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How a Female Scientist Became a Quiet Symbol of Resistance to Sexism in Kyrgyzstan Science and Nature 

How a Female Scientist Became a Quiet Symbol of Resistance to Sexism in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan (GV) – When a prominent businessman set Kyrgyzstan’s social media space alight by calling female leadership “nonsense” and equating feminism with “terrorism”, it was a woman scientist from the Central Asian country who provided the perfect response. Biochemist Asel Sartbaeva and the British University of Bath triumphed in the Biotechnology Award category at the IChemE Global Awards ceremony held in Birmingham on November 2, delighting compatriots in her homeland. According to IChemE, Bath’s Biotechnology project spearheaded by Sartbaeva “uses silica to protect vaccines from spoiling, and reduces the need for cold-storage equipment.” In the video below, Sartbaeva describes how Read More

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Facebook wants your nude photos to prevent ‘revenge porn’ – here’s why you should be sceptical Featured Technology 

Facebook wants your nude photos to prevent ‘revenge porn’ – here’s why you should be sceptical

(Conversation) – Facebook’s latest attempt to tackle the non-consensual sharing of sexual pictures (often known as “revenge porn”) appeared so wrong-headed that at first it seemed like a joke. But the social network has made clear its system of asking users to send in explicit images that they don’t want to appear on the site is a real pilot programme being tested in Australia. Facebook’s motivation is right and proper: to help women (and men) worried that their ex-partners may shame or manipulate them by uploading sexual images taken during the relationship. This unwanted sharing can have devastating consequences. Read More

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5 Reasons Climate Change is a Feminist Issue Environment Featured 

5 Reasons Climate Change is a Feminist Issue

(NM) – Climate change isn’t merely a problem of excess carbon dioxide in an otherwise progressive global system. It isn’t a problem for which we are all equally responsible, and neither are its impacts indiscriminate. Rather, climate change is bound up with dynamics of power, and it affects some much more than others. Here are five reasons climate change is a feminist issue. 1. Climate change disproportionately affects the global poor – 70% of whom are women. Climate change disproportionately affects those already in poverty. Global South nations are much more likely to be affected by droughts, floods, reduced crop Read More

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Nude food Environment 

Nude food

Canada (CK) – Zero-waste grocery stores are beginning to appear across Canada, with the aim of curtailing the scourge of food packaging. he letters glazed on the large shopfront window promise something most grocers don’t typically offer: food in the buff. This is Nu, Ottawa’s first zero-waste grocery store, where virtually everything on offer comes stripped of packaging, or naked as the name suggests in French. Inside the airy 1,700 square foot space, you’ll find display cases of fresh fruits and vegetables, with no cling wrap, Styrofoam trays or spools of plastic baggies in sight. A wall of shiny stainless steel containers Read More

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‘National Epidemic:’ STDs at Unprecedented High in US, CDC Reports Health 

‘National Epidemic:’ STDs at Unprecedented High in US, CDC Reports

United States (Sputnik) – Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are at an all-time high in America, with Alaska reporting the highest incidence, according to 2016 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report states that Alaska has a “disease” score of 484 sexually infected people per 100,000 people, making it the US state with the highest STD rate. Mississippi came second, followed by Louisiana and Georgia. New York, with a population of almost 9 million people, is the 13th-highest-scoring state. Vermont was ranked as the state with the lowest rate of STD infection, followed by West Virginia and Maine. This is the third consecutive year that Read More

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We looked at 1,154 climate science results and found no evidence of ‘publication bias’ Environment Featured 

We looked at 1,154 climate science results and found no evidence of ‘publication bias’

(Conversation) – It is rare to encounter a scientific fact that stirs widespread debate and distrust quite like the matter of climate change. Despite consensus among climate specialists about a theory that is supported by a mountain of facts from the physical, natural, and cultural sciences, the debate continues to be perpetrated by politicians, industrialists, academics, and armchair scientists. When governments reject science, the rest of us are put at risk. By refusing to accept the facts and potential ramifications of climate change, as a society, we stand to delay or overlook actions that are urgently needed to reduce Read More

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How Many American Women Die From Causes Related to Pregnancy or Childbirth? No One Knows. Featured Health 

How Many American Women Die From Causes Related to Pregnancy or Childbirth? No One Knows.

United States (ProPublica) – Data collection on maternal deaths is so flawed and under-funded that the federal government no longer even publishes an official death rate. The questions are straightforward, with public health implications that would seem impossible to shrug off. How many American women die each year from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth? How many of these deaths are preventable? How does the nation’s current rate of maternal mortality compare to the rate 10 or 20 or 30 years ago? The answers are central to any true picture of U.S. maternal health, and an essential tool in limiting Read More

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Is daylight saving time worth the trouble? Research says no Featured Science and Nature 

Is daylight saving time worth the trouble? Research says no

(Conversation) – Today the sun is shining during my commute home from work. But this weekend, public service announcements will remind us to “fall back,” ending daylight saving time by setting our clocks an hour earlier on Sunday, Nov. 5. On Nov. 6, many of us will commute home in the dark. This semiannual ritual shifts our rhythms and temporarily makes us groggy at times when we normally feel alert. Moreover, many Americans are confused about why we spring forward in March and fall back in November, and whether it is worth the trouble. The practice of resetting clocks Read More

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Women can be psychopaths too, in ways more subtle but just as dangerous Health 

Women can be psychopaths too, in ways more subtle but just as dangerous

(Conversation) – Hear the word psychopath and most of us think of violent, dominant men. There are lots of male psychopathic monsters from movies to illustrate this point. Think Alex in A Clockwork Orange, or Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. But we do have some female examples: Annie Wilkes in Misery, and who could forget Alex Forrest’s bunny-boiling character in Fatal Attraction? These frightening fictional femme fatales stay with us – I’ve heard the term “bunny boiler” used to signify a woman behaving irrationally and violently – but they are unusual. We largely expect psychopaths to be men. Research Read More

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