Powerful Short Video Highlights The Global Burden of Snakebite

The global problem of snakebite goes unnoticed by most of us in developed countries. We have good access to medical care, abundant antivenom to treat what few dangerous bites occur, and snake species whose venoms are often manageable. In the U.S., for example, bees and wasps kill over ten times as many people as snakes do. But in other countries, snakebite is a real and neglected problem. Worldwide, snakes claim more than one hundred thousands lives annually, and leave countless more disabled an

This Week’s Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.


Everything You Need to Stock Your First Home Bar

If you want the perfect home bar for hosting parties and mixing cocktails, these essentials will cover all the bases.


Laundry Day Reads Washing Symbols on Clothes So You Don’t Have To

iOS: Doing the laundry can be confusing if you don’t know what all those symbols on your clothes mean. Why does this bucket have two lines under it? What’s the triangle with two stripes? Just fire up your iPhone and let Laundry Day sort it out for you.


The Benefits of Writing by Hand Versus Typing 

The debate over hand writing important notes versus typing them is one we’ve hit on before , but this graphic lays out all of the data clearly, and even offers some tips on choosing a writing implement based on the type of notes you’re taking.


University of North Carolina System Says It Won’t Enforce Its State’s Discriminatory Bathroom Bill

University of North Carolina System Says It Won't Enforce Its State's Discriminatory Bathroom BillPhoto: AP

The University of North Carolina system has finally taken a firm stance against its state’s so-called “bathroom bill.” UNC system president Margaret Spellings said in a federal court yesterday that she has no plans to enforce the state law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificate. The law applies to public schools and many public buildings.

In March, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act into law; state university administrations are required to comply. But they are also must satisfy a federal injunction that forbids public schools from enforcing the discriminatory law under threat of legal action and the withdrawal of federal funding.

In recent statements, Spellings hasn’t taken a firm position on the matter, except to highlight that it is a fraught position to be in. Two weeks ago she wrote in a letter, “We hope that the Department of Justice appreciates that the University is in a difficult position.”

But apparently appreciation has its limits, and yesterday Spellings changed her tune. As part of a motion asking a federal court to stop civil legal proceedings against UNC, Spellings wrote that, whatever the outcome, “I have no intent to exercise my authority to promulgate any guidelines or regulations that require transgender students to use the restrooms consistent with their biological sex.”

UNC’s lawyers noted that the state law lacks any enforcement mechanism whatsoever.

Add Greenery to Your Shower with This DIY Plant Caddy

Plants can go almost anywhere in your home, even your bathroom . If you don’t have the wall or counter space for bathroom plants, add them to your shower with this easy DIY planter, made from a shower caddy.


Cleveland Cops Will Be Well Armed at the RNC, but Many Won’t Be Wearing Body Cams

Cleveland Cops Will Be Well Armed at the RNC, but Many Won't Be Wearing Body CamsPhoto: AP

In preparation for the Republican National Convention in July, Cleveland police have been stocking up on apocalyptic tools like hand-held radiation detection units and mass casualty incident trailer supplies. But there’s one piece of equipment they don’t intend to be using much of: body cameras.

According to Cleveland.com, police officials told officers that many of them won’t be furnished with body cameras for the convention, citing inability to attach these cameras to the officers’ riot gear. Police sporting softer uniforms will be able to wear the cameras, but, these days, those don’t tend to be the ones who get into physical altercations with protestors.

Officials said that police will use alternative methods to record interactions between them and protestors, but didn’t go into details.

Cleveland.com reported yesterday that 200 beds are being kept open in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County jail in anticipation of the convention. The same article reported that the Cleveland Sheriff’s Department is seeking a five-year contract with Taser International for 100 body cameras worth $724,600. Perhaps the police department will also need updated armored outfits to match.

Why the Sound of Running Water Makes You Want to Pee

Some people like the sound of running water because it helps them relax. For others, it creates a strong urge to urinate. This is no coincidence, and it happens more commonly than you think—all thanks to the power of suggestion.


Police in Riot Gear Make Dozens of Arrests At San Diego Trump Rally

Police in Riot Gear Make Dozens of Arrests At San Diego Trump Rally

As the Republican National Convention and likely coronation of Donald Trump as Republican presidential nominee approaches, the numbers of protestors showing up at Trump events have swelled. So have arrests.

Yesterday, more than 1,000 protestors demonstrated outside a Trump rally in San Diego.

By their own estimates, police arrested 35 protestors, some of which they claim entered areas off-limits to them. Ironically, many of these protestors were there specifically to oppose Trump’s racist and cruel immigration policies (San Diego shares a border with Mexico).

The Associated Press reported that at around 4 p.m. local time, protestors and Trump supporters became physically aggressive—throwing trash cans at one another, for instance—at which point police in riot gear intervened.

CBS News posted footage on Twitter of police hitting protestors with batons:

The numbers of protestors showing up to and being arrested at Trump events has been steadily ratcheting up this week. On Wednesday, about 100 peaceful protestors showed up to a Southern California rally. The Anaheim Police Department arrested seven of them on the on a range of charges including unlawful assembly and selling T-shirts without a permit.

The day before, police reacted to a protest of a Trump event in Albuquerque by deploying smoke bombs and pepper spray. Albuquerque police swiftly attempted to justify their actions with claims, via Twitter, that protestors had been throwing rocks at them. Trump also got on Twitter after the protest to describe the protestors as “thugs who were flying the Mexican flag.”

After last night’s rally, Trump tweeted the following at the San Diego Police Department.

For a while now, Trump rallies have been well-atttended on both sides of the barricades.

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