Girl Scouts partnership with Barbie sparks outrage from critics who say it harms young girls
3/7/2014 12:20:00 PM
America's top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts.
On Thursday, two consumer advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — criticized Barbie as a flawed role model for little girls and launched a petition drive urging the Girl Scouts of the USA to end the partnership. The Girls Scouts said they would not do so.
Just a few weeks ago, Mattel incurred widespread criticism — as well as some accolades — for letting Barbie be featured in Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit edition.
The Girl Scouts' partnership with Mattel, announced last August, includes a Barbie-themed activity book, a website, and a Barbie participation patch — the first Girl Scout uniform patch with corporate sponsorship.
'Holding Barbie, the quintessential ...
Peeing in the pool could be bad for your health: Researchers warn unhygenic habit could trigger chemical reactions that cause respiratory problems
3/7/2014 12:19:00 PM
Researchers have warned that urinating in swimming pools could lead to health problems.
Scientists found that compounds in urine mix with chlorine can cause chemicals that have been linked to respiratory effects in swimmers to form.
They warned swimmers to stop the common practice after analysing samples.
'If swimmers avoided urinating in pools, then air and water quality would likely improve independent of other changes in water treatment or air circulation,' the scientists from China Agricultural University and Purdue University wrote in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
In a series of laboratory experiments, the scientists combined water collected from swimming pools in China with mixtures meant to mimic the chemical composition of sweat and urine.
Twitter bans porn on Vine - but nudity used in art and education will be allowed
3/7/2014 12:12:00 PM
It may have taken years of campaigning and complaints but Twitter has finally banned pornographic images on its Vine app.
The Californian-based firm, which bought the video sharing app in 2012, announced the changes on Thursday and the new rules come into effect immediately.
Within days of the app's official launch in January 2013, sexually explicit and pornographic clips began to appear and Twitter has been heavily criticised for not enforcing this ban sooner.
The new rules do come with a series of caveats, however. For example, nudity will be allowed in documentary style clips, if it forms part of an artwork or sculpture, or if it is used for educational purposes.
Breastfeeding clips are also allowed.
Elsewhere, sexually suggestive content is also allowed, such as suggestive dancing, as long as the people in the clip are clothed - although close-ups of aroused genitals underneath clothing are banned.
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The sugary drinks and snacks that you can't even have ONE of without breaching new guidelines on daily intake
3/7/2014 12:11:00 PM
These drinks, meals and snacks contain up to double the safe amount of sugar that experts believe adults should consume per day.
A single Starbucks caramel frappuccino has 11 teaspoons of sugar and a can of Coca-Cola or Pepsi has nine teaspoons, researchers have said.
This week the World Health Organisation recommended people should have no more than six teaspoons of sugar in 24 hours.
Doctors say this rule is key to avoiding obesity, heart disease and other serious illnesses because they fear sugar is as dangerous as tobacco.
Experts have backed the advice but said today it is extremely hard to calculate how much a sugar people are eating or drinking, especially because of unclear labelling.
Pressure group Action on Sugar has produced its own table of foods to make it clearer for consumers.
It also revealed that many single products take up the new recommended allowance. ...
Was Botox to blame for Bob Costas's 'Olympic pink eye'? Host, 61, faces claims that beauty treatment took him off air
3/7/2014 12:09:00 PM
NBC's Bob Costas was a sight for sore eyes during the network's coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi after contracting pink eye.
The New York Post's Page Six is suggesting NBC’s 61-year-old prime-time Olympic host may have inadvertently caught the nasty eye virus whilst having Botox injections.
At one point, Costas' had to take six days off to recover, to be replaced by Meredith Viera because his viral conjunctivitis had become so bad and spread to both eyes.
NBC have flatly denied the claim that botox played any part in the sportscasters' condition.
It’s like putting down a favorite family pet’: Chrysler demands school DESTROY $250,000 one-of-a-kind Dodge Viper
3/7/2014 12:08:00 PM
Students at a Washington college have launched a petition to save a rare $250,000 Dodge Viper, likening the decision to scrap the car to losing a beloved family pet.
The automotive students at the South Puget Sound Community College were told the 1992 model must be destroyed, after car manufacturers Chrysler deemed it no longer has any educational value.
Professor Norman Chapman told ABC News: 'It's like taking a family pet, putting it in front of kids and destroying it.'
NBC executives 'bans celebs from The Tonight Show if they appear on CBS or ABC talk shows'
3/6/2014 12:34:00 PM
NBC is allegedly one vengeful peacock.
Network execs are reportedly telling celebrities that if they want to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon they can't appear on CBS or ABC talk shows.
According to TMZ, ABC's Good Morning America has already experienced 'fallout from people they were trying to book.'
However, NBC will apparently make an exception for stars who appear as guests on its shows Today and Dateline.
The 39-year-old SNL alum is already beating ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live in the ratings - bringing in twice the viewers - since his debut on February 17.
Meanwhile, NBC newcomer Late Night With Seth Meyers is languishing in the ratings.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon welcomes Liam Neeson, Lindsay Lohan, and musical guests Bad Things airing Thursday 11:35/10:35C on NBC.
Is Facebook making us socially AWKWARD? Meeting face-to-face is more difficult after meeting people online
3/6/2014 12:34:00 PM
One of the many benefits of Facebook is that it can connect people from all over the world - but instead of making us more open, it could be making us socially awkward and anxious.
Researchers from Arizona studied how people reacted to meeting people face-to-face if they had previously interacted with them online.
They found that during the face-to-face meeting, the participants experienced an increase in arousal, which the researchers linked to an increase in anxiety.
'The current tendency for people to use Facebook to 'lurk' or 'creep' on other people's profiles raised the question of what such activities do to change later face-to-face interactions, particularly among the socially anxious,' explained the researchers.
To test this theory, researchers from the University of Benedictine at Mesa, led by Shannon Rauch, fitted 26 female students with electrodes that measure Galvanic skin response (GSR). These electrodes are used to measure changes in ...
'It actually makes me feel sick that I worked there': American anchor who sensationally quit Russian state-run TV on-air in protest at Putin sending troops to Ukraine explains her actions
3/6/2014 12:33:00 PM
An American anchor who quit her job at state-funded Russia Today on air to protest President Vladimir Putin sending troops into the Ukraine has said she 'feels sick' that she worked at the station.
Liz Wahl, who works at RT's Washington, DC bureau, said in her live resignation that she could no longer work for a network that 'whitewashes the actions of Putin'.
She has now further explained her reasons for quitting the channel, saying it is 'not a sound news organization, not when your agenda is making America look bad.'
Conservative firebrand Ted Cruz launches political convention with crowd-pleasing demand to abolish the IRS
3/6/2014 12:32:00 PM
Ted Cruz, the rock-ribbed conservative Texas senator who figures to be a factor in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, told thousands of conservatives Thursday morning that the IRS should go the way of the dodo.
'We need to abolish the IRS,' he said, calling instead for a flat income tax rate and a user-friendly tax return that can be filed on a postcard.
That verbal gauntlet, thrown as much at a near-century of tax collection as at the Obama administration, was Cruz's biggest applause line.
'By virtue of your being here today,' he jokingly cautioned the nation's largest annual gathering of politically conservative activists, 'tomorrow each and every one of you is going to be audited by the IRS.'
On Wednesday the former IRS official in charge of vetting nonprofit groups that seek tax-exempt charitable status refused, for the second time, to tell a congressional committee what she knew about ...