Jennifer Wyckoff

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This Is Your Brain on Magic

Psychologists and neuroscientists have an unlikely ally in their quest to understand human nature: professional magicians.<p>“I’m going to flip through here and I want you to glance at a card in the middle,” Jay Olson tells his volunteer, offering the deck of cards in his hands. “Not the bottom …

25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner

Critical thinking is the engine of learning.<p>Within this complex process or so many other relevant themes that contribute to learning: creativity, …

US Army Developing Missile Defense Dashboard

WASHINGTON — In the worst nightmares of the US military's missileers, a foreign foe hits the homeland with a complex barrage of ballistic and cruise …

Texas, South Carolina consider denying pay to pro-gay judges.

Ever since the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages, red state legislators have struggled to come up with …

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Obama to Blame for Hurricanes, Disease -- and Everything Else

Rudy Giuliani is blaming President Obama for the murder of two NYPD officers. Says Rudy, "We've had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police. I don't care how you want to describe it -- that's what those protests are all about."<p>Rudy claims …

GOP Opposes Diplomatic Relations With Cuba, But Not Other Human Rights Abusers

WASHINGTON -- Republicans loudly protested President Barack Obama's historic detente with Cuba on Wednesday, arguing that diplomatic relations with a nation with a history of human rights abuses sets a bad precedent for U.S. interests around the world. But their outrage seemed limited to Cuba, and …

Bucking the trend: In South Carolina, white police on docket over killings

Bernard Bailey was climbing into the cab of his truck in front of a police station. Levar Jones was reaching for his wallet after being pulled over for not wearing a seat belt. Earnest Satterwhite Sr. had just been stopped after taking off during a DUI traffic stop. All three unarmed black men were …

5 Really Big Myths About 'Next Generation' Civil Rights and the Fight for an Open Internet

As Black communities emerge from the shadows of criminalization, hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter have jumped off the computer screen and into the street. Beyond sparking a long-awaited new civil rights movement, they are also catalyzing an amazing 21st century model for civil rights activism.<p>The …

13 Sex Things Lesbians Don't Care About

You're on your period? Same! *High fives*.<p><b>1. If you have cellulite.</b> You have it, I have it, we are both still hot.<p><b>2. If you have your period.</b> You're on your period?Fine by me. Also, I have mine too, which means our cycles synced up. Awww.<p><b>3. If you have stretch marks.</b> What?! You mean to tell me your …

New push to free Army lieutenant convicted of Afghans' murder

Supporters of a former Army lieutenant sentenced to 20 years in Leavenworth for ordering his men to shoot three civilians in Afghanistan say he should be freed based on newly surfaced evidence showing the victims likely posed a threat after all.<p>Lt. Clint Lorance, 29, was convicted of murder in the …

An 8-Point Guide to Discussions With People Who Support the CIA's Torture Program

The Senate Intelligence Committee's recent release of their report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program (aka the CIA Torture Report) has caused quite a public and political stir. And while most reasonable people would agree that torture is categorically immoral, I have been repeatedly …

10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.<p><b>GMAIL HACK #1 UNSEND</b><p>Have you ever pressed send only to regret it moments later because of a …

The Second Civil Rights Movement

This week marks the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on the public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. That single, courageous act, of course, did not happen in a vacuum. Long-simmering resentment, coupled with the presence of an active African-American community and a 26 year …

In Atlanta, Educators Stand Trial for Cheating on High-Stakes Tests

When public school employees fudge scores, kids may miss out on qualifying for services that could help them make legitimate academic gains.<p>In Atlanta this week, opening arguments are underway in a racketeering trial where prosecutors will argue that public school educators engaged in a massive …

Alaska actually wants to use the Jim Crow approach in defending its gay marriage ban

States that try to defend their bans on same-sex marriage have a couple of stock arguments that they tend to fall back on. One is that gay marriage harms traditional heterosexual marriage, an assertion that failed in California's Proposition 8 trial and elsewhere because even the defendants …

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Struggle Against LGBT Rights Shows Immorality, Just Not The Way They Think

