Elaine Lai

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Be honest: you don't care if your pretty dress was made by child slaves

Yes, you care about children working in vile conditions. But you won't turn down a bargain<p>Slavery. It’s terrible, isn’t it? No doubt about it. Absolutely. It’s wrong and it shouldn’t happen and we should fight to end it wherever it exists in the world.<p>Oh, but look at this gorgeous dress I’ve just …

How a Young Girl Escaped the Prison That Is North Korea

Eunsun Kim made a thousand-mile journey to freedom. She survived human traffickers, famine, and poverty.<p>North Korea is the most secretive and repressive state on earth, a dystopian nightmare that makes George Orwell’s <i>1984</i> seem benign. News rarely leaks out. Censorship is total. But in <i>A Thousand</i> …

Will same-sex marriage make America healthier?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A few weeks ago, Carlos Santos-Herrera was in a hospital bed, ill with a rare, severe form of strep throat. He was weak, but conscious -- and worried. His family members' religious beliefs differ from his own, and he didn't want to leave decisions about his care in their hands.<p>His partner, …

LGBTQI

100 Percent Is Overrated

People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.<p>At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and …

The app that puts women on the map

Spark Movement collective honours the historic achievements of women by developing an app for Google’s Field Trip<p>An app that can signal where a woman made a historic achievement is being developed.<p>Women on the Map is aimed at 13- to 22-year-olds and hopes to address the lack of recognition and …

San Francisco

Designing Superhumans

The age of genetic design is here.<p>It is now possible to edit genes of diverse organisms — almost like we edit a string of text — by cutting and pasting (splicing) genes at desired locations. A recent technology known as CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) allows for …

Genetics

What the Panic Over Pot Looked Like in 1967

LIFE Magazine<p>1 of 4<p>“The soft sweet smell of marijuana hangs in the streets of San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle. People pass on the …

Cannabis

The odd thing that happens when injustice benefits you

It stings when life’s not fair – but what happens if it means we profit? As Tom Stafford writes, some people may perform unexpected self-sabotage.<p>Frans de Waal, a professor of primate behaviour at Emory University, is the unlikely star of a viral video. His academic's physique, grey jumper and …

Psychology

Stingray spying: FBI's secret deal with police hides phone dragnet from courts

Non-disclosure agreement in Florida reveals chain of secrecy across US Federal authorities maintain ‘totalitarian’ control over local law enforcement Read the document: seeking case dismissals at the request of the FBI<p>The FBI is taking extraordinary and potentially unconstitutional measures to keep …

Surveillance

These researchers want to turn phones into earthquake detectors

Early warning on earthquakes can help save lives, but many countries can't afford them. That's why scientists are turning to another location sensor already widespread in many countries: the smartphone. A single smartphone makes for a crappy earthquake sensor — but get enough of them reporting, and …

Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

A pair of engineering students created a new type of fire extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out flames.<p>Imagine if all you needed to put out fire was a subwoofer. It's an idea that has been toyed with, theoretically, over the years -- DARPA demonstrated an acoustic extinguisher in 2012, …

Engineering

Of mice and old men: is the elixir of youth finally coming of age?

American scientists have coined the term ‘senolytics’ to describe a new class of drugs designed to delay the ageing process by clearing out doddery cells<p>It is generally accepted as one of life’s unfortunate, but inevitable facts: we might be able to disguise the wrinkles for a time, but ageing will …

Mayo Clinic

As Appetite for Meat Grows, Farm Antibiotics Use Will Soar

Recently, it looked like antibiotic use in agriculture in the United States was trending down–the result of decades of pressure by consumers on companies such as McDonald’s and Perdue Farms. But a new analysis by academics who study antibiotic use predicts that the drugs may not actually be going …

Agriculture

Hubble at 25: the wonder of the universe laid bare

The Hubble telescope, launched 25 years ago next month, is unrivalled in its breathtaking and compelling visions of the cosmos • 25 years of the Hubble telescope – in pictures<p>It has captured images of stars coalescing out of glowing clouds of dust, peered back more than 10bn years to study the …

Universe

World's First Plantable Coffee Cup Biodegrades Into Seedlings After Use

Given America's caffeine addiction, it's no surprise that to-go coffee cups contribute significant amounts of waste to landfills. One California-based company has a solution to cut back on coffee-related trash: cups that can be planted. Seeds embedded in fibers that make up the cup's walls will …

Coffee

Can violence be moral?

