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Harvard scientists think they've pinpointed the physical source of consciousness

Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness — the awareness of one's existence. Despite advances in neuroscience, we still don't really know where it comes from, and how it arises.<p>But researchers think they might have finally figured out its physical origins, after …

Everything I Learned Researching the Female Orgasm

There's long been a societal (and scientific) bias against female sexuality. Fortunately, that is slowly changing with more women taking their pleasure into their own hands.<p>A few years ago, I became so intrigued by female sexuality that I decided to write a book about it. Everywhere it was …

Armed and dangerous

EARLY one morning a team of heavily armed police officers burst into the home of Eugene Mallory, an 80-year-old retired engineer in Los Angeles …

Why America's Police Are Becoming So Militarized

In fact they were looking for $1,000-worth of clothes and electronics allegedly bought with a stolen credit card. They found none of these things, but arrested two people in the house on unrelated charges.<p>They narrowly avoided tragedy. On hearing intruders break in, the homeowner's son, a disabled …

Sheriff ran air surveillance over Compton without telling residents

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department acknowledged this week that Compton residents were not notified of an airborne video-surveillance program that was tested in 2012.<p>"No notification to the residents was made because this system was being tested in a city where cameras were already deployed …

Federal court rules that stiff driving posture is suspicious behavior

NEW MEXICO — A federal appeals court has ruled that driving with one’s hands at the “ten-and-two position” is reason enough to pull someone over for …

A Guide To The Many Conspiracy Theories Donald Trump Has Embraced

This election year may well go down as the conspiracy-theory election, thanks to Donald Trump's ceaseless efforts to inject unsubstantiated plots into the American political debate.<p>In an interview with the Washington Post Monday, Trump alleged, without evidence, that Hillary Clinton was involved in …

Government

‘That’s a sad reality of American society,’ Sanders tells NBC News on Sunday after losing to Hillary Clinton in 16 states with high income inequality<p>Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders reframed his role in the race on Sunday and explained that he has lost primaries in 16 states with high …

Middle-class

(Sex) lives of girls and women: How social media affects the way we think about sexuality

For her new book, <i>Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape</i>, Peggy Orenstein spoke to girls of all races, religions and backgrounds. Across the board, she found that girls today think differently than previous generations when it comes to ideas about self, consent and the concept of …

All the women who have run for US president—starting before they could even vote

Hillary Clinton could become the first female president in US history. But she won’t be the first woman to have tried.<p>Several women have run for the top job in American politics, beginning long before they were even allowed to vote. (Women got the right to vote in 1920.)<p>Still, there remains a …

How The Language You Speak Changes Your View Of The World

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

Language

High-potency pot smokers show brain-fiber damage

People who use especially potent pot show signs of damage in a key part of their brain. The results, reported online November 27 in <i>Psychological</i> …

The dark prisoners: Inside the CIA's torture programme

<i>"There is a proverb that a human being is stronger than a stone and more tender than a flower."</i> <i>- Habib Rahman, brother of Gul Rahman (Prisoner #24) who died in CIA custody</i><p>Just days after the 9/11 attacks, US President George W Bush authorised the CIA to begin covertly detaining people it suspected …

My crude attempt to visualize the ENTIRE current U.S. healthcare coverage situation

NOTE: I’m very much aware that this is likely to turn into another Bernie/Hillary slugfest, and this time I’m gonna embrace that (though I can’t …

Health Care

As Donald Trump targets women, Republicans say he could cost the party everything

Christine Matthews, a longtime Republican strategist whose work focuses on convincing other women to vote Republican, felt good about her party's …

Republicans

Psychologists know that die-hard supporters of an idea aren’t usually swayed by the facts. That’s why prevention is better than cure<p>A potential Donald Trump presidency terrifies people worldwide. His racism, bullying, and enthusiasm for violence are a great concern for onlookers.<p>But we see a …

