The U.S. Armys Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next War

Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. Army has been consistently ranked as the most capable land force on the globe by defense analysts of all stripes. So why are so many people in the American military community today worried about the Armys ability to deter conflicts with likely adversaries or prevail against those adversaries in future wars? The short answer is that warfare, always a mysterious amalgam of art, science, and guts, has become an increasingly complicated and unpredictable enterprise. Americas leading potential adversaries, China and Russia, have shown no small measure of imagination and dexterity in identifying the U.S. armed forces vulnerabilities, and exploiting them through the development of subtle yet aggressive geopolitical strategies, and increasingly …

Josh Brolin says he tried butthole sunningsays ‘don’t do it’

perineum sunningRecently, a new-age wellness influencer on Instagram, who goes by Metaphysical Meagan, went viral with an of her lying naked on a rocky crag, holding her legs back, and spreading her butthole to the sun. It was a lot to take in, even before reading the caption, which claimed that, 30 seconds of sunlight on your butthole is the equivalent of a full day of sunlight with your clothes on. On Friday, acclaimed actor Josh Brolin, best known recently for his role as Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, owned up to being one of those people who had to try perineum sunning. Tried this perineum sunning that Ive been hearing about and my suggestion is DO NOT do …

Women in medicine are not given the respect they deserve, from their male colleagues or patients | Ranjana Srivastava

The gender gap in medicine is actually a gap in respect, an easy word to say but hard to teach Recently, when a prominent medical journal asked if there was gender equity in medicine, many Australian female doctors flatly said no. Its notable that the black American specialist who was told to pipe down during a flight emergency because the situation needed an actual physician? She wasnt unique. What do you think, doc? a patient winked at a man. Does she know her stuff? Shes my boss, my resident stammered. An old man with a failing heart couldnt breathe but sneaked his hand up an interns skirt as she auscultated his chest. She told me that rather than risk a …

Will the 2020s be online advertisings holistic decade?

Todd Dipaola The explosion of data and identity management, combined with technical advancements in real-time signal detection and machine learning, present new opportunities to respond to consumers, but mastering this ability enables marketers to create “magic moments” — instances of hyper-relevant content, delivered at the perfect time and place.  Achieving this balance won’t be an easy task, but the most progressive marketers will succeed in driving this industry toward a more customer-centric future because they took steps to evolve before it was too late. With that in mind, here are five ways we expect advertising to become more holistic in the 2020s:  Smart data will take priority over big data hate adsTo truly understand our audiences, we must first turn …

China gene-edited baby experiment ‘may have created unintended mutations’

He Jiankuis original research, published for the first time, could have failed, scientists say The gene editing performed on Chinese twins to immunise them against HIV may have failed and created unintended mutations, scientists have said after the original research was made public for the first time. Excerpts from the manuscript were sent shockwaves through the scientific world. He made expansive claims of a medical breakthrough that could control the HIV epidemic, but it was not clear whether it had even been successful in its intended purpose immunising the babies against the virus because the team did not in fact reproduce the gene mutation that confers this resistance. A small percentage of people are born with immunity because of a …

High-Tech Photography Reveals Hidden Tattoos On 3,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummies

The once-hidden tattoos of ancient Egyptian mummies are now being revealed to Egyptologists using novel infrared technology, allowing a glimpse into how members of the 3,000-year-old society once lived and worked. Similar tattoos were previously identified by archaeologist Anne Austin in a study published in 2017, which described identifiable symbols of religious connotation as well as representations of floral motifs, animals, and deities. At the time, photography measures revealed dozens of tattoos were on the neck, shoulders, arms, and back of the mummy including a “pair of lotus blossom tattoos” connected by a dotted line on a woman’s hips. It was determined that all tattoos were made prior to mummification and in places requiring that someone else apply them. “In …

