Art is a crucial form of resistance and healing for Palestinians, says local artist

The trauma she experienced during the Second Intifada continues to haunt Mary Hazboun, a 34-year-old Palestinian artist and folk singer from Bethlehem. She’s now channelled some of her pain into an art project titled “The Art of Weeping.”

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A new Illinois law calls attention to postpartum mental illness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in nine women experience symptoms of postpartum depression; One in one thousand women experience symptoms of psychosis, and up to four percent of women with untreated postpartum psychosis commit infanticide. A new law in Illinois allows postpartum illnesses like depression and psychosis to be mitigating factors in sentencing.

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Biohackers join researchers on the neuroscience frontier, whether they like it or not

The human brain is one of the most fascinating and challenging frontiers of scientific study today. What makes it particularly exciting, and what compounds its complexity, are neuroscience’s nascent attempts to go beyond understanding the brain to actually reconfiguring it. This prospect so captures the imagination that science fiction as recent as the film “Lucy” still fantasizes about the superhuman feats that could result from unlocking the brain’s latent potential.

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White supremacist Bitcoin tracker shows promise of data science in activism

The Unite the Right rally that resulted in a fatality in August 2017 showed the resurgence of far-right groups in the U.S., and their potential for violence.

Horrified, John Bambenek, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois and founder of information security firm Bambenek Consulting, decided to use his skills and experience to do something. Bambenek discovered after some preliminary queries that his knowledge of cryptocurrencies could shed light on far-right political activity.

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