It’s been a turbulent start to the year for brands that sell period underwear. In early January, Jessian Choy, a journalist from Sierra magazine, sent samples of period underwear from two brands—Thinx and Lunapads—to a lab at the University of Notre Dame. Choy reported that the Thinx underwear was found to contain a toxic chemical called PFAS in the crotch, while the Lunapads products were free of PFAS. PFAS is associated with all kinds of health problems, including cancer and reproductive problems. In the aftermath of Choy’s story, consumers began to worry that all period underwear, regardless of brand, may be toxic. … [Read more...] about Period underwear could be toxic. Should it be regulated?
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Loan waivers don’t just impact the finances of state-run banks; they have a prolonged effect on the credit culture of borrowers. This was evident during the 2010 microfinance crisis when politicians exhorted people not to repay loans. Once a loan waiver is promised, even honest borrowers typically stop repayments of loans adding to the woes of banks. Farm loan waiver is always an easy tool for the vote hungry politician; a promise by the politician to the farmer that their loans will be written off in exchange of votes. … [Read more...] about Banks staring at fresh NPA whammy on farm loan waivers, faulty Kisan Credit Card model
At the second presidential debate, Donald Trump deflected a question about his leaked 1995 tax returns, which showed a $916 million loss that would have allowed him to avoid paying personal federal taxes for years, by saying that many of Clinton’s supporters use the same loophole to avoid paying taxes. … [Read more...] about What is carried interest? Tax policy issue features prominently in 2nd Trump-Clinton debate
The company thinks it’s found a solution. It recently revealed its tiniest quantum chip yet–it’s so small that it can sit comfortably on a pencil eraser. The chip is powered by qubits that are each more than a thousand times smaller than a single strand of hair. In a typical superconducting quantum computer, qubits live in small loops of superconducting wire cooled to very low temperatures. Intel’s transistor-free chip relies on a more manageable, readily available, and quintessentially traditional component: silicon. Some researchers say the retro element that inspired an industry (and a metaphor, a competitive housing market, and a television show) might be key for the next phase of quantum computing. … [Read more...] about How old-school silicon could bring quantum computers to the masses
Khandu is the second BJP CM in the state after Gegong Apang (who also defected from the Congress) had a short 44-day stint on the job in 2003. And his post is likely to be secured for another term, as Election Commission data shows the BJP leading in both of the state’s Lok Sabha seats – with a margin of 81,221 in Arunachal West and 37,218 in Arunachal East. … [Read more...] about Lok Sabha election 2019 | Pema Khandu – the man who made BJP mainstream in Arunachal Pradesh