Autumn Halvorson

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The Republican tax bill, explained with a bowl of cartoon cereal

Republicans are using vague words to sell their tax bill. This cartoon explains what it really does.<p>Ever since Republicans gained power of both Congress and the White House last year, they have been talking about doing something called “tax reform.” And last week, they released a bill that tries to …

Income Inequality

This fungus has over 23,000 sexes and no qualms about it

Sex is extra strange if you're a shroom.<p>Fungi don’t abide by gender constructs. They live uninhibited (albeit unconscious) lives, mating freely with almost any other member of their species. In short, they’re wonderful.<p>One particularly promiscuous mushroom, known scientifically as <i>Schizophyllum</i> …

Biology

'We’re As Hidden As Our Clitorises': How Nancy Friday Liberated Women's Sexuality

I was at a sleepover and up past midnight, itself a transgression, when my friend ― a whole year older than me and thus infinitely wiser ― pulled a book off the highest shelf: <i>My Secret Garden: Women’s Sexual Fantasies</i> <i></i>by Nancy Friday.<p>She flipped to her favorite passage and read aloud in a manic …

Books

Sexually active students must be reported to law enforcement or state officials, Ore. school district says

Teachers and staff in the Salem-Keizer school district — which includes more than 40,000 students — were recently told that if they learn or merely suspect a student is sexually active, they must report it to law enforcement or state officials.<p>According to Oregon law, anyone under 18 years old …

Education

A Yale psychologist's simple thought experiment temporarily turned conservatives into liberals

Social scientists have long known how to turn liberals into conservatives in the lab — all they have to do is scare them.<p>"Research has shown that you can make liberals more conservative by threatening them and making them somewhat afraid," Yale psychology professor John Bargh writes in his new …

Psychology

CNN’s new ‘This is an apple’ ad targets Trump

“This is an apple. Some people might try and tell you that it’s a banana.”<p>CNN is fighting back against President Donald Trump’s “fake news” tweets.<p>In an ad released today, CNN rebuts charges by Trump and his supporters that CNN and other mainstream outlets make up news stories. The ad is simple and …

Donald Trump

The Worst Tweeter In Politics Isn’t Trump

Three things can happen to a tweet once you send it into the world: It can get retweeted, it can get liked, and it can get replied to. Any of these …

Social Media

I went undercover at a boot camp for young conservatives — here’s what I learned

The Leadership Institute teaches young people how to mobilize for conservative candidates<p>“I’m up at three in the morning, sweating, because the Fed isn’t destroyed yet,” proclaims Ivy El Zaatari, a wise-cracking young conservative standing before the classroom in a bright red dress. Outside, the …

Ronald Reagan

The Mummy Demastered takes the word ‘Metroidvania’ one step further

This summer’s Universal Monsters reboot yields a low-key sci-fi game steeped in gothic horror<p>The word “Metroidvania” came into being to describe, very specifically, a subset of games in Konami’s <i>Castlevania</i> series that adopted a nonlinear, exploratory format reminiscent of Nintendo’s <i>Super Metroid</i>. …

How many more warrior women are missing from the history books?

The recent discovery of female bones in a Viking warrior grave is yet another indication that we’ve only scratched the surface of female history<p>Warrior women have fascinated us for millennia. In ancient Greece, Amazons were the second most popular characters to feature in vase paintings. Only the …

Ancient History

Who Are The Juggalos And Why Are They Marching In Washington, D.C.?

This weekend is expected to be a busy one for protesting in the nation's capital, with the Mother of All Rallies, a pro-Trump group that says it wants to preserve American culture; the March to Protect American Democracy, a group that wants the Trump administration to "defend our democracy from …

Rights & Freedoms

Scientists say DNA tests show Viking warrior was female

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say DNA tests on a skeleton found in a lavish Viking warrior's grave in Sweden show the remains are those of a woman in her 30s.<p>While bone experts had long suspected the remains belong to a woman, the idea had previously been dismissed despite other accounts supporting the …

Archaeology

Is rape culture real? Yes, when an Irish shock jock can say this

Victim-blaming will continue to be the norm in male-dominated cultures like that in which George Hook works – until women’s voices are heard<p>Rape culture is a notoriously divisive concept. What does it mean, after all, to say that we live in a culture pervaded by rape? The suggestion can seem …

