Daily Archives: March 20, 2018

Barbra Streisand, 75, says she has never been sexually harassed

Barbra Streisand said she’s never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media.During a tribute to Streisand’s decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the #MeToo movement and her aversion to interviews.’Never,’ she replied when asked if she had been sexually mistreated. ‘I wasn’t like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe that’s why.’ +5Not her: Barbra Streisand, seen at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn, said she has never been sexually harassedShe acknowledged the power of protests against gender inequality sweeping through Hollywood and society.

Source: Barbra Streisand, 75, says she has never been sexually harassed | Daily Mail Online

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This 3D-Printed Home Is Absurdly Cheap — And It Could Help Solve Homelessness

Since its introduction into the mainstream, 3D printing has helped to innovate the worlds of fashion and medicine. It’s even helped improve upon the selfie. Now, thanks to housing nonprofit New Story and construction technologies company ICON, the remarkable technology could help solve the problem of homelessness around the globe. With rising global poverty and millions being displaced by natural disasters, New Story started searching for ways that it could provide help on a larger scale. “There are over 100 million people living in slum conditions in what we call survival mode,” Alexandria Lafci, New Story’s co-founder and COO, told Wired. “How can we make a big dent in this instead of just solving incrementally?” Looking to solve the problem, the nonprofit paired with ICON for the past 10 months to design a 3-D printer that could be used to build homes in regions where the funds to house those in need are scarce.

Source: This 3D-Printed Home Is Absurdly Cheap — And It Could Help Solve Homelessness

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Canadian Climate Minister Urges Attention to the ‘Gendered Impacts’ of Climate Change

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change is urging environmental activists to address the “gendered impacts” of climate change, especially its effects on women and girls.In a recent post on Twitter, Catherine McKenna, the 47-year-old Trudeau appointee from Canada’s Liberal Party, called on followers to “consider the gendered impacts of climate change on women, girls and children” while praising Canada’s leadership in training “women negotiators” in the fight against manmade global warming.Apparently, at least in the minister’s mind, the weather is now waging its own “war on women.”Those wondering what the possible connection could be between “climate change” and gender (other than being trendy, leftwing concerns) should take comfort in knowing they are not alone. Not by a long shot.

Scores of observers posted the digital equivalent of raised eyebrows, querying what the possible connection could be between the two apparently unrelated topics.One representative message noted that the climate “affects both males and females equally” and that having more women at the table won’t have any effect on what the weather does.More caustic comments flipped McKenna’s gender fixation on its head, suggesting that the minister’s own job is fruit of “gender appointed roles to made up superfluous positions.”One wag thought he might have deciphered the enigmatic nexus between gender and climate and Tweeted: “My sister’s first job was babysitting. Mine was shoveling snowy driveways. Is that what you mean?”Another simply quipped: “World ends tomorrow. Women and children affected most.”

Source: Canadian Climate Minister Urges Attention to the ‘Gendered Impacts’ of Climate Change

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3D Printed Stethoscope Makes the Grade

On the off chance that initiatives like the Hackaday Prize didn’t make it abundantly clear, we believe strongly that open designs can change the world. Putting technology into the hands of the people is a very powerful thing, and depending on where you are or your station in life, can quite literally mean the difference between life and death. So when we saw that not only had a team of researchers developed a 3D printable stethoscope, but released everything as open source on GitHub, it’s fair to say we were pretty interested.The stethoscope has been in development for several years now, but has just recently completed a round of testing that clinically validated its performance against premium brand models. Not only does this 3D printed stethoscope work, it works well: tests showed its acoustic performance to be on par with the gold standard in medical stethoscopes, the Littmann Cardiology III. Not bad for something the researchers estimate can be manufactured for as little as $3 each.

Source: 3D Printed Stethoscope Makes the Grade | Hackaday

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Holograms Could Yield Next Wave of Heads-Up Displays

A new holography approach could increase the size of eye boxes used in heads-up displays for planes and cars.Researchers from the University of Arizona have created functional prototype heads-up displays using holographic optical elements, achieving an eye box substantially larger than what is currently used.  Transparent heads-up displays are often used in airplanes and cars to provide information, including critical flight data or driving directions on the windshield. They are usually equipped with a small eye box, so displayed information partially or wholly disappears if users shift their gaze too much.“A heads-up display using our new technology installed in a car would allow a driver to see the displayed information even if he or she moved around or was shorter or taller than average,” research team leader Pierre-Alexandre Blanche of the University of Arizona, said in a statement.The new approach could be used to increase the size of a displayed area.“Increasing the size of either the eye box or the displayed image in a traditional heads-up display requires increasing the size of the projection optics, relay lenses and all the associated optics, which takes up too much space in the dashboard,” first author Colton Bigler, a doctoral student in Blanche’s laboratory, said in a statement. “Instead of relying on conventional optics, we use holography to create a thin optical element that can be ultimately applied onto a windshield directly.”

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Woman Suffers Liver Damage From Dyeing Her Hair Every Month for 10 Years

A middle-aged woman from Harbin, China, was recently diagnosed with chemical cirrhosis that seemed to have been caused by her long-time habit of dyeing her hair every month.Referred to only as Mrs. Chen by Chinese media, the 50-something woman allegedly started spotting white hairs on her scalp when she was in her 30s. There were only a few of them back then, so she could easily pluck them out, but after she turned 40-year-old, the white strands really started to show, particularly around her temples. Like many other women do around that age, Chen started dyeing her hair to conceal the sign of ageing. However, she claims that her white hair grew really fast, so in order o keep it from showing, she had her hair dyed at a salon every month for the last decade. She recently learned that her habit has taken a heavy toll on her liver.

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White Canadians Apologize for Having ‘Unfairly Benefited’ from Skin Color

School administrators in British Columbia are trying to fight racism by posting a series of white-shaming posters on school walls, in an effort to educate students on the evils of “white privilege.”The posters, based on a similar billboard campaign mounted last summer in Saskatoon, bear messages encouraging students to “confront racism” and to not “be blind to the invisible system I am a part of.”Caucasian people, the campaign suggests, even if not racists themselves, still benefit from “white privilege,” and thus apparently need to atone for the inherent injustice of race.“I have unfairly benefited from the colour of my skin,” declares Superintendent of Schools Teresa Downs in one poster. “White privilege is not acceptable.”Rather than play down the importance of race in favor of common humanity, Ms. Downs and her comrades-in-arms believe it is critical for students and citizens to become not less but more race-conscious. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of “a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” is apparently not shared by the good folks of School District 74.Not by the academic authorities, anyway.

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