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You’ve Been Swimming in a Massive Chemical Weapons Dump

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The Pacific Ocean is known for its surfable waves, beautiful beaches and vibrant marine life, but what if I told you that the next time you take a dip in its waters you are actually swimming in a massive chemical weapons dump? Yes, weapons developed for chemical warfare have been deliberately dumped into and rotting…
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The Epidemic of Honor Killings

Although her family did not approve of the marriage, a 25 year old woman in Pakistan defied her parent’s wishes and married the man she loved. But instead of accepting their daughter’s decision, the family thought her act of rebellion had brought shame upon them. In response, the family stoned her to death to punish…
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Froggy Style

My favorite story of the week is about frogs. Specifically, the tiny Taiwanese tree frog, a critter that looks like it has a severe case of goiter. According to a piece in the Journal of Zoology, and translated into “English” by the New York Times, male Mientien tree frogs have devised a way to augment…
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Thailand Troubles Neighbor as Junta Evolves into Military Dictatorship

Cambodia has experienced a massive influx of returning citizens in the past few days, as over 150,000 of her citizens pour across the border from Thailand ahead of an anticipated Thai government crackdown on migrant workers, both documented or illegal. The migrants rumor that they are fleeing Thailand ahead of more than just a crackdown…
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Switzerland: Where The Grass Truly Is Greener

A few weeks back, laid out some initial impressions of Switzerland after about a week of travel by foot, bike and train through Lausanne, the Berner Oberland and Luzern. What stuck out the most to me was the prioritization of pedestrians through walking signs and street design, not to mention Switzerland’s phenomenal transportation network that…
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