An Indonesian surfer rides a trash-filled wave in Java; Planck and Herschel have discovered some proto-galaxies that could shed light on the universe’s evolution; Purvi Patel is sentenced to 20 years in prison for aborting; Malta takes a major step forward for transgender and intersex rights; and Alison Teal travels the world to protect Earth’s ecosystems.
Female commandos at the frontline in Damascus; a new neurological finding that could have powerful implications for people with reading difficulties; Boko Haram continues to claim lives in the midst of generalized media indifference; Amanda Knox is acquitted; Is Barbie the new spy into your house? Norwegian exemplary model of prisons and more in The Week in Review.
This week: Christmas Light Aurora glows in Mars’s atmosphere; Female orcas experience menopause and that may be linked to their ‘ecological wisdom’; the FN’s success in France is disheartening but not all that surprising; Jean Vanier receives the Templeton Prize; and Lindsey Vonn proves once again that she’s one of the best skier in world history.
This week: Serena Williams returns to Indian Wells; a 100km-wide salty ocean under Ganymede’s icy crust may host life; 10 Chinese activists are illegally detained; Animals Asia continues its great work to save bears from the bile farming industry; chemical substances are everywhere – even in your hair; and Casey Legler speaks of her experience being an Olympic swimmer who became a men’s clothes model.
Acupuncture, meditation and psychoanalysis are not particularly known for their similarities. Yet at the root of each of them, there is the profound idea that body and mind communicate in more ways that can be seen, and that relieving a symptom does not mean addressing its long-term causes.
Women and scientific subjects still have a complicated relationship: in 2012, close to 80% of the British students taking A-level Physics were male. Yet technologies represent an important part of women’s daily lives, and in fact women use the Internet 17% more than men in western countries, and form the majority of technological devices’ owners. This paradox illustrates that despite women being involved in new technologies, the mastery and consequently control of technology oftentimes remain out of women’s reach, for reasons that have to do with the structure of our patriarchal societies and with cultural norms.
Since language starts as a longing to communicate what our body experiences, it is never a lie to the extent that it reveals things the way one feels them, or the way one tries to express something about themselves to others; it is the truthful retranscription of a biased seizing of reality.
Pollution is a crucial issue in China, one that, in my opinion, will be decisive for the future of China. Local activists and initiatives, although they are generally limited in scope, can make a small difference that could turn into something bigger. For us in the West, we have to be more conscious of what we buy and how much we buy, and to take action to ask companies to upgrade their standards in all countries where they produce their goods.