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The battle to make French a “gender-neutral language” is emphasizing the country’s inherent sexism

That the French language remains so central to the culture here wouldn’t surprise most people outside the country. Still, having two teenagers in French middle school has taught me to appreciate how profoundly important it remains for people not just to master their language skills, but to perfect …

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasich’s desk.<p>Lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the law, which criminalizes …

Data Protection

Scientific Proof Is A Myth

You’ve heard of our greatest scientific theories: the theory of evolution, the Big Bang theory, the theory of gravity. You’ve also heard of the concept of a proof, and the claims that certain pieces of evidence prove the validities of these theories. Fossils, genetic inheritance, and DNA prove the …

Physics

Clean Energy Is Approaching a Tipping Point

The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on …

Renewable Energy

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has struck Japan 175 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant

The 6.1-magnitude quake struck roughly 175 miles east of the shuttered Fukushima nuclear plant at roughly 2:30 a.m. local time, according to the US Geological Survey. Its hypocenter — the underwater locus of the quake — happened at a depth of about 6 miles.<p>The country is influenced by the slipping …

Natural Disasters

Rare White Giraffes Cause a Stir in Kenya

A villager in Kenya was herding animals one day recently when he came upon a head-turning sight. A ghostly creature with a mighty long neck was grazing off in the distance.<p>Upon closer inspection, the vision was revealed to be a female reticulated giraffe — tall, majestic and preternaturally white — …

Wildlife

Why Do Electric Cars Have Only One Gear?

Most electric cars have a single gear ratio. You probably understand the basic reasons for this, but the math is still super fascinating.<p>One of the biggest differences between electric cars and their conventional counterparts has to do with the drivetrain. An internal combustion vehicle has a …

NASA needs your help during the August eclipse

Don’t worry, it's not rocket science.<p>On August 21, a shadow will fall across North America—and we can’t wait. Towns along the eclipse path of totality are eagerly making plans to accommodate the thousands of visitors expected to trek out for the celestial marvel.<p>NASA scientists are finalizing their …

Solar Eclipse

Why are some of the Web's ugliest sites also the most popular?

If you’ve been on the Web in the past decade, you’ll likely have visited Reddit, Craigslist, Wikipedia, 4Chan, Hacker News, or The Drudge Report at some point. While these sites are all vastly different, they have two things in common: they’re all extremely popular among their audiences and they …

UI Design

In the early days, bicycles were blamed for making riders—especially women—crazy

Mental illness, Bad Morals and Heart Attacks<p>The year was 1890, and a bicycle boom was underway. Its cause? The safety bicycle, a cheaper, more …

Judiciary

Ask Ethan: Why Do Stars Come In Different Sizes?

If you were to compare planet Earth to the Sun, you’d find that you’d have to stack 109 Earths atop one another just to go from one end of the Sun to the other. Yet there are stars out there that are much smaller than the Earth… and much, much larger than even Earth’s orbit around the Sun! How is …

Universe

Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

As a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren Bloomstein had been taking care of other people's babies for years. Finally, at 33, she was expecting one of her own. The prospect of becoming a mother made her giddy, her husband, Larry, recalled recently— "the happiest and most alive I'd ever seen …

Pregnancy

Almost every speed limit is too low

When lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, “How many of you broke the speed limit on your way here?”<p>Hearing his question, you might assume that lieutenant Megge is a particularly zealous police officer. The type of person who walks half a city …

They hate the US government, and they're multiplying: the terrifying rise of 'sovereign citizens'

While US counter-terrorism efforts remain locked on Islamist extremism, the growing threat from homegrown, rightwing extremists is even more pressing<p>On 20 May 2010, a police officer pulled over a white Ohio minivan on Interstate 40, near West Memphis, Arkansas. Unbeknown to officer Bill Evans, the …

Baton Rouge

Halsey Calls Out Sexism In The Music Industry

A lot needs to change<p>While this year's Coachella was a landmark event because it's the first time in a decade that a woman has headlined, there's still a lot of sexism surrounding the festival and the music industry as a whole. For one, Coachella is marketed toward women as "all about aesthetics …

Lady Gaga

Scientists discover a giant black worm monster in the Philippines

Hidden beneath its tusk-like shell is a jet-black, slippery and slimy sea creature that looks like it came off the set of <i>Alien</i>.<p>Scientists said on …

Mexico’s Revenge

By antagonizing the U.S.’s neighbor to the south, Donald Trump has made the classic bully’s error: He has underestimated his victim.<p>Leer este artículo en español.<p>When Donald Trump first made sport of thumping Mexico—when he accused America’s neighbor of exporting rapists and “bad hombres,” when he …

Mexico

Private jets, SoulCycle, and air-conditioned “glamping” tents have officially killed Coachella

A moment of silence, please, for the grubby old days of music festivals: contorting into the backseats of friends’ cars, skipping showers, camping in rain-doused dirt.<p>Fans heading to Coachella this weekend can eschew the grime (the dirt, not the music genre) in favor of amenities such as private …

The Future Of Energy Isn't Fossil Fuels Or Renewables, It's Nuclear Fusion

Let’s pretend, for a moment, that the climate doesn’t matter. That we’re completely ignoring the connection between carbon dioxide, the Earth’s atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, global temperatures, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise. From a long-term point of view, we’d still need to plan …

Energy

Stem-cell therapy is poised to disrupt the Tommy John epidemic in baseball

For about half a decade, it’s been something of an open secret in baseball that players—pitchers especially—regularly undergo stem-cell therapy to stave off surgeries and lost playing time. It’s a cutting-edge medical procedure, done by everyone from high-school standouts to major-league all-stars. …

Stem Cells

The English language’s domination of the globe may be skewing scientific research

People speak over 6,500 languages worldwide. Some are known to only a very few while others are spoken by billions. One is dominating.<p>Increasingly, the world’s common language is English; speaking, reading and writing it are critical skills for workers in the global economy. For example, this month …

Language

How eco-friendly are electric cars? | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 04.08.2017

Dieselgate has many people turning to electric vehicles as a more environmentally friendly option. But in some respects, e-cars can be just as bad …

Electric Vehicles

What’s the Point of Streamlining Nature?

When the theoretical physicist Richard Feynman died, in early 1988, he left behind a maxim scrawled on the blackboard of his office at Caltech: “What I cannot create, I do not understand.” The words have been repeated often by scientists in many fields, but never so indelibly as when researchers at …

Biology

When sex roles get reversed, some females develop a 'penis'

In many species, the males develop elaborated sexual traits to attract females and dissuade potential rival males through competition. Some iconic …

Alberta

Can a Brain-Dead Teen Claim Religious Freedom? The Case of Jahi McMath

Jahi McMath was issued a death certificate two years ago. Now her parents and pro-life activists are exploiting a gray area of neuroscience for a …

To Adapt, You Need To Evolve

When scientists decoded the human genome in 2001, they found something astounding. While our DNA provides the blueprint for everything about us—from how we develop in the womb to eye color and personality traits—it takes only 20,000 genes to do so, less than one fifth of what had previously been …

Innovation

Physicists Test Classic Paradox 'Maxwell's Demon' with Beams of Light

New experiments revisit a classic paradox of thermodynamics.<p>In 1867, renowned physicist James Clerk Maxwell wrote a letter to fellow physicist and middle-name enthusiast Peter Guthrie Tait in which he outlined a thought experiment that seemed to allow for the violation of the second law of …

Quantum Mechanics