Critical Thinking

The Economist Who Brought You Thomas Piketty Sees ‘Perfect Storm’ of Inequality Ahead

Branko Milanovic has spent decades studying income inequality. During most of his 20 years as a lead economist at the World Bank, he says, “even the …

Cruz: 'Empower Law Enforcement To Patrol And Secure Muslim Neighborhoods'

After terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning that killed more than 30 people and wounded more than 200, American politicians took to social media and TV news programs to respond to the violence.<p>Several pointed to the attacks as a reason to focus America's fight against Islamic …

Ted Cruz

This Temporary Tattoo Can Monitor Diabetics' Glucose Levels as Accurately as a Finger Prick

A flexible and easy-to-wear temporary tattoo could help diabetics manage their condition without daily finger pricks.<p>Engineers from the University of …

'Living in hell': 18,800 Indonesians shackled for mental health conditions

Despite 1977 ban on shackling thousands of Indonesians with perceived psychosocial disabilities are tied down by chains and lack access to mental health care<p>In a small faith healing centre in rural Indonesia, Sulaiman chanted in a confused fashion, tugged at a chain attached to his ankle, and …

Mental Health

Why is travelling alone still considered a risky, frivolous pursuit for women?

Women around the world have spoken out about their experiences of travelling after two young Argentinian women, María Coni and Marina Menegazzo, were killed while backpacking in Ecuador. In the wake of their deaths, online commenters seemed to blame the women for what had happened, asking why they …

Feminism

'I Felt So Trapped': In Indie Music, Sexual Harassment Is an Accepted Nightmare

From predatory industry executives, to sexist and demeaning press coverage of female musicians, to sexually aggressive fans, the indie music scene has a huge sexual harassment problem.<p>We've been sitting at a table in the Red Lion Tavern for only a few minutes when I feel the hand on my upper thigh. …

The Ontario Government Is Investigating Giving Everyone Free Money

Basic income is as Canadian as maple syrup.<p>The idea of a basic income for everyone, provided by the government regardless of employment status, is coming back to Canada for the first time since Pierre Elliott Trudeau was in power.<p>The notion of a basic income for all citizens has circled the fringes …

What Not Sleeping For A Week Does To Your Brain And Body

Sleep deprivation can be torture -- and that's why it's been used as an interrogation technique.<p>We know that sleep deprivation isn't good for our health. But taken to the extreme, sleep deprivation completely erodes the mind and body, and could eventually lead to death. For this reason, it's been …

What Are Gravitational Waves, and Why Should You Care?

<b>The short answer:</b><p>Gravitational waves are an important prediction of Einstein's general theory of relativity, published a century ago. Because this theory changed the way we understand the nature of space, time, and gravity, it also fundamentally changed our perception of how we fit into the …

Donald Trump's Lizard Brain

On “Morning Joe” Thursday, I got into a bit of a kerfuffle with the host when I said that Donald Trump was operating out of his lizard brain. Joe …

'Every Part of Me Changed in Their Hands': A Former ISIS Sex Slave Speaks Out

When ISIS forces swept into Nadia Murad's village in Sinjar, it marked the beginning of several torturous months of rape, abuse, and captivity. Now the freed Yazidi campaigner is furiously lobbying for the survival of her people.<p>Nadia Murad was only 19 when her village in Sinjar, northern Iraq was …

Why Bernie Sanders only talks about racism as a billionaire conspiracy

On the debate stage in Wisconsin last night, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was betrayed by an old friend: Karl Marx.<p>No, it wasn’t due to fear-mongering about socialism—Democrats have heard president Barack Obama called a socialist often enough that it doesn’t appear to bother them much …

Why are men less happy than women?

Last week was not a good one for British men.<p>Two major papers released by the ONS drew dark clouds over our heads. First came the annual suicide statistics, which revealed that men are still more than three times as likely as women to take their own lives.<p>And then there was the so-called 'happiness …