What Seinfeld can teach us about science

From micro pigs to the doping dangers of a poppy seed bagel, life may be imitating the US sitcom When Jerry Seinfeld UK 1981 HBO debut, he said of weather forecasts: And then my favourite part, the satellite photo. This is really helpful. A photograph of the Earth from 10,000 miles away. Can you tell if you should take a sweater or not from that shot? His eponymous 90s sitcom is also packed with nuanced references to science, with the storylines of some of the most famous episodes centred on it: George Costanza pretends to be a scientist in The Marine Biologist, while in The Abstinence he becomes a boffin after swearing off sex. In The Non-Fat Yogurt, Kramer has …

Notes from a Hollywood divorce: ‘We had a primal connection. But we hung by a thread for years’

I wrote a part for my husband in my first movie. By the time filming was over, so was our marriage In every city Ive lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michaels Freedom! 90. I am not the only grown woman entwined with their family, as I am not the only British person entwined with George Michael. When, in 2010, he drove his car through the wall of the Hampstead Snappy Snaps, the resulting hole was quickly daubed with the legend WHAM, by a local who meant it in a loving way. Walking to the underground, I saw it (as well as the aftermath and …

The 140-tonne, fire-breathing crane: inside Glastonbury’s hottest attraction

Powered by chip fat, this enormous crane rescued from Bristol docks is about to become the festivals dance hotspot. We have no idea if it will work, say the duo behind it The idea, says Pip Rush, is to take over the sky. Were standing on a 140-tonne crane, 30 metres above the Glastonbury festival site. Rush and his collaborator Bert Cole are sanguine as they take in the view, but Im clutching the railings, summer breeze blowing through the jasmine of my freaking mind. From its birth in 1975 until it was rendered obsolete by bigger kit, this crane lifted loads at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol. Rush and Cole bought it for an undisclosed sum, chopped it into two …

‘Straight pride’ group removes Brad Pitt as mascot after backlash

The campaign, which has ties to far-right US groups and advocates for oppressed majority of heterosexuals, took down images of the actor A small group of men with ties to far-right groups who have applied for a license to hold a Straight Pride March in the US have taken down a photograph of Brad Pitt from their website after the actor complained. Three men, who call their campaign Super Happy Fun America, had adopted the actor as an unofficial mascot for the movement, which advocates on behalf of the straight community and describes straight people as an oppressed majority. The move follows a complaint by Pitts representatives, who confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that they had officially requested …

11 people killed in Virginia Beach mass shooting, several others injured. ‘Thoughts and prayers’ are not enough.

BREAKING: A shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal center has resulted in “multiple injuries,” police say, adding that a suspect is in custody. https://t.co/7jwIX0PVHe — The Associated Press (@AP) May 31, 2019 A mass-shooting in Virginia Beach has left 11 people dead and many other injured.  According to the Washington Post, a longtime municipal employee opened fire in a public works building before being killed by police who exchanged gunfire with the assailant. One officer is among the wounded. Police Chief Kames A. Cervera said that his life was saved by his protective vest as he was hit by the gunman who “fired indiscriminately” throughout the building. “This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach.” said …

Siege review: Michael Wolff’s Trump tale is Fire and Fury II fire harder

The follow-up to the first tell-all is a wild ride, stretching credulity and heavily indebted to Steve Bannon. But so is the president Michael Wolff is back and Fire and Fury ended. Once again, it leaves the president bruised and readers shaking their heads. Jared Kushner, Mike Pence, Don McGahn. None escape unscathed. As Wolff describes it, Donald Trump calls Kushner a girl. As for his vice-president, hes a religious nut. Why does he look at me like that? Trump asks about Pences beatific gaze. As for Pences wife, Karen? She really gives me the creeps. Steve Bannon supplies a running commentary for which Wolff calls him his Virgil. Like Dantes Inferno, Siege ends on hells bottom rung. Wolffs tale …

Meet the 10-year-old drag kid shaping the future of drag youth

It’s about to be Pride season, the time of year when brands cash in on “diversity” and emblazon a bunch of crap with the rainbow flag. Every once in a while, however, a brand does something that actually moves the LGBTQ community forward. Take the latest ad from Gillette, which was posted on Thursday and which features a young trans teen from Canada by the name of Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, shaving for the first time. Try to watch this without tearing up. SEE ALSO: Women and girls will feel so seen by new guidelines for their mental health The ad is effective not only because of its writing, which ignores clichés, but because the producers actually cast a trans person …

Best graduation gifts for him: 50+ gift ideas

Every year, graduation season means a fresh new batch of grads are about to enter full-on adulthood. If you know a guy who is gearing up to walk across the stage in a cap and gown to receive his diploma, but you’re not sure what to get him for his special day, keep reading. College graduation is a great time for gift giving because there are so many different categories of things graduates would be happy to receive. You can go the practical route and gift smart home devices or kitchen appliances. Or you can opt for a more fun gift like gadgets or games. You could even venture into the subscription service world for a gift that keeps giving …