In the struggle against LGBT rights, many have tried to make love an evil and ruthlessness a good. In the middle, between the ideologues, are a mass of people who in the last twenty years have come around to the light and realized that perhaps <i>love is just love.</i><p>Despite that, there is a much darker …

18 Things Lesbians Never Want to Hear

I’m a woman, and I’m engaged to be married to a woman. Walking down the street, people stare at us if we are holding hands. They question how we know …

13 Things Not To Say To Your Lesbian Friend

It's 2014. Nearly everyone has a token lesbian friend. Hell, some of you even have two. Here are a few tips on what not to say to those lesbian friends (friendsbians, if you will) so that they'll love you forever and stop telling you how cool you'd be "if you just weren't so straight."<p><b>1. I have</b> …

5 Things You Should Never Ask A Lesbian Mom

<b>By Shannon Ralph | The Next Family</b><p>Recently, my family and I found ourselves in a rather uncomfortable situation. We had stopped into a hair salon—Great Clips or Costcutters or one of those quickie-no-appointment-necessary places—to get haircuts for our boys. The hairdresser who ushered Nicholas to …

Lesbian Porn Is Bad Because Lesbian Sex Is Great

<i>Slate</i> writer Vanessa Vitiello is concerned about the dire state of lesbian pornography. <i>Why isn't there more of it?</i> she wants to know. And why don't more of us watch it? Vitiello was unable to find any research into the porn-viewing habits of queer ladies, and I haven't had any more success — …

14 Problems Only Lesbians Understand

No, I'm not a "vegan yet."<p><b>1. When people say you don't "look gay."</b> Yeah, that's because when I left the house, I totally forgot to wrap my rainbow tarp around my body, shave my head, and individually tell everyone I have sex with vaginas.<p><b>2. When you have to explain to doctors that you have sex but</b> …

Obama, Race, and Justice

In the president's recent remarks on Trayvon Martin, a somber reminder of the systemic odds minorities face when it comes to criminal justice.<p><i>"It is a real calamity, in this country, for any man, guilty or not guilty, to be accused of crime, but it is an incomparably greater calamity for any</i> …

Ferguson, New York, and the Criminalization of Poverty

Mike Brown was walking in the middle of the street when he was ordered to get on the sidewalk.<p>Eric Garner was selling dollar cigarettes on the street without collecting tax.<p>These minor crimes became the focus of police action, reflecting an approach to crime and policing that favors attacking petty …

Supreme Court to review independent redistricting commissions

The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that it had voted to hear 11 new cases, including a major challenge to the independent commissions created in California and Arizona that use citizens rather than state legislators to draw election districts for members of Congress.<p>The justices agreed to hear a …

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Most Liberals Aren't Ready To Push Ruth Bader Ginsburg Out

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hearing calls from liberal circles to retire during Barack Obama's presidency so that he can name another liberal justice in her place. The calls have grown loud enough that Ginsburg herself recently shot them down.<p>"If I resign any time this year, …

BATTERED, BEREAVED, AND BEHIND BARS

Arlena Lindley's boyfriend Alonzo Turner beat her for months and murdered her child — so why was she sent to prison for 45 years? A BuzzFeed News Investigation.

South Carolina Legislator Wants To Force Students To Learn Creationism

Well, it’s happened again. The great state of South Carolina has demonstrated that when it comes to ignorance of science, its legislators take a back seat to no one. They must have been jealous of Kansas, Louisiana, and Texas.<p>Last week, SC legislator Mike Fair, a Republican, proposed a new standard …

Dadgum! Katy, Bar the Door! Speaking Your Mind in South Carolina

by Deborah Fallows<p>Article Continues Below<p>Greenville is located in the heart of The Upcountry of South Carolina. Colloquially, most people now seem to call this The Upstate. It's not simply geographically upstate, as in "upstate New York," but a moniker with strong cultural and historical …

South Carolina's Corridor of Shame

Verdict Looms for Education in 'Corridor of Shame'<p>Race,povertyandgeographyconvergeinthelongesttrialinSouthCarolina'shistory<p><i>Above: An abandoned classroom inside the old Ridgeland Middle School building in Ridgeland, S.C. Until the desegregation of schools, the building only housed classes for the</i> …