Frothy, toxic foam covers famous beach

Residents play over foamy discharge, caused by pollutants, as it mixes with the surf at Marina beach in Chennai on December 1, 2019. (Getty Images) TOXIC FOG BLAMED FOR HIGH MERCURY LEVELS IN MOUNTAIN LIONS The foam is probably the result of a mixture of washing detergent residue and other waste that gets whipped into a froth by wind and waves during monsoon season. According to AFP, only 40 percent of Chennai’s wastewater is treated, meaning that the rest of the sewage from the large city washes right into the sea. Fishermen have also been warned to stay away from the water. One fisherman told AFP that the value of the fish he catches has dropped to almost nothing. GET …

How Far Is Too Far When It Comes To Online Stalking? | Betches

However, a simple Google search can reveal much more than what’s written in a dating app bio—for better, and sometimes for worse. Whether as due diligence, or when embarking down the background searching rabbit hole, daters can come up with a little much information. (As it turns out, first impressions aren’t all that organic when you’ve already identified someone’s family ancestry dating back to the 1700s.) I went on a date without stalking him before meeting him. I think that’s an accomplishment in life. — Carissa🦇 (@carissaxx3) November 4, 2018 I have admittedly stalked and re-stalked guys I matched with on the internet. As a journalist, I feel I reserve the right to learn everything I can about a particular …

Scientists have discovered a ‘monster’ black hole that’s so big it shouldn’t exist

(CNN)Scientists have discovered a “monster black hole” so massive that, in theory, it shouldn’t exist. “Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar evolution,” said Liu Jifeng, head of the team that made the discovery. “LB-1 is twice as massive as what we thought possible. Now theorists will have to take up the challenge of explaining its formation.” Scientists are now scratching their heads at how LB-1 got so huge. The Chinese team has proposed a number of theories. LB-1’s sheer size suggests that it “was not formed from the collapse of only one star,” the study said — instead, it could potentially be two smaller black …

Could Asia’s passion for tofu help solve the plastic crisis?

(CNN)A staple in the Asian diet, soybeans have been used to make tofu, miso soup and soy milk for hundreds of years. But now, the popular legumes are also being turned into an alternative to plastic wrap. Chen’s technology could help to solve two problems at once: cutting plastic production and reducing the amount of food waste deposited in landfill. “In Singapore, the amount of food waste we generate every year can fill up 15,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools,” he says, adding that because soy products are so popular in Singapore, 30 tons of soybean residue is produced there every day. F&N, a soy-based drinks producer, has partnered with Chen’s lab and provides the residue, straight from the factory. The company …

The plague probably didn’t wipe out the Roman Empire and half the world’s population, new study suggests

(CNN)Plague is often depicted as shifting the course of human history, but scholars say an outbreak that has been blamed for the demise of the Roman Empire likely didn’t kill half the world’s population in just a few years. They found that the number of deaths caused by the outbreak may have been overestimated, and that the plague did not play a significant role in the transformation of the Mediterranean world or Europe. It also didn’t play a key role in the fall of the Roman Empire. Mordechai, who is also co-lead of Princeton’s Climate Change and History Research Initiative (CCHRI), said that over the past two decades historians have placed more emphasis on the plague as a cause of …

Someone Expanded This Old Social Science Model And Added Hilarious Captions

Probably most of us can relate to getting bored in a class. A despised class in highschool, boring college lecture of a subject you had to take despite having no interest in it, dreadfull seminar at work – you name it, we’ve all been in these kinds of situations where all you wanna do is drop dead on the floor and roll yourself out of the room. Well, some people better chose the humorous approach and try to squeeze some lemonade of those lemons life just offered them. And some of them even do a pretty good job at it! Someone apparently managed to make social studies a little bit more entertaining by extending a boring social model with a …

Everything I Wish I Knew About Freezing My Eggs | Betches

So if you’ve read my recent articles, you know that I have breast cancer. Super fun. It’s all been really glamorous. My life is everything I’d dreamed it would be. I’m about to start chemo, which, since it’s just pumping your body full of poison to kill any cancer cells, causes a lot of other issues. One that I wasn’t aware of is It’s A LOT Of Needles Shots are about to have a whole new meaning. I’m not an idiot; I assumed there would be some needles. But to get your egg babies ready for harvesting (they literally call it that—what am I, a f*cking chicken?), you’re going to have to shoot up a lot of hormones. The process …