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Men Are Freezing Women Coworkers Out of the Workplace – Literally

August 4, 2015 It may be the dead of summer in the northern hemisphere right now, but the must-have clothing item for white collar women isn’t a breezy blouse and matching culottes. It’s a desk blanket. Female office workers around the world brace for hot weather by bundling up—even as their male colleagues...

Lyme Disease Is Spreading Faster than Ever and Humans Are Partly to Blame

July 10, 2015 Avril Lavigne is the latest celebrity to reveal being felled by Lyme disease. After months of withering fatigue, the Canadian singer-songwriter was finally diagnosed with the tick-borne illness and now expects a full recovery. Those who take longer to be diagnosed are often less fortunate. Best-selling author Amy Tan’s battle...

California’s Governor Signs a Law That Makes Parents Vaccinate Their Kids—Regardless of Their Personal Beliefs

June 30, 2015 California is now officially anti-anti-vaxxer. Today, governor Jerry Brown signed a strict new law requiring almost all parents to vaccinate their children before they can attend daycare, public school, or private school, regardless of their religious or personal beliefs. The bill comes after a December 2014 outbreak of measles, a...

China's Island-Building Spree Is About More Than Just Military Might

February 22, 2015 China’s playing Monopoly in the South China Sea—only, instead of building hotels on Pacific Avenue, it’s constructing helipads and, in some cases, whole new islands. In less than a year, shallow reefs in the Spratly Islands have sprouted white-sand outcrops, sporting what look to be Chinese military facilities, according to...

California Needs More Than 10 Trillion Gallons of Water to End its Drought

December 16, 2014 California is already in its third year of drought, and things aren’t looking any sunnier. Two of the state’s main river basins are now more than 11 trillion gallons (42 cubic kilometers or 10 cubic miles) of water below normal seasonal levels, says a team of NASA scientists. In other...

35,000 Walruses Have Mobbed the Alaskan Coast—Because There’s No Sea Ice Left to Rest On

October 1, 2014 It’s exhausting, being a walrus. Seals can swim indefinitely. Not walruses. After a day cruising Arctic water for food, they like to plant their tusks onto an ice floe, haul their blubbery selves up, and have a snooze. But it’s been hard to find a comfy chunk of sea ice...

Why China Doesn't Feel the Need To Back Down in Hong Kong

September 30, 2014 Tear gas versus umbrellas—it’s a pretty unfair fight. But alas, the Hong Kong police’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters over the last few days reflects a larger power imbalance between Hong Kong and its Communist Party overlords. Hong Kong was once a crucial gateway for trade, investment, and capital-raising for its...

There’s a Huge Hidden Downside to Standing Desks That No One Told Me About

September 29, 2014 It wasn’t fear of cancer, heart attacks, diabetes or even early death that did it. The reason I switched to a standing desk was, simply, to find a reprieve from pain. Since I graduated from college, back pain and its cruel confederates—neck, shoulder, and hip pain—have been unshakable facts of...

The Economic Case For Paternity Leave

September 24, 2014 Suddenly last year, maternity leave got a makeover, courtesy of a most improbable source: Shinzo Abe. Japan’s prime minister is synonymous with machismo-spiked nationalism (he famously denied that women forced into sexual servitude by Japanese soldiers in World War II were “coerced”). But when he unveiled his sweeping economic revival...

Lego’s Female Scientist Set Could Inspire a Generation of Girls

August 7, 2014 Even in Legoland, men have long dominated science. That’s about to change, though. The Danish company just launched Lego Research Institute, a $19.99 line featuring a paleontologist, astronomer and a chemist. Behold: Lego This trio of one-inch female scientists was created by Ellen Kooijman, a “real-life geoscientist,” and selected by...

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