Sradha Patel

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This App Will Be a Game-Changer for Getting Birth Control without the ACA - MIT Technology Review

If I told you there was a delivery app for birth control, you might disregard it as just another Silicon Valley-based subscription service, designed …

This Muslim teen has her own way to protest the election — winning robotics competitions

As thousands of protesters took to Los Angeles streets on the Saturday after election day, Zaina Siyed was 50 miles east in Rialto, staging her own act of resistance in a middle school gym.<p>On a bleacher next to a row of girls in purple hijabs sat the 16-year-old from Chino Hills, a nervous coach …

Climate News Network: Three main dams supplying water to La Paz and El Alto are no longer fed by Andean glaciers and have nearly run dry<p>The government of Bolivia, a landlocked country in the heart of South America, has been forced to declare a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought for at …

South America

Here's a Step-by-Step Walkthrough on How to Correctly Change Your Oil

A real engineer takes us through every step of the oil change process.<p>Changing the oil in your car is perhaps the most basic maintenance procedure there is. It's a fairly simple process, and usually takes under an hour, but it's easy to mess up. That's why Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is …

Inside the weird and bizarre world of desi male rights activism

Inside the weird and bizarre world of desi male rights activism<p>Born on the streets and raised on the internet, a global movement to redress gender …

Meet the entrepreneur solving pollution and homelessness at the same time

Waste not, want not might be an old-fashioned axiom confined to the lexicon of finger‑wagging grandparents, but a 34-year-old from Colombia has turned it into his life mission.<p>Bogota-based Oscar Méndez is, to borrow another saying, killing two birds with one stone.<p>His company, Concepticos …

Latin America

Suspect Identified in Ohio State Attack as Abdul Razak Ali Artan

An Ohio State University student posted a rant shortly before he plowed a car into a campus crowd and stabbed people with a butcher knife in an ambush that ended when a police officer shot him dead, a law enforcement official said.<p>Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, wrote on what appears to be his Facebook …

Why Victims of the Aurora Shooting Were Ordered to Pay the Movie Theater $700,000

Not a great look for Cinemark, the third-largest theater chain in America.<p>Four survivors of 2012's Aurora shooting have been ordered to pay $700,000 to the movie theater chain where the massacre took place. The demand was first made back in June by attorneys for Cinemark in an effort to cover the …

Aukey 20W solar charger delivers plenty of portable power (review)

<b>At less than $50, this little dual USB port solar device is an affordable option for a clean, efficient portable charging solution.</b><p>You may not be …

Gear & Gadgets

A Brief Explanation of the Kardashev Scale: How Far Can Humanity Really Advance?

Let’s be honest, we have our fair share of problems on planet Earth: war, floods, disease, poverty, and environmental destruction (the list goes on …

Near-perfect alignment of the Earth, moon and sun enjoyed by viewers in a narrow band stretching across central Africa<p>Stargazers in south and central Africa were treated to a spectacular solar eclipse on Thursday with the moon moving across the sun to form a “ring of fire”.<p>At the eclipse’s peak, …

Solar Eclipse

Philippine President Duterte Blasts U.S. on Syria and Police Shootings, Threatens to Leave U.N.

The Philippines’ controversial president lashed out at both the United States and United Nations on Sunday, threatening to leave the international body amid mounting criticism for an anti-drug campaign that has left hundreds of people in his Southeast Asian country dead.<p>In a press conference that …

Millions of orchids grow on former mine site in upstate NY

STAR LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Millions of orchids are now growing in a hundred-acre wetland in the Adirondack Park that developed on waste from a vast open-pit iron mine, a transformation scientists say is most impressive because it happened naturally.<p>"It's a testament to nature's ability to heal itself," …

India's big development plans could force more from homes, fuel tension: research | Reuters

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India’s ambitious plans to develop infrastructure, mining and renewable energy threaten to force more of the most marginalised groups from their homes, widening inequality and fanning tensions, a global research group warned on Thursday.<p>Smoke billows out from …