Feminism

This is what it's really like to be sectioned

It can be lifesaving but many people are left traumatised by the experience<p>Mental health is on the agenda more than ever before. While there's still …

Mental Health

Call to Action: Department of Education May Eliminate Critical ADHD Guidelines

<i>September 12, 2017</i><p>The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) may soon eliminate a critical resource that works to secure and standardize the rights of …

Education

Workers at One of America's Most Sensitive Nuclear Facilities Are on Strike

The security staff say their replacement workers aren't adequate for the job.<p>The Savannah River Site, in South Carolina, is home to the radioactive fuel that powers hydrogen bombs. It's one of the most important nuclear facilities in the United States, and right now the workers who keep it safe are …

South Carolina

To fight deadly hepatitis outbreak, San Diego begins power-washing streets with bleach

San Diego has started sanitizing its streets and sidewalks to try to combat a hepatitis A outbreak spreading among the city’s homeless population.<p>Amid an outbreak across several cities in San Diego County that county health officials say has led to 16 deaths and nearly 300 hospitalizations, workers …

Environmental Health

China's ban on gas-powered cars could cripple the oil market

If China, the world's largest new vehicle market with sales of 28.03 million units last year, were to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles in the market, the impact on petroleum would be huge.<p>But how pervasive is the fossil-fuel ban in global markets key to new vehicle sales and petroleum …

Fossil Fuels

These Adults Have ADHD But Were Misdiagnosed For Decades

BuzzFeed News spoke to adults who learned that they have ADHD after being misdiagnosed for years with conditions including borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder, with life-changing results.<p>A noisy pub is not the ideal place to try out a new medication. But the first time Sonja (who …

Mental Health
U.S. Department of Justice

Pet Dog Was High On Cocaine When It Fatally Attacked BBC Documentary-Maker

The Staffordshire bull terrier which attacked a BBC documentary-maker, inflicting injuries that eventually killed him in March 2017, was high on …

Trump promised to hire the best people. He keeps hiring the worst. Nasa is next

Trump’s Nasa nominee Jim Bridenstine is a climate denier who wants to end the agency’s climate research<p>According to 2016 election exit polls, only 38% of voters considered Donald Trump qualified to be president. 17% of those who thought him unqualified voted for Trump anyway, perhaps because he …

Climate Change
Hung Up

Why do people self-harm? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Self-harm among teenagers is reaching epidemic levels in the UK. Almost every report shows that it is on the rise. However, it is not just teenage girls or …

Mental Health

Want to save the bees? Here's what you should know.

Plus some bee-utiful photography.<p>Most bees are solitary. This may come as a surprise, especially if your bee knowledge comes from reading about colony collapse disorder and that one time you saw <i>The Bee Movie</i> once on a plane. To most people, bees are fat, buzzing, social insects that live in hives …

Shockingly lifelike dinosaur fossil makes public debut

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was 18 feet long and built like a tank. Now its mummified remains have emerged from an oil sands mine in Canada.<p>No, it's not the plotline of a summer blockbuster. It's science: breathtaking, take-you-back-in-time science.<p>Meet nodosaur, the crown jewel of a newly opened dinosaur exhibit …

Dinosaurs

People Share The One Thing They Wish Others Knew About Their Disability Or Illness

'Just because you can’t see it, or because I’m fine sometimes, doesn’t mean it isn’t real.'<p>People living with disabilities or illnesses have shared …

Mental Health

We Need to Talk. Our Society Has an Issue With Anxiety and Mental Health.

A Heavy Mind<p>Having your heart race as you watch a horror movie is a totally normal physiological response. So is having trouble sleeping the night …

Mental Health

Truths Of Being A Parent With Generalized Anxiety Disorder

My wife, Mel, and I were married about three months the first time she suggested that we have a child. It was early 2005. We were living in Provo, …

Parenting

Scientists have discovered a worm that eats plastic bags and leaves behind antifreeze

The wax worm, a caterpillar typically used for fishing bait and known for damaging beehives by eating their wax comb, has now been observed munching on a different material: plastic bags.<p>Scientist Federica Bertocchini of the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain first …

Pollution