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Study Finds That Owning A Dog Makes You Act 10 Years Younger

I Love My Dog
Amelia is terrified of losing her dog, Lucca. Read More »
Your Dog Loves You
13 Signs Your Dog Really Loves You (As Demonstrated By My Dog Lucca)
13 signs your dog really loves you, as demonstrated by my dog, Lucca. Read More »
Dealbreaker: Dog Kicker
Dealbreaker: He Kicked My Dog
He kicked her dog. Read More »
Study Finds That Owning A Dog Makes You Act 10 Years Younger

In case we didn’t have enough reasons already to love the dogs in our lives [Hi Lucca! -- Amelia], science has found that dog owners’ physical activity is the equivalent to someone roughly 10 years younger. A study published in the journal Preventative Medicine took a look at the lives of 547 elderly people (their average age was 79) living within 60 miles of each other. The participants who had dogs experienced notably lower levels of anxiety and depression, and it was also found that dog owners’ pups had a tendency to encourage them to include physical activity in their day that they otherwise would have skipped. The daily exercise prompted by the doggies can lead to a whole slew of secondary health boosts like a stronger immune system and healthier bones and muscles.

The dogs assisted their elderly humans in overcoming obstacles like bad weather, worries over personal safety, and lack of social support that can keep people cooped up and sedentary. Dog-walking in around the neighborhood was also thought to help study participants stay more socially active by offering them a means of meeting others in their community. Keep reading »

Did Size Discrimination Get This Woman Kicked Off Instagram? (Hint: Probably)

Samm Newman, a 19-year-old college student, was shocked when she found out her Instagram account had been removed for “violating community guidelines.” A photo she posted of herself in her bra and underwear (which adheres to Instagram’s rules against nudity) was flagged by users as inappropriate. Newman told NBC4i, “I’ve seen [lingerie] pictures like that all over Instagram.” Newman is a size 24 and suspects that size discrimination is the reason action was taken against her account while many thinner women continue to post as many bra selfies as they want. It would hardly be the first time Instagram has booted a plus-size lady’s account for simply posting images of her body. Keep reading »

Study: Women In STEM Careers Are Facing Sexual Harassment During Fieldwork

Sexist Science Hate Mail
Emily Graslie of The Brain Scoop reads her sexist hate mail. Read More »
Soapbox: Girls & STEM
girls in science
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We Love Neil!
Neil deGrasse Tyson On Race
Neil DeGrasse Tyson on race, gender, genetics and science. Read More »
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As tough as it can sometimes be to foster young women’s interest in the science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) fields, an even greater struggle awaits once they begin a career there. According to a new paper published in the journal PLOS ONE called “Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault,” women in the STEM fields are likely to face sexual harassment by their superiors while doing fieldwork, especially in the most formative years of their careers. Keep reading »

This Space-Inspired John Lennon Cover Is Totally Dreamy

To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20th, German singer Louise Gold put together a space-inspired cover of John Lennon’s “Oh My Love.” She used the sounds of Neil Armstrong’s heartbeat while walking on the moon’s surface for the rhythm and the elliptical orbit of Venus for the orchestration. I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting from a song about the cosmos, but the only way I can think to describe the end result is warm and calming. I kind of love it.

Elaine Stritch, Star Of The Broadway Stage And “30 Rock,” Has Died

Elaine Stritch, Star Of The Broadway Stage And "30 Rock," Has Died

Actress Elaine Stritch passed away today at age 89. An outspoken Broadway star, Tony Award nominee, style icon, and Jack Donaghy’s mom on “30 Rock,” Elaine was a woman who was never afraid to say what she felt. One of her most legendary roles was as an aging society woman in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company,” in which she brought the house down with her performance of the darkly humorous song “The Ladies Who Lunch.” For years, Elaine glamorously lived at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan. She was a fixture of New York City, and in 2003, the New York Landmarks Conservancy declared her a Living Landmark. She died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. [New York Times, People]

