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New evidence strengthens Higgs boson finding

Fresh evidence has come to light supporting the theory that the particle detected at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012 is indeed the elusive …

Physics

Odds Of Abuse And Mistreatment Add Up Over Children's Lives

Children who are maltreated are much more likely to have physical and mental health problems later on. They face a higher risk of suicide and of getting in trouble with the law.<p>But there's a big gap between the number of people who say they were abused or neglected as children and the official rate …

Child Migrants Claim They're Being Abused By U.S. Border Officials

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Some of the tens of thousands of children who have crossed the border since 2011 claim that they've …

The Real Origins of the Religious Right

They’ll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical record’s clear: It was segregation.<p>One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists, emerged as a political movement in response to the U.S. Supreme …

Billionaire Gets 4 MONTHS For Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Because He’s ‘Productive’

In the United States, it doesn’t matter who you are; if you’re rich, you receive special treatment in our “justice” system.<p>SC Johnson, the “family” …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

American kids are more likely to be medicated for behavioral problems if they're in poor or military families

Over 3 million children in total<p>An estimated 7.5 percent of American children age 6-17 were prescribed drugs to treat behavioral and emotional difficulties in 2011, according to a CDC reportpublished today. That estimate is equivalent to roughly 3.2 million children. Furthermore, the CDC reports …

How We Make It Harder For Kids to Tell

I was dismayed, though not surprised at all, when I saw a number of Facebook users and pages link to an article about an inmate convicted of child …

Moving Beyond Our Survivor Story

We lost an amazing visionary, teacher, artist, activist, and leader in Dr. Maya Angelou. In addition to being all these things, she was a survivor of …

Domestic Violence

What Is Child Abuse?

Approximately 3.4 million cases of child abuse and neglect were reported in the United States in 2011 . Learn why child abuse happens and what you can do to prevent it.<p>We've all read the headlines or heard the term, but do you really know what child abuse is? Does spanking your child mean you're …

10 Things You Didn't Know About Slavery, Human Trafficking (And What You Can Do About It)

You may know that in far-off countries, like Cambodia and India, children are prime victims for sex trafficking. You probably also know that trafficked workers are forced to toil for long hours, with little or no pay, to produce such everyday items as bricks and chocolate.<p>But what you may not know …

Having a Gun in the House Doesn't Make a Woman Safer

Firearms have been touted as a great equalizer between the sexes. But in cases where self-defense matters most, women tend to find their own weapons turned against them.<p>Christy Salters Martin is a professional boxer and the owner of a concealed carry permit. But when she attempted to leave her …

Rich, White, Healthy People Are Most Likely to Hate Obamacare

And people who benefit from the law are more likely to view it negatively than positively<p>We don't always like the policies that help us. The stimulus, which is deeply unpopular even though it arguably saved the economy, is one example. And that's also true of Obamacare, even among the people who …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

Transitioning To Female Taught Rebecca Juro A Valuable Lesson About Male Privilege

LGTBQ radio host and transgender woman Rebecca Juro knew her transition from male to female was finally visible only after she felt men looking down upon her.<p>"I used to say that the way I know I'm being accepted as a woman is when the average men's estimation of my intelligence drops by 50 …

There Were 30 Murders by Firearm in England in 2012 (Equiv. 164) Vs. 8,855 in U.S.

<i>This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.</i><p>The mentally imbalanced individual who hunted down UC Santa Barbara students and knifed three and …

Modern Genes Reveal 100 Major Population Shifts In Human History

Wherever conquerors go, they leave a little bit of their genetics. Gene analyses of modern people are able to reveal those influences.<p><i>Spread of Mongol Empire. Astrokey44 on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0</i><p>Violence and love, conquest and assimilation, they're all in your DNA. Literally. As human …

Biology of attraction: Women have urges too

Studies on women's sexual attraction may help explain why women can fall for a man they know won't be a good long-term partner, researchers say.<p>The age-old question, "What do women want" may be rooted in biology, according to two new studies.<p>While most women have no idea when they are ovulating, …

DOVE "Onslaught"

Put On This Virtual Reality Helmet, Then Swap Your Gender

Could virtual reality help us step into the shoes of someone else?<p>The virtual reality headset Oculus Rift is a marvel of interactive immersion for gaming: throw it on, and instead of using the medium of a controller or keyboard, it's actually _you _controlling the action. But, thought experiment: …

Electric cars won't save the planet

Broader power reforms are the key to a brighter future<p>New research published in the <i>Environmental Science & Technology</i> journal this month has concluded that the widespread adoption of hybrid and all-electric vehicles wouldn't drastically reduce the emission of harmful gases in the United States. …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for January 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

Sharing NHS medical records will be vital for improving healthcare

Research using anonymised medical records will help ensure the safety and efficacy of drugs, vaccines and medical devices<p>This month every household in England will receive a leaflet from the NHS. The leaflet – Better Information Means Better Care – explains the benefits of sharing your medical …

How to Knock Their Socks Off in a Job Interview

I'm doing research for a book I'm writing, and as part of my research, I have been interviewing recruiters, both internal recruiters and external recruiters. It has been very interesting and informative, and I greatly appreciate that they take time out of their busy schedules to answer a …

Employment

Lizzie Borden Swings Her Axe in a Lifetime Movie

If you were casting in your mind for a 30-ish actress to play the title role of Lizzie Borden in a television movie about her life, wouldn't Christina Ricci be at the top of your list? There is something just quirky enough about the characters this actress has created in the past to make her a …

Horror

The Non-Christians' Favorite Bible Verse

The recent Phil Robertson <i>Duck Dynasty</i> controversy brought it up again. Bill O'Reilly quoted it on Fox News; Don Lemon quoted it on CNN. The favorite verse of the Bible referenced in the public sphere is Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, lest you be judged." The Bible's most misinterpreted, misused and …

Faith

How Politically Correct Culture Influences My Parenting

As I act out "non-violent communication" scenarios with my child's omni-racial gender-neutral dolls, I realize that I am a product of the "politically correct" generation. I have been fully indoctrinated in its ideologies and being sensitive and tolerant towards others are the values I live by. Yet …

Parenting

Teachers Give Better Grades to More Attractive Students: Study

If you were of a mind to forgive good-looking people for their freakishly good genetic makeup because you figure you got better brains than they did, …