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Overflowing Cities: 157 Million Indians Still Without Toilets

As many as 157 million Indians – equivalent to the population of Bangladesh – or 41 percent of Indians living in urban areas, live without adequate sanitation, according to a new study released by Water Aid, a global advocacy group.<p>India is followed by China, where 104 million people live without …

Taiwan

What a Cuban phenomenon called 'The Package' tells us about Fidel Castro's Cuba

When Cuba and the United States were in the early stages of diplomatic normalization almost two years ago, I went to Havana to cover those aching movements of detente – and explore the city as well. Aside from the throwback tropes of Fidel Castro's country – dated cars, decayed buildings – there …

Cuba

Why the pundits got the election wrong: How confirmation bias shaped our view of facts

In the runup to the election, pundits and election watchers saw only what they wanted to see<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>As post mortems of the 2016 presidential election began to roll in, fingers started pointing to what psychologists call …

Psychology

What Jane Eyre Can Teach Women Today About Money

Unexpected wealth gave her independence—and choices.<p>“Reader, I married him” is one of the best-known lines in literature and may seem the most …

Literature

Chile, Mexico, U.S. Have Highest Inequality Rates, OECD Says

Chile, Mexico and the U.S. are the developed countries with the highest rates of inequality, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and …

Economics

New Zealand earthquake: Tsunami hits after magnitude-7.5 quake (VIDEO) • World News

A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island early Monday, shaking awake residents, causing damage to buildings and prompting emergency …

What Trump's ‘America First’ Policy Could Mean for the World

If President Obama’s foreign policy was characterized by “don’t do stupid stuff” and a retracted U.S. presence in the world, then Donald J. Trump’s …

Donald Trump

Saudis have not breached humanitarian law in Yemen, concludes Foreign Office

Campaigners criticise government after it admits UK defence personnel did not have access to all information required to decide Saudi attitudes to such laws<p>The Foreign Office has concluded there is no clear risk of serious Saudi breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen, even though it …

Middle East

Student Tells Muslim Schoolteacher to Hang Herself With Her Headscarf

“Quit overreacting, it’s just politics,” crow the Trump sympathizers (because truly, anyone who says that, even if they didn’t vote for him, is a …

Religion

How Women Still Won Big in the 2016 Election

So I’m going to be honest here: I am completely bummed about the election outcome. Many things for me are on the line now as a woman, a proud member …

Mazie Hirono

Can’t be taken away: Marriage equality is safe, no matter who Donald Trump chooses for the Supreme Court

A dizzying array of social progress is on the chopping block, but same-sex marriage rights aren’t going anywhere<p>In the end, Sen. Mitch McConnell was right to bet that he and his fellow Republicans could simply stall on hearings to confirm Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat that was …

LGBTQI

Kids now have the right to sue the government over climate change

They're gonna need it<p>The next four years are not looking good for climate change. President-elect Donald Trump, who believes climate change is a hoax (it's not), is looking for ways to dismantle the groundbreaking Paris climate agreement and has appointed a climate change skeptic to head up the …

African nations attempt to suspend UN's LGBT rights monitor

On Tuesday the UN votes on a resolution by African states to halt the work of Vitit Muntarbhorn, reflecting deep international divisions on gay rights<p>African nations are seeking to suspend the work of the first UN independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on …

LGBTQI

New Flexible Solar Panels Could Be Put on Pretty Much Anything

The panels are almost as efficient as traditional rigid panels, and could be built into curtains or clothing.<p>Researchers from Virginia Tech have developed a thin, flexible solar panel that rivals current solar technology. Their results will be published in the journal <i>ACS Energy Letters</i>.<p>The new …

Clean Energy Has Arrived; Corporate Climate Disclosure Approaching

The transition from fossil fuels to clean energy is so established already that it would be difficult to reverse it, an official from the White House Office of Management and Budget said Monday.<p>And companies representing most of the world’s capital realize it, said Ali Zaidi, associate director for …

Investing

Check out Tesla's four different glass solar roofs

Can you see the solar panels?<p>Tesla released photographs of four different solar roofs that the company announced earlier today. Instead of adding bulky solar panels to an existing roof, the roofs themselves will be made of textured glass tiles that incorporate photovoltaic cells.<p>The new roofs are …

Tesla

Global Warming Could Be The Best Way To Terraform Mars

Finally, a good use for climate change<p>We’ve been looking for life on Mars for centuries. Humans have parsed every geological feature that we can find for traces of living neighbors, or at the very least, evidence that some type of creature lived on the red planet in the past. So far, no luck.<p>In the …

China’s model of economic development is becoming more popular in Africa than America’s

More African countries are looking East for inspiration on how to grow and manage their economies. According to a survey by Afrobarometer, China is the second-most popular international presence on the continent, only slightly behind the United States. “China rivals the United States in influence …

Economic Development

Six Reasons Tesla Wants to Take Over Your House

Tesla Motors Inc. is getting ready for one of its biggest unveilings to date: a new home roofing system that redefines the aesthetics of solar power, …

Tesla

Professor's death could see Taiwan become first Asian country to allow same-sex marriage

The death of a gay professor could propel Taiwan into becoming the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage by the end of next year.<p>More than 80,000 LGBT activists and supporters are expected to take to the streets of the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, on Saturday for what is expected to be …

LGBTQI

Study: Humans to wipe out two-thirds of wildlife by 2020

Wild animals are disappearing at an "unprecedented" rate, and humans have already caused their populations to drop nearly 60 percent since 1970, a …

The Corruption of Capitalism by Guy Standing review – work matters less than what you own

Our unfair system benefits rentiers, those who live on income from property and investments – from Goldman Sachs to Uber to landlords. Can capitalism be purified?<p>The time would come, Marx and Engels thought, when there would be only two classes, the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, and all people …

Economics

Why 'LGBTQ' Will Replace 'LGBT'

As times change, so do labels. Back in the 1970s, those advocating for sexual or gender minorities often summed up the whole spectrum as “gay and …

LGBTQI

Democracy Turns Off Millennials. It Doesn't Have To.

Many young people favor experts over politicians, yet they also swear by Bernie Sanders.<p>Donald Trump and his populist, nationalist counterparts in Europe are often portrayed as a threat to democracy. Their supporters argue that establishment politicians and technocrats are an even bigger threat …

Political Science

US scientists find new way to convert CO2 to green fuel

US scientists say they have stumbled upon an economically practical and highly efficient way of converting a greenhouse gas largely blamed for global warming into an environmentally friendly fuel - a development that could boost the renewable energy industry.<p>Researchers from the Oak Ridge National …

Carbon Dioxide

3 professors have a radical idea for how to remove bias from the criminal justice system

As recently as the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton made this point a hallmark of her criminal justice agenda. She claimed that to address this disparity and implicit bias, she has earmarked money in her initial budget for "retraining" police.<p>But is training enough to eliminate racial …

Presidential Debate

The new “Inconvenient Truth”: Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary wants to challenge climate change skeptics

Salon talks to Fisher Stevens about “Before the Flood,” his new climate change doc starring Leo as Everyman<p><b></b>Toward the end of what NASA has determined the hottest year on record, a new climate change movie, “Before the Flood,” hits screens across the country, starring none other than Leonardo …

Climate

Being moral means you can never do enough to help others

“I didn’t do enough.” This is a conclusion we all hope to avoid, especially as our lives close. It is, perhaps, the ultimate regret. In the final scene of the movie <i>Schindler’s List</i> (1993), this regret is Oskar Schindler’s. Looking into the faces of the hundreds of Jews he saved from the Nazi …

Normative

What Our Sons Are Learning From Donald Trump

Throughout his campaign, Donald J. Trump has displayed a particular type of hyper masculinity — the man who is proud not to apologize and to have never changed a diaper; who views “loser” as the ultimate insult; who bonds with other men by objectifying women.<p>It’s especially striking because today’s …

Donald Trump

Brain Implant Restores Sense Of Touch To Paralyzed Man

Twelve years ago, a car wreck took away Nathan Copeland's ability to control his hands or sense what his fingers were touching.<p>A few months ago, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center gave Copeland a new way to reach out and feel the world around …

Cognition