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All the puzzling things that happen to your body when you masturbate, explained by science

<b>This post is part of Mashable's</b> <b>Masturbation Week</b><b>. May is National Masturbation Month, so we're celebrating by exploring the many facets of …

Sexual Health

East Africa’s deadly floods are a stark reminder of the region’s poor disaster preparedness

Torrential rains have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people across East Africa in recent weeks, offsetting a humanitarian disaster that is threatening the lives of entire communities.<p>In Kenya, floods have displaced over 260,000 people and killed 100 others in at least 15 of the country’s 47 …

Africa

Starbucks will close 8,000 US stores May 29 for racial-bias training

Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias.<p>The announcement follows an uproar over the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week. The store manager called …

Justice

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

Billy Graham, evangelist pastor and counselor to presidents, dead at age 99

Billy Graham, the charismatic North Carolina pastor who took his evangelizing crusades around the country and the globe, died on Wednesday morning, according to officials of his organization. He was 99.<p>Graham achieved a reach unlike any other evangelist, serving as a counselor or minister to a …

Billy Graham

Hunting Snowy Castform: Pokémon GO's Most Interesting 'Regional'

New Gen 3 Pokémon rolled into <i>Pokémon GO</i> recently, and with them a few new regional exclusives: monsters that can only be caught in certain parts of the world. Africa now has its first creature in the form of Tropius, which spawns throughout the continent and parts of the middle east. We’ve also got …

Pokémon

At least 10 deaths from snow, ice and record cold in South

ATLANTA (AP) — Snow, ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars …

Weather

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

<b>1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)</b> <br>An engrossing account of the looming catastrophe caused by ecology’s “neighbours from hell” – mankind.<p><b>2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)</b><br>This steely and devastating examination of the author’s grief following the sudden death of …

Literature

Trump looks to cash in from lavish NYE party at Mar-a-Lago – but is it ethical?

Ticket prices are up for this year’s glitzy New Year’s Eve bash, but concerns remain over the fusion of Trump’s public responsibilities and private interests<p>Donald Trump is throwing a lavish party tonight, as he does every New Year, at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.<p>But this …

Donald Trump

After Economic Crisis, Low Birthrates Challenge Southern Europe

ATHENS — As a longtime fertility doctor, Minas Mastrominas has helped couples in Greece give birth to thousands of bouncing babies. But recently, disturbing trends have escalated at his clinic.<p>Couples insisting on only one child. Women tearfully renouncing plans to conceive. And a surge in …

Europe