The secret to Trumps success? Its sheer existential dread | Sheldon Solomon

Authoritarian populist leaders thrive on the fear of death, says psychology professor Sheldon Solomon In a recent experiment, American participants were asked: Please describe the emotions that the thought of your own death arouses in you and Write down as specifically as you can what you think will happen to you physically as you die and once you are dead. Moments later, those who had been asked to contemplate their mortality reported more negative attitudes towards immigrants, greater opposition to a mosque being built in their neighbourhood, and a greater likelihood of voting for Donald Trump for president. What could possibly explain these findings? In The Denial of Death (1973), cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker argued that while humans share a …

Bottlenose Dolphins Are Even More “Right-Handed” Than We Are

Ninety percent of us are right-handed, with the preference appearing in the womb and nine-tenths of infants sucking their right thumb. But what about other animals? Toads are right-handed, kangaroos tend to be lefties, and dogs wag their tails to the left or right depending on their mood. Now a new study confirms that bottlenose dolphins lean to the right, even more so than we do. A team led by Florida’s Dolphin Communication Project recently assessed the feeding behavior of bottlenose dolphins off Bimini in the Bahamas. In particular, they looked at crater feeding, a tactic that involves a dolphin swimming low against the seafloor, identifying a hidden morsel using “razor buzz” echolocation clicks, and then grabbing it out of …

Climate Change Could Make Antarctica Fertile Ground For Invasive Species

Most of the Antarctic continent is constantly covered in ice but a tiny fraction experiences snow melts during spring. This melting allows a variety of plants, animals, and other organisms to flourish in the short warmer months. But this rich biosphere is under threat. Researchers have published a report that shows that climate change will prolong the time these areas of the continent are thawed and this will allow invasive species, more adapted to a milder climate, to easily expand in this delicate ecosystem. The work is published in Science Advances. If the rate of warming stays the same, experts believe that the ice-free area in the Antarctic Peninsula will triple in the next 100 years. And that’s because, luckily, the southern …

5 Reasons You Should See a Gynecologist Even If You’re Not Having Sex | Betches

endometriosisI, like many others, still check on my ovaries even if I don’t plan on having a baby or sexual partner any time soon. “It’s easy to forget that an OB/GYN is a primary care specialty,” explains Dr. Kecia Gaither, OB/GYN. “As such, it’s recommended that women have annual exams for not only Pap smears and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases—but also preventative health evaluations specific to women.” According to Gaither, there are other legit reasons why someone should visit a gynecologist. Read about them all, below. Many women actually use an obstetrician/gynecologist as their . Which, by the way, makes a whole lot of sense if you’re already at your annual checkup. Killing two birds with one stone is …

Is Texting Back Too Fast The Reason You’re Single? | Betches

literally always on my phone, but do people lose interest if you text back too fast? Ghosting“Timing is everything” has been drilled into our heads, like, a million times, but Dr. Jess Carbinoliterally“In the initial phase of a relationship, the ability to signal and determine investment is limited. However, response time is considered an important measure or proxy of investment and interest, which is why people dedicate a significant amount of time toward considering when to respond to prospective partners,” Dr. Carbino explains. THAT’S why bitches (I) love jumping to conclusions and having their (my) time wasted. It’s only natural for us to overthink about whether or not someone is going to ghost us we put in the time and …

More Than Half Of Climate Tipping Points Now Active And Too Risky To Deny, Scientists Warn

Seven scientists say an “emergency response” must keep warming limited to 1.5°C, based on a roundup of Earth’s tipping points. The commentary piece in Nature, titled Climate Tipping Points – Too Risky To Bet Against, is a call to action. More than half the tipping points first identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) decades ago have been activated, according to the authors. “In our view, the evidence from tipping points alone suggests that we are in a state of planetary emergency: both the risk and urgency of the situation are acute,” they write. Even if taken as a possibility, the threats can no longer justify a wait-and-see approach and response is needed. As they say, “To err on the …

Climate-heating greenhouse gases hit new high, UN reports

Head of World Meteorological Organization says no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline The concentration of climate-heating greenhouse gases has hit a record high, according to a report from the UNs World Meteorological Organization. The jumps in the key gases measured in 2018 were all above the average for the last decade, showing action on the climate emergency to date is having no effect in the atmosphere. The WMO said the gap between targets and reality were both glaring and growing. The rise in concentration of greenhouses gases follows inevitably from the continued surge in global emissions, which was described as emissions must fall by half by 2030 to give a good chance of limiting global heating to …

Coming out of the shadows: what it means to be French and Chinese

The long read: People of Chinese descent have long faced prejudice and violence in France. But today a new generation is staking out its rightful place in society On 7 August 2016, Zhang Chaolin, a 49-year-old tailor, was savagely beaten by a group of youths in Aubervilliers, a deprived suburb on the northern outskirts of Paris the latest in a string of violent aggressions against ethnic Chinese. Like the other victims, he had been targeted because of the widely held belief that members of the Chinese community habitually carry large amounts of cash (and that they are docile and unlikely to fight back; that they are reluctant to report crimes because they are in the country illegally, or cannot express …

