Two Decades Of Data On GM Corn In Iberia Shows The Environmental And Economic Benefits

A new study has revealed the environmental and economic benefits of using insect-resistant genetically modified (GM) corn in Spain and Portugal, the two largest countries in the Iberian Peninsula. Author Graham Brookes used 21 years’ worth of data to assess the impact of this GM food. The findings are now published in the journal GM Crops & Food. The GM crop is resistant to two particular bugs, the European corn borer and the Mediterranean stem borer, two moths whose larvae feed on the whorl and stem of the corn respectively. The Mediterranean stem borer is one of the most damaging pests for corn, which is why some farmers have begun to use corn that is resistant to these insects.  In 2018, 121,000 …

Trans Rights Activist Empowers India’s LGBTQ Community

KOLKATA, West Bengal — Sintu Bagui was 14 when she dropped out of school and started working in a plywood factory. For $1 a day, she hauled heavy sheets of wooden board and did assorted cleaning jobs in brutal 12-hour shifts. Her hands were bruised and blistered at the end of each day, but it was better than the government school she was supposed to attend. “Every time I walked into school, I died a little,” Bagui, who identifies as a trans woman, recalls. “I did not want to use the boys’ washroom, I did not want to wear a boy’s uniform, and I was tired of hearing boys and teachers bullying me to be less like a girl.”  Bagui’s …

An Increase In UV Light May Have Contributed To The Extinction Of The Neanderthals, Study Suggests

Homo neanderthalensis is an extinct species of archaic humans that lived in Eurasia until roughly 40,000 years ago. The cause of their extinction is an ongoing matter of debate. Now a new study has suggested that the weakening of Earth’s magnetic field may have been what pushed them over the edge. The magnetic field of our planet protects us directly from the solar wind, high-energy particles that flow outward from the Sun, and indirectly from the Sun’s ultraviolet light (UV). The ozone layer, our shield against the UV, is susceptible to high-energy particles (among other things) so a period of lower magnetic field strength could lead to a thinning of the ozone layer, allowing more UV to reach the surface. As …

Is Justin Bieber And Hailey Baldwin’s Wedding Ever Happening? Betches

What keeps you up at night? Insomnia? Stress dreams? The unquenchable desire to know when Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber will eventually have their (public) wedding? If you answered the latter, you’re in the right place. After months of speculation, it looks like we’re finally getting some details on when these two crazy kids will be tying the knot. Buckle up, there’s a lot of hearsay from here on out. To recap, Bieber and Baldwin were married in a low-key courthouse ceremony last September but it was not officially confirmed until November via this Instagram post by none other than Justin himself. Naturally, rumors of a bigger, star-studded ceremony started swirling immediately. It was leaked that save the dates were …

Why Instagram Is Coming For Miley Cyrus Over…A Cake? Betches

In between all the over-filtered beach thirst traps, there’s a lot of genuinely good content on Instagram. There are tons of designers and artists creating cool original work, from photoshopped pictures of Harry Potter characters to important political artwork. As much as I love Bachelor contestants who call themselves “creators,” I prefer actual creative talent, especially when people use their creative talent to spread an important message. One of these creators is Becca Rea-Holloway, who runs the Instagram account The Sweet Feminist. Becca specializes in cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats, all branded with feminist messages. It’s a perfect way to bring together fun and colorful designs with important political messages. A few weeks ago, after Alabama passed its law effectively banning …

Trumps Obamacare Replacement Push Has Been Totally Abandoned

Back in March, President Donald Trump tasked a trio of Republican senators with crafting a beautiful new bill that would, once and for all, replace Obamacare with something else. At the time, those lawmakersSens. Rick Scott (R-FL), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA)didnt exactly embrace the effort with open arms. But they didnt dismiss it out of hand either, declaring theyd work with the White House on a number of health-care initiatives. Three months later, its clear that replacing the Affordable Care Act could not be further from GOP senators list of top priorities. In brief interviews with The Daily Beast on Wednesday, the senators that Trump publicly tasked with finally nuking Obamacare were glad to talk about anything …

11 Things People Dont Realize You Are Doing Because Of Your Anxiety

Lauren Jarvis-Gibson Updated June 7, 2019 By Jenny Woods 1. Decline invites even when you really want to go. Sometimes, anxiety can be so debilitating, that you can’t muster enough energy to go out. No matter how excited you were for the event beforehand, when the day actually comes and your anxiety is in full force, you say no. You don’t want to be a burden to anyone if you were to go, so the best choice for you is to not attend. 2. Obsess over things people normally would never think about twice. You obsess over in your head. Most likely, the things you obsess about would never cross someone’s mind who doesn’t have anxiety. Maybe you obsess over a …

Best films of 2019 so far

Charlize Theron flips into funny with Seth Rogen, Mel Gibson picks Vince Vaughn as his accomplice and Avengers reach their Endgame the finest movies yet this year released in the UK The Favourite A New Years Day release date in the UK for Yorgos Lanthimoss period romp kicked the year off in fine style; Olivia Colmans Oscar win two months later was the crowning glory. What we said: A reminder that the idea of royalty as polite and picturesquely sentimental is something that came in with Queen Victoria: The Favourite is more punk than that. Its a rousingly nasty, bleary, hungover punchup. Read the full review An Impossible Love A daughters life is shaped by her fathers arrogance and her …

