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It seems that 2012 was the Year of the MOOC. MOOCs, for the uninitiated, are not the furry woodland creatures that (I think) they sound like. They are massive open online courses, and they are more popular now than ever. Millions of students have already taken advantage of these free classes from premier universities around the world.  Many have been quick to dismiss MOOCs, insisting that the university model is still the best source of a well-rounded education. But these brush-offs miss the point. MOOCs aren’t...
Just when you thought that the holidays had drawn to a close this year, HBO has announced that it has a few more gifts in store for its viewers. Over the next few months, the network will release a whole slew of DVD offerings. If you’re a fan of TV shows that feature strong, complex, and intelligent female leads, you should take care to mark your calendars for these upcoming DVD releases.  1. Enlightened, The Complete First Season: Available January 8th, 2013 The incomparable Laura Dern stars as...
Chinese couples that need a little help making a baby can now rely on the least sexy place on the planet—their local hospital—for passion (at a price).  The Songziniao Hospital in Wuhan city, Hubei province, hopes to encourage couples to procreate in their decked out sex rooms, which go for 880 Yuan (about $140 US) a night.   The rooms look like the kind of “love nests” you’d find in by-the-hour hotels, with dim red lighting, round beds, and plenty of sexually explicit artworks (to encourage the...
Bianca Venerayan Toronto, Ontario, Canada Student/Designer/Writer Tell me about this outfit. The jacket is courtesy of sugarlips.com; it’s $55. The pants are from Club Monaco seasons ago—they’re pajamas disguised as socially acceptable pants. They were on sale for about $60. The socks are from the men’s section at Uniqlo (four for $10), the shoes are by Jeffrey Campbell ($120 on solestruck.com), and the necklace is from Zara ($30). I think the best part of my outfit is the clear box purse with silver hardware. It was $10 at...
This past year has been absolutely chock full of cringe-worthy soundbites and disheartening stories about rape around the world. From the ubiquitous mishandling (and biological misunderstanding) of the subject by politicians in the 2012 election, to recent horrific events in the US and abroad, it seems that we can’t escape from the heart-breaking regularity of sexual assault around the world.    Of late, two high-profile news stories involving rape have been vying for space among the headlines. In India, the gruesome gang rape that claimed the life...