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The Way We Work Is Killing Us

An interview with the author of Dying for a Paycheck.<p>In the United States, workers work among the longest, most extreme, and most irregular hours; …

The Workplace

In a Single Sentence of her Google Doodle, Dr. Jane Goodall Teaches a Life Lesson We All Need to Learn

The legendary chimpanzee researcher knows a lot about humans too.<p>Legendary primatologist Jane Goodall, Ph.D. is featured in this Earth Day Google Doodle delivering an inspiring message that goes way beyond preserving the environment.<p>It's Earth Day, and as with every holiday, Google has marked the …

Cocaine users' faces could rot away as drug is being laced with de-worming chemical

Fears have been sparked by a report suggesting huge amounts of the A-class drug cocaine has been laced with de-worming chemicals which could rot …

American Academy of Pediatrics: Marriage Equality is Good for Children

<i>Post submitted by Paul Guequierre, former</i> <i>HRC Deputy Communications Director</i><p>Today the independent and non-partisan American Academy of Pediatrics …

One hundred years on from the Spanish Flu, we are facing another major pandemic

Should you meet someone who, unfortunately, has developed a fever, become short of breath, whose face appears to be tinged with blue and is subject …

Searching for the white landlady who saved my immigrant family, I found America

Exhausted, my mother sat on the stoop of one of the four-story brick buildings that dotted our old neighborhood of Borough Park, Brooklyn. It was …

Experts: The Myth of Video Games Making Killers Is ‘Nuts’

President Trump suggested violent video games might be a cause of the mass shooting epidemic. Researchers say his belief has ‘long been …

Experts on North Korea’s latest threat: “This is how war by miscalculation starts”

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Monday threatened to shoot down US warplanes, claiming “the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.” It’s one of the most serious threats the North has leveled to date — and it …

A Battle to Save the World’s Favorite Treat: Chocolate

TURRIALBA, Costa Rica — The trees of the International Cacao Collection grow here in an astonishing diversity of forms, bearing skinny cacao pods with scorpion-stinger protrusions, spherical green pods that could be mistaken for tomatillos, oblong pods with bumpy skin resembling that of the horned …

Forestry

4 crucial facts that prove biology doesn't cause inequality

In America, we've had a long history of people in positions of privilege and power who argue that innate biological differences between races or …

How to access free and legal copies of English and American classic literature online

Add up all the textbooks and calculators that students need to buy and September can be rough for American parents and their children. While schools require purchases of the latest textbook editions each year, parents can acquire some books that never go out of date—and cost nearly nothing.<p>Many of …

Literature

Scant oversight, corporate secrecy preceded U.S. weed killer crisis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. growing season entered its peak this summer, farmers began posting startling pictures on social media: fields of beans, peach orchards and vegetable gardens withering away.<p>The photographs served as early warnings of a crisis that has damaged millions of acres of …

Monsanto

Monsanto Was Its Own Ghostwriter for Some Safety Reviews

Monsanto Co. started an agricultural revolution with its “Roundup Ready” seeds, genetically modified to resist the effects of its blockbuster …

The 'Blackwater 2.0' Plan for Afghanistan

Private military contractors have spotted an opportunity as America’s longest war grinds on.<p>Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at …

The Strange Civil Rights Views of Trump’s Latest Court Nominees

On Wednesday, three of those nominees will appear before the Senate. Together, they evince a deep hostility toward civil rights.<p>Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for three of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees may lack the intrigue of James Comey’s blockbuster testimony, but for anyone who …

Rights & Freedoms

Why a bank robber thought covering himself in lemon juice would help him get away with it

One day in 1995, a large, heavy middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn’t wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he smiled at surveillance cameras before walking out of each bank. Later that night, police arrested a surprised McArthur Wheeler. When they showed him …

Psychology

India is building a biometric database for 1.3 billion people — and enrollment is mandatory

Inside the buzzing enrollment agency, young professionals wearing slim-fitting jeans and lanyards around their necks tapped away at keyboards and fiddled with fingerprint scanning devices as they helped build the biggest and most ambitious biometric database ever conceived.<p>Into the office stepped …

India

The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Workers' Lives

During World War I, hundreds of young women went to work in clock factories, painting watch dials with luminous radium paint. But after the girls — who literally glowed in the dark after their shifts — began to experience gruesome side effects, they began a race-against-time fight for justice that …

Medicine

Jeff Sessions Wants Courts to Rely Less on Science and More on "Science"

On April 10, a group of lawyers, scientists, judges, crime lab technicians, law enforcement officers, and academics gathered in Washington, DC, for …

U.S. Department of Justice

Introverts aren’t voiceless—they’re quietly powerful

In many Western countries, extroversion, outgoingness, talkativeness, and charismatic salesmanship are considered requirements for success and happiness. In such cultures, introverts are not just silent, but voiceless.<p>In today’s society, to call a person or a group “voiceless” is to call them …

Philosophy

What’s the Use of Regret?

A few weeks ago I was sitting poolside in Florida with a friendly retiree who was standing in the warm aqua water, beaming with friendliness. We started chatting, first about his hometown, Pittsburgh, and the many great athletes from there. Soon the conversation pivoted to Vietnam and his …

Time I

US to deport South Korean man 37 years after his adoption by American couple

A South Korean man flown to the U.S. 37 years ago and adopted by an American couple at age 3 has been ordered deported back to a country that is completely alien to him.<p>"It is heartbreaking news," said Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon, executive director of the National Korean American Service & Education …

Loud Noises Are Slowly Ruining Your Health

Noise pollution is a lot worse for you than you may have thought.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i>Noise pollution is a lot worse for you than you may have thought. According to the World Health Organization, it's the second biggest environmental cause of health problems in humans after air …

World Health Organization

Privacy is creating a new digital divide between the rich and poor

How come Facebook knows that I have a mother with Alzheimer’s, a woman asked the other day. She was sure that she hadn’t provided the social medium …

Privacy

This wearable badge links to software that could blur your face in unwanted social media photos

But a new physical badge is designed to give people control over their own image by signalling to algorithms that the wearer does not wish to be photographed, so their face can be automatically blurred in photos.<p>Maintaining control of how photos of you are shared online<p>"The easiest example for us I …

Social Media

'Secretaries are women, that's how it's always been' – how I call out 'acceptable' sexism

“She’ll probably be a graduate. I need someone intelligent. School doesn’t really matter but she must speak well – no accents. I’m presuming she’ll look the part?”<p>What, I wonder, do you think when you read those words? Who am I looking for? What do I do? Perhaps I work for a dating agency? In fact, …

Feminism

3tags.org

Police surveillance: The US city that beat Big Brother

<b>Mass surveillance of citizens without their knowledge is on the rise in America. This is the story of how one city fought back - and is teaching others how to do the same.</b><p>A deprived port city, across the bay from San Francisco, with a history of high crime rates and radical politics, Oakland has …