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> …

Molecular Biology

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

At 84 years old, the late "My Secret Garden" author was a feminist erotic pioneer.<p>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> …

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

By Travis M. Andrews<p>Travis M. Andrews<p>Pop culture reporter covering music, movies, TV, comedy and celebrity culture<p>Email Bio Follow<p>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 …

High School

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

• <b>Social scientists say conservative political views can be fueled by fear.</b>• <b><br>A new study suggests that making people feel safe from harm can change their stance on hot-button social issues.</b>• <b><br>The new research gives insight into the role of the unconscious mind in the voting booth.</b><p>Social scientists have …

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 …

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 …

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

<b>(Reuters/Joshua Roberts)</b><p>The Leadership Institute teaches young people how to mobilize for conservative candidates<p>Ivy Olesen<p>October 17, 2017 8:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>“I’m up at three in the morning, sweating, because the Fed isn’t destroyed yet,” proclaims Ivy El …

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? | Natalie Haynes

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 …

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 …

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 …

Is rape culture real? Yes, when an Irish shock jock can say this | Emer O’Toole

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

By Lindsey Bever<p>Lindsey Bever<p>General assignment reporter covering national and breaking news<p>Email Bio Follow<p>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 …

San Diego

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 …

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

More than 2,000 untested rape kits in Wisconsin involve possible child victims

MADISON, Wis. — Thousands of children provided evidence of possible sexual assaults to Wisconsin police agencies and hospitals that was never sent to state crime labs for testing, according to newly released records.<p>State Department of Justice officials, who have been researching untested rape kits …

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 | Dana Nuccitelli

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 …

Medieval

The mystery of the tiger roaming in metro Atlanta has been solved

<b>(CNN) —</b> Officials now know how a Bengal tiger was found roaming around a community in metro Atlanta: It had slipped out unnoticed from its enclosure as it was being transported.<p>Alarmed residents made multiple calls to 911 on Wednesday after seeing the animal, said Capt. Joey Smith of Henry County …

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

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 …

Depression

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 …

Oil Sands

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 …

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

by Jolene Creighton and Kristin Houser May 4, 2017 Health & Medicine 21747<p>A Heavy Mind<p>Having your heart race as you watch a horror movie is a totally …

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, …

Scientists have discovered a worm that eats plastic bags and leave 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 …