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To Explain Japan's Rise In Child Poverty For Noah Smith

The newly full time over at Bloomberg Noah Smith chews over the problem of rising child poverty in Japan. The problem is, he says, that our conventional reasonings for why child poverty exists just don’t seem to apply in Japan. Neither set of rules in fact: neither the conservative nor the liberal. …

Why terms like ‘transgender’ don’t work for India’s ‘third-gender’ communities

Sexuality's spectrum is littered with labels. One that is getting increased attention in the U.S. political discourse nowadays is "transgender." Generally speaking, the label refers to those who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. More broadly, it indicates a transgression …

Daniel Sharkey, who is the first detention center worker to be convicted of institutional sexual assault, may be in prison for less time than his 19-year-old Honduran victim and her son have been detained in Pennsylvania<p>A 40-year-old guard at a family detention center for immigrants and asylum …

Human Rights

Ask Ethan: Could An Atmosphere Slow Down A Runaway Spaceship?

Earlier this month, Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking teamed up to announce the Breakthrough Starshot. The plan is for a giant laser array to accelerate a very light laser sail with a spaceship-on-a-chip attached to it to more than 20% the speed of light, aimed towards one of the nearest stars to us. …

This $15 3D scanner consists of a tub of milk and a smartphone

Apr 23, 2016 | By Benedict<p>Here’s an article you can probably afford to skim-read: Instructables user <b>yenfre</b> has developed a low-cost (~$15) 3D scanner …

The hyper-gendering of women in Silicon Valley is predictable and awful

The Silicon Valley season premiere panel was eight men and one woman, and anyone could predict what would happen.<p>The interviewer onstage asked each man questions about the popular HBO show satirizing Silicon Valley’s tech boom. He asked the creator, Mike Judge, what inspired the show; asked a main …

Silicon Valley

The men tumbled like dominoes. One man tried to walk to the toilet and collapsed. The wards became chaotic<p>As a medical student, I volunteered for lots of drug trials to make extra money. I sold my blood, my sperm – I did them all. You’re more likely to get hurt on the way to the trial unit than as …

Medicine

See Amazing Photos of Earth Taken by a Japanese Satellite

Red glows indicate the presence of heat from Bezymianny volcano (bottom) and Klyuchevskaya volcano (top) in Kamchatka, R<p>... VIEW …

Comment on Meet the Nanomachines That Could Drive a Medical Revolution by Biotech: Top Articles and News | Giant Leap

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The Return of Japan's Strangest English Textbook

Many Japanese think English is a difficult language. So why not make that linguistic grind enjoyable? That’s exactly what this odd little book does.<p>A …

Who agrees with Bernie Sanders on Israel? Large numbers of Americans.

Rarely — if ever — has a presidential candidate been so publicly critical of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians as Sen. Bernie Sanders was last week during the CNN Democratic primary debate in Brooklyn. Media outlets seized the moment, with headlines such as “Bernie Sanders smashes the Israel …

Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls

In the '80s and '90s, America's suicide trend was headed in the right direction: down.<p>"It had been decreasing almost steadily since 1986, and then what happened is there was a turnaround," says Sally Curtin, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for …

Mental Health

Invasive Social Media Technology Is Everywhere and No One Seems to Care

Excessive porn has desensitized us to graphic sex, and the 24-hour news cycles has numbed us to graphic trauma. But has internet culture, from face swaps to Pepe the Frog, made surrealism normal?<p>On Wednesday, in a now clearly ill-advised move, Snapchat updated its ever-changing run of in-app …

Why The Whitewashing Of ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Matters So Much

It’s part of a much larger problem<p>As a teen with questionable social skills and aversion to going outside, one of my favorite escapes was anime. More than just fancy cartoons, the term anime refers to animation from Japan and is an art form most known for its strong graphics, characters, and …

Anime

Instead of trying to 'fix' me, my mom protected me from her homophobic boyfriend

Growing up, I worshiped all things “girly.” Today, children who self-express in that way might be politely, clinically described as “gender nonconforming.” But in the ’80s, the words you were more likely to hear were “soft,” “sissy,” “punk” and, of course, the ubiquitous homophobic slur “f–––––.” …

For China’s All-Female Professional Gaming Teams, Looks Count

Makeup. Power up.<p>Li Min answers the door of her 13th floor west Beijing apartment clad in minuscule black shorts and a hoodie.<p>"Sorry, the kitchen is a bit messy," yawns the 21-year-old.<p>Through a bedroom door behind her, one of Li's housemates sleepily rustles underneath a duvet. A third housemate, …

Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal is a late-night necessity.

