7 things you can do with the new iPhone that you definitely hadn’t considered



On the eve of yet another iPhone upgrade, it’s time again to push the boundaries of imagination, to help uncover every possible feature this new device has to offer.

Sure, the iPhone 6S has double the RAM of the 6, a new “3D Touch” feature and an improved camera, but it’s real value will come from however consumers decide to use it

From the Cookie Monster reference when you ask Siri to divide by zero to the ability to customize your text vibrations, iPhones are a deep well of mystery. So here’s a list things the new iPhone can do that you definitely haven’t even considered Read more…

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Inspiring women beat poverty by translating for the sick in hospitals



When she was only six years old, Maria Vertkin had to become the voice of her Russian Jewish family. She was the one who spoke English the best

She remembers having to translate medical information for her parents — an enormous, potentially dangerous responsibility for someone so young. In hospitals and clinics, one word can be the difference between life and death. When that word is in a language the patient doesn’t speak, trained interpreters need to fill in the gap.

“If you’re a kid in an immigrant family, you are the de facto interpreter and translator,” Vertkin tells Mashable. “Because kids learn so much faster, and acculturate so much faster.” Read more…

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This delicious meal came from the trash



LOS ANGELES, California — Today’s chefs are digging through Hefty bags for your next appetizer.

The idea of stretching ingredients is hardly new, but many chefs are testing even more extreme limits in an effort to avoid food waste. It’s gourmet junk food — and could already be at the tip of your fork.

In an attempt to reduce astronomical waste in the industry, leaders are applying innovative techniques to turn vegetable scraps and what’s known as “seconds” — produce that isn’t deemed visually fit for the market — into stunning meals.

And we’re not talking a tiny amount of trash. Author of American Wasteland Jonathan Bloom says there’s about a half-pound of food waste created per meal served in restaurants. Nonprofit End Food Waste Now estimates the average restaurant produces 150,000 pounds of garbage per year. France recently recognized the issue, requiring all edible food from supermarkets to be donated to charities rather than sent to the landfill Read more…

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8 times Instagram policed women’s bodies



Note: The following article contains content that may be considered NSFW.

For women, Instagram can get a bit like an overprotective parent, begging you to cover up or be punished.

The past year has been especially harsh, with several women receiving Instagram time-outs for “inappropriate content.” These women have had their images — and bodies — policed by the social media platform and its usage guidelines. And they are not having it.

The platform’s nudity guidelines have sparked outrage over banned pictures and accounts, prompting activism across the social network and beyond. The latest example is Chrissy Teigen, who challenged Instagram to take down her post of a topless W Magazine shot. (It did.) Read more…

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9 LGBT influencers sound off on their biggest queer pet peeves



Pride Month is a time to celebrate the triumphs of the LGBT community, including the fact that same-sex marriage is finally legal in the U.S.

Celebrating progress is needed in any social movement — after all, what’s activism without appreciating the successes of your struggle? But celebration can’t overshadow the work that still needs to be done.

There are many frustrating, everyday misunderstandings or misconceptions around gender and sexuality that, for LGBT people, indicate the number of remaining barriers to true equality. Read more…

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My date with a dead bird: A snapshot of the ethical taxidermy resurgence



A European starling, dead and frozen at -35 degrees Celsius, is thawing on a plastic tray in front of me. It’s the same kind of bird that has woken me up on countless Saturday mornings with its high-pitched trill, a sound that earned it mentions in Shakespeare’s work. It’s all of eight inches long, beak-to-talon, and cool and oily to the touch. 

This bird died in the summer, when its beak turned yellow, and its soft, matted feathers are purplish-black and speckled brown, with splashes of iridescent green.

Next to the dead starling are the tools I will use to dissect it, then put it back together again in lifelike form: a dental pick, tweezers, a scalpel with individually wrapped disposable blades, a steel brush. There’s also a clay tool, which our instructor casually tells us to call a “brain scoop.” Read more…

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80 years since Alcoholics Anonymous began, glimpse inside a 1965 meeting



Image: Philippe Le Tellier/Paris Match via Getty Images

Image: Philippe Le Tellier/Paris Match via Getty Images

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded in the U.S. in 1935, just two years after the end of Prohibition and three decades before these photos were taken, in the spring of 1964. June 10 marks the fellowship’s 80th anniversary.

AA was founded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, both alcoholics. Their 1939 book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism became informally known as the Big Book. Many of the book’s principles are still used to treat addiction today. Read more…

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35 historical mug shots reveal astonishing criminal stories




James Whitewater killed two men. While in prison from 1872-1889, he embraced Christianity. In 1889, the Nebraska legislature passed an act allowing the governor to pardon two inmates who had “been in jail more than 10 years or whose conduct while incarcerated merited such mercy.” When released, Whitewater walked through the prison gates and “rolled in the grass from joy.”

Image: Nebraska State Historical Society

In the mid 1860s, police forces began to photograph the suspects they arrested. These photographs became known as “mug shots,” after the British slang word “mug,” meaning face.

Generally, officials took full face and profile photographs. If convicted, men had another set of images taken after their hair and beards were shaved off to limit the spread of lice. Women’s hair was not shaved. Read more…

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The hipster is dead, and you might not like who comes next



What do we call me? I’m a 26-year-old writer who lives in a gentrifying neighborhood in Brooklyn. I’m a straight white man with a single-speed bike and a mustache. I studied liberal arts in college, and I have ideas about stuff, you guys

Millennial? Hipster? Yuppie? All of these, or none? We don’t have a term that quite encapsulates this corner of the despicable millenn-intelligensia. And like any other privileged member of a so-called “creative class,” being called a hipster offends me for its inaccuracy. I demand to be snarked in precise terms

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How one company is turning ocean pollution into wearable fashion



There’s an alarming prediction: All species within the ocean’s ecosystems could collapse by the year 2048.

It’s a hypothesis made by Dr. Boris Worm and a team of other marine conversation biologists, who believed the effects of rapidly spreading pollution from humans will have an increasingly devastating impact on the environment.

But Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans, a forum that partners with brands to stop the destruction of nature by creating more environmentally sound practices, thinks it’s coming sooner than that.

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