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Iranian Women Make A Push For Greater Opportunities

Iran is starting to see a re-launch of activist groups following the election last year of President Hassan Rouhani. Social movements were scarce after the government crushed public protests known as the Green Movement following the 2009 elections. After the decisive vote for Rouhani, a surge of …

Tiny Houses: A Big Idea to End Homelessness

Advocates tackling the nation's homeless problem are thinking small.<p>In Austin, Texas, a village of 200 tiny houses is being built for the homeless. In upstate New York, Rochester Greenovation has designed a prototype for small-scale individualized shelters. “Homeless No More Survival Pods” have …

Uganda's President Will Sign the 'Jail the Gays' Bill Into Law

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced his intention to sign his country's brutal new anti-gay …

New Afghanistan law to silence victims of violence against women

A new Afghan law will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of judicial punishment, undoing years of slow progress in tackling violence in a country blighted by so-called "honour" killings, forced marriage and vicious domestic abuse.<p>The small but significant change to …

New bid to block 'human rights' claims by foreign criminals

Changes designed to stop foreign offenders claiming they cannot be deported because of the "right to family life" win backing of 100-plus MPs<p>Controversial measures which allow foreign criminals to avoid deportation on human rights grounds could be consigned to history after tough new measures won …

Human Rights

Can a gun protect India's women from rape and violence?

It weighs barely 500g, is slim enough to slip into a purse, features an attractive darkwood handle on a black titanium-alloy body and comes in a bejewelled maroon case. Engraved on its barrel is the name Nirbheek: Hindi for fearless, and a synonym for Nirbhaya, the name given to the unnamed …

India Unveils Handgun For Women After Much-Publicized Rapes

There's been a steady stream of stories over the past year about the rapes of women in India. Now, Indian officials have unveiled a gun they say women can use to protect themselves.<p>The .32-caliber revolver is called Nirbheek, for the victim of a December 2012 gang rape and murder aboard a bus in …

Breast ironing in Cameroon: empowering girls to speak out

Elizabeth Mbu kept her secret for 16 years. Aged 11, her mother kneaded her naked, developing breasts with a hot stone twice a week to stop them growing. "Each time I cried as it was really painful," she says. "I didn't understand what was going on, but it was very difficult to speak about." Her …

Cell-phones' link to health problems debated

Some convinced devices cause harm, but conclusive evidence still lacking<p>Every weekday morning, Bret Bocook sits in a cozy Starbucks in downtown Los Altos. He sips coffee and reads the paper. But mostly, he watches people as they chat on their cell phones.<p>Then he walks over to deliver a message.<p>"I …

China’s Schools Teaches Kids to Take Tests, Obey the State, and Not Much More

China may have made huge strides recently, but its school system languishes as a relic that teaches children by rote and exists merely to make …

Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S.

A new book shows how fixating on testing and achievement can backfire.<p>"No Child Left Behind." "Race to the Top." The names suggest mobility, progress, moving on up and not falling back. The goal of education, according to these national education initiatives with their standards and testing, is …

Suicide Rates Are Falling in Almost Every Developed Country but South Korea

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Last month, the South Korean government released some encouraging news. For the first time in six …

'Invisible' Bike Helmets Are A Real Thing Now

If so, then two Swedish industrial design students have solved your problem and have created an "invisible helmet" for cyclists.<p>Bike helmets are a very important safety feature, especially for those who cycle around a busy city where both drivers and pedestrians can be a problem. But there is no …

Bicycle Helmets

Public 'seem to like' e-cigarettes

<b>The British Medical Association wants them banned - but more than a million people are now using electronic cigarettes.</b><p>And a poll of nearly 1,000 people for BBC Breakfast suggests most support their use in public places and don't want to see a ban.<p>At Westfield shopping centre in London, Katherine …

Public Health

Women Fare Worse In Egypt Than In Any Arab State: Survey

Citing high rates of sexual harassment and female genital mutilation, a new survey finds that women in Egypt face the worst treatment in any Arab country. Other countries with high levels of unrest — Iraq and Syria — are also among the worst for women, along with Saudi Arabia, according to the …

Here’s why India is never going to be safe for women

A few days ago, after news of the sexual assault case in Mumbai broke out, someone on Twitter said something that got me thinking. A female resident of Mumbai, presumably, lashed out after seeing the umpteenth tweet asking women in Mumbai to “take care” and “be safe.”<p>Enough of this patronizing …

Hot Dog Legs Is a Disturbing Example of Tumblr's Body Image Issues

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Hot Dog Legs has been called the "Tumblr of the Summer," "genius," and "your new favorite meme," but …

Associated Press News

Twitter boss personally apologises to female victims of abuse

The British head of Twitter, the micro-blogging social network, has issued a public apology to woman attacked by “trolls” on the site and promised to do more to prevent abuse.<p>Tony Wang, general manager of Twitter UK, posted a series of tweets today saying abuse was “simply not acceptable”, after …

Social Media Is “Worst Menace To Society” Says Turkey PM, 25 Twitter Users Arrested

Turkish authorities have arrested 25 protesters for the high crime of using Twitter. Amid widespread violent clashes, police rounded up netizens on Tuesday night for “spreading untrue information.” Embattled Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has labeled social media “the worst menace to …

Long Exposure Photographs of Fireflies in the Forests of Nagoya City by Yume Cyan | Colossal

<p>For the last month or so photographer Yume Cyan has been shooting some magical long exposure photographs of fireflies in a forested area around …

How to Shoot Starry Photos of Fireflies

Firefly photographs are commonly shot using long exposures from a tripod. The proper exposure depends on the ratio of the fireflies’ luminosity to …

Even If You Don't Like Folk, You Need To Hear This Album

Laura Marling's new record Once I Was An Eagle is emotionally raw, musically ambitious, and incredibly beautiful.<p>Laura Marling is a folk singer, but she's not a "folk singer" in the way that classification can seem vaguely derogatory. Her music is not self-consciously rootsy and cozy, and it's not …

Embryonic stem cells: Advance in medical human cloning

<b>Human cloning has been used to produce early embryos, marking a "significant step" for medicine, say US scientists.</b><p>The cloned embryos were used as a source of stem cells, which can make new heart muscle, bone, brain tissue or any other type of cell in the body.<p>The study, published in the journal …

Genetics

$325,000 stem cell hamburger to be eaten soon

The race for a lab-grown meat alternative has been on for years. Modern Meadow, for example, has gone after a type of 3D-printed meat using bioprinting techniques. Dutch tissue engineer Mark Post is using stem cells to make a lab-grown hamburger, one that may be actually going down someone's gullet …

3D Printing Is The Future, But What Kind Of Future?

The crescendo of media reports about the advent of a DIY printable firearm has caused an understandable uproar. In the wake of so many high-profile, mass-casualty incidents involving firearms — and a lot of impotent rage by our elected officials — it seems counterintuitive that, as we circle the …

Plants Can Talk

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Just when moral vegetarians thought their meal of choice wasn't sentient, it turns out that plants …

US demands removal of 3D printed gun templates

Designs for a 3D-printed gun must be taken offline, the US government has demanded.<p>The US State Department has written to the gun's designer, Defense Distributed, saying that publishing such designs, which enable anyone with a 3D printer to produce their own plastic gun, could breach arms-control …

U.S. State Department