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'I honestly thought of myself as simply American': DNA testing shocks college students

'I honestly thought of myself as simply American': DNA testing shocks college students | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
More than 1,500 people have had genetic testing done at West Chester University, part of a campuswide DNA Discussion Project. Anita Foeman, a professor of communication studies at the public university in Pennsylvania, hoped to use the project to build connections among people. Students in a freshman honors class took the test this fall, and many were surprised when the results upended their self-identity. Robert Langel Robert Langel was somewhat skeptical about Anita Foeman's “self awareness” class. He found it a little nerve-racking starting as a freshman at West Chester, two hours from home in rural central Pennsylvania, where everyone he knows is very conservative. He voted for Donald Trump,
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You don't see toilet seats with Jesus on them, but Hindu deities are still frequently misused, critics say

You don't see toilet seats with Jesus on them, but Hindu deities are still frequently misused, critics say | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Bathroom mats. Toilet seats. Shoes. Dog tags. All of these items have, in recent years, gone on sale adorned with images of Hindu deities, particularly that of Ganesha, known most commonly in the West for his elephant face. “It is inappropriate, and it is offensive to devotees,” said Rajan Zed, a Reno, Nev.-based Hindu activist who protests against such commercial products. “I haven't seen Christ on toilet seat covers. Or any symbol of Islam,” said Vasudha Narayanan, a professor of religion at the University of Florida. “If you wouldn't do it with one, why do you want to do it with something else? Or at least wouldn't it behoove you to check?”  Every few months, Zed said, he receives a message
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World's Weirdest Bridges (PHOTOS)

World's Weirdest Bridges (PHOTOS) | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Some of these marvels of engineering curl, tilt and even breathe fire. Explore the world's strangest bridges.
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'Water Stories' — The global water crisis in pictures

'Water Stories' — The global water crisis in pictures | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Since 2011, Brooklyn-raised photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has traveled to nine countries for his long-term photographic project, Water, highlighting the global water crisis. This summer, he focused on New York's waterways and water challenges. The resulting images, along with images from around the world (including Brazil, Nigeria, Pakistan, India and China), will be shown in “Water Stories,” an open-air solo exhibition. This will be his first in New York, as part of Photoville, a free photography festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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Disabled workers paid just pennies an hour – and it's legal

Disabled workers paid just pennies an hour – and it's legal | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it

One of the nation's best-known charities is paying disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour, thanks to a 75-year-old legal loophole that critics say needs to be closed.
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Council on Foreign Relations

Council on Foreign Relations | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher. CFR.org provides daily analysis of foreign policy issues and content from Foreign Affairs magazine.
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What’s free in your country – but not in mine?

What’s free in your country – but not in mine? | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
From mineral water to water slides, these freebies may surprise even the most well travelled.
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New documentary examines at-risk youth in US schools

New documentary examines at-risk youth in US schools | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
The documentary follows a teacher reconnecting with his former student.
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Thailand is moving closer to decriminalizing meth

Thailand is moving closer to decriminalizing meth | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Seemingly out of nowhere, the typically rigid Thai junta is spouting soft views on narcotics that fall somewhere to the left of many Colorado stoners.
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Clues to your personality appeared before you could talk

Clues to your personality appeared before you could talk | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Long before you could express yourself with words, you were giving away the signs of your adult temperament. Christian Jarrett explains how.
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On Sept. 11, He Checked Hijackers Onto Flight 77. It's Haunted Him Ever Since

On Sept. 11, He Checked Hijackers Onto Flight 77. It's Haunted Him Ever Since | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
As an airline ticket agent on that terrible day, Vaughn Allex checked in families and a student group. But he also checked in their plane's hijackers. And because of that, "They were just all gone."
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A 10-year-old girl makes her pitch to Western powers for peace in Yemen

A 10-year-old girl makes her pitch to Western powers for peace in Yemen | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Yara is a 10-year-old girl living in Yemen's rebel-held capital city, Sanaa. The sound of fighter jets, rockets and bomb blasts have kept her awake at
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Sunnis and Shias: What's the story?

