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Cashing in the energy chips in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city of outrageous power consumption, with dazzling lights lining the streets, casinos packed with blaring slot machines, huge …

Powerful People React More Unethically to Incentives

Incentives are a potent tool for shaping human behavior, but they’re famously tricky to get right. New research, published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology, has uncovered an alarming wrinkle that complicates incentives even more: they may make powerful people less ethical.<p>The study, led by …

They call this Ghostbusters reboot feminist. Not for black women | Janessa E Robinson

Three white women play ‘brilliant’ scientists; the black actor is a sassy transport worker. Go figure<p>When Twitter began to buzz that the first Ghostbusters reboot trailer had been released, I was anxious to see if it would soothe my uneasiness over the casting of three white female leads and one …

Machine-Learning Algorithm Aims to Identify Terrorists Using the V Signs They Make - MIT Technology Review

Every age has its iconic images. One of the more terrifying ones of the 21st century is the image of a man in desert or army fatigues making a “V for …

Machine Learning

Short-term and populist – the Trumpification of Australian business

Last week prominent members of the Business Council of Australia gathered at the Australian Financial Review for a round table discussion. During the discussion the chief executive of the Australian Stock Exchange, Elmer Funke Kupper, reportedly lamented Australia’s current economic climate.<p>He said …

From Rosemary's Baby to Bridget Jones: a quick scan of pregnancy on film

For years, pregnant women on film have either been neurotic, placid or walking grossout gags. Alice Lowe, who directed and starred in her own horror film at seven months, says we should expect more<p>Pregnant heroines can be fascinating, funny, complex characters, though few have been as memorable as …

Pregnancy

The innovators: portable solar panels that can be unrolled like a carpet

John Hingley has developed a ‘micro-grid’ in a metal box that can be used for disaster relief, mining, and even festivals<p>Talk is not cheap in the mountains of Nepal. Getting a mobile phone charged can cost $5 in areas where there is no electricity and backpackers have to rely on diesel generators …

Clean Energy

Are we greening our cities, or just greenwashing them?

Architecture and urban design are in the throes of a green fever dream: Everywhere you look there are plans for "sustainable" buildings, futuristic eco-cities, even vertical aquaponic farms in the sky, each promising to redeem the ecologically sinful modern city and bring its inhabitants back into …

Los Angeles

The ugly truth about body dysmorphia

Some children see only things to hate about the way they look. Their condition can lead to depression, anxiety, self-surgery and even suicide<p>A man took a razor blade and very carefully cut open his nose lengthways. His aim was to remove the cartilage and replace it with that of a chicken. Finally, …

Notes on the great Syrian exodus: ‘Epic in scale, inconceivable until you witness it’ | Richard Flanagan

Booker prize winner <b>Richard Flanagan</b> visits Lebanon, Greece and Serbia to report on the plight of the 5 million Syrians fleeing their country. ‘Forced to choose between life and death,’ he writes, ‘they choose life’<p>“Yesterday was the funeral,” Ramadan says. “It was very cold. We make sure Yasmin …

Man Booker Prize

Email Is a ‘Safe Space’ Where Women Can Write Dangerously

Charlotte Shane's 'Prostitute Laundry' shows how email is still a thriving format for women writers in the age of social media.<p>Since February 2014, Charlotte Shane has written her memoirs in email form. Published through the mass-email app TinyLetter, <i>Prostitute Laundry</i> records the author's sex …

Shocking Images Document the Disturbing Living Conditions of Indonesia’s Mentally Ill

“Walking in the door has been easy,” says NY-based photographer Andrea Star Reese, whose ongoing documentary inside Indonesia’s mental facilities has …

Using this emoji can get you arrested

Emojis are a natural revolution from the smiley face emoticons that internet users have been sending each other to express feelings since the early days of BBSs.<p>Rather than just depicting happy, sad or angry faces, emojis have developed into a web language of pictorial icons popular with young …

Robots Don't Need to Be Evil, Just Stupid, to Lead Us to Our Doom

Human beings will put too much trust in robots even when those machines are broken or make obvious mistakes. All we need to do is slap the words …

