around someone’s phone. “Eurgh,” grimaced one of the boys who I happened to be crushing on that month, “She’s another one with pancake tits."As they all laughed, my cheeks …

Feminism

'Anti-vax' mother's regret over whooping cough 'nightmare'

<b>An Australian mother has said she regrets refusing the whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy after she passed the potentially fatal infection to her newborn baby.</b><p>Cormit Avital said she had turned down the vaccination because she was a "healthy, fit, organic woman".<p>She caught the disease …

Public Health

College Activist Launches A Line Of ‘Consent Panties’ To Take A Stand Against Rape Culture

A little over a year ago, the “Pink Loves Consent” campaign took the internet by storm. It appeared as though Victoria’s Secret had launched a new …

Kansas And South Dakota Consider ‘Licenses To Discriminate’ Against Same-Sex Couples

With court decisions knocking down the same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, other states with bans are considering more creative ways of …

Indian Supreme Court Refuses To Reconsider Lifting Ban On Gay Sex

The Supreme Court of India issued a brief ruling Tuesday stating that it will not reconsider the case in which it recently upheld the country’s law …

STUDY: Discrimination May Be A Risk Factor For Transgender Suicide Attempts

The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the largest study of transgender people’s experiences, found that 41 percent of transgender and …

Indiana House Passes Revised Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage

On Tuesday afternoon, the Indiana House voted 57–40 to approve its revised version House Joint Resolution 3, which would amend the state constitution …

‘Pro-Family’ Legislators Kill Bill Protecting Same-Sex Families

On an unrecorded 5 to 4 vote vote, a subcommittee in Virginia’s House of Delegates killed a bill to allow second-parent adoption for children whose …

Maine Supreme Court: Transgender Students Deserve Equal Bathroom Access

The Maine Supreme Court has delivered a significant victory for transgender students. In its interpretation of the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA), the …

Utah Bill Would Force Transgender Students To Use Separate Bathrooms

A Utah state legislator filed a bill Wednesday that would prevent students from using school bathrooms that were not consistent with their biological …

Blue-Eyed Hunter-Gatherers Roamed Prehistoric Europe, Gene Map Reveals

Some ancient peoples in Spain 7,000 years ago had blue eyes and dark skin.<p>Apologies to Frank Sinatra, but the real Ol' Blue Eyes has been found—a 7,000-year-old Spaniard whose fossil genes reveal that early Europeans sported blue eyes and dark skin.<p>Mapping the blue-eyed boy's genes is part of …

No Black Holes Exist, Says Stephen Hawking—At Least Not Like We Think

Black holes do not have "event horizons" beyond which there is no return, according to renowned physicist.<p>Black holes do not exist—at least, not as we know them, says renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, potentially provoking a rethink of one of space's most mysterious objects.<p>A new study from …

Two of History's Deadliest Plagues Were Linked, With Implications for Another Outbreak

Scientists discover a link between the Justinian plague and the Black Death.<p>Two of history's deadliest plagues, which swept across Europe hundreds of years apart, were caused by different strains of the same deadly microbe, scientists say.<p>The finding raises the possibility that a new strain of …

Stunning Electric-Blue Flames Erupt From Volcanoes

Indonesia's Kawah Ijen and other craters emit rivers of light from burning sulfur.<p>For several years Paris-based photographer Olivier Grunewald has been documenting the Kawah Ijen volcano in Indonesia, where dazzling, electric-blue fire can often be seen streaming down the mountain at night.<p>"This …

Mapping Out the Hidden World of Women Cartographers

Human Journey<p>Kirstine Colban’s first known map, of the Lofoten Islands. Source: Avdeling for fag og forskning, Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo, Norway.<p>“Oftentimes the world of women cartographers seems to be hidden, much like the so-called dark side of the moon,” says Will C. Van Den Hoonaard in <i>Map</i> …

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Hong Kong tycoon rescinds £80 million dowry for lesbian daughter

Hong Kong businessman withdraws £80 million 'marriage bounty' for gay daughter after her heartfelt open letter – but refuses to accept partner<p>A Hong Kong tycoon has withdrawn his £80 million "marriage bounty" to find his lesbian daughter a male suitor after she <b>defended her sexuality in a heartfelt</b> …

Judge: N.C. abortion ultrasound law illegal

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law requiring women who want an abortion to have an ultrasound and then have a medical provider describe the image to them is a violation of constitutional free-speech rights, a federal judge ruled Friday.<p>U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles ruled that …

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Topless photos atop Empire State Building spark lawsuit

<b>The owners of New York's Empire State Building have sued a photographer who shot images of a topless woman on the skyscraper's observation deck.</b><p>They say Allen Henson's actions in August were "inappropriate" at a family tourist attraction and that he lacked permission to hold a photoshoot there.<p>The …

Skyscrapers

‘We Are Terrified as a People’: Nigeria’s Gays Live in Fear Amid New Crackdown

The country arrested dozens Tuesday as its anti-homosexual law took effect, but activists say they are prepared to fight back amid the atmosphere of …

Is It the Beginning of the End for West African Lions?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>West African lions, the lean, majestic creatures that used to roam the region, have dwindled down to …

Cops who beat homeless man to death walk free

Kelly Thomas, schizophrenic and homeless, cried for his dad as he was beaten. His assaulters were found not guilty<p>Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who suffered from schizophrenia, died in hospital in 2011. He had beaten, tasered and kicked to death by cops from the Fullerton County Police Department …

Kangaroo in 400-year-old manuscript could change Australian history

A 16th century manuscript featuring an image that looks like a kangaroo could prove that Portuguese explorers discovered Australia before the first recorded European landing in 1606<p>A drawing of a kangaroo on a 16th century Portuguese manuscript could potentially change the world's understanding of</b> …

Activists in China just saved 2,800 cats from ending up on the dinner table

This week, about 30 activists in Wuhan, China blocked the path of a truck carrying over 2,800 cats destined for the south where feline cuisine is not uncommon. The cats were likely to be sold as meat at restaurants. Wuhan traffic police eventually intercepted the vehicle; the truck driver is being …

Animal Rescue