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Documenting Marilyn Monroe Through the Years

A look through newly-released footage of the icon.<p>If you simply can't get enough of Marilyn Monroe, then the Associated Press may have just made your day. The news agency partnered with British Movietone, a newsreel that ran from 1929 to 1979, to release hundreds of press videos and sound bites of …

Marilyn Monroe

The Point When Science Becomes Publicity

How does exaggeration make its way into health news? A study today says, blame academia.<p>One of the sources of academic disdain for popular health media is its reputation for sensationalism and exaggeration. "If You've Ever Eaten Pizza, You'll Want to Read About the Toxin That Is Pretty Certainly …

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The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.<p><i>And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and</i> …

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White House Report Warns Of 'Big Data' Abuses

The White House has published the results of a 90-day inquiry into the benefits and challenges of "big data" in our increasingly information-driven era, addressing everything from tornado tracking to health care fraud.<p>The report (PDF), commissioned by President Barack Obama in January, looks at the …

Surveillance

CDC: Hundreds of thousands of Americans die unnecessarily every year

Health disparities in the U.S. lead to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths each year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>If all Americans had equal access to the best preventive care currently available somewhere in the country, roughly 20% to 40% of …

Biomedicine

Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home

This week in Seattle, Bill and Melinda Gates are attending a meeting of the minds.<p>Five hundred of the world's top innovators in global health have gathered for the Global Health Product Development Forum, an annual event in which scientists, engineers, policymakers and activists work to develop new …

Protest held to mark first anniversary of Rana Plaza factory disaster

On the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, former workers and families of the over 1,100 people who died have gathered for a protest to demand the punishment of those responsible.<p>A fund set up by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is dealing with victim …

Black Pathology and the Closing of the Progressive Mind

How Jonathan Chait and other Obama-era liberals misunderstand the role of white supremacy in America's history and present<p>Among opinion writers, Jonathan Chait is outranked in my esteem only by Hendrik Hertzberg. This lovely takedown of Robert Johnson is a classic of the genre, one I studied …

Other People's Pathologies

Black culture and the culture of poverty are not the same thing.<p>Over the past week or so, Jonathan Chait and I have enjoyed an ongoing debate over the rhetoric the president employs when addressing African Americans. Here is my initial installment, Chait's initial rebuttal, my subsequent reply, and …

Breast ironing in Cameroon: empowering girls to speak out

Mothers mutilate their daughters in an attempt protect them from rape. But a platform to help girls tell their stories could end this harmful tradition<p>Elizabeth Mbu kept her secret for 16 years. Aged 11, her mother kneaded her naked, developing breasts with a hot stone twice a week to stop them …

This guy discovered that dry cleaning could prevent terrorism in Somalia

Mohamed Ali is a young Somali American with a mission to help youth in Somalia steer clear of extremist groups.<p>Ali was born in Mogadishu, but when he was 10, as Somalia was grappling with a civil war, he and his family left for Canada. They finally settled in the US.<p>Ali attended Ohio State …

Central African Republic's 'Mother Courage' fights to bring peace where the men have failed

Catherine Samba-Panza, the new interim president, has a year to end the nation's bloody sectarian strife<p>When Barack Obama was elected US president in the depths of economic gloom, satirical news outlet the <i>Onion</i> carried the headline: "Black man given nation's worst job." The swearing-in last week of …

Joseph Kony Is Back In The News. Do Teenagers Still Care?

You can learn from failures as well as successes. The story of the Joseph Kony video provides both.<p>Two years ago, a 30-minute video about Kony became one of the biggest viral sensations in Internet history, turning a little-known central African warlord — briefly — into a household name among …

David Cameron facing calls to expel jobless EU migrants

A German proposal to remove out-of-work EU migrants is prompting Tory demands for the Prime Minister to bring in a similar radical measure<p>David Cameron is facing Tory calls to expel out-of-work EU migrants after Germany drafted plans to adopt the radical measure.<p>A number of the party's MPs told The …

Two Days Later, World Vision Reverses Policy That Allowed Hiring Of Gays

World Vision U.S. changed course on Wednesday, saying it would return to its policy of not hiring Christians in gay marriages.<p>The Washington-state-based charity caused an uproar among its supporters when it announced on Monday that based on the changes many churches were making, it would allow the …

How To Make Microwave Popcorn in a Plain Paper Bag

How To Make Microwave Popcorn (Without Buying Microwave Popcorn)<p><i>Makes 5 to 10 cups popcorn</i><p>What You Need<p><b>Ingredients</b><br>1/4 to 1/2 cup popcorn kernels<br>Salt …

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Air pollution linked to 7 million deaths worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that air pollution caused the deaths of 7 million people in 2012, according to BBC News.<p>According to WHO, air pollution is “the world’s largest single environmental health risk”— one in eight global deaths were linked with air pollution. The largest …

Death of NYC inmate in overheated cell under investigation

Investigators are probing how a mentally ill, homeless New York City veteran died last month in a jail cell that city officials told The Associated Press had overheated to at least 100 degrees, apparently because of malfunctioning equipment.<p>Acting Department of Correction Commissioner Mark Cranston …

Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.<p>It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) …

Obama on the Gender Wage Gap: ‘If Men Were Having Babies, We’d Have Different Policies’

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>President Obama kicked off a press tour today in an attempt to garner support for raising the …

Don't Drink the Water: West Virginia After the Chemical Spill

After a toxic disaster contaminated their water, the people of Charleston, West Virginia, are wondering if what's coming out of the taps is harmful. …