This App Analyzes Your Dreams To Tell You More About Yourself

This App Analyzes Your Dreams To Tell You More About Yourself

You know that moment when you’re telling your friend about the dream you had last night and her eyes start to glaze over? There’s an app for that. Enter DreamSphere, an app that wants to hear your navel-gazing about how last night you dreamed your best friend morphed into a purple octopus. DreamSphere prompts you to record the symbols in your dreams when you wake up, explains what they mean, and shows you on a map where others are dreaming about the same thing. It also studies patterns in your dreams over time to analyze parts of your waking personality, like how assertive, anxious or confident you are. Not surprisingly, I’m kind of obsessed with it. Keep reading »

Not This Crap Again: Radio Douchebags Went On A Misogynistic Rant Against Reporter Erin Andrews

Misogynists On The Radio
Ugh, Shut Up Bro

Fox sportscaster Erin Andrews has taken a lot of bullshit and slandering for being a (conventionally attractive) woman in her field, so I’m pretty nauseated to see yet another jab at her by some radio bros who felt it was necessary to call her a “gutless bitch.”

Kirk Minihane, a cohost of “The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show,” wasn’t pleased with Andrews’ recent dugout interview with baseball player Adam Wainwright. She mentioned that social media controversy had developed over whether Wainright threw easy pitches to Derek Jeter at Tuesday night’s All Star game, so he clarified to her that he didn’t.

Her response to him was, “Don’t you love social media?”

“No, I don’t,” Wainwright said. Keep reading »

Rapper Andre Johnson Cut Off His Own Penis Because “Sex Is For Mortals And I Am A God”

  • Finally, we have answers about why rapper Andre Johnson cut off his own penis and proceeded to jump off a second-story building back in April. He told E! News, “Yes, I was using drugs that night, but I was in complete control. I cut it off because that was the root of all my problems. My solution to the problem was the realization was that sex is for mortals and I am a god. … Those kinds of activities got me into trouble, and I came here to be a god.” His junk was successfully reattached, in case you’re wondering. [The Grio]
  • Eva Mendes kept her pregnancy hidden by basically becoming a prisoner in her own home. [RYAN TOO. -- Amelia] [People] Keep reading »

Rose McGowan On Being Told She Was Intimidating Hollywood’s Men In Charge

“I had an agent that told me not to speak in meetings because I was too intelligent and it was stressing to the men. It was a woman that told me that. I didn’t say anything, then I went to my car and kind of cried and then I was, like, ‘Fuck you’… [I]t’s been amazing changing gears and doing things that honor my brain….I spent the better part of 15 years not being myself, and I’m just kind of over that.”

“Charmed” actress Rose McGowan told “HuffPost Live” that two years ago, she was scolded by an agent for speaking well in meetings. She says that only lately has she gotten comfortable acting like her true self and speaking her mind instead of blending into what she thought others wanted her to be in the male-dominated film business. Her full interview is pretty kickass, and full of clever observations about the overt sexism she’s seen over the years in Hollywood. [Huffington Post]

Meet Kacy Catanzaro, The First Woman To Qualify For The “American Ninja Warrior” Finals

Kacy Catanzaro The Ninja
AMAZED

Meet Kacy Catanzaro, who is not only a real-life ninja, but the first woman to qualify for the national finals round of ”American Ninja Warrior,” a series that challenges athletes/ninjas to attempt the toughest obstacle courses in the world. After killing it in the regional finals in Dallas (above), she’s headed to Las Vegas for the show’s national challenge, where she’ll take on a four-stage obstacle course modeled after Mt. Midoriyama in Japan.

At only five-feet tall, Catanzaro, who is nicknamed “Mighty Kacy,” tops her small size with sheer strength (as a fellow short girl I’m totally swooning). Beyond qualifying for finals, she’s also the first female competitor to scale the “Warped Wall” obstacle on the series. The wall requires athletes to scale a 17-foot-high curved wall — a pretty epic challenge for someone less than a third as tall! Keep reading »

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