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No Free Parking: Many Americans Spend More Time Parking Than Having Sex Each Year Culture 

No Free Parking: Many Americans Spend More Time Parking Than Having Sex Each Year

United States (Sputnik) – Drivers in America spend an average of 17 hours every year just looking for a place to park their car. According to report released Wednesday by a for-profit US transportation consultancy, car drivers in the US spend more time looking for parking every year than they do picking a school for their child, choosing health insurance, or, in many cases, having sex. People who travel by car in dense urban areas are naturally the most affected, according to the consultants. Drivers spend, on average, some 107 hours each year looking for parking in New York City, the hardest-hit US urban area. The report calculates that those hours add Read More

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Ivanka Sued Over Shoe Design; Claims She’s Too Busy To Attend Hearing Politics 

Ivanka Sued Over Shoe Design; Claims She’s Too Busy To Attend Hearing

World (Sputnik) – Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump and an entrepreneur, is being accused of stealing a shoe design produced by her company IT Collection LLC. Trump has to testify in court over plagiarism claims in the next few months, Bloomberg reported. Representatives of Aquazzura Italia SRL stated that Ivanka Trump allegedly copied the design of their shoes when creating her own collection. The shoes produced by Aquazzura cost more than $780, while Ivanka’s shoes are being sold for a much lower price — $150. Ivanka reportedly tried to avoid the hearing, saying she’s too busy as a “high-ranking government official,” but the Read More

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Tainted Love: Snake Bites Man, Man Bites Wife Culture Featured 

Tainted Love: Snake Bites Man, Man Bites Wife

India (Sputnik) – An Indian man was bitten by a venomous snake, sending a lethal dose of poison through his veins. With death imminent, he did the only thing he could: he bit his wife so she would die alongside him. However, the wife claims that she consented for him to do so. Sooo … #relationshipgoals? Shankar Rai, a resident of Birsingpur village in the Samastipur district of Bihar state, was bitten by a snake in his sleep on Saturday night. Upon waking, he realized he was going to die and became emotional. He looked at his wife Amiri and told her that he loved her more Read More

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Leading Ladies: First Woman Appointed to Command US Army Special Forces Unit Featured Women 

Leading Ladies: First Woman Appointed to Command US Army Special Forces Unit

Washington (Sputnik) — In a first event of a kind, a woman assumed command of the 3rd Special Forces Support Group Battalion, the US military announced. US Army Lt. Col. Megan Brodgen assumed command of the 3rd Special Forces Support Group Battalion, becoming the first woman to lead such Army unit, 3rd Special Forces Group commander Col. Bradley Moses said. “She [Brodgen] is without a doubt the right choice to assume command of this great unit,” Moses stated on Friday. Moses said Brodgen was chosen for her leadership abilities, not her gender, but the Army has only allowed women to serve in direct combat roles since 2016. The 3rd Special Forces Support Read More

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Grey Matter: 7 Brain Myths Debunked Featured Science and Nature 

Grey Matter: 7 Brain Myths Debunked

World (Sputnik) – Is liquor really as harmful to our grey matter as we are being told? Is it true that an average human only uses a fraction of his brain capacity? Are women really better at using both halves of the brain? Finnish researchers have recently debunked some of the most deep-rooted myths about the human brain. Weighing about 1.2-1.4 kilograms or about 2 percent of the total body weight, the brain remains the most enigmatic part of the human body, accumulating a myriad of myths and misconceptions through the ages.New research on the brain by the University of Helsinki has recently highlighted the benefits of learning two languages Read More

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Daddy’s Little Girl: Science Says Girls Get More Attention From Fathers Culture Featured 

Daddy’s Little Girl: Science Says Girls Get More Attention From Fathers

World (Sputnik) – In news that may not shock many male siblings, a new study has found that fathers pay more attention to toddler daughters than sons. The US research highlights how subconscious gender bias could be influenced by different brain responses when men interact with male or female children. It’s a common accusation from children, that a parent has a favorite child. Well, while favoritism may be hard to prove, US researchers have found that there is a striking difference in how much attention fathers pay to their little girls, as opposed to their little boys. A post shared by Children Need Fathers (@children_needfathers) on Read More

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New Study Shows Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk; Exercise Reduces It Health Women 

New Study Shows Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk; Exercise Reduces It

World (Sputnik) – Consuming just one small alcoholic beverage a day puts a person at a higher risk for breast cancer, according to a report released on Tuesday by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Having analyzed data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer from 119 studies, the researchers found that consuming as few as 10 grams of alcohol a day can increase premenopausal breast cancer risk by five percent and postmenopausal breast cancer risk by nine percent.Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at AICR, explained in the study that alcohol is a known carcinogen that can damage DNA and boost Read More

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Global Earth Day March for Science Activism Environment Featured Science and Nature 

Global Earth Day March for Science

World (Sputnik) – Responding to an alarming rise in science denial in the West, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 600 cities around the globe are celebrating the use of science as the way to view the physical and natural world when formulating global policy. March for Science, taking place in hundreds of cities, seeks to be “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments,” the movement’s website explains. “We are at a critical juncture,” said science communicator and event emcee Cara Santa Maria. “Science is under attack,” she said, according to the Washington Post. Read More

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Viral Fitness: Exercise is Contagious Featured Health Women 

Viral Fitness: Exercise is Contagious

World (Sputnik) – A new MIT study has found exercise is contagious, with publicly shared fitness tracker data serving as a potent motivating factor for many fitness fanatics – if someone runs faster or longer, their friends will too. However, the research suggests not all fitness influencers are created equal. Contagion is usually bad for one’s health, and something to be avoided at all costs — however, if the MIT team’s findings are correct, this may be one virus to catch. In all, the group analyzed the fitness tracker data of 1.1 million people, who ran a collective 350 million kilometers in the span of five years. Subjects Read More

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Canada Plans To Legalize Cannabis In 2018 Featured Health Politics Science and Nature 

Canada Plans To Legalize Cannabis In 2018

World (Sputnik) – The Canadian government has introduced a bill that would make the country the first in North America to legalize marijuana and other cannabis products for recreational purposes. The proposal has the popular support of a majority of Canadians. However, the Canadian Psychiatric Association has expressed some concerns. After long promising on the campaign trail to legalize recreational marijuana, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced plans to do so. Cannabis had already been legal in Canada for limited medical use since 2001. The Trudeau government is proposing allowing for the legal trade of the drug for recreational use as well from the age of 18. A federal government task Read More

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