(ThinkStock Images)We can't live without our gadgets. But can we live with them? Maybe not for long. The 21st century devices we've come to consider members of the family may be doing us more harm than good. In the case of cellular devices, the dangers could be fatal.
That's the concern raised by Nobel Prize winning toxicologist Dr. Devra Davis. She researched controversial studies on the connection between brain cancer and cellular usage in her new book Disconnected, and discovered a very real threat being posed to our health. Evidence of DNA and brain damage caused by radio-frequency waves were just some of the findings. Her biggest concern: despite the many studies on the dangers, corporations with vested interest may be undermining the health risk. "This is about the most important and unrecognized public health issues of our time," Davis tells Time Magazine in a recent interview. "We could avert a global catastrophe if we act." The long-term plan is to create safer mobile devices, but the first
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(ThinkStock Images)We can't live without our gadgets. But can we live with them? Maybe not for long. The 21st century devices we've come to consider members of the family may be doing us more harm than good. In the case of cellular devices, the dangers could be fatal.Read More »from The 5 most dangerous gadgets in our lives
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Oct 6, 2010 12:39 AM EDT
Girls across the country have spoken: News Anchor is the job to have. At least if you're Barbie. The toy's maker, Mattel, asked fans to vote for the blond bombshell's next career. Choosing between jobs like pizza chef and babysitter ("helps lil sis get to the potty," reads her tagline), voters overwhelmingly wanted to see Barbie conquer the headlines. Dressed in pink duds, holding a hand-held microphone, however, she seems more equipped for "Extra" than the nightly News. What happened to 1999's working woman Barbie outfit (at right), a more sophisticated approach to corporate fashion--even for a doll?
There's no question she's come a long way since her days as a flight attendant in the '60s. But she has gone back a few notches since her gig in the 90s as a pediatrician. If it weren't for the engineering post she recently had, one could argue, Barbie's lost sight of what's important. She's gone from paratrooper to Paris Hilton-esque camera hog. Then again, that's just the life ofRead More »from She works hard for the money: Barbie's career timeline
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 5, 2010 9:14 PM EDT
Angelina Jolie picks up her son, Maddox, at school. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)Read More »from What's it like to send your kid to school with a celebrity spawn?
If you're an international superstar, you probably have some unique criteria for choosing your kid's school: parking for security detail, flexible class time, parents willing to sign confidentiality agreements. That last item was checked off the Jolie-Pitt list according to Us Weekly. Brangelina's kids have enrolled in "an elite French-American school" in Hungary, where the actress is on location for her next film. Her stipulation to the school: all parents have to sign an agreement that will penalize them for talking to the press about the famous family.
While the request is unique, it's hard to blame a mom for trying to protect her kids' privacy at all costs. After son Maddox's brief stint at a New York private school, Jolie got a glimpse at how gossip can get leaked to the press and paparazzi--even unintentionally.
So that's what it takes to be a celebrity parent. But what is it like being a fellow parent at a celebrity kid's school? A scan of the parenting forum UrbanBaby proves
Credit: Jen HuangThat's the burning question for Slate's Jessica Grose and her new husband Mike Winton. Married this past year, but domestic long before that, it dawned on the couple that they hadn't pooled their money into one account. And why should they?Read More »from Should this couple share a bank account?
No really, they want to know. They began asking friends and family and noticed a generation gap.
"My first assumption was that we would pool all our money as soon as we were wed; after all, that's what my parents did when they got married in 1972," writes Grose on Slate.
"But my parents' circumstances were different from ours."
Unlike her folks, Grose and Winton, both in their late 20s, have similar earnings, and a comfortable financial setup which she describes as "separate but equal." They alternate picking up the dinner check, they divide the monthly bills, the rent. So why not keep things the way they are?
"Some personal finance experts think that if you don't put your money all in one pot, you're selfish," Grose tells Shine. "I think
It's that time of the month for Glenn Danzig: kitty litter stock-up. (Bauer-Griffin)Even the toughest guys have to clean up after their kitten. This was proven by legendary heavy metal frontman, Glenn Danzig, whose ninth album, Deth Red Sabaoth, dropped this past summer. He's a Fresh Step man, like there was any question. While not every tough guy is a cat whisperer, all of them have their soft spots--be it ice cream or Robert Duvall.Read More »from Cute overload: Tough guys, tender moments
Every proposal video on the Internet promises to be the best ever. Very few keep their vows. It's far easier to find videos of surprise engagements that went awry than it is to find clips of truly romantic moments. Blame the Internet. With YouTube celebrities born every day, the best intentions can quickly turn into a chance to show off.
