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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Concerns mount over implementation of Illinois’ historic automatic voter registration law

The Illinois automatic voter registration law is the first in the country to allow agencies outside of the Secretary of State to register voters. Democrats pushed to offer AVR at public assistance and social services agencies, which help low-income people and people of color who may not have driver’s licenses. Meanwhile at the Republican governor’s request, the state Department of Natural Resources and Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will also register voters. But a combination of unrelated policy delays, lack of state funding and security concerns all threaten the law’s rollout in Illinois.

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How Four Male Democratic Candidates for Governor Plan to Improve the Lives of Illinois Women

In the wake of a national cascade of #metoo stories about sexual assault and harassment and the federal government threatening access to contraception, hundreds of women gathered in the Loop on Dec. 9 to hear four Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidates describe how they would be allies for women’s issues.

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