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When Gender Nonconforming Means Not Fitting In

<i>Image credit: Julie Tarney</i><p>Walking home from the subway last week, I spotted a child dressed in a multi-colored tie-dye tee, jean shorts and bright turquoise Minnie Mouse knee-highs. I couldn't help but smile. The outfit could easily have come from my grown offspring Harry's childhood closet. As I …

Serena Williams says 'I'm in a sport that wasn't meant for black people'

'I'm in a sport that wasn't meant for black people': Serena Williams hits out at racial inequality - and admits she hopes young people are inspired …

Lowering World Poverty Depends on India

Max Roser is at it again. The Oxford professor and master of economic data visualization has a new set of maps and charts showing how global income …

Climate Change Is Our Problem. We Can Solve It.

The toughest issues facing our planet — hunger, poverty, education— are all connected to the need for climate action.<p>The United Nations launched the …

Europe's most popular source of 'renewable' energy is worse for the planet than coal

We're not talking about wind, solar, or hydroelectric power here. The biggest renewable in Europe is wood pellets.<p>Burning wood — technically labeled a "renewable" resource since more trees can be replanted and they'll absorb carbon from the air — is the European Union's largest source of …

This Is the No. 1 Ritual You Need to Do Every Day

You read a lot on the internet about rituals that can help you be better in the morning or leap over tall building with a single bound. Maybe some …

Mind the gap: The staggering income of America’s 10 richest CEOs

<b>(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Jamie Dimon says lowering executive pay won’t fix income inequality. Maybe not, but it would be a good start!<p>Maya Gold<p>October 25, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Demos.<p>In America, chief executive pay is now 300 times more than the average worker. That’s …

Middle-class

The dreamy twosome tackling body shaming and inequality

In a sea of carefully curated Instagrams, detox tea promos, and mundane food pics, teens Dounia and Mina are a welcome respite from the usual gamut. Hailing from NYC, they're among the new wave of socially conscious babes taking the internet by storm. Far from teenage tropes of raging …

How Singapore’s hardware startups are competing with wearable giants

These days, most people would probably know what a wearable is. As much as I am a tech cynic (constantly worried about how companies are stealing and …

Academics have found a way to access insanely expensive research papers—for free

Most academic journals charge expensive subscriptions and, for those without a login, fees of $30 or more per article. Now academics are using the hashtag #icanhazpdf to freely share copyrighted papers.<p>Scientists are tweeting a link of the paywalled article along with their email address in the …

Could This Edible Water Bubble Help End the Plastic Bottle Epidemic?

The amount of plastic waste that we as a human race produce every single day has become a serious concern in recent years. With over 700 marine …

Green Living

British activist Jacky Sutton found dead in Istanbul airport

Friends call for investigation and express disbelief about reports that former BBC producer appeared to have killed herself<p>A British woman who was working as the Iraq director for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) has died in an Istanbul airport, the Foreign Office has …

Middle East

The 'sexist' words your children are no longer allowed to use at school

Teachers are to be issued guidelines from the Institute of Physics detailling the words which are to be banned from the playground<p>Children as young as five are going to be admonished for using language that enforces gender stereotypes as new guidelines are sent to every school in England this …

Education

One of the fattest cities in America declared a war on obesity — and lost one million pounds

This friendly woman, a mother of two children, is a living embodiment of the obesity culture cursing the world's wealthiest country.<p>"In Guatemala it is rare to see people who are very overweight, but it could not be more different here," she said. "I saw this when I came here."<p>As soon as she …

Research suggests warmer ocean may be releasing methane

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Warming ocean temperatures a third of a mile below the surface, in a dark ocean in areas with little marine life, might attract …

When men were edited out of these images, it revealed a powerful truth about equality.

Who run the world? Girls.<p>Or <i>girls and women</i> to be exact, but who am I to argue with Queen B?<p>We women are busy running countries, leading companies, …

Scientists are furious with the New York Times: Women are underrepresented in STEM “in part because of the sexism and misogyny that this article reinforced” | Salon.com

More than 250 astronomers and physicists have signed a letter protesting the New York Times’ coverage of sexual harassment charges brought against Geoffrey Marcy, a professor of astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley. Over the course of six months, Marcy underwent a formal internal …

Meet 23 of the most innovative and inspiring women in New York City tech

The tech industry is notoriously male-dominated, so we wanted to tip our hats to the women of New York tech, the investors, innovators, founders, CEOs, and everyone in between making a mark on the scene.<p>Scroll down to see some of the incredible women who are building and funding the next great …

Everything I ever knew or said about green sustainable design was probably wrong

The drawing above, or some version of it, has been part of every sustainable design class since about 1970: have lots of south facing windows …

Fully transparent solar cell could make every window in your house a power source

A Michigan State University research team has finally created a truly transparent solar panel — a breakthrough that could soon usher in a world where …

Clean Energy

Just admit Hillary won! The silly sexism of the Fox News/lefty smartypants crowd

“A man among boys?” This is the dumb commentary that happens when a woman is twice as good as the men on stage<p>By all reasonable measures, Tuesday night's debate was a triumph for both Hillary Clinton and the Democrats generally. Early signs show that it was the highest-rated Democratic debate ever, …

Why Singapore has the smartest kids in the world

<b>Singapore (CNN) —</b> It's a world-class teacher's pet -- a straight-A student that's top of the class: Singapore is officially the country with the smartest high-school kids in the world.<p>The country's academic success has helped it become a thriving economy, and the way it has built its education …

Singtel to help govt strengthen cyber security in Singapore | Reuters

SINGAPORE, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Singapore Telecommunications Ltd said it plans to work with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore to strengthen the country’s cyber security capabilities, as the wealthy city-state grapples with a rise in online crime.<p>Singtel said it a statement it would work with the …

Singapore and UK researchers investigate privacy in big data era

Academic organisations in Singapore and the UK collaborate on the privacy questions raised by big data and the cloud

Singapore: World's first drone postal delivery takes place on Pulau Ubin island

Singapore has successfully performed the world's first delivery of mail by drone, conducting a test flight carrying a letter and a parcel with a …

Drones Could Soon Be Used To Deliver The Mail In Singapore

Coming soon to Singapore: robotic mail carriers in the skies!<p>SingPost, the country’s postal service provider, has just revealed its interest in handling some mail deliveries using<p>our robotic overlordsdrones. The company said it completed a trial to deliver mail and packages to recipients using a …

Singapore Eases Monetary Policy as Growth Sputters

Singapore’s central bank puts the local currency on a slower pace of appreciation<p>SINGAPORE—Singapore became the latest Asian nation to take policy action to support its sputtering economy as China’s slowdown casts an increasingly large shadow on growth prospects in the region.<p>Singapore’s central …

Central Banks