Kathy Roten

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Analysis of 141 hours of cable news reveals how mass killers are really portrayed

Less than 12 hours after the news of the Las Vegas shooting broke, the sheriff in charge of investigating it described the gunman as a “lone wolf.”<p>In short order, that terminology was denounced as a proxy for white privilege.<p>Shaun King writing for The Intercept, said that the language perpetuates a …

Mass Shootings

The Danger of President Pence

Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks.<p>On September 14th, the right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, who last year published a book titled “In Trump We Trust,” expressed what a growing number of Americans, including conservatives, have been …

Donald Trump

Eye-opening maps reveal how and where Americans die

To see those patterns, you need more granular data points.<p>The Institutes for Health Metrics and Evaluation has that information. Relying on 2014 government data, IHME offers an online tool that can sort mortality by cause of death, age, sex, location, or any combination of the four, all based on …

A microbiologist explains why he hasn't slept without this on his bed in 25 years

New York University microbiologist Philip Tierno hasn't slept a night in 25 years without something on his mattress that few people even think of buying.<p>It's a super-thin, largely invisible cover that slips over the mattress. And it protects him from what he calls a "zoologic park" of bacteria and …

Sleep

How Jared Kushner Is Dismantling a Family Empire

The somewhat allegorical tragedy about what happens when a small-town New Jersey scion tries to redeem his father’s reputation in a decade—and may set his family back generations as a result.<p>(1)<p>There’s a primal scene. It takes place in neither green Eden, where the snake spoke sweetly, nor the …

Gloria Allred’s Crusade

The Best Mac 'n Cheese in Every State

Our friends at Yelp helped us narrow down all of the cheesy options.<p>In the South, mac ‘n cheese is like everyone’s favorite aunt. We get excited to …

Nanoparticles from tattoos can travel to the lymph nodes

Scientists were already aware that pigments from tattoo ink can travel to the lymph nodes, critical components of the immune system that help fight …

The convoluted world of best-seller lists, explained

Over the past few weeks, scandal has rocked the august institution of the New York Times best-seller list. And it’s happened not just once but twice.<p>On August 24, an unknown book by an unknown author from an unknown publisher rocketed its way to first place on the Times’s young adult hardcover …

Bestsellers

Honeycrisp was just the beginning: inside the quest to create the perfect apple

The Honeycrisp apple, explained.<p>The idea that a red apple is a delicious apple is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated against Americans. The apples we’re supposed to eat to keep doctors away, the apples we’re supposed to give to teachers to show our appreciation, the apples we compare to …

Washington State

Hurricane Irma: A Practically Impossible Storm

Hurricane Harvey, which killed 60 people and may end up costing $150 billion, parked over Houston and dumped four feet of rain. The water overwhelmed …

Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.

Toss a dart at a map of Detroit, and the bull’s-eye, more or less, would be a tiny city called Highland Park. Only three square miles, Highland Park is surrounded by Detroit on nearly all sides, but it remains its own sovereign municipality thanks largely to Henry Ford, who started building Model …

Lake Superior

If you're drinking tap water, you're consuming plastic pollutants

Microscopic plastic fibers are pouring out of household faucets from New York to Delhi, according to original research by Orb Media, a nonprofit digital newsroom in Washington, DC.<p>Working with researchers at the State University of New York and the University of Minnesota, Orb tested 159 drinking …

Tap Water

606 pairs of empty shoes: the growing toll of suicide in New Zealand

Suicide is New Zealand’s silent epidemic. The country has the highest youth suicide rates in the developed world and some people want to talk about it<p>It has been just over a year since Georgia MacBeath died, when life support was turned off at the hospital where she was taken.<p>Georgia had been found …

North Island

How The Fugitive’s Heart-Pumping Finale Changed TV Forever

Fifty years after the groundbreaking series delivered closure, every show on TV is living in its shadow.<p>ACT I<p>August 29, 1967, was “the day the running stopped” for Richard Kimble, who had spent four seasons searching for justice on ABC’s gripping drama <i>The Fugitive.</i> The previous week, audiences had …