Sunnis and Shias: What's the story? | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Sunni and Shia Muslims: What is the difference between the two, and is there a connection between this age-old split and conflict around the world?
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Muslims Traveling By Air in the United States Are Being Systematically Dehumanized

Muslims Traveling By Air in the United States Are Being Systematically Dehumanized | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
To say that Muslim travellers have been forced into becoming disturbingly acclimated with the phenomenon commonly known as 'flying while Muslim'—or situations involving bigotry, and expressions of bias directed towards Muslims as they travel by air—is an understatement. From customary “random” pat-downs and secondary screenings to invasive questions—and the likelihood of being thrown off your flight for doing anything remotely foreign—to flight attendants and passengers who are threatened by the sound of anything other than English, it's a constant battle. On Dec. 21, YouTube celebrity Adam Saleh—known mostly for his senseless pranks and copycat “social experiments”—was allegedly thrown off a Delta flight after a passenger overheard him speaking in Arabic on the phone during a call to his mother. It's fair to approach this specific incident with some skepticism, as Saleh is known for outlandish “social experiments” which he characterizes in a way that is meant to manipulate public perception in order to have them appear entirely genuine.
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Interfaith weddings at UK Sikh temples hit by protests

Interfaith weddings at UK Sikh temples hit by protests | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Wolverhampton, England - For decades, Sikh temples in the United Kingdom have hosted mixed-faith weddings.  But the practice is causing serious tension in some communities. There have been protests forcing couples to cancel or postpone their ceremonies. There are around 500,000 Sikhs in Britain. At one gurdwara, or temple, in the English midlands, 55 protesting Sikh men were determined to stop a wedding between a Sikh and a Hindu in September. Armed police surrounded the temple and arrested the group; two have since been charged. There have been many similar incidents across England in recent years. "We're not against any interfaith, out-of-faith wedding, people can go to register offices," said
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Who Is Responsible For That Pile Of Poop?

Who Is Responsible For That Pile Of Poop? | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
To stop open defecation, a U.N.-affiliated group takes villagers on a "walk of shame." But critics raise questions about the ethics of this approach.
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Indian woman stabbed more than 20 times in broad daylight. Video shows passersby doing nothing.

Indian woman stabbed more than 20 times in broad daylight. Video shows passersby doing nothing. | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
The footage lasted for an agonizing 45 seconds. Captured by CCTV on Tuesday in the streets of Burari, in North Delhi, it began with a man dragging a woman along the sidewalk before throwing her to the pavement. He pulled out a single blade from a pair of scissors and stabbed her with tremendous force
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A City Looks To STEM School To Lift Economy, But Will Grads Stay?

A City Looks To STEM School To Lift Economy, But Will Grads Stay? | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
What can a city in decline do to make a comeback? In Springfield, Ohio, a new school is trying to turn the tide. But local leaders say keeping young people from moving away is key to economic revival.
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Inside Ethiopia’s sizzling cauldron

Inside Ethiopia’s sizzling cauldron | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
The tribal Afar people have inhabited this arid moonscape for centuries, eking out a living by transporting salt across the brutal desert by camel caravans.
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Belgium minor first to be granted euthanasia - BBC News

Belgium minor first to be granted euthanasia - BBC News | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
A terminally-ill minor has been helped to die in Belgium, the first case since age restrictions on euthanasia were lifted in 2014.
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The Standing Rock Sioux 'know what they're doing' in North Dakota

The Standing Rock Sioux 'know what they're doing' in North Dakota | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
For weeks, members of the Standing Rock Sioux have gathered in Cannonball, North Dakota, standing against the Dakota Access pipeline. The government has now halted construction pending reassessment of the project.
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The island where thousands go to get married - BBC News

The island where thousands go to get married - BBC News | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
About 3,000 couples fly to Cyprus from the Middle East each year to get married.
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Sleep 'prioritises memories we care about' - BBC News

Sleep 'prioritises memories we care about' - BBC News | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Researchers discover that during sleep the thoughts your care about are more likely to enter your memory.
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Facebook And Mortality: Why Your Incessant Joy Gives Me The Blues

Facebook And Mortality: Why Your Incessant Joy Gives Me The Blues | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Clearly, researchers love Facebook, even if some of the rest of us are ambivalent. A 2012 survey of social science papers related to the social network
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When People Ate People, A Strange Disease Emerged

When People Ate People, A Strange Disease Emerged | Kelly_MSSH | Scoop.it
Most of the world didn't know anyone lived in the highlands of Papua New Guinea until the 1930s, when Australian gold prospectors surveying the area
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