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Building%20Resilience%20 %20Using%20Positive%20Psychology%20to%20get%20through%20tough%20times. Chernobyl's Trees Won't Decay, Increasing the Risk of Nuclear Forest Fire. As if the Ukraine didn’t have enough to worry about these days with Russia invading Crimea, recent scientific research points to the very real threat of a nuclear forest fire. Great heavy metal band name aside, the forests around Chernobyl—the nuclear power plant that exploded 28 years ago—are not decaying properly and should it all catch fire, radioactive material would spread beyond Chernobyl’s Zone of Alienation, the off-limits 1000 square-miles around the decommissioned facility located 68 miles north of Kiev.

This Zone of Alienation has given environmental scientists much to study, with insects choosing to not live there and the birds that do live there developing abnormalities like deformed beaks, odd tail feather lengths, and smaller brains. The trees too, have been shady. Image: Inside Pripyat, one of Chernobyl's evacuated cities/Eero Nevaluoto. You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What? Two men were sitting in a parked car, waiting to pick someone up. Carlos Cervantes was in the driver’s seat. He was 30, with glassy green eyes — quiet by nature, but with a loaded, restrained intensity about him. He had picked up Roby So at home in Los Angeles around 3 o’clock that morning, and they’d made it here, to this empty parking lot in front of the Richard J.

Donovan Correctional Facility, on the outskirts of San Diego, just after 6. Roby was three years older than Carlos but carried himself like a large and joyful child. The New World Order Will Fail Because of You! By Matthew J. Anderson *** NB: Intense/passionate blog post (contains some swearing) *** Emotional Awareness I have found myself having feelings of anger and frustration recently. These are good feelings. In society, most of us are so focused on the outside all of the time - almost every aspect of the modern system is designed to keep us constantly looking outside of ourselves, using emotional triggers of fear, guilt and shame in attempts to convince us that giving our personal power away is simply a 'normal' part of human life in the modern world.

The Conditioning of Society It's not this way by accident, you know. However challenging it is to look at - we must look at it. An Emotional Revolution Society must change, but in order for it to, we must begin to consciously shift within ourselves - this is an emotional revolution. These are beings that have no ability to truly empathize - their minds operate almost solely from a reptilian brain consciousness.

Self Liberation Is The Key. 'Rituals' Photo Series Honors The Missed Intimacy of Beauty Routines. Ever pry your eye open with one hand, sweep mascara on with the other, and wonder if other girls look the same in the morning? Photographer Noorann Matties reveals everything you have ever wondered about foreign beauty routines. Rituals - a photo series featured in Inconnu Mag's Fog issue- captures various young women in their daily prepping and priming. The photos pull back the curtain on “effortless” looks, and capture the delicate moments we spend with ourselves. The artist writes about the project: “Forced to examine ourselves in ways many normally avoid, Rituals as a project sought to capture the moment in which we in our lives become devoid of distraction and we become intimately aware of ourselves.

The series pulls mixed emotions from its audience - it is partly sad, partly loving, partly haunting. Watching other women's routines is strangely voyeuristic; even when we get ready in groups we still spend most of our time staring at our own faces in the mirror. Breathtaking photos of Elizabeth Taylor’s 1976 trip to Iran. In 1976, Iran Air organized a Persian vacation for none other than Elizabeth Taylor. The trip was shot by Iranian-American photographer Firooz Zahedi—friend to Taylor and cousin of her then-boyfriend Ardeshir Zahedi, the Iranian Ambassador to the US. This was three years before the (US-facilitated) Iranian Revolution and the installment of a theocratic constitution, so these photos were taken during the ultra-cosmopolitan years of pre-revolutionary Iranian chicness. Nonetheless, Taylor looks gorgeous in both modern and ancient settings, including Persepolis, Shiraz and Isfahan There are references to more conservative Iranian religious traditions in the shoot.

In a scene outside of a Mosque, you can see Liz in a chador, which would have been expected of a woman going to worship, but was at the time generally eschewed as daily wear (outside of small villages) in favor of “Western” clothing. Via Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Eye-popping Bad Brains and Ramones’ cartoons that will rock your world. 30 Strikingly Beautiful Gender Non-Conforming/Gender Non-Binary Selfies. Twentysomething Men Now Have a Disorder Called ‘Pussy Affluenza’ This Art Project Will Teach You Cliterally Everything You Need to Know About the Clitoris. Sophia Wallace didn't anticipate becoming an internationally celebrated "clit artist," but she did, thanks to her 2012 mixed media project CLITERACY, which has blossomed through the years, recently finding a new audience through a digital collaboration with the Huffington Post. "I wouldn't say it was easy to take on this subject matter, to be the 'clit artist.' I worried, rightly, that I would lose professional credibility, that doors would slam in my face," she said in an interview with Mic.

