A Woman’s World

  The world is currently run by men. What would a female utopia look like? by Margaret Heffernan I have just returned from the Women’s March on Washington D.C., an apt moment at which to introduce the essay I wrote on feminist utopias. To a degree I didn’t dare imagine, the March represented at least a utopian moment: a moment when women embraced all the marginalised, trivialised, overlooked, undervalued of the earth. Cynics would ask: what was the programme, what was the strategy, who are the leaders? There was no programme except: turn up. Be counted. Don’t be afraid. And … Continue reading A Woman’s World

How to Make Time Pass Quickly

… if you are so inclined. by JAMES HAMBLIN Sometimes people ask me why time seems to move faster as we age. Recently the question has morphed into something closer to: Is there any way to harness this effect to make certain periods of time move more quickly? As in, for example, the next four years or so. How embroiled in the news should I be? Should I count days? Should I wear a watch? I’m not a theoretical physicist, and I rarely claim to be. People tend to imagine I know everything about everything involving the nervous system because I … Continue reading How to Make Time Pass Quickly

A Short Explanation of Shrinkage

C. Brian Smith It’s not just the cold Shrinkage: Nature’s humble pie. Why does the cold seemingly make everything below the belt seem smaller? I’ve always assumed it was fight-or-flight related, like a turtle retreating into its shell to hide from the elements. Or was that just a matter of resemblance? It turns out, however, I was more right than wrong. “Muscle fibers in the penis stretch when you get an erection,” explains urologist Alex Shteynshlyuger, referencing our recent discussion about growers versus showers, “but they also shrink if it’s cold outside or when you go swimming.” The reason testicles hang … Continue reading A Short Explanation of Shrinkage

Experiment Shows What Moderate Alcohol Consumption Does to Your Health

by Anna Hunt, Staff, Waking Times There’s no denying it that alcohol over-consumption, binge drinking and alcoholism can have some devastating effects. Nonetheless, alcohol has become so normalized in our society that moderate drinking is considered normal. Now, a new comparison between binge and moderate drinking has raised the question. Is moderate drinking much worse for the body than many of us think? Drinking Guidelines The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism uses three tiers to identify the different drinking levels: Moderate consumption – up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. … Continue reading Experiment Shows What Moderate Alcohol Consumption Does to Your Health

Apocalypse island: Tech billionaires are building boltholes in New Zealand because they now fear social collapse or nuclear war. So what do they know that we don’t?

Some of America’s richest people are spending billions quietly preparing for a global Apocalypse and building boltholes in New Zealand. They include the billionaire hedge-fund pioneer Julian Robertson (third from left) and the Hollywood film director James Cameron (third from right).Others, like Mark Zuckerberg (far left) and Larry Ellison (far right), have chosen Hawaii. They fear nuclear war (inset) and the collapse of western civilisation. Steve Huffman (second from right), co-founder of Reddit, has had laser surgery because he does not want to rely on post-apocalyptic opticians. By Tom Leonard In New York For The Daily Mail You’re all set … Continue reading Apocalypse island: Tech billionaires are building boltholes in New Zealand because they now fear social collapse or nuclear war. So what do they know that we don’t?