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The High Price of Materialism

The High Price of Materialism
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This video explains how those plastic bits in face washes, scrubs, and toothpastes can hurt ecosystems By now, most of us know that if we want our consciences to be as squeaky clean as our faces, we have to ditch our most beloved scrubbing products. While microbeads — the tiny plastic bits most commonly found in face washes, scrubs, and toothpastes — might do great things for your pores, they could also quietly wreak havoc on the environment by steadily streaming into the Great Lakes and oceans. Couldn’t care less about fish? Get this: Through the magic of the food chain, these little plastic beads actually carry the potential to come back around and screw with human health.

Facebook pays 10-year-old Finnish genius $10,000 for exposing flaw in Instagram Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) A hacker in Finland has become the youngest person to receive a reward from Facebook’s Bug Bounty program — but he’ll have to wait three years before he’s old enough to humblebrag about it on the social media platform. Ten-year-old Jani, whose last name isn’t being shared at the request of his parents, uncovered a way to delete any given comment on Instagram, the photo-sharing company that Facebook bought for $1 billion in 2012 — and which Jani, so to speak, pwned. The flaw Jani exposed gave him the power to erase anyone’s comments, even those posted by “Justin Bieber,” he told Iltalehti, the news outlet in Finland that first reported Jani’s exploits. Facebook compensated the young Finn — or, more accurately, his parents on Jani’s behalf — to the tune of $10,000. This reward puts Jani in the upper tier of hackers Facebook has paid for finding bugs. Morning Mix newsletter Stories that will be the talk of the morning.

‘We’re teaching university students lies’ – An interview with Dr Jordan Peterson | C2C Journal (Image: Iwanek) Interview with Dr. Jordan Peterson by Jason Tucker and Jason VandenBeukel Can you give us a brief background of your academic career and your interests? For the first two years of my undergraduate degree I studied Political Science and English Literature. My primary interest has always been the psychology of belief. Part of the reason I got embroiled in this [gender identity] controversy was because of what I know about how things went wrong in the Soviet Union. There have been lots of cases where free speech has come under attack, why did you choose this particular issue? This is very compelled speech. For me this became an issue because there is not a chance I’ll use radical, authoritarian language. I was also quite profoundly influenced by [Alexsandr] Solzhenitsyn’s book The Gulag Archipelago. You’ve painted a pretty bleak picture for the future. There are bleak things going on. I have no idea. There’s no doubt about that. It includes everything they say. They have. No.

BREAKING: You Know That TED Talk You Weren't Supposed To See? Here It Is. Nick Hanauer, self-described "super-rich" entrepreneur, gave a pretty compelling TED Talk about how the middle class—not the super-rich—are the real job creators. But TED, which has released over 100 different political videos in the past, thought this one was too partisan and chose not to release it. We didn't notice any flaming partisanship in it. Under pressure from the Internets, TED finally relented and released the video. The National Journal led the initial charge pushing the controversy angle. Chris Anderson, from TED, offered this official response to the outcry and posted the talk for everyone to see. Next bit of Upworthiness:

More evidence of Roundup's link to kidney, liver damage ShareThis Scientists report worrisome changes to liver and kidney genes in rats, adding to evidence that a popular herbicide may be toxic August 28, 2015 By Brian Bienkowski Environmental Health News Long-term exposure to tiny amounts of Roundup—thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking water—may lead to serious problems in the liver and kidneys, according to a new study. The study looked at the function of genes in these organs and bolsters a controversial 2012 study that found rats exposed to small amounts of the herbicide Roundup in their drinking water had liver and kidney damage. It is the first to examine the impacts of chronic, low exposure of Roundup on genes in livers and kidneys and suggests another potential health impact for people and animals from the widely used weed killer. “The severity we don’t know, but our data say there will be harm given enough time,” he said. It’s the latest health concern for the most widely used herbicide in the United States.

11 of humanity's worst ever inventions Nuclear weapons, reality television and Donald Trump are things that we can probably all agree should never have set foot on planet Earth. But what about some of the more tragic human inventions? The good people over at Reddit decided to compile a list of some of humanity's less-than-stellar inventing moments. Here are some of the best/worst... 1. These are for adults. 2. Because bananas are exceedingly difficult to peel by hand, what with the iron skin and all. 3. Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images Unless you're fondly referring to the diamond on your finger, this has literally no point. 4. Why deprive people of the simple joy of stringy, melted cheese? 5. Gather all the fun to be had from a skipping rope. 6. No. 7. smh, lol, lmao, rofl… "shake my head," just shake it. 8. The cringe is strong in this one. 9.'s not a phone...and you can buy it? 10. As opposed to a regular fork? 11. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox Burn them all. More: Are you creepy?

