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'Nat Geo' Explores Gender Options, Puts 9-Year-Old Transgender Girl On Cover

For the first time in its 128-year history, <i>National Geographic</i>is featuring a transgender person on the cover of its magazine.<p>The subscriber cover of …

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This is the week the robot-controlled future arrived in all its terrifying glory

There's no stopping this future.<p>This week, two of the largest technology companies in the world offered unnerving glimpses of the future as they see …

Virtual Reality

25 “facts” that really aren’t: You’ve heard them all your life and they just aren’t true

Carrots improve your vision, bats are blind & there’s a 5-second rule when food falls on the floor, right? Well, no<p>There are scientific facts that most of us accept as true. The Earth is round. Check. E=MC squared. Check. Humans evolved from apes. Not exactly.<p>It might come as a surprise that …

Hpv

My Open Knees Are None of Your Business

I watched Amy Schumer's HBO special the other night. Her performance at the Apollo Theater is one of the most brilliant stand-up routines I've ever seen. Aside from being hysterically funny, she's a thought-provoking feminist who understands how to turn everyday situations into comedy gold.<p>Schumer …

Feminism

Antarctica gains enough ice each year to bury Rhode Island 85 feet deep

This is strange news to many scientists. Most research to date assumes Antarctica's ice sheet is melting and contributing to global sea level rise.<p>But the authors of the new study, published Oct. 29 in the Journal of Glaciology, found that Antarctica had a net increase of 112 billion tons of ice …

Antarctica

Honoring the Science of Direct Experience

I don't know how this all started. But, I remember that I read an article by Zaron Burnett (http://www.filmsforaction.org/takeaction/a-gentlemens-guide-to-rape-culture/) about his efforts to understand his role as a male in the rape culture (RC.) The article was very good and I appreciated the …

Feminism

This bizarre experiment just produced the best evidence yet of the universe's 'spooky' side

Well, almost.<p>The idea is part of quantum mechanics, a theory of physics that describes how the cosmos works on the tiniest of scales. Specifically, scientists are squirming over a bizarre phenomenon of quantum mechanics called "entanglement," where one particle can instantly influence another — …

Quantum Mechanics

Latest experiment at Large Hadron Collider reports first results

After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, began its second run of …

These are the real liars: Forget Planned Parenthood — it’s the anti-choice movement that’s rife with corruption

There’s no evidence Planned Parenthood did anything wrong. There’s plenty about the other side. Let’s review facts<p>For months now, Planned Parenthood has been under a barrage of outlandish accusations from conservatives: That they "sell" fetal body parts as some kind of secret money-making scheme …

Feminism

Amber Rose’s SlutWalk Sends a Powerful Message About Female Sexuality: See Pics | Women's Health

RELATED: I'VE SLEPT WITH 99 PEOPLE—AND I HAVE NO REGRETS<p>For Rose, who is on the receiving end of a lot of vicious attacks online, organizing the SlutWalk was a way to fight back. "We recognize that shaming, oppression, assault and violence have disproportionately impacted marginalized groups, …

The right’s big abortion lie: The very real ways pro-life politics make women less safe

When the right opposes the kinds of contraception that actually work for women, we end up with more abortions<p>Imagine that over the next 15 years we could reduce abortion by 90 percent simply by improving pregnancy prevention. Imagine, further, that during this same 15 years we could replace most …

Pregnancy

Massive "Tree of Life" map connects 2.3 million organisms

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Biology

AI Robot Learns Words In Real Time & Tells Human Creators It Will Keep Them In A “People Zoo”

I'm in!<p>These days, robots are being developed with some absolutely amazing technology. Indeed, robotics technology has become so impressive that the …

In Victoria, Harassing Women at Abortion Clinics No Longer Counts As Free Speech

The government has signalled support for a bill that priorities safe access to medical treatment over the right to protest.<p>If you've ever walked past an abortion clinic, you've more than likely encountered a small army of anti-abortion protesters camped outside.<p>For decades women who visit East …

Rights & Freedoms

How the world changed as a result of Hitler's decision to invade Poland, 76 years ago today

Adolf Hitler's home, the Berghof, was just outside the town, on a mountain in the Bavarian Alps. To the extent that Hitler had a home, this was it, and it was the place where Hitler met with many notables, particularly before the war began.<p>As it happens, today is the 76th anniversary of the start …

World History

Robot with Artificial Intelligence Tells Creators it will Keep Them in a "People Zoo"

It’s all fun and games until the AI (artificial intelligence) you create tells you it’s going to put you in a “people zoo” so it can visit you for …

Abortion and the myth of 'protecting' women

It's been a month since the antiabortion group Center for Medical Progress released an undercover video purporting to prove that<p>Planned Parenthoodis illegally selling fetal parts. The charge was complete nonsense, and mainstream media sources quickly debunked it. Planned Parenthood donates the …

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Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have discovered an exotic new state of matter

The world’s largest science experiment has achieved another milestone, finding a new state of matter called a “pentaquark.”<p>The existence of pentaquarks has been predicted for more than 50 years, but they have never before been observed experimentally. The person who made the prediction, Murray …

Physics

Why Do I Sound So Gay?

A new documentary explores the phenomenon of the ‘gay voice,’ and why so many gay men feel shame about it. From personal experience, let me tell you: …

An LGBTQIA+ Woman's Response to The Conservative Christian Marriage Equality Panic

The SCOTUS ruling proclaiming same-sex marriage legal in all of the United States has caused quite a stir among the conservative Christian community. I have seen a few posts showcasing some of the conservative Christian responses to the SCOTUS ruling. So, without further ado, here are an LGBTQIA+ …

LGBTQI

Forensic anthropologist says new approach needed to investigate – and stop – femicide

<i>This story is part of an ongoing Globe and Mail investigation into the hundreds of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.</i><p>Luis Fondebrider lives among the dead and the vanished. A forensic anthropologist, he grew up in Argentina under the shadow of military rule and its Dirty War, in which …

Indigenous Peoples

Good on Andy Murray and his feminism – listen to women and be outraged

The tennis star’s feminist critique might have been prompted by the ‘criticism and prejudice’ faced by his coach Amélie Mauresmo. But if it takes personal experience to bring more empathy to the cause, it’s no bad thing<p>There’s a common argument that is often used in discussions of sexism and sexual …

Feminism

Mystery of our 145 ‘alien’ genes: Scientists discover some DNA is NOT from our ancestors – and say it could change how we think about evolution

Humans contain ‘alien’ genes not passed on from our ancestors, researchers have discovered.<p>The say we acquired essential ‘foreign’ genes from …

This awesome graphic of all lifeforms will make you feel tiny

"LIFE ON EARTH IS ONE BIG EXTENDED FAMILY!" is the greatest lesson from evolution, Leonard Eisenberg shouts at the top of his website EvoGeneao.com, which he says stands for Evolutionary Genealogy.<p>Eisenberg created the graphic below to counter the creationist themes he's seen spring into science …

Extinction

How to get away with calling your wife a “sex kitten” in print

Writing about family is tricky business, especially if they are alive and can actually read. Here’s how to do it<p>I have written on many themes, but none is so rewarding as my family, who have two qualities I look for in all my subjects, which is that they are both insane and nearby. I firmly believe …

Fact Checking

Justice Ginsburg Eviscerates The Case Against Marriage Equality In Just Five Sentences

During Tuesday’s marriage equality arguments in the Supreme Court, several of the Court’s conservative members suggested that same-sex couples should …