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PETA Statement: Vancouver Aquarium Yields to Public Opinion

Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to the Vancouver Aquarium’s announcement that it will no longer display whales or dolphins: The... The post PETA Statement: Vancouver Aquarium Yields to Public Opinion appeared first on PETA.

Nursed Back to Health

UNICEF and partners treated more than 161,000 severely malnourished children in South Sudan in 2017. This is Maria's story.

Climate Denial Group With Trump Admin Ties Is Funding Sea Level Research in Questionable Journals

A climate science denial group with links to President Trump’s administration has been funding work to sow doubt that low-lying islands in the Pacific are at risk from rising sea levels. The two researchers being funded — one of which...Show More Summary

Congress Just Passed a Terrible Surveillance Law. Now What?

Both Democrats and Republicans deserve sharp criticism for continuing to allow the NSA to engage in mass, warrantless spying. Congress today missed a historic opportunity to reform an unconstitutional surveillance law, instead passing a version that makes it worse. Show More Summary

If Sexual Harassment Is Illegal, Why Is It So Rampant?

It’s time to dismantle the structures that allow sexual harassment to happen and deter women from reporting it. When Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in October 1991, sexual harassment had already been declared illegal by the Supreme Court five years earlier. Show More Summary

Woman Celebrates Her Abortion: “It Put In Place My Reproductive Priorities”

An Australian woman recycled the old argument that every child should be a wanted child to justify aborting her unborn baby in 2015. The young woman, Nisha, told BuzzFeed that she decided to share her abortion story publicly to counter the idea that killing an unborn child is damaging to the mother. “Having an abortion […]

Did Planned Parenthood Exploit a Loophole to Get Taxpayer Funds to Build Its Huge New Headquarters?

Two federal lawmakers are trying to find out how deeply the abortion giant Planned Parenthood is reaping the benefits of a federal program meant to help finance the construction of schools and roads. The Washington Times reports U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger of North Carolina and Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma urged the Government Accountability Office […]

Vegan Fraternities? Two UC-Davis Frats to Take peta2’s Weeklong Pledge

Starting Monday, both Theta Chi and Theta Xi of the University of California–Davis (UC-Davis) will embark on the Vegan Frat Challenge hosted by peta2, PETA’s youth division, and UC-Davis’... The post Vegan Fraternities? Two UC-Davis Frats to Take peta2’s Weeklong Pledge appeared first on PETA.

Constantly Breaking News: Trump Is Terrible for Women

[Content Note: Misogyny.]This is a very good piece by Sabrina Siddiqui at the Guardian: How Has Donald Trump's First Year Affected Women?In it, Siddiqui details many of the policies directly and negatively affecting women in the U.S.,...Show More Summary

New Business Models Gain Strength With Renewed Interest in Microgrids

Increased confidence in how to generate revenue from microgrids, beyond reliability and resilience, is contributing to the rise of third-party and mixed ownership models. With third-party and mixed ownership, a new business model emerged: the microgrid-as-a-service (MaaS) or reliability-as-a-service. Show More Summary

Business interests are winning out over science under Trump.

Science advisory committees are being sidelined as Scott Pruitt prioritizes partnering with industry.

Trump’s HHS announces plan to protect conscience rights of health care workers

Not long after rolling back the Obama-era HHS contraceptive mandate (which is now left to the courts), the Trump administration has announced a plan to reshape the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights in order to provide health workers with greater religious and moral conscience protections. Show More Summary

Lo-fi sc-fi 'This Giant Papier-Mâché Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy' excels on a shoestring

With an affection for nerd culture that is inversely proportional to its budget, this lo-fi sci-fi comedy is destined for laugh-filled late-night viewing. “This Giant Papier-Mâché Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy” pays homage to favorites like “Doctor Who” and “Battlestar Galactica” while looking...

Who Is at Highest Risk of Sexual Harassment?

Certain factors make low-wage workers particularly vulnerable. Several promising new initiatives may help. The best-publicized recent accounts of sexual harassment have come from elite industries such as Hollywood, the news media, and politics. Show More Summary

Nurse Fired Because She Refused to Refer Women for Abortions and Help Them Obtain Abortion Pills

An Illinois nurse filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week after she said her employer tried to force her to help women get abortions. Sandra (Mendoza) Rojas, of Rockford, Illinois, worked as a pediatric nurse for 18 years at the Winnebago County Health Department, the Rockford Star reports. […]

Why Doesn’t Ireland Help Women Getting Abortions in the UK Find Positive Alternatives?

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris opened a two-day Dáil debate on repealing the Eighth Amendment. The Irish Independent reports on the number of people from each county who travelled to the UK for an abortion in 2016, which the Minister read into the debate’s record. Mr Harris noted that out of a total of 2745 […]

BREAKING: Trump admin creates office to ‘protect’ doctors’ consciences who refuse to do abortion

The new division will enforce 'laws and regulations that protect conscience and prohibit coercion on issues such as abortion and assisted suicide.'

Crawling Robot Baby Bravely Explores Carpet Gunk

To find out just how your relaxed vacuuming schedule is affecting your baby's airway, researchers built a slightly frightening robotic infant. This legless, metallic baby crawled across five wool rugs from real people's homes in Finland. Show More Summary

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