Who controls the world? More resources for understanding Occupy Wall Street’s slogan “We are the 99%” had been echoing through the United States and the world for just over a month when James B. Glattfelder and his co-authors released the study “The Network of Global Corporate Control” in October 2011. The study was a scientific look at our global economy, revealing how control flows like water through pipes — some thin, some thick — between people and companies. James B. In today’s talk, filmed at TEDxZurich, Glattfelder reveals that the impetus of the study wasn’t at all to validate global protesters. “Ideas relating to finance, economics and politics are very often tainted by people’s personal ideologies. To hear more about how the study was conducted, watch this talk. To answer the question, “Who controls the world?” 13 million ownership relations43,000 transnational corporations600,000 nodes1 million links At the top of this post is a 3D rendering of all the connections in this study. 1. Download the full list here »

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Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly comments on 'psychological stress' endured in space | Science A retired NASA astronaut has said the "psychological stress" that results from being in space for a year is as damaging as the radiation he was exposed to each day. Scott Kelly, who returned from the International Space Station in March, has also commented on the possible health issues he faces in the future as a result of the trip. He said: “During my time in orbit, I lost bone mass, my muscles atrophied, and my blood redistributed itself in my body, which strained my heart.” “Every day, I was exposed to 10 times the radiation of a person on Earth, which will increase my risk of a fatal cancer for the rest of my life,” he said, Geek Wire reported. The 52-year-old added: “Not to mention the psychological stress, which is harder to quantify and perhaps as damaging.” The comments come as part of an announcement that his memoir, “Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars” will be published in November 2017. The book is to be co-authored by Margaret Lazarus Dean. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0%

The optical illusion that shows you can't believe what you see | Science Paul Anthony Jones of Haggard Hawks has put together a video that explains a weird linguistic phenomenon known as the McGurk Effect. First Paul asks that the viewer watches him read out "four" words, after which his glamorous assistant Anthony writes down what he thinks Paul said. Anthony comes up with four different words, but Paul reveals that actually No.1 and No.4 were the same. If you close your eyes for the same video, you can hear that for yourself. Paul explains that the McGurk was discovered in the 1970s by the psychologist Harry McGurk, who found that if you play the audio of a different sound over video of a sound being produced, your brain “doesn’t know what to say”. This proves that although we think of speech as purely auditory – visual information is also a factor. So if your brain is receiving two conflicting streams of information, it doesn’t know what to do, and has to decide which is the “more reliable” of the two.

How the Clouds Got Their Names By Maria Popova “Clouds are thoughts without words,” the poet Mark Strand wrote in his breathtaking celebration of the skies. And yet clouds are in dynamic dialogue with our thoughts beyond the realm of the poetic — psychologists have demonstrated that cloudy days help us think more clearly. Since our words give shape to our thoughts, it wasn’t until a young amateur meteorologist named and classified the clouds in 1803 that we began to read the skies and glean meaning from their feathery motions. In this animated primer from TED-Ed, Richard Hamblyn, author of The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies (public library) — the same scintillating book that traced how Goethe shaped the destiny of clouds — tells the story of how the clouds got their names, forever changing our understanding of that most inescapable earthly companion, the weather.

This awesome periodic table tells you how to actually use all those elements Thanks to high school, we’ve all got a pretty good idea about what’s on the periodic table. But whether you’re looking at something common like calcium, iron, and carbon, or something more obscure like krypton and antimony, how well do you know their functions? Could you name just one practical application for vanadium or ruthenium? Lucky for us, Keith Enevoldsen from has come up with this awesome periodic table that gives you at least one example for every single element (except for those weird superheavy elements that don’t actually exist in nature). There’s thulium for laser eye surgery, cerium for lighter flints, and krypton for flashlights. Oh and that very patriotic element, americium? First unveiled in 1945 during the Manhattan Project, americium is produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons in a nuclear reactor. We’ve included a sneak-peak below, but for the real interactive experience, click here to try it out. Keith Enevoldsen Check it out:

Kitchen gadgets review: Food Sniffer – ‘It smells fishy to me’ | Life and style What? The Food Sniffer (£105, organic chemical sensors housed in a plastic baton. Detects molecular decomposition in meat and fish. Why? What the nose knows isn’t good enough. Well? Oh, what’s that old joke? It works by detecting temperature, humidity and ammonia levels, among others. However, the necessity of setting up a personal profile on the app feels, well, nosy. Food Sniffer has settings for beef, chicken, lamb, fish and seafood, but only in their raw state. The innovation is clearly useful – some gases are odourless, invisible to the naked nose. Any downside? Weirdly, the box proclaims “the new era of scents”. Counter, drawer, back of the cupboard? A cautious yes, but the name is consigned to a bucket of noes.3/5

How a Quick Glimpse of Nature Can Make You More Productive A nice walk through a city park can do wonders for a work-weary brain, reducing mental fatigue and improving attention. But if you're trapped on the high floors of an office tower all day, you can't exactly break for a long stroll and a picnic. Well, fear not. If you have a view of a nearby green space, like say a green roof, and even just a minute to spare, you can reap some of the same refreshing benefits of urban nature. That's the upshot of a new paper from an Australia-based research team set for publication in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Their work has found that even taking just 40 seconds to focus on a view of nature can boost "multiple networks of attention"—sharpening your mind to handle the next task dealt by the work day. Our results have particular implications for the workplace where sustained attention is vital for performance. What They Did while others saw a green roof resembling a "flowering meadow": What They Found What They Charted What It Means

“Chaque jour, les Américains sont bombardés de centaines de messages qui suggèrent qu’une vie bonne s’obtient en achetant des biens matériels…” Dans une vidéo, l’organisation The Center for a New American Dream explique que l’accumulation de possessions ne conduit pas bonheur. Au contraire. Les recherches scientifiques démontreraient que plus les personnes valorisent les valeurs matérielles, moins elles sont heureuses et satisfaites de leur vie. Elles seraient même davantage sujettes à la dépression et à l’anxiété… by miamiwa Mar 24