What’s Going to Kill You? Scientists Rank the Most Likely Causes – This Year.

What’s Going to Kill You? Scientists Rank the Most Likely Causes – This Year.

The apocalypse is nigh! From zombies to bird flu, there is no shortage of ways the human race can go extinct in the near future. But before you run off to a bunker and start stockpiling ammunition, take a look at the Swedish Global Challenges Foundation’s (GCF) Global Catastrophic Risk Report. We have bigger problems than The Walking Dead and Birdemic.

Sleeping 8 Hours Straight Isn’t How Your Ancestors Did It

Sleeping 8 Hours Straight Isn’t How Your Ancestors Did It

We didn’t always sleep how we do today–a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. Several centuries ago, doctors prescribed a far different sleep regimen. But the advent of the light bulb changed all that.Lynn Stuart Parramore of Alternet found this lost history of sleep while trying to remedy her own sleep issues. She would wake for a couple hours in the middle of the night, becoming anxious that the next day she would be sleep deprived. But she discovered her midnight wakefulness was considered natural… several centuries ago.

23 Responses to 23 Awful Statements Made to Childfree People

23 Responses to 23 Awful Statements Made to Childfree People

There appears to be a bizarre stigma around people – especially women – who voluntarily decide not to procreate. I asked my Twitter followers what kinds of reactions they received and got some expected answers. The Huffington Post did the same (twice) and obviously had a much bigger pool. I want to examine these responses, curated by the HuffPo, and offer responses to these harsh claims that reinforce an unnecessary stigma.   (Though the HuffPo article are directed at women, specifically, I hope you don’t view this as me speaking…

A Three-Question Quiz To Test Your Rationality

A Three-Question Quiz To Test Your Rationality

The Quiz Question 1: At a dinner party this weekend, a friend introduces you to a woman named Genevieve. He tells you that Genevieve recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in philosophy, where she was an active volunteer in an advocacy group for women’s health and edited a literary magazine. You’re interested in talking to Genevieve about [Georg] Hegel, the subject of her senior thesis, but your friend jumps in and asks you to rank the following statements about Genevieve in order of their probability:

Two New Studies Find Potential Harmful Effects of E-Cigarettes

Two New Studies Find Potential Harmful Effects of E-Cigarettes

by Christopher Hassiotis February 11, 2016 While the deleterious effects of smoking cigarettes is no longer in question, e-cigarettes remain in a gray zone, primarily because enough research hasn’t been done to make definitive claims. Things may be getting less gray, though. A new study from the University of North Carolina shows that e-cigarette use, which delivers nicotine via vapor rather than tobacco smoke, may not be safe simply because it does not contain the same known carcinogens as tobacco cigarette smoke. The study showed e-cigarette smoke flavored with chemical…