The percentage of women who have been sexually harassed in public is staggering

Hollaback!, the sexual harassment activist group, and Cornell University began a large-scale research survey on street harassment in 2014. The study, released last May, reviews data from the United States as well as a cross-cultural analysis of street harassment from 42 cities around the globe.

Amid the shocking numbers (50 percent of women across the globe have been fondled or groped), the study found that nearly 75 percent of those surveyed had to change their transportation plans because of harassment.

Then there's this: In 2015, the French government's High Council for Equality Between Men and Women released a report revealing the percentage of women surveyed in the Paris region who said they had experienced harassment on public transit. And that figure was 100 percent.

There is action. In October, the RATP (Paris' MTA) paired with the activist organization Stop Harcelement de Rue to create campaigns and actions to put an end to harassment on the metro system. And awareness is growing. Lille Sans Relou (an outcropping of the French anti-harassment organization Ville Sans Relou) created this video:

Warning: NSFW


One mystery in our universe is a step closer to being solved. NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched last year to help scientists understand the sun. Now, it has returned its first findings. Four papers were published in the journal Nature detailing the findings of Parker's first two flybys. It's one small step for a solar probe, one giant leap for mankind.

It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

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McDonalds sells a lot of coffee. Over a billion cups a year, to be exact. All that coffee leads to a lot of productive mornings, but it also leads to a lot of waste. Each year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff (the skin of the coffee beans that comes off during roasting) ends up getting turned into mulch. Some coffee chaff just gets burned, leading to an increase in CO2.

Now, that chaff is going to get turned into car parts. Ford is incorporating coffee chaff from McDonalds coffee into the headlamps of some cars. Ford has been using plastic and talc to make its headlamps, but this new process will reduce the reliance on talc, a non-renewable mineral. The chaff is heated to high temperatures under low oxygen and mixed with plastic and other additives. The bioplastic can then be formed into shapes.

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Nike has made a name for itself creating shoes for playing basketball, tennis, and running. But, let's be honest, how many people who wear Air Jordans or Lebrons actually play basketball versus watching it on television?

Now, Nike is releasing a new pair of shoes created for everyday heroes that make a bigger difference in all of our lives than Michael Jordan or Lebron James, medical professionals — nurses, doctors, and home healthcare workers.

Nike designed the shoe after researching medical professionals at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon to create the perfect one for their needs.

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