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Largest-ever autism genome study finds most siblings have different autism-risk genes

Roma fear being brushed out of the history of the Holocaust

Facebook blocks pages deemed insulting to Islam in Turkey

A Staggeringly Lopsided Economic Recovery

Boko Haram Release Shocking Images of Child Soldier Training Camp

Polar bear penis bone may be weakened by pollution

This beautiful language tree shows how India is as linguistically diverse as Europe

Venus Flytraps Risk Extinction in the Wild at the Hands of Poachers

How America became addicted to road salt - and why that's a problem

The twins of Auschwitz (depressing, as you might expect)

Ancient planets are almost as old as the universe

Dust From Factory Farms Carries Drugs, Poop Bacteria, and Antibiotic-Resistant Genes Far and Wide

Russian Army Unveils Amphibious Bomber Drone to Start Production in 2016

The DEA Is Spying on Millions of Cars All Over the U.S.

Greece’s Warning to the Rest of Europe

We can solve climate change, but it won’t be cheap or easy

To Collect Debts, Nursing Homes Are Seizing Control Over Patients

The Rat Tribe of Beijing

More Prisoners Were Found Innocent in 2014 Than Ever Before, And We're Barely Even Looking

Oldest snake fossils show they thrived in the age of dinosaurs

Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom. Well, it's a step in the right direction, anyway. Sorta. I guess.

YouTube says HTML5 video ready for primetime, makes it default

Dark money comes out of the shadows
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A tisane is an infusion. I cannot refer to herbal teas as teas unless they include, well, tea (it's an affliction....), but I usually just say infusion. No idea what possessed me.


Scientists working on Europe's Rosetta probe, which is tracking Comet 67P, say they may have found evidence for how such icy objects were formed.

Russia Adds 70 New Aircraft to Military District Around Crimea

Ukraine rebels say government forces pushed back near Donetsk. This article comes with a map.

Ukraine to ask Hague to investigate 'crimes against humanity'

Russian Threats Expose Europe's Military Cutbacks

Monster Ring System Circles Giant Alien Planet

Kosovo police clash with crowd at protest over minister

Collection of Foreigners’ Data Began Before Congress Backed It, Papers Show

ISIS boasted about their control of Kobani last year but despite being expelled from the town they still hold land and resources.

Kurds expand offensive after driving ISIS from Kobani

Nine killed as gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital

Forget foam — now we can grow better takeout containers

Yemen on brink of collapse, but does anyone care?

These Magical Star-Shaped Snowflakes Are Swirling Through NYC

Global warming could make blizzards worse

Reasons You Were Not Promoted That are Totally Unrelated to Gender.

U.S. charges three in alleged Russian spy ring in NYC

Thousands join anti-Islam rally as Germany worries about image

Private spacecraft will sail on streams of photons from the sun

Greece debt repayment in full is 'unrealistic', says Syriza
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It is adorable. I should get a pic.


Philippine police killed in clashes with militants

Texas Used Junk Science to Restrict Abortion

Greek voters reject EU austerity for radical alternative of far-left party, which falls just short of an overall majority

Strategic city falls in Nigeria's battle against Boko Haram

The devastating impact of vaccine deniers, in one measles chart

Mass Death of Seabirds in Western U.S. Is 'Unprecedented' (distressing pictures)

Report: Fast food industry could survive $15 minimum wage

Even plutocrats can see profound inequality isn’t in their interests

The surprising cost of growing up poor in the shadow of wealth

Ukraine conflict: Poroshenko vows to 'calm' Mariupol fighting

Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed 'aggression'

Secrets of modern mercenaries: Inside the rise of private armies

Piece By Piece, Monks Scramble To Preserve Iraq's Christian History

US troops heading to Middle East to train Syria rebels

How Reducing Food Waste Could Ease Climate Change

French arrests raise question: Is free speech for all?

Scientists Figure Out How To Unboil Eggs

16 dead in protests marking Egypt revolution

Obama, India’s Modi claim breakthrough on nuclear issues

UN slams Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes

“What Do Cows Drink?” Trick Questions That Show How Your Brain Organizes Language. My brain doesn't work like the brain described in the article, apparently, as I wasn't tricked by the so-called trick question.