New Anti-Bacterial Packaging Doubles The Shelf-Life of Perishable Food

These leftovers just won’t quit.<p>Covering leftovers with plastic wrap (aka cling wrap) is a good way of keeping your food fresher for longer, but …

If you brag about your relationship on Facebook, here's what that really means

Relationship posts are like birds in the wild in that they are EVERYWHERE. So, naturally, Science got its observation goggles on and decided to take …

China Is Building The Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in The World

It will turn a third of Shenzhen's trash into energy every single day.<p>The Chinese city of Shenzhen plans to tackle its serious waste problem by …

Zero Waste

'I Felt So Trapped': In Indie Music, Sexual Harassment Is an Accepted Nightmare

From predatory industry executives, to sexist and demeaning press coverage of female musicians, to sexually aggressive fans, the indie music scene has a huge sexual harassment problem.<p>We've been sitting at a table in the Red Lion Tavern for only a few minutes when I feel the hand on my upper thigh. …

Here's how much less women sellers on eBay earn than men

A study of 1.1 million eBay auctions between 2009 and 2012 showed that women earn considerably less than men for selling the exact same items. For new products sold on the auction site, women earned only 80 cents on every dollar that men earned, the study found.<p>However, the auctioning site was keen …

Irish women sawn open during childbirth seek justice | Health

<b>Dublin, Ireland -</b> Women who had their pelvises broken in Irish hospitals have been failed by a state redress scheme, according to lawyers and activists.<p>Symphysiotomy, a brutal procedure that involved slicing through the cartilage and ligaments of a pelvic joint during childbirth, and pubiotomy, an …

Remembering Bre-X: Suicide and the gold ‘find of the century’

<i>Since our inaugural Top 1000 issue in 1984, Report on Business magazine has been reporting on the highs and lows in business, from around the world. Some of the juiciest stories, however, were the ones we never reported. Read all 12 articles here.</i><p>With its wood carvings, objets d'art and pool …

What We Get Wrong About Black Women's Sexuality

How do you figure out what an emancipated sexuality looks like when society at large assumes you're hypersexual?<p>"You have those DSL lips — dick-sucking lips."<p>That's what he called them. One day, a white boy turned to Lexy, now 24, in the cafeteria and declared how great her full lips must be for …

'I Was a Slave to Testosterone': How Sex Changes for Trans Women on Hormones

The experiences of transgender women on male-to-female hormone replacement therapy disrupt the conservative notion of intrinsic sex differences. Three trans women explain what it was like to change their hormonal sex, and how it unlocked parts of their...<p>If you think that the penis and vagina are …

The vagina and uterus swipes have got to stop: Killer Mike’s “uterus” comment about Hillary hurts all women | Salon.com

Pregnancy

America's Embrace of Ignorance

It's pretty easy to see in this election cycle that America has hit a new low in stupidity. I like to collectively call it "The Stupid." The acceptance and glorification of ignorance and anti-intellectualism into our political system is one of the most dangerous threats to our country. It stems …

Ted Cruz

Dallas Buyers Club piracy case: judge dismisses bid to access private details

US studio attempt to get details of thousands of Australians accused of illegal downloading is terminated over ‘unrealistic’ proposal for claiming payment<p>A landmark bid by a US studio to access the private details of thousands of Australians accused of illegally downloading the film Dallas Buyers …

Can a Plant Remember? This One Seems to—Here’s the Evidence

Science & InnovationCuriously Krulwich<p>There’s this plant I’ve heard about that had a really bad afternoon a few years ago. It was in its pot bothering nobody and then, suddenly, it fell. Not once, but 56 times. (I’ll explain in a minute.) But it’s a plant. Things happen to plants, and as far as I …

Women in labour left alone and subject to outmoded birthing practices

Watchdogs warn of a sharp rise in the number of women who are enduring childbirth in stirrups, despite medical advice that they should be free to move around - while growing numbers are being left alone in early labour<p>Rising numbers of women in labour are being left to fend for themselves in NHS …