Lydia Adams

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The dirty secret about your clothes

AUROVILLE, India — In the Colours of Nature dye house, Vijayakumar Varathan is busy prepping a vat of indigo. At 51, he looks frail, with a tanned body made mostly of bones, but he runs to and fro, setting up an open fire where he’ll brew cauldrons of natural colorants made from plants.<p>He’s worked …

'Mysterious power over humanity': How cats affect health

When a stray cat wandered onto the tracks of a midtown 7 train in New York City last month, the MTA halted the entire subway line until the animal was out of harm's way. At the same time, the U.S. government euthanizes millions of stray cats each year.<p>They're a disaster for the environment: One …

Tardigrades can live 30 years in a freezer and survive in space, and now we know why

Scientists discover adaptations to life in extreme environments in the tardigrade genome<p>Tardigrades — also known as "water bears" — are microscopic animals that can live through almost anything: 30 years in a freezer, rapid dehydration, boiling and freezing temperatures, massive doses of radiation, …

America’s Profound Gender Anxiety

Outrage over transgender bathroom use is just the beginning of a long conflict over what it means to be men and women.<p>In April, the state of Mississippi did something unusual. It made the definition of man and woman a matter of law: “Male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable …

LGBTQI

There are more jobs in renewable energy than in oil, gas, and coal combined

A word to the burly coal miners who complained that cutting coal out of our energy mix would take away their jobs when the Climate Action Plan was up …

Transgender kids can't wait for adults who need to take their time to accept them

<b>To the editor:</b> A few years ago my once-vibrant child started withdrawing from extracurricular activities. Grades started plummeting, and school absences piled up. There were diagnoses of depression and anxiety; suicidal thoughts became part of his life. ("LGBT divide grows as 11 states sue feds …

Los Angeles

One surgeon says you need an operation. Another says you don't. Here's why that happens.

In 2002, when Tim Copeland was just 12 years old, he started having seizures and difficulty speaking. His physician in San Diego couldn't figure out what the problem was. When Copeland eventually went to see a neurosurgeon in Escondido, California, he was diagnosed with cerebral cavernous …

Medicine

A North Carolina School District Is Now Trying To Ban Skinny Jeans

North Carolina, you used to be the levelheaded brother of South Carolina, but what’s going on, man? You’re allowing students in school to carry pepper spray with them after your state passed a transphobic law, but now you’re tackling the big issues, like banning students from wearing skinny …

Does your swallowed gum stay in your stomach for 7 years? Science has the answer

Pretty much any gum chewer has had a reason — or need — to swallow their gum rather than politely returning it to its wrapper to toss it out. (The recommended means of disposal.)<p>But that naturally leads to the question on the minds of many, who were told as children that swallowing gum causes it to …

A disposable $1 device could revolutionize women's lives in rural Africa

The disposable $1 device consists of a small needle connected to a plastic bubble containing the contraceptive Depo-Provera which can be squeezed to inject a dose that lasts three months.<p>Self-injectables could have a major impact on the lives of women who cannot access clinics or who face …

Target CEO responds to nationwide boycott of the store over transgender bathroom policy

Target CEO Brian Cornell has now spoken publicly about the backlash the company experienced after releasing a statement declaring that transgender individuals shopping at the retail giant can use whichever bathroom corresponds with their gender identity. Among that backlash is an online petition by …

LGBTQI

Is Depression a Disease? A Guide to Understanding It

In her 1988 novel <i>The Bean Trees</i>, Barbara Kingsolver wrote, "Sadness is more or less like a head cold — with patience, it passes. Depression is like …

Watch North Carolina’s “Official” Bathroom Police Training Video

The brilliant folks at <i>Funny or Die</i> have just released a new Bathroom Police training video in response to North Carolina’s transphobic bathroom bill …

Tow-truck driver abandons disabled Bernie Sanders supporter

A tow-truck driver from South Carolina refused service to a disabled woman after seeing Bernie Sanders campaign stickers on her car.<p>Cassandra McWade was traveling along Interstate 26 from Asheville, North Carolina to her home in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, on Monday when her Toyota Camry was …

Teenage Refugees Tell Us the Horrors They Went Through to Get to Europe

The UK will be taking in up to 3,000 unaccompanied minors who've been forced to flee their home countries. We spoke to some young refugees about their journeys so far.<p>When David Cameron did a U-turn on Wednesday and agreed that the UK could take in up to 3,000 unaccompanied minors after all, I …

Here's How To Eat For Better Workout Results

Because housing a bag of cheese puffs after your run is apparently not the most productive strategy.

This Photo Of A Young Transgender Girl Will Make You Rethink Those NC Bathroom Laws

We as a society have come a long way when it comes to understanding that not everything can be black or white. Change and evolution as a people can be a truly difficult thing, and there will undoubtedly be divisions that spring up due to such changes. In a way, western society is still really …

21 Useful Skills Every Lazy Science Undergrad Has Mastered

It's not that you're not clever, you just don't want to do any work that isn't absolutely necessary.

5 Reasons You Should Start Eating (Yes, Eating) Coconut Oil

So, you've finally broken down and purchased yourself a jar of coconut oil. But why are you supposed to be into it again?<p>"Coconut oil...is a type of fat that is actually utilized by the body to make energy," said clinical nutritionist Ariane Hundt. "Unlike other saturated fats, coconut oil is not …

Nutrition

Why I Support Bernie Sanders

In 2003, while I was teaching at Davidson College in North Carolina, I saw an ad in the local newspaper announcing a "Going Out of Business" sale of Utica Linen products. The mill that had been making these linens was closing and relocating to Asia where they would be able to pay lower wages. When …

12 Wacky Beauty Products With a Cult Following

We’ve all had that moment when we’ve seen a beauty product and thought, there’s <i>no way</i> that works. But as wacky as some beauty products might sound, some have gained a cult following worthy of a truly spectacular find. These are <i>not</i> your typical Target beauty brands. While the general idea might seem …

U.K. Spy Chief Sorry for Treatment of Gay WWII Codebreaker Alan Turing

LONDON — The head of Britain's digital espionage agency has apologized for the organization's historic prejudice against homosexuals, saying it failed to learn from the treatment of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.<p>In a rare public speech, GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan told a gathering organized …

John Kasich on Refusing Service to LGBT People: 'What the Hell Are We Doing in This Country?'

After dodging a question earlier in the day on “conversion therapy,” Republican presidential candidate John Kasich asked Monday night “what the hell” …

50 million years of work could be lost to anxiety and depression

World Health Organisation says that without more treatment, 12 billion working days will be lost to mental illness each year to 2030<p>Global failure to tackle depression and anxiety is costing the world nearly $1 trillion a year in lost productivity and causing “an enormous amount of human misery”, …

Why Scientists Love the Gila Monster

Like Godzilla, Edward Cullen, and Elmo, <i>Heloderma suspectumare</i> is a monster with some seriously dedicated fans. The squat, grumpy-looking lizard more …

These Are the 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care

The health care industry is booming. As the American population ages and chronic disease becomes ever more prevalent, health-related companies have …