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Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

‘The most viscerally hated group on earth’: Documentary explores how intervention can stop pedophiles

An unsettling new documentary that features pedophiles advocating for themselves on camera argues that unless we provide these men with preventive therapy and mental-health support, we are failing their victims.<p>Spotlighting "the most viscerally hated group on earth," <i>I, Pedophile</i> stresses a crucial …

Restaurant dress codes: Sexy outfits for female staff may be discriminatory

Should you have to dress sexy to keep your job? Many women working at some of Canada's popular restaurant chains say they do.<p>But dress codes for …

Human Rights

Inside the deadly school shooting that shattered La Loche

As gun blasts thundered through the halls of the La Loche Community School last Friday, students and staff dove for cover — in classrooms, washrooms, …

Rap's crossroads: Why big-name rappers are daring to be religious

From Kendrick Lamar to formerly young Jeezy, more and more big-name rappers are willing to explicitly discuss their faith on the record<p>He was seen as …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Please, spare a moment in your busy, busy day to read this

<i>This column is part of Globe Careers' Leadership Lab series, where executives and experts share their views and advice about leadership and management. Follow us at</i> @Globe_Careers<i>. Find all Leadership Lab stories at</i> tgam.ca/leadershiplab<p>I am busy.<p>So busy I barely have time to tell you how busy I …

This Common Food Additive Can Kill Cancer and Superbugs

Our dear friend Science has recently discovered that a common food preservative—a naturally occurring one, at that!—can kill cancer cells and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.<p>Guess what, all-natural foodniks? Your dogged determination to avoid any and all comestibles containing preservatives and …

Junk food is tricking your brain: The depressing science behind your binging

<b>(AP)</b><p>Research reveals fats and sweets alter the brain’s satiety-control mechanism, sending our appetites into hyperdrive<p>Ferris Jabr<p>December 27, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Matthew Brien has struggled with overeating for the past 20 years. At age 24, …

Neuroscience

Landmark Study Identifies Key Brain Difference In Autism

Scientists linked differences in neurotransmitter activity to hypersensitivity in individuals with autism.<p>Neuroscientists at Harvard and MIT have identified, for the first time, a link between the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA and symptoms of autism -- a finding that may pave the way for …

Addressing Congress, pope urges U.S. to end hostility toward immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pope Francis beseeched Americans to end hostility toward immigrants in a historic speech before the U.S. Congress on Thursday, weighing in forcefully on a divisive issue that is stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign.<p>Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the …

Russian lawmaker who stood up to Kremlin is stripped of his post

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian provincial lawmaker who, in a rare show of defiance, accused the Kremlin of lying about whether it sent its forces to fight in Ukraine was stripped of his seat in the local parliament on Thursday.<p>Lev Shlosberg was beaten up last year by unknown assailants days after he …

Oklahoma's Execution of Richard Glossip Called Off for Two Weeks

U.S. news<p>An Oklahoma death-row inmate whose supporters include actress Susan Sarandon and football coach Barry Switzer won a two-week reprieve just hours before his scheduled execution on Wednesday.<p>Richard Glossip had filed a last-minute appeal arguing new evidence pointed to his innocence in the …

Nearly half of Canadians forced to retire earlier than planned, poll shows

Nearly half of Canadian retirees were forced into retirement earlier than they had planned and more than one quarter of those people are now struggling to make ends meet, a new poll has found.<p>The results are key findings in a new report conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, which examined the …

You Really Don’t Need To Work So Much

Recently, the New York <i>Times</i> ran a front-page story about the conditions for white-collar workers at Amazon. It revealed a workplace where abrupt firings are common, grown men and women cry at their desks, and people are scolded for not responding to e-mails after midnight. The story made clear how …

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode.<p>Although the language of thinking is deliberate—<i>let me think, I have to do some thinking</i>—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; …

Neuroscience

Mohamed Fahmy sentenced to 3 years in prison in Egypt

Fahmy, sentenced alongside two other Al-Jazeera English journalists, had faced widely denounced terror charges<p>CAIRO – An Egyptian court has sentenced …

Playing, with fire: How much risk should we expose our kids to?

Injury-prevention expert Mariana Brussoni on anxiety-based caregiving, risk-taking, and why unsupervised play teaches social skills<p>Letting children …

Ontario jails accused of flouting new solitary confinement rules | The Star

The ministry has faced growing criticism over solitary confinement in Ontario jails, which comes amid mounting national and global concern about the …

Human Rights

Menstruation Can Become Humiliation in Prisons

If you think getting your period is a pain, imagine getting it in prison. “The lack of sanitary supplies is so bad in women’s prisons that I have …

Longer waits for parole disadvantage aboriginal offenders: report

The vast majority of aboriginal offenders in federal prison are held long past the date they become eligible for parole, giving them less time under supervised release and – by the government's own calculations – shrinking their chances of success at living a free life again.<p>Almost 85 per cent of …

Paraguay: We're protecting life of pregnant 10-year-old, fetus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Paraguay's foreign ministry says it doesn't need to follow steps recommended by an international human rights committee that weighed in recently on how the country is handling the case of a 10-year-old pregnant girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather.<p>In a statement released Sunday, …

Human Rights

Solitary Confinement and the Teenage Brain

Kalief Browder began his three-year stay in New York's Rikers Island as a 16-year-old—which included nearly two years in solitary confinement—after …

United Nations

Gun killings fell by 40 percent after Connecticut passed this law

By Jeff Guo<p>Jeff Guo<p>Bio<p>In the early ’90s, gang shootings gripped Connecticut. Bystanders, including a 7-year-old girl, were getting gunned down in drive-bys. “The state is becoming a shooting gallery, and the public wants action,” an editorial in the Hartford Courant said at the time.<p>So in the …

Juvenile Justice and the War on Teens

"Fundamental to this process is the idea of 'collective responsibility'..."<p>The study, released earlier this year, is called: "What Can the Cook County Juvenile Court Do to Improve Its Ability to Help Our Youth? A Juvenile Justice Needs Assessment."<p>Compiled by two Chicago institutions, the Mansfield …

A New Kind Of Treatment May Change How We Think About Depression

The World Health Organization recently predicted that depression will become the second leading cause of disability worldwide in just five years. The …

Stories From Lives Affected by HIV

VICE presents five stories about HIV today, inspired by our documentary, 'Stopping HIV? The Truvada Revolution.'<p>In celebration of our new documentary, <i>Stopping HIV? The Truvada Revolution</i><i>,</i> we've published a series of stories from lives affected by the HIV virus. Each story challenges old notions of …

Rejecting the dress code was my Vietnam. Then I grew up

In the midst of the annual battle of the dress codes — a relatively new springtime struggle that sees high school students retaliate against their …

Rachel Notley’s victory shows the system does work

Back in 1990, in a fit of pique, I cast my vote in Ontario for Bob Rae and the NDP. I never expected him to win. I was just mad at the other guys. Imagine my surprise when I woke up the next morning and discovered he was premier. The entire province was aghast. I thought it would be a train wreck, …

Parents of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes keep a lonely vigil

He called his mother "Goober" and his father "Bobbo," affectionate names from a different life.<p>They sit behind him every day, not more than 20 feet from his silent form swiveling quietly at the defense table. He does not turn around.<p>James E. Holmes, 27, is on trial for his life. Every day, Arlene …