2015 Oscar nominations show lack of diversity in a year when films didn’t

Divers discover underwater forest off Norfolk coast

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

Russia hit with mass layoffs as economy worsens

Brazil's most populous region facing worst drought in 80 years
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How Boko Haram Has Left Northeast Nigeria In Ruins

Boko Haram releases about 190 people in Nigeria's Yobe state

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.

Chart: Yemen’s chaos, explained

Fatal clashes as Yemen protests spread

Cuban diplomats slam U.S. on human rights

Obama’s Half-Assed Tax Hike Populism

Regressive state and local tax policies don’t just harm the working class -- they can ruin entire economies

Hard times return as China bids to bring its economic miracle to an end

China blocks VPN access to the Internet

Kurdish ISIS Recruits Threaten Identity and Security of Kurdish State

Kurds criticize exclusion from U.S.-led coalition meeting

Measles Outbreak Spreads in California, Other States

Greek elections raise fears of looming eurozone showdown

French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

Thousands of Russian Troops in Airport Push

In Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels launch new offensive in port city of Mariupol

New Study Finds Jellyfish Swim Actively Against Current, Possess Advanced Orientation Abilities

Kinshasa simmers in anger after deaths of protesters

‘Hottest Year’ Story Obscures Bigger News: Ocean Warming Now Off The Charts

‘The Armenians want an acknowledgment that the 1915 massacre was a crime’

New far-right anti-immigrant sentiment hits German streets

The Guinea Worm Is Close to Extinction and That’s a Good Thing

Scientists find translucent fish in a wedge of water hidden under 740 meters of ice, 850 kilometers from sunlight in Antarctica
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If any of this is super old news to you, I apologize now.


Kurds say they have ejected Islamic State militants from large area in northern Iraq

New Senate Environment Chair Gets His Gavel, Goes On Rant Arguing Climate Science Is A Hoax

In post-Snowden era, NSA maintains surprisingly favorable image

The children of the rich and powerful are increasingly well suited to earning wealth and power themselves. That’s a problem

Wikipedia Purged a Group of Feminist Editors Because of Gamergate

Ebola Has Crushed Gorilla and Chimp Populations

Police Departments Issuing Body Cameras Discover Drawbacks

U.S., Cuba discuss opening of embassies, more talks needed

To Some in California, Founder of Church Missions Is Far From Saint

Yemen crisis disrupts U.S. counterterrorism operations, officials say

Yemen crisis: Thousands march against rebels in Sanaa

This metal surface wants absolutely nothing to do with water

Drone carrying drugs crashes near US-Mexico border

Ukraine's forces hold line against Russian troops, rebels: Poroshenko

Eastern Ukraine's main rebel leader says he has launched an offensive against the port city of Mariupol.

Human-Like Hands Came Before Actual Humans

Thousands to receive experimental Ebola vaccines in West Africa

The right’s home-school conspiracy: How I helped GOP launch a religious war

CIA torture report architect denounces Republican attempt to claw back copies

For monarch butterflies, loss of migration means more disease

Gold rush threat to tropical forests

The coalition fighting ISIS has killed more than 6,000 fighters, including half of the top command of the terror group, U.S. diplomatic officials said Thursday.

Secret school for Aleppo's children

Supreme Court Upholds Auto Stop With No Traffic Violation

Republicans target Social Security disability

High-value Guantanamo detainees call home for the first time in nearly a decade

Post-traumatic stress 'evident in 1300BC'

Underwater Photographer Gets Caught in a Sperm Whale 'Poopnado,' Brings Back Photos
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So Ana feels miserable and flu-ish. Eva feels miserable because she got her new dental appliance. I feel miserable and congested. I'm sitting up here, eating Biscoff cookie spread out of the jar (mmmm!) and Callie has just now come and decided that is delicious. Well, it is, but if I'd known she'd cram her entire furry head in the jar and lick it up like it was going out of style, I might have put the lid on.

