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Along with a game that assigns people animals they resemble (try it, it’s fun), I’ve always enjoyed asking “What would you do if the world was ending?” among friends. In high school one of the best lunch breaks I remember was planning for an apocalypse—should it ever happen—with a friend group. These scenarios have always been wildly extreme—involving zombies, outbreaks of Ebola or alien invasions. Still, it’s fun. There’s a whole genre of Hollywood movies made about imminent disasters, books written about post-apocalyptic worlds. As...
My eyes are two completely different shapes. One lid is hooded, the other is not. One eyebrow is significantly lower than the other. I know this because I spend approximately three hours of each day staring at my reflection in the mirror. I’m not vain; vanity requires some sort of self-confidence. I am, however, completely obsessed with how I look. Three hours may seem lengthy, but the face changes so quickly that it’s important to keep tabs on what it’s doing. Ten minutes can go...
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, better known as Cardi B, has partnered with Los Angeles-based affordable fashion brand Fashion Nova to give away $1 million to those “directly affected” by COVID-19. In an Instagram video posted to the 27-year old rapper’s Instagram page on Wednesday, April 8, Cardi B shared that she’s received “a lot” of DMs from people struggling during this time of crisis, so she decided to partner with Fashion Nova to give money to those who need it most.            View this post on Instagram                   A post shared...
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the world, and people everywhere feel uncertain about when life will return to normal — and what things will look like once it does. In the meantime, women face additional pressures during already troubled times.  From decreased access to essential health care services to a greater exposure to the virus, women can anticipate many ongoing changes over the coming months. Sadly, they remain more vulnerable, both physically and economically, in several ways. Here’s how the current outbreak disproportionately impacts women.  1....
In the wake of COVID-19, people from all over are heeding the call to offer assistance to those in need, by any means they’re capable of. For Miss England 2019, Dr. Bhasha Mukherjee, that means temporarily trading in her crown and returning from overseas charity work in order to provide care. Prior to competing in last year’s Miss World pageant, Mukherjee was a junior doctor at Pilgrim Hospital who specialized in respiratory medicine. Since winning her title, Mukherjee quickly began humanitarian efforts and had been welcomed...
From the quarantini to cocktail parties via Zoom, social distancing has brought a whole new meaning to how we enjoy alcohol. While mixing drinks is a fun activity for many of us who have been stuck inside for weeks with no plans of going out any time in the near future, Ina Garten of the Food Network just took it to the next level. Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa from her hit cooking show, has been an icon since long before she posted this...
Just hours before delivering her daughter, virologist Minal Dakhave Bhosale was able to create India’s first testing kit for Coronavirus. Bhosale's team was able to make the testing kit "in record time": instead of the usual three to four months, it took only six weeks to develop the testing kit, which became available Thursday, March 26. Bhosale's lab, Mylab Discovery, is the first Indian lab to get full approval to produce a testing kit. They’ve already sent the first batch of 150 tests to labs in Delhi,...
As the U.S. continues to panic as we struggle to combat the COVID-19 virus, paired with the national shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for the country’s healthcare providers and citizens, it’s easy to look over those who are most vulnerable. Ashley Lawrence, a 21-year-old senior at Eastern Kentucky University is making masks for the deaf and hearing impaired. Lawrence studies Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing so this is nothing short of a passion project. She told her local news station LEX18,...

It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that stress-eating Doritos at your computer probably isn’t going to help you finish your to-do list. But we’ve all been there, reaching for the quickest comfort food we can get our hands on when times get tough. Still, processed foods aren’t going to give your body the boost it needs to deal with day-to-day anxiety. Luckily, Gill Paul and Karen Sullivan, authors of Eat Yourself Calm, have some ideas for foods to nosh on when you’re experiencing...
In a shocking turn of events, a Reuters study has shown that men in the U.S. are not as likely to heed health warnings about COVID-19 as women are. Rather than listening to health professionals and practicing #SocialDistancing, men think that somehow, they are not in mortal danger and can, in fact, do whatever they want. Can you believe? Please understand that we are being sarcastic. It should come as a surprise to no one that statistically speaking, men might be less likely to take things...