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Plant UV Detectors Could Not Have Evolved

The first chapter of the timeless text of Genesis states, "And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree …

Biology

The Outdoor Industry and Republicans Are Going to War Over America’s National Parks. Here’s What You Need to Know.

<b>In this report:</b><p><b>•</b> Members of the outdoor industry are clashing with Republican lawmakers over recent efforts to shift federal lands to the states. …

A US panel has endorsed limited genetic modification of humans — here's what that means

Sometime not necessarily too far from now, the first humans whose DNA has been intentionally edited by scientists could very likely be born.<p>The technologies that make that theoretically possible have existed for some time now and in the past few years, new discoveries have made genetic editing …

115,000 People Have Shared This Story of a Late-Term Abortion

This October, Lindsey Paradiso took a brave step. The Fredericksburg, Virginia, photographer went public with the story of her late-term abortion on …

A wasp horror story that makes you glad you're not an insect

Many gall wasps follow a peaceful path to adulthood, crafting themselves miniature crypts in oak tree branches where they bunker down before emerging …

Sorry Americans — you’ve been Trumped! At the inauguration, Trump’s hollow rhetoric collides with reality

The contrast between his promises to America’s forgotten and the greed of the new president is horrible<p>Throughout the campaign and the transition period leading up to the inauguration, whenever Donald Trump was caught lying or tweeting something outrageous we were told by his acolytes that we …

The 10 Best Documentaries of 2016 That Are Trying to Change the World

Had your fill of Oscar-baiting plots and overwrought performances? Have a look at the best non-fiction films of the year.<p>While high-profile dramas continue to dominate the ongoing award season, let us not forget the many phenomenal documentaries that were bestowed upon us over the past twelve …

How Millennials Will Save The World, Part I

I’m not kidding, or being sarcastic. And I hope I’m right, because the world needs saving, and I’m positive the boomers won’t do it, and pretty sure the gen-Xers aren’t up to the challenge, either.<p>I know that many people over 35 still think of the folks on the younger side of that divide as lazy, …

Demographics

Politician Opens Mouth And Reminds Us Why Men Should STFU About Abortion

Lawmaker says he ‘never thought about’ why women would want abortions<p>In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Ohio Representative Jim Buchy, a strong …

Canadian reporter Ed Ou barred from entering US

<b>A Canadian reporter was barred from entering the US. Is this the beginning of the end of press freedom?</b><p>Ed Ou is used to crossing borders.<p>The award-winning Canadian photojournalist has spent the past decade travelling to the kinds of places where being in the media can be a hazard to your health: …

The Usual Routine

Latest<p>Do you happen to find yourself being the odd one out of the group a lot whenever the topic starts …<p>Relationships work better when they’re not …

This Photograph Put a Face on the Epidemic of Domestic Violence

Photographer Donna Ferrato helped bring awareness to the epidemic of domestic violence in the United States through her raw and often graphic …

A Mad Doctor and a 19th-Century Medical Mystery We’re Still Learning From Today

Some ideas have to be revived more than once in order to stick, even when the way they work has become well-understood. In this regard, there may be …

All-female Yazidi forces prepare for battle with Isis to avenge women who were 'burnt alive'

Many of the women have lost families in the fighting and some were taken as sex slaves.<p>An elite squad made up entirely of female Kurdish-trained …

In the past half century we’ve moved from forced adoptions to record IVF births, yet feminism still faces a battle with biology<p>It’s been sad and moving, the outpouring of anguish that has greeted an apology from the Catholic church for its adoption policy during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. It’s …

Pregnancy

Raif Badawi: Atheist Saudi blogger faces further round of lashes, supporters say

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi is facing a new round of lashes, according to his supporters.<p>A Canadian foundation campaigning for his release said a …

13 Twitter Takedowns of People Who Don't Believe Trump's Accusers

1.<p>Who you going to believe, women who claim they were groped, or a man who says he gropes women? It's a real "he & she both said" situation.<p>-- …

Donald Trump

Brain Scans Confirm the 'Wrong Body' Feeling Trans People Experience

Imagine coming to the realization that you are in the wrong body. Inside you feel a certain way, but your appearance reflects something different. …

10 Disturbing Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Freddy Krueger’s metal fingernails and melted face might be scary, but he’s no match for some of the real-life people who have been featured in …

American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch report finds last year someone was arrested every 25 seconds for low-level drug offenses in the US<p>Two leading civil rights organizations are calling for the complete decriminalization of personal drug use in the US in a comprehensive new report …

Rights & Freedoms

Netflix's '13th' Explores 'Modern Slavery' in Incendiary New Documentary

Ava DuVernay was finishing up her civil rights drama, <i>Selma</i>, when she got a call from a Netflix executive: Would DuVernay be interested in making a …

Long-Term, Reversible Contraception Gains Traction With Young Women

Nurse practitioner Kim Hamm talks in soothing tones to her 14-year-old patient as she inserts a form of long-acting contraception beneath the skin of the girl's upper arm.<p>"This is the numbing medicine, so you're going to feel me touch you here," she says, taking the teen's arm. "Little stick, one, …

The warm glow of death: the terrifying climate truth behind California’s fall forest colors

If you’ve been camping recently, odds are you’ve already gotten the little postcard climate change has sent: <b>California’s forests are dying.</b><p>Scratch …

10 Bad Habits People Learn by Emulating the Sex In Porn

When people try to learn about sex by imitating the sex in porn, they can pick up some pretty unsafe techniques. There is certainly some porn that …

Polish Women Stage 'Black Monday' Strikes to Protest Abortion Law

Legions of women across Poland dressed in black and went on strike Monday to protest a proposed law that would ban all abortions.<p>Tens of thousands of demonstrators braved the cold and rain to rally in the main square of Warsaw’s historic Old Town and enormous "Black Monday" protests were also …

In photos: A burlesque guide to making it through chemo

Nisha Sondhe lives in Brooklyn but if you look for her there, you may not find her. Nisha is a rover, a professional photographer with the heart of a gypsy. The love that she feels for the places that she visits is echoed in her work—in the images of chiseled stone and sloping snow in Iceland, …

Egyptian lawmaker says women should prove they are virgins to go to college

JERUSALEM – He’s at it again.<p>Last month, Egyptian lawmaker Elhamy Agina declared that women should undergo female genital mutilation in order to “reduce their sexual desires” because Egyptian men are “sexually weak.”<p>Now, he wants all Egyptian women to undergo compulsory “virginity tests” prior to …

Kiran Gandhi—the menstrual badass of the London marathon—speaks out

Kiran Gandhi is famous for an unusual reason. You may not know her name, but I’ll bet you’ve seen her in triumphant, post-race mode—thanks to her …

Playboy’s interview with a Muslim woman mocks modesty and offends women

In his 1966 debate with William Buckley about the “Playboy Philosophy,” Playboy magazine founder, Hugh Hefner, made clear that he opposes “religiously mandated, chastity-centered codes of sexual morality.” In fact, he opposes most any limit on public sexual expression, considering it fundamentally …

Religion