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Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds

When a customer service call is described as "Kafkaesque" and "hellish," you pretty much know how it's going to go down before even taking a listen. But in case you haven't heard the condescending, tedious call that's lit up the Internet, here it is:<p>The recording starts after the call has already …

A birth control pill for men could soon be a reality

Researchers say an oral contraceptive for men could be a reality in the next ten years<p>Katie McDonough<p>December 3, 2013 10:03pm (UTC)<p>Scientists in Australia may be closer than ever to developing a birth control pill for men.<p>Researchers at Melbourne's Monash University say they have succeeded in …

Is DNA analysis stuck in the past?

New tech could free innocent people from prison — but no one's rushing to test it.<p>A few weeks ago, the Innocence Project of New York (IP) announced that it had helped to release another innocent person from prison. This time it was Gerard Richardson. As <i>The Verge</i> outlined in September, Richardson …

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …

Analyzing Baby Cries For Signs Of Serious Disease

The earliest signs of certain ailments or development problems can be heard in the exact tone and cadence of newborn’s wail. Soon there could be an app for new parents and hospitals to get a hint of what’s the trouble.<p>When babies have certain health or development problems, they cry differently …

Pregnancy

Second baby possibly 'cured' of HIV

The first time, it happened almost by accident.<p>Just hours after delivery, a baby born with HIV in Mississippi was given high doses of three antiretroviral drugs. More than three years later, doctors say the little girl has no evidence of the life-threatening disease in her blood, despite being off …

Andrew Bastawrous: Get your next eye exam on a smartphone

The Gene Is Obsolete

5<p>SHARES<p>Today, DNA is central to modern biology, but scarcely a century ago biologists were debating whether or not genes actually existed. In his …

Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson

Want To Be More Creative? Sleep Like The Ancients Did

Artificial Light, like the light from the screen you are looking at right now, is like a drug that we’re all addicted to. And this addiction has taken its toll on modern society in the form of unnatural sleep patterns.<p>Computers, phones, light bulbs…they all attack our eyes with artificial light, …

Virginia Tech

The Search for Genes That Prevent Disease

What can we learn from people with genetic predispositions to a disease who never end up getting sick?<p>The X-Men’s mutations gave them superpowers. Telepathy. Flight. Teleportation. Some scientists believe that there may be some among us who have a superpower in our genes, too—the ability, against …

Scientists Urge Study of Environmental Factors That May Speed Aging

New paper urges more work on "gerontogens" in the environment.<p>Why do our bodies age at different rates? Why can some people run marathons at the age of 70, while others are forced to use a walker?<p>Genes are only part of the answer. A trio of scientists from the University of North Carolina argue in …

Before You Can Write a Good Plot, You Need to Write a Good Place

Author Linn Ulmann makes the case for the importance of here in "Something happened here."<p>Linn Ulmann spent her childhood trailing her famous parents as they traveled the world. As the daughter of director Ingmar Bergman and the actress Liv Ullmann, two legends of 20th-century cinema, her “home” …

Beyoncé, Sex Terrorist: A Menace for Conservatives and Liberals Alike

By condemning the pop star, both Bill O'Reilly and bell hooks profit off her body while ignoring her art.<p>Hating Beyoncé unites all Americans! Or so it seemed last week, anyway. From the right, Fox pundit Bill O'Reilly used a segment of his show to express shock at Beyoncé's video "Partition," in …

4 Ways of Looking at the Solange/Jay Z Fight Footage

Why it's ok, maybe, to obsess over the scandalous video of Beyoncé's sister at the Met Gala<p>TMZ just kicked off an Internet freakout by posting surveillance footage showing Solange Knowles, sister to Beyoncé, apparently punching and kicking her brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator at The Standard …

Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism

My personal picks for must-read nonfiction from 2013.<p>Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction for The Best of Journalism, a weekly email newsletter I publish. The result is my annual Best Of Journalism Awards. I couldn't read every worthy piece published last year and haven't …

