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This Plastic Is Made Of Shrimp Shells

It's called shrilk, and no, it won't cause allergic reactions.<p>There ain't no reason why we can't replace plastic with something biodegradable. Here's one option: a material called shrilk. It is made from a chemical in shrimp shells called chitosan, a version of chitin--the second-most abundant …

The right has f***ked up minds: Meet the researcher who terrifies GOP Congress

His theory caused so much tumult that right-wingers pondered defunding the entire field. Here’s the latest<p>In the immediate aftermath of World War II, a wide range of thinkers, both secular and religious, struggled to make sense of the profound evil of war, particularly Nazi Germany and the …

Revenge porn is being made a specific criminal offence

By Rick Kelsey <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>So-called revenge porn will become a specific criminal offence on Thursday in England and Wales.</b><p>People caught sharing intimate photos or videos of a former partner without their permission could face up to two years in jail.<p>It covers images shared on and offline …

Sociology

The Wildest Design Yet For Google’s Project Ara Phone

Russian design firm Lapka tells us that everyone behind Project Ara may be missing the point.<p>Google’s Project Ara is one of the company’s most ambitious projects. It’s a modular phone, in which users could snap in new cameras, batteries, or processors as quickly as snapping together Lego.<p>Thus far, …

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.<p>Eric Robinson has a surprising tool for weight loss. It’s something we all have, but perhaps don’t use it as much as we’d like: our memory.<p>Dieters often feel that they are waging …

Alternative Medicine

Humanist chaplain John Figdor: “Religion introduces moral problems that wouldn’t exist otherwise”

Let’s start with this one: “There is no God”<p>When students come to John Figdor, the humanist chaplain at Stanford, they’re often comfortable with their atheism. Big questions about God aren’t necessarily on their minds. Big questions about ethics are. “I began to notice that students were less …

Travel Lens: Amy Toensing’s World

<b>Amy Toensing</b>, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. A regular contributor to <i>National Geographic</i> and <i>National Geographic Traveler</i> magazines for years, her work has been exhibited …

Travel Photography

7 Questions For Logo Design Legend Ivan Chermayeff

The 82-year-old designer of logos for everyone, from NBC to MoMA, on difficult clients, graphic design’s boom, and his fear of painting<p>If you’ve ever watched Showtime or NBC, visited the Museum of Modern Art or the Smithsonian, read <i>National Geographic</i> or a Harper Collins book, or shopped at Barneys …

Hundreds Of Previously Unpublished Photos From Picasso’s Personal Life Released

The artist’s grandson has unveiled a trove of images and home movies that give an intimate look at Picasso’s life and loves.<p>Almost 40 years after his death, a trove of photographs from Pablo Picasso’s personal archives has just been unveiled by the artist’s grandson, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso. They …

How Top Designers Tell Clients That Their Taste Sucks

Paula Scher, Sagi Haviv, Jessica Walsh, and others reveal how they handle their worst clients.<p>Sometimes, you have to agree to disagree. But what do you do with clients who just fundamentally have terrible taste in design? They’re paying the bills, creating a problem that almost every designer has …

Protests After Grand Jury in Eric Garner Chokehold Case Doesn’t Indict Officer

No, We Can’t Just Leave College Sexual Assault to the Police

To read the news this year, it seems like colleges never get sexual assault cases right. In July, there was the <i>New York Times</i> exposé on Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Then, Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia student, began carrying her mattress around campus in protest of her rapist’s continued …

Rolling Stone and UVA: The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Report

An anatomy of a journalistic failure<p><i>A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Last November, we published a story, 'A Rape on Campus' [RS 1223], that centered around a</i> …

Journalism

Why Patents Are Dying

I have always associated innovation with patents.<p>It’s the classic vision of the lone, wild-haired inventor in a grimy white lab coat putting himself and his family (assuming they’re still hanging around – he spends all of his time in the basement tinkering and cursing) through abject poverty until …

“Christianity was my entire world. Then I stepped off a cliff”: Meet the minister who started an atheist church

“My goal is to help non-believers find connections,” says Teresa MacBain<p>On the last Sunday in September, fifty or so people trickled into an old classroom in North Seattle. Classic rock played in the background, and greeters pointed parents to a table at the back where young children could …

Ebola: How it spreads

Here are some facts about how Ebola spreads:<p>WHEN IS EBOLA CONTAGIOUS?<p>Only when someone is showing symptoms, which can start with vague symptoms including a fever, flu-like body aches and abdominal pain, and then vomiting and diarrhea.<p>HOW DOES EBOLA SPREAD?<p>Through close contact with a symptomatic …

US Ebola patient in a serious condition

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1112000/1112737_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1515081417_682b663dfaa1414af33bd3000631f3d3<p><b>Five children in Texas who came into contact with a man infected with Ebola are being monitored at home.</b><p>At a news conference at Texas Health …