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How dangerous is pee in drinking water?

slate.com — Oh, Portland. A teenager urinated into one of the city's drinking water reservoirs the other day. That's gross, sure, and aggravating-what a brat! But in one of the most spectacularly stupid decisions in years, the city is going to drain the reservoir. The most spectacularly stupid decision in about three...
I think the real lesson here is that you should cut ALL of your drinking water with human urine. slate.com/blogs/the_slat…
Portland pee-er would have to have peed for 40 days to poison Portland’s reservoir via @laurahelmuth slate.com/blogs/the_slat… via @slate
Here's How Long That Teen Would Have to Pee in the Portland Reservoir to Make It Unsafe to Drink zite.to/1hRYRFG
RT @albrgr: @fmanjoo @arrington Luckily, @Slate came to our rescue and did the math: slate.com/blogs/the_slat… (it was safe by 3-5 orders of m…
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Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone.

slate.com — I have some cautiously exciting exoplanets news: Astronomers have announced the discovery of a planet that is very nearly the same size as Earth, and orbiting its star in the habitable zone - that is, at the right distance from its star to have liquid water on its surface. We...
Kepler 186f seems to be an Earth-like planet 500 light years away. Astronomers say it orbits in the so-called... fb.me/3UFG0b1rS
RT @Slate: This is big! Astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet yet: slate.me/1iu6Nf2 pic.twitter.com/XuWCBOrDPU
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Here is a Picture of a Huge Orangutan Looking Completely Relaxed in a Doctor's Office

slate.com — As promised. The picture was taken at a Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme facility in Indonesia. The subject is a 14-year-old male orangutan who'd been found with pellets from an air gun in his body, so it seems possible that he is not in fact having that fun of a time....
Here is a Picture of a Huge Orangutan Looking Completely Relaxed in a Doctor's Office zite.to/1mi42OP
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Don’t worry if her baby becomes president.

slate.com — On Thursday afternoon Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, and immediately political reporters began to complain about the "Clinton dynasty." "Can you say dynasty?" wrote the staff of the Week magazine. Those words were echoed quickly by the Wire, which answered the question of when the gestating child would be...

Reading the Colombian author in his native Spanish.

slate.com — At the age of 14, I pulled Cien años de soledad out of my family's typical Colombian middle-class family library. It was a battered old copy of the 1982 paperback, from the year he won the Nobel Prize. The book took over my life, as it has that of so...

Locket CEO Yunha Kim talks about getting unwanted sexual advances on the job.

slate.com — Yunha Kim, the CEO of the tech start-up Locket, recently published a post at Medium chronicling the good and bad parts of being a female boss in such a heavily masculine environment. It's mostly an upbeat, go-get-'em tale, but she makes sure to note that just because she's in a...
Female CEO Shares Story of Being Sexually Harassed By Potential Hires slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…
When being the boss doesn't save you from sexual harassment. Thanks to @DoubleXMag for being there. slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…
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Lawyer who argued for Prop 8 in California before Supreme Court says views have evolved.

slate.com — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court last year in defense of California's Proposition 8 that banned gay marriage in the state, says his views on same-sex marriage are evolving. It's a stunning change of heart from attorney Charles Cooper who argued before the court that same-sex unions weaken...
RT @Slate: After stepdaughter comes out, Supreme Court lawyer who argued against gay marriage says his views have evolved: http://t.co/kxwK…
RT @Slate: After stepdaughter comes out, Supreme Court lawyer who argued against gay marriage says his views have evolved: http://t.co/05JE…

Eisbachwelle is a surfing wave in the middle of Munich

slate.com — Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world's hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter @atlasobscura. If you're riding the Munich subway in the dead of winter and you see someone carrying a surfboard, chances are they're headed for the Eisbach, a stream...