<i>This article originally appeared in</i> <b>Vulture</b><i>.</i><p>Most of the conversation before <i>Full Frontal</i> premiered was about how exciting it was that we were finally …

M.I.A. asks why Beyonce publicly supports Black Lives Matter but not all ethnic minorities

<b>While many have celebrated Beyonce for finally getting political with her music, M.I.A. finds fault in the narrative.</b><p>The British singer brought this …

Black Lives Matter

Why do so many of us love 'Broad City' and hate-love 'Girls'?

Just like HBO's "Girls," Comedy Central's "Broad City" is a series about young women living in New York City, fumbling toward adulthood whether they like it or not. But while the two series share a central premise, their approaches to love, life and friendship couldn't be more different. With the …

Sperm Whales Found Dead In Germany, Stomachs FULL Of Plastic And Car Parts

In January, 29 sperm whales were found stranded on shores around the North Sea, an area that is too shallow for the marine wildlife. Only recently …

Why Bernie Sanders' supporters are right to be furious with New York's atrocious primary

The New York Democratic primary election on Tuesday aroused a substantial amount of controversy, as numerous people discovered too late that they had …

How Bernie Sanders's Jewish outreach coordinator started a major controversy over Israel

Presidential campaign staff come and go; it's the nature of the operative's grueling lifestyle. But last week's suspension of Simone Zimmerman, Bernie Sanders's Jewish outreach coordinator, was very, very different. For one thing, she was only at the job for two days. Her "suspension" wasn't about …

A boy’s mysterious illness, a bold gamble and a breakthrough in genetic medicine

<i>Susan Okie is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, a poet, and a former medical reporter and science editor at The Washington Post.</i><p>In the first six years of his life, Nic Volker, a Wisconsin boy born in 2004, beat the odds twice, in …

7 Lesbian Sex Haikus (With Cats!)

If you've ever wondered what lesbian sex is like, these haikus are for you.<p><i>The following lesbian sex haikus (with cats!) are excerpted from</i> The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!), <i>in stores now.</i><p>Lesbian foreplay:<p>Strip every time Rachel<p>Maddow makes a pun.<p>Strap-on sex is fun<p>Until you realize, you<p>Don't …

How to Write with Substance

Nothing drags down writing more than spreading good ideas over too many words.<p>Making keystrokes matter has only grown in importance as communication …

Creative Writing

From Curt Schilling to the anti-trans laws sweeping the south, it seems acceptance of trans people is in jeopardy just as we hoped it might be improving<p>Over the last few years, trans people have been visible like never before, with several television shows and reality series showcasing their lived …

LGBTQI

The biggest mistake parents make when arguing with kids

How do you deal with out-of-control kids?<p>The authors of the bestseller <i>How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk</i> have some great …

Prince, the activist: The times he blasted Wall Street, Freddie Gray’s death, “enslavement” to Warner Bros. and the corrupt status quo

Prince wasn’t known for political activism, but when he did his message came across in a way only he could deliver<p>Legendary musician Prince Rogers Nelson died at his home on Thursday at age 57.<p>Known simply as Prince, the singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter established himself as one of the …

Mexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution using Change.org in a democracy experiment

Mexico City just launched a massive experiment in digital democracy. It is asking its nearly 9 million residents to help draft a new constitution through social media.<p>The crowdsourcing exercise is unprecedented in Mexico—and pretty much everywhere else. <i>Chilangos</i>, as locals are known, can petition …

John Stossel Uses Lung Cancer Diagnosis To Rain Haterade On US Health Care System

Fox News small government evangelist John Stossel has lung cancer. He revealed it in a post on the Fox News website earlier today, but not without …