Kids from Economically Weak Backgrounds May Hit Puberty Early. Here’s Why

Puberty refers to a time and age in life when a girl or boy becomes sexually mature and they may also undergo other physical and hormonal changes. The first sign of puberty in girls is usually breast development and in young boys is when their voice deepens and facial hair appears. In general, the process usually occurs between the age of 10 to 14 in girls and 12 to 16 in boys but a new study has discovered that kids who belong to weak economic backgrounds may experience puberty much…

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Why you should not be copying Kareena Kapoor Khan’s motherhood lifestyle blindly

There’s just no stopping Kareena Kapoor Khan — not even pregnancy and subsequently, motherhood. While most women chose to avoid the public eye when sporting a baby bump, Kareena Kapoor Khan was more socially active than ever, from walking the ramp to doing magazine shoots. And just three days after her delivery, Kareena had a party at her home. Unlike her fellow female actresses (Kajol, Ashwarya Rai Bachchan and Rani Mukerji, who took a break from films), Bebo, who delivered in December, was to start shooting next month for Veere…

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Why These ‘Revolutionary’ ’80s Gadgets Totally Failed

Besides bad hair, pleated jeans, and 21 Jump Street, the ‘80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple, and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with NFSNet and the rise of the teen hacker. But anyone who has ever funded a Kickstarter knows that with extraordinary growth in the technology sector comes extraordinary failure. Some devices were doomed to fail—either the prototypes were…

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Why You’ll See Planned Parenthood Pins at New York Fashion Week

Last September, two days before New York Fashion Week began, supporters of Hillary Clinton paid $100 to $25,000 to attend a fashion show co-hosted by Anna Wintour that featured fancy T-shirts designed by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg. This week, however, post-Trump victory and a will-designers-dress-Melania brouhaha, fashion’s political-statement making is taking a more visible, and vocal, turn. As part of an effort to raise awareness for Planned Parenthood, an organization whose funding is under threat from a Republican-controlled Congress, the Council of Fashion…

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Trump’s ‘alternative facts’: Why the row about inauguration ‘lies’?

He has only been president for a few days – but already Donald Trump and his team are locked in a new dispute with US news organisations. The row over the coverage of his inauguration has provided the first indication of what Mr Trump’s relationship with the media will be like. And it has amazed even some of the most seasoned political commentators. What is the argument about? Photos showed more people had attended the swearing-in ceremony of Barack Obama in 2009 than Mr Trump’s inauguration on Friday. The number…

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Here’s Why Food Is So Insanely Expensive at College

If you’re wondering why college costs so much these days, take a look at the main dining hall at Wellesley College. The $65 million Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center features floor-to-ceiling windows through which students can admire Lake Waban while enjoying made-to-order omelets for breakfast, Niman Ranch ham sandwiches for lunch, dinner entrees featuring local seafood, and, for dessert, all-you-can eat ice cream. Wellesley, in Wellesley, Mass., requires all undergraduates to buy a contract for the dining hall. The cost: $7,442 per year, or almost $12 per meal. That’s almost…

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Why Any Modular Gadget Should Be Taken With a Pinch of Salt

The common complaint heard these days with gadgets – and smartphones in particular – is that there’s a lack of any true innovation. Phones today look more similar than ever before, monoliths carved out of glass and aluminium. Because of tightly-packed hardware that allows them to be thinner and lighter, many phones have lost even basic features, such as a replaceable battery, and even the 3.5mm headphone jack in recent times. What if, like the good old desktop computer, other gadgets too were made up of easily pluggable components, that…

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Why Rihanna & Lady Gaga Are Turning to Unknown Fashion Students for Fresh Looks

It was February 2014, and Melitta Baumeister, then a 28-year-old, freshly graduated Parsons School of Design MFA alum, was about to make her New York Fashion Week debut. Among those sitting in the audience was Mel Ottenberg, the Los Angeles-based stylist to Rihanna and fashion director of 032c magazine, who would request to borrow an oversized pleather jacket from the collection the next day. Baumeister needed no persuading. Two weeks later, Rihanna would arrive at the Commes des Garcons show during Paris Fashion Week draped in a giant fur stole and…

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Why higher levels of education don’t necessarily mean higher levels of tolerance

It’s often said that a person’s tolerance rises with their education level. So on this basis, the higher a person’s educational attainment is, the more likely they are to accept racial or ethnic minorities. Studies often show that young people are also more welcoming in their attitudes to outsiders. This is thought to be largely because they have higher levels of education than older age groups. So, you would expect that society as a whole becomes ever more tolerant and enlightened as new, better educated generations steadily replace older, less…

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Why Fashion and Politics Don’t Mix

Remember back in November when bemused Clinton backers wept in their ateliers and Parisian designer Sophie Theallet rallied designers to join her in boycotting the new FLOTUS? Well now fashion, the entity, is having a change of heart. Nicole Miller is the latest American designer to support the idea of dressing the next First Lady, Melania Trump. The designer told the Observer she’d be honored to dress her, “Melania used to come to my atelier for castings and I remember her always having a good attitude. She looks great in…

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