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What I learned about concussions — by having one

It’s hard to understand a brain injury until you have one<p>I opened my eyes to see a clear blue sky and two men leaning over me to put a brace around my neck. I don’t know if I was already on the stretcher or if I was still on the pavement, but there are plenty of things I don’t remember. As I would …

The Brain
Fine Art

Lawmaker Says Female Genital Mutilation Case Is Reason To Vote For Anti-Sharia Bill

A Michigan state lawmaker justified introducing an anti-Sharia bill on Thursday by citing a recent case of female genital mutilation ― a practice scholars and anti-FGM activists say is not tied to Islamic law.<p>State Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R) emailed the entire Michigan state House in an effort to …

Climate change is thawing deadly diseases. Maybe now we'll address it?

An anthrax outbreak in Russia came from a 75-year-old caribou carcass thawing out. It’s a warning sign of worse to come<p>Earlier this month, an outbreak of anthrax in northern Russia caused the death of a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother and put 90 people in the hospital. These deadly spores – …

Global Warming

Order! Why our potty-mouthed MPs need to leave swearing to reality stars 

This column is about swearing. Sorry, let me rephrase that: this f---ing column is about f---ing swearing.<p>There, that’s better. I feel more in tune with modern political discourse now that I’ve deployed the F-word for no real reason.<p>Last week, the House of Commons was the backdrop for a series of …

Fact-checkers are weapons in the post-truth wars, but they're not all on one side

The practice of spreading facts to counter falsehoods has been hailed as way to counter ‘fake news’, but on the front line the picture is becoming confused<p>In the frantic battle against falsehoods produced by enterprising Macedonian teenagers, crackpot conspiracy theorists and, with alarming …

Journalism

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research.

The Justice Department just got a new boss: Jeff Sessions. He is raising alarms in the civil rights community. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is concerned about his “record of hostility” toward the Voting Rights Act and the enforcement of civil rights. The NAACP-Legal Defense …

Rights & Freedoms

3tags.org

Rupert Murdoch Sat In On Michael Gove's Donald Trump Interview

Media mogul's presence not mentioned in interview.<p>Michael Gove’s controversial Times interview with Donald Trump has taken a further twist, with …

Michael Gove

Bad Chart Thursday: Fox News “Defends” Bannon by Noting He Hasn’t Beheaded Journalists

When your best defense of a man is, “Hey, at least he hasn’t <i>beheaded</i> journalists,” perhaps it’s time to raise your standards.But this is Fox News …

Donald Trump

The Photos Syrian Refugees Carried

Photographer Muhammed Muheisen documents the most precious luggage of Syrian refugees: pictures of their lives before the war.<p>Heading into war—in Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War novel <i>The Things They Carried</i>—soldiers packed letters, bibles, and soap. Coming out of war—in photographer Muhammed Muheisen’s …

A Mezcal Boom Spurs Creative Approaches to Dwindling Agave

Oaxaca<p>Farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico, are counting plants and trying to take advantage of rising prices without pushing an important species towards extinction.<p>The windshield of Augustin Güendulain’s truck is cracked in the shape of an agave. The pickup is bent and battered bow to stern from years of …

Why Trump just killed a rule restricting coal companies from dumping waste in streams

With everything that Republicans want to do — repeal Obamacare, overhaul the tax code — it might seem odd that one of Congress’ very first acts would be to kill an obscure Obama-era regulation that restricts coal companies from dumping mining waste into streams and waterways.<p>But that is indeed …

Congressional Review Act

Donald Trump fires acting Attorney General for defying executive order banning refugees

Accusing her of betrayal and insubordination, Donald Trump fired acting US Attorney General Sally Yates after she publicly questioned whether his …

Donald Trump

'The United States is not naive': Nikki Haley slams Iran over ballistic missile tests

"I will tell the people across the world that is something you should be alarmed about," Haley told reporters after the UN Security Council's consultations on Iran.<p>"The United States is not naive," she added. "We are not going to stand by. You will see us call them out, as we said we would, and you …

North Korea

The homogeneity of Donald Trump's cabinet

EVEN before Theresa May arrived in Washington on January 27th as the first foreign leader to visit Donald Trump in the White House, the newly …

Donald Trump

How should the media cover a White House that isn’t afraid to lie?

The Trump administration isn’t afraid to get caught lying. That poses a real challenge for journalists.<p><i>Strikethrough</i> <i>is a new Vox video series breaking down challenges in journalism and news media under the Trump presidency.</i><p>Between the never-ending barrage of breaking news and overt hostility from …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump is the sole reliable source of truth, says chair of House Science Committee

“Better to get your news directly from the president,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas.<p>It is early days in the Trump administration. (I know it doesn’t feel like it. Check your calendar.) But there have already been disturbing signs of how the administration intends to treat science and government …

Donald Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May warns Trump he cannot trust Putin

PHILADELPHIA — British Prime Minister Theresa May told congressional Republicans on Thursday that the election of President Trump had ushered in “the dawn of a new era of American renewal,” and said the United States and Britain could “lead together again” in a modern world fraught with uncertainty …

United Kingdom

Trump starts from the premise that he's popular and then believes any theory that proves it

President Trump’s Wednesday night interview with ABC’s David Muir suggested a very simple explanation of why he continues to make outrageous and false claims about voter fraud and crowd sizes: motivated reasoning.<p>This is the lens through which Trump’s repeated, easily disproven claims make sense. …

Donald Trump

4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

The controversial projects may affect animals, climate, and people. Here’s how.<p>President Donald Trump signed executive orders early this week that restarted the effort to complete the Keystone XL pipeline across the Great Plains (see a map of the route) and the Dakota Access pipeline in the …

Another Baby Dolphin Killed By Selfie-Seeking Tourists

Seriously, stop taking photos with wild animals.<p>It happened again: a baby dolphin in Argentina has been killed after being mobbed by tourists looking for the perfect selfie.<p>According to <i>La Capital</i>, a newspaper in Argentina, on Sunday tourists dragged the dolphin from the ocean in San Bernardo, about …

Quantum computing: Computers that are hundreds of times faster than today’s are coming

Physics is really figuring out how to discover new things that are counterintuitive, like quantum mechanics. It's really counterintuitive.<br>​~Elon …

How does Google’s quantum computer work?

If you thought a memory upgrade and clearing off some old photos was enough to bring your laptop up to speed, think again.<p>Google says its D-Wave 2x …

Welcome to dystopia – George Orwell experts on Donald Trump

Since Kellyanne Conway spoke of ‘alternative facts’, Nineteen Eighty-Four has hit the No 1 spot in Amazon’s book sales chart. So, is the age of Newspeak here?<p>Jean Seaton: The seeds were sown during the George W Bush era<p>Reading George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four again, now, hurts. And I’m not the …

Literature

A simple explanation of mysterious space-stretching ‘dark energy?’

For nearly 2 decades, cosmologists have known that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, as if some mysterious "dark energy" is blowing it …

Paul Ryan: We'll Defund Planned Parenthood In Our Obamacare Repeal Bill, Too

WASHINGTON ― With so much attention on GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare this month, there’s a detail to their plan that may slip under the radar: Their bill will strip all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, too.<p>“Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill,” House Speaker …

The alarming response to Russian meddling in American democracy

WHY is it unsettling to see Republicans and Democrats squabbling, afresh, about Russian meddling in last month’s presidential election? After all, …

New York Times