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Understanding Obamacare at the Supreme Court

<b>Struggling to understand the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act lawsuit ruled on by the Supreme Court? We break it down to the basics.</b><p>The Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, and ever since has been the subject of legal and legislative battles.<p>Now, the Supreme Court has decided on King v …

Health Care

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Psychology

Newly discovered vessels beneath skull could link brain and immune system

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown link between the brain and the immune system that could help explain links between poor physical health and brain disorders including Alzheimer’s and depression.<p>The discovery of vessels, nestled just beneath the skull, overturns decades of textbook …

Neuroscience

This idea that technology destroys jobs is garbage

This trend is typified by Wendell Wallach, a researcher at Yale, who recently said we're entering an era of structural high unemployment because tech is taking all our jobs:<p>This is an unparallelled situation and one that I think could actually lead to all sorts of disruptions once the public starts …

Bill Gates

Texas man first to get transplanted skull, scalp, kidney and pancreas, doctors say

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man who suffered from a rare form of cancer has received a first-of-its-kind surgery, doctors in Texas said.<p>Doctors performed the surgery on James Boysen at Houston Methodist Hospital on May 22. It was noteworthy because Boysen got a skull and scalp transplant at the same time as kidney …

Medicine

Arkansas City Attorney Defends Release Of Josh Duggar Report

Jim Bob Duggar has defended son Josh Duggar following the release of a 2006 police report detailing the younger's sex offenses against his sisters, notably claiming the report's release by In Touch magazine was illegal.<p>But Springdale City Attorney Ernest Cate debunked that claim in a Thursday …

Jim Bob Duggar

A Q&A with the First Human Head Transplant Surgeon

"It's going to be more like Kitty Hawk than a Boeing 747."<p>Sergio Canavero, an Italian neurosurgeon, explains the world's most complicated surgery with a banana. At a TEDx talk in Italy earlier this month, the man who wants to perform the world's first head transplant smashes a banana in his fist. …

Bill Gates

I'm an Immigrant and I'm a Human

Let's talk about immigration.<p>And I mean let's talk about ALL of it -- the good, the bad and the ugly.<p>With the recent push of the Obama administration to establish new immigration policy, there has been much chatter. <i>Is it fair to legalize illegal aliens? Why don't they just follow the law? After all</i> …

Immigration

Wave Hello To A Lab-Grown Rat Arm [Video]

The first step toward regenerating human limbs<p>Right now, if you’re one of more than 1.5 million Americans who’ve lost a limb, you don’t have a lot of options when it comes to replacing it. Prosthetics tend to be clunky, limited in function, and lacking in tactile feedback. Hand and arm transplants …

Boston

DNA carries traces of past events meaning poor lifestyle can affect future generations

Scientists now know that our DNA is being altered all the time by environment, lifestyle and traumatic events<p>Genetic faults caused by trauma, poor lifestyle or environmental stress can be passed down to future generations, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered.<p>Previously large …

Genetics
Government

The Real Christian Debate on Transgender Identity

Some conservatives have made mocking remarks about Caitlyn Jenner, but their attitudes obscure deep, meaningful questions about the meaning of gender.<p>The two little letters carry a world of significance: <i>he</i>. Amid the wave of reaction to Caitlyn Jenner’s announcement that she is a transgender woman, …

LGBTQI

'Female viagra': FDA panel backs Flibanserin with safety restriction

Government health experts are backing an experimental drug intended to boost the female sex drive, but stress that it must carry safety restrictions to manage side effects including fatigue, low blood pressure and fainting.<p>The Food and Drug Administration panel voted 18-6 in favor of approving …

The Brain

How your eyes betray your thoughts

According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, it does suggest that there is a kernel of truth in this saying: it turns out the eyes not only reflect what is …

Psychology

GOP’s massive deception exposed: The Obamacare “contingency” plan they still won’t deliver

Kevin McCarthy and colleagues insist they’re “ready” with a post-King v. Burwell plan, but we still can’t see it<p>January 2015 was a significant month for Republican healthcare policy. At least, the Republicans very much wanted to give the impression that, starting in January 2015, the GOP health …

Health Care

Will dictators disappear?

Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.<p>Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Indeed, dictatorships have cost untold lives, including up to 49 million Russian deaths under Joseph Stalin, …

World History

What Joe Biden Has Said About Dealing With Personal Tragedy And Grief

Perhaps no one in American politics has dealt with more personal tragedy than Vice President Joe Biden. Beau Biden, who died Saturday of brain cancer at the age of 46, is the second child of Biden to precede their father in death.<p>The vice president lost his 1-year-old daughter, Naomi, and his first …

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak explains the biggest difference between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Wozniak was the cofounder and technical genius behind Apple. In that role, he was the man who brought Jobs' visions to life. Over the years, he would get to know both Jobs and Gates very well as Apple and Microsoft weaved in and out of being competitors and partners.<p>During a press call on Wednesday …

Silicon Valley

Time for a Pro

What's the most important problem facing the country today? Answer: government. In the latest CBS News-New York Times poll, "politicians and government" edges out<p>"the economy" as the top issue on voters' minds.<p>"The system is broken," former New York Gov. George Pataki said when he announced his …

Government

Rand Paul points to Ku Klux Klan in citing aversion to 'Ground Zero mosque'

Republican candidate says that while he is ‘horrified’ by the Muslim community center proposal, ‘the first amendment is about the right to be despicable’<p>Rand Paul, the Republican presidential candidate, invoked the Ku Klux Klan on Tuesday to explain why he opposed the construction of a Muslim …

Rand Paul

Ruling puts Obama's immigration legacy in jeopardy

Latest legal blow could put final decision close to the end of his presidency<p>A series of setbacks and delays in the key legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration could irreparably damage his legacy on the issue, even if the Supreme Court ultimately upholds his …

Immigration

Republicans rip the Clintons for their 'secret shell company'

Clinton's company, WJC LLC, features his initials in its name. According to the Associated Press it has "no apparent employees or assets," but "demonstrates the complexity" of the finances of Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The story about the company is the latest …

Government

GOP’s Obamacare ¯\_(ツ)_/¯? No single meme can capture the Republican health policy disaster

Is the GOP’s stance on King v. Burwell really ¯\_(ツ)_/¯? Maybe, but they’re getting nothing done regardless<p>Sen. Chris Murphy caused a bit of stir last week when he briefly transformed the Senate floor into a platform for meme propagation. The Connecticut Democrat is one of the chief defenders of …

Health Care

Bernie Sanders Asks if American Economy is 'Moral'

Every candidate in the 2016 presidential race talks about responding to income inequality and stagnant middle class wages. No one else talks about it like Bernie Sanders.<p>The self-described socialist senator from Vermont wants to reverse the "massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the …

Middle-class

John Nash's unique approach produced huge leaps in economics and maths

The American mathematician John Nash, who was killed on Saturday night in a car crash, was in Oslo five days ago to receive the Abel prize from the king of Norway. The £500,000 Abel – which he shared with Louis Nirenberg – is considered a kind of maths version of the Nobel prize, which has no …

Mathematics

Cancer’s terrifying genetic superpowers revealed

Science has allowed us to look at genes more closely than ever. And cancerous genes show us something remarkable<p>Reading our DNA is a new way of interpreting ourselves. Current trends suggest that one day, perhaps much sooner than we think, we will all have our own genomes sequenced. We may opt in …

Genetics

How an 8-minute surgery could completely fix your poor eyesight

One of the things technology will most likely fix at some point down the road is poor eyesight. And it might happen sooner than we think, if …