This Week in Lady Reads

Views you can use, science, and April Fool’s jokes done right. Fun stuff! Read More This Week in Lady Reads

News in Asia is Going to a Summit

Hello unicorns! This weekend, the big news dominating headlines and airwaves is the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. President Obama is going and there’s chatter about how he’ll be received after the mid-term elections. Read More News in Asia is Going to a Summit

Gyre: The Plastic Ocean Exhibit

I first remember hearing about ocean gyres vaguely on television while I was still in high school, half-watching the evening national news in my parents’ house. I mostly remember seeing an astonishingly large amount of small, everyday plastic products washed up on some remote Hawaiian shore. Read More Gyre: The Plastic Ocean Exhibit

I Thought “Don’t Drink The Water” Was Only For Other Countries

If you’re as old as I am, or a devotee of topical comedy songs, you might be familiar with Tom Lehrer’s song, “Pollution,” in which tourists were advised, when visiting the U.S., “Don’t drink the water and don’t breathe the air.” Which was making fun of the traditional advice to American tourists visiting other countries, advice which is still given regarding many destinations. (And rightly so in some cases — apparently journalists covering the Winter Olympics in Sochi received notes in their hotel rooms warning them not to drink the tap water or put it on their faces because it “contained something bad” and was a dark yellow color. Some news anchors compared it to the color of beer, although as Jon Stewart pointed it, it looked more like “the result of beer.” But I digress.) Read More I Thought “Don’t Drink The Water” Was Only For Other Countries

News in Asia

In honor of the big sporting event that took place last night in the States, I’ll devote some stories to sports, but I’ll take care of other news, too (and hopefully give some levity from some depressing news). Read More News in Asia

What the Frak is the Deal with Fracking?

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it’s more commonly called, has become the topic of heated debates in recent years. Its proponents claim that it’s a totally safe and necessary process that will help with energy independence and boost local economies by providing jobs. Its detractors fear environmental and ecological disaster if fracking is allowed to continue and to expand into new regions. With accusations flying back and forth, it’s hard to know what to believe. Let’s take a look at current scientific knowledge of the process to get a better grasp on the true situation. Read More What the Frak is the Deal with Fracking?