Should I toss it, or just scrape off the top? (You know I'll just scrape off the top.)
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WHY IS THERE A LINE TO THE BATHROOM???? What, did all our bladders explode at the same time? Evidently, yes.
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Eva's spelling has her writing dictated sentences. Before she starts, I follow the neatly written script and remind her that a sentence has to end with a period or question mark.

"Or an exclamation mark!"

"Yes, but no. Look, it says right here: 'Exclamation points are overused in children's writing and should not be encouraged.' They're absolutely right, too. Stick to periods and question marks, kiddo."

She then proceeded to end every single sentence with an exclamation point. Gosh, who could have ever seen that coming? Since then, every time we get up to writing sentences, she recites the one about exclamation points being overused in children's writing and giggles. So long as she's happy?


Denmark holds first PEGIDA rallies

Supreme Court Could Upend Judicial Campaign Laws

Boko Haram's threat to region escalates

Boko Haram crisis: Group of Cameroon captives freed

Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?

The state of felony disenfranchisement in America

US Delegation Meets With Cuban Officials, Not Castro

Measles outbreak spreading beyond Disneyland visitors

Syria Kurds battling IS capture strategic Kobane hilltop

NSA secretly hijacked existing malware to spy on N. Korea, others

Scientists Test Out Tiny Robots Meant to Travel Inside a Human Body

Ebola Affects Not Only the Dead, But the Children Left Behind

Israel, Lebanon brace for possible Hezbollah retaliation after Israeli attack

Tricky pitcher plants lure ants into a false sense of security

How Expensive It Is to Be Poor

They were never there: Russia's silence for families of troops killed in Ukraine

Dozens of people have been killed or wounded as fighting escalates along the front line in eastern Ukraine and the battle for Donetsk airport continues.

Russian forces, equipment enter Ukraine, PM says

In the Fight Against Haeomphilia, Dogs are a Weapon

Inside New York City’s newest recycling center

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies quietly deployed radars that let them effectively see inside homes, with little notice to the courts or the public.

Norfolk museum acquires Bronze Age dirk used as doorstop

Merriam-Webster is revising its most authoritative tome for the digital age. But in an era of twerking and trolling, what should a dictionary look like? (And do we even need one?)

Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea
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It's great for when you want to be passive aggressive, but can't be bothered to put more aggression into it.

Although when you have to use it twice on the same person, you'd think they'd get the hint already....


Israel: First Known Local Islamic State Cell Arrested

Poroshenko rejected peace proposal made by Putin, Putin's spokesman says

Asylum-seekers 'sew lips' at detention camp

An investigation of a 415 million year-old fish skull strongly suggests that the last common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates, including humans, was not very shark-like. It adds further weight to the growing idea that sharks are not 'primitive'.

Texas prison program aims to produce business-savvy inmates

Like life there, cockfighting in Cuba is a gray area

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Houthis, Military Battle Near Yemen's Presidential Palace

Libyan government army declares ceasefire

Three months of fighting in Libya's Benghazi kills 600, say medics

The UK must redouble its efforts to "wipe out anti-Semitism", Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

Why Billions of Exoplanets Are Suddenly Looking More Habitable

Richest 1% to own more than rest of world, Oxfam says

New massacre fears grow in 'India's Bosnia'

Israeli strike in Syria kills senior Hezbollah figures

Now that Republicans are opportunistically talking about stagnant wages, Democrats finally have the chance to throw supply-side economics in the dustbin of history.

Italy expels nine suspected Islamist militants

Russians keep calm and shop on in face of rising prices

The Great Plains' dirty snow could exacerbate regional climate change

At least 14 people have been arrested in the northern Indian state of Bihar after three Muslims were burnt alive when a mob set fire to dozens of homes.

U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in Liberia are nearly empty as outbreak fades

New Report Debunks Notion That Kids Are Running From Healthy School Food

The Real Paddington Bear: Cute, Unique and Endangered

Guesthouse gives outsiders a glimpse of what life is like inside an overcrowded Palestinian camp in Beirut.