Literature Still Urgently Needs More Non-White, Non-Male Heroes

If privileged writers keep "writing what they know," marginalized people groups will continue to feel—and be—marginalized.<p>One of the most celebrated pieces of advice to writers is “Write what you know.” Unfortunately, it shows.<p>The demographics of published writers in the West are largely …

Vote for 1book140's June Read: Literary Feasts

Choose from beloved works on cooking and eating—among them Dan Barber's The Third Plate and Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme's My Life in France.<p>“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” Michael Pollan wrote in his 2009 “eater’s manifesto” <i>In Defense of Food</i>. It needed little elaboration. Still, a …

Can Cell Phones Stop Crime in the World's Murder Capitals?

The problem-solving power of mobile technology in Central America<p>GUATEMALA CITY—In the last three months, Guatemala has witnessed 356 homicides, 202 armed attacks, 44 illegal drug sales, 11 kidnappings, and six cases of "extortion by cell phone."<p>These numbers come courtesy not of Guatemalan …

Education Protects Women From Abuse

Extremists hate smart girls because smart girls are less likely to be kept down.<p>The horrifying kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by the extremist group Boko Haram was made even more horrifying by the fact that the group specifically targeted the girls for trying to improve their lives. …

He's Like Ike

Obama, haunted by war and skeptical of heroics, echoes Eisenhower's foreign policy.<p>The debate between President Obama and his hawkish critics comes down to this. Obama is—as he said yesterday at West Point—“haunted” by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. His hawkish critics are haunted by the fact …

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Secretary? A 1959 Quiz

Question 1: Do you have "a natural flair for organizing the activities of others?"<p>In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, last year the National Archive's <i>Text Message</i> blog dug up some wonderful materials capturing what it was like to be a secretary in mid-century America.<p>Among the findings …

The 5 Best and Worst States for Working Moms

Louisiana has one of the worst child-care systems and largest gender pay gaps, with women making a measly 72 percent of what men make.<p>If you're a working mom, Oregon might be the best place for you to live.<p>Wallet Hub, a personal finance network, released a survey on Monday ranking the 50 states and …

Most People in the World Have No Idea How to Manage Their Money

Many couldn't pass a simple finance quiz. Can you?<p>Do you understand money? Let’s see how well you do with the following questions.<p><b>1.</b> Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2 percent per year. After five years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you …

Report: Journalists Are Miserable, Liberal, Over-Educated, Under-Paid, Middle-Aged Men

Mostly<p>Today, the term <i>ink-stained wretches</i> is exactly one-third accurate.<p>Journalists aren't quite so blotched from pens and printers, now that the newspaper die-out has wiped out 50 years of advertising gains in a decade. With cleaner shirts, less paper, and worse pay, we're more like carpal-tunnel …

Does Having Kids Make Parents Happy After All?

New research overturns the decades-old belief that having children is a downer.<p>Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a "parental happiness gap." Basically, the running theory has been that parents are a less happy bunch than their non-parenting peers. This makes some …

Racism, Again: Why Drug Tests Are Helping Black Americans Get Jobs

A new study finds a tendency among employers to need urine samples in order to overcome an assumption that black job candidates are using.<p>Policies that encourage drug testing potential employees are not, generally speaking, viewed as means for achieving greater racial equality. As the ACLU states …

How Welfare Reform Left Single Moms Behind

Nearly every government program has grown over the past few decades, except the one that helps poor, unmarried parents.<p>Rosa Pena, a 24-year-old single mom in Arizona, told the <i>New York Times</i> “I’ll do what I have to do,” to stay alive, including sell the groceries she buys with food stamps. Other …

Study: Opportunities in Young Adulthood Linked to Later Narcissism

People who come of age during a recession are less likely to be narcissists later in life. The humbling experience of struggling through a down economy as a young adult seems to leave its mark.<p>There has been much debate over which generation, exactly, is the “Me” generation. Is it Millennials? Is …