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Scathing Report Accuses the Pentagon of Developing an Agricultural Bioweapon
A new technology in which insects are used to genetically modify crops could be converted into a dangerous, and possibly illegal, bioweapon, alleges a Science Policy Forum report released today. Naturally, the organization leading the research says it’s doing nothing of the sort.
The report is a response to a ongoing research program funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dubbed “Insect Allies,” the idea is to create more resilient crops to help farmers deal with climate change, drought, frost, floods, salinity, and disease. But instead of modifying seeds in a lab, farmers would send fleets of insects into their crops, where the genetically modified bugs would do their work, “infecting” the plants with a special virus that passes along the new resilience genes.
Monogamy May Be Even More Difficult For Women Than it Is For Men
It’s a widely held belief that monogamy comes more naturally to women than it does to men. A lot of people subscribe to a narrative that says the sexes are just “wired” differently, with women having evolved to be monogamous and men to be promiscuous.
There’s just one problem with this line of thinking—it’s not true, according author Wednesday Martin’s latest book. In UNTRUE: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free , Martin offers a provocative read based on the latest research studies and interviews with experts in human sexuality that challenges us to think differently about women and sex. She sets the record straight on a number of false beliefs about female sexuality in particular, including when and why women cheat.
Texas doctor faces backlash after saying female counterparts make less because they ‘don’t work as hard’
A doctor in Plano, Tex., sparked outrage after he told a medical publication that female physicians make less than men because they “don't work as hard” and prioritize “something else … family, social, whatever."
Medical professionals have since taken Gary Tigges to task on social media for views they say are discriminatory and disproved by most research. Some have criticized the Dallas Medical Journal for highlighting the remarks; others have praised the monthly magazine for exposing them.
The quote appeared in the “Big and Bright Ideas” section of the September edition of the journal as part of a feature asking industry professionals to share their thoughts and potential solutions to the gender pay gap in medicine.
It’s time to level with people about climate change
More companies are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment. Earlier this year, Ceres released an excellent comprehensive view of which companies are taking what actions (and what more needs to be done). The upside is that 64 percent of the 600 largest U.S. companies have commitments in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As I’ve noted here before, many companies actually have concrete, science-based targets for reductions in waste and energy and water use — so much so that companies all sound the same when they talk about their goals. I’ve urged corporations to set the appropriate targets but to hone in on one environmental or social issue they can own — that they can be known for and solve. It’s what consumers want companies to do, and being known for leading on an issue is fully leverage-able from a brand-building standpoint.
But I think it’s time to go further.
It’s time to level with people.
Stop Saying Happiness Is a Choice, Because It's Not
As if mindlessly scrolling through Instagram didn't make me feel bad enough — perfectly airbrushed selfies, aesthetically pleasing apartments, endless vacation pics on some remote island, your designer handbag I'll never be able to afford — coming across so-called "inspirational" messages from health and wellness accounts is a gamble between being motivated and just feeling worse about myself.
A common trope among the wellness crowd is the idea that your mood is entirely within your control. More specifically, that happiness is a choice. "Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy," a popular text image declares. "Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy," another reads. While I understand the sentiment of choosing to be positive and grateful — it's better to look at the glass half-full, right? — it undermines those of us who live every day with a mental illness.
Why mental health advocates use the words 'died by suicide'
With the news this week of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, reactions and commentary are pouring in on social media. People who never met them are grasping for answers as to why these icons could meet such a tragic end. Specifically they may be asking, “How could they do this?” It’s a common question in the aftermath of a suicide that, though typically innocent in nature, is loaded with crucial misunderstandings about suicide and, in some cases, mental illness.
What exactly is the problem? Partly it’s in the language. Asking “how someone could do this” puts responsibility on the victim, just as the phrase “committed suicide” suggests an almost criminal intent. Depression and other mental illnesses are leading risk factors for suicide. This is why mental health advocates usually employ the term “died by suicide,” as it removes culpability from the person who has lost their life and allows a discussion about the disease or disorder from which they were suffering.
Space aliens could have died out long ago, scientist says
“He's dead, Jim.”
So sayeth Leonard “Bones” McCoy, the plainspoken doctor in the original "Star Trek" television series, to Captain James Kirk whenever an alien croaks in their high-tech sickbay. Expired extraterrestrials have been frequent players in many sci-fi potboilers, and for obvious dramatic reasons.
