Jeffrey Epstein’s influence in the science world is a symptom of larger problems | Kate Darling

In a system stacked against women, we must direct our harshest judgment at people and institutions who remain silent Many of us are reeling from the recent news that MITs Media Lab, where I work as a researcher, took funding from Jeffrey Epstein, the late financier who faced federal sex-trafficking charges. For me, the Epstein connections dont stop there: Epstein had close ties to John Brockman, the founder of the heavy-hitting science literary agency that recently sold my first book. The Epstein web can appear inescapable, and for those entangled in it, theres a temptation to break out and cut all ties with his enablers. While I understand and respect that decision, Ive made a different one. I will not …

The festival that banned cows milk, meat and glitter

Image copyright Jess Ford Image caption Jess Ford dressed up as a butterfly for Shambala and cycled to the festival for the second year in a row Regardless, Jess thinks cutting cow’s milk will make people more aware of the impact that their choices are making. “You never know by the end of it I might love oat milk,” she adds. It’s not only the festival punters who are encouraged to be environmentally sustainable, the crew and artists are too. Joe Henwood is a musician and club manager of the Pink Flamingo Jazz Club, a secret venue with live jazz music that you have to “find” as it’s not on the line-up or the festival map. When kitting out the …

What to do with your inflatable when it goes pop

Georgia Wyatt-Lovell and her husband Steven Lovell, from the Isle of Wight, have come up with an alternative solution. Since 2017, their company has been collecting inflatables and turning them into accessories. She says that the business has saved over 100 tonnes of material from landfill. Image copyright Plastic Free North Devon Image caption Inflatables collected by Plastic Free North Devon Image copyright Rob Evans, Kids Against Plastic Image caption Amy Meek (right) and her sister, Ella, run the Kids Against Plastic charity Meanwhile, Amy Meek, 16, runs environmental charity Kids Against Plastic with her younger sister, Ella. She says the plastic used in inflatables is designed to be durable. “It’s highly unsustainable to use plastic to produce these items …

What to do with your inflatable when it goes pop

Georgia Wyatt-Lovell and her husband Steven Lovell, from the Isle of Wight, have come up with an alternative solution. Since 2017, their company has been collecting inflatables and turning them into accessories. She says that the business has saved over 100 tonnes of material from landfill. Image copyright Plastic Free North Devon Image caption Inflatables collected by Plastic Free North Devon Image copyright Rob Evans, Kids Against Plastic Image caption Amy Meek (right) and her sister, Ella, run the Kids Against Plastic charity Meanwhile, Amy Meek, 16, runs environmental charity Kids Against Plastic with her younger sister, Ella. She says the plastic used in inflatables is designed to be durable. “It’s highly unsustainable to use plastic to produce these items …

Trump’s Personal Assistant Just Left The White House Amid Major Drama

Andrew Harnik/AP/Shutterstock Who Is Madeleine Westerhout? This Trump Assistant Just Left The White House By Madhuri Sathish 17 hours ago President Donald Trump’s administration has been notorious for its apparent inability to keep its officials from leaving their posts. In fact, several of the president’s appointees set records for having the shortest tenures in their respective positions. However, President Trump’s personal assistant did not succumb to this trend — until now. So who is Madeleine Westerhout? This Trump assistant just left the White House after maintaining her desk outside the Oval Office for the entirety of Trump’s presidency. Westerhout reportedly resigned on Aug. 29, reported, but her abrupt departure has nonetheless generated speculation about the circumstances. Citing two unnamed sources, …

Startups Weekly: Diamond-encrusted disruption

Last weekflurry of IPO filingsBefore thatnoted the differencesRemember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to kate.clark@techcrunch.com or on Twitter . If you don’t subscribe to Startups Weekly yet, you can do that . What’s new PietraMichael Ovitz and supermodel Joan Smalls.  “Fashion is typically really under-resourced in terms of tech,” Bryan tells TechCrunch. “[The fashion industry] is great at the creativity part but it’s tough, especially with jewelry because you really have to put up a lot of capital.” /marketplace fee from sellers. The jewelry market is expected to be worth more than $250 billion by 2020, according to McKinsey research. And where there’s a billion-dollar market, there are VCs.  writesPietra completed its official launch this week. It …

Researchers say Facebook has failed to provide the data they need

A project to determine the effects of social media on democracy could cease over what researchers say is a failure from Facebook to share pertinent data, BuzzFeed News reports. Although the social media company vowed last year to provide academics with all the necessary information, funders of the research project are threatening to pull out after months of waiting. The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), a group involved in helping academics receive the Facebook data, plans to give the social media company until Sept. 30 to fulfill its promise. The deadline comes after funders of the project, which includes the Democracy Fund, the Charles Koch Foundation, and the Omidyar Network, told the SSRC to beginwinding down the project over Facebooks …

How to stream ‘Good Eats: The Return’ online

In February of 2012, Food Network mainstay and total nerd Alton Brown put his popular cooking program Good Eats into cryogenic holding. After seven years, a couple of tours, a new cookbook, and a few reloaded episodes on the Cooking Channel, Good Eats is finally coming back for a proper new season. Described by Brown as a show inspired by equal parts Julia Child, Mr. Wizard, and Monty Python, Good Eats is more than just another Food Network show where some smiling idiot cooks lasagna. Other than learning seriously solid recipes to add to your repertoire, theres a healthy serving of food science, from Maillard reactions to the properties of yeast. Are there visual models? youre probably asking. Of course, …