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

Stem Cells Make Insulin, Restore Retinas

How Companies Like Walmart Are Fighting to Keep Workplace Injuries Secret

The stark disparities of paid leave: The rich get to heal. The poor get fired.

Turkish PM says Israeli 'provocations' radicalising Muslim world

International Criminal Court Opens Preliminary Probe Into War Crimes in Palestine

Radical Islam a growing threat to sub-Saharan Christians – report

The distinctive “fecal prints” of microbes potentially provide a record of how Earth and life have co-evolved over the past 3.5 billion years as the planet’s temperature, oxygen levels, and greenhouse gases have changed.

What is not being reported in Azerbaijan

IS jihadists free 200 elderly Yazidis in north Iraq

New Species of Legless Amphibian Found in Cambodia

Chadian troops join war against Boko Haram

Republicans Introduce An Anti-Abortion Bill So Extreme That GOP Women In Congress Are Revolting

Good Luck Gestures Bring Peace of Mind

This Is What Happens When Lava Meets The Sea
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China has become big in Africa. Now for the backlash

If Russia wanted to exploit the situation in Georgia's Samtskhe-Javakheti province, there's no better time than now.

Over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”

Uighurs and Tibetans feel left out of China’s economic boom; ethnic discrimination is not helping

Israel lobbies foreign powers to cut ICC funding

U.S. kept secret law enforcement database of Americans’ calls overseas until 2013

Explosive Rates of Mass Incarceration Called Major 'Civil Rights Issue of Our Time'

Why is tiny Belgium Europe’s jihad-recruiting hub?

Suspected militants from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram have kidnapped at least 60 people in neighbouring Cameroon, officials say.

Forget 'On Record,' 2014 May Have Been Warmest Year In Last 5,000

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’

Ukrainian troops retake most of Donetsk airport from rebels

President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday night to stake out a populist vision of tax reform and new middle-class benefits — and practically dare Republicans to say no. More and another one.

How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

Navajo group aims to undo law banning gay marriage

Speed of light not so constant after all

Syrian Opposition Groups Wary Of Russia's Invitation To Moscow

BP’s maximum fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill is cut by billions

A 'tattoo' may end fingerpricks for diabetics

Here’s How to Get Kids to Eat 54% More Vegetables

Protesters Out to Reclaim King’s Legacy, but in Era That Defies Comparison

Guantánamo Diary exposes brutality of US rendition and torture

Brazil 'outraged' by Indonesia drug trafficking execution
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Phlegmy cough? Here to stay! Oh, geez. I freaking hate winter.
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Chickens had plenty to celebrate on New Year's Day. Supposedly.

For refugees, the 'trip of death' begins on Egypt's beaches

One in three Americans believe police 'routinely lie': survey

Man Saves Wife’s Sight by 3D Printing Her Tumor

Parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone

Competitive Juices Fuel Lengthy Rounds of ‘Settlers of Catan’ Among Packers’ Players

Woman allows thousands of bedbugs to feed on her over 5 years, makes incredible discovery

Hermione Granger and the Goddamn Patriarchy.

Belgium deploys troops following anti-terror raids

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges.

The Teflon Kid: How Annie Enables Apathy About Inequality

Poverty leads to death for more black Americans than whites

Syria refugees: UN warns of extreme poverty in Jordan

Germany and Sweden to Send Troops and Increase Aid to Kurds Battling ISIS

ISIS Executes Pigeon and Bird Breeders in Diyala, Iraq

Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian rebels

Exclusive: ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite U.S. Strikes

Fighting rages anew at Ukraine airport, three soldiers killed

Ukraine Pilot Nadiya Savchenko Confronts Her Kremlin Captors

Ukraine struggles on brink of economic crisis

Group Urges New York City to End Credit Checks by Employers

More than half of US public school students live in poverty, report finds More

NATO, EU set diverging tones on approach to Russia

Grapes of wrath: California farmworkers fight to unionize

How 'Quantum Dots' Could Probe Mysteries of Entanglement

A Bad Day for Climate Change Deniers … And the Planet

Senators could be forced to state their views on climate change

North Korea begins brainwashing children in cult of the Kims as early as kindergarten

A quiet revolution in North Korea

Virtual debates about homelessness in Sim City hold up a mirror to real life

Twelve-year-old shot dead in Turkey's Kurdish southeast

Kurds demand unity amid battle against Islamic State

Quiz: Can you name these cities just by looking at their subway maps?

