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A Tough Nut to Crack: Americans are Having Less Sex and Nobody Knows Why Health 

A Tough Nut to Crack: Americans are Having Less Sex and Nobody Knows Why

United States (Sputnik) – A new study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, polled 26,000 Americans and found that they have sex about 15 percent less in 2010-2014 than they did in 1995-1999, with the biggest decline coming for young couples and married duos. The decline in sex between young people definitely doesn’t really sound right, does it? We live in an age where a potential sex partner is a few swipes right on Tinder at any given time, and where “sex positivity” demonstrators throw around condoms like rice at a wedding. “Despite their reputation for hooking up, millennials and the generation after them are actually having sex less Read More

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My God, It’s Full of Stars Science and Nature 

My God, It’s Full of Stars

Space (Sputnik) – An international team of researchers have announced their discovery of four galaxies that produce stars at a rate hundreds of times quicker than a typical galaxy. These systems, called “starburst galaxies,” may explain the mystery of supermassive galaxies that formed shortly after the Big Bang. These starburst galaxies produce stars at a rate of 100 solar masses every year. By comparison, the Milky Way produces an estimated four solar masses each year. This would be odd enough on its own, but the hyperactives have another strange quality: they’re all old. Each of the starbursts came into existence less than a billion years after the Big Read More

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Eat Chocolate for Steady Heartbeat Health 

Eat Chocolate for Steady Heartbeat

(Tasnim) – Regular chocolate consumption may be linked to a lower risk of developing the heart rhythm irregularity atrial fibrillation, also known as heart flutter, a research published in the journal Heart found. The associations seemed to be strongest for one weekly serving for women and between 2 and 6 weekly servings for men, the findings suggested. Atrial fibrillation affects more than 33 million people worldwide, with one in four adults likely to develop it at some point during the life course. It is not clear exactly what causes it, but there is currently no cure, and no obvious contenders Read More

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Obstruction of Aid Endangers Women’s Lives Featured Health 

Obstruction of Aid Endangers Women’s Lives

Sudan (NFA) – Most women and girls in the rebel-held Nuba Mountains of Sudan lack access to reproductive health care, including emergency obstetric care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Their plight is one of the little known yet far-reaching effects of years of obstruction of aid to the area by the Sudanese government and armed opposition. The 61-page report, “No Control, No Choice: Lack of Access to Reproductive Healthcare in Rebel-Held Southern Kordofan,” documents how women and girls cannot get contraception and have little access to health care if they face complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Read More

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Seeds in Norway’s ‘Doomsday Vault’ Rescued From Effects of Global Warming Environment 

Seeds in Norway’s ‘Doomsday Vault’ Rescued From Effects of Global Warming

Norway (Sputnik) – The world’s global seed bank, a hedge against ecological catastrophe, has been declared safe after floodwaters caused by warming temperatures gushed into the main entrance and threatened to destroy the contents of the facility. About 800 miles from the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (often referred to as the “Doomsday Vault”), sits some 400 feet above sea level — to guard against rising sea levels or enormous tsunamis — and about 425 feet down into non-geologically active bedrock. The facility was assumed to be secure from almost any danger — except, it turns out, melting permafrost. The permafrost surrounding the facility on the remote northern island has begun Read More

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3 Simple Sweet Treats to Serve Mom This Mother’s Day Food 

3 Simple Sweet Treats to Serve Mom This Mother’s Day

(Foodista) – I read recently that only 4% of mothers want breakfast in bed and preferred instead to go out for brunch. I must be in the 4% as the last thing I want is to be in a frenetically busy restaurant on what should be a day of peaceful pampering. My idea of Mother’s Day is lounging quietly with a nice cup of tea, reading my Kindle and stack of magazines, and noshing on something simple and delightful. I don’t often splurge on sweet things, but Mother’s Day is the no-diet exception. Below are three sweet treats from Bonne Read More

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Paradise Lost: Hawaii Home to One of the World’s Dirtiest Beaches Environment Featured 

Paradise Lost: Hawaii Home to One of the World’s Dirtiest Beaches

Hawaii (Sputnik) – The tropical islands of Hawaii are known for its beautiful white beaches and crystal clear blue waters. It’s hard to imagine that one of these picturesque far-flung holiday destinations is also considered to have one of the dirtiest beaches in the world. Kamilo Point, a beach in the rural Ka’u district of the Big Island of Hawaii, is a wasteland according to experts. Despite its pockets of lava rock and beautiful natural wildlife, the ocean’s currents are so powerful that the winds deposit thousands of pounds of man-made trash on the beach every year. Kamilo, also known as “plastic beach,” has been know to host hair Read More

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Sh*t Mountain No More: Tibet Launches Massive Everest Cleanup Campaign Environment 

Sh*t Mountain No More: Tibet Launches Massive Everest Cleanup Campaign

Tibet (Sputnik) – Tibet has launched the first-ever cleanup campaign to address the longstanding issue of trash on the world’s highest mountain – and 4 tons of waste has already been collected in less than a week. The Mount Everest cleanup project will cover the mountain’s high altitude areas to collect waste left at climbing campsites. The massive 90-day initiative began on May 6. The areas of focus are on the north side of Everest and reach altitudes of between 17,000 and 21,300 feet. China’s Xinhua news agency reported that in the first five days of the cleanup, foreign and Tibetan volunteers collected 4 tons of refuse. Climbers in camp Read More

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It’s Time to Reclaim Beauty Beauty Featured 

It’s Time to Reclaim Beauty

World (OpenDemocracy) – And that begins with recognising that our seemingly natural preferences are deeply implicit products of oppression. We met at university abroad. We were bound to meet, a natural pair – the Indian girls – wonderfully brown in a sea of apologetic white privilege. Our peers were just what you would expect from a student body at an elite European university: liberal, crème-de-la-crème folks, as eager as we were to diversify their social circles, and full of warmth when it came to embracing ‘the other’. So-called cultural barriers seemed to dissipate as we laughed amiably over chai-tea and Read More

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