Wendy Lynn Rivera

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How to intervene when you see street harassment: an illustrated guide

Forget safety pins. How can you really help victims of hate?<p>You’re walking to work when you see a man tailing a woman, muttering sexual obscenities at her as she stares straight ahead, picking up her pace. You’re on the train when someone shouts across the aisle, calling a Muslim family …

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Constitution lets the electoral college choose the winner. They should choose Clinton.

<i>Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School and the author of “Republic, Lost: Version 2.0.” In 2015, he was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary.</i><p>Conventional wisdom tells us that the electoral college requires that the person who lost the popular vote this year must …

Government

A Mad Doctor and a 19th-Century Medical Mystery We’re Still Learning From Today

Some ideas have to be revived more than once in order to stick, even when the way they work has become well-understood. In this regard, there may be …

Scientists Have Rejuvenated Old Mice With The Blood of Human Teenagers

The fountain of youth is real, and it's creepy.<p>It might sound like something out of a creepy folk tale, but scientists have found evidence that …

Peter Thiel

Why you should never order a mojito at a bar, according to those who have to make them

When you’re out on the town you tend to know what you want to drink, especially when it comes to cocktails.<p>But while your cocktail selection may make …

West Hollywood

PSA: Kids Shouldn't Wear Winter Coats In Their Car Seat

The colder months are upon us, so you’ll want to bundle up your kids in some warm winter jackets. But when it’s time for them to get into their car …

Maths zeroes in on perfect cup of coffee

<b>Mathematicians are a step closer to understanding what makes a perfect cup of coffee.</b><p>Through some complex calculations, they have shone a light on the processes governing how coffee is extracted from grains in a filter machine.<p>This could help drinkers optimise their cuppa by applying a more precise …

Coffee

Yes, defecting to Mars during Trump's presidency is theoretically possible

Some people are so upset they're considering moving to Canada, and they might be serious — the Canadian immigration website crashed Tuesday night.<p>But at least one group is so disillusioned by Trump's election win that they have a more exotic destination for emigration in mind: Mars.<p>This would have …

Space Travel

Harvard scientists think they've pinpointed the physical source of consciousness

Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness — the awareness of one's existence. Despite advances in neuroscience, we still don't really know where it comes from, and how it arises.<p>But researchers think they might have finally figured out its physical origins, after …

Consciousness

Paralysed people could walk again instantly after scientists prove brain implant works in primates

Paralysed people could walk again instantly after scientists developed a brain implant which turns thought into electrical signals in the spine so that lost feeling can be restored after injury.<p>Currently people who break their backs or suffer a spinal trauma are unable to stand or move even though …

The 82 Most Unforgettable Photos From the Election

Donald Trump supporter at a campaign rally held in the Robarts Arena, Sarasota, Fla. Nov. 28, 2015.<br>Landon Nordeman for TIME<p>1 of 82<p>During this …

Government

Harvard Scientists Think They've Pinpointed The Physical Source of Consciousness

This is where awareness lives.<p>Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness - the awareness of one's existence. Despite …

Against Abortion? You Should Vote For Hillary Clinton.

I am a doctor who has dedicated her career to helping woman. If abortion is what matters to you in this election, I'd like to put rhetoric aside and focus on the facts.<p>There are approximately 700,000 abortions per year in the United States. The four main reasons women seek abortion are …

Pregnancy

When Pictures Tell Stories We'd Rather Not Hear

The photograph of the Trump rally in Loveland, Colorado stopped me in my tracks as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed -- a black and white piece of photojournalism that reminded me of one of my favorite photographs, Diane Arbus's "Patriotic Young Man With Flag N.Y.C. (1967)," the iconic image …

Bernie Sanders

Why do successful women like Hillary Clinton get under so many people's skin?

