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How frontotemporal dementia, the syndrome affecting Wendy Williams, changes the brain – research is untangling its genetic causes

Fen-Biao Gao, Professor of RNA Therapeutics, Governor Paul Cellucci Chair in Neuroscience Research, Founding Director of Frontotempral Dementia Research Center, UMass Chan Medical School Around 55 million people worldwide suffer from dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. On Feb. 22, 2024, it was revealed that former talk show host Wendy Williams had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, a rare type of dementia that typically affects people ages 45 to 64. Bruce Willis is another celebrity who was diagnosed with the syndrome, according to his family. In contrast to Alzheimer’s, in which the major initial symptom is memory loss, FTD typically involves changes in behavior. The initial symptoms of

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Is Russia looking to put nukes in space? Doing so would undermine global stability and ignite an anti-satellite arms race

Spenser A. Warren, Postdoctoral Fellow in Technology and International Security, University of California, San Diego Fresh U.S. intelligence circulating in Congress reportedly indicates that Russia is developing an anti-satellite weapon in space with a nuclear component. News reports speculating about what the weapon could be abounded after Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, released a cryptic but alarming statement on Feb. 14, 2024, regarding the information, which he framed as a “serious national security threat.” Some sources suggested a nuclear weapon. Others suspect a weapon that is nuclear-powered but not a nuclear warhead. The White House confirmed the following day that the Russian system under development is a

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New research debunks the ‘unhappy worker’ narrative, but finds most still believe it

Scott Schieman, Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto As a sociologist who studies how people think and feel about work, I’ve been struck by the unflattering cultural narrative that has intensified around work in recent years. The so-called “Great Resignation” of 2021 and 2022 saw an increase in anti-work rhetoric and the onset of the “quiet quitting” trend — a variation on the “work to rule” concept where employees do no more than the bare minimum required by contract. Quitting was also described as being fun and contagious. A Wall Street Journal headline from November 2023 summarized the sentiment aptly: “Why is Everyone So Unhappy at

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Pakistan’s post-election crisis – how anti-army vote may deliver an unstable government that falls into the military’s hands

Ayesha Jalal, Professor of History, Tufts University Pakistan’s heavily anticipated general election took place on Feb. 8, 2024, with citizens of the South Asian country hoping that it might prove a step toward ending the nation’s political uncertainty. But several days later, it remains unclear what the result of the vote will yield. Both of the leading contenders have claimed victory, amid allegations of vote rigging and disputed ballots. The Conversation spoke with Ayesha Jalal, an expert on Pakistan’s political history who teaches at Tufts University, about what the results of the election mean and what could happen next. Is it clear who will govern

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Antioch Man Found Guilty on Charges Following High-Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

An Antioch man has been convicted on multiple counts, including firearm possession and vehicle theft, after leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit. Artis Chavez Crenshaw, Jr., 33, was found guilty by a Contra Costa County jury after a series of events that culminated in a dramatic car chase and subsequent crash. The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office brought charges against Crenshaw on July 6th, 2023, with Deputy District Attorney Philip Farmer leading the prosecution. On January 18th, the jury delivered their verdict, convicting Crenshaw on four out of the five counts presented against him. The chase that led to Crenshaw’s

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Are you really in love? How expanding your love lexicon can change your relationships and how you see yourself

Georgi Gardiner, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of the University of Tennessee Humanities Center (UTHC), University of Tennessee What is love? Could those feelings you label as love be something else? What about infatuation? Obsession? A passing fancy? Being smitten? Enthrallment? Beguilement? Lust? A crush? A squish? Platonic admiration? Why do people categorize some attachments as romantic love but not others? Suppose Holly meets someone on vacation. They quickly become romantically and sexually intimate and seem deeply compatible. Holly is from the U.K., where the term “holiday romance” is commonly used and part of her vocabulary. Because she knows this

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Danville Resident Faces Felony Assault Charges After Alleged Attack on Father

A 24-year-old man from Danville, California, is facing serious criminal charges following two separate incidents that resulted in his arrest. Kevin Hu Xu has been charged with felony assault, among other misdemeanors, and is currently being held on a $117,000 bail. The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office has filed a five-count complaint against Xu, which includes felony charges for assault with a deadly weapon and assault by means likely to produce great bodily harm. Both charges carry additional special allegations due to the severity of harm involved. Xu is scheduled for arraignment in the Contra Costa Superior Court in Martinez

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