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Recycling is ineffective, inefficient, expensive, and legitimizes single-use items

The Walrus:

Of the three Rs drilled into our heads in school—reduce, reuse, recycle—recycling is the only one that most of us regularly practise. In 2011, according to a survey by Stewardship Ontario, three-quarters of Ontarians considered the weekly act of sorting and disposing as their “primary environmental effort.”

But as much as Canadians love the blue box, “its role in [our] hearts and minds…is much larger than its actual environmental impact,” wrote Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s environmental commissioner, in a report last October. In fact, recycling is one of the least environmentally friendly “environmental” things one can do.

Low-carb diets could shorten life by four years


Low-carb diets, such as Atkins, have become increasingly popular for weight loss and have shown promise for lowering the risk of some illnesses. But a US study over 25 years indicates that moderate carb consumption – or switching meat for plant-based protein and fats – is healthier.

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Google changes location tracking policy

A few days after an Associated Press investigation about Google’s privacy practices was reported, Google has revised its deceptive description on its website to ‘clarify’ it still tracks user location even after they turn off location history setting.

This affects Android powered devices and iPhones loaded with Google software such as Chrome, Google Maps, etc.

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Watch: Moonlight (Clair de Lune)

From NASA via Youtube

August 17

1977: The Soviet nuclear-powered icebreaker Artika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.

1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton gives testimony to a grand jury about his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He was the first American president to be questioned by a criminal grand jury.

NYU makes tuition free for all medical students


New York University will offer a scholarship that covers tuition to every new, current and future medical student, it said Thursday.

All students enrolled in the MD degree program are eligible, regardless of their financial need or academic performance. The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, which this year amounts to $55,018.

The NYU School of Medicine is the first top 10-ranked medical school to make tuition free, the school said. There are currently 442 students enrolled, including the 102 new students entering this fall semester. They learned they would be receiving the scholarship at Thursday’s white coat ceremony, which marks the beginning of their careers in medicine.

Meanwhile: Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Online for Less Than $10,000

Watch: Between Sound & Silence: How Technology is Changing Deafness

From the NY Times via YouTube

Generic EpiPen has been approved for sale in the US

Since 2007, Mylan has raised EpiPen prices from under $100 to over $600. The new generic version approved by the FDA should drive down prices.

NY Times:

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first generic version of EpiPen, providing new competition that could help drive down the cost of a lifesaving product that had become a notorious symbol of high drug prices.

The generic copy is made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, and will rival Mylan, which had come under intense criticism for raising the price of its EpiPen sixfold since buying it in 2007. Mylan’s device has been plagued by periodic shortages, with consumers scrambling again in recent months to find a reliable supply.

More: Washington Post

The recruitment problem the US military doesn’t want to talk about

The US military is having trouble recruiting as too many Americans are overweight, can’t read well enough, or have criminal records. – The American Conservative

Essential Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul passed away this morning at the age of 76.

The following 10 songs are standout examples of her gifts, a starting point in exploring her unrivaled career.

Precious Lord (Take My Hand) [Part Two], 1956

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