There’s nothing the public enjoys more than a high-flying woman brought low, argues Sady Doyle, and nothing we like less than a woman who refuses to play the game<p>Hillary Clinton has a unique talent to make people viscerally angry. Just look at the footage from Trump rallies: supporters carry “Lyin …

Feminism

We asked 3 etiquette experts whether it's OK to call people 'guys' — and learned all about the word's weird history

"Guys" is one of those words that you probably use a lot without really thinking about it.<p>But the word "guy" has some pretty explosive origins — literally.<p>The term actually comes from Guy Fawkes, a 17th-century participant in the failed 1605 Gunpowder Plot (and the inspiration behind those creepy, …

Church of England

Turning back the clock 1 hour takes a serious toll on your mental health

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Daylight saving time should be a permanent, year-round phenomenon. Rather than turning back our clocks this weekend to extend our pre-election suffering by yet another hour, we should simply leave the hour hand where it is and pledge to never fiddle with …

Daylight Savings Time

These Gateway Drinks Will Up Your Cocktail Game Dramatically

Staring down the menu at a cocktail bar can be an intimidating prospect for the uninitiated. What’s the difference between “Martini” and a martini? What’s an old-fashioned no. 1 versus a no. 2? What makes a daiquiri a daiquiri exactly? And it never helps that every bartender in the country makes …

Vermouth

The Burden On Black Teachers: 'I Don't Belong At Your Table'

Students need many things, from visionary principals to sharp pencils. Somewhere near the top of that list should be these two words:<p>Black teachers.<p>As of 2012, 16 percent of public school students were African-American, while just 7 percent of teachers were black. To make matters worse, according …

Teaching

11 of the Most Breathtaking Travel Photos of the Year

Prepare to get a serious case of wanderlust.<p>The Siena International Photo Awards recently announced the winners of their annual international photography contest and the results are stunning. With submissions from over 100 countries from Turkey to Myanmar, professional and amateur photographers …

National Parks

This classic thought experiment explains the weird decisions we make about spending money

Some years ago, I interviewed the Nobel prize­-winning psychologist and best­selling author Daniel Kahneman. He told me one of his all­-time favorite thought experiments, which is something of a classic in behavioral economics.<p>It involves a woman who has spent $160 on two theatre tickets. She is …

Personal Finance

Creationism in Texas Could Go Extinct on Election Day

The state’s education agency quietly killed anti-evolution propaganda from the curriculum in September. Now it may be illegal to teach next …

Meanwhile, in the Real World, Climate Change Is Creating Vast Deserts

But you wouldn't know it from the four debates we watched.<p>As the presidential campaign staggers to its conclusion, I think we can fairly sum up the positions of the respective political parties on the climate crisis in the following way.<p>Republican: <i>It might be real. It might not be. It might be the</i> …

Elections

Republicans despondent that Trump threw away final debate

‘Down-ticket Republicans lost,' one GOP pollster said. 'They needed some help and got absolutely none.'<p>Donald Trump’s rocky performance on the final debate stage in Las Vegas on Wednesday night did little to allay his party’s concerns that the GOP is headed for an electoral catastrophe up and down …

Republicans

3 winners and 2 losers from the final 2016 presidential debate

It's all finally over. The final debate of the 2016 presidential election is behind us, the last event of its kind after two other general election debates, nine Democratic primary debates, and 12 Republican primary debates. More than a year after Donald Trump began the election season in earnest …

Government

Chemists accidentally turn carbon dioxide to ethanol in breakthrough study

In a fortuitous turn of events, researchers in Tennessee have turned carbon dioxide into ethanol in what they’re calling a "new twist to …

Carbon Dioxide

We’re designing schools of the future with tools of the past—and it’s hurting our education

The way we learn has changed dramatically over the past few decades—so it makes sense that the places where we learn should change dramatically as well. Continuing to create concrete boxes with fixed walls and rigid classroom spaces makes as much sense as investing in floppy disks.<p>It’s been a few …

Touchscreens

The 2016 Wildlife Comedy Photography Finalists Are All You Need

Take a break from the election and check these out.<p>We are only three weeks away from the election, and Hillary Clinton has already pointed out that the way to get through this is by watching funny cat gifs, so why not take a break from the political insanity with a bit of wildlife?<p>The Comedy …

Wildlife

This is what work-life balance looks like at a company with 100% retention of moms

When Phil Graves, a father of three young girls, worked for Deloitte, his days looked a lot like those of many working professionals. He left before the kids were up to commute to work in San Francisco. He raced through his day, and dashed home to make the bedtime crush: bath, bedtime stories, a …

Parenting

Finish high school with bachelor's degree? At 1 school, yes

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Aya Tal-mason's excitement as she describes her research on cancer-fighting drugs rivals her schoolmate Paige Fries' audible enthusiasm about her recently published science-fiction novel. Fellow student Hannah Herbst recently visited President Barack Obama to explain the …

College & University