Russian Troops Stationed Near Finnish Border as Putin Begins Move on Arctic

Netanyahu calls decision by Hague-based ICC to launch investigation into possible war crimes in Palestine "absurd".
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We got home from swimming and I just basically collapsed and let the girls do what they wanted. I think they ate dinner...? Or apples or something anyway. I may have cried.

Other than *that*, it was a great day. Ana had a one-day class at the AMNH, and I got to hear all about how brilliant she was afterwards (she asked me why I like hearing that, and I was just like... uh, the alternative is to hear that you're a dolt with poor hygiene and worse manners, so I'd rather hear that you're well-behaved and generally wonderful?) and Eva and I wandered around and joined a tour and learned quite a bit.

LOL, one school group in particular kept bumping into the two of us, and I overheard a teen saying to her friend "That's NOT a beaver!"

"Yes, it is, it says right there - Mountain Beaver!"
"Oh, well, I don't read"

Clearly, neither does her friend, because right next to the words "Mountain Beaver" it states that they are not beavers. I didn't interrupt the kids to point it out to them, though.
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Doing math in the living room, trying to get it done before running to the orthodontist (15 minute trip there in car service, 5 minute visit, 20 minutes waiting for the bus to go home, half hour bus ride followed by 10 minute walk... geez), and Ana needs help.

So I'm walking her through converting ratios to the unit rate, and what does this mean, and if you find out that the unit rate is THIS much, how much is THAT many, and Eva is chiming in on every one of them, which, you can imagine, frustrated me no end.

Finally I get Ana situated and turn to Eva and say "Here, let me start you on spelling, you must be done with your math".

"Oh, no, I don't understand this at all!"

She doesn't understand fourth grade math, but she's whizzing through sixth grade math. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THESE GIRLS.
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Which is a little depressing. Here is information on how they compile those numbers.

How ‘Harry Potter’ fans won a four-year fight against child slavery

There Are More Slaves Today Than at Any Time in Human History

Most British Jews feel they have no future in Europe

Cops charged after police body cams capture them killing homeless man

As White House defends unions, states go on the attack

How Urbane: Dog Rides Seattle Bus To Get To The Park

Russia will not cut itself off from world: Medvedev

The colourful propaganda of Xinjiang

In eastern Ukraine’s Miusynsk, pensioners struggle to survive winter

ISIS active in south Afghanistan, officials confirm for first time

Mexican mayor faces charges in kidnapping of 43 students

Little recourse seen for Democrats on Social Security rule change

Hygiene and heartache: Homeless women’s daily struggle to keep clean

How Terror Tactics Are Evolving to Thwart State Surveillance

Back to the Future, Time Travel, and the Secret History of the 1980s

Republicans aim to stop transfers from Guantanamo

Allegiance to ISIL splits Russian fighters

In the past two months three 'Caucasus Emirate' warlords appeared in videos declaring fealty to ISIL.

Report: Offshore wind holds twice the promise of offshore drilling

Are All Terrorists Muslims? It’s Not Even Close

Walmart Gives to Food Pantries While Workers Qualify for Food Stamps

Every day, cops toss dangerous military-style grenades during raids, with little oversight and horrifying results.

Can worker cooperatives alleviate income inequality?

New York jail guards used force against inmates over 4,000 times in 2014

Good news for Romney: The 47 percent are now down to 40 percent

Throughout 2014, more than two million Iraqis were forced to seek refuge in other areas of the country.

6 Astounding Facts About Our Super-Rich Congress

The U.S. and India keep pushing toward a climate deal

Obama's Crackdown on Methane Emissions Is a Really Big Deal

Sea level rise quickens more than thought in threat to coasts
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Why yes, yes I did. I spent the whole day thinking it was only Tuesday!

