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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Reopening ‘War Against All Puerto Ricans’ in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Since Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico—leaving thousands of people without basic necessities like electricity and water—Nelson Denis’s 2015 book “War Against All Puerto Ricans” has only become more popular. But like the island, the book has a deep-rooted and tumultuous political past.

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Where do we go from here? It’s clear the United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Less clear is how to end it – or what an “end” would even look like.

Journalistically speaking, opioid addiction seemed ripe for the taking. I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for, other than a new angle on a crisis that seems to be in the news every single day. So I set out – blindly, but guided by good faith.

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