The Science of Anti-Aging

The anti-aging industry has always been a fertile breeding ground for fads, wacky ideas and charlatans trying to sell you miracle creams and serums. However, it remains the case that most of us would be interested in extended longevity. The human desire to survive is a strong one, and while the internet is full of bogus anti-aging treatments, scientists are working on more serious ways to improve our life span. Read more The Science of Anti-Aging

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The Yahoo Comments Page Tears Up Cheeky Russian Spy’s Fundraiser to Save Her Butt (& Other Naughty Bits)

Once again, the Yahoo comments pages proves to be the best satire site going. Maria Butina, the pro NRA Russian gun advocate and good Trump friend (what Russian isn’t nowadays) has been accused of spying on the U.S. and wasn’t above using sex to accomplish that. It seems that the barrels of her guns weren’t the only things that were hot when Ms. Butina was around. Read more The Yahoo Comments Page Tears Up Cheeky Russian Spy’s Fundraiser to Save Her Butt (& Other Naughty Bits)

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7 of the Most Unbelievably Encouraging & Inspirational Quotes in History!

St Gregory of Nyssa

This early Church Father knew well the power of intuition, creativity and redeeming love.

Concepts create idols; only wonder comprehends anything.
People kill one another over idols.
Wonder makes us fall to our knees.

Jordan Page

This powerful singer reminds us many times that some things truly are worth more than life itself. Read more 7 of the Most Unbelievably Encouraging & Inspirational Quotes in History!

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‘Upskirting’ and ‘revenge porn’: the need for a comprehensive law

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Erika Rackley, University of Birmingham and Clare McGlynn, Durham University

After months of campaigning and meetings, it appears that moves to criminalise “upskirting” – the act of taking secret, sexually intrusive photographs – have stalled. For now.

This is disappointing. However, all may not be lost. It is now time for the government to step up – and to eliminate inconsistencies in the treatment of victims of image-based sexual abuse.

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Pakistani voters weigh their options as China and the military transform their country

Rosita Armytage, Durham University

Pakistan’s general election is set for July 25, and the battle lines are clear. Three parties are contending the national leadership – the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the Pakistan’s People’s Party (PPP), and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – and all three have big issues to confront: the problem of deep ethnic divisions, the implications of Chinese-backed economic growth, and the influence of the military.

It’s still unclear who exactly is meant to benefit from Pakistan’s rapidly growing economy. The incumbent PML-N government has grown the economy at almost 5% per year over the last five years – and did so by improving the electricity supply to major industry, offering massive tax cuts to large companies, curbing terrorism, and attracting Chinese investment. The resulting growth promises significant improvements in the standard of living for millions of Pakistanis, but it also comes with risks.

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Kofi Annan: his legacy is not perfect, but he helped improve millions of lives

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Kofi Annan in 2009.
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Rosa Freedman, University of Reading and Aoife O’Donoghue, Durham University

The passing of Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has been met with tributes from all around the world. His home country, Ghana, declared a week of national mourning.

Annan rose through the ranks of the UN to become the first black African to head the organisation, and his many achievements are rightly being celebrated. Under his tenure, human rights and development were put at the forefront of all UN work, ensuring that the organisation focused on all people in all parts of our global society. Courageously, he was also the first UN Secretary-General to recognise and condemn the UN’s disproportionate focus on Israel as a human rights violator compared to many other similar or worse offenders.

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