How to spot a psychopath

We think of psychopaths as killers, alien, outside society. But, says the scientist who has spent his life studying them, you could have one for a colleague, a friend – or a spouse<p>There are a few things we take for granted in social interactions with people. We presume that we see the world in …

Psychology

Harvey Wasn’t Just Bad Weather. It Was Bad City Planning

Houston has been wet since birth. In the 1840s, the German explorer Ferdinand von Roemer described the Brazos River prairie just outside the young …

How Harvey Will Change Texas

The storm’s most lasting legacy might be the end of the Lone Star State’s rugged individualism.<p>Until Monday, Eldridge Park was an emerald subdivision surrounding a 40-acre park, in the upper-middle-class Sugar Land suburb of Houston. Then, around 1:40 a.m., the water came. A foot of water became …

As tragedy unfolds, Trump faces test of counselor-in-chief

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is still reaching for the right tone to match the vast, unfolding human tragedy of Hurricane Harvey.<p>As he readies his next trip to the disaster zone at the weekend, Trump is taking steps to show more overt compassion and empathy for the victims following …

Rescue Efforts Continue in Houston as Rain Continues to Fall: Pictures

Houston

Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams)

<i>This article was updated on Wednesday.</i><p>A large and complicated rescue operation is underway in Texas, and so far, there’s no end in sight.<p>Harvey’s catastrophic flooding will continue in and around Houston and Beaumont/Port Arthur and into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week, the National …

America’s First Addiction Epidemic

<i>Christopher Finan</i>| Drunks: An American History |<i> Beacon Press</i> |<i> June 2017</i> |<i> 28 minutes (7,526 words)</i><i></i> <i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Drunks<i>, by</i> …

Alcohol

The Science Behind Psychopaths and Extreme Altruists

Researchers have found that the way our brains are wired can affect how much empathy we feel toward others—a key measuring stick of good and evil.<p><b>From the kitchen window</b> of her mobile home in Auburn, Illinois, Ashley Aldridge had a clear view of the railroad crossing about a hundred yards away.<p>When …

Psychology

How Hurricane Harvey Became So Destructive

Scientists say the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has been stalled over the Texas Gulf Coast since Friday and dumped more than 20 inches of rain in some areas, were worsened by a lethal confluence of meteorological events: warm water in the Gulf of Mexico that intensified the rainfall, and a …

Extreme Weather

Women Warriors: The Hidden History of Female Combat Heroes

In the records of what shaped the world we live in today, men have gotten all the glory—but these women changed the course of history too.<p>With the U.S. only recently allowing women to fight in combat, you have to wonder what ever gave legislators the impression that only males can defend their …

Why Do Women Bully Each Other at Work?

Research suggests that conditions in the workplace might be to blame.<p><i>Updated on August 3, 2017</i><p>The bitches,as Shannon saw it, came in three varieties. She categorized them on her personal blog, in a post titled “Beware the Female BigLaw Partner.”<p>First was the “aggressive bitch”—a certain kind of …

5 reasons why we should care about the crisis in Venezuela

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've seen the news reports: the protests in the streets, the long lines at the stores. But you may not have paid much attention to the chaos gripping Venezuela.<p>Venezuela is holding a presidential election on Sunday. How are events in a socialist country of 30 million people, thousands of …

Venezuela

100 Life Hacks That Make Life Easier

We have collected 100 of these practical life hacks into this one big list. By tweaking little things, it can make your life much easier. Enjoy!

Everybody lies: how Google search reveals our darkest secrets

What can we learn about ourselves from the things we ask online? US data scientist Seth Stephens‑Davidowitz analysed anonymous Google search results, uncovering disturbing truths about our desires, beliefs and prejudices<p>Everybody lies. People lie about how many drinks they had on the way home. They …

Google Search