Grilled Cheese Cooked On Shutters? After Irma, Floridians Got Creative With Food

The power outages that followed hurricanes Harvey and Irma are unfortunately a common reality with powerful storms, just as is the fact that the affected people need to eat. Hurricane diets can consist of a lot of processed, prepackaged food, but with a bit of imagination or preparation, hot meals are possible. After Hurricane Irma hit Florida, Tara Gatscher and her family returned to their house in Tampa Bay to find that while the house didn’t have any terrible damage, they didn’t have power. During their hurricane preparations they had…

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Who Got Left Behind When “Body Positivity” Went Mainstream?

My first introduction to body positivity was online through a LiveJournal community called “Fatshionista.” There, we talked about fashion DIY, shared pictures of our favorite outfits, and gave the scoop on the actually trendy pieces popping up in plus-size departments (because lord knows they were hard to find). Beyond that, I was also introduced to radical body politics and intersectional feminism, and found solidarity with other fashion-minded people who existed beyond the “straight-size” world. As a college student who grew up in image-conscious Los Angeles, this was completely revolutionary for…

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This stingray just got caught chewing its food like a human

Researchers have discovered that a species of stingray from the Amazon River chews its food before swallowing – just like mammals do. This is the first time that researchers have witnessed a non-mammal actually chewing its food before swallowing it, which makes the ocellate river stingray (Potamotrygon motoro) pretty damn special. “Complex prey-processing behaviours have been thought to be lacking in fishes and other vertebrates, despite the fact that many of these animals feed on tough prey, like insects or even grasses,” reports the team. After learning that the ocellate river stingray…

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