A few words one ought never begin any speech or piece of writing with are “Oxford Dictionaries defines [thing] as [definition],” so I am definitely not going to do that. advertisement advertisement Oxford Dictionaries defines its official Word of the Year, post-truth, as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” See what I just did? How I said I wasn’t going to do something but did it anyway? That about sums up this year. At home and abroad, 2016 was the year facts truly did not matter. It was a year in which anyone with a loud enough megaphone could spread an aggressively false message and, through sheer amplification, watch that message reverberate to unprecedented reach. Matters of fraudulence, hypocrisy, and easily disprovable lies became, if not something to believe, then something to not dispute and probably repeat. … [Read more...] about Welcome To The Year In Post-Truth. Day One: Hillary, Trump, And The Birther Movement
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In 2014, wearable health tracking devices continued to get more creative, going far beyond simple fitness tracking. The K-Goal, a “Fitbit for your vagina,” promised to help women do kegel exercises correctly, while the Emotiv EEG headset offered the prospect of mental acuity, measured by a device that tracks the brain’s concentration. advertisement advertisement Of course, kids came up with some of the most unique health innovations of the year. One 15-year-old came up with a wearable device that triggers an alert when his grandfather with Alzheimer’s gets out of bed. Another young scientist put the finishing touches on a gel that can stop bleeding almost immediately–an invention that he first came up with as a teenager. While there were the inevitable stories about toxic chemicals and obesity, 2014 also offered the promise of betterment, through brain training, stomach bugs, and souped-up condoms. Check out our full list of the top health … [Read more...] about The Top 12 Health Stories Of 2014 Are Almost As Good For You As Visiting The Doctor
Each year, food companies and supermarkets donate millions of meals to hunger relief nonprofits like the Greater Boston Food Bank, a massive warehouse with two-story-tall refrigerators. Around the country, a sophisticated network of food banks and pantries helps feed people every day. But despite the billions invested in the system, it’s designed to mitigate hunger, not fix the underlying problems that cause it: millions of people in the country still rely on donated food—even if they have full-time work. advertisement advertisement “We have the most-efficient emergency food system, and we have historically low unemployment,” says Noreen Springstead, the executive director of the nonprofit WhyHunger. “And still 40 million Americans are hungry.” Hunger is less a problem of food scarcity than of poverty, she argues. And that means that the country’s system of hunger relief, and the philanthropy supporting it, needs to continue to … [Read more...] about Can food banks put an end to hunger if their biggest donors are the cause of the hunger?
Step into Glumac’s 6,000-square-foot office space in Shanghai, China, and you probably won’t notice anything out of the ordinary; it just looks like a modern office that gets a lot of light. But the engineering firm’s office, the first to apply for Living Building Challenge project certification in Asia, is almost certainly the most sustainable office space on the continent. advertisement advertisement The Living Building Challenge is like LEED’s green building standards on steroids. In order to get certification, a building project has to be net zero energy, net zero water, and carbon neutral, among other things. Only a handful of projects around the world, including Seattle’s Bullitt Center, have made the cut. “It took the Bullitt Center a year to collect materials [for the project], and we had a month. We had such a condensed schedule, everything just moved faster in the market here,” says Abby DeWolfe, architect and sustainable … [Read more...] about Step Inside The Greenest Office Space In Asia
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on November 18 said that in his meeting with interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he discussed the prevailing political situation in Maharashtra and that no other issue was discussed during the meeting."We have discussed in detail about Maharashtra's political situation... We did not speak about any other issue, but we will keep a watch on this situation. We will take into confidence senior leaders from both the parties and then we will decide on the further course of action," Pawar said. When asked about Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut's statement that the party has 170 legislators backing them, Pawar said that he did not know where the party is getting the MLAs from.Close "I don't know about this 170 figure. You should have asked them (Shiv Sena)," Pawar said. related news Customs clearance to get tech boost, may now take 12 minutes from 12 hours earlier Jairam Ramesh slams govt after special mention on privatisation of PSUs disallowed India's … [Read more...] about Maharashtra government formation: Discussed political situation in state, says Sharad Pawar after meeting Sonia Gandhi