Nanotechnology at Scitable
One of the great achievements of nanoscience to date is the development of graphene, a manmade sheet of interlinked, honeycomb-patterned carbon atoms that is exactly one carbon atom thick. Due to its thinness on the one hand and the uniformity of the honeycomb arrangement on the other, graphene is both extremely light and extremely strong. In fact, amazingly enough, graphene is 200 times stronger than steel.
The topsy-turvy world of men who oppose anti-violence campaigns by Josh Shahryar at Women Under Siege
Something about women being vocal about their experiences and demanding protection and legal action for the violence perpetrated against them threatens an antiquated and problematic masculinity. This either implicitly or explicitly requires men to have dominion over women. It leaves women reliant on men, controlled by them.
Canadian feminist activist receives death threats and other abuse after being targeted by Men’s Rights Activists by David Futrelle at Man Boobz
Since being targeted by angry YouTube misogynists and MRAs, the red-haired activist has received death threats, rape threats and literally hundreds of other hateful and harassing messages. She’s also been “doxxed” — that is, she’s had her personal information plastered all over the internet, including on A Voice for Men’s forum. Ten days after being uploaded to YouTube, the video of her faceoff against the MRAs has garnered more than 300,000 views, and YouTubers are still leaving threats and insults and crude sexual comments.
This, apparently, is what “Men’s Human Rights Activism” consists of: the doxxing and harassment of individual women.
The American dream: Survival is not an aspiration by Sarah Kendzior at Al Jazeera
Mistaking wealth for virtue is a cruelty of our time. By treating poverty as inevitable for parts of the population, and giving impoverished workers no means to rise out of it, America deprives not only them but society as a whole. Talented and hard-working people are denied the ability to contribute, and society is denied the benefits of their gifts. Poverty is not a character flaw. Poverty is not emblematic of intelligence. Poverty is lost potential, unheard contributions, silenced voices.
Working at McDonald’s is not indicative of all a person can accomplish, nor should it be a sentence to limited opportunity. The service industry is increasingly where Americans end up, as pre-recession jobs are replaced with part-time, poverty-wage work. If temporary jobs are a permanent problem, we need to improve their conditions — along with those of the white-collar jobs to which many aspire but cannot afford to take.
The Wealth of Nations by Marty Hart-Landsberg at Lewis and Clark blogs
According to Credit Suisse, “The aim of the Credit Suisse Global Wealth project is to provide the best available estimates of the wealth holdings of households around the world for the period since the year 2000.”
According to the publication, global household wealth was $222.7 trillion in mid-2012, equal to $48,500 for each of the 4.6 billion adults in the world. Wealth is “defined as the marketable value of financial assets plus non-financial assets (principally housing and land) less debts.”
Not surprisingly, as the figure below shows, average global wealth varies considerably across countries and regions.
Sensing phantom phone vibrations is a strangely common experience. Around 80% of us have imagined a phone vibrating in our pockets when it’s actually completely still. Almost 30% of us have also heard non-existent ringing. Are these hallucinations ominous signs of impending madness caused by digital culture?
Not at all. In fact, phantom vibrations and ringing illustrate a fundamental principle in psychology.
You are an example of a perceptual system, just like a fire alarm, an automatic door, or a daffodil bulb that must decide when spring has truly started. Your brain has to make a perceptual judgment about whether the phone in your pocket is really vibrating.
- Title: [Les canards]
- Other Title: Five ducks in a pond
- Creator(s): Bracquemond, Félix, 1833 – 1914, artist
- Date Created/Published: [ca. 1882?]
- Medium: 1 drawing : wash, gouache, pastel ; 22 x 32 cm.
- Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-71423 (b&w film copy neg.)
- Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
- Call Number: DRWG/MA, no. 50 (A size) [P&P]
- Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
The following is an excerpt from President Jimmy Carter’s farewell speech.
…I want to lay aside my role as leader of one nation, and speak to you as a fellow citizen of the world about three issues, three difficult issues: The threat of nuclear destruction, our stewardship of the physical resources of our planet, and the pre-eminence of the basic rights of human beings.
It’s now been 35 years since the first atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima. The great majority of the world’s people cannot remember a time when the nuclear shadow did not hang over the earth. Our minds have adjusted to it, as after a time our eyes adjust to the dark.
Yet the risk of a nuclear conflagration has not lessened. It has not happened yet, thank God, but that can give us little comfort — for it only has to happen once.
The danger is becoming greater. As the arsenals of the superpowers grow in size and sophistication and as other governments acquire these weapons, it may only be a matter of time before madness, desperation, greed or miscalculation lets loose this terrible force.
In an all-out nuclear war, more destructive power than in all of World War II would be unleashed every second during the long afternoon it would take for all the missiles and bombs to fall. A World War II every second — more people killed in the first few hours than all the wars of history put together. The survivors, if any, would live in despair amid the poisoned ruins of a civilization that had committed suicide.
National weakness — real or perceived — can tempt aggression and thus cause war. That’s why the United States cannot neglect its military strength. We must and we will remain strong. But with equal determination, the United States and all countries must find ways to control and reduce the horrifying danger that is posed by the world’s enormous stockpiles of nuclear arms.
This has been a concern of every American president since the moment we first saw what these weapons could do. Our leaders will require our understanding and our support as they grapple with this difficult but crucial challenge. There is no disagreement on the goals or the basic approach to controlling this enormous destructive force. The answer lies not just in the attitudes or actions of world leaders, but in the concern and demands of all of us as we continue our struggle to preserve the peace.
Nuclear weapons are an expression of one side of our human character. But there is another side. The same rocket technology that delivers nuclear warheads has also taken us peacefully into space. From that perspective, we see our Earth as it really is — a small and fragile and beautiful blue globe, the only home we have. We see no barriers of race or religion or country. We see the essential unity of our species and our planet; and with faith and common sense, that bright vision will ultimately prevail.
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