The Shirk Report Volume 529

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 20 IMAGES – Friday! – Thought I was watching a Marvel movie for a sec – This guy stuck in traffic – Choose wisely | Also, new Apple mug! – That’s why he’s the manager – And he’s the foreman.. – This was almost cool – Savage – A+ for creativity – Meanwhile, Dad – If I fits, I sits – Smashing – Cooler than I thought – Now let’s …

Connecticut cops face new deadline as they try to crack case of missing mom Jennifer Dulos

Fotis Dulos is arraigned on charges of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and first-degree hindering prosecution at Norwalk Superior Court in Norwalk, Conn. Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP) As the search continues – at times with cadaver dogs and K-9 units – Fotis Dulos has been behind bars at a correctional facility in Bridgeport, unable to post his $500,000 bond. He was charged last Saturday with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. DETECTIVES SPEAK WITH GIRLFRIEND OF MISSING CONNECTICUT MOTHER’S ESTRANGED HUSBAND: AUTHORITIES Since then, Fotis Dulos has been dumped by his divorce attorney, his live-in girlfriend posted bail, is out of lockup and spent three hours on Thursday talking with detectives at her lawyer Andrew Bowman’s Westport office. While …

Liam Payne Sounds Off On How ‘Toxic’ One Direction Fame Drove Him To Alcohol Abuse! – Perez Hilton

The former One Direction member got candid about the downside of being in the popular group in a new interview with Men’s Health Australia, revealing the demands of 1D triggered his years-long alcohol abuse problem. “When you’re doing hundreds and hundreds of [concerts] and it’s the same 22 songs at the same time every single day, even if you’re not happy, you’ve got to go out there.” The Strip that Down singer confessed he frequently had to get “pissed” to cope with the band’s grueling touring schedule, continuing: While the 25-year-old mostly looks back on those memories fondly, he admitted certain aspects of his 1D obligations were a bit “toxic,” adding: Thankfully, things have slowed down for Liam since the …

He’s One Of The Last Anti-Abortion Democrats In Congress. His Time May Be Up.

“It’s a true neighborhood,” Bury, the Democratic mayor of this Chicago suburb, beamed as she sipped her iced white wine at the veterans’ watering hole, greeting every person who came in. “It’s a small town with the amenities of a big city. We have a Level 1 trauma center. It’s great if you have a problem. For example, I’ve got a disabled brother, and he swallowed part of his dental partial. It had to be surgically removed. It was really nice having that just a mile away.” About 57,000 people live in this mostly Catholic, blue-collar community. The economy is “very much at the mercy” of the railroad, as Bury put it, which runs right through town and carries people …

8 benefits and policies that are making your company seem outdated

Georgene Huang & Liv McConnell Image via Getty Images / Aleutie Considering at least 40% of middle- and large-sized U.S. companies still offer zero paid maternity leave to employees, we’re not saying this benefit isn’t worth having. But as Sarah Morgan, a Senior HR Director of SafeStreets USA, said, to stop at a paid maternity leave benefit is to fail to acknowledge our expanding understanding of families and the ways those families need to be supported. “The definition of family is changing, and people are living longer,” Morgan said. “Employees need more than just time away from work when they have a baby or someone dies. They also need time for school-aged children, aging parents, deployed spouses and even pets…when …

Julin Castro Is First 2020 Presidential Candidate To Visit Flint

2020 presidential candidate this weekend to visit according to Michigan Advance The candidate also visited the First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, which has worked to get residents clean drinking water since 2014. Actor and rapper Jaden Smith , called the “Water Box,” that can filter 10 gallons of water in one minute. Residents said they’re glad someone is listening to their concerns, but that they want to see concrete plans of action, according to BuzzFeed reporter Nidhi Prakash. Castro did not offer any concrete plans for the water crisis at the town hall. poisoning Flint childrenresulting in a dozen deaths connected to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality found two years ago that the lead …

fake news, racism, pew

Americans are more worried about fake news than racism, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. The poll found that exactly half of American adults rank fake news as a very big problem in the country today. Only 2 in 5 felt the same way about racism, rather stunning considering the meteoric rise of race-motivated hate crimes in recent years, particularly since President Donald Trumps election. Though its no secret that the planet is already experiencing extreme weather and serious weather-related catastrophes, not quite half believe that climate change is a big problem. Their opinion on this will probably evolve around the same time that humans start growing gills a la Waterworld. The poll delved deeply into peoples feelings …

Heres Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2019

Today, at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Jose, California, executives whizzed through all of the software that's going to power your iDevices in the coming year. Some highlights: iOS is going dark, the iPad is becoming a viable laptop replacement, and the Apple Watch is growing into the only health-tracking device you'll need. There's even a new and improved Siri that can read your messages out loud like an executive assistant. If you missed the big show, you can watch it here, or read on for all the news you need to know. iOS 13 Apple Surprise: There’s a new version of iOS, and it's packed with fun little features. Apple rejiggered some of its core apps, like …