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Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection

The different gut bacteria in autistic individuals may be contributing to the disorder.<p>Stress can send your stomach into a painful tailspin, causing cramps, spasms and grumbling. But trouble in the gut can also affect the brain.<p>This two-way relationship may be an unlikely key to solving one of …

Autism

Obama Administration Has Spent Nearly $300 Million Cracking Down On Medical Marijuana: Report

An analysis from pro-medical marijuana group Americans For Safe Access found that President Barack Obama's administration has spent nearly $300 million on combatting medical marijuana in states that have legalized the drug.<p>The report calculates the total amount of federal spending on medical …

Washington gets explicit: its 'war on terror' is permanent

Last October, senior Obama officials anonymously unveiled to the Washington Post their newly minted "disposition matrix", a complex computer system …

Political Science

Bahrain sentences Twitter users to prison

A Bahraini court has sentenced six Twitter users to one year in prison for allegedly insulting King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, according to the public prosecutor's office.<p>The six were charged by the lower criminal court with "misusing the right of free expression," the government statement, which …

New Yorker launches tool by Aaron Swartz to protect leaks

Strongbox, co-created by the persecuted late technologist, is an open-source drop box for leaked documents<p>This week has been a disquieting one for journalists concerned about protecting their sources. The revelation that the Justice Department had been spying on AP reporters' phone records, …

Rob Ford, the World's Greatest Mayor, Smokes Crack

Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, has been caught smoking crack on video. Allegedly. The tape is for sale, but hasn't been sold yet, which leaves us wondering: What kind of incompetent blackmail-video salesman is behind this controversy? How can you mess...<p>There came a point on Thursday …

Chris Farley

How Facebook Used Science To Design More Emotional Emoticons

With the help of a psychology professor and a Pixar illustrator, Facebook is trying to make our messages a little more emotional.<p>In 1872, Charles Darwin published <i>The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals</i>, a book that cataloged emotional expressions in humans and their link to the animal …