By MARIA KONNIKOVA SLEEP seems like a perfectly fine waste of time. Why would our bodies evolve to spend close to one-third of our lives completely out of it, when we could instead be doing something useful or exciting? Something that would, as an added bonus, be less likely to get us killed back when we were sleeping on the savanna? “Sleep is such a dangerous thing to do, when you’re out in the wild,” Maiken Nedergaard, a Danish biologist who has been leading research into sleep function at the University of Rochester’s medical school, told me. “It has to … Continue reading Goodnight. Sleep Clean.
In a 2009 file photo, demonstrators protesting against violence in Colombia, perform during a rally entitled “Women at the Square” in Bogota. REUTERS/Fredy Builes by Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nearly 50,000 Colombian children, most of them girls, were raped and or sexually abused by warring factions in the country’s armed conflict between 2008 and 2012, said a new report that also raised the alarming issue of children being used in “networks of forced prostitution” in regions where foreign contractors work in the oil industry. For five decades Colombia has been mired in fighting between state security forces, … Continue reading NGOs sound alarm on Colombia’s child victims of sexual violence and forced prostitution
—By Josh Harkinson Starting about 90 miles northwest of Sacramento, an unbroken swath of national forestland follows the spine of California’s rugged coastal mountains all the way to the Oregon border. Near the center of this vast wilderness, along the grassy banks of the Trinity River’s south fork, lies the remote enclave of Hyampom (pop. 241), where, on a crisp November morning, I climb into a four-wheel-drive government pickup and bounce up a dirt logging road deep into the Six Rivers National Forest. I’ve come to visit what’s known in cannabis country as a “trespass grow.”“This one probably has the … Continue reading The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming
By Jodie Gummow Land of the free? More like home of the exploited. Recently, Human Rights Watch released its World Report evaluating each country’s human rights practices around the globe. The United States fared poorly in safeguarding the rights of its own population, with those hit hardest by abuse typically the most vulnerable in the society, including racial and ethnic groups, minorities, the poor, immigrants, prisoners and the elderly. Here are 10 key areas identified by HRW where the United States fell short in upholding and preserving human rights. 1. Harsh sentencing. The United States has the world’s largest incarcerated … Continue reading 10 Shameful Ways America Abuses Its Own Citizens
By CJ Werleman Most of the developed world agrees that you don’t need religion to be moral. This week, Pew Research Center published the results of a survey conducted among 40,080 people in 40 countries between 2011 and 2013. The survey asked a simple question: is belief in God essential to morality? While clear majorities say it is necessary, the U.S. continues to be an outlier. In 22 of the 40 countries surveyed, the majority says it is necessary to believe in God in order to be a moral person. “This position is highly prevalent, if not universal, in Africa … Continue reading No, You Don’t Need God to be a Good Person — Why Don’t Many Americans Get This?
LOS ANGELES – Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use. And some rank-and-file officers are worried the technology might ultimately be used to derail their careers if, for example, an errant comment about a superior is captured on tape. Most law enforcement leaders and civil liberties advocates believe the cameras will ultimately help officers because the devices give them a way to record events from their point … Continue reading Officers’ body cameras raise privacy concerns
by Brenda Della Casa Ever feel as though you always find yourself in situations with the slightly shady? Take off the rose-colored glasses and pay attention to these bright red flags. Your sanity (and friends who care about you) will thank you. 1. Boundaries, What Are Those? Whether it’s a “joke” at your expense, language you don’t appreciate, or pressing you to share information you have been clear you deem private, anyone who doesn’t respect your right to your own space (emotional, personal, physical or mental) is going to have you going from 0-to-frustrated in no time. 2. They Spill … Continue reading 15 Red Flags Not to Ignore In Any Relationship
.Researchers filmed men aged 18 to 35 as they danced to music .Their individual movements were mapped onto a blank background .A total of 35 women were asked to rate each dancer on a scale of one to 10 .Males were turned into avatars so women could only judge movements .Study found good dancers made large movements with the neck and trunk .They also made varied movements with their wrists and left shoulders, as well as fast movements with their right knees .These movements may be ‘signals of a man’s reproductive quality’ ByVictoria Woollaston Men wanting to attract a woman … Continue reading Want to be a good dancer? It’s all in the neck and knee: Men who move their head and right leg are seen as more attractive (according to the ladies)
By Daily Mail Reporter One man’s otherworldly Thailand dome home was built in six weeks — for a mere $9,000. Steve Areen decided to build the dream home while visiting friend Hajjar Gibran. Gibran was in the middle of building dome homes for his Thailand retreat center in 2011, Areen wrote on his website. ‘[Hajjar] and his wife offered me a spot on their mango farm to build my own dome,’ Areen wrote. Areen wrote that by using Gibbran’s advice — and the help of Gibbran’s son-in-law Tao — the home was up within six weeks. Areen said the cost … Continue reading Home sweet dome! Man builds his own dream mini-home in just six weeks for only $9,000
.Men, given the choice, would spend more than four hours a day having sex .26 per cent of men said they made a to-do list in their head while intimate .51 per cent also worry they are missing out on life experience if not busy ByDaily Mail Reporter Men would spend more than four hours having sex and only three and a half working during their ‘ideal day’ according to a new survey. Research has found that men would divide their ideal day spending four hours and 19 minutes making love, three hours and 36 minutes working, with three hours … Continue reading Why men ARE sex obsessed: Chaps would spend more than four hours love-making and only three and a half hours working during their ‘ideal day’