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Fashion Brands’ Business Practices Undermining Progress on Ending Garment Worker Exploitation

Top fashion companies that are pledging to end worker exploitation in their global supply chains are hampering progress through their own irresponsible sourcing practices, concludes a new report on working conditions in the Southern Indian garment industry powerhouse. Short production windows, cost pressures and constant fluctuations in orders by brands and retail chains like Nike,...

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Nine Ways to Make Your Skin Shine in 2019

“All the stresses and excesses of the holidays can leave your skin in bad shape, which makes you feel low, too,” said Megan Rogge, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. “The challenge is that at the start of a new year, we all want to look great. The good news...

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A Hangover Pill? Tests on Drunk Mice Show Promise

“Civilization begins with distillation,” said William Faulkner, a writer and drinker. Although our thirst for alcohol dates back to the Stone Age, nobody has figured out a good way to deal with the ensuing hangover after getting drunk. As a chemical engineering professor and wine enthusiast, I felt I needed to find a solution. As...

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Many Airbnb Venues Lack Basic Safety Protections, New Study Suggests

Many Airbnb venues in the United States fail to provide the critical carbon monoxide and fire safety protections that are legally required of hotels and motels, suggests new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The analysis, published May 7 in the journal Injury Prevention, revealed that while the majority of rental properties–80...

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Re-Criminalizing Cannabis Is Worse Than 1930s ‘Reefer Madness’

In the 1930s, parents across the U.S. were panicked. A new documentary, “Reefer Madness,” suggested that evil marijuana dealers lurked in public schools, waiting to entice their children into a life of crime and degeneracy. The documentary captured the essence of the anti-marijuana campaign started by Harry Anslinger, a government employee eager to make a...

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Need to Know: Meltdown and Spectre

Software developers are working to release fixes and updates to protect computers and mobile devices from two security flaws discovered by a team of researchers from Google Project Zero working with academia and cybersecurity firms. The flaws, known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre” affect computing devices with chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., and...