Intuitively, we might think that any sort of violent act is immoral. But, as David Nussbaum and Séamus A Power argue, morality doesn’t always preclude violence<p>Hours after the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris on January 7th, 2015, the US President Barack Obama, condemned the …

University of Chicago

Russia offers to sell anti-aircraft missiles to Iran

Tehran said to be considering offer, which could have an impact on nuclear talks approaching a deadline next month<p>Russia has reportedly offered to sell Iran powerful and advanced anti-aircraft missiles in a deal that could have an impact on nuclear talks approaching a deadline next month.<p>Sergei …

South Asia

The Best Workout To Burn Belly Fat | Men's Health

At the end of eight weeks, the interval participants lost two inches of belly fat compared to the runners who lost less than one inch. (Looking for a fat-loss program that works even faster? Try THE 21-DAY METASHRED—one guy lost 25 pounds in just 6 weeks!)<p>The researchers think interval …

Court rules: Adultery no longer a crime in South Korea

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> For 62 years, if you cheated on your husband or wife in South Korea, you could end up in prison.<p>Not anymore.<p>South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned a law that made adultery a crime, saying it violates the East Asian nation's constitution.<p>"The …

South Korea

Future cities may harvest energy from human footsteps

<b>(CNN) —</b> From footfalls to climbing stairs, to opening doors, the cities of the future will look at ways of tapping energy from all the mechanical energy we expend going about our daily lives.<p>When looking at the amount of kinetic energy produced in the average metro station at rush hour, or even on …

Is Civilization Natural?

So, there's the city and then there's the country, the built environment and the wilderness, nature and civilization. Whatever name the dichotomy goes by, we usually think of the world humans create and the world outside their creations as separate and unequal.<p>But as we enter the Anthropocene — an …

14 People Who Got Fired For Tweeting

It's not terribly difficult to imagine some people losing their jobs over inappropriate or contentious use of Facebook, but surely Twitter and its 140-character limit don't pose a danger, right?<p>You obviously still need to be mindful in how you use it.<p>The "medium is the message," as we've heard, but …

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An entire island nation is preparing to evacuate to Fiji before they sink into the Pacific

This has to be the weirdest business deal of the week: The Church of England just sold a chunk of forest-covered land on the Fijian island Vanau Levu for $8.8 million to the government of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. For the moment, Kiribati plans to use its 20-square-kilometer …

Micronesia

Master the Art of Reading with Lewis Carroll’s Four Rules of Learning

Everyone knows Lewis Carroll as the author of Alice in Wonderland, but he was also a mathematician and logician interested in the ways people learn. …

To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing

I want my students to feel secure in the knowledge that nobody is beyond criticism (even their teacher), and that the bigger challenge is developing …

Teaching

Could Personalized Food Labels Help You Eat Better?

Nutrition is a dubious science, which varies per our personal make-up. So why do we share the same FDA label?<p>Nutrition is a slippery science, full of research that is constantly debunked by more research. We’re left largely confused, pondering whether “ vitamins are good for you” or “whether eating …

Heal Yourself By Harnessing Your Mind - The Crux

By Jo Marchant | May 23, 2014 10:48 am<p>We tend to think of medicine as being all about pills and potions recommended to us by another person—a doctor. …

Hidden sexism may make you more likely to die in a hurricane

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began yesterday, and the storms, as they do every year, will alternate between male and female names, drawn from lists created by the National Weather Service. This season, look out for Hurricanes Cristobal, Edouard, and Teddy—and especially Hurricanes …

Weather

China's Xi demands action after 3 killed in attack

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has demanded "decisive actions" against terrorism following an attack at a railway station in the …