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NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg is taking crafting to new heights…literally. A week ago, this flight engineer working at the International Space Station posted a photo of a plush green dinosaur to her Pinterest account with the caption “Made in space!”. Nyberg, a crafter whose hobbies include quilting and sewing, brought thread, needles, and fabric samples with her.  However, the dinosaur, a gift for her three-year-old son Jack, was made out of materials scavenged from the station: "It is made out of velcro-like fabric that lines the...
Originating in the 17th century, literary salons were once the perfect training ground for aspiring authors, helping them improve their writing by getting feedback and criticism from the greats. (If you made it into Gertrude Stein’s super-elite salon in 1920s Paris, you were definitely hot shit.) Now, many lit lovers are organizing readings to connect with their communities. These salons, which are often free, erase the gap between audience and artist—they’re all about stimulating conversations in which everyone’s voice is heard. We talked to some...
Mindy Kaling might well be a comedic genius; her lighthearted, girlish humor resonates with profound insights into modern womanhood. She plays characters that are lovable and ambitious, flawed, and fallible. Her comedy is real and honest.  In her recent interview with Parade, Mindy is just as candid. She eloquently addresses the struggles she faces as a premiere figure in comedy, confessing that as an Indian woman in television, she gets treated differently. Although her work is complex and nuanced, it often gets overlooked because she is...
In case you hadn’t heard, the government is taking a little break (which does not mean you can smoke weed at school, kids). Also, in case you hadn’t heard, Senator Elizabeth Warren is a badass. Monday night, she took to the Senate floor to call out Republicans for irresponsibly taking the U.S. economy hostage in order to get what they want. Warren explains that in order to uphold an archaic view on access to birth control, the Republican Party is putting millions of Americans at financial...
    David Gandy for Dolce & Gabbana   The fight against unrealistic body expectations spawned from airbrushed models on billboards has been going strong for years. The “Dove Real Beauty” campaign showcases women of all shapes, colors, and sizes in their underwear, proving that real beauty comes in all forms. Yet as far as it goes, men haven’t been given the same real life role models. Instead, they’ve been blasted with campaigns like David Beckham for H&M, advertising the pro-athlete’s impossibly muscular body more than the underwear he’s...