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  • Obama in Kenya: Female Genital Mutilation Is Indefensible
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsAs the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya, Barack Obama used the opportunity to call out the country for practices that harm women and girls. “There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence, there’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation, there’s no place in a civilised society for the early or forced marriage of children. These traditions may go back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century.” more...

  • Illuminating Mechanisms of Repetitive Thinking
    Source: ScienceDailyThe ability to engage in mental time travel is a unique and central part of the human experience. And yet this very ability can have detrimental consequences for both physical and mental well-being when it becomes repetitive and uncontrolled. New research investigates this kind of repetitive thinking, exploring the core psychological processes that underlie maladaptive thought processes like worry and rumination. more...

  • ​Google Reveals How It Crams a Neural Network into Your Smart Phone
    Source: Yahoo News - BusinessGoogle has developed a miniature neural network so that its Translate app can do live translations without being connected to the internet. more...

  • How Do Body Cameras Affect Police Officers?
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthBody camera footage made headlines again this week after Officer Ray Tensing was indicited for murder after he allegedly shot a man in the head during a traffic stop. Michael Broder, a therapist who worked with the Philadelphia police department for five years providing psychological counseling, said the big question among experts is if the body cameras will make police afraid to act or if they will just not act inappropriately. There are not... more...

  • Dentist Who Killed Popular Lion Faces Online Shaming
    Source: Time MagazineWhat the online hate directed at a U.S. dentist, who shot and killed a lion in Zimbabwe, says about us. more...

  • Scientists Find First Drug That Appears to Slow Alzheimer's Disease
    Source: The GuardianSolanezumab blocks memory loss in patients with mild version of the disease, making it the first medicine ever to slow pace of damage to patients’ brains. Scientists appear to have broken a decades-long deadlock in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease after announcing trial results for the first drug that appears to slow the pace of mental decline. The drug, called solanezumab, was shown to stave off memory loss in patients with mild... more...

  • Obama in Kenya: "No Excuse" for Treating Women Poorly
    Source: The Guardian‘Just because something is part of your past doesn’t make it right’, Obama says. Barack Obama wrapped up his visit to Kenya on Sunday with a strong condemnation of female genital mutilation and other “bad traditions” that treat women as second-class citizens, in a speech that also a offered a poignant glimpse into his African heritage... more...

  • Exercise Is Good for Your Brain
    Source: Google News - HealthRegular physical activity may stave off the risk for Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment or dementia. The benefits of exercise have been well-established over the years. Now, there may... more...

  • Will Gay Divorce Be Different From Traditional Divorce?
    Source: Yahoo News - BusinessWill same-sex divorce differ from traditional divorce? more...

  • First Direct Evidence That Autism Is Not Rising
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthThe way autism is diagnosed in the United States has led to an apparent tripling in cases in recent years that does not reflect reality, researchers said Wednesday. Rather, more youths with intellectual or developmental disabilities are being reclassified as autistic, said the study in the American Journal of Medical Genetics. The prevalence of autism in the United States was just one in 5,000 in 1975. more...

  • Obama Asks African Nations to End Antigay Discrimination
    Source: The GuardianVisiting his father’s Kenyan homeland, US president says ‘bad things happen’ when governments get into habit of treating people differently. The US president, Barack Obama, has launched an unprecedented defence of gay rights in Africa, telling Kenya’s president that the state has no right to punish people because of “who they love”. Obama, visiting his late father’s homeland for the first time as US president, confronted Uhuru... more...

  • College Social Life Can Predict Well-Being at Midlife
    Source: ScienceDailyIt's well known that being socially connected promotes a person's overall and psychological health. A new study now shows that the quantity of social interactions a person has at 20 -- and the quality of social relationships that person has at age 30 -- can benefit her well-being later in life. more...

  • Behavioural Insights Team Now "Nudging" Across the World
    Source: The GuardianThe government’s behavioural insights team has won over sceptics in Whitehall and it is now ‘nudging’ behaviour across the world. Who has signed up an extra 100,000 organ donors a year, persuaded 20% more people to consider switching energy provider, doubled the number of army applicants – and will certainly be consulted on the spending review that calls for £20bn cuts to Whitehall budgets? Step forward David Halpern, chief executive of... more...

  • Antismoking Organization Launches Tour to End Teen Tobacco Use
    Source: USA Today - U.S. NewsWith over 43,000 “finishers” joined and a viral video, Truth hopes its summer tours will stamp out teen smoking for good... more...

  • Basis for Eating Disorders Found in Children As Young As Eight
    Source: The GuardianStudy shows how early body dissatisfaction that puts kids at risk of developing the conditions in their teens can set in. Children as young as eight can experience dissatisfaction with the size and shape of their body that puts them at risk of eating disorders in their teens, according to a major study which for the first time reveals how early anxieties about body image set in. The largest UK study ever on eating disorders in children followed... more...

  • Mitsubishi Extends U.S. Wartime Slavery Apology to China
    Source: The GuardianThe Japanese firm has apologised to US prisoners of war and is reported to be ready to apologise and pay compensation to Chinese victims of forced labour. Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials will apologise and pay compensation to Chinese victims of forced labour during the second world war, Japanese media reported on Friday, days after the firm made a landmark apology to US prisoners of war. More than 3,700 Chinese who were forced into hard labour in... more...

  • Democrats Opt Not to Honor Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportThe former presidents' ties to slavery prompted party leaders to remove their names from an annual fundraising dinner. more...

  • Implicit Bias Against Lesbians, Gays Decreasing, Study Shows
    Source: ScienceDailyThe U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling legalizing marriage between same-sex couples in all 50 states follows on the heels of national polls showing rapid cultural changes in attitudes toward lesbian and gay people. A new study confirms this, showing that not only are Americans' conscious and unconscious biases against lesbian women and gay men decreasing across all demographic groups, but the trend also appears to be accelerating. The online... more...

  • PTSD Affecting a Quarter-Million Vietnam War Veterans
    Source: Medical News TodayFour decades on from the end of the Vietnam war and some US ex-servicemen still experience mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress and major depression. more...

  • Austria Bans Nazi-Referencing Car Number Plates
    Source: The GuardianMore than 30 number and letter combinations that allude to Nazism have been made illegal by the country’s transport ministry Coded tattoos or styles of haircut have long been ways for neo-Nazis to signal their support for the far right, but on Thursday Austria closed down one avenue for hidden symbolism – car number plates. More than 30 number and letter combinations for personalised registration plates that contain allusions to the Nazis... more...

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