"I created CLITERACY because I was haunted by the lack of the clitoris in visual representation and speech," Wallace said, noting that the clitoris was not medically recognized until 1998. Calling it the "true female sexual organ," because, as the location of 8,000 nerve endings, it is the epicenter of female pleasure. Yet the clitoris has been overlooked, ignored and dismissed throughout human history, especially because women's sexuality outside of men's sexual needs is so rarely considered. 13 Stunning Photos Reveal What Happens When Gender Nonconforming Kids Have Their Own Space. For some, summer camp is a refuge from the rigors of daily life and school. For the estimated 1 in 500 significantly gender nonconforming or transgender children, escaping the trappings of everyday life and societal judgment can be life-changing. That's why the families of gender nonconforming youth joined forces nine years ago to create a summer camp-like experience where their loved ones could feel free to explore their authentic selves.

Photographer Lindsay Morris, who first attended eight years ago with a loved one, documented this exploration over the course of several years. The result is a beautiful photo series titled "You Are You. " Because the camp is organized and facilitated by the family members of gender nonconforming youth, all attendees are expected to pull their weight, Morris told Mic. "You Are You" was a result of her assigned role as documentarian, so other parents and family members could accomplish other tasks. Dogs And Primates May Be Able To Perceive Magnetic Fields. The ability to naturally perceive Earth’s magnetic field is something humans don’t have. Some animals, on the other hand, do: birds, some bats, turtles, ants, and even sharks are able to detect it. The molecule sometimes responsible for this ability has now been found in the eyes of a whole host of additional mammals, perhaps hinting that more creatures can sense the magnetic field than previously thought.

A new study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, has revealed that this particular protein – a “cryptochrome” known as Cry1a – has been found lurking in the retinas of dogs, wolves, bears, foxes, and badgers, but not in cats, lions, or tigers. It was also detected in primates, including the Bornean orangutan and two species of macaque monkey. It’s well-known that migratory birds are able to detect the angle of the magnetic field relative to the ground, effectively giving them an on-board compass. Study Finds That The More Beautiful Your Home Is, The Less Likely You Are To Be Religious. A study of the religious affiliations of Americans by county has concluded that the more naturally beautiful their home is, the less likely they are to be part of a mainstream religion. What is not clear is which way causality runs – are non-believers more inspired by the beauties of nature, and therefore inclined to move there, or does daily experience of the natural world dampen one's ardor to pray?

In the journal Sociology of Religion, Todd Ferguson and Jeffrey Tamburello of Baylor University compared data from surveys of religious adherence by county with assessments of natural beauty and optimum climate. While our tastes in temperature vary, the authors used Department of Agriculture data on average preferences for summer and winter weather, humidity and even topography to identify naturally favored counties. The statistical methodology used to reach the conclusion will need to be scrutinized closely. The most obvious potentially confounding factor is wealth. Are You A Feminist?" Celebrities' Answers from BUST Magazine's 22-Year Archive May Surprise You. These days, it's become pretty popular for interviewers to ask celebrities (especially young women) if they identify as feminists. Mags from Rolling Stone (asking Kim K.) to Maxim (Taylor Swift in, of all things, their Hot 100 interview) to Cosmo (!!) (Sarah Jessica Parker) to TIME (Shailene Woodley) are getting in on the action.

It's great to see so many publications finally raising the subject of feminism with their interview subjects. Here at BUST, however, we've been asking that question of almost every celebrity we've interviewed, since day one. And whereas once celebs seemed to be afraid to say "Yes," lately they seem more wary of saying "No. " From where we stand, that's a good thing. Brooke Candy, who we spoke with for our August/September 2014 issue, might have put it best: "Feminism has become this trendy thing and that's great.

