Elizabeth

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New Texas abortion bill expected to have outsized impact on Latinos

Texas Republicans made a splash last month by passing House Bill 2, a measure considered to impose some of the toughest restrictions on abortion rights in the country.<p>The bill is likely to please the party's conservative, anti-abortion base, a group who's religious values often influence their …

Summer run of Hollywood blockbuster bumbles raises questions of movie model

It’s been a typically explosive summer at the movies, in that there has been a big-budget, effects-laden release nearly every weekend since May.<p>But playing it safe with franchise fare seems to have backfired for The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D., White House Down, Smurfs 2, and several others. In the past …

Climate change denial organizations funded in secret by wealthy conservatives

The 2012 U.S. presidential election was the most expensive race in history, and much of the six billion dollars spent came from undisclosed donors. There's no question that secret money is powerful and influential in American public life -- and not just on electoral races.<p>A recent investigation by …

Black hole paradox remains unexplained

For physicists, black holes are more than just the stuff of sci-fi adventures, they're proof that Einstein's theory of gravity is real.<p>At least until recently.<p>Scientists have long debated Einstein's Theory of Relativity, which helps explain gravity, against the principles of quantum mechanics …

Black Holes

Eric Holder’s legacy still up for debate

Eric Holder has spent more than three decades working for the Department of Justice (DOJ). He was the first African American US Attorney General. In 2013. he led substantial changes in the prosecution of low-level drug offenders. The move is expected to ease the financial and societal burden of …

The rise of the collaborative consumption economy

Welcome to what's called "collaborative consumption," a phenomenon forged by Internet companies like Airbnb, RelayRides, Liquid Space and TaskRabbit.<p>They're providing access to things you want without the burden of ownership — cars, houses, tools, garage space — even leftover food.<p>They're building …

Pennsylvania farmers disappointed with fracking returns

The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for natural gas has generated an energy bonanza for the United States, and for some landowners it has also generated a lot of cash in the form of royalties.<p>But fracking has also caused a lot of controversy and now the investigative reporting …

Bike sharing programs transform transportation in cities

In August of 2008, Washington, D.C., created the nation’s first bike sharing system.<p>While ambitious in its cultural and social leap, it was modest in scale, featuring just 120 bicycles docked in 10 automated rental locations.<p>But people liked it.<p>By 2010, the program was replaced by something much …

Smart Cities

Ginsburg draws connection between immigration reform, fair pay for women

As the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg often fields questions about gender and justice.<p>She's been a crucial vote in challenges to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion in the United States and recognized a right to privacy in the Constitution. …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

Rising Datsun: The American history of a Japanese brand

Datsun: not just the 510 and Z.<p>When rumors of a resurrected Datsun badge first oozed out onto the Internet, enthusiasts were thrilled. Would parent-company Nissan bring back performance icons like the 510 and the 250Z? They would not.<p>Instead, the world—and not the U.S.—would see the introduction of …

Nissan

Worried about the Mass Surveillance? How to Practice Safer Communication — ProPublica

<b>Update:</b> A warning: Since this article was posted, we reported on the NSA's abilities to break encryption, as well as their secret efforts to weaken …

The Expendables

<i>Updated July 1 with new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.</i><p>It’s 4:18 a.m. and the strip mall is deserted. But tucked in back, next to a …

Income Inequality

Transcript

Last week, in collaboration with Time magazine, we published an in-depth investigation into the booming temp industry, as it replaces a growing …

EPA’s Abandoned Wyoming Fracking Study One Retreat of Many — ProPublica

When the Environmental Protection Agency abruptly retreated on its multimillion-dollar investigation into water contamination in a central Wyoming …

Why You Should Care About the Drugs Your Doctor Prescribes — ProPublica

<i>This article was co-published in the Op-Ed pages of the Los Angeles Times.</i><p>Your doctor hands you a prescription for a blood pressure drug. But is it …

Discussion

Public universities have a vital public mission — backed by decades of public investment — to provide access to an affordable education for students. …

College & University

How Chris McCandless Died

Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers, dog mushers, and other …

Peach, Blueberry + Basil Crisp

Fresh Peach, Blueberry + Basil Crisp.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> June 21, 2013 75<p>This is how I know it’s officially summer.<p>Warm fruit<p>with a crispy topping<p>and melty …

5 Ways Spirituality Can Dramatically Improve Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

If you grew up in a zealously religious home practicing a strict faith, you might run from religion like your hair is on fire.<p>You may also run away …

Different Types of Yoga: Do You Know Your Ashtanga from Your Vinyasa?

Downward-Facing Dog<p>Yoga is a fantastic form of exercise for strengthening the whole body, improving flexibility, and freeing the mind from …

10 Unexpected Ways to Meditate Every Day

Ready to get Zen? Meditation can do way more than people think—and it's not just for hippies. Practicing meditation regularly has legitimate health …

Can't Keep up? 15 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

It can become pretty stressful, right?<p>Every morning we have to struggle to get ourselves ready, get everything done and be out the door on time. And …