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California Republicans kiss votes goodbye, closet Trump-ers speak and Sanders holds out

California Republicans kiss votes goodbye, closet Trump-ers speak and Sanders holds out
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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announces the suspension of his campaign as wife Heidi Cruz looks on during an election night watch party in Indianapolis, Indiana. ; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images We knew yesterday’s Indiana primary was important but we didn’t know it would wrap up the Republican Presidential race. Donald Trump garnered […]

Parents open up about raising transgender kids

Parents open up about raising transgender kids

Students clap after Kathy Duritza, a pre-school teacher at the North Hills KinderCare Learning Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.; Credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images for Knowledge Unive Despite high-profile advocates like Caitlyn Jenner spreading the word about growing up transgender, the concept is still difficult for many to understand, especially when young children identify as trans.  How […]

Is monotasking the new multitasking?

Is monotasking the new multitasking?

Research coming out of UC Irvine shows that humans have finite neural resources that are depleted every time they switch between tasks. ; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Multitasking in the workplace is typically lauded as an ideal capability for workers. But, how much work do the multitaskers get done? Is there a lack of focus, […]

Racist jurors’ impact on guilty verdicts will be weighed by Supreme Court

Racist jurors’ impact on guilty verdicts will be weighed by Supreme Court

Seats in the jury box sit empty during a hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court.; Credit: Pool/Getty Images If a juror shows racial bias during jury deliberations, then is a defendant being robbed of his or her Sixth Amendment right to trial by an impartial jury? That question will be debated at the Supreme Court […]

Is distracted driving the same as drunk driving? The ‘textalyzer’ would treat it that way

Is distracted driving the same as drunk driving? The ‘textalyzer’ would treat it that way

A driver texting while driving.; Credit: iStockphoto In an effort to curb an increase in distracted driving, a New York State lawmaker is proposing a law that would give police the technology to treat texting and driving the same way as drinking and driving. The so-called “textalyzer” would allow police at the scene of a […]

Is distracted driving the same as drunk driving? The ‘textalyzer’ would treat it that way

Is distracted driving the same as drunk driving? The ‘textalyzer’ would treat it that way

A driver texting while driving.; Credit: iStockphoto In an effort to curb an increase in distracted driving, a New York State lawmaker is proposing a law that would give police the technology to treat texting and driving the same way as drinking and driving. The so-called “textalyzer” would allow police at the scene of a […]

Legal void allows post-mortem sperm extraction

Legal void allows post-mortem sperm extraction

An expert performs in-vitro fertilization.; Credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images Imagine the sudden death of a young husband, the promise of a future together snatched away — except for his sperm, an ethically dubious option for having a family with the one you loved. As discussed in The Atlantic, the practice of post-mortem sperm extraction has […]

Tobacco ban on Cal State, Cal Community Colleges moves forward in legislature

Tobacco ban on Cal State, Cal Community Colleges moves forward in legislature

A person dressed as a cigarette called ‘Ciggy Butts’ encourages students on the UC Berkeley campus to quit smoking.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California State University and California Community College campuses got one step closer to being tobacco-free after the state Assembly voted 41-24 yesterday to approve a tobacco ban. It would include electronic cigarettes, […]

Tobacco ban on Cal State, Cal Community Colleges moves forward in legislature

Tobacco ban on Cal State, Cal Community Colleges moves forward in legislature

A person dressed as a cigarette called ‘Ciggy Butts’ encourages students on the UC Berkeley campus to quit smoking.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California State University and California Community College campuses got one step closer to being tobacco-free after the state Assembly voted 41-24 yesterday to approve a tobacco ban. It would include electronic cigarettes, […]

ISO a better ballot for the state Senate race

ISO a better ballot for the state Senate race

Voters cast ballots at the Multnomah County elections office.; Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images California officials have a unique problem on their hands this June: to come up with an appropriate election ballot for the Senate primary. Thirty-four candidates are in the race to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer in June, who will be retiring after two […]