Where does all the ocean garbage go?

Plastic waste on a remote beach in Sri Lanka. Author provided The southern Indian Ocean receives more plastic waste than anywhere else in the world, but no one knows where it goes – until now. Mirjam van der Mheen and colleagues explain. Great areas of our rubbish are known to form in parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. But no such “garbage patch” has been found in the Southern Indian Ocean. Our research – published recently in Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans – looked at why that’s the case, and what happens to the rubbish that gets dumped in this particular area. … Continue reading Where does all the ocean garbage go?

DO PORN STARS ACTUALLY ENJOY SEX ON SET, OR ARE THEY JUST PRETENDING?

And all your other most pressing questions for adult film legend Tasha Reign by Tasha Reign Every day, porn star and University of Southern California journalism grad student Tasha Reign wakes up to a curious string of emails from her fans, a devoted group of men and women she lovingly refers to as “Reigndeer.” Said Reigndeer ask her questions — so many questions — about her perspectives on sex, love, relationships and life itself, and as someone who’s had more firsthand experience in these areas than four average adult women combined, she’s become uniquely up to the task of answering them. Every … Continue reading DO PORN STARS ACTUALLY ENJOY SEX ON SET, OR ARE THEY JUST PRETENDING?

The woman subject

Detail from Group of Three Girls (1911), Egon Schiele. Courtesy the Albertina Museum, Vienna There is more that unites than divides analytic and continental feminist philosophies – not least efforts to define ‘woman’ by Georgia Warnke is distinguished professor of political science and director of the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Debating Sex and Gender (2010). She lives in California. Edited by Sam Dresser Although academic philosophy divides itself into continental and analytic strands, it is not entirely clear how this division is meant to work. For one thing, it pits a continent against … Continue reading The woman subject

A Stoic’s Key to Living with Presence: Seneca on Balancing the Existential Calculus of Time Spent, Saved, and Wasted

Seneca “Lay hold of to-day’s task, and you will not need to depend so much upon to-morrow’s. While we are postponing, life speeds by. Nothing… is ours, except time.” BY MARIA POPOVA “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard wrote in her abiding insistence on choosing presence over productivity. But how do we really spend our days? In our era, the average human lifetime will contain two years of boredom, six months of watching commercials, 67 days of heartbreak, and 14 minutes of pure joy. This devastating arithmetic of time wasted versus time meaningfully spent may … Continue reading A Stoic’s Key to Living with Presence: Seneca on Balancing the Existential Calculus of Time Spent, Saved, and Wasted

What happened before the Big Bang?

This image represents the evolution of the universe, starting with the Big Bang. The red arrow marks the flow of time. NASA “It’s my life’s work to try to answer that question,” University of Toronto physicist Renée Hložek says. By Dan Falk We’ve all heard that the universe began with the Big Bang — a colossal explosion that ushered it into existence. But what if the Big Bang wasn’t the beginning? Could there have been an earlier version of the universe, with its own stars and galaxies? A universe populated, perhaps, by its own creatures, themselves wondering what came before their universe? Or might there be … Continue reading What happened before the Big Bang?

Why do manufacturers and retailers of water-proof clothing keep using fluorochemicals even though they have access to eco-friendly solutions?

by Vicki Batts (Natural News) Is your favorite outdoor gear contaminating the environment and destroying your health? A shocking new report finds that an overwhelming majority of waterproof clothing manufacturers (and retailers) continue to rely on toxic fluorochemicals to achieve water resistance — even though eco-friendly alternatives are readily available. Researchers from the University of Leeds say that most waterproof products are “over-engineered” for the average consumer, and that fluorochemicals are not actually necessary for waterproofing. Highly fluorinated chemicals are extremely hazardous to the ecosystem and to human health. Research shows fluorochemicals can cause immune system and reproductive system abnormalities, as well as cancer … Continue reading Why do manufacturers and retailers of water-proof clothing keep using fluorochemicals even though they have access to eco-friendly solutions?

A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BLACK MEN OF DIFFERENT GENERATIONS ABOUT DATING WHITE WOMEN

No matter how much America may prefer to ignore its history, sometimes it’s naked and in bed next to you — and you simply can’t by Zaron Burnett III Most of the time it seems we prefer to ignore American history, but if you’re a black man, occasionally it will show-up in your bedroom and surprise you. Imagine being haunted by a poltergeist Wario: Boo! It’s-a me, American History! I’m-a here to ruin-a your sex tonight. It sounds ridiculous to imagine our country’s legacy as a mustachioed poltergeist with a comical Italian accent, but really that’s not much stranger than being suddenly … Continue reading A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BLACK MEN OF DIFFERENT GENERATIONS ABOUT DATING WHITE WOMEN