Michelle Browne

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Environmentally minded Californians love to recycle — but it's no longer doing any good

Californians dutifully load up their recycling bins and feel good about themselves. They’re helping the environment and being good citizens.<p>But their glow might turn to gloom if they realized that much of the stuff is headed to a landfill.<p>That’s because there’s no longer a recycling market for a …

Sustainability

Axolotl Genome Slowly Yields Secrets of Limb Regrowth | Quanta Magazine

With a fully sequenced genome in hand, scientists hope they are finally poised to learn how axolotls regenerate lost body parts.

Biology

Writers and publishers trade blows over plummeting author pay levels

The Society of Authors has issued a sharply worded challenge to the UK’s biggest publishers after the chief executive of the Publishers Association questioned new figures revealing the plummeting incomes of writers, describing them as “unrecognisable”.<p>A survey of more than 5,500 professional …

The Lost City of Trump

It was supposed to be his legacy. Today it’s a mere shadow of his dream—but he declared victory anyway. How the saga of Trump City foreshadowed the president’s chaotic path to the White House.<p><b>The week before Thanksgiving in 1985, a 39-year-</b>old Donald Trump announced his plan to make sure nobody …

Donald Trump

Why cultural diversity matters | Michael Gavin | TEDxCSU

The Trouble With Hollywood’s Gender Flips

Back in the summer of 2016, when the female “Ghostbusters” remake hit theaters, aggrieved fans of the original regarded the new film as a politically motivated assassination. Replacing their childhood comedy idols with women was a kind of narrative murder, committed by a cabal of Hollywood moguls …

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Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion. <b></b>Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

Pop Culture’s Great Awokening

In 2017, it was possible to see parables everywhere. The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency was one in which the destabilizing fact of that …

Feminism

In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything

PRESCOT, England — A walk through this modest town in the northwest of England amounts to a tour of the casualties of Britain’s age of austerity.<p>The old library building has been sold and refashioned into a glass-fronted luxury home. The leisure center has been razed, eliminating the public …

Great Depression

These Lizards Are Full of Green Blood That Should Kill Them

They somehow seem to have evolved this weird trait several times.<p>In 1969, two biologists wrote about three lizards from New Guinea whose insides were green. The color ranged from a deep blue-green to a vivid lime hue, and it was everywhere. The lizards’ bodies, when dissected, revealed green bones, …

Biology

Facebook starts its facial recognition push to Europeans

Facebook users in Europe are reporting that the company has started giving them the option to turn on its controversial facial recognition technology.<p>Jimmy Nsubuga, a journalist at Metro, is among several European Facebook users who have reporting getting notifications asking if they want to turn …

Privacy

Orientalism Is Alive And Well In American Cinema

The rage directed at critics of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is a reminder of how many people don’t want to believe that an homage can also slight the culture it's putting onscreen.<p><b>In 2001,</b> Sarah Silverman told a joke on <i>Late Night With Conan O'Brien</i> that incurred the wrath of Asian American …

Scientists warn of 'ecological Armageddon' after study shows flying insect numbers plummeting 75%

The number of flying insects has plummeted by 75 per cent in the last 25 years, according to a study that suggests we are approaching an “ecological …

What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyes—and Our Ability to See?

The eyes are unwell. Their childhood suppleness is lost. The lenses, as we log hours on this earth, thicken, stiffen, even calcify. The eyes are no …

The Brexit whistleblower: ‘Did Vote Leave use me? Was I naive'

Shahmir Sanni, a volunteer for Vote Leave, the official pro-Brexit EU referendum campaign, explains how a data company linked to Cambridge Analytica played a crucial role in the result, and voices his concerns that electoral spending rules were manipulated… and evidence apparently destroyed<p>• Brexit …

Brexit

Economic Anxiety Didn’t Make People Vote Trump, Racism Did

Was Donald Trump elected because of racism or economic anxiety? Few questions about the 2016 election have generated more analysis. As we’ve …

The Last Temptation

How evangelicals, once culturally confident, became an anxious minority seeking political protection from the least traditionally religious president in living memory<p>One of the most extraordinary things about our current politics—really, one of the most extraordinary developments of recent …

Men Are Responsible for Mass Shootings

How toxic masculinity is killing us.<p>Shootings, whether they’re in Parkland, Orlando, Las Vegas or Sutherland Springs, all tend have one thing in common. It’s not that they’re done by mentally ill people (there is no true connection between people with a mental health diagnosis and mass shootings, …

Ottawa to present plan to amend policy that rejects immigrants on medical grounds by April, Hussen says

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said today he will present a plan by April to amend an outdated policy that excludes immigrants based on their …

Women Were Better Represented in Victorian Novels Than Modern Ones

Since the birth of modern English-language novels in the 1700s, male and female characters from Paul Atreides to Elizabeth Bennet have laughed, …

Why millennials are making memes about wanting to die

<b>(Salon/Ilana Lidagoster)</b><p>As a downwardly-mobile generation, Dadaist jokes about death by Tide Pod is a form of catharsis for us millennials<p>Deidre Olsen<p>February 11, 2018 12:30am (UTC)<p>Why would anyone willingly risk their health to eat a toxic Tide laundry detergent pod? Most adults are probably …

Great Depression

Sex Workers Decry ‘Moral Panic’ Over Human Trafficking

At the height of national outrage over what government officials and activists call a human trafficking “epidemic,” sex workers are challenging what …

Crime

Black Panther is the grown-up Marvel movie we’ve been waiting for

Director Ryan Coogler delivers one of the best films in the franchise<p>Throughout the history of its cinematic universe, Marvel Studios has excelled at creating engaging, entertaining diversions, bringing dozens of characters to life in a string of blockbusters that feed into one another, like a …

Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer – Robert Epstein

No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies …

Singularity

Urban Bird Feeders Are Changing the Course of Evolution

More than 50 million Americans are conducting an unwitting experiment on a vast scale. I joined them from my Manhattan high-rise.<p>To my knowledge, no one has ever been killed by a plummeting bird feeder. Still, when you live on the 25th floor of a Manhattan high-rise, you can’t hang one outside the …

Birds

How Anti-Semitism’s True Origin Makes It Invisible To The Left

The Anti-Defamation League publishes an annual report on incidents of anti-Semitism in the United States. This year’s audit, made available in …

The female price of male pleasure

The world is disturbingly comfortable with the fact that women sometimes leave a sexual encounter in tears.<p>When <i>Babe.net</i> published a pseudonymous …

The Rising Pressure of the #MeToo Backlash

In the fall of 2016, I started feeling little starburst twinges in the ball of my right foot. A podiatrist told me that I had a fat nerve, a neuroma, and gave me a cortisone injection that made the pain go away. Because something had come back odd on my blood work, he sent me to a specialist, who …

Aziz Ansari and Shitholes: Men Understand Consent Like White America Understands Racism

America is still in the throes of two ear-deafening shouting matches over private episodes that somehow became public knowledge. Although they were …