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How work kills us

Ronald Reagan once quipped that they say hard work never killed anyone—“But I figure why take the chance?” Yet things have changed since “the Gipper” …

Economics

Scientists discover new 'Meghalayan age' in Earth's history

london, July 18 (IANS) Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct Earth age and are calling it a new chapter -- the …

Earth Science

When Kumbhipatua Rebels Attacked the Jagannath Temple in Puri

As <i>raths</i> roll and chants rent the air during the Jagannath rath yatra, let’s also look back at the dark side of the history of Sri Jagannath temple of …

Hinduism

Why White Women Keep Calling the Cops on Black People

In April, when a white woman called the police on two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks, the video of the event went viral. The men were accused …

Justice

Rising Seas Will Take Out Internet Infrastructure Far Sooner Than We Feared

"The expectation was that we'd have 50 years to plan for it. We don't."<p>The failure to address infrastructure shortcomings in the face of rising sea …

Climate Change

The idea ancient people didn’t live until old age is a myth

You might have seen the cartoon: Two cavemen sitting outside their cave knapping stone tools. One says to the other: “Something’s just not right—our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past 30.”<p>This …

Demographics

'Bad things happen in the woods': the anxiety of hiking while black

I always knew about hiking and camping from commercials and magazines. But the people doing it didn’t look like me<p>The feeling was that if you went out into the woods by yourself – and you’re black – you might not end up coming back<p>When I was young I would have loved to have had someone encouraging …

Outdoors

A New Revolution in Mexico

Sick of corruption and of Trump, voters embrace the maverick leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador.<p>The first time that Andrés Manuel López Obrador ran for President of Mexico, in 2006, he inspired such devotion among his partisans that they sometimes stuck notes in his pockets, inscribed with their …

Mexico

Listen: Latafat Hussein Khan, Khadim Hussein Khan, KG Ginde perform rare varieties of raag Saarang

This is the concluding episode of the series on the afternoon raag.<p>In the concluding episode of the series on the Saarang family of raags, we will …

Concerts

The inside story of the soccer ball that survived the Challenger explosion

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger stunned the nation when it broke apart 73 seconds into flight. This is the story of the soccer ball that …

Space Exploration

John Coltrane's Lost Album A 'Buried Treasure' For Jazz Fans

On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his quartet arrived at Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey to record an album. It was a busy time for the group, which featured pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. They were at the tail end of a two-week residency at the Birdland …

John Coltrane

The Morbid Discovery That Led to Rio’s Only Slavery Museum

More than 1.9 million enslaved Africans arrived in Rio de Janeiro, and thousands of them died upon arrival. One woman has made it her mission to …

Brazil

With China saying no to plastic waste, the world needs a new plan

TACOMA, Wash. — A global crisis over what to do with millions of tons of discarded plastic and other trash is becoming even more difficult after China decided last year to stop importing much of the waste. In some cases, that means used paper and plastic containers that Americans intend to recycle …

Pollution

No homeland, no hope – Europe's Roma are back in the firing line | Tessa Dunlop

“Hey, Gypsy woman! Look into your crystal ball,” sang 1960s crooner Ricky Nelson while pondering his romantic future. Few of today’s Roma are under any illusions about what lies ahead, and it’s certainly not romantic. Comments from Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, have caused a minor …

Europe

Industrial Internet of Things - Reports - World Economic Forum

As our research shows, the Industrial Internet is already here, delivering real benefits including improved operational efficiency, flexible work …

General Electric: The Downside Case For Power

<b>The downside case for GE Power shouldn't be ignored</b><p>As we highlighted in our prior report on GE, most of the recent weakness in reported results for …

For just $5, you can now start a responsible investment portfolio

Newday wants to open up investing for impact–with funds focused on issues from ocean cleanup and gender equality–to people with just a little cash.<p>People interested in investing typically have two hurdles to clear: First, the learning curve associated with where their money might go, and, perhaps …

Investing

I've Got Some Things to Say

I remember the exact moment I knew we were broke. I can still picture my mum at the refrigerator and the look on her face.<p>I was six years old, and I …

Soccer

Why do people get hangry? A study suggests it's not just low blood sugar to blame

We’ve all been there, hungry, irritable, and angry, or “hangry,” a term added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2018, after decades of accepted usage among bickering partners and frustrated colleagues across the English-language world.<p>But how hunger mutates into anger is still not entirely clear …

Psychology

Aparna Nancherla may have been a shy child, but she’s a comedy star now.

Aparna Nancherla used to walk onstage, grab the microphone and greet her audiences this way: “It’s okay, guys — I’m surprised I’m a comedian, too!”<p>As far as the audience knew, it was a stereotype joke; a reflection on the dearth of demure-looking South Asian women wearing barrettes and print …

Brazilian filmmaker beautifully captures a friend's journey in 'Gabriel and the Mountain'

Brazilian director Fellipe Barbosa opens “Gabriel and the Mountain” with one long take from a fixed point, as two Malawi grass-cutters dwarfed by a stunning mountain range methodically make their way toward us, until one of them, at the base of a huge rock, calls out what is translated in English …

The global recycling market is crashing. This is what it means for you

First, I must apologize to the good people of China.<p>For the past several years, I've recycled my gallon milk jugs -- but haven't rinsed them out. …

Prize-Winning ‘Shoplifters’: Japan’s PM Hates This Movie Because It’s Just Too True

The warm-hearted story of a loose-knit ‘family’ struggling to survive is based on field research into Japanese poverty, and inspired by an abused …

Darjeeling Tea Gardens Reel Under Pressures of Climate Change

Surendra Lama, who has been running a convenience store at Ghum in Darjeeling district for the past 40 years, laments that the hills are no longer …

How our colonial past altered the ecobalance of an entire planet

It brought riches to Britain and many other European nations; played a major role in enslaving more than 10 million Africans; and created the first global markets in cotton, tobacco and sugar. But now colonialism has been accused of having an even greater influence. It is claimed that it changed …

Anthropocene

Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade Had Kids. We Need to Talk About Them.

It’s never too early to talk to children, teens, or young adults impacted by suicide. Their lives may depend on it.<p>DeAundrea Jackson has mixed …

Native American Author Tommy Orange Feels A 'Burden To Set The Record Straight'

Every year at BookExpo, the publishing industry's annual conference, a few books emerge as front-runners in the competition for readers. This year, <i>There There</i> by Tommy Orange is one of those books. Set in Oakland, Calif., it explores the lives of Native Americans who live in cities, not …

Native Americans

One Koch Brother Forces the Other Out of the Family Business

An arch-conservative political machine will be down one billionaire but have more clout than ever.<p>The retirement of David Koch from Koch Industries will make it easier to see more clearly what has been true from the start: Charles and David Koch, who came to be known as “the Koch brothers,” were …

Who Threw That First Stone in Thoothukudi?

In the Indian social context, Dalit and tribal communities have always borne the brunt of police excesses or, to call it by its proper name, state …

The Surprising History (and Future) of Fingerprints

Recently, for a background check, for a visa, I had to get fingerprinted by an agent admissible to the FBI while I was still in France. <i>No, we can’t fingerprint you</i>, the website of the Embassy of the United States in Paris stated clearly. <i>No, you can’t fingerprint yourself</i>, the sites of the …