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The Brain’s Connections Shrink During Sleep

This mass downscaling stops neurons from becoming saturated—which may be one of the reasons why sleep exists at all.<p>In your every waking moment, whether you mean to or not, you are absorbing new experiences, and changing your brain. Specifically, some of your neurons become more strongly connected. …

Neuroscience

The Trump Administration Is Scaring Scientists So Much That They’re Running For Office

Because politicians are messing with science, scientists have decided to mess back. A new organization, 314 Action, wants to help them get elected–starting right now.<p>Shaughnessy Naughton, is a trained chemist. She has also twice ran–unsuccessfully–for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th district. In …

How Trump Is Changing Immigration Enforcement

The president’s directive on immigration might resemble the record deportations of Obama’s first term—but without the corresponding push for legalization.<p>In his first week in office, President Donald Trump acted on his core campaign issue: immigration. In a short span of time, the president signed …

Immigration

Will This Man Take Down Donald Trump?

They’ve been squaring off for years. Now New York’s attorney general is emerging as the leader of the Trump resistance.<p>“I like you. You and me, we’re going to be best friends.”<p>It is early January, and Eric Schneiderman is sitting in his 25th-floor office above Lower Manhattan, doing his best Donald …

Trump’s administration isn’t very diverse. Photo ops make it glaringly obvious.

In his first two weeks, President Trump has sought to project the image of a new leader moving quickly to enact his agenda.<p>He has surrounded himself in photo ops with his most trusted senior aides as he signs a flurry of executive orders, visits government agencies and calls world leaders from the …

Stem cells beat the clock for brain cancer

Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that kills most patients within two years of diagnosis. In tests on mice last year, a team at the …

Your Brain’s Favorite Trick is Filling in the ______

Blanks.<p>It’s long been believed by neuroscientists that a key element in the way memory works is that it utilizes a form of pattern completion. …

New Law Lets Dads Veto Abortions

An Arkansas law makes performing the procedure used in 95 percent of second trimesters a felony, with no exception for rape or incest—and allows …

Doctors and Scientists Denounce Trump's Immigration Order

Dozens of medical and scientific groups, universities and advocacy organizations have piled on to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration order.<p>Cancer groups deplore it. Medical schools denounce it. Math teachers censure it. Even ornithologists condemn it.<p>They say it’s not only unfair and …

U.S. judge orders Trump administration to allow entry to immigrant visa holders | Reuters

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled President Donald Trump’s administration must allow immigrants with initial clearance for legal residency to enter the United States from seven Muslim-majority nations, despite an executive order ban.<p>Tuesday’s ruling by U.S. …

A Letter To Those Affected By My Anxiety

It should be obvious, but please remember: If I could stop my anxiety, I would have done so by now.<p><i>Written by</i> Nicolle Hook<p>Let me start by clarifying something. When I refer to my “anxiety,” I’m not simply talking about my fears or situations that make me nervous. I’m not talking about the kind of …

HIV Cure? Research May Show a Way to Eliminate Virus

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> Medical Daily.<p>A team of scientists at University College London has developed a way to prevent HIV from disabling …

OMG: Doctors May Have Found a New Approach That Could Potentially Cure Cancer

It may be a shaky time for politics right now, with things changing in swift order, but the medical field is having a pretty good go of it. Case in point? Back in October, British doctors conducted what appears to be successful treatment of a 44-year-old HIV patient, suggesting they very well might …

Immunotherapy

So far, we’re losing: Trump’s America is a serious downgrade on the old version

<b>(Getty/Spencer Platt/Mireia Triguero Roura)</b><p>Lies, stupidity, “alternative facts” and sheer laziness: The Trump administration is already dragging us down<p>D. Watkins<p>January 28, 2017 7:00pm (UTC)<p>I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.<p>That quote …

Punished after reporting rape at Brigham Young University

<b>Provo, Utah (CNN) —</b> The horror of rape or sexual assault is traumatizing enough for any victim. But for multiple young women at Brigham Young University, they claim they received backlash, instead of support, after reporting sexual violence to the school.<p>Brooke's nightmare began in February 2014, …

Donald Trump posts attack video with Clinton smoking cigar and women accusing rape.