Social media causes youth depression, survey says

Community care involves care performed for whole groups of peopleImage: bob al-greene / mashable If you’ve spent any time on planet Earth in the past five years, chances are that someone has recommended that you “Take some time for self-care.” Maybe a friend has encouraged you to enjoy a “Treat yo’ self” kind of day. Maybe they’ve told you to make yourself a bubble bath or get a gel manicure or download a self-care app that can teach you how to breathe better. At the heart of all this advice is the same operational principle: If you want to feel better, you need to do the labor yourself, for yourself. That’s why some experts, like Nakita Valerio, a Toronto-based community …

The trouble with the tapback: No one agrees what they actually mean

They are instruments of chaos.Image: Vicky Leta / Mashable In September 2016, Apple released iOS 10. With it came the iMessage Tapback, the convenient and highly ambiguous reaction feature that — nearly three years later — no one quite knows how to use. Tapbacks were created, one assumes, to make texting more convenient. It’s true that they’re nearly effortless to employ: Simply press on a message until you’re presented with the Tapback options — a heart, a thumbs up, a thumbs down, a HAHA, a double exclamation point, and a question mark — and pick the one you want. Easy, right? You didn’t even have to type anything! Here’s the trouble, though. There’s no practical consensus on what, exactly, Tapbacks are supposed …

Best graduation gifts for her: 50 gift ideas for college grads

Springtime means bright blooms, longer days, and a new class that’s getting ready to graduate. For you that means watching a woman you’re proud of accept her diploma, which also means you need to find the perfect gift for her. Depending on her interests, your grad might have useful items on her wishlist like kitchen appliances or a new laptop, or she might want something a little more fun like a vlogging camera or some cool gadgets. Regardless, you want to make her feel special for earning her degree and this gift guide is sure to include something she’ll love. There are plenty of ways to say “congratulations,” whether that’s through a heartfelt piece of jewelry or the latest tech …

Naomi Wolf: Were in a fight for our lives and for democracy

The author discusses her fears for free speech, older women, and her latest book, Outrages, a study of the persecution of gay men by the legal system in Victorian Britain When Naomi Wolf tells me that shes finished with writing about herself something she says more than once in the hour we spend together its hard to know what to think. Such news is likely to be treated with a certain amount of scepticism in some quarters. Readers will recall her last book, protests mounted by parents in Birmingham against No Outsiders, a programme that aims to show primary school children diverse families, including those with same-sex parents. Only when you push her does she agree that the effects of …

Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey to collaborate on new mental health series

You'll never be this royal, but we can all pretend through photosImage: Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images It’s the one year anniversary of the royal event that finally brought America and the UK together. Our metaphorical King and Queen, Harry and Meghan are taking the occasion to remind you that they’re goddamn adorable and their wedding was perfect. A video on the official Sussex Royal Instagram account compiled a number of beautiful behind-the-scenes black and white photos of the day. One includes his Royal Highness Duke of Sussex apparently hailing a taxi in full military garb like a commoner. Aren’t they relatable?! In fact, they are not. They are literal royalty. But also, that’s why we love their best …

Why race science is on the rise again

After the second world war, the belief that differences between so-called races are genetic became taboo. Now, with the far right resurgent, its back In 1985, historian Barry Mehler had a dream. His research was taking him deep into the murky territory of academias extreme right wing. As he worked, he found his waking life beginning to soak into his subconscious, colouring his sleep. In his dream, his son, then two years old, was trapped in a runaway car hurtling down a hill. The traffic is going in both directions, and I am in the middle of the road desperately waving my hands trying to stop the flow, in order to save the life of my son, he tells me. …

The therapy dogs that helped the Parkland survivors got their own yearbook page, and yes, we’re crying.

After the devastating Marjorie Stoneman High School shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, a number students and faculty experienced debilitating symptoms that often accompany a traumatic event. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can take many forms, affecting both the body and mind years after the inciting incident. There are several forms of therapy that have been proven helpful for those living with it, but one that brought a great deal of comfort to the Parkland students involved 14 adorable, four-legged friends. These therapy dogs have been a staple at Marjorie Stoneman High School ever since the shooting, acting as non-intrusive, comforting, mobile support systems that students can turn to whenever they need. The students have dealt with …

How much water do you really need?

Have you ever had that devastating experience where someone asks you what you’ve been up to, then the light rapidly leaves your eyes because you realize you’ve only been working?  If you can swing it, consider taking up a hobby. Learning an entirely new skill can be daunting. Luckily, we have the internet, which is probably the place you’re spending all your free time (assuming you have it) anyway — and which allows you to learn the basics of pretty much anything for free. Here are a few ideas. 1. Embroidery View this post on Instagram A post shared by Embroidery Instaguild (@embroidery_instaguild) on Sep 12, 2018 at 3:03pm PDT If you’re a fan of embroidery Instagram, why not take …