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Is social media bad for you? The evidence and the unknowns

What the science suggests so far about the impact of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on your mental well-being.<p>Three billion people, around 40% of the world’s population, use online social media – and we’re spending an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and …

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26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence.

The universe, man… THE UNIVERSE. <br>By: Dave Stopera <br>Via: buzzfeed.com<p>1. This is the Earth! This is where you live.<p>NASA Goddard Space Flight Center …

Universe

Montgomery Co. teen's death pushes alarm button about synthetic drugs

When 16-year-old Grant Hobson left his family's Lake Conroe home to spend the night with a friend in The Woodlands earlier this month, nothing …

The Artist Behind The 'Sexist' Newsweek Cover Speaks: 'I Wanted to Depict the Harassment That Women Suffer'

On Friday I interviewed Edel Rodriguez, the artist behind the Newsweek cover that has people tweeting in shock and exclaiming their outrage on the nation's morning shows. As the cofounder of PowerToFly, the first platform that places women in tech positions they can do in offices or from home, I'm …

The Fatalist

The Vault, 6:40 p.m. Past the hive of offices, the team facilities, the glass walls of the courtside club; through the din, through the doors, …

The history of measles: A scourge for centuries

Measles has been a scourge for centuries, afflicting millions of people. It has been blamed, in part, for decimating native populations of the Americas as Europeans explored the New World. In modern times, before a vaccine was developed, nearly every American contracted the virus, with its telltale …

The World in 2030

Bill Gates predicts we’ll end polio and cut child mortality in half. We asked 15 of the smartest people we know for their most out-there predictions.<p>You don’t generally think of Bill and Melinda Gates as pundits. But with their foundation pouring billions of dollars into global development, in …

The 24 Rules for Looking (and Feeling) Better in 2015: Exercise & Workout

Style<p>Meet Dr. Dustin Cohen: the Yeezy-wearing dentist who designs #influencer-grade smiles.<p>By Alexandra Pechman2 days agoView More<p>GQ Style<p>All the …

Fitness

The Secret World of Male Geishas

The original Japanese geishas were male, and today their influence is apparent in the burgeoning popularity of male ‘hosts’ in bars and clubs. Just …

How extreme fear shapes the mind

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

Not All Kids Are Equal: Central American Kids Get Court Dates, Mexicans Get the Boot

When I meet Kevin* inside a Tijuana shelter, he stares straight into my eyes and asks me an urgent question. <i>Can you pass me over there?</i><p>He’s slender, …

Freedom for a man sent to prison 13 years late

A man can do a lot of things in 13 years.<p>Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was able to open several construction businesses, start a family, coach his son's football team and volunteer at his church.<p>What he wasn't doing most of that time was serving jail time.<p>Convicted of taking part in a robbery at a …

Believing In God Associated With Better Psychiatric Treatment Outcomes: Study

Believing in God could lead to better outcomes after psychiatric treatment, a small new study suggests.<p>The research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, shows that people who believe in a higher power are more likely to fare better after being treated for a psychiatric disorder.<p>"Given …

More Treatment, Less War: The White House Drug Policy Reform

Many people who want substance abuse treatment can't get it. The White House wants to fix this. Can they do it, and will it help?<p>On Wednesday, April 24, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its 2013 National Drug Control Strategy. They say their position has …

Taking Stock Of The Northern Plains Oil Boom

Beginning next week, NPR News will be taking an in-depth look at the unprecedented oil drilling boom happening on the Northern Plains, where the state of North Dakota has fast become one of the nation's most productive drilling regions. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with NPR reporter Kirk Siegler, back …

Japan's clubbing crackdown: don't stop the dance

Before Kevin Bacon was walking around in annoying adverts talking about himself and the 4G network, he was in a film called Footloose. It focuses on …

Insects May Be The Taste Of The Next Generation, Report Says

A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says insects offer a huge potential for improving the world's food security. Peter Menzel, co-author of <i>Man Eating Bugs</i>, describes some insect-based cuisine and the western aversion to creepy-crawly snacks.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, HOST:<p>What's on …

In a first, black voter turnout rate passes whites

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home.<p>Had …

Ziptask Launches Its End-To-End Outsourcing Platform For Small- To Medium-Sized Enterprises

There’s a space in between something like a TaskRabbit and a full-featured consulting firm with physical offices and in-person assets, and that’s where current TechStars class member Ziptask hopes to operate with its new outsourcing platform. It’s a little like an oDesk or a Freelancer.com, but …

What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>There’s a reason why games and organized crime have often gone hand in hand. The thrill of the win, of achieving – …

PODCAST: The apple falls from the tree, Germany agrees

April 18, 2013 | 9:39 AM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/04/18/economy/mid-day-update/podcast-apple-falls-tree-germany-agrees/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

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Bill to overhaul high school requirements clears hurdle

Texas high school students are a step closer to needing to take fewer standardized tests to graduate.<p>After hours of testimony from parents, educators …

SREC Member: "I got into politics to put Christian conservatives into office."

by<p>Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm CST<p>When emails first appeared calling for dumping current Speaker Joe Straus in favor of “Christian conservative” …

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Texas Sodomy Law Repeal Bill Passes 5-0 Out of Senate Committee

<b>0</b> Flares Filament.io <b>0</b> Flares ×<p>SB 538, a bill to repeal Texas's <i>unconstitutional</i> “homosexual conduct” aka sodomy law passed out of the Senate Criminal …

Obama, Bloomberg Rip Senate For Failing To Expand Background Checks For Guns

<i>Mayor Michael Bloomberg (file / credit: Edward Reed / Mayor's Office)</i><p><b>NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)</b> — Senate Republicans, backed by some Democrats, blocked …