We can't agree more. Never miss a celebrity's response to "Are you a feminist? " Three Years on Rikers Without Trial. In the early hours of Saturday, May 15, 2010, ten days before his seventeenth birthday, Kalief Browder and a friend were returning home from a party in the Belmont section of the Bronx. They walked along Arthur Avenue, the main street of Little Italy, past bakeries and cafés with their metal shutters pulled down for the night. As they passed East 186th Street, Browder saw a police car driving toward them. More squad cars arrived, and soon Browder and his friend found themselves squinting in the glare of a police spotlight. An officer said that a man had just reported that they had robbed him. “I didn’t rob anybody,” Browder replied. “You can check my pockets.” DIY Bracelet Tutorials. Healthy News and Information. Here at, we are always looking for new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reducing the amount of trash that you make, does not make you part of some media designated collective, it simply makes you smart.

According to estimates from the EPA, each person in the US produces on average, 4.5 pounds of trash per day. Simple math tells us that 4.5lbs X 300 million people makes a whopping 1.35 BILLION POUNDS OF TRASH A DAY! One need not be on a specific ‘side’ of a political spectrum to realize just how unsustainable creating 250 million tons of garbage a year can be. Here are some of the best things that you can do that will not only save you money, but also help to reduce your garbage footprint. Tea Bags: Don’t throw out your used tea bags, they can clean glass and mirrors. You can wipe the areas with the used tea bag right after pulling it out of the glass to remove any blemishes, just wipe the area with a clean cloth after to prevent any staining. By Matt Agorist. Share: Repurposed household items into decor beauty for the abode. Repurposing items for new decor can turn long forgotten pieces into decorating dream furnishings.

Dig into the boxes buried for years in the attic and get the long outdated clothes out of the back of the closet. It is time to work magic by repurposing the ordinary items in the house into new beautiful decor. Be sure to watch me on the eHow video as an accompaniment to this article! Imagination is most important when repurposing the ordinary into beautiful new decor. Repurpose an old luggage rack into a new end table easily by adding a decorative top fashioned from a board covered with fabric or even just an attractive large coffee table book.Decorative metal serving trays can be repurposed into magnetic memo boards hung attractively on the wall.Old crates are wonderful items to repurpose into end table or hung on the wall as decorative display shelves.

Common household objects made with clear glass can be repurposed into wonderful living beauty for the decor. I Am Not A Manic Pixie Dream Girl. I am not a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. I could play along if I really wanted to. I could sit on your bed wearing some Calvin Klein whitey-tighties and one of your oversized button-down shirts, reading Infinite Jest and sipping adorably on a juice box through a pair of perfect pink lips, but I will not.

Why, you ask, John Green? Because that sounds like the worst, that’s why. Instead, you will find me on the couch in my favorite elastic waistband pants. I’d like to say Dove is for casual Friday nights in. I would like to say that I love watching funky documentaries and cool, new television shows that are still under the radar. I often go to bed without taking off my makeup, because as soon as I’m in my pajamas, the idea of spending two minutes washing my face seems somehow more exhausting than an entire day at work. I’m not a Manic Pixie Dream Girl because I don’t have the time or the power to fulfill everything on the list of requirements. Manic Pixie Dream girls are not real. How do you turn hate into something beautiful? This shock-metal rocker has some ideas.

Metal band Gwar is not usually associated with thoughtful social commentary. Unless you're already a Gwar fan, you probably think of the band as "that crazy group with the freaky costumes and elaborately vulgar stage shows. " Actually, even if you are a Gwar fan, you probably think of them that way. Gwar. I think. Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images. For the uninitiated, Gwar is a performance-art-slash-metal band whose vulgar stage show and elaborate fictional mythology function as a kind of absurdist caricature of everything ever. So you might be surprised to learn that the lead singer of Gwar recently gave a TEDx Talk.

And it's really good. This magical button delivers Upworthy stories to you on Facebook: Dr. He's a pretty smart guy. The talk is about the intersections of regional identity, economics, slavery, and creativity — and how it all relates to Gwar. As Dr. GIFs via TEDx. Basically, Dr. Watch the full TEDx Talk — it is a glorious, glorious testament to the late Oderus Urungus: Costa Rica Plans To Shut Down Its Zoos And Free All Animals In Captivity. Tinder and Hookup-Culture Promotion. The Tinder-Is-Satan Arms Race Heats Up Further. Real Women Want You to Know How to Give Them an Orgasm. Editorial: We can, and must, change the culture of Rochester's streets. Members | elephant journal: Yoga, Sustainability, Politics, Spirituality.