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Religious freedom isn’t just for Hobby Lobby — it’s for indigenous rights, too

<b>(Getty/Robyn Beck)</b><p>The fight against DAPL continues<p>Kartik S. Madiraju<p>June 22, 2017 7:58am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Grist.<p>Last week, the Standing Rock Sioux celebrated what they believe is a ground-breaking legal victory in the protracted fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.<p>A …

Where Exactly Is 'Safe' And Who Gets To Be 'Safe' In The World?

In the wake of recent mass shootings in the U.S., NPR's Michel Martin looks at our current political moment and ponders what it means to feel "safe."<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>I was thinking about how often last week I heard people talking about being safe. In part, that's a function of …

Do you suffer from smiling depression?

A surprising number of women admit to suffering in silence about issues in their lives.<p>If you spend the majority of your day smiling at others while …

This Father's Day, Remembering A Time When Dads Weren't Welcome In Delivery Rooms

At a childbirth class at Doula Love in Portland, Ore., a half-dozen pregnant women lean on yoga balls. Their partners are right behind them, learning how to apply pressure for a pelvic massage. Together, they go over the stages of labor, birthing positions, and breathing techniques.<p>Cole Cooney, who …

Who's Afraid of Free Speech?

What critics of campus protest get wrong about the state of public discourse.<p>Middlebury College’s decision to discipline 67 students who participated in a raucous and violent demonstration against conservative author Charles Murray brings closure to one of several disturbing incidents that took …

Conservationists: Imperiled Atlantic salmon decline worsens

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Fewer of North America's Atlantic salmon are making it back to rivers to spawn, which bodes poorly for the future of the …

The history of poutine: How it became our most iconic dish

How the messy trio of fries, cheese curds and gravy has gone from a quirky, one-off combo to a cross-Canada culinary mainstay<p><i>This post originally</i> …

Eat and Drink Your Way Through The Columbia River Gorge

A handy dining guide for the ultimate Gorge road trip<p>The Columbia River Gorge — a designated National Scenic Area — lies a half an hour east of Portland, and in addition to offering one of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, it has orchards, vineyards, and fields full of berries, fruits, …

Jeff Sessions and the Conflict Between Southern ‘Honor’ and the Law

If there is anything to learn from Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on …

Civil Rights

Why the Dalai Lama's University of California Commencement Address Is Controversial

The Dalai Lama’s commencement address at the University of California, San Diego this weekend has stirred some controversy on a campus where 12.5% of …

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

You're Genetically More Like Your Dad Than Your Mom

Happy Father's Day!<p>When a baby is born, three cliché things are done immediately: announcing its gender to the world; counting the kiddo’s fingers …

Wanting to Be Happy Can Make You Unhappy—Here's What To Do Instead

A recent study in <i>Depression and Anxiety</i> found that social pressure to be happy can lead to increased levels of depression.<p>“We’re really starting to …

Aztec Temple Containing Severed Necks Of 32 Children Unearthed In Mexico

The site was in use from 1481 to 1519, researchers say.<p>View of the archaeological site of the ancient Aztec temple of Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl and ritual …

French Montana: Health care should be a right, not a privilege

<b>Miami (CNN) —</b> As the battle over health care rages on in Congress, French Montana is diving into the nationwide debate, proclaiming that health care should be a right for all and not just a privilege for those who can afford it.<p>"Heath care is kind of a privilege right now but it needs to be a …

Why Is Trump Causing Chaos In Washington But Not In The Stock Market?

On Jan. 25, 2017, newly inaugurated President Trump repeated his baseless claim that millions of undocumented immigrants illegally voted in …

'Illicit Cohabitation': Listen To 6 Stunning Moments From Loving V. Virginia

"Illicit cohabitation."<p>"Psychological evils."<p>"Racial integrity."<p>It's difficult to imagine how much the country's language around race and interracial marriage has changed in the past half century.<p>But just 50 years ago, interracial marriage was prohibited in Virginia and 15 other states.<p>The Supreme …

Fourteenth Amendment

Dining in Disguise: Genius Hide-Away Furniture Solutions

(Image credit: Handimania)<p>The longer you live in a small space, the sooner you come to realize that having a dedicated dining room or eat-in kitchen …

MAPPED: Where US children born into the bottom 20% have the best chance of making it into the top 20%

If you were born in the early 1940s, it was practically a guarantee that you would end up better off than your parents.<p>92% of Americans born in 1940, for instance, went on to move up the socio-economic ladder, according to reporting from NPR. Since the mid-20th century, however, that figure has …

Could Our Pursuit of Happiness Really Be the Reason We're Not Happy?

As a society, we devote a lot of time and attention to pursuing happiness. It makes sense—at the end of the day, if we aren’t happy, what’s the …

Why poutine is Canada's most delicious mess

Canada is a nation divided by its favourite foods. Poutine bridges the gap, and its popularity is rising.<p>The message buried in the results of our …

Can you correctly guess these monkeys' emotions?

<b>Wildlife tourists often mistake warning of aggression for smiles or kisses, leading to bites and mayhem. How would you fare?</b><p>As our very distant …

Inequality in American Cities Is Worse Than Mexico, Study Reveals

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>The cities of the Americas are unequal places.<p>U.S. census data …

The Role Of Yoga In Healing Trauma

Missy Hart grew up in Redwood City, Calif. — in gangs, on the street, in the foster care system and in institutions.<p>"Where I'm from," the 26-year-old says, "you're constantly in alert mode, like fight or flight."<p>But at age 13, when she was incarcerated in juvenile hall for using marijuana, she …

Draper’s DragonflEye cyber-bug takes flight

Back in January we heard about Draper’s efforts to outfit a living dragonfly with a sort of solar-powered mind control backpack. This project, known as DragonflEye, is cruising right along, and the R&D firm just released a video of the modified insect taking flight.<p>The idea is to control a living …

Pet Rabbit Care Guide

Rabbits make great pets. This care guide will help you get the most enjoyment out of your pet rabbit!

Vole love helps scientists pinpoint romantic brain activity

As a species, voles have almost perfected monogamy – so scientists have turned to the tiny mammals to study the neuroscience of love<p>“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind,” Shakespeare wrote. Now scientists have pinpointed the specific patterns …

Using Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language

Reyna Gordon was an aspiring opera singer fresh out of college when she began contemplating the questions that would eventually define her career.<p>"I moved to Italy when I finished my bachelor of music, and I started to take more linguistic classes and to think about language in the brain, and music …

Oregon governor signs transgender equity bill into law

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that will make it easier for transgender people in Oregon to shield any updates they make to …

A Twist In Discussions Of Chimpanzee Spirituality

Are chimpanzees spiritual?<p>It's a question that Jane Goodall made famous by proposing that the rhythmic swaying and rock-throwing by chimpanzees at waterfalls in Gombe, Tanzania, is an expression of awe and wonder — of spirituality.<p>It's a question, too, that takes on new twists and turns as new data …

Spirituality