But how about entire alien societies? A research team under the leadership of French astronomer Claudio Grimaldi recently published a paper suggesting that any extraterrestrial civilization we discover is likely to be long dead.
Meet the gay designer of men’s tights who wants to let your bulge breathe
Among aficionados of men’s tights, there’s one designer to name-drop these days: Jeffrey Scott.
Known simply as the ‘TightsGuy’ online, Scott is building a brand as a bespoke designer of stretchy tights, leggings and singlets for men.
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A flight attendant says 'nobody cares' if you actually turn off your phone on a plane — and reveals the disgusting reason you should never drink coffee in the air
An unnamed flight attendant revealed secrets of the trade in an interview with Vice.
She says nobody switches off their phones on planes, not even staff members.
There's also an ideal time for joining the mile-high club, she says — but there's never a good time to order coffee in the sky.
She says there's only one way to score an upgrade, and it's all about bargaining power.
Suzy Welch: Here's how long you should stay at a job you hate for your resume's sake
Gone are the days of retiring after 40 years of service to the company that hired you right out of college. Industry changes, volatile startups and impatient millennials have created a professional culture in which frequent job changes are now the norm.
But bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch warns that while job-hopping is no longer uncommon, the length of time you stay at a job still matters to hiring managers.
"They get that jobs don't last forever anymore," she tells CNBC Make It, "but they don't want to go through the arduous process of finding someone, training them and getting them up and running, only to have them flit onto the next cool thing when a friend calls and says, 'Hey, we have an opening.'"
I'm Here To Talk About Ranch Dressing
True story: The other night I was with a friend and we ordered some pizza for movie night. Normal!
We're enjoying our night until all of a sudden she asked me for...RANCH!!!
Mental health services are causing trauma, rather than healing
The mental health system continues to inflict trauma, violence and harm because it regards those it sets out to help as the ‘problem’ to be fixed, not the ‘customer’ it serves.
That’s the assessment of leading Victorian mental health policy adviser Indigo Daya, a survivor of childhood trauma and a former compulsory patient of mental health services, after years of working in mental health consumer roles and in government.
Daya, who is Senior Consumer Advisor in the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist in Victoria and a long-time consumer and human rights advocate, was a keynote speaker at the recent Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) conference in Melbourne.
She said a big challenge for the consumer movement is that the system still sees the general public as its ‘customer’ and its aims to be about public safety and a sound economy, rather than the health and recovery of the people it treats. (See her slides below.)
Thanksgiving Text Hotline Offers Lessons, Responses To Racist White Family Members
A nationwide network of white Americans hoping to weed out support for white supremacy has set up a free texting service, the SURJ Holiday Mobile Hotline, to help people respond and report racist Thanksgiving conversations.
Last year, the Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) network set up a similar service to text “SOS” in case unruly family members or friends attempted to bring up their support of then-President Elect Donald Trump or bigoted conversation topics. This Thanksgiving and holiday season, the group has expanded the free texting service to call out any openly racist white family members disrupting Thanksgiving dinner. The service hopes to "break silence about race in this country," according to the group website.
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3 Steps White Christians Must Take to Fight Racism and Intolerance
Judge rebuked after offering reduced jail time in exchange for vasectomies
The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has publicly reprimanded a judge who had offered reduced jail time to inmates who agreed to get long-term birth control procedures.
Judge Sam Benningfield had offered a 30-day jail credit to female inmates who received a free Nexplanon implant, which provides up to three years of continuous birth control, and to male inmates who received a vasectomy, according to the board's letter.
Benningfield, a White County General Sessions judge, signed the standing order on May 15 enforcing the program.
"I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, not to be burdened with children," Benningfield told CNN affiliate WTVF at the time. "This gives them a chance to get on their feet and make something of themselves."
The Vaguely Sexual Exercise That Fixed My Weak Butt
"Your butt is weak."
It's not what I was expecting to hear when I visited a physical therapist for my excruciating knee pain, but that was the situation: I had a poverty posterior.
Weak or inactive glutes, it turns out, can result in an unbalanced hip-to-knee rhythm, poor movement mechanics and joint health in the knee, and even reduced ankle stability.
After the diagnosis, I signed up for a glute-focused powerlifting program designed by the authority on asses, Bret Contreras, CSCS, a strength coach who has an actual PhD in glute mechanics. (His thesis was called "Kinematics and kinetics of vertical and horizontal hip extension exercises and their transference to acceleration and power.")