We are fully back in the swing of school. We did math. We did history. We discussed why nomadic pastoralists invaded settled areas 4,000 years ago, and why we have to guess instead of just googling the shit out of that. We compared their possible reasons then with modern day conflicts between herders and farmers. We did a heck of a lot of reading and spelling... and more reading, because I had a new kindle book to read and that doesn't make me a bad person. I was Setting a Good Example. I ordered a candy thermometer so we can move along in science.

And then after school was done I sat in my chair and had a sore throat. Ana was sick the past 4 days, and Jenn not much better, so I guess now it's my turn to feel awful. Bah.
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Every year, you look back at what was published and bemoan the fact that such a teeny tiny percentage features protagonists that fit in any axis of minority, but the advantage of this is that when you find one, they're generally better written than a random book from the non-diverse-at-all pile. It's like they have to work harder and harder to get published and put on the shelves, so they're super great.


Jan. 12th, 2015 01:22 am
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This April, Disability in Kidlit is organizing an autism-centric event; we have a wonderful line-up, but are still seeking autistic guest contributors of color. Autistic PoC are highly underrepresented, and we want to show the breadth of autistic experience. If you’re an autistic person of color interested in writing a guest article and/or review, please email

So, yeah, spread it around.
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That museum is less overpriced when you realize that they station a docent at, like, each exhibit. Because kids never read the instructions to find out what they're supposed to be learning :)

Poor Ana was the victim of poor planning. She'd been under the weather over the weekend, and with the museum and all we ate breakfast relatively early but then didn't eat lunch until about 4, and no snacks, with the end result that she got a headache and fell into bed as soon as we got home.

In other news, Ana was talking about migraines and auras over breakfast the other day, and Eva revealed that she gets the auras too. But no headache, just "pain in my eye". Yeah, Eva, um, that'd be a headache, and headache + aura = probably a migraine. This isn't really a surprise, but I wasn't thrilled to hear it.


Listening to the Star Wars Soundtrack in a Pygmy Village

The international police cooperation agency Interpol has issued a global wanted "red notice" for deposed Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich.

Cosmic Flashes May Reveal Unknown Objects in the Universe

Disrupting Dentistry

How the poorest kids in Alabama are getting the best care.

Where the jobs are and who's being hired?

It’s Cheaper to Make Diabetes Test Strips of Silk Than of Paper in India

NYPD cops told no vacations until work slowdown ends (Yeah, but there's "no quota", right? You know, the more I look at this, the more dirty the status quo looks. Using the cops as a special tax on the poor is unfair to everybody.)

Arrests and Summonses Rise in New York City, but Fall Short of Pre-Slowdown Levels (NYTimes)

Some New York Police Officers Were Quick to Resort to Chokeholds, Inspector General Finds (NYTimes)

Despite Scrutiny, Police Chokeholds Persist in New York City (NYTimes)

NYPD On High Alert After New Threat By ISIS

Cuba has freed all 53 prisoners as agreed in U.S. deal

Psychologists and psychiatrists feel less empathy for patients when their problems are explained biologically

The True Cost of Teach For America's Impact on Urban Schools

Intense Ukraine shelling traps hundreds of miners

Pakistani children anxiously return to school a month after massacre

The ATM is Dead. Long Live the ATM!

It takes a gallon of water to grow one almond, so why are we planting more trees in the middle of a drought?

'Not safe': French Jews mull Israel emigration

How Surveillance Causes Writers to Self-Censor

Just 90 Companies Produced Two-Thirds of All Global Warming Emissions Ever

Pope Francis has called for more regulation of financial markets and rejected suggestions that his criticisms of unbridled capitalism smack of Marxism.

A French chemist is developing street lights that can absorb carbon dioxide 200 times more efficiently than trees

The boy who put a star in a jar

Black Wealth Matters

Haitians learn to live with disaster upon disaster

US judge throws out a case filed by human rights groups that blamed the UN for a deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti.

Supreme Court delays action on gay marriage


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