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  • Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceMore than 100 years ago, American sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois was concerned that race was being used as a biological explanation for what he understood to be social and cultural differences between different populations of people. He spoke out against the idea of "white" and "black" as discrete groups, claiming that these distinctions ignored the scope of human diversity. link to source

  • CBT and Antidepressants "Equally Effective" for Major Depression
    Source: Medical News TodayThe ACP compared the effectiveness cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants for major depression, finding that the two treatments are just as beneficial. link to source

  • Even Young Boys Are Racially Stereotyped, Study Suggests
    Source: Medical News TodayNew research found that people were more likely to associate threatening images and words with faces of young black boys than those of young white boys. link to source

  • Social Hormone Promotes Cooperation in Risky Situations
    Source: ScienceDailyA hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, researchers say. link to source

  • Could Seasonal Depression Be a Myth?
    Source: Google News - HealthA new study cast doubts on the existence of seasonal depression -- a mood disorder linked to reduced sunlight in the winter months. This form of depression -- known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and recognized by the mental health community for nearly 30 years -- "is not supported by objective data," the new study claims. link to source

  • Breast-Feeding Boosts Intelligence and Global Growth, Report Concludes
    Source: Science and Development NetworkDitching milk substitutes could generate US$302 billion a year by improving cognition, researchers find. link to source

  • New York Moves to Ban "Conversion Therapy"
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced regulations to prevent "conversion therapy," a practice aimed at changing an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, in the Empire State. link to source

  • Inside Gender Neutral Schools in Sweden: "It’s All About Democracy"
    Source: The GuardianAt five preschools in Stockholm you won’t find the usual designated areas for dressing up, building blocks, toy cars and dolls houses. All the toys are purposefully jumbled up together as part of a gender-neutral policy. link to source

  • Mind-Reading Computer Instantly Decodes People's Thoughts
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceA new computer program can decode people's thoughts almost in real time, new research shows. Researchers can predict what people are seeing based on the electrical signals coming from electrodes implanted in their brain, and this decoding happens within milliseconds of someone first seeing the image, the scientists found. link to source

  • U.S. Military Aims to Create Cyborgs by Connecting Humans to Computers
    Source: The GuardianResearchers hope to develop a high-bandwidth, implantable neural interface to open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics. The US government is researching technology that it hopes will turn soldiers into cyborgs, allowing them to connect directly to computers. The US military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has unveiled a research programme called Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) which aims to... link to source

  • Why French Jewish People Are Moving to London
    Source: BBC News - Top HeadlinesThere has been a rise in the number of French Jewish people moving to London in recent months, many concerned about growing anti-Semitism in their home country. link to source

  • Helping the Village Where One in Four Are Disabled
    Source: BBC News - Asia-PacificIn a remote mountain village in Indonesia, one in four people has physical and learning disabilities -- an unusually high number. For many years they couldn't get the care they needed, but one man has transformed their lives. link to source

  • Stonehenge Burials Show "Surprising Degree" of Gender Equality
    Source: BBC News - UK NewsA new study of prehistoric bones discovered at Stonehenge finds around half belonged to women, despite commonly-held beliefs. link to source

  • Research Supports Later School Start Times for Teens’ Mental Health
    Source: APA MonitorMany American teenagers stumble into classrooms before the sun has crested the horizon. Some have forgotten their homework, will fall asleep in class and act as beastly to their friends as to their parents. link to source

  • Mindfulness Craze Now at a University Near You
    Source: The GuardianEven Cambridge is offering sessions to combat an increase in student stress. But is mindfulness, as some critics insist, just a silly fad? Slowly take a raisin and examine every wrinkle and fold of its surface. Feel its texture with your fingers. Inhale its scent. Squeeze it and hear how it sounds. Raise it to your lips, place it in your mouth, explore it with your tongue. Prepare to chew. As you bite into it, notice the bursts of taste and how... link to source

  • Scientists Make Major Genetic Discovery About Schizophrenia
    Source: Google News - HealthSchizophrenia is a devastating and often destructive mental disorder, one that overtakes a young mind and sends it spinning out of touch with reality. About one in 100 Americans is estimated to have schizophrenia, and although the word itself has been... link to source

  • Adding Behavioral Therapy to Meds Reduces Depression Long-Term
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthWhen depression does not respond to antidepressant medication, replacing it with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or adding CBT to treatment may be effective and last for several years, according to a trial in the U.K. link to source

  • Daughters of Interracial Couples More Likely to Say They're Multiracial
    Source: Time MagazineStudy suggests it's because they're considered "intriguing." One of the fastest growing racial groups in the country isn’t a single racial group–it’s people from multiracial backgrounds, the children of interracial unions. A new study has found however, that young women are much more likely to call themselves multiracial than young men are... link to source

  • Nestlé Admits Slavery in Thailand While Fighting Child Labour Lawsuit
    Source: The GuardianIt’s hard to think of an issue that you would less like your company to be associated with than modern slavery. Yet last November Nestlé, the world’s largest food maker and one of the most recognizable household brands, went public with the news it had found forced labour in its supply chains in Thailand and that its customers were buying products tainted with the blood and sweat of poor, unpaid and abused migrant workers. link to source

  • Study Explores the Effect of Labeling People "Mentally Ill"
    Source: Medical News TodayWould you call an individual with depression "mentally ill" or a "person with a mental illness"? According to a new study, the label one gives a person with such an illness can influence how they are tolerated by society. link to source

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