Devon Rockafellor

111 Flips | 13 Magazines | 5 Likes | 1 Following | 3 Followers | @DevonRocker | BSc Physics student at UoL with many interests incl: feminism; equality; self improvement; video games; art; neuroscience; health; and environment.

The mystery of the female orgasm

From the existence of the G-spot to the origin of multiple orgasms, female sexuality once mystified scientists. But as Linda Geddes discovers, radical experiments are finally revealing some answers.<p>On my washing machine, there is a lock. To activate it, you must hold down the start button for a …

Japan mourns death of Tama, the train stationmaster cat

The calico cat, who was also deputy president of Wakayama Electric Railway in 2013, has died aged 16<p>One of Japan’s best-loved cats, who won the heart of the nation working as a stationmaster in a rural train station, has died and will be bid farewell at a funeral this weekend.<p>Tama, a 16-year-old …

Japan

Your Porn Addiction Isn’t Real

The brains of those ‘addicted’ to porn bear no neurological resemblance to those of other well-documented addictions while watching it, says a new …

Teaching my daughter to cook does not make me a bad feminist

Out of everything that I’ll teach my four-year-old daughter - to be kind, to share, how to tie her shoes - I’m starting to believe that the most important lesson I’ll impart is a love of cooking. Because despite all of the “make me a sammich” jokes and taunts to “get back in the kitchen” that …

Feminism

4 Times You Can Sue a Debt Collector

Yes, you can fight back.<p>It’s every consumer’s worst nightmare: You’re busy at work, mired in debt, and your cellphone keeps ringing. You’re doing …

Why I set up Student Minds

<i>- Nicola Byrom, Founding Director of Student Minds</i><p>At the start of 2015 I received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award (completely blown away). The award …

This Comic Book Is The Geeky, Feminist Answer To Bad Dating Advice

"I think there are always such silly ideas out there of women being mysterious creatures when it's usually quite the opposite,” comic book publisher Hope Nicholson says. “Most of us are quite open and willing to chat and share our stories.”<p>It’s this belief that propelled Nicholson to collect a …

Why You're Pretty Much Unconscious All the Time

Your body has a lot of nifty parts, but it’s the brain that’s the <i>it</i> organ of the summer. The brain’s all-the-rage moment is mostly a result of the …

Sex and the Sahara: Striking photographs of the mysterious Islamic tribe where women embrace sexual freedoms, dictate who gets what in divorce and don't wear the veil because men 'want to see their beautiful faces'

• <b>The Tuareg have maintained their way of life for centuries, crossing from one side of the world's largest desert</b>• <b><br>Yet beneath the traditional way of</b> …

7 Tips for Fat Hikers and Others Who Don't Look Like the REI Commercials

Summer is the time for traveling into the forest to hike, but for many of us, taking on a hike can be emotionally and physically challenging.<p>The REI commercials never show someone like me conquering a mountain, yet still, I hike. As I read <i>Wild</i> by Cheryl Strayed, a story all about hiking the Pacific …

The top 10 funniest train happenings, as told by Japanese Twitter

What happens on the train stays on the train. Unless, of course, you decide to tweet about it<b>.</b><p>Japanese Twitter users love to post about the crazy …

Movie Theaters Are Turning Into Video Game Arcades to Make More Money

Sledgehammer Games/Activision<p>Ubisoft<p>Ashley Gilbertson for TIME<p>The Creative Assembly<p>Ubisoft<p>Ubisoft<p>Bungie<p>Nintendo<p>Sucker Punch …

What's Really Warming the World? Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise

Methodology<p>NASA's Model<p>Researchers who study the Earth's climate create models to test their assumptions about the causes and trajectory of global …

6 Human Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat

His tiny whiskers and swishy tail are so sweet it can be hard to resist giving him whatever he wants, but there are certain foods you should never feed your cat. Many human foods can put your little guy at risk for gastrointestinal problems, restlessness and worse. As the devoted pet owner that you …

The ‘Claim the Sky’ campaign aims to save lives by protecting the atmosphere as a global asset, with governments taking legal action against those who pollute it<p>How many deaths does climate change have to cause before someone takes responsibility? Our current use of fossil fuels has “potentially …

Climate

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

The Pentagon is working on technology that will allow it to engineer a new organism within a day of it being found in the wild.<p>It's no secret that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Whether that excites or terrifies you …

Out Of Coffee? Eat These 10 Foods For Energy Instead

<i>Photo credit: Paul Delmont, Thrive Market</i><p><i>By Gina Vaynshteyn for Thrive Market</i><p>Like most people who struggle to stay awake during the day, I absolutely need a cup of coffee to get me going -- and stay going.<p>Caffeine is fine in moderation, and an addict probably shouldn't eliminate it cold turkey, but …

High-Sugar Diet Can Impair Learning And Memory By Altering Gut Bacteria

The typical American diet is loaded with fat and sugar, and it may be hurting not only our physical health, but also our ability to think clearly.<p>New research from Oregon State University finds a high-sugar, high-fat diet causes changes in gut bacteria that seem to lead to significant losses in …

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How to Tell If You Are Asexual

<i>The following excerpts are from the upcoming book</i> The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality <i>by Julie Sondra Decker, out September 2014.</i> …

BioWare's future games could include polyamorous and asexual relationships

Future BioWare games could have polyamorous and asexual romance options, with developers sharing their ideas for in-game romance down the line in the company's GaymerX panel.<p>At the convention last week, during the panel's Q&A session, developers revealed that the reason polyamorous relationships …

Va-Va-Bullshit: How Latina 'Spicy & Sexy' Stereotypes Affect Asexual Latinas

It’s no surprise that in the U.S. landscape, Latinas are still seen as hot, hypersexual women with copious fertility and uncontrolled reproduction. But these sexuality and reproduction myths and stereotypes mixed with real cultural pressures to be a mother can be harmful to asexual Latinas — …

The Growing Asexuality Movement On College Campuses

A new understanding of a different sexual orientation: people who don’t experience sexual attraction at all.<p>In today’s hyper-sexual youth culture, a less-common sexual orientation is being increasingly recognized on college campuses: asexuality.<p><i>Inside Higher Education</i> reports the rise of student …

What Do Asexuals Think About Our Sex-Obsessed World?

"I don't understand why there are so many songs about sex and how awesome it feels, but there are almost none about chocolate."<p>Sex is everywhere. It's in our commercials, our television shows, our music, our art. There are songs about getting laid or not getting laid, books that examine sexual …

Asexual and intersex TV characters: How Sirens and Faking It brought them to the screen.

A few weeks ago, after an evening feasting on the delights stored on my TiVo, it struck me that every show I’d watched—<i>Benched</i>, <i>Jane the Virgin</i>, <i>Glee</i>,</i> …

16 Things Asexuals Want You To Know About Asexuality

"I'm perfectly happy this way."<p><b>BuzzFeed reached out to a group of asexual individuals to ask what they would love for people to know about their identity, which is often misunderstood. Here are the things they told us:</b><p>"Asexuality is a valid orientation, and comparing asexual people with plants is a …

Things People Just Don't Get About Being Asexual

Hi, I’m asexual, and I get a lot of flack for it.<p>It’s weird, because an asexual is defined as a person who does not experience sexual attraction or …

Sexuality

Here's What It Means To Be A Demi-Romantic Asexual Agender Teen

<i>In honor of Pride Month, HuffPost Young Voices is highlighting the coming out stories of teens and those in their early 20s. Was it a life-changing moment? A bittersweet one? No big deal? Are you "out," but only to certain people? What does being "out" mean to you? Email</i> …