A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You

Some people may be dimly aware that Thailand's chilies and Italy's tomatoes — despite being central to their respective local cuisines — originated in South America. Now, for the first time, a new study reveals the full extent of globalization in our food supply. More than two-thirds of the crops …

Agriculture

With men gone, women shake up farming in rural Nepal | Reuters

PHULBARI, Nepal (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ratna Chaudhary delicately lifts the hem of her pink and green dress with one hand, while using the other to scoop up a batch of cabbages in her garden in the village of Phulbari, a dozen kilometres from the Nepal-India border.<p>A woman carries a basket …

Women Are Growing a More Diverse Cannabis Industry

Female entrepreneurs are carving out a space for themselves in the burgeoning sector.<p>Marijuana prohibition in the US is quickly losing ground, with 13 states having passed decriminalization laws since 1973 and at least 20 states poised to vote on similar measures in 2016. As cannabis inches towards …

Cannabis

Could Your Next Car's Tires Be Made from Dandelions?

It may be a nuisance for gardeners, but dandelions can find a place in salads and even can be made into wine. Now, what many consider a noxious weed could find an even more useful application as a replacement for natural rubber.<p>German supplier Continental Tire hopes to put the synthetic material, …

Norway becomes first country to ban deforestation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Norway has become the first country to stop clear-cutting of trees, a huge step toward curbing global deforestation.<p>At the rate we are going, the world's rain forests could completely vanish in 100 years.<p>In their pledge last week, Norwegian lawmakers also committed to find a way to source …

Pakistani woman burns daughter alive for eloping

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A woman in Pakistan burned her 17-year-old daughter alive on Wednesday to punish her for marrying against the family's …

Part microbe, part machine: Bionic leaf sucks up carbon dioxide as it makes liquid fuel

A team of scientists at Harvard University says it has come up with a bionic leaf — a system that could use solar power and hydrogen-eating bacteria to generate liquid fuel. The findings, described in the journal Science, offer an alternative path to making carbon-neutral solar fuels.<p>Part microbe …

Court convicts five men for the gang-rape and robbery of a Danish tourist in New Delhi

New Delhi – A court convicted five men Monday of the gang-rape of a Danish tourist in New Delhi in 2014, a crime which put India’s record on sexual …

Indian solar power

NARENDRA MODI, India’s prime minister, visits America for three days this week for talks with Barack Obama. Climate commitments may be one of many …

No men allowed: Women-only pool hours draw complaints in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City municipal pool that maintains female-only hours so that Hasidic Jewish women can swim with no men present has raised alarms among critics who say the accommodation to a particular religious group violates the constitutional separation of church and state.<p>But …

Mercury Crossing The Sun For The First Time In A Decade

It may be small, but Mercury takes center stage in the solar system this week.<p>Mercury and the sun have begun to dance in a rare astronomical phenomenon you won't want to miss.<p>In what's known as a planetary transit, the solar system's smallest planet will appear as a tiny black spot slowly crossing …

These women in Turkey saw the need for a different kind of news, despite the danger

Fingers tap at keyboards and brows furrow. A woman in Istanbul has just hurled herself from a 10th-floor apartment window, a frantic attempt to escape two male attackers.<p>The reporters and translators at the Jinha Women's News Agency hasten to get out their report, which takes a different approach …

Middle East

Renowned Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65

Zaha Hadid, the Pritzker-winning architect whose designs — both realized and unrealized — profoundly influenced the world of architecture, has died in Miami after contracting bronchitis and experiencing a sudden heart attack, according to her architecture firm.<p>She was 65.<p>Hadid was born in Iraq. In …

Four Tough Questions Your Interview Candidates Should Ask You... If They Are Smart

Congratulations. You just hired a great new employee with a great work ethic and a lot of experience. But as the ink dries on the contract, you start wondering … will he like the culture? Will she be happy? Will he be productive? And how long will she stay?<p>A survey conducted by Right Management …

Employment