‘Insect apocalypse’ driven by light pollution, scientists reveal

A bee sits on the flower of a crocus in sunshine and springlike temperatures. (Getty Images) Seymoure said a number of different fixes could address the problem, including light timers, covers to lessen light pollution and bulbs that don’t mimic daytime light. Still, the reseachers’ work reportedly notes that lights can impact how bug species move, search for food, reproduce, grow and hide from predators. “If we lose these insects, you’re also gone,” Seymoure said. “It’s over.” WAS SAME-SEX BEHAVIOR IN ANIMALS HARDWIRED FROM THE BEGINNING?

Two Groups Finance Over Half Of Facebooks Anti-Vax Ads

The anti-vax movement has done a lot to derail one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine: vaccinations. Measles, a potentially lethal disease that is easily prevented with the MMR vaccine, has seen a global resurgence this year, with 1,261 cases reported in the US alone. In 2016, that figure was just 86. Parents opting not to vaccinate their children is a key cause of the virus’ comeback, and one way they have been targeted is through Facebook ads. A new study, published in the journal Vaccine, has found that more than half of anti-vax ads on Facebook come from just two funders: the World Mercury Project (WMP), chaired by Robert F Kennedy Jr., and Stop Mandatory Vaccination (SMV), headed …

Two UK treasure hunters sentenced for stealing Viking-era coins

This undated handout photo provided by the British Museum shows a gold ring from the ninth century which was part of a million-dollar Viking hoard that metal detectorists George Powell and Layton Davies have been convicted of stealing. (British Museum via AP) The archaeological wonders are believed to have been buried by a member of the Viking army that was being pushed across England by Saxon forces. It “represents a nationally important assemblage created at the very point England was forming and becoming a nation with a single identity under the vision of (King) Alfred the Grea,” Hegarty said. In a Worcester Crown Court, Powell was sentenced to 10 years for the theft and Davis was given more than eight years. Judge Nicholas Cartwright said had the …

Scientists Have Reconstructed The Face Of A Female Viking Warrior

For the first time, you can stare face to face with a 1,000-year-old Viking female warrior, complete with some appropriately badass battle scars.  Her appearance is based on a skeleton that was unearthed over a century ago in Solør, Norway, which now lives in Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History. As part of the recent documentary Viking Warrior Woman on the National Geographic channel, researchers reconstructed the face using a technique that builds up layers of muscle based on the shape of the skull and other anatomical features. The skeleton dates to around 1000 CE, neatly nestled in the era defined as the Viking Age that spanned from around 800 CE to 1066 CE. This was a time in Scandinavian history when Norsemen of …

Big star energy: record-breaking explosion recorded

Astronomers note record-breaking observation of highest energy ever measured from gamma ray bursts When gigantic stars run out of fuel they collapse under their own gravity and, in a last hurrah, send out a blast of light and matter in the most violent known explosions in the universe. Now astronomers have discovered that these cataclysmic events, known as gamma ray bursts, release roughly twice as much energy as previously thought. The rethink comes after an international team registered a record-breaking observation of the highest-energy radiation ever measured from gamma ray bursts. These are the craziest energies emitted the most intense electromagnetic events known in the universe, said Razmik Mirzoyan, an astrophysicist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics in Munich and spokesman …

Juul Plots Global Expansion Amid Vaping Deaths in U.S.

By Madlen Davies, Matthew Chapman, Jana Kasperkevic, Ben Stockton The embattled American vape company Juul is pushing foreign governments to ditch strict e-cigarette regulations as it aggressively expands across the globe in an attempt to offset lost profits in the U.S. Juul, which sells sleek e-cigarettes and flavored nicotine pods that have become a craze among American teenagers, is planning to enter new markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. As it expands, the company has spent millions of dollars lobbying politicians in an attempt to preempt or roll back relevant regulations on products in several different countries. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal Juul has met politicians, regulators and officials to lobby on vaping …

New Proposed Anti-Abortion Bill In Ohio Asks Doctors To Do Something That Is Not Medically Possible

After passing the so-called heartbeat law in April, Ohio is now proposing another bill in its latest attempt to curtail abortion rights and bodily autonomy in the American state. On top of that, the bill tasks doctors to do something that is not medically feasible. Ohio’s HB413 would completely outlaw abortion in the state. It would define a fertilized egg as a person, and doctors performing this medical procedure could be found guilty of abortion murder. This would be a first-degree offense carrying a penalty of imprisonment for life. The part of the bill that goes into the realm of science fiction is in Sec. 2904.35 part C. “Takes all possible steps to preserve the life of the unborn child, while preserving the life of the …