With all of the elaborate planning and production value, the original intention gets lost in the mix. It takes an extra ingredient to make total strangers tear up at a clever proposal. For Chad, the ingredient came through an iPhone. "I proposed to my girlfriend, Vy, by writing a song and making a music video for her," he explains beneath the video that's been viewed today by almost 100,000. "We went out to see a film at our favorite movie theater and she was completely surprised once she figured out what was playing on the screen wasn't actually an iPhone commercial."
The four-month effort and flawless execution are impressive. But the partRead More »from 8 truly romantic engagement proposals
Just your standard decorative throw pillow with romanticized images of someone else's kid at age 12. What?The selling of teenage pop star Justin Bieber is getting weirder by the minute. This week alone, he was re-packaged as an action figure, a pair of headphones, and now, get this, bedding! In fact Bieber's inspiring a whole line of sheets, pillow-cases and towels plastered with the singer's face. I'm going to take a wild guess that this has less to do with his nesting impulses and more to do with fans' insatiable need to get close to the singer. Does anyone else feel weird about vendors selling a night in bed with a teenage boy--even if it's just his grinning face?
And speaking of his face, does anyone else find his pudgy, Play-Doh face, closer in age to Suri Cruise than we're comfortable to admit? He's the first celebrity that has made me feel like Andy Rooney's contemporary. He also acts the way Andy Rooney likely imagines teenagers: Having fights on 'the Twitter', launching a career with the word "Baby" and gorging on Swedish Fish.
If he weren't real he'd be a parody. But he'sRead More »from 15 creepy Justin Bieber products for sale
(Photo: The Smoking Gun)I dare you. What is it about those three words that will get people to do just about anything. When a radio deejay dared listeners to tattoo the station's logo their forehead, David Jonathan Winkelman and his stepson didn't blink. Even as their skulls were getting inked with a decimal point. The 48-year-old sued the station claiming he was out a six-figure payout promised by on air. The station's response was something along the lines of, 'we didn't think anyone would actually do it.' The judge agreed: who does that? People who can't say not to a dare.
- The sleepy town of Portsmouth, was jolted awake when local woman streaked through the streets at 3:30 in the morning after a rousing game of strip poker. Locals called the police and tracked down the nudist hiding behind a fence with a make companion--also in the buff. They explained they'd accepted a dare after losing a game of poker. They got off with a warning but they had to wait behind a fence while cops went to the poker house to
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Thu, Sep 30, 2010 7:57 PM EDT
Gordon Ramsay and Joe Cerniglia in Earlier this month, Nadia Almada was found lying unconscious in her bathroom after an overdose of prescription pills. It was only a week since she'd been kicked off the British version of "Big Brother," a gargantuan hit in the UK.
"I just feel my life isn't worth living any more," Alameda, a Portuguese transsexual, had told the Daily Star two days after her eviction. After her failed suicide attempt days later, producers of the series released a statement saying: "We have been in constant touch with Nadia and like all housemates, she has access to all of our aftercare facilities."
With a spate of reality contestant fatalities in recent years, producers are stepping up damage control.
Last week saw the second suicide of a chef featured on a reality show helmed by the brutally honest, and sometimes just brutal, Gordon Ramsay. After public backlash (including chastising tweets from fellow reality chef Eric Ripert) Ramsey released a statement: "Joe [Cerniglia] was aRead More »from Reality rehab: suicide and survival when filming stops
They already wear thongs, strap on bras and carry purses. But heels? Eh, why not.
In the last century, women fought for equal opportunities in the workplace. In this century it's men fighting for equal rights in style. It's true that women have long had the physical benefits of make-up, heels and spanx while men have had to face the reality. If they had a zit, there was no covering it up. A gut? Blame it on beer. And if they were on the short side? Forget it. Their best bet was to seek out friends under 6 feet. Or go into acting.
But in 2010, men--both short and tall--are trying on platforms and stilettos for size. Lenny Kravitz wore platform wedge boots to Fashion Week in New York. Johnny Weir has made it his mission to pose in stilettos when he's not on the ice rink. And darn it, if they don't look fabulous. Russell Brand and Jude Law sneak their heels into boots, as if the extra lift is just a part of the style. Yeah, right.
And then there's Tom Cruise. Rumors of his lifts,Read More »from Stiletto studs: the rise of men in heels