Your Brain Knows What Songs Are For, No Matter Where They Came From

Your Brain Knows What Songs Are For, No Matter Where They Came From

A Nyangatom woman from East Africa sings in an up and down lilt, her unadorned voice rising and falling like a hilly landscape. If you heard this song, with no geographical or cultural context, would you know it was a lullaby meant to soothe babies to sleep? It turns out you probably would, according to a […]

Larry Nassar Sentenced to Up to 175 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse

Larry Nassar, the former doctor for USA Gymnastics who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault and child pornography, has been sentenced to between 40 to 175 years in prison. The sentencing on Wednesday comes after seven days of often-wrenching testimony in a Michigan courtroom by 156 of his victims, most of them current and former […]

Have Scientists Found a Greener Way to Make Blue Jeans?

Have Scientists Found a Greener Way to Make Blue Jeans?

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are trying to make the process of making blue jeans greener, by engineering bacteria to produce the indigo dye responsible for jeans’ characteristic hue. “Indigo dying for denim is unfortunately a pretty dirty process,” says John Dueber, a professor of bioengineering who co-led the research, recently published in […]

45 Years After Roe v. Wade, the War on Women Rages On

45 Years After Roe v. Wade, the War on Women Rages On

In 1969, 22-year-old Norma McCorvey was living in Dallas, Texas, when she discovered she was pregnant with her third child. As a poor, single mother struggling with alcohol addiction, McCorvey felt she wasn’t prepared to take on raising another child. She told her doctor she wanted an abortion, but under Texas law, abortion was prohibited […]

In 1968, When Nixon Said “Sock it To Me” on Laugh-In, TV Was Never Quite the Same Again

In 1968, When Nixon Said “Sock it To Me” on Laugh-In, TV Was Never Quite the Same Again

We’re living in a golden age of presidential comedy on television. Presidential candidate Donald Trump hostedSaturday Night Live in November 2015, igniting a firestorm of controversy about the benefit the appearance might give his campaign. Hillary Clinton had appeared on the sketch comedy program the previous month, as Bernie Sanders would in February 2016. Impersonations […]

Why Is Some Art So Bad That It’s Good?

Why Is Some Art So Bad That It’s Good?

The Disaster Artist– which just earned James Franco a Golden Globe for his portrayal of director Tommy Wiseau – tells the story of the making of The Room, a film that’s been dubbed “the Citizen Kane” of bad movies. Not everyone likes The Room. (Critics certainly don’t – it has a 26 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) But lots […]

Netflix Announces Latino Web Series Starring America Ferrera

Netflix Announces Latino Web Series Starring America Ferrera

Latino-oriented Netflix shows are skyrocketing among the content presented in the platform. Netflix is noticing the Latino audience is hugely present, and they are working on bringing more Spanish-language content to their streaming service. They recently announced that they are working to adapt ‘Gente-fied,’ a Latino-oriented web series. Created by Marvin Lemus, co-written by Yvette […]

How Prince William’s 2-Year-Old Daughter Learned Spanish

How Prince William’s 2-Year-Old Daughter Learned Spanish

Prince William’s two-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte, has many talents, including speaking Spanish. Her Spain-born nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, speaks in Spanish to her and the royal toddler understands many phrases. USWeekly According to People magazine, the Princess is very sweet, very confident and always chatting. The source who talked to the magazine also added […]

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