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Herrlicht glassesfashionMade entirely from wood-even the screws and hinges are precision-cut from maple or cherry pieces-Herrlicht glasses are like no spectacles you've ever seen. The price may blur your vision.$1,160, herrlicht.de


Hulger HandsetscoolHands-free mobile technology gets smaller by the day, to the point that it's becoming hard to determine if people are on the phone or talking to themselves. Hulger's wireless handsets, made out of vintage-looking phone receivers, offer an elegant solution. Now you can have the comfort of talking on a real phone, while retaining the mobility of cellular technology. And, if it finally turns out that cell phones cause brain cancer, you'll be keeping the cellular signals far away from your cranium.From $70, hulger.com

Toms ShoesfeetInspired by the utilitarian shoes of Argentine workers, these comfortable canvas slip-ons come in a range of colors and patterns, from camo to pink. If a vibrant new pair of shoes at a great price isn't enough to grab you, there's a bonus: every time someone purchases a pair of Toms Shoes, founder Blake Mycoskie donates a pair to a South American child. Now you can easily turn your problematic shoe fetish into something more productive.$38, tomsshoes.com

Oooms wooden memory stickscomputersIt's time to rebel against the brilliant whites and polished silvers of modern technology. Why not bring a little piece of nature into the office? Oooms memory sticks (with capacities up to 1 gigabyte) are encased in wood-a constant reminder that there is a world outside, even if you don't get to see it very much.$88, Oooms.nl/usbOooms.nl/usb

Little ChromasexJimmy Jane applies high-design principles to the surprising original philosophy that sex-and sex toys-should be sexy. The end result is a product that's as elegant as it is functional: waterproof, virtually silent, and equipped with a replaceable motor if you should, ahem, wear yours out. Now the company's signature gold-plated vibrator is available with a dash of color and a smaller price tag.$195, jimmyjane.com

Bohemian ModernlibraryFor years, Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor has been designing buildings in Silverlake, an East L.A. neighborhood that is now a hipster haven. The book is a sumptuous overview of the work of Bestor and her contemporaries, and a comprehensive reference for beautiful style:a D.I.Y.-inspired take on modern architecture and design.$22, bestorarchitecture.com

Conphorm UM totefashionThis cleverly-designed tote bag is constructed with just one piece of felt (the industrial fabric du jour) attached by a zipper. Unzip it, and it lies flat for storage. Zip it up, and you have a stylish and functional bag. Best of all, buy it from sustainable design store Branch, which plans to give one percent of profits to environmental organizations.From $114, branchhome.com

TerraPassenvironmentA quick visit to the TerraPass website allows you to calculate your yearly vehicular carbon emissions, and then buy enough carbon credits to offset every ounce of pollution your car produces. If you're sick of people giving you the finger as you plow past them in your Hummer, slapping a TerraPass decal on your windshield might deflect some of the ire.From $30, terrapass.com
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Wealth inequality has been a hot topic of discussion as of late, but it's something that's occurred all throughout history. Class structure is a complicated issue, especially when you consider that haves and have nots have been in existence for over 4,000 years.

A study published in Science took a look at over 100 late Neolithic and early Bronze Age skeletons found in a burial site in southern Germany. The study "shed light on the complexity of social status, inheritance rules, and mobility during the Bronze Age." Partly by looking at their teeth and the artifacts they were buried with, researchers were able to discover that wealth inequality existed almost 4,000 years ago. "Our results reveal that individual households lasting several generations consisted of a high-status core family and unrelated low-status individuals, a social organization accompanied by patrilocality and female exogamy, and the stability of this system over 700 years," the study said.

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Climate change means our future is uncertain, but in the meantime, it's telling us a lot about our past. The Earth's glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, but as the ice dwindles, ancient artifacts are being uncovered. The Secrets of the Ice project has been surveying the glaciers on Norway's highest mountains in Oppland since 2011. They have found a slew of treasures, frozen in time and ice, making glacier archeologists, as Lars Pilø, co-director of Secrets of the Ice, put it when talking to CNN, the "unlikely beneficiaries of global warming."

Instead of digging, glacier archeologists survey the areas of melting ice, seeing which artifacts have been revealed by the thaw. "It's a very different world from regular archaeological sites," Pilø told National Geographic. "It's really rewarding work.

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When former Pittsburgh Steelers' center Mike Webster committed suicide in 2002, his death began to raise awareness of the brain damage experienced by NFL football players. A 2017 study found that 99% of deceased NFL players had a degenerative brain disease known as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). Only one out of 111 former football players had no sign of CTE. It turns out, some of the risks of traumatic brain injury experienced by heavily padded adults playing at a professional level also exist for kids with developing brains playing at a recreational level. The dangers might not be as intense as what the adults go through, but it can have some major life-long consequences.

A new PSA put out by the Concussion Legacy Foundation raises awareness of the dangers of tackle football on developing brains, comparing it to smoking. "Tackle football is like smoking. The younger I start, the longer I am exposed to danger. You wouldn't let me smoke. When should I start tackling?" a child's voice can be heard saying in the PSA as a mother lights up a cigarette for her young son.

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On Tuesday morning, President Trump tweeted about some favorable economic numbers, claiming that annual household income is up, unemployment is low, and housing prices are high.

Now, just imagine how much better those numbers would be if the country wasn't mired in an economy-killing trade war with China, bleeding out trillion-dollar-a-year debts, and didn't suffer from chaotic leadership in the Oval Office?

At the end of tweet, came an odd sentence, "Impeach the Pres."

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October is domestic violence awareness month and when most people think of domestic violence, they imagine mostly female victims. However, abuse of men happens as well – in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. But some are taking it upon themselves to change all that.

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