Donald Trump continued his attack on Hillary Clinton via Bill Clinton on Monday with a brief Instagram video featuring the voices of women who’ve …

This Woman Was Expelled For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting A Man On Campus

“I have never seen a case like this,” an attorney specializing in sexual assault told BuzzFeed News.<p>At the beginning of the second semester of her freshman year at Washington State University in January 2014, Rose was playing drinking games with her new floormates. After she lost, she told BuzzFeed …

Rape & Abuse Survivors Are Making A Powerful Statement With This Project

Each year, an average of 293,066 people are raped and sexually assaulted, and over 10 million people are abused by their partners. But there's …

Domestic Violence

Fighting Rape Myths With Empathy

A hand flies into the air. I'm halfway through Psychology of Trauma, one of the courses I teach at the University of Oregon. Fifty students and I are crammed in a dim, humid classroom. We've been learning and talking about sexual assault on campus for the past week, and predictably, someone is …

This Is How Date Rape Has Changed Since 1990

"In 1990, rape was still stranger rape. It was not about people you liked or you were dating."<p>Over the past few years, increasing attention has been given to the devastating prevalence of rape and sexual assault on college campuses. Huge surveys have revealed just how common assault is on campuses …

Former Yale captain suing school over expulsion, sexual assault accusation

Jack Montague missed the NCAA Tournament. His case became a national topic amid Yale's run<p>The Associated Press, among other outlets, is reporting …

Rape culture is a man problem. Why aren’t more men speaking up?

There was a time when I believed it was up to women to change the legal system. I said women had to keep reporting their rapes because reporting them was the only way to change a broken system. I was wrong.<p>It’s never been the job of women to dismantle rape culture. Rape culture was created and …

Stanford Rape Case Judge Removed From Sexual Assault Trial

The judge who presided over the case of Brock Turner, the Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault whose six-month sentence was roundly …

Children Are At Serious Risk Of Sexual Assault And Rape In Refugee Camps

Unicef said there is a "constant threat" of sexual violence across seven camps in northern France.<p>Researchers spoke to 60 children aged between 11 and 17 living in those camps between January and April 2016. Most had fled from conflict in countries including Syria and Afghanistan, with many …

Sexual Assault Survivors Share Their Stories After Stanford Letter

"So get ready, Brock Turners of the world. #IAmEmilyDoe and I am not afraid."<p>Judge Aaron Persky then handed Turner six months in county jail — he's likely only to serve three — even though he faced a maximum of 14 years and prosecutors recommended six years. Persky said a longer sentence in prison …

Former Vanderbilt football player convicted of rape

A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating. It took jurors just over four hours of deliberation Saturday before finding Brandon Vandenburg guilty on multiple counts of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual …

Former Vanderbilt Football Player Convicted of Aggravated Rape

Brandon Vandenburg convicted on multiple counts in retrial<p>NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A jury on Saturday convicted a former Vanderbilt University football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating.<p>It took jurors just over four hours of deliberation before finding …

Crime

Prosecutor in Brock Turner sex assault case pushes tougher mandatory sentences

The California attorney who prosecuted a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman is sponsoring legislation to toughen mandatory sentencing.<p>Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and two lawmakers announced AB2888 Wednesday.<p>Brock Turner was …

Activists applaud move away from victim blaming, but ‘shift in the conversation’ has not yet led to tougher convictions<p>Public perception of sexual assault victims and those accused of attacking them is changing due to high-profile cases such as that of Brock Turner at Stanford University, but that …

Crime

Dozens of Sexual Assaults Reported at Swedish Music Festival

Police are seeking seven men for questioning.<p>Several dozen women reported being raped or sexually assaulted at two music festivals in Sweden last weekend, police said Tuesday.<p>Police Inspector Leif Nystrom said there had been 32 reports of attacks by boys or young men at a three-day festival in the …