Does facial hair makes men more attractive? Is that a myth or is there an evolutionary basis?

slate.com — The journal Biology Letters published a study in which 1,453 women and 213 men were asked to rate faces with what researchers amusingly called "four standard levels of beardedness." The results actually vindicated both bearded and clean-shaven men.
How attractive are beards? Negative frequency-dependent sexual selection means it matters who ELSE has one. slate.me/1kFXHNl

Increased murder rates related to war experience.

slate.com — In September 2007, at the height of the Iraq surge, I spent two weeks with the Army's 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry in Dora, one of the deadliest neighborhoods in Baghdad. By that point in the war, I had embedded with a dozen-odd infantry units, and 2-12, the "Lethal Warriors" from...
T or F? MT @Slate: PTSD contributes to violence. Pretending it doesn't is no way to help the troops: slate.me/1nt0rx7
MT @laurahelmuth PTSD in veterans contrib's to violence. Pretending otherwise is no way to support the troops. slate.com/articles/healt… @slate
Violence, vets & PTSD: Anecdotal evidence & even limited data are powerful but not causal. I'm not convinced by this: slate.me/1hPUoTc

It gets dark. (Video.)

slate.com — It should not be surprising that a series set more or less entirely in prison would go to some dark places-and it's true that Season 1 of Orange Is the New Black had its grim and heartbreaking moments. Still, the overwhelming impression created by this trailer for Season 2 is...

New York clubs host parties for children 6-12.

slate.com — This post originally appeared in Business Insider. New York has a new club for underage partiers, but you have to be younger than 12 to get in. CNN Money ran a story this week about a new company called Fuzipop that puts together dance parties for children at major nightclubs...
RT @kettynyc: Um, @maureenmfarrell Ceces party next year? nightmare @Slate: Six-year-olds partying at New Yorks hottest nightclubs: http://…
RT @Slate: Six-year-olds are partying at New York's hottest nightclubs: slate.me/1iu6KQB
Sounds like something from a Stefon skit RT @Slate: Six-year-olds are partying at New York's hottest nightclubs: bit.ly/1j8Uu5U

When men's and women's magazines swap writers.

slate.com — It's official: Elle and Esquire are totally hooking up. Esquire, an 82-year-old American men's magazine, has sparked a spring fling with Elle, a 69-year-old French expat. (Scandalously, both are members of the Hearst family.) Elle's effortlessly chic style is more popular than Esquire's studied tongue-wagging, yes, but he can always...
RT @amandahess: what happens when men's and women's magazines swap writers for one issue: slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…
RT @amandahess: what happens when men's and women's magazines swap writers for one issue: slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…
what happens when men's and women's magazines swap writers for one issue: slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…
Elle women tell Esquire men what they want to hear (all women think about is having sex with you, etc): slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…

The secret ingredient for amazing bhindi masala.

slate.com — I am glad that no one ever forced stewed okra on me during my childhood, because the stories I've heard from stewed-okra veterans have been traumatizing. Friends and colleagues have described memories of okra that was sulfurous and slimy and yet left a cottony feeling on their tongues and gums....
RT @ronbronson: The ingredient that turns good Indian food into great Indian food. Okra. slate.com/blogs/browbeat… via @slate
There is so much to endorse in this @LV_Anderson post, I don’t know where to begin. slate.com/blogs/browbeat…
#msg? “@Slate: How to turn good homemade Indian food into amazing homemade Indian food with one ingredient: slate.me/1kEHrMl"

Don't sleep with your female teammates.

slate.com — Today in hard truths that must nonetheless be spoken: Kickball has a woman problem. Are woman kickballers underrepresented in the kickballing population? No. Is there a kickball glass ceiling or a kickball glass cliff? Not that I'm aware of. Do female kickballers get mommy tracked? Maybe, but it's way worse...
Kickball team captain emails male players: Don't sleep with your female teammates. slate.me/1ldu3xc
"YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FUCK ANYONE ON THE TEAM UNTIL AFTER WEEK FIVE.” slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…
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