Joanna Rothkopf

Autopsy: Robin Williams Had Lewy Body Dementia

According to his official autopsy, actor and comedian Robin Williams had a disease called Lewy body dementia (LBD), which may have contributed to his decision to kill himself.

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Progress? Goldman Sachs Caps Interns to 17 Hours a Day After Death at Bank of America

Goldman Sachs has officially announced that it will cap interns’ days at 17 hours, meaning interns are encouraged to go home by midnight and not arrive before 7 a.m. At the beginning of June, Goldman Sachs took on around 2,900 summer interns.

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We Knew Dogs Were Loyal -- But *This* Loyal? Wow

New research led by Kazuo Fujita of Kyoto University has found that your dog is the best wing man/woman. The researchers tested three groups of 18 dogs by putting them in rooms with their owners as well as two strangers. The owners were tasked with opening a box, and solicited help from the two other people in the room (sometimes they would help and sometimes they would refuse). After watching their owners either be rebuffed or aided, the dogs were offered food by the strangers — and were much more likely to ignore the stranger who had been unkind to their owner.

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Stingy, White and Fat: Here’s What the Rest Of the World Thinks of Americans

A new video from a Korean student who goes by Sw Yoonwill make you feel a mixture of pride, humiliation and shame because of your American heritage. In the short piece, entitled “How do you distinguish Americans?” Yoon interviews a number of international students about stereotypes they associate with Americans and American culture.

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Meet Marilyn Mosby, the Badass Young Prosecutor Fighting for Justice in Baltimore

After only four months as Baltimore City state’s attorney, 35-year-old Marilyn Mosby was thrust into the national spotlight when she announced in a press conference Friday morning that her team had deemed Freddie Gray’s death a homicide. Somehow, after a minutes-long briefing, the Internet decided that she was the woman who would save us all. And I am so down with that.

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Stephen Hawking's Dire Warning: Humanity Won't Last Another 1,000 Years on Earth

On Monday, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking gave his first Australian speech at Sydney’s Opera House via hologram from his office at the University of Cambridge. And he did not have an overly positive message for the continent down under.

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How Cats Are Actually Telling Humans What to Do

Some time ago, I delivered a cat into this world and now I am raising him because he is my son and I am his mother. (That’s the truth — please don’t dispute my personal history in the comments.) The one thing is, my cat never learned to speak English. That’s not a problem for me because, as I said, I am his mother and I understand all his thoughts instinctively, but it has meant that he’s been unable to apply for the best preschools and hasn’t made very many friends outside the family.

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7 Times Bill Maher Revealed Himself to Be a Bigot

Bill Maher’s long, illustrious career is perhaps, more than anything else, an excellent example of mass public manipulation. Under the guise of being a liberal comedian, he has managed to build for himself an ultra-successful career predicated on being a massive dick. Maher has been consistently racist, sexist, transphobic and otherwise ignorant throughout his career, and responds to each allegation of hatred with more indignation than before. Let’s set the record straight: Bill Maher is a bigot. A bigot with a HBO show, but a bigot nonetheless.

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7 Most Ludicrous Rand Paul Moments

Rand Paul is set to officially announce his presidential campaign in Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday morning. [Editor's note: Paul just announced via his website].

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EmmaSofia: Making the Case for Psychedelic Legalization

On Wednesday, Teri Krebs, a neuroscience research fellow at the Norway University of Science and Technology, published a letter in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal.In the letter, Krebs, board leader of non-profit EmmaSofia that aims to increase access to psychedelic drugs, vigorously defended the safety of taking controlled amounts of MDMA and other similar drugs.

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