Check Out Our Favorite Images From The Science Photographer Of The Year Competition 2019

The Science Photographer of the Year exhibition opens at the Science Museum in London, UK, on October 7. The shortlisted images were selected by an expert panel and are designed to showcase the “best scientific photography” and “photography of science”, whether that is an extreme close-up of a stag beetle or a high-definition shot of a nebula hundreds of light-years into the distance.  “Since the very beginning, science has been integral to photography,” Gary Evans, the Royal Photographic Society’s science exhibition coordinator, said in a statement. “Now photography has become integral to the way science is carried out and how it is communicated to the wider public. We are delighted to be the guests of the Science Museum for this exhibition and …

Europes Ridiculous Aid Package Is the Latest in a Long Series of Lies About the Brazilian Fires

The G7carbon offsets you bought after your summer vacation. Which is to say: not effective at all. De minimis. Nada. But in the cataclysm that is the Amazon fires of 2020, it seems like symbolism is everythingunless, of course, youre an indigenous person whose very real home has been destroyed by very real fires set by greedy, racist ranchers. Its really a stunning juxtaposition: on the one hand, a massive crisis that threatens the stability of the Earths atmosphere, and the other hand, a whole lot of BS from all sides. Admittedly, most of the BS is coming from the side of Brazils Trumpist demagogue, Jair Bolsonaro. To take but three examples: First, Bolsonaros American Embassy 40,341 fires recorded this …

6 Bonkers and Vile Moments in New Interview With Epstein Pal

A chemist, inventor, and art collector named Stuart Pivar, who says he was among Mother Jonesa melange of apology and victim-blaming sprinkled with nuggets of gossip. Pivars name was in the pedophile financiers little black book, and when reporter Leland Nally phoned him, the 89-year-old rambled on about his old pal, calling his publicly accused Epstein in April of sexually abusing her and her underage sister in the '90s. While Pivar does not provide a time frame, and his account is somewhat confusing, he suggests he heard about it from Farmer much earlier: One day at the flea market theres Maria Farmer, who I knew cause she was a student at the New York Academy of Art, and I [asked], …

New Epstein Victims Will Appear in Court With Plans to Sue His Estate

Before prosecutors dismiss their case against for more than a decade, will also watch Tuesdays hearing with his law partner, Stan Pottinger. Regardless of the number of people who appear, the invitation for victims to be present and participate is very important, not only for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein but for crime victims generally, Edwards said. The closing of Epsteins criminal case comes nearly two months after the 66-year-olds his jail-house suicide. Epstein killed himself shortly after Epsteins famous friends. After Epsteins demise, the focus in the press quickly shifted to investigation would continue following Epsteins death. To those brave young women who have already come forward and to the many others who have yet to do so, let …

Musk Still Wants To Nuke Mars For Reasons Not Based On Science

Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to re-hash a theory he had a few years ago: dropping nuclear bombs on Mars to release trapped carbon dioxide and heat up the planet. The goal is to create the necessary conditions to turn the Red Planet into a habitable world, i.e. to terraform Mars. He first endorsed the idea in 2015 in an interview with Stephen Colbert. The vague details had enough merit for actual scientists to use their time to investigate the concept’s feasibility. But it is not possible. In a paper published last year, astronomers investigated just how much carbon dioxide can be liberated from Mars and there is literally not enough to make the enterprise worthwhile. “There has been …

30 Best Bird Photos Of 2019 Have Been Announced, And Theyre Amazing

The Bird Photographer of the Year is an annually held bird photography competition where photographers from all over the world compete for the grand prize. And now, after a whole year of waiting, the winners of this year’s competition have finally been announced. The winner of this year’s Bird Photographer of the Year title and a £5,000 prize is British photographer Caron Steele and her majestic photograph of a Dalmatian Pelican on a frozen Lake Kerkini in Greece. Check out Caron’s photograph and other category winners in the gallery below! #1 Csaba Tokolyi – Attention To Detail – Silver ‘It had been a long night, lodged in a hide set up for nocturnal species. After those long dark hours packed with action …

“Its Only a Matter of Time Before Chick-fil-A Serves Me a Restraining Order”: Mom Hilariously Relives Sons Diarrhea Debacle at Chick-fil-A

ShareTweetPin I should start by saying it’s not true, technically. I haven’t been banned from Chick-fil-A. Yet.  I do predict, however, that it is only a matter of time before I am served a restraining order by the East Lake Chick-fil-A in Marietta, GA. I wouldn’t blame them. Not even a little. I want to take a second to chase a rabbit, of sorts. I want to say something to all of those mothers who sit in Chick-fil-A with their perfectly-behaved little children who are eating their perfectly-healthy grilled nuggets and their perfectly-portioned fruit cups (because we all know that perfect children don’t eat fries): I hate you. No, seriously. I hate you. See, I’m the mom over in the …

Hundreds of parts from endangered birds reportedly found for sale via Facebook

A new report claims endangered bird parts are for sale on Facebook. The helmeted hornbill is seen above. (Wikimedia commons) After the group’s survey was completed in April, Facebook banned wildlife trade from any business that isn’t verified, according to a press release. As of this month, 35 out of 40 groups appear to have been removed, according to TRAFFIC. The organization suggests reporting any posts that advertise illegal wildlife sales to law enforcement, TRAFFIC and Facebook. TRAFFIC’s report was released as part of the 18th Conference to the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna currently taking place in Geneva. ANDREW YANG PROPOSES ‘GIANT SPACE MIRRORS’ TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE Original Article : HERE …