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Elizabeth Banks, celebrities share a cappella Fight Song for Hillary Clinton

Elizabeth Banks took a page from her popular <i>Pitch Perfect</i> films in a new music video for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.<p>The star-studded …

Stock Markets

Will the Democrats' Free College Tuition Plan Really Work?

Speakers at the DNC Monday lauded Clinton's free tuition plan. But plenty of economists and higher education experts are skeptical.<p>Courtesy of St. …

College & University

The 'biggest macroeconomic event in modern history' could ruin your social security

Unfortunately, it has been the weakest post-recession recovery in modern history. Some people have seen no recovery whatsoever, and most Americans are losing ground and hope.<p>Why have so many people been so wrong?<p>It was reasonable to assume things were going to get better; that's how business cycles …

Economics

NASA Has Engineered A New Kind of Adhesive Based on Gecko Feet

The adhesive uses van der Waals force to stick to objects.<p>Regular adhesives don't work well in space, and while Velcro remains a functional option, it's not ideal. To develop a new way to get things to adhere in zero gravity, NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs turned to the animal kingdom for …

Robots

Gamma rays could improve screening for nuclear, other hazardous materials

Gamma rays could improve screening for nuclear and other hazardous materials.<p>It is the stuff of scientists' nightmares and science fiction writers' plot points: a nuclear weapon is slipped into the U.S. on a cargo ship and detonates, destroying an American seaport and killing a million …

Karen Millen Apologises For 'Super Skinny Mannequin' After Being Accused of Promoting Eating Disorders

Yet another high street retailer has caused controversy by choosing to use a mannequin with protruding bones.<p>Karen Millen has since apologised for …

Mannequins

Julianne Moore and Meghan Trainor discuss body image issues

Stars including actress Julianne Moore and singer Meghan Trainor have opened up about their body image issues for a new documentary.<p>The pair joined British pop star Simon Webbe to discuss their fears about weight problems, bad teeth, and skin blemishes for the project, which is aimed at boosting …

Meghan Trainor

Grab the tissues: Dove's touching new ad urges women to #ChooseBeautiful

Dove’s latest inspirational ad is here, and you might want to grab a box of tissues.<p>The beauty brand posted a short film Tuesday to launch its #ChooseBeautiful campaign, showing women in several countries faced with two doors when entering a building. One is labeled “average” in bold letters, while …

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Feminism

The dangerous quest for an 'ideal' body

Statistics suggest that one in ten individuals with an eating disorder is male, but many experts suspect the true prevalence to be much higher due to …

Fitness

Women's Self-Esteem Affected By Idealized Female Images... But Not In The Way You Think

It is generally assumed that being bombarded with images of skinny, flawless supermodels and celebrities makes most women feel bad about themselves (or worse).<p>But a new study argues that it's more complicated than that. Sometimes seeing those idealized images of beauty makes us feel crummy... and …

Is Ryan Gosling's Lost River Crazy Brilliant or Just Plain Crazy?

First came the boos, like an owl symphony, or a cattle crescendo. Then a smattering of defiant applause. Then the boos again. The antiphonal response …

Mad Men
New Zealand
Red Sea

When Did Humans Start Shaping Earth's Fate? An Epoch Debate

Humans have had such a huge impact on the Earth that some geologists think the human era should be enshrined in the official timeline of our planet.<p>They want to give the age of humans a formal name, just as scientists use terms like the Jurassic or the Cretaceous to talk about the age of …

Anthropocene

Kentucky Mulls Statewide Smoking Ban

Kentucky lawmakers voted Friday to ban smoking in all public buildings and workplaces, but the measure faces a steep uphill battle to become law.<p>The …

Smoking

The California Desert Is Now Home to the World's Largest Solar-Power Plant

The world’s largest solar-power plant officially opened in the Riverside County desert, in California, on Monday.<p>The 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight …

Renewable Energy

Ode to Green Slime

How a glorious blob of goop became a pivotal symbol of kids’ culture, an Object Lesson<p>Green slime is that gooey non-Newtonian fluid you may remember from childhood science experiments or Nickelodeon television shows. It’s fluorescent, somehow sticky and springy at the same time, and looks like …

Kids

Lady Gaga's Advice to Sam Smith: 'Suffer for Your Art'

Smith opens up about his history as a Little Monster<p>Before he was nominated for six Grammys, Sam Smith was a Little Monster. As he recalls in his new</i> …

The First Stills From the "Frozen" Short Film Are Here!

Anna's having a birthday party.<p>Remember that <i>Frozen</i> short film that's set to premiere this spring? Of course you do, because it's not possible to escape <i>Frozen</i>. Well, now you can see the first still images from <i>Frozen Fever</i>, which will play in theaters before screenings of the live-action <i>Cinderella</i>. …

On Downton Abbey, Two Rivals Finally Face Off

On Super Bowl Sunday, a showdown between Yorkshire's most pompous patriarch and an interloping art historian was perhaps inevitable.<p>Every week for the fifth season of PBS's period drama <i>Downton Abbey</i>, Joe Reid, Sophie Gilbert, and Katie Kilkenny will discuss the intrigues, upstairs and downstairs, …

TV

The Artist Behind The 'Sexist' Newsweek Cover Speaks: 'I Wanted to Depict the Harassment That Women Suffer'

On Friday I interviewed Edel Rodriguez, the artist behind the Newsweek cover that has people tweeting in shock and exclaiming their outrage on the nation's morning shows. As the cofounder of PowerToFly, the first platform that places women in tech positions they can do in offices or from home, I'm …

Feminism

The Selling of the Avocado

How the "alligator pear" went from obscure delicacy to America's favorite fruit<p>Twenty-five years ago, talk-show host Gordon Elliott was working as a reporter for a local morning TV show called <i>Good Day New York</i>. The gig involved knocking on the doors of random, unsuspecting New Yorkers and, along …

Talk Shows

15 Best Super Bowl 2015 Commercials

Forget the Patriots and the Seahawks -- and do your best to erase Deflategate from your football lexicon -- the real touchdowns were scored during breaks from the big game. Super Bowl = Commercial Christmas, with so many eyeballs locked on the TV screens. Super Bowl XLIX happened Sunday, February …

Media Management

Why Republicans Should Make 'Conservative' a Taboo Word

Now that every GOP candidate invokes the label, it is increasingly useless in describing what the party wants in a presidential nominee.<p>Last week, a caller to the Rush Limbaugh radio program raised the question of how Republicans ought to choose their nominee for the 2016 presidential election. …

Rand Paul