When Fire Weather Becomes the Norm

The fires in Australia are a case study in the realities of climate change. by Christine Kenneally Writer based in Australia I met Claire Yeo, a fire meteorologist at Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, more than 10 years ago when I covered the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia’s southeastern mainland state. The February 2009 fires were the most destructive and deadly the country had seen—shocking even to Yeo. At the time, she thought those fires would be a defining—and singular—event in her career.       Since then, global temperatures have steadily increased and the continent has become drier, leading Yeo to worry about … Continue reading When Fire Weather Becomes the Norm

Is it okay to sacrifice one person to save many? How you answer depends on where you’re from.

A new study uses the famous trolley problem to show how our culture shapes our moral beliefs. By Sigal Samuel   This story is part of a group of stories called Finding the best ways to do good. Who’s more likely to throw you in front of a runaway trolley in order to save a bunch of people’s lives — someone from America or someone from China? That might sound like a bizarre question, but psychologists and philosophers are interested in it because it helps us get at an underlying question: To what extent does our cultural context shape our morality? We … Continue reading Is it okay to sacrifice one person to save many? How you answer depends on where you’re from.

Guided Solo Practices for Increasing Pleasure

By Isabella Frappier Sometimes sex education starts with yourself, as sexuality doula Isabella Frappier points out in the third episode of The goop Lab on Netflix: “The Pleasure Is Ours.” Frappier, who is based in Los Angeles, leads workshops and one-on-ones to help people build intimacy and increase sexual pleasure. And pleasure, she says, starts within. When people come to her with questions about their sex lives, she helps them explore their own sensuality through guided practices and uses her own intuitive wisdom to help people discover what satisfies them. We love the advice she gave us about sexual blocks in part because none … Continue reading Guided Solo Practices for Increasing Pleasure