Aaron Van Pelt

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Growing Up Poor Changes Children’s Brains And May Even Shorten Their Lives

Growing up in poverty changes a person’s brain in long-lasting ways that harm emotional processing and increase a child’s odds of mental health …

#StopWatchingUs rally against mass surveillance: Live Updates

Thousands have marched on the National Mall in Washington, DC to protest covert NSA surveillance operations on the anniversary of the Patriot Act. …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

In U.S., Perceived Need for Third Party Reaches New High

Twenty-six percent believe Democratic and Republican parties do adequate job<p><i>This article is part of an</i> <i>ongoing series</i> <i>analyzing how the government</i> …

A Crazy Size Comparison Of Sci-Fi's Greatest Ships [Infographic]

The _Star Wars _vessels are puny compared to the ship from _Independence Day. _<p>Being a small child, I often think to myself: <i>What if the _Star Wars _spaceships got into a fight with the ships from _Star Troopers</i>? _Thanks to this infographic from DeviantART user Dirk Loechel, I finally have an …

Nez Perce tribe activists block Idaho highway over tar sands 'megaload'

By Laura Zuckerman<p>SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Police arrested 19 members of the Nez Perce Tribe on Tuesday on suspicion of disorderly conduct for …

Fukushima plant operator cannot confirm volume of contaminated water leaking into ocean

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said on Wednesday that it cannot confirm the exact …

Sleep deprivation linked to junk food cravings

A sleepless night makes us more likely to reach for doughnuts or pizza than for whole grains and leafy green vegetables, suggests a new study from UC …

Letters: US should leave Edward Snowden alone

More than 150 civil society organisations from around the globe are asking President Barack Obama to end the prosecution of Edward Snowden (Activists stage second national day of protest against NSA's domestic spying, 4 August).<p>Human rights, digital rights and media freedom campaigners from the UK …

Majority of Americans Support Limiting Congressional Campaign Finances

Bonus: Solar panels help keep buildings cool, reducing A/C needs

Cooling effect equivalent to 5% discount on solar panel price<p>A great thing to do to improve the energy-efficiency and comfort of a building is to …

How-To: DIY Metallic Faceted Wood Doorknob

Meg Kemner over at Design Milk put together a nifty tutorial for making your own Metallic Faceted Wood Doorknob with minimal woodworking experience required.

"Animus Vox" by The Glitch Mob on Musical Tesla Coil with faraday cage

Wearing Super-Cold Hat During Chemo May Prevent Hair Loss

A team of U.S. researchers are investigating the possibilities.<p>What's the first thing you'd want to know if you learned you had to undergo chemotherapy? Oncologist Susan Melin of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina told the Associated Press that often, her patients ask first …

Will Republicans Lose Primaries Over Immigration Reform?

GOP lawmakers fear a revolt on the issue from their conservative base. But polling and history suggest it's unlikely to materialize.<p>Republican congressmen fear for their political lives. That's the explanation you most often hear for the GOP's reluctance to approve a comprehensive immigration bill: …

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Most in U.S. Still Proud to Be an American

But 71% say the signers of the declaration would be disappointed<p>PRINCETON, NJ -- As the United States celebrates Independence Day, most of its adult …

In U.S., Bush Still Bears Brunt of Blame for Economic Woes

While half say Obama at least moderately to blame, two-thirds say Bush is<p>PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are still more likely to blame former President …

Americans in Favor of National Referenda on Key Issues

Majority also backs shorter presidential campaigns and national primary<p>PRINCETON, NJ -- A majority of Americans back three political reform ideas, …

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Fewer Jordanians Than Ever Are "Thriving"

Many remain dissatisfied with job prospects<p>WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Jordanians are expressing increasing pessimism. The percentage rating their lives …

Americans Praise Gov't Work on Natural Disasters, Parks

Least satisfied with handling of nation's finances, poverty<p>PRINCETON, NJ -- Three-quarters of Americans are satisfied with the work the federal …

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Texas Cop Who Assaulted and Arrested Innocent Woman Has Been Charged With Assault and Arrested

Just when you think the law enforcement industry has few-to-no internal checks and/or balances, a department up and surprises you by arresting one of …