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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Begun to Collapse -- The tipping point has been reached. It's too late.

Police commissioner asked to quit over Obama slur -- Asked to quit, because there are no mechanisms in New Hampshire to remove him forcefully.

Questions linger after Jill Abramson’s dismissal from Times -- 'Abrupt' isn't the word for it.

Kentucky agriculture commissioner asking judge to force DEA to release hemp seeds -- This, combined with continued pursuit of cannabis growers in Washington & Colorado, has prompted calls for Michele Leonhart, the head of the DEA, to step down.

Calm down everybody: McCarthyism isn't coming back just because a rich guy lost his job: Why public outrage against bigots like Donald Sterling has nothing in common with Joe McCarthy's reign of terror

Heaven is for neuroscience: How the brain creates visions of God: Major figures like Joan of Arc and Dostoyevsky claimed supernatural visions. Why their brains could hold the answer -- speculates about temporal lobe epilepsy

Ultra-Fast Robot Can Catch Objects Better Than Humans

Sunken body clue to American origins -- "[A]lthough [Naia] had the slender features associated with the earliest Americans, her DNA shares commonalities with modern Native Americans."

Soundgarden to Perform 'Superunknown' in Full in New York: Tickets to the show cost $19.94 to honor year of record release -- This makes me super-envious. I was so heartbroken when I found out Soundgarden had split. I remember it to this day.
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I was remarking to [personal profile] netmouse yesterday, at her potluck where someone brought a very fudgy pan of brownies, that I was so glad I swore off sweets some time ago. In fact, I didn't even consider them food (at least, not as legitimate food choices).

Does this have to do with the insula? Possibly. At the very least, I liken the experience to that of what I underwent when I trained to become a bank teller. When I handled a large cash drawer (+$1000), money ceased to be considered as money but merely were individual paper instruments. Similarly, sweets no longer qualify as food but could simply be seen as any other item of life's backdrop.

I told my friend S. that I had three pieces of snack-sized candy bars from last Halloween still on a shelf in my bedroom, where I can see it much of the time. She was amazed that they were not eaten long ago.

(I keep commercial hot chocolate for when the craving for chocolate just gets too great. Otherwise, the only sweets I tend to keep are dried fruit & frozen yogurt. [I still drink too many presweetened beverages & use more honey/sugar than I need to in my tea/coffee, but other than that, I've gotten away from most processed sugars.])

Anyway. Here's to ill recognition!
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Serial murders of secret infants, as alleged in Utah, 'very rare'

‘Bully’ suffers jeers, name-calling himself -- "An Ohio man sentenced by a judge to spend yesterday wearing a sign reading “I AM A BULLY” at a busy suburban Cleveland intersection was greeted by a boisterous stream of honking car horns, jeers and insults." Technically, this should fall under "cruel & unusual treatment".

While You Were Watching 'Game of Thrones,' Neil deGrasse Tyson Shared His Solution to Global Warming

Angry at your spouse? Check your blood sugar

Crankier Babies May Get More TV Time

Finding May Explain Why Women More Likely Develop Alzheimer's

Bullying occurs among children higher up on the social ladder, according to new research -- "The study concluded that girls are more likely to be subject to this type of bullying. The highest incidences of bullying occurred among girls, but boys were more likely to target girls who were climbing social rungs rather than boys who were doing the same." Sexist high-school assholes.

Casual marijuana use linked to brain changes -- "Gregory Gerdeman, a biologist and neuropharmacologist at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., said he has no reason to doubt the new study's findings but worries generally about marijuana research funded by federal agencies, like the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is charged with limiting drug use."
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Republican lawmaker very sorry he said men should be able to rape women if abortion is legal

The right defends a new Jim Crow: 50 years since the Civil Rights Act, wingnuts still don't get it

Study: Racial Bias in Pain Perception Appears Among Children as Young as 7

Study shows why breastfed babies are so smart -- "[A] new study by sociologists at Brigham Young University pinpoints two parenting skills as the real source of this cognitive boost: Responding to children's emotional cues and reading to children starting at 9 months of age. Breastfeeding mothers tend to do both of those things, said lead study author Ben Gibbs."

USDA adds foods to moms and kids food program (WIC)

High-calorie diet may slow ALS progression

Researchers Identify Brain Differences Linked to Insomnia -- "The researchers found that the motor cortex in patients with chronic insomnia was more adaptable to change — more plastic — than in a group of people who slept well."

Older dads' kids more vulnerable to mental disorders -- "A child born to a father 45 or older is three and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with autism, more than 13 times more likely to have attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and almost 25 times more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder than a child born to a man in his early twenties, says a study out this week."

Baby's brain tumor contained fully grown teeth
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Botched execution? Ohio killer takes almost 25 minutes to die from lethal injection | Did Ohio's New Lethal-Injection Cocktail Lead to a Cruel and Unusual Death For Dennis McGuire?

Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban struck down by federal judge -- judgment suspended pending appeal

Drug search involving anal probe results in $1.6-million settlement

Time Magazine Turns Hillary Clinton Into a Pointy Heel Trampling an Emasculated Dude -- "The depiction doesn't show high-powered women competing against male rivals, fair and square; it suggests that the very existence of the feminine in business and politics constitutes a threat to men. It's both sexist and hacky. In turn, trample fetishists mine these 'feminist' stock photos for masturbatory material. (You have learned something new.)"

Children who watch too much TV may have 'damaged brain structures' -- "MRI brain scans showed children who spent the most hours in front of the box had greater amounts of grey matter in regions around the frontopolar cortex - the area at the front of the frontal lobe. But this increased volume was a negative thing as it was linked with lower verbal intelligence[.]"

Racism may accelerate aging on a cellular level, study finds
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Hospital Won't Assist In Transfer For Brain-Dead Girl -- "The hospital 'does not believe that performing surgical procedures on the body of a deceased person is an appropriate medical practice,' [the chief of pediatrics] said."

Wait, scratch that: Hospital Says It Will Help Move Brain-Dead Girl -- Fast-moving facts in this story. I have no doubt the hospital got pushback after its announcement.

Concussions May Increase Alzheimer's Risk, But Only For Some

Experimental Tool Uses Light To Tweak The Living Brain -- optogenetics

U-M tinnitus discovery opens door to possible new treatment avenues | Neuroscience may offer hope to millions robbed of silence by tinnitus

10 classic Sesame Street moments we wouldn't show today's kids: Kermit the frog used to be a real jerk -- Most of these are pretty innocuous, though the Kermit one is a bit surprising in retrospect. (I also specifically remember the "yo-yo master & the lost kid" one. Considering that Sesame Street came out in 1969, it's not surprising that they utilized the very popular Yellow Submarine-esque animation.)

Religion as a Product of Psychotropic Drug Use

Ohio teacher suspended for telling student 'We don't need another black president': Fairfield Freshman School teacher has been suspended without pay and could be terminated | more
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Cyber self-harm: Why do people troll themselves online? -- "9% [of students] had anonymously cyberbullied themselves."

Love hormone 'helps autistic brain' -- oxytocin

Sounds are sound among dyslexics, but access may lag, study finds -- "[T]he white matter tracts connecting the phoneme area to a part of the brain that contains the Broca's area, which regulates the conversion of language to speech, was weaker for the dyslexics as a group[.]"

Women With Big Butts Are Smarter And Resistant To Chronic Illnesses -- I like big butts & I can't deny.

Healthier Diets Cost About $550 More Per Year Than Unhealthy Options -- This is a real issue. I spend my food-stamp dollars on nutritious food. This means I have less per month for food bulk. I buy few canned goods but instead invest in fresh food, which is liable to spoil. It's better for me but more likely to rot. What do you think most families will do? They will attempt to stretch their food dollar (which, apparently, to me is a luxury). This is one of the factors making it difficult for low-income youths to catch up with their more-monied counterparts. (Let's not even get into how hunger affects attention spans for school-aged children, shall we?)

Marijuana Use Puts Men At Risk of "Moobs", Plastic Surgeon -- From what I understand, one plastic surgeon came to this conclusion after examining the data. I would like more voices on this subject; an actual experiment designed to detect this would be the best. The bestest, even.

MIT Devise World's Toughest Tongue Twister to Link Speech Errors to Brain -- "Pad kid poured curd pulled cod"? That is not difficult to me in the least. Do the volunteers have a stopwatch where they need to say the phrase in a certain amount of time? Do you, any of my followers, have difficulty?

1.34-million-year-old human ancestor had 'massive' arm